Coconut oil is often hailed as the new must-have pantry item. Filled with healthy fats, coconut oil can be used for cooking to replace less healthy fats, but it can also be used for everything from making homemade toothpaste to using it as makeup remover. Here are some of the more uncommon uses for this miracle product.
20. Swap it for Unhealthier Oils in the Kitchen
Everyone likes fried food, but many avoid it because it’s so bad for you. Part of the reason it’s so unhealthy has to do with the oil the food is cooked in. Instead of vegetable or corn oil, consider using coconut oil. It will give your food a unique taste and provide a healthier spin on your favorite unhealthy foods.
19. Use it as Makeup Remover
Using just the smallest amount of coconut oil is an excellent way to remove eye makeup. It doesn’t take much at all, it’s great for your skin, and when it comes down to it (based on cost and amount needed) you’ll save some money and avoid all those nasty artificial ingredients.
18. Use it as a Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash can be a horrible problem for some babies, but coconut oil can be a quick and gentle fix. Coconut oil is both effective and a natural product that will moisturize the skin without the use of unsafe or unnatural chemicals.
17. Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks
If you’re having a baby, you can use coconut oil to keep your skin healthy and to avoid those nasty stretch marks. Many women point out that using coconut oil during pregnancy saved their skin.
16. Use it in your Hair to Cut the Frizz
Rub a dab of coconut oil in your hands then brush it through your hair and you will find that it cuts the frizz. Coconut oil will not only moisturize your hair, it will leave it looking soft and smooth. You might think it will make your hair greasy, but as long as you only use a dab you’ll cut the frizz and it won’t be greasy.
15. Replace your Shaving Cream with Coconut Oil
It’s natural and it will work as a shaving cream and an after shaving moisturizer. Shaving with coconut oil will reduce the chance of razor burn, make your skin smooth, and it will leave a lovely smell!
14. Remove Head Lice
If you have children, you’ve probably dealt with head lice at some point. Try rinsing their hair with vinegar and then brushing through it with copious amounts of coconut oil so that the oil is saturating the hair. Use a shower cap to cover the hair and let it sit for a few hours before rinsing. The use of vinegar will dissolve the stickiness of the eggs and the oil will smother and ultimately kill any living lice.
13. Replace your Old Tanning Oil
Plenty of suntan lotion (and oil) has a lovely coconut smell, so why not ditch the artificial stuff and just use coconut oil instead? The oil works as a 4 SPF tanning oil and unlike other brands does not include anything harmful or artificial. It also works as a moisturizer, too, which is an added bonus.
12. Exfoliate your Feet
Take some coconut oil and mix it with salt as a remover for the dry and dead skin on your feet. The salt will exfoliate and the coconut oil will kill bacteria and keep the skin smooth.
11. Use it as a Topical Ointment
If you are caring for someone with chicken pox or poison ivy you will find that coconut oil has the ability to reduce the swelling of the bumps and can cut the itching and irritation on the skin.
10. Make your own Hair Conditioner
Whether it is conditioning masques or something more basic, you can swap out the more expensive, chemical-filled masques and conditioners for plain coconut oil. Just cover your hair in coconut oil for five minutes, rinse it out and shampoo as usual.
9. Make your Own Toothpaste
With the antibacterial qualities in coconut oil, making your own toothpaste is an excellent idea. It’s also quite easy and it will save you some money. Just mix up ½ cup of coconut oil, with 3 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. tea tree oil, and 1/16th tsp. of peppermint (or another) essential oil. For best results mix it up in a food processor. The toothpaste will remain good for up to two months.
8. Feed it to your Dog
Coconut oil works wonders on your dogs. Just give them 1 tbsp a day and it’s been known to help with things like arthritis, poor digestion, and even dry skin. If you mix it with your pup’s food they probably won’t even notice it’s in there.
7. Swap it for Butter
Coconut oil makes a great replacement for butter, especially in sweet treats or breakfast foods. You can put it on toast, french toast, pancakes, or even muffins. Coconut oil not only tastes good and is healthier, it’s also been known to keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal. If you’re watching your calories, it’s best to remember that you only need a little bit of coconut oil, but all you really need is a small amount anyway.
6. Use it on Bug Bites
In the summer, bug bites can be the worst! Thanks to the healing properties in coconut oil though, they don’t have to be that bad. Just leave a small amount in the fridge to keep it firm and when you get any sort of bug bite just chip some off and rub it against the bite. The oil will keep down the swelling, soothe the skin, and help to begin the healing process.
5. Heal that tummy ache
If you suffer from constipation you can use coconut oil as a laxative. Just take 1 tbsp. in the morning on an empty stomach. This should certainly help things, but if you have extra stubborn constipation you can up the dose to 2 tbsp. if you do not see results.
4. Get the gum out of your Hair
If you get gum stuck in your hair, coconut oil can be used to get it out. Just apply a generous amount of coconut oil around the gum so that the gum and hair are coated. Pull the gum gently to separate it from the hair. This may take a few minutes, but on the plus side, you shouldn’t have to cut your hair.
3. Treat your Cuticles
If you have dry, flaky cuticles coconut oil will fix that. Just rub some in your nail beds and massage the oil in for a moment. This will remove the flakiness and moisturize your cuticles.
2. Make a DIY Face Mask
Keep your skin bright and youthful in appearance with your own do-it-yourself face mask. Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of beauty products just mix coconut oil with honey, place on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
1. Make your own Lip Balm
Take 1 tbsp. coconut oil and mix with 2 tsp. brown sugar and 1 tsp. honey. You can store this in a glass jar and rub it on your lips as needed. The sugar will work as an exfoliate to remove any dead skin on your lips and the oil and honey will keep them soft and smooth. The combination will also make your lips taste nice and sweet.