Since I began eating more naturally and healthfully it has led me to be more cautious in other areas of my life where I had been using products with harsh chemicals and additives, such as body products. I’ve learned that anything you put on your skin is absorbed and goes into your blood stream – so if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!
When you step into most health food stores, you’ll notice that there are many natural body product options, in fact the choices are overwhelming! I’ve caught myself standing in those aisles for a ridiculously long time reading the ingredients in each product, and then getting too confused to make a decision.
So I decided the next time I went to the store to pick up some face wash or moisturizer I would do my research and know exactly what I was going to buy. It was time to replace my body moisturizer, so on to google I went. I remembered hearing about coconut oil and decided to research it a bit. To my delight I learned that coconut oil has many benefits and is a very versatile product. The best part- it has ONE ingredient, you guessed it coconut oil. If there’s one thing that’s clear, the less ingredients the better- weather it’s food or face wash! I picked up some Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil and I absolutely love it. It has a delicious smell and feels great on my skin.
Coconut Oil is made up of about 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid is shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. My cousin claims that it helped heal her of mono! That’s some power.
Be sure to purchase organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil.
Use it as a moisturizer: Take a little bit and massage over your entire body. Some people may not like the thickness of it, but dry skin eats it up.
Use it as a hair mask: It’s also great to use as a hair mask to restore dry or damaged hair. All you have to do it heat a little of it up, distribute through hair and let it sit, preferable overnight. Wash it out in the morning and relish in the shine!
Cook with it: Next time you’re stir frying veggies, use coconut oil instead of olive oil.