Coconut oil has long been used for cooking but did you know it has many other uses too? It is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, which makes it great for use on skin and hair, and even as a natural alternative to sunscreen. In fact there are over 100 different uses for this amazing oil.
Here, we have broken down the top ten reasons why you need to ditch the chemicals, go natural and let a bit of coconut into you lives.
1. Speed up weight loss
Forget what you have been told about saturated fats being all bad, coconut oil is really good for you. Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride which means it is a healthy fat with no cholesterol or trans fats. These types of fats go straight to the liver giving a boost in energy, allowing you to burn more calories.
2. Natural deodorant
Coconut oil is a natural anti bacterial due to it’s auric acid content. Apply to the skin to kill the odour causing bacteria.
Many sunscreens contain harmful chemicals and hormone disruptors in their composition. For a natural alternative apply some pure cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, which has an SPF factor of 10.
Coconut oil is fantastic for oral health. Using it as a toothpaste (add in a little baking soda) will not only whiten your teeth but will also help remineralise them.
Rub a little coconut oil into dry, rough or flaky skin to see instant results without leaving a greasy sheen. Can also be used to leave hair looking shiny and healthy.
6. Pre-shave and after shave lotions
Use as a pre-shave lotion to soften the skin and help the razor glide. Use after shaving to help soothe and moisturise the skin.
7. Treatment for head lice
Coconut oil’s fat content sticks to the hair to suffocate lice and stop than from moving around. The oil also prevents lice attaching their eggs to the hair, preventing further infestations.
8. Bath Soak
Add a couple of scoops of coconut oil to your bath and literally soak up it’s moisturising benefits.
9. Protect and polish furniture
Apply and let it soak in to protect furniture and give it a shine. It can also be used to protect chopping boards, wooden spoons and other utensils.
10. Improve acne
Applying a thin layer to the affected area will not only moisturise but will also reduce redness and inflammation.
So, who knew the humble coconut could be so versatile? As you can see it is a great alternative to many of the products we take for granted in our daily lives. Some of these products are known for containing harmful chemicals so finding an all natural replacement should be high on everyone’s list of priorities.
What are your favourite uses?