Coconut Oil for Mother and Baby

Coconut oil is loaded with health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is undoubtedly the most nourishing oil you can use on your skin, including children and babies. Most creams and lotions are designed to heal external tissues, while coconut-oil has deeper benefits that last longer. The molecular structure of the coconut oil allows for easy absorption on the skin.

 

Here are some ways of using coconut oil for Mother and Baby 

  • As a diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)

  • In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  • Nursing moms can take a couple tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  • Use on skin to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy
  • Used directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  • To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  • Baby’s sick nose – Use as a natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial moisturizer around baby’s nose when sick
  • Massage – Both Mamas and babies love massages! Warm coconut oil between your hands and it will turn into a oil that’s perfect for your skin anytime of day 
  • Baby tooth paste – Try using a small amount on baby’s gums for a natural toothpaste
  • Eczema – Coconut oil is perfect for treating skin conditions like eczema because of it’s deep moisturizing abilities
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease – Virgin coconut oil’s anti-viral properties can help HFM disease by applying to sore areas of the mouth and lips
  • Thrush – Mamas can put coconut oil onto the nipple to treat baby’s thrush while nursing
  • Baby bed head and de-frizzer – Does your baby have a lot of hair? Treat staticky hair and bed head by putting a small amount of coconut oil on a soft brush or comb. Brush gently and hair will go back in place
  • Candida and yeast – Pregnancy, among so many other things, can cause yeast build up in our bodies. Coconut oil has properties that help destroy the bad bacteria in our bodies
  • Bug bites – Rub coconut oil on bug bites for faster healing and relief
  • Keratosis Pilaris – aka “chicken skin”, apply a small amount to areas daily for a natural treatment
  • Flu – Speed up your flu recovery with coconut oil! The lauric acid found in coconut oil can penetrate the protective shell around viruses. Using coconut oil regularly may help prevent virus infection as well
  • Baby acne – Rub on red areas for a natural treatment
  • Homemade face wash and soap  – Mix equal parts castor oil and coconut oil for a toxin-free face or baby wash
  • Shaving cream – Try using coconut oil instead of shaving cream. Be careful not to slip because coconut oil is slippery
  • Under eye treatment – Rub under your eyes nightly for extra moisturizing benefits
  •  Toxin-Free Vapor Rub – Use 2 tsp of essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus to several tablespoons of coconut oil for a safe Vick’s alternative
  • Nausea – Rubbing coconut oil on the inside of the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach
  • Cellulite – Treat areas with cellulite by rubbing coconut oil on areas as needed. First, use a dry brush and brush away dead skin. Dry brushing also helps increase circulation and rid of toxins. Then, apply a mix containing a few drops of your favorite essential oil and a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub on areas as needed and curl up with a good book or watch a movie while it soaks in. After 30 minutes, take a nice hot shower and voila
  • Bedroom tango – For Mama and Papa time, try coconut oil for extra fun (not suitable for latex condoms)

Furthermore, check out the Coconut Oil Handbook from Wellness Mama for more Real Food Recipes, Beauty DIY and Natural Living Ideas

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