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Uses of Coconut Oil (Besides Food)

Posted by Deborah Orlick Levy, MS, RDN on

Uses of Coconut Oil (Besides Food)

Many people consider coconut oil a superfood because it offers so many health benefits. But this oil isn’t just for cooking; it’s handy around the house, a beauty multitasker, and more. Here’s a look at some exciting coconut oil uses to try at home.

Beauty Coconut Oil Uses

Effective Moisturizer: Since coconut contains fatty acids, it’s an excellent moisturizer and absorbs into the skin quickly, making skin radiant and soft.

Makeup Remover: According to popular beauty magazine Allure, coconut oil cleanses away even the toughest waterproof mascara without a problem. Simply apply to face as a cleanser to melt away makeup.

Makeup Primer: Coconut oil’s moisturizer properties make it an effective primer, softening skin before you apply your makeup. You’ll end up with a dewy, glowing look after you apply your makeup.

Under-eye Cream: Those expensive under-eye creams have nothing on coconut oil. Save your money and start dabbing coconut oil under your eyes to moisturize and soften the appearance of fine lines and under-eye bags.

Lip Balm: Even your lips can benefit from the fatty acids in coconut oil. Put a tiny bit in a small jar, smooth over chapped lips, and it’ll keep them soft and beautiful.

Dandruff Treatment: Eliminate dandruff by applying coconut oil to roots at night, massaging it into your hair before you go to bed. It moisturizes your dry scalp to eliminate flaking.

Conditioner: Give your hair a deep condition with coconut oil before you shampoo and condition normally. Leave in for an hour for deep moisturizer, then shampoo and condition as normal.

Beat Frizz: Tired of flyaways? Take a dime-size bit of coconut oil, smooth on hair from mid-shaft to your ends, and it’ll eliminate that frizz and increase shine for healthy-looking hair.

Health and Fitness Coconut Oil Uses

Treat Your Teeth: Coconut oil helps combat bacteria, and it’s particularly effective against the bacteria in your mouth that can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and dental plaque. Studies show that swishing with coconut oil can help reduce bacteria as well as using an antiseptic mouthwash. You can also use it to brush your teeth for the same benefits.

Throat Lozenge: Coconut oil can replace your throat lozenges if you have a cough or sore throat. Swallowing around a half-teaspoon may ease your cough and throat pain.

Soothe Wounds: Coconut oil has long been used to speed up the healing of wounds, burns, and rashes. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties help keep infection away and speed up healing.

Reduce Fat: Some studies show that taking two tablespoons of coconut oil each day helped blast away belly fat.

Treat Eczema: Coconut oil helps soothe eczema, relieving itching, and reduce inflammation of the skin. Apply to affected areas to enjoy the soothing effects.

Anti-Fungal Cream: Because of its antifungal capabilities, you can use coconut oil topically to treat skin fungus and athlete's foot. Apply to the affected area and allow to sit until it soaks into skin, then wipe the excess away.

Household Uses for Coconut Oil

Keep Eggs Fresh: Dr. Axe suggests sealing the pores of your eggs in their shell by swiping a bit of coconut oil over them to prolong the life of those eggs.

Remove Gum: If you have gum stuck on furniture or in hair, you can apply coconut oil to reduce the stickiness of the gum. It’ll make it easy to remove without leaving stains or colors behind.

Polish Furniture: Apply coconut oil to granite, metal, or wood surfaces to give your furniture a beautiful, lustrous look. It also helps cover up scratches, cleanse surfaces, and reduces dust, too.

Reduce Rust: Apply to outdoor metal furniture, silverware, or other mental objects prone to rusting. Smoothing a thin layer of the oil over the metal and then allowing it to sit for a couple of hours can help prevent rusting. Wipe oil away for an immediate difference.

Stain Remover: Mix baking soda and coconut oil in equal portions. Apply to stains. Let sit for five minutes and then wipe the mixture away, which should remove the stains. It’s safe for furniture and carpet.

Additional Coconut Oil Uses

  • Create your own body scrub by mixing a handful of sugar or salt to half a cup of coconut oil. Slather on skin, then rinse away for smooth, moisturized skin.
  • Combine baking soda and coconut oil in equal parts with a drop of peppermint essential oil to create your own toothpaste.
  • Apply straight coconut oil to stretch marks to prevent dark spots from forming.
  • Swipe on the tops of cheekbones and your cupid’s bow as a natural highlighter.
  • Apply warm coconut oil to legs and use as shaving cream for a moisturizing, super-close shave.
  • Create a relaxing bath soak with ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of Epsom salts.
  • Combine with baking soda and essential oils to create a natural deodorant.
  • Mix 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and massage on areas affected by cellulite for a natural cellulite solution.
  • Apply coconut oil to sunburn to soothe pain and promote healing.
  • Mix a couple of drops of tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary oils to a tablespoon of coconut oil and use it on your body to repel insects.
  • Add a couple of drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil and apply to cracked, dry heels to reduce dryness, soothe cracks, and leave behind a relaxing scent.

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