Coconut oil is one of the most featured products in the media in recent times. It has received heaps of praise regarding its many benefits in newspapers, magazine articles and from health experts on TV. What could be perceived as merely a cooking oil actually has a lot more to offer. There are several internal and external uses of coconut oil. Of course, you should only really use unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil such as Biona Coconut Oil to ensure you reap all of the oils true benefits.
Conditions Skin & Hair
Massaging coconut oil into your hair about a half an hour before shampooing can aid dry or damaged hair. It can also be used on the ends after styling to calm frizz and induce a glossy shine. Those who suffer with dry skin or skin conditions find patting a thin layer of the oil on freshly washed skin and leaving overnight can help to improve the skins appearance.
Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties. Adding it to your daily diet may help to boost your immune system and help to fight off viral infections. It also possesses natural anti-fungal properties and so may be a useful remedy for fungal infections. Use it topically to tackle nail fungus. It wont damage the surrounding skin, instead it will help to moisturise it.
Potential Nappy Rash Remedy
Pure coconut oil may also be a very useful natural remedy for nappy rash and moisturising delicate babys skin. After washing babys bum, apply the coconut oil as you would a diaper cream. Dont worry if you use cloth nappies such as the Bambino MioNappy, coconut oil will wash right out and there is no unpleasant or chemically driven scent from the oil either.
Dairy Replacement in Recipes/Healthy Cooking Oil
Coconut oil can be used in both cooking and baking as a healthier cooking ingredient alternative. For those of you who follow a dairy free diet, you can use coconut oil in place of butter, cream cheese and margarine. It is rich in medium chain fatty acids and can be used a healthy cooking oil in stir fries or even added to smoothies. Some people even use coconut oil to make a tasty dip which satisfies their cravings for something sweet.
Natural Body Scrub
If you arent a fan of chemical filled body scrubs and body washes, why not opt for a more natural, homemade solution? You can create a delightful natural body scrub by mixing sea salt or sugar with coconut oil. For really sensitive skin, go for brown sugar. Mix the salt/sugar with coconut oil on a 2:1 ratio in a container. Use a bath mitt to apply to your skin.
These are just a few of our favourite uses of coconut oil. There are of course many, many more! Feel free to comment with additions to the list, we would love to hear how you put this natural oil to use.