If you like to keep up with the latest health and beauty news, it may seem to you that everyone is raving about coconut oil. Although it’s been around for ages, it used to be considered unhealthy due to its being more than 90% saturated fat. However, it turns out that this fat is actually beneficial, since it’s rich in nutrients, helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and is loaded with antioxidants!
Coconut oil (cosmetic grade) can work wonders for your hair as well as soothing and moisturizing your skin. And its benefits don’t stop there, its uses are almost endless. Coconut oil is natural, healthy and safe for your body, skin, hair, and even your shoes! So, buy a couple of bottles and try out all the myriad uses of this wonder oil!
For body and skin care
Coconut oil is the best basic beauty product that you can have. Just remember to choose a cosmetic grade oil for best results when you are applying it topically.
For DIY beauty treatments, fractionated coconut oil is the best option. This is when the long-chain triglycerides are removed from the oil and the medium-chain ones are left in for increased stability and a longer shelf life. This kind won’t clog pores and has a powerful antioxidant effect, which provides perfect skin protection and anti-aging properties.
See all the wonderful uses for your hair, skin and body.
- Skin moisturizer – Use a coin-sized amount and let it dry for about a minute or mix it with essential oil for added aromatherapy benefit
- Anti-wrinkle – Apply a little bit to wrinkles and lines to help soften and rehydrate skin and improve texture.
- Puffy eyes – Apply a small amount of coconut oil around the eyes before bedtime to reduce puffiness in the morning.
- Face mask – Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of coconut oil and put it on your face. It warms on your skin and may drip, so be prepared. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse well with warm water for a soft and clear complexion.
- Hair conditioner – It’s the best treatment there is for repairing split ends, moisturizing your scalp and giving your tresses a healthy glow. You need to put a small amount (about 2 teaspoons) into a small container and put that into a bowl with water (warmer than 76 degrees) to soften the coconut oil. Apply on damp hair then massage the roots and comb it through the rest of your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel for one hour, then remove the oil using a little shampoo.
- Detangling hair – Simply apply coconut oil to damp hair and leave it in for a few minutes then gently comb through any tangles.
- Hair sun protection – Put a little bit of the oil on your fingers and run them through your hair and scalp before brushing for frizz control and sun protection.
- Anti-dandruff – For a flake-free day, coconut oil can be used the same way as conditioner, only left in overnight and washed out in the morning.
- Hair growth – The oil acts to reduce breakage and strengthen hair if you use it daily.
- Shaving cream – For people with dry skin and razor burn, coconut oil is a great alternative, moisturizing the skin and keeping the hairs up.
- Aftershave – It’s also great as an aftershave, soothing skin and healing razor burn.
- Lip balm – Use coconut oil for sun and wind protection and for moistening dry or cracked lips.
- Exfoliating body scrub bar – Melt ½ a cup of coconut oil and stir in about 3 tablespoons of sugar (white or brown) then put it in a mold to refrigerate and cool. Slice off a piece to gently scrub damp skin before rinsing and applying moisturizer.
- Face scrub – Mix an equal amount of coconut oil and baking soda to gently remove dirt and dead skin cells and visibly brighten your complexion.
- Lip scrub – Mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of coconut oil for soft and smooth lips.
- Foot exfoliation – Mix coconut oil with coarse sea salt in a 1:2 ration and scrub your soles
- Skin moisturizing lotion bar – Put one cup each of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax into a jar with a lid and boil it in a saucepan until the ingredients melt. After removing the jar from the saucepan, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil and stir well. Pour into molds and allow to cool completely before removing the lotion bars.
- Deodorant – Put a half cup each of coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax into a jar with a lip and boil until the ingredients melt. After removing it from the heat, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil, ½ cup of arrowroot powder and 3 tablespoons of baking soda and stir well. Pour into molds and allow to cool completely before removing the solid mixture.
- Makeup remover – Apply coconut oil and massage gently to remove makeup without irritating skin and eyes. Then rinse off with water and pat your face dry.
