Coconut oil is phenomenal and miraculous. It’s the most important oil in my home. I use it for virtually everything. I usually buy coconut oil in bulk and stock the jars in the store, so I don’t run out. I can’t overemphasis the importance of this oil. I really don’t know what my life will be like without it.
This article outlines all the amazing uses of coconut oil I know of. I’m sure after reading this, you will get obsessed with the oil yourself. Below is a comprehensive list of all the uses of coconut oil
- Coconut oil and weight loss. What’s the connection between the two? Coconut oil will help you lose weight when you substitute it with other unhealthy oils used in cooking. It contains saturated fat, which doesn’t get packed away as fat easily, rather it’s sent straight to the liver to be metabolized, which in turn boosts your energy level. It also helps suppress your appetite. Whenever you have unnecessary cravings just take two tablespoons of coconut oil.
Prevent Stretch Marks
- Coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. Although there is no proven way of totally preventing stretch marks, because most of the times it’s widely a genetic issue. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, which penetrates deep down into the skin to provide and retain moisture in the skin. I suggest you apply it 1 to 2 times daily throughout the course of pregnancy.
- Virgin coconut oil has proven to be an effective natural remedy for treating cold sores (oral herpes) as it is both antiviral and antibacterial. Cold sores are inflamed blisters in or near the mouth, caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores spread from person to person by close contact, such as kissing. Coconut oil contains coconut fat and lauric acid, a fatty acid that the body transforms into monolaurin. Monolaurin prevents the virus from spreading. Apply coconut oil directly to the sore several times a day.
- Coconut oil has no cholesterol. The medium chain fatty acids present in coconut oil are broken down and used for energy. They produce energy, not fat. Also, you have to know that medium chain fatty acids do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and it helps protect against heart disease.
- Coconut oil contains a full spectrum of antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. And also substances like lauric acid and caprylic acid, which help fight yeast. The medium chain fatty acids penetrates the cell membrane and weaken the cell, so it disintegrates. Then white blood cells go in and gobble up the waste material while killing the yeast, virus, and bacteria.
Moisturize Your Skin
- Coconut oil is well known for its moisturizing property. It delivers a refreshing burst of moisture, which penetrates the skin and truly heals it. Using coconut oil can make your body feel oily, to avoid this, make sure you take the needed amount of time (at least 15 minutes) to massage the oil thoroughly on your body.
- Coconut oil makes a perfect deep conditioning hair treatment. It helps condition, strengthen, and repair hair. Take a generous amount of coconut oil and massage it onto your hair. Rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed into dry hair to tame frizz.
Reduce Risk (or effect) of Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. A neurodegenerative type of dementia, the disease starts mild and gets progressively worse. There are so many claims speculating that coconut oil can be used to cure Alzheimer. These claims have to do with ketones. Ketones are what the bodies produced when fats are converted into energy. The primary source of energy for the brain is glucose. In Alzheimer’s disease, it’s believed that brain cells have difficulty metabolizing glucose. But the theory is that ketones produced in our bodies when digesting coconut oil may provide an alternative fuel source to keep the brain nourished. Ketone bodies can supply energy to the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Make Homemade Soap
- Soaps are usually made from 5-7 oils blended to balance cleansing/moisturizing/and lathering properties. Coconut oil adds hardness to the soap while breaking down grease and oils effectively.
- Coconut oil is what I used as my shaving cream. Using the traditional shaving cream is quite frustrating because it melts away when it comes in contact with water. But with coconut oil, it bounces off the water, allowing you have a clean shave. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles, which means you get the closest shave. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs and shave using a sharp razor. For extra-soft skin, exfoliate with a body scrub before shaving. If you wish to take this further and prepare your own homemade shaving cream with coconut oil, below is the recipe.
- COCONUT OIL SHAVING CREAM RECIPE
• 1/4 cup aloe vera
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 4-6 drops essential oil (peppermint, tea tree, lavender or a combination)
Melt coconut oil and combine it with other ingredients on the list. Stir and store in a plastic container. Apply a thin layer to skin and let sit for a couple of minutes before shaving. The aloe will soften hair while the coconut oil moisturizes your skin, helping to prevent razor burn and skin irritation. Add the essential oil of your preference. Peppermint will give a cooling sensation, lavender is soothing, and tea tree is a good antiseptic if you cut yourself.
- I’m very particular when it comes to my underarms. I always like them hair-free, soft, and smell free. Ever since I discovered that coconut oil works best in this department, I’ve ditched my usual deodorant. Coconut oil does it for me. To take this a little further I’ve prepared a simple recipe. Feel free to get your hands dirty!
• 1/3 cup coconut oil
• 2 tbs baking soda
• 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
• 10 – 15 essential oils (optional)
• A small mixing bowl and spoon
• A small container for your finished product
Mix the coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder thoroughly in the small mixing bowl until you have an even mixture, similar to deodorant.
