Health Experts Say Coconut Oil Is Great For You, But Here's What They Don't Disclose

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There are so many things to love about coconut oil but in my personal experience, the smell is the best of them all. I know that the smell really doesn't have any health benefits in itself but I've grown addicted to the smell and when I rub it on my skin I would often smell myself. Yes, I know, I'm

But now that I know all the health benefits of coconut oil I will now start rubbing it on my skin for not only the smell but also the simple pleasure of being healthier. Some call it a natural, chemical-free, inexpensive miracle solution and below is a full list of all its miraculous abilities:

1. Weight Loss

This one-of-a-kind oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, improves digestion, and increases the metabolism - all things that will help melt away those extra pounds you've been looking to shed.

2. Skin Care

When applied regularly to the skin, coconut oil helps to nourish and moisturize; fade sun spots; soften fine lines and wrinkles; and treat skin conditions such as rashes, eczema, and dryness. There is no doubt that slathering up with this super food will help you to love the skin you're in!

3. Deodorant

Yes, you read it correctly, this powerful oil can actually be used to fight body odor - naturally, safely, and effectively! Why not ditch the store-bought deodorant you've been using, and make your own instead? Wellness Mama has the scenty scoop.

4. Brain Health

Coconut oil contains antioxidants that increase brain function, enhance memory, and assist in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

5. Bug Bites

Rub a bit of this silky solution onto a bug bite to eliminate the itch, reduce the red, and have you on the road to recovery!

6. Hemorrhoids 

This uncomfortable condition is something that many people deal with - but not many people feel comfortable talking about. Well, we're here to help! Applying a bit of coconut oil directly onto the affected area will provide instant relief from the soreness, and have you "sitting pretty" again!

7. Dandruff

Struggling with unwanted flakes? Try soothing that scaly scalp with a bit of coconut oil - and say goodbye to the dry.

8. Cuts and Scrapes

Did you know that this oil makes a wonderful boo-boo ointment? Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing properties make it the perfect "coat for the cut!"

9. Breastfeeding

Calling all breastfeeding mommies! Why not add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil into your diet each day to enrich your milk and up the benefits for baby - because a healthy baby equals a happy mommy!

10. Digestive Support

Whether you suffer from digestive difficulties or could use some detoxifying (who couldn't, right?), coconut oil is the solution. By adding this oil into their diets, many people have reported great relief from various stomach struggles.

11. Diaper Cream

Of course as parents, we want only the best, safest products for our little ones. And there is nothing more trustworthy than products with natural, chemical-free ingredients. When combined with a few other items, coconut oil becomes a soothing diaper cream for baby! Wellness Mama shares the recipe.

12. Hair Growth

Want long, luscious locks? Rubbing a bit of this outstanding oil onto your scalp each day will stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth!

13. Sunburn

You enjoyed the day in the sun just a bit too much, and now you're paying the price - ouch! Applying coconut oil to a sunburn not only moisturizes, but it also reduces the amount of peeling and speeds up the recovery.

14. Varicose Veins

Massaging coconut oil onto your varicose veins will help to soften the skin, and possibly even reduce the appearance of them.

15. Allergies

Consuming this oil daily may lessen the irritating symptoms associated with allergies. Say hello to coconut oil and see-ya to your sneezes!

16. Acne

This powerful oil doesn't work on every skin type, but many people have found it to dramatically reduce (or eliminate) their acne. If you are someone who struggles with blemishes, coconut oil just may be the answer to your pimple problem!

17. Soap

It's been said that you shouldn't put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat - since your skin is the largest organ in your body, and absorbs anything applied to it. With this being the case, shouldn't we be a bit more particular with the type of soap we use to wash our clothing with or use on our skin? Think coconut oil! Mommypotamus has the homemade soap recipes for you.

18. Massage Oil

Make your very own massage oil by mixing a bit of coconut oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oil - the perfect way to relax after a long week!

19. Nails

Keep your nails healthy and growing long by massaging coconut oil into your cuticles.

20. Lip Balm

Chapped, cracking lips can certainly be unsightly and irritating. However, with the help of coconut oil you can kiss those dry lips goodbye!

Still need more reasons to grab a jar of this miraculous oil? Watch below for more tips!

And the best news? As full and impressive as this list is - it's just the tip of the coconut oil iceberg! Share these ideas with your loved ones, and introduce others to the power of the coconut (oil that is)!



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