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by Janette Levin June 29, 2018

What if I told you there was an ingredient so versatile, you could use it on your hair, body, and in your kitchen?

Well, it’s time to get acquainted with coconut oil. Coconut oil has been featured in dozens of health and wellness blogs and magazines, but getting clear on the benefits and finding fresh, innovative ways to incorporate this magical wellness ingredient into your weekly routine can be hard. We’re here to help. 

Whether it's Sunday night self-care or prep for a big event, this addition to your bathroom cabinet will be sure to get you glowing!

For Your Hair:
Coconut oil’s unique fat composition conditions your scalp and penetrates hair follicles, strengthening hair and leading to fewer split ends. With vitamin E and lauric acid, coconut oil also prevents hair loss and gets rid of dandruff.

Try it for yourself:
Use 2 - 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on your hair length) as a moisturizing treatment. Melt the coconut oil between your hands and apply evenly onto damp or dry hair and scalp. Leave on for 45 minutes and then shampoo twice to wash out. If you have an oily scalp, no need to apply this mask onto the scalp. Begin applying the coconut oil about ⅔ down the hair.
For Your Skin:
Coconut oil has natural antioxidant properties that make it amazing for preventing wrinkles and skin irritation. Since it’s 100% natural, it’s also a great option for sensitive skin! The MCTs in coconut oil (including lauric acid) have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that make it soothing for most skin types.
It’s great for your body, but we don’t recommend using coconut oil on your face as the heavy fat content may clog pores.

Try it for yourself:
After you get out of the shower, take a small amount of coconut oil and apply it directly on dry skin (elbows, cracked heels, chapped lips etc). A little goes a long way so don’t overdo it, about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil should be enough for your whole body. Limit to about once a week or as needed since frequent usage may end up in an oily mess, and no one wants that!

For Your Gut:
Coconut oil is the perfect ingredient for healthier baking and cooking. It’s concentration of probiotic fats make it super beneficial for digesting food and fighting irritation and infection in the gut! To enjoy these healing properties, try out theCoconut Matcha Latte recipe below!

Coconut Matcha Latte

½ tsp organic matcha green tea powder
1 cup almond or dairy-alternative milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
(Optional: maple syrup or stevia to taste)

Place the almond milk in a pan and warm up over a medium-high heat. Boil the kettle and leave for 3 minutes. Add the matcha powder to the bottom of a mug and add about 1/4 cup of water. Whisk together the matcha with the water. Take almond milk off heat and add coconut oil and (optional) maple syrup. Use a whisk to froth up (pro-tip: place in a blender to froth faster) and then pour over the matcha. Drink up!

In the summer months, pour it over ice for a refreshing, good-for-you drink!

Coconut oil junkie? Tell us how you use this versatile ingredient in your routine below!

Janette Levin
Janette Levin

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