Drown your life in Coconut Oil.

Photo courtesy of Maik Floeder

I have had eczema my entire life and have gone to a ton of different dermatologists. Some of them have been beneficial but all of them offered skin products that has been full of harsh chemicals and sometimes even steroids. I have been on a more natural and holistic journey over the past few years. This includes food, hygiene products, skin care, herbs, and loads more.

One great benefit about purchasing natural products is how most natural products can be used for multiple things. There are some herbs that can fix a rash, a messed up knee, make your hair grow, and get you pregnant all at the same time. I am not sure what herb that would be but I am sure it’s out there…somewhere. Possibly. ANYWAY, one of the OG’s of a great natural products that works for a million things is coconut oil.

I haven’t been using it that long but instantly realized the awesome that is coconut oil. Being a typical female, I can’t help but buy the latest lotion and skin care product that is going to make you at some point look like the super model in the commercial. People have recommended coconut oil to me often and I was caught up in the “I need to buy that skin product that I saw at Sephora because that is the best out there! I feel like it in my ovaries!” Don’t get me wrong, I still love Sephora but sometimes you need to turn down that inner beauty product snob and embrace the facts. Once I turned down the volume of my inner diva and researched the benefits of coconut oil, I realized coconut oil RULES! It is loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid and more) which are anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial, everything our biggest organ needs in order to be healthy and happy.

When I told a friend that I was going to use coconut oil as my daily moisturizer she insisted that i’ve gone mad and you can’t use something you cook with all over your body. I am not sure when women stopped relying on homemade beauty remedies to get the job done, but a lot of women depend on chemical filled beauty products these days and ladies, we need to change this. Women in the 40s didn’t have the luxury of choosing between Clinique or Lancôme but they still took beauty seriously. They were queens of gathering things straight from their kitchens, putting it all over their bodies, and always looking stunning.

With all of this said, lets break it down and get right into where to use coconut oil and how it’s been working for me.

For the dead cells on your head:

I typically don’t have dry hair or scalp but I have been using coconut oil as a hair and scalp moisturizer as of lately. It’s seems that it is best to use coconut oil a little while before you shower and wash your hair. I just put a small amount in my ‘problem’ areas and then wash my hair like I normally would. It’s also fantastic for any frizz issues you may have. If you add a small amount to your hair while straightening, styling, drying, or whatever you will notice quickly that it combats that frizzy awfulness.

Dark Elbows of doom:

I read not that long ago that coconut oil is perfect for getting rid of dark/dry elbows. I have been putting some extra oil on both my elbows once in the morning and once at night for a while now and the results are NUTS. I wish I took a before photo but the difference made my brain explode out of the back of my head.

Rashes, Eczema, Psoriasis, Severe Dryness, and Ebola:

I personally suffer from eczema and server dry skin. Out of all of the natural remedies i’ve tried coconut oil has been hands down the best. It also helps with other skin conditions and if you have a random rash. I apply coconut oil to any part of my body that is itchy or feels dry almost right away. Like my elbows, I typically will apply it to my whole body twice a day. Lately since it’s cooler weather, I have been overdosing on coconut oil but am noticing great improvements in my skin. As far as ebola…I am sure coconut oil can help with that…somehow. Science!

Eat it up because it’s good for you:

I am not a fan of coconut, at all. BUT for those of you that are better than me, you can use it as a spread instead of butter, in your baking, and your cooking. Make sure if you plan on eating your coconut oil you are buying the type that you can cook with. There are lots of cosmetic coconut oil products that I am not sure are safe to eat but if you buy it from the cooking area at your market then you’re good to go. You can use that on your face and in your tummy.

I recently purchased the Spectrum Essentials coconut oil for skin and hair care. So far it’s my fav! I try to stick with unrefined, pure virgin or extra-virgin. Go straight up organic if you can. The great thing about coconut oil is a little goes a long way so you don’t have to use a ton of it when applying it to your desired areas. You can buy coconut oil at your local market, healthy food store, or online (Amazon has a million brands!). For all of the amazing benefits of coconut oil, it is shockingly inexpensive compared to what us ladies will spend on some beauty products.

Are you already having a love affair with coconut oil? How do you use it and do you know of any other benefits? Did it get you pregnant? Did it cure your ebola?

Always putting the lime in the coconut,

Latanya Rene

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20 Responses to “Drown your life in Coconut Oil.”

