Who hasn’t filled up their bag of toiletries with bottles of for instance body lotion, face cream, eye cream, make-up remover, bath oil, after-sun lotion, lip cream, hand cream and hair nourishing oil/conditioner when going on a holiday trip? All these beauty products take up quite some space in your suitcase or backpack, not to mention the weight they add to your bag! So how to pack smarter, and still have all these beauty products that keeps your skin and hair smooth and young? The answer is Coconut Oil!
I have read and heard a lot about coconut oil for some time now, even before I went on this trip. Out of old habit I bought and brought along all kinds of different lotions, filling up my backpack and making it heavy. When I ran out of these beauty products a few months back, I decided to try something new instead of buying all the same stuff all over again. So in the “mother land” of coconut oil, Thailand, I bought a bottle of this oil. In Asia they are nuts about coconut oil, and use it a lot, so it is easy to find in shops. I have now used it for a while, and wow it is amazing! There are so many benefits of coconut oil!
Why You Should Bring Coconut Oil When Traveling
Apply coconut oil on you skin (face, body, hands and feet) to keep it smooth and moisture. As the coconut oil has an antimicrobial effect, it is suppose to protect against skin damage, prevent aging and liver spots and other blemish caused by aging or sunlight. Coconut oil is very high of the antioxidant tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E, making it ideal to prevent skin aging.
I feel that it really works as face cream and body lotion! It soaks into the skin quickly, making the skin feeling soft.
2. Hair Conditioner
Use it in your hair as conditioner and nourishing oil. I apply a few drops to my hair after each wash, and it softens and make the hair look more shiny. But be careful not to put too much coconut oil in your hair, as it can become greasy and not look newly washed anymore. Coconut oil is also an incredibly intensive natural conditioner. Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours before rinsing with warm water.
3. Bath oil
Add 5-10 drops of coconut oil in your warm bath. It is great! It relaxes both body and mind. I bought a coconut oil with jasmine fragrance, and it is really nice in my bath.
4. Massage oil
Use it as massage oil. Have never tried the coconut oil as massage oil, unfortunately. But I bet it is great!
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5. Eye-makeup remover
Coconut oil works really well as eye-makeup remover. I use it every day to remove my mascara.
Coconut oil can be used as sunscreen, working as SPF 4. It can not get more natural than that!
7. Body Scrub
With coconut oil you can also make your own natural body scrub to use in the shower. Just mix it with some sugar and scrub ahead. Works great and is so much cheaper than to buy body scrubs.
8. Lip Cream
Use coconut oil on your lips to keep them soft and moisture.
9. Helps Digestion
There is some evidence that drinking a few table spoons of coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast.
10. Energy Booster
Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a tablespoon of Chia Seeds, and drink it, for an all-day energy boost. Do NOT take this in the evening as it will keep you awake!
11. Helps with Cold or Flu
Blend a tablespoon of coconut oil into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu. Also helps with a sore throat.
Coconut oil is better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils.
Can help with healing of sunburn. I usually use aloe vera lotion when I get sunburned, but when this ran out I started using coconut oil, and it works just as good as aloe vera!
Coconut oil works perfect as a natural shave cream and after shave lotion.
Mix coconut oil with salt to remove dry skin on feet. Wash your feet afterwards with water, and rub your feet with coconut oil to make your feet soft and moisture.
16. Mosquito bites
Rub coconut oil on your mosquito bites, and it reduces the itch.
Use coconut oil by itself as a natural deodorant.
18. Bug Repellent
Mix coconut oil with catnip, rosemary or mint for the perfect natural bug repellent.
19. Dry Elbows
Rub coconut oil into your elbows daily to help against dry, flaky elbows.
20. Skin healer
Coconut oil can help skin heal faster after injury or infection, and even with scars.
Pulling coconut oil through your teeth for 10-20 minutes, helps improve gum health. I do this a couple of times a week, and it works great! My teeth feel so clean! Do not put too much coconut oil in your mouth for pulling, one tablespoon is enough.
22. Hand Cream
Use coconut oil as a naturally antibacterial hand cream. I put coconut oil on my hands every night before going to bed, works fantastic!
23. Weight Loss
Drinking a few tablespoons of coconut oil each day have been proven to help with weight loss. The oil consists of saturated fat of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss.
Here you have 23 good reasons why you should get rid of all your bottled beauty product and replace them with only one bottle of coconut oil on your next holiday trip! It saves both room and weight in your luggage, and does great things for your body!
For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. If you don`t bare the thought of drinking pure coconut oil, you can put it in tea, coffee, smoothies, yoghurt, or in your cereal or on your bread. It tastes great! An other option is to freeze the oil in small cubes, and swallow it, but this is not so easy when traveling.
I bought the Paradise Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at a super market in Bangkok (at Central World, 7th floor), with Jasmin scent. This I use for external use only, on my face and body, and as bath oil. I use BB Natural Oil for internal use, have it in my tea every morning as well as cleaning my teeth a couple of times a week.
You can also buy many different coconut oil brands from Amazon.
Do you use coconut oil already? And if not, would you give it a try after reading this? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comment area below! If you like this blog post, and find it useful, please share and like it on social media! Thank you so much! 🙂
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