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20 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

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You’ve heard amazing things about coconut oil, maybe you even have a jar. Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. So how do you use coconut oil? Here’s Ceres 20 things you can do with coconut oil.

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1. On toast

Instead of butter or processed spreads, spread a little coconut oil on your toast.

2. In smoothies

Add 1-2 tablespoons to your daily green smoothie to boost your metabolism. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are easily digested and converted to energy rather than stored like other fats.

3. Make a body scrub

Mix coconut oil with an equal amount of coconut sugar until you get a thick paste to create an exfoliating scrub. Your skin is going to feel ultra smooth and smell insanely delicious!

4. In baking

Coconut oil is a staple ingredient in raw baking that creates delicious creamy cakes and slices. Give this raw blueberry cheesecake a go. Coconut oil can also replace butter in baking and other oils. A 1:1 substitution usually works.

5. On oven baked fries

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Cut organic potatoes or sweet potatoes into thick fries. Place on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 1 hour or until chips are crispy and brown. Add salt to taste.

6. Make up remover

Coconut oil is a totally natural make-up remover. Just dab some coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe your make-up off. Even waterproof mascara is no problem for coconut oil.

7. Oil pulling

Sounds complicated but it’s not. You put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. You may have to build up to that, start with 5. Apparently, we store toxins in our salivary glands. Toxins get drawn into the oil, so when you spit out the oil, you spit out the toxins.

8. On your dog

Brushing some coconut oil into a dog’s coat can also ward off fleas. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil make it good for disinfecting cuts, soothing rashes and hot spots, and promoting healing of wounds.

9. On your skin

Rub coconut oil into your skin, it works as a moisturiser and is great for people who have eczema.

10. Popcorn topping

For an awesome gluten free snack, instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn, then sprinkle with a little sea salt and spices.

11. Overnight hair conditioner

Get gorgeous shiny hair by using coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair treatment. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into the ends of your hair. Put your hair in a loose bun and wash rinse the next morning.

12. As a deodorant

Apply coconut oil on your underarms, even if solid, the coconut will melt into your skin. Using coconut oil as deodorant will not only help you perspire less, you’ll be moisturised and smell downright amazing too!

13. Diaper rash

Coconut oil soothes nappy rash and acts as a barrier, preventing further irritation. Coconut oil will also nourish your baby’s skin. And, coconut oil will not ruin cloth nappies, which is an added bonus.

14. Remove lice

It happens, but you can get rid of it by rinsing your kid’s hair with apple cider vinegar, then comb using a fine lice comb. Dry hair and then apply coconut oil, leave on for 12 to 24 hours. Wash the comb thoroughly, then comb through again and wash hair with shampoo.

15. Clean your make up brushes

If you can use coconut oil to remove makeup from your face, it makes sense you could use it to remove makeup from your brushes. Rub a small amount into the brush and rinse thoroughly with water then lightly pat them dry with a soft towel.

16. Bathe in it

Run warm water for a bath. Add half to one cup of coconut oil and several drops of your favourite scented essential oil. The warm water can stimulate blood circulation, and the oil will help soothe the skin’s dry patches.

17. Make chocolate

You can make your own raw organic chocolate with just 4 ingredients.

18. To soothe insect bites

Apply coconut oil to mosquito bites, ant bites, and other small insect bites to help alleviate that annoying itching.

19. Get ultra smooth feet

This one’s perfect for winter. Massage coconut oil into your feet and put on a pair of thick socks to hydrate dry skin while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning, your feet should feel soft and smooth.

20. In coffee or tea

Melt a teaspoon or so of coconut oil in your tea or coffee is an easy way to work coconut oil into your diet.

 

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