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The Ultimate Guide to Coconut Oil (77 Uses, Benefits, Types, & FAQ)

The Best Ways to  Use Coconut Oil Right Now!

 

I know you have heard all the rage about coconut oil and it’s many uses!  

 

Which is why you more than likely have an untouched jar of it on your shelf collecting dust.

 

Well, ladies and gents I am here to save you a ton of searching and give you the lowdown on all of the important uses of coconut oil!

 

In fact, that coconut oil that you tucked away on your pantry shelf, behind the kidney beans, and can of peas, can now be of some actual use after you read this!

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Coconut oil is super popular but all for good reasons! It is very versatile and has amazing health benefits, which I will go into later on in this text.

 

It can be used for so many different things to make your life easier, healthier, and save you some cash because you won’t have to shell out money to buy other products that are full of chemicals.

 

By the way, do not freak out if you haven’t brought your own jar of coconut oil either because I am going to go over EV-VERY-THING that you need to know about it.

 

 

 

 

You will learn:

  • What is coconut oil
  • What type of coconut oil you should buy
  • The health benefits of coconut oil
  • How to get started with using coconut oil
  • Various Ways to use coconut oil
  • Beauty Uses
  • Hair Uses
  • Pet Uses
  • Personal Uses
  • Cooking Uses
  • Natural Remedy Uses
  • The Answers to Common Questions About Coconut Oil
  • The Last Thing You Need to Know About Using Coconut Oil

 

After this article, you will believe all of the hype about coconut oil and its many uses.  

 

You will be ready to whip out that jar of coco oil and get to work, making sure you get all of your money’s worth, I promise.

 

Now before you get really excited and think you are going to learn 100’s of ways, I’m sorry you are not.

 

We would be here all day and night for the next week if I did that.

 

Instead, you will learn the most important uses so that coconut oil can save you time, money and improve your health!  (If you want to be technical, you will learn 77 different uses to help make your life easier!)

 

You may be wondering well, how do you know?

 

Well, I know first hand because I use coconut oil all the time, and let me tell you that I can’t rave enough about this super product.

 

This product has my skin looking supple, my hair shiny and strong, and my food tasting AMAZING!!

 

Most importantly, it has changed my health, my confidence, and helped me save a ton of money!

 

I can replace a ton of my expensive products, which are not so healthy for me because of all the chemicals they contain anyway, with a very frugal, all natural and healthy one, ahem… ahem… ahem…(clears throat), coconut oil.

 

If you don’t believe me then I dare you to read this article and not get the itch to use it in one of these innovative ways.

 

I bet you will be amazed and go coco loco crazy!

 

By the way, you have to pin this post now because it is a lengthy in-depth post.  I want you to be able to come back to it and pick up exactly where you left off.

 

Plus, this post is a guide.  So when you get started using coconut oil, you will need to come back and reference it.

 

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Alright, now that you pinned it to Pinterest, let me put my money where my mouth is and get into this guide on coconut oil.

 

Let’s get started so you can be amazed!

 

I am going to make a coconut oil winner out of you, I just know it!

 

What is Coconut Oil?

Here is where we will dig into what exactly is coconut oil and the different types of coconut oil that you can purchase.  

 

You will also learn which type of coconut oil is best for your needs.  

 

Let’s get started with different types of coconut oil and define the terms associated with coconut oil.

 

Refined vs. Unrefined

Coconut oil is a shelf stable product because, at room temperature, it remains solid. (It’s melting point is 76 degrees Fahrenheit.)

 

Coconut oil is taken from the meaty part of the coconut.

 

It is extracted in various ways which is why you will find a variety of coconut oils when you go to buy your own.

 

The types you will find are:

  • refined coconut oil
  • unrefined coconut oil

 

The 3 ways that coconut oil is processed are:

  • Expeller Pressed
  • Cold Pressed
  • Direct Micro Expelling

 

Refined Coconut Oil

Refined coconut oil is usually the cheapest coconut oil that you can buy.  It is cheaper because it has the least beneficial health properties due to the way it is extracted.

 

Refined coconut oil is processed from dried copra, not fresh coconut. Because of this, refined coconut oil doesn’t have any coconut flavor or aroma.

