The Miracle Worker

So have you ever heard of or used Coconut Oil?

The average way to use this is just in cooking. You can use it as a replacement for butter and vegetable oil and it's a million times healthier for you. My mom has cooked with it for a long time, but little did I know all the other wonderful things it could do for you.

I have become a recent fan of Jenna Marbles who is a comedian but also a very healthy, pretty lady. 

On her blog she has quite a long but informative post about the benefits of using Coconut Oil on your skin.

"The benefits I noticed over time have been an enormous amount of conditioning in my lashes and brows and a decrease in the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes to the point where I started purposely putting a little extra on my eyes at night. My brows were a little sparse in the front so I began rubbing coconut oil into them and they grew in a little better which made me all tingly inside. Just awesome all around.
After I was doing that for a while I thought, you know what? I’m just going to put this all over my face. I got very nervous at first because my skin is still in that “I want to be a teenager and break out all the time but still look kind of old in some places” phase like a lot of girls in their 20′s, so I wasn’t sure how my skin was going to react, but boy am I glad I did. The result was clearer, softer, more conditioned looking skin. Seriously, I woke up in the morning and looked like I was glowing. I’m a big fan of buying over priced facial moisturizers and praying that they make me look like Eva Mendes and so far nothing has made me an olive skinned Latina woman, but coconut oil got me about as close as I think I’ll ever come. 
Oh ouchie I got a booboo or a bruise or something. Rub coconut oil on it and it forms an anti fungal barrier around it and makes that bruise fade faster than if you had Wolverine’s super healing powers. I’m serious I told you to google it." This is a little edited from her original post.
Feel free to read her blog. It's long, and to warn you... she has the mouth of a sailor, or go to Organic Facts to read more about it too without the naughty language.
You don't need to break the bank to buy this stuff. I bought the large size, 32 oz on sale at Good Earth for $13. You can also get their 16 oz for $8 off Amazon. I don't use very much of it. At all. Her blog advises to buy two jars, one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. I didn't feel like paying almost $30 to buy two jars so I just scooped some out and stuck it in a Tupperware container. 
To apply to your skin the jar advises to melt it down to oil and rub it in (it comes solid) but I always take a hot shower at the end of each day, and then I just rub the stuff in. My skin is usually warm enough that it melts and rubs in without a problem. I only apply it every other day and it is oil so if you have greasy skin, it may not be for you. But my skin is so soft the next morning. And the smell is awesome too! 
I can't say a lot about the things it does for you when eating it, because I have only used small amounts, and it's the holidays right now, so let's be honest here, I'm not eating very healthy as it is. But I use it when I am grilling. If I want a grilled cheese sandwich I replace the butter with the oil, same with when I'm grilling up chicken. You do get a hint of coconut oil sometimes, but it's not very strong and not overpowering at all. 
It's recommended to get 3-4 tablespoons a day. Our friend Jenna adds a few tablespoons to her morning smoothie. I'm sure there are plenty of things you could add it to. I have thought about adding it to my hot cup of fruity morning tea. I could probably even use it as a replacement for the butter on my morning toast. I will experiment and share my experiences with cooking with it more.

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