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Amazing Ways to Coconut Oil for Beauty, Home Remedies and More

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May 10, 2019 | Categories:

If you haven’t tasted coconut oil yet or used it as a natural moisturizer, you’re missing out on two of the 99 reasons to make coconut oil an integral part of your everyday life. From spreading it on your morning toast to taming flyaway hairs that pop up in the afternoon, to rubbing it into your feet at night, there are many wonderful ways to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, beauty habits, and household routine. Here are 99 great ways to use coconut oil. Learn more about other herbal remedies for natural skincare.

Coffee Flavor Booster

Quickly emulsify one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite coffee or espresso for sweet coffee creamer. Keep the oil in a small pour bottle in your office so you can easily add flavor to your afternoon brew.

All-Natural Bug Spray

Combine a half cup of coconut oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle. Close the lid, shake the bottle and then spray this natural formula directly onto skin to keep pesky bugs at bay.

Bug Bite Soother

If a mosquito or other insect chewed you up, use coconut oil to calm irritated skin. Apply a small amount of oil to the bite(s) and surrounding area to alleviate itch and burning.

Natural Massage Oil

Combine a cup of liquefied coconut oil with an essential oil (like lavender, mint or lemon) or a combination of oils in a plastic bottle and shake to combine. Then massage the scented oil onto your skin (or have someone do it for you!).

Remove Earwax

Warm coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds until it becomes a liquid. Test the temperature with your finger and make sure it’s warm, not hot. Fill a dropper with half to one tablespoon of the oil; tilt your head to your right shoulder and drip oil into your left ear, letting it sit for 10 minutes. Then, tilt head upright and rinse all of the oil out with warm water. Dry your ear with a towel and then repeat on the other side.

Calm Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry patches of skin, apply coconut oil to those areas first and allow it to absorb into your body. Then, apply as a moisturizer for your whole body as often as needed for soft, smooth, hydrated skin that glows.

Repair Damaged Hair

Moisturize your strands by using coconut oil as an all-natural deep conditioner. Simply add oil to wet, clean hair when you’re in the shower and allow it to absorb into your scalp for a few minutes. Then rinse the “conditioner” out, dry hair and style as usual.

Soothe Sunburn

Apply the oil to burned skin for relief as often as needed.

Reduce Blemishes

Apply coconut oil topically as needed to control blemishes.

Help Soothe Eczema

Apply coconut oil topically daily to help soothe the pain and itch of irritated skin at dry patches. Talk to your doctor about whether this home remedy is best for your eczema; discontinue use if your skin condition worsens.

Fast Night Cream

Ditch pore-clogging heavy creams and upgrade to a thin layer of hydrating and replenishing coconut oil as a nighttime facial moisturizer.

Overnight Foot Moisturizer

Massage coconut oil into feet and put on a pair of socks to hydrate dry, rough skin while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning, your feet should feel soft and smooth.

Fight Oily Skin With a Face Mask

Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and apply to skin. Let the mask sit for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry with a towel.

Hydrate Dry Skin With a Face Mask

Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil, two teaspoons of honey and one teaspoon of almond milk and apply to your face. Let the mask sit for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry with a towel.

De-Puff Skin With a Face Mask

Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with two tablespoons of espresso, two tablespoons of natural cocoa and one tablespoon of lemon juice (for oily skin), or one tablespoon of honey (for dry skin). Apply to your face, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry with a towel.

Read the full article on Doctor Oz.

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