5 unusual ways to use coconut oil outside the kitchen
Bet you've never tried these before!
If you haven't used coconut oil in the kitchen yet then which rock have you been living under? The oil, which is usually found in solid form, is a fantastic, healthy substitute to other vegetable oils due to its unique combination of fatty acids. Basically, all the good stuff is kept in even when cooking at high temperatures. It's also a great source of energy and even has anti-bacterial properties. Basically, this natural product is an all rounder, but its uses don't stop outside the kitchen!
There are literally hundreds of ways to use coconut oil around the house - from using it as part of your beauty routine, for medicinal purposes and even in the bedroom! We've picked our favourite 5 that actually work.
Go to the next page to see our top 5 unusual ways to use coconut oil!
1. Hair Mask
Coconut oil can be used as a nourishing hair mask that will leave your hair feeling soft and looking shiny. The first step is to melt the coconut oil, so leave the jar under the hot running water while your shampoo your hair. After rinsing, apply a generous amount from root to tip. Bonus! Applying coconut oil to your scalp and massaging it in is a great way to get rid of dandruff! Leave your natural hair mask to set for 5 minutes in order to lock in the moisture, and then rinse thoroughly.
2. Makeup Remover
Coconut oil can be used as a natural makeup remover - and it will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. Apply some oil to a cotton pad and wipe away your makeup with ease. This will even work on waterproof makeup, and probably better than any expensive brand you can buy in the store! Winning!
Yes, ladies! You can use coconut oil in the bedroom too! It's a perfectly natural alternative to other oil-based lubes, and is totally safe and easy to use. One important thing to remember though - DO NOT use it along with latex condoms. The oil will be damaging to the latex, which can cause the condom to break.
4. Yeast Infection Treatment
This one might sound too good to be true, but in fact there are many real life women who use this a natural treatment for yeast infection. Yeast infection is a nasty thing, and sometimes allopathic treatments can be too. But coconut oil is a natural remedy without the uncomfortable side effects. Thanks to it's anti-fungal properties, it works effectively by douching with a mix of coconut oil and warm water, or by dipping a tampon directly into the coconut oil and inserting it. It's safe, natural and effective!
5. Shaving Cream
This one is a double tip! Firstly, apply the softened coconut oil to wet legs, but be sure to do this away from the shower stream. You will only need a teaspoon or so per leg, so don't overdo it! Shave as normal, and rinse away excess oil from legs and razor. Not only will your legs be smooth and silky after shaving, but when you dry them they will feel soft and moisturised, because the coconut oil acts as a natural moisturiser too. You're welcome!