Uses For Coconut Oil

coconutCoconut oil can be used for just about anything (within reason)! If it sounds plausible, try it out!

Add coconut oil to mineral foundation powder to create liquid foundation.

Coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil on a regular basis to prevent nosebleeds.

Coconut makes an excellent lubricant. It can be safely used on hinges, guitar strings, etc.

Coconut oil can be used as an ingredient in homemade toothpaste; it helps to prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Coconut oil, applied externally, is said to reduce and/or relieve the following, as well as promote healing: age spots, baldness, bruising, bug bites, burns, stretch marks, dandruff, cuts and scrapes, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, wrinkles, hemorrhoids, back pain/sore muscles, athletes foot, boils and cysts, canker sores, cellulite, acne, gingivitis, hives, pink eye, ringworm, toothaches, warts, varicose veins, etc.

Coconut oil, taken internally, is said to improve health by curing and/or reducing symptoms of the following ailments: sore throat, dementia, Alzheimer’s, low energy, acid reflux/indigestion, adrenal fatigue, allergies, asthma, autism, bronchial infections, cancer, candida, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, Crohns disease, circulation, colds and flus, constipation, cystic fibrosis, depression, diabetes, dysentery, eczema, edema, epilepsy, dry skin, gallbladder disease/pain, gas, heart disease, HIV, hyperthyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, jaundice, kidney disease, kidney stones, liver disease, lung disease, malnutrition, menstruation, migraines, mononucleosis, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, parasites, tooth decay, rickets, scurvy, stomach ulcers, thrush, overactive or under-active thyroid functions, ulcerative colitis, urinary tract infections, allergies, etc.

Cook and/or garnish foods with coconut oil in place of other oils/butter/lard/etc; mixed with garlic it gives a buttery taste.

Make chocolate with coconut oil, cocoa powder and stevia (or another sweetener).

Mix coconut oil with peppermint, rosemary, tea tree or lemon balm essential oils to make insect repellent.

Nursing mothers can safely use coconut oil to prevent nipple cracking and irritation.

Pets can benefit from coconut oil, too. Applied topically it can help prevent odor and fleas, and promotes the healing of wounds/cuts/scrapes, eczema, itchy skin, dry skin, bites, stings, etc. It can also be safely added to your pet’s food to improve their health and aid in problems such as digestive disorders, inflammatory bowel syndrome, colitis, arthritis, ligament problems, diabetes, elimination of hairballs, bad breath, etc.

Prevent or reduce stretch mark visibility by rubbing skin with coconut oil regularly.

Put several drops of coconut oil in your ear to relieve an ear infection.

Rub a drop or two of coconut oil between your hands then smooth it over damp hair to reduce frizz and dryness.

Rub coconut oil onto your nails to strengthen them.

Use coconut as a sunscreen (4 SPF), or an ingredient in homemade sunscreen for greater SPF. It can also be used to relieve sunburn, or as a tanning oil.

Use coconut oil as deodorant or a deodorant ingredient.

Use coconut oil as a lice-removing treatment in place of lice shampoo (especially combined with apple cider vinegar).

Use coconut oil as a lip moisturizer.

Use coconut oil as a pre-shave and/or aftershave treatment to protect skin and soothe razor burn.

Use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover.

Use coconut oil on your baby’s diaper rash, cradle cap, etc. to reduce and/or cure symptoms, and/or use in place of baby lotion.

Use coconut oil to condition wooden cutting boards, polish wooden furniture, etc.

Use coconut oil to dry scrub ingredients (sugar/sea salt/epsom salts/ground oats/baking soda/etc.) to create a moisturizing scrub.

Use coconut oil to remove gum that is tangled and stuck in hair.

Use coconut oil to season cast iron skillets.