Coconut oil has many uses beyond kitchens

By Madison Schaefer

Coconut oil might be one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Not only is it a superfood, it’s a natural form of medicine and beauty. AKA: go get coconut oil.

1. Creamer for your Coffee:

Adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee can act as an energizer and a sweetener. Replace the dairy and add oil instead for a natural taste and boost.

2. Sports Drink Replacement:

Coconut oil will give the body quick energy by the form of MCFA (medium-chain triglyceride) fats. So instead of getting energy from a sugary drink, try blending coconut oil, fresh fruits and some water.

3. Homemade Toothpaste:

Mix equal amount of coconut oil and baking soda and adding peppermint essential oil,or whatever flavor you desire for taste.

4. Oil Pulling:

Swish one tablespoon of coconut oil in mouth for 10-20 minutes. Follow by rinsing with sea salt water. Oil pulling is used to kill bacteria, prevents tooth decay and kills bad breath.

5. Makeup Remover:

Applying a small amount of coconut oil to the face will start to liquify the makeup making it easier to take off. Rub the oil gently all over the face, and rinse it off with lukewarm water. The oil will not make the face irritated or sting like commercial makeup removers.

6. Sunscreen/Sunburn:

Coconut oil has SPF 4, just enough to protect against sun damage and has nonvolatile herbal oils. If a sunburn occurs, apply the oil to the affected areas. The oil will act as a soother and will promote healing of the skin.

7. Acne Fighter:

Acne is common in teens and young adults. It is caused by bacteria overgrowth and imbalance of oil on the skin. Coconut oil will act as a natural antibiotic and kill the bacteria. For best outcomes, mix the oil with tea tree oil and raw honey.

8. Fighting Against Swelling:

Coconut oil creates a healthy liver and kidneys. It’s because coconut oil has a inhibitory effect and makes the liver and kidneys strong, helping to fight inflammation in the body. Consume coconut oil regularly for the best effects.

9.Help Sick Pets:

Dogs and cats can benefit the same way humans can with coconut oil. Consuming the oil will help with the dog’s digestive system. It can also be applied topically to help fight skin rashes, allergic reactions and soothe wounds. Unlike other medications for pets, there are no worries about the animal consuming the salve, since it’s edible.

10. Rust Reducer:

Rub some oil on the desired spot, let it sit for one to two hours. After either, wipe off the oil or wash it off. A difference will be spotted right away.

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