Peach, Coconut Oil, Simplicity, Beauty
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So we are sharing with you 101 great uses for coconut oil as outlined by Katie the Wellness Mama. You will find links below.
Here are the first 7… Uses for Coconut Oil
1) 101 ways to use coconut oil for everything from oil pulling to lotion to toothpaste. One question I often get asked is how to actually eat coconut oil, especially if you don’t like the taste… In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
2) Added to foods or drinks daily for energy. Like the little crunchy pieces of coconut oil, but for those trying to hide the texture, the trick is to melt the coconut oil until it is just barely melted an add slowly as the smoothie is already being blended so it emulsifies in and doesn’t clump.
3) As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
Basically, I blend coconut oil and grass-fed organic unsalted butter (yes… butter) into coffee with a dash of vanilla and sometimes a drop of stevia. The blender emulsifies the coconut oil and butter so the texture is more creamy than oily and it is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats. This type of healthy coffee also gives much more extended energy throughout the day without making me jittery.
4) On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar) In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin These are solid at room temperature like a bar of soap, but when rubbed on the skin, a tiny amount melts and is transferred to the skin, leaving a highly moisturizing and very thin layer.
5) Lotion bars are simple-to-make bars that are made to be used on the skin when it is dry. Unlike soap, they aren’t made to be used for cleansing or on wet skin, but are a great way to moisturize and nourish skin after bathing or showering. You could add any mixture of essential oils, or add zinc oxide to make a diaper rash bar.
Lotion Bars Ingredients
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three)
1 cup beeswax
Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
Lotion Bars Instructions
Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:
Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.
Carefully pour into molds or whatever you will be allowing the lotion bars to harden in. I used these silicone baking cups, though any mold would work.
Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts (hearts for valentines, flowers for Mother’s day, etc.) or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.
Note: This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like. I made with equal 1 cup measurements. The recipe I used made exactly 12 lotion bars with my molds. For a small batch, this recipe could be cut in half or even one fourth.
6) In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars. Eating a good diet and drinking enough water can really cut down the odor, but sometimes you need something else.
So what to do?
Sweat like a horse or get Alzheimers and breast cancer? Is there no other option? Fortunately, there is! Unfortunately, it takes more time than going to the store, but it lasts a lot longer and is a whole lot healthier! In my pursuit of healthy armpits, I finally stumbled upon a natural homemade deodorant recipe that works and is still natural.
If you do not want to make your own the process of using pure baking soda or plain coconut oil work pretty well, so if you aren’t into making your own, maybe try that.
How to Make Natural Homemade Deodorant
Both of the recipes below work really well. I prefer the softness of the first recipe, but if you don’t have shea butter lying around, the second recipe works just as well and has fewer ingredients. You can customize your deodorant to your scent preferences with essential oils, if desired or omit them for an unscented version.
Shea Butter Deodorant Ingredients
3 T Coconut Oil
3 T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
2 T Arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
Essential Oils (optional)
Note: You can get all the ingredients here.
Shea Butter Deodorant Instructions
natural homemade deodorant ingredients
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out… This can also be done in the microwave if you have one.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit)
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!
NOTE: It may take several hours to completely harden and this process can be sped up by putting in the fridge for a few minutes.
If you don’t have all those ingredients around, or don’t want to wash a double boiler, this recipe is faster and easier:
Coconut Oil Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Coconut Oil Deodorant Ingredients
6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
essential oils (optional)
Coconut Oil Deodorant Instructions
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.
7) As an eye-makeup remover
See the rest of the 101 ways to use coconut oil here together with some great resource links