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Coconut oil to the rescue!

One beautiful day, when the sun shone brightly, the blue sea water glittered and the sandy beach engulfed my thoughts. I knew then, that I had to swim! Afterall, to swim is sunnah. So I hurried into the water and a couple of hours later, I found myself shedding skin because of an angry sunburn. Lo! And behold, coconut oil come to my rescue.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is fatty oil obtained from the flesh of the coconut. Found in many cosmetic products, it can also be used for cooking, cleaning, a home remedy and a beauty fix!

Believed to contain 92% of saturated fats, coconut oil is actually healthier than any other vegetable oil.

With its composition, it has proven to combat bacteria, most commonly acne, eczema and psoriasis.

It can be used as a natural sunscreen, and when applied directly onto the skin after a sunburn, it can relieve the burn and lighten the skin.

The health benefits for adults and children, make coconut oil the awe-inspiring nature’s gift that it is. Alhumdulilah!

With so many uses, find out below how coconut oil can help you;

[Extracted from WellnessMama]

Ingesting Coconut oil

For cooking, coconut oil is a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
Added to foods or drinks daily for energy
As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee
Substituted in homemade Mayo instead of vegetable oils.
It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
Added In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
Added In a filling and energy boosting Brain Power Smoothie
Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
Can help improve cholesterol ratios
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
Can help improve insulin levels
As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
In coconut based grain free granola
Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness
It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
Can help improve sleep when taken daily
A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production

Applying Topically on skin

On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
As an eye-makeup remover
As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
To support healthy thyroid function
To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
Nursing moms often take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
In kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
By itself as a great tanning oil
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
On cuticles to help nails grow
Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development
Naturally clears up cold sores