99 Uses for Coconut Oil

I’ve got 99 problems, but coconut oil sure ain’t one of them…

Coconut oil could definitely be put in the ‘trend health product’ category, but for once, it’s actually become popular for legit reasons. And boy oh boy – are there a lot of uses for coconut oil! I’ve given most of theses a try in the last few months – there are only a slight few I haven’t tried myself. So let me know if you have!!! If you have any unusual uses for coconut oil, don’t be shy – let me know in the comments!

#Note, coconut oil has zero cholesterol and zero trans fats, and can be ingested with food or just by eating a spoonful of the stuff. It can also be used as a butter substitute in baking, just make sure you’re okay with a little coconut taste. (Sometimes that’s good!) It can be used instead of olive oil in frying and roasting foods as well. Always buy pure unrefined coconut oil (extra virgin coconut oil) since it goes through the least amount processes and it’s closest to its natural state. Also, make sure that for cooking your coconut oil indicates that it can stand high-heat, not just medium heat. And for you oil pullers out there, do NOT spit it down the sink. It will clog your drains very quickly!

1. Nontoxic wrinkle cream

2. Coconut oil fights tooth decay

3. Use it as an anti-micorbial or anti fungal to treat athletes foot, thrush, ringworm and more

4. Coconut oil promotes weight loss

5. Add a few drops of warmed coconut oil to treat an ear infection

6. Baking – Add it to Banana or zucchini bread

7. Deish when paired with bitter greens like kale

8. Add it in an onion and garlic saute

9. Added to oatmeal to make it creamier and healthier

10. Whip up a protein pina colada (sorry, no booze)

11. Nummy Coconut Pancakes

12. Coconut and kale smoothie – wowza!

13. Coconut oil honey butter

14. Try four ingredient lemon coconut bites

15. Peanut butter cookies!

16. Season your cast iron skillet with it

17. Add into your tea for extra flavor

18. Mix with butter and add it to your popcorn (Movie theaters already do this)

For more ideas, check out 115 coconut oil recipes

19.Coconut oil detox cleanse 

20. Mix with cinnamon and oatmeal for a DIY face scrub

21. Use it on your houseplants instead of chemical filled leaf shine products

22. Moisturize the inside of your nose when suffering from a cold or nose bleeds

23. Clean your shower with it! Wipe with coconut oil, then spray with white vinegar and wipe dry

24. Get our coconut oil early – add it to your coffee!

25. Salad dressing? Num!

26. Consuming a spoonful per day can help improve thyroid function, improve digestion, boost your immune system and cure migranes

27. Apply to bee stings to heal the pain

28. Use it to soften rough heels or calluses

29. Apply it to nail fungus twice a day to kill it and grow strong nails

30. Mix with baking soda for a non toxic Goo-Gone

31. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to make at home vapor rub

32. Quickly reduces blisters or use on sore spots for rubbing shoes

33. Eliminate dandruff

34. Apply to eyelashes as a strengthener. “Just put some on a Q tip apply every night before bed and bam luscious lashes in about a month or so.”

35. Just scoop out and use as your daily moisturizer

36. Sooths burns

37. Use the oil to help prep your skin before and after waxing

38. DIY deodorant – 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup cornstarch, then add 3 TBS coconut oil and apply to arm pits

39. Oil pulling – to whiten teeth and improve gum health (among other benefits)

40. Make a face lotion bar

41. Or a homemade tinted moisturizer

42. Prevent scaring from everyday cuts and scrapes

43. It’s an excellent makeup remover

44. … shaving cream

45. … Lip moisturizer

46. Apply it as belly butter for pregnant mommies

47. … and prevents diaper rash!

48. It’s a glorious frizz tamer

49. and awesome as a Cuticle treatment 

50. Massage oil

51. Deep hair treatment (Check out some other hair treatment ideas!)

52. Homemade toothpaste?

53. Whipped body butter  or other homemade moisturizers

54. Lavender coconut oil salt scrub

55. Lubricate guitar strings

56. Remove gum from shoes, hair, carpet

57. Substitute for WD-40

58. Polish your wood furniture

59. Maintain your wooden cutting boards

60. Add to your pets water dish to give them a healthy boost

61. Get rid of head lice by rubbing coconut oil into your scalp before bed, rinse it off in the morning with the dead bugs

62. Treats and soothes eczema (Even apparently herpes)

63. …. Skin rashes, poison ivy rash

64. … Sunburn

65. Apply a small amount to cheekbones over makeup to highlight specific areas

66. Sexy time lubricant 😉

67. Fade age spots by rubbing it on hands or other areas daily

68. Apply a thin layer onto your skin for a great facial moisturizer

69. Bring it to the beach and use it as tanning oil

70. Mix with salt to form a fabulous foot scrub

71. Mix in bath water for a relaxing soak

72. Rub it on your elbows to help manage dry skin

73. Add it to the ends of your hair to help prevent split ends

74. Eat a teaspoon of coconut oil for a burst of energy

75. Rub into your pets paw for a shiny coat and less hairballs

76. DIY hair treatment (So many options!)

78. Reduce redness and acne with tea tree oil and coconut oil combined. Mix and spread evenly on face before bed and wash off in the morning

79. Apply to your head followed by a gentle massage to help ease stress and mental fatigue

80. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration, so why not apply it to a bald head and see if it grows back?

81. Reduces bruise swelling

82. Apply directly to bug bites to stop the itching

83. Use it in a pinch as a simple and easy hair gel

84. Apparently when applied with an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to slide off (Please report back on this one)

85. Pre shampoo treatment for hair – Rub a little onto the scalp and hair before shampooing

86. Tattoo healing and moisturizer

87. The saturated fats in coconut oil help treat parasites and fungi that cause indigestion

88. Use coconut oil as a decongestant by rubbing it on your chest!

89. Apply around and in the eye to help heal pink eye

90. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

91. Polish bronze by rubbing a little onto a cotton towel and then wipe on statue or whatever you’re polishing

92. It’s a great ingredient in DIY soap

93. Helps to heal cold sores naturally

94. Works naturally as an SPF 4 sunscreen

95. Whip up an at home face mask

96. DIY lip tint 

97. Mix coconut oil with eyeshadow or powder the same color as your brows

98. Remove dandruff by applying coconut oil to the scalp on a regular basis. (Apply the oil and leave it on for at least an hour. Wash soon after or wear a shower cap to bed and wash in the morning)

99. Soothing DIY body wash

What are your favorite ways to use coconut oil?

Coconut oil ($14) or buy a HUGE vat of it at Costco for under $20

Coconut oil ($14) or buy a HUGE vat of it at Costco for under $20

 

 

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