Coconut for the Beach?
Are you heading off on a sunny holiday ? Are you putting together a list of items to take with you ?
You going to pack lots of chemical filled products such as sunscreen? After sun, insect repellent, lip balm and deodorant ? That’s a lot of bottles taking up a lot of room in your luggage.
What if I said a couple of jars of coconut oil is all you will need ? Yes It can be a blessing on your Holidays !
Here are some reasons to pack Coconut for the Beach.
Coconut oil has a natural spf of between 4 and 8 when it comes to sun protection.
This means that although it’s protection isn’t very high, it can help. If you were to apply it often, it would not only offer sun protection, but it would also hydrate the skin making it less susceptible to burning. To increase the benefits add carrot seed oil.
If you add 30 drops of carrot seed oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil you will now have yourself a natural sunscreen of about 30 spf.
2. Hair before swimming.
If you apply coconut oil to your hair before going for a swim it will make it less likely to tangle when you dry it later.
3. Coconut oil natural deodorant.
Coconut oil applied directly to your skin will protect you from body odour all day. Just apply it straight under your armpits and away you can. You can enhance it even further if you desire just by adding a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.
4. Lip balm.
Your lips are especially prone to drying out in the hot sun, just apply coconut oil on them and keep them moist and crack free
5. Moisturiser and After sun
After a day on the beach and a nice long shower your skin will need moisturising. If you have been in the sun a little too long or not used your sunscreen then you may have a touch of sunburn.
Coconut oil and its healing properties will not only sooth your skin, leave it moisturised but will also help heal your burn.
6. Insect Repellent
If you add a couple of drops of essential oil to coconut oil it will make you a great natural insect repellent.
7. Make up remover.
8. Hair Gel
I always use coconut oil as hair product when on holiday, it gives your hair an natural shine and protects it from sun damage. My partner loves my hair in this.
9. Antiseptic Skin Healer/ insect bites
A great healer of small cuts and grazes and applied to mosquito bites it will help heal the bite reduce inflammation and soothe itching.
10. Shaving cream and balm.
Coconut oil is excellent as a natural shave cream and after shave balm. Just apply liberally to the skin and shave.
11. Massage oil.
What better way to relax after a day of beach activities than having a nice relaxing massage.
12. Coconut water for rehydration
If you can get it locally you will find coconut oil a very refreshing drink, try and get it from whole young green coconuts yummy.
13. Coconut water for stomach upsets.
Coconut water is great for settling an upset stomach and provides electrolytes that are lost through bouts of Diarrhoea.
14. A lubricant.
Coconut oil is great to use as a natural lubricant if the sun has you feeling like a special cuddle however remember if you are using protection coconut oil may break down the integrity of latex condoms.
15. Coconut oil for cooking.
Coconut oil will go a long way if used as a cooking oil and will save a trip to the local shop for oil.
16. Coconut oil in your smoothies
Use in your smoothies or coffee. A great source of energy before your trip to the beach.
17. Coconut Cocktails.
Whilst on holiday don’t forget to try some of my Poolside Coconut Cocktail Recipes!! After all you are on your holidays. I’m sure most bars will be happy to mix you a cool refreshing cocktail.
18. Coconut water Hangover cure
Coconut water is briliant for the morning after a night on the tiles check out the Coconut Water Natural Hangover Elixir
So there you have 16 uses for coconut oil and water when you go on your holidays.
I would suggest that if you intend to use it for eating or cooking that you only you pure virgin coconut oil.
Also bear in mind that coconut oil is very likely to be in liquid form due to the heat, so maybe decant some to another container when you arrive on your holiday and keep some for the fridge. I find it easier to use if you take a piece of solid oil especially if using for bites etc.
I really hope you found this little article useful. If you can think of more uses for the coconut whilst on holiday please let me know why you would use coconut for the beach.
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