You’re already aware of the wonders of coconut oil. You’ve heard about its cure-all powers, its status as the healthiest cooking oil, its uses in all-natural cosmetics, etc., etc.
But do you actually use it on a day-to-day basis? Or are you overwhelmed by those articles on ‘101 Uses for Coconut Oil’ and end up relegating it to the back of the pantry to use when you’ve run out of olive oil?
I don’t use coconut oil for 101 things, but I do use it on a daily basis for the following three things, which, if you adopt them too, will help you:
a. Minimise the different lotions and potions you need in your toiletry bag (making bathroom minimalism and travel an absolute breeze), and,
b. Reduce the amount of toxic products you use on your body every day.
Coconut oil is the most effective and easy makeup remover I’ve ever tried. I even swapped out my favourite all-natural, yummy cleanser, Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever from Living Libations, for simple coconut oil.
This is because, even though I love the Living Libations product, I decided that coconut oil does the job just as well. Also, I don’t have to suffer the eco-guilt of having my face product shipped in all the way from Canada.
Try using coconut oil as a makeup remover yourself – I promise you’ll become a convert. It’s super efficient at getting rid of even the most stubborn eye make up, and will help maintain healthy, nourished and hydrated skin, since it doesn’t strip the skin of its natural sebum like commercial face cleansers do. Use warm water to rinse your face off to make sure you melt away any oil residues.
Yes, that’s right – coconut oil, mixed with a little baking soda (for whitening), is the perfect toothpaste.
Supermarket toothpastes are in fact rotten for your oral health. They typically contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (a sudsing and thickening agent). SLS is way too harsh to use orally, as it breaks down the mucus membrane that protects you from absorbing harmful chemicals and toxins through the mouth. There is such a thing as over-cleaning, and SLS is really good at that. Much like the sebum in our hair and on our skin that we need to maintain to lock in moisture, we need to protect the mucus membrane in our mouths because it is an essential part of our protective oral ecosystem.
So ditch the Colgate today, and start brushing with coconut oil and baking soda.
This is how I make it:
And hey presto! A super simple homemade toothpaste that your teeth will love. You may need a little time to adjust to the salty taste, but soon enough it’ll be the shop-bought toothpastes that’ll taste weird to you.
This summer I tried to break in a new pair of heels on probably the hottest day in July – schoolgirl error. I ended up with two massive, angry blisters, that quickly started to get infected. Nasty! But, a dash of coconut oil and all was fixed. I actually felt my feet sigh with relief as I rubbed the cool oil onto my throbbing blisters. The pain was eased within ten minutes, and the wounds healed very quickly, with no infection.
The reason why coconut oil is so effective at healing wounds is that it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal (this is why it also makes for a great toothpaste). So you can use it on cuts, grazes, athlete’s foot, blisters – any wound/skin problem at all. It’ll heal in a jiffy and smell amazing. So chuck out the Savlon and keep a little jar of coconut oil in your medicine cabinet instead.
So what’s your favourite use for coconut oil? Please do share in the comments below.
Here’s to health-filled minimalism!
p.s. Bonus use for coconut oil that’s excellent for all-round health: oil pulling. Check out Ann’s post on it here.