An Aiding Fragrance: Coconut Oil

As a lot of you may know, there is bound to be something useful in your kitchen that could be also beneficial for your health. If you know me, it’s my personal mission to utilize the things I find in my everyday. So as an occasional cook, I’ve dabbled with using different oils—olive oil when I’m roasting veggies, peanut oil when I make stir fry and canola oil when I bake. But there’s been a newer kind I’ve added to the family of my oil collection and that is coconut. There has been some hype of late about Coconut oil, so surely there had to be something more to it than its fragrant scent when being poured on a pan in the kitchen. This is what I’ve found:

Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It naturally has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are highly beneficial when utilized as an moisturizer. Because Coconut oil is known to increase hydration, reduce water loss (especially with dry skin) and it smells real nice, it isn’t difficult to gather it can (or must!) be beneficial in other ways too.

Not only is Coconut oil said to be good for skin, but this specific oil—especially when it’s in its virgin form, has been said to be successfully used also as:

Shaving cream for your legs—its naturally antimicrobial so it has skin-soothing properties that will leave your legs looking hydrated and seldom oily), eye-makeup remover, conditioner for hair, lip balm—the fatty acids from the oil can create a barrier that may lock moisture and cuticle healers—it’s anti-fungal which can aid ragged cuticles. Though it will not help your nails grow, it can protect!

This is just to name a few, but the power of Coconut oil is worth looking into. Of course some of the above bullet points may not work as well for you (because let’s be honest, we all have different skin). But I want to challenge you to test this out—as I myself am. Only you can figure out what works best and for what areas of your body.

 

 

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