Coconut Oil - It isn't just for cooking!
by Amy Waldman
6 months ago
Cooking and Eating
- Cooking Oil — Some oils shouldn’t be cooked at high temperatures, but coconut oil can withstand the heat. Use coconut oil instead of butter or vegetable oil for healthier meals.
- Added Flavor — Given that the taste of coconut oil complements a variety of foods, add a touch of it to your daily coffee, tea or smoothie for a quick, easy flavor boost.
Skin Care and Beauty
- Makeup Remover / Cleanser— This even works on waterproof makeup and mascara - put coconut oil on your fingers, massage it into your skin and feel your makeup melt away. Remove it with a dampened cotton pad or washcloth. Amazing!
- Face and Body Moisturizer — With its soothing, hydrating and relieving properties, rubbing coconut oil on your face and body will alleviate dry skin and leave you glowing. Add a few drops of a soothing essential oil such as Lavender for aroma therapy and healing benefits.
- Leave-In Conditioner – Similar to the way coconut oil works wonders for your skin, applying it to the tips of your hair and leaving it in overnight will make for healthier-looking locks in the morning.
- Static Eliminator — When you’re battling dry air and static-y hair, rub a tiny bit of coconut oil on your fingers and then run them through your hair for a tame look.
- Energy Boost — If your cat or dog needs a change of pace, mix a tablespoon of coconut oil into his or her next meal for enhanced taste and added energy.
- Natural Toothpaste — For the days when your dog’s oral hygiene is a priority, brush your pet’s teeth using coconut oil as a natural toothpaste.
- Household Lubricant — When the mechanical functions in your home are getting old, apply coconut oil to loosen them up.
- Cookware Treatment — If you need to season cast-iron cookware, spread coconut oil on the surface and heat in the oven as many times as needed to formulate a non-stick surface.