It may seem kind of silly to some, but in my family we buy coconut oil by the 5 gallon bucket! (click here for a $10 coupon to the store I shop at!) We don’t ever want to run out. Coconut oil has changed our lives. How to use coconut oil is a question many people are asking, but more important than the how is the why. There are endless resources online that teach you multiple ways to use coconut oil, and how to replace certain common household products with it, but do they teach you the health benefits? In this post I’ll be talking about my absolute favorite ways on how to use coconut oil and also talk about how each one will change your life, too!
You can have healthy teeth and gums!
It was four years ago when I first reading about oil pulling. People who oil pull find that their teeth are whiter, their tongues and gums have a healthy pink color, their breath is fresher, and that their incidences of oral maladies are much less than before. It is really hard to believe that swishing oil in your mouth will somehow clean it. What you are really doing is pulling disease promoting toxins out of your mouth and gums. If you are familiar with detoxing at all, you know that detoxing can be a difficult process to go through. I recommend starting out at about 5 minutes at a time and then increasing by 5 minute increments until you get to 20 minutes. Twenty minutes is the magic number where you’ve pulled as much of the toxins as you can. Any more than this may cause the toxins you’re pulling out to re-absorb.
Some things you can do to help you start oil pulling with coconut oil is too add essential oils like peppermint, spearmint, or clove. Once again I’d like to remind you that I can only recommend using Young Living essential oils in your mouth or for ingestion. This will help cut the thickness of the oil, which some say can have a gagging effect, and makes the flavor quite palatable. Also remember that this is oil pulling, not mouthwash. You don’t need to swish a mile a minute. Going slowly and making sure your jaw is relaxed will help you to not experience stiffness. Swishing for 20 minutes is like a workout for your face! Goodbye cheek fat! Ha ha!
How to use coconut oil to have healthy teeth and gums
Do your pulling first thing in the A.M. This is the optimal time to pull. Never swallow. Remember, there’s yuckies in there! You don’t want them back in your body! Never spit in a drain. Too much coconut oil can clog your drains, I always spit into the trash. Don’t forget to brush your teeth. Oil pulling is a wonderful way to increase the over-all health of your teeth, gums, and body, but it doesn’t replace your toothbrush and floss.
You can have Disney princess hair!
I have to admit when I first read that using coconut oil instead of conditioner would give you perfect, blowing in the wind, no tangles EVER hair, I was more than skeptical. I tried going “no poo” (that means not using conventional shampoo) twice in my life, and I just couldn’t do it. But despite my inability to stop using conventional shampoo, it was actually a million percent easier to stop using conventional conditioner. The problem with the unnatural ingredients in conditioner is that they help keep your hair smooth only for a short period of time. That’s because your hair doesn’t absorb it. Think of it a smoothness band-aid. You aren’t fixing the issue, just covering it up. Your hair can actually absorb the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil. That means your hair is being healed from the inside out.
I also very rarely get knots in my hair. Even when I wear it down and the wind is blowing. That’s the part that makes me feel like a true Disney princess. You know… where their hair is blowing all over and you think, “Psh! Yeah right!”. Honestly, I only brush my hair a couple of times a month. It’s so smooth and healthy it just doesn’t knot up anymore.
How to use coconut oil to have Disney princess hair
If you’re wondering how to use coconut oil as conditioner here are some tips. Don’t wash your hair every day. The more oils you strip from your hair, the harder it is to keep it moisturized. Personally, I only wash my hair about twice a week. When I wash, I only put soap on my scalp. I don’t actively rub soap into the rest. Now here’s my trick to keeping my hair smooth and undamaged from the soap. I rub a palm sized amount of coconut oil into the ends of my hair before I get in the shower. I used to rub in the coconut oil in after, but I don’t feel like it worked as well for deep conditioning. Now that I do it before I rarely see split ends, and my hair has been growing like crazy.
You’ll need less makeup because of your makeup remover!
