mama style: coconut oil uses...
I have been using organic coconut oil for about a year now, and love it for its many uses in beauty, health, and the kitchen. After reading an article about coconut oil, I went to Whole Foods and picked up my first jar. Now, a year later, I'm still finding new ways to incorporate it into my beauty routine and everyday diet.
Here is a good article on the benefits of using this amazing oil. Top on the list for me is heart health, and boosting metabolism...things I'm sure I will care more about (and should) as I get older.
Some of my favorite uses for coconut oil are:
*Skin - I use it on my lips and face as a moisturizer, and it also works great on pregnant bellies to prevent or control stretch marks.
*Teeth - Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Neither had I until a few months ago. Here's the video I watched, and now I regularly practice oil pulling. A nice side effect of this practice is natural teeth whitening. After only one time, I noticed my teeth were brilliantly white, similar to using the whitening strips. Now, I have a perfect way to rid my body of toxins, and get a great smile at the same time.
*Diet - After learning of the many health benefits of using coconut oil in my diet, I now try to incorporate it into our meals at least once a day. It's a great fat to put into Finn's oatmeal in the morning, and I also love to add it to my eggs or toast instead of butter. It has a slightly sweet taste, but it's very pleasant, and not overpowering. Here's a good blog post on ways to use coconut oil in your home.
Things I'm wanting to try with coconut oil but haven't yet:
*Hair - I've been reading on how you can use coconut oil to condition and repair hair, and I'm hoping to try it soon!
*Natural Diaper cream - I am still doing some reading, but I think I can use coconut oil as a cloth diaper safe cream. Finn has very sensitive skin, so it would be a great way to keep him comfy and not ruin our cloth diapers in the process.
*Homemade natural sunscreen - I found a recipe, now I just need to make it!
Needless to say, there are so many uses for coconut oil, and I just love that I can buy one product instead of 10. Better for my health and body, and better for my wallet.
What about you, do you use coconut oil? And what's your favorite way to use it?