If you’re anything like me, you are trying to rid your house and life of harsh chemicals. About 5 years ago, I discovered coconut oil. At that point, I was just using it to cook and in my coffee (I’ll get to that in a minute…) but once I started having kids, I found so many more uses for it!
First, the coconut oil I use is organic, expeller pressed and naturally refined.
Coconut oil has some naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties making it a welcome addition to my child filled home (I run an in-home daycare, that should be explanation enough!).
Now onto my favorite part… How to use it!
Cooking: It has a high smoke point, which means its great for pan and stir frying foods. Its also great for making stovetop popcorn – a favorite of ours!
Baking: I use it in place of vegetable oil in everything I bake, especially my Red Velvet Cupcakes!
Beverages: I let a teaspoon melt into my morning coffee. (I know of people who use their blender to incorporate the oil throughout the coffee, but I don’t need another thing to hand wash!) This is similar to “Bulletproof Coffee” but without the butter. This has helped me with extra morning energy and can also alleviate mild constipation.
Baby Care: If your child has dry skin, add some coconut oil to their bath water, or use it in place of lotion (or both!). For cradle cap, rub some on the scalp and brush lightly before bath time. My children had AWFUL diaper rash while teething, and coconut oil helped soothe and heal their raw skin.
First Aid: For minor scrapes and burns, apply coconut oil, then the bandage.
Hair: Use as a deep conditioning treatment. Pull up most of your hair and rub it into your scalp and then down to the ends. Let down some more hair, and repeat until you’re massaging your scalp. Then, put your hair up and under Saran wrap, a plastic grocery bag, or shower cap and leave on for as long as you can (usually overnight, but at least an hour). Then -to wash it out- shampoo twice and then condition as normal.
Oral Hygiene: Oil pulling can whiten teeth and heal (yes, I said HEAL) cavities! Start, on an empty stomach,with a teaspoon of coconut oil -it is a solid at room temperature, so you’ll have to “chew” it until it melts- swish it around your mouth for up to 20 minutes. It will increase in volume the longer you do it, due to the toxins that it’s pulling from your system. Spit into your trash can. (Remember, coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, which means it will harden in your drain if you spit it into the sink/shower drain.) Next, gargle warm salt water. Then brush and floss as normal.
These are just some of the many ways we use coconut oil in my house. Do you use coconut oil for something I didn’t mention? Post it in the comments!