You may already use coconut oil for cooking, but did you know that it also does wonders outside the kitchen? We’ve listed 30 of our favourite ways to use coconut oil – as a beauty product, as a home remedy for all sorts of ailments, and even for babies and pregnant mothers.
Can a jar of coconut oil really work magic? Try it for yourself and tell us what you think!
Coconut oil as a beauty product
1. As a skin moisturizer
Instead of your usual moisturizing lotion, try a tiny dollop of coconut oil. A little goes a long way!
2. As a conditioner
Deep condition your whole scalp or just use coconut oil on the ends of your hair for shiny tresses.
3. As an ingredient for homemade soap
Coconut oil, water and lye combine beautifully to make homemade soap!
4. As a lip balm
Try this lip balm recipe to protect those puckers. Coconut oil will even give your lips a very mild SPF protection from the sun!
5. As a body scrub
Melt some coconut oil and stir in sugar. Let it cool and voila – you have an exfoliating body scrub.
6. As a makeup remover
Rub coconut oil onto your face with your fingertips and rinse it off with water for a gentle and natural makeup remover. It even works with waterproof eye makeup.
7. As a massage oil
Using coconut oil for massages not only helps moisturize your skin, it also leaves you smelling wonderful!
8. As a shaving cream
Coconut oil is a perfect in-shower shaving cream since oil doesn’t dissolve immediately in water. It leaves your skin soft and protects it from razor burns. Try this recipe.
9. As a nail and cuticle treatment
Coconut oil is a cheap, natural substitute for store-bought cuticle oil. Simply rub a little into your cuticles and over your nails.
10. As a deodorant
Mix one part of arrowroot powder with three to four parts of coconut oil and apply as needed.
11. To lighten blemishes
Coconut oil can help lessen the appearance of a wide variety of skin blemishes, including sun or age spots. Rub coconut oil onto the spots daily.
12. To reduce dark eye bags
Rub a little coconut oil under your eyes before bed to reduce puffiness and eye bags.
Coconut oil as a home remedy
13. To help heal fungal infections
Apply coconut oil to the area of infection until your symptoms have cleared.
14. To help prevent the spread of cold sores
Apply a bit of coconut oil directly to the sore several times a day to prevent it from spreading.
15. To soothe rashes
Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and will help to relieve itching and swelling.
16. To make your own vapor rub
Mix peppermint essential oil with coconut oil to make a vapor rub to apply under your nose and on your chest and relieve congestion.
17. As a balm for minor cuts and scratches
Antibacterial and antifungal properties make coconut oil an ideal salve for minor scrapes and scratches. Mix some up with a little bit of honey and apply a dab to the area, or just use on its own.
18. To relieve constipation
Consume a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning on an empty stomach to help your digestive system run smoothly.
19. To treat Athlete’s Foot or ringworm
Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties that can help fight Athlete’s Foot. Rinse your feet and pat them dry, then massage a thin layer of coconut oil onto your feet. Repeat daily.
20. To soothe a sore, itchy throat
Try swallowing half or one teaspoon of coconut oil to soothe and coat your throat before bed. You can also melt the coconut oil and mix it with a little honey.
21. As an insect repellant
Rub some coconut oil onto your skin for a natural insect repellant. You can also try melting the oil and stirring in some essential oils like peppermint or citrus before applying.
22. As a hair detangler
Dampen your hair, massage in coconut oil and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Starting at the tips of your hair, gently work your way up with a comb to get through the tangles.
23. To heal cracked heels
First use a pumice stone remove excess dry skin, then massage coconut oil onto your heels before letting it dry.
24. To help with eczema and psoriasis
Rub a thin layer of coconut oil to affected areas to keep them moisturized and to ward off fungus and bacteria.
25. To lessen the effects of heartburn
Try swallowing 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil to coat your tummy and ease your pain.
Coconut oil for mothers and babies
26. To prevent stretch marks
Rub some coconut oil onto your belly and other areas and massage it in well. You can also melt down some cocoa butter with the coconut oil for an extra moisturizing boost.
27. As a diaper cream
Coconut oil’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, plus its soothing and moisturizing benefits, makes the ideal natural diaper cream.
28. As a nipple cream
After breastfeeding, gently rub a small amount of coconut oil on and around the nipple to soothe chafed and cracked areas.
29. To get rid of cradle cap
To help loosen and remove the crusty flaking scales caused by cradle cap, dampen your baby’s scalp and apply enough coconut oil to cover the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes to soften the scales, then use a soft bristled baby to loosen and remove the patches. Rinse off with baby shampoo.
30. To soothe teething gums
Coconut oil can help soothe some of the irritation and inflammation that occurs during teething. Simply rub a little over the gums with your finger.
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