107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil
There’s been a lot of hype about coconut oil lately, and there are so many claims being made that it sounds nothing short of a miracle. Well it’s really not a cure-all, and what works for other people may not work for you, but it still is pretty dandy to have around. With a little bit of resourcefulness and a dash of creativity, you can find over one hundred everyday uses for coconut oil.
1. Moisturize Your Skin: The very first thing on this list, before even delving into the “edible” benefits of coconut oil, has to be moisturizing. In lieu of your regular lotion, coconut oil delivers a refreshing, healing, burst of moisture that penetrates your skin and works to truly heal it (not just soak in and dry up!) It can feel oily at first, but that’s why it’s important to only use a little-it goes a long way. Give it a minute and it will dry beautifully. Use as you would regular lotion.
2. Conditioner: When the teeny tiny overlapping plates that make up our outer hair shaft get rumpled and out of whack, coconut oil is there to smooth those tiny little cells right back into place, and hold them there. You can use it on your entire scalp/head for deep conditioning, but you can generally just use it on your ends, where it’s the hardest for the body’s natural oils to reach, and where the most breakage occurs.
3. Make Homemade Soap: If you’re interested in soap making, coconut oil serves as a wonderful pure base that can simplify ingredients, add hardness to the soap, and help break down grease and oils. It can break them down so effectively, in fact, that too much will have a drying effect (when in soap form.) To prevent this, you need to “superfat” your soap-that is, adding more oil than the lye turns to soap. All you need is coconut oil, water, and lye. Don’t be shy of lye. While it should be handled with care, I find it essential to soap making, and it eliminates a slew of other chemicals that you would need to add to recreate its effects.
4. Weight Loss: Coconut oil and weight loss-what’s really going on? Well, if you sit around eating coconut oil, you aren’t going to lose weight. However, if used to substitute other fats, it can help you drop the pounds by taking the place of those other calories. Unlike most saturated fats, it’s mainly comprised of medium chain fatty acids, versus long chain fatty acids. This difference in molecular structure means that it doesn’t get packed away as fat as easily and instead is sent straight to the liver to be metabolized, giving you a boost in energy. This energy in turn makes exercising easier, and the exercise in turn helps you lose weight. Another major factor that it plays is as an appetite suppressant. Craving something you shouldn’t be? Have a tablespoon or 2 of coconut oil, and that sensation won’t last long!
5. Energy Booster: If weight loss isn’t your goal, just run with the fact (no pun intended) that it gives you a great boost in energy-and who doesn’t need some help in that department every now and again? Some people also feel it helps boost their mental alertness.
6. Itchy Dogs: My pup has atopic dermatitis, also known as the world’s worst allergies. He gets goopy eyes, scabby ears from scratching them too much, and will literally scratch himself raw and bloody without treatment. In addition to his daily care regime, he gets coconut oil. From the inside out, coconut oil can help nourish the dry, irritated, or inflamed skin that is the result of the inappropriate response to various allergens. It did not cure him of his allergies, though there are people who say it has gotten rid of their dog’s allergies completely, but it does help reduce the itching. If your pup chews their paws and stains them red/pink/brown it can help in that department as well, as that is also a sign of allergies. Start with ½ teaspoon a day and work your way up to 1 tablespoon for 40+ pound dogs, and 1-2 teaspoons for dogs that weigh less. They usually go crazy for it!
7. Fungal Infections: The medium chain fatty acids found abundantly in coconut oil are incredibly effective natural fungicides. In a (coco)nut shell, they naturally insert themselves into the fungal membrane, which is crucial to maintaining the life of the fungus. This destruction of the membrane leads to the destruction of the fungus as a whole and voila! The fungus is eradicated. It is important to be diligent with applications of the coconut oil until your symptoms have cleared.
8. Cold Sores: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, generally type 1, and as such they have no cure. If you harken back to science class, you’ll recall that bacteria can be wiped out, while a virus cannot. So how can coconut oil possibly help? It doesn’t wipe out the virus, but it can inhibit its assembly and how it spreads. Coconut oil contains a substance known as lauric acid. When combined with glycerol, it creates a substance known as monolaurin. Studies done so far have shown that monolaurin affects the lipid envelope of the virus, and prevents the virus from reproducing how it normally would. In turn, it is not able to spread as efficiently and tends not to last as long. Apply a bit of coconut oil directly to the sore several times a day.
9. Coffee Creamer: In replacement of higher calorie coffee creamers (such milk and sugar) stir a little coconut oil into your coffee for a sweet (but not “too sweet”) and healthy touch. Make sure to stir it in well! If you notice it floating to the top, try stirring partway through your drink, or just add a little less next time. Make sure your joe is piping hot when you add it in, otherwise you might get some unwanted unmelted coconut oil popping up.
10. Healthy Wood Polish: Most wood polish coats surfaces in a slick layer of synthetic chemicals, which makes the wood look all sleek and shiny…for a little bit. Coconut oil, on the other hand, sinks into the wood and keeps it looking “healthy” longer. The appearance is much more natural, and it stays that way. It may not look as dramatic as a store bought polisher, but I find it a much more pleasant and effective option to keeping wood looking it’s best.
11. Lower Cholesterol and Risk of Heart Disease: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found your cells, which helps continuously build more vital cells. It goes about its way through your blood stream attached to proteins known as lipoproteins. There are low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL.) HDL is the “good” cholesterol-you want to lower LDL, but raise HDL. LDL carries cholesterol throughout your body and delivers it to organs and tissues. The problem is, if you have too much cholesterol, the excess keeps circulating. The constantly circulating LDL will eventually penetrate blood vessel walls where they build up plaques and narrow blood vessels, sometimes to the point blocking blood flow, causing coronary artery disease. HDL, on the other hand, picks up excess cholesterol and brings it to your liver to be broken down. Coconut oil, probably due to its high levels of lauric acid, will boost HDL. There’s no solid evidence saying that coconut oil alone will prevent heart disease, but there is solid evidence that it boosts HDL, therefore lowering cholesterol, and hypothetically reducing the risk of heart disease. Take ½-1 tablespoon daily.
12. Reduce Risk (or effect) of Alzheimer’s : Alzheimer’s is devastating to all who experience it, whether personally or with a friend or family member. It is no wonder that we search so desperately for a cure. The word that coconut oil could possibly “cure” or prevent Alzheimer’s started circulating with vigor when a pediatrician published a book about feeding coconut oil to her husband, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, and got positive results. Other studies have confirmed that ketones, which are essentially “brain food” provided to keep the brain functioning when the body runs lower on glucose, can help improve memory, and potentially “reverse” the effects of Alzheimer’s. It’s a much more complex subject and process, but that’s it in a really wrapped up nutshell. The dosing that I have uncovered implies 2 teaspoons taken daily with food to help improve cognitive function.
13. Soothe Fly Bites: Oh the sweet relief of coconut oil. When the black flies start biting, it’s the first thing to reach for. I use it the most on my horse come summertime to soothe any nasty bites that she gets, but don’t hesitate to dab a little on myself (or the dogs.) Just get a little on your fingertips and apply it directly to the bite.
14. Oil/Butter Replacement: There’s no better way to get the benefits of coconut oil than to replace other less desirable fats with it. When cooking or baking, substitute it for butter or just about any oil. It lends moisture, freshness, and richness to baked goods, and a subtle complimentary flavor to savory dishes. How much you substitute will depend on the recipe you are making. For baking, most people will fall in the 1:1 ratio or 80% coconut oil 20% water when subbing for butter. For basic cakes, cookies, and brownies I find 1:1 to be sufficient. When it comes to more complex pastries that get their flaky puffiness when steam is escaping, you may find yourself tweaking the amount a little. For oil substituting, subbing 1:1 is a good route to go.
