Hot Mom Monday is back–our first guest blogger this go round is Angel Fuchs of yaybabyblog.com! Photo by Phu Thinh Co via flickr.com Are you searching for a miracle elixir? One that will get you looking and feeling great from the inside out? A natural, chemical-free catch-all remedy to help with everything from hair and skin care to keeping you regular? Does such a wonder even exist? It sure does–coconut oil. The benefits of coconut oil are many—it is a natural anti-fungal so that can help treat yeast infections and athlete’s foot. It’s rich in lauric acid, an MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and has been shown to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood and help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Furthermore, coconut oil makes a fantastic personal lubricant (I’m blushing) and can help expedite healing after childbirth. All that (and more) plus shiny hair, strong nails and smooth skin too! Related Story: Experts Reveal 6 Tips For Using Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine Here are six life-changing uses for this all-natural elixir of miracles. 1. Everyday Skin Care Coconut oil makes an incredible moisturizer. Simply swap it out for your favorite lotion and slather it on your body generously. It absorbs easily and leaves your skin satiny smooth. For a bit of added luxury, mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use citrus oil for an energizing burst when I’m ready to start my day and lavender for night when I’m ready to wind down. The possibilities are endless. 2.Treatment for Keratosis Pilaris Those unsightly white, rough bumps that appear on your arms have met their match. I found relief from KP nastiness by laying off of super-hot showers followed by an after-shower spritz of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar to the affected areas. After gently patting dry, I moisturized with plain straight-up coconut oil right out of my pantry. 3. Hair Care I’m not the biggest fan of putting oils in my already oily hair but this is a heat-styled-hair MUST! Before a shower dampen your hair with warm water. Take one scoop of pure, organic coconut oil and work it into your hair. Since my hair is already somewhat oily, I work the coconut oil into my ends only; but if you have dandruff or dry scalp you definitely want to get it onto the roots. Cover your head with a shower cap and set about your business. I wouldn’t suggest leaving the house, however this is a good time to catch up on some reading or to get some chores done. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for at least half hour. If your hair is particularly dry and damaged you can leave it in for up to an hour. When that time is up you’re ready to wash and style as usual. Your hair will be noticeably softer and more manageable. To eliminate static in a jiff, take a pea-sized dollop of coconut oil and rub into your palms, then gently work it into dry, static-y hair! Voila, like magic – no more fly-aways to make you look like a mad scientist! 4. Digestive Regularity Sometimes constipation plagues our bodies no matter how much fiber we consume. Menstruation, pregnancy, diet, hormones, and medications can all be the culprits of intestinal back-up. A spoonful of coconut oil in your morning coffee can do just the trick. Coconut oil is pretty tasteless but adds a subtle richness to your cup o’ Joe. Don’t jive with java? Not to worry. Try blending a spoonful into a fruit smoothie or mixing it into a warm bowl of oatmeal. Remember the good MCTs coconut oil boasts can help lower your cholesterol and the anti-fungal properties will help balance the flora and fauna in your gut to keep things moving along. Plus, all that goodness can help kick start your immune system. In addition, consumption of coconut oil can also contribute to glossier hair, healthier skin and stronger nails. 5. Baby Care Babies and toxic soup aren’t a good mix; yet have you seen the list of junk in some of the products we’re supposed to cake on the precious skin of our most precious beings? Yikes! And the expense of it all can be outrageous. My daughter suffered from crusty cradle cap on her eyebrows and eczema on her cheeks. Her beautiful face featured dry, red, flaky patches and gunky, yellow brows. I tried several ointments (some natural and some not-so-much) without success. Then, a friend turned me on to a homemade body butter of whipped coconut oil mixed with tea tree oil (Melaleuca) which I applied to her face and body. The results were fast and astounding; in less than a week her cradle cap was gone and a few days after that there was no sign of the eczema. Also, because coconut oil is an anti-fungal it works great as a diaper cream. Fun fact: Coconut oil will work wonders on your furbabies as well! Check out how Simple Wag breaks down all of the health benefits that coconut oil has for the furry friend in your life. 6. Cooking Coconut oil gets the most use in my kitchen; it’s the only oil I use for cooking (except olive oil). You can easily replace heavy vegetable oil with coconut oil for sautees and when shallow pan-frying. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so be sure to warm it up to liquify when using it for baking, to help it mix better. You can use it in the same measurements that you would any other oil. The results yield a clean taste with just a hint of the coconut fragrance—absolutely delicious. Here are a couple recipes utilizing coconut oil for preparation: Chicken Wraps with Pico de Gallo and Buffalo Bleu Sauce from my blog Yay Baby! Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes from Chef Chloe Oh, and you don’t need to buy different kinds of coconut oil; as long as it’s pure it will work for everything listed here. You definitely want to look for an organic oil labeled “unrefined,” “virgin,” or “extra-virgin.” You can find some great ones at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. (Main image from Flickr. Creative Commons License) Angel is a stay-at-home mama to a feisty, rambunctious toddler girl named Jacquelyn (aka Jax). A lover of all things adorable, Angel enjoys party-planning, cooking, napping with her daughter and date nights with her husband. You can catch up with Angel at Yay! Baby blog where she muses about motherhood, shares delicious family favorite recipes and offers tips for fabulous entertaining. There’s always reason to shout out loud – Yay Baby! 3 Responses Charu Nagarajan March 28, 2015 Coconut oil has always been used in my Indian tradition for hair,skin and cooking. I have recently started oil pulling for my teeth and gums with it Reply harcurious . December 5, 2014 Hi, Could you please tell how long it took for you to get these results for KP?? Thanks Reply NY MOM OF 3 July 22, 2014 Thank you for the amazing tips! I will definitely try all the above, me and my son suffer from KP! What do I have to lose, besides those nasty little bumps. Reply Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.