I’m asked all the time what I use Coconut Oil for and why I have it in so many rooms in the house. Today, I thought I’d share my favorite uses for it.
First a few nutrition facts! One medium sized coconut is about 1405 calories with 133g of fat and 36g of fiber. While it’s also high in natural sugars, around 25g, it’s packed with about 13g of protein as well. Traditionally, in our household, we use the oil and coconut water the most. I’m learning to use the meaty part as well. It’s just taking a bit longer to incorporate. When my mother and I were visiting Sanoviv, a Functional Medicine Hospital in Mexico last year, quite a few of our meals incorporated coconut meat and one of my favorite dishes was the grilled chicken with a coconut pesto sauce. People were going back for seconds with that one.
1. Skin Care
My absolute favorite is adding a tablespoon or so to a hot bath. It works great for moisturizing AND serves as a shaving oil. And, of course, the dog loves to lick my toes after too. My next trick to try is mixing some of the oil with tea tree oil in a mini spray bottle to keep the bugs from biting. I might add a few drops of lavender oil to cut the scent of the tea tree. That’s just a personal preference. You can also use it after the fact! If you’ve been bitten already, simply put a small amount of coconut oil on the bite. It should help alleviate the sting and any itching. And of course, it makes a great all natural massage oil – mix it with your favorite scents. Sun burn? Apply some coconut oil to help soothe the inflamed skin. You can also mix some with sugar to create a soothing sugar scrub. Dry lips? You got it, coconut oil to the rescue! It’s also safe to use during pregnancy and on children. No toxic side effects due to hidden ingredients.
2. Hair Care
Dry hair, damaged split ends or flyaway pieces? You can use coconut oil as an all natural conditioner. Leave on for a few minutes in the shower and rinse as you would any conditioner. See, this is why I have some stocked in the kitchen and the bath. It will help enhance the natural shine of your hair too. Put some in a small spray bottle to tame throughout the day if your hair is prone to frizz.
3. Food & Health
I’ve started using coconut flour when a recipe calls for flour. The Pineapple Soufflé I make for Thanksgiving and Christmas? No one can tell the difference. Cooking oil? Yes, it can take the higher heat better and as a bonus, you can massage it into your hands after you’ve coated the pan with it. Have problems with dairy? Swap it for coconut oil in recipes. It helps to thicken sauces and smoothies. What I haven’t tried yet is using it as substitute for butter or eggs in recipes.
A bonus for you! My Pineapple Soufflé Recipe – enjoy!
I recommend using a 2 quart Ceramic casserole dish. Coat the dish with coconut oil instead of butter. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Mix one 20 oz can of crushed pineapple with juice and two 20oz cans of pineapple tidbits.
- Add in 1 cup of organic sugar
- 4 Tbsp coconut flour
- 6 eggs beaten separately – then stir into mixture,
- Pour everything together into the casserole dish. (I’m lazy and tend to use the casserole dish to combine everything, one less bowl to clean.)
- Add 4-5 slices of Ezekiel (Low sodium) bread, with the crusts removed and cubed – sprinkle on top
- Take ½ stick of melted butter (or even coconut oil) – pour on top of bread cubes.
Bake at 350-degrees for 1 hour. Enjoy warm or cold!
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