15. SPF Lip Balm: Lips are quite exposed to the elements, and it’s not like there are “lip scarves” or “mouth mittens” to protect them from the harsh world. One thing that’s especially over-looked is sun exposure. You should really apply sunscreen to your lips for full protection, but coconut oil also has a mild SPF protection. It can’t rival SPF 80 (indeed it has an SPF of about 4-6) but even that little bit can help. Apply some coconut oil just before heading out into the sun, and reapply every few hours. I like to melt mine down with just ¼ teaspoon or so of beeswax, as I find it easier to apply, and it has more staying power. Full Lip Balm Recipe
16. Exfoliating Body Scrub: One of my personal favorite uses for coconut oil is serving as a base for body or face scrubs. You can melt some down, stir in some sugar, let it cool, and then use as is. Or, for a fun little project, melt down about a half cup of coconut oil and pour into a muffin tin, soap mold, or anything of the like, and stir in 2-4 tablespoons of white or brown sugar. You can add more if you would like the texture to be coarser. I usually let it cool some before adding the sugar so you don’t just dissolve the grains. Pop it in the fridge and let it solidify and cool completely before removing from the mold. Slice off a piece when needed and use it to gently scrub and exfoliate your face/body (dampen your skin with water first.) Rinse off, apply moisturizer, and resist the urge to use it again until later in the week, otherwise you run the risk of drying your skin out.
17. Make-Up Remover: Make-up is on your face. Your face is something you would like to protect. So when it comes to removing make-up, don’t turn for harsher store bought products. Go instead to coconut oil, which gently and safely removes all traces of make-up (and leaves your face feeling healthy and refreshed.) Simply scoop some onto your fingertips (it will melt quickly as you use it) and rub it over make-up in a circular motion, rinsing with water afterwards to remove traces of makeup and patting your face dry. It works well with eye make-up, waterproof or not, as well. You can use a mild soap if you wish to remove all traces of the oil.
18. Massage Oil: The benefits of massage are countless, and we could all use one now and again. Rather than using a heavy lotion, simply use coconut oil. You can add essential oils for scent if you like, but I find the smell of coconut oil alone to be heavenly. It also leaves your skin truly moisturized and soft.
19. Nail and Cuticle Treatment: Cuticles get raggedy, nails get broken, chipped, or dull, and it’s not unusual for them to need some TLC every now and then. While there is a plethora of store-bought creams designed specially to miraculously make them look ready for a photo shoot, they are typically over-priced and filled with weird ingredients. This is where coconut oil comes in. Rub a little into your cuticles and over/around your nails to help smooth out flaws and encourage healthy growth.
20. Diaper Cream: Got a little one with a chapped or irritated bum? Look no further than pure coconut oil. I prefer it over the hodge-podge of ingredients found in store bought creams-I like to know what I am putting down there! With its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral actions, plus its soothing and moisturizing benefits, it makes the ideal “DIY” diaper cream. For a little extra soothing power, try melting it with a bit of shea butter and whipping the two together after they have solidified some. Apply only as much as needed to affected area as you would any other diaper cream.
21. Nipple Cream: There’s nothing more magical than breastfeeding…right?? As amazing as it is, you just can’t ignore the painful cracked or chaffed nipples that often times come with it. And if you need nipple cream, you sure as heck don’t want to be putting anything strange where your little one is going to be putting their wee mouth. After breastfeeding, and a couple of times a day as needed, gently rub a small amount of coconut oil on and around the nipple. After you finish breastfeeding, be sure to pat the area dry before applying the coconut oil.
22. Fight Inflammation : Coconut oil appears to have a direct effect on suppressing the natural chemicals responsible for mediating inflammation. The studies that have been done on this action so far point to lauric acid and capric acid as the biggest contributors, both of which are part of the magnificent medium chain fatty acids found naturally in coconut oil (capric acid alone makes up roughly 10% on its own.)
23. Leather Polish: Use a soft dry cloth to brush any excess dirt or dust off leather and apply a small amount of coconut oil, rubbing it in in a circular motion. There’s no need to go overboard here! Buff to a healthy shine with a soft cloth.
24. Remove Chewing Gum: Why does coconut oil remove chewing gum? I don’t know, but I don’t feel the need to question it. Whether its ground into your carpet or your kid is panicking because they think they have to chop off a big chunk of gummy hair, coconut oil has a weird way of getting the stuff out. Most likely, it sinks in and just makes it so the whole glob glides out over the fibers/hairs easily. This is one case where you can feel free to apply liberal amounts. Rub it thoroughly over the chewing gum and let it sit for 2-5 minutes (or longer, if you deem it necessary.) Use a soft, textured cloth to wipe the gum away. Follow up with a mild soap rinse (or shampooing) to remove any excess oil.
25. Shaving Cream : Nothing is more frustrating than lathering up with a bunch of shaving cream in the shower just to have to all melt off again as the water hits it. Luckily, water rolls right off oil, which means you have solid protection that allows your razor to glide smoothly over your skin. It also leaves it soft, moisturized, and safe from painful bumps and burns. Apply as you would any other cream before shaving. Here is our recipe for chemical-free shaving cream.
26. Get Rid of Soap Scum: Soap is alkaline, and most oils are acidic. This is part of why soap works so well against grease and grime, most of which is stuck to us with oil. Apply a thin layer coconut oil to the soap scum and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Wipe away with the rough side of a sponge, if the surface allows. For a little extra kick, mist the coconut oil with some vinegar after applying it to boost the acidity.
27. Season Cast Iron Pans: “Seasoning” a cast iron pan is the act of creating a fatty layer that coats the pan, protects it, and also acts as a non-stick surface. Season with coconut oil the same as you would any other type of fat. Typically I will apply a generous coating of coconut oil to the inside of the pan and let it sit in a 250-350 degree (Fahrenheit) oven for an hour or so. Place a cookie sheet under it and let the pan lie upside down if you are worried about oil pooling and smoking. Remove the pan, let it cool, and wipe out any excess oil. Repeat as needed.
28. Deodorant : Sweat on its own typically doesn’t smell. In fact, most sweat doesn’t smell at all, since most sweat glands on our body are eccrine, which produces mostly water with some salt and maybe some uric acid. Apocrine sweat glands become active during puberty, and produce sweat from our underarms, around the genitals, etc. The sweat from apocrine glands has other stuff in it, such as lipids (fats.) When the bacteria on our skin feed on these fats, the byproducts smell. Like store-bought deodorant, coconut oil helps decrease the bacteria count that’s causing the odor. Mix about a tablespoon of arrowroot powder into 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil for an easy homemade deodorant. Apply as needed; adding beeswax to solidify it some if you feel the coconut oil is too thin on its own.
29. Bath Oil: Soften your bath water, and your skin, with a bit of coconut oil. Enjoy its lovely aroma and gently swish it around now and then to swirl it through the water. It will naturally coat your skin, leaving it smooth and healthy.
30. Rash Soother: There are two things that come to mind when I think of discomfort caused by a rash of any kind-itching and painful swelling. Coconut oil, with its anti-inflammatory effects, is an obvious go-to for helping the swelling. It will also help take the edge off the dreadful itching, curbing the vicious cycle of scratching and further irritating your skin.
31. Cutting Board Conditioner : I used to buy these little bottle of some fancy oil marketed specifically for conditioning cutting boards…never again! Wipe down the cutting board with a damp towel and then dry it. Use a soft cloth to rub in some coconut oil, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Buff with a fresh cloth. For a little extra odor removing kick, add a few drops of lemon essential oil (or even just a small squirt of lemon juice.)
32. Go-To Carrier/Base Oil: Lotions, lip balms, massage blends, body butters, sugar scrubs…coconut oil is a great go-to carrier/base oil. Its texture and consistency helps hold whatever it is you’ve created together, while contributing all of its awesome moisturizing and healing benefits.
33. DIY Vapor Rub: Mix peppermint essential oil with coconut oil to make a vapor rub that you can apply beneath your nose/on your chest when you’re congested. It’s a simple, but effective, way to clear out stuffiness and help you sleep better at night.
34. Prevent Lice: I don’t know why lice wouldn’t like coconut oil, since it smells so dang good, but people have found it seems to keep them at bay, and even chase them away. If your little one comes home from school with lice, dip a fine toothed comb in coconut oil and run it through their hair. You can also use it as a precaution if there is an outbreak.
