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Did you stock up on trendy co­conut oil, only to find out that it isn’t so healthy to eat? Don’t waste it! The high sat­u­rated fat con­tent makes it a great mois­tur­izer—plus, it’s an­timi­cro­bial and an­ti­fun­gal. Try these reme­dies from El­iz­a­beth Tad­diken, N.D., a natur­o­pathic physi­cian at the Rock­wood Nat­u­ral Medicine Clinic in Scotts­dale, AZ. CARE FOR YOUR HAIR

Soften locks with a spa-wor­thy hair mask. Mix 3 to 5Tbsp or­ganic re­fined co­conut oil (in its liq­uid state) with 20 drops rose­mary es­sen­tial oil. Mas­sage into hair and cover with a shower cap. Let it sit for 30 to 60 min­utes, then sham­poo out.


Sum­mer’s heat can up your chances of get­ting ath­lete’s foot, a fun­gal in­fec­tion of­ten trig­gered by sweaty feet. Co­conut oil may help soothe the in­fec­tion and flak­ing skin. Af­ter you ap­ply ath­lete’s foot treat­ment, top it with a layer of or­ganic re­fined co­conut oil and cover with cot­ton socks. (For more on healthy feet, see page 42.)


Make your own balm: Add 2Tbsp or­ganic re­fined co­conut oil, 2Tbsp co­coa but­ter, and 2Tbsp grated beeswax or beeswax pel­lets (find these on­line or at craft stores) to a heat-re­sis­tant mea­sur­ing cup. Pour 2 inches of wa­ter into a small pot, then add the mea­sur­ing cup so only the bot­tom is sub­merged. Heat wa­ter on low to medium heat un­til in­gre­di­ents melt, stir­ring oc­ca­sion­ally. Re­move from heat and care­fully pour mix­ture into lip balm con­tain­ers (fills 12 to 15 0.25-oz con­tain­ers). Add 2 drops cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil per con­tainer and stir; cover im­me­di­ately. Re­frig­er­ate to cool, then share with your friends!

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