Coconut oil is gaining huge momentum worldwide for being a super oil – containing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Not only will it save you money, it is a better alternative for the planet and a healthier alternative for you and your baby.
Whilst coconut oil is not all that alternative, in general people still don’t understand the life-changing qualities of this edible oil.
Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel (or meat) of matured coconuts, which is harvested from the coconut palm. Found in health food stores and some supermarkets, coconut oil has an amazing number of uses for mum and baby alike.
There are many benefits for your skin post birth for both mum and baby. Massaging coconut oil into the skin is not only pleasurable, but relaxing. It is good to make your own natural massage oil as for your skin and there are many simple mixtures to be found online if you are unsure.
To make it as pure as possible use extra virgin coconut oil. This ensures that the oil has not been refined or bleached with chemicals added and therefore is as natural as possible. A simple formula consists of mixing one part coconut oil with one part olive oil mixed together with two drops of a natural essential oil (Optional). Lavender will aid relaxation further should you choose to add an essential oil.
Coconut oil can be used as a natural treatment for your beautiful head of hair. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave in for 15/ 20 minutes. The coconut oil will act as a moisturiser and will loosen any dandruff flakes as it nourishes your scalp. Rinse the coconut oil off thoroughly and gently comb the hair out to remove any excess oil.
Coconut oil therefore makes a great hair conditioner that can tame that weird dry/falling out stage your hair goes through after pregnancy.
Coconut oil taken both internally and used externally. For new mums it can both help treat the yeast that causes both thrush and candida, as well as give a cooling relief.
And for nursing mums it is natural and completely safe. In fact by dapping a little onto the nipple and/or into baby’s mouth, it can ease painful breastfeeding. It is also useful in preventing cracked and painful nipples at this important time, allowing mum to relax, rather than wince and tense with pain.
Eating coconut oil directly also assists with these conditions and gives the baby benefit too indirectly via breastfeeding. If you’re breastfeeding and use coconut oil in your cooking or consume it any other way, baby gets the benefits too and for many it can increase the milk flow.
As little as a spoonful a day is all that is required and there is the added benefit of a boost of natural energy for mum.
Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a doctor but a therapist and a mum. You are responsible for your own decisions and use of this product. If in doubt, speak to your doctor or local health visitor.