Blog Post #149
Everyone is using coconut oil — for all sorts of reasons — from cooking and baking, to beauty applications and first aid solutions.
I have a huge jar of coconut oil sitting in my pantry — I’ve had it for a while and haven’t cracked it open yet. I’m fairly new to baking with the tropical oil, but I have used it a little with pretty good results. Now I want to be more adventurous and discover more ways to use this versatile product.
For instance, a lot of people swear that stirring a tablespoon of unrefined coconut oil into their morning coffee adds a delicious flavour to their cuppa Joe. I drink my coffee black, but I’m curious enough to try it.
And what about coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for hair? It sounds simple to do — massage a small amount into dry hair, then put on a shower cap. Wait one or two hours, then wash out the oil. (hmm — I wonder how many shampoo repeats will be needed before all the oil comes out?)
From what I’ve read, it seems as if coconut oil has “super powers” and there are many uses for the oil that I would never have thought of. So excuse me while I go crack open that big jar in my pantry and try out these interesting tips:
DIY deodorant: I’m always looking for a good alternative to commercial antiperspirants. I am sensitive to metals and the aluminum used in these products irritate my underarm skin. A bumpy, itchy red rash in my armpits is not worth the sweat-reducing properties of those roll-ons and sticks. I’ve tried a few natural artisan-made products, but so far haven’t found one that works for me. I’ve used various eco-friendly, aluminum-free products with varying results. I’m willing to try mixing coconut oil with a little baking soda and cornstarch to combat smelly b/o — a natural concoction in a plastic-free container would be sweet!
Reduce eye puffiness and dark circles: I really need this! I am definitely going to check this out — wouldn’t it be awesome if it works? I’ll keep you posted on the results.
Flea repellent/skin treatment for cats: People have reported successful flea treatments using coconut oil on their cats. They recommend using a small amount (pea-sized) rub through your cat’s fur, massaging it in well. This will act as a flea repellant and will also soothe the cat’s skin if there are any sores or abrasions from scratching. I am definitely giving this one a try — I dislike those poisonous remedies from the vet, but flea control is so important for animal health!
Cutting board conditioner: I like this one. Wash and dry your wooden cutting board, then rub in a small amount of coconut oil. After 15 minutes, wipe the board with a soft cloth. Also great for cleaning and conditioning a cast iron frying pan.
These are only a few of the uses that I have seen promoted on the web — there are many, many more. I’m going to try these out and see what happens.