Coconut oil has been all the rage in health food circles for the last several years as evidence continues to mount that it’s heart healthy “good” fat with a versatility of uses.
The Belizeans have known about coconut oil for centuries, long before they were even Belizeans. It’s part of the cuisine and lifestyle and it’s easy to find fresh and unrefined all over the country. It’s available, not only in grocery stores, but in gas stations, at farmer’s markets and along the highways at little family run stands.
If you’re already on the coconut oil bandwagon, you’ll be pleased to learn you won’t have any problem scoring some while you’re traveling. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time while you’re in Belize.
Following are 10 ways you can use coconut oil:
- Put it in your hair after a shower to reduce frizz and produce shine
- Melt a little in a pan to cook your eggs in
- Rub it on your skin to moisturize, reduce fine lines and provide a touch of sunscreen. (It’s only an 8 SPF, however, so you’re probably going to want to use actual sunscreen as well when you’re out on the beach)
- Stick a tablespoon in a smoothie
- Put a little on your toothbrush and run it gently over your gums to prevent inflammation
- Remove your mascara
- Make use of it as a lubricant in the, (wink, wink), bedroom
- Condition your wood furniture
- Substitute it for creamer in your coffee
- Give your sweetie a rub down using it as a massage oil
Here’s what to look for in the Belize grocery store:
Brett Renee Stone is a managing partner and director of communications for Palm Reef Resort