This post is simple: I am making my case for using coconut oil. You may already be a believer, but by the end of this post, if you still aren’t, I can’t help you! I can only encourage you in more of my posts until you try it and love it! Okay, now onto the serious convincing…
Coconut oil is #1 on my list of 7 kitchen essentials and it is in that place for a reason. I use it every day to season my cast iron and use it to cook most of my favorite dishes. I like that it can be useful in its solid or liquid form. Once it melts, it makes a great cooking oil, but at room temperature (less than 76 degrees) it can be used to make many everyday products such as deodorant, body butter, toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo…the list goes on. Here are some visuals illustrating my favorite uses:
I often put a healthy dollop in my pan over the gas stove. Tonight I was planning on making a salad, but morning sickness has kicked in, so I opted for something that sounded better.
First, I cooked my salmon in the pan with some Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning.
In another cast iron pan with coconut oil…
I’ll take the one on the left, thanks! I can’t even pronounce half of the ingredients on the regular label, so I wonder how good they can be to apply to my underarms daily. I have been using my homemade deodorant every day and I love how well it is working. You can use any essential oil that you like. I am making my husband his own with Cedarwood oil…yum! I found a recipe from Pinterest and adapted it for what I had on hand:
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Tapioca Flour (original recipe said cornstarch or arrowroot flour, but I didn’t have those!)
- 5 Tbsp. Coconut oil (room temp)
- 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice
Mix the baking soda, tapioca flour and coconut oil in a bowl until combined and creamy. Add the drops of oil and combine again. Place in an empty container and put in the fridge. Once cooled, it can easily be stored in the cupboard as long as the temperature is below 76 degrees.
I could go on and on with toothpaste recipes, body-butter, and more…but I will leave you with this last use.
Coconut oil is great in your daily smoothie:
It adds a nice creamy, sweet flavor to any well balanced smoothie. A typical smoothie for me would also include coconut water, coconut flakes, a scoop of protein powder, power greens, flax seed, ice and maybe a few pieces of fruit.
If you have left over coconut oil you can always lick the spoon! My husband likes taking 2 Tbsp each day just by the spoonful. I just prefer mixing it in everything I eat and use. 🙂
Well, the time has come for you to be the judge. I’m not a nutritionist by trade, but I can clearly see the health benefits to adding coconut oil to my life. Try using it creatively in your home and kitchen. I am sure this lovely essential will not disappoint.