24. Furniture Polish
Yes you can actually use coconut oil to shine your wood furniture, it’s likely less expensive and far less toxic than the commercial wood polish.
25. Leather Polish
Shine you shoes with a dollop of coconut oil on a dry rag for an all natural, petroleum alternative.
26. Use on Your Pets to Keep Fleas Away
Just as coconut works for humans to kill lice, it also works on animals to get rid of pesky critters.
27. Make Your Own Baby Wipes
Either use a half of a paper towel roll or reusable fabric and soak them in a mixture of 1 C hot water, 1 TBS coconut oil and 1 TBS Castile soap. This is a great baby wipe solution that it both a disinfectant and has a soothing, moisturizing effect.
28. Natural Diaper Rash Treatment
Even if you’re using amazing homemade baby wipes, the little ones can still get diaper rash, coconut oil is soothing and effective at relieving discomfort for your little one.
29. Massage Oil
Try warming the coconut oil in a double boiler with your favorite essential oils, this makes for a luscious spa like massage experience.
Apply coconut oil to warts daily and cover with a band aid. As mentioned above, the coconut oil is exceptional at infiltrating fungal infections and over the course of a month the warts should disappear.
31. Body Scrub
Combine equal parts sugar and coconut oil, you can add your favorite essential oils and use this as a body scrub while in the shower.
You can use coconut oil on your entire body as a moisturizer, it’s great for nourishing the skin and preventing acne. Many people use it to prevent wrinkles as a facial moisturizer.
33. SPF Coconut Oil Blocks UV Rays by 30%
So lather up before heading to the beach, you’ll still be able to absorb beneficial vitamin D from the sun, which isn’t the case with regular sunblock .
Coconut oil is a wonderful alternative to petroleum based lubes. Though it should be noted that if you’re using latex condoms, coconut oil has the potential to weaken the latex, so instead opt for polyurethane.
35. Athletes Foot
Apply coconut oil to feet daily after a shower, for an extra anti-fungal effect mix in a few drops of tea tree essential oils.
36. Conditioning Hair Treatment
As a pre-shampoo hair treatment, coat hair in coconut oil the night before a morning shower (make sure to wear a shower cap to bed) concentrate the oil on the ends for super silky locks.
37. Lip Balm
Next time you run out of chap stick, try melting 1 1/2 Tbs of coconut oil with your favorite essential oils and 1 tsp of beeswax. Fill the chap stick tube with the melted oil and allow it to come to room temperature before using.
Applying coconut oil directly to hemorrhoids helps alleviate swelling and soothes pain.
Try a scalp treatment with coconut and rosemary essential oil to treat dandruff, simply massage the combined oils into the scalp and allow it to seep in overnight. Wash hair as usual in the morning and repeat until the problem subsides.
Amazing that something so simple could be so effective in calming the inflammation associated with shaving.
41. Mosquito Bites
Apply directly to any bug bite to help soothe the itch and relieve swelling.
42. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is an impressive eye makeup remover, it dissolves gucky mascara in an instant leaving your skin moisturized and clean.
43. Sunburn Relief
Ayurveda an ancient Indian medicine system, states coconut oil to be a cooling oil, it can provide great relief to burning itchy skin. Another great sunburn remedy is apple cider vinegar mixed with water, sprayed on the skin and allowed to dry. Apply coconut oil after ACV for even greater relief.
Both internally and externally, coconut oil is excellent for treating acne. From the inside it helps to balance hormones associated with causing acne. Externally you can apply it to pimples for the anti bacterial effects as well as reducing swelling and redness.
45. Shaving Cream
If you want to completely avoid razor burn try using coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
46. Stretch Marks
Treat stretch marks and scars with coconut oil when the pores are open after a bath or shower. You can also apply coconut oil to your belly to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
47. Perineal Massage During Pregnancy
Starting about a month before giving birth, massage the perineum with coconut oil to prevent tearing or necessity of episiotomy .
48. Eyelash Treatment For Super Lush Lashes
Apply a little coconut oil to your lashes before bed, this is especially useful if you wear eye makeup as it can cause hair loss and breakage over time.
49. Homemade Coconut Oil Soap
You can easily make your very own soap with just 3 ingredients and a crockpot check out this excellent photo tutorial for full instructions over here.
50. Cuticle Softener
Massage coconut oil into dry, hang nail prone cuticles, your nails will thank you.
51. Varicose Veins
Apply coconut oil daily to varicose veins and massage in really well, anecdotal reports show this to be an excellent method for dealing with varicose veins naturally.
52. Season Your Cast Iron
Use coconut oil to season your cast irons pans, once you’ve washed and dried them add a touch of coconut oil to keep them non-stick and rust free.
53. Start a Fire
Forget about bringing that jug of gasoline on your camping trip. Instead try soaking a few cotton balls in coconut oil and using them as a fire starter.
54. Save Money and Buy in Bulk
It takes a very long time for coconut oil to go rancid and now that you know how awesome it is you’re going to want to use it a lot!
Medium Chain Triglycerides
We should also note that countries with an abundant consumption of coconut are amongst some of the healthiest people on the planet today. It’s no accident that Kitivan people of Papua New Guinea consume ample amounts of coconut yet have zero incidence of modern ailments we see today.
Our current state of health in North America is ravaged with anxiety over fat, with obesity becoming an epidemic and heart disease close behind, people are looking for something to blame.
The ironic thing is fat does not make you fat. MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) in coconut oil have been shown to increase energy expenditure and metabolism by up to 5% in a twenty-four hour period.
A study done on 6 healthy men given medium chain triglycerides vs. long chain triglycerides found that the men consuming MCT’s ate almost 300 calories less per day than the other group.
MCT’s are also being used as a therapeutic treatment for reducing seizures associated with epilepsy. Researchers have found a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates helps to greatly reduce seizures.
Like I mentioned above, coconut oil is extremely useful for people with Alzheimer’s disease, specifically the MCT’s which the liver breaks down into ketone bodies that the brain uses as fuel. One study showed immediate improvement with mild forms of Alzheimers after consumption of MCT’s.
Athletes take concentrated MCT oil for increased stamina during workouts and to ensure they stay lean.
The various uses of coconut oil, medicinal and otherwise are so pervasive that everyone should have this super food in their cupboards. If you want to see even more benefits check these out as well Make sure to purchase pure, extra-virgin organic coconut oil to reap the full benefits. Any other uses you can think of? What’s your favorite way to include coconut oil in your life?
This article was originally published on rootandsprouts.com.
Source from www.greenmedinfo.com