15 Everyday Uses For Coconut Oil

15 Everyday Uses For Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil can not only add magic to your dishes, but its uses go way beyond your kitchen table. Give into the coconut hype and try one of these everyday uses for coconut oil and be amazed by the results:

1. The Healthiest Oil For High-Heat Cooking

Coconut oil is the best oil for cooking. Its small medium chain saturated fatty acids are easily metabolized into energy and are less likely to be stored as fat. It boosts metabolism, is heart-friendly, and improves digestion. Click here to read my previous article: Discover the Truth About Coconut Oil and Its Many Health Benefits

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2. Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Oral Health

Have you ever tried to pull oil to improve your oral health? It is super easy and can help you to reduce bad breath, harmful mouth bacteria, and gingivitis. It whitens your teeth and promotes pink and healthy gums.

The only thing you need to do is swish 1 tablespoon coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. DONT SWALLOW any of the oil as it is packed with bacteria and waste materials. Spit out the oil and brush your teeth afterwards. To avoid clogged drains make sure to spit the oil out in the trash can instead of your sink. The first few times your gag reflex may kick in, so start with 5 minutes and build your way up.

Further reading: To learn more about oil pulling read the article why you should start oil pulling today.

3. Condition Your Hair With Coconut Oil

Depending on the length of your hair, heat 3 to 5 tablespoons of coconut oil until completely melted. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Cover your hair with a towel, shower cap, or plastic wrap. Let sit for at least 1 hour or overnight. The longer you wait the better your hair will be conditioned. Wash your hair with shampoo for 2 to 3 times. Your hair shouldn’t feel greasy after washing. Let it air dry and be amazed by the shiny, soft look. This also helps to treat dandruff.

Further reading: Find here the best natural treatments for dull hair.

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4. Hydrate Your Body

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and has antibacterial properties to soothe dry skin. It can even help you to reduce skin infections like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It is often used in commercial and DIY body lotions, but it can be used on its own as well. A spoonful is usually enough to cover your whole body.

Further reading: Read the article about 10 natural ways to relieve psoriasis and 6 natural treatments for eczema.

5. All-Natural Aftershave

For a silky smooth finish after shaving, rub pure coconut oil onto your skin.

6. Dry Chapped Lips

Most DIY lip balms contain coconut oil for its antibacterial and moisturizing effect. Not much of a DIY’er? No worries, just rub pure coconut oil onto your lips, repeat as much as needed. Click here to get my favorite lip balm recipe: How to Make Your Own Natural Lip Balm for Smooth, Kissable Lips

7. Soothe Burns, Bruises, Or Insect Bites

Coconut oil speeds up healing, stops itching, reduces swelling, reduces scarring, and stops burning sensation. Apply pure coconut oil on the affected area a few times a day until healed.

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8. Coconut Oil Feet Care

Pure coconut oil works wonders to treat dry, cracked heels or feet. Apply on your feet after a shower, put on some old socks to cut off the air and leave on overnight.

Further reading: Find here the best natural remedies for cracked heels.

9. Mild Sun Protection Or After-Sun Soother

Coconut oil has a natural SPF of about 5 to 7. It helps to hydrate, soften, and nourish your skin. Works great to treat sunburns as well.

10. Make-up Remover

Gently wipe the eye area with a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil to remove even the toughest water-proof mascara.

11. Massage Oil

Coconut oil is a good base oil for massage. Warm up a bit of coconut oil and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for a nice fragrance and added health benefits.

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Further reading: If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in the e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

12. Cheekbone Highlighter

To highlight your cheekbones, apply a small amount over your make-up and be amazed by the effect.

13. Diaper Rash

To improve your baby’s skin health, apply as much as needed on the affected areas.

14. Prevents Stretch Marks

Apply coconut oil a few times each day to keep your stretching skin moisturized and prevent stretch marks.

Further reading: Find here the 12 best natural ways to improve stretch marks.

15. Homemade Deodorant

Coconut oil can be used as an all-natural deodorant. Click here to get the recipe. If you want to make it travel-friendly, add beeswax for a firmer consistency and pour in an old, clean deodorant stick.

These were my favorite uses, but coconut oil is actually such a versatile oil that it can be used for so much more. It can be safely used for your babies, kids, and furry friends. Some people even use it to lubricate guitar strings or clean bronze or metal items.

Read this related article: 10 Secret Ways to Use Coconut Oil on Your Face

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This is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, biologist, natural nutrition expert, and holistic health coach who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org  and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bodyinbalance.org

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5 Responses to 15 Everyday Uses For Coconut Oil

  1. Rusty says:

    Swish around for 15 to 20 minutes? Good grief that seems like a loooonnnngggg time.

  2. Jane Moucha says:

    i just spent a few days in the hospital & with all the tubes & heart monitors taped to my skin, i had quite a bit of sticky tape residue stuck to a lot of areas… so the first thing i did when i got home was to smear some coconut oil on the tape residue, & it immediately began to dissolve it & turned it soft, gummy & i was able to remove it quite easily… good thing to share, (that stuff is usually nasty to remove!) jane

  3. Janice Harrison says:

    Can you tell me where I can get the coconut oil. Thank you

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