50 Healthy Uses For Coconut Oil
Jenny was sick and tired of reading labels! She was trying to live chemical-free, but it seemed that every lotion, cream, and toothpaste had a variety of ingredients that she had never heard of.
“Why aren’t there more natural solutions?” thought Jenny as she was fumbling through product after product in her grocery store. “There has to be an easier way.”
Then Jenny remembered something she had read about coconut oil having so many different uses.
“I’ve been using coconut oil more and more in cooking. I wonder if I could use coconut oil for personal hygiene products, too,” considered Jenny as she ditched the personal hygiene aisle altogether.
Many people like Jenny are learning more and more about the harmful chemicals in cleaners, personal hygiene products, medications, and more and wanting to make changes, but what many don’t know is that they likely have the answer right in their pantry!
Coconut oil is a wonderful solution for so many areas of life, from personal hygiene and general health to cooking and beyond!
You can find coconut oil at a variety of health food stores, and it has some incredible benefits when used both externally and internally.
Look for unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil, and use in as many of these ways as you want!
50 HEALTH USES FOR COCONUT OIL
1. FACE MOISTURIZER
Apply to face and neck before bed and wipe off in the morning!
2. BODY MOISTURIZER
Apply to skin all over your body like a lotion, and give it some time to absorb before getting dressed.
3. EYE CREAM
Apply under eyes to reduce puffiness.
Apply to lips to naturally soften and protect.
5. MASSAGE OIL
It’s perfect for back or foot massages!
6. BODY SCRUB
Mix with equal parts sugar and apply in the shower.
7. NIPPLE CREAM
Use it in place of Lanolin to nourish dry, irritated nipples due to breastfeeding.
8. DIAPER SALVE
It’s safe for cloth diapers and naturally comforts an irritated bottom.
Mix with cornstarch or arrowroot powder and baking soda, then apply under each arm for a natural deodorant.
Use coconut oil to prep skin for shaving. It can also heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
11. DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT
Rub a tablespoon onto your dry scalp and work through to the ends of your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap, and leave on overnight.
12. MAKEUP REMOVER
Use it on a cotton swab to remove stubborn eye makeup!
Use it by itself or with baking soda to naturally clean teeth.
14. FOOT SCRUB
Mix it with salt to remove dry skin on feet!
15. NAIL REPAIR
Coconut oil can help with nail growth when used on cuticles.
16. STRESS RELIEF
Apply coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion to lower stress levels.
17. BREASTFEEDING MOMS
Consuming 3.5 tablespoons daily can enrich your milk supply.
18. WEIGHT LOSS
Coconut oil can speed weight loss when consumed daily.
19. SLEEP QUALITY
It has been shown to improve sleep when taken daily.
Coconut oil stimulates metabolism, improves thyroid function, and escalates energy levels.
It aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
22. COLD AND FLU
Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil into a cup of warm tea to help relieve symptoms.
Consuming it has been shown to improve pain, cramps, and heavy flow.
It might help keep blood sugar levels stable and can even help with cravings.
With use, it has been shown to reduce migraine symptoms.
Coconut oil helps prevent the feeling of being cold all the time.
It can improve the HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol.
28. ADRENAL FATIGUE
It has been shown to help those suffering from adrenal fatigue.
29. MENTAL CLARITY
Coconut oil can help improve cognitive function.
30. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
It has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety.
31. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Studies have shown that taking coconut oil daily might help prevent or reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
32. HEAD LICE
It can be used as a natural treatment when mixed with apple cider vinegar.
33. CROHN’S DISEASE
It has been shown to help with inflammation to improve symptoms.
34. UNDERACTIVE THYROID GLAND
It can help improve symptoms related to underactive thyroid function.
35. SKIN PROBLEMS
Coconut oil can relieve issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
36. YEAST INFECTIONS
It can help relieve symptoms of and naturally heal yeast infections.
Coconut oil is naturally anti-bacterial and has been shown to help heal acne when applied to the affected area regularly.
It has been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite when applied regularly.
39. COLD SORES
Coconut oil can help naturally heal cold sores and reduce irritation.
40. SORE MUSCLES AND BACK PAIN
It has been shown to relieve pain associated with muscle soreness as well as back pain.
Rub some coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help relieve allergy symptoms.
42. BUG BITES
It can stop the itching and burning sensation and speed up the healing process!
43. HEALING WOUNDS
Apply to scrapes and cuts to protect the wound from outside bacteria and viruses.
It speeds up the healing process by helping to repair damaged tissues.
45. HIGH-TEMPERATURE COOKING
It is better to use coconut oil than olive or vegetable oils when cooking at higher temperatures.
Use coconut oil as a dairy-free replacement for butter!
47. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT
Melt some coconut oil and add it to smoothies for an additional health boost!
48. REMOVE CHEWING GUM FROM HAIR
Apply to the area with chewing gum and leave in for 30 minutes before gently removing.
49. PET CARE
It has been shown to improve general wellness of dogs and cats! Add one teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
50. INSECT REPELLENT
Mix with peppermint oil extract and apply to exposed skin.
While coconut oil is known for its many uses in cooking, it has a variety of health benefits that can be used many facets of life – from personal hygiene to medicinal uses.
Do you use coconut oil in any of the above ways? Share in the comments below!
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