Creative Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Diet and Beauty Regimen
You canâ€™t get away from the craze that is coconut oil. People are baking with it. Theyâ€™re cooking with it. They're pouring it in their coffee, slathering it on their toast, and more. Theyâ€™re smoothing it on their hair and skin, too. In short, it seems thereâ€™s nothing coconut oil canâ€™t do!
Where coconut oil shines is when itâ€™s applied to your skin. â€œIâ€™m pretty enamored with using it topically,â€ says Dr. Low Dog. â€œCoconut oil is amazing when it comes to irritation, inflammation, or risk for bacterial infections,â€ she adds. You can truly use coconut oil from head to toe. Hereâ€™s how.
1. Dash SautÃ©ed Dishes With Coconut Oil at Certain Temps
When youâ€™re cooking on a higher heat, itâ€™s a misnomer that coconut oil is always a good option. It may be, but you just have to choose the right one. Virgin coconut oil can only tolerate 350 degrees F before breaking down, says Low Dog. For higher-heat cooking, opt for an organic refined coconut oil, which can take temps up to 450 degrees F.
2. Add Coconut Oil to a Smoothie for a Flavor Burst
If you like the way coconut oil tastes and the texture it adds to a smoothie, go ahead and add a small dollop into the blender to give your drink a dose of fats. There are other ways to get fat into your smoothie, like nut butter; make sure youâ€™re adding fat in moderation, as multiple sources can add up quickly in terms of calories.
3. Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Treatment to Soothe Eczema
If youâ€™re hoping to help tame an eczema flare-up, you may want to give coconut oil a try, says Low Dog. Thanks to itchy skin, scratching can potentially introduce staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, which requires antibiotics). On the other hand, â€œone study showed that applying it daily on your skin for a month led to a 95 percent reduction in staph on the skin,â€ says Low Dog. Coconut oil is rife with lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antifungal activity that fights harmful bacteria. As a moisturizer, it also may help repair the skinâ€™s barrier, which is your bodyâ€™s first line of defense against infection.
6. Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Lubricant
To help combat vaginal dryness, try applying a small amount of organic refined coconut oil with a mini pad before bed (emphasis on a small amount â€” a little goes a long way here!). â€œItâ€™s very, very moisturizing to the vagina,â€ she says. â€œThis is something my patients have taught me, and I think itâ€™s helped a lot of women,â€ she says. But again, be sure to clear the approach with your doc to be sure the method is safe for your individual health.
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