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Living healthy doesn’t always have to be a challenge for the single mom.
Still, there are many ways to cut cost while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the ways I manage to eat and practice healthy habits is by buying quality products (which might be expensive on the surface) that I can use in multiple ways (which essentially is more cost effective). Below I relate how I use coconut oil to enhance my health inside and out, while saving money.
My son posted a photo we took together on his Facebook page. One of his friends asked him “Who was the new girlfriend?” After correcting his Facebook friend, he asked me what I used on my face. He remarked how clean my skin looked. I told him it was coconut oil.
Yes, for years coconut oil was vilified. Until recently “health experts” were warning us to stay away from “bad” saturated fats found in coconut oil. Not surprisingly, the real health experts such as David Wolfe started touting coconut oil as a superfood. Now everyone is on that bandwagon.
However, in Jamaica where I was born, coconut oil is used for cooking, hair oil and body lotion on a daily basis.
Below are 3 ways I use coconut oil for my health and beauty. I use an unfiltered, unrefined brand of coconut oil that I purchased at Whole Foods. However, all health food stores and some Co-ops carry at least one brand of unrefined, organic coconut oil.
1. As a Moisturizer.
I use coconut oil to moisturize my face each night before I go to bed. I wash with an herbal cleansing grains cleanser. I then slather on a generous amount of coconut oil on my face and neck, including around my eyes. I use Dr. Bronner’s Whole Kernel Organic Virgin coconut oil. The first time I paid $14.99 for a 32 ounce jar but when I went back if was closer to $20. The cost is $21.99 directly from Bronner’s website.
Yes, it’s costly. But I used to walk out of Macy’s with a minimum of $100 worth of face wash, toner, day moisturizer, night cream, eye cream, the list goes on and on. There were no guarantees that the products would work. In addition, I had no idea what type of chemicals were in these products.
Then I after bringing these products home, I would be disappointed two days later because I was left with enlarged pores or a very oily complexion. I would then grab my wallet for another $100+ purchase. Insanity!
Now I use the coconut oil at night. During the day I use a facial oil made from wild rose. It goes on smoothly without being greasy. I also notice that there is no “after smell” with the coconut oil.
“By using coconut oil, you can eliminate or slow down the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.” says Debra Helton in her book, Coconut Oil for Health and Personal Care.
2. As a Pre sham(poo) hot oil treatment.
Before shampooing my hair, I massage a generous amount of coconut oil into my scalp. I use this opportunity to really massage my scalp. I then don a plastic cap, followed by a scarf or a wool hat. The scarf and hat lock in the heat, allowing the oil to penetrate my hair shaft. I will keep my hair this way for several hours while I do other things around the house. On a Saturday, if it’s cold outside, I will go for my walk or to the farmers market, with my hair still wrapped up in coconut oil.
When I’m satisfied that my hair is saturated enough, I will add a cleansing wash to my hair prior to rinsing out the coconut oil. I then wash and condition as usual.
Coconut oil can protect your hair against damage.
3. For Cooking.
I use coconut oil in my smoothies. I also will drizzle it over salad for a nice change from olive oil. Another way I use coconut oil is to blend it with goji berries, herbs and seasonings for a delicious homemade salad dressing.
Finally, coconut oil is one of the best oils for cooking, especially for frying. Not only does it taste delicious, it doesn’t break down at high temperatures.
Try coating some fresh sweet potatoes with coconut oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Sweet and delicious!
Coconut oil is said to have many benefits. In addition to being touted as a superfood, it’s said to contain anti-fungal, anti-microbial and, anti-bacterial properties. It has my vote.