Hey, hey! It’s Jessica, one of Collin’s sidekicks!
I haven’t always had a love affair with coconut oil. Mine actually started pretty recently.
I first started discovering the different and unique uses for Coconut Oil about two years ago. I had heard stuff in passing and had seen a thing or two about it on social media before then, but I never really paid much attention.
That is, until I took advice from the least likely of people – my husband. 😉 I should explain that. He’s not really one to try new things per say, and I’m not one to listen to his recommendations on many things – not because I don’t think they are good recommendations, but mostly because we tend to like very different things. For instance, he prefers spicy food and I can only do mild; he likes sweets while I tend to go for the more savory foods. He loves the outdoors while I love my air conditioner, and so on. However, I must say, he grabbed my interest with this one.
My husband has always been the cook in our family, and I started to notice him using coconut oil to cook with instead of the vegetable oil he’d been using for years. Then, I saw him put it in his coffee… “okay?” I thought… maybe he likes his coffee a little thicker now?
But then IT happened. One day I saw him put it on his face. Yes, my husband was putting coconut oil on his face. I know what you’re thinking, he’s crazy town. For a minute I thought the same thing, but he informed me (rather quickly I might add so I would stop looking at him like he was a madman) that he’d been researching the uses of coconut oil lately. And that it’s healthy to consume, and it could be used to moisturize and even clear up your skin! He said he was using it on his face to help his dry skin.
And guess what you guys… it worked! I was so happy – for one because it was proof my husband wasn’t out of his ever-loving mind, but even more, because I thought now I could get my skin to look as good as his!
So I started trying it, but not just on my skin, I used it in a TON of different ways. These are some of my favorite ways to use AND reap the benefits of coconut oil.
I add coconut oil to my coffee for energy.
The next thing I wanted to start trying right away was to add a tablespoon to my coffee each morning. Now, this might not be for everyone. I barely noticed it in my coffee… it just seemed a little thicker and creamier. It has this awesome coco-nutty flavor, but some people cannot handle the texture or taste. If this sounds like you, I would recommend putting it in the blender along with your coffee and a natural sweetener until you get used to it. Soon, you’ll be replacing your dairy creamer with it completely!
But why should you? Well for a multitude of reasons, actually. Not only is it healthier than a dairy creamer, it’s a no-carb oil which helps decrease your appetite and burns fat. It also improves digestion and gives you an extra boost of energy!
If you prefer smoothies over coffee, I’ve got you covered! You can add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil to any fruit smoothie to get the exact same benefits (plus it improves the smoothie’s creamy texture).
I cook with coconut oil for great flavor.
Like I said before, my husband is the cook in our house, but I dabble every once in a while. Whether you want to fry, bake, or use it as a topping for your popcorn or baked potato, you can do it AND it tastes yummy!
I use coconut oil for supple skin.
Because of the quick and effective results that my husband had with his skin, I decided to try that first (as I mentioned above). By placing the oil directly on my face, it quickly melts, absorbs, and moisturizes my skin. I wash my face as usual after. If you are looking to reduce wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles (YES, PLEASE), just dab a little bit on the area you’re looking to improve and let it do its thing overnight. I’m telling you, it’s a miracle worker!
I use coconut oil for shiny hair.
Ok, HAIR. I’ve got a ton of it and it can get to looking rather unhealthy at times due to my over processing, over blow-drying, and way too much flat iron use (especially in the early 00’s, am I right, girls?). So this is how I use it to detangle AND deep condition my hair (well, my daughter’s hair so I could get better pics)…
First, I get two bowls, one small and one a little larger. I put my coconut oil (I used about a spoonful on my daughter’s hair and I used two spoonfuls on mine, but it would depend on the length of your hair) in the smaller bowl. I then place the smaller bowl in the larger bowl and partially fill the larger bowl with hot water – it is important to note that you do not want to completely submerge the smaller bowl, just partially.
Once the coconut oil has melted, take a nice glob of it and massage it into your scalp. If you are deep conditioning, wrap your hair up in a towel and let it sit for about 45 minutes before you wash it out with shampoo (which is what we did). If you are using it as a detangler, you can just put it on your ends and work your way up to your roots and brush them out. Voilà! Pretty hair!
I swish with coconut oil for mouth health.
One of my favorite things to do with this magical stuff is something called “oil pulling”. It sounds more difficult than it actually is. All you have to do is swish a tablespoon around in your mouth for about 20 minutes, two or three times a week, to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. I also think my teeth look a little whiter after I oil-pull, but that might just be in my head. Because oil can harden and clog your sink, you’ll want to spit out oil in the trashcan when you’re finished swishing.
Where do I find coconut oil?
Great question. You’re going to want to buy a higher quality coconut oil and not just the first bottle of coconut oil you see. Some refined versions lose key nutrients and therefore are not as beneficial to you. Look for pure, virgin, unrefined, cold pressed organic coconut oil for the best results.
My favorite go-to brand is Carrington Farms 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I tend to buy in bulk because I use it for pretty much everything, but if you aren’t a crazy coconut oil lover like me just yet, start out with just one smaller jar as it really does go a long way.
You can get this product at all major grocery stores as well as from Amazon. I purchased my last 24 oz jar at Walmart for $15.49, but to get the best bang for your buck, you’d want the 52 oz jar from Walmart. Currently, they have it priced at under $18. This may seem a bit pricey but I promise you it’s worth it. Quality is key with this stuff!
Another brand I’ve tried and loved is Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. A 16oz jar will run you between $10 and $11, while a 32 oz jar goes for between $13.29 and $16 on Amazon.
The benefits of using coconut oil and the list of things you can do with it are huge. I’ve only scratched the surface with this article. Speaking of scratches, if you find yourself with a scratchy throat, you can use coconut oil to help that, too! 😍
And no, Carrington Farms has no idea I’m raving about their product!