35. Frizz-Fighter: In the deathly dryness of winter, or on steaming humid days, hair can get a little wild. If your mane has a mind of its own, put a *small* amount of coconut oil on your fingers and run them through your hair to get a handle on the frizz. I recommend sticking to mostly the ends if possible, as it can get a little heavy otherwise.
36. On Toast: A simple way to replace butter. Spread some coconut oil on toast for a tasty (and filling) snack.
37. Popcorn Topping: Melt some coconut oil and drizzle it over your popcorn. Add a touch of salt, toss until each piece if coated, and enjoy a magnificent show time snack.
38. Wound Care: Antibacterial and antifungal properties make coconut oil an ideal salve for minor scrapes and scratches. Mix some up with a little bit of honey (also antibacterial) and apply a dab to the area, or just use on its own. Don’t slather it onto a great big gaping cut, but for little stuff it’s a great thing to have in your all-natural first aid kit.
39. Small Motor Lubricant : Use a small amount of melted coconut oil to lubricate small motors, such as on blenders. A little goes a long way. Too much and it can have the opposite effect of running smoothly when it solidifies.
40. Reduce Hair Balls : Strong anecdotal evidence supports using coconut oil to reduce hair balls. There are also those who feel medium-chain triglycerides aren’t the way to go with our feline friends, so do some research to decide what you are comfortable with. Rub a little on your cat’s paws to help improve digestive function and reduce hair balls.
41. Aromatherapy: Add your favorite blend of essential oils to some coconut oil to dab on your temples and the back of your neck when you feel stressed or nauseous. Peppermint and eucalyptus for headaches and tension, or lemon/lime/orange for nausea, are nice places to start.
42. Summer Day Dog Treats: Also known as “coconut cubes” these tasty chilled treats will help keep your pooch cool the glorious warm weather comes. Mix some peanut butter with coconut oil and freeze into an ice cube tray to feed as a special treat to your pups on hot summer days. Feed them outside or on a smooth floor to avoid getting your carpet messy!
43. Dry Nostrils: Dry nostrils feel like they need to be picked at. Picked at nostrils become sore and irritated nostrils. It’s a vicious cycle. Rub a little bit of coconut oil on the inside of each nostril to moisturize it. Use only a little bit. Because coconut oil melts rapidly at body temperature, too much can make you look (or feel) like you have a runny nose!
44. Constipation Relief: Take a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning on an empty stomach to keep your digestive track running smoothly. You can try 2 tablespoons to work out acute constipation as well.
45. Fade Age/Sun Spots: Coconut oil can help heal or lessen the appearance of a wide variety of skin blemishes, and people have found that daily application of it have helped fade sun or age spots. Rub coconut oil onto sun spots daily to help fade them.
46. Bags-Be-Gone: Put the beauty back in beauty sleep and use coconut oil to help get rid of those dark circles that make you look so exhausted. Every night, rub a little bit of coconut oil under your eyes to reduce puffiness and dark bags in the morning.
47. Soften Dry Elbows: Elbows are one of the hardest places to keep soft. Rub coconut oil onto them morning and night to help them stay supple. I don’t suggest doing this if you are going in for a big test and plan on setting your elbows on the desk. The horror if they slipped off and you ended up banging yourself against the table in the middle of a dead silent room.
48. Insect Repellant: I can’t imagine why bugs would find coconut oil repulsive but then, I also find some of the things they do rather distasteful myself. For whatever reason, some people find that slathering on coconut oil can help keep the bugs at bay. You can also try melting down the oil and stirring in some essential oils (such as peppermint or citrus) and then making a bug repellant bar of sorts that you can reapply.
49. Bee Sting Soother: As a beekeeper, bee stings are a reality that I face quite often. While honeybees are really quite gentle creatures, some stings are simply inevitable at times. To help reduce the swelling, heat, and pain that comes along with bee venom, rub a little coconut oil onto the site after the stinger has been removed. For an extra soothing kick, add a drop of lavender essential oil to it as well.
50. Cracked Paw Pads: Doggy paws are tough, and they should be a little rough, calloused, and thickened. Imagine how tender they would get if they were soft and smooth! That being said, when your dog starts to get really dry, cracked paws, rub some coconut oil into them to help them heal. Don’t overdo it though- your dog doesn’t want its paw pads to be as silky smooth as your skin. The hardest part about this is keeping them from licking it off. Make sure to keep your canine away from delicate floors if you are worried it might stain (I have yet to have a problem with this on carpet or wood, but everybody’s house is different!)
51. Metal Polish: Rub a bit of coconut oil over metal with a soft cloth. Let it sit for a minute, and then buff to a shine. It’s helpful to wipe the surface free of dust before applying the oil.
52. Moisten A Little One’s Chapped Nose: Youngsters seem to have a perpetually runny nose. That shiny upper lip that just won’t go away. This can result in a very chapped little nose. To help clear up that sore spot, gently wipe away any goobers with a washcloth dipped in warm water. Pat the excess water off and rub a little bit of coconut oil onto the skin to moisturize and heal the area. The antibacterial/antifungal benefits can’t hurt either!
53. Clean Your Retainer (or Mouth Guard): The antibacterial and antifungal constituents of coconut oil take center stage here. Rub a little bit of it onto your retainer after rinsing it at night to help keep it clean, and it doesn’t taste so bad either. You can also use this on a mouth guard as well. If you’re going to get tackled to the ground, you might as well have a pleasant taste in your mouth when you hit the dirt.
54. Use in Toothpaste: Add flavor, antibacterial action, and potential whitening benefits by adding coconut oil to some baking soda and using as a DIY toothpaste. For a little extra flavor, mix in a drop or two of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil.
55. Ease Arthritis Pain: Acute inflammation present with arthritis is responsible for quite a bit of discomfort and stiffness that accompanies this common malady, which can be eased by the anti-inflammatory effects of the coconut oil. Massage a bit of the oil into each joint thoroughly 1-2 times a day to relieve soreness.
56. Preserve Eggs: Paint a thin coating of coconut oil over the eggshell to preserve quality and extend shelf-life. The oil prevents degradation from exposure to oxygen, and studies have found that the oil coating maintained an AA grade up to 3 weeks after storage, as opposed to when a glycerol coating was used. The grade refers to the Haugh unit, which measures the quality of the egg protein in the white.
57. Treat Athletes Foot: The anti-fungal action of coconut oil helps fight off athlete’s foot when you apply it daily. Be sure to rinse your feet first and pat them dry, then thoroughly apply a thin layer of coconut oil, massaging it in well. Wash your hands before applying to the other foot to avoid spreading the fungus.
58. Say Goodbye to a Sore throat: Can’t ease that painful throat? Coconut oil provides a wonderful soothing coating, whether the discomfort is caused by dry air or an illness. Swallow ½-1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily to ease the pain, being sure to make one of those times right before bed. For an extra kick, melt the coconut oil down and stir in a little honey (its ok if it separates some.) When it is mostly room temp, mash up the mixture a little bit and use the same as above.
59. Lessen a Dry, Hacking, Cough: You don’t want to suppress your cough if it is productive, meaning you are coughing up phlegm. Your body needs to get rid of all that stuff. However, if you have a dry hacking cough, swallowing a teaspoon or so of coconut oil can help ease the itchy irritation. It is especially nice because it coats your throat and seems to protect it more from irritating things such as dust, whereas water only provides very temporary relief.
60. Prevent Stretch Marks: There is no magic method to prevent or get rid of stretch marks. Indeed, how noticeably you get stretch marks are based a lot on genetics. They are caused by, literally, a stretching of the skin. This may occur during pregnancy, puberty, during rapid muscle mass gain, etc. and tend to be more extreme when there is an excess of cortisol (a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands) involved. Cortisol damages elastic fibers in the dermis. Put simply, the marks appear when the lower layers of the dermis tear for some reason or another. Anecdotal evidence suggest that keeping skin moisturized and supple can help prevent stretch marks, and what better moisturizer than coconut oil? Rub some onto the area twice daily (for example, your belly if you are pregnant) and massage it in well. You can also melt down some cocoa butter with the coconut oil for an extra moisturizing boost.