Put the mixture in a small container. To use simply swipe two fingers gently into the mixture and rub on your underarms. Wait two minutes before dressing to avoid any smearing on your clothes.
Note: Coconut oil melts when the temperatures get warmer. Some people like to keep their deodorant in the fridge during warm months.
- Coconut oil works wonders as a lip balm and nourishes the lips. Honestly speaking, coconut oil has saved me huge expenses. I ditched every other lotion and went for coconut oil for a multipurpose use. You can either apply it directly on your lips or go with the recipe below.
1 teaspoon petroleum jelly
1 teaspoon coconut oil
4 drops vanilla extract
5 drops almond extract
- Put the petroleum jelly in a microwave-safe bowl
- Heat for 2 minutes, or until melted
- Mix in the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
- Pour into lip balm container, and freeze for 20 minutes. If there is more lip balm left over, pour it into another lip balm container.
- I fed my dog regularly with coconut oil and I can see remarkable results — for their skin, digestive and immune systems, metabolic function, and even their bone and brain health. Coconut oil can also be used for itchy dogs, as it nourishes the dry, irritated, or inflamed skin that is the result of the inappropriate response to various allergens.
Below are a few uses of coconut oil for your dog.
- Coconut oil can be used to prevent and treat candida, a yeast-like parasitic fungus that can sometimes cause thrush. Its antiviral agents also help dogs recover quickly from a kennel cough.
- When you apply it topically on your dog’s skin, coconut oil will promote the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.
- Coconut oil is a powerful emollient, which helps moisturize your dog’s skin. You can add it in her diet or shampoo.
- It also helps promote mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.
- Coconut oil will also help your dog reduce weight and increase their energy levels.
- Coconut oil improves overall skin health for your dog. It clears up skin conditions, such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin. My dog always gets scabby ears from excess scratching and applying coconut oil dramatically reduced the scratching.
- Coconut oil also helps eliminate doggy breath. I normally brush my dog’s teeth with coconut oil and it gives my dog awesome breath.
- Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antifungal properties, which helps to reduce doggy odor, and its pleasantly tropical aroma gives a superb scent to your dog’s skin and coat.
- Do you want easy digestion and nutrient absorption for your dog? Try coconut oil. It can, however, cause them to have loose stools. To remedy that, add a few spoonful’s of canned pumpkin to your dog’s diet.
- Coconut oil helps prevent diabetes. It does this by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function and helps prevent infection and heart disease.
- Coconut oil is also excellent for brain health. It’s a must to keep senior dogs minds from becoming cloudy.
- To replace the usual high-calorie coffee creamers, like milk and sugar, add a little coconut oil in your coffee and stir. Before you do this make sure your cup is very hot when you add it, otherwise some non-melted coconut oil might pop up.
- The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. Although antibiotics are not effective in treating viruses, the lauric acid and monolaurin derived from coconut oil has been known to destroy viruses. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid-coated viruses, such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes, helicobacter pylori, and protozoa, such as giardia lamblia. So next time you have a cut on your skin, apply coconut oil to prevent further infections.
- Coconut oil is the best wood polish I have used. Unlike most wood polish coconut oil sinks into the wood and keeps it looking its best by giving it a pleasant shine. Start with cleaning the surface with a slightly damp cloth and dry. Followed by rubbing some coconut oil onto another clean cloth, and apply to wood in a circular motion and Let dry. To take this even further I have prepared a wood polish recipe from coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- Polishing cloth
- Combine the oil and lemon juice in a glass and apply with a soft polishing cloth. Polish the furniture by rubbing briskly
- Much research conducted on coconut oil has proved that the oil is the secret weapon to fight heart disease. Eating coconut oil on a regular basis reduces the risk of heart attack. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are known as saturated fats which protect you from getting heart attacks. Natural, non-hydrogenated coconut oil helps increase HDL cholesterol and improve the cholesterol profile. HDL is the good cholesterol that helps protect against heart disease.
- As surprising as it might seem, it’s true. Coconut oil contains saturated fat and we were made to believe that a high content of saturated fat can lead to heart disease, which is linked to increased cholesterol. To add to the confusion, you’ll find different types of coconut oil: virgin, refined, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated. The former is extracted from the fresh fruit, without using elevated temperatures. Refinement often includes high heat and chemical bleaching. Processed coconut oils may not have the same health benefits as virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil has been repeatedly shown to be beneficial rather than detrimental on cholesterol levels and heart health. The difference is in the fat molecules. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The first, which you are probably familiar with, is based on saturation. You have saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Another system of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. In this system you have short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).
