Coconut oil is already well-known in the culinary world, but did you know that it has other benefits like beauty uses and household tricks? Learn all about the different uses and benefits of coconut oil here without getting dragged down by all of the technical chemical explanations.
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Cooking with Coconut Oil
We all know coconut oil is awesome when cooking - not only does it help with weight loss, but it’s also one of the healthiest options when compared with other types of oil. We won’t be getting too technical here to explain the chemicals involved in the situation, but we can tell you that coconut oil is also good if you want to:
- Reduce belly fat
- Increase your energy
- Get a little help with digestive health
In addition to that:
Unlike other types of oils, when submitted to high temperatures, coconut oil doesn’t break and it’s a source of healthy fats!
Just one more thing:
One teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee: YUM! It’s healthy and delicious, what more could you ask for? This recipe using coconut oil for a special coffee here is just amazing!
Indoor Plants Care
Your plants deserve the best too! One single drop of coconut oil can make your plants healthier and shinier - pour a small amount onto a cloth and use the cloth to rub the leaves of the plant.
If you ever wondered what does coconut oil do for your skin, then this is the time to answer that question. Alongside with using it for hair treatment (as you’ll see on the next topic), skin care is one of the best beauty uses for coconut oil!
This is how it can help you:
- Coconut oil is amazing to restore dry skin
- It helps loosen up cuticles so it’s easier to push back or cut them
- It hydrates and deep cleans your face by helping kill any bacteria
Of course, these are just a few of the many coconut oil uses for skin - which you can read more about here!
There are several coconut oil uses for hair as well, among them:
- To protect from the sun
- As an everyday detangler
- To help your hair grow healthier
For Pets’ Health
We’ve already talked about coconut oil and its benefits when we made a selection of some delicious dog treats. However, it’s good to reinforce its benefits here and also mention that it’s good for cats as well.
These are the benefits of coconut oil for dogs:
- Increase energy levels
- Improve skin and coat
- Improve digestion
- Reduce allergy risk
And the benefits of coconut oil for cats:
- Reduce allergic reactions
- Improve dry skin
- Reduce itchiness
- Improve coat health
For both pets, you should always give small amounts of coconut oil each day. For small dogs, ¼ teaspoon two times a day should be enough. While for big dogs, 1 teaspoon (or even 1 tablespoon, if it’s a reeeeally big dog) is good to give them the benefits. As for cats, ½ teaspoon a day is a nice quantity!
More than that:
Apply and rub a bit of the oil onto their coats to strengthen and keep their skin and fur healthier.
Renew Wooden Surfaces
Refinishing old wood can be really simple when you have coconut oil at home. You’ll clean and sand the piece of furniture, then using a cloth apply the coconut oil - it’ll look brand new! In fact, if you just apply the oil directly onto the surface the effect will still be amazing!
Improve Dental Health
- Use the “coconut oil pulling” technique.
- Make a natural coconut oil toothpaste.
The second option is probably the best since it’s chemical free and very easy to make, but you know, it’s up to you!
When you combine a bit of coconut oil with baking soda, you get a powerful stain remover! Apply the solution to the stain in question, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe it off.
Important to mention here:
This trick can be used in almost any fabric, from T-shirt to carpets, but you should always test the mix on a small (maybe hidden) part to see how the fabric will react. Also keep in mind that you mustn’t use this on walls, leather, or vinyl furniture.
Isn’t it just fascinating how one simple type of oil can perform all of these benefits? If you have any extra tips or questions, please let us know! You can use the comments space below or talk to us on Facebook, it’s always good to hear from our readers.
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