By now we’ve all heard people proclaiming the amazing benefits of coconut oil, but do you know how to use it? There are loads of ways to get the benefits of coconut oil.
You can use coconut oil in so many ways and it can really do great things for your health in a whole bunch of ways. Here are five ways to get the benefits of coconut oil.
1. A Healthy Alternative to Non-stick Cooking Spray
We all use cooking spray to keep out food from sticking to our pans, but have you ever wondered how healthy the stuff in that aerosol can is? Coconut oil is a beneficial alternative, and its high smoke point makes it a great option for frying and sautéing. One or two teaspoons are a great way to keep your eggs from sticking, for example. This is one of the best ways to get the benefits of coconut oil.
2. A Great Energy Booster
With its medium-chain fatty acids that help boost your metabolism and fight cholesterol, one or two tablespoons of coconut oil added to the blender when you make your morning fruit smoothie are a great way to give you a bump in your energy.
3. A Natural Skin Moisturizer and Eye Makeup Remover
After your evening shower, just massage a bit of coconut oil onto your skin. It will relieve the dryness and nourish your skin, and its non-greasy texture feels amazing. It also makes a great anti-aging, anti-wrinkle face moisturizer. Just remember, a little goes a long way, and it may be best for those of you with oily facial skin to opt for an alternative moisturizer.
4. Clean Those Pearly Whites
You can make your own homemade toothpaste with coconut oil, and it’s easier than you might think. One-part coconut oil, one-part baking soda, and a few drops of essential oil (peppermint is my favorite), and you’re ready to brush! This toothpaste will keep your smile clean and healthy without all those nasty chemicals found in conventional toothpastes.
5. Keep Those Pesky Bugs Away
Did you know that coconut oil repels insects like mosquitos, gnats, flies, and even bees? One tablespoon of coconut oil and a couple of drops of tea tree oil, peppermint, and rosemary oils applied to your skin is a great DEET-free, alternative to conventional insect repellents.
These are just a few of the many uses of coconut oil sure to help keep you and your family feeling happy and healthy! It is recommended that for the best results, you use cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.