Initially, I began using extra virgin coconut oil in my hair regimen. As I continued to use it, I noticed that it has many of other useful properties. Natural, pure coconut oil acts as an antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.
Coconut oil possesses the following benefits:
- weight loss
- boosts thyroid function
- boosts metabolism
- regulates blood sugar
- improve immune function
- fights yeast (candida) used both internally or topically for fungus
- improves the health of both skin and hair
- improves dental health (using the oil pulling method)
Here are some of the many ways that I have been using my coconut oil.
Hair Care: Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair cuticle while other oils just sit on the hair. Use coconut oil on dry ends to hydrate and tame frizz. It provides great shine for your hair and a little goes a long way. It is also known to be a great pre-poo and dandruff maintainer.
Just beware of temperature changes. The oil liquefies in the heat and freezes in colder climates, even when it’s in your hair! Try mixing the coconut oil with shea butter for an everyday moisturizer.
Skin Care: Some moisturizers only last upon initial application and then dry up. Coconut oil differs because it strengthens underlying tissues and removes excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface. This product can even be used as gentle make-up remover.
Shaving: Coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial. Its skin-soothing properties will also leave your legs hydrated. I’m also noticing that razor bumps are being kept at bay.
If you are looking to purchase virgin coconut oil, just head over to your local health food store. Prices vary from $8 – $15.
How do you use your coconut oil? Let us know below!