Coconut Oil has so many benefits for your overall heath but you might be surprised to know all the benefits it has when you apply it to your skin! While I don’t typically apply coconut oil to my face due to possible pore clogging, I do love it in all my remedy DIYs where the skin needs healing.
Unrefined Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids and triglycerides which help retain moisture in your skin. Coconut Oil is antibacterial, anti fungal and has microbial properties. It is very high in Vitamin E. If you get the right brand of coconut oil, the antioxidant level should be through the roof!
Coconut oil is usually in a solid form. It does melt at about 80 degrees or so. It doesn’t matter what form it is in when you put it on your skin.
The benefits will be the same but I prefer to whip mine into a cream. You won’t believe how light and fluffy it becomes! It’s the perfect body cream! Add some essential oils and you’ve got a fabulous body moisturizer!
Because coconut oil is incredibly healing, I prefer it in many of my homemade recipe. I’ve experienced just how healing it is first hand. In the summer we have a lot of ticks outside. Occasionally they will latch on and the bump they leave is not only painful, it’s itchy too. It leaves a mark for at least a month on me. I was using coconut oil for my daily body moisturizer and within a week it was completely gone. No pain or itching and no scar. I have never had a tick bite heal so quickly! I’ve gotten several more bites and each has healed just as quickly!
I also swear my stretch marks that I’ve had since I was a teen are becoming much less visible. Coconut oil is jam packed with antioxidants which combat those pesky free radicals that break down skin cells and cause premature aging. Go HERE to learn more!
How to Whip Coconut Oil:
- Whatever bowl you are going to use to whip your coconut oil in needs to be cold. I put my bowl in the fridge or freezer until it’s really cold.
- Add 1 cup coconut oil to your COLD bowl.
- Add 25 drops of essential oil. (optional)
- Using a mixer, begin whipping your coconut oil until it becomes light and fluffy. Could take up to 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a jar and ENJOY!
If it gets too cold or too warm wherever you store your whipped coconut oil it will melt or harden. It’s still good to use as is or you can re-whip it.
What Kind of Coconut Oil Is Best:
All coconut oils are not made equal.
When you need all the healing benefits of coconut oil you must always choose a high quality, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. Unrefined means it has been minimally processed. Unrefined coconut oil will have a strong scent of coconut. You can use it topically or ingest it. You also want to look for coconut oil that is wet-milled.
When I first started blogging, I discovered Healthy Traditions and still believe that their handmade, virgin coconut oil is the upmost quality in coconut oil possible!
Healthy Traditions do NOT mass produce their coconut oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year.
Healthy Traditions Coconut Oil is…
Hand-made in small batches – not mass-produced by machine
Wet-milled from fresh coconut milk
High heat used to extract antioxidants (why cold-pressed is NOT best)
Tested for the herbicide glyphosate.
Find Healthy Tradition’s coconut oil HERE. It’s simply the best you can find in my opinion.
My Recipes That Contain Coconut Oil:
- Coconut Oil Healing Sticks
- Homemade Healing Salve (neosporin alternative)
- Homemade Vapor Rub
- DIY Coconut Lotion Bars
- Calendula Tamanu Healing Balm
- Chamomile Infused Coconut Lavender Diaper Rash Cream w/Clay
- Coconut Conditioning Hair Treatment
- Eye Makeup Remover
Did you know coconut oil can be used for….
- Shaving cream
- Hair de-frizzer
- Hair conditioner
- Oil Pulling
- Makeup remover
- Body moisturizer
- Massage oil
- Stretch mark reduction
- Remove goo
- Squeaky Hinges
Remember that a little goes a long way and too much will make you greasy!
I add a tbsp. to my daily smoothie the EASY WAY. How do you use coconut oil?