If you haven’t already hopped onboard the coconut oil train, you’re missing out on one of the most amazing natural substances on the planet. I first started using coconut oil as a moisturizer, and then I found out that it works great as a mouthwash, and then I realized I wanted to learn all the incredible uses for coconut oil. I did some research, and it turns out this stuff has literally hundreds of uses related to medicine, hygiene, pet care, cooking, industry, and more. I’m going to share everything I discovered with you, but first, I want to tell you a little more about coconut oil so that you buy the right stuff!
Why is Coconut Oil So Amazing?
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and may even be able to fight the spread of cancer. It can kill a wide range of infections, and may also help your body get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. It can kill certain viruses, and your body can easily digest it to absorb all its nutrition. And of course it is natural and side-effect free.
There are two main types of coconut oil on the market. Either can be used for any of the purposes we recommend here, but the best to choose is unrefined:
• Refined, also called “expeller pressed.” This type of coconut oil doesn’t smell or taste like coconut oil. The refining process takes out some of its nutrition, so while it is useful, it isn’t as effective as unrefined coconut oil.
• Unrefined, also called “virgin” or “extra virgin.” This type of coconut oil hasn’t going through the refining process and retains its taste and smell. In cooking, it will produce a minor coconut flavor. If you apply it externally, you will get a slight scent of coconut. It retains all its nutrition, so it is more effective than the refined oil. For the very best quality, search for non-GMO organic extra virgin coconut oil.
A couple more notes before I press on to more than 200 uses of coconut oil, and that is dosages. How much coconut oil should you take if you are simply taking it by mouth as a natural remedy? The recommended daily dosage depends on how much you weigh, and ranges from 1-4 tablespoons. For an adult 125 pounds or higher, the dosage is 3 tablespoons. For an adult 175 pounds or higher, the dosage is 4 tablespoons.
Finally, a word of caution—do not pour coconut oil down your drain (at least not in large amounts). It will solidify at room temperature and then clog your pipes! Find another method to dispose of it. If you must drain it down your pipes, dilute it with plenty of very hot water on the way down. Alternately, buy the stuff that remains a liquid at room temperature.
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Now let’s find out what coconut oil can do for you!
Coconut Oil for Cooking
This was the very first area where I discovered the usefulness of coconut oil! I picked it up in the grocery store to see it could to for my recipes. Here’s what you can do with it in your kitchen:
1. 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. You can also substitute it in place of butter using a 1-to-1 ratio. Butter still gives a richer flavor, but the coconut oil is certainly a healthier alternative.
2. Grease your pans. Coconut oil works great for greasing pans, just like vegetable oil or Crisco. And once again, it’s better for you.
3. Boost the nutrition and improve the consistency of smoothies. Coconut oil turns out to be a great smoothie ingredient!
4. As a coffee creamer. That’s right—you can use this as an alternative to milk or another traditional creamer. Some people swear by this.
5. Toast spread. I haven’t tried this, but coconut oil seems to be a popular toast spread mixed with ingredients like cinnamon, honey, and nuts. Apparently you can even make it into a sweet butter replacement by beating it with a hand mixer together with honey and storing it in your fridge in a jar. It will have a fluffy texture, just like butter or margarine.
6. Use it as a sweetener. Coconut oil is slightly, but not overpoweringly, sweet. You can use it instead of sugar or stevia in some dishes where you only want a subtle sweetness.
7. Prevent freezer burn. Before you put something in the freezer, especially something like a sauce, add a layer of coconut oil at the top (keep it thin). This will form a seal, which will in turn prevent freezer burn. Very handy!
8. Remove caked-on food from dishes. Next time you are scrubbing your dishes and can’t get off the caked-on food, don’t put in more elbow grease—instead add some coconut oil! Coconut oil works great to lubricate these tough spots and will help you get caked-on foods off of your dishware.
9. There are a number of other coconut oil based recipes you can try to make salad dressing, granola, and even ice cream. Since you can use coconut oil to replace a number of common ingredients in cooking, the sky really is the limit as far as what you can invent. If you love the coconut flavor, be sure to use the unrefined oil. If you are not a fan of the flavor, you can still use coconut oil in your recipes by sticking with the refined stuff.
