You might love the taste of coconut or may have tried using coconut oil for cooking, but there are even more surprising ways to use coconut for a healthy lifestyle. Here are some ways you can use coconut a little more in your life.
Use it as a Massage Oil
Ready for a luxurious massage oil that has health benefits and smells like a tropical island? Coconut oil not only feels amazing as a massage oil, it also has numerous health perks. According to Medical News Today coconut oil has many potential benefits for the skin. Research suggests that it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Coconut oil is also very moisturizing for dry skin and can be applied directly to the skin. Coconut oil can be a perfect oil for adults and children that have very sensitive skin that is prone to dryness, cracking, rashes, and irritation. Look for organic coconut oil which can be found at most health based stores.
It Works as Sunscreen
A coconut oil blend can be used as a sunscreen for children and adults. While you might not want to use only coconut oil to protect your skin from UV rays if you have fair skin, it can definitely be effective with other natural ingredients blended in. Here is a DIY Coconut sunscreen that I found on TheCoconutMama.com.
½ Cup Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Non Nana Zinc Oxide
1 Tablespoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Optional: 10 Drops Essential Oils (I used Carrot Seed & Lavender)
Whip coconut oil up in a mixer or food processor.
Carefully add the zinc oxide (you don’t want to inhale it!), red raspberry seed oil and essential oils.
Once the oils and zinc oxide are mixed well pour them into a small container.
Coconut Can Boost Brain Function
Coconut also has fatty acids that can be perfect for someone needing a brain boost! Adults with lower brain function, such as older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, may benefit by adding coconut oil into their diet. With coconut oil and other forms of coconut, you can help boost their brain function which helps manage the symptoms and increase the quality of life.