61. Ink Cleaner: Don’t cry over spilled ink. If you find yourself with irritating ink smears and smudges on your hand, simply rub a little coconut oil over it and let it sit for a minute or two. Wipe off with a dry, clean, cloth.
62. Personal Lubricant *not compatible with latex: Yup, coconut oil can be used as a natural and effective alternative to store-bought lubricant. It is not compatible with latex though, as it causes it to lose its elasticity and break down, so do not use it with condoms. Coconut oil + condoms = baby! Otherwise, enjoy on your own or with a partner the same way you would any other kind.
63. Clean Your Dogs Ears: Gently wipe surface dirt out of your dog’s ears with a cotton ball. A dog’s ear canal is shaped like an ‘L’ so don’t panic too much about jabbing your finger or cotton swab in too far. This is why you’ll see your vet take that super long cotton swab and stick it all the way into the ear for a sample. Afterwards you wipe it out, gently rub in some coconut oil into the skin to keep them healthy, itch-free, and comfortable.
64. Detail Your Car: Coconut oil provides a lustrous sheen to the inside of your car, be it the dashboard or leather seats. You can also use it to buff out little scratches that might be marking up the paint job. The best part(s) are that it soaks in, lasts a while, doesn’t attract dust, smells great, and is all natural.
65. Soothe and Prevent Hangnails: Fun fact-hangnails are also known as a “stepmothers blessing” in several parts of the U.K. as well as a “catchy” in other parts of the world .Whatever you call them, these little bits of torn skin seem benign, but cause major pain. Often times they end up creating a whole inflamed sore patch around your nail that’s tender for days. Rubbing some coconut oil around the outer edges of your nail can help keep the skin soft and pliable, making it less likely for it to “rip” and land you with a hangnail. When the little bits of skin get hard and stiff, rubbing some coconut oil on it will also help soothe the pain with its anti-inflammatory actions.
66. One Ingredient Udder Soother: Cracked teats are, as one can imagine, terribly uncomfortable for the cow. Not only that, but it provides an area for bacteria and infection to multiply, which is the last thing you want to happen. Just like coconut oil provides wonderful soothing moisture in the form of nipple cream for humans, it makes an awesome one-ingredient udder balm. Simply apply as you would any other udder balm.
67. Detangler: When you’ve got a nasty tangle, try using coconut oil to ease it out without any yanking, eye watering, or ripped out broken hairs. Dampen your hair well and then massage in coconut oil, letting it sit for 2-3 minutes. Starting at the bottom of the hair shaft, gently work your way up with a comb to get through the tangles .
68. Cracked Heels: Cracked, dry, heels? As a super moisturizer, coconut oil can help soften and smooth over that skin. Use a pumice stone first to slough off any excess buildup of cells, and then get a little bit of coconut oil on your fingertips. Massage into your heels well, and let dry. Repeat twice daily.
69. Breath Freshener: Make somebody feel like they’re lounging in the tropics when they get close to your face. If you suffer from bad breath, kick the problem with coconut oil by holding a teaspoon or so in your mouth until it melts, swishing it around a bit, and then either swallowing or spitting it into the trash. The antibacterial properties in coconut oil make it useful for ridding your mouth of odor causing bacteria.
70. Get Rid of Angular Chelitis (aka pesky little mouth sores): This sounds obscure, but it is a much more common occurrence than it seems. Angular chelitis is inflammation of the lips, technically, but often times appear as little “splits” or “cracks” in the corner of your mouth. When this happens, fungus can jump on the opportunity to infect the little area. Rub a little bit of coconut oil on the sore spots 2-3 times daily to keep yourself comfortable and to fight off fungi.
71. Use in the Sun: Coconut oil in and of itself is not sufficient as sunscreen. On its own, it has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 4-6. This helps a little, but not enough to make it a substitute. That being said, try applying coconut oil in between re-applications of sunscreen. It will help hydrate your skin and prevent it from drying out. Should you get burned, it can also help prevent peeling and itching.
72. Improve Circulation: We need proper circulation to not only function, but to heal as well. Not to mention feeling cold all the time (or having people shudder at your frigid touch) isn’t fun. Coconut oil, taken internally, may help improve blood flow. As it can raise the levels of HDL-or “good”-cholesterol, the ratio between HDL and LDL-“bad” cholesterol-are evened. 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.
73. Add to Baby Bath: Babies have wonderfully soft, smooth, healthy skin-and we want to keep it that way! Try adding a little bit of coconut oil to your little one’s bath to help keep skin soft and smooth. It will also help soothe any little rashes, scrapes, or bothersome bug bites that may be bothering them.
74. Get Rid of Cradle Cap: Cradle cap is typically a harmless condition that results in patches of yellowish, thick, sometimes greasy scales on your baby’s head (although it can occasionally be found on other areas of the body as well.) Like true adult dandruff, there could be several causes of cradle cap, including an overgrowth of yeast or over productive oil glands. To help loosen and remove the crusty flaking scales, dampen little one’s hair/scalp and gently apply enough coconut oil to cover the affected area-it doesn’t need to be thick. Leave it on for 15 minutes (or longer if needed) to soften the scales. Then use a soft bristled baby brush or very fine toothed comb to loosen and remove the patches. Follow up by rinsing with a regular mild baby shampoo to remove the rest of the oil from the hair.
75. Soothe a Dry Canine Nose: Rub a tad onto your dog’s nose if it is perpetually dry and cracked. This remedy is smoosh-faced breed approved.
76. Flaky Scalp Treatment: Different from dandruff, having a flaky or dry scalp simply results in those annoying snowy white flakes that you can seem to get rid of. With its super moisturizing prowess, coconut oil can help provide nourishing moisture to a thirsty scalp. Wet your hair, and then massage coconut oil over scalp, using just enough to cover the area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse it out. Follow up with a small amount of very mild shampoo to ensure a non-greasy look when finished. Repeat this at least 3 times a week, or as needed, to prevent dry scalp.
77. Reduce Fine Lines: There are two main things that keep the skin supple but firm, collagen and elastin. Collagen is what gives skin it’s “firmness” while elastin is what allows it to stretch and then return to its original shape. Collagen production slows as we age, which is part of why wrinkles start to appear, and elastin production is stopped completely-hence your skin no longer snaps back into place if you pinch it. Coconut oil’s biologically active components (such as certain fatty acids) have been shown to increase collagen cross-linking, which is part of why it helps wounds heal faster. This same principle may be why it helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles. Apply twice daily, using as little amount as possible and rubbing in thoroughly, to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
78. Ease Osteoporosis : Coconut oil can help ease osteoarthritis in a number of ways. Trabecular bone is one of two types of bone structure-it is “spongy” and has a higher surface are to mass ratio. It is typically the most harshly affected type of bone in osteoporosis. The trabecular number refers to measure of bone texture and structure, and marks the risk/severity of osteoporosis. Unlike plain calcium therapy, which reduced trabecular separation, coconut oil increased bone volume and the trabecular number in studies conducted with rats. Rats are good subjects to study when it comes to bone disease, as the remodeling and resorption process in rats is similar to that of humans. Osteoporosis caused by oxidative stress may also be lessened due to the potential anti-oxidant effects of coconut oil, while coconut oil also helps the absorption of calcium.
79. Remove Rust: Rust is somewhat of an inevitable fact of life. Unless you can keep your scissors/knives/etc. away from oxygen, you’re going to encounter rust eventually. To get rid of these pesky spots, spread a thin layer of coconut oil over the rusty area. Let it sit for 1-2 hours, then run warm water over the oil and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
80. Food Poisoning Relief : Bacteria and germs have become more prevalent-and harder to wipe out-every year. Even just E. coli has surged with the forms of packaging, preparation, and shipping that we use in the modern world. So what does one do when crippled in bed or chained to the porcelain throne? Take 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil with orange juice every day. With its antiviral, antimicrobial actions that can defeat even the most stubborn illnesses that you would have to suffer through, it is (almost) a literal life saver.
