I’m so excited to share my love of coconut oil with you! Coconut oil is an item I’d never owned or used prior to making healthy changes in our diet. So, if you don’t know much about it, that’s ok! We all start somewhere and I hope after your read this, you’ll be ready to go pick some up for yourself!

The first time I ever read about coconut oil and all of its wonderful health benefits, I went out and bought some. I just couldn’t resist having a natural option at hand for so many things! I remember the first time I ever rubbed coconut oil on my lips…I wondered what was happening to me to do something so “radical” and felt like I should go hug a tree. (j/k) So, if you try out coconut oil for the first time and have similar feelings, know you are not alone. 😛

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of a mature coconut that comes from coconut palm (trees).

Random fact: My husband, Chris, has climbed coconut palms in the Philippines, and let’s just say I’m a little jealous! 😉

There are 3 ways you can use this natural oil:

  1. Beauty treatments
  2. Natural medicine
  3. Cooking

The purpose of this blog post is to bring awareness to the many great health benefits and uses of this lovely oil. In fact, it is one of the most versatile food on our planet and I’m excited to tell you 47 ways you can begin using it! If someone tells me I can use one natural product to help dozens of problems instead of having dozens of different items for each problem, then, I’m in!

Pick one or two ways you can use it this week!

You ready?!

 

BEAUTY TREATMENTS

1.) Lip moisturizer: Mixed with lavender and bees wax, and you’ve got yourself a great chapstick!

2.) Sun protector: Mixed with other ingredients for sun blockage.

3.) Lotion: A little goes a long way and leaves a nice glow on your skin.

4.) Massage oil: The best.

5.) Shaving Cream

6.) Makeup remover: This works well. Simply put 1/2 tsp. on a cotton ball or pad and wipe away makeup. A little bit goes a long way!

7.) Body butter: Great recipes out there! Here’s one to start with. You don’t have to add in essential oils if you don’t have them. Vanilla extract can be a substitute for fragrance.

8.) Natural deodorant: Really keeps odor away!

9.) Coconut oil pulling: Have you tried this? Melt the coconut oil on your tongue and then pull it through your teeth for a couple of minutes. It’s great for oral health by killing bacteria! Just be sure to spit it out in something other than your sink or it will clog it!

10.) Cuticle oil for nails: Moisturize and give relief to those nasty hang nails.

11.) Deep conditioner for hair: When winter season comes, I have static issues with my hair. I put this on my dry hair and let it set in for as long as I can wait, and then wash my hair as normal.

12.) Shoe polish: I actually just used this to polish Mr. Clark’s church shoes. Wash the dirt off first and then put 1/2 tsp of coconut oil on a paper towel. Rub all over tops of shoes. Shiny!

 

NATURAL MEDICINE

13.) Fights Inflammation: This is huge! Reducing inflammation is key to rid and prevent disease. Ingest 1 tablespoon daily.

14.) Diaper rash cream: Great for healing rash, but does not guard.

15.) Insect repellent: Mixed with lavender oil works well to repel insects.

16.) Cold sore treatment

17.) Fights Alzheimer’s disease: Old news, but good news.

18.) Razor burn treatment: Works amazing to soothe and heal.

19.) Anti-fungal cream: Coconut oil naturally has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

20.) Boosts immune system

21.) Carrier oil for essential oils to relieve and treat:

  • 22.) Burns
  • 23.) Cuts
  • 24.) Scrapes
  • 25.) Bug bites
  • 26.) Homemade vapor rub

27.) Healthy fat for healthy diet: A part of shedding pounds is ridding the unhealthy fats and replacing them with healthy fats. Coconut oil is definitely a healthy fat! (Moderation in all things, of course).

28.) Supports and aides digestion

29.) Lubricant

30.) Aids in the healing of leaky gut syndrome: Helps heal and recondition gut flora by killing off harmful bacteria.

31.) Relieves constipation: Ingest a tablespoon daily to get things normal again. Helps to penetrate digestive track, kill off harmful bacteria, and allow your gut flora to re-balance.

32.) Supports thyroid function

33.) Boosts metabolism

34.) Dandruff remedy

35.) Lice treatment

36.) Gum health

37.) Eye makeup remover: This works well. Simply put 1/4 tsp. on a cotton ball or pad and wipe away makeup. A little bit goes a long way!

38.) Enriches a nursing mother’s milk: Never knew this, but will definitely remember this for next time! My most favorite way to consume it is melted in my oatmeal or in a pineapple-banana smoothie. See more ways below.

39.) Helps soothe psoriasis or eczema

 

COOKING

40.) Butter substitute (for just about ANYTHING): can be used on toast, baked potato, and in baked goods.

41.) Cooking oil substitute (sauteing, frying): Coconut oil has a high smoke point which makes this oil great for in the skillet. It does not oxidize or change when it reaches high temperatures like other oils do.

42.) Cast Iron skillet conditioner

43.) Smoothie nutrient booster: Probably my most favorite way to consume coconut oil. Pina Colada smoothie….you’ll never know it’s in there.

44.) Popping popcorn: Hands down the best. If you’ve never tried this, you MUST!

45.) Frying eggs

46.) Oatmeal booster: Add a tablespoon to your oatmeal. So tasty!

47.) Replacement for non-stick cooking spray: Buh-Bye Pam.

 

Important to note: Not all coconut oil is equal. Buy it in its purest form for maximum benefits. This means buying the kinds that use words on the jar:

  • virgin
  • unrefined
  • pure
  • 100%
  • organic

I buy mine at Costco.

Ironically enough, most of us think of coconut oil for cooking, but my lists for natural medicine and beauty treatments are longer than the cooking list. Get my point? It’s uses goes way beyond sauteing.

Hope you try some of these ideas and I’d love to hear what’s working for you and how you’ve eliminated other products by having this one on hand. 🙂

Do you love coconut oil? Then, please share this!

-Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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