 

Refined coconut oil also goes under many different processing techniques using various chemicals, such as bleaching and deodorizing which makes it the least healthy type of the three.

 

Unrefined Coconut Oil

Unrefined coconut oil is usually considered virgin coconut oil.  Unlike refined coconut which is produced from dried copra, unrefined coconut is produced from fresh coconuts.  

 

Which means unrefined coconut oil has a light coconut taste and aroma.  

 

(FYI, It could be stronger depending on what brand you buy, the freshness of coconut that was used, and the process that was used to extract the oil.)  

 

Unrefined coconut oil is healthier than refined coco oil because it goes through less processing and it is made from fresh coconuts.

 

(It is best to always go with foods that are processed less because they are in less amount of contact with chemicals.)

 

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Cold Pressed vs Conventional

There are three methods in which coconut oil is usually processed.  They are

  • cold pressed
  • expeller pressed
  • direct micro expelling (DME)

 

Cold Pressed

Cold pressed coconut oil is extracted using a mechanical operation that removes the oil from the seeds and nuts in a controlled heat environment.  

 

The temperature of the environment usually is kept below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Expeller Pressed

Expeller pressed coconut oil is usually how refined coconut oil is processed.  

 

An expeller press is a mechanical operation that extracts the oil from seeds and nuts using high heat and pressure.

 

Direct Micro Expelling

Direct Micro Expelling is exactly that, direct.  The expelling takes place at the source. Coconuts are prepared exactly where they are grown from local families.  

 

This process is the most eco-friendly, healthiest, best for the natives’ livelihood, and the least invasive method.

 

If you are looking to buy the best coconut oil for your health, you would want to buy unrefined coconut oil.  

 

To rank the different methods that coconut oil is processed, you would want to buy;

  1. direct micro expelling
  2. cold pressed
  3. expeller pressed.

 

Overall, the only types of coconut oil that I would buy and I recommend you buy is:

  • unrefined direct micro expelling coconut oil
  • Unrefined cold pressed coconut oil

 

How to Get Started with Using Coconut Oil?

Now that you know the ins and outs of coconut oil, it is time to get started with using it.  The best way to get started is by knowing what coconut oil does for and can do for your body.

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

 

Now that we know what coconut oil is and the various ways that it is extracted, let’s get into the health benefits of coconut oil and why it should become a staple in your life.

 

Weightloss

 

Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that are made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCT).  (Source)

 

When this type of fat is consumed, it goes straight to the liver where it is easily processed to ketones and becomes a source of energy.

 

Ketones help with brain and could possibly be a treatment for epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

 

Ketones also help with reducing hunger which means you will eat fewer calories.  This means that using coconut oil in your food will help you to consume less food.  

 

Although coconut oil is high in healthy fats, it is still a fat.  

 

1 tablespoon of coconut oil is about 120 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram monounsaturated, and .5 grams polyunsaturated, so using just a little bit a day, 1 to 2 tablespoons, goes a long way!

 

This means that you should only consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day! (Source)

 

Fat Burning

 

Not only does coconut oil help with weight loss, but it also helps with fat burning!  (See, I told you that you would want to start using this every day!)

 

The MCTs in coconut oil can increase fat burning by as much as 5% in a 24 hour period! (Source)

 

Coconut oil is especially effective in reducing belly fat which is the most harmful fat in the body.  

 

Cooking with coconut oil is a good way to replace some of your other cooking oils and give your health a boost.  

 

Replacing your cooking oil with coconut oil can lead to some small weight loss benefits.

 

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Prevents Infections

 

It only gets better!  Did you know that coconut oil can help with preventing infections?  Yup, that’s right, it can!

 

The 12-carbon Lauric acid that makes up half of the fatty acids in coconut oil is known to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

 

Raises Good Cholesterol

 

If you are looking for something to help you raise good cholesterol, then coconut oil is your guy or woman, whichever you prefer.

 

Coconut oil contains good natural saturated fats that increase the good cholesterol, HDL.  

 

It may also turn the bad cholesterol, LDL into a less harmful form.

 

Because of this, coconut oil is looked at as being good for heart health.

 

Improves Skin Hair and Teeth

 

So going over the health benefits of coconut oil, you may wonder well how does it help with your hair and skin when you told me all the benefits that it can do inside your body.

