Coconut Oil has a bajillion different uses, but first, let’s talk about the coconut in general.
This bitchin’ fruit is a drupe, which means it contains delicious flesh for you to pick apart and eat. The coconut fruit lies within the coconut seed, which looks similar to the coconut fruit, but not quite. This seed is comparable to a safe for the coconut fruit because if it falls in the water, it can float across oceans (I kid you not) and keep the fruit safe before it finds a beach to make its new home. I’m not sure how long it can swim for before the fruit goes bad, but it’s still pretty kickass. This is what the seed looks like when baby palm trees germinate:
Coconut water is sterile, first of all. It also has the same pH level as a lot of the fluids in your body and contains many lovely nutrients to keep you healthy. It can even be used as an emergency IV. YEAH. HOW AWESOME IS THAT. So if you faint and maybe slip into a coma on some random island, some nice person could smash a coconut against a rock and use its milk to keep you alive. It’s also filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great way to rehydrate after working out or whatever.
Yes, a coconut can really give you that much water and maybe more.
Now, onto coconut oil, the most amazing, useful, perfect substance you could ever have. I recently realized that if I were to have an endless supply of anything, it would be coconut oil and this is why:
1) Replace Your Butter
I’m serious. Are you watching your weight? Do you love the feeling of oily, super bad for you butter? Well, you can keep that tantalizing oily feeling and be healthy at the same time! Replace your butter with coconut oil for anything and everything. Use it to cook your eggs, put it on toast, or cook with it (OMG make coconut shrimp. It’s so amazing). Coconut Oil has a lower boiling point and freezing point, so you don’t need to refrigerate it and it melts as soon as you spread it on toast or put it in a pan. It’s like, every problem you had with butter has been solved. Oh also, the coconut taste goes away, depending on what you cook.
2) Use it As Conditioner
If you’re trying the no poo or low poo all-natural hair washing methods or you just want extra smoothness, take a bit of coconut oil (about the size of a dime), rub it in your hands, and then massage it into your hair from the roots up. Try to avoid your scalp and don’t use too much or it’s nearly impossible to get out (however egg and cold water will get it out, but we don’t need to go there).
3) Use it As Moisturizer
Coconut oil will make your skin super freaking soft. Just use it like any moisturizer.
4) Lip Balm
Yes, friends, if you have lost yet another tube of chapstick, you don’t feel like spending so much for Burt’s Bees, or your lips are super chapped and you need emergency lip balm, coconut oil is here to save the day.
5) Can Prevent/Reverse Alzheimer’s
Apparently, studies have shown that coconut oil may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s (as well as doing crosswords and sudoku. Keep your mind fresh!).
6) Helps Digestion
I eat coconut every day along with probiotics and things because I have the weakest stomach ever. If you’re like me, coconut oil is the way to go.
7) Improve Insulin Levels
My mom suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and I keep trying to get her to switch to Agave Nectar and other healthy things, but she hasn’t made any significant changes. Mom (and other diabetes sufferers), eat coconut oil. Studies have shown that coconut oil can help balance insulin levels. True story.
8) Tanning Oil
Although tanning is not good for you (especially tanning beds), we all do it during the summer, at least for a little bit. Coconut oil can be used as a great tanning oil and since it also keeps moisture inside your body, you’re less likely to overheat in the sun…well, maybe. Just avoid tanning.
9) Prevent Colds
Along with taking Emergen-C, eating mass amounts of kale, and ingesting as much citrus fruit as you can handle, eat some coconut oil. Put a teaspoon or so in tea (although it does make it way hotter – remember that lower melting point) and drink up! Coconut oil can kill nasty bacteria just like coconut water. Coconuts are like, the superheroes of the food world.
Ladies and gentlemen, coconut oil has the same pH level as a human vagina (and shark intestines, but we don’t need to go there). Anyway, this means that you can use it as a lubricant for sexual activities. It also won’t cause any irritation. It’s a win-win.
WARNING: This next section is for females only, but guys may read on if curious.
For the Ladies:
11) Yeast Infection Cure
You no longer need to rush to the store to cure yeast infections. Although I’ve never experienced this, you can put some on your finger and insert it into the vagina that way (again, pH-balanced and perfectly safe), or I’ve read about a method using a tampon covered in coconut oil and inserting that. Whatever floats your boat, friends.
12) Prevent Stretch Marks
Coconut oil, being the amazing wonderful oil that it is, can prevent stretch marks for the lovely pregnant ladies out there. Try it out.
13) Make Your Own Toothpaste
I’ve been experimenting with making my own toothpaste out of baking soda, mint, strawberries, and a mortar and pestle, but you can also use coconut oil in your homemade toothpaste! Kill that bacteria! Grrrr. Here’s a recipe I found:
What do you use coconut oil for or why don’t you want to use coconut oil?
Here are some of the sources I used! (Wellness Mama is amazing. Make sure to check out her blog.)
- 7 Different Uses for Coconut Oil (mamawray.wordpress.com)
- Lean On Life Supports New Research That Reveals Coconut Water’s Popularity (prweb.com)
- Chemical Free Beauty At It’s Best : Coconut Oil (amerivietlifestyle.wordpress.com)
- The magic of coconut oil (anjaliankuragarwal.wordpress.com)
- Families turn to coconut oil as healthy alternative (ksl.com)
- Giveaway Wednesday: Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil (mydiaryentry.com)