In February, subscribers got the chance to sample Vita Coco’s fabulous Coconut Oil. It became a must-have when Gwyneth Paltrow revealed her love for oil pulling AKA swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes for whiter teeth and improved health. That’s just one (slightly zany) use for this multi-purpose all-natural wonder – you’ll be surprised just how many aspects of your life could do with a touch of it! Here are 10 utterly useful things you can use coconut oil for:
1. Bath Bliss:
Melt 1/4 of a cup and add it to a warm bath for a sweet smelling soak that nourishes skin.
2. Home Cinema Snack:
Mix coconut oil with butter and then shake it up with your popcorn for a delicious topping. Perfect for watching a movie at home or even for the World Cup!
3. Soften Hands & Feet:
Use it as cuticle oil or on rough/cracked heels for softer skin. It’s also great for elbows.
4. Remove Make-Up:
Use it as an all natural eye make-up remover – with the added bonus that it makes your lashes stronger!
5. A Twist On Toothpaste:
Make your own toothpaste by mixing equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Try flavouring it with your favourite essential oil. Alternatively, follow Gwyneth’s lead and try oil pulling – instructions in the intro!
6. Get Gum Out:
Uh oh – got chewing gum stuck in your hair, carpet or on your shoes? Don’t reach for the scissors! Try rubbing coconut oil on and around the gum and let it sit for a minute before slowly trying to remove it again.
7. Soothe New Tattoos:
If you’ve recently been inked you can use coconut oil to help heal the skin – follow your tattoo artist’s advice though!
8. Vegan Cooking Conquered:
Yes, use coconut oil to replace butter or oil when baking and cooking.
9. Polish Furniture:
Mix it with a little lemon juice and use it on wood furniture – or to keep a wooden chopping board looking its best.
10. Boost Your Energy:
Add a teaspoonful to your coffee in the morning for a natural energy boost that will have you ready to face any day!
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