Yeah, that’s it up there, too bad there are no Emojis for wordpress. Surely everyone has heard of the supposedly wonderful awesome amazing coconut oil. Unless you–never mind. Back to the magic fruit oil beloved by hippies and crunchies ’round the globe. So the all mighty Coconut Oil and its antibacterial properties are said to have many healing effects. I took it upon myself to try as many of them as I could find and write an unsolicited unrequested review on my experiences. Below is a list of ways I tried (somewhat successfully) to incorporate it into my daily life.
- Oil pulling for teeth whitening
- Hair conditioning/moisturizing
- Skin conditioning/moisturizing
- Cooking oil
- Butter replacement
- Health supplement
- Makeup remover
- Skin protectant
Up first, oil pulling. Because of it’s antibacterial properties and alleged general awesomeness it is said to help whiten teeth and rid you of mouth yuckies. All you have to do is take two tablespoons and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes. Well I got to say I flat out refused this one. After my experiance spplementing with coconut oil I knew this would be gross. Its thick, oily and tastes awful. Did I mention I hate the smell of coconut anything? Pass. If you have tried this and it worked it please drop me a line below.
Hair conditioning, well I tried this one. I was hesitant because now that I am pregnant I am especially aware of all coconut scented things within a 30 foot radius of me. But I did it anyway. I washed my hair with my husband’s shampoo and instead of using conditioner I massaged no less than 1/4 C of coconut oil through my hair while still warm and very wet. I know that might sound like a lot but I have very very thick and long hair. I brushed my hair up into a bun and let it dry for most of the afternoon. Once it was somewhere between dry and damp I brushed my hair into four sections and made two braids in each section. I let the braids finish drying overnight and took them down in the morning. I am impressed. My hair isn’t oily at all and its softer than it is when I use conditioner, it does not smell like coconuts either. I will definitely be keeping this in the routine.
Skin conditioning, well I tried my best here. I rubbed some on my belly in place of my preventative stretch mark cream. It smelled all day long, even after I washed it off. Let’s call this a fail and move right on.
Cooking oil. Well I swapped my go-to olive oil for coconut oil. I know that it can burn at a higher temp than EVOO but I don’t fry anything so the world may never know if it works or not. I did use it to make stir fry, however and I didn’t notice any difference at all. While this was a successful swap with the price being double EVOO I wouldn’t swap it daily.
Butter replacement? We don’t eat butter much. The only place I use is in sauces like a roux. My friends would shoot me down in the street if I messed up something like a bechamel, so fail.
Health supplement, if you take two tablespoons by mouth daily you’re supposed to turn into a magical health unicorn and live forever in the commune of other barefoot hippies who are easily influenced by Dr. Oz. But I am WARNING you, it is gross. And very fatty. Ignore your inner Birkenstocks loving free spirit and skip this one. You will be stuck with a thick slimy stinky streak from your tongue down your throat and every time you breathe you will be reminded of your poor life choices. If you’re going to take it, just dump it a green juice and carry on.
Makeup remover, well this one works too if you can get past the smell. If you are prone to breakouts then make sure you wash really well after you’re finished.
Skin protecting Well I’m not sure what I am protecting my skin from.. Maybe skin cancer? Or bug bites? I did read that it can allegedly kill yeast by applying it directly to the skin. So if you have those lady problems this might help, buuuut I haven’t a clue.
Check it out and let me know how you like it.
I dedicate this to my fellow CD’ing BW’ing BF’ing organic only natural mammas.
Also, ISO SBP RSWC L.