In the past few years, there has been several rave reviews about the benefits of the coconut. Coconut milk and coconut water have great advantages such as being low in fat and calories. It’s also very hydrating. However, I’m going to talk about the part of the coconut that I personally use on a daily basis, coconut oil.
I first started using coconut oil on my hair back in 2009, after watching a YouTube hair tutorial on the “best natural moisturizers for dry hair.” Personally, my hair is always more dry in the winter. I found that coconut oil was at the top of the list. I rushed to my local Whole Foods to find this natural remedy in the cooking oil section. Please note when you’re there, look only for organic, unrefined coconut oil. It sells for about $7.00. Refined oil contains some additives and is better for cooking at higher temperatures. Anyway, I got home as quickly as possible (within the designated speed limit of course) to try out this miracle product. I put it on my hair that night and anxiously waited for the results in the morning.
I woke up the next day and immediately went into the bathroom to inspect the results. My hair was soft, moisturized and the beauty of it all, was that I didn’t have to use a lot of it. My hair didn’t feel greasy; it was simply soft with a pleasant, non offensive smell. Coconut oil is very light. I was certain from then on, coconut oil and I would build a lovely relationship.
Just recently, in a haste to pack for an overnight trip, I left my facial moisturizer at home, but remembered to bring my trusty coconut oil. As I washed my face that night, I thought to myself, “If the coconut oil made my hair soft, then it’s bound to make my face soft, right?” I put a small amount on my face, being sure to rub it in thoroughly with my fingertips. You can probably guessed what happened next.. My skin was so soft and not to mention free from blemishes and irritation. I was shocked! Coconut oil is also a great facial moisturizer, who knew? Again, only use a little bit, being that the oil is so light and can cover a large surface. But it doesn’t stop there. Here are some other lovely uses for coconut oil. I encourage you to find out which ones work best for you. I would like to know you’re thoughts and results. Tweet or Instagram me @ericam_scott
- Properties in coconut oil can give you increased energy, which in turns burns fat and supports a healthy immune system.
- It tastes great in smoothies!
- Works as a cooking oil
- Rub on cuticles to help nails grow
By: Erica Scott