Coconut oil has been a staple for me, but I don’t consume the oil. I don’t cook with oils, and who am I kidding? I hardly cook at all! I use coconut oil for nearly everything but cooking or consumption. I use it every day as a body moisturizer, face wash, and weekly mixed with baking soda as a body scrub.
Coconut oil benefits the skin in numerous ways when applied topically:
- Improves acne
- Heals fungal infections
- Heals eczema
- Heals keratosis polaris
- Improves psoriasis
- Improves rosacea
- Kills candida fungus
- Kills bacteria and viruses
- Contains natural SPF 4
- Kills yeast infections
- Stimulates hair growth when rubbed into the scalp
- Helps reduce appearance of varicose veins
- Speeds healing of sunburns
- Prevents stretch marks and cellulite
- Soothes itching from chicken pox or poison ivy
- Softens and shrinks wrinkles
- Contains antioxidants to prevent cellular aging
- Contains antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties
Additionally, coconut oil conditions and strengthens hair. I use coconut oil as a hair mask once a week to penetrate the roots. It is also capable of improving dandruff and killing lice!
Coconut oil has been used in tropical climates for thousands of years. The lauric acid, which helps fight pathogens, found in coconut oil is nature’s most abundant source. Unlike conventional moisturizers that contain water or petroleum as a base, coconut oil is absorbed through the derma immediately. As a bonus, the oil has a long shelf life and melts at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. I only use extra-virgin organic unrefined coconut oil by the gallon!