I thought I might start a new thing where I tell you something I love every once in a while. How's that sound? Good? Good!
So, for my first "A Love Affair" entry, I'm going to share why I'm obsessed with coconut oil.
I feel a little late to the party here as health blogs have been writing about the benefits of coconut oil for a long time. But I am a believer now!
Winter is no good for our skin--cold, no sunshine, dry heat inside, etc. However, I've found that coconut oil is helping my skin battle through winter! I put it on my patches of eczema and they were gone in a couple days. I've been regularly using it on my arms and the little bumps I (and many others) have on the backs of my upper arms are gone! You can add essential oils to make it smell good (I add lavender to mine) or use it plain. If my face is super dry, I'll put a little bit of unscented coconut oil on--it absorbs right in and my face is soft and full of moisture.
I also like using coconut oil for my scalp! It's a great treatment for dry scalp and is super easy to use. You take a handful of oil, rub it all over your scalp and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, hop in the shower and wash your hair normally. I haven't done this enough this winter, but it really does help get rid of dry scalp when done regularly, plus it smells good!
Coconut oil is even good for our furry friends! It can be used to hydrate the pads of their paws in the winter when salt and cold makes them cracked and dry. It's safe for them to ingest, so when they inevitably lick it off their paws, it doesn't hurt them. The other plus side is that if you already have it in your cabinet, you don't have to spend money on some special paw cream! Calvin loves it.
And of course, coconut oil is delicious! I love using it for stir-fry, curry, and fried potatoes. It can be used in desserts too. I prefer olive oil for most cooking, but sometimes coconut oil is the way to go.
So that's it--that's my love affair with coconut oil. I hope you try using it in a different way than you have before, and let me know if you have uses I didn't list because I'm all about a multi-tasking product.
As I'm converting my beauty and home products to more natural alternatives, I'm sure I'll come across more products I want to share with you. Stay tuned for that!