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. So here are five remarkable uses for coconut oil that you should know.
Are you looking at that tub of coconut oil at home and trying to figure out how to use it? That’s where I come in. I’m that friend that’s going make sure you don’t miss out on the good stuff. 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, use the organic extra virgin stuff.
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!
Here are 25 Natural Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Lip Balm
Make lips kissable and soft for super cheap. To make a more natural lip gloss or lip stain, just layer the coconut oil under your favorite lip color.
2. Dry Flaky Scalp
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 of 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 recipe worked like a charm.
3. Moisturize Cuticles
Dry cuticles are so not cute. You get bonus points if you put on cotton gloves right after for extra penetration.
4. Make up Removal
Don’t even think of sleeping with make-up on. Coconut removes make up quite easily. I especial like using to remove mascara.
5. Topping for Popcorn
Butter on popcorn is soooo last year. Try some coconut oil instead.
6. Smooth Shave
Ran out of shaving gel? Coconut oil is super moisturizing and will help prevent nicks and cuts. Coconut oil always helps to prevent and treat razor bumps.
7. Hair Detangler
Water mixed with coconut oil and a wide tooth makes a great hair detangler. It will also save some money and tears.
8. Furniture Polish
Shine on friends because you can even use coconut oil as a natural furniture polish.
I mean, it’s ice cream with a crunchy chocolate topping. Of course you want some.
9. Massage Oil
Rub it down. Add your favorite essential oils for an extra boost.
10. Wrinkle Smoother
Try some on coconut on your face at night and watch everything soften.
11. Oil Pulling
Would you be “weirded out” if you found out that I was oil-pulling as I typed this post ? Nevermind.
12. Plant Sheen
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.
13. Natural Laxative
If you have to go but things are slow…coconut oil stimulates and lubricates. Enough said.
14. A “Plantiful” Butter
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 are really good for you.
15. Get Unstuck
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.
16. Pill Glide
It’s the pill glide, not the cha-cha slide. 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.
17. Get a Shoe Shine
A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way for getting leather and patent leather shoes their shiniest and brightest.
18. Make it Non-Stick
Instead of lard or other oils, use coconut oil at the bottom of bakeware for a nonstick surface that’s hard to beat.
19. Add a Flavor Boost to Your Coffee
Well, you already know that coconut oil is good for you right? Apparently, coconut oil tastes great as in beneficial in coffee too.
20. Add a Shiny Finish
Add a non-toxic and shiny finish to stainless steal and chrome appliances.
21. Hair Conditioner
After your regular shampoo, slather up, put on a cap and deep condition your way into some “coco” time.
22. Smoothie Boost
Adds a nutritious health boost to smoothies with a hint of island flavor.
23. Nipple Ointment
Several breastfeeding 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?
24. Insect Repellant
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.
25. Heals Dry Winter Hands
Winter can be rough on hands. If you find yourself with dry, cracked hands, out some coconut oil on your hands to seal in moisture, especially after hand washing. It works like a charm.
Feeling coco for coconut oil yet? What is your favorite use for coconut oil?
Originally published 9/15/16 Updated: 8/6/18. 1/4/24
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