 

Well, wait no longer because here are a few details of what it can do for your outside as well.

 

Coconut oil is not only good for inside the body but outside as well.  Using coconut oil on your skin and hair improves the moisture and helps to protect against damage.

 

If you use coconut oil for oil pulling, using coconut oil like mouthwash, it can kill some harmful bacteria, improve the health of your teeth and gums, and prevent bad breath.

 

Now, that was just a little taste of what’s to come.  I will go into detail about the various uses outside the body, inside the body, around the house, and so much more shortly.  

 

But, before we get to that, can you be a little more patient and let’s get to the recap of the health benefits of coconut oil.

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Recap:

 

  • Weight Loss
  • Fat Burning
  • Raises Good Cholesterol
  • Improves, Skin, Hair, and Teeth

 

Tips for Success in Using Coconut Oil

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Now that we know the ins and outs of using coconut oil, the health benefits, the uses, which coconut oil to purchase, and how it’s made, it is now time to share some tips for success in using coconut oil.

Coconut oil is so versatile that it can be used on pets, skin, teeth, babies, cleaning, etc.  The list goes on and on.

I wanted to share with you some of the tips for success in coconut oil uses to get you started on your journey using it in the best possible ways.   

 

Beauty Uses

 

If you are using some expensive beauty products or if you are looking to add some all natural affordable beauty products to your routine, then coconut oil is all that, a bag of chips, and so much more!  

 

I am telling you that you may be able to save some coins using this in place of some of your beauty products!  

 

Plus, coconut oil has many different uses so you may be able to replace a few of your products with just this one saving you time and money!

 

Coconut oil is a very inexpensive product that can be used for many beauty purposes.  Some of them are:

 

1. Skin Moisturizer

 

Coconut oil is great at moisturizing your skin. Unlike other oils which cannot penetrate your skin, coconut oil can and shall.  

 

It is rich in fatty acids which help it to moisturize your skin to the fullest, and it absorbs quickly!

 

Which is amazing because it gives you that dewy, glowly, fresh-faced, look.  Coconut oil makes your skin so soft and radiant.

 

2. Teeth

 

You can use coconut oil as a mouthwash.  I know, I know, that sounds crazy, right? But, just hear me out.

 

Using coconut oil as a mouthwash is called oil pulling. (Source)

 

By swishing coconut oil around in your mouth, it will help you to fight bad breath and kill bad bacteria in your mouth.

 

It is also said to help with teeth whitening, plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and helps you build stronger gums  Plus, don’t forget coconut oil is all natural!

 

3. Acne

 

I’ve read several articles that say you can use coconut oil to treat acne and others with conflicting reviews.  

 

From reading these articles, I will give you my opinion on it.  (Luckily, I have not suffered from acne and therefore, I have not used it to treat it.)

 

What I am seeing is that it is all about the type of skin you have.  It seems that people who have dry to normal skin are able to use coconut oil to improve their acne.  

 

The lauric acid that is present in coconut oil, helps to kill acne-causing bacteria that is present.  It also increases moisture which may help eliminate acne scarring.

 

4. Eczema

 

Yup, this all natural oil can help with eczema as well.  (I told you it was amazing! Do you believe me know? Hopefully, you do!)

 

Using coconut oil to help with eczema can be done in two ways. One is internal and the other is topical.  

 

Using coconut oil internally to treat eczema is done by ingesting 2 tablespoons per day.  

 

You can do this by adding this oil to your favorite foods or drinks.  Internal use of coco oil helps with overall health, boost your immune system, and helps to fight infections.

 

Using coco oil topically for eczema is so simple.  All you have to do is apply it to the affected areas.

 

Depending on the severity, it may need to be applied to those areas multiple times per day.  

 

5. Psoriasis

 

Applying coconut oil to the skin can be a great home treatment for psoriasis.  

 

It helps to reduce inflammation and help to relieve skin dryness.  The fatty acids that coco oil is made up of will have soothing benefits for psoriasis.

 

6. Eyelashes

 

Putting coconut oil on your eyelashes can have some pretty darn good benefits.  (Just be careful not to get it into your eyes.)

 

Some of these benefits are

  • stimulating hair growth
  • preventing dandruff
  • Eliminating fungal infections
  • Making your eyelashes soft and shiny.

