Some unexpected, and sexy, reasons to keep coconut oil in almost every room in the house.
I believe that coconut oil is one of the greatest item in the world, right up there with WD-40 and safety pins. There are so many uses of coconut oil that this list could realistically have 100 points, but I’m only going to go over a few of the best. I’m sure you’ll rush out and get some after reading this, so be sure to buy organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil.
#1 — You can brush your teeth with it!
Put some coconut oil in a small plastic container with a lid, in your bathroom. Normal house temperatures will make the consistency of the coconut oil semi-solid, like butter. If it is too liquid-like, set it inside the fridge for a bit to harden it up. Wet your toothbrush bristles with water first and then simply dip your bristles into the coconut. Use about half of the amount of toothpaste you would normally use. You can either brush with this alone, or add one more awesome step: sprinkle the top with baking soda. I have my baking soda in an old spice shaker. When you brush your teeth with this combination, they will feel like you just had your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office!
#2 — You can eat it!
Of course you can eat it and cook with it, but did you know that it can help reduce abdominal obesity, is easy to digest and protects the body from insulin resistance? It also has digestive benefits, anti-microbial properties, and is absorbed into the cells quickly where it is converted into energy rather than stored as fat. It can even stave off sugar cravings.
#3 — You can lube a squeaky hinge!
Just like WD-40, coconut oil can be used on all your squeaky hinges around the house. However, coconut oil is completely edible, so if you have small children or pets who get into everything, there are no worries if it gets licked off.
#4 — Coconut oil is for the face!
It works great as a moisturizer, makeup remover and sunscreen (about 15 SPF). Many people think oil equals pimples, but coconut oil does not equal pimple breakouts for many people. This is probably because it contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Of course, if you have skin problems, use moderation and test a small section first.
#5 — It is an aftershave, for all of your private parts!
Men and women both can use coconut oil after shaving, and I’m not just talking about the “usual” places, I’m talking about the nether-regions too. The groin, the member, and the all benefit from an after-smathering of coconut oil! It smoothes and soothes and remember, it provides an antibacterial for those little nicks!
#6 — It makes good sex even better!
And speaking of nether-regions—coconut oil makes the absolute best personal lubricant! Men, pay attention. It is superior to “jelly”-types of products because it is edible and naturally tastes good (and is mild too). Additionally, you don’t lose sensitivity as like you do when you use too much K-Y and things get so slippery that you lose friction. But that doesn’t happen with coconut oil. Coconut oil eventually absorbs into the skin—and when the natural lubricants of your lover start to kick in gear, you won’t lose friction because of over-lubrication and too much slipperiness.
You can slather a glob of coconut oil on yourself or your partner can apply it to the both of you. Put some coconut oil on your fingers before touching your mate —they will absolutely love the feel. Remember, it is also edible. Try it for a sensual massage which can then be licked off. Use your imagination. (Side note: don’t forget that since it is an oil, it might cause latex condoms to breakdown.)
So those are the best of the best uses of coconut oil—at least in my world. I keep a jar in the kitchen, a container in the bathroom and another in bedroom. I’ve even started buying it in bulk at Costco for those long, cold winters—wink, wink.
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