  1. Femke says:

    I’ve never even used coconut oil! So I think I’ll give it a go and try to wash my hair with it, since that’s my ‘problem area’. (very sensitive dry head skin) Will keep you updated once I’ve actually tried it! 🙂

  2. Jayne Rusby says:

    I fricking love this stuff. I’ve been using coconut oil as a deodorant for about two months now, and its amazing! I’d been experimenting with using natural deodorants but none of them where working, my 20 year old daughter even delighted in telling me ” Ma you stink!” Until someone suggested coconut oil, which I always have loads of because I cook with it. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria, the scent is very light, and it has never left a stain on my clothes. The best thing, there is only ONE ingredient. Buy a huge tub of the stuff and use it everywhere. Great post x

    • Seriously…this is the best idea ever! I have been trying a number of natural deodorants as well and I am going to have to give this a go because I wasn’t happy with most of the deodorants i’ve found. Do you workout often? Does the coconut oil still assist with getting sweaty and smelly if you’re super active?

      Thank you for the feedback.

      P.S. You do not look like you should have a 20 year old daughter!

  3. Liz says:

    I have been using coconut oil as a facial cleanser and moisturizer for about a year. My skin looks so much better than when I was using drug store cleansers. I have tried multiple times to use in my hair though and have found it makes my hair extremely greasy even after washing. If you plan to use coconut oil on your skin I have to say it ABSOLUTELY must be unrefined. Refined coconut oil is lacking all of the goodies your skin needs.

    • Agreed about the unrefined bit, Liz! Do you typically have dry hair or scalp issues? So far it hasn’t made my hair too greasy but super shiny so I am a fan.

      How do you use it as a facial cleanser? I am still working my way through a lot of my other skin products on top of using coconut oil but if I can use it as a cleansers as well that’s one less thing I have to buy!

  4. Jayne Rusby says:

    I practice yoga, go to the gym & walk everywhere! When your gettin all sweaty it allows for the natural odour to come through but I kinda like it, makes me feel strong! The more I use it the more it seems to work, if that makes sense. Its worth trying fr sure.

    PS. Thanks, I turned 40 this year and feel better than ever. Whenever I get asked how come I look so young I always reply “Just do what makes you happy & if its shit – quit!” x

    • You my friend are my hero! I will definitely be giving the oil on my pits a try. HAHA!

      I literally just had a conversation with someone last night that I want to live my life only doing what I love because otherwise what is the point. You’re lovely and I am so happy you’re in my world. <3

  5. Jayne Rusby says:

    Thank you what a bloody gorgeous thing to say. x

  6. Brandon says:

    I fought a pretty decent battle with tinea versicolor a couple years back, and coconut oil was my secret weapon. On my skin and in my food at every meal. Dermatologist said my condition should have taken 1-2 years to completely clear up, but it was gone in literally 2 months.

  7. The Devil Wears Parsley says:

    I LOVE coconut oil too!! I didn’t realize that it helped with eczema though, so I’m definitely going to try it on my problem areas! And the elbows?! Man I definitely need some help there too. Whenever I cook with it (which should happen more often anyway), I rub it all over my hands. I love the subtle coconut scent of the un-refined stuff. Need to buy an extra jar to keep in the bathroom!!

    • Most definitely! It’s good for your hair as well. My body is sort of getting used to it at this point so now I use it as sort of a skin conditioner. I dry brush my skin, put on coconut oil, let it stay on my skin for a little while then I shower. IT WILL MAKE YOUR SKIN SO AMAZINGLY SOFT! The only downside is the shower can get a bit greasy and gross but it is totally worth it. HAHA!

  8. Marina says:

    Hi I am 43 years old and have ditched all the expensive crams, lotions and cleansers in exchange for coconut oil and i even use it as an eye cream my skin is soft, supple and I have combo skin and live in a country where the humidity is 80% year round and the temperature is 80F!! I am now applying it on my teenage sons face who has a superficial case of acne and severe tinea versicolor all over his face. I will let you know how that goes.

  9. Von says:

    I know this is an old post, but I just found it. I have been using organic coconut oil for about 3 years now – for everything. Cleansing, moisturising…although, I don’t use deodorant, I’m excited to know another use for it. I try use it in my cooking, but went through a stage of eating it raw…now it kinda makes me gag! lol.
    For my moisturiser, I melt it on the stove (never in the microwave) and put a few drops of my fav essential oils into it….yumm!

    • Hey there darlin’! I am happy this post helped you. I am so sorry for the late response. I sorta fell off the blogging for a bit but i’m back! Thank you for taking a minute to read my posts. You’re amazing!

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