There is something I love so much that I am afraid to talk about it. I am afraid of sounding like a nut. I am afraid of sounding pathetic for loving a mere substance so much, I want to write a love letter to its very existence. I am only talking about it now because I like you, and because I think you deserve to know what my number one beauty secret is. I’m speaking of coconut oil, the most useful (and healthy!) substance I have ever become obsessed with.
This stuff is perfect. It has no flaws, only 100+ points in its favor. I use it for just about everything, and just about everything that I use it for, it works better than anything else. Is it magic, you ask? Maybe. A product from the Garden of Eden left unscathed when things went sour? In all likelihood, yes.
Here are some things that I use it for, and the results:
– I use it to remove make up from my face. It takes off water-proof mascara better than anything else, and it doesn’t make my eyes sting. There is one side effect I was not aware of until I used it a couple times: it makes your eye lashes longer and thicker. Oh readers, I kid you not. Try it for yourself; as someone, but not me, might say: the proof is in the pudding.
– I use it as lotion. On my body, on my face (part of my body), and on my lips (part of my face). No side effects. It just makes your skin really, really soft, and it also tightens your skin. Some will tell you it helps the appearance of cellulite (which none of us have). Also, I hear from pregnant women it does wonders for avoiding stretch marks.
– I use it in my hair. Before I take a shower, I use one or two teaspoons to massage my scalp. It helps with dryness, and overall health of your hair (remember what it did for your eyelashes?).
– I use it to bake with. Promise you won’t tell my secret? It makes cakes moist. For real. Substitute some of the butter for coconut oil, and you will have a prize-winning cake.
– I use it to “fry” things in. Like veggies on the stove top, or with my eggs in the morning, or to make the best popcorn ever. It adds a fresh flavor, and it is seriously good for you.
I use it by itself, for health reasons. I will not get into the science of how coconut oil (good fat) joins the bad fat in your body, and causes your body to focus on working off the bad fat, because I have a degree in history and I can’t explain these things very well. You can read what a doctor has to say about it here, though.
When taken internally, coconut oil has been shown to help clear your skin, help you lose weight, help your hair, give you energy, increase your metabolism, boost your immune system, help your heart, reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and a host of other things. For our purposes here, I will just say that before my wedding, the only thing I did to get in shape was walk a little bit more, and take a spoonful of coconut oil every night before bed. I lost seven pounds in just a few weeks.
Coconut oil, we love you! But I love you most of all.
Where to buy it? You can buy it at Whole Foods and any health food store. My favorite place to buy it is luckyvitamin.com because you can buy it in larger quantities for a good price. Just make sure when you do buy coconut oil it is organic, extra virgin and unrefined. More questions?
Have you used it? What is your favorite thing to use it for? Will you try it? I would really like to know. In fact, I would like nothing more than to discuss my love of coconut oil with you below in that comment section there. But, you probably figured that out by now.
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.