Soothe Fly Bites
- I always us coconut oil to stop the itching and swelling of insect bites or stings. I can vividly recall a certain occasion when I was bitten by a cockroach. It was a horrible experience, as the area immediately got swollen and became extremely itchy. I brought out my coconut oil to soothe the affected areas and in less than 5 minutes the itching stopped and the area flattened. For severe bites apply two to three times daily, more for an even speedier recovery. Warm oil works best because it penetrates deeper.
- Coconut oil helps to promote healthy and clear skin. It is a great source of two of the most powerful antimicrobial agents found in food, capric acid, and lauric acid. They are the same acids found in breast milk, which keeps newborn babies protected from infections. When these are applied to the skin, some good microbes present on the skin convert these acids into Monocaprin and Monolaurin, respectively. This helps to replace the protective acid layer on the skin. I can vividly recall when my face was filled with acne. I felt so bad about this and resorted to buying all sort of commercial creams and cleansers, which caused more harm than good until I discovered the miraculous power of coconut oil. I immediately replaced all the oil in my house with coconut oil and started using it as my body cream. My face is now well moisturized and acne free.
- If you really want to get all the benefits of coconut oil, it’s time to replace it with the other oil you use when cooking or baking. Coconut oil lends moisture, freshness, and richness to baked goods. To replace butter for coconut oil in baking, I’ve carefully outlined the steps for you to follow:
- Step 1
- Chill the coconut oil to solidify it, especially in the summer and for recipes calling for solid butter. You may store the oil in the refrigerator to prevent it from softening or melting in the heat of the kitchen.
- Step 2
Determine the amount of butter needed by reading your recipe.
- Step 3
Measure coconut oil in a one-to-one ratio and substitute it for butter in your recipe. For example, if your recipe calls for ½ cup of butter, use ½ cup of coconut oil.
Exfoliating Body Scrub
- One of my favorite ways of using coconut oil is as a body scrub. It sure adds an extra glow and shine to your skin and it’s one of the beauty secrets of most celebrities. To use coconut oil as a body scrub, it requires a little DIY technique. Below I have outlined the steps to follow.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler over a low heat or in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Stir in coconut milk and sugar, mixing until the sugar is thoroughly coated. Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest until all the ingredients are combined. Transfer to a glass jar. To use, massage all over dry skin before showering. Rinse thoroughly, and cleanse.
- Coconut oil also serves as a makeup remover. Well, I’m not a woman, but I know this because my girlfriend uses mine to remove her makeup. I don’t know who gave her that idea, but it works for her. The steps she uses are pretty basic and easy:
- Step 1: Scoop a small handful of coconut oil out of the jar. (Usually, this will be solid unless it is a hot day)
- Step 2: To turn it into a liquid, rub it gently between your palms
- Step 3: Smear it all over a dry face and massage it into your eyes if you’ve got thick eye makeup on, let it sit for a second, so everything dissolves.
- Step 4: To remove the makeup, grab a pad and wipe everything off.
- Step 5: Then rinse your face with water. There will be some coconut oil residue, so just massage it in for a moisturizing treatment.
- Coconut oil serves as a great massage oil and the benefits are enormous. I will list a few:
- Healthy skin: Coconut is rich in vitamin E, which helps nourish skin and make it smoother and softer
Anti-aging / anti-wrinkle: Coconut oil is helpful in making skin look younger
- Easy absorption: Coconut oil is absorbed so easily that sometimes massage therapists use extra external moisturizer to make sure there is lubrication left while massaging.
- No stains: Coconut oil leaves no stains, unlike most oils.
- Muscle benefits: Massaging the body with coconut oil can help soothe and relax tight muscles. This is great if you are tired due to physical activity.
- Anti-microbial properties: Coconut oil has great anti-microbial properties. Medium chained triglycerides (MCTs) are considered to be great in treating various kinds of infections whether bacterial, viral or fungal.
Nail and Cuticle Treatment
- Coconut oil is perfect for nail and cuticle treatment. I got this tip from my girlfriend, while I was compiling this book. She prefers coconut oil than any other cream on the market, so I decided to add this to the list. Feel free to try it out yourself because it really works for her. I can testify to that. Rub a little into your cuticles and over/around your nails to help smooth out flaws and encourage healthy growth.
- All hail coconut oil as the perfect diaper rash cream. Search no more because you have just discovered the secret. No one likes to see their baby suffering from diaper rash. The oil has a soothing and nourishing effect, which helps heal the baby’s bottom without any form of irritation and itching, making the area smooth and shiny.
Method: (Coconut Oil)
- Wash your baby’s bottom properly and dry it with a towel, then apply coconut oil on the affected area with your fingertips
- Allow it to dry before putting a new diaper on your baby
- The coconut oil (an emollient oil) acts as a barrier between the skin and the faeces or urine in the diaper and prevents the rashes caused by it. This process is also used to treat the yeast diaper rash problem.
