Coconut Oil Health and Beauty uses
I bet you’ve heard all about coconut oil lately. It’s popping up in recipes, beauty tutorials and all kinds of health advice, but do you know just how many things you can actually use it for? One jar of coconut oil can be a little more expensive than your regular olive oil but you’ll be surprised just how much you can get out of it. I’ve tracked down all the best health, wellness and beauty uses for coconut oil to show you how one jar of natural oil can be the most budget-friendly and healthy product in your kitchen. 

Beauty Uses

  1. The ultimate body oil. Apply to your skin straight after showering instead of moisturising.
  2. Ditch the shaving cream because coconut oil will allow you to get a closer, smoother shave while moisturizing skin at the same time.
  3. Combine coconut oil with coarse sea salt or sugar to create an effective face and body scrub.
  4. Apply to chapped skin around your nose, especially during a cold/flu.
  5. Use as nipple cream during breastfeeding.
  6. Make your own mascara with this recipe from  Thank Your Body. It’s especially great for sensitive eyes.
  7. Ease the pain of hemorrhoids.
  8. Repel insects by making your own insect repellent. Combine coconut oil and peppermint extract, then rub all over exposed skin before going outside.
  9. Tame flyaways with a tiny bit of oil instead of hair serum.
  10. Heel tattoos and prevent infection.
  11. Add to your bath water for skin nourishment.
  12. Smear on your lips as a delicious lip balm that moisturises, soothes chapped skin and protects from the wind.
  13. Use it as a face cleanser. Margaret Zhang explains how.
  14. The sweet summer scent and not being too greasy makes the perfect massage oil.
  15. 100% natural and safe sexual lubricant.
  16. Make your own eyeliner (recipe).
  17. Rub in to cuticles instead of cuticle oil.
  18. Prevent chafing during sports and exercise.
  19. Fade scars and age spots with regular application
  20. Helps to prevent stretch marks and cellulite when rubbed in to the skin daily.
  21. Can be used as a tanning oil, but remember it offers NO sun protection so use in conjunction with a high SPF sunscreen.
  22. Smooth split ends by applying a bit of oil as a leave-in conditioner just on the ends.
  23. Rub into eyebrows where hair is sparse to promote growth.
  24. Too much fun in the sun? Apply coconut oil to heal and calm the skin after sun exposure.
  25. Soften and repair cracked heels.
  26. Rub in to dry hands before bed. You can intensify the treatment by rubbing the oil in, then putting on cotton gloves and warming your hands for 15 minutes by wrapping in a hot towel.
  27. A great deep-conditioning hair treatment. Wash your hair, towel dry and apply a small amount to mid-lengths and ends. Leave-in overnight and then wash out in the morning.
  28. Oil-Pulling – the process of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for better oral health. Wellness Mama explains how it’s done and why it’s good for you.
  29. Soothe psoriasis and eczema by rubbing on irritated skin.
  30. Topical protectant for grazes, cuts and small flesh wounds.
  31. Make your own deodorant with this recipe from Wellness Mama.
  32. Apply around your eyes and lips to prevent wrinkles.
  33. Make your own natural toothpaste by combining equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Add a natural sweetener like stevia to taste, and your choice of flavoured essential oil if preferred (i.e. Peppermint).
  34. Get rid of head lice by making a spray containing coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang ylang oil.
  35. Highlight your cheekbones by adding a touch of oil to your completed makeup look.
  36. Replace your night cream.
  37. Apply to scalp to get rid of dandruff.
  38. Remove eye makeup by applying some oil to cotton pads and holding on your closed eyes.

Health Uses

  1. Replace regular oil with coconut oil in recipes that require you to cook at a high heat. Some oils become unsafe to consume at a high heat.
  2. Replace your caffeine energy boost with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per day.
  3. 2 tablespoons per day can boost your metabolism.
  4. It can help keep your weight balanced. Dr Oz explains.
  5. Rub coconut oil into furniture (inside and outside) to repel dust.
  6. Assists in balancing good vs bad cholesterol.
  7. Can assist in weight loss
  8. A delicious substitute for butter for cooking, baking and non-cooked dishes.
  9. Kills candida fungus infections.
  10. A healthier choice of coffee creamer.
  11. Rub on pets with skin issues.

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How do you use coconut oil? Did you learn any new uses from this post? Let me know by commenting below! Image sources: Shutterstock

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