Coconut oil offers an imposing array of health benefits when included in your daily diet. It is known to promote heart health, support proper thyroid function, promote healthy brain function, strengthens your immune system, provides “fuel” for your body and supports a strong metabolism that can aid in weight loss. What we love about Coconut oil are the wonderful benefits it has for maintaining healthy and youthful looking skin. Once you’re done reading our article, you’ll probably be inspired to stock up on some Coconut oil to use in your cooking and your beauty regime.
There are many medical based reasons on why you should consume coconut oil on a daily basis. Here is an informative Youtube link presented by Dr. Josh Axe which outlines the health benefits of coconut oil and why it is a healthy fat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLbk2lImCk
As coconut oil is antimicrobial and antiviral, it deserves a place in your medicine cabinet. Some of the medicinal uses for coconut oil include:
Ear Infections – put a couple of drops into each ear canal
Skin rashes – apply a small amount to the affected area/s. Add it with some Aloe Vera.
Fungal and yeast infections, such as athlete’s foot and ringworm- mix coconut oil with oregano or tea tree oil
Bug bites and bee stings – coconut oil helps to alleviate swelling and itchiness.
Cold sores – mix a small amount with oregano oil
Thrush – combine coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil. Swish the mixture around your mouth as you do with mouthwash
Vaginal dryness – coconut oil is a fantastic personal lubricant. Warm it up before application.
Perineal massage – massage coconut oil in the perineum daily, starting about a month or so before your due date.
Studies have shown that taking coconut oil helps in doubling the Lauric acid in breast milk, a healthy fat that would aid your baby’s immune system and brain development.
Here are a few coconut oil uses you can try:
Stretch Mark Treatment – Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and helps to avoid developing stretch marks during pregnancy. First light Baby Organics Stretch Mark cream is one of our customer favourites and for a good reason. It is 95% certified organic and contains super luxurious Ultra hydrating ingredients of Rosehip, Shea butter, avocado, olive oil and Vitamin E.
Cracked nipples – Coconut oil can help in soothing and moisturizing your nipples. Also, you are not exposing your breastfeeding baby to any harmful chemicals found in conventional moisturizers.
Bottom Balm Treatment – With the antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil may help treat your baby from diaper rash and provide a protective barrier against other bacteria. First Light Organics Baby Bottom Balm is 99% certified organic, with plant oils and beeswax that create a perfect, natural barrier to protect baby from any unwanted excess moisture.
Natural treatment for cradle cap – Use coconut oil the minimize the dry scales on your baby’s head. First Light Organics Baby oil is rich in natural vitamins to soften and protect, with Coconut Safflower, Macadamia, Camellia, Olive and Jojoba oils.
Coconut oil is one of the best personal care products you will ever find. It is easily absorbed through the skin, helping to give it a soft, smooth texture. Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid, which is known for its cleansing properties.
Below are some beauty uses for coconut oil.
Super moisturizer – Fantastic for hydrating skin, it is nourishing and healing for the skin. It is rich in natural antioxidants and is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and E. Coconut oil is gentle, an oil that anyone can use, even young children. Our Annmarie Gianni Coconut Honey Mask is a beautiful facial mask to eliminate dry skin. It soothes and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles to give you smooth skin.
Mokosh Pure Body Balm is a soothing balm that is made using ingredients chosen for their protective and nourishing properties, including cacao seed butter, macadamia, beeswax, coconut, avocado and Shea butter. A truly multi-purpose product – for hand protection in the kitchen and garden, a general healing balm, baby’s nappy area, high friction areas during sport and can be used as a lip balm. It has a chocolatey fragrance and melts on contact with the skin.
Body Scrub – For silky smooth skin that looks and feels renewed, a body scrub or body polish with Coconut oil is just divine. Have a look at our Synthesis Rainforest Body Polish with Acai Berry and our Reed Orange Lemon and Lime Himalayan Salt Scrub.
Makeup Remover – Put a little on a cotton ball or cotton pad and gently sweep it over your eyes. It is wonderful in removing even waterproof mascara!
Soap – Coconut oil is one of the base ingredients in many homemade soap recipes, such as this one by Mokosh. Mokosh handmade organic soap coconut and cacao is palm oil free. We love the uplifting fragrances that will enhance your mood and linger on your skin.This soap uses certified organic and Fair Trade cacao butter and coconut oil, together with certified organic, locally grown olive oil. It creates a rich, gentle lather that cleans the skin without stripping away its natural oils. Just delicious. The bars are completely smooth since they contain no exfoliants so that you can enjoy the luxurious lather. The essential oil combinations are both uplifting and soothing.
Lip balm – You can’t get more natural than with pure coconut oil as your lip balm. Metta Coconut Lip balm will keep your lips looking healthy and tasty too. Only the finest super-protective oils have been hand blended into our sultry smooth, vegan organic lip balm, a beautiful protective blend of Jojoba, Sweet almond oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, and Calendula. With the divine smell of cocoa butter ( tastes YUMMY) and the signature lavender scent; lavender is a great healer due to its antibacterial properties. Its consistency is not too heavy and it absorbs very well and glides on nicely onto your lips, making your lips feeling soft and comfortable. Metta Coconut Lip Balm will moisten and nourish dry lips, giving protection in all weather and UV conditions from the tropical sun through to winter chills. It’s also free from beeswax and petroleum-derived ingredients.
After Sun Treatment – Mokosh Frankincense Orange Body Cream has a rich buttery consistency.With a blend of coconut, macadamia, jojoba, evening primrose and rosehip oils, this rich body butter will help to reduce the effects of sun damage to the skin. You’re dehydrated; a sunburnt skin will love this.
Coconut oil can work for some of us as a facial cleanser, but for some people, moisturizing and cleansing with this oil can clog pores and cause breakouts. Using coconut oil does not work for all skin types. If you are an oily/blemish prone/combination skin type, we suggest using other carrier oils for cleansing. ( Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Black Cumin Seed ).
The best form of coconut oil to use is extra virgin coconut oil, as it undergoes limited processing and has higher nutrients and antioxidants. This form can be too heavy especially for oily skin types.
Coconut oil that is a liquid at room temperature is actually “fractionated” coconut oil—a form of the oil that has had the long-chain fatty acids removed. The result is a product, which though it lacks some of the healthy fatty acids (like lauric acid), is still full of medium-chain fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. This type of coconut oil works great as a carrier oil for helping other, beneficial oils to penetrate the skin. It absorbs quickly without clogging pores and can be useful for oily skin.
As a leave-in hair conditioner – Coconut oil is a perfect deep conditioning treatment for dry hair. Massage some into your ends after your styling routine, or apply it generously all over all hair and leave it on overnight (make sure to cover your pillow with a towel). In the morning, wash your hair thoroughly before conditioning and styling as normal.
We hope you have enjoyed our article. Do you use coconut oil for cooking or massage? How do you use coconut oil for beauty? Let us know in the comments below.