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58 Uses & Benefits of Coconut oil

Coconut oil is being found everywhere nowadays. From frying pans in the kitchen all the way to hair and beauty products, coconut oil seems to be the answer to countless health and wellness questions. It doesn't hurt that it's totally affordable, either (I buy Trader Joe's coconut oil for about $6)! I use coconut oil in almost every aspect of my life. There's a jar in my bathroom for use in my daily skincare routine, a jar in my bedroom to use with essential oils, and in my kitchen for cooking and recipes! 

 

Health benefits

There are countless health and beauty benefits just waiting to be used up in each jar of coconut oil. One of the most popular being it's ability to boost your metabolism and provide the body with clean, sustainable energy throughout the entire day. The concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil also makes it a great aid for not only digestion, but also hair growth! It's natural antioxidant properties and abundance of Vitamin E makes coconut oil a perfect product to add to your skin/hair care routines and a warrior in the fight against wrinkles!

 Coconut oil has endless benefits and uses, from the kitchen to the bathroom!

 

Nutrition Facts

Coconut oil is full of Medium Chain Fatty acids (or MCFA's). I know, the thought of saturated fats by any means has you ready to pass on the whole idea of coconut oil, but not all saturated fats are bad! These fats affect the body differently than the saturated fats we typically encounter because they are made up of short and medium chains, which are much easier to digest than the long chain fats. The medium chain fats found in coconut oil can do wonders for aiding in weight loss, increasing the amount of good cholesterol in the body, and lowering levels of bad cholesterol. These MCFA's are sent right to the liver for energy production, and since no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed to digest it's fats, coconut oil is considered a healthy food for even diabetics. MCFA's have been proven to provide the body with instant energy and increase the metabolism. These are the main MCFA's found in coconut oil:

Lauric Acid- This makes up 40% of the fat composition in coconut oil. The body converts this acid into Monolaurin, which is beneficial for immune function. 

Caprylic Acid- A healthy fat with antibacterial properties

Capri Acid- The body converts this to Monocaprin, which has immune boosting and antimicrobial properties. 

All of these MCFA's have properties that are both beneficial to the body and easy to digest. The medium chain fats in coconut oil are not stored or digested in the same way as long chain fats found elsewhere, which is arguably why coconut oil is good for both weight loss, skincare and brain functionality!

You really can't go wrong investing in a jar (or 3) of coconut oil, as there are a million uses for this magic stuff! Let's see...

 

Coconut oil for skincare & beauty

  • Use by itself as a natural moisturizer

  • Combine with sea salt to create your own salt scrub face wash

  • Use to dilute essential oils before applying directly to skin

  • Mix with essential oils for a DIY massage lotion

  • Use by itself as a simple eye makeup remover

  • Use under eyes to reduce dark circles

  • Use as a natural option for shaving cream

  • Mix into any DIY lip balms or scrubs

  • Apply directly to chapped lips

  • Use alone or mixed with baking soda for a natural deodorant

  • Combine with sea salt to remove dry skin on feet or other parts of the body

  • Combine with baking soda to make a DIY whitening toothpaste

  • Apply to cuticles to help nails grow

  • Use for "oil pulling"- swish around your mouth for a couple minutes to reduce toxins in your mouth and also moisturize!

 

Coconut oil for your hair

  • Use by itself is a leave-in conditioner/detangler on damp hair

  • Use on dry hair to control frizz

  • Make a DIY hair mask using coconut oil, banana and honey (for deep conditioning)

  • Or a hair mask using coconut oil, egg and honey (to repair damaged hair)

  • Rub into scalp (when hair is damp) to stimulate hair growth

 

In the kitchen

  • Use to grease preheated skillets or baking sheets (in place of canola oil or butter)

  • Use as a replacement for canola or vegetable oil in baking

  • Spread on toast in place of butter for a simple, yummy snack

  • Blend into your coffee as a dairy-free replacement for cream and milk (yum)

  • Add to your smoothie for extra energy

  • Mix a tablespoon coconut oil with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost!

  • Infuse with herbs to give them a special twist

 

Around the house

  • Use in homemade soaps

  • Add into homemade laundry detergents

  • Use a small amount to dilute essential oils

  • Use as lotion for hands after washing dishes

  • Combine with mint essential oil to create a homemade bug repellent

 

Natural Remedies

  • Use in foods or smoothies for some added natural energy

  • May help soothe eczema

  • Can reduce discomfort of mosquito bites

  • Use regularly to resolve acne issues

  • Melt a tablespoon into hot tea to soothe a sore throat (and speed up recovery from cold or flu)

  • Naturally clears up cold sores

  • Ingest daily to fight allergy symptoms

  • Can help improve cholesterol levels

  • Great for use of homemade toothpastes

  • Apply to speed up recovery from sunburn

  • Apply daily to help repair dry or cracked skin

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to ease arthritis symptoms

  • Combine with apple cider vinegar for a natural Lice treatment

  • Use on skin to soothe itch and discomfort from chicken pox or poison ivy

  • Swish around mouth to soothe a toothache from an infected tooth or cavity

 

Pregnancy and babies

  • Use as a completely natural baby lotion

  • Use as a natural diaper cream (just rub on baby's bottom)

  • Nursing moms can take a couple tablespoons a day to increase milk supply and nutrients (usually add some Vitamin D)

  • Apply to skin to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy

  • Get rid of "cradle cap" on baby- Gently massage onto head, let sit for a few minute and rinse with warm water

 

For Pets (Quincy loves coconut oil!)

  • Add a tablespoon or 2 to entice picky eaters

  • Use as a supplement to minimize shedding hair

  • Apply directly to coat to moisturize (and also prevent shedding)

  • Apply to coat before putting a jacket on in the winter to reduce static

  • Apply directly to paws to soothe dry or cracked paw pads

  • Could reduce skin allergy symptoms when used externally

  • Brush your dog's teeth with coconut oil

There you have it. 58 uses of coconut oil, and I'm sure I've only scratched the surface of the health, beauty and household benefits that this versatile oil has to offer. I'll keep adding to this list as I experiment with my own daily routines and see where else I can sneak in the use of coconut oil!

What do you use coconut oil for? Leave a comment below!

Sending all love,

Kimber



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Kimber is a fellow soul searcher, yoga instructor, and proud dog mama. She invites you along her own journey to wellness and hopes to inspire people to be the healthiest & happiest version of themselves every day!