More fabulous coconut oil uses and benefits. As you all know, I LOVE the very healthy and healing coconut oil. Why, well I’ve outlined many of the reasons here. But I’ve been reading further and experimenting (as I do) and I just wanted to share a few more discoveries about the benefits of coconut oil.
I now have a little jar in my bathroom cupboard which I keep topped up with coconut oil. I have to say, my skin has never felt better. I feel my skin tone is more even (having olive skin and being in my 40’s, I’m prone to pigmentation, oh, and wrinkles, grrrr). Every winter, I usually get dry, itchy patches – but not this winter. I also have a genetic skin condition called keratosis pilaris (little bumps on the tops of my arms), which is now much less noticeable for using coconut oil daily. I’ve also noticed that the occasional ‘hormonal’ pimple I used to get monthly has vanished.
It’s also a very cheap form of skin care. Use it as an eye makeup remover and all over moisturiser. I think I’m about to turn into a coconut!
Other uses I have read about…
- Cold sores – to prevent and treat
- Acne – to prevent and heal.
- Itchy dry skin conditions (like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis) – it’s worth a shot.
- A sore throat – gargle with it (and spit it out), lots of positive reports for this from friends this winter.
- Mouthwash – bad breath? Fewer chemicals and longer action from rinsing with coconut oil rather than a commercial mouthwash.
- As a treatment (internal and external) for candida infection.
- Lots of people report it’s a great hair treatment and frizz tamer.
- As an underarm deodorant.
- It’s apparently a bug repellant.
- It has a very low SPF (reported at around 4).
Finally, I came across this very interesting interview with a paediatrician, who claims that a daily dosage of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil has remarkably improved the quality of life of her husband who suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. It’s about 6 minutes long and her anecdotal claims are very interesting. Watch it here.
Just one more thing
Whilst it is fabulous to cook in, it isn’t always great to bake with. As I wrote in my original post, it does alter the texture of baked goods, so bake with caution. Personally, I love butter and macadamia oil to bake with. In ‘raw’ recipes, it’s perfect, though.