Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Coconut oil is such a remarkable oil, that it can be used to replace your conditioners, creams and lotions and even hair treatments.

Always use unrefined organic coconut oil!

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, it also contains antioxidants which protect your skin!

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Skin Care

Coconut oil as a moisturizer

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and can even help to reduce the signs of aging. The nutrients in coconut oil can actually feed and heal the skin.

Eating coconut oil will give the same results. Instead of using other oils for baking and cooking, use a heart healthy oil like coconut oil. Cooking with coconut oil can reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

When you buy coconut oil…

Be sure to buy organic, raw, cold pressed coconut oil or you might be lathering some chemicals into your skin too!

Coconut oil for acne

What about coconut oil acne applications?

Some find that using coconut oils on the face, makes them break out in spots, other say that it reduces the appearance of acne…it all depends on your own skin.

Coconut oil health benefits your skin from the inside and from the outside!

You can consume coconut oil to benefit from its skin beautifying properties too. You can eat it whole, in stir fries, baking, smoothies and many other ways.

Using coconut oil for hair growth and shine

Heat up about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Heat it just until it starts melting and is easier to apply to the hair.

Massage the oil into your hair and roots; careful not to use the oil too warm…you don’t want to burn yourself!

You can comb it through, just to make sure that everything is covered. You can leave it on for 15 minutes or as long as possible (can be left on over night too). Shampoo and rinse.

You might need to shampoo a few times, until your hair no longer feels oily.
This above Coconut oil hair treatment will leave your hair feeling conditioned, soft and gives a lovely sheen to the hair. It has also been said to speed up hair growth.

Read more on coconut oil for hair

Virgin Coconut oil benefits as a facial cream

Coconut oil can be used as an eyelid cream, getting rid of dark circles and preventing wrinkles.

Coconut oil is a great lip balm, it can soften and repair chapped lips.

Oil pulling coconut oil

Swirling coconut oil in your mouth once or twice daily can reduce plaque and reduces the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth. Reduce episodes of gingivitis and bad breath by practicing regular coconut oil pulling. (Another favorite oil used for oil pulling is Black seed oil)

Read more about Coconut oil pulling

Coconut oil as a body lotion

Coconut oil is great as a body lotion especially on those extra dry areas such as the knees and elbows.

Rub the coconut oil all over your body just after a bath or shower. The oil takes a little while to be absorbed, so make sure its absorbed before getting dressed, or you might end up with oil stains on your clothes.

Coconut oil can be used as a massage oil. All you do is add a few drops of your favourite essential oil such as lavender or rose oil.

Coconut oil for skin conditions

You can use coconut oil to moisturise overly dry patches, or inflamed areas of skin. This can soothe and relieve itchiness. These benefits are especially helpful for those with eczema or psoriasis.

Other uses

* Coconut oil is often used to eliminate lice infestations on the scalp.

* It can be used as a natural makeup remover.

* It can be used as a shaving cream.

* It can be used as a hand and cuticle oil.

* Coconut oil can be used as a scrub when added to other ingredients such as sugar, salt or ground almonds. It can be used as a facial scrub by adding baking soda.

* Coconut oil can be used as a sun screen.

* It can be used as a diaper rash cream.

* A nipple cream during breastfeeding.

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Some coconut oil recipes

* Lemon coconut oil body butter

- Whip up your coconut oil until smooth. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

* Homemade coconut oil moisturizer

- Cocoa butter combined with Coconut oil is an all natural face moisturizer that will protect your skin from the elements. Mix equal parts and whip up until smooth.

* Coconut Sugar scrub

1 Cup brown sugar
½ Cup coconut oil
½ tsp Vitamin E oil
½ tsp of Lemon essential oil

* Coconut wrinkle cream recipe

- 1 mashed banana
- Few drops of grape seed oil
- 1 tsp coconut oil

Mix fresh with every application. Massage this mixture into your skin, leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off.

* Coconut oil soap recipe

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Other pages on remedies for skin in connection with this page on coconut oil health benefits

- Olive oil benefits to the skin.

- Canola oil benefits to the skin.

- Black Cumin oil benefits to the skin.

- Jojoba oil benefits to the skin.

- Vitamin E oil skin benefits.

- Argan oil benefits

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