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5 Ways to Start Your Morning Off Right With Coconut Oil

Whether you use it for beauty or baking, there’s a reason why everyone is going cuckoo for coconut oil.

Here are 5 ways to use it within the first hour of your day.

1. SOOTH THAT SCALY SKIN

Mix equal parts sugar and coconut oil for an exfoliating body scrub in the shower. Coconut oil can be used as a natural shaving cream. It works well as a body lotion because it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin and is rumored to combat cellulite and stretch marks. Be sure to use a generous amount on those elbows and feet. Rub a little bit on your lips as a lipgloss and on your nails as cuticle oil. You will literally smell delicious.

2. CLEAN THOSE CHOMPERS

Oil pulling is an ancient practice of swishing natural oil (be it sesame, olive or our personal favorite, coconut) around in your mouth for 20 minutes to cut through plaque and draw out toxins without harming your teeth or gums. Those who oil pull on a regular basis swear that it whitens their teeth and freshens their breath. Waiting for the oil to melt in your mouth can feel a little awkward at first, but you get used to it. Just be sure to spit the oil out into a trashcan – not the sink because it will solidify and clog your pipes. Brush well afterwards, especially your tongue, because you want to kill any remaining bacteria.

3. SMOOTH FRIZZ AND SPLIT ENDS

When it comes to putting coconut oil on your hair, a little bit goes a long way. Melt just a tiny dab of it between your fingers and smooth it through your hair, staying away from those roots. Once a week, when you’re not in a hurry, we recommend using it as a hair-conditioning mask. Saturate your hair with coconut oil, put on a clear plastic shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo and don’t be afraid to do this twice to get it all the oil out. Follow up with your regular conditioner.

4. SPIKE A MORNING CUP OF JOE

Blend coconut oil with grass-fed, unsalted butter into your coffee or tea for a morning brew that’s as decadent as a fresh-made cappuccino from an Italian café. Studies have shown that spiking your coffee with butter and/or coconut oil will boost your energy levels and metabolism. Ingesting coconut oil is also believed to improve digestion, lower cholesterol levels and regulate your blood sugar. Add a dash of vanilla and stevia to sweeten the pot, and you’re good to go.

5. YUMMIFY YOUR BREAKFAST

Many people shudder at the thought of using coconut oil instead of vegetable oil to make scrambled eggs or omelets because they fear their eggs will taste like some sort of warped piña colada. Not so. The only noticeable difference is that the coconut oil seems to make the eggs extra-light and fluffy, and who doesn’t like that? But be warned: Once you start cooking with coconut oil, it will become something of an addiction, albeit a healthy one.