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Uses & Benefits of Coconut Oil for DIYers

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People who enjoy DIY projects tend to gravitate toward the use of things like duct tape, W-D 40, vinegar and witch hazel. After all, these items can be used in a variety of ways and usually result in substantial savings over other products. Coconut oil is another item that can be added to the DIY list of must-haves. With it, you can make a lot of the products you use every day, save money, and avoid many of the chemicals found in commercial products.

Purify Your Health and Beauty Care Regimen with Coconut Oil

Imagine no longer having to buy many of the health and beauty products you shop for every day. With just a handful of common ingredients, you can eliminate the need to buy toothpaste, deodorant, skin softener (including face moisturizer), shaving cream, sunscreen insect repellent, and dozens of other commonly used items. Coconut oil recipes are safe for all the members of your family, even for babies as a diaper rash oil and skin lotion.

Not only can you save money and shopping trips, but the homemade products are free from unpronounceable chemicals that your skin and body could absorb. Coconut oil is pure and all-natural, containing nutrients and anti-oxidants that can relieve minor scrapes and aches as well as give you healthier skin, nails, and teeth.

Simply stock up on baking soda, cornstarch and some pleasant-smelling essential oils (and of course, coconut oil), and you could be making your own products faster than you could drive to the grocery store, comparison shop, hunt for coupons, and stand in line.

By itself, coconut oil can be used as a hair detangler and conditioner, coffee creamer, and a topical treatment for many common health conditions including athlete's foot, arthritis, cellulite, dandruff, cold sores, earaches, poison ivy, UTIs and yeast infections.

Benefits of Coconut Oil to a Healthy Diet

In addition to using coconut oil topcially, it can also be ingested to provide many health benefits. Regular users report relief of allergy symptoms, mental alertness and energy, hormone production, decreased depression and anxiety, and even the ability to improve cholesterol numbers and insulin levels. When taken daily, coconut oil can help speed weight loss as well.

Coconut oil can be used in place of other oils (vegetable, canola, etc.) in cooking and baking. It has a high smoke point, so it is even better for high temperature cooking and baking than other oils. It can also be mixed into smoothies, coffee or tea, granola and protein bars.

Household Uses of Coconut Oil

Throughout the house, there are many uses for coconut oil. You can use it to polish leather that is already shiny, as a stain remover, to season cast iron pans, and to clean soap scum from the bathtub or other areas of the bathroom.

Instead of having dozens of cleaners and health and beauty care products lining your closet shelves, just a jar of coconut oil and a few other ingredients can provide healthier, simpler versions of many of those same products at a fraction of the cost. Coconut oil should definitely be a staple of any DIYer's pantry.

Sources:

12 Uses For Coconut Oil on Your Body and Around the House
http://www.treehugger.com/green-home/12-uses-coconut-oil-your-body-and-around-house.html

101 Uses for Coconut Oil
http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/


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