As far back as I can remember we always had coconuts in our house, My mum and my grandmother used it for everything cooking, baking, in our bath, to condition our hair and on our skin. I could, and still cannot imagine my life without it.
The coconut is known as the jewel of the tropics and here's why?
The coconut (cocos nucifera), is regarded as the jewel of the tropics and is often call the 'tree of life' because it's one of the rare natural skincare ingredients that you can use all parts of, in some way shape or form.
As we look further afield for more exotic natural ingredients, Coconut oil has become a natural ingredient that more and more women are using in their beauty products, and for good reason. It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is an amazing natural moisturiser.
Here's 7 other reasons why coconut is a precious natural skincare jewel.
1. It’s a great natural hand treatment
As the colder weather takes its toll on our hands, giving them a little attention and care now and again will go a long way. Using a hand cream with coconut butter or coconut oil with avoid dry and old looking hands. Coconut is definitely the answer to dish washing hands. Rub a small amount of coconut oil or coconut butter on the hands after washing up, and you'll get that much needed nourishment and it will make the hands instantly softer and smoother.
2. Coconut oil can highlight your cheek bones
Use a little coconut oil to highlight your cheek bones. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of your make-up and your skin will literally glow.
3. Coconut oil is excellent for shaving your legs
Use coconut oil to shave your legs and they'll look and feel hydrated and glow. It will also reduce the soreness and redness that you often get after shaving. Coconut oil is also naturally great at soothing and calming men's skin after shaving.
4. Coconut oil is one of the best natural hair conditioners ever discovered
Coconut penetrates the hair quickly and prevents protein loss which causes frizziness and dull looking hair. For healthy nourished frizz free hair, look for virgin or organic coconut oil in your hair conditioner. Use a small dollop on your hair and comb it through and it will glisten all day long. If your hair is long pile it up into a loose bun after combing in the coconut oil and sleep in a shower cap, and shampoo as usual in the morning. You'll find that your hair will be shiny and soft all day long.
5. Coconut oil is natures best make-up remover.
You can use coconut oil to remove your waterproof mascara. Put a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton wool ball and rub this over and under your eyes. It breaks down waxy eye make-up and leaves the delicate areas around your eyes hydrated and glowing.
6. Coconut oil is perfect as an all over face and body natural skincare cleanser and moisturiser
Use coconut oil as an all over face and body moisturiser. To use coconut oil as a moisturiser, simply rub the oil all over your face and neck. To use it as a cleanser, massage it into the face and simply wash off any residue.
7. Coconut oil makes an excellent natural home pamper body scrub
This is the perfect home pamper treat, add virgin coconut oil to one cup of fine brown sugar, massage it into the skin then wash off - you'll be amazed at how smooth and silky your skin will feel.
So you can not only eat it, but you can use it on your body from head to toe, it's natural and smells good enough to eat, and as I've said you can do this too.