 

7. Lotion

 

Using coconut oil as an all natural lotion may help to keep your skin moisturized and glowing.

 

Coco oil contains Vitamin E and lauric acid, which help to form a barrier on your skin.  This helps to repair and restore the skin’s surface.

 

You can apply the coconut oil on your skin as is or you can use this recipe to make Homemade Moisturizing Whipped Coconut Oil Lotion by Little House Living.

 

8. Face mask

 

Using coconut oil on the skin has many amazing benefits.  

 

Some of them being:

  • Reducing wrinkles
  • Reducing dark spots
  • Helps with
    • eczema
    • Acne
    • Psoriasis
    • reducing scars
  • Helps to keep the skin moisturized, glowing, and supple.  

 

So using coconut oil as a face mask, is a no brainer.  

 

To make it easy for you to get started with using coconut oil as a face mask, here is a list of all natural coco oil face masks by Beauty Epic that you can make in your home today!

 

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9. Lip gloss

 

Lip gloss is essential in most of our lives!

 

I keep one in pretty much every room of my house, my purse, and my car.  

 

Using coconut oil as lip gloss is genius!  It helps to repair your lips, help to soften your lips, moisturize them, and repair your dry chapped lips.

 

If you are looking to use coconut oil as a lipgloss, then look no further, here are 10 incredible ways to use Coconut Oil for your lips from Dark Lip Tips.

 

10. Under eyes

 

Using coconut oil under the eyes helps in more ways than none.  Some ways are:

  • Prevents dryness and wrinkles
    • because it keeps around the eyes moisturized
  • Promotes healthy skin cell growth
  • Heals and repairs damaged skin
  • Reduces redness and swelling
  • Tightens pores to make skin smooth and firm.

 

To use coconut oil under your eyes, you apply coconut oil on a clean face before bedtime.

 

Apply the coco oil under your eyes and rub in a clockwise motion then anti-clockwise for a few minutes.  Leave the oil on overnight.

 

Remove the oil in the morning with lukewarm water.  

 

Repeat this routine at least once a week so that you can see the difference.  

 

11. Wrinkle Reducer

 

Massaging coconut oil into your skin regularly will help to reduce wrinkles and stop premature aging.

 

Coconut oil is amazing at keeping the skin moisturized.  It helps to reduce wrinkles and keep wrinkles at bay by keeping the skin hydrated.  

 

The hydration from the coconut oil helps to make the skin cells plumper.

12. Shaving cream

 

Coconut oil makes an amazing frugal and all natural shaving cream.

 

To use coconut oil as a shaving cream, apply the coconut oil to the area where you want to remove hair, shave, and then rinse the coconut oil off.

 

It’s truly that simple!  

 

13. Scars

 

Using coconut oil on scars can help lighten your scars.  It will help to treat the inflammation, redness, and encourages the growth of skin for scars.  

 

If you would like to learn more about how to treat, lighten, and remove scars with coco oil, then Beauty Epic has you covered with their article, How to Use Coconut Oil for Scars.

 

 

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Hair Uses

 

14. Itchy Scalp

 

Using coconut oil on the scalp will help to soothe itchiness by helping to keep the skin moisturized.  

 

To do this, you will want to rub coco oil on a clean scalp, leave it on for at least a half hour and then wash it out.

 

15. Deep Conditioner

 

Coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioner on your hair  to help with

  • Breakage
  • Add moisture
  • Nourish your hair
  • Add shine
  • Make your hair soft
  • Prevent breakage

 

To use coconut oil as a deep conditioner, you can use One Hood Thing Luxurious Coconut Oil Hair Treatment to make an easy homemade deep conditioner.

 

16. Hair growth

 

You can use coconut oil to get longer, thicker hair that grows fast.

 

The fatty acids in coconut oil help to nourish the hair and scalp and remove the sebum buildup.

 

To use coconut oil for hair growth, make sure your coconut oil is in liquid form. Once it is in liquid form, gently massage the oil on a clean scalp.

 

Leave the oil on overnight for best results.

 

17. Dandruff

 

If you have an itchy flaky scalp from various products or from having a dry scalp, then you want to use coconut oil to help heal your scalp.