- I am not in the best position to talk about coconut as a nipple cream (as a man) but I felt I should include it. Breastfeeding can cause painful, cracked or chaffed nipples, and the best remedy for this is coconut oil. It’s not a good idea to apply unknown stuff onto your nipple, because of the health of your baby. After breastfeeding gently rub a small amount of coconut oil on and around the nipple.
- Inflammation is a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. Coconut oil suppresses the effects of inflammation and helps repair tissue. It can also inhibit harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation. The lauric acid in coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil serves as a good leather polish. Clean out the dust and dirt from the leather and gently apply a small amount of coconut oil on it, rubbing it in a circular motion.
Remove Chewing Gum
- Yes, I have tried it firsthand. I don’t know how; maybe because it has a way of sinking into stuff and loosening its hold. Rub it thoroughly over the chewing gum and let it sit for 2-5 minutes or longer and use a soft texture cloth or sponge to wipe the gum away. Then wash the area with a mild soap.
Get Rid of Soap Scum
- Soap scum or lime scale is a filmy layer that forms around showers, sinks, tubs, and other areas where soap and water are often present. It is caused by the minerals naturally present in water. When these minerals combine with soap, they create a sticky mixture that adheres to surrounding surfaces, slowly creating a scaly build-up that may also include body oils, dead skin, hair, and dirt. Adding oil to scum seemed counterintuitive, but I’m still amazed that it did the job perfectly. Put some oil on a rag and scrub that scum away with ease.
Season Cast Iron Pans
- The list is endless. There is a lot coconut oil can do. While writing this book I felt tempted to cut it short, but I couldn’t, knowing that much would be left out if I do. Cast iron is durable and if properly taken care of, it can be passed down from generation to generation. First, make sure the pans are properly seasoned. The seasoning process helps maintain the integrity of the pan, reduces sticking, and makes clean-up a breeze. To season cast iron you will need the following:
- Cast iron pan(s)
- Coconut oil
- A dry cloth or sponge
- An oven
- Clean and dry the pan completely.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F. Place a sheet pan or some foil over the lower rack of your oven while the oven is cool. You can also season your pans on a grill if you prefer. This keeps the mess and potential smoke outdoors.
- Using your fingers, a cloth, or dry sponge, spread a layer of coconut oil around the inside and outside of the skillet. You can use virgin or refined. I use refined.
- Make sure the inside is coated completely.
- Place your pan face down on your top oven rack.
- Bake in the oven for 90 minutes. There is a chance of smoke, so you might want to keep your stove fan running.
- Turn off the oven, but don’t open the door. Let the pan cool in the oven and then repeat as needed. Sometimes one session is all you need, but if it’s a new, unseasoned pan, or one that has had the seasoning worn off, you may need to repeat the process a few times for a stronger bond.
- Coconut oil also serves as a good bath oil, which gives great aroma and moisturizes the skin. Below is a simple recipe to make your own coconut bath oil.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 15 drops essential oils (I used lavender)
- Molds or ice cube trays
- Heat the coconut oil on low heat for 1-2 minutes or until the coconut oil is completely melted, then remove from the heat and add essential oils. Mix thoroughly and pour the melted coconut oil into your molds.
- Let the coconut oil bath melts cool.
- Once cooled, pop the melts out of the molds and store them in a container in a cool place.
- If you keep your home warm (70 degrees or above) you may need to store these in the fridge or freezer so they don’t melt.
HIV – AIDS
- Coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can reduce the viral load of HIV patients. according to University of the Philippines’ Emeritus professor of pharmacology. Dr. Conrato S. Dayrit. A minimum of 50 ml of coconut oil would contain 20 to 25 grams of lauric acid, which indicates that the oil is metabolized in the body to release monolaurin, which is an antibiotic and an anti-viral agent. Among the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has the maximum anti-viral activity. Based on this research, the first clinical trial using monolaurin as monotherapy on some of the HIV patients was conducted recently. Dr. Dayrit’s conclusions after the study were as follows: “This initial trial confirmed the anecdotal reports that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients. The positive anti-viral action was seen not only with the monoglyceride of lauric acid but with coconut oil itself. This indicates that coconut oil is metabolized to monoglyceride forms of C-8, C-10, C- 12 to which it must owe its anti-pathogenic activity.
- Coconut oil works well with rash. It contains anti-inflammatory effects, helpful in easing the swelling and itching. Just massage a generous amount of coconut oil on the rash for about 15 minutes until the rash has cleared up.
- Coconut oil comes in handy when dandruff is the case. Dandruff often results due to an overgrowth of a common fungus on the scalp. To remedy this, use coconut oil 2-3 times a week to provide your hair with some anti-fungal remedy to keep the itching and flakes at bay.
