This post contains affiliate linksCoconut 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!
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
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
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!
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?