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Simple Pleasure #95: Coconut Oil & All It’s Amazingness

Coconut Oil & All It's Amazingness // The Wellness Doer

Do you use Coconut Oil? If not, maybe you might want to consider picking some up at the store next time. Coconut has so many uses and health benefits I may not be able to list them all here… but I’ll do my best. I use the stuff all the time and for many things. I swear by it which is why I want to share it’s amazingness with you!

Some of the most common uses:

  • Cooking
  • Body Moisturizer
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Lubricant
  • Health Supplement
  • Pet Health
  • Massage Oil

Benefits when Ingested:

  • Supports healthy thyroid function
  • Natural energy boost
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
  • Helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast (some evidence shows)
  • Can help improve insulin levels
  • Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  • Helps speed recovery from the flu or cold
  • Can increase mental alertness
  • Can help with allergy symptoms
  • Can boost circulation
  • When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  • A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  • Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  • It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Can soothe a sore throat
  • Can speed weight loss when consumed daily
  • Can improve sleep when taken daily
  • Used as a natural toothpaste

Benefits when used Topically:

  • Clears up cold sores
  • Can be used in replace of body lotion
  • Reduces the signs of cellulite when consistently used on a daily basis
  • Use on cuticles to help nails grow
  • As an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • By itself as a natural deodorant
  • Helps sooth the itch from chicken pox or poison ivy
  • Mix with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  • As a natural SPF… yes, it is a natural SPF
  • On spilt ends to help de-fuzz
  • Lightens age spots on the skin
  • Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  • Can be used on lips to prevent chapping
  • Can help skin heal faster after infection or injury
  • On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  • Rub into hair, leave in for an hour or so then rise for soft, shining, health hair
  • Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  • Can help alleviate allergy symptoms by rubbing coconut oil on the inside of your nose
  • Helps reduce appearance of varicose veins
  • As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  • Can be used as a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  • Can be used to remover make-up, especially eye make-up
  • Removes ear wax
  • Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  • Can help resolve acne when used regularly

In the Kitchen:

  • Can be cooked at higher temperatures than most kitchen oils (like olive)
  • Can be used as a dairy free replacement to butter
  • As a coffee creamer
  • Add to smoothies for a healthy boost
  • As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  • To season cast iron skillets
  • As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  • Flavor Foods

Benefits & Uses for Pregnancy and Kids:

  • Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  • As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  • Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  • In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  • In natural homemade diaper cream
  • Use in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  • As a completely natural baby lotion
  • Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  • Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  • Enhance fetal growth and brain development
  • Fortify infant formula

Pet Benefits & Uses:

  • For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  • Helps with bad breathe in Dogs
  • Flea, tick and mite repellent
  • Clears up hot spots

Other Random Things:

  • A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  • Engine lubricant/motor oil (Google it… pretty cool stuff)
  • Condition wood cutting boards
  • Bronze polish
  • In replace of WD-40
  • Chewing gum remover
  • Remove labels from bottles (acts and an adhesive solvent)
Information source from The Wellness Mama and the Coconut Research Center

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