There has been a lot of hype about coconut oil hence I decided to get on the bandwagon and find out for myself.
Hair: Growing up, my mom always used coconut oil in my hair. It gave me silky smooth hair until I decided to ruin it by perming, colouring, highlighting etc. So now, I’m going back to what my mom did for me. Once a week, I massage my hair with coconut oil and leave it for a couple of hours and then wash it off with shampoo. Seen massive improvement.
Throat: As a teacher, my voice goes frequently and many teachers tend to use a mic but I don’t like the idea of it. Getting a sore throat has happened one too many times especially in my profession. Strepsils don’t seem to do it for me. I was told about swishing coconut oil in my mouth for 10-20 mins just after waking up. I did it for a few days. After the first day, I noticed that the itchiness had subsided! Coconut oil swishing worked for me! *Swishing means to gargle, rotating it all around your mouth.
Burnt marks: A month ago I was baking sweet potato fries and accidentally the tray touched my bare skin. I applied coconut oil on the affected area for days. The burnt mark eventually reduced and now the mark is almost gone!
Acne: I’m not in my teens but for some reason I still get acne now and then. Resisting to squeeze them I’ve now learnt to just dap some coconut oil on it. After a few days, it disappears.
Make up remover: For years, I’ve used Mac eye make up remover and then I realised that it’s the oil that does it so why not try oil itself? So I did. I use coconut oil and not only it moisturises my face but it also removes the make up. I haven’t gone back to Mac ever since!
Body lotion: Depending on the weather, I now prefer to use coconut oil as a body lotion simply because my skin stays moisturised for a longer time. Plus, coconut oil is as clean as it gets when it comes to body lotion. (Other oils are recommended too but this blog is purely dedicated to coconut oil.)
Eyelash serum: I remember a therapist telling me once to go to Bonjour to get an eyelash serum as it will keep my curls and also keep it moist. I didn’t like the product because it seemed to have a lot of stuff in it and I prefer to use organic and clean products as much as I can. I read about coconut oil on eyelashes and gave it a try. I dab a bit of coconut oil on a q-tip and put it over my eyelashes. At times I do as a replacement to mascara and at times I do it as a moisturiser before I sleep.
Smoothie: I put a teaspoon in my smoothie regardless of which smoothie I make.
Cooked food: I use coconut oil for cooked food quite often. I also use other oils such as olive oil and ghee. For coconut oil, if I’m cooking Thai or any other Asian cuisine then I use coconut oil because the fragrance of the oil goes well with these foods.
If there are other ways you’ve experimented with coconut oil, do share so we all can enjoy the benefits of this amazing superfood!