The Healthy Traveler
Why Coconut Oil Should Have a Permanent Place in Your RV
RV storage space is limited, and road trippers know that we have to pay close attention to what we pack to make sure we have everything we need without taking up every spare inch in our RVs. Because of this, you are probably already grimacing at the idea that now there is yet another product for which you might need to find a spot. Here’s the thing: Coconut oil might be one more thing to add to your packing list, but you are going to be very pleasantly surprised at just how many things you can subtract from your list by including this one versatile item.
In Western cultures, coconut oil use is usually confined to the kitchen – if it is used at all. It is quickly growing in popularity as a healthful alternative to butter and cooking oils for use in baking, sautéing and other cooking. It can also be used in place of cooking sprays or solid substances, such as Crisco or butter, for greasing pans, seasoning cookware or making pie crusts. The healthful qualities that have been credited to the consumption of coconut oil include fighting cancer, aiding digestion, improving liver and kidney health, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and lowering the risk of heart disease. While it is natural to think that this fatty oil that is solid at room temperature could not possibly be good for your figure, coconut oil is even used by diehard fans to increase metabolism and lose weight.
This useful cooking component that offers so many potential health benefits has even more uses outside of the kitchen, which is why it is a must-have item for anyone looking to drag along fewer bottles and jars when heading out on the open road.
Here are just a few of the costly and space-taking items you can replace with coconut oil:
• Expensive lotions, moisturizers and creams
• Deep conditioner for your hair
• Massage oil
• Eye make-up remover
• Stretch mark cream
• Lip balm
• Dry scalp treatments
• Petroleum jelly
There is anecdotal evidence that coconut oil can be used to treat everything from dandruff to large pores, and this multipurpose oil can be used in a wide variety of homemade personal care products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash and insect repellent.
Whether you want to reduce wrinkles, prevent split ends, treat dry skin or minimize the itching caused by bug bites, you will be able to do all of this and much, much more if you toss a jar of coconut oil in the cabinet before heading out on your next road trip.