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Coconut Oil – The Hygiene Rockstar

If you read my post last week, you already know there’s a number of reasons why I’m totally done with using the average beauty and hygiene products, but what it really boils down to is that I don’t want to stress my body any more than it already has been.

I don’t want to use hundreds of individual products on my skin per day (which almost all of us do). Ten products with an average of twenty ingredients per container means at least 200 ingredients on the skin per day. It’s too much for me.

It’s not that I’m having skin reactions to any of these products. It’s not that I’m allergic to them, as far as I can tell. It’s that I don’t feel good about it.

I believe it’s just too toxic to use hundreds of ingredients on the skin on a daily basis.

I’ve been researching and testing lots of different natural products to find the best and simplest ones. 

Enter coconut oil.

Coconut oil is really a wonder oil. It is a superfood with tons of health-boosting properties.

Coconut oil has antioxidants, which basically means it helps the body repair itself. Oxidation is the leading cause of heart disease and aging skin, which makes coconut oil good for your insides and outsides. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties as well.

The fatty acids in coconut oil turn into keytones and can help prevent seizures. It can help increase brain functioning in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s been shown to reduce belly fat in studies. It may even help reduce the risk of heart disease by improving HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.

Always use organic, virgin coconut oil. Anything else is not good enough for use in or outside your body. You can get a jar of it at Trader Joe’s for $5.99 .  I always buy two – one for cooking and one for beauty product use.

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20 uses for coconut oil:

1. Eye cream – within a few days I noticed a visible difference around my eyes. Fine lines will disappear, and if I have puffiness around my eyes in the morning coconut oil can bring down the swelling.
2. Night cream – once it worked wonders on my eyes, I started using it on my whole face, neck and chest. It works wonders!
3. Body oil – especially on drier skin: feet, hands, elbows and knees.
4. Makeup remover – it works great as a makeup remover and leaves your skin so soft.
5. Leave-in conditioner – be careful with this. You can over do it. But your hair will love this oil.
6. Hair de-frizzer – just a little at the tips of your hair make it shiny and removes the frizz.
7. Massage oil or personal lubricant
8. A light lip balm
9. Energy booster – a spoonful of coconut oil can help boost your energy.
10. Cuticle cream
11. Face wash – yes! You can wash your face with oil!!
12. Rashes – helps sooth and heal rashes. With all of the anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it is also quite medicinal.

13. First aid – helps protect and heal wounds. It also speeds the healing of bruises.

14. Overall health aid – helps thyroid, aids in digestion, stabilizes blood sugar, improves immune function and so much more.

15. Tooth whitener – sounds crazy, I know, but this stuff really whitens your teeth.
16. Oil pulling – this might be the weirdest and most awesome item on this list. I oil pull weekly. It’s a process where you take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes (if you can only do 5 minutes that’s enough). The oil and your saliva create a natural soap in the mouth. After I oil pull, my teeth are whiter, cleaner, shinier. My gums are brighter and cleaner and that spot that I can never reach on one side of my mouth with my toothbrush, just dissolves away when I oil pull and then brush my teeth afterward. This is an ancient technique for cleaning your mouth out. If you don’t have dental insurance this is as good as a professional teeth cleaning. It also kills germs and potential sickness in your mouth, while clearing out your lymphatic system too. The biggest thing to worry about with this is you never want to drink the oil you’re pulling in your mouth. It should be treated as toxic and ideally, spit it in the trash or toilet, not your sink – remember it’s oil.

{The rest of these I haven’t tried, but I want to, so I listed them below}

17. Toothpaste
18. Shaving cream
19. Body scrub
20. Deodorant

Just because I was so impressed and curious about this idea I also wanted to mention that I found homemade mascara and eye liner recipes online that use, you guessed it, COCONUT OIL!

There are a few uses for coconut oil that I would not even try. Many sites claim you can use coconut oil as a sunscreen, but I would say the risk of finding out if it would work is too high.  A sunburn isn’t worth the risk, so I’m just skipping over that one.

Speaking of warnings, one thing to consider when using coconut oil is that some people find that they get headaches or stomach aches after applying or eating coconut oil, which may be due to yeast die-off or other toxin releases in the body. This is because coconut oil is so good for you, killing off any foreign invaders, and if your body isn’t all that healthy you might feel a bit weird in the early stages of using it. Take it slow. Only use it for one or two applications. Over time this negative response will shift as you continue to use it.

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Here’s a close-up of my 42 year old skin, 20 minutes after I woke up,
without makeup or a glamorous pose, because the truth is more helpful
than glamour shots. I’m starting to get some very fine lines,
but the coconut oil keeps them from really developing.

As you can see, I really love this stuff. I have small jars of it all over my house, so I can apply it whenever I want to.

That’s how I use coconut oil (and how I want to use it). I’d love to know what you use it for!

Happy hygiening!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm | #

    great article, jen! i have been loving coconut oil as a butter alternative, moisturizer + hair conditioner (so soft!) but love these other ideas. oil pulling as i type! :)

    • Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm | #

      Awesome! I love hearing how others use coconut oil. Let me know how the oil pulling goes!

  2. Scooter ceaser
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm | #

    Question. Do you heat the oil to liquefy before you swish in the mouth or just put it in and let the mouth melt it?

    I love it because it doesn’t smoke when I sauté veg!

    • Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm | #

      You can warm the coconut oil in your mouth. I kind of move it slowly in my mouth to break it up until it’s totally liquid and then I begin the swishing. I’d love to know what you think when you are done!

  3. Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:28 am | #

    loved the post jen! i will be trying to check off that list of uses this week ;) swishing! who knew?

    • Posted November 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm | #

      Thanks, Julz!! Did you see my new post all about oil pulling? Check it out if you get a chance!