81. Homemade Teething “Gel”: Teething occurs (typically) between six and nine months of age, and does not actually involve the teeth cutting through the gums. Rather certain chemicals are released that cause some cells in the gum tissue to selectively die off, which results in the gums separating and allowing the teeth to come through. Coconut oil can help tame some of the irritation and inflammation that tends to come along with the process of teething. Simply rub a little over the gums with your finger. To add an extra pain killing kick, add cloves to the mix. Naturally containing eugenol, a painkilling substance still used today, cloves can help ease teething woes. Some people use clove essential oil, but I don’t use essential oils directly with babies or very young children. Instead, add 2 teaspoons (up to 1 tablespoon for the maximum dosage) of whole cloves to ¼-1/2 cup of coconut oil and let it sit over low heat for 1 hour. There is no need to remove the solids, since you can scoop the oil out around them, but any botanical matter will shorten shelf life.
82. Prevent Split Ends: The fatty acids in coconut oil do more than just make hair look smooth and healthy for the present, it can keep it looking that way by preventing pesky split ends. Rich in protective fatty acids that easily adhere to keratin, the main protein in hair, a little bit of coconut oil applied to the ends of your hair daily can help reduce breakage. Be sure to apply just a little and only to the ends, especially if you are prone to oily hair.
83. Tupperware Stain Prevention: When it comes to dishware malfunctions, Tupperware stains are pretty bothersome, especially when stained with red sauce. It isn’t exactly appetizing to place fresh food in a clean, but very dirty looking, container. To help prevent these stains, rub a very thin layer of coconut oil into the Tupperware and allow it to sink in/dry. This forms a layer that prevents discoloration from setting in. At times this can even help with clean up, as things slide out easier. If you are worried about coconut flavor/taste being imparted, use refined coconut oil.
84. Tattoo Moisturizer/Healer: The feeling after you get new ink is beyond amazing, and you want to do everything you can to help your tattoo heal and stay healthy. Often time’s thick petroleum jelly is applied to keep the tattoo moist, but that can get gummy quickly, and can sometimes feel like you’re suffocating your skin rather than helping it heal. Instead use coconut oil to facilitate healing and keep the area moisturized (but not drowning.) As much as you love it, your tattoo is technically a wound, and your body will treat it as it would any other trauma. This includes that maddening itch, which coconut oil happens to soothe quite well. It is much less smothering, and more natural, than many other products, and keeps your skin moisturized, smooth, and healthy-and your new tattoo radiant. For the period that you would usually use jelly, apply coconut oil instead. You can be generous here, but remember that it melts quickly and can get runny, so applying smaller amounts at a time is useful.
85. Dust Repellant : A thin layer of coconut oil rubbed into certain surfaces (such as wood, or a dashboard) can help keep dust from collecting. It seems counterintuitive, like the dust would just stick in the coconut oil and make it all fuzzy, but it doesn’t. Instead you get a nice lustrous polished look and you keep the dust bunnies at bay. Rub a small amount over the desired area, being sure to rub it in thoroughly, and then allow it to dry. Use ONLY enough as needed. Be sure to test on a small area first to make sure it does not discolor or in any way negatively affect the surface.
86. Slick Your Snow Shovel: Clearing heavy, wet, clumping snow can be backbreaking work, especially when it clings to your shovel, building up and weighing it down. To keep the snow sliding effortlessly off your shovel, rub a thin layer of coconut oil over it. Reapply as needed-usually 1-2 times a week, depending on how often you’re shoveling. If you have a toasty heated garage, keep the shovel some place cooler to prevent the oil layer from simply melting off.
87. Clean Sap: I grew up trying to climb the old pine tree in my backyard which, naturally, got me covered in sap. It was my Dad who first showed me that mayonnaise could magically get that pesky sticky sap off your hands, and it only made sense when I learned that coconut oil could do the same. I am not sure why, but rubbing the sappy spot with coconut oil and then rinsing with warm soapy water does wonders!
88. Unstick a Zipper: It’s a problem when you can’t get your pants zipper up before an important meeting, nor is it fun being stuck yanking on your toddler’s stubborn jacket zipper while they look at you like “aren’t you supposed to be able to solve all the problems in the world? What’s taking you so long?” Avoid both of these unfortunate situations-apply a bit of coconut oil on the jammed zipper, rub it in a bit, and it should glide with ease.
89. Shape Your Beard/’Stache: If you’re going to for a sleek, styled look, use a little bit of coconut oil to shape your beard or mustache into your desired look.
90. Stop Sticky, Squeaky, Hinges: It’s hard to be subtle when you have a squeaky door. Your plans for a midnight raid of the snack cupboard will be thwarted if a door makes a racket when you open it. Rub a little coconut oil into the hinges to stop the squealing.
91. Cheekbone Highlighter: Highlighting your cheeks gives you that little extra glow that people can’t quite place, but definitely notice. Apply a small amount of coconut oil the same as you would another cheekbone cream to give yourself a naturally beautiful glow.
92. Give Plants a Shine: The last thing your beautiful, green, healthy plants want is a waxy silicone shine that makes their leaves glisten unnaturally. Rub a tiny bit of coconut oil into them to keep leaves looking healthy and dust-free. Reapply every few days or as needed.
93. Maintain Lawn Mower Blades: Apply a thin layer of coconut oil over clean lawn mower blades to prevent grass clumps from sticking and jamming the mower.
94. Grease Baking Pans: There’s nothing like slaving over a beautiful baked good and then watching it crumble as you try to take it out of the pan. Avoid this heartbreak by greasing pans lightly with coconut oil first.
95. Clean Makeup Brushes: Preserve your delicate make up brushes by cleaning them with coconut oil. Simply melt down some of the oil in a glass and dip the brush into the liquid, coating it thoroughly. Then gently swirl the brush on a paper towel or wash cloth until the color or product is gone. Rinse under warm water, and dry. Any bit of residue tends to make the bristles quite soft, but you can also use a mild soap and water to remove it if you find it bothersome.
96. Fight Ringworm: Ringworm, despite sounding like a parasite, really falls under the same category as athletes foot, a related skin infection, caused by one of several types of mold like fungi that feed on the dead tissue in nails, skin, and hair. Ringworm typically presents itself as a red scaly or slightly raised bump. It will generally begin to look like a ring-hence the name- that has scaly edges. Itchy and uncomfortable, it’s not fun to have hanging around. Washing your hands before and after application, rinse the affected area with water and pat dry before rubbing in a small amount of coconut oil up to 3 times a day.
97. Grease a Bicycle Chain: If you want to try “green grease” try a little bit of coconut oil on your bike chain to keep it running smoothly. A thick layer is not needed, as coconut oil solidifies temperatures under 76 degrees Fahrenheit, and you don’t want to gum up your chain.
98. Eyelash Enhancement: Long thick eyelashes are something many people desire, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to come by. To get those luscious upturned ‘lashes, apply a little bit of coconut oil to your eyelashes nightly. The proteins can help encourage growth and seal in moisture, preventing brittleness and breakage.
99. Lubricate Kitchen Appliances: Rub a thin layer over the blades of kitchen appliances to keep them running smoothly. Be sure to store in a cool place so the layer stays firm.
100. Give Your Dog a Healthy Shine: Feed 2 teaspoons to dogs under 30 pounds and 1 tablespoon to dogs over 30 pounds daily to improve dry skin and give their coats a lustrous shine. Work up to the full dosage over the course of a week or so, discontinuing use if it seems to upset your canine companion’s tummy.
101. Target Eczema and Psoriasis : Eczema and psoriasis, while not the same thing, are both generally red, irritated, often times chronic skin diseases, and both are uncomfortable. Use coconut oil to target patches of your body that are being affected, and rub on a thin layer to keep the area moisturized and healthy, while also fighting off fungus or bacteria that could set in as a secondary infection if you’ve been scratching.
