Did you know that countries with high coconut consumption also tend to have reduced risk for cardiovascular illnesses?
Coconut oil is amazing because of its high (healthy) saturated fat content, and its ability to last about two years without ever going rancid. It’s also known to carry a variety of other benefits as well, such as boosting your metabolism for weight loss and building up a strong immune system.

Here are 4 “Do It Yourself” ways to make great coconut oil products:

1. Homemade Vitamin E Eye Cream
The skin around the eyes is very fragile compared to the rest of your face. It’s important to pay attention to what is being used on the eyes, and to make sure that it is being applied very gently to avoid damage. This homemade cream will do the job in a healthy way:

Ingredients:
-3 Capsules of Vitamin E
-1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil (Chill so that it is not completely liquid)

Preparation:
Pop the capsules with a knife, and squeeze them into a container with your coconut oil. Stir and allow to sit overnight, away from any heat source.

2.Homemade Toothpaste
Coconut oil is often used for a technique called oil pulling. It involves swishing the oil around in your mouth to remove toxins from your teeth and gums. It also whitens the teeth and strengthens the gums for an all-around polish! This makes it the perfect ingredient for our homemade toothpaste recipe:

Ingredients:
-½ Cup Baking Soda
-5 Tbsp. Sweetener (Stevia or Xylitol, avoid Splenda)
* You can adjust measurements based on concentration by adding more after you try the mixture
-¼ Cup Coconut Oil
-2 Or 2.5 tsp Peppermint Extract

Preparation:
Combine the baking soda and sweetener before mixing in the coconut oil and peppermint extract. Scoop it into an airtight container and you’re all set! It may taste a bit salty at first, as you can add more sweetener to counter that afterwards.

3. Homemade Hair Mask
Oils are a great way of adding moisture to get an amazing look of your hair. Applying oil to the roots is also known to boost the growth of longer, healthier hair, especially when applied with castor oil. This mixture of castor oil and coconut oil will give your hair the boost it needs:

Ingredients:
-1/2 Cup Castor Oil
-1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
* The equal ratio makes it really easy to add or remove quantities depending on how much hair you have.

Preparation:
Add the two ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl, then melt them in the microwave for thirty seconds to make mixing easy or even better set it in the sun. From there, apply to the roots to allow the omega-6 fatty acids to help grow stronger, healthier hair.

4. Homemade Sun block
Make sure you check to see if your sun screens and lotions are using harmful parabens as preservatives chemical. If they are, toss them. The last thing you need is the threat of breast cancer. This mixture will give you all of the benefits a healthy sun block without any added harmful ingredients.

Ingredients:
-2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
-4oz. Organic All-Natural Hand Lotion
-2tbsp. zinc Oxide

Preparation:
Mix the ingredients into a bowl, then simply stir and apply!

These four homemade products will keep you free from any harmful chemicals that you may be introducing to your body with commercial brands. In the long run, they will also save you money and give you all of the healthy benefits of coconut oil that you would otherwise be missing.

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