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Try these 16 handy household and beauty uses for coconut oil.

1. Treat cuts

Coconut oil is a great antiseptic, and can be used in place of traditional over-the-counter pharmacy treatments to help a cut heal faster.

Simply dab a bit over the area and cover with a bandage.

2. Brighter, whiter teeth

Coconut oil has been found to stop tooth decay, and can also be used for a brighter smile.

Simply swish the oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, four to five times per week.

3. Eliminate odors

Coconut oil can be transformed into an easy, homemade deodorant.

Take 1/4 cup cornstarch, add 6 tablespoons coconut oil and mix well with a fork.

4. Insect Repellent

Coconut oil is a natural insect repellent.

Mix 8 ounces of coconut oil with 40 to 50 drops peppermint essential oil and apply on your skin.

5. Soothe sunburn

Coconut oil can also be used to soothe a sunburn.

Put the oil in the fridge allowing it to cool, then rub over your skin.

6. Relieve constipation

One of coconut oil’s main benefits is its laxative effects. Get things moving again by ingesting 1 tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach.

If you don’t see a difference in a couple of days, up your dose to 2 tablespoons.

7. Healthier hair

Coconut oil can be used as a rich hair treatment.

Simply combine 2 tablespoons melted coconut with 2 tablespoons raw honey and 1 large egg yolk.

Whisk the ingredients together and apply to dry hair, covering it completely.

Let it sit for as long as possible then rinse with warm water.

8. Face Cleanser

Use coconut oil to wash your face.

It can help draw out dirt, oil and toxins.

To reap the benefits, mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1 teaspoon castor oil, massage into the skin and apply a warm, wet facecloth over your face until it cools.

Wipe the salve off. Use more coconut oil for dry skin and less for oily skin.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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