Coconut oil offers a myriad of affordable, super healthy alternatives for
many all of your body care needs. I use it for everything! Literally. It’s that amazing!
Coconut oil is highly:
• And probably a bunch of other anti-somethings
Basically, it’s really great for most anything ranging from healing cavities to treating candida. You can even use it mixed with baking soda to scrub down dingy surfaces, polish wooden furniture, as a cooking oil, and even as a base for candles and lip balm,a natural acne treatment, spread over toast, thrown in smoothies….the list goes on and on. If I could choose one ingredient for all my needs, it would be coconut oil.This is my favorite high quality coconut oil.
Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Ways to Use Coconut Oil
1. As a Toothpaste
Using coconut oil as a toothpaste is one of the best ways to improve gum health, get rid of bad breath, eliminate plaque and tartar, and help heal cavities and tooth decay. And making a toothpaste out of it is super simple.
• Take ½ cup of coconut oil and put it into a non-reactive bowl
• Add 15-20 drops of your essential oil
• Mix well and pour into a clean glass jar (you can also whisk this mixture for a fluffier toothpaste)
How to Use-
• All you have to do is dip in your toothbrush. The coconut oil itself as well as the essential oils will prevent any bacteria from growing in your toothpaste, so don’t worry!
If you want some tooth polishing action, try this nice little recipe:
What You’ll Need:
• 3TB Baking Soda
• 2 TB Coconut Oil
• 3 tsp Xylitol (this is especially good for tartar. It practically jumps off!)
• 15-20 drops minty essential oil (see below recipe for other essential oil options)
This toothpaste works great for daily stain management and keeping those pearly whites polished!
• Mix all ingredients into a thick paste
• Transfer into a small jar
How to Use-
You can use a small utensil to transfer some tooth paste to your tooth brush, or, if your jar is shallow enough, just dip in your tooth brush.
2. Use it as a Natural Deodorant
Using coconut oil as a deodorant can be as easy as slapping it under your arms after a shower. But if you want to spruce it up a bit, try this recipe:
What You’ll Need:
• 3 TB coconut oil
• 1/3 cup non-aluminum Baking Soda
• 1/3 cup Arrowroot Powder
• 10-12 drops of tea tree, lavender, sage, chamomile, or eucalyptus essential oils (anti-fungal)
• 10-12 drops of tea tree, rosemary, sandalwood, lavender, or sage essential oils (antibacterial)
• 2 TB pure Vitamin E oil
• Mix all ingredients thoroughly until it becomes a thick paste.
• Transfer into a shallow jar and apply with your fingertips (this recipes doesn’t work well in deodorant sticks unfortunately)
• If the mixture separates (sense coconut oil melts above 76 degrees), I recommend stirring it first and then apply as usual
This stuff works SO WELL! I’ve even just used plain coconut oil with a few drops of rose or neroli essential oil for a light, uplifting scent. You can also make my Four Thieves version.
One great idea, if you don’t want to touch coconut oil with your hands everyday, is to put the oil with a few drops of essential oil into empty roll on deodorant bottles. This works amazingly well!
3. Coconut Oil Moisturizer/ Body Oil
This is one of my absolute favorite ways to indulge in coconut oil! Your skin smells luscious, is super soft and supple, and has a youthful glow after slathering it on.
To use it as a body oil, simply apply the oil directly to your skin while in the shower. It melts in your hand and glides on like buttah! Not to mention is smells fantastic! You can even add essential oils to your coconut oil. My favorite combo right now is a great scent that inspires happiness and good mood.
To make it, you’ll need:
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• Mix the essential oils into your coconut oil and allow to “age” for a few days. This stuff smells amazing! You honestly can’t be in a bad mood when you’re wearing this =)
• After washing apply evenly to your whole body! Enjoy the uplifting properties of neroli, grapefruit, and lemon!
Another great way to use coconut oil is whipped into a fluffy decadent body butter. You can use the same recipe mentioned above for this.
All you have to do is whisk it till fluffy, then apply it. Keep in a cool place as it might try to melt.
4. As a Shaving Cream
This is a great way to save on shaving cream, because we all know that even the natural ones can contain some questionable ingredients.
To shave with coconut oil, keep a jar of it in the shower (you can even use the “body oil” for this) and apply evenly to the skin. I find that it works best if you sort of slew off the extra water before applying it. Shave as you normally do, rinsing the blade often to prevent any clogging.
No need for moisturizer afterwards! The residual coconut oil with leave your legs touchably smooth. Rub in a bit more oil as an aftershave if you wish.
5. As a Leave-in Conditioner
Forget buying those expensive over the counter de-frizzers and leave-in conditioners. Coconut has you covered. It works by sealing in moisture from the inside out, protecting hair from heat and environmental damage. Adding just a few drops to wet or dry hair with smooth it out, leaving your hair soft and silky.
I like adding it to my roots as a weekly scalp treatment, throughout my hair and then heated as a hair mask, or just applied to my ends to tame frizziness.
Add a few drops of essential oil for scented hair that lasts all day (and probably into the next!).
Have fun and good luck experimenting with coconut oil. What are your favorite ways to use coconut oil? =)
Check out these other articles on coconut oil:
DIY Coconut Oil Hair Treatment
Egg-Free Coconut Paleo Oatmeal
Cinnamon Coconut Custard Cake
Four Thieves Coconut Oil Deodorant
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