Uses of Virgin Coconut Oil
Did you know that if you use the typical department
or drug store brands of cosmetics daily, you could be absorbing nearly 5
pounds of chemicals into your body annually?
Many of these widely distributed products that are highly advertised and
hyped, including some of the ones your dermatologist sells, have been linked
to deadly inflammatory conditions and even cancers.
Harmful Ingredients in Personal Care Products on the ingredients found in
many over-the-counter cosmetic and personal care products that can be
harmful to your skin and overall health.
You might want to check your personal care product labels and see if they
include any of the following: Mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS),
petrolatum, propylene glycol, gycerin, collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid,
alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s), bentonite, fragrances, kaolin, lanolin,
lauramide DEA, sodium chloride, or benzophenone. These are the culprits we
don’t want to put on our skin, which is the largest organ in our bodies.
Some of these ingredients are even advertising buzz words that we have
become accustomed to believe that they are actually good to have in our
products, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Making your beauty products yourself is the very best way to be sure that
you're not ingesting or applying these and many more dangerous chemicals
topically. This can be both fun and easy to do when using your own
Virgin Coconut Oil.
Quality virgin coconut oil is crystal clear and has a fresh coconut scent.
It's inexpensive and healthy, and it smells like a tropical beach vacation.
What's not to love?
Uses for virgin coconut oil:
1. Face and body moisturizer
Coconut oil topically acts as a wonderful moisturizer for all types of skin,
including dry and aging skin. Coconut oil is a safe solution for preventing
dryness and flaking of skin and it makes a perfect massage oil, as well. It
is known to delay the onset of wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally
become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin
problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Coconut oil should and does form the foundation ingredient of various
personal care products such as soaps, lotions, and creams. Coconut oil also
helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its
For an all-natural moisturizer after bath or
shower, pure coconut oil is my favorite. It’s a beauty-fuel moisturizer and
a potent source of the beneficial fat lauric acid. I put a tablespoon in my
herbal tea and sip this before, during or after my bath or shower. Your
thyroid gland loves coconut oil as it helps to nourish it. One of the
symptoms of hypothryroidism is dry skin so we get double the benefits when
we use coconut oil internally and externally as often as possible.
Whether your skin is dry or oily or even if you
struggle with acne, coconut oil turns out to be antimicrobial, antifungal,
and antibacterial, which explains why it heals skin conditions so well.
2. Make-up remover
Coconut oil is an effective makeup remover and a natural moisturizer.
Just put a little bit on a cotton ball and use as you would commercial
3. Face mask
Add a bit of honey (a natural antibacterial) to coconut oil and apply to
your face. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then rinse.
4. Lip balm
Apply to chapped lips. You also can transfer a small amount to a container
for lip moisture on the go, but be careful in summer months -- heat
liquefies the oil.
5. Bath soak
Pour a little coconut oil into your bath and enjoy a relaxing soak.
6. Body scrub
Scrubs offer a fantastic opportunity to remove dead skin and make you feel
invigorated in the process. Here is a recipe for a homemade Coconut
Oil Sugar Scrub, that is easy to make and store:
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
1 cup organic coconut sugar
1/3 cup fine ground Himalayan Chrystal or pink salt
1/2 cup cold or expeller pressed, virgin, organic, coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil (or you can use rose
Since you might have a nice jar with lid on hand which you may have
saved from the recycling bin you can start with your own recycled
jar, or buy a “Ball Jar,” add the Himalayan Chrystal or pink salt,
coconut oil and then add the rest of the ingredients and stir with a
wooden spoon. (I like to keep a small wooden spoon in my shower or
next to the tub to stir the scrub and spoon it into my hand for
7. Foot treatment
If you have calluses or rough heels, exfoliate with a pumice stone right
before bed. Slather coconut oil on your feet and put on a pair of socks to
lock in moisture overnight.
Apply to cuticles, then push them back with an orange stick.
9. Coconut Oil Shampoo: It’s not difficult to make
your own shampoo.
Homemade Coconut Oil Shampoo
1/4 cup coconut milk (Thai canned coconut milk)
1/3 cup liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
1 T Virgin Coconut Oil,
1 teaspoon almond oil and
10 to 20 drops of fragrance, if you like
Combine all ingredients in a blender or whisk thoroughly and pour
into a recycled shampoo bottle or jar and shake well. Shampoo as you
would with any shampoo and rinse well.
10. Daily hair conditioner
Coconut oil is great for all hair types, thin, thick, straight or
curly—coconut oil helps amazingly and after blow drying or flat ironing
apply a little to your hands and use to achieve a sheen.
11. Deep conditioner for hair
Perhaps once a month, or after coloring, perming,
straightening or other treatment, slather coconut oil on your scalp and let
it soak in for about 15 minutes and then rinse, or shampoo out.
11. Dry, split ends
While there is no fix for split ends other than a haircut, you can work
small amounts of coconut oil into fried strands to smooth them out and add
12. Shaving oil
Ditch the can of shaving cream. Apply coconut oil before shaving for smooth,
There are related external applications of Virgin
Coconut Oil on our
Health Benefits page.
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