- Coconut oil is an excellent rust remover. To get rid of rust, simply spread a thin layer of coconut oil over the rusty area. Allow it to sit for 1-2 hours, then run warm water over the oil and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Prevent Split Ends
- Split ends occur on the tips of a person’s hair which split as a result of dryness or ill-treatment. Coconut oil is rich in protective fatty acids that adhere to keratin easily. To remedy split ends apply a bit of coconut oil to the ends of your hair daily to reduce breakage. Keep the application to a minimal level.
- It’s time to say goodbye to sore-throat. Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory that soothes the pain, irritation, and scratchiness of a sore throat. It is also antimicrobial, attacking bacteria, fungi, and many other viruses, so your immune system can step in and get rid of the problem faster. Swallow 1 teaspoon up to three times daily to ease the pain. To take this a little further you can make your own cough syrup with the recipe below:
• 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 cup local raw honey
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and warm them on low heat. Remember the purpose is to melt them, not cook. Take the warm syrup with a spoon or mix it in warm water or tea and swallow. You can also melt coconut oil into tea or vegetable broth directly to reduce the soreness in your throat.
Treat Athletes Foot
Athlete’s foot is an infection also called tinea pedis, caused when various types of fungus invade the skin. It usually occurs between the toes, but it can also occur on the bottom and sides of the feet and is highly contagious. Coconut oil has powerful anti-fungal properties. These properties are due largely to the presence of lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has been shown to control the activity of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. To treat athlete’s foot, wash the affected area and pat dry. Then apply a thin layer of coconut oil and massage properly. Make sure to wash your hands before application, to avoid further spread of the infection.
- Yummy! When used as popcorn topping, it’s simply amazing. All you need to do is melt some coconut oil and drizzle it over your popcorn, then add a little salt to it.
Used As Toothpaste
- Coconut oil serves as a perfect replacement for conventional toothpaste, which is usually full of harmful chemicals and agents. Replacing the conventional toothpaste with coconut oil is a safe alternative because it contains no foaming agent. Sodium lauryl is a foaming agent used in conventional toothpaste, which has been linked to canker sores. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial and has shown to be very effective at killing the bad bacteria in your mouth. Below is a simple recipe to make your own coconut toothpaste:
• 3 tbs organic baking soda
• 3 tbs coconut oil
• 20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil
• 2 tsp glycerin
• A few drops of stevia or one packet of xylitol, which also fights tooth decay.
- Coconut oil has been used for many years by indigenous, pacific islanders. Bruce Fife, ND, in his book Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut Oil, explains that coconut oil, when applied to the skin protects against sunburn and cancer. Unlike sunscreen, unprocessed coconut oil doesn’t completely block the UVB rays that are necessary for vitamin D synthesis. It protects the skin and underlying tissues from the damage excessive exposure can cause. Instead of burning or turning red, it produces a light tan, depending on the length of time you spend in the sun.
- The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil make it ideal for minor scrapes and scratches. To take it a little further mix it with honey and apply to the area in order for healing to commence.
- Looking for an all-natural, non-toxic insect repellent that doesn’t contain chemicals? I bet you are looking for is coconut oil. You can also melt the coconut oil and mix it with some essential oils like peppermint or citrus to make the perfect bug repellent.
Bee Sting Soother
- I bet you never knew that coconut oil could stop the itching and swelling of insect bites in just a few minutes? All you need to do is apply coconut oil on the affected area. For an extra kick add a drop of lavender essential oil.
- To fight frizz just apply a little amount. Pour 3 drops on your palm, rub your hands together, and smooth away a few flyways.
- Coconut oil serves as a good metal polish. To polish metal, rub a little coconut oil over the metal with a soft cloth. Allow it to sit for a while, then polish.
Moisten Chapped Nose
- It’s quite natural to have a chapped nose, and you don’t need special medication to remedy this. But you can relive the discomfort that comes with it by applying coconut oil. Below is a simple recipe for a chapped nose:
• 1 teaspoon coconut oil
• 3 drops tea tree oil
• Mix and apply with a Q-tip onto your chapped nose
Coconut Oil Pulling
- This is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. To do a proper coconut oil pulling use the following steps I outline below:
- Oil pulling is best done in the morning when you wake up
- Put one teaspoon of coconut oil into your mouth and chew it, so as to melt it.
- Gently swish it around your mouth and between your teeth for about 10-20 minutes, do not swallow
- Then spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with warm water.
Other Advantages of Oil Pulling are:
• Cures tooth decay
• Kills bad breath
• Heals bleeding gums
• Prevents heart disease
• Reduces inflammation
• Whitens teeth
• Soothes throat dryness
• Prevents cavities
• Heals cracked lips
• Boosts immune system
• Improves acne
• Strengthens gums and jaw
Increase Milk Flow
- A daily intake of coconut oil for nursing mothers helps increase milk supply and makes the milk more wholesome.
- Coconut oil helps fight infections and promote healing for circumcised babies. Simply apply directly to the area.
