Why Coconut Oil?

So, if you’ve been reading this blog recently you know I’ve been experimenting with making body balm (and other things) with coconut oil. I use it mostly because it’s smooth and sensuous, but there are actually other, more practical reasons for using coconut oil.

Coconut Oil

According to abstracts at the National Institute of Health, Coconut oil is anti-fungal and isrecommended for use in the treatment of fungal infections. It is also recommended for the treatment for xerosis (dry skin). There’s yet another abstract on the antibacterial and emollient effects of coconut oil on atopic dermatitis. And these are just on the topical uses, there is lots of other information, like the article at WebMD on the benefits of the food uses of coconut oil.

I’ve used one of my unscented coconut oil blends as a makeup remover, face wash, moisturizer and even as a treatment for rosacea (more on that in another post.)

If you’re buying coconut oil from the grocery or health food store you are probably paying upwards of $8.00 for 14 oz. A much less expensive way is to buy in bulk from a place like Bulk Apothecary. Where you can get 1 lb of food grade coconut oil for $3.95.

Do you use coconut oil? If so, how and why?