Coconut oil is one of nature’s great multitaskers. You can cook with it, bake with it, use it as a dietary supplement, apply it to your skin, and run it through your hair – all which deliver unique benefits. In this issue, we’re going to look at three of the most immediate benefits you can enjoy by using coconut oil.
Rejuvenate your skin. Instead of reaching for lotion or body oil, reach for the coconut oil. It’s a single ingredient, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin – which means you don’t have to worry about any sort of skin reaction. That is, as long as you aren’t already allergic to coconut! It helps keep skin hydrated and youthful-looking, plus it can treat symptoms related to dermatitis, eczema. Just keep in mind, it cannot treat the base cause of any of these conditions. This is why it is critical to treat the symptoms of these severe skin conditions with targeted medications. However, many skin conditions are not caused by the immune system and may be the result of long-term use of topical steroids. These topical steroids may cause redness and a burning sensation in the skin, which can last for years or longer. This is known as topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). As a result, incorporating any kind of routine may necessitate the assistance of a doctor.
Give your hair extra luster. The plant-based fatty acids in coconut oil help alleviate dry hair, dry scalp, and dandruff. At the same time, it can help reduce the effects of everyday damage, including sun damage. Use coconut as-is, or combine it with an essential oil for an extra punch. Apply it about 30 minutes before showering and let it set, then wash it out of your hair! Just be sure not to use your typical shampoo to wash away the oil. Let the hot water take of it. It may take a little longer to wash away the oil residue, but you’ll be left with soft, clean hair.
Freshen your smile. When swished around in the mouth, coconut oil can reduce bacteria, whiten teeth, and freshen your breath. It’s all thanks to coconut oil’s antibacterial properties – and the fact it literally pulls bacteria away from your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues, as you swish it around. All it takes is a tablespoon of oil and about 5-20 minutes. Once you’re done, spit the oil into the trash. That may sound a little gross, but avoid spitting in the sink. The oil may solidify and cause a clog.
There’s only one kind of professional grade raw 100 percent alkaline coconut oil in the world, which is the kind we sell to our patients at Wrigleyville Dental. Check it out at skinnyandcompany.com, and then try some or pick up a jar next time you come in!