Coconut oil has been the health hype for a while now, and I believe it's for good reasons! See for yourself:
1. As a butter substitute in baking
Just substitute room-temperature coconut oil for butter at a 1:1 ratio
2. On toast
Spread coconut oil on toast as an alternative for butter or jam.
3. In bulletproof coffee
By now, you've probably heard of bulletproof coffee: the coffee, butter, and MCT oil mixed gaining popularity as a breakfast energy drink. If you don't have butter or MCT oil on hand, coconut oil blended into coffee gives you the same sustained buzz. Check out my healthy version of bulletproof
4. In smoothies
Add some coconut oil to your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats.
5. In healthy fudge
Make a quick and healthy dessert by mixing together any nut butter, raw honey and coconut oil. For extra goodness, mix in some raw cacao powder, pour over a plate covered with plastic wrap, and put it in the freezer for at least half an hour. This has become a very demanded dessert in my household :)
6. In oil pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient part of Ayurvedic medicine. It us used to whiten teeth, clean the mouth, and banish bad breath. First thing in the morning before drinking or eating anything, swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Spit it out in the garbage (so you don't clog your pipes) rinse well, brush your teeth as usual, and voilà! Read more here
7. As a moisturizer
I use coconut oil to moisturize my body, on my face, as a hair mask, as a carrier for essential oils, homemade body scrub, lip balm, you name it! It works fantastic, and I don't have to spend money on lotions filled with unnecessary crap!
8. To soothe diaper rash
Rub the magical oil on your baby, to help the rash go bye-bye. It is antimicrobial and anti fungal, so it helps prevent and heal diaper rash butts. *edited to add that I have now experienced it first hand on my baby
9. To balance hormones
Coconut oil is a great source of saturated fat, including auric acid, which helps balance hormones and estrogen levels.