HFE Magazine

September 2, 2018

Four Great Ways to Use Coconut Oil Besides Cooking

Filed under: Diet — Tags: — Gail @ 1:15 pm

As you most likely know, the benefits of coconut oil are plentiful and pretty impressive.

While you may already be using coconut oil as a nutrient-rich cooking substitute
or natural moisturizer, we’ve found four new ways to utilize this good-for-you oil.

Coconut oil is a key foundational ingredient to make a wonderful exfoliator, when combined with a few other natural ingredients. Simply mix coconut oil with sea salt or sugar for a daily exfoliator. While the salt or sugar exfoliates the skin, the coconut oil moisturizes. For an even more invigorating blend perfect for spring, try this citrus-infused simple Grapefruit Peppermint scrub. Simply combine 3/4 cup room temperature coconut oil with 1/2 cup white sugar. Then add the zest of 1 grapefruit, 10 drops of peppermint oil, 20 drops of grapefruit oil. Like the daily scrub, the coconut oil moisturizes while sugar helps exfoliate, and the grapefruit and peppermint scents energize and uplift!

Believe it or not, coconut oil can help prevent metal objects from rusting. Rust occurs when red iron oxide is formed, as a result of the chemical reaction that occurs when oxygen and an iron object is exposed to water or humidity in the air.

Simply rubbing coconut oil on objects can prevent this corrosion process, keeping garden tools, outdoor furniture, scissors, knives, children’s toys, or other rust-prone items in good working order. Allow coconut oil to sit for a couple hours, then wash off. Coconut oil can also help repair damage already done by rust. Try slicking the surface of the rusted item, for instance scissor blades, with coconut oil for an hour, then rinse with warm water.

Some even use coconut oil as a natural throat soother. Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps to alleviate pain and irritation. It also contains antimicrobial properties, which can help the immune system fight back against bacteria and viruses. Try swallowing one teaspoon up to three times a day to soothe a sore throat or a lingering cough.

Just like us, our pets can benefit from coconut oil. Cats suffering from furballs? Dogs eating leaves and anything else they can find in the grass? Both of these can lead to digestive complaints. According to PetMD, medium-chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconut oil, help with physical and digestive ailments because they are directly absorbed in the GI tract, then metabolized by the liver right away into utilizable energy. To avoid diarrhea, add coconut oil slowly into the diet.

Start by mixing a spoonful into your cat or dog’s dry food to support digestion. Coconut oil can also be applied topically to calm minor skin irritations. In addition, rubbing a small bit on the coat can help make fur shine!

Opinions expressed on this blog are those of the writer and have not been reviewed by the FDA, CDC or other 'medical authorities'. Therefore, any products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, but rather are dietary supplements intended solely for nutritional use.

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