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The coconut is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which have antimicrobial properties, and are beneficial to the immune system. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, similar to that found in breast milk. The lauric acid found in coconuts is said to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Readily available in the tropics, this fruit has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. Here’s a list of a few uses of this amazing fruit.
1) Skin care
For dry and aging skin relief, a dab of coconut oil will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking great. The oil helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles without irritating. Coconut oil also works wonders on skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. The oil from the coconut forms a lipid barrier that wards off sun damage and keeps skin moisturized. The oil’s health-promoting nutrients pass readily through the skin, so using it topically brings benefits that go far beyond skin deep.
* As a Daily Moisturizer: use in place of over the counter lotions. In its natural form coconut oil replenhies dry skin and locks in moisture.
* Eye makeup remover: dab a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton swab and wipe your eye makeup off. Cleanse your skin as you would normally
The saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making it a healthy addition to any meal.
3) Hair Care
Coconut oil provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. Massage a bit of the oil onto your scalp to help keep hair moisturized. It also helps to reduce dandruff. Coconut oil can be found in many over-the-counter hair products. It is one of the most nutritious products you can put on your hair.
Virgin Coconut Oil is the purest form of cooking oil available. Coconut oil is much less vulnerable to heat damage when heated, making it suitable for cooking. And it helps to enhance the caramelized flavor of roasted sweet potatoes.
5) Overall Health
* Help you lose weight, or maintain weight
* Reduce the risk of heart disease
* Lowers cholesterol
* Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
* Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
* Boost your daily energy
These are just a few of the numerous benefits of the coconut. Go crack open a coconut today.
How to use:
Apply to face liberally with fingers. Do not allow mixture to get in contact with your eyes. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off and wipe with a warm towel.
2. Cucumber Honey Toner
What you’ll need:
Use a blender and puree the cucumber. Take cheesecloth and sieve puree over a glass bowl, allow puree to stand for 15 minutes while the juice drains. Take the juice, put in a bottle and add honey.
How to use:
Stir or shake mixture until ingredients are combines. Using a cotton ball dap mixture on face.
Apply to face and neck. Solution will air dry within 5 minutes.
Note: Store remaining mixture covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
3. Facial Scrub (Great for Dry Skin)
What you’ll need:
Using a spoon mash Avocado into a smooth texture, little or no lumps would be best
In a small bowl mash the cucumber into a smooth paste, similar to the avocado. Dicing the cucumber into very small pieces would help with the mashing process. Be sure to remove the skin before dicing
Combine ingredients in a small bowl add sugar, avocado, cucumber, and honey. Mix the ingredients together add olive oil to the mixture until the consistency of the mixture is pasty.
How to use:
Apply scrub to face generously and rub with fingertips using circular motions. Leave scrub on skin for 15 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
4. Facial Moisturizer
Coconut Oil is a great remedy for the body, hair, skin and immune system. A few drop of Coconut Oil applied to your face will keep it moisturized throughout the day
Ahh! Smell the sweet aroma of success. Make as many diffusers as you like. Your special mixtures and blends will definitely keep you delighted and enjoying the scents you have created. Tell us your thoughts on how your diffuser turned out.