Saturday, January 23, 2010

I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!

They been mashed and squished and who knows what else they do to them to extract the oil. 

I have this mini obsession with coconut oil and I know you'd like to hear about it. 

During the sumer of '08, I was looking through a vitamin catalog when I came across a jar of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  I was intrigued due to my love of everything coconut.  After a date night with Sir Google, I learned that coconut oil has some really awesome health benefits- more on that later.  I decided that I need to try this stuff.  Not only did I order a jar of oil but I also bought a bottle of it in pill form. 

When they arrived I started using the jar of oil for cooking and I took 2 pills twice a day!  I quickly realized using the oil in my skillet made super yummy scrambled eggs!  I started to notice after a month or so that my hairy was super shiney and my skin was soft!  Super exciting!!!

I'm sure you are wondering why I keep refering to oil living in a jar!  Coconut oil is a solid at temperatures below 76 degrees F.  Any temperature above that, it's a liquid!  Pretty neat, huh?!  It always makes for a fun surprise when I open the jar.  Will it be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between?

Of course, while I was pregnant with LBG, I didn't take my coconut oil pills.  I did however continue to cook with it and the uses didn't stop there!  The Green Living board on had topic about The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) that seemed like a fun challenge.  You can read about OCM here.  I gave it a shot with my coconut oil and have been going strong ever since!

Once I started using OCM, mind took off and now I just coconut oil in a whole host of ways!

Cradle cap?  Lube up le bebe's scalp and exfoliate with a brush... wash hair.
Itchy pregnant belly?  Coconut oil is super soothing!
Hair has dry ends?  Apply a small amount of coconut oil.
Ran out of eye makeup remover, cold cream, etc?  Coconut oil
Have a zit?  Windex!  (Name that movie!)

I need to stress that only Extra Virgin oil will do.  Any other kind is a little too processed and will have lost much of it's awesome super powers.

Speaking of super powers... I could type up a whole blurb on their magically powers, but it's much easier to give you a link since LBG is needing a diaper change and dinner needs to be cooked.  Check it out, yo!

... and with that I leave on a small recipe for my own little "lotion."
1/2 cup EV Coconut oil
1/4 tsp Jojoba oil
1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil

Combine and store in a recycled jar.  It's great for after the shower!


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