If you ever try to make plans with me on a Friday night, I’d have to pencil you in between my coconut oil hair treatment and soaking my hands in paraffin wax. So, try to book me a few months in advance. . .
Coconut oil is known to be a very effective moisturizer (it also tastes great!). I’m a disaster in the kitchen, so my uses are purely cosmetic. I keep a tub of this by my bed and in my bathroom.
1) Hair treatment.
As I mentioned earlier, this is my Friday night ritual. I actually look forward to it!
In other news, I’m a huge loser. My long hair tends to get greasy at the roots, so I apply it from the middle down to the ends. I keep a separate container of this specifically for hair use, so I don’t contaminate the original container. I just divide my hair into two sections (one of each side) and slather the oil in with my fingers. It’s easiest to do this if the oil is somewhat solidified (it will liquefy at 70 degrees F). If your oil is liquified, just stick it in the freezer for a few minutes to get the right consistency. Leave on for at least 30 minutes (clip your hair back or put on a shower cap). I usually leave it on over night and sleep with my hair in a braid. Follow with your regular hair washing regime (shampoo and conditioner).
2) Chapped lips.
It never occurred to me to use this on my lips until a few weeks ago. I was laying in bed with dry and cracked lips. I had tried every lip balm and nothing was working, I sat up and shook my fist into the air, “GO AWAY CHAPPED LIPS!!!” I glanced over at my coconut oil and a little light bulb came on… so I grabbed a clean q-tip and applied to my lips. The hardest thing was avoiding to lick my lips (because it smells and tastes delicious). I left on overnight and woke up with soft, cured lips! Hallelujah!
3) Hand moisturizer.
I use hand sanitizer like a mad woman. The alcohol in it leaves my poor hands dry as heck (that’s right, I said heck). I just rub a small amount on the backs of my hands. It does leave them slightly greasy, so I usually only do this at night. It’s an instant cure!
There are numerous ways to use this wonderful stuff! Check out some other ways to use coconut oil from my friend over at An Organic Wife!
What are some ways that you use coconut oil?
Drink water. Wear SPF.