By: Michelene Lagdameo
In our constant search for what is truly best for baby, moms are always pulled towards taking the all-natural path. With all the crazy chemicals and preservatives everything from bath products to baby food is made with, there’s something comforting and reassuring about picking quality products that do nothing but good.
One such product that we’ve come to rely on is coconut oil. It’s such a versatile wonder product, you might be surprised to see how quickly you use up a large bottle! Here are some of the known benefits of coconut oil—and let’s consider ourselves lucky that ethically sourced, high-quality coconut oil is readily available in stores and even online!
It’s an incredibly healthy fat.
Try replacing your cooking oil and butter with refined coconut oil and reap the rewards of improved digestion, bowel movement, and a healthy gut. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats that helps fight bad bacteria and parasites in your gut. It also helps your body better absorb the vitamins and minerals present in your food. Try putting a spoonful in your morning black coffee—this trick supposedly even boosts your metabolism and helps shed extra pounds.
It can even whiten your teeth.
Oil pulling is a technique that’s been around for hundreds of years. By maintaining an oil pulling regimen with coconut oil, you are improving your overall oral health: fresher breath, reduced risk of cavities, and whiter teeth. You just might save on dental bills and pricey teeth whitening treatments!
It’s a top-notch skin-soother.
Skin and virgin coconut oil are a match made in heaven. Enjoy suppler and moisturized skin when you use VCO as a night cream! You can try it on your stretch marks, too. So powerful is coconut oil, even eczema and psoriasis sufferers claim good results from using it. From shaving cream to cuticle cream, you’d do well to just always have a large bottle in your bathroom for all your needs.
It can help post-partum hair loss.
Coconut oil can also strengthen hair and stop hair fall. Try slathering your scalp with VCO before sleeping, or using it as a daily leave-in conditioner post-shampoo. You’ll see lusher locks in no time.
It’s a great all-around skin salve for baby, too.
A lot of trusted organic baby bath products contain coconut oil as base. You can use it to treat diaper rash and insect bites, and as overall moisturizer when baby’s delicate skin is still flaky or scaly from the changes in weather and temperature.
These are just a few of the amazing benefits of coconut oil, proof that Mother Nature knows best! If you’re thinking of making the switch to more organic products, you simply can’t be without a few bottles of coconut oil.
Mich Lagdameo is a mom to a precocious 1-year-old. She is a writer and editor by trade and calling, and she lives for books, leisurely grocery trips, cups of good coffee, long drives with her husband, and the Food Network. Her days are punctuated by the sound of her computer keys and her daughter banging into things.