Wonderful Coconut Oil: Get Exfoliating!

coconut oil(image courtesy of coconut-oil-pulling.net)

Recently, organic beauty seekers have been going “nuts” over coconut oil, as the latest cosmetic and hygienic cure-all. But did you know: our friend, the coconut, is actually a drupe? Uhhh…not sure what a drupe even is?

Me neither.

So, I looked it up. Turns out, drupes are edible plant blooms with a fleshy exterior surrounding a hard pit or seed. There ya have it. But how is this relevant to your hair and skincare needs?

Glad you asked! Drupes are naturally nutrient-dense, high in antioxidants, plus low in harmful fats and sugars. Therefore, it just so happens that the coconut is a powerhouse of health benefits. And – by proxy – coconut oil is too.

Let’s break it down, shall we…?


Here’s what you’ll find in coconut oil:

  • Vitamin E – protects the body from free-radicals & aids in neurological function
  • Vitamin K – builds bone density/tissue elasticity & aids in blood coagulation
  • Iron – forms hemoglobin, oxygenates the blood, & aids in muscle function
  • Fiber – regulates gastrointestinal issues & aids in maintaining a healthy weight
  • Lauric Acid – treats viral infections & aids in preventing the transmission of HIV
  • Capric Acid – increases good cholesterol levels & aids in energy production
  • Caprylic Acid – treats bacterial infections & aids in lowering bad cholesterol

Yeah, but…how does this impact my beauty regimen?

  • Coconut oil keeps your hair free from lice, scalp conditions, dullness, frizz, and protein loss.
  • Coconut oil keeps your skin free from flaking, infections, pre-mature aging, and blemishes.
  • Coconut oil keeps your teeth free from calcium decay, plaque build-up, yellowing, and receding gums.
  • Coconut oil keeps your nails free from breakage, flimsiness, uneven cuticles, and fungus.

Cool beans. So, use coconut oil to…

  • shave your legs
  • remove make-up
  • moisturize dry skin
  • condition your hair
  • treat acne & scarring
  • soothe chapped lips
  • alleviate nasal allergies
  • get rid of cellulite
  • grow your hair long
  • protect skin with SPF
  • fight dandruff & split-ends
  • deep clean your pores
  • exfoliate foot callouses
  • deodorize body sweat
  • relieve bug bite itches
  • smooth frizzy fly-aways
  • heal psoriasis & eczema
  • thicken your eyebrows
  • maximize a post-tan glow
  • hide wrinkles & sagging
  • whiten up that smile
  • soften your hangnails

Now, just 1 question remains: will YOU go nutty for coconut oil?!

extra virgin coconut oil   (image courtesy of iherb.com)

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3 thoughts on “Wonderful Coconut Oil: Get Exfoliating!

  1. sb2711 says:

    We generally massage our hair in copious amount of coconut oil and keep it overnight. It deep conditions the hair. You can also warm it a bit in a bowl and apply it to massage your scalp. 🙂

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  2. Hi there! I found your blog from Sweat Pink {I believe we’re friends on Sweat Pink – I’m still trying to learn how that all works!}. LOVE coconut oil. I had no idea it had all of those benefits though! I use coconut oil for oil pulling sometimes!

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    • Hey! Great connecting with you :). Are you a new SPA? I just became one myself a couple weeks ago. That’s really fascinating about “oil pulling.” I actually hadn’t heard of that until you mentioned it, so I just looked it up…too cool! I’ll have to try oil pulling sometime.Thanks for reading and commenting :).

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