We have fallen in love at my house with coconut oil! My husband and I use it for all kinds of things and continue to find good uses for it.
I use two kinds of coconut oil: virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil. The virgin coconut oil has a "coco-nutty" smell and taste. The refined does not. The oil I use depends on whether I want my end product to taste like coconuts or not. Here is an excellent article about finding good coconut oil.
This is the virgin coconut oil we first bought at Costco when we were in Mexico. I'm happy to be able to find it here!
Here are our favorite (so far!) uses for coconut oil:
1. As a Skin Moisturizer
I was very reluctant to try this because I don't like greasy oils or lotions. Well, while this is greasy, it doesn't stay that way. It soaks into your skin quickly and leaves it feeling really soft and moisturized. My husband uses just plain coconut oil, but I prefer to mix in Young Living Peace and Calming oil into my coconut oil. It smells wonderful! I just mix it up and store it in a clean baby food jar.
2. As Toothpaste
Again, I was hesitant, but once I tried it, I really like it! I have used coconut oil plain, but I prefer a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. I've read about adding sea salt as an extra scrubbing element, but I haven't done this yet. In the oral care department, you can also use coconut oil for oil pulling. I've also done this and, while I'm still unsure of any actual benefits of this, it did leave my teeth and mouth feeling incredibly clean. :)
3. As a Deodorant
Because of its antibacterial properties, coconut oil works great to combat odor-causing bacteria. I just slather a small amount on my armpits. This has been great for my husband since he has had some real problems with commercial deodorants.
4. For Diaper Rash
Coconut oil is solid when under 76 degrees. So it melts really quickly when held against the skin or in the palm of the hand. So for diaper rash, I grab a small blob of coconut oil and either rub in onto the diaper area or melt it in my hand and then apply it.
5. As a Lip Moisturizer
6. Nursing Mother Nipple Moisturizer
7. Personal Lubricant
Smells so much better than other products!!
8. Shaving Cream
9. Hand cleaner
My husband spent some time doing handyman jobs. He found that coconut oil worked great to clean and moisturize his hands after a day of painting or construction.
10. Hair treatment
Coconut oil works great in the hair. It is a wonderful conditioning treatment. And if I use it very sparingly, it is good to control frizzies and fly-aways. I just put a very small amount in my hands and rub it in well, so that it is barely there. Then I work my fingers over/through my hair. If I use too much my hair will look greasy, so I'm pretty careful, especially if I'm in a hurry and don't have time to wash that greasiness out. I like to use my Peace and Calming Skin Moisturizer for this, since I LOVE the smell of it!
11. Lice Treatment
Speaking of hair, coconut oil proved to be the key to removing head lice, when I found several of my long-haired little beauties infected with the nasty buggers a while back. I tried over-the-counter lice shampoos, but kept finding lice. Finally, hesitant to keep adding more chemicals to my daughters' heads, and wanting badly to be rid of the lice, I slathered their heads with coconut oil. Then I used the fine lice comb that came with the OTC shampoo and just combed and combed. It worked! The comb slid through their hair really easily and the lice could not hold onto the greasy hair. After two or three treatments, we were finally rid of the head lice!
12. To Condition Cast Iron
I love to use the cheap Louana coconut oil from Walmart to condition my cast iron pans. Works great!
13. For Frying
Since I don't fry foods very often, coconut oil is a great oil for me to use. Frequent use would probably prove to be too costly for me. Coconut oil is much healthier for frying than other oils because it can withstand much higher temperatures than other oils.
14. For Baking
I made my daughter's birthday cupcakes with virgin coconut oil and she and her friends loved the added coconut flavor to the chocolate cupcakes.
15. For HEALTHY Fudge!!
What could be better than truly healthy chocolate??? I love to keep these fudge treats in the freezer for nibbling! I tweak the recipe a tad for my family's taste. I will post my own recipe soon. These don't last long in our freezer!
Have you discovered the benefits of coconut oil? What are your favorite ways to use it?
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Well, if you read my sporadic blogging last year, you know that our family had quite the adventure in 2013. We started off the year just like the previous few years, along with the fact that we were expecting Baby #8, who would turn out to be our 2nd son following after 6 sisters in a row. He is a real joy to our family.
