With a plethora of benefits coconut oil seems like a cheap and simple solution for pretty much everything!
Now I know what you’re thinking, “150 uses Helen, really?” But I guarantee you will be amazed not only by the wide variety of uses for coconut oil, but by the sheer amount of health benefits it has to offer. Even better, it’s 100% natural!
What’s In Coconut Oil?
Coconuts are packed with medium-chain fatty acids. Fatty acids have an enormous amount of health benefits. Lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid in particular contribute immensely to the benefits coconut oil has to offer.
Which Type of Coconut Oil is Best?
In order to reap the many benefits of coconut oil, it’s imperative to use organic, unrefined coconut oil, extracted directly from the flesh of a fresh coconut. Refined coconut oil comes from dried coconut and doesn’t have nearly as many benefits as organic unrefined coconut oil.
Let’s get started with some of the amazing benefits coconut oil has to offer. I’ve divided this list into categories, making it easy to see that coconut oil can be used in almost every aspect of life!
In The Kitchen
1.Baked Potato Topping: Coconut oil is a great replacement for traditional butter on your baked potato. It even makes it that little bit healthier! Coconut oil tastes great with baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries. Get creative with seasonings like rosemary for a flavor filled lunch.
2.Buttering Toast: Spreading coconut oil on your toast is a healthy alternative to butter. Also, the coconut taste can satisfy your sweet tooth in replacement to chocolate spread!
3.Chocolate ice-cream chocolate top: If you melt a cup of coconut oil on the stove, while stirring add a cup and a half of chocolate. Once melted together, pour over ice cream. The chocolate will harden giving the ice cream a tasty chocolate shell with a coconut flavor.
4.Coffee Creamer: Like a cup of coffee to get you going in the morning? Adding a spoonful of coconut oil will give you a natural energy boost. It is also a great choice for those looking for a dairy free option.
5.Coconut oil ice cubes: Did you know you can freeze coconut oil into ice cubes? Then you can add them to your favorite drink to get all the cool goodness coconut oil has to offer.
6.Energy Booster:The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil will give you that midday pick me up you need.
7.Frying: Many oils such as olive oil are not typically designed for cooking with as they have a low smoke point. This is why they are supposed to be drizzled on your bread rather than on your frying pan. Coconut oil however has a high smoke point and is therefore a much better option to cook with.
8.Homemade Mayonnaise: You can use coconut oil with egg yolks and apple cider vinegar to make your own mayonnaise. If you’re a mayo lover, this can be a great way to experiment with flavors and create your ideal healthy mayo at home.
9.Homemade Granola: Love granola as a breakfast treat? Try combining old fashioned rolled oats, honey, your favorite nuts and some coconut oil and baking them to perfection. Break them up into clusters and have with your favorite greek yogurt for a glorious morning treat or a mid afternoon snack.
10.Non-stick Cooking Spray: Do you find that even your non-stick cooking spray can’t stop your eggs from sticking? Try cooking some sunny side up in melted butter and your eggs will slide out your skillet like a breeze!
11.Popcorn topping: Making your own popcorn is the best part of movie night. Cooking some organic corn in coconut oil will give it an amazing aroma as well as an exciting taste.
12.Prolong the Freshness of Eggs: Want your eggs to last longer in your fridge? Coconut oil wiped over your eggs can help seal up pores and prevent their exposure to oxygen. This can extend their life by up to a further 14 days
13.Sports Drink: If you typically use sugary sports drinks as a quick pick me up before your workout, combining coconut oil with some chia seeds and fruit in water is a much healthier option. The medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil will give you the energy you need without all the refined sugars.
14.Smoothies: Adding 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to fruit smoothies will not only enhance the texture in your mouth but also ensure you are receiving extra healthy fats into your diet.
15.Thai Salad Dressing: Fill a jar almost to the top with coconut oil, chop up some garlic, ginger, chilli and lemongrass and allow it to sit in the oil. Now you have a delicious spicy alternative to olive oil for an exciting salad.
16.Age Spots: Age spots or liver spots affect many people as they get older. However, rubbing coconut oil on the affected area can help them to disappear.
17.After Shave: Help nourish your hair follicles and neutralize razor burn by applying coconut oil straight after your close shave.
18.Body Scrub: Want a natural body scrub? Try making one at home with a mixture of coconut oil and brown sugar. Use on your skin and rinse off with lukewarm water and your skin will feel baby soft.
19.Bruises: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply directly to a bruise to reduce redness and swelling and help quicken the healing time.
20.Bug Bites: Remove the stinging itch of a bug bite by rubbing coconut oil directly to the area. This will also promote healing.
21.Burns: If you continuously apply coconut oil to any burn not only will it promote healing but also reduce the chance of scarring.
22.Chapstick: Want a natural lip moisturizer which will protect your lips from sun damage? As coconut oil has a natural SPF and excellent moisturizing properties it can make an excellent homemade chapstick.
23.Cream foundation base: if you mix a little coconut oil with a your powder foundation it will make an excellent matching cream foundation you can apply all over. Coconut oils natural SPF will also protect your skin from sun damage.
24.Dandruff: Coconut oil can help reduce the itching of a sore, flakey scalp.
25.Deodorant: Because coconut oil kills bad bacteria as well as fungi and yeast, it makes an excellent base for deodorant.
26.Eye Cream: With the excellent moisturizing properties coconut oil has to offer, it can hydrate even the most sensitive areas of skin. For fresh, hydrated skin, dab some coconut oil around your eyes before bed.
