6 Ways With Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen

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6 Ways with Coconut oil outside the kitchen

 

6 Ways With Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen

 

Coconut oil has become a bit of a “super food” recently and has found it’s way out of the kitchen and into the bathroom. It’s not unusual to find a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom sitting next to top label designer cosmetic pots and potions.

As always it’s best to pay a little more for quality and I usually try to buy organic, cold pressed and unrefined coconut oil. It’s white in colour and usually comes in glass jars. If it gets too warm it will melt and turn into a clear liquid, but simply move it to a cooler place or pop it in the fridge for a short while.

To give you an idea of how coconut oil can help you on the as a beauty product, here are our

6 Ways With Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen

 

As a body moisturiser

Although oily when you first apply, coconut oil soon sinks in leaving your skin silky and smooth soft with a subtle glow. You only need a small amount – so go easy – but the results are great and coconut oil has become one of my favourite body moisturisers. Rub it into the dry skin on your elbows to give them some moisture too. .

As a day cream in Winter and a night cream

I’ve been using coconut oil as a facial cream in Winter (though in Summer I prefer one with a high SPF to counteract the ravages of the sun). I don’t use it every day but alternate it with my usual day cream and again I think it does a great job. Just watch out that you let it soak in properly before you apply make up as it can be a little oily at first. You can also use it on your lips as a lip balm too.

As a Body Scrub

Coconut oil makes a brilliant body scrub when mixed with a variety of everyday prodcuts like sugar and salt. Use different levls of coarseness for different effects. For example, I prefer to use finely ground caster or fine granulated sugar for a facial scrub and coarse salt or demerera sugar or a scrub for my feet. Just mix small quanitities together in a little screw top jar and keep it in your bathroom. I’d advise against making too large a quanitity as if you’re bathroom has underfloor heating and tends to be quite warm, the coconut oil can go off if you leave it for too long. It won’t affect it’s moisturing effects – but won’t smell that great either!

You can buy cute little glass jars and make up small quantities for yourself and for friends. Add a pretty label and a bow and voilà you have a little present. The larger “preserving jars” are great too – as long as you know it’s going to get used!

For pampered Hands and Feet

If you feet have been suffering from neglect and your hand could do with a bit of a pampering why not use the body scrub to treat both you feet and hands (in that order!) to a scrub followed by a an extra dose of coconut oil on top and then placing your feet in cotton socks and your hands in cotton gloves. Leave for at least an hour (overnight is best) and see the difference when you take them out.

As a Make Up Remover

Simply place a little oil on a cotton pad and gently remove your makeup. It’s very gentle yet amazingly effective and works on eye make up too.

For Ayurvedic Oil Pulling or Mouth Swilling

This is an ancient Eastern practice called “kavala” or “gundusha” and something that many health gurus recommend. We know people who swear by it for treating their inflamed gums and mouth infections and some also claim it makes your teeth whiter.

It involves swilling around a spoonful of oil in your mouth (without swallowing any!) for up to 20 minutes – which is a seriously long time! Apparently you should do it as soon as you wake up on an empty stomach and it’s supposed to draw out all the toxins and build up your immune system to help you fight against infection and improve your dental health.

Anti-Dandruff Remedy

If you suffer from a dry scalp or dandruff, try massaging coconut oil into your scalp. Cover with a shower cap and a towel and leave for an hour (or ideally overnight). To remove the oil massage the shampoo without water into the hair then rinse out and shampoo and condition as normal (you may need to do this twice). This can really help with dry and flaky scalps – so why not give it a go?

Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so there may be something in this though traditional doctors claim there is no medical evidence. Afterwards, spit the oil out into your bin rather than down the washbasin. If you can do it for 20 minutes you’re doing better than me – but friends say it’s even worth doing for a short while!

Do you have any other ways to use coconut oil? If so tell us in the comments section below.

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