Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of those products that has a million different uses.  It is an excellent moisturizer,   an excellent ingredient to use in cooking and baking, and has multiple cosmetic uses.  There are so many uses for coconut oil that I have complied a list of the ways that it can be used.

  • Moisturizer for the skin, best for dry spots on the skin.
  • As a deep conditioner for hair, makes hair soft and shiny.
  • A small amount rubbed through the hair can calm frizz.  Be careful doing this, because too much your hair will look greasy.
  • Oil pulling.  It helps remineralize teeth and remove plaque.  Erica over at Fashionlush wrote an excellent article about oil pulling that you can read here.
  • As a natural chap stick.  Just rub directly on your lips, you don’t need anything else.
  • Can help boost metabolism, due it’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content.
  • Mixed with sugar or salt to make a body scrub.
  • Can help skin heal faster after an infection or injury, similar to Neosporin.
  • Helps relieve eczema.
  • Can replace other types of oil in cooking.  I use it over olive or vegetable oil.
  • Helps heal sunburn, but the initial burning pain must be gone.
  • An immediate source of energy, and is not stored as fat when eaten.
  • Relieves itching from bug bites.
  • Stimulates hair growth when rubbed into scalp.
  • As tanning oil.  Use sunscreen underneath, because you don’t want to burn.
  • Speeds healing of fungal infections, used either internally of externally.
  • Anti inflammatory.
  • Can help relieve a sore throat when mixed in with tea.
  • Helps clear up cold sores.

There are many other ways to use coconut oil, but these are the ones that I use the most often.  I hope you will try the uses that I listed, as well as other ways to use coconut oil.  If you try any of these, of find other uses let me know.