- Every lady wants their eyelashes to be long but unfortunately, only a few are blessed with that. But that doesn’t mean your wish can’t be granted. All you need to do is apply a little coconut oil to your eyelashes every night. The protein content can encourage growth and seal in moisture, preventing brittleness and breakage.
- To preserve your eggs, paint a thin coating of coconut oil over the eggshell. Doing this extends shelf-life and prevents degradation from exposure to oxygen.
Grease Baking Pans
- Have you ever tried taking that beautiful baked item out of the oven and watched in horror as it crumbles when you try to take it out the pan? To avoid this heartbreak, grease the pan lightly with coconut oil first.
Lubricate Kitchen Appliances
- To lubricate your kitchen appliances, rub a thin layer over the blades to keep them running smoothly. Be sure to store in a cool place so the layer stays firm.
Prevent Morning Sickness
- Coconut oil can help settle a queasy stomach and keep morning sickness at bay. A tablespoon down the hatch should be all it takes.
- It will also interest you to know that coconut oil can be used to highlight your cheeks and give you that little extra glow. To do this simply apply a small amount of coconut oil on your cheeks.
Shape Your Beard / Moustache
- This one really works for me. I love keeping my beard and most of the time it looks rough. Cutting it is definitely not an option. To make it appear sleek and styled, I use coconut oil. You can even go further with this and give your mustache your desired look.
Detail Your Car
- This is another amazing use of coconut oil. Apply a few drops on your dashboard or leather seats and polish. The beauty of coconut oil is that it doesn’t attract dust and it smells great.
- To relieve yourself of constipation try taking 1/2 tablespoon in the morning and 1/2 tablespoon after dinner. You will get the needed relief
Prevent Perineum Tears
- To reduce perineum tears during childbirth apply coconut oil to the perineum. For best result apply three times a day in the months leading up to labor.
Cream Foundation Base
- Apply a few dollops of coconut oil on your palm mixed with your powdered mineral foundation of choice. This creates a matching cream foundation you can easily apply around your eyes and mouth.
- Wrinkles usually come with aging but you can help your skin look fresh and supple through the application of coconut oil. Do this by simply massaging coconut oil into the wrinkles and sagging skin to help bring back your youthfulness.
Mascara Brush Cleaner
- To get rid of mascara in your brush, simply soak it in coconut oil for 5 minutes before working with your fingers. This will make the mascara come off easily.
Visibly Brighter Skin
- Are you looking for brighter skin? Coconut oil can be used as an exfoliator. The combination of equal amounts of coconut oil and baking soda can make an awesome skin exfoliator. Apply this mixture to your skin in a circular motion before rinsing.
To remove rough skin from your feet, you will need a more effective recipe. To do this mix a small amount of coconut oil with a coarser variety of sea salt.
Use at Bath Time
To prevent your baby’s skin from drying out, add one full teaspoon of coconut oil to your baby’s bath.
Easy to Clean Baby Bottom
- Coconut oil makes your baby’s bottom easy to clean. How is this achieved? Rub coconut on your baby’s bottom. When it’s the next time to change diapers, your baby’s poop will wipe right off, with no sticking.
Goodbye Baby Lotion
- Say goodbye to baby lotion. Coconut oil is a better alternative to baby lotion. Simply mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with raw and unrefined shea butter to form the basis of a fantastic natural alternative to baby lotion. You can also add your favorite essential oils to scent.
Target Eczema and Psoriasis
- These are both ugly diseases that leave red irritated patches on the skin and are often chronic. Coconut oil can definitely help you remedy these diseases. To do this, rub the oil on a thin layer to keep the areas moisturized and healthy, while also fighting fungus or bacteria.
Treat Baby Thrush
- Thrush is a common infection in the mouth of babies, on rashes (especially diaper rashes and rashes in moist places, such as under the chin of a dribbling baby). The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it a suitable treatment for thrush. Apply directly to the affected areas. This works on mamma too!
Help Your Baby Develop
- Regular intake of coconut oil can significantly increase breast milk fatty acid composition, which results in a more nourishing meal for your baby.
Help Provide Teething Relief in Babies
- If your baby is coming down with tooth pain, simply make a mixture of coconut oil and clove oil and apply it directly to your baby’s inflamed gums.
Natural Baby Massage Oil
- It’s time to replace your baby’s massage oil with coconut oil. If you have read to this point, I need not tell you more about the benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil will help keep your babies skin super soft.
Constipation Relief in Babies
- There are some claims that lubricating a rectal thermometer with coconut oil and slightly inserting it into your baby’s bum can relieve constipation effectively.
- If your lips have dry, flaky build-up of dead skin, a weekly lip exfoliation will do the trick. Below are the DIY steps to follow:
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients and store in a jar. To use, apply a small dollop to your finger, and using circular motions apply to your lips for a minute or two.
