If you’ve never heard of coconut oil, you’re missing out. This all natural product has become popular in cooking for paleo diets, but it also has a thousand or so uses for the female traveler! Scoop out a small amount into a container and throw it in your suitcase for another multipurpose item like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. You can purchase it for around $10 per jar at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, your local health food store or even online.
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It may not look like much, but coconut oil can be used to treat dozens of maladies. Rub some on affected areas for eczema, psoriasis and bug bites to get rid of the itch (or try some paw paw). Take the sting out of sunburn or that foot fungus with the oil. Put a tablespoon into your tea to help ease your sore throat. Apply oil to the inside of your wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
Use it instead of cold cream as a makeup remover. You can also use it as lotion and to turn blush into lipstick, as we discussed when talking about makeup hacks. Mix with salt to create a scrub for your feet, elbows, or any other parts of your body with dead skin. Dab coconut oil under your eyes at night for a cheap and easy night cream.
Keep your hair shiny and soft by using coconut oil as conditioner. Leave it in for a few minutes for deeper conditioning and to fight dandruff and dry scalp. Use it in place of gel to keep frizz to a minimum. Just as it helps make your hair strong, rub some on your nails and cuticles to keep them from breaking.
Other Coconut Oil Uses
Use coconut oil as SPF 4 sunscreen as well as lip balm. Rub some on that squeaky wheel of your suitcase or in the door jamb in your hostel. Put a dab under your arms or between your legs if you’re prone to chafing. Try coconut cream as an all-natural shaving cream. Add baking soda to create toothpaste or use on its own as deodorant.