Coconut Oil – An Essential DIY product for every Eco-Beauty Guru
It has been some time since I shared an Essential DIY product post… Oopsie, time just ran away from me but I thought I would quickly write up some of the best coconut oil tips for you all.
I enjoy every form of coconut except when it is dried and sprinkled on cakes… yuck! But for beauty, it is a wonderful ingredient to have in your home, fresh or in oil form. Previously on the blog, I shared info on how to crack a coconut at home using two tools, eating it fresh is so good!
Coconut Oil Uses:
Coconut oil is one of the best oils to use for oil pulling. Oil pulling is perfect to help reduce stains on your teeth, pulls bacteria from the mouth and promotes healthy teeth and gums. It also works at preventing tooth decay, killing bad breath, healing bleeding gums.
It can also prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and improve acne.
So this is how to oil pull: take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. I use the timer on my phone. It is important to note that you must not swallow the oil, it will contain all the toxins from your mouth and you don’t want that in your body.
If you cannot do the pulling for 20 minutes, start smaller and do it every day until you can manage 20-minute sessions. It is best to spit the oil out under the flow of hot water so it doesn’t block your drains and then rinse your mouth with warm water after.
Coconut oil is a brilliant way to remove makeup, it practically melts away everything. People with sensitive skin that are prone to breakouts need to proceed with caution as it is a known comedogenic, meaning it can block pores. I tend to avoid putting it on my face but I LOVE it for my body!
If you want a rich moisturising body scrub, coconut oil makes an amazing base. I have a mean coffee scrub recipe for you. It is also good for sunburn as a natural aftersun treatment.
Coconut oil is a great makeup brush cleaner, let them sit for a few hours and then wash them clean with hot (but not boiling) water.
It also is a perfect hair mask. At least once a week, when my hair is dirty and needs a wash, I comb some coconut oil through the ends of my hair. Leaving it in for a few hours, wash your hair normally. Your natural oils will work on your roots so focus the oil on the drier ends.
One of the more obvious uses is for cooking. Even a spoonful in your smoothie is great as it aids with the number of calories you burn during mealtime. The liver also loves coconut oil and converts it into healthy brain food, giving your mind more energy to function smoothly on stressful days.
I personally use it as an alternative deodorant option. Just rub a little on under your arms and wear something dark or that doesn’t touch your armpits to avoid seeing the oil transfer.
Lastly, it makes a great natural remedy for pets, if they have itchy and irritated skin, rub some on. It’s a non-toxic option so if they lick the area, they will be just fine.
Where to buy it in South Africa.
Literally, every food and health shop has a coconut oil option now. You will want to stick to unrefined, organic, GMO-free options as those are not bleached and processed. You will know that you have a good brand if it tastes and smells really coco-nutty.
With My Love,