Coconut oil is a true godsend for women! The range of its usage is so wide that it has made it a popular and irreplaceable product. We can use coconut oil as a hair mask, as cream for the face and body, as sunscreen and much more. It helps women from all over the world to get rid of stretch marks and to grow beautiful hair and eyelashes.
10 Uses For Coconut Oil in Your Bathroom
1. Coconut Oil is a Great Skin Moisturizer
This is the most obvious and common use of coconut oil. When applied after shower, it makes your skin soft and shiny. It reduces scarring and stretch marks and rejuvenates the skin. At first it tends to have a greasier consistency, but it quickly absorbs into the skin. Another option is to use coconut oil as a carrier with the best essential oils for healthy skin.
Coconut oil can also be used for the face. Start with a small quantity (a pea size) and apply around your eyes and face, and even your lips if they are dry and chapped
And don’t forget you can extend the use of coconut oil into your bedroom and use it as a massage lotion or a lubricant .
2. Coconut Oil is Great for Oil Pulling
If you haven’t done it before, oil pulling is a way to cleanse the mouth of harmful, inflammation-causing bacteria and toxins.
- Take about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil when you wake up in the morning and before you eat anything.
- Swish around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Spit out the oil (don’t swallow it – it’s full of bacteria).
- Brush your teeth.
Some also add a drop of essential oil to coconut oil to enhance the antibacterial and antiviral properties. For example, you can use eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary or cloves essential oils.
3. Efficient Hair Treatment with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used both as a pre-wash or post-wash treatment. It has been found to reduce the protein-loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. Since hair is mostly made of protein, supplying enough protein is essential for healthy locks.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science compared coconut oil with mineral oil and sunflower oil. The experiments showed that mineral oil and sunflower oil had no effect at all on the protein-loss, while coconut oil made a significant difference.
To avoid the greasy effect, it’s best to add some coconut oil as a pre-wash:
- Take ½ tablespoon of coconut oil (the amount also depends on the length and volume of your hair).
- Apply the oil, starting from the roots and make your way down to the ends.
- Leave the oil on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse your hair well and wash as normal.
4. Frizzy Hair Care
If your hair is frizzy, you can use some coconut oil to tame it. Dry, curly hair tend to lift when you brush them, so put a little bit of coconut oil on your fingers and run them through your hair to prevent the frizz.
Make sure you don’t overdo it with the oil or you’ll just end up with an oily look.
5. Coconut Oil is Your Leg Shaving Companion
When it’s time to shave your legs, apply a little bit of coconut oil on your legs before you start. This will make the skin softer and less irritated.
You can also use it as a post-shaving/epilating treatment to calm down the skin and reduce the unpleasant sensations.
6. Coconut Oil is a Natural Home Remedy for Toenail Fungus
Many are aware of just how hardy toenail fungus is. After months and years of treatment, it still persists.
Coconut oil works its magic by targeting the fungal membrane. The fatty acids insert themselves into the membrane and disturb its function, which eventually leads to cell disintegration. Adding tea tree oil which has anti fungal properties will increase efficacy.
- Take a bit of coconut oil and mix with a few drops of tea tree oil. Rub it onto the affected area.
- Let it absorb and dry.
- If you have more than one nail that needs treating, wash your hands before applying the oil mixture to the next toe, or wear gloves.
- Repeat two to three times daily. It’s very important to be diligent and patient, so don’t skip a session!
7. Preferable Carrier Oil
Many essential oils need to be diluted, and coconut oil works great as a carrier oil. Using a carrier oil is crucial when working with powerful essential oils and/or when trying to cover a big area of the body.
Just mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a few drops of your preferred essential oil and enjoy the multiple benefits.
If you don’t like the solid consistency of virgin coconut oil at a room temperature (up to 25 °C), you can use fractionated coconut oil, which has some of the long fatty acids removed and unlike the cold-pressed oil, which solidifies when temperatures drop, stays liquid. However note that virgin coconut oil contains vitamins, antioxidants and minerals which are beneficial to skin and hair care products, whereas fractionated coconut oil does not contain all of the same nutrients.
8. Easy Eye Makeup Remover
Coconut oil makes makeup removal less of a chore. Wash your face first and then use coconut oil to remove the rest. It’s less likely you’ll be going to bed with a layer of mascara, if your favorite oil is at hand.
9. Great for Nail Management
Not just body massage, coconut oil is also very good for gentle nail massage and can help you tame the rough cuticles. Simply apply a bit of oil on your finger and toe nails and massage as often as you wish.
This is a great fungal prevention as well – as mentioned above, coconut oil is a powerful warrior against those annoying fungal infections.
10. A Soothing Treatment for Rashes and Burns
Apply coconut oil if you experience a rash or a burn. It’s also effective with diaper rash and can be safely used with your little ones.
Another option is to mix coconut oil with tea tree essential oil. Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties . Just combine 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a little bit of coconut oil and message gently over the rash.
More Uses For Coconut Oil
When you uncover all the benefits and aromas of coconut oil, you’re bound to start spending more time in and around your bathroom – so warn anyone else you might be sharing your bathroom with or ask them to join in your coconut love affair.
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