10. Make your own mayo. If you enjoy mayonnaise, you can make your own using 2/3 cup coconut oil, 2/3 cup olive oil, a teaspoon of mustard, a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and four egg yolks. It’s much healthier and tastes great!
Coconut Oil for Beauty
Coconut oil is amazing for beauty applications! It is helpful for so many different things you will be totally amazed. I now use it for practically everything!
11. Moisturize your hair and scalp. If you have dry, thin hair that breaks easily and problems with dandruff, you need something to boost the natural oils in your hair and scalp. Coconut oil works amazingly well for this! The first time I tried this, I thought I had to heat up the oil to turn it into a liquid—what a pain. But all you need to do is get a very small amount of the solid oil between your hands, rub them together, and then work it through your hair. The action of your hands is enough to melt the oil! The oil will make your hair smooth and silky, prevent dandruff, and also tame frizz. Seriously, you have to try this, the effect is amazing! Just be careful not to overdo it if you are leaving it in, because too much will just make your hair look greasy.
12. Moisturize your skin. Just as coconut oil works great as a moisturizer for your hair and scalp, it also works wonders anywhere you need it. It’s perfect for those dry winter months! You can use it on your face, your hands, your feet, anywhere. When you first apply it, there will be a slight greasy feel, but the oil will penetrate your skin and sink in. After a few minutes, the greasy feel will be replaced by a nice soft texture.
13. Prevent acne. If you are a sufferer of acne at any age, you probably think that applying oil is completely counterintuitive. Why would you want to make your skin greasier? It doesn’t really work that way, though. Oftentimes, you suffer from acne not because your skin is greasy, but because your skin is too dry. This causes an overproduction of your natural skin oils to try and compensate. Moisturize with the coconut oil and your body won’t feel the need to overcompensate. I used some coconut oil to moisturize dry skin on my face last week and was surprised when it also tamed my acne breakouts!
14. Get rid of puffiness around your eyes. Do you wake up with puffy eyes? Puffiness around your eyes can make you look tired and old. For a fresh, youthful appearance, apply a small amount of coconut around your eyes before you go to sleep (you can even put it safely on your eyelids). When you wake up in the morning, you should see a reduction in the puffiness!
15. Make a natural face wash. Mix castor oil and coconut oil with a 1-to-1 ratio for a deep cleansing face wash.
16. Replace your shaving cream. Not happy with your shaving cream? Toss it out and replace it with coconut oil. Coconut oil is chemical-free and works much better on sensitive skin! It will make for a slippery surface, so it may take some adjusting to get used to, but once you do, you will never look back. It also provides enough lubrication to make it easy to wash the shaved hairs out of your razor blades. Also note that applying coconut to your skin half an hour before you shave can prepare the area for shaving. This will reduce irritation and bumps caused by the razor.
17. As an aftershave. Not only does coconut oil make a good preparatory agent for shaving, but it makes a great follow-up too. It will quickly soothe irritation, helping your skin to heal without forming razor burn.
18. Exfoliate your face. Mix coconut oil with baking soda with a 1-to-1 ratio and use it on your face. This is a great exfoliating agent, and will remove all kinds of dirt and dead skin cells from your face. Your complexion should be visibly brighter when you are finished.
19. Exfoliate your feet. Mix coconut oil with a little coarse sea salt and you will get an even more powerful exfoliating concoction. You wouldn’t want to use this on your face (it would be too harsh), but it works great for the soles of your feet. You can soften hard soles this way.
20. Boost the health of your cuticles. If your nail beds are dry and flaky, you can moisturize them using coconut oil. You might also want to apply coconut oil to hangnails, since it can speed up the healing process and prevent or cure infections around your nails.
21. Prevent and get rid of stretch marks. Stretch marks are those unsightly marks which appear on your body during pregnancy or after any rapid weight gain or growth spurt. If you are forming stretch marks, rub coconut oil into your skin to prevent them from getting worse. You may be able to reduce their appearance over time using coconut oil as well.
