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5 Things You Can Do With Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil, it’s so versatile and can be used for so many things so I thought I might list the top five things I use it for, as the complete list would make my hands ache from typing!

  • Cooking (obviously!). It cooks at a nice high temperature and gives the food a lovely flavour.
  • Hair conditioner. I try to slather my hair and scalp in coconut oil once a week, leave it on for around 15 mins and then wash off. Not only does it smell lovely, it makes my hair so soft and gives it a lovely sheen.
  • Body moisturiser. I rub it in to my elbows, knees, hands and feet before bed. Not every night, of course, but now and again. It absorbs quickly and really softens the very dry skin on my feet and hands. I could use it all over if needed but I tend not to bother.
  • Facial cleanser. Either used alone or mixed with olive oil, I gently rub it in all over my face, leave it for a minute or two, then get a face cloth, dip it in very hot water, wring it out then place over my face.Leave it for around 30 seconds, then wipe the oil(s) off. ¬†No drying soap required and it cleans really well, doesn’t leave your skin oily and leaves your face nicely moisturised.
  • Polish. I use it instead of furniture polish. Rub it in, wipe it off. Simple as. Also, polishes shoes¬†quite well. There you go, an extra tip. Six for the price of five!
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A new discovery!

So, there I was, cooking away, in my usual flustered manner. I am not a happy cook, it does not come naturally to me, unlike my brothers who are both brilliant cooks. Mostly I cook everything to a lovely golden black. Chernobyled, as my family would say. A quick stir with my wooden spatula and everything seemed to be fine. Looking around for my usual spare saucer to put said wooden utensil on, rather than my nice clean work surface, I panicked and just lay it across the top of the pan whilst I went to answer the phone. Another opinion poll. I gave my opinion – that the call was intrusive not a daily requirement, thank you very much (the next time they ring I will be less polite) then returned rapidly to the kitchen, remembering that I had left the pan on full heat. Totally convinced that it would have boiled over everywhere by now I was astonished to find that, yes, it was bubbling up to the top of the pan, but on reaching the wooden spatula, it stopped it’s journey and didn’t go over! Having had a quick google, I discovered that this is a REAL THING! (Yes, I do have better things to do but nothing more interesting. How sad.) So from now on my pan will be my spoon rest; saves getting a saucer and the cooker dirty. Can’t complain at that!