Coconut Uses

Coconut Uses

28 September, 2015
7 Recipes
The flesh of the humble coconut is perfect for remedies, cooking and even as a sealant!
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Coconut oil is rich in healthy fats and packed with nutrients, and great as an ingredient for all sorts of homemade products.
 
1 Skin salve
Beat the boo boos
8 parts coconut oil
1 part beeswax
Dry herbs such as comfrey, yarrow, calendula, St John’s Wort
Essential oil: Try lavender, rose, tea tree or chamomile
> First, infuse the coconut oil with your selected herbs: simply add them together and let the mix sit on a sunny windowsill for two weeks. After this, the coconut oil should be slightly discoloured. Use a sieve, tea towel, and bowl to separate the infused oil from the herbs. Then pour the bowl contents into a pan and heat gently, adding the beeswax. Once off the heat, add few drops of your preferred essential oil, and voila – a healing salve with antioxidant qualities, that moisturises and repels insects!
 
2 Soft, shiny hair
Easy frizz-free tresses
Coconut oil
> Apply a coin-sized amount of pure coconut oil to the ends and mid-section of your hair, making sure to apply evenly. Leave in for an hour, or overnight for really stressed locks. Then shampoo as normal, and once it dries your hair will be smooth and bouncy.
 
3 Throat soother
Restore your voice
4 parts honey
1 part coconut oil
A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
> Put the honey, cinnamon and coconut oil in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the mix reaches 150℃ (about 20 minutes). Pour the mix onto a tray lined with greased baking paper. When the mix has cooled to bendy consistency, pull off small sections and roll them into balls. Leave to harden.
 
4 Just like butter
Indulgent dairy-free alternative
1 jar of shredded, unsweetened coconut or coconut flakes
Pinch of salt
> Put the ingredients in a blender, and blast. Stop intermittently to push down any stray flakes on the sides of the blender.  You can add microwave-melted to soften the texture and create your desired consistency. You can also add vanilla, cinnamon or maple syrup for a sweet twist! Store at room temperature in an airtight container. This makes a divine spread and provides a punch of (healthy) fat when cooking.
 
5 Sun Protection
Non-toxic UV protection
6 parts coconut oil
2 parts beeswax
1 part zinc oxide
3 drops of either raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil or vitamin E oil
> Put all the ingredients except the zinc oxide in a jar. Fill a saucepan with about 5cm of water and heat to medium temperature. Place the jar with the ingredients in the water. Stir the mix intermittently until a smooth consistency is achieved. Add the zinc oxide, stir, pour into another jar and store for summer outings!
 
6 Egg protector
Preserve shelf life naturally
Coconut oil
> Melt some coconut oil in the microwave. Then roll a dry, room-temperature egg in it, or use a brush to spread the coconut oil evenly over the eggshell surface. Let the egg dry and store in a cool, dry place. This can increase an egg’s shelf life up to tenfold by creating an impermeable natural seal around it.
 
7 Moisture on-call
Replenish and soothe dehydrated skin
2 parts olive oil
1 part coconut oil
1 part beeswax
Dash of vitamin E oil
> Put all the ingredients in a glass jar. Fill a saucepan with about 5cm of water and put it on the stove at a medium heat. Place the jar in the water, allowing the mix inside to melt. Stir the contents every so often, and add some vanilla extract or jasmine oil if you want added fragrance. Once it has reached a desired consistency just pour it into a separate container and store at room temperature.
 

By: Ecozine Staff
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