22. Reduce the appearance of age spots and other types of skin discoloration. Age spots are a dead giveaway of your age, and if you have spent a lot of time out in the sun, discoloration from sun damage can make you appear old before your time. Apply coconut to these spots and they may fade in appearance. You will achieve the best results with regular applications.
23. Use coconut oil in place of lip gloss or chapstick. Just as you can use coconut oil as a moisturizer for your hair and skin, it works as a moisturizer for dry lips. Just apply a tiny bit, and you will keep your lips moist and healthy. They will look and feel fantastic, and it’s an all-natural approach.
24. Exfoliate your lips. If your lips have been chapped for some time or you are a chronic biter, you probably have a buildup of dead skin. This can look very unsightly, and it can also cause further discomfort (which may lead to more lip biting). You can get rid of the dead skin by exfoliating your lips once a week using a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with two teaspoons of brown sugar or raw sugar and a tablespoon of honey (the honey is optional). This mixture is gentle enough to exfoliate your lips without damaging them. You only need a tiny bit, so you can store this mixture in a jar and use it repeatedly. Your lips will be soft after the application, and you should start seeing less of that unsightly dead skin.
25. Clean your mascara brush. Have a buildup of mascara on your mascara brush? You can get rid of all that clumpy buildup just by soaking your brush in coconut oil for five minutes. Pull it out and then just use your fingers to get rid of the remaining clumps. The soak will make it easy to pull the stuff off, and you will have a nice clean mascara brush.
26. Make your own mascara. The mascara you buy from the store has a lot of chemicals in it, and applying chemicals near your eyes is just a really dubious thing to do. Make your own mascara from scratch as a healthy alternative using coconut oil, aloe vera gel, bees wax, and activated charcoal or cocoa powder. It’s chemical free, healthy, and looks gorgeous!
27. Enhance your eyelashes. If you overdo it with the mascara, your eyelashes can start to suffer and may look limp and lifeless. Swab a bit of coconut oil over your eyelashes before bed. Use only a tiny bit. It will enhance your eyelashes and give them a boost.
28. Get wax off your skin. If you wax your skin to remove unwanted hairs, you know how irritating that sticky wax can be afterwards. The hardest part is getting it all off your skin! You can make a hard job easy using coconut oil. Apply it and then use a warm wash cloth to get rid of the wax. The coconut oil may also soothe your skin, reducing burning and itching.
29. Clear up varicose veins. If you have unsightly varicose veins, you can apply coconut oil topically to reduce their appearance. Do it regularly and you will get the best results.
30. Speed up hair growth. Coconut oil is helps to improve the overall health and strength of your hair, which in turn can reduce breakage and help you to lengthen your hair.
31. Get rid of cellulite. If you have that awful cottage cheese texture going on, you probably would do anything to get rid of it. A lot of promised cellulite treatments don’t really work, but here is one that does. Use a soft bristled brush and sweep it over your legs upward toward your heart. This is known as dry brushing. Follow it up with coconut oil applied to the same areas. If you do this regularly, you should start seeing a reduction in your cellulite after a couple of months have gone by.
32. Use it as a foundation primer before you apply your makeup. If you have a hard time applying your foundation smoothly and evenly, a primer is a great step to take. Just apply a tiny bit of coconut oil to your face. Wait until it soaks into your skin, leaving it soft and dry, and then apply your foundation. You may also have great results by combining your foundation and the coconut oil and applying it that way.
33. Remove your makeup with coconut oil too! It turns out that coconut oil not only is great for applying makeup, but for removing it as well. Rub coconut oil over your face, and wait for a minute. Then wipe it off along with your makeup. This works especially well if you are struggling to remove waterproof makeup.
34. Make a natural face mask. If you like using facial masks to help you clear up your complexion, you can make your own facial mask out of coconut oil and honey. Mix them together so that you get that thick consistency you would expect from a facial mask. A great addition is carrot seed oil. This will help to improve your skin tone. Apply it and wait for around fifteen minutes, and then wash it off. It should really clarify your complexion and give it a nice glow.
