I read Dr. Mercola’s articles almost daily when they arrive in my inbox – one of the few ‘newsletters’ that I subscribe to, and probably the only one that I read regularly. And when I read today’s article about the many uses of coconut oil, I was more excited than usual. Though I have recognized for some time the health benefits of consuming coconut oil in lieu of other oils (it’s natural, satisfying, does not go rancid, etc), I had not really considered its many other uses.
Other uses include, but are not limited to: moisturizer, shaving cream, lip balm, toothpaste… and, according to the above article, coconut oil can alleviate conditions such as bug bites, vaginal dryness, and bloody noses. It can be used as household cleaner, too…really, the uses are endless. (see the above mentioned article!)
Considering that I’ve had a large jar of the stuff sitting in my pantry for over a year, I was excited today – since I had a rare day off – to put the oil (and my time) to good use. I had an empty jar from some expensive L’Oreal moisturizer, so I used that and crammed it full of coconut oil. This will take care of my moisturizing requirements!
I also followed this recipe from The Liberated Kitchen to make lip balm!
I bought a piece of bees wax and some organic peppermint oil from my local health food store (Sol on rue Principal), and already had (of course) coconut oil and olive oil on hand. I doubled the recipe used by The Liberated Kitchen…
4 tsp bees wax (grated)
3 tsp coconut oil
3 tsp olive oil
4 drops of organic peppermint oil
The ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, bees wax, peppermint oil and an empty jar!
I heated the oils and wax up in a small pot – enough to melt and blend, but not to boil! I then added the peppermint and stirred prior to filling up my container.
My recipe made this 15ml container, and there was enough left to almost fill a second one (if I’d had a second one).
My home-made lip balm!
The verdict: Awesome!
What I’d do differently: Add more peppermint oil next time!