Meet Coco and Tea: Your New Best Friends

Alexa Grazio, Senior

Meet your new besties: coconut oil and tea tree oil. They both possess unlimited potential and if you own both, its possible to rule the world. These items are always kept in my beauty arsenal no matter where I go. Both can be found easily at local health food stores or in the case of coconut oil, even WalMart has it. While tea tree oil is very inexpensive as far as essential oils go, coconut oil is a bit pricey, but trust me--it is worth it. 

TEA TREE

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns (mix with coconut oil or aloe and slather it on)
  2. Heals skin infections naturally
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water
  5. Treats acne (I can attest to this; it is my savior) 
  6. Helps remove skin tags
  7. Naturally cures bad breath (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth)
  8. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts
  9. Soothes insect bites
  10. Treats ringworm
  11. Works as an antiseptic on small cuts
  12. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil
  13. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant
  14. Softens cuticles

Basically, skin problem? Apply tea tree oil 

COCONUT

  1.  As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (can you say coconut latte?)
  2. As an eye-makeup remover
  3. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  4. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism (prom body here we come)
  5. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
  6. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub 
  7. Can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  8. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
  9. With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice 
  10. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  11. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  12. As a natural shave cream 
  13. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  14. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth (this really works) 
  15. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  16. To dilute essential oils for use on skin
  17. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  18. Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  19. In homemade peppermint lip balm 
  20. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  21. On cuticles to help nails grow (mix with tea tree oil) 
  22. With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin