Lotion Bar: Make a homemade coconut oil lotion bar to moisturize your skin. Add a cup of this oil, a cup of shea butter, and a cup of beeswax in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid. Then, place the jar into a small saucepan of water, and boil it to melt them. Next, remove the bowl from heat, and add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Stir, pour into molds and leave them to cool.
Reduce Cellulite: Apply coconut oil to the problematic areas regularly to cellulite.
Tattoo Moisturizer: To soothe the itchiness of the new tattoo, apply some coconut oil to it.
Deodorant: Mix half a cup of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a glass mason jar. Put the jar into a saucepan with water, and boil to melt them. Add a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil, 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and ½ cup of arrowroot powder as soon as you remove the mixture, stir, and pour into molds. Then, allow them to cool.
Diminish Varicose Veins: To reduce their appearance, apply a thin layer on varicose veins.
Reduce Stretch Marks: Rub some coconut oil on the stretch marks to reduce their appearance.
Food, Drink and Cooking
Coconut oil is not only edible, but it is a delicious addition to recipes. It can be of two types, refined and unrefined. The first one has no taste or odor, and it can withstand higher temperatures. Yet, the refining process involves the use of chemicals to bleach, deodorize, and partially hydrogenate the oil, which leads to the formation of trans-fats. On the other hand, the unrefined or virgin coconut oil is taken from fresh coconut, retains the odor and taste, and has not gone through the refining process.
Here is how to use it in the kitchen:
Butter Replacement: You can use it to replace butter and eat it on your morning bagel or toast.
Smoothies: Add coconut oil to your smoothies to improve their consistency and enjoy its benefits. For instance, you can blend 2 cups of coconut milk, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 2 tablespoons Gelatin Powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and ½ cup of strawberries.
Cooking Oil: It can withstand higher temperatures and has an excellent great taste and texture.
Grease Pans: It is a great and healthy way to grease the pans.
Sweetener: It has a slightly sweet taste, so you can use it to replace sugar.
Salad Dressing: It improves the absorption of the nutrients and the taste of the salads.
Prevent Freezer Burn: Add a thin layer of coconut oil in the freezer to prevent the formation of layers and freezer burn.
Popcorn Topping: Add coconut oil to the popcorn, and drizzle it along with some salt.
Clean the dishes: use some coconut oil to the dishes to lubricate the stubborn food stains and clean them easily.
Preserve Eggs: Coat the eggshells with coconut oil to preserve their quality and make them last longer.
Creamer in Coffee or Tea: To revolutionize the experience, blend 2 cups of hot coffee, and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Blend the mixture and enjoy!
Mayonnaise: Mix 2/3 cup coconut oil, 2/3 cup olive oil, a teaspoon of mustard, a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and four egg yolks to prepare a healthier, homemade mayonnaise.
Health and Home Remedies
Coconut oil has powerful antibacterial and antioxidant qualities which effectively treat and prevent various ailments. For consumption, you food grade coconut oil, and for topical use, use fractionated coconut oil as it has a high concentration of capric and caprylic acids, which provide its potent antioxidant and disinfectant properties.
Boost Energy: The saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are a rich energy source.
Treat Athlete’s Foot: The strong antifungal properties of coconut oil relieve athlete’s foot. Mix it with tea tree oil and rub it on the feet.
Improve Bone Health: This oil helps the absorption of vitamins and nutrients like calcium, which is essential for the bones.
Treat Hemorrhoids: Apply coconut oil on the affected areas to treat the pain of hemorrhoids.
Aromatherapy: You can use it as a carrier oil, along with essential oils and herbal extracts, and thus relax the body and mind.
Boosts Immune System: You can boost the immune system and fight diseases and viruses if you add it into your diet.
Curb The Appetite: Take a teaspoon of it before meals to help you control your portions.
Fight Inflammation: It is rich in lauric acid and capric acid which treat inflammation.
Helps Blood Circulation: Its use will help you boost blood circulation.
Thyroid Supporter: Its has laxative properties that will help you soften stools and accelerate the metabolism.
Help digestion: Take a few tablespoons of this amazing oil on a daily basis to treat digestive issues and help digestion.
Fights Arthritis: The strong anti-inflammatory properties of this oil soothe arthritis pain.
Treat Fungal and Yeast Infections: Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids which diffuse into cell membranes of various organisms and fight bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses, and parasites. You should add 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil to the daily diet.