Coo Coo For Coconut Oil
While wintertime brings picturesque snow landscapes and warm fuzzy feelings, man does it do a number on your skin! Dull skin, brittle straw-like hair, and other physical ailments leave you feeling down in the dumps in the dead of winter. The solution is simple…move to the Caribbean. (Yeah I wish) Instead, how about a more affordable solution? Coconut oil. It’s the answer to your dry skin prayers. An edible oil that can also lift your mood with its light, heavenly tropical scent. Let’s explore the reasons why we love coconut oil and why you should be coo-coo for it too.
Coconut oil is made from the dried kernel (meat) of a mature coconut. How it is extracted from the coconut varies, there are several different kinds of processes. (Dry/wet process, refined/bleached/and deodorized, hydrogenation, or finally fractionation) Its uses date back thousands of years in tropical cultures. Studies have shown that populations that use coconut oil in their daily routines/consumption are not prone to modern diseases and are in better overall health than populations that don’t use it. Coconut oil increases energy levels, improves or heals many skin ailments (dry skin, acne, fungal infections), helps with hypothyroidism, and aids in weight loss.
No Good, Very Bad Hair Day
We’ve all had one of those days. Your bangs just don’t want to stay down, one side of your head is straight and the other side is ringlets, or your strands feel like straw. A bad hair day sets the tone of the day. Healthy hair is the first and foremost step in making sure your locks behave themselves. To keep your strands happy in between hair appointments, try a hair mask using coconut oil for moisture and shine. Usually a solid at room temperature, melt the coconut oil in your shower by placing it under the warm water. After washing your hair normally, apply a generous amount into your wet strands and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it completely out. Voilà, your friends and family will all be hair envious of your lustrous new hair.
Scrub A Dub Dub
Roll up your sleeves, it’s about to get soapy. A common base ingredient in most soaps, coconut oil is much more soluble than most other soaps making it easier for you to lather up. The moisturizing properties of coconut oil make it an ideal choice for slathering all over your skin. Try this exfoliating coconut oil scrub to slough off dead skin cells leaving you with baby soft, glowing skin:
Mix a half cup of sea salt or sugar with an equal amount of melted coconut oil, and then use your hands to rub it over any rough patches of skin. For an added aromatherapy bonus add some lavender oil to the mix.
Some take the subject very lightly, but oral health is VERY important. It’s not until you are in the dentist’s chair with a drill coming for your mouth that you realized that you should have taken better care of your teeth. But, next time you get ready to brush your teeth take a look at the ingredients in your toothpaste. Artificial sweeteners, chemicals, and other unnatural ingredients are packed away in that little tube. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that there is an all-natural way to get your teeth clean? Try this DIY toothpaste that contains coconut oil, which is a sure way to get your chompers clean and shiny.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe:
6 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp baking soda
25 drops essential oil
1 tsp stevia (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until it becomes a light creamy texture.
- Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.
These are all natural products so it will go bad eventually (about six months without spoiling). Make sure it is stored in an airtight container.
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Anna Terry attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication. She is based out of Austin, TX and is a Marketing Assistant for Ecohabitude. Anna writes for Ecohabitude’s blog and hopes to inspire others to live a socially conscious lifestyle with easy, fun, stylish tips to incorporate into their everyday life.
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