What is Coconut oil?
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of coconuts harvested from coconut trees. It is high is saturated fat content, and is slow to oxidize allowing it to last up to six months without spoiling. The world produces about 5.4 million tons of coconut oil a year, which is about 2.5% of world vegetable oil production.
How can I use coconut oil besides cooking with it? In my everyday use of essential oils, I use coconut oil in numerous ways. Besides being a great carrier oil to deliver the power of essential oils, it is also great for skin and household uses.
• Hair mask – apply to damp hair, massaging it into your scalp, then combing your hair to distribute the oil evenly. Wrap your hair in a towel and relax for 30 minutes. Shampoo your hair and rinse with warm water. For added benefits, you can add Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Melaleuca essential oil for extra scalp support!
• Hair shine – put a bit in your hand and apply it lightly through your hair.
• Makeup remover – apply a bit on a cotton ball and wipe your face clean.
• Foot Care – massage into your heels and feet. Add Lavender essential oil for extra skin nourishment!
• Skin Softener – add to a warm bath or use as an after shower moisturizer.
• Nail Care – apply to dry cuticles or before a manicure.
• Massage therapy – use it to soothe sore muscles.
• Leather Conditioner – apply on a clean cloth and rub it onto leather furniture for a new and clean look.
• Wood furniture polish – add to some lemon essential oil and distilled water. Apply a small amount on a microfiber cloth to dust or polish wood surfaces.
• Paint brush cleaner – soak your paint brush to remove oil based paint.
• Makeup brush cleaner – apply a bit to makeup brushes and rinse clean.
• Plant revitalizer – use to add shine to your artificial or real plant leaves.
• Car dashboard cleaner – use a rag to give your car’s dashboard an instant shine.
• Crayon remover – rub it on the crayon marks, let it soak for 1 minutes, then clean with a cloth.
All of these are super easy ways to use coconut oil in place of harsh and toxic chemicals. Next time you’re at the store, grab an extra jar and get to work!