35. Replace your deodorant. Standard store-bought deodorant has all kinds of chemicals in it, and you don’t want those chemicals absorbing into your skin, do you? If you are ready to toss your store-bought deodorant, a great alternative is a deodorant made out of coconut oil. 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. The coconut oil and the baking soda contribute to the consistency, so you can modify the recipe to get the exact consistency you are looking for. Store it in a small glass jar and enjoy.
36. Make your own body butter. Combine coconut oil with shea butter and whip it until the mixture takes on a nice light fluffy consistency. You can optionally add essential oils if you want a scent. This is a fast, easy, and fun recipe!
37. Make lotion at home. If you want to enjoy natural, healthy lotion that will really feel great on your skin, coconut oil makes a perfect starting ingredient. There are many recipes you can try!
38. Make your own natural sunscreen. No, coconut oil is not an effective sunscreen on its own, because it only has an SPF of 4-6. But you can mix it with other ingredients for a better effect. Try mixing ½ cup almond oil or olive oil with ¼ cup coconut oil and ¼ cup beeswax. Also add two tablespoons of zinc oxide (be sure to get a version which your skin will not absorb!), and 1 teaspoon each of red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil, and vitamin E oil. You also need 2 tablespoons of shea butter. Add any essential oils you want as well (just avoid oils that will increase photosensitivity).
Coconut Oil Home Remedies
While many uses of coconut oil are cosmetic, many others involve your actual health. Coconut oil can be used as a home remedy for many different minor maladies. Here are some more amazing ways you can use coconut oil in your home!
39. Get relief from sunburn fast. Just as you can use coconut oil to make natural sunscreen, you can also use it to get relief from the sunburn you already have. Make a 1-to-1 mixture of coconut oil and aloe vera gel, and rub it gently into your skin where you are burned. The mixture should be soothing on your burn. If you put it in the fridge before applying it, it will be even better.
40. Speed wound healing. As mentioned earlier, coconut oil has wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which is why it has so many uses when it comes to your health. You can heal wounds faster by applying a bit of coconut oil directly to them. This will help to prevent and clear up infection.
41. But bite relief. The same anti-inflammatory properties that make coconut oil so soothing on sunburned skin also make it a great antidote for itchy bug bites. Just smear some directly onto the bites and you should start feeling some relief.
42. Soothe an eczema outbreak. If you are suffering from a flare of eczema, you can rub coconut oil into your skin to soothe the itching and get relief.
43. Soothe chicken pox. If you or your child has chicken pox, the soothing properties of coconut oil can promote relief form the itching. One great way to do this is to add it to a warm bath with oatmeal and simply soak.
44. Soothe skin infected by poison ivy, oak, or sumac. If your itch was caused by one of these pesky plants, you may get relief by applying the coconut oil directly to the site. Also try a warm bath with some coconut oil added to your water.
45. Treat acid reflux or heartburn. If you suffer from heartburn, you know that awful feeling in your esophagus can really cramp your style during the day and can keep you awake at night. Coconut oil can be a helpful treatment for heartburn and can help to soothe your esophagus. I am going to have to try this one!
46. 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. Many people say they find immediate relief this way.
47. Make your own toothpaste. If you have ever used baking soda in place of toothpaste but do not like the texture, you may prefer a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. Just mix them together until you get the consistency you like. While baking soda works wonders, you will love the results you get with coconut oil, which fights germs in your mouth. Want it to taste like the toothpaste you get in a tube? Just add some spearmint essential oil for flavor.
48. As mouthwash (i.e. “oil pulling”). Oil pulling is all the rage these days! Oil pulling basically refers to using coconut oil in place of your mouthwash. But since coconut oil has a thicker texture than your mouthwash (remember to heat it into a liquid form before doing this), it takes more work to “pull” it through your mouth than it does to swish mouthwash. It is suggested you do this for 10-20 minutes to get the best results (read a book or watch TV or something to distract yourself). It will foam up in your mouth as it does its work on the germs. Occasionally you may need to spit some of it out. When you do spit it all out at the end, remember not to spit in your sink.
49. Treat your canker sores. Canker sores are another common mouth problem which you may be able to fend off with the help of coconut oil. Use a cotton swab for this just as you do for toothache. The coconut oil will help to fight the infection causing the canker sore, and can speed up healing.
