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5 Ways To Use Coconut Oil As A First-Aid Remedy

This wonder oil isn't just for cooking or nourishing your hair!

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You've probably heard about the beauty benefits and health advantages of virgin coconut oil, but did you know that it's a great first-aid kit staple, too? Considered in the past as too lardaceous for consumption, it has been discovered that its high saturated fat content includes antimicrobial properties that can destroy various bacteria and deal with infections. Learn more about why you should keep a few bottles of VCO handy in your home below: 

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1. It can soothe acid reflux and heartburn. 

If you suffer from heartburn attacks every now and then, you'd know that they can be uncomfortable. Switch out store-bought calcium chews or antacids for one to two tablespoons of coconut oil to bring quick relief. The oil coats the stomach lining and prevents severe acid reflux.

2. It can relieve sore throat.

If your voice gets raspy after a night out or if you feel a cold coming, mix a little melted coconut oil and honey to relieve an itchy throat. Take it up to three times a day combined with a lot of fluids to maximize its effects. 

3. It can remedy scrapes and scratches.

The antibacterial and antifungal properties found in VCO makes it a great on-the-spot remedy for paper cuts and mild wounds. After washing the affected area with water and hydrogen peroxide, place a few drops of coconut oil on it and let it dry. 

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4. You can use it to replace vapor rub. 

Got a bad cough or a throbbing headache? Instead of using menthol inhalers, try a homemade salve instead. Combine 10 drops of peppermint oil with 1/4 cup of melted VCO and refrigerate overnight. Use it like you would use a regular chest rub.

5. You can use it to relieve allergies and rashes. 

For skin infections like eczema and psoriasis, you can use VCO to moisturize dry patches and kill bacteria you get from scratching. While you can't use these to replace steroid creams, it works as a great home remedy for emergencies. Make sure to patch test first to see if your body responds well. 

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