For years coconut oil was demonized as one of the worst kinds of fat you could ingest. Since then, science has backtracked on its accusations of coconut oil clogging your arteries and killing us one heart attack at a time. Science now touts the many benefits of coconut oil for it’s great ability to cook with, and bake with, and, for some of us, even having a spoonful a day. From aiding in digestion and metabolism to promoting heart health, and from staving off infection to boosting brain function, coconut oil may be the “it” cure-all right now.
While it may not save your relationships or your bank account, coconut oil does have some fantastic tangible uses beyond baking and cooking. In fact, the entire family from birth up to seniors can benefit from this oh-so-wonderful oil. So let’s highlight some top uses for coconut oil that may have you reaching for that Costco-sized tub of it…
After you bring home your precious little bundle of joy, it can be really concerning for any new parent when their newborn begins developing red bumps all over their sweet faces. Baby acne is common, and often thought to be caused by hormones from breast milk. Don’t fret, coconut oil can help clear your baby’s skin, moisturize and heal those little red bumps, and have your newborn looking, well, good as new!
Another common skin condition often found in newborns is cradle cap. Simply rub some coconut oil on the scalp, let it sit and soften for about an hour, and then comb gently with a fine-tooth comb or a soft brush to remove the cradle cap. Follow this scalp treatment with a bath to help wash away any excess oil or flakes.