I was first introduced to the amazing benefits of coconut oil when I began learning more about the raw food diet several years ago. I still remember buying my first jar of unrefined coconut oil, bringing it home, grabbing a spoon, tasting it and thinking, Yum, I like this! I could definitely eat this everyday.
Not before too long, I was adding coconut oil to my daily green smoothies, using it in place of olive oil in my cooking and butter in my baking and of course, using it in many of my raw food recipes. I was going through jars like it was my job! So, I started buying bigger jars and I started using coconut oil outside of the kitchen, and I found that I absolutely loved it for skin care. I became obsessed! Plus, I started saving lots of money because I was no longer buying expensive, chemical-filled body lotions.
Here are a couple of quick health benefits of coconut oil (there are many more details about the health benefits, and this is just meant to be a quick reference):
1. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) which means when it enters into the body it is easily digested and sent right to the liver for instant energy production, making coconut oil a great source of the necessary, healthy fat that the body needs.
2. Coconut oil is an abundant, natural source of lauric acid (breastmilk is the only other source). Lauric acid, when present in the body is converted to monolaurin. Monolaurin is a compound that is strong it’s ability to ward off and fight unwanted viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms in a non-toxic way. Coconut oil has strong, amazing antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Coconut oil has hundreds of uses and benefits, and I will definitely share more of them over time on this blog. But, one of the easiest and in my opinion, most enjoyable ways to use coconut oil is as a natural, safe and highly beneficial skin moisturizer and conditioner.
Remember your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it goes directly into the blood stream and travels through your entire body. I love the rule: IF YOU WOULDN’T EAT IT, DON’T PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN. Definitely something to think about, hey?
It’s important that you use unrefined, organic, fresh-pressed coconut oil. There are several great brands, and I like to use Dr. Bronner’s.
In the meaning time, here are seven, wonderful reasons why it’s great to use coconut oil as the new skin lotion for you and your entire family:
1. The medium-chain triglycerides present in coconut oil deeply penetrate the skin for great moisturizing without leaving you feeling greasy and slimy
2. Coconut oil screens 20% of the ultraviolet exposure, providing natural sun protection
3. Coconut oil leaves a protective barrier against environmental and free radial damage on your skin
4. Coconut oil’s anti-oxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial richness make it a wonderful anti-aging moisturizer and sickness-keeper-awayer (technical, yes, I know!)
5. It contains plenty of vitamin E to aid in my recovery of skin damage such as burns, cuts, scars, etc.
6. Coconut oil is gentle and safe enough to use on babies and children. Plus, it’s okay if they get a little into their mouths, which I find Turner does all the time because he loves the taste. Due to it’s skin-repairing properties, coconut oil makes a great diaper rash lotion
7. If you’re pregnant, coconut oil is a fantastic stretch-mark preventer and a great way to avoid the itch of the stretching skin of your belly
Now, does your daily lotion do that?
Using coconut oil in the bathroom is super simple. Coconut oil has a high melting point (76-78 degrees Fahrenheit) which means it is solid at room temperature (unless you live somewhere very warm). It is easier and nicer to use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer when it is melted into a liquid. And here’s how to do it:
1. Keep a little jar of coconut oil and a little ceramic bowl in our bathroom.
2. In the summer months, you can simply keep the small jar in a corner of the shower and let the combined heat of the steam and of the weather melt the coconut oil into a usable consistency.
3. During the winter, when was it’s too cool to use the shower technique, simply spoon out a tablespoon or so of the solid coconut oil into a small bowl and place it in a shallow pool of warm water in your bathroom sink to let it melt. TIP: I usually do this before I get in the shower, so that by the time I get out, the coconut oil has melted.
Once you gently towel dry your body, and while it is still damp and moist, massage the coconut oil into your skin from head to toe. You’ll love the scent and the soft feeling it gives your skin. Enjoy!!
If you’re a coconut oil user for your skin care, do you have any additional tips or advise to add? Please share in the comment box below.
Thanks for reading and happy coconut oil using!
In living life,