Use this healthful oil as a pre-wash conditioner or post-wash grooming aid, and even as a head lice treatment on your kids! You can also ditch chemical-laden lotions and replace them with coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. Here are some of the wonderful skin and hair care properties of this in-demand coconut product.
Can Coconut Oil Zap Those Big, Bad Head Lice?
One interesting study on the uses of coconut oil include one published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, which compared the effectiveness of a coconut oil and anise spray versus the commonly prescribed permethrin lotion for head lice treatment.
The authors designed a randomized, controlled, parallel group trial including 100 participants with active head louse infestation. They used two applications of the products nine days apart. The spray was found to have a significantly higher success rate (41 out of 50, or 82 percent) than permethrin (21 out of 50, or 42 percent).
The conclusion? Although permethrin lotion is still effective for some individuals, the coconut and anise spray can be a significantly more effective alternative treatment.
According to anecdotes, you may also soak your or your child’s hair in vinegar. Leave it in to dry (without rinsing), and coat your hair afterwards with coconut oil overnight. Sleep with a shower cap on to protect your bedding. The next day, the nits should be easy to comb out.
A nit comb is also considered highly effective by some people in lieu of toxic chemical treatments. For best results, pull the comb through your or your child’s hair quickly and smoothly. To fight tangles, use two tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water, rinse your hair with the solution after shampooing, and leave it in.
Bye Chemical Skin Products, Hello Coconut Oil
It is very important to remember a core principle in skin care: whatever you rub onto your skin will get absorbed into your body and enter your bloodstream. Unlike your gut that can help protect against the toxins in the food you eat by filtering them out, your skin in an excellent drug delivery system – the questionable chemicals in common skin care products get absorbed right away!
This is why it’s best to use organic products when caring for your child’s sensitive skin. Use plain organic coconut oil for skin protection and keeping your connective tissues strong and supple. This oil also effectively helps in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, resulting in smoother skin.
For ages, coconut oil has also been used as a massage oil, for kneading away those tired muscles and assisting in recovery.
Skin and Health Nourishment from the Inside Out
It is equally important to nourish your family’s skin from the inside out. Avoid toxins and feed your body both inside and out with proper nutrition. If your child is making poor dietary and lifestyle choices, her skin and hair are among the things that will suffer from the consequences.
For instance, did you know that you may be deficient in omega-3 fats if the skin on the top of your hand is not as smooth as a baby’s behind? One solution is high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat intake, ideally in the form of krill oil.
Another wonderful pro-skin component is found in krill oil, and it’s called astaxanthin – an antioxidant that has been identified in research to bring benefits to complexion. Responsible for giving salmon its rich reddish hue, astaxanthin can give your child that natural, attractive glow associated with good health.
Explore the use of natural hair and skin solutions like coconut oil today. See the difference in your child!
A writer for Mercola.com, Katrina Pascual creates natural health reports about optimal nutrition, exercise, and smart living. She reviews natural solutions like virgin coconut oil for toxin-free hair, skin, and health maintenance.