The benefits of coconut oil are endless. Rich in a unique combination of fatty acids, this superfood can be used for just about anything from lip balm to hair conditioner to sunscreen to an insect repellent to a hormone balancer – you get the idea! Coconut oil is something that all of us should keep at least one jar of in our kitchen pantries. Read on to find out some of our favorite ways to use this miracle product a.k.a. coconut oil.
1. Prevents chaffing
If your little one has a diaper rash, try dabbing a small amount of coconut oil on the area that’s irritated and allow it to dry before replacing the diaper.
2. Soothes sore throats
There’s nothing more irritating than an itchy, sore throat, right? The next time you feel one coming on, try swallowing a teaspoon of coconut oil or adding it to your cup of tea.
3. Heals wounds
Because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil can be lightly applied over superficial cuts and scrapes. This isn’t for deep cuts.
4. Improves cholesterol
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which boosts your HDL cholesterol – the “good” kind – levels. High HDL levels can reduce your risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for African-American women.
5. Burns fat
While it seems like adding oil to your diet would do more harm than good, it’s actually quite the opposite with coconut oil. It contains medium-chain saturated fats, which can boost your metabolism and are easier to digest.
6. Fights congestion
Feeling congested? Instead of running out to the store and spending money on a jar of vapor rub, try a natural alternative, such as coconut oil to eliminate any congestion.
7. Prevents nosebleeds
One of the most common causes of nosebleeds is dry nostrils. Applying a tiny amount of coconut oil inside of your nose can moisten your mucus membranes.
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