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101 Uncommon Uses For Coconut Oil Everyone Ought To Know
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- Moisturize your hair and scalp. The oil makes an inexpensive and very effective moisturizer for your hair and scalp.
- Moisturize your skin. You can use it on your face, your hands, your feet, anywhere you skin is dry.
- Prevent acne. Not all skin types will benefit but definitely worth a try.
- Get rid of puffiness around your eyes. Apply a small amount of coconut around your eyes before you go to sleep, when you wake up in the morning, you should see a reduction puffiness.
- Make a natural face wash. Mix castor oil at a 1-to-1 ratio for a deep cleansing face wash.
- Replace your shaving cream. It's chemical-free and works much better on sensitive skin!
- As an aftershave. It will quickly soothe irritation, helping your skin to heal without forming razor burn.
- Exfoliate your face. Mix with baking soda with a 1-to-1 ratio and use it on your face.
- Exfoliate your feet. Mix it with a little coarse sea salt and you will get an even more powerful exfoliating concoction.
- Boost cuticle health. Can also speed up the healing process and prevent or cure infections around your nails.
- Prevent and get rid of stretch marks. Rub it into your skin to prevent them from getting worse. You may be able to reduce their appearance over time as well.
- Reduce the appearance of age spots and other types of skin discoloration. Apply coconut to these spots daily for 30 days and you'll likely see an improvement.
- Replace your lip gloss or Chapstick. It works well as a moisturizer for dry lips.
- Clean your mascara brush. You can get rid of all that clumpy buildup just by soaking your brush in it for five minutes.
- Enhance your eyelashes. Swab a bit over your eyelashes before bed. It will help them grow longer and fuller.
- Speed up hair growth. Helps to improve the overall health and strength of your hair, which in turn can reduce breakage and help you to lengthen your hair.
- Remove your makeup. Works especially well for tough waterproof makeup.
- Make a natural face mask. Make your own facial mask by combining it with honey. A great addition is carrot seed oil as well
- Replace your deodorant. Combine 1/3 cup coconut oil with ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup arrowroot powder, 4 tablespoons cornstarch and any essential oils you would like for scent.
- Make your own body butter. Combine it with shea butter along with any essential oils you enjoy.
In The Kitchen
- Use it in place of butter or vegetable oil in your recipes. This stuff works great for sautéing in a frying pan instead of vegetable oil, and it’s healthier for you.
- Grease your pans. Works great for greasing pans, just like vegetable oil or Crisco.
- Boost the nutrition and improve the consistency of smoothies. Turns out to be a great smoothie ingredient!
- As a coffee creamer. That’s right—you can use this as an alternative to milk for you coffee. Personally, I'm not a fan but it's worth trying.
- Toast spread. It's not a bad spread mixed with ingredients like cinnamon, honey, and nuts.
- Prevent freezer burn. Before you put something in the freezer, especially something like a sauce, add a thin layer of to the top.
Simplify The Medicine Cabinet
- Get relief from sunburn fast. Make a 1-to-1 mixture with aloe vera gel, and rub it gently into your skin where you are burned.
- Speed wound healing. You can heal wounds faster by applying a bit directly to them. This will help to prevent and clear up infection.
- Bug bite relief. Smear some directly onto the bites and you should start feeling some relief immediately.
- Soothe an eczema outbreak. If you are suffering from a flare of eczema, you can rub it into your skin to soothe the itching and get relief.
- Soothe skin infected by poison ivy, oak, etc You may get relief by applying it directly to the site. Also try a warm bath with some added to your water.
- Treat acid reflux or heartburn. The oil can be a helpful treatment for heartburn and can help to soothe your esophagus.
- Soothe a toothache. Make a small mixture of 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts clove oil. Use a cotton ball or swab to gently apply the mixture to the part of your gum affected by your toothache.
- Make your own toothpaste. Mix it with baking soda. It fights germs and the baking soda helps polish. Add in some mint oil as well for flavor.
- As mouthwash (i.e. “oil pulling”). Oil pulling basically refers to using the coconut in place of your mouthwash.
- Treat canker sores. It will help to fight the infection causing the canker sore, and can speed up healing.
- Get rid of cold sores. You may be able to prevent them by applying some to the spot. This may also speed the healing of your cold sore if you do get one.
- Relief from hemorrhoids. The soothing properties of coconut can make it a great treatment for hemorrhoids.
- Fight your athlete’s foot. It's not only is antiviral and antibacterial, but also antifungal. Add in a bit of tea tree oil for an an even more powerful concoction.
- Get rid of toenail fungus. You may need to do this several times a day for weeks to notice a difference, but keep at it and you should see an improvement.
- Soothe a sore throat. Try swallowing a bit of the oil to help soothe and heal your throat.
- Reduce a cough. Works the same as with a sore throat.
- Relieve constipation. A natural laxative. It speeds up your metabolism and helps to soften stools.
- Stop hot flashes during menopause. Some women report that taking one or two tablespoons each day helps to provide relief during menopause by preventing hot flash symptoms.
- Boost vitamin absorption. Healthy fats help your body to absorb some essential vitamins.
