Recently on Facebook, I asked as to how do people use coconut oil. I was absolutely blown away by the response and the ideas. It seems coconut oil is one of those foods that can be used for hundreds of ailments, reasons and resources, not only by eating this wonderful ancient food but also by using this oil externally on all parts of the body.
Following are all the ideas of uses for coconut oil that we received on our Changing Habits Facebook page.
USES FOR CHANGING HABITS COCONUT OIL
Coconut Oil in Cooking
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Use in place of milk for your coffee and make bullet proof coffee
Bullet Proof Coffee
1 cup/230ml of good quality black freshly brewed coffee
Method – Thermomix
1. Place coffee in thermomix, if not already 60C, heat until it reaches 60C.
Method – Non-Thermomix
Place ingredients in a blender or stick machine and blend well
Stop food cravings
Coconut Oil Pulling
The health practice of Oil pulling comes from Ayurvedic medicine.
The benefits of oil pulling have been reported to do the following:
– clears skin
How you do it
The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning for maximum benefit.
Take 1tbs Changing Habits Coconut Oil (you can build up to this amount) and one drop of essential peppermint oil or oregano essential oil
Place into mouth and swirl and swish methodically and slowly so that the oil reaches the entire area of the mouth.
1/4 cup of Changing Habits Coconut Oil
Take 1 tbs of coconut oil before each meal if you have a tendency to overeat
|Blend with an essential oil for moisturiser – 3 drops of essential oil for each application|
Night moisturiser – I blend with lavender or Twenty8’s instant calm click here for Twenty8
Day moisturiser – I blend with twenty8’s Energy and Vitality click here for Twenty8
|4 grated or ground Changing Habits Cacao Melts|
4 TBS Changing Habits Rapadura Sugar
4 TBS Changing Habits Coconut Oil
4 drops of peppermint oil
|2 TBS Changing Habits Coconut Oil (SPF factor 4-6)|
1 TBS Shea butter or cacao butter
1/2 tsp sesame oil (SPF factor 2)
2 tsp non-nano zinc oxide (SPF factor 15) – you can purchase this at a pharmacy in powder form
4 drops of either lavender or frankinsence from the twenty8 range
Warm the first three ingredients, then beat in the zinc oxide
Place in a dark glass jar, in the summer keep in the fridge – will last 6 months.
This has an SPF factor of around 20.
You can also use this wonderful mixture for nappy rash, it acts as a barrier cream.
|1/4 cup arrowroot|
1/4 cup baking soda
5 tbs Changing Habits Coconut Oil
4 drops of essential oil – sandalwood
|Use the essential oil peppermint|
4 tbs seaweed salt refined down in the thermomix or a grinder although this is not necessary
Mix all ingredients and use as a foot scrub
Put a dab of organic coconut oil in itchy eyes. You will have blurred vision for a couple of minutes but this will pass quickly!
|The best shaving cream is actually shaving oil. |
Moisten legs of face. Apply a generous amount of coconut oil onto the skin surface you want to shave. Make sure you have covered the skin surface to be shaved enough for your razor to glide smoothly over it.
Shave as normal then rinse with warm water.
|Make your own!|
Coconut oil and the essential oil – sandalwood
Make your own hair tonic and tame your hair
|Neutralizes the smell of onions and garlic – simply wash you hands with coconut oil and rinse with warm water.|
twenty8’s immune boost, Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and
then place coconut in the oil to ward off more infestations and create
an anti parasitic environment.
|Mix coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil rub just under the nose and on the chest for a natural decongestant|
|After sunburn rinse with a little apple cider vinegar then finish with some soothing coconut oil on your skin|
|Use as an external and internal application, by eating 3 tbs coconut oil every day as well as applying the oil to your feet when possible|
dermatitis and eczema or any skin condition coconut oil will help sooth,
however it is also important to look at diet – if you have psoriasis it
would be prudent to stay away from all gluten and wheat especially, and
follow the Changing Habits diet and lifestyle suggestions
onto the affected area as often as you need to. The anti fungal
properties of the coconut oil will keep flare ups at bay. Remember a
good healthy diet based on real foods will also help – follow the Changing Habits principals.
Pregnancy and Breast Feeding
for preventing stretch marks. While pregnant, rub coconut oil
onto your stomach every day and right up until the baby stops breast feeding.
If you have cracked nipples from lactation, sooth and heal with coconut oil. Rub on breast after breast feeding.
Nappy Rash and Wipes
oil is also great for nappy rash and you can make up your own baby
wipes with coconut oil. As a young Mum, I never used any of the baby
wipes as most of them were laced with chemicals which I wasn’t prepared to
put onto my child’s skin. Don’t be swayed by advertising and marketing
and the baby bounty bag that you get at a hospital – most of the products
are chemicals rather than natural ingredients.
A good rule of thumb is if you can’t eat it, then don’t put it on your baby’s skin.
MORE, MORE, MORE!
|Wound Healer – apply to area|
Thrush – use as an external and internal application
Vaginal dryness – most natural lubricant of any on the market