Monday, February 9, 2015

42 Genius Ways to Use Coconut Oil

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Coconut Oil has many many uses. It's antimicrobial, an antibiotic and is PACKED with nutrients. I use it in multiple ways, some of my favorites are included below in my list. Those are marked with an * just for you! They are tried and true here in this house!

1. Cooking
Of course this is the number one way to use it! Just add it to your cooking instead of other oils. Great for baking.

2. Eczema Cream*
instead of using medicated creams, just rub a bit of coconut oil on the inflamed area a few times a day.

3. Hand Moisturizer*
Just grab a small amount and rub it in your hands. This does a wonderful job at softening skin and replenishing moisture.

4. Facial Cleanser*
This might sound weird, but really it works WELL, ESPECIALLY if you have oily skin. Rub it on your face and then use a wet washcloth to wipe it off. Your face will be the softest it's ever been. I promise!

5. As a Sunscreen
I know, you're thinking WHAT? Oil attracts burning, but in reality coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4.

6. Cradle Cap for Baby
Rub it on hair, brush it in, let sit a few minutes and then rinse off gently

7. Kills Yeast 
Rub topically to kill yeast and yeast infections. Also great is soaking a tampon in it and inserting for a few hours.

8. Natural Conditioner
Rub it into dry hair, Put on shower cap and leave for several hours and then rinse.

9. Lip Balm
Rub it on lips for a natural lip balm

10. Sugar Scrub
Mix with equal parts of sugar to make a sugar scrub to use in the shower

11. Cold or Flu?
Blend 1 tbsp into hot tea to help fight these virus' quicker

12. Lubricant*
Yup, I'm going there! It makes a wonderful personal lubricant

13. Massage Oil*
It's perfect for giving massages too, especially when mixed with lavender essential oil!

14. Diaper Rash Cream*
Natural cream for baby rash. AND Cloth Diaper Safe!

15. Mosquito Bites
It reduces the itch of mosquito bites

16. Oil Pulling*
I like to melt it first, melt about 1tbsp and swish in your mouth for about 15 minutes and then spit. Adding a drop of Clove Essential Oil is good for your gums and mouth health as well

17. Weight Loss
It's great for weight loss when consumed daily!

18. Chicken Pox or Poison Ivy?
It's been proven to help the itch of these

19. Natural Deodorant
Rub on underarms for a natural deodorant. You can also add essential oils to this as well

20. UTIs?
Do you suffer from these frequently? Coconut Oil helps speed recovery of UTIs when taken internally and externally.

21. Natural Vapor Rub*
Mix coconut oil with eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary oil for a chest rub like no other! You can also add a bit of melted beeswax to help make it thicker

22. Ingesting Daily
Can help with so many things like allergy symptoms, increasing mental alertness, helping cholesterol and preventing alzheimer's

23. Shaving Lotion
Rub it on, and then shave away!

24. Makeup Remover
A wonderful makeup remover. Just rub on the face and then use a wet washcloth to wipe it all away!

25. Night Cream*
Rub on the face in a thin light layer and sleep like that at night. Plus it doesn't usually stain cotton, so try not to worry about your face on your pillowcase

26. Homemade Nipple Butter*
For when you're breastfeeding! It really does help!

27. Sunburn Care
Rub it on the sunburn for relief

28. Homemade Toothpaste
Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Flavor with essential oils if you wish

29. Wound Care*
Use in place of neosporin

30. Bath Time
Add a large scoop to your bath and soak in it's moisturizing benefits. Add some epsom salt too for an even more relaxing bath time

31. Clean Makeup Brushes*
Mix 2 parts dish soap to 1 part coconut oil on a plate. Wet down your brush, Dip into the mixture and coat all the way. Work the mixture into the bristles with your fingers. Rinse in lukewarm water until no more bubbles appear.

32. Clean your Shower
Douse a rag in coconut oil and use it to clean your shower. Best part is since it leaves a residue nasty shower ickies won't stick to it as easily.

33. Broken Zipper?
Unstick it by applying some coconut oil

34. Sore/Scratchy Throats
Swallow just a bit of coconut oil, better than any cough drop.

35. Bee Sting Soother
Rub some on the sting after the stinger has been removed. Add a drop of lavender oil as well to help the pain

36. Moisten a Chapped Nose
Baby has a cold and you keep wiping his nose? Rub a bit of coconut oil on it to keep it from getting raw and sore

37. Prevent Stretch Marks
Rub on your pregnant belly every day as a way to help prevent stretch marks

38. Food Poisoning Relief
Take a couple tbsp in the morning with some juice and it will help fight off the bad bacteria.

39. Tattoo Healer
It's a great moisturizer, and is PERFECT for helping heal a tattoo

40. Lawn Mower Blades
Rub a thin coat on your blades, it helps the grass flowing so it doesn't stick and jam up your mower.

41. Minimize Heartburn
Feeling the Burn? Swallow 1-2tbsp. Great for acid reflux and heartburn.

42. Help Heal a Bruise
Coconut oil MAY help speed the healing of bruises

So how have YOU used coconut oil? Are you surprised by any of these?


Candice Balser said...

This is great! Thank you. I just bought some coconut oil for use in a cloth wipes solution. I live that it can be used for all of these other things. Especially since I just recently got a tattoo. :)

Sarah Elyce said...

I love coconut oil- we use it for a lot in our household. We haven't come around to using it in cooking yet but I want to try it that way also.

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Derrick Todd said...

I'm astounded by all of the uses of coconut oil. This post had several that I haven't seen before. Thanks!

Anna said...

I give it to my dog to help his skin problems.

Theresa Anne said...

wow, I use coconut oil for a lot of things but there were even ones on this list I've never heard of. I will have to suggest that my husband try coconut oil next time he has an upset stomach from food. Thanks for the info!

Derrick Todd said...

Wow! I had no idea that there were so many uses for coconut oil. Some of these I would never have thought of.

Kimberly Crayton said...

This is incredible! I never knew that coconut oil had so many benefits. I just started using it. I purchased it for baking, but then started rubbing it on my face, lips, and hands at night. I want to start putting it in hot water to ingest as you have suggested. Thank you for providing this information, is great!

Julie Waldron said...

I didn't realize it had so many uses. Those are some great ideas!

Ashley Clore said...

wow I had no idea there were so many uses!! Diaper rash is a great idea!

Jerry Marquardt said...

Thank you so much for enlightening me on the great uses of Coconut Oil. I will be using your information to help me out.