Coconut oil is known to many as a delicious superfood that offers a wide variety of health benefits to the whole family.
When added to a healthy diet, it can support weight loss and better brain function. Used topically, it has intense moisturizing properties, and can also help combat bacterial and fungal infections. It’s great for use as a carrier oil to treat a variety of symptoms in kids of all ages.
Read on to learn about the other benefits your family can reap from using coconut oil on a daily basis.
1. Metabolic Support
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are delivered directly to the liver to provide an immediate source of energy. This means the body uses it right away, instead of storing it as fat. That’s why coconut oil can actually aid in weight loss.
2. Fights Yeast Rashes
Coconut oil is an effective treatment for yeast infections in the diaper area. Coconut oil’s natural antifungal properties help kill the yeast and soothe the irritated skin. It’s also safe to use with cloth diapers, unlike many over-the-counter diaper creams.
3. Soothes Baby Acne
Used topically on the face, coconut oil can help rid baby’s cute little face of pesky white bumps called milia or baby acne.
4. Dissolves Cradle Cap
Most newborns experience cradle cap, which causes the top of their scalp to be scaly and flaky. Some babies have it, to some degree or another, for their whole first year. Coconut oil, when applied liberally and allowed to soak in before combing out, helps dissolve the dried skin and moisturize the new skin below.
5. Cures Ringworm
Applied every 2 hours during the day, coconut oil can kill the fungus that causes ringworm and help heal the area.
6. Immunity Boosting Potential
Lauric acid, one of the MCFAs found in coconut oil, is also found in abundance in breast milk. The body turns it into monolaurin, which has been shown to improve immune defenses and help the body fight disease. Coconut oil is over 40% lauric acid.
7. Natural Hair Conditioner
Coconut oil, used in very small amounts, can be used as a hair conditioner in the bath or shower. Massaged in and then rinsed in warm water, coconut oil will leave your little one’s hair feeling smooth and free of tangles.
8. Softens Rough Skin
For dry skin and eczema, coconut oil is a perfect solution. The skin absorbs it quickly, allowing it to instantly relieve that itchy, raw sensation without feeling greasy.
9. Makes Newborn Diaper Changes Easier
Applying a thin layer of coconut oil on your newborn’s bum makes it easier to clean up sticky meconium.
10. Burns Be Gone
Slathering coconut oil on a burned hand can instantly quiet the tingling sensation and prevent blistering.
11. Keep Allergies at Bay
Dab a little coconut oil inside each nostril to trap pollen and other allergens, offering some quick relief.
12. Helps Clean and Whiten Teeth
This one is for parents and teens only. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that calls for swishing 1-2 Tbsp of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes upon waking. It may seem excessive, but proponents claim that an antibacterial oil like coconut oil can remove bacteria from in and around the teeth and gums in a way that brushing cannot. There are also a plethora of benefits one can reap from oil pulling, as listed here.
13. Increased Bone Strength
Coconut oil can aid in the absorption of calcium, Vitamin D, and other minerals that are essential for healthy bones.
14. Head Lice Remover
Massaged into the scalp liberally and left up to 12 hours (preferably under a shower cap), coconut oil can smother and kill head lice, making it easy to comb them out. Since this method is chemical-free, it can be repeated as many times as necessary without worry about ill effects for your little one.
15. Smells like a Vacation
Whether you’re using coconut oil topically for massage or in your stir-fry, the aroma is likely to boost everyone’s mood since it smells sweet, nutty, and reminiscent of a tropical paradise.