It’s time to bring our kitchen into the bathroom. At least that’s what it may seem like but in reality, we South Asians have been using edible products (like turmeric for face masks for example) for all kinds of remedies. One of my favorites has to be coconut oil.
We are notorious for rocking our thick black braided hair coated in coconut oil. Remember the days when people used to make fun of us for our oily hair? Look at what’s happening in the world now.
Now there are hundreds articles out there sharing the benefits of coconut oil as if it were a newly discovered product. I’m writing this article to politely remind people of its roots.
If you’ve been using coconut oil all your life, perhaps some of these remedies may simply job your memory. Otherwise I hope you find a couple of new uses of this all-purpose ingredient!
Remember the time when your mom would offer an oil massage for your hair but you would automatically refuse? Now how awesome does that sound? Massage warm coconut oil into your scalp all the way to the ends (where the hair tends to be most dry) and leave it in overnight or at least a few hours.
For an on-the-go solution, focus on lightly coating the ends of your hair with coconut oil to seal in moisture and prevent breakage.
Did you know that coconut oil is the ultimate shaving cream? I don’t see myself buying canned shaving cream anymore after this discovery. Not only do I find the shave to be smoother, but I also find my skin to be much softer after shaving.
Don’t be afraid to lather up the coconut oil before swiping your blade. You want to make sure you fully cover the area you plan to shave.
Whiter Teeth (AKA Oil pulling)
I did not pay much attention to oil pulling when it first became trendy but then my friend, Sachi Doctor, who happens to be an Ayurvedic practitioner, told me oil pulling is actually rooted in Ayurveda. Here is what she told me:
“Basically coconut oil has fatty acids and lipids that reduce the attachment of oral bacteria from teeth and gums. Lipids and fats are particularly good at breaking up and binding around the tartar.”
Who knew? Start with a small amount and swish it around your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out!
Coconut oil is one of the best remedies I’ve found for dandruff – even better than dandruff shampoos. Massage about a teaspoon of warm melted coconut into your scalp and leave it in for at least for 10-15 minutes (the longer the better!). Rinse well with shampoo 1 to 2 times or until you fully rinse the product out of your scalp. You may be able to skip conditioner if you treated your ends with it.
Coconut oil is especially effective in treating dry patches on elbows, knees, and feet. Create an aromatherapy oasis by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to half a cup of coconut oil. Store it in an airtight container and use it for when your skin could use a little extra TLC.
Coconut oil makes it so easy to remove your make-up at night! Take a pea-sized amount and gently rub it over face and eyes to remove make up. Wash your face thoroughly with warm water and wipe away the dirt and oil with a cloth.
Who else is making room for a jar of coconut oil next to their serums, creams, and washes??