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10 Coconut Oil Benefits for Mom and Children (and Dad too)

Coconut oil is the latest craze on the market today. With the benefits and chemical properties of coconut oil, there is no doubt about this oil being at the top of the list. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It's an oil that you can use from cooking to a moisturizer.

Here's some top ways to help your children and can also help mom and dad too.

1. Massage

Forget about other lotions and oil, put a little bit of coconut oil (We love Nutiva unrefined coconut oil) on your finger tips and start giving your little one a massage that moisturizes their skin as well.

2. Speed Healing of Cuts and Sunburns

If your child spent too much time in the sun and is starting to get a sunburn or even has a cut, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make coconut oil at the top of the treatment list. Mix with a few drops of lavender essential oil and rub directly onto the burn or cut. It will heal in a fraction of the time, and your skin will not peel.

3. Hair

Use directly onto scalp and at the ends of hair as a conditioner. It will tame unruly hair, moisturize, and can get rid of infant's cradle cap.

4. Increases Breast Milk in Breastfeeding Mothers

If you are a breastfeeding mother, your milk supply is key to your child receiving all of it's nutrients and minerals. With the large amount of saturated healthy fats, it keeps your hormones optimal, which in turn keeps you producing the right amount of breast milk.

5. Diaper Rash

Instead of over the counter creams try coconut oil. Use a small amount and rub directly onto skin. Watch the rash disappear in a fraction of the time.

6. Eczema

Is your child battling dry, itchy skin that tends to breakout easily? Use coconut oil as a moisturizer and watch the skin clear up. Also works well for acne for both children and adults.

7. Bug Bites

It's still summertime and the bugs are out in full force. If your child is constantly scratching and itchy from bites, use a little bit of coconut oil on the skin as it relieves itchiness.

8. Nursing Nipples

Many mothers experience cracked, dry nipples while nursing their child. Instead of using lanolin many mothers are keeping a jar of coconut oil handy to use instead.

9. Help Speeds Up Metabolism and Weight Loss

Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is a healthy fat. When consumed, it goes directly to the liver and increases metabolism. This in turn leads to weight loss. Start adding a few tablespoons a day of coconut oil into your coffee or your favorite dishes to speed up weight loss.

10. Body Scrub

Mix equal parts coconut oil and sugar together for an instant skin exfoliator and moisturizer. Use in the bath or shower and have amazingly soft skin.

Pick up your jar of coconut oil today at your local grocery store and start seeing the difference in your life.

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