102. Reduce Dandruff : If you suffer from true dandruff (as opposed to just dry scalp) it is possible that you have an overgrowth of a common fungus on the scalp. Use coconut oil 2-3 times a week to provide some anti-fungal action to help keep the itching and flakes at bay.
103. Mane & Tail Conditioner: Like you, horses can benefit from coconut oil as well. A thick, healthy, flowing mane and tail are wonderful to behold but for those with horses, well, we know it’s not always an easy thing to achieve that look. They get dirty, rubbed out, and downright ratty looking. Coconut oil can help get you closer to that luxurious tail, but things will get worse before they get better. Clean the tail/mane thoroughly and run in a very liberal amount of coconut oil. It will look greasy and, quite frankly, unappealing. Do this for 5-7 days, and then rinse clean with shampoo. Prepare for a shiny, silken, soft mane and tail. It can also help ease irritation from things like sweet itch that may cause your horse to rub.
104. Minimize Heartburn: If you’re feeling the burn, swallow 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil. It can get a little coating in your tummy and ease the painful feeling of heartburn or acid reflux. It also helps get that bitter bile taste out of your mouth.
105. Add Luxurious Lather: Thanks to the combination of fatty acids (namely lauric acid) in coconut oil, it is fabulous for creating a luxurious fluffy lather in homemade soaps and shampoos. Does that lather actually increase cleaning efficacy? No. But we love it none-the-less. It is a much greener alternative than sodium lauryl sulfate, which is most commonly used to create lather in store bought products ranging from shampoo to toothpaste.
106. Help Heal a Bruise: A bruise is caused by some sort of impact or trauma rupturing blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin. Coconut oil may help speed the healing of tissue when used externally, even taken internally, and can help repair tissue damage and reduce the time that it would normally take your bruise to heal and fade.
107. Fights Acne: Our bodies are rich with bacteria that are naturally present, and necessary, to maintain our health. There are instances though where some people find themselves with a specific strain of bacteria (generally thought to be Propionibacterium acnes) that grows its population past the point of being welcome, as too much of it causes acne. While P. acnes is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, coconut oil is an all-natural way to reduce the overgrowth. You can also mix in a little drop of tee tree oil for an extra anti-bacterial kick. Be aware that tea tree has a very…distinct aroma. Not bad per say, just strong.
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By Claire GoodallClaire is a lover of life, the natural world, and wild blueberries. On the weekend you can find her fiddling in the garden, playing with her dogs, and enjoying the great outdoors with her horse. Claire is very open-minded, ask her anything 🙂 Meet Claire
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1. Got my hair caught in a fly strip once. Coconut oil took the gummy mess right out.
2. Sealed some water pipes and got the sealant all over my hands. Nothing removed it. Coconut oil worked into my skin removed it all.
3. I dip the ends of my pierced earrings in coconut oil before putting on my earrings. Its a natural antibacterial that protects from infection as well as easing the earring in place.
Thats good to know for my little girl.
Thank you for sharing this Donna-I hadn’t thought about using it for pierced ears! Then again I don’t actually have pierced ears myself 😉
So much great information. I always wondered about the benefits of coconut oil, now I know! Thanks
very useful ideas
The reason I first started using coconut oil was for a yeast infection. It works well for that!
Nicole, how do u use coconut oil for a yeast infection?
Fran, I started using coconut oil for the same reason. (Candida Albica)… (yeast infection). I put a teaspoon in my coffee in the mornings and a teaspoon in my after work cup. It took about 3 days to completely flush my system out but I no longer have that bugging yeast to deal with. It also has helped with weight loss!
Where do I get Coconut Oil?
Publix sell all brands as well as refined and unrefined.
most grocery store carries it . I have always used it in cooking , to make curries. I did not know it could be used for so many things
You can find it in with the other cooking oils at the grocery store,
I know it is coconut oil but, does it taste like coconut?
Buy organic virgin cold pressed. NUTIVIA IS THE BEST!
Amazon.com or local health food store. Make sure it says organic.
We have two bunnies at home and this will be great to use in their litter box. Thank you for all of these suggestions!
How do you use it to get rid of a yeast infection please
I am going out and buying me some tomorrow
I found it at Walmart by the vitamins
Fantastic list! I love coconut oil and use it all the time. It’s my go to for pretty much anything. This list covers most all of it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I’ve been preaching about coconut oil for months. Just the fact that it all natural,smells great ( u can get it without fragrance) less expensive than all those token beauty products! You owe it to you to at least try it!! B.j.’s sells it for $10.99!! Just try it!!:)
This is an awesome list. One thing I didn’t see was whether we should be using refined or unrefined coconut oil for these recipes. Does either one reduce the effectiveness of each recipe?
Ah!I am glad you brought this up! I am actually working on a “coconut oil 101” post here that will cover all the types and terms but for now…I personally prefer unrefined. However, refined (or refined, bleached, and deodorized) does have a longer shelf life, and it lacks the odor of coconut. In the use for coating tupperwares, for examples, refined can be a good alternative if you are worried about the coconut imparting any odor to the foods you are storing. In general if you want to use the oil but dislike the smell, or are storing huge amounts for long periods of time, refined is useful. Otherwise, stick to unrefined. While refined isn’t bad, per say, there’s just less messing around with the unrefined 😉
Thank you that answered a question I had about the scent. I use essential oils for so many things and while I could use FCO I prefer the solid but the last 2 bottles I purchased smelled like coconut (duh!) so I use them in cooking ect ect … but to combine with EO I now know to look for ‘refined’. Thank you!!
Hi. is the coconut oil mentioned is white and cream like? I bought 1 to try with baking soda n corn starch as deodorant but end up there is this layer of oil floating on top of mixture. Could it be I bought the wrong oil? mine is liquid form and semi translucent in color. Now I wonder what should I do with th mixture; can use with shower gel as body scrub? Please help
I made a deodorant with 3 T coconut oil, 3 T shea butter, 1 1/2 T baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. It did have the layer of oil floating to start but settled to a paste overnight for me. I’m just using my finger to give the paste a stir in the morning and using that as my applicator. Working a treat so far!
You want to use the food grade that is found in the shortening & oils section (in most stores), you can also purchase this on the cheaper side at a wholesale store (such as Costco or Sam’s Club), I use the organic coconut oil and love all the uses, finding more and more everyday. The coconut oil is in a solid form (a lil dab will do ya) until it reaches temps around +70. Hope you enjoy finding more and more uses like I have
i mix essential oils in my coconut oil….lavender and frankincense and vitamin for my face…..goood stuff!!!
Tropical Traditions is one of the best sources for coconut oil…made in a good way by good people…they offer many other products as well as free shipping on a frequent basis 🙂
This has truly been helpful. I have some coconut oil. I had no idea how amazing it really is! thank you so much for sharing:)
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I don’t love food cooked in coconut oil, but I’m going to try some of these other uses.
We love to use Coconut oil as a substitute for shortening in baking cookies and cakes. My husband doesn’t like coconut flavored chocolate chip cookies, so we will use the unflavored coconut oil for his, but the rest of my family likes it full flavored!! The smell of the raw coconut oil is soooo good!!
Thanks for the list, some of the stuff you listed I haven’t ever heard before. Thank you so much.
Glad to see so many uses before purchasing. Would like to use the unrefined but as stated the refined has longer shelf life.
Coconut oil is in no way, shape or form healthy for you. It is solid at room temperature, which means its fat content is all bad fats. Read the disclaimers folks, I am a medical professional and can tell you it is not good for you. Call any RD before using this product.
Interesting how you are an undefined medical professional. Drug rehabilitation councilors are “medical professionals” but not qualified to speak on the veracity of any medical claims of hard fats vs nonhard fats. You mention “its not good for you” failing in any way to define that comment though more than half of these posts do not involve consumption of the oil at all. So are you saying using it to remove my make-up will somehow harm me? Your comment is so vague it is insulting to anyone able to do even the remotest level of research. And if you are stating it is “bad” beca5of the reseach that implies room temperature hardening fats cause high cholesterol, those papers are in No way definative. There are as many studies debunking them as implying that. And thats only the tip of the iceberg on the arguments between good and bad fats and their true effects on physiology.
there are hundreds of other websites that rave about the benefits of coconut oil. There have been a bunch of studies to back up all its health benefits. The problem with it is that it’s not a man made medicinal remedy, so you can’t exactly patent it, and modern medicine doesn’t like things that you can’t put a patent on.