 

Coconut oil will help to nourish your scalp and its antimicrobial properties will help to remove the excess skin shed.

 

To use coco oil for dandruff, you will need coconut oil to be in a melted state.

 

Once it is melted, gently massage it onto a clean scalp.

 

Leave it on overnight for best results.

 

18. Detangler

 

If you are like me and have curly hair or extremely thick hair (4b/c anyone?), you may have a daily battle on your hand when it comes to detangling.  

 

In fact, you may have even considered cutting your hair off or getting dreads just so you can avoid having to brush or comb your hair.  

 

I am here to tell you that coconut oil can save the day!  

 

By using this all-natural ingredient, coconut oil, you can detangle your hair and begin to love it again.

 

Using coconut oil as a detangler can save you a ton of time, stress, and breakage, each day, when it comes to brushing or combing your hair.  

 

To use coconut oil to detangle your hair, make sure the coconut oil is in liquid form.  

 

Once it is in liquid form, add some to the ends of your hair.  

 

Then take your brush or pick and work your way up starting from the ends of your hair all the way to your root.  

 

If you have another tangle, apply coconut oil to loosen it up.  

 

Great thing is that you can leave the coconut oil on your hair all day because it will help to nourish it, prevent frizz, and prevent more tangles.

19. Hair Color Base

 

Using coconut oil for an all natural hair color is an amazing idea.  

 

Because coconut oil is unlike other oils, it can penetrate the hair deeper and faster and it will leave your hair color more vibrant and shiny!  

 

To use coconut oil for your all natural hair color base, you would need to mix coconut oil in its liquid state to your coloring herbs as normal and then finish your hair as you would do otherwise.

 

20. Protect From Sun Damage

 

If you are going to spend a sunny day at the beach or if you are going to be outside for a while, you will need to not only protect your skin from the harmful rays, but your hair as well.  

 

To do this you can use, surprise…coconut oil!

 

Coconut oil is an all-natural sunscreen.  It has an SPF of 4 to 5 and is filled with antioxidants that will help to protect your hair from radiation.  

 

Just apply a small amount to your hair where it will be exposed to the sun and then you are A-ok to go outside and play!

 

These are a few of the beauty uses that coconut oil can be used for. I know some of them surprised you and you are ready to try them out but keep reading.

 

We are going to head into our next category of uses when it comes to coconut oil.

 

 

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Pet Uses

 

I bet you didn’t know that coconut oil is not only good for you but it is good for your pets as well!

 

Since it is all natural, organic, and frugal, it is a no brainer to use coconut oil on your pets as well.

 

Just make sure before you decide to use it, you consult your vet.  

 

21. Fleas and Ticks

 

If you believe your pet may have fleas, you can use coconut oil to help treat them.  

 

To do this, you will need to apply coconut oil to the affected area(s) on your pet’s fur.  

 

Once done, get a flea comb, and run it through his (her) fur.  

 

Fleas and ticks can not move very well in coconut oil, so they will stick to the comb which gives you time to get rid of the fleas before they jump off.  

 

It is a great idea to apply coconut oil to their skin before a walk or a day outside, so that fleas and ticks will be repelled.

 

22. Immune Booster and May Prevent Cancer

 

Coconut oil is an amazing all natural ingredient that is perfect to boost your loved one’s immune system.  

 

Coconut oil contains powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, properties that help to prevent infection and disease as well as reduce the risks of cancer when ingested.

 

23. Shiny coat

 

When coconut oil is rubbed on the coat of your pet, it instantly moisturizes it’s coat and makes it shiny and glossy.

 

24. Aids in Digestion

 

When coconut oil is ingested, it can help improve your pets digestion and nutrient absorption.  

 

It also helps with digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and colitis.

 

25. Deodorizer

 

When coconut oil is applied topically to your pet’s fur, it will help to keep your pet smelling like a tropical vacation.  

 

26. Aids in Healing

 

Since coconut oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties, it can disinfect cuts and help with wound healing.

 

Don’t be afraid to apply it because it is very soothing.  It will not sting when you apply it to a cut.   

 

27. Reduces Coughing and Eliminates Hair Balls

 

Giving a pet coconut oil to ingest does help to eliminate hairballs.  

