Our love for Coconut Oil continues as we share even more practical uses for what is often referred to as the “tree of life”.
After sharing some cooking and beauty uses for it yesterday, we wanted to list some ideas for handy household uses and medicinal uses today! Remember there are many more uses for it than what we have listed here!!
Did you know that it can be used as a furniture polish? To make wood furniture really shine, combine 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil, 4 tablespoons distilled white vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a reusable spray bottle and shake well. To use, spray on wood furniture and wipe away with a clean cloth.
Why limit it just to furniture? It can also serve as a shoe polish. Try rubbing some coconut oil on your leather boots or patent heels to give them shine, disguise blemishes, and make them look fresh and new again.
To remove stains from upholstery and carpets, mix one part coconut oil and one part baking soda. Apply it to a stain and let it set for a few minutes and then wipe away!
We don’t often have gum in our hair, but it will remove that as well!!! It also works if somehow gum is stuck to your furniture. You can use it as an alternative to pea-nut butter. As a future grand mom, Susie has this fact filed away!!!
Laundry detergent can often be very irritating for many people with sensitive skin and allergies. A detergent can be made by Combining coconut oil with lye, water, and essential oils of your choice to create a non-toxic soapy liquid that does not harm your skin or clothing.
A favorite of Susie’s is that it can be used to remove the dreaded gummy residue left after removing stickers from glass and other items. Yes, an easy solution to an age old problem!!! Mix up a 50/50 mixture of half baking soda and half coconut oil. Rub with a rag until the mess is removed, and then wipe clean with a dry cloth.
The nasty shower scum is quite a battle. Those cleaners often have so many chemicals in them which are irritating to say the least. Use coconut oil on a damp rag instead. For an added boost, you can add vinegar or baking soda.
Our last household use is as a lubricant for a stuck zipper or a bicycle chain which needs some help!! A moderate amount of oil on any squeaky door or window is also the best all-natural lubricant.
Coconut Oil also has some uses for health and medicinal purposes!
If you have a baby in your house, you are probably well acquainted with the issue of diaper rash. It is no fun!!! Rub some coconut oil about a tablespoon full around the affected area and allow it to seep into the skin to sooth swelling, redness, itch, and burn.
We all know that the cold and allergy season has been here for a while this year. Do any of you use a vapor rub? Combine coconut oil with eucalyptus oil and rub the mixture on your chest or the chest of your children to open up the airways and facilitate breathing. Together these two work to increase circulation and clear congestion to help you get a good night sleep when you or your child are sick.
How about those stretch marks, ladies???? I can’t imagine anyone wanting to keep those as a souvenir of pregnancy! Pregnancy really does a number on our tummy’s elasticity, but rubbing coconut oil all over the tummy during and after the pregnancy can help reduce them. The oil helps to fade dark marks, discoloration, and redness plus it hydrates the skin and allows it to heal more quickly. We always find it helpful to allow it to soak in and then blot off the excess.
The inclusion of coconut oil in your diet can also help in the following areas. chronic inflammation, boosting the immune system, helping to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, balancing hormones, and helping in weight loss as a fat burning supplement. Do some research and see if the addition of anywhere from one to three tablespoons of it in your daily diet will help in any of the above areas.
There are many studies which point to Coconut oil being one of the superfoods. Imagine all the room you can save in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room closets if you get rid of some of the other products you use and switch over to utilizing this organic oil!!!
We realize that we sound like a commercial for coconut oil, but we are not sponsored in any way by any company!! We just firmly believe in looking for more natural and healthy ways to live our lives and were very surprised to learn that many people did not have a clue to the many uses and health benefits of it after a post we did where Susie mentioned her love for it as a makeup remover and moisturizer in her skincare regimen. She is also using it in a variety of different ways mentioned in the post!!!
Let us know how you are using it!! Making life simpler and healthier is always a great idea!!! Keep styling and smiling, our sisters!!!