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7 Great Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I recently posted about my current top 10 Costco finds. One of the most commented on items was the Coconut oil. We use it for just about everything in our home. Here are 7 ways we love using Coconut oil.

1. Natural Vapor Rub 

Anytime we have a cold in the house I whip up a batch of homemade vapor rub. It is perfect for rubbing on the chest to help with congestion or I rub on the bottom of our feet and then put on socks.


Homemade Vapor Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 drops peppermint oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

4 drop OnGuard

Mix and keep in fridge until needed.

2.  Face wash

I have always had a problem with acne and sensitive skin. The only two things that have worked for me is “oil washing” with coconut oil and black soap. During the winter, I primarily use my coconut oil wash. I like to use a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil and baking soda. It is a perfect moisturizer and exfoliator all wrapped in one wash.

Homemade Coconut Face Wash

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

2 drops melaleuca essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil.

Mix and keep in a resealable container.

3.  Hair conditioner

We like to use coconut oil as a pre-poo conditioner/hot oil treatment. We simply section hair and slather hair from root to tip. Place hair in a shower cap for 30 minutes and then proceed with washing routine. For a deeper treatment, you can sit under a hair dryer.

4.  Toothpaste

Coconut oil is a natural anti-bacterial and has shown to be an effect tool to prevent gum disease. ****This also works well as a face exfoliating**** 🙂 

Simple Coconut Toothpaste

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup baking soda

1 tbsp bentonite clay

2 drops peppermint

2 drops melaleuca

2 drops clove

Mix and store in a condiment jar that is squeezable.

5.  Muscle soothing rub

As an active family, we usually have someone that is experiencing some muscle pain. We have a container muscle rub that I refill regularly.

Muscle Rub

1/2 cup coconut oil

5 drops Deep Blue essential oil or 2 drops peppermint & 2 drops melaleuca

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients and use for any muscle or joint pain.

6.  Eczema Relief

Three of my four daughters battled with eczema. This run eased the pain and dryness well. One of them had to take the coconut oil internally as well to rectify the issue.

Eczema cream

1/2 cup coconut oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix and keep in fridge till needed.

7.  Non-Dairy Coffee Cream

I enjoy starting my day with a cup of coffee and I often start it with a cup blended with coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon.  The coconut oil gives the coffee a similar mouth feel as cream but offers a multitude of health benefits. The key is blending the coffee, honey, cinnamon and coconut oil in a blender to get a good mixture.

Natural Toothpaste Recipe for Oral health 

Many store-bought toothpaste brands contain Flouride.  Fluoride is a toxic chemical that links to thyroid damage as well as some additional health issues.  You may be considering natural store-bought toothpastes, these to come with their issues.  Some natural toothpaste in stores contain sulfites or sulfates as well as glycerin.

 

This natural toothpaste recipe is so easy to make and great for oral care. Simple ingredients that are possibly in your home.


 

Mix dry ingredients

 

 

Mix coconut oil and essential oils.


Add coconut oil mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
Place in a sealable container.  I like using recycled condiment containers so I can squeeze it out just like toothpaste.

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Natural Toothpaste for Oral health
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Recipe type: Oral Health
 
¾ cup baking soda 2 Tablespoons Bentonite clay 4 capsules of Activated Charcoal 1 cup Coconut oil 10 drops Peppermint essential oil 5 drops Frankincense essential oil 10 drops Melaleuca essential oil 2-3 drops stevia (optional) Mix dry ingredients in bowl (cup baking soda, Bentonite Clay, Activated charcoal)
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Bentonite clay
  • 4 capsules of Activated Charcoal
  • 1 cup Coconut oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops Melaleuca essential oil
  • 2-3 drops stevia (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients in bowl (cup baking soda, Bentonite Clay, Activated charcoal)
  2. Mix coconut oil and essential oils.
  3. Add coconut oil mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Place in a sealable container. I like using recycled condiment containers so I can squeeze it out just like toothpaste.

Activated Charcoal for Oral Health

Back Story:

A few days ago I was at Walgreens and while is was checking out the cashier asked me if I bleach. Well…my hair is black so I paused and said “I’m sorry?”
He replies, “I was just wondering if you bleached your teeth because they are so white.”
Needless to say the rest of the day every single person I saw got a flash of my pearly whites. 😂😂😂
I didn’t get into what I use to keep my teeth white and gums healthy but I will tell you.
Activated Charcoal….😀
Here is how I use it.
1 capsule of activated charcoal
1 drop Frankincense (Can help prevent dental health issues like tooth decay, bad breath, cavities, or oral infections.)
1 drop melaleuca (Tea tree oil fights infectious microorganisms that destroy tissues in the mouth, cause plaque, receding gums and tartar deposits.
Enough water to make a runny paste
Q-tip.
Mix all ingredients and use the q-tip to dab onto your teeth and gums. Let sit for 1-2 minutes and then rinse mouth with warm water. Brush any remaining charcoal.
Try it out. Let me know how you like it.

Blueberry Lemon Loaves with Lavender Yogurt Topping

Anything made with lemon vanishes quickly around here. Jasmyn my 12-year-old made a lemon yogurt loaf cake over the weekend and by the next day it had vanished.  I guess I understand why the triplets teachers laughingly tell me the boys are always raving about the food the eat at home, there is always something cooking. 


Ingredients
 
2/3 cup coconut oil
½ cup  sugar
4 tbsp lemon juice
4 eggs
1½ cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 drops of DoTerra lemon oil (optional)
1 cup coconut yogurt or greek yogurt
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen


Glaze
 
1 cup coconut yogurt
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 drop of DoTerra lavender oil
1 drop of DoTerra lemon oil 
1/4 cup oj


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray mini loaf tray with nonstick cooking spray or use a standard loaf pan also spraying it with a nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine sugar, eggs, lemon juice and melted butter. Whisk until creamy.
In a separate bowl sift together all dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt.
Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture alternating between the yogurt and flour until well combined. Gently fold in blueberries, don’t over mix.
Bake for 30-33 minutes or until tester comes out clean. 
Once done baking remove from oven and let cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool. 
Make sure you have parchment paper under the wire rack so when you drizzle on the glaze it catches the drips and you won’t end up with a sticky counter.
Enjoy!

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