50. Get rid of cold sores—or prevent them. If you have a feeling that a cold sore is coming on, you may be able to prevent it by applying some coconut oil to the spot. This may also speed the healing of your cold sore if you do get one.
51. Relief from hemorrhoids. The soothing properties of coconut oil can make it a great treatment for hemorrhoids.
52. Fight your athlete’s foot. Coconut oil not only is antiviral and antibacterial, but also antifungal. This makes it an effective treatment against athlete’s foot. Just rub coconut oil into your feet several times a day. You may also get good results if you mix in a few drops of tea tree essential oil.
53. Get rid of toenail fungus. Here’s another nasty unwanted guest you may be able to chase away with coconut oil. Get rid of as much of the fungus as you can by hand, and then apply the coconut oil to the spot. 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 eventually.
54. Keep your warm bath from drying out your skin. Remember the chicken pox-soothing bath from earlier? I forgot to mention that another benefit of that bath is that you step out of it with your skin moist. Warm baths are very cozy, but the warm water tends to dry out your skin. Coconut oil prevents that, which makes a good addition to your bath whether you are trying to soothe an itch or not.
55. Get excess wax out of your ears. Natural oils work great for getting wax buildup out of your ears. Try a drop or two of either olive oil or coconut oil for excellent results. While some people recommend a cotton swab, it is generally safer not to poke things in your ears. Use an eyedropper and simply tilt your head to add the drops. Then tilt your head the other way to let the oil drip back out. It usually takes some time for the oil to come out completely, but it will help to break up the wax. This is a safer and more pleasant alternative to flushing out your ears.
56. Soothe a sore throat. If you have a scratch or sore throat, you may be able to relieve the pain by swirling a little coconut oil and honey around in your mouth and then gently swallowing the mixture. It will soothe your throat as it goes down and you should find yourself feeling better.
57. Reduce a cough. If your cold comes with a cough and not just a sore throat, you may be able to get some relief using a similar mixture. Add a teaspoon of honey to half a spoonful of coconut oil. Pour them into a cup, and add hot water and some fresh lemon juice. You want the entire mixture to fill about a quarter of a cup. Stir it all up, and then drink it while it is still hot. Do this before bed, and you should have a much easier time settling down for the night and getting some real rest.
58. Treat hay fever. Suffer from allergies? Suffer no more with coconut oil. Apparently if you dab just a little bit of coconut oil into each of your nostrils, you can get quick relief from your hay fever symptoms. How does it work? The pollen and spores that get into your nose and irritate you will instead stick to the oil. This will keep them clear of your nasal passage, significantly reducing your symptoms.
59. Immune system boost. Because coconut oil fights bacteria as well as viruses and fungi, it can boost your immune system. Just take it regularly using the dosage recommended at the beginning of the article. Be sure you take the unrefined variety of coconut oil so you are getting all the health benefits.
60. Reduce seizures. According to Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing newsletter, medium chain triglycerides (in the form of MCT oil) combined with coconut oil can be an effective treatment for seizures, as helpful as a ketogenic diet. The recommended dosage is 4 teaspoons of MCT oil mixed with 3 teaspoons of coconut oil taken three times daily. They can be mixed and stored in a jar (not refrigerated), which will keep them in a soft state. You can then take them conveniently with your meals—or cook with the combined oils if you want. This mixture creates keytones, which can boost the keytone concentration in your blood, controlling seizures.
61. Treat pink eye naturally at home. Pink eye can have a variety of causes, and may require antibiotics or another medication to cure, but if you are stuck at home, you can try using coconut oil as a remedy first. The curative properties of coconut oil make it effective in some cases, and there is a chance your pink eye will resolve itself if you dab the oil on your eyelids. Just apply it to a cotton ball, and then follow up with a warm or cold compress. Warmth will soothe itchy eyes, and cold will reduce swelling.
62. Treat an ear infection. If you or your child has an ear infection, applying a little coconut oil may help to kill the infection more quickly.
3. Boost blood circulation. If you want to increase your blood circulation, you may have some luck with coconut oil. This makes it great for treating a number of health issues.