Maintain Lawn Mower Blades
- To maintain your lawn mower blades apply a thin layer of coconut oil over your lawn mower to prevent grass clumps from sticking and jamming it.
- Are you down with hay fever? Simply rub a small amount of coconut oil into each nostril for quick allergy relief. If your allergies are triggered by pollen and spores, the pollen will cling to the oil rather than enter right into the nasal passage
- Coconut oil has a way of chasing the lice away for good. To do this simply smear some coconut oil on your comb and run it through your hair.
- Mix your favorite blend of coconut oil and essential oil. Dab on your temples and the back of your neck when you feel stressed or nauseous.
- I hate picking my nostrils when they get dried up. This can be irritating. To avoid this, I rub a little amount of coconut oil on the inside of each nostril to moisturize it. When doing this, use only a small quantity because coconut oil melts rapidly at body temperature, and too much of it can make you feel like you have a runny nose.
Fade Age/Sun Spots
- I love coconut oil for this reason. Daily application of coconut oil can help fade sun or age spots and heal skin blemishes. I wish all ladies knew this, so they would stop falling victim to the cosmetics industry.
- To get rid of those dark circles that make you look exhausted, every night before going to bed rub coconut oil under your eyes.
Soften Dry Elbows
- To soften hard elbows, rub coconut oil on them, morning and night to keep them supple.
Give Your Dog a Healthy Shine
- To improve your dog’s skin and give their coats a lustrous shine, feed them with at least 1 tablespoon of coconut oil daily.
- To effectively heal your wounds, apply coconut oil to nicks and scrapes to promote healing. Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids, which will help on the road to recovery.
Soothe a Dry Canine Nose
- If your dog’s nose is dry or cracked rub a tad in.
Ease Arthritis Pain
- Coconut oil works well for arthritis by relieving the inflammation that is often brought by arthritis. You can do this effectively by massaging a mixture of coconut oil and aloe vera to lessen the pain associated with the swelling and inflammation that occurs in the joint. Coconut oil also adds strength to the bones and act as an agent that soothes arthritis pain in the bone and joints. Coconut oil also greases the joints in the body and help keep them loose, while leading to mobility and increased blood circulation within the joint. I recommend you massage a light coat of coconut oil on your joint after taking a hot shower.
Flaky Scalp Treatment
- If you are suffering from itchy or dry scalp, I strongly recommend you use coconut oil. The oil helps moisturize your skin and help correct redness and irritation. Its antibacterial properties help ward off folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles. To make your own scalp treatment, put 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small bowl. The amount of oil to use depends on the length of your hair. Microwave the oil for 30 seconds. Stir well, then heat for a few seconds more until the oil has melted fully. Let the oil cool a bit, then massage it into your scalp and the roots of your hair. Use a plastic comb to work the oil through your hair. Wrap your tresses in a towel or shower cap, then let the oil soak in for two hours. Finish by shampooing as usual.
Reduce Fine Lines
- To fully understand how, you have to know that collage and elastin are the two main thing that keeps the skin firm and supple. Collagen helps make the skin firm while elastin helps the skin return to its original position when stretched. The collagen production decreases while you age and the elastin stops entirely. Hence your skin can no longer snap back to its original position. Have you ever wondered why coconut oil help heal wounds? It’s because of its biologically active component known as fatty acid. Which have being shown to help increase collagen cross-linking. This therefore proves why it helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles. Apply it twice daily and massage thoroughly to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
- Ringworm is a skin infection that falls under the category of athlete’s foot. It presents itself as a ring-like red scaly raised bump which usually cause great itching and discomfort. To remedy this, rinse the area with warm water and pat dry, after which you massage a small amount of coconut oil on the affected area. Repeat this 3 times daily for best results.
- Osteoarthritis mostly affects the trabecular bone, which is one of the two bone structures. The trabecular number refers to the measure of bone texture and structure, it marks the severity of osteoporosis. Studies conducted with rats shows that coconut oil helps increase bone volume and trabecular numbers. Also, anti-oxidant activities present in coconut oil can help lessen osteoporosis caused by oxidative stress.
Help Heal a Bruise
- Coconut oil helps speed up tissue healing, repair damaged tissue and reduce the time that it would take your bruise to heal and fade when used externally or internally.
Food Poisoning Relief
- Bacteria and germs have become prevalent in our society today. To remain save you should always have your bottle of coconut always.
The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil help remedy food poisoning. When you are down with food poisoning take 2-3 tablespoon of coconut oil with a glass of orange juice.
- My very good friend just got tattooed on his left arm and for a while now he has been applying jelly oil to heal it, with no much result. I advised him to use coconut oil instead. He heeded my advice and within a short period, the tattoo was completely healed. Coconut oil helps keep your skin healthy, smooth and moisturized and your tattoo radiant. Just apply a generous amount on the tattoo and massage.
