I have changed in ways I never would have imagined since my child was born. If writing a parenting blog is not cliche enough for a stay at home mother, I have considered making candles and my own beauty products. It all began with coconut oil… and it may well end with coconut oil, as I haven’t actually made any progress in the above mentioned ambitions.
It started months ago. Coconut oil began popping up everywhere. First, I noticed it on my bag of popcorn. Then it showed up on online boards pertaining to stretch marks. I finally started using it as a cloth diaper friendly moisture barrier for my son’s pampered bottom. Now it is in the New York Times and all of my friends’ houses. A friend of mine who was visiting all the way from Alaska noticed a jar in my bathroom and said, “I see you’ve discovered it too.”
I put it on the baby’s bottom. It smelled nice and I knew what was in it, or more accurately what isn’t in it. Then I put it on the baby’s face when it got dry in the New Mexico winter. My friend rubbed it all over her baby when she got a rash and was prescribed moisturizer by the pediatrician. The rash was gone the next day. I started using it on my stretch marks and chapped nipples. Then my whole body. I figured, the baby is with me all the time, might as well stay away from chemicals too. We were a little stretched for cash for Christmas. I bought pretty jars at Anthropologie and whipped up a jar of coconut oil with a few drops of lavender in my kitchen aid and gave the ladies in my family some home-made moisturizer. Finally, I ran out of my pre-child expensive face creme. I couldn’t justify spending the money on a tiny new jar when I wasn’t working and my husband was working hard to bring home the bacon without me working too. I put it on my face. I have a 30 year old freckled face that has weathered high desert sun for most of those 30 years. It is a sometimes oily, sometimes dry, and though 30, sometimes pimpled face. It is a face that smoked for 10 years and didn’t drink enough water. The coconut oil worked on this challenging face. That was it. I was sold and still am. Have I mentioned the fact that it is delightful to cook with? My son has a milk allergy, so I am off the dairy. We use it in place of butter in many recipes now. It is delicious in mashed sweet potatoes. Try sauteing with it with brussels sprouts, salted cashews and dates. I believe that I read in the Times that it is a miracle oil and that we should all be cooking with it to stay thin and beautiful forever. Or maybe I made that up. In any event, it can apparently be used for everything and I love it.
So shoot me, I write a blog about cloth diapers and coconut oil. It may not be original, but then again neither is the little black dress.
Next up: tea tree oil, to cure all ills.