- Cheekbone highlighter – Apply a little coconut oil after you put on your makeup to highlight cheekbones and provide a youthful glow.
- Softens elbows – Rub a little on dry or cracked elbows twice a day for smooth and soft skin.
- Cracked heels – Use coconut oil on cracked heels to soften them and prevent cracks.
- Nails and cuticles – Rub a little oil into cuticles and nails before bed every night to soften cuticles and strengthen nails.
- Stretch marks – Rub a little oil on them to reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time.
- After waxing – Apply some coconut oil and then wipe it with a warm washcloth to get that sticky substance off your skin after hair removal.
- Personal lubricant – The oil is natural and safe, and often better than commercial lubricants. Just do NOT use it with condoms, since it isn’t compatible with latex.
- Cellulite – Apply coconut oil to affected areas and you’ll see the difference in a few months.
- Varicose veins – Regular application of a thin layer will reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
- Massage – Coconut oil moisturizes and has antioxidants which are great for skin and muscles.
- Tattoos – Rub a little oil on your new tatt to heal that annoying itch. Use it to soothe and moisturize the skin, as well as enhance the ink.
- Bath oil – Add a little to your bath to relax after a hard day and to coat and refresh your skin. Or make these great bath melts to put into your bath water. Heat a cup of oil on low for a minute or two. Remove from the heat and mix in 15 drops of your favorite essential oils. Pour into molds and once they are cooled, pop them out and use them to dissolve in your bath. Keep them in a cool place.
- Eyelashes –You can swab a bit of oil on limp-looking eyelashes to give them some life.
- Mascara brushes – Remove the buildup on your brush by soaking it in oil for five minutes
Cooking, foods and drinks
Coconut oil is edible and great for cooking as well. There are two kinds: refined and unrefined. The refined kind is extracted from dried coconuts, has no taste and odor, and can withstand higher temperatures. However, some refining processes use chemicals and create trans-fats, so be sure to check the label to see if the oil has been refined more naturally, just using heat.
Unrefined, or virgin coconut oil, is extracted quickly from fresh coconuts without a refining process and keeps its flavor and odor.
Check out some of the recipes and uses for coconut oil in the kitchen
- Cooking oil – It is one of the best cooking oils because it has a high percentage of saturated fats that make it able to withstand higher temperatures. These saturated fats are actually healthy and provide a great texture and taste.
- Grease pans – Coconut oil is a healthier alternative to vegetable oil or Crisco
- Coffee creamer – Put 2 cups of hot coffee, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the blender and blend until it is frothy
- Sweetener – The slight sweetness provides a healthier option to sugar
- Butter substitute – Use coconut oil instead of butter for a tasty and healthy spread
- Smoothies – Add coconut oil to improve the consistency of smoothies. Try the following recipe: Blend 2 cups of coconut milk and ¼ cup of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons gelatin powder, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ cup of strawberries for a delicious and healthy smoothie.
- Mayonnaise – Make it with coconut oil and feel less guilty about eating this condiment. Combine 2/3 cup of coconut oil with an equal amount of olive oil, four egg yolks, a tablespoon of mustard and one of apple vinegar or lemon juice
- Salad dressings – Add tasty coconut oil to that bowl of greens to help your body better absorb all the great nutrients. Try the following recipe:
- Freezer burn – Prevent it by putting a thin layer of the oil before you put things in the freezer.
- Preserve eggs – Coat the eggshells with coconut oil to preserve eggs and make them last longer.
- Popcorn – Drizzle coconut oil with some salt for a healthy topping for your popcorn.
- Cleaning food from dishes – Add coconut oil to lubricate tough spots for easier washing
Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and antioxidants that make it great for many ailments. Use the food grade if you ingest it and fractionated coconut oil for topical uses because of its concentration of capric and capryllic acids, which provide powerful disinfectant and antioxidant properties.
- Inflammation – The lauric and capric acid in the oil help to suppress inflammation
- Cuts and wounds – Clean them first and apply it as an antibacterial and antifungal cream.
