As I work my way toward living a chemical free life I keep reading or hearing about the health benefits of coconut oil. There are literally hundreds of ways to use it. Today I’m going to focus on ways to use coconut oil topically for health and beauty.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is packed with vitamins D, E and K as well as lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid that have antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, the author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” the compounds in coconut oil diffuse into the cell membranes of bacteria, viruses and fungi and kill those unwanted organisms.
Coconut oil helps heal cuts as it forms a natural chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil also speeds up the healing process of damaged skin tissues, so you can use it on bruises as well as cuts.
The Coconut Research Center, says that coconut oil is effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash. It can help with skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and acne. It will soothe burns, insect bites, and rash from poison.
Coconut oil is safe to massage on any dry skin and may even help prevent wrinkles and skin sagging. It will soften your face, elbows, lips, and any dry skin areas. That’s why it is used as a base for many skin care lotions and creams.
If you are fighting a runny nose rub some coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help with the runny nose, allergies, and soreness.
Coconut Oil for Natural Beauty
Don’t stop at using it as a skin moisturizer. The natural fatty acids in coconut oil help strengthen hair and prevent split ends. Massage it into your scalp to prevent dandruff AND lice. It will also act like a gel and help with frizzy hair.
As you use your hands to apply the coconut oil you might notice that your cuticles stop looking ragged and your nails get stronger. If you struggle with ingrown toenails – rub some coconut oil on your toes! If you have a stubborn stain on your hands using the coconut oil will help remove it. It surely can remove any stubborn makeup you use.
It can possibly be used as a shaving cream – on face or legs; just be cautious of its slickness. For sure it can be used as a shaving gel and will help with razor burn.
What is Coconut Oil Like?
If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil you should know that it has more of a creamy texture so don’t be surprised if it is more of a solid when you open it. It melts easily in your hands, or by setting the jar in the sun or running the it under warm water. You can heat it in a small bowl over a flame, but don’t use the microwave to warm it up.
The best results come from fresh coconut oil so don’t stockpile too much of it. Buy what you can use up in a few months.
After a hard day of work relax and use some coconut oil for a massage.
Where to Buy Coconut Oil
For health and beauty purposes you can certainly buy 100% coconut oil from amazon.com or the grocery store, but there are a lot of companies that sell it specifically for health and beauty. Personally I like the Coconut Oil Stick from Basa Body. The oil is mixed with a little all natural beeswax so it stays hard until it’s rubbed on my skin. I use this for my eczema and for the dry areas on my knees, elbows and heels. I also like their lotions. The Dr. Mercola Organic Body Butter
With Organic Shea Butter, Coconut and Jojoba Oils is another really good product if you want something ready made.