Coconut Oil: No Longer An ‘Exotic FruIt’ February 05 2015, 0 Comments
When you think of coconuts, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
A beach, suntan lotion, maybe even a romantic island getaway that you wish you had the time for. But did you know that coconut oil is not just a scent for suntan lotion any more In the last few years, there has been more and more buzz about coconut oil, and all of the health and beauty benefits that it can reap. So whether you are looking for a deep conditioner that smells as great as it conditions, a better cooking oil, or even a way to get healthier teeth, you should turn your attention to coconut oil.
With its unique combination of fatty acids, coconut oil is quickly becoming another entry on the ever-growing list of ‘super foods’.
Coconuts themselves contain certain monoglycerides that are called monolaurin, which can kill harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. They can also be used as a sunscreen, as they block up to ¼ of the sun’s UV rays- which leads to faster skin aging. There are many other uses for coconut oil as well, many of which can give you better skin and hair; keep in mind, though, that when you are looking for a coconut oil to use for these ends, you should always look for extra virgin oil, without any added fragrances or dyes.
Use coconut oil to rehydrate dry skin:
The Journal of International Dermatology’s study in 2013 found that coconut oil can improve the skin barrier, keeping moisture locked in. If you have a skin problem such as atopic dermatitis, or you suffer from dry skin during the winter months, then you should incorporate coconut oil into your regular beauty routine to leave your skin both looking and feeling better.
Coconut and oat skin massage:
2/3 tablespoon of organic stone-cut oats
2/3 tablespoon of organic coconut oil
Place the oats and the coconut oil into the bag and heat in the microwave for roughly thirty seconds- or until it has formed a thick paste. Allow the bag to cool, and then massage or roll it all over the skin, focusing on the areas that are particularly dry.
Erase Hair Damage While you sleep:
Sometimes we overuse our styling tools - or maybe we just overdo it with our hair dye. If your hair has been feeling more dry and brittle, or you have noticed more breakage lately, then you can use coconut oil to hydrate it and make it softer, as well as shinier.
Rub a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your palms
Work this oil through the lengths of your hair
Brush this through your hair well with a wide-toothed comb
Cover your hair with a shower cap while you sleep
Rinse with cold water and shampoo thoroughly when you wake up
Make your mouth healthier (and teeth whiter):
The most recent use for coconut oil is a method called “oil pulling” to promote whiter and healthier teeth. Touted as a way to whiten teeth, prevent tooth decay and keep your gums from bleeding, this is the newest, easiest way to use coconut oil.
Use ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and “swish” throughout your mouth for 20 minutes
Spit the coconut oil out
Rinse your mouth with warm water