Saturday, 27 February 2016

Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil

**Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil is an all rounder. (always read the label and choose organic and non refind). It is a natural moisturizer and has healing properties. I'm sure there are 107 uses for coconut oil but I wanted to share the top 5 uses I use the most. 



5: Hair mask/ scalp treatment.

For me personally this works a treat. I have dry hair and a dry scalp and right now I am in psoriasis hell (I maintain its moving back to Irelands fault). There are many things that claim to help with these issues and they can be expensive when you add up everything you might have tried. Some evenings when I fell like my dry scalp/psoriasis is really annoying I take a tablespoon of coconut oil, warm it in my hands and massage it on to the scalp. I will add more if I feel like it and put then remaining coconut oil thru the ends of my hair. I usually sleep in it. In the morning I jump into the shower and wash my hair as normal. My scalp feels better and my hair is really soft after. I make a hair spray from it too and will be doing a post on this shortly. Its for people with curly/frizzy hair. Its a quick alternative if you don't have the time for blow drys.

4. Cuticle Oil. 

For the most part I have really strong nails. I do find that with being a mom though they break alot more. I massage coconut oil at night into them and my nails look and feel great in the morning. They will get stronger in time. 

3. Oil Pulling

Coffee drinker? Tea Drinker? Want cleaner, stronger, whiter and healthier teeth. Start oil pulling now. I had heard this a while back and thought gross. You take a tablespoon of coconut oil. Put it in your mouth and swish it around for 10 minutes everyday. I thought I could never take the texture in my mouth and I didn't try it for a long time. Then one day I was cooking and I seen the coconut oil and thought. I'm standing here stirring I may as well try it. So I did and I stuck it out for about 5 minutes and it wasn't that bad. You have to spit it out after because you are pulling the toxins and germs from your mouth, gums and teeth. To swallow this wouldn't be the best idea. Another important point is to never spit the coconut oil out into the sink. Coconut oil hardens and can block your sink so spit it out into a tissue or the bin. I noticed a difference in days but you will see a dramatic difference in 2 weeks. I stopped and noticed it and writing this post is making me start it again.

2. Cooking. 

You buy coconut oil in the cooking section in the grocery store yet the last thing I used it for was cooking. This is a great healthier alternative to using lard, vegetable oil or any other oils that are full of crap ingredients. If you cant stand the taste of coconuts then this is ok too. The taste is very faint once food is cooked in it. Try it. Give it a go. 

1. Beauty. Eye Cream.

I use this a lot for beauty purposes. As a body moisturizer. I use it on my children after the shower from head to toe. I make eye cream out of it and its great. I noticed a decreased puffiness in the morning and dark circles about 2 weeks after using this. (http://www.alannagallagher.com/2016/02/diy-eye-cream.html). I use this on my lips too. 

I bought mine in a local supermarket for around 9 euro. Go on give it a go and see if you like it for everything too!!!!
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