Coconut oil is amazing stuff. It’s by no means revolutionary, many cultures have been using it for years, but for most of us it’s a relatively “new” product.

 

Here are 10 amazing things you can do with coconut oil!

 

1. Eat it! Of course you can cook with it as you would any other fat but there’s so much more. Put it in smoothies, mix it through your hot chocolate, use it instead of butter when you bake. The best thing about eating coconut oil is it can help boost your metabolism. In short, it’s a fat that won’t make you fat.

2. Replace your moisturiser with coconut oil. You can use coconut oil as a moisturiser on your body and your face. It’s surprisingly non-greasy and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. It’s a wonderful lip balm too.

3. Clean your teeth with it. You can clean your teeth with coconut oil and baking soda. Or use coconut oil as a sort of mouthwash. Have you heard about oil pulling? I’ve just begun experimenting with oil pulling as a method for keeping my mouth hygienic.

4. Use it to shave. Coconut oil makes an excellent shaving lubricant instead of soap or a foam. Not only does it make shaving smoother you’re left with silky soft legs afterwards.

5. It’s a sunscreen! Yes… believe it or not. Coconut oil is actually SPF 4 so you can use it as a light sunscreen for daily use.

6. Massage with it. Coconut oil makes a luscious massage oil on it’s own or when mixed with essential oils.

7. It’s great for new moms. Coconut oil will help with stretch marks during pregnancy. For nursing moms, it’ll increase milk supply when ingested daily (about 4 TBSP) and can be used on cracked nipples. You can use it to help alleviate your baby’s nappy rash too.

8. Use it to take off your make-up. Rub coconut oil on your face and wipe off with cotton balls or pads to remove make-up.

9. Treat your hair. Coconut oil makes a wonderful hair treatment. Rub it through the ends of wet hair before drying. Or heat it slightly and slather all over for a hot oil treatment before washing.

10. Use it for scraps, cuts and rashes. Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties so can relieve and reduce skin infections and funguses. Got a skin problem? Try coconut oil first.

 

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