- This seen a bit counterintuitive. Before now, you know for sure that oil is known for collecting dust, but with coconut oil it’s different. Instead, it gives the surface a nice lustrous polished look and keeps dust at bay. This can be applied to woods or a dashboard. To do this apply a generous amount of coconut oil on the desired surface and rub it on thoroughly, then allow to dry. Be sure to test this on small areas first to be certain that there are no discolorations.
Cutting Board Conditioner
- This works better than most cutting board conditioning oil out there. At the time of this writing, I have 2 cartoons of coconut oil which serve multipurpose use. To condition my cutting board all I need to do is wipe down the cutting board with a damp towel and then dry it. I then proceed to rubbing in some coconut oil and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. After which I buff with a fresh cloth.
Go-To Carrier/Base Oil
- Coconut oil is mostly used as a carrier oil for lotions, lip balms, massage blends, body butter and sugar scrub. This is because of its texture and consistency, which helps hold things together.
DIY Vapor Rub
- To make a vapor rub that can be applied beneath your nose, on your chest and when you get congested. Mix peppermint essential oil with coconut oil and apply to those areas.
- To replace butter, spread some coconut oil on for a tasty and filling snack.
Small Motor Lubricant
- I recently tried this out and it worked, so I decided to add it to the list. To lubricate small motors, mostly the ones you find in blenders, juicers, and small kitchen appliances; use a small amount of melted coconut oil on it. Do not to add too much, so it doesn’t solidity and have opposite effect on the motor.
Cracked Paw Pads
- I use this for my dogs, mostly when they start getting really dry cracked paw. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into the cracked paw to help them heal fast. Don’t go overboard with this because you dog doesn’t want its paw pads to be too silky.
Give Plants a Shine
- This is a pretty simple one, to give shine to your plant, rub a tiny bit of coconut oil into them to help keep the leaves looking healthy and dust-free.
Get Rid of Cradle Cap
- Cradle Cap can be caused due to overgrowth of yeast or over productive oil gland. It is a harmless condition which can result in patches of yellowish, thick, sometimes greasy scales on your baby’s face. To help get rid of this, dampen your baby’s hair/scalp and apply a generous amount of coconut oil to cover the affected areas. Leave it to sit for about 15 minutes to soften the scales. Then use a soft bristled baby brush to loosen and remove the patches. Then rinse off with a mild baby shampoo to remove the rest of the oil from hair.
Improve blood circulation
- Improved blood circulation can assist you if easily feel cold. Coconut oil may improve blood circulation simply by introducing it to your diet. Since LDL cholesterol can affect the viscosity of blood, and “thicken” it’. Lower levels lead to thinner blood which leads to better circulation. Start with a ½ tablespoon a day and work up to 1 tablespoon to give your circulation an energy boost.
- I discovered this by accident. One day I mistakenly smeared my hands with ink and while trying to wipe out some spilled coconut oil on my table with the other hand, I discovered that the ink came off easily when I rubbed my both hands together.
- Are you suffering from bad breathe? Worry no more, you just found the solution. Just swish it around your mouth for 10 minutes and spit out. Coconut oil helps kill the odor causing bacteria.
- Coconut oil can be used as a natural and effective alternative to store-bought lubricant. But be warned not to use it with condoms. Coconut oil is not compatible with latex because it causes it to lose its elasticity and break down. I have experienced this first hand.
- Coconut oil can help with those nasty hair tangle. To detangle dampen your hair well and massage oil into hair. Let it sit for 2- minutes. (Start at the bottom of the hair shaft and gently work your way up with a comb to get through the tangles.)
Natural face mask
- Instead of using mud mask to improve your complexion while not try coconut oil, which I believe is more effective than mud. To do this simply mix honey together with coconut oil. To make the mixture have a thick consistency add more honey. To take this a bit further add few drops of carrot seed oil, this helps fade scars and improve the tone of aging skin. Apply mixture to you face for 15 minutes and wash off.
Treat enlarged prostate
- Several studies have proved that coconut oil can reduce testosterone-induced benign prostrate growth in rats. Adding coconut oil to your diet may have positive effects on prostrate health.
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of coconut oil make it very effective treatment for UTI. Simply take up to 3 table spoons of coconut oil a day until symptoms reside.
- Due to the high level of lauric acid found in coconut oil, it makes it ideal in fighting protozoal infections. Simply introduce coconut oil into your daily diet to help kill off giardia (a common protozoal infection of the stomach) and other infections.
- I use to eat a lot of bananas for extra energy before a workout. But after discovering coconut oil, I immediately made the switch. The fat in coconut oil are easily metabolized and provide a good source of energy that won’t spike your blood sugar. Take a spoonful half an hour before your next workout and see if you notice a difference.
- Is your child prone to seizures? Coconut oil can increase ketone concentration in the blood which in turn can help reduce epileptic seizures