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10 Uses for Coconut Oil

We all probably have a jar in our pantry of miracle oil (aka coconut oil), but we probably have few ideas what else to do with it beyond roasting veggies. This stuff is not only packed full of health benefits, but there are so many of other uses for coconut oil beyond cooking that after you read my list of 10 other uses you will probably want a jar on every level of your house!

  1. Hair mask – when you’re overdue for a hair cut, or have been heat styling your hair a lot, coconut oil makes for a great moisturizing hair mask. I recommend warming the oil in your hands and applying to your dry hair. Go heavier on the ends and lighter on the roots. You can leave on overnight or while you are around the house doing chores. After washing the oil from your hair you’ll be left with beautiful shinny locks!
  2. Body moisturizer – I LOVE coconut oil as a body moisturizer! I keep a little jar in my bathroom and apply it before bed when I’m feeling extra dry. Not only do you smell yummy, it is super hydrating. I will say, I don’t love using it in the AM before getting dressed cause it can be a bit oily and hard to pull on your skinnies. I get keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms, and the extra moisture really helps clear it up.
  3. Burns – one of my favorite uses for coconut oil is for burns, whether they are from cooking or sunburns. Not only does it help relieve pain, it also helps speed the recovery and it is anti-inflammatory. (I’ve got to thank my best girl Jaimie for this tip!)
  4. Body scrub – coconut oil is perfect for using in a DIY sugar scrub. Not only does it act as a great binder for the sugar it leaves your skin feeling silky smooth even after you rinse it off!
  5. In coffee – if you don’t already do this, you’ve probably heard of using MCT oil or coconut oil in coffee. But why? Coconut oil is made up of MTC’s, or medium chain triglycerides, which are quickly absorbed into the body as fuel. Because it is used quickly it won’t be stored as fat and helps boost your metabolism, while also helping to make you feel satiated. Coconut oil is also a great immune booster because of the lauric acid which helps kill bacteria and other pathogens.
  6. Add to dog food – coconut oil is just as beneficial for your furry best friend as it is for you! We don’t give it to Bailey every day, but as a little treat we will put a bit of coconut oil in her dog food, she loves it. It helps with energy, digestion, and improves her coat.
  7. Sticker remover – I haven’t personally used this method, but I’ve heard it works great when you mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Things like Goo Gone have all sorts of crap in them, so if this easy combo works, winning!
  8. Add to homemade popcorn – One of my mom’s favorite things to do growing up was to make homemade popcorn. Not the kind you toss in the microwave, but with oil or butter, and real corn kernels on the stove. It’s super easy, just heat up coconut oil in a pot and when it starts to sizzle a little add the kernels and let them pop. Put the lid on while they keep popping, and pull it off as they slow down. After, sprinkle with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt!
  9. Makeup remover / face wash – Whether you want something more clean to wash your face with, or run out of make-up remover, coconut oil is an easy and cost effective way to remove your make-up. Just grab a large pea size and warm between your fingers and then rub on your dry skin. You can let it sit for a little bit if you want extra moisturizing, otherwise just remove with water and a wash cloth.
  10. Essential oil carrier oil – I love essential oils! They are wonderful for so many uses, such as helping with stomach aches, rashes, acne, and so much more. But, some oils need to be diluted with an oil so they won’t be as strong or irritating to the skin. For example, if you have a cough, peppermint or wintergreen would be great applied to your chest or the bottom of your feet, but it could be too strong. Mixed with coconut oil these strong oils make the application more soothing.

Beyond this list there are a billion other uses for coconut oil, like actually for cooking. 😉 Do you have favorites for this creamy goodness that I should try?

 

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