By Alli T.
While strolling down the grocery aisle, you see jar of coconut oil. Do you put some in your cart? You should, or you may be missing out on some amazing benefits! From cooking, to cleaning, to health, the benefits of coconut oil are plentiful. Coconut oil is made from squashing the white “meat” inside the coconut, and it may be just the remedy you and your family need!
Coconut Oil & Your Health
Nursing mamas, coconut oil can be advantageous for your health both during and after pregnancy. Most women are unaware just how valuable this smooth oil can be for a breastfeeding mom.
Check out some of coconut oil’s benefits for breastfeeding and baby care below.
- Sore, cracked nipple relief. Coconut oil is the perfect medicine for chapped or cracked nipples from nursing. Bonus: it’s not harmful to baby, so you can leave it on your skin while nursing.
- Breast milk benefits. Antimicrobial fats appear to be higher in nursing mamas who ingest coconut oil. These fats help maintain baby’s immune system and protect against infections and viruses.
- Energy boost. Breastfeeding can be extremely tiresome for a new mama…all mamas for that matter! Adding some coconut oil to your diet can give you a boost of energy throughout the day when you need a quick pick me up!
- Skin care. When breastfeeding, it is important to steer clear of lotions and face washes that have harsh chemicals in order to keep you and baby safe. No worries with coconut oil as it is 100% natural. It can be used as a makeup remover or as a hydrating lotion — coconut oil is a superb moisturizer. While the oil appears greasy, it actually absorbs quite nicely. Want to hear the best news yet? It can be beneficial in minimizing and preventing stretch marks!
- Hair care. Again, if possible, it is always best to use natural skin and hair products while breastfeeding. That is where the many uses of coconut oil come in. Rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin E, coconut oil is a great remedy for dry scalp and dandruff. It also works as a conditioner with its high fatty acid content. Got frizzy hair? Dab a little bit of coconut oil on your hand and smooth it through your hair, taking special attention to your ends. Smells nice too!
- Baby care. Many new babies have problems with eczema and coconut oil can help. Not only can it aid with baby’s skin care issues, but it is also helpful to use on small cuts thanks to its three fatty acids: Caprylic Acid, Lauric Acid and Capric Acid. Coconut oil can also be a quick remedy for diaper rash too so be sure to throw some in the diaper bag.
Who knew the uses for coconut oil were so diverse? Plus, it won’t break the bank to buy a jar, which can last a long time.
If you are wondering how to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, it is as simple as throwing some in your morning smoothie or adding it into your coffee. For more fun recipes, check out these tasty ideas!