Remember when coconut oil was all the hype. Testimonials were written, memes were breathed into life and its stockists were making it big, selling with little marketing since it basically sold itself. I remember laughing my head off at seeing the meme that suggested that it could even fix relationship problems.
I am still obsessed with it and during the recent shortage, I was stressed out looking for someone who was selling pure, unrefined coconut oil. I had a mini anxiety attack but luckily I managed to find.
Coconut oil has so many uses in my household:
- Oiling and massaging the baby. Coconut oil is hypoallergenic and safe to use on baby’s sensitive skin (mine took after me, so his skin is extra sensitive). It melts on the skin and absorbs easily making it an excellent massage oil. It has excellent moisturizing properties for babies dry skin spots and creases. What’s more, with the rate babies put their hands in their mouths, it’s comforting to know that what you are applying to their skin them has no added chemicals. It was also excellent in dealing with cradle cap, just apply on the scalp, wait 10-15 minutes then comb lightly and wash off.
- Moisturizing the nipples: Breastfeeding can be very dehydrating on the nipples. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for the nipples. It has the advantage of not needing to be wiped off before feeding. It also has antibacterial properties that help in reducing the chances of mother and baby developing thrush in those first few months.
- Cooking with it. it gives food the best of flavors. Substitute your normal cooking oil in rice with it and it gives it a coconut taste base. It is one of the healthiest cooking oils around as its composition is not altered by heat. Now that we are introducing solids, I am planning on cooking his food in it as well.
- Hair care: It keeps my natural hair well moisturized, and easy to manage. Plus, it helps me maintain a healthy scalp.
I started off with Kentaste till the shortage hit and my search got me Sheth Naturals’ Mizizi. Quality wise they are about the same but in terms of customer service Sheth Naturals wins hands down, they were prompt, polite and extremely warm. Kentaste took forever to answer my queries and when they did they kept sending me on wild goose chases around town.