The buzz around coconut oil has been intense, as more and more is discovered about its health benefits, including the fact that is can help you lose weight and improve your cardiac health.Fewer people realize, however, that coconut oil is also a great health and beauty aid and is an indispensable part of the natural bathroom as much as it is a natural kitchen. Below are nine different ways that you can use coconut oil in the bathroom for continued health and beauty.
Many people may not have heard of oil pulling, but many naturalists swear by it as a way of cleansing the mouth of the bacteria that can cause gum disease and bad breath. To perform oil pulling, simply swish a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes in the morning to give it a thorough cleanse.
If you are into self-massage and aromatherapy, then coconut oil makes a great carrier for essential oils that are too strong to be used in undiluted form. You can, for instance, add a few drops of lavender oil to coconut oil and rub down before sleep, as lavender is very soothing.
Instead of using regular shaving lotion, consider rubbing coconut oil into your legs before you shave. You will find that this is incredibly moisturizing and leaves your legs baby-soft after a shave; it also cuts down on your chances of rash or irritation.
Coconut oil can provide a deep, natural conditioning treatment for your hair and will also prevent protein loss. To do this, simply apply around a half-tablespoon of coconut oil to the roots of your hair and work down to the tips. Leave it in for around an hour before rinsing.
Not surprisingly, coconut oil provides deep, moisturizing treatment for your skin as well as your hair and is a great solution for the chapping or dryness that winter can bring. To use, simply massage it into the skin. It will also help reducing the appearance of stretch marks or scars.
Eye Make-Up Remover
Let’s face it, eye make-up can be stubborn to remove! Fortunately, coconut oil gives you the perfect way to do this safely and naturally. To use, simply wash your face as you normally would, then use the coconut oil on a facial pad to remove the eye make-up.
Coconut oil is as great for your nails as it is for your hair and skin! For a great cuticle treatment, rub the oil into your fingernails and toenails to keep the cuticles tame. It is also great for preventing fungal infections of the nail bed.
So, there you have it – an entire beauty treatment in one bottle. So the next time you are out shopping, buy an extra bottle of this and keep it in your bathroom – your skin, nails and hair will thank you for it!