81 Uses For Coconut Oil
You’ve likely heard coconut oil is a superfood. Did you also know that it is used in many ways to promote better health?
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut has amazing health benefits, including:
- Speeding up metabolism, causing the body to burn as much as 120 calories extra within a 24-hour period
- The Lauric acid in coconut oil kills fungi, bacteria and viruses, preventing illness.
- Kills candida
- Polynesian people who have consumed coconut oil in large quantities for many years, such as those living in the South Pacific, are among the healthiest in the world.
- Studies have shown that it can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL).
- Balances hormones
- The fatty acids in coconut oil can benefit memory in Alzheimer’s patients.
Today I want to share 81 uses for coconut oil. I’ve tried many of these ideas and use some of them daily. I’m oil pulling now, as I type this. 😉 I hope this list will give you some good ideas about ways you can use coconut oil too.
So here we go!
- Use it as a skin cream. It’s a great moisturizer and is easily absorbed in the skin. It just takes a dab and can even reduce wrinkles!
- As a makeup remover
- To fade age spots when rubbed into the skin
- As a low SPF sunscreen. It makes the skin glowy! (Not sure that’s a word, but you understand.
- Apply to the ends of hair after styling to tame fly aways and provide moisture and shine.
- Applied to the lips it makes an incredibly moisturizing chapstick. Here’s a great recipe for a DIY tinted lip balm.
- Take to improve insulin levels
- Use instead of butter, on toast, pancakes, or baked potatoes.
- Incorporate into a smoothie, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake, for an energy boosting meal or snack.
- As a personal lubricant
- Rub a tiny amount under eyes to help diminish dark circles.
- As lice prevention. If you hear of an outbreak at your child’s school put a little of the oil on a comb and gently comb through your child’s hair.
- Melt a little to put over popcorn. Add Himalayan pink salt or coarse sea salt and enjoy! This is another favorite at our house.
- Taken internally to improve neurological health and possibly prevent migraines.
- Apply to a jammed zipper to lubricate it and help get it unstuck.
- As an all-natural diaper cream for your sweet baby
- Apply a small amount to skin to soothe bug bites.
- Taken daily it can speed up weight loss. Because coconut oil is mainly made up of medium chain fatty acids it metabolizes differently than many saturated fats. It goes directly to the liver and provides the body with amazing energy.
- As a delicious coffee creamer — my new favorite! I put about a tablespoon in my morning java. And if you have a little extra time it’s delicious this way.
- Gargle to relieve a sore throat.
- In homemade salad dressing
- To saute vegetables
- As an all-natural bug spray
- A natural massage oil — Simply add a cup of liquid coconut oil to a large ziplock bag. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix it up and enjoy.
- Use it to deep-condition your hair. Apply to the most damaged parts of your hair, usually the ends, and leave it on for several minutes before rinsing.
- Apply to pimples. The oil has antibiotic properties which fight bacteria that can contribute to acne.
- Exfoliator — Combine about a half cup of coconut oil with 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar. Apply to the face or anywhere the skin needs exfoliating.
- Apply a small amount to help heal cuts.
- Use as a tanning oil.
- Check out this delicious recipe for Coconut Granola.
- Applying a small amount daily can help soothe and heal eczema.
- Use as an all-natural deodorant
- Use to remove ear wax.
- As a teeth whitener, via oil pulling. In my humble opinion it works better than whitestrips or trays and is much more affordable. Just make sure not to swallow the oil and don’t spit it down your sink because it could clog up the plumbing! That would not be good. Spitting it in the trash works.
- To soothe a sunburn
- Use to deeply moisturize feet overnight. Apply to feet and put on a pair of thick, cozy socks. Wake up to super soft skin. Hello!
- As a natural baby lotion
- Massaged into the scalp to help heal dandruff
- As a healing bath — Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to bath.
- Add your favorite essential oils. This provides moisture to the skin and is a good detox.
- DIY homemade toothpaste.
- As an energy booster after a sleepless night
- Feed it to your dog to help heal dry, itchy skin.
- DIY aromatherapy — Mix a small amount with a few drops of calming essential oils. Apply behind the ears and to the back of the neck.
- To fight cellulite — Try this DIY Grapefruit Cellulite Cream
- Use as a wood polish to keep your wood furniture looking beautiful.
- As a cure for cold sores. Apply it to the sore several times a day.
- Apply to feet to heal athlete’s foot.
- Soothe and heal a chapped nose and lips when you have a cold.
- As shaving cream. Warm it up in your hands and apply.
- As a substitute for butter in recipes, such as these super yummy (gluten-free) Best EverChocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars. Kid tested, mother approved. 😉
- Use as a highlighter by applying to the cheekbones and eyelids.
- To heal stretch marks
- As a nipple cream for nursing mothers
- To season cast iron skillets
- To soothe rashes
- Vapor rub — mix coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oils. Apply to chest.
- Dog treats — Mix some coconut oil and peanut butter, freeze small servings in an ice-cube tray and give to your pup outside. (Inside might be a bit too messy.)
- As leather polish — Apply a small amount to shoes and handbags.
- To eliminate bad breath swish in your mouth, then spit it out in the trash can.
- Use to grease baking pans, instead of pan spray.
- Make homemade chocolate bars.
- To help prevent and repair ingrown hairs
- Apply to skin to soothe poison ivy.
- To soothe cracked pads on your puppy’s paws
- Apply as a metal polish with a soft rag.
- Make homemade hand soap.
- Makeup brush cleaner — Apply a small amount to brushes. Massage them gently under warm water. Rinse and lay on a towel to dry.
- Apply to relieve painful hemorrhoids. ‘Nuff said.
- Mix nuts with some coconut oil to make creamy nut butter.
- To clean a retainer. Apply to retainer with a soft cloth, then rinse.
- To clean up ink messes.
- For detailing your car, including leather seats and the dashboard as well as the exterior.
- Apply to body to reduce friction and chafing.
- To remove gum stuck in carpet
- Taken internally it may improve circulation
- Aftershave — massage a small amount into the skin to reduce redness and irritation.
- As a makeup primer.
- As a rust remover — Apply to the rusty area, wait 1 or 2 hours, then gently rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Include coconut oil in your daily diet to regulate the thyroid.
- Take internally to treat acid reflux or heartburn.
You’ve reached the end! I hope you found this article helpful.
Coconut really is an amazing superfood!
Have you tried any of these uses for coconut oil? What are other uses you can think of or use?
Originally published at www.lorigeurin.com on February 17, 2016.