Thursday, April 4, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks - The Many uses of Coconut Oil

If you know me in real life, you may have noticed that I often smell like coconuts.  All the time, mainly because one of my favorite products is coconut oil and I use it for a bazillion things, almost as much as I use vinegar.  Here are just a few of the many, many ways that you can use coconut oil:

- Lotion: I typically apply the coconut oil after a shower at night.  If I put it on in the morning, I do feel a bit greasy.  When it's applied at night, that leaves your skin some time to absorb the oil until you wake the next morning with soft, fresh-smelling skin.

- Stretch mark cream

- Eye make up remover

- Cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream

- Nipple cream for breastfeeding mamas

- Natural lip gloss

- Consumed to increase milk supply while nursing

- As a butter replacement

- To soothe mosquito bites

- As a deep conditioner: Apply to your hair, leave in for a half hour or so, and then wash out.  For me, it takes several times to wash out.  When you first apply the coconut oil to your hair, use sparingly.  You can always add more the next time if you determine it wasn't enough, but your hair will get super oily and it won't wash out if you use too much!

- To replace any kind of cooking oil

- In smoothies

- Cradle Cap cream for babies: rub gently on baby's head and then use a very soft baby hair brush to scrub out the cradle cap.

These are the main ways I use coconut oil in our family, but there are tons of other uses as well.  As far as ingesting the coconut oil, there are many claimed health benefits, such as: helping in weight loss, with Alzheimer's disease, with cholesterol, to control blood sugar, for thyroid health, with allergies, to regulate sleep, and to aid in digestion, among many more.  Coconut oil can be a great addition to your kitchen, your bathroom, and your body!

What are some ways that you use coconut oil?

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  1. I just started using coconut oil a couple of months ago. Unfortunately it flared up Ethan's eczema so I don't use it on his skin anymore, but I use it with as much cooking as I can. I keep meaning to throw a spoonful in my I'm not brave enough just to eat it plain!

  2. I use coconut oil for everything too, right now it's soothing on my shingles! Today I'm boiling some orange peels with a cinnamon stick because of your blog. Our apartment smells delightful, love these posts!


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