THE VERSATILITY OF COCONUT OIL (and how my husband uses it)
November 16, 2014
When I first discovered coconut oil and opened a jar of the milky, butter-like deliciousness, that coco-nutty smell filled the air, and I knew it was love at first sight. This little tub of what reminds me of the beach can be found at most health food stores and supermarkets. I like to think of it as the new kale, as its popularity is sky-rocketing, except it is exceedingly more versatile.
Organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil is a great substitute for butter; think dairy free baking. It has a high smoke point, thus it is the healthier oil to use when cooking meat or vegetables on high heat. I love to add coconut oil to roasted vegetables, rice dishes, add a touch of it into smoothies, and even into oatmeal.
Rubbing some coconut oil into your hands and brushing it through your hair is a quick deep conditioning treatment, just be sure to wash it out. It's a great makeup remover, facial and body moisturizer, lip balm and body scrub (mix it with brown sugar).
FOR THE MAN:
I get the "you smell like a coconut," every night from my husband as I hop into bed with coconut oil on my face, in my hair, and all over my body. I swear by it as the best and cheapest facial moisturizer, sans chemicals, and it helps fix a breakout over night! As winter approaches, skin tends to become dry and red quickly, especially if you have sensitive skin, as I do. I told my husband to try using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer and to help clear his breakouts on his face, and finally got the ok to do so. I now, every night, have to put coconut oil on his face, and he swears by it, too.
Another tip for men: mix some coconut oil and water to use as an all natural shaving cream.