Coconut oil has been around for many years. It is a healthy and natural oil that can be used for everything from cooking your favorite recipes to treating dry itchy skin. Modern medicine has recently discovered that it is one of the healthiest and most versatile oils on the market. The following are just a few of the many uses of this healthy and beneficial oil.
1. Hair Mask
Coconut oil can be used as a hair mask to add moisture and shine to dry or damaged hair. When coconut oil is at room temperature, it is a creamy solid and will turn to liquid when heated to about 76 degrees. To use as a hair mask, melt the coconut oil by running the jar under warm water for a few seconds. After shampooing, apply the warm oil to your hair while it is still wet. Twist you hair into a bun, and let sit for about ten minutes. Rinse well with warm water, and style as usual.
2. Moisturizes Skin
When coconut oil is solid, its creamy texture is perfect for applying to dry flaky skin all over the body. Apply just after showering so that the oil can better absorb into your skin. Use about a quarter size amount, and add in a little peppermint or lavender for a sweet aroma. Coconut oil can also be used under eyes to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and on lips to prevent chapping.
3. Cooking and Baking
Coconut oil can be used in place of most other oils in cooking and baking. Its high smoke point makes it perfect for foods that require cooking at a high temperature. Coconut oil is a healthy fat that is high in fatty acids. When consumed, these fatty acids are easily absorbed by the body and then turned quickly into energy.
Coconut oil can be used as a diaper salve for babies to prevent diaper rash and soothe dry chapped skin. It can also be applied to the baby’s scalp to prevent or heal dry flaky skin, which is sometimes referred to as “cradle cap”. Coconut oil is a natural, safe and effective alternative to many baby ointments and creams and contains no harsh chemicals or toxic substances.
Many veterinarians are recommending the regular use of coconut oil for dogs and other pets as a good source of vitamins and minerals. Given internally, coconut oil can promote a healthy digestive system, prevent infection and help give your pet a healthy shiny coat. Applied externally, it can disinfect cuts, deodorize skin and greatly improve the condition of your pet’s fur.
Whether it is cooking, moisturizing skin or preventing diaper rash, consider making coconut oil a part of your daily routines. The suggestions mentioned above are only a few of the many uses of this healthy and natural oil. It can be substituted in place of most other oils in your favorite recipes and will also add a rich delicious flavor. It is a natural, healthy and smart way to add a little more nutrition and wellness into your life.