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Natural healing: coconut oil


Over the past couple of years coconut oil has become the new “it” food. Three years ago I didn’t even know what coconut oil was, now it’s become a staple in my beauty and health regiment.

I’ve written before about how to make a coconut oil moisturizer and I stand by my word, it’s amazing. I use it everyday and my skin has never been smoother or softer. But, coconut oil’s powers don’t end with moisturizing.

Here are a few other coconut oil uses that you may want to try.

  1. Natural sunscreen: This seems counter intuitive because you’re essentially putting oil on your skin. I have this image of a fried, wrinkled woman basking in coconut oil with a tin foil reflector. But coconut oil is actually a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 4-8. You can mix coconut oil other oils such as carrot seed oil (35-40 SPF) or red raspberry oil (28-50 SPF) to increase the sun protection.
  2. Sunburn soother: If you didn’t get your natural sunscreen on in time, coconut oil is also great for soothing sunburned skin in place of aloe.
  3. Soothe Athlete’s Foot: Applied directly to the feet, coconut oil can help relieve athlete’s foot itching due to it’s anti-fungal properties. Rub a tablespoon of coconut oil directly on your feet. Wrap your foot in a plastic bag then cover with a sock. Leave on for up to 2 hours. Repeat several days in a row for best results. You may also find that this remedy has a side effect of smoothing dry skin and calluses as well.
  4. Heals injuries, cuts and bruises: Coconut oil is anti-microbial which means it can kill naturally kill harmful bacteria and microbes. Place a small amount of oil directly on the injury for best results.
  5. Smoothie booster: Add coconut oil to your daily smoothie to aid in digestion. When mixed with chia seeds, coconut oil can also be a natural energy booster, helping to increase stamina in endurance athletes.

There are about 100 other uses for coconut oil from soothing eczema to treating allergies to being used as a shaving cream. I recommend virgin coconut oil vs. refined if you’re looking to buy your first jar. You can find a large jar at most major grocery stores for a fraction of the cost of many lotions or sunscreens.

Image via Creative Commons / Written by Lisa Chase.