This post is all about coconut oil and the wonderful little things you can do with it - things that will change your life. At only £10 a jar (some brands are a lot cheaper), this stuff is well worth the money. Granted that most of you reading will have already heard about this stuff to no end, I will skip the intro and go straight on to tell you about 4 amazing things you can do with coconut oil:
1. Put it in your hair
We are all guilty of killing our hair with irons, blow dryers and endless amounts of dye - and that’s without mention of the nasty little sulphates and parabens which make up our shampoos and conditioners. Coconut oil however can single handedly bring your hair back to life, one tablespoon at a time. I tend to smother my head and hair in coconut oil and sleep with a greasy old mop just once or twice a week, before washing it out the next morning. Coconut oil has a high content of lauric acid which means that doing this frequently will help to nourish damaged ends and strength the hair - leaving you one step closer to actually being Sienna Miller.
2. Put it on your face
It’s always annoying when you’re off somewhere for the night and you have to carry a separate bag just for lugging around your cleansers, eye makeup removers and moisturisers. Coconut oil acts as all three and will remove your makeup effortlessly, leaving your skin moisturised and glowy. Coconut oil as a beauty product is not only convenient but it also does a pretty good job too. You can rub it all over to remove your face and eye make-up, before washing it away with a warm muslin cloth which will gently exfoliate and draw out impurities. Then, if your face isn’t already glowing, you can apply coconut oil to the areas which tend to dry. It’s also good to tone with apple cider vinegar, particularly if you are prone to breakouts.
3. Put it in your frying pan
Yep. Not only can you use coconut oil as a multi-purpose beauty product, you can also eat the stuff too. How’s that for value?
Everyone knows about the health issues surrounding eating fried food but thanks to coconut oil that doesn't mean that you can no longer eat it. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are a whole lot better for you - so you can have your pancakes and eat them afterall.
What's more, you can also use coconut oil in baking. I bake a huge jar of granola, with coconut oil being one of the main ingredients, once every few weeks and it makes for the most amazing breakfast. In fact, it's so good that I now eat it for lunch and dinner too. You can find the recipe here.
4. Put it in your drinkYou only have to look at Miranda Kerr to see that this stuff works. In her book, Treasure Yourself, she talks all about coconut oil and how she often pops a teaspoon in her green tea to nourish her self from the inside out. She claims that it helps maintain her shiny hair, glowing skin and to-die-for body. Well, if it's good enough for Miranda...