Green Goddess: 10 great uses for coconut oil

Long Lunch 20/03/2018
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  1. Deodorant. This is so easy to make and it really does work. Combine ¼ cup baking soda with ¼ cup arrowroot. Slowly work in six tbsp of coconut oil then add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. To use rub a little under your arms.

  2. Hair conditioner. Melt coconut oil and then rub into your scalp and hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and leave as long as you can (some people leave it on overnight). Wash out.

  3. Body oil or face moisturiser. Take a little coconut oil and rub on your body and face as a moisturiser.

  4. Nappy change. Use on baby’s bottom at nappy change time. Very soothing if they have nappy rash and also anti-bacterial.

  5. Athlete’s foot. Coconut oil is also a great fungus fighter. Use on your feet every day to fight fungal diseases.

  6. Allergies.If you suffer from hayfever, try rubbing a little in each nostril as it is anti-inflammatory.

  7. Oil pulling. Many people are trying this and swear by it as a way to prevent bad breath. Put a tablespoon of coconut in your mouth. When it has melted swish it around for 10, ideally 20, minutes to draw out impurities and moisturize oral tissue. Then spit it out and rinse with water. Research has shown it effectively combats bad breath and plaque.

  8. Furniture polish. Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil and mix with 1/4 cup lemon juice. First remove dust, then rub in coconut mixture with a clean, soft cloth, and buff to a gleaming shine.

  9. Mosquito repellent. Mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil with 20 drops of citronella oil for a nontoxic bug repellent.

  10. Healing cream. Use on cold sores, bug bites or infected cuts as a natural soother and healer.

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