At any one time there are two jars of coconut oil in my house, one in my kitchen and one in my bathroom. I absolutely love it and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things I use it for.
Let's start in the kitchen...
Unless you have been living under a rock I am sure you have heard of the Paleo craze, one of my friends husbands is an absolute convert and on a recent visit to their house was greeted with some delicious Paleo friendly banana bread. I asked for the recipe and my relationship with coconut oil began (let me know if you would be interested in the recipe and I will happily share it). I am not on any specific diet but I like that all these diet crazes come with fun new recipes because I do love experimenting in the kitchen and finding new and interesting ingredients, I now use coconut oil in a lot of cooking in place of butter and other oils, it is delicious!
Now for the bathroom...
Once I developed a love for Coconut oil I had a little Google and found it had many more uses than just baking. One of my favourite things to do with Coconut Oil is to use it as a hair mask, it is a solid product but I just scoop some out and warm it between my hands, I cover all my hair in the oil and then, depending how lazy I'm feeling, will wrap my hair in a warm towel, or just put it up in a claw clip thingy. I usually leave it on for an hour or so but have left it on overnight before, and then wash it out. The washing part does take a little longer than normal and my hair requires two shampoos to get all of it out but I love the result, my hair looks so healthy and shiny, if your hair is dry or damaged I strongly recommend giving this a go.
I also love using this as a body moisturiser, I haven't been using it as much in the warmer months, but I realise that a lot of you are in Winter now so I decided to do this post anyway! I love just warming the oil in my hands and using it wherever I have dry patches, in particular my elbows, cuticles and my legs after shaving. It leaves a bit of a sheen, as you would expect from an oil, but it absorbs quite quickly and leaves you smelling divine! In the Winter my dry skin can have a tendency to experience a little eczema, I have found this to be one of the most effective ways of clearing that up, it really is quite amazing!
Do you use coconut oil for cooking and/or beauty? If so, I would love to know what else you use it for.