Please treat me right Wednesday.
Thank yew DJ Deji :D
Battling the late afternoon yawns - is it 5 yet?
It’s been a while…
Coconut oil is pure gold.
Or maybe it’s just trending right now like green smoothies this past spring, kale last summer and the lemonade cleanse way back when. Before I digress into the impact of trends on our consumer driven lives, let’s talk coconut.
So this is how I’m going to do this - I will tell you what I use it for and why. Believe me or not, but these facts are straight from the source (the source being the internet). So let me blow your mind about a $6 jar of everything you need in life.
+ Only buy Extra Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Don’t be a cheap asshole, just do it. You will make your life better for it.
+ Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but quickly turns to oil when heated. Rub it between your hands and see the transformation. Taa-daa.
+ Miranda Kerr endorses coconut oil, so maybe it will help us all turn into VS supermodels. Still testing out this hypothesis.
Okay, down to business:
1. On the stove. I like cooking with coconut oil, especially when it comes to bland things, like tofu, because it gives it an added sweet flavoring. And don’t kid yourself, I know that you are piling on high calorie sauces to make that white block of obscureness semi-edible. Coconut oil also happens to withstand high temperatures quite well, so it’s a great alternative to olive oil and butter because it is also cholesterol free, metabolism boosting, trans-fatty acid free and helps lower cholesterol levels, YOU HEAR THAT DAD? Cooking with coconut oil means you save money, maybe time, and definitely calories (Note: I’m not saying start shoveling coconut oil into your mouth, k?). I have also used coconut oil as a replacement to olive oil on my salads and pastas - same consistency, but the flavor adds some interest and it satisfies my sweet tooth.
2. Body Lotion. Again, I am determined to get rid of all those industrially produced bottles of crap that contain yucky ingredients in favor of something that is organic and makes you smell like a dream. Literally… I dream of coconuts now. Coconut oil also helps heal skin faster when you have cuts or scrapes and reduces the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins. Take that, skin!
3. Shaving Cream. Sure, it is a bit thick and clogs my razor after every limb, but it is much better than what I get out of a can. I have really dry skin and it gets worse after shaving (even with moisturizing cream) so coconut oil is my life saver. Just hit the razor on the tub to get rid of the gunk and move onto the next leg.
4. Sunscreen. My dermatologist scolds me every visit when I tell her that smelling like a community pool isn’t my thing. Luckily, coconut oil naturally has SPF 4, so when I lather my body in it every morning, I am technically protecting my fair skin. Sure, its not SPF 80, but better than nothing! And coconut oil can help speed up the healing of sunburns, if you decide to cook yourself in coconut oil on the beach without additional protection.
5. Deodorant Recipe. I will go more into this on another post. But just saying, a jar goes a long way.
6. Hair Mask. If you haven’t adopted the “no-poo” lifestyle, then this hair mask will definitely give your hair new life without breaking the bank on special elixirs. Slather it on your hair from roots to ends and wait about an hour - do the dishes, dance in your underwear, take a nap - just to throw out some options while you wait. As you hit that 60 minute mark, wash it out (which may take 1 to 2 shampoos) and then feel how soft your hair got. Amazing, right? (Note: I don’t really suggest this for oily haired people. If you have oily hair, then you need to take care of that first - and again I suggest the “no-poo” method)
7. Face Moisturizer / Chappie Stick. You think I’m crazy right? Putting oil on your face goes against every piece of advice you have been given since you got your first zit. But listen, I’m doing it and I have had acne problems since the womb. Here is why it’s okay: (1) coconut oil contains lauric acid that fights both fungi and bacteria (2) since it is an oil, the skin absorbs it slowly, unlike water based creams that get sucked into your pores and leave your skin feeling dry 2 hours later (3) coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids that help rebuild cells instead of breaking them down via exposing your skin to free radicals (4) the reparative properties of coconut oil help slow down the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Convinced yet?
8. Body Scrub. Coconut oil + brown sugar = your own body scrub that leaves your skin nice and smooth. Nuff said.
9. Massage Oil. Nothing is worse that getting a massage and having your skin pushed and pulled. Throw some coconut on that bitch (or guy) and give the best massage ever. It may even improve your post massage life… if you want to take it south of the border, it can be helpful there too.
So that’s my plug for coconut oil. While you may cringe at the initial investment, one jar goes a really long way. AND you can reuse the jar after for weed, body scrub, loose change, etc. So just give it a try and see how it works best for you! There are 50+ more ways to use coconut oil that I can’t even fit into my schedule, so do some research and start spreading the sweet smell of coconuts all over the world.