 

If you would like to know more about how to help your cat with his (her) hairballs and how to treat them, you can read more about it on Meow Lifestyle.

 

28. Skin Conditions

 

Using coconut oil both internally and topically can help with your pets skin conditions like eczema, contact dermatitis, itchy skin, and flea allergies.

 

It helps to reduce allergic reaction and improve skin health.

 

29. Eliminates Bad Breath

 

Using coco oil can help to eliminate bad breath.  

 

Coconut oil helps to reduce harmful bacteria, plaque, tooth decay and fights gum disease.

 

Giving your dogs this natural oil will help to keep their doggy breath at bay.

 

30. Metabolic Function

 

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides that help your pet’s digestion and metabolic function.  

 

Giving your dog coconut oil can help increase your dog’s energy levels, support nutrient absorption, and promote normal thyroid function.

31. Weight Loss

 

Sometimes we love our pets a little too much and sometimes that may mean we tend to overfeed them just a tiny little lot.  

 

This means that our pets can be overweight.  

 

Instead, of giving them supplements that may have side effects, an all natural way to help with their weight loss is by using coconut oil.  

 

Using coconut oil can help with your pet’s weight by increasing your pet’s energy levels, metabolism, and help to balance your pet’s thyroid.  

 

32. Arthritis

 

When you see your pet in pain every day you want to help him or her.

 

Sometimes taking them to the vet and paying for their prescriptions is pretty expensive and let’s not forget the side effects, but you will do anything to help alleviate your pets pain.

 

Using coconut oil can help your pet’s arthritic pain and save you some cash!

 

Feeding your pet coconut oil daily can improve his or her mobility and lessen pain.

 

Plus, some of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil have been suggested to help reverse ligament damage that aggravates the arthritis symptoms.  

 

33. Bone Health

 

As you can see using coconut oil can help your pet in many ways.

 

Another way is that it helps to build strong bones.

 

Using coconut oil can reduce inflammation and as seen earlier, reduce arthritic pain which helps to promote bone health.

 

34. Nerve and Brain Function

 

As your pets get older you may notice that they are slowing down both physically and mentally.

To help improve their cognitive function, you can give your pet coconut oil.  

 

Coconut oil will help to provide their brain energy in the form of ketones.  These ketones will help to prevent dementia and promote good nerve and brain function.  Keeping your pet active and alert.

 

 

coconut oil pet list use infographic

 

 

 

Personal Uses

 

35. Lube

 

In a hurry and need a little moisture down there?  

 

Did you know that you could use coconut oil?

 

Yup, that’s right! You can use coconut oil as a lube but just like anything in life, there are some pros and cons that you need to weigh before taking the leap into using it for personal use.

 

Some benefits of using coconut oil as lube are:

 

  • Moisturizing and lubricating

 

  • Doesn’t clump up
  • Thicker and longer lasting
  • Less messy than other natural plant-based oil

 

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The downsides of using coconut oil as lube are:

 

  • Coconut oil lube cannot be used with latex condoms

 

  • The oil can break down the latex and cause it to break
  • Not a good idea if you are prone to vaginal infections such as yeast infections

 

 

    • Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal which means it can disrupt the natural pH balance and cause a yeast infection

 

Once you weigh the pros and cons of using coconut oil as a lube, the choice is up to you whether to give it a try or not.  

 

Just remember that if you do, use a small amount.

 

Using too much coconut oil will cause a buildup, and can be a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria or yeast.

 

36. Yeast infection

Since coconut oil is antifungal, many people are turning to coconut oil as a way to treat a yeast infection naturally.  

 

To treat your yeast infection, all you have to do is take some coconut oil straight from the jar into the fold of the affected area or directly on the affected area.   

 

If the infection is in your mouth, you would need to melt the coconut oil so that it is in liquid form.  

 

Make sure the coconut isn’t too hot because you will have to swish the oil in your mouth for up to 10 seconds.  

 

Once done swishing, you can spit it out but do not eat or drink anything after for 30 minutes.

 

37. Deodorant

 

Believe it or not, coconut oil has become the base for many natural deodorants.  It makes sense because coco oil is antibacterial, hydrates the skin, and anti-inflammatory.  

 

I would not go and slap on some coconut oil on your armpits because it is an oil, it could melt and that would be a huge mess!  

