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The coconut oil craze has been going on for several years. I was first introduced to this unusual solid/liquid on the beaches of Vieques. (Sending prayers after Hurricane Maria). Friends who lived on the island rubbed coconut oil on their two small children every day at the beach.
Instead of sunscreen!
At the time, my three children were young and I viewed commercial sunscreen as a necessary evil. I watched in amazement as my friend’s children didn’t burn, even after hours spent in the Caribbean sun. These Caucasian children weren’t the slightest bit pink. I was intrigued.
The following summer, I purchased a big jar of coconut oil. I first tested it on myself as sunscreen.
I began to use it on my kids for short outings in the sun.
Coconut oil has become a summer staple for us. We've even used it on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina...no burning. I’m still somewhat skeptical, so I always have a tube or can of ‘regular’ sunscreen on hand. I’m not promoting the use of just coconut oil for sunscreen, I’m just sharing my first experience with this amazing stuff.
In general, I'm a bit of a late adopter, so I've kept coconut oil at a distance. Recently, several women have shared with me their devotion to this versatile oil.
Seems there are an unlimited number of ways to use this magic goop.
Here’s how I’ve been using coconut oil:
Sunscreen- It's easiest to apply it with a spray bottle. The oil is a solid at cool temperatures, so you’ll need to warm it up until it’s a liquid. Put the closed jar in a sink full of hot water for a few minutes or outside in the sunshine. Then pour the oil into a clean spray bottle. The coconut oil will turn back into a solid if it’s stored in a cool space, but will return to a liquid if you have it in your beach bag on a warm day. Simply spray liberally and rub it in.
Moisturizer- I now keep a jar of coconut oil in my bathroom. To use it as a moisturizer, scoop a bit out of the jar and rub it together in your hands until it becomes liquid. Then apply it as you would lotion. There is no smell and it soaks in nicely. It feels amazing because it's all natural!
Cracked heels- Coconut oil has been a game-changer for my feet. I had given up on my cracked heels. I figured it was part of aging and I should just accept my old lady feet. As part of the acceptance process, I decided that even if my feet weren’t ‘pretty’, I could still treat them with love.
I made a practice of rubbing coconut oil on my feet every night. I apply it with gratitude for all that my feet endure during the day and then put on a pair no-show cotton socks. Much to my surprise, the cracks are completely gone! My feet look and feel incredible. So simple.
Hair- I apply coconut oil to my hair before getting highlights. I started this practice when my hair was platinum blonde. The bleaching process was so harsh and damaging that my hairdresser suggested that I put an oil on my hair before the bleach was applied. Such great results! Less breakage and healthier texture.
I also put a few drops coconut oil on my hair before a day at the beach. The oil coats my hair and makes it less frizzy.
Eye Makeup Remover- I rub a dab of coconut oil onto my lids and lashes to break up my mascara and liner. Sometimes I use a Q-tip and sometimes just my fingers. Then I wash my face with my normal cleanser. The coconut oil is more gentle than other eye make-up removers I've tried.
Brave new world...
I’m ready to expand my use of coconut oil:
Face wash- I have to admit that this one freaks me out a little bit. The idea of using an oil to clean my face seems counter-intuitive. However, I recently came face-to-face with a woman who uses only coconut oil to wash her face. She has the most beautiful skin! Truly glowing! So I’m going to give it a try. The method is super simple. Here’s how.
Oil pulling- Again, this one freaks me out. I’m not sure I can swish an oil in my mouth for 15-20 minutes, every day. But when I read about all of the benefits of this ancient practice, I think...let’s give it a whirl. Or a swish:-) So I’m going to start pulling oil. (There’s probably a bullet journal sticker chart to keep track of my progress:-) Want to give it a try? Here's how.
I welcome your thoughts!
Please share your experience with coconut oil or other oils you've used.
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I was recently asked about the possible benefits of coconut oil for dogs. I received this article on the subject and found it to contain some interesting and helpful information. If you have a dog, you might want to check it out!