#1 on the Shopping List: Coconut Oil!
Coconut Oil…my new “cure all.” Packing for my trip to the BVI’s I new I had to make an attempt at packing light (something I have never been good at). I was forced to ignore most favorite advice I’ve received from Pinterest…”overpack..it’s why suitcases have wheels now.” With packing light I realized how great Coconut Oil is because it can be used for so many different things. It’s like 100 cosmetics with in one jar…it is definitely an investment worth making. There are honestly about 100 uses for this stuff, but I’m going to give you my favorite 8 things to use it for.
Moisturizer: Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer. It keeps the connective tissues in the skin strong, which is GREAT for preventing wrinkles and stretch marks.
Makeup Remover: Instead of bringing along Neutrogena makeup remover pads. which actually sting my eyes sometimes), coconut oil removes the makeup and leaves my skin feeling great. It is also great for hair growth, so when you use it to remove eye makeup before bed it can help with eyelash growth.
Baking: Replace your butter with coconut oil for a healthier and less fattening baked good. However, be prepared that it will give your recipe a slight coconut taste. Make sure to keep the oil refrigerated if you’re consuming it! Coconut Oil contains saturated fat instead of the unhealthier trans fat. Saturate fats are metabolized in the liver, which converts the fat into energy instead of stored fat. This leads me to my next benefit…
Weight Control: Coconut oil is easy to digest and it also has been found to reduce insulin resistance. Researches have also discovered that coconut oil speeds up your metabolism. A fast metabolism is a fast-pass to less belly fat! Two teaspoons a day I have added to my diet, but I am working up to four teaspoons a day. (anything to reduce belly fat!)
Conditioner: Just as it does for your skin, coconut oil moisturizes your hair and prevents split ends. As I said earlier, it is also great for hair growth!
Mouth Wash: Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial oil. When used as mouth wash, it is great for killing all of the bacteria in your mouth. It has also been shown to whiten teeth, so replace those Crest Whitening strips with this oil to whiten teeth without leaving them sensitive from the chemicals.
Fight the Cold! Because Coconut Oil is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral substance, consuming it can strengthen your immune system.
Stops sugar cravings: Eases digestion which helps me with my tummy bloating.
BE SURE YOU USE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL WITH NO ADDITIVES!
Have Fun, Beautiful!