Why Every Mother Needs Coconut Oil

If breast milk is a mother’s super power, then coconut oil is a mother’s best friend. High in lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk, it is one of the healthiest fats around.

Its anti-fungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties makes coconut oil excellent for much more than just cooking. Here are my favorite uses for this superfood.

  • Lotion. Gentle enough to be safe for a newborn, coconut oil is as natural as it gets. It is especially wonderful during the winter, as it prevents skin from drying out. Its anti-fungal properties make it a great natural solution for rashes and eczema.
  • Diaper Rash. Even stubborn yeast infections can disappear with coconut oil thanks again to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Keep a jar on your changing table, and apply it at every diaper change since it doesn’t provide a water barrier.
  • Make-up remover. Just dab some onto a cotton swab, wipe off your makeup and then massage the rest of it into your face as a wrinkle-fighting moisturizer.
  • Fix boo boos. It can be mixed with an antibacterial essential oil or used by itself to help prevent infection on cuts and scrapes. The antimicrobial properties will help keep cuts and scrapes clean and help them heal quickly.
  • Colds and Cold Sores. Consuming it daily boosts immunity; especially important for an overtired new mother whose lack of sleep can make her more prone to illness. If you’re prone to cold sores or fever blisters, consume it regularly and you should notice a dramatic reduction in the frequency of cold sores.
  • Nutritional Powerhouse. Its immune-boosting lauric acid makes it the best choice for cooking. It is heat stable, meaning you can cook at high temperatures or even fry with it without worrying about it turning rancid like olive oil does when exposed to high heat. Use it in place of butter, shortening or vegetable oil in any recipe. Its lauric acid content also improves breast milk quality and boosts milk supply.

Once you start using coconut oil, you’ll fall in love and find more and more uses for it. Quality is important when choosing which one to buy. I recommend unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil. Expeller-pressed is second best. Make sure to read the label and avoid any containing the words “refined,” “bleached,” or “deodorized” since these processes strip it of its high-quality nutrients.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at JacquelineBanks.com.


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