In March, Josue went to Guadalajara, Mexico, to help preach in a Bible conference. He came home with the strong feeling that the Lord was calling us to Guadalajara to minister alongside the pastor down there. We prayed about it, sought counsel from wise, Bible-preaching pastors, and asked many, many people to pray for us. Convinced that this was the Lord's will for us, we prepared for the move and in July, we took off on the huge task of moving this family of 10 over 1000 miles from our home. The trip down there proved to be filled with trials, but we persevered and with the Lord's help we made it to Guadalajara in 5 days. (You can read about our rough start on my husband's blog.)
We arrived in Guadalajara on July 11, 2013. It was a big change for our family. We not only moved to a different country, but we moved to a huge city after having been in small towns or rural areas our entire marriage. It was quite a learning experience for our entire family.
The kids learned to make their own fun since our "yard" was considerably down-sized from what they were used to. Here you see them creating a "swimming pool" by covering the drain on the patio. :)
We had an unexpected visit from home. My husband's parents were visiting family in Monterrey and decided last minute to drop by Guadalajara for a visit. I say "drop by", but in reality, it was a 12-hour bus ride to get to us and then a 24-hour bus ride for them to get home. But it was wonderful to have them there for the short time they stayed.
We got our school room all set up and ready to go. We continued what we had been doing and added in some Spanish vocabulary building with the little ones. The only downside to our homeschooling is that the girls didn't learn as much Spanish as they would have had they been in a Spanish-language school all day.
We visited a nearby town when Josue was invited to preach in their church service. Here you see us walking to the city center where some evangelism was taking place.
My "mom's helper" taking care of the little ones during a church service in Guadalajara.
This is Raul with his dogs, Princesa and Pirata. He was a homeless man who slept on this sidewalk at the store near our house. The cart you see behind him contains all his earthly possessions. We became friends with him and were able to help him several times. But honestly, I would say that he helped us as much as we helped him, though I'm sure he wouldn't believe that to be true. He was so sad to hear that we were leaving Guadalajara to come back home and we were equally sad to say goodbye. We miss him and pray for him often that the Lord will use the Bible we gave him to bring him to Christ.
Although we went to Guadalajara with the intent of staying long-term, the Lord had other plans for us. We still do not completely understand what He was and is doing in our lives, but we trust Him completely because we know that He is good. Here you see the movers packing up our belongings for the trek home.
Back "home". While we are home, we are not exactly home. Our house has been rented out for 3 years. The other elder in our church, and his wife, very graciously moved out of their beautiful house to give us a place to stay. This is the view from the front door. We are humbled beyond measure at the kindness of the Lord and His people to us. The outpouring of love and support to us upon returning home has been amazing. We are so thankful to be a part of such a loving fellowship of Christians. We love and appreciate each and every one of you.
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Dr. Pepper has always been my favorite beverage. I loved it! Then we moved to Mexico. I can find it here, but it takes a little bit of searching. So I switched to Coke. The Mexican kind. In a glass bottle. Mmmm!
Someone taught me how to make my own "Agua de Jamaica" (pronounce it "AH-gwa day hu-MY-cuh").
Can you say delicioso????? I could drink this stuff all.day.long. And it is good for you! Just research "hibiscus tea". "Agua de Jamaica" is just that, tea made from dried hibiscus flowers.
Here's how to make it:
First get your dried hibiscus flowers. I usually buy mine in bulk here in Guadalajara. This time I bought it in a package at the supermarket. In the states you can find it online. Check it out at Bulk Herb Store. If you live near any Hispanic grocery stores, you may be able to get it there.
When I have bulk flowers, I use about two handfuls for 2 one-gallon pitchers.
Boil the dried flowers in water for several minutes.
Then strain it into your pitchers, sweeten to taste and add water to fill your pitchers.
Enjoy a nice cold glass of "Agua de Jamaica". Tangy and refreshing!
**I did find a warning about the use of hibiscus tea during pregnancy. Please do your research before drinking this during pregnancy.
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