Four Great Homemade Coconut Oil Products and How to Make Them
Coconut oil is amazing because of its high (healthy) saturated fat content, and its ability to last about two years without ever going rancid. It’s also known to carry a variety of other benefits as well, such as boosting your metabolism for weight loss and building up a strong immune system.
Did you know that countries with high coconut consumption also tend to have reduced risk for cardiovascular illnesses?
It’s important to find ways to incorporate coconut oil into your life, and it doesn’t have to only be done in the kitchen! Coconut oil can provide a base for many of the products that you use every day, with the added benefit of keeping things homemade.
Here are 4 “Do It Yourself” ways to make great coconut oil products:
When your hair becomes dry, oils are a great way of adding moisture to get an amazing look. Applying oil to the roots is also known to boost the growth of longer, healthier hair, especially when applied with castor oil. This mixture of castor oil and coconut oil will give your hair the boost it needs:
-1/2 cup Castor Oil
-1/2 cup Coconut Oil
*The equal ratio makes it really easy to add or remove quantities depending on how much hair you have.
Add the two ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl, then melt them in the microwave for thirty seconds to make mixing easy or even better set it in the sun. From there, apply to the roots to allow the omega-6 fatty acids to help grow stronger, healthier hair.
You can also use it on the ends of your hair to keep the tips moist and full. The coconut oil keeps the castor oil from sticking to your hair, while still allowing the castor oil to do its job moisturizing and boosting growth in your roots and ends.
2. Homemade Toothpaste
Coconut oil is often used for a technique called oil pulling. It involves swishing the oil around in your mouth to remove toxins from your teeth and gums. It also whitens the teeth and strengthens the gums for an all-around polish! This makes it the perfect ingredient for our homemade toothpaste recipe:
-½ cup Baking Soda
-5 tbsp. Sweetener (Xylitol or Stevia, avoid Splenda)
*You can adjust measurements based on concentration by adding more after you try the mixture
-¼ cup Coconut Oil
-2 or 2.5 tsp Peppermint Extract
The recipe is pretty simple. Just combine the baking soda and sweetener before mixing in the coconut oil and peppermint extract. Scoop it into an airtight container and you’re all set! It may taste a bit salty at first, so you can add more sweetener to counter that afterwards.
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