9 Clever Ways Coconut Oil Can Help You Around the House
Wouldn’t it be great to have that one thing you can use for practically everything?
There are endless ways in which you can use coconut oil. We’ve compiled a list of 9 ways in which you can use it to help you get started.
Mistreated hair tends to get frizzy, dry and tangled. Measure one or two tablespoons of coconut oil, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Warm the coconut oil in your hands by rubbing them together. Proceed to start applying it from the ends of your hair up to the roots. Make sure to coat your hair evenly. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
If you’re interested in more hair remedies, you should check out our post on Top 3 Natural Home Remedies for your Dry Hair.
Coconut oil can be a healthier alternative to use when cooking. Use it as a non-stick cooking spray, as a topping for your butter, or add it to your smoothies to give it a nutrient boost and help maintain your cholesterol. If you'd like to learn more about how coconut oil is a healthy alternative and how it can improve your diet (recipes included!), you can check out Jenn's blog post 7 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil According to Science (and 4 Delicious Recipes).
You can also use coconut oil in the kitchen to prolong the freshness of eggs. Just rub a small amount of coconut oil to seal the pores in the egg shell, and let it penetrate. This trick should help extend the life of your eggs for 1 to 2 weeks.
Coconut oil is also great as a moisturizer. It is absorbed quickly by the skin, and its antibacterial properties aid in the treatment of acne, treating wrinkles, and soothing irritated skin.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid/triglyceride (MCT). MCTs are known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Studies show that coconut oil is more effective in the treatment of some pathogens than some antibiotics.
Soothe Sore Throat
Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to your favorite warm tea to help soothe a sore throat. Plus, its antibacterial properties help strengthen your immune system.
Natural Energy Booster
Instead of reaching for those sugary sports drinks, replace them with coconut oil. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids, which provide the body with quick energy. Add some coconut oil to your water, along with fresh fruits to replace those sports drinks.
Natural Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is also a great natural makeup remover, that helps hydrate your skin and won’t irritate it. Dab a small amount of coconut oil onto your face, and gently rub to lift away makeup. Once the makeup is lifted, gently wipe it off with a warm towel or cloth.
Coconut oil can even be used around the house to prevent dust collection on surfaces like wood, plastic, or cement. All you have to do is rub a small amount of oil on the surface and let it dry. Wipe off any excess.
Mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda, add some drops of peppermint essential oil to add some minty freshness. The antibiotic properties found in coconut oil aid in destroying the bacteria associated with tooth decay.
With so many ways to use coconut oil, you just may need a jar of it in each room of your house. How do you use coconut oil around the house? Let us know in the comments below!
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