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
Deep Hair Conditioner – Although I usually use Olive Oil to “pre-poo”, I have used coconut oil as well with great results
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.
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.
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.
Lip Balm – Since coconut oil solidifies below 70 degrees (F), it was easy to make this DIY Lip Balm this winter.
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.
Healing Ointment – Coconut Oil is really good for minor burns and scrapes when applied topically.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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
Oil Pulling – I’ve never tried this, but apparently swishing coconut oil around in your mouth like mouthwash helps to detox your system. Read more about it here.
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.
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. The only brands I buy are Tropical Traditions* and Spectrum Organic.
*I either use virgin coconut Oil or Organic Coconut Oil