Besides that amazing health benefits that we've learned about consuming coconut oil internally, it is also very nourishing when it is applied on our skin. Therapists have used coconut oil for decades to massage away stressed muscles. Coconut is often an ingredient in many beauty products sold in health stores.
Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. Taken internally, it keeps our skin soft, minimize wrinkles, and helps to heal eczema and other wounds. The synergic combination of saturated fatty acids in coconut oil and long-chain super unsaturated fatty acids in cod liver oil contributes to beautiful skin by helping keep the right fatty acids in the cell membranes. When coconut oil is absorbed into your skin, it helps to keep our connective tissues strong and aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making our skin smoother.
Coconut oil also helps prevent hair loss by supporting thyroid function. Hair loss is one of the first symptoms of low thyroid function. When thyroid function is restored, hair usually grows back. Unrefined sea salt, seafood (particularly fish broth), and butter from grass-fed cows also support thyroid function by providing iodine. Eliminate soy foods, as it inhibits thyroid function.
|Elin loves sea coconut. The meat tastes like nata de coco.|
How do Our Family Use Coconut Oil Topically?
I apply coconut oil to Elin's head daily after shower. I also apply it to Evan's hair with hopes that his balding hair will grow back, in addition to the tablespoon he drinks daily (not that balding is a bad thing, honey, I love you anyway!). I applied it on my eczema and dry spots and now they are gone. I don't usually feel greasy when I apply coconut oil on my skin, which I like. But it does leave Elin's hair oily when I apply it to her head, so I only do so when she stays at home.
Other uses of coconut oil for our body:
Moisturizer/Lotion - use as you would with other lotions.
Hair Conditioner - use as a leave-in conditioner.
Make up remover
Stretch mark lotion for pregnant women - it helps to sooth the itch and stretching skin.
Nipple cream for nursing mama - for sore and cracked nipples.
Diaper cream for baby - it's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
Cradle cap "ointment" for baby.
Anything else that you can add to the list?