If you have yet to taste the goodness of coconut oil, or use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer, you are missing out on one of the most all-purpose products available to us! Every home needs a big ol’ jar of coconut oil. It’s cheap, amazingly therapeutic and can be used for hundreds of purposes. To get you started, here are 101 of the best uses for Coconut Oil!
1. For cooking, obviously. Coconut Oil has a high smoke point, so its great for stir-frys and anything cooked on the stovetop with high heat.
2. As a light, non-greasy daily moisturizer
3. As a balm on rashes, skin irritations, minor cuts, etc, to help them heal faster.
4. To boost your immune system. Coconut oil has some great anti-viral qualities, thanks to the lauric acid and capric acid contained within it.
5. Mixed with essential oils to dilute for topical use.
6. As a cloth-diaper safe diaper cream – just rub it on baby’s bottom. You’ll never switch back.
7. Coconut oil is excellent for baking, and healthier than a lot of veggie oils.
8. Eye make-up remover. Not kidding; it’s awesome.
9. In your homemade hair conditioning treatments.
10. To remove cradle cap in babies. Rub a little in, let it sit for a few moments, rinse and wipe off with warm washcloth. (Makes babies hair a tiny bit greasy, but worth it to remove the cradle cap.)
11. Added to food/drink daily for increased energy
12. To do oil pulling to heal your teeth and for oral hygiene
13. As a lovely, healthy Massage Oil
14. With a cleaning agent in your homemade laundry detergent
15. To make scented Whipped Body Butter
16. To prevent and heal stretch marks in pregnancy and beyond.
17. Spread on bread, as a butter/margarine alternative
18. As a base for salves and balms for all sorts of purposes
19. Mixed with sugar for a Sugar Scrub to exfoliate and moisturize
20. To polish leather – but only shiny leather as it will leave a shine!
21. With apple cider vinegar and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil to make a natural lice treatment
22. To sooth eczema or psoriasis
23. In healthy, brain boosting snacks for kids and adults
24. Studies show it can help balance insulin levels
25. Nursing women can add a few Tbs to their daily diet to increase milk supply
26. As a base with essential oils for a natural Bug Repellent
27. To season your cast iron skillets
28. By itself or with EOs as a natural deodorant
29. In homemade vapor rub (so easy and so much better)
30. To smooth and heal cracked feet and heels
31. In homemade Re-mineralizing Toothpaste
32. Use instead of cuticle cream to help your nail grow and strengthen
33. Use topically to ease the pain of hemorrhoids
34. Include in almost all diy lotion recipes
35. Add to your smoothies for a creamy blend and a brain power boost
36. Make lotion bars
37. Mix with salt and scrub dead skin off your feet
38. Add to homemade soaps for some moisture
39. Dab on bug bites to kill the itch
40. Use regularly to reduce appearance of cellulite
41. Use regularly to diminish varicose veins
42. Replace unhealthy fats with Coconut Oil to lower cholesterol
43. Use as a natural one-ingredient lip balm
43. Apply to chapped, cracked nostrils during cold season after too many tissues
43. Many women use coconut oil topically and internally to kill yeast and help yeast infections
44. Rub in to soothe achy muscles
45. Take as a digestive aid
46. Make an easy diy Dandruff Treatment or Dandruff Shampoo
47. Gargle with to ease sore throats
48. Include in diet for increased metabolism
49. Clear up acne when used regularly in small amounts
50. Used for car sickness – rub into wrists
51. Soothes cracked nipples from breastfeeding
52. After the initial heat is gone, use to speed up healing of sunburns
53. As a coffee creamer, when emulsified into coffee
54. In homemade Mayonnaise without the hydrogenated oils
55. Smooths wrinkles when used regularly
56. Make a facial scrub with coconut oil and baking soda
57. Fades and eliminate age spots
58. Use in place of Lanolin on chaffed nipples from breastfeeding.
59. Cleans Mascara brushes
60. Moisturizes as a bath oil
61. Conditions Eyelashes
62. Prevents sagging skin
63. Tenderizes roast meats
64. A healthy addition to salad oils
65. Polishes metal
66. Replaces WD-40
67. Treats cutting boards
68. Cleans Tubs and Showers
69. Sweetens Teas and Coffee
70. Polishes Silverware
71. Cleans Barbecue
72. Polishes Shoes
73. Removes wax
74. Unstick Stubborn Zippers
75. Removes gum from hair and fabric
76. Removes Sap
77. Make Bath Melts with Coconut Oil
78. Deep Condition Rough Hands with coconut oil and a pair of gloves
79. Prevents Kitty Litter from Sticking to the Tray
80. Promote healing for tattoos
81. Used as a safe personal lubrication, but not with latex.
82. Rub on your legs in the shower, instead of shaving cream, and enjoy a moisturizing and antibacterial shave
83. Grease your baking sheets with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.
84. Make Coconut Butter.
85. Eliminates fleas and ticks in your pets fur
86. Make a hydrating anti-acne face mask
87. Avoid skin stains while dying your hair by rubbing coconut oil around your ears, neck and hairline.
88. Slather into light hair before going in a pool, to diminish the effects of the chlorine.
89. Combine with sugar for a simple lip exfoliating scrub.
90. Apply a small amount to palms to smooth down and tame fly-away strands
91. Try using melted coconut oil with a dash of sea salt instead of butter on popcorn, toast and artichokes.
92. Slather it on for relief from chicken pox or shingles.
93. Mix with baking soda for a natural Goo-Gone
94. Mix with Clove Oil for bad tooth pain, until you can get to the dentist
95. Spread it on a nail brush for a anti-fungal nail scrub
96. Removes stickers and sticky labels from glass, plastic, wood…
97. Removes ink marks from vinyl, pleather, etc.
98. Make your own Coconut Beeswax Candles
99. Mix with lemon juice and use as a furniture polish.
100. Mix with avocado for a deep conditioning hair mask.
101. Ingesting Coconut Oil every day is said to really help with allergies.
*I’m done! Go buy yourself a jar of coconut oil and start playing!*