Since introduced to coconut oil by a friend who shared all of the uses, I can say I LOVE Coconut Oil! I was telling my brother about coconut oil, how it is so much better for you when cooking than other oils and mentioned to him it can be used for more than just cooking. He gave me a funny look, then asked, what can you use coconut oil for beside cooking?
Boy, did that open up a door! I just love sharing about improving health and using natural ingredients. So, I set forth telling him all of the way I use coconut oil and thought it might be good to share on my blog. I will also have a link at the bottom for you if you would like to download the list as a document.
Uses for coconut oil, besides cooking.
These are some of the uses for the body…..The list can go on and on.
- Swish for a healthier mouth
- Use it as the base for a homemade face scrub, body scrub, lip balm or soap.
- As a hydrating conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal).
- Use instead of shaving cream.
- Use as a lip moisturizer.
- Take make-up off with it.
- Use it to sooth skin irritations.
- Apply to canker sores.
- Use instead of lotion or as a base for homemade lotions.
- Take a spoonful a day for a healthier tummy, to improve digestion and boost immune system. Also has been known to help with migraines.
- Apply to wounds to speed up healing.
- Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellant.
- Use on a baby for diaper rash and after each diaper change.
- Rub into cuticles to soften.
- Rub on dry cracked heals.
- Pregnant women, rub on tummy to help prevent stretch marks.
- Nursing moms, use on nipples.
- Has been known to increase milk flow for nursing moms when taken internally.
- Use in place or a normal massage oil.
- Apply to bug bites to help with the stinging.
- When taken internally, it helps detox body.
- Apply to underarms for odor.
- Apply to canker sores to speed up healing and help with pain.
Next week we will talk about the uses for pets!
When buying coconut oil, always look for organic, pure, unrefined cold pressed coconut oil.
When you scoop the coconut oil out, it will most likely be a solid, unless it has heated up to above melting (normally around 76 degrees). If you live in hotter climates, you may have to keep it in the fridge, if you want to keep it solid. In the cooler months, you can store it in a kitchen cabinet.
Have fun an experiment with this wonderful oil.
Have you used coconut oil for anything other than what is listed?
If so, please leave a comment below, you never know who YOU may help.