10 uses of coconut oil

Posted on Jul 27 2016 - 9:00am by Ashlea Curley
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I remember the days where coconut was just the filling in a Bounty chocolate bar. But these days it seems like everyone is on the coconut bandwagon. From water to moisturiser – it’s time you learnt the amazing wonders that coconut oil holds.

Coconut moisturiserMoisturiser

Coconut oil is made to be refreshing and healing to skin cells. It can penetrate into your skin’s deepest layers to hydrate and moisturise. Coconut oil also contains a mild SPF protection of 4-6. Although it doesn’t seem much – some is better than none.

Tip: Instead of your regular moisturiser, use a small amount of coconut oil to rub into your body. It may feel oily at first but once absorbed by your skin it will appear smoother and healthier than it has ever been before. Apply twice a day to prevent stretch marks too.

 Conditioner

Natural oils that the scalp produces are unable to reach the ends of your hair, which leaves you with dry and damaged split ends. Coconut oil is able to smooth your hair by resealing the cells and holding them in place. It is especially good during extreme weather conditions where hair can become awfully dry or go wild with humidity.

Tip: Use a small amount on your ends or cover your entire scalp to add incredible moisture to your hair. Run some oil through your hair with your fingers to tackle frizz.

Weight loss

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, unlike other saturated fats, meaning, instead of storing as fat, it goes to the liver to be metabolised and gives you energy. Coconut oil also acts as an appetite suppressant meaning those cravings will disappear with just a spoonful of coconut oil.

Tip: Swap your usual cooking oil and butter for coconut oil to release those healthy fats and start losing weight in minutes.

coconut slicesFungal Infections

As well as those healthy fats, coconut oil contains anti-fungal properties that dive straight into any fungal membrane and destroys it. It also holds lauric acid and capric acid, which both help to fight inflammation caused by any natural chemicals and soothes rashes, painful swelling and itchiness.

Tip: Cover the area with coconut oil rigorously every day until the infection or inflammation has completely cleared. You’ll be left with soft smooth skin.

Lowers cholesterol and heart disease

Thanks to its lauric acid ingredient, coconut oil can not only soothe rash symptoms but can also reduce the risk of heart disease. It works by boosting the good cholesterol in our bodies that give all the bad cholesterol a kick to be broken down by the liver.

Tip: Eat ½ to 1 teaspoon a day to reduce your risk. If you’d prefer you could add it to your morning smoothies, mixing it in with your oatmeal or breakfast spreads by stirring it in until it melts. 

Soothes fly bites

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is able to soothe fly bites by working its way deep into the skin’s cells. The bite will be introduced to endless hydration and lauric acid that will ease your itchy pain.

Tip: Apply a little bit of coconut oil directly to the bite with your fingers to instantly moisturise the swelling.

Body scrub

Coconut oil is a great ingredient to use as part of an exfoliating body scrub thanks to its endless amount of moisture.

Tip: Try mixing coconut oil with 2-4 tablespoons of sugar to create a smoothing exfoliating scrub.

Makeup remover

Coconut oil gently and safely removes makeup from your face by breaking down any grease and oils. Its intense moisturising factors will leave your face hydrated and refreshed.

Tip: As an alternative to your usual routine, scoop some coconut oil into your fingers and rub into makeup using a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry.

Coconut oilFight age/sun spots

Its deep hydration and anti-inflammatory properties allows coconut oil to heal or reduce the appearance of skin blemishes. It works by soothing and resealing cells to create younger looking skin.

Tip: Rub coconut oil onto blemishes or sun spots daily to help them fade.

Nail and cuticle treatment

Forever needing to repaint and shape your nails? Coconut oil is a cheap and easy way to encourage healthy nail growth and helps smooth out flaws making your nails stronger.

Tip: Rub a little of coconut oil over and around your nails to create perfect nails.

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