64. Boost your HDL cholesterol. Coconut oil can raise your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. The bad news though is that it can also raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels! So use it in moderation, because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
65. Treat a yeast infection. According to nutritionist Dr. Bruce Fife, coconut oil is a great treatment for yeast infections because it contains lauric acid and caprylic acid. Fife theorizes that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are capable of killing candida in the intestines.
66. Prevent the flu. Dr. Fife also adds that coconut oil is great for preventing the flu, since it is so good for your immune system. If you notice flu symptoms starting to appear or someone else in your household has the flu, take a tablespoon of coconut oil every couple of hours. According to Fife, the flu will generally go away overnight if you do this.
67. Fight cravings for sugar. Are you trying to cut back on the amount of sugar you eat? You may want to try taking a spoonful of coconut oil instead of reaching for a treat. The coconut oil will give you an immediate burst of energy, which should help to alleviate your cravings.
68. Lose weight. If sugar is the leading cause of your weight gain, you may be able to finally start reaching your weight loss goals by controlling those sugar cravings. Plus, coconut oil is great for your metabolism, and having a fast metabolism is one of the keys to burning off the pounds and keeping the weight off after you do. Don’t be surprised if you check the scale in a few weeks and notice you have dropped a few pounds!
69. Combat digestive problems. If you have indigestion related to a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, taking coconut oil may help you to start feeling better again. Not only will coconut oil help to fight the infection, but it will also increase your body’s absorption of healthy nutrients from your food. These nutrients will strengthen all of your body systems, leading to all-around improvement. It may be just what your body needs to start getting healthy again.
70. Prevent nose bleeds. Do you have a sensitive nose which easily gets dry and bleeds in very hot or cold weather? If so, you may be able to prevent future nose bleeds by dabbing a little coconut oil in your nostrils as a moisturizer. This will protect your capillaries and prevent your nasal passages from drying out.
71. Improve lung function. Researchers have discovered that coconut oil may increase the fluidity of cell surfaces. This may boost the function of your lungs.
72. Relieve constipation naturally. Coconut oil is a natural laxative. It speeds up your metabolism and helps to soften stools. For this purpose, you are going to want to take the unrefined virgin coconut oil, because the refined oil may lack the fiber that you need. You may notice improvement with as little as one or two teaspoons, but you may need up to two tablespoons. It is a good idea to give your body some time to adjust, so start small if you have never taken coconut oil in the past. Taking too much can give some people diarrhea, and you don’t want that.
73. 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.
74. Treat enlarged prostate. A research trial on rats in 2007 indicated that coconut oil can be used to treat enlarged prostate. Taking coconut oil regularly may help to treat symptoms or prevent prostate enlargement.
75. Fight H. pylori infections. H. pylori is one of the most pervasive infections on the planet. Scientists estimate around two-thirds of the world’s population has an active or passive H. pylori infection, and most people do not even know they have it. Coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties can help you to combat H. pylori. Some sufferers of H. pylori have reported success treating the infection by taking three teaspoons of coconut oil daily.
76. Treat Alzheimer’s. While there is no research supporting coconut oil as a long-term treatment or solution for Alzheimer’s, many patients do report short-term benefits. The ketones in the oil can boost brain health, helping patients to function.
77. Fight adrenal fatigue. Some people report that taking coconut oil regularly gives them an energy boost and helps to prevent adrenal fatigue. For those who are chronically tired or stressed, this can be a real boon.
78. Treat a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you have a urinary tract infection, you may find the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil helpful in combating your infection. Take 3 tablespoons a day to reduce your symptoms.
79. Boost calcium absorption. Calcium is essential for healthy bones and plays an important role in many body systems. Some people have a hard time absorbing calcium. One way you can boost your calcium absorption is by taking coconut oil.
80. Boost magnesium absorption. Magnesium is another essential nutrient which plays many important roles in your body. Magnesium is one of the best all-around supplements for migraines, constipation, hormonal imbalance, and more. Coconut oil can increase your body’s absorption of magnesium.
81. Heal bruises more quickly. Dabbing some coconut oil on your bruises may reduce swelling and also help them to heal more quickly.
