Day in and day out we use products to clean, heal and supplement our hair and bodies. Little do we know that they contain chemicals that may do more harm than good. The best option for those of us who seek chemical-free products is to go natural or organic.
There are a lot of natural and organic products we can choose from. Mother Earth has provided us with an abundant supply, it’s up to us to make use of them wisely. One of the most amazing gifts of nature that we all can benefit from is the great coconut.
Coconuts have been around for a long time. Natives from tropical and sub-tropical regions have been using coconuts for just about everything. They discovered that each part of the coconut tree can be useful. The leaves of a coconut tree, for example, are used as the roof for houses and for handicrafts. The trunk can be used as a foundation for houses and other construction projects. The husks are also utilized for handicrafts and cleaning materials in homes.
Organically grown coconuts are the best source of extra virgin coconut oil. It is the only superfood that is not only good inside the body but is good for the outside too.
Extra virgin coconut oil’s components are what make it so impressive. In the past, some people had concern about coconut oil in the diet because it contains saturated fat. Fortunately, scientists and experts have proven these claims to be wrong. Coconut oil contains MCT and Lauric Acid–fatty acids which are good for the body. They have antimicrobial properties and can provide protection against various infections.
Extra virgin coconut oil is great for both skin and hair. It is nourishing to the skin and encourages wound healing. It also has inflammatory properties and can treat certain skin conditions. Coconut oil helps strengthen the hair and conditions the scalp while adding volume and shine.
Here are 8 very simple ways to use coconut oil for the hair and body:
1. Hair repair! How? Simply combine two tablespoons coconut oil and raw honey with 1 large egg yolk. Whisk the mixture until smooth and apply to hair. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. Wash and condition hair as normal.
2. Avoid chapped lips forever, and make your own lip balm. All you need to do is melt 4 tablespoons beeswax and 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a glass bowl over simmering water. Stir frequently while melting. Once both ingredients are melted and mixed, remove glass bowl from heat and add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil. Apply to lips once cool and solidified.
3. Keep a face freshener handy! Did you know washing your face with oil can keep it looking fresh? Yep, coconut oil can draw out oil, dirt and other toxins. Here’s how to do it: Mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1 teaspoon castor oil. Massage the mixture into the skin and put warm, wet washcloth to face until it cools down. Wipe away when done, and repeat if necessary. Tip: use more coconut oil for dry skin, less for oily skin.
Just be careful. Coconut oil is known to clog pore in certain people.
4. Keep those pits smelling good with your DIY Deodorant. Mix ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup cornstarch and 6 tablespoons coconut oil with a fork. Store mixture in a glass jar and use when necessary.
5. No more insect bites! Make your own insect repellant by mixing 8 ounces coconut oil and 40-50 drops peppermint oil. Just apply to skin when needed.
6. Use as shaving cream and after shave. Apply or rub coconut oil on legs before shaving and after shaving for extra protection.
7. Feet comfort. Coconut oil has antibacterial ingredients, and it softens and deodorizes cracked, rough feet. After exfoliating feet, apply a generous layer of coconut oil and slip on socks overnight.
8. Organic make-up remover. Melt coconut oil in microwave safe containers, and add 1 teaspoon coconut oil for each round cotton pad. Leave pads in oil overnight and store in zip lock plastic bags.
These are very simple and easy hacks everyone can do at home, plus the materials are available in every kitchen. Go organic and natural with coconut oil.
About The Author:
Nadine is a wandering writer and blogger for Cocotrends.com. She loves travelling and exploring new places, and finding hole-in-the-wall dining places. As a wannabe cook, she loves discovering new recipes and ingredients, like the versatile coconut oil (and yes, she uses it on just about anything and everything). On lazy days, Nadine is spending time at the beach with her fur-babies, Pepe and Pido.