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I won't try to convince you to use coconut oil to clear your acne or moisturise your skin. That is a battle you either win or lose, depending on your skin type, and while coconut oil worked wonders for my skin, it might not do the same for yours. Instead, I'm going to give you five alternatives to make the most out of this versatile oil:



Coconut oil, unlike its sunflower and olive oil counterparts, can withstand high temperatures, making it the ideal oil for frying, roasting, baking, etc. (Don’t worry, your eggs won’t taste like a piña colada.)


#2: HAIR

Coconut oil can be used to remove dirt build-up on the scalp, stimulate hair growth and restore dry, split ends.

Either massage a tablespoon of coconut oil into your scalp, or drench the ends of your hair with it, and let sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Rinse out with warm water, and shampoo twice if your hair is still greasy.


Coconut oil easily penetrates the hair shaft because of its low molecular weight, (science), making it easy for our hair to absorb and reap the benefits of its vitamins and minerals.


It's important to note that the benefits coconut oil has on our digestion isn't backed by science, that being said, adding coconut oil to your morning cup of tea, coffee, smoothie or oatmeal may increase the speed of your metabolism which could help your body digest food more quickly and easily.



I’m not going to sit here and lie to you, if you perspire easily and heavily, I wouldn’t recommend relying on coconut oil alone through the middle of an African summer. If you can handle a little sweat, however, mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda with your favourite essential oil for a chemical-free deodorant. Touching your armpit with your bare fingers might be a little weird at first, but it's worth it knowing you aren't clogging your lymph nodes.


Oral hygiene should be an integral part of anyones routine, and if you’re particularly obsessed with having pearly whites, this ones for you!
Oil pulling has many benefits. It can freshen bad breath, whiten your teeth and help fight against oral infections. All you have to do is swish about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, (preferably in the morning before eating or before brushing your teeth), for about 20 minutes or however long you can stand the texture, and spit out when you're done. It’ll take some getting used to, but the pros outweigh the cons.


Coconut oil gets a bad rep for being non-comedogenic, but that doesn't mean your 500ml jar of it has to go to waste.

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