Did you know that with ONE product you can wash your face, condition your hair, and COOK, among other things?
We have been hearing for years now about all the wonderful uses for coconut oil. Just Google or Pinterest coconut oil and you will come up with a million different sites and uses.
If you have never used coconut oil before, it is a solid at cool temperatures, but will become a liquid at warmer temperatures, even in your hand.
You can wade through all of the uses at your leisure, but here are just my 5 favorites!
- Face Wash/makeup remover– This has been my face wash for the last year or so. Using it is pretty simple. Spread it around your face let it sit on your face for a minute or two (I use this time to brush my teeth), moisten a wash rag with warm water and place over your face for approximately a minute (okay, I am lazy. This step takes me about 10-20 seconds, if that), then rub off the oil with the rag.
- Hair conditioner– I am sure there are different ways you can do this. This is my process: Before bed, put hair in a high ponytail. Create a liquid with the oil (if it isn’t liquid already) by rubbing the oil in your hands. Smooth through ponytail. Then I cover the ponytail with a sock (I stole one of my husband’s old socks) and secure with a hair tie, because no one wants a pillow full of oil. In the morning, shower or wash and condition hair as usual. You may need to shampoo twice to get all the oil out. You should now have soft and shiny hair! I avoid the roots as I had a friend who applied it all over and she said her hair looked super greasy after. She may not have washed with shampoo twice either.
- Shaving– Okay I know this sounds weird. But since I already use this for a face wash, it is readily available in my bathroom, AND I was out of shave gel, I thought, why not try it? Spread it on my legs, shaved, and what do you know? Probably the best shave I have had in quite awhile and no razor burn!
- Get stains off hands– My husband works on different equipment and will often come in the house with grease stained hands. I had read years ago about using oil to help clean greasy hands (which, I know, sounds counterproductive), and it works! Works much better than trying to get grease off with just normal soap. No coconut oil on hand? You can also use olive oil, vegetable oil, baby oil, whatever oil you have should work!
- Cooking– Replacing your normal cooking oils with coconut oil can have many health benefits. Check out Lisa’s 100 Days Of Real Food for some great tips!
There are SO MANY MORE uses than I have listed here but these are my favorites to get you started!
If you have an allergy to coconut, I would not use coconut oil. Also, if it is your first time using, test on a small area of skin. My mother tried to use it as a moisturizer on her legs (yes it works for this too!) and she broke out in a rash. So, fair warning, testing is good.
If you are looking for more information, including peer reviewed research articles, Coconutoil.com has a lot of information and links to articles. Happy oiling!