Quick Fixes Using Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin Coconut oil is the holy grail for many, celebrities and masses alike, and with good reason. This versatile oil is wondrous, treating skin, hair and health maladies and comes with a number of uses you may not be aware of. Read on for quick fixes using coconut oil.
Relieve Skin Sensitivities and Eczema
Virgin Coconut oil, according to research, suggests that it works as good as conventional moisturisers and mineral oils on dermatitis and various skin disorders. This is proven true in a study on children with eczema which revealed 47% of those treated with coconut oil showed significant improvements.
Moisturise Your Skin
As aforementioned, coconut oil is as good as conventional moisturisers so instead of the store bought lotions, apply this elixir on your legs, arms, and elbows. While it is alright to use it on your face, it isn’t recommended for those with oily skin. Virgin coconut oil also works wonders on cracked heels. Treat it by applying a thin layer at bedtime, wear socks to make it a mask and keep at it nightly until your heels are smooth.
May Fend Off Infections
The uses of coconut oil surpass cooking. In fact, its antibacterial properties allow the treatment of infections. A test-tube study discovered that virgin coconut oil stopped the growth of the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff, which causes severe diarrhoea. It can also battle against yeasts, a result attributed to lauric acid — main fatty acid in coconut oil. There are no studies that prove coconut oil’s efficacy when eaten or applied to the skin.
Tame Your Mane
Bad hair days are a struggle for everyone. On days when your frizz is just unruly, rub a small dollop of virgin coconut oil between the pads of your fingers and run it through particularly frizzy areas to leave hair looking smooth and put together. You can also add frizz-fighting serums that contain virgin coconut oil to your hair care regime for that extra zing and nourishment.
Draws Out Diseases From the Mouth
The art of oil pulling also known as Kavala, is an ancient Ayurvedic dental method that involves swishing virgin coconut oil in your mouth on an empty stomach to draw out disease-causing bacteria out of your mouth, as proven in a review of research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. The researchers stated that oil pulling gives rise to antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them. Oil pulling is a supplementary routine to your dental hygiene, which means brushing and flossing are still a must.
Lubricant For Sex
According to Kari Braaten, M.D., M.P.H., an OB/GYN at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, due to the slippery nature of virgin coconut oil, it serves as a great natural lubricant. If it’s pure, it’s rather rare to develop any allergic reaction to it, she adds. A little goes a long way or things will start getting messy. One note of caution — never use coconut oil if you’re using a condom, as oil can degrade latex which reduces its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and STDs. Ensure you and your partner have been tested for STDs before using coconut oil during sex and without a condom.
Hasten Wound Healing
Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties have secured improving wound healing as another one of coconut oil’s benefits. One study found that rats whose wounds were treated with virgin coconut oil had a reduction in inflammatory markers and increased production of collagen, a major component of skin which resulted in fast-healing wounds. Apply a tiny amount of coconut oil directly to the scrape or wound and cover it with a bandage.
Non Toxic Insect Repellent
Some essential oils have been dubbed as natural bug repellents. However, these essential oils have to be amalgamated with a carrier oil before applying directly to the skin. Virgin coconut oil can be used as a carrier oil in this regard, evident in a study that combined Thai essential oils with virgin coconut oil. The results showed over 98% protection from the bites of certain mosquitoes.
Stains and spillage on household items such as carpets and furniture can be quite the sore eye. Thankfully, there’s an inexpensive, quick fix that can remedy this. Simply combine one part virgin coconut oil with one part baking soda and mix until it’s a paste. Apply it to the stain, wait for five minutes and wipe.
Instead of buying cuticle oils whose ingredients are chemical-based, switch it out for coconut oil to improve your cuticles, including hangnails. Apply it as you would with a cuticle oil — on your cuticles and massage it for a few seconds. To achieve the best results, do this several times a week.
Removes Stubborn Makeup
No makeup wipe, no problem. Use coconut oil to gently and effectively remove your eye shadow and stubborn mascara. Apply with a cotton pad and wipe gently until all traces of makeup are gone.
Living in a tropical climate makes chapped lips a norm. If you want a gentle and natural lip balm instead of those laden with harmful ingredients, choose virgin coconut oil. It glides on like a dream, moisturises your lips for hours and even protects your lips from the sun.