Coconut Oil for Beauty
Coconut (Cocus nucifera) is the largest known seed, and the fruit of the coconut palm tree. It is a member of the Palmaceae (Palm) Family. Coconut oil, also known as coconut butter, is solid at room temperature and becomes a clear liquid oil at temperatures greater than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coconut oil smells great and imparts beauty and radiance when rubbed on the skin. It is excellent for inflamed and sensitive skin, as well as normal, dry, mature, and oily skin. It is very nourishing, cooling and moisturizing and has a long shelf life. Coconut oil is emollient and can help create a thin imperceptible layer that recreates the soothing benefits that our own skin produces and prevent moisture evaporation.
Coconut oil can help reduce scars and blocks about twenty percent of UV rays. Used in massage, skin care, and first aid creams, it helps repair tissue. Many body care products like moisturizers, sunscreens and lotions contain petroleum by- products, which can clog pores and cause breakouts.
Dry Skin Cleansing Oil
Your skin will thank you for this rich fragrant blend!
- 1/8 cup pure raw coconut oil
- 10 drops essential oil (such as rose, lavender, or rosemary)
Put the ingredients into an amber bottle and shake well. To use, apply some of the mixture on the face and remove with a natural cotton ball.
Simple Scented Moisturizer
This is delicious, though put it on your skin and don’t eat it!
- 2 tablespoons softened coconut oil
- 5 drops of essential oil of your choice (such as rose, lavender, or rosemary)
Mix ingredients together by allowing the coconut oil to get room temperature and mashing the essential oil in with a fork.
Coconut Lip Balm
Lip balms that contain coconut oil help heal and protect the lips.
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 drops each of essential oils of spearmint, rose, and cardamom
Place the coconut oil in a tightly sealed jar in a pot of hot water to get the oil to melt. Remove from heat and add the essential oils, stirring well. Pour immediately into small lip balm sized containers.
To make a massage oil, the easiest method is to select a clean, dry bottle. In the bottle, pour 4 ounces of coconut oil. To this add about 40 drops of pure essential oil (such as lavender or rosemary), which will give the oil a wonderful and therapeutic aroma. Shake well to blend the ingredients before using.
Herbal Oil Scalp Treatment
Coconut oil adds shine to hair and is used as a hot oil and scalp treatment to impart strength and glossiness to the hair. This is fragrant and nourishing.
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut oil 15 to 30 drops pure essential oil (rosemary)
Massage just a small amount into the scalp, focusing on the ends of the hair. Wrap your head in a towel or shower cap. Wait twenty to thirty minutes. Shampoo, and rinse thoroughly.
Rich Hand (or Feet) Cream
Do something lovely for your hands (and feet) that do so much for you!
- 1 cup raw coconut oil
- 30 drops essential oil (lavender, rosemary or rose)
Mix together with a fork. Store in a clean dry glass container.
So many great beauty products for men and woman from one plant! For more healthful info on natural beauty, check out my book, Beauty by Nature.
Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant with over forty years experience. She is the author of Beauty by Nature, Rawsome!, The Sexual Herbal, Addiction Free Naturally, Healing Herbal Teas, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, and co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, and The Hemp Nut Health and Cookbook. Brigitte has had a radio show on KGNU called Naturally for over twenty years. She is a professional member of The American Herbalist Guild. Ms. Mars teaches at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. Brigitte is a blogger for The Huffington Post and Care2.