Coconut oil has so many uses - in cooking, for health and beauty, even for medicinal purposes. It's safe for babies, children and pregnant women to use, and there are just so many uses for it!
Using coconut oil in cooking is good for you, as the fats in coconut oil are short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Compared to trans fats, these are a healthy form of saturated fats which are metabolised easily in the liver and immediately converted into energy, rather than being stored as fat.
Used externally, coconut oil has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, making it great for skin and hair.
Make sure to use extra virgin, cold pressed organic coconut oil so that you're getting all the goodness and nutrients.
Here's our top 50 uses for coconut oil for babies, children and pregnant women:
- Pop some coconut oil onto cotton wool to help remove meconium.
- Apply it to baby’s bottom as a nappy change cream.
- Get rid of cradle cap on babies – gently massage on baby’s head, leave for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.
- Apply directly on baby’s skin to relive baby acne.
- Add a spoonful to baby's bath water to soothe and moisturise baby's skin.
- Use as a moisturiser on any dry patches on baby's skin.
- Rub it on to baby's gums as a first natural toothpaste.
- Perfect as a baby massage oil.
- Mix with a little unscented castile soap to make a moisturising baby body wash or cleaner upper.
- Rub inside baby’s mouth to help treat thrush or a yeast infection.
- Massage into baby’s chest to help relieve croup.
- Apply some to cotton wool to help clean up those messy baby bum blow-outs.
- Use as a teething pain reliever for teething babies.
- Try coconut oil as an ointment to help soothe eczema rather than topical steroids – the anti-inflammatories may help calm the rash.
- Use coconut oil and apple cider vinegar as a way to kill head-lice on older children.
- Apply on stings and bug bites to help relieve the itching and burning sensation. Helps heal faster too.
- Apply to injuries or infections to help the skin heal.
- Great for taming flyaway hair, and is so good on curly hair as a conditioner and all round curl-tamer.
- Add coconut oil to your children’s diet as a natural brain boosting snack.
- Apply coconut oil to bumps and bruises – the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties will help heal faster.
- Helps heal sunburnt skin when applied after the heat has gone.
- Rub a little coconut oil inside the nostrils at hay-fever time to catch pollen and help reduce allergies.
- Coconut oil is naturally gluten free and lactose free, and can be used in place of butter in many baking recipes.
- Take a teaspoon of coconut oil for sore throats – it’s naturally antibacterial and will coat the throat and take away that raspy feeling.
- Use it as a stretch mark prevention cream for pregnant women.
- Use it daily on keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) to help smooth it away.
- Mums can take coconut oil orally for daily energy.
- Coconut oil is a wonderful non-toxic makeup remover.
- Use it on your skin as a moisturiser.
- On the perineum to help the mother heal after giving birth.
- On the nipples to soothe irritation – great for breastfeeding mothers.
- Nursing mothers can take 3-4 tablespoons a day to help increase milk supply and essential nutrients.
- Add 1 tablespoon to hot tea to help recover from cold and flu.
- For pregnant women, rubbing a little on legs can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
- Take coconut oil orally when pregnant to give baby necessary fats for development.
- Natural hair conditioner for both babies and mamas – just wet your hair, apply, leave overnight and wash off next morning.
- Pregnant women can apply directly to cure candida and yeast infection.
- Can help relieve morning sickness when taken orally.
- Can help remove dandruff if applied, left and rinsed. Will also ease itching and flaking.
- Add a little to mummy’s diet to ease both mum and baby digestion.
- Pregnant women can apply directly to cure haemorrhoids.
- Massage into mum’s cuticles for healthy, strong nails.
- Apply on elbows, knees and feet to prevent dry skin.
- Can be applied on the lips to soothe chapped lips.
- Massage daily to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Use as hair gel for mums with frizzy hair.
- Take orally to improve metabolism, thyroid function and escalate energy levels.
- Help reduce sugar cravings by taking a spoonful of coconut oil whenever you feel the urge for something sugary.
- Use it as a shaving cream.
- Use coconut oil for oil cleansing to wash and tone your face.
What do you use coconut oil for? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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