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Sunday, July 11, 2010

10 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

10 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a staple in my kitchen, bathroom and even the first aide kit. Virgin coconut oil is known over the world for it's anti-inflammatory, hydrating and even antimicrobial properties. This article is about using coconut oil for beauty, first aid and to calm the occasional upset tummy.

There are major differences in coconut oil.  When you are ready to buy coconut oil make sure you get Virgin Coconut Oil, not the kind used in tanning oils etc.  This is my favorite coconut oil from Dr. Mercola.

Ten ways to use coconut oil for beauty....

1.  Moisturizer....  Rub into hands, feet, and legs for a soft glow and silky smooth skin.  I like to use it on damp skin and always right after shaving my legs.  It does take a little bit of time for your skin to absorb the oil but it is never greasy feeling!

2.  For a natural lip balm.... Use a small dab on lips to keep them soft and supple.

3.  For nails.... Use on your fingernails to give a hydrating seal that helps stop brittle nails and hangnails.

4.  Deodorant...Coconut oil will deodorize anything it comes in contact with.  Rub some on your feet and even underarms to prevent body odor.

5.  Acne help... Dab coconut oil on breakouts and let the oil's lauric acid heal acne without the drying effect of chemicals.

6.  Stomach aches... Drink hot coconut tea, add one or two tablespoons of coconut oil to hot water or tea.   Coconut oil has antimicrobial acids that help stop indigestion causing bacteria and/or parasites.

7.  Facial scrub... For a natural skin scrub add a teaspoon of sugar to about a tablespoon or two of coconut oil.  Massage onto to skin and rinse for a glowing look and beautiful skin.

8.  Anti-itch lotion...Use coconut oil on bug bites or rashes.  The oil has anti-inflammatory agents that soothe the skin and stop the itch.

9.  Hair tamer... Add a tiny bit of coconut oil to fizzy hair to tame and control.  Just a TINY bit goes a long way to seal the cuticle.

10.  Lubricant... Coconut oil is great for all hydrating and soothing dry skin, even "down there" dryness!!!!!

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