The craze for coconut oil has captivated us all, and for good reason too. With celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston singing its praises, this “must-have superfood” has quickly become a kitchen staple and healthy alternative to cooking with oils like sunflower and olive. The reason? Coconut oil consists of over 90 percent saturated fats, which makes it highly resistant to oxidation during cooking. This is good news for our bodies because oxidation creates free radicals, which can be very bad for our health.
Other than being your new go-to for stir-fries and crispy sweet-potato chips, what else can this renowned oil be used for? Lots. It’s time to stock up on coconut oil and place a jar in each room of the house, because these five uses are not to be missed.
That’s right; goodbye, Colgate – hello, ‘Cocofresh’. Combine a small amount of coconut oil with baking soda, which helps to whiten the teeth and create “foam”, and you have yourself an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal toothpaste free of chemicals.
Coconut oil is a completely natural and chemical-free way to rejuvenate the skin and leave it feeling silky soft. You can use it for the body, as well as the face (and hair), and its moisturizing properties help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give an even tone to the complexion. Bonus: You’ll smell of coconuts all day.
Whether it’s cookies, cakes, or good old-fashioned flapjacks, coconut oil is your new butter. It works as a straight substitution, 1:1, and tastes just as good, if not better!
Whilst it has a low SPF of 4, coconut oil is a great alternative to expensive branded tanning oils. It moisturizes the skin at the same time, so expect to keep your body bronzed for longer!
It may sound a little odd, but the proof is in the pudding. Coconut oil is rich in the fatty acid lauric acid, which kills odor-causing bacteria. To smell like refreshing coconuts all day and shun chemicals, give this a try.