Our Top 10 Coconut Oil Beauty & Life Hacks

Our Top 10 Coconut Oil Beauty & Life Hacks

10 December , 2016 0 Comments

Our Top 10 Coconut Oil Beauty & Life Hacks

We’re a bit biased when it comes to the awesomeness of Coconut oil, but for some of you it's nothing new. It has been one of the most talked about natural oils of the decade. Its uses go far beyond just cooking, people everywhere have discovered new ways to use it around the house, as part of their beauty regime and everyday life.

Here are some clever hacks for the humble and wonderful coconut oil:

    1. It has to be first….it’s perfect for cooking with! You can use in place of butter or vegetable oils and is a healthier alternative. Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degrees Celsius (or 76-78 Fahrenheit). So it is solid at room temperature and will melt only when the temperature rises considerably. It is often in this form, and if you don’t want it rock hard, don’t keep it in your refrigerator. When buying coconut oil, keep in mind that for edible and therapeutic uses, you’ll want the refined oil, as it is hygienic and clean. Unrefined oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care…...
    2. A great all over body lotion and hair treatment. Coconut has antifungal and antimicrobial properties, which makes it great as a skin lotion for those with acne problems, but Coconut oil also works wonders as a excellent massage oil and a moisturiser for all other skin types, so rub that stuff everywhere - even your lips will love it. It also makes a great frizz tamer, apply a small amount of coconut oil to your ends and throughout your hair to leave it shiny and sleek.
    3. Makeup remover. Even the most resistant waterproof mascara doesn't stand a chance against coconut oil. Apply it directly to the face as an oil cleanser, or let it sit on your skin with a cotton pad. You can also soak a cotton ball in the oil and swipe to remove stubborn, waterproof makeup that will melt away. Just be careful to not get it directly in your eyes
    4. Feed it to your cats and dogs. Fed to pets it can have multiple benefits. Reduces or eliminates odour and bad breath in dogs, clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, itchy skin, etc. It can make coats become sleek and glossy, help to reduce weight, increases energy and improves digestion. Coconut Oil can also be applied topically to cuts, wounds, infected ears, bites and stings, may help with arthritis or ligament problems. Solid or liquid it can be added to regular food or given between meals. A good daily amount for dogs is about 1 teaspoon (5ml) per 5kg of body weight (but start at a quarter of this and build up slowly). Use similarly for cats and other animals. These are general guidelines only and please seek the advice of your vet first.
    5. Make your own Coconut Oil Cough Drops. Feeling sick? These natural homemade cough drops are just as good (if not better) as the store/pharmacy bought ones. They even taste better, made with natural ingredients like raw honey which is known to help suppress coughing and immune boosting coconut oil you can’t go wrong with this natural alternative! You can find the receipe here: http://thecoconutmama.com/homemade-cough-drops/
    6. It can start a campfire. Just soak some kindling or some cotton balls in coconut oil and watch it light right up. Most oils are flammable (that’s why there is a such a thing as grease fires) and that includes coconut oil. If you’re out camping and you have some coconut oil on you, this works as good as lighter fluid in some cases and is safer for the environment.
    7. An awesome lubricant. (Sexual) Coconut oil is actually good for the vagina because of its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Since it is also an oil, that makes it a naturally good lubrication. Combine those two facts and you have a natural, effective lube for those intimate moments that is actually good for both you and your partner. (Non sexual). Things like bike chains, can openers, door hinges, stuck zippers and other smaller things like that can always benefit from a little lubrication and coconut oil is a good, cheap oil to try. I’ve even heard of people using vegetable oil in computer fans to prevent them from squeaking or making noise. Just like everywhere else, vegetable oil can be replaced by coconut oil and it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals like WD-40.
    8. Insect repellent. Conventional bug sprays and repellants are chock full of chemicals that drive bugs away. Chances are the ingredients in them are probably not great for your skin or the environment. Here is a recipe for a lotion bar that also keeps bugs away using natural ingredients. One of the ones that help moisturise is, you guessed it, coconut oil.
    9. A natural homemade deodorant. You can apply coconut oil to the areas you sweat the most, or have a go at making your own homemade deodorant stick by using a few simple ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, and arrowroot. Get the full DIY deodorant recipe here!
    10. Use it to shine leather and condition wood. Over time your leather belts, wallets, jackets, pants, etc may become a bit worn. You can use coconut oil to polish up those old leather cloths and accessories and make them shine once more! Whether it’s your wooden salad spoons or your best wooden rocking chair, you can use coconut oil to condition your wood stuff. Just like any other conditioning method, you apply liberally and let the oil soak into the wood. This will help prevent rot, wear and tear, and coconut oil can also be used to clean the wood after treatment.



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