I’ve been working, for a while, on a book called Natural Beauty; exploring the natural everyday products we can use to help us sparkle, while giving the cosmetic counter a wide berth. The trouble is, there are so many wonderful natural cosmetics we can use, I keep getting sidetracked.
There is one product, however, that pops up in nearly every area of health and beauty. And, if you’re not allergic, should be part of everyone’s health and beauty routine.
yes, it’s The COCONUT!
I’ve been ‘oil-pulling’ for a few weeks and have noticed the huge improvement in the colour of my teeth and condition of my gums. I wish I’d done a ‘before’ photo to show you. But this got me thinking.
I also use coconut oil to massage into my scalp and hair before washing (with a very mild non-paraben shampoo) and it’s probably the best conditioner I’ve tried. And after a shower or bath, I massage coconut oil into my skin. All over if I don’t mind being a bit slippery for a while!
So there’s three tried and tested reasons to have a pot of coconut oil handy. But this is only the tip of the iceberg.
If you want to get into the science of it all, Google the benefits of coconut oil or it’s scientific properties and the data will knock your socks off. Never mind, your feet are beautifully oiled!
Here’s a very short list of claims from various studies as to how coconut oil can benefit our health: (I won’t put in the why’s – too many long scientific words – but if you are going to use a supplement or want to know more, check out all the information you can)
1. Can aid in weight loss
2. Can help boost your immune system
3. Can help your digestive system
4. Helps develop strong teeth
5. Soothes away stress
6. Boosts energy
7. Builds strong bones
8. Can help treat diabetes
9. Helps eliminate fungi, eg athletes foot
10.Kills bacterial infections
Is there anything coconuts can’t do?!
Grab a pot of coconut oil while you’re thinking about it. Then when it arrives, dabble in some healthy and beauty treatments. You deserve it! Amazon have a good supply of organic food grade coconut oil. Make sure you get food grade. This is a popular brand and one of my favourites:
1L Pipkin 100% Organic Coconut Oil Raw Extra-Virgin and Pure. Multi-Purpose Coconut Oil Cold Pressed, Non-GM, For Hair / Skin / Body Moisturiser, Edible, For Cooking, Suitable For Vegetarians and Vegans