My friend weighed herself the day she started taking coconut oil. She weighed herself again a month later, after ingesting 2 tablespoons of coconut oil everyday, and was amazed that she had lost 10lbs in that month! Now, tell me how it’s bad again????
Coconut oil melts as soon as it gets touched. It’s not at all like butter which needs to be a bit warmer to melt.
Coconut oil has cured “CURED” my Fathers psoriasis of 45 yrs. He’s no longer using expensive creams that did nothing.
just because it is a fat doesn’t mean it is not good for cleaning.
I use it in my coffee, I use it on my skin, I use it to cook with. As a medical professional I am aware of what the Dr’s tell you. I know that God made medicine long before Dr. did and I trust my coconut oil.
It is very good for you! I use it for oil pulling, moisturizer, it’s completely cleared up my acne and it’s not greasy at all. Smells great. Love it as a face moisturizer, makes me look younger. I Also use it as chapstick. Love it! Oh and i use it on my hair, my hair is so soft and is growing so fast. helps with yeast infections too. Thumbs up to Coconut Oil!
How does it help with a yeast infection? How do you apply it or do you eat it?
My goodness ive been using it for last two weeks it is brillant. I am not going to give a list of whwt i use it for, but lets just say that this coconut oil organic unrefined has been a life saver for me as i suffer badly with lung infections and antibiotics have not helped at all i have this problem for last 10yrs, cocowel oil organic is my life saver in just two weeks it removed at least a very small jam jar size of mucus from my lung somthing antibiotics has never done. This is a fact. Please do some more research on coconut oil its a miricale in a jar.
What is “room temperature”?
I do not believe that the fact you use (that it is “solid at room temperature”) is an indication of the goodness or badness of the fat content. But I wonder how you determined its melting point.
I have a container of coconut oil in a kitchen cupboard. According to the label, it is liquid at temperatures around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that, now summer temperatures are with me here, it is always liquid unless I keep it in my refrigerator. And that is what happens, because I prefer that it isn’t liquid when I store it.
The label tells me that, out of every 14 grams, 12 grams are Saturated fat and 1 gram is Monounsaturated fats.
Coconut oil originates in the tropics. Its proportions of fatty acids are not the same as nuts or meat; the greatest are: Lauric (around 50%) and Myristic (around 20%). The saturated fat content amount of Palmitic (around 10%) and Stearic (less than 5%) is much lower than in nuts, meat and eggs because coconut oil is a “tropical” fat.
The melting points of those individual fatty acids are: Lauric: 112F. Myristic; 130F. But bearing in mind the nature of the compound of coconut oil, its melting point is around 76F.
Lauric acid increases cholesterol, but it is the HDL kind not LDL.
Myristic acid is a medium chain acid. It’s been shown to be beneficial in weight loss compared against such as Olive Oil, which is usually regarded as a “healthy” fat, although it has been seen to increase LDL cholesterol when it is taken *on its own*. But in a compound such as coconut oil, that’s not the same.
The demonization of saturated fats is unjustified. In studies around the world, there hasn’t been a positive correlation between saturated fat consumption and blood/heart disease.
The fact that a medical professional is willing to state quite clearly that it is all bad does make me wonder. It’s disturbing.
The danger with any saturated fats is clearly with those that have been hydrogenated or that are found in processed foods, not those available in a more natural form (such as coconut oil).
To suggest that coconut oil is inherently unhealthy is misleading and a grossly simplistic view of the way our bodies process fats.
I started using the cocnut oil to remove eye makeup and as a facial moisturizer. I noticed after a few weeks that dark spots were fading and fine lines seemed to disappear. Looks like there are lots of ways to use it.
A huge fan of coconut oil, I discovered about 98% of your handy dandy tips on my own. What I totally dig about this list is that it’s a great way to share this fount of info to my friends without having to spend the time to compile it myself. I will definitely be sharing this to everyone I know! *here’s a couple tips I’d like to share with you & your readers: ¤when adding it to coffee or hot cocoa I use a stick blender to mix it in. Even 10 sec. will keep the oil from separating before you finish your drink. Do it for about 1 minute for a nice frothy top layer. Add some extract (try peppermint in your cocoa) & you’ll feel like you’ve gone to one of those expensive coffee shops! ¤Easiest way to add it to your pet’s diet is to add it to their food. You don’t even have to mix it in! ¤Fruit over ripen too fast? Cut into a small dice then mix or blend with coconut oil. Add sugar if desired and spices (ie cinnamon/nutmeg with peaches or All Spice to plums). Stir or blend until the juice & oil are creamy. I put it in a jar then put it in the fridge. You now have your own preserved fruit. GREAT on toast, hot or cold cereal, pancakes or even on its own as a snack. I heat it up a bit to stop it from cooling down hot foods. I would love to hear from you if you try any of my tips to find out if they worked for you or not. If they do, please feel free to incorporate them into your wonderful list. Thanks!
Oops! I forgot something. I use oxygen at nite for my sleep apnea. I’ve been using the oil before going to bed just as you have suggested for a dry inner nose. It gets rid of the discomfort that using a candula can cause!
I’m glad to hear it can be used for dry noses; even with a humidifier and saline spray I still get the occasional nosebleed 🙁
I have been using pure coconut for various things over the past 4 months. It has removed skin tags from to much sun on my legs, helps with skin tone and fine lines. I used on my hands and feet for arithitis. I have not tried for acid reflux, but pain on using today.
Do share how it works for you!
My kids favorite cookie recipe.
Chocolate Macaroon Cookies
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
2tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
4 beaten eggs
2 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar to roll the dough in
Chill for 2 or 3 hours. Its a sticky dough. Spoon dough onto plate of powdered suger and roll around. Use coconut oil for your pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (no more than 10) makes 5 dozen.
Thank You Kristina,
I have just tried the recipe for your macaroons and love them!
The rest of my family who got to have some sent home were thrilled as well, and I am not so sure I am ready to tell them this recipe yet. They will find it anyway, they always do when I am not looking. Thank You So Much for Sharing,
Oh yes, this recipe is a must-try…! But 2 cups of sugar sounds a like a lot… I like to reduce the sugar in my recipes by substituting half of it with cinnamon. Cheers!
I’ve used coconut oil for years to treat rosacea. In two weeks all the red and raised bumps were gone.
How fid you use it for rosacea? How many times a day and how did you apply it? Thanks!
Another use-is it helps re-leave yeast infections. It destroys the yeast. Being a diabetic, I have an issue with yeast from time to time. Same as jock itch. I use it under my belly area as it keeps the skin fold from harboring yeast. Also in the grawing area. Not all of us are thin so if you are over weight then this could help .
After you use it in your mouth can you put down your drain?
I would spit it in the trash. The oil will solidify under 76 degrees Fahrenheit and can potentially block your drains!
# 87…..pitch (AKA pine sap) dissolves in any oil.
Any certain brand or things I need to look for in the oil. I have wanted to try it for awhile not sure what to buy. Thanks
no wonder Gilligan survived on Gilligan’s Island lol
I started using Coconut oil a year ago. I used it like butter on my toast and in my coffee. It helped my Fibromyalgia. About 5 months ago I read that using it on wrinkles helps. The little lines under my chin are almost gone and tonight I’m starting on my whole face before bed. It’s like a miracle oil.
Thanks for the tip about Fibro. I will have to try this and see how it works. I’m a little nervous about trying it in my coffee but am going to try it today. Thanks.
Thanks Claire,,,im going out today for coconut oil. Luckily i can get it at the local farmers market. I have used coconut oil in homemade balms with good results especially nail creams.
Thank you so much for compiling this list. Wonderful information that I found very useful!
