Edible lotion, you say?
Where it started
When I moved to the desert, my skin couldn’t adjust to a brutal humidity level that sometimes dropped down to 0%. No joke. My skin was cracked and dry, and soon I had alligator legs. The OTC lotions that I previously used were too light and further contained drying alcohol. On the other hand, straight shea butter was too greasy and difficult to handle.
Someone suggested coconut oil to me, and I finally found the perfect fit.
My interest in coconut oil started a broader interest in the benefits of natural oils. In fact, it’s probably what started my journey towards all natural products. There are many great oils out there, but you don’t need to own them all. I only keep three in my house: coconut, jojoba, and argan oil. That being said, coconut oil is one my favorites, and I recommend it as a staple for any household.
Where it ended
I’m the coconut queen. Coconut belongs in both my kitchen and my bathroom; I cook with it and it’s also my number one body lotion ahead of whipped shea butter. I often apply it as a lotion right after showering. It’s light and exotic. Too thick? Just use less!
Coconut oil has many healing uses with its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. It proved itself to me while at an old job where I kept bumping into open desk drawers and accidentally scratching my legs. To test the effectiveness of coconut oil, I compared Neosporin on one leg and coconut oil on the other. Interestingly, scratches healed more quickly on the leg with coconut oil.
I use organic cold-pressed and unfiltered coconut oil. Chemicals are sometimes used to extract oils instead of mechanical force, so I always look for “cold-pressed” or “expeller-pressed.” Trader Joe’s and other local grocery stores have pretty good prices. It can be a pain to get out of the jar, so I keep a spoon in my bathroom to scoop it out.
As much as I love coconut oil, I don’t recommend using it in hair during cold weather because it becomes a solid below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Freezing weather will cause the coconut oil to form a noticeable white residue after it solidifies. Also, people with sensitive skin may want to avoid putting coconut oil on their face. Coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating, so a better facial oil would be jojoba or argan oil.
Coconut oil has many other uses, internally and externally. I think coconut oil as a moisturizer is enough reason alone to begin keeping it in your house. Begin the coconut craze!