If there was a gateway item into a world of more green living, I would say coconut oil definitely opens the door.
When my eldest was a baby, he suffered from eczema. I tried a couple of things with him, including coconut oil, which I read about on one of those pregnancy message boards. I was already a mama that would throw a little breast milk on scrapes and about anything else needing a little TLC.
And, I was already all over the coconut, using a good coconut butter lotion from Alba and loving it (still do!)
And you know what? It worked.
There are so many uses for coconut oil – just check all over Pinterest and you’ll see it used on everything from babies to dining room tables.
Some other great uses for coconut oil that I have in my regular regimen.
Coconut Oil in the Shower/ On The Skin
- As I said before – eczema, scrapes, dry skin…
- Heck, I have used it as a facial moisturizer! I have combination skin that’s really greasy in the hot summers here and the antibacterial properties help keep me from breaking out more. Sounds counter-intuitive but it works for me.
- It’s great for use as a shaving aid. It’s antibacterial and leaves you moisturized.
- Throw some oil and socks over dry hands and feet. It’s amazing.
- Mix with some brown sugar to make a sugar scrub for the shower (bed careful after using a lot – the floor will get more slippery!)
Coconut Oil In the Kitchen
- You can use it for a lot of cooking uses, like sauteing stir fry. I admit I don’t do it a whole lot.
- I LOVE it on popcorn. I make the popcorn in an air popper and the mix with a little melted coconut oil and salt. For extra fun, I follow Shutterbean’s example and sometimes add chocolate chips.
- Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but because its plant fat versus animal fat it’s supposed to be still better than a pat of butter.
- Coconut oil is fickle – it’s a solid at room temp, but in my cupboard it regularly turns into a liquid. Either way its awesome.
How To Get It
Coconut oil is everywhere, including grocery stores and Target. I would choose unrefined unless you really don’t want a coconut smell or taste – the refining process takes out some fo the good stuff.
My coconut oil of choice? The cheapest most coconut-y one around – Trader Joes.
Want a couple other choices? Here’s a couple available at Thrive Market (affiliate links)
Do you use coconut oil? What do you use it for?