Most people familiar with coconut oil know that it is healthy to eat and great for skin. Coconut oil alone can replace your facial cleanser, moisturizer, makeup remover, skin lotion, and hair deep conditioning treatment. There are many lesser known uses of coconut oil, however, that make it even more valuable to have around the house.
Consider these lesser known benefits of coconut oil for overall beauty and health:
--Oil pulling is done by swishing liquid coconut oil between your teeth and around your mouth for several minutes each day. Oil pulling helps prevent (some say even reverse) tooth decay and can help other health conditions as well by flushing toxins and providing nutrients to the body.
--Apply coconut oil to skin rashes and breakouts to improve skin health. Even skin infections like scabies and impetigo can be treated successfully with coconut oil. Skin may take a little longer to heal than with traditional creams or antibiotic medications, but the oil will provide balance to skin to prevent future problems, and without the side effects stronger medications can bring. Always check with your doctor if the skin rash persists for several days or becomes worse instead of better.
--Make an all-natural exfoliating body scrub with equal parts sea salt or sugar and melted coconut oil. A few drops of lavender, bergamot or other essential oil can be added as well. Use the body scrub in the shower to slough off dead skin and leave skin baby soft.
--Coconut oil and honey can combine to make a great face mask to hydrate and heal irritated skin. Just mix together, apply to skin and leave on for about 15 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly and enjoy.
--Use coconut oil on sunburned skin to replace moisture and minimize peeling. Coconut oil also helps skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Use daily for several weeks to see improvement.
--Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil can be used as both a deodorant and a toothpaste.
The benefits of coconut oil extend beyond just our health, however. These life hacks show that coconut oil is also useful for tons of other unexpected things:
--To shine patent leather shoes and polish any kind of leather, just apply oil and buff with a cloth.
--To remove wax, gum, or other residue from just about any surface, soak the affected area with oil and scrape or rub off.
--To remove shower scum, wipe down walls and tub with oil. Be careful! Coconut oil can make tub bottoms very slippery.
--To clean flatware or any kind of metal, rub on coconut oil. It can even remove rust from steel.
--Use coconut oil to lubricate guitar strings, zippers, door hinges, and even appliance motors, among other things.
--To repel insects, combine coconut oil and essential oils like peppermint, catnip, rosemary, or tea tree.
--To start a campfire, soak cotton balls in coconut oil and add to kindling.
--To condition wood furniture, apply coconut oil liberally and let it soak into the wood, then wipe off to help prevent rot as well as wear and tear.