Coconut oil is rich in saturated (healthy) fat and it can keep its healing properties for up to two years. It is packed with many health benefits; coconut oil strengthens the immune system and boosts the metabolism, which makes it an excellent aid in the weight loss process.
Statistics shows that the population in countries with high coconut consumption has lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Find the most suitable way to incorporate coconut oil in your everyday habits. Take into consideration that it is not only beneficial in the kitchen, and it can be used as a great base for many homemade natural products you use regularly.
Find your favorite coconut oil recipe, and we suggest that you try these DIY coconut oil products:
1. Homemade Hair Care Mask
Oils are excellent for dry hair, they moisturize it and strengthen its structure. Natural oils boost the hair growth, improve its quality, especially when combined with castor oil. The combination of castor and coconut oil will sure improve your hair quality.
- 1/2 cup castor oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
*Use equal parts, as it is easier to add or reduce the amount of the ingredients, depending on your hair length;
Put the oils in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds so they can blend together, or even better, direct sun exposure can do the same trick. Apply the mixture on the roots and let the omega-6 fatty acids do miracles. Your hair will grow stronger and healthier.
Apply some of the mask on the ends as well. It will keep them moisturized and you can say goodbye to your split ends. Castor oil can easily stick to your hair, and coconut oil will prevent any sticking. At the same time castor oil will moisturize your hair and boost its growth.
2. Homemade Toothpaste
Coconut oil is the main ingredient used in oil pulling. It is a method that involves swishing coconut oil in the mouth. The oil removes any toxins from the teeth and gums. Coconut oil is known for its ability to whiten the teeth and strengthen the gums, which makes it an excellent ingredient for our homemade toothpaste:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5 tbsp sweetener (xylitol or stevia, avoid splenda)
- *Adjust the amount depending on the concentration you want;
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2-2.5 tsp peppermint extract
The preparation is quite simple. First mix the baking soda and the sweetener, and then add in the coconut oil and peppermint extract. Keep it in an airtight container and there you have your all-natural toothpaste! You may find it a bit salty, but you can always add more sweetener.
3. Homemade Sun Block
The market offers a great number of commercial sun block brands, but many of these contain dangerous chemicals. Always check the labels for any harmful parabens used as chemical preservatives, and never buy these products. Higher risk of breast cancer is something you sure do not want. Try this recipe and make your own healthy sun block.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 oz organic all-natural hand lotion
- 2 tbsp zinc oxide
Put the ingredients in a bowl, stir well and apply the sun block whenever you need it.
4. Homemade Vitamin E Eye Cream
As you already know, the skin around your eyes is very sensitive. Carefully choose the products you use, and always apply them gently to avoid any damage or injuries. Try this homemade healthy cream:
- 3 capsules of vitamin E
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (it should not be completely liquid)
*Adjust the amount of the ingredients if necessary
Squeeze the capsules into a bowl and add the coconut oil. Stir well and leave it overnight, but make sure it is not close to any heat source.
Each of these homemade products will protect your health and keep you safe from chemicals commonly found in commercial products. They are a nice way to use the health benefits of coconut oil without spending a fortune.
Source(re-posted with permission): www.healthy-holistic-living.com