Studies have shown that some of the healthiest populations consume high amounts of coconut oil. It is even being classified as a “superfood” now. I don't wanna go into too much of that here because I want to focus on external uses, but you can read more about why coconut oil should be part of your diet here.
Uses of Coconut Oil:
Shaving cream and Hand Cream
Most shaving creams are full of chemicals you shouldn't be putting on your body, and soap is usually a little too thin to prevent razor bumps and irritation. That's why I use coconut oil to shave my legs, and my boyfriend recently began using it on his face daily. It is soothing to the skin, and creates a enough of a layer to protect it while shaving. Due to its natural moisturizing properties it hydrates, and keeps the skin soft to prevent wrinkles and fight aging.
The moisturizing properties are also why it also works great on hands and cuticles. I massage a little bit all over my hands in place of chemical filled lotions and instantly feel the difference. Within a few applications you will notice your skin glowing, and rough callouses disappearing. It also smells great, like a summer time sun tan lotion which my BF says is oh so sexy.
Cellulite and Varicose Veins
A few of my friends have had good results using coconut oil on their varicose veins and cellulite. Most have said its worked better than the high priced creams they use to buy. The results are probably from the moisturizing effects, but it also ups the metabolism and flushes toxins that are stored in fat. A good recipe is to mix coconut oil with natural honey, then apply it on the affected areas at bedtime like a lotion. It will take a couple of weeks, but the wait is worth it as cellulite dramatically improves. You can enhance the effectiveness by drinking plenty of water and taking a hot shower before applying. If you use a brush or loofah in the shower, the coconut oil will penetrate deeper and increase circulation to the area. A little olive oil is nice to add to your mix, which will also help soften the skin as well. Do this a couple times a week.
Oil Pulling and Oral Health
I first start buying coconut oil to try oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice for oral health. Oil pulling helps fight gingivitis and plaque, as well as the microorganisms that cause bad breath and tooth decay. Some even report that it whitens their teeth. There are many oils you can use for this practice, but coconut oil is the best option because it contains lauric acid, which is an anti-microbial agent. I started out by oil pulling for 5 minutes before bed while watching TV or surfing the internet.
Thicker Hair and Eyelashes
Coconut Oil is great for dry and brittle hair. Massage a little into your scalp before bed and you will quickly feel your hair become softer. Less breakage means longer hair and some people say it helped their hair to grow thicker, eliminating small bald spots as the nutrients penetrated the scalp. Eyelashes will grow longer and thicker as well if you apply a little there before bed.
As you can see, coconut oil has a lot of great uses for a small price. I can get a jar at my local grocery store for right around $5 and that lasts me for a month or more. Comment below and tell me how you used coconut nut what what results you achieved using it.
Brooke Bailey is a personal trainer, masseuse, and student in health and wellness. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Follow her on Facebook.