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15 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is high in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids (that’s good for you don’t worry). Although, coconut oil has gotten a bad rap in the past for being high in saturated fat, (more than 90%), which is true. BUT it’s high in medium-chain triglycerides which raise the “good” or HDL cholesterol. Taken internally, it can help boost your immune, endocrine and digestive systems, taken externally, it has antibacterial, antimicrobial and protective properties. Coconut Oil is a great carrier oil and mixes well with essential oil for all of you DIY-ers out there. I use it ALL the time* and here’s 15 ways you can use it too.

15 Uses for Coconut Oil you might not know about

  1. Deep Conditioner – Although I usually use Olive Oil to “pre-poo”, I have used coconut oil as well with great results
  2. Cooking Oil – I honestly can’t stand the taste of olive oil in my eggs and if I have a cold, I don’t eat dairy, so butter is out. That’s when coconut oil makes a great oil to cook with.
  3. Body Oil – I always make my own body oils, (they’re really cheap and easy so there’s really no excuse). Coconut Oil with a bit of peppermint essential oil feels great and keeps my skin really soft.
  4. Facial Cleanser – I’ve mentioned that I like using the Oil Cleansing Method before, and I’ve used Coconut Oil the same way as a lighter version and the results have been wonderful.
  5. Lip Balm – Since coconut oil solidifies below 70 degrees (F), it was easy to make this DIY Lip Balm this winter.
  6. Substitute for Butter/Oil in Baking – Scones, muffins and cakes come out nice and moist with coconut oil. Just substitute it for vegetable oil in your recipes, and you’ll instantly have a lower cholesterol version of your recipe.
  7. Healing Ointment – Coconut Oil is really good for minor burns and scrapes when applied topically.

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  8. Diet Supplement – I haven’t tried this myself, but many people have admitted that  1-2 tablespoons of raw coconut oil per day have helped them lose weight. Especially those with thyroid issues.
  9. Shaving Oil – Dampen the skin and rub on a layer of coconut oil before shaving. Your skin with be nice and smooth when you’re all done.
  10. Makeup Remover – Apply a light coating of coconut oil all over your face and using a warm, damp cloth wipe your makeup off cleanly, and smoothly. Then tone and moisturize as usual. (This stuff works great on waterproof mascara and eyeliner too!)
  11. Heel Softener – At night, after a shower or soaking your feet, add a drop of peppermint oil to a dollop of coconut oil and slather your feet and heels. Wrap in plastic wrap and put a pair of comfy socks on. You’ll have lovely smooth feet by morning!
  12. Body Scrub Base – I sometimes use coconut oil in my Brown Sugar Body Scrub and I’ve even mixed it with a little sugar as a facial scrub.
  13. Pet digestive Aid – Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your pets dry or wet food every couple of days for good digestion and a nice shiny coat
  14. Oil Pulling – An ancient ayruvedic tradition, swishing coconut oil around in your mouth like mouthwash for 10-20 minutes helps to detox your system and clean your teeth and gums. Read more about it here.
  15. Toothpaste – Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of peppermint extract to make a really healthy toothpaste.tropical traditions, coconut oil, savvy brown

My only word of warning, is to do research when you’re buying coconut oil. Because of its popularity, there are many brands out there that are not  100% coconut oil, or cut their product with unhealthy oils and preservatives to sell it for cheaper. A brand that I trust is Tropical Traditions*

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2 thoughts on “15 Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. Loretta | EcoHappy Style

    SB– Great list! You’re missing your link for the oil pulling – I love coconut oil but the oil pulling is a new idea to me, too. Try it? Not so sure yet!

    I like the pet digestive aid idea – will have to try it out!

    EcoHappily and Stylishly Yours,

  2. CB

    I’ve been oil pulling for about 8 months+ now. I started off with coconut, but you know, it’s just too expensive for me to be spitting into the bin, so I switched to sesame which was a lot more pleasant (and affordable). Lately I’ve been using sunflower, but it is sooooo bitter, so I would say sesame is probably the best for oil pulling (unless you are rich, then by all means go for coconut!).

    Loretta – It takes a while to get used to, especially if you’re using coconut that’s solidified, because that makes you gag, but after a couple of weeks, I was able to make it to the full 20 minutes. Whether or not it’s made a difference I can’t say. My 15yr cough has subsided a lot (although I also went vegan a few months before, so that could also be the cause). I still have the “background” cough, but the violent fits of coughing have gone.

    If you are still deciding, I would say it’s worth a try.

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