10 uses for coconut oil

  1. Night time moisturizer! Put it on your face, body, hands, etc. It’s greasy, so night time use is best. A little goes a long way so test out just a little to make sure to test out a little to see how your skin likes it first. Best to do after a hot shower when your skin is going to absorb better.

  2. Lip balm. This you can do during the day to, just a light layer to moisturize your lips.

  3. Leave in split end conditioner: take a small amount and rub in your palms and then gently rub onto the ends of your hair, but only the ends other wise it will be too heavy and weigh down your hair.

  4. Conditioning treatment; if you want to put it in all your hair, you can apply a decent amount and leave on for 5-10 minutes depending on the dryness of your hair. Do it while you take a bath or do a face mask. Multitask! Rinse with warm water.

  5. Cuticle moisturizer! Carry a small jar or container with coconut oil and use for cuticles or a hand moisturizer.

  6. Use as a carrier oil for essentials oils like peppermint, jasmine, lavender, etc. This can be done to make your hair smell good or your skin smell good while moisturizing too.

  7. Oil pulling! This is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. I like to use coconut oil because it tastes better than olive oil, etc. Oil pulling draws out toxins and can improve oral health but also can improve overall health. This technique can prevent bleeding gums, decay, dryness of throat, bad breath, cracked lips; it can strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw. It may be able to reduce inflammation too.

  8. Body Scrub - I add some left over coffee grinds or brown sugar to coconut oil and mix it up and then use it on my body in the shower to exfoliate and moisturize my skin. It’s a little messy but the results feel great!

  9. Add a teaspoon or 2 of coconut oil to your coffee. Not only is this good for your skin but it’s a variation on Bulletproof coffee. It can help decrease appetite, and help brain function. It also tastes delicious.

  10. Last but not least: cook with coconut oil. Coconut oil can withstand higher heat when cooking and that means less burning of food which as you know brunt food can cause free radicals i.e.; increase risk of cancer. I think that food tastes better when cooking in coconut oil as well.

Honorable mention: Adding a little coconut oil to dark chocolate with a sprinkle of sea salt is a delicious dessert. Dark chocolate (try 70 percent cacao or higher) is high in antioxidants, contains some iron and can curb your desire to eat more sugary foods. The coconut oil and sea salt gives it an extra boost of flavor and a rich texture.

DIY coconut coffee scrub bars

Peppermint coffee coconut scrub bars with Shea butter and brown sugar. (Caution: tub may get slippery)

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1 cup ground coffee (used is better caffeine is activated and good for cellulite, etc)

1 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons Shea butter

1/3 a cup brown sugar

Melt Shea butter & coconut oil- mix together. Add coffee grinds & sugar. Mix more .

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You can add a few drops of essential oil. I like mint; it reminds me of a peppermint mocha. You could use orange too. Similar recipes online recommend vanilla extract- sounds amazing!

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Pour the mixture into ice cube trays, muffin trays (any small containers you like-you can see I used a few different ones); make sure there’s a difference in color from bottom to top; a layer of the oil sitting in top of the thick layer of grinds. Place containers on a pan and cover with plastic wrap. Then place the pan carefully in the freezer. After a half hour or so these should be frozen. You can pop them out of the containers and store in a plastic bag in the fridge or freezer.

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To use:

Before a shower, place a bar a bit away from the shower, either in a small plate or in a plastic bag on your sink or shelf, to use when ready. Be aware the coconut oil & shea butter will eventually melt. I like to jump in shower & get my skin ready for absorption. So maybe start with your normal routine. After a few minutes turn off water & grab bar. Carefully exfoliate desired area of skin with the dark side of the bar. Follow with the light side of the bar to moisturize. You can alternate sides a few times so exfoliating won’t be too rough. The bar will continuously melt and grinds will fall in tub/shower (the water will rinse them down drain) but that’s okay because these are pretty much 1-3 uses per bar- just a fun DIY for yourself if you enjoy homemade skincare. Place bar back off to the side & continue shower. Rinse off excess grinds/oil & continue your normal routine. Your skin will be super smooth even after you dry off! You can pit the remainder of bar back in the fridge or freezer* (recommended)* #diyskincare #homemadebodyscrub #coconutoil #theskincareenthuiast #yum #love #yourskinabsorbseverything #whyusechemicals

The basics: homemade facial scrub

Simply take a 1/2 cup sugar brown sugar (Organic works best) and mix in a 1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil if you don't like coconut or are too impatient for it to liquify ;-)

Use about a tablespoon 1 1/2 tablespoons for your face, massage gently and then rinse with warm water. Alternatively you can add a 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice to your tablespoon for Vitamin C and brightening your skin. But be careful not to get it in your eyes.