- Heal bruises more quickly. Dabbing some coconut oil on your bruises may reduce swelling and also help them to heal more quickly.
- Control your blood sugar. Can help to stabilize your blood glucose levels by slowing down digestion. Also see chia seeds.
For Moms and Babies
- Prevent morning sickness. You can calm down that queasy stomach using just a tablespoon.
- Soothe an irritated bosom. If breastfeeding is causing irritation, you should be able to find some relief by applying a thin layer.
- Keep your baby’s skin soft and moisturized. Babies have very sensitive skin, and coconut oil will not cause irritation.
- Baby wipes. If you use cloth baby wipes, you can apply some a thin layer to make your job easier.
- Stop diaper rash. Many mothers report that it works great for preventing diaper rash. Just apply directly to the skin.
- Increase quality and flow of breast milk. Nursing mothers often report that they are able to increase the quality and flow of breast milk by consuming it in moderate amounts.
- Treat cradle cap. Cradle cap should gradually go away with coconut. This may take several days.
- Heal acne. Just as the oil works great for adult acne, it also works well for all ages.
- Massage oil. Makes a perfect massage oil for babies.
- Tame baby frizz. Just as you can tame your own frizz using coconut, you can also tame your baby’s frizz.
- Furniture polish. Add a little bit of lemon juice to some liquid coconut oil.
- Leather shiner. An inexpensive alternative to leather conditioners.
- Leather cleaner. While you are conditioning your leather, you are also cleaning it.
- Remove rust. Coat the object in the oil and then set it somewhere for an hour. The oil will loosen up the rust so you can use a wire brush to get it off more easily.
- Get rid of the gunk left behind by stickers. It works great if you mix it with baking soda to give it some abrasive qualities. Let the gunk soak in the paste for a couple minutes and then scrub it away.
- Condition a cutting board. Make your cutting board easier to use by wiping it down with a thin coating now and again.
- Condition wood bowls. If your wood bowls are dry and cracking like your cutting board, put an end to it with a little bit of coconut oil.
- Season cast iron. If you own cast iron cookware, occasionally you need to “season” them to keep them in good working order.
- Polish bronze. You can use it as a polish for a number of different metals, but the consensus is that coconut works best for bronze.
- Make soap. If you are into crafts, you can make your own soap using it.
- Clean your garden tools. Gets rid of the rust and prevent future rust from forming. Keeps your tools lubricated and in great working order.
- Get your scissors working again. Lubricates and cleans a sticky pair of scissors.
- Quiet squeeky hinges. Add a couple drops to the pin to get them to stop that annoying squeaking.
- Get rid of soap scum. You may be able to rub it off using the oil from coconut.
- Remove chewing gum. It is probably the easiest ways to get it unstuck and get rid of all the residue!
- Remove makeup from clothing or carpeting. Not just a makeup remover for your face.
- Get a ring off your finger. Works better than liquid soap.
- Keep snow from sticking to a satellite dish. Rub a thin coating of coconut oil on the dish.
- Coat your snow shovels. This can make your job significantly easier when it comes time to clear your driveway or sidewalks.
- Get maggots and flies away from your trash. You can try coating your trash can itself with light layer of coconut to discourage flies from laying eggs.
- Remove tree sap. Applying some to your cleaning rag will help loosen up the sap.
- Prevent rust from forming inside jar lids. Add a thin coating to the inside of the jar ring.
- Clean insects from your car grill. Works great for getting bugs off of the grill of your car.
- Make a fire starter. Soak cotton balls or cotton swabs in coconut oil and bring them with you in a plastic bag. Place the swab or ball in your kindling and set it on fire.
For The Pets
- Get rid of dandruff. Works great to moisturize Fido's skin.
- Soothe dry and irritated nails. It is very soothing and will reduce irritation fast.
- Shampoo for your dog. Combine a tablespoon of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, a cup of vinegar, and four cups of hot water.
- Relieve your pet’s constipation. Works the same as it does with people.
- Improve your dog’s breath. Coconut helps to kills the germs that cause bad breath. Add it to their food or brush their teeth with a combination of it and baking soda.
- Get rid of hairballs. Adding it to your cat’s diet in small amounts can reportedly lead to a reduction in hairballs.
- Soothe cracked paw pads. Applying some the oil can help to moisturize, soothe and heal cracked paw pads.
- Keep squirrels away from your birdfeeders. If your birdfeeder hangs from a pole, you can coat the pole in to make it slippery.
- Treat hot spots. Common in dogs, add it directly to the hot spot.
But That's Only 90 Barry, Where's The Other 11?This where where we would like your help. We're always looking for new and exciting ways to use coconut oil. So do you have a favorite use that we could add to the list? Let us know in the comments, we'd be glad to add your recipes to the list.
Reader Submitted In The Comments
- Exfoliate your face. Mix it with coffee grind to make an all natural coconut exfoliant. Sugar, salt, baking soda work too.
- Personal lubricant. This was an interesting submission. I'll let you decide what or what not to lubricate with it.
- Make your own eyeliner. One part oil to one part shea butter with just enough activated charcoal to tint it black.