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Coconut Oil Life Hacks: Amazing uses for fractionated coconut oil

Posted by Andrew Feyen on

The coconut tree is considered the “tree of life” in much of Southeast Asia, India, the Philippines and other tropical locations. Studies show that the coconut tree has more uses than any other tree in the world! Different parts of the tree are used to make drinks, food, hats, baskets, furniture, clothing and shampoo. As well as used to provide shade from the hot sun, thatching for the roofs of buildings and huts, and much more. The tree itself is also known to be a life saver. During hurricanes and natural disasters, people who have clutched to the trunk of a coconut palm tree have avoided being swept out to sea due to the tree’s flexible trunk, and how it ebbs and flows with the elements.

Now, hopefully you’ll never need to clutch onto a coconut tree to save yourself from a storm. But there are a few ways we would like to share, in which you can use one of the coconut tree’s best by-products, fractionated coconut oil, in your daily life. Not only does this pure and natural oil have countless uses, it can also save you money by replacing some of the more expensive products in your life.


HEALTH & BEAUTY USES

1- THE PUREST, MOST NATURAL SKIN MOISTURIZER - This delicate, satiny oil is a pure and natural, luxurious moisture boost for your skin. Non-greasy and unscented, it hydrates without clogging pores. Rub a small amount of oil between palms and apply to freshly cleansed skin, morning and night. Did you know that coconut oil also has a natural SPF of 4?

2- NATURAL MAKEUP REMOVER - Pour a small amount of fractionated coconut oil onto a cotton pad and hold on the makeup that you want removed for approximately 10 seconds. This will penetrate the makeup and liquify it. Wipe away excess with the other side of the cotton pad. The benefit of using coconut oil over commercial makeup removers is that instead of irritating, it will soothe and moisturize skin, and condition eyelashes and eyebrows. If your vision temporarily seems a bit blurry after using near eyes, this is completely normal and should go away quickly.

3 - A HEALING BATH OF COCONUT OIL & EPSOM SALTS - Throughout the year, but especially throughout the chilly months of winter, our skin needs moisture and rejuvenation. Add ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil and ¼ cup epsom salts to a warm bath, relax, and unwind. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to add aromatherapy benefits. The epsom salts will draw out toxins and heal any scratches or irritations while the coconut oil will prevent your skin from drying out and moisturize for a silky smooth result.

4 - NATURAL PERSONAL LUBRICANT - Coconut oil is a silky smooth, never sticky, safe personal lubricant. Unlike commercial lubricants, it’s natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties help keep the vaginal flora healthy, which can play a part in reducing yeast infections. (Please make sure, however, NOT to use coconut oil, or any oil, with any latex contraceptives as it can corrode the latex.)

5 - DIY MASSAGE OIL - Coconut oil is a soothing and conditioning natural massage oil. Use it on it’s own or add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to help heal sore muscles and promote mindful relaxation.

6 - NATURAL HAIR CONDITIONER - Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to strengthen and style hair. Start with small amount and work up from there (you don’t want to use too much and end up with greasy looking locks). Rub the oil between your palms and work into hair from the tips to the roots. The result will be soft, shiny, manageable tresses.

7 - DIY NATURAL EXFOLIATOR - Combine equal parts fractionated coconut oil with brown sugar or coffee grounds (or both!) to create a facial/body scrub that will help to remove dry skin and reveal your natural radiance. Use 1-2 times per week to prevent ingrown hairs and acne.

8 - NATURAL MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER - Makeup brushes are notorious for carrying bacteria and should be cleaned weekly to avoid causing acne or infections. The oil will protect and nourish the bristles while still getting out bacteria. Pour a small amount of coconut oil into your palm and, holding your brush in the other hand, swirl the brush around in the oil in a circular motion. Let sit for 15 minutes, then follow with a quick shampoo and rinse.

9 - NATURAL BABY OINTMENT & DIAPER RASH RELIEF - When your little one experiences painful diaper rash, rub some coconut oil on the affected area to soothe and relieve redness, swelling, itching, pain and dryness.


OTHER USES

1 - NATURAL LEATHER CONDITIONER - Fractionated coconut oil can be used to moisturize and shine up leather shoes, jackets and furniture. It keeps them soft and supple, and reduces the chance of cracking or creasing. Pour a small amount of oil onto a soft cloth and work into the leather in a circular motion.

2- HELP UNZIP A STUBBORN ZIPPER OR STUCK BIKE CHAIN - The coconut oil acts as a natural lubricant, allowing the zipper to work freely and the bike chain to spin uninterrupted. Restore an old bike or favorite piece of clothing by finally getting the mechanisms working like new again.

3 - NATURAL RUST REDUCER - Rub some coconut oil onto your silverware, outdoor metal furniture, car parts, or anything else metal that may be prone to rusting. Spread a thin layer of oil all over the chosen object and let sit 1-2 hours. Wipe off excess oil, and wash if necessary. You should notice an improvement right away!

4 - HELP SICK PETS, NATURALLY - Just like humans, cats and dogs can benefit from the addition of coconut oil to their diet. Mix a teaspoon or two into food to help with digestive upset and to make their coat shiner. The healing of skin allergies and irritations can be accelerated with a topical application. And, since coconut oil is edible, there is no health risk if they lick it off their coats.

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These are just some of the dozens of ways fractionated coconut oil can be integrated into your daily life, save you money by replacing other expensive products, and benefit you with it’s natural healing properties.

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