It's time we talked about the benefits of coconut oil. It's claimed to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and a cancer preventative while also supporting thyroid function, helping with acid-reflux, and keeping skin youthful. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
We've listed items in your household you can replace with coconut oil and save some bucks, while often making your life healthier!
Coconut Oil Uses
1. Cellulite TreatmentYou might be paying anywhere from 75 to 100s of dollars trying to get rid of that cellulite with expensive creams and treatments. But an excellent natural home remedy: apply coconut oil to your skin regularly and massage it in with a dry brush. The Huffington Post says that out of the 12 home remedies they tested, coconut oil was the most effective.
2. Makeup Remover/Facial Cleanser/Facial Scrub Any of these products alone might seem like manageable costs. But when you use them twice a day they go fast, and you may pay in between $10 to $20 for quality products. However, just a small amount of coconut oil serves as a wonderful makeup remover (especially for eyes), a cleanser, and a moisturizer for your face. It can cure acne while you're at it.
Bonus: Dab some coconut oil over your makeup for a natural cheekbone highlighter!
3. Natural Medicine An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Try a spoonful of coconut oil. Because coconut oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it can help cure yeast infections, UTIs, throat infections, and viruses, without getting rid of the good bacteria your body needs.
It can also help alleviate nausea, sore throats, heartburn, acid reflux, and cold sores. So instead of buying medicine for each of these issues individually (little costs add up), why not keep a tub of coconut oil handy and try this natural remedy?
Get the full list of cures here.
Bonus: Coconut Oil has been known to help fade age spots, wrinkles, bruises, burn scars, and wounds when applied to the affected area!
4. Hair conditioner / Anti-Dandruff / Defrizzer This is what coconut oil is commonly known for, and be warned, a little goes a long way. So don't go overboard. But save on deep treatment conditioners and anti-dandruff by rubbing the coconut oil into your scalp! Find out more about the science behind it.
5.Moisturizers Use it as a substitute for chap stick and lotion. Put a 1/4 cup in your bath or rub it on your skin to make it baby-soft. Use it as diaper salve for your baby to cure a rash! Dry feet? This NIH study proves the benefits of coconut oil as a moisturizer. Cut down on all your different lotions and moisturizers (including the one for your face) by simply switching to coconut oil.
Bonus: It's also a natural insect repellant when you apply it to your skin!
6. Frying Oil Coconut oil has several great uses in the kitchen. Next time you're frying up some food, use it instead of vegetable oils - it doesn't make any harmful by-products when heated up for cooking.
7. Wood and Metal Polish Turns out this is a great way to condition and polish wood furniture. As well, you can use it to polish metal. Just a tablespoon rubbed into a rag and you're on your cheap AND environmentally-friendly way.
8. Toothpaste, Deodorant, and Stain Remover Get a small container and mix your solid coconut oil with baking soda. You can now use this mixture as a substitute for toothpaste, deodorant and stain remover. That's a lot of products you don't have to buy!
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