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How one ingredient can change your kitchen (and your life)

April 12th, 2014 | 2 comments

So there I am rubbing coconut oil on my armpits (and liking it). Say what?! I did, indeed, and it was lovely. More as to why in a moment.

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Coconut oil has been a staple in my kitchen for over a few years now. Mostly because I did some research and saw how some trusted experts embraced it. And this youtube vid about how it helps Alzheimer’s. I don’t claim to be an expert but the science about medium chain triglycerides is pretty compelling. You decide for yourself.

Want another bodacious reason why it’s awesome? Antibacterial qualities. This Hawaiian-vacation-smell in a bottle can pretty much be used for all your personal care and household cooking AND cleaning needs. Mind = blown!

Now back my now coconuty pits. After my bout with some hefty congestion over this winter I got serious about looking at my health and ways to prevent further illness. My hubby and I had the pleasure of having Dan Moreno give us an Ayurvedic consultation. It’s an ancient Indian philosophy on health and wellness that is really  interesting. He helped us see how some bad food combinations, too much sugar, lack of water (and lack of yoga) that was leading to low vitality as I would describe it. Part of his recommendations was an abyhanga massage…oil massage your body once a week. Your skin deserves it. So which oil did I turn to? That sweet little devil, Coconut. I found aches that were hiding and it just felt nice to tend to my body using a substance without any creepy chemicals. Caution: coconut oil is greasy so I just showered after and felt silky smooth.

Here are some of my uses for coconut oil. Share this article on Facebook and let me know how you use it!

  • When baking, use it when it calls for oil or butter
  • Brushing teeth. I tried it a few times but I’ve got friends who swear by it
  • Coconut oil non-stick spray for cooking
  • Spoonful in my morning oatmeal…did you watch the video above?
  • Dry skin…you know your husband’s elbows need it!
  • Weekly massage
  • Chapped nipples during breastfeeding
  • Diaper rash

Hey pregnant and new moms, I hope you try the last two on the list. I also wanted to let you know that I’m giving my “Finally Feel Ready To Go Back To Work After Maternity Leave!” talk at an upcoming Parent Connection event here in San Diego on May 19th. More details to come, hope to see you there!

As a woman who embraces health and a mom who cares what her kid is eating, I dig on coconut oil. It’s a no brainer that gives you a better brain.

Share and let me know how you use coconut oil !

Disclaimer: I am not giving health advice. I’m a mom blogger. So enjoy!  Photo credit: Pixabay

  • Hello Fellow B-Schooler! I am a coconut fanatic as well! I eat it by the tablespoonful just for fun! It has also helped me become LESS sensitive to the sun, as I am very fair and USED to burn easily! I have been brushing my teeth with it for almost 2 yrs now. My Naturopathic Dentist says my teeth look awesome since I *honestly* have not been to the Dentist in 10 yrs due to a fear of them.
    I make my deodorant with it, lotion, lip balm, cooking, baking, deep conditioning in my hair…….
    LOVE posts like this where it is spreading the good word about coconut oil! I do however make sure to only buy Organic EV Coconut Oil, as the ones touted in discount stores that are not organic tend to be extracted by solvents rather than expeller pressed!

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      Thanks for sharing all your uses as well. Great point about buying organic it is important to make sure it’s 100% coconut oil too. I get mine at Trader Joes and now I have a jar in the bathroom and in the kitchen. I’m gonna check out your site!!!

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