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10 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

10 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is definitely a staple in my home and, surprisingly, I don’t use it much for its intended purpose.

Most people use coconut oil for cooking and baking, but did you know coconut oil has many more uses that have nothing to do with cooking? Wikipedia describes coconut oil as an edible, fatty oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It’s relatively versatile, affordable, accessible, and easy to work with—it’s no wonder people are using it in the most uncommon ways. Head to toe, around the home, and for our loved ones, here are 10 surprising uses for coconut oil:

1. Oil Pulling

Wellness Mama describes oil pulling as an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. The benefits of oil pulling are natural teeth whitening, gum improvement, and removable of harmful bacteria. Wellness Mama explains why she prefers coconut oil  over other oil-pulling options.

2. Facial Cleanser And Makeup Remover

Oil cleansing is a popular choice for natural skincare enthusiasts because it’s cost effective and packs a powerful punch as an all-in-one product. Use coconut oil to cleanse skin, remove makeup, and moisturize your skin all while simplifying your skincare routine.

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3. Hair Sealant

Coconut oil has quickly become a holy grail in my curly hair routine, offering a great lightweight oil sealant for my moisturizer, adding shine, and reducing frizz.

Bonus tip: It’s also a great detangler when applied to damp hair and allowed to sit for a few minutes. Your tangles will loosen and allow for an easier time detangling.

4. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Extend the life of your makeup brushes by opting for a natural, gentle cleanser. Simply melt down the Coconut Oil, swirl the brushes in the oil to remove the make-up, rinse with warm water, shape, and allow to air dry. The leftover oil residue will add softness to your bristles, but if you opt against the residue, simply use a mild soap and water to remove it.

5. Squeaky Door Hinges

Forget WD-40! Instead, rub a bit of coconut oil on the hinge to get a little peace and quiet.

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6. Soothe Dry Skin

Coconut oil offers great moisturizing properties that can be used to soothe any dry skin ailments. Dry rubbing a bit on dry nostrils, lips, elbows, cracked feet, or even to soothe the paws or irritated skin of your favorite furry friend!

Bonus Tip: Use in place of the name-brand diaper rash cream to soothe your baby’s bottom.

7. DIY Vapor Rub

A little congested? Everyday Roots shares an easy 3-ingredient vapor rub recipe that is sure to have you feeling better fast!

8. Coffee Creamer

Oil in coffee? Yup. It makes a great alternative for those that want to enjoy a cup of coffee but would rather not have it black and are opting for a non-dairy/sugar-free option. You’ll want to blend it into the coffee to avoid it separating and floating to the top.

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9. Wood Polish

Love the wood in your home but hate the fading once the chemicals wear off? Use coconut oil to add a nice natural shine to your favorite pieces of furniture.

Bonus Tip: Coconut oil works on metal too! Rub a bit on with a soft cloth, wait a few minutes, then buff (be sure the surface is dust free first).

10. Stain Prevention

Dying your hair or eyebrows? Apply a thin layer of coconut oil around the area being dyed to act as a barrier against staining your skin. Once you have finished applying your beautiful new color, simply use a cloth with warm water to wipe away the coconut oil.

Bonus Tip: Coconut oil also be used in your plastic ware to fight food stains.

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Craving more uncommon uses for your coconut oil? DIY & Crafts lists 200 more that are ready for you to try!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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