Coconuts are everywhere nowadays – oil, sugar, flour, butter, jam, water, milk – you name it, there’s a use for it and it’s no wonder why when it possesses such a myriad of benefits. This super fruit may once have been resigned to a supermarket shelf, but the coconut now reigns supreme as one of the world’s most popular superfoods and is widely recognized for its health boosting benefits from its ability to treat skin disorders, to boosting immunity and even supporting the development of healthy bones and teeth. There’s so much more to the humble coconut than merely eating it and your jar of coconut oil certainly doesn’t have to be resigned solely to the kitchen cupboards; with my 5 favourite uses for coconut oil outside of the kitchen, you’ll see how countless products can be replaced by one mighty jar of coconut oil, saving you both money and time.
- Hair Treatment One of my favourite ways to use coconut oil is as a hair treatment and when I don’t I definitely live to regret it – I simply massage a handful all over my hair from roots to tips and leave in all day before rinsing out with a natural shampoo and conditioner. It leaves my hair super shiny, soft and frizz free and the science behind it? Coconut oil is mainly composed of smaller medium chain fatty acids, which are able to penetrate the hair deeper and quicker than standard conditioning products. And as for the frizz fighting part, oil naturally repels water and so coconut oil prevents moisture from entering the hair and forming frizz. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil also nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles, leaving your head (and shoulders) dandruff free!
- Make-Up Remover Coconut oil helps to break down water-resistant substances found in eye shadow and mascara, instantly removing them from the skin. And unlike traditional make up removers, there’s no harsh rubbing required and you get all of coconut oil’s moisturising benefits at the same time. Coconut oil is also naturally anti-bacterial and contains both capric and lauric acid which are two of the most powerful anti microbial sources and it’s also a natural anti-inflammatory so will help reduce breakouts and redness. Simply massage coconut oil in a circular motion all over your face, rinse with a damp wash cloth and tadah – make up free in no time!
- Nail Cuticle Oil Massaging coconut oil onto your cuticles helps to moisturise and strengthen them, thank’s to its natural emollient properties, thus preventing the nails from becoming too brittle. It’s natural anti-fungal properties also make coconut oil great for fighting nail conditions caused by bacteria.
- Moisturiser Coconut oil is a powerful moisturiser and promotes hydration by locking in moisture thanks to its high content of fatty acids which help reinforce the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Coconut oil is also rich in Vitamin E – an antioxidant renowned for its anti-aging benefits and when used frequently, helps to tone the skin and prevent wrinkles. When it comes to coconut oil, there really are no limits to where you can use it and a little goes a long way so it works out to be more economical too – simply slather on from head to toe!
- Oil Pulling is one of the latest beauty trends in the hunt for whiter teeth but you don’t have to waste ridiculous amounts of money on expensive kits to get the pearly whites that you’ve always wanted – simply swish a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. The coconut oil binds to the plaque on the teeth and removes toxins. It’s also proven to be particularly effective at removing Streptococcus mutans; one of the bacteria that is most prominent in the mouth and has been proven to cause tooth decay and gum disease.
What are your favourite ways to use coconut oil? Leave them in the comments below or let me know on Instagram @nourishingyas x