82. Get rid of ringworm. Since ringworm is a fungus, it can be eradicated by the anti-fungal properties of coconut oil. This is a great home remedy to use during an infection.
83. Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to soothe yourself and relax. Coconut oil is perfect for aromatherapy. Coconut is a very tranquil, beautiful smell.
84. As a carrier oil for essential oils. Whether you use essential oils as perfume or for medicinal purposes, you need to dilute them in a carrier oil before you can safely apply them to your skin. Refined coconut oil (the variety that has no scent) can work for this. If you do not mind the coconut smell mixing in, the unrefined oil works great too.
85. Control your blood sugar. Coconut oil can help to stabilize your blood glucose levels. This can be helpful in treating diabetes as well as adrenal conditions. Even if you do not suffer from diabetes, you may feel your energy levels are more stable throughout the day with coconut oil.
86. Energy boost before a workout. If you are looking for a burst of extra energy before you head to the gym that won’t spike your blood sugar, coconut oil is the perfect choice.
87. Unclog your ears. Have a build-up of earwax in your ears? Use an eyedropper to dispense several drops of coconut oil into your ear, and then tilt your head the other way so that it can drain. Usually most of it will drain out immediately, but the rest will drain slowly throughout the day. The oil helps to soften the wax and unclog your ear.
88. Reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The pain of arthritis comes from inflammation in your joints. Coconut oil may be effective as a natural treatment for arthritis. Researchers conducted a study on rats and discovered that coconut oil reduced the inflammation in the arthritic rodents, resulting in improvement. Try taking it daily and see what happens.
89. Get rid of lice. Have head lice? They’re no fun. Get rid of them by applying coconut oil regularly to your hair until they are gone. You will want to proceed it with vinegar. The vinegar helps to unstuck the lice eggs from your hair, and the coconut oil then smothers the lice, killing them. Some people find this treatment works the first time. For more persistent cases, you may need multiple applications. Don’t worry—both vinegar and coconut oil are great for your hair!
90. Post-inking treatment for tattoos. Coconut oil can be a good moisturizer to apply after you have received a tattoo. It may speed the healing process and also reduce the chances of an infection. But be careful not to overdo it; too much coconut oil may have a bleaching effect on your ink and reduce the brightness of the color.
91. Make a natural vapor rub. Need help sleeping while you’re sick? Make a natural vapor rub using coconut oil, beeswax, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and clove oil. This is a great all-natural alternative to the store-bought variety.
Coconut Oil for Pregnancy and Baby Care
There are a lot of different ways you can use coconut oil if you are pregnant or if you have already brought home your little bundle of joy from the hospital. Don’t forget about coconut oil to get rid of stretch marks, as discussed previously!
92. Prevent morning sickness. Suffering from morning sickness? You can calm down that queasy stomach using a tablespoon of coconut oil. You may want to make this a morning routine while you are pregnant.
93. Prevent tears to the perineum. If you apply coconut oil three times daily to the perineum for several months leading up to your delivery date, you should be able to prevent tears. You may not be able to stop them completely, but you may be able to lessen them.
94. Soothe an irritated bosom. If breastfeeding is causing irritation, you should be able to find some relief by applying coconut oil. It works great as an alternative to lanolin cream.
95. Keep your baby’s skin soft and moisturized. Coconut oil added to a baby’s bath is a great choice of moisturizer. Babies have very sensitive skin, and coconut oil will not cause irritation.
96. Baby wipes. If you use cloth baby wipes, you can apply some coconut oil to make your job easier.
97. Stop diaper rash. Many mothers report that coconut oil works great for preventing diaper rash. Just apply directly to the skin.
98. Strengthen soft spots. When babies are born, their heads have soft spots. You can strengthen them by dabbing a bit of coconut oil over them.
99. 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 coconut oil in moderate amounts. Try taking a tablespoon a day and see what happens. Breast milk that has been fortified in this way can be more nourishing and may also help your baby to grow and develop healthily.
100. Replace baby lotion. Here is yet another great use for coconut oil. You can replace your store-bought baby lotion with an all-natural mixture that is perfect for sensitive skin. Stir half a cup of coconut oil into raw and unrefined shea butter until you get the texture you are after, and you have what you need.
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