- Weight loss – Substitute other fats with coconut oil to help you lose weight
- Curb appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to help you keep your portions under control.
- Breath freshener – The antibacterial properties will help freshen your breath
- Aromatherapy – Use it as a carrier oil to help absorption of essential oils and herbal extracts.
- Energy – The medium-chain triglycerides it contains provide energy for the body.
- Immunity – Add it to your diet to boost immunity and help fight viruses and infections.
- Circulation – Taking it and applying it topically can help improve blood circulation.
- Thyroid – Studies have shown that regular consumption supports healthy function of the thyroid
- Constipation – It is a natural laxative and can help to soften stools and speed up metabolism.
- Bone health – It helps your body absorb nutrients like vitamins and calcium for stronger bones.
- Arthritis – Take a couple of spoons daily for its anti-inflammatory properties to combat pain.
- Fungal and yeast infections – Add 3-5 spoons to your diet and/or apply a little oil to the infection
- Hemorrhoids – Apply the oil to get rid of the pain and take a seat in comfort.
- Athlete’s foot – Rub coconut oil with tea tree oil on your feet for relief
- Toenail fungus – Apply a small amount several times for its antifungal properties
- Cholesterol – The lauric acid helps boost the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad (LDL)
- Cold sores – Apply it several times daily to soothe the sores and prevent them spreading
- Sore throat – Dissolve a spoon in your mouth and let it slide down your sore throat
- Coughs – Mix ½ a spoonful of oil with a teaspoon of honey into a ¼ cup of hot water for relief
- Insects – Bugs can’t stand it so slather it on as an insect repellent to keep them away
- Insect bites and bee stings – Use coconut oil to help relieve itching and pain and reduce swelling
- Sunburn – Mix it with aloe Vera gel in a 1:1 ration and cool it a little to rub on sunburn
- Treat the skin irritation caused by eczema flare ups, poison ivy, and chicken pox
- Heartburn – Three tablespoons a day can soothe your esophagus and improve digestive health
- Mouthwash – Use it in a liquid form for ‘oil pulling’
- Toothpaste – Mix 6 tablespoons of coconut oil and 6 of baking soda and 25 drops of essential oil
- Toothache – Mix coconut oil with clove oil in a 1:2 ratio and apply to gums with a cotton swab
- Ear wax – Apply two drops of the oil with an eyedropper to help break it up
- Warts and moles – Rub oil into the wart or mole and cover it with a bandage to diminish it
- Allergies – Relieve allergies by dabbing a little oil on your nostrils
- Ear infections – Apply it to the ear and its antibacterial and antifungal powers can kill infection
- Nose bleeds – rub a little in your nostrils to combat cracking which can lead to nose bleeds
- Lice – Run a comb dipped in coconut oil through your child’s hair to chase them away
Pregnancy and Infant Care
Coconut oil has benefits for mom’s and infants and can be a fantastic resource.
Perineum – Prevent or lessen tears to the perineum during birth by applying it in the months prior birth. Nipples – It’s safe and soothing to rub on your nipples to reduce irritation and great for baby too. Nursing – Taking 3-4 tablespoons a day can help moms increase their milk supply and nutrients. Morning sickness – Calm your upset stomach during pregnancy with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Baby’s skin – Apply a dab to dry areas, like the creases of their neck, to keep them moist. It’s safe and irritation free for baby’s sensitive skin. Diaper rash – Its antifungal properties help soothe the skin and prevent further irritation.
We already told you to always have a couple of jars with this oil and now we’ll share with you some amazing uses.
Get a zipper unstuck, remove gum from shoes, hair, carpet, etc., Remove rust, remove soap scum, remove a ring, fix a squeaky hinge, lubricate appliances – apply a thin layer to blades, polish furniture, shine plants, shine leather, coat snow shovels with it to keep the snow from sticking to the shovel…
As you can see, there are limitless ways to use this oil, so do stock up and try them out …