Health Series #1: Don’t be a Square, Use Coconut Oil

Practical Ways to use Coconut Oil

Practical Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Let’s Talk Coconuts!

Coconut oil to be specific. Having been a long time coconut oil user, I felt it necessary to dust off my soapbox and climb up once again to spread the word. Over the years I have become a firm believer in its magical powers, but have also come to realize that adding coconut oil to other amazing oils was the way to go for me… see, cause the smell… is awful. I cannot stomach the smell or the taste anymore. But because it is so wonderful, I sneak it in when I can. 

It’s time to share some of the things that help get me through life with 3 kids and a plate full of responsibilities.  I have decided to start a new series on Health Helps. Hacks. Tips. Tricks? Health Stuffs. Health Series?

This will lead up to my big reveal at the end of the month with a giveaway of my favorite natural product… *insert maniacal laughing*

 

There are a bazillion lists out there for coconut oil uses… this list is specifically from someone who CAN NOT stand the smell of coconut oil. If you love the coconutty scent, that’s awesome, but for those who don’t, adding in essential oils not only gives it some oomph but also takes that SMELL away.

So, how to use it without the stink?

Uses for Coconut Oil in the Bathroom

In the Bathroom

How to use coconut oil without the stink! In the bathroom...Shaving Cream /Aftershave – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft. Be sure to rinse your razor well. Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.

•Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator- you can use this on arms, legs and hands too.

•Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day. Add in your favorite scent.

How to use coconut oil without the stink! In the bathroom...Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink. Adding essential oils like frankincense or lavender to not only mask the smell but to give it some oomph. Just steer clear of your eyes!

•Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.

•Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles How to use coconut oil without the stink! In the bathroom...away.

•Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.

•Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.

•Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin. Especially for winter dry skindrome and summer feetitis.

                                   •Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.How to use coconut oil without the stink! In the bathroom...

•Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching, and flaking. Adding in essential oils gives this oomph, but you have to be very careful not to let it run in your eyes.

•Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed into dry hair to tame frizz. Add in essential oils for scent- I love grapefruit, but rosemary is a great choice for hair.

•Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect and less coconutty smell. Blot off excess oils after to avoid staining.

 

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In the Medicine Cabinet

Health Series: Using coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet•Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.

•Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem by suffocating the lil buggers so you can come them out.

•Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.

•Cold Sores – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.

•Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet. •Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay. Head over to Pinterest for some easy recipes in order to get it down each day. Pinterest Coconut Head

•Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.

•Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly. Leave out the essential oils on this one.

•Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites. Adding in lavender is a gentle way to promote healing and smell sooo much better.

•Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally. Skips the essential oils on this one too.

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet. •Bruises – Rub coconut oil with lavender into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.

•Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants. Frankincense essential oil is perfect for faces.

•Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.

•Chapped lips – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.  Add in some beeswax and lavender or mint for a great way to take this on the go.

•Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals, but it should not be used with condoms as oils tend to compromise the integrity of your protection.

•Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet. •Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.

•Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.

•Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.

•Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.

•Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.

•Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.

 

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, for mom and baby!

For mom and baby

•Nursing – CO works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing. Okay for baby, just skip the essential oils on this one.

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, for baby!

•Cradle Cap – CO is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap. Skip the essential oils on this one too.

•Diaper Rash – CO can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.

•Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin. A mix of coconut and shea butter make a wonderfully soft salve cream. Lay off the essential oils when preggers though.

 

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet.

Health, Home, and Pets

•Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.

•Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.

Health Series: How to use coconut oil, in the medicine cabinet.•Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend includes medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil specifically to raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise.

•Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat. Pinterest Coconut Head

•Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.
•Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.

•Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.

Coconut oil for pets!•Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.

 

Don’t be a square, use coconut oil.

Join me next week for Health Series 2…. another week closer to winning the best natural product I use!

2 Replies to “Health Series #1: Don’t be a Square, Use Coconut Oil”

  1. Coconut oil has been a AWSOME addition to our family. I am now a firm believer in this magical natural solution. I now rate it up there with duct tape and windex as a must have product in our home. After reading your blog, and all your helpful suggestions I didn’t already know. I will start using it more often. Thank you for all your great tips!

    Sincerely,
    Your #1 fan

    1. Rachel Mijares says: Reply

      Thank you, my #1 fan!

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