27.Eyelash enhancer: If you want a way to rejuvenate broken, damaged lashes coconut oil could be the solution. With a cotton swab, lightly rub some coconut oil over lashes before bed. This will help them to strengthen while you sleep. Don’t over do it though, too much oil might seep into your eyes or damage your bedding.
28.Foundation primer: Rubbing a pea sized amount of coconut oil all over your face before your make up will help your foundation to apply evenly and smoothly. It also helps foundation look fresher for longer if you prime your skin before application.
29.Foot Exfoliator: While mixing coconut oil and sugar leaves you with a sweet body scrub, replacing the sugar for coarse sea salt can give you a heavy duty foot scrub to reduce the appearance of dry skin and cracked heels.
30.Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment: Coconut oil is possibly the best hair conditioner you can find. Apply to damp hair and leave overnight. Then rinse the next day with apple cider vinegar for a bounce and shine anyone would be jealous of!
31.Hair Gel/Defrizzer: Most hair gels, waxes and defrizzing products are full of harsh chemicals. Try using coconut oil as a natural alternative
32.Healthy cuticles: Ugly cuticles the bane of your life? Well massaging coconut oil into your hands and nails daily will give you the beautiful healthy hands and nails you have been craving.
33.Make up remover: Massage some coconut oil between your hands to warm it up and rub it generously all over your face. Leave for a minute or two and even waterproof makeup will slide away easily.
34.Massage Oil: An excellent option for a natural massage oil that will leave you feeling relaxed with glowing skin.
35.Mascara brush cleaner: Most people don’t realize that mascara (as well as other beauty products) only have around a six month lifespan once they are opened. One way to help your favorite mascara live a little longer and prevent it becoming clumpy is to use coconut oil to regularly clean your applicator brush.
Simply soak it for around 5 minutes and gently rub it between your fingers under running water to watch the old, dried mascara fall away. Ensure to rinse and dry your applicator brush fully before returning it into your mascara.
36.Moisturizer: Everyone wants baby soft skin. However, many products claiming to give you just that have a list of ingredients a mile long, many of which you can’t even pronounce. Coconut oil is an exceptional moisturizer which is totally natural.
37.Nipple Cream: Breastfeeding can be incredibly painful, especially if you are experiencing cracked, sore nipples. Rubbing a little coconut oil in can help them to heal and make the process a little less painful.
38.Oily Skin Fix: Oily T-zone? Just massage in a small amount of coconut oil the fix the problem.
39.Preshave: coconut oil prepares your skin for shaving and can help prevent razor burn.
40.Skin Issues: coconut oil is a great natural remedy for a number of skin issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or acne.
41.Sunburn Relief: Too much fun in the sun? No problem, moisturize afterwards with coconut oil and aid healing of sun burnt skin.
42.Sunscreen: coconut oil has a natural SPF so is an excellent alternative to chemical filled store bought sunscreens.
43.Swimmer’s Ear: If you mix garlic and coconut oil you can use this 2-3 times a day to clear up an ear infection in no time.
44.Tattoo Healing: Coconut oil will not only moisturize your skin, promoting new tattoos to heal faster without fading the color. But the antibacterial properties can help reduce the risk of infection.
45.Toothpaste: Want an all natural, homemade toothpaste? Mix some coconut oil with baking soda and there you have it!
46.Wrinkle Prevention and Reducer: coconut oil could be the key to youthful skin. Applying coconut oil will tighten the skin and connective tissue.
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47.Breastfeeding: If you want to not only boost but enrich your milk supply, add 3-4 spoonfuls of coconut oil to your daily diet. You can add in smoothies, tea or milkshakes.
48.Bones and Teeth: coconut oil helps you to absorb both calcium and magnesium supporting healthy bones and teeth.
49.Digestion: the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil aid your digestion by preventing parasites and fungi which can lead to bowel issues such as IBS. Coconut oil also aids absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
50.Energy Booster: Coconut oil can give you a well needed energy boost naturally without the aid of supplements. This can be really beneficial to athletes or just those who love a workout.
51.Fitness: Want to burn more fat and retain muscle mass? Coconut oil aids metabolism and thyroid function helping with just that.
52.Insulin: coconut oil improves insulin secretion it can also help blood glucose levels. Making it a great option for diabetics.
53.Lung Function: Helps cell surface fluidity.
54.Nausea: If you are suffering from an upset stomach, why not try rubbing a little coconut oil on your wrists to relieve symptoms.
55.Nosebleeds: If you tend to get nosebleeds especially in dry weather, try rubbing some coconut oil inside your nostrils which should help.
56.Oil Pulling: oil-pulling with coconut can help heal your gums. Coconut is anti-bacterial and teeth-related issues like gingivitis can be prevented with its use.
57.Prevent Perineum Tears: By rubbing your perineum with coconut oil in the final trimester of pregnancy, you could reduce perineum tears during childbirth.
58.Prevent Stretch Marks: Rubbing coconut oil daily onto your ever expanding baby belly can help prevent stretch marks. This can also work for children and teenagers going through growth spurts.
59.Stress Relief: Using coconut oil on your head in circular motions not only feels great but can relieve mental tension.
60.Vitamin and Nutrient Absorption: coconut oil aids absorption of vitamins and minerals in the gut, this can help you rid yourself of any issues you may suffer from.
61.Appetite Suppressant: coconut oil increases your metabolic rate as well as keeping you fuller for longer, both of which can aid weight loss.