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Everyone knows that coconut oil is a superfood and has endless benefits. Most of us have a jar or two sitting in our cabinets, but then what? What do you actually use coconut oil for, without going overboard? I have narrowed it down to the top 5 uses for coconut oil, and I will tell you exactly how to use it to get the best results.

Weight Loss

No, coconut oil does not magically make the pounds disappear unfortunately. However, adding some to your balanced diet can help the process.

Coconut oil contains the fatty acid MCT, or medium-chain triacylglycerols, which is the main reason it can help with weight loss. These acids are burned and used as fuel quicker than normal fatty acids, and they help boost the metabolism.

The suggested serving size for consuming coconut oil is 1 tablespoon, and there are many different ways to take it. You can substitute it for butter, bake with it, or stir it into your coffee or tea to drink.

Healthy Hair

Coconut oil is a miracle worker for just about any type of hair. It helps fight frizz, clears up dandruff, reduces breakage, moisturizes the scalp, and helps your hair grow. No, I’m sorry, it does not cure male pattern baldness, but it does help promote natural growth.

To apply coconut oil to your hair, all you have to do is melt 2 teaspoons of the oil and massage it into your hair and scalp. It’s best to do it when your hair is damp. Brush your hair thoroughly to spread the oil evenly. Leave in your hair for at least 30 minutes- some people even leave it on all night. Finally, wash it all out and style your hair as you normally do.

Skin Care

Coconut oil has many benefits for the skin, as well. It is rich in Vitamin E, which prevents early aging and cracking of the skin. Saturated fats in coconut oil help the skin retain its moisture, and it acts as a disinfectant, preventing infections in the skin and pores. Proteins in the oil help repair damaged cells, which helps prevent scarring on the skin.

Using coconut oil for skin care is easy; all you have to do is take a small amount of oil in your hands, and rub it on the desired area.

Oral Hygiene

The act of “oil pulling” has been around for quite a while. There are no scientific studies to prove- or disprove- the benefits, but some people swear by it. It helps whiten the teeth, remove bacteria from the mouth, and neutralize bad breath.

Oil pulling is basically taking a teaspoon of oil and swishing it around in your mouth for up to twenty minutes before spitting it out. It may seem like a long time, but some people find it quite enjoyable.

Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is known for removing even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. It helps remove makeup, while keeping your skin soft, and it does not irritate your skin like some makeup removers do.

To use it as a makeup remover, just dab a cotton swab or a towel in the coconut oil, and then remove your makeup. After that, wash off any left-over makeup and oil residue for a clean, soft face.

There are so many good uses for coconut oil that it is hard to narrow it down to just five. Coconut oil can also be combined with other oils or ingredients for many more uses. It is suggested to buy organic virgin coconut oil if possible. It’s nice to have a natural and organic oil for when you don’t feel like using harsh chemicals or creams.

DSC_1631 (2)Written By: Gabrielle Pfeiffer

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