Wednesday, 14 November 2012

9 Unusual Uses for natural Oils

Pheww!!! How time flies, can't believe i've been gone for 5 weeks.  Its been an eventful 5 weeks, loads of things discovered in the laboratory, clocked the fabulous 40 and met loads of fantastic people. But i couldn't stop wondering how you, my beautiful friends have been keeping yourselves beautiful naturally. The harmattan or winter is around the corner and i'm sure a lot of people are dreading the harshness that comes with it; that is why i'm writing to remind us of how helpful the oils can be.

9 Unusual Uses for natural Oils

Natural oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil etc are all “healthy fats” and in moderation can help reduce your risk for all sorts of ailments, like heart disease and high blood pressure. We know that olive oil and coconut oil are both healthy for our insides, but did you know they have all sorts of other uses for you, around the home, and even for pets?

Let’s take a look at some uses for some natural oils beyond the kitchen, and I’d love to hear your unusual uses for natural oils in the comments!

1. Make your own sugar scrub

You can use natural oils to create a moisturizing, exfoliating sugar scrub that’s great for soothing dry harmattan and  winter skin. Just mix up sugar with enough natural oil to form a paste, add scent with your favorite essential oils, and you’re ready to rock. Massage the sugar scrub into your skin in the shower or bath.

2. Moisturize your hands and feet

To give those dry hands and feet some extra TLC this harmattan or winter, massage a small amount of natural oil into your skin after you take a bath or shower. Put on socks and gloves afterward to help that moisture absorb into your skin. You’ll notice results almost immediately!

3. Oiling your hair

Oiling your hair is a practice that’s been around for centuries. While some tutorials call for coconut oil to oil your hair, olive oil works just as well. Just put a few drops of olive oil onto your hands, massage into your scalp, then brush or comb to distribute the oil evenly. Let it sit for about an hour, then wash the excess oil away with your favorite non-toxic shampoo.

4. Unsticking a zipper

Ever gone to take off your boots, only to discover that the zipper is stuck? Free yourself by dabbing a bit of natural oil onto the zipper’s teeth to help it slide along smoothly. Remember: a little oil goes a long way.

5. Makeup remover

Store bought makeup removers and cold creams are often loaded with toxic mystery ingredients. You can skip the polysyllabic guessing game with olive oil instead. Use a warm, damp wash cloth or a cotton ball with a couple of drops of olive oil to remove makeup and moisturize your face at the same time.

6. Soothe a sunburn

You don’t want to put oil onto your skin the day that you notice a burn, but start moisturizing with a natural oil a day or two later to help prevent peeling and heal your damaged skin.

7. Treat a dry scalp

Forget the Head and Shoulders, which is full of mystery ingredients! Massage a small amount of coconut oil into your scalp to moisturize and fight those flakes.

8. Revitalize wood furniture

Whip up a mixture that’s 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, and wipe down your wood furniture. It will keep the wood from drying out and help hide small nicks and scratches.

9. Wash your face

Washing your face with oil may sound counter-intuitive, but many green beauty gurus swear by the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Need some tips to get started?

I bet this only scratches the surface of natural oil’s many uses. How do you use oils when you’re not cooking with it? Let’s keep the ideas coming in the comments!