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Ways with coconut oil

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Teisha Lowry’s top tips for using coconut oil all around the home.

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Teisha Lowry spuiks the many benefits of coconut.

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The founder of skincare label INDAH Organics, model Teisha Lowry has a thing for coconuts. She was absolutely adamant that her label included a virgin coconut oil for it's health benefits, but as she discovered, it has many other uses around the home as well.

Here's Teisha's top 10 green tips for using coconut oil:

1) Cooking:
Replace the canola and olive oil you may be using and start cooking with coconut oil. Coconut oil is the safest oil you can cook with, without it going rancid at high temperatures. Plus it’s better for your health and our environment.

2) Insect repellant:
To create a natural, less invasive on the skin insect repellant, you will need, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with a 1-3 drops of peppermint and citronella (pure essential oils).

3) Household:
Lubricate creaky door hinges and sliding door tracks with coconut oil.

4) Garage:
Keeps tools from rusting.

5) Car:
Moisturise and clean leather and your dashboard with a little bit of coconut oil smeared onto a rag.

6) BBQ:
Clean your BBQ grills with an old rag and a fair amount of coconut oil. No nasty chemicals required!

7) Chewing gum:
Remove chewing gum from hair by soaking a little bit of coconut oil for a few minutes, and gently combing through.

8) Pets:
To assist animals with arthritis – especially older dogs – let them lick a teaspoon of coconut oil first thing in the morning to help them lubricate their joints.

9) Tooth paste:
If you’ve run out of toothpaste, mix a little coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt, apply to your toothbrush and clean as usual. Rinse with warm water. Coconut oil has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and it even whitens teeth! It’s better for our bodies and waterways – as it’s totally natural and biodegradable.

10) Deodorant:
Rather than dousing open pours with deodorants, which contain high levels of metals and parabens, why not try a little coconut oil under the armpits. You can even make up your own solution with a bit of vitamin C or acid powder for a great deodorising body wash.

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Check out Teisha's delicious recipe in the current April/May issue.