I’m sure by now everyone, with the exception of one person (Hi Grams!), has heard about the latest health craze that is Coconut Oil. Don’t worry, I’m here to inform you that Dominic and I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon with this one. We are absolutely fascinated with all of the things that coconut oil has to offer and have actually already tried a handful of things with it!
Just in case my grandmother isn’t the only one who hasn’t heard about it, basically coconut oil is like a magical bean, if you will. It pretty much does everything and if you don’t believe me, please refer to the…oh, I don’t know, ONE HUNDRED AND ONE uses for Coconut Oil.
The reason we actually started looking into coconut oil was for a thing called oil pulling. Oil pulling is basically just putting a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swishing it around in there for 20 minutes. (Just a friendly PSA if you decided to give Oil Pulling a try: do NOT spit your oil down the drain when you’re through. It’ll clog your pipes! Instead just spit it straight into the trash.) By swishing it around in there, you’re basically “pulling” all of this crazy bacteria from your mouth. At first it seemed kind of like a weird, kind of disgusting thing to do (especially because I hate coconut), but we decided to give it a try because of some of the pros- natural teeth whitener/cleaner, better breath, it’s been linked to helping people with diabetes and asthma, allergy relief, migraine relief, the list really does just go on and on and we’d be silly to not have given it a try.
We’re on our second week and we’ve already noticed a difference. Our morning breath isn’t as murderous, our mouths feel cleaner (that one we actually noticed the very first day!) and I’ve even noticed our teeth getting a little whiter (Dominic doesn’t notice those kinds of things). We’ve read that most people do it at the beginning of the day, but we actually do it at night, after Olivia goes to bed. It’s already become a little night-time tradition that I really look forward to. We put the oil in our mouths and then Dominic comes and sits next to me at the computer and we look at houses that are for sale, that we’ll move to one day (Cali, Portland, SLC, AZ, where will we end up?!). I have always had a thing for looking at houses, I don’t know why.
Anyway, now that I’ve pretty much fallen in love with Coconut Oil, I decided to see what other things I could do with it. One of the things I made was a scrub. This one, actually. It says to use it as a face mask, but I have a really weird thing about putting certain things (i.e. coffee) on my face, so I instead used it as a body scrub. I love it! After I rinsed it off, my skin felt amazing. I decided to wash my body with a thin layer of soap afterward because I didn’t want to smell like coffee and I don’t feel like it took off any oil, it was more so just to mask the smell. It also makes your tub suuuuper slippery, so be careful! Dish soap should take that oil right off your tub though.
I’ve also rubbed coconut oil on a surgery scar that I have on my neck and a few acne scars that I have on the side of my face. I definitely already see them slowly fading, which was a big thing for me because they’re both things that I am super self conscious about.
I sometimes use it as a chapstick, a girlfriend of mine has used it in her hair, you can also use it while you’re cooking (maybe instead of Pam in this skinny dessert?) I’m not kidding– the possibilities really are endless!
The fact that there are so many different ways to utilize Coconut Oil is amazing to me and I’d love to know: Are you on the Coconut Oil bandwagon? How are you using it?