According to what I’ve read, there are millions of ways coconut oil is beneficial for your health. I’m inflating the numbers, but it seems close. My friend Kim turned me on to coconut oil last February. I was two weeks into a month-long stay in New York when she came to visit. I don’t know if it was the place I was staying in coupled with the cold, but my skin had turned into a horrendously dry mess. My lips were blistered and around my eyes looked like I had aged 15 years overnight. I’m not embellishing, I could barely recognize myself, part of it was because I had just dyed my hair black, but the other part was the rapid aging! The picture with Kim above shows what I looked like about an hour after putting the coconut oil on my face. For some reason I don’t have any of the before shots! Well I know the reason, vanity thy name is Samantha! If you look closely, you can still see some of the blistering at the top of my lip…but you have to look close.
Keeping skin smooth
Normally I flip between drugstore brand moisturizers and more expensive ones every few months. Nothing was working when my friend came to visit. She had brought organic coconut oil with her and told me to use it. In less than five minutes my eyes looked so much better. Instead of 15 years, I was down to five years older! She had never used coconut oil around her eyes, but I had nothing to lose at that point. My lips were so damaged that they had only moderately improved that night, but by the next day, they were fine.
I was hooked. For $2.50, I get a jar of organic coconut oil that lasts me months. Even the drug store brands I used weren’t that cheap!
Acne and scar-busting
I had read up on what else coconut oil was good for and found that it helped reduce acne, scars and a host of other skin conditions. I was blessed as a teenager and never got acne. I was less lucky as an adult when acne became a major issue. Eventually, I found out it was dairy that was causing most of it.
Acne scarring had formed at one point. It had faded over a year but was still there until I started using coconut oil. I would always wear some makeup to cover the scars. Even though they looked like freckles, I knew they weren’t. After using coconut oil for a month, they disappeared. I don’t wear makeup anymore unless I’m going to an event, or just because I feel like it! Some people need to mix a little bit of turmeric in with it to remove the scarring, or dark circles under the eyes, but I didn’t need it.
I also read about using coconut oil as a conditioner for dry hair. I mix olive oil with my shampoo to wash my hair, so I thought why not try this too! Again, I usually flip between drug store hair products and more expensive ones for my hair. The fatty acids in coconut oil work as a natural hair conditioner. I leave it in for 20 minutes and then wash it out. I use a little sometimes as a leave-in conditioner as well.
I already cook with it for health benefits of ingesting it, but since I’m just scratching the surface with the advantages of using it, I’m ready to try it for internal health including organ protection, dental health, brain function and cholesterol.
If you use coconut oil, do you have any recommendations that work for you?