Whether you’re an old hat, or just jumped on the bandwagon, coconut oil is suddenly HOT!
From celebrity endorsements to word of mouth on the playground, it seems everyone has tried it in one form or another, and best of all, it’s natural!
SAHM found some of these awesome uses for coconut oil to both pamper and protect your body!
1. Moisturiser and Eye Cream
Just scoop it out of the jar and rub all over your body. The best thing is, you don’t need a separate eye cream, just apply under the eyes also to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.
2. Pre and After Shave
Prep your skin for the damage that shaving causes, and then heal it afterwards without clogging your pores. It is also great for stopping the blood flow with those inevitable nicks and cuts.
Combine 1/4 cup cornflour, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make your own deodorant. Uber frugal!
Grab a small amount of coconut oil and rub it onto the ends of your hair, then distribute through to condition. For a deeper treatment, finely coat the hair in about a tablespoon of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave it in overnight! If your hair is prone to a little frizz, rub a little between your palms and either scrunch or finger comb through for a sleeker, more controlled look.
Mix a little baking soda and coconut oil and brush, brush, brush!
6. Make Up Remover
Just dab the coconut oil onto a cotton swab and wipe away!
7. Lip Balm and Sunscreen
Coconut oil not only acts as a softening agent on dry and cracked lips, but it also has a small degree of SPF (around 4) so you get a little protection.
8. Massage Oil and Lubricant
Get frisky with a natural product instead of those store-bought, chemical nightmares! It’s easy, just grab some and rub. Just note, coconut oil is not suitable for use with, or compatible with, latex!
9. Stretch Mark Cream/Nipple Cream
Coconut oil is renowned for nourishing damaged skin. Slather it on for stretch marks and sore, cracked nipples between feeds. No chemicals means it’s perfectly fine if bubs manages to ingest some whilst feeding.
10. Nappy Cream
Got a rashy bum? Coconut oil is not only great for nappy rash, but also thrush and those nasty, itchy rashes that little girls can get when they don’t wipe or wash properly.
11. Cradle Cap
Coconut oil will definitely soothe and nourish that dry skin on bub’s head. Just rub a teaspoon a day onto the scalp.
12. Body Scrub
Your only limitation is your imagination on this one! Mix coconut oil and sugar together to make a scrub of your desired coarseness and add any essential oils you like! Rub all over your body in the shower and you’ll jump out super soft!
13. Healing and First Aid
Much like a bandaid, coconut oil forms a thin layer over the skin which protects from dirt and bacteria and when applied to bruises, it can speed up the healing processes by repairing damaged tissues. When applied to bug bites and skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning as well as speed up the healing process.
14. Treat Swimmer’s Ear
Mix one clove of minced garlic and two tablespoons of coconut oil and put a few drops in the sore ear for about 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day for 1-2 days.