Awe…coconut oil. You’ve got to the love the stuff. And if you don’t, you probably don’t know how to use it. But don’t worry though. That’s where I come in. I’m that friend that’s going make sure you don’t miss out. I’m also the one that won’t let you go walking around the mall with spinach in your teeth and toilet paper stuck under your shoe.
First things first, let’s talk about what type of coconut oil you should be using. When it comes to coconut oil that will be ingested or used in or on your body, just use the organic extra virgin stuff. I get a big 54oz tub from Amazon for a great price. The coconut oil is also available via subscribe and save, if you’re on Amazon Prime, which makes it easy… so you don’t ever have to run out.
Once you’ve gotten your coconut oil fill, it’s time to put it to use. Here are twenty five remarkable uses for coconut oil. Tell a friend!
- Lip Balm
- Dry Flaky Scalp
- Moisturize Cuticles
- Make up Removal
- Topping for Popcorn
- Smooth Shave
- Hair Detangler
- Furniture Polish
- Chocolate Ice Cream Topping
- Massage Oil
- Wrinkle Smoother
- Oil Pulling
- Plant Sheen
- Natural Laxative
- A “Better” Butter
- Get Unstuck
- Pill Glide
- Get a Shoe Shine
- Make it Non-Stick
- Add a Flavor Boost to Your Coffee
- Add a Shiny Finish
- Hair Conditioner
- Smoothie Boost
- Nipple Ointment
- Insect Repellant
Make lips kissable soft for super cheap. For a fun gloss, just layer the coconut oil under your favorite lip color.
Dandruff and cradle cap are no match for some good ole’ coconut oil. My recipe to fight cradle cap is: (1 tbsp each shea & joboba oil, 4 drops tea tree oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin e oil). My daughter had the worst cradle cap when she was a baby. This worked like a charm.
Dry cuticles are so not cute. You get bonus points if you put on cotton gloves for extra penetration.
Don’t even think of sleeping with make-up on.
Butter on popcorn is soooo last year. Try some coconut oil instead.
Ran out of shaving gel? Coconut oil is super moisturizing and will help prevent nicks.
Water mixed with coconut oil and a wide tooth makes a great hair detangler. It will also save some money and tears.
Shine on friends.
I mean, it’s ice cream with a crunchy chocolate topping. Of course you want some.
Rub it down. Add your favorite essential oils for an extra boost.
Try some on your face at night and see what you think.
Would you be “weirded out” if you found out that I was oil-pulling as I typed this? Nevermind.
Give house plants new life by wiping the surface of the leaves with coconut oil. Not only does this give the plant new life but, coconut oil and serve as a deterrent for pests too.
If you have to go but things are slow…coconut oil stimulates and lubricates. Enough said.
Spread coconut oil on toast and muffins. Use it in place of butter in your favorite recipes. It’s a 1:1 substitution. Plus, the healthy fats in coconut oil means that it’s better for you.
Have a stuck zipper that won’t budge? Dab it with some coconut oil and see how quickly you’ll be wearing your favorite fashionable pieces again.
Did you know that 40% of American adults have problems swallowing pills? I’ve been on the other side of the pharmacy counter…I know. Try dipping hard to swallow pills in coconut oil first.
A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way for getting leather and patent leather shoes their shiniest and brightest.
Instead of lard or other unhealthy oils, use coconut oil at the bottom of bakeware for a nonstick surface that’s hard to beat.
Well, you already know that coconut oil is good for you right? Apparently, coconut oil tastes great in coffee too.
Add a non-toxic and shiny finish to stainless steal and chrome appliances.
After your regular shampoo, slather up, put on a cap and deep condition your way into some “coco” time.
Adds a nutritious health boost to smoothies with a hint of island flavor.
Several mamas swear by using coconut oil on sore nipples instead of Lanolin. Supporters like the fact that it’s less thick and the coconut oil helps kill yeast too. Have you tried it?
Get what’s bugging you by making your DIY insect repellent at home. Just applying coconut oil on it’s own has enough slip to keep some bugs away. You could also try this recipe instead.
Feeling coco for coconut oil yet? What is your favorite use for coconut oil?
Originally published 9/15/16 Updated: 8/6/18.
Comments ( 2 )
Julie @ Logger’s Wife
It is also great for a diaper rash cream. My now 4yr old had a horrible rash that nothing would work, not even a combo of Desitin, anti-fungal cream, and hydrocortisone would clear up. Coconut oil cleared it up in less than 2 days. Wish I had tried it sooner. Would have saved almost a week of pain for her. I know now to go straight to that with my current baby.
I hadn’t thought to use it to un-stick a zipper. Great idea! (visiting from Inspire Me Monday)
Julie, I have heard that coconut oil is great on diaper rash. Of course, I would come across this information after both my kids are already out of diapers. This is a great tip! I’m glad that it worked for you. Other moms would be happy to know that such an affordable solution is already in their pantry.