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Oh, how much do I love coconut oil?! Let me count the ways…
Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties. It can heal and protect your skin and body against toxins. Also, it’s natural, so there aren’t worries about it being dangerous to consume. Not to mention, it’s easy to get at any grocery store and it stores well at home.
I started incorporating coconut oil into my daily personal care regimen and haven’t looked back. Here’s how I use it and how much money it’s saved me over the years since I’ve phased out drug store products.
The coconut oil is effective at lifting dirt out of the pores. Your face and neck will feel softer and are protected against bacteria.
How to use it: After washing your hands, pour a teaspoon of oil into your hands and rub it on your face and neck. It distributes easily and evenly. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Then take a slightly moist washcloth and wipe away.
For an added boost, mix the oil with a little water and a teaspooon of activated charcoal (I use this brand). The charocal also pulls out dirt and toxins (it’s completely safe!).
Oil pulling is an ancient method of swishing oil around in your mouth to wash out any bacteria.
How to use it: Pour a tablespoon’s worth of oil in your mouth and swish it around. If it feels too watery, then add more oil. After 15-20 minutes, spit out in the trash (not the sink beause it can hard and block your drain). That’s it!
I do this while I’m showering and getting ready in the morning, the time goes by fast. It’s much more refreshing than using Listerine or other over-the-counter products.
While the coconut oil is pulling out the bacteria that causes plaque and decay, the grit of the baking soda whitens and scrapes residue off your teeth. This blend is really refreshing and leaves your mouth and teeth feeling clean.
How to use it: Create the mix with equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil. I store it in these mini glass jars from Amazon. You can also add essential oils to the paste, like peppermint, which also has health benefits.
I completely stopped using regular toothpaste several years ago because it contains flouride and other agents, which are not particularly safe. Since making this change, I’ve continued getting regular dentist visits and they’ve always gone smoothly.
The protein in the oil strengthens, softens, and moisturizes your hair.
How to use it: Pour a generous amount into your hands and massage through your hair. To make sure the oil is distributed evenly, you can mix with water and use a glass spray bottle to apply it. Use a moderate amount; otherwise, it becomes difficult for your hair to absorb the oil and it can drip on your clothes (I know this from personal experience).
The oil isn’t messy and cleans up easily, but it can turn into a solid when the temperature drops. To prevent it from clogging your drain, mix it with heavy amounts of water. Otherwise, it should go into the trash.
Look for: organic, cold pressed, virgin, unrefined and in a glass jar. That’s the closest version to the oil’s natural state.
For small quantities: Trader Joe’s
For larger quantities/bulk: Vitacost
Use glass (not plastic). These jars are compact and handy enough for home or travel use. Make sure the jars are on tight before carrying them around.
Since discovering the magic of coconut oil, I tossed 100% of my old products. They weren’t as effective, contain scary chemicals, and are more expensive. One jar of coconut oil is $7.99 and goes such a long way…that’s what toothpaste and mouthwash cost alone! I estimate I’ve saved atleast several hundred dollars over the past couple years, using coconut oil instead of the brand name/over-the-counter products.
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