Coconut oil and its million uses has become a trending topic in the healthy living lifestyle. Coconut has been dubbed a “superfood” by many and “lifesaver” by many more. The fat in coconut oil has many health and fitness benefits, as it is digested and absorbed in the body much faster than other fats and is stored as energy, not fat. Yes, please!
In scientific studies, coconut oil has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Coconuts also have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. In case you haven’t been sold on coconut oil yet, here are 5 great uses for the coconut…
1. Use for baking
Next time you make your favorite brownie or cake recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. It creates the same texture as vegetable oil does, except it adds a more flavorful taste. The kids will love it!
2. Use to make popcorn
First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to a heavy bottomed pot. Coat the inside of the pot with the oil and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Shake the pot a bit to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put a lid on the pot, leaving it open slightly so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely. Toss or drizzle the popcorn with more coconut oil.
3. Use on bug bites
The natural pain relief properties of coconut oil is great to use directly on skin irritations and rashes like bug bites, poison ivy,and sunburn. Rub the oil on the affected area and let the sweet relief begin. Keep a little jar of of it in your purse and you’ll alway be ready for those days at the pool, park, or soccer field with the kids.
4. Use to replace butter
Whether you’re make grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids or “buttering” their toast, a dollup of coconut oil is a healthier alternative to butter.
5. Use as a diaper cream
Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial that helps to soothe that stubborn diaper rash. So, the next time baby first shows signs of a diaper rash, slather on a layer of coconut oil to combat that itchy rash. As a bonus, use as a full body moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple…for you and baby.
Though there are thousands of great uses for coconut oil, I hope you found these five to be useful in your daily life. There are always healthier alternatives to the foods we love and most of the skin creams we use. Take care of yourself and your children by getting to know those alternatives and choosing to live healthier in any way you can.
*Please note, if you or your baby have never used coconut oil before, be sure to test a small area of the skin to test for allergies.
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