Coconut oil is a superfood that has been shown to have amazing effects on the body – both inside and out. Not sure what the heck coconut oil is? Check out What is Coconut Oil (and six reasons you should start using it!)
Below are 20 everyday ways I use coconut oil in my household. I will warn you, once you start using coconut oil, it’s hard to stop. You’ll start carrying it everywhere with you, and always look for new ways to use it (…just a heads up, it’s not a good substitute for hair gel, or cold hard cash. I got funny looks when trying to pay for my groceries with it. Fail.)
PS – I recommend using Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil or Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil as they are reputable brands, high quality, and affordable prices – especially when purchased in bulk. Don’t worry – you’ll go through it fast!
20 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Cooking. Because coconut oil is completely saturated, it’s a very stable fat that can be used for cooking – including high heat cooking like pan frying. It gives a light, satiating flavor to vegetables, meats, eggs, and more, without the oxidization/free radical damage to cells that you’ll get when you apply heat to any vegetable oils. If you want to use it in the oven and your in a climate with an ambient temperature below 76 degrees Farienheit (coconut oil’s melting point), simply pre-heat the coconut oil to make it a liquid before combining with your food.
2. By the Spoonful. Coconut oil has a delicious flavor that provides a tasty boost of energy when needed (a GREAT 3pm pick me up!) It also helps turn “off” hunger cues that may lead to overeating.
2. As a Butter Substitute. Coconut oil can be used on top of sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, and on a variety of treats like grain-free breads, pancakes and muffins.
4. For Baking. You can use coconut oils in pie crusts and any baked goods recipes. Simply replacement vegetable oil for coconut oil (again – pre “melt” the coconut oil if needed!), and your recipes will come out super-duper delish.
5. Creating a Non-stick Surface. Use coconut oil to coat baking sheets, glass dishes, pans, and even for seasoning cast iron cookware! Since using coconut oil, my cast irons have come out beautiful and non-stick!
6. As a Dressing. Coconut oil can be used to make a yummy salad dressing. Check out an easy recipe here!
7. In Coffee and Tea. Use a tablespoon of coconut oil in coffee or tea to make a creamy, tasty drink with loads of stable energy. See recipe here!
8. Homemade Magic Shell. Melt coconut oil and add unsweetened cocoa powder until the mixture becomes more viscous. Add raw honey to taste. Then, top on top of frozen fruits and coconut milk, or on top of your favorite coconut ice cream. It will give it a nice hard creamy “chocolate” shell. (Yeah, this one’s my favorite!)
Skin & Hair
9. Moisturizer. Coconut oil is an incredible moisturizer for the body and face for all skin types. It helps restore moisture to the skin, and it’s great for conditions like acne, eczema, athlete’s foot, etc. because of it’s antifungal and antiviral properties. Use a small amount as a little goes a long way! (Note: test it out on a small spot your skin first before slathering all over!)
10. Face Cleanser. Most facial cleansers have harsh chemicals in them that irritate and dry-out the skin (not to mention, they commonly have toxins like “xenoestrogens” that act like estrogen in your body and effect fertility, weight loss, and cause breast cancer.) You can use coconut oil (or a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil for deeper clean) to cleanse your face every night through a method called the Oil Cleansing Method. It’s super easy, refreshing, and it’s completely cleared up my skin. In fact, I no longer need moisturizer on my skin after I clean my face at night. With coconut oil – make sure to “warm it up” to a liquid in your hands before applying to your face or mixing with castor oil.
11. Make-up Remover. Lightly massage coconut oil on to your face, and use a warm washcloth (or Norwex cloth) to wipe off your make up. Comes off so easy!
12. Deodorant: Coconut oil is great for making lightly scented deodorants that are moisturizing and aluminum-free (which has been linked to higher rates of breast cancer in women.) Simply use a homemade recipe that includes baking soda (drying agent) and essentials oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil for a lovely scent! Personally, since I travel a lot, I leave it to my favorite deodorant company, Stickbug Naturals to make my deodorants. My husband and I both LOVE then! You can find them at WholeFoods for $5.99!
13. Shaving Lotion: Get a close shave, and moisturize at the same time! For ladies – simply rub on your legs before getting in the shower.
14. Scar/Stretch Mark Reducer. Coconut oil contains an incredible cocktail of medium-chain fatty acids that make it full of antioxidants, vitamin E, and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil is a moisturizing powerhouse that absorbs quickly and gets WAY deeper into pores over other conventional moisturizers. Many women have found FAST results with using coconut oil to reduce scars and stretch-marks, and have reported tightened skin and reduced redness. A simple google search will produce some awesome testimonials!
15. Cuts and Scrapes: Coconut oil is antiviral and antifungal. In my house, I use it as a replacement for Neosporine for cuts and scrapes (although my husband still won’t let his treasured tube go.) It adds moisture, promotes healing, reduces the appearance of scars and protects against further damage. Mix it with a little tea tree oil for additional anti-inflammatory benefits.
16. Massage Oil. No explanation needed. Use as much as you want, for as long as you want!
17. Lube. Yeah, I went there. Coconut oil is the absolutely BEST lubricant you’ll find. It’s soft, has a nice scent, and doesn’t dry out or get “sticky” with friction. Best yet – you aren’t putting a bunch of random carcinogenic chemicals up in your special parts. (Note: no solid scientific research has shown that it does or does not work with latex condoms… so if you don’t want babies, use another natural lubricant with condoms.)
18. Hair & Scalp Repair. Coconut oil is a powerful deep conditioner that can be used to heal scalp issues like dandruff or damaged/frizzy hair. Simply apply on “dead ends” at night for an over-night conditioner, or massage deeply into scalp and leave in for at least 20 minutes before rinsing (can be left in overnight as well!) Make sure to only use a small amount and expect to shampoo/rinse once or twice to get it out.
19. Toothpaste: Most conventional toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfates – a caustic detergent which helps remove grease. You’ll find it laundry detergents and cleaners. It is toxic to the human body and therefore should NOT be swallowed. Um, hello… then why is it in my toothpaste AND most body care products that should applied to the skin? Liberation: Make your own! Coconut oil is an AWESOME base for your own toothpaste creations. I mix up 6 tablespoons coconut oil with 2 tablespoons baking soda and about 30-40 drops of organic essential peppermint oil. My husband and I LOVE this toothpaste! Don’t be thrown off by the fact that it doesn’t “sud” up… that’s a good thing! If you need that “sud” feel – add a tablespoon of Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s brand.)
20. Furniture Polish: You can actually use coconut oil and a little bit of lemon juice to polish furniture in the house! Use only a small amount – and make sure to “test” a small spot first to make sure it meets your expectations.
Do you have any other ways you like to use coconut oil? Did I miss anything? Share below!