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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!

Featured photo credit: Dotpolka via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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