5 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

Iโ€™m sure most of you are familiar with the wonderful benefits and many uses of coconut oil. Itโ€™s anti-microbial, full of antioxidants, and high in essential fatty acids. Here are 5 surprising and useful tips for getting the most out of coconut oil.

The Ultimate Lip Balm:

Slowly warm 1-2 oz of cold pressed coconut oil until it just hits a soft liquid form. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and pour the contents into a tin or plastic balm container. You can usually find those at a health foods store in the skin care section. Allow it to cool and set. Use this balm on your lips - the oil will moisturize and the cinnamon will give a slight plump as it draws blood circulation to the area.

Cuticle Salve:

Repeat steps for process above, only without the cinnamon. Consider adding a drop of essential oil instead for the aromatherapy properties. This salve will moisturize and keep your cuticles from cracking.

Metabolism Booster:

More studies are showing that some saturated fats are good for you. Have you heard the latest trend of putting butter in your coffee? Try this instead: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into your coffee. The fat will help suppress appetite, while the caffeine will give a boost of energy and also help to suppress appetite. If you are not a fan of the taste, try adding a few drops of natural vanilla extract for extra flavor.

Eye Makeup Remover:

Emulsify a dab of cold pressed coconut oil on the back of your hand, then dip a q-tip into the oil and swab away. Or, just use your pinky finger to cover a larger area.

Scar Minimizer:

Because of its high vitamin E content and anti-microbial properties, coconut oil is a great scar minimizing remedy for minor scrapes and wounds.

Hope this was helpful!  Which ones will you try this week?

Read the full article by Rey Medrano from Beyond Beauty