-written by VFTP contributor Jane Hill
Coconut oil is my favorite oil. It’s inexpensive, multi-functional, and health supporting with its antiviral and antibacterial qualities. It has the richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) and is also one of the best sources of lauric acid – the magic ingredient lending its health-promoting benefits.
A great resource for the best quality virgin coconut oil is Tropical Traditions. It’s imported from the Philippines where they use the traditional method of processing the oil. They offer 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers as well as smaller ones. And, they have a great book telling their story and the history of coconut oil called, Virgin Coconut Oil. How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!
Here are 26 things to do with this fabulous oil:
- Use it as a make-up remover.
- Use it as a basic moisturizer instead of lotions that only make your grips slip when sweating it out in the hot room.
- Use it to cook, bake, and stir-fry instead of vegetable oils.
- Put it on your hair before a Bikram Yoga Class to deep condition your hair for 90 minutes.
- Mix with a small amount of sea salt for a face and body scrub in the shower.
- Use a small amount under your arms as a natural deodorant.
- Use it as shaving lotion, with the added benefit of its antiseptic properties for cuts that could happen while shaving.
- Use it as a natural sunscreen with a built-in SPF around 7. (Not quite up to par with today’s SPF standards, but with no toxic chemicals, its not too shabby.)
- Add a tablespoon to your bowl of soup or stew for added healthy fats. (Fat is good for you people – just make sure it’s the right kind of fat!)
- Take a spoonful internally to support your overall immune system. It’s best to take it 20-30 minutes before eating.
- Add it to your bath for extra moisturizing
- You can actually use it to get gum out of your hair… or your carpet.
- Use it to clean your mascara brush.
- Use it to help soothe a new tattoo.
- Use it on a cloth to polish and detail the inside of your car.
- Mix a little with oregano oil and apply when you feel the beginning of a cold sore.
- Use it to moisturize wood furniture instead of furniture polish. Add some lemon oil for a fresh scent.
- Use it to clean the bathroom sink to remove any traces of makeup or toothpaste. Then spray the sink with some white vinegar and wipe up any extra oil. Ditto in the shower.
- Use coconut oil as an insect repellant on it’s own, or pump up the power by adding essential oils like peppermint, tea tree oil, or catnip.
- Use it to make old-fashioned, homemade popcorn instead of vegetable oils or store-bought microwavable popcorn.
- Use it for oil-pulling.
- Use it to soothe skin rashes and sunburns.
- Use it instead of WD-40.
- Use it to stop a bleeding nose and to help with sore, dry nostrils.
- With its exceptional anti-bacterial properties, use it to brush your teeth in a pinch if you forget your toothpaste. You might be surprised that it actually works. If you are interested in making your own toothpaste add some peppermint oil and baking soda until your get the right consistency. It’s both natural and effective.
- Use it to lubricate any parts of your body that need assistance getting in and out of any yoga posture! Just kidding – Don’t do that!!!
How about you? What have you used coconut oil for? What did I miss?
Here are a couple of fun (and super easy) recipes using coconut oil:
This recipe is fantastic because if only requires one ingredient: COCONUT OIL!!!
The other two ingredients are optional.
What you need:
1 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
A few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance
What to do:
- Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.
- Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
- Spoon the whipped coconut oil butter into a glass jar and cover tightly.
- Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
Tip: An electric hand mixer is good, but a KitchenAid stand mixer works great as it’s hands-free. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Note: Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures.
What you need:
½ cup virgin coconut oil
½ cup organic cocoa powder
¼ cup raw honey
dash of vanilla (optional)
What to do:
Mix all ingredients in a medium glass bowl until smooth. Spread into a small glass container and refrigerate until solid (about an hour). Cut into squares and savor every bite!
Tip: The coconut oil may need to be gently melted first.
Easy variations: Get creative and add shredded coconut, almonds, or walnuts as desired.
*Recipes can be found at www.livingthenourishedlife.com.
This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium coming soon!