Yes to all that, but COCONUT IS A NUT AND THE OIL WILL TRIGGER A PERSON ALLERGIC TO NUTS. So it is important to remember that.
I have a grandchild allergic to nuts. This is a big NO NO.
That is a good point. My son is allergic to peanuts too but not to tree nuts and only upon ingestion. I use it all the time on my toddlers eczema. We have had no problems so far. He also has asthma an is prone to strong coughing and wheezing when he gets a cold. I was thinking that the rub would be good to try but maybe I won’t. I will try it on my daughter though as she is too young for medicines for her stuffy nose.
Coconuts are not classified as tree nuts by the FDA. Although people can be allergic to coconuts, it’s highly unlikely that a person allergic to tree nuts or peanuts (which are legumes) will be allergic to coconuts. A nut allergy does not equal coconut allergy. My daughter has severe nut allergies that cause anaphylaxis and can eat coconuts with no problems.
Would it be safe to ingest coconut oil since I am pregnant? Coconut oil helping out with heartburn would be awesome, but there are just so many things to avoid while pregnant.. What do you think?
Marissa… I would think this should be a question for your doctor. Granted, coconut oil is natural and seems like it should be fine to use when pregnant, but the doctor may have other concerns. In my opinion, it’s always best to run it by them to be sure. 🙂 And congratulations!!
I wanna say, first off, that I greatly enjoy this website. I don’t know how many times I’ve found exactly the information I had been looking for or just awesome tips and tricks in general right here. That being said, I will admit that I expected to read much of what I’ve already seen about various uses for coconut oil (I know it’s asinine of me) –I almost didn’t read it. I know, I know (or apparently THINK I know). Anywho, my point is that I was very pleasantly proved wrong. I found so many new uses that I absolutely didn’t expect and totally enjoy. So this may be dumb, but I wanted to basically tell on myself and say that I had judged and was very wrong. I want to apologize to Claire for having basically sold her short to myself (and with no good reason especially considering previous articles and info). Thank you for the great list and I hope this wordy comment propels you to continue writing in spite of admittedly butt-headed people who think they’ve seen or heard it all.
Short version: Your info is useful and rocks my socks off
Thank you so much! I just ordered some extra virgin from Puritan’s Pride. I order my vitamins etc. from them they are very trust-worthy. Right now i got 16 oz for buy one and get 2 free! With free shipping. Most things are on that sale right now. It’s a great company. Do you have this list in a booklet form. It would make a great gift to add to some Coconut Oil. Thanks again
Need to add that the cost was $23.99 — sorry I left that out.
I am impressed with your website. I have heard that coconut oil is good for so many things and enjoyed reading your article. My grandson has been telling me about it for months. I will be using it more, now. Thank you. Enjoy this so much.
Claire, do you recommend ‘oil-pulling’ with coconut oil? Does cleansing the mouth whiten teeth? Does coconut oil also strengthen tooth enamel?
My favorite use is on my toast instead of butter. I apply generously as it is suppose to be good for me, but the flavor is right on! Of course, top it with good preserves!
I love your article on coconut oil. I use it for so many things. I love it and know it works.
Works great with my dog, just mix it in his food. Keeps him from itching & scratching.
Can you use this for cats also. My cat has allergies and extremely dry skin????
Yes! Our 5 cats LOVE it!. I keep a small condiments bowl with it in it for my elbows and hands and the cats started by licking my hands. Now I just give them a small gob of it when they seem interested. From all the benefits from it, I’m sure it’s good for them and so far, everyone has stayed healthy.
My son has a g-tube. It’s a tube that is placed in his stomach and it allows us to pump food into his stomach because he has feeding issues. I rub a little coconut oil on his skin around the tube every day to prevent irritation. It works awesome!
I started taking 1tbsp of coconut oil every morning. Within a week, my inflammation was gone. I didn’t know how bad I really felt until I found out how good not having pain feels. I have a replacement hip on the “recall list”. I was having trouble putting on socks and grocery shopping for more than 30 min wasn’t possible. After 2 weeks taking the coconut oil, I was able to walk thru the zoo for 5 hours!
Only used it once just tiny bit in cooking- can’t get off the loo for days!!! Anyone else had this reaction?
I have found it works wonders on those burns you get in the kitchen, especially steam burns. I rinse my hand under cold water, pat dry then immediately put some coconut oil on the burn. It takes away the pain almost immediately, and I have found NO redness or pain the next day. I have never found another product, even the store bought burn creams that work as well as the coconut oil. It is worth having on hand even if this was the ONLY reason!
conni, I always keep bottle of ALOE GEL by stove in kitchen just for burns. When I burn myself, I quickly grab and rub some on and pain goes almost immediately, and no pain or redness appears. I also keep smaller bottle with band aids and dressings in bathroom for scrapes and cuts. Heals quicker than other ointments. Guess I will have to try c o for these conditions. Definitely will try for under belly as I also have itch and stench from sweat for years and drs can’t find anything to take care of problem, not even dermatologists.
I use coconut oil for everything! I too thought that I was going to read what I already knew but found some interesting new uses that I never heard. I actually tried the oil pulling tonight. I was hesitant to try it because I thought the feeling would be gross…which it is…but I have to agree that it works. I have poor enamel and a cavity that I can’t get filled right now. After I did the oil pulling me teeth look whiter and feel very clean. I will continue to do it daily. You just get a teaspoon and swish it gently in your mouth for 20 minutes then spit in the trash..not the sink…and dont swallow it. All the bacteria is pulled out into the oil and you dont want to swallow that. Afterwards I rinse with water then brush. The first few minutes are hard because of the oily texture but as soon as all the oil melts and mixes with saliva its fine. Thought I’d share. Great post!
Rubbing oil not your plant’s leaves can block their stomata, the tiny pores that allow it to release water vapor. The stomata are very important; it’s the upwards motion from the evaporation of water that draws water from the soil into the plant. In other words, if you clog the plant’s pores with oil, it won’t be able to drink as effectively or regulate its water levels. You may also block important gas exchange. Plants need to release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide through their leaves to live. Don’t rub coconut oil on your plants.
That makes sense to me, seeing as how rubbing the oil on your fruit will create a coating that preserves them for longer by keeping the air out, right? But for living plants you don’t want to block those pores, you don’t want to mummify them!
I mean the plant will look pretty, obviously won’t kill it or that tip wouldn’t even be in this article, but it totally makes sense that the oil could give the plant a hard time!
i have a question. My husband has to take a lot of antibodics at certain times and has to take yeast meds. I’m new to cocoanut oil. To treat a yeast infection do you use it internally or externally and also how much do you use. Thank you. Please email me.
I want to thank you for all the information. I have been using this product for a few months and it has help with my headaches and many other things. I have been very sick for many yrs and I find this helps so very much.
Great for making popcorn, the kernels even pop larger than with vegetable oil, and tastes better too ! ! ! !
Coconut oil is the only thing I have found that helps my eczema. I have a couple spots that I can NOT stop scratching because they itch so much. After putting on the coconut oil, they don’t even itch. It is great!
I have never had coconut oil. Have I been missing out?
It’s never too late to start… Coconut oil had just recently began being popular again. There are so many uses for it, it is unbelievable! This blog post is just so exhaustive, thanks Claire for sharing! This will be my favourite blog from now on for sure. I have been “coconuting” for a while now and just started my own blog because I had to share my findings on how coconut oil can help damaged hair (I linked my blog in my name if anyone is interested). Also, did you guys know that you are not supposed to wash the coconut oil out of your hair in the bathroom because it clogs the drains?
Don’t buy it at your local grocery. Find a Health Food store in your area!
Thank you for this list. I look forward to adding it into my life!
Thank you Claire for such a FANTASTIC Coconut Oil use list…I’ve added your tips for Dogs & Cats to mine to give to the families of the Dogs I sit for! We ALL thank you for keeping us Healthier & Greener! (*:*) Dale
My daughter has a coconut allergy, is it safe for her to use coconut oil. Some of these would be great for her but we don’t need to end up in the emergency room.