One of our favorite beauty secrets at Nine Naturals is coconut oil – not only does it have multiple beauty uses, but it’s also great in the kitchen and in the home. It is versatile, but most importantly, 100% natural and free of chemicals you want to avoid during pregnancy (something we know a little about here at Nine Naturals). Here are our favorite, and some unexpected, tips for using coconut oil. *Note: We recommend purchasing minimally processed, certified organic coconut oil. Look for the USDA Certified Organic Seal and the words “Cold-Pressed” on packaging when purchasing a coconut oil.
1. Body Oil
Coconut oil is known for it’s hydrating properties and that makes it perfect as a deep moisturizer when your skin is extra dry. Try using it before you take a shower to help retain the moisture that typically gets stripped whenever you take a hot shower. Follow your shower and coconut oil care with Nine Naturals Replenishing Belly Butter for a well-rounded bodycare routine.
2. Makeup Remover
Time to ditch the Pond’s! One of our favorite uses of coconut oil is to remove makeup. Dab a little between your fingers and gently rub it it on your eyelids to remove stubborn mascara, eyeliner and makeup. It’ll gently remove all the products off your face and also soften and hydrate your skin.
3. Overnight Hair Treatment
Work a small amount of coconut oil into your hair before bedtime to add some extra hydration and tame your tresses. Wash it out in the morning (don’t forget Nine Naturals haircare) for luxurious, healthy hair.
4. Massage Oil
Rather than buying expensive massage oil, use coconut oil with a drop of your favorite essential oil for a relaxing fragrance – it works just as well.
5. Spot Remover
Rub a dab of coconut oil into a spot on upholstery or a carpet, and it will loosen the stain. You can also mix it with baking soda to make an effective stain remover.
6. Oil Pulling
If you haven’t heard of oil pulling before, it is an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice used to whiten teeth, reduce bacteria, and prevent bad breath. Swish some coconut oil around your mouth for about 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to ‘pull’ bacteria out of your mouth. Spit and rinse with water, and brush your teeth as usual (Nine Naturals Tip: Our mornings can get more than a little busy so we usually do it while in the shower or while putting on makeup).
7. Dry Scalp Relief
Massage coconut oil into the scalp overnight to help with dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. Finish with a good shampooing in the morning to wash out the oil. Your scalp will feel moisturized and less itchy.
8. Baby Diaper Cream
Use coconut oil on baby’s bottom as an all-natural balm for helping with diaper rash – coconut oil is a natural antibacterial!
9. Cooking Oil
Coconut oil is also one of the healthiest oils to use when cooking, and is great for stir-frying and pan-searing. For cooking, use an unrefined coconut oil, also called raw or virgin. It can also be used in baking – we love this coconut crumb cake. After you’re done cooking, use coconut oil to season your cast irons pans as well!