The magic of coconut oil isn’t just for the grown-ups. Check out 10 different ways you can utilize coconut oil for baby.
Click through to find out ways you can use coconut oil on baby, and some ways that are also good for mom too!
It's important to first note that not all coconut oils you can purchase are made the same. Unrefined or extra-virgin coconut oil is the most natural form and contains all of its natural goodness. Refined coconut oil is made from coconut flakes and is bleached. This process causes it to lose some of its health benefits.
Interestingly enough, when I began researching alternative uses for breast milk, I discovered that coconut oil had similar benefits because both of them have lauric acid, which is known to have antiviral and antifungal properties.
Moms around the world have been using coconut oil, mixed with other essential oils, to create a natural vapor rub to help baby work through croup.
Samoans have been using coconut oil ritualistically to massage onto baby, especially to help fortify the soft spot of newborn's heads.
The lauric acid and it's antibacterial properties present in coconut oil will help heal baby acne. And really, coconut oil has been proven to aid in the elimination of acne in general. I've been using coconut oil on my face for two months now and I barely get breakouts anymore!
Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for both baby and mom! In fact, since I've been using coconut oil on my face as a cleanser/moisturizer once a day, dry flaky skin on my face from this cold winter has just about disappeared.
Again, because of the lauric acid, coconut oil helps heal cuts and stings naturally. This is one of those uses that is great for the whole family!
The anti-bacterial nature of coconut oil will help to heal diaper rash naturally too! And a bonus is that coconut oil can be used as a great barrier between skin and the diaper to help prevent diaper rash, as well.
A very natural and gentle way to help cure cradle cap is to rub a small amount of coconut oil onto the skin.
A bonus for both baby and mom, is that consuming enough coconut oil each day can actually help increase the lauric acid already present in breast milk making it even more beneficial for baby.