 

Instead, you can use this recipe from Coconut Mama, to make your own all natural Coconut Oil Deodorant with coconut oil being the base.

 

38. Massage

 

Massages are very important for our health.  

 

A massage helps to speed up healing and growth by increasing circulation.  This brings oxygen to the tissues and revitalizes them. This also increases metabolism as well.  

 

Now that we know why messages are important let’s figure out why you should use coconut oil for massages.

 

  • High Concentration of Medium Chain Fatty Acids

 

      • When coconut oil is left on your body, you do not have to worry about the oil damaging your skin or becoming rancid

 

  • Capric Acid and Lauric Acid

 

      • The presence of these anti-microbial agents make sure that infections do not enter your body through your skin

 

  • Saturated Fats

 

      • Because coconut oil is full of fats, it makes sure that moisture does not escape your skin which protects it from drying and cracking

 

  • Vitamin E

 

      • Coconut oil contains a lot of Vitamin E which helps to keep your skin, healthy and young.

 

  • Antioxidants

 

      • The antioxidants in the skin allow for your skin to look young and free of wrinkles. It protects from adverse signs of aging like sagging, peeling, and discoloration.

 

  • Carrier Oil

 

      • Coconut oil can easily penetrate the skin so if you are using other herbs and essential oil, it is the perfect carrier oil.  

 

  • Eliminates Body Odor

 

    • The smell of coconut oil is very soothing and because it is antimicrobial and antifungal, it eliminates body odor as well.

 

39. Toothpaste

Using coconut oil as toothpaste is a great idea.  

 

It works really well to inhibit the growth of various strep strains and the biocidal properties found in coconut oil help to eliminate the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

 

Coconut oil has no harmful chemicals, no foaming agents, is inexpensive, and it’s very simple to make.  

 

If you are looking for a recipe to make Coconut Oil Toothpaste, check out Simple Green Smoothies Recipe here.

 

 

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Delicious and Nutritious Recipes Incorporating Coconut Oil

 

Since you can see how great coconut oil is for you, you may be wondering how you can incorporate coconut oil into your diet.  

 

So you can gain the benefits of coconut oil, here are a few ways you can use coconut oil in some of your favorite foods.

 

40. Coffee

 

Adding coconut oil to your coffee not only can make your coffee taste better without it being overly sweet, but it can help you feel fuller longer.

 

Coconut oil is a thermogenic food which means eating it causes it to burn more fat compared to the same amount of calories from other fats and it helps to boost your metabolism. (Source) (By the way coffee is thermogenic too.)  

 

If you are looking for some easy recipes to make coffee, you can check out these Bulletproof Coffee recipes here on Home Grounds.

 

41. Popcorn

 

If you like to snack, then popcorn may be one of the healthy snacks that you grab.  It’s perfect for Friday nights when you are watching a movie.

 

Plus, this snack is great for kids and adults too.  To make popcorn even healthier, you can add coconut oil to it.  

 

You can check out how to make Coconut Oil Popcorn from Coconut Mama.  

 

42. Frying

Fried foods have a bad rap for being unhealthy.  

 

Of course it is better to not eat fried foods but if you are like me, you need fried foods here and there to satisfy that home cooked meal craving.  

 

So do not feel too guilty about eating fried foods every once in a while, you can cook them in the healthiest oil.

 

Can you guess what that is?  Surprise it’s coconut oil!

 

Coconut oil is very high in saturated fats and has been proven to handle hours of continuous frying without deterioration, and no changes in quality.  

 

With its numerous health benefits, it’s a no brainer as to why you should fry your foods with coconut oil.

 

Here are a few Fried food recipes to get you started with using coconut oil to fry your food.  7 Healthy Deep Frying Recipes Using Coconut Oil from A Medium Corporation.

 

 

43. Brownies

 

Being healthy does not mean denying your cravings.

 

Instead, it means finding healthier ways to satisfy your cravings.

 

One way to make brownies healthier, is by using coconut oil.

 

If you are looking for a chewy, chocolatey, fudgy, gooey, rich, healthy, brownie, that can be in your mouth in less than an hour, then look no further than Instructables Coconut Oil and Cocoa Brownie Recipe.  

