Have you ever wondered why coconut oil is so popular these days? Well, besides being the latest trend, coconut oil has a long list of uses and benefits. I use it as an important part of my skincare routine. During the winter, coconut oil is great to help avoid the dry, crisp weather that wrecks havoc on my skin and during the summer, it helps my skin stay moisturized after all the visits to the pool! In addition to skin care, I enjoy coconut for its consumption value. I drink coconut water to restore electrolytes, and I eat it because it slows the aging process, stabilizes thyroid and insulin functions, lowers cholesterol, is a healthy fat, and boosts the immune system.
If you haven’t indulged in the wonderful world of coconut anything, let me be your eye opener. Here are just a couple of ways I use and enjoy the benefits of the coconut.
I use coconut oil as part of my skincare regime in two ways. On the rare occasions that I wear makeup and I don’t want to walk out of the shower looking like a murdered raccoon, I grab toilet paper and dip it into my coconut oil container. I close my eyes and wipe gently. (Caution: don’t get the coconut oil in your eye. You’ll be seeing fuzzy for awhile). Voila! A beautifully naked face. I do not use the coconut oil all over my face, though; I just use it under my eyes. Your preference will depend on your skin type: oily or dry.
The second way I use coconut oil is to use it as lotion, literally rubbing the oil all over my body either in the shower or out of the shower. Caution again, oils can cause your bathtub to be slippery and if you use it outside of the shower, expect whatever you rub up against to get a bit of a gloss.
I am a girl who loves chocolate but hates the extra shenanigans that come along with eating it. So, while I am still sparse about how often I eat this chocolate alternative, I feel free of all the “don’t eat that” thoughts. I value the good in what it does offer.
Here’s a peanut butter cup recipe I enjoy:
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao
- Agave for sweetness
Combine ingredients. Pour chocolate in a cupcake pan. Fill only halfway. Place in freezer for a few minutes. Remove and add peanut butter followed by remaining chocolate. Return to freezer for a minimum of 5 minutes. Take out and enjoy!!!
*These measurements are in smaller amounts, so the more chocolate you want, the more you use. Also, adding almonds never hurt anyone. Yum*
I also use coconut for hydration. I adore the Zico Chocolate Coconut Water. It’s like drinking chocolate milk without the dairy. After a good, hard workout, you deplete a lot of electrolytes. Drinking coconut water is an excellent way to replenish those electrolytes, and it’s great for lowering blood pressure.
Now I find it imperative to repeat myself. It lowers blood pressure. Calling all athletes who work hard while exercising! You probably work out your body like a beast, and if that’s true, you likely have low blood pressure or a low heart rate already. If this is so, expect coconut water and other forms of coconut to lower your blood pressure more. As you probably know, being too high or too low in anything is not good. Equilibrium is key. As they say, everything consumed is best in moderation. The same rule applies for coconut water.
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There you have it. Coconut oil has a long winded list of great uses, but these are just a couple of my favorites. What are your favorite uses for coconut? Comment below and let us know!
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