A few years ago I started hearing about coconut oil. Naturally skeptical me thought it was just a fad and continued with my rice bran oil. My partner on the other hand was a convert and insisted that I use it for just about anything. Fast forward three years later and I have only praise for this remarkable product.
Here’s my top six uses for coconut oil as tried and tested by yours truly.
STRETCH MARK CREAM
Seriously, I didn’t believe it at first but nine months later and not a single stretch mark on my belly or boobs. I didn’t apply it religiously either, probably about every second night or when I remembered. Plus it’s natural so no risk of harmful chemicals leeching into your skin.
BABY DIAPER CREAM
Again, I wanted something natural for my son who has very sensitive skin and is prone to eczema. So far he has only had a handful of nappy rashes when teething. I’ve also used this for small eczema outbreaks on his back and neck and again they’ve cleared in a matter of days.
If like me, you’ve been blessed with frizzy and unruly dry hair, coconut oil will help to tame your tresses. I like to apply mine to wet hair after conditioning as I normally tend to wear my hair curly. The coconut oil locks in moisture and prevents a crazy frizzy look.
EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER
As a contact lens wearer, I can easily and safely remove eye make-up without the dreaded sting. And of course coconut oil also lubricates the skin as you clean your eyes so it’s a win-win situation.
If you buy a quality organic virgin coconut oil, you shouldn’t experience a nasty aftertaste. A quality coconut oil will cost a bit more though but it’s worth it. I generally use coconut oil when shallow frying, stewing and roasting. I tend to also substitute coconut oil when baking cakes and biscuits.
Pop a teaspoon of coconut oil into your mouth before brushing your teeth; swish the oil around your teeth and gums for at least 15 minutes and spit out. This helps to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth.
Of course there are several other uses for coconut oil too but these six are my absolute favourites. Have you found coconut oil useful in your life? Any tips to share?