- Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.
- Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.
- Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.
- Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.
- Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.
- Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.
- Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.
- Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.
- Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.
- Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.
- Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.
- Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.
- Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.
- Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.
- Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.
- Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.
- Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.
- Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.
- Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.
- Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.
- Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.
- Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.
- Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.
- Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.
- Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.
- Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.
- After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.
- Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.
- Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.
- Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.
- Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.
- Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.
- Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.
- Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.
- Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.
- Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.
- Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
- Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.
- Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.
- Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.
- Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.
- Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.
- Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.
- Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.
- Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.
- Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.
- Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
- Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen.
- Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.
Coconut oil is the only thing I use for literally everything. Great post to bookmark for future reference!
it’s great to cook with, lasts forever…and runs cars as biofuel
Where’s the music? ;)
Grieve for the death of your innocence. The time when mistakes were just that and were easily forgiven. The days of cooties and chills and not understanding what either one really meant or how they worked. The dreams full of color and rampant with places and things unseen. The moments when a day was an eternity. When dying was undiscovered.
Mourn the death of your innocence.
I met this dude during my sophomore year of college… well, I saw him. We had Spanish class together. I never spoke to him though. I had no reason to do so. I thought he was cute, but I would always imagine him as a man-whore or the dumb jock type to prevent developing feelings. He would just remain the cute, mysterious guy who always came to Spanish class in his football swishies.
Then we crossed. I walked out of the student center with my LS and he was in the parking lot… a bit tipsy. My LS was wearing letters and he noticed. We were about to go to Subway to feed her belly, but we got sidetracked… well… I did.
“Are y’all in [the sorority]?”
“Yes, we are,” responded my LS.
“You know, there are so many of y’all… it takes a while to get to know all of you.”
He recognized my LS because he was friends with her boyfriend. I was the stranger.
He shook my hand and we made our introductions… he played the guessing game of which class we had together, we bonded over our numbers, he made fun of my “nerdiness”, and I laughed when he tried to pressure me into partying.
“Well. I think that Subway is closed now…” My LS was hungry, but not hungry enough to miss the free comedy show. He made her promise to bring me to a party. And that was the end of our meeting.
Throughout the year, I became less nervous, not just with him, but with his boys too. They didn’t always know me because I wasn’t at the turn-up sessions, but they began to figure out who I was. And my funny friend would always greet me with a smile and a hug. I was feeling myself a little bit. I made more efforts with the guys, walking up to the rest of them, giving them hugs, telling them about class and homework assignments. But I didn’t realize that I was fooling myself.
One of the boys texted me about a cultural event that I hipped them to. He needed to go for class, so I invited him. He left early though, and he missed the fun and food that followed the cultural event. Jokingly (and also because I was a little miffed that he didn’t stay for the whole show), I told him about the festivities that he missed: serenades, jokes, sandwiches, cupcakes… he missed it all. He asked if I saved him food. Of course not. He could have come and had as much as he wanted if he stayed for the rest of the show. Then he asked if I could find a cupcake and save it for him. Just his luck - one of my friends gave me an extra cupcake that night. I texted him about his fortune, but instead of being happy for the cupcake, he began to be flirty… I never knew that a cupcake could mislead a guy so off course. I told him that I wasn’t that kind of girl and that was never my intention. He laughed it off and then reverted to his friendly nature. But then I noticed that he would only hit me up for help with his homework. Our friendship had limits.
But that didn’t keep me down. I was still feeling myself and I told myself to not be so afraid. I would go and congratulate them on their latest successful event. No harm, right? I went to their turf. I saw a dude from my English class. He ignored me. I saw a dude who used to date one of my friends. He acted like he had never seen me before. I saw my funny friend and he acted… funny. What was going on? In my pride, I told myself that I would not be ignored. I went deeper into their territory and they jumped on me like White cops jump on a Black male when a White girl yells rape. My funny friend came to my defense in an awkward way. It didn’t feel right. But really I wasn’t right. The silence was a warning. Months later, I realize that he really was trying to protect me in his own way.
There is always drama. It comes with the territory… But I have to figure out what complex I have that makes me think that I have the power to fix all kinds of problems. I wasn’t even involved, but I didn’t want to be associated with untrustworthiness. So I dived in and texted my funny friend. I tried to defend. I tried to protect. I tried to save. But if I had only taken time to analyze the situation myself rather than immediately believing what was told to me by drama-lovers, I probably would have had a different approach in my opening texts.
I went on and on about bonds and communication and histories and love. I went on and on, speaking on the untrustworthy’s behalf, being the middleman for an apology which was real at first based on texts that were sent to me but fake when I learned the whole truth. But then he spoke. And all of my reasoning crumbled.
We care so much about a legend, but we don’t care about the people who are real. We try to make them something that they are not just as we try to make ourselves something that we are not. Why don’t we love ourselves?
My funny friend told me something very special today. He said that he got close to me because I was always just myself. And he’s right. From that first conversation to today, with him I have always been myself, nothing extra. The right people will like me for who I am. There is no need to have the whole world fall in love with me. There is no need to try to force them to. Hardly any of them would be true friends. And I can tell that funny friend is a true friend to me because he is not afraid to tell me the truth. He is not a user. He understands my good intentions. He protects me from those who don’t.
It’s okay if I can’t reach all of them. I’ve reached one. And if I’ve got one real friend, I’m doing good.
Sometimes, it’s best that I just don’t know… because sometimes… when I know… I overreact.