We have already mentioned the amazing and versatile benefits provided by coconut oil. Its incredible perks are known in so many different aspects –from being a very healthy ingredient in the kitchen to its numerous positive characteristics considering daily beauty regimes and, most of all, to having versatile medicinal benefits. In this article, we will show you 10 ways of different uses of coconut oil.
- As protection against sun
Given that coconut oil has properties that block around 20% of dangerous ultraviolet sun rays, it comes quite useful during sunny summer days. Still, its sun protection factor is not as strong as when using SPF creams and lotions (which block around 90% of UV rays).
- For improving damaged hair
Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and many other ingredients which are great for hair. Applying coconut oil from roots to ends will improve and soften damaged and dry hair and keep it moisturized. Keep it on your hair for at least 15 minutes, but it's also a good idea to keep it overnight.
- For scrubbing your body
With its potent anti-aging properties, coconut oil makes a great bed night mask. Mixing it with coffee, sugar or sea salt will make a great exfoliating mix. Simply wash your face, scrub it with the coconut mix and leave it on for at least 5 minutes. Then wash it off with water (or don't) and go to bed feeling silky and smooth.
- In the kitchen as an oil replacement
Coconut oil can be used as a dairy-free replacement for butter, as well as instead of other types of oil in baking or frying. Its advantage regarding other oils is that it will lose its flavor at a higher temperature. Also, it's healthier than many other oils.
- For improving cracked heels
Coconut oil can be a great remedy for cracked heels. Simply apply some oil to your feet and put on some comfy socks overnight.
- As a makeup remover
Rub the oil in your hands until it liquefies and then gently rub in on your face and around your eyes. After it's melted the makeup away, wash it off with lukewarm water.
- As a mouthwash
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, coconut oil can be used as an effective mouthwash. It is capable of destroying the bacteria that cause tooth decay and dental plaque. Some studies have proven that it also reduces gum inflammation.
- As an insect repellent
Essential oils are known to help with keeping insects away. Some researches have shown that mixing an essential oil with coconut oil has a high level of repelling insects.
- For removing stains
Mixing coconut oil with baking soda makes a strong paste great for removing stains from furniture and carpets. Simply apply the paste to the stain and leave it for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off.
Besides the mentioned options for using coconut oil, there are plenty more. You can find online plenty of healthy recipes that include using coconut oil, or some other beauty hacks with this wonder oil.