 

This recipe is amazing and will be your new favorite recipe when it comes to making brownies.

 

Not only is this recipe healthy, it is also delicious!

 

44. Cookies

 

Cookies!

 

Who knew that healthy cookies could also be delicious, The First Year knew!

 

If you are looking for a chocolate chip cookie that is healthier for you, soft, and satisfies your sweet tooth, check out The First Year’s recipe for Healthier Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies.  

 

45. Pie crust

 

To make an amazing pie, it has to have an amazing, flaky, crust.

 

You can make a really great tasting crust with all natural ingredients.  

 

You have to check out Food With Feeling’s amazing Coconut Oil Vegan Pie Crust.  

 

This crust will blow your socks off without adding unnecessary calories and bad for you ingredients.

 

46. Gummies

 

Yes, can you can still satisfy your gummy craving with good for you gummies made with coconut oil.  

 

You will love them as well as your kids.  You can serve them at any party and keep it a secret about how healthy these gummies are for you.  

 

To make gummies using coconut oil, check out Creative Healthy Family’s Homemade Healthy Gummies recipe.  

 

These gummies are so simple to make and will have you second guessing buying gummies from the store again!

 

 

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Natural Remedies Uses

 

47. Sunburn

 

If it has been a long day outside and you find yourself with sunburn you may be able to help it with coconut oil.  

 

You can use coconut oil to help with sunburn after your skin has cooled.  

 

Using coconut oil on sunburn may help with

 

  • Peeling

 

  • Moisturizing your skin

 

 

  • Help to minimize itching

 

48. Tattoo

 

If you recently got a tattoo, you really want to protect it especially since you just paid all of that money!  

 

A perfect, yet inexpensive product you may want to consider using coconut oil.  

 

Coconut oil is the perfect aftercare product.  Some reasons why are:

 

  • Moisturize your skin

 

      • Your tattoo won’t dry out

 

  • Helps to Prevent Infection

 

      • Capric and Lauric acids that are in coconut oil help to prevent bacteria.  
      • This helps to prevent your tattoo from getting infected.

 

  • Vitamin E

 

      • The Vitamin E in coconut oil helps to prevent drying and cracking, as well as keeping your skin smooth and youthful.

 

  • Repairs

 

    • Getting a tattoo is a traumatic experience where it damages the skin cells.  The proteins in coconut oil help to repair the damaged cells.

 

49. Lice

 

Coconut oil is a safer non-toxic treatment for removing lice.  

 

If you are someone who can’t tolerate the stronger treatments for lice, then using coconut oil may be the all-natural alternative that you have been searching for.

 

The lauric acid that is in coconut oil is what helps to kill the lice.  

 

It is not as effective as over the counter treatments but you can try it out and see how it works for you.

 

To use coconut oil to kill lice, you will need a fine tooth comb, shower cap, and enough oil to cover your entire head.  

  • Rinse your head with hot water and let it air dry
  • Make sure the coconut oil is in liquid form
  • Massage the coconut oil generously throughout your entire head and put the shower cap on immediately
  • Leave the cap on for at least 8 hours or more to suffocate the lice
  • Using a fine tooth comb, carefully comb out any dead lice and eggs.
  • You may need to repeat this treatment 3 or 4x to make sure all of the lice are removed.
  • If you notice after doing the treatment a few times lice remain, you may need to get the over the counter lice treatment.

 

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50. Hair Loss

 

There are many reasons why you may be having hair loss.  

 

It could be because of genetics, stress, the medicine you are taking, environmental factors, the list goes on.

 

You may have tried many different tonics, medications, and natural treatment to no avail.  

 

This makes you feel hopeless, pretty much tired, sad, and depressed about not being able to stop your hair loss.  

 

Maybe all is not lost?

 

Maybe you can try an all natural remedy, coconut oil.  

 

Coconut oil can help with your hair loss in several ways. They are:

 

  • Lauric Acid

 

      • The lauric acid in coconut oil binds the protein in hair and allows for the roots and strands to be protected from breakage

 

  • Mimics Sebum

 

      • Coconut oil mimics Sebum, your hair’s natural oil, in the way that just like Sebum, it keeps the hair from drying out and protects the roots from damage.

 

  • Penetrates the Hair Shaft