I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Not because I don’t want to or anything. It’s just that I rarely have time to sit down and do it. The time before we go out the door is spent wrangling children, packing diaper bags, checking items off our list of stuff we need just to exit our home for any period of time. But on the few rare occasions that I get to wear makeup, coconut oil is my go-to makeup remover. It works so much better than any soap, and actually helps your face look beautiful. Coconut oil doesn’t have any questionable or harmful chemicals. It wasn’t tested on animals. It doesn’t sting when you get it in your eyes, and best of all… it’s much cheaper!
Coconut oil contains antioxidants which protect the skin against the free radicals that damage and cause wrinkles. Coconut oil also has the vitamins E and A which helps minimize wrinkles by promoting collagen production. This keeps skin firm yet supple. The medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and lauric acid in coconut oil helps repair damaged skin and supports the formation of new skin cells.
How to use coconut oil to need less makeup
How to use coconut oil to take off your makeup. First get a pea sized amount of coconut oil in your hands and warm it up to it is in it’s liquid state. Start around your eyes, especially if you’re wearing water-proof mascara. Gently rub in little circles around your eyes and over the rest of your face. Use a warm wet towel to wipe clean. No more harsh chemicals! No more wasted money. You will see long term results like thinning wrinkles, and gorgeous long eye lashes after just a few weeks!
You won’t have to dust as much!
I’ve recently and completely by accident learned that dusting wooden furniture with coconut oil is AMAZING! I had some salve made up and it got a little hot and leaked out on my entertainment center. I started wiping it up with a paper towel and immediately saw it was looking really nice! “There has to be something to this”, I thought. I decided to look it up online and sure enough people were ranting and raving about how to use coconut oil to clean and polish wooden surfaces. They also said that the oil actually keeps dust build up away.
For the life of me I have tried figuring out why it is that coconut oil prevents dust build up, but I just can’t nail down the exact science behind it. It probably has something to do with the fact that it is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Dust is composed of dead skin cells, animal dander, sand, insect waste, kitchen flour, and dirt. With that in mind it makes sense that coconut oil would keep those things from accumulating on your home’s surfaces.
How to use coconut oil to not have to dust as much
Here’s my quick and simple wood nourishing, and dust fighting polish recipe. Mix together ½ cup of coconut oil and add 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil. This not only polishes, nourishes, and kicks dust’s butt, but it also cleans the wood with the added power of lemon. You will definitely be thanking me for this one, because now you can go longer before the dust build up drives you crazy. I’m thinking of rubbing it on my fan blades!
Your heart will be happy!
This particular point has a special place in my heart. Ha ha! But all joking aside I have a secret that you probably don’t know. I’ve had some heart health issues in the past 5ish years or so. My grandmother had open heart surgery when I was young and I really believed that that was going to be my fate at some point. But by modifying my diet, I haven’t had a heart palpitation in several months! (Anecdotal stories should not be a replacement for check-ups if you’re experiencing health issues). Coconut oil, or more specifically the medium chain triglycerides therein, is a great supplement for your heart’s health.
I’ve read a lot of studies comparing Mediterranean diets to Westernized diets in the past. I’ve talked about it before with PPD and women’s health blog post here. Recently I’ve also learned that multiple studies on individuals in groups who had 34% and 63% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil showed nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease. That is the polar opposite of the situation here in the United States where heart disease is the number one cause of death. Personally, I believe that the reason MCT plays such a huge role in heart health is that coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function. I also believe a huge factor is that the absorption of calcium and magnesium appears to be enhanced when the diet contains MCTs.
How to use coconut oil for a happy heart
I could write a whole nother blog post on magnesium for heart health. And I probably will at some point based off of my life experiences with it. In the mean time I recommend adding not only magnesium but also several Tablespoons of coconut oil to your diet. You can mix it in your coffee, or in a smoothie. You can make my super yummy coconut bars. Or you can warm it up to it’s liquid form and mix it with vinegar to make a salad dressing. The sky is the limit! Just be mindful that coconut oil can also have a laxative effect so start slow and warm up to higher doses.