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Head to Toe: Coconut Oil

Coconuts are probably my favorite things on the planet – I love the smell, the taste, the texture, the water, the milk, the oil – I’m just obsessed with them! The amazing thing is that aside from all the things I love about coconuts, they are also amazingly healthy for us – both for our insides and our outsides! The following are a few uses of coconut oil that I use daily and can’t live without. Enjoy!

 

#1 – Make a Body Scrub

Ingredients:

– 2 cups cane sugar

– 1 cup kosher salt

– ½ cup coconut oil, melted

– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

– 1 tablespoon almond extract

– 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

 

What to do:

Mix all ingredients together and scrub away. It’s that easy!

 

#2 – Make a Foot Scrub

What to do: mix together coconut oil and sea salt, then scrub away!

 

#3 – Make all natural (chemical free!) sunblock/daily lotion

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)

– 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)

– 1/4 cup beeswax

– 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)

– Optional ingredients: up to 1 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil; up to 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Oil; up to 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil; 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5); Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

 

What to do:

  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. Shake or stir occasionally to mix ingredients as they melt. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage.
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.

 

Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

 

 

 

 

#4 – Deep Leave-in Conditioner

What to do:

Come through hair, especially at the ends before bed. Wear hair in a bun overnight and washout in the morning.

 

#5 – Oil Pulling

What to do:

Before you brush your teeth, swish vigorously with coconut oil for up to 15 minutes. This ancient Ayurvedic practice is said to have many health benefits including strengthening teeth and gums, easing arthritic pains, detoxing the body of heavy metals, increasing energy, and even whitening teeth, just to name a few.

 

#6 – Make Toothpaste

What to do:

Mix together equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda, then sweeten with stevia and add some peppermint essential oil (or other fun flavors that your family loves!)

 

#7 – Make a Lip Gloss

Ingredients:

– 1 tsp sweet almond oil

– 4 tsp coconut oil

– 2 tsp grated beeswax

– 5-10 drops of essential oil of choice

What to do:

1. Melt all ingredients in a small pot over low heat until all melt; whisk together.

2. Pour into lip gloss pots and let sit until hardened.

 

By Alix Terpos PT, DPT

 

References:

http://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-and-wellness/diy-natural-sugar-scrub

http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/homemade-coconut-oil-lip-balms/

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