I keep hearing about the benefits of coconut oil. Is it like eating a mounds or almond joy or is there really something healthy about it?
Dear Coconut Confused,
What do you look for, I always look for; pure, unrefined, cold pressed 100% organic, extra virgin coconut oil. I buy it in big containers because I don't have to be skimpy with it. I could write a dozen articles about the benefits and uses of coconut oil. I have read all the hype too and a lot of it has value. Just remember, when you read any cure all you have to really do your research and never take anything you read at face value. It's about finding reputable sources for your information and doing comparisons and sometimes trial and error.
A few uses for Coconut oil, it makes a great alternative for goo gone/goof off. Use it straight on a label or mix with a bit of baking soda and rub in let sit for a few minutes and take a paper towel to remove labels from jars or other items you would use goof off. It's great hand degreaser for car repairman in your family. There are some skin care uses as it works great on dry patches, you can also make a mixture using sea salt, sugar or baking soda and some essential oils.
I keep a small container in my bathroom to use as an awesome eye make-up remover. It makes an amazing hair conditioner or hot oil treatment. Put some on your dry hair before you get in the shower or warm it first and pour on your hair leave for ten minutes to a couple of hours based on time and then wash your hair with your normal shampoo, so soft. It absorbs so quickly that I have not found it to leave my hair looking greasy. If you do feel a residue that feels greasy after you wash do a second shampoo then dry as usual. Coconut oil is also great for your teeth. Oil pulling is an interesting concept. Take a spoonful of coconut and slosh it around in your mouth for anywhere from two minutes to twenty. I have tried this in the shower, can be odd or even gross as coconut oil is sloshing around in your mouth, There is research that it helps reduce plaque, make healthy gums and whiten teeth. You can mix it with some baking soda and peppermint oil to make a natural toothpaste. So do I think it's amazing? Yes! Do I think it's the answer to everything, No. So to nut or not to nut. I'm definitely a "coco"-nut kind of girl.