Coconut oil is one of the most versatile foods on Earth. People use it for much more than just the fat in their pastries. Here are some unusual uses for coconut oil that will transform the way you look at this super food. It is fantastic when used for beauty and medicine. Here are 6 unusual uses for coconut oil you may not have heard of before.
Coconut Oil Helps Cure and Prevent Cavities
If you’ve heard of oil pulling, then this won’t be too unfamiliar to you. Coconut oil can prevent cavities by killing candida albicans. Oil pulling is a great addition to your mouth hygiene, and it is easy to do. Just swish spoonful of oil in your mouth for around a minute. I personally like to add a drop of Thieves essential oil or lemon essential oil to give it a good flavor and boost the benefits. Here is a great article on preventing cavities with coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Heals Pink Eye (and other infections)
Pink eye is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Coconut oil contains lauric acid. The body uses the lauric acid to make the disease-fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin. To treat pink eye with coconut oil, simply drip a few drops into each eye, or wipe a small amount into the eye.
I have also used it to treat nasal infections, sore throats, and yeast infections.
For nasal infections, tip the head upside down and and place a small ball of oil in the nostril, gently sniff it up the nose or just allow it to drain into the nose as it melts. I find this method to be far more gentle than using a neti pot or nasal rinse.
For sore throats I love making a remedy candy. It is soothing to the throat and kids love them. I need to write p a post for these candies, but they are really simple. Just mix honey, coconut oil, and cinnamon together and then freeze in Hershey kiss size drops.
Coconut Oil Boosts Metabolism and Promotes Weight Loss
Coconut oil is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats. When medium-chain fatty acids of the oil are burned the body experiences an increased metabolic rate. Higher metabolism equals warmer toes and a slimmer waistline. Click here to read how my friend and fellow blogger applied this practice.
Coconut Oil Decreases Inflammation
The lauric acid in coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms, such as candida albicans, that cause chronic inflammation.
There are a couple of instances where this is not true. If you are allergic to coconut oil, or are allergic to latex then inflammation will increase with its use.
Coconut Oil Kills Fungi
Coconut oil contains 8% caprylic acid, which is said to be effective against fungus. It can kill toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, planter warts, and other fungi.
I have seen the sheer and shocking power of this first hand. My husband’s toe nail had turned a yucky yellow color on one side. There was a fungus under the nail, and it was there to stay. I had previously tried to convince him to soak his toe in apple cider vinegar (which would have cured it too). He wanted nothing to do with that idea. So, finally I decided to take a better smelling route. I filed the surface of his toe nail down and clipped the end off. Then I lathered him up with coconut oil. The next morning the fungus had turned brown. Shortly there after the fungus began to grow out and his toe was healed. It only took 1 treatment!
Coconut Oil Works as a Personal Lubricant
Coconut oil is an all-natural, and safe personal lubricant. Not to mention that since it has properties to fight infection it can even be helpful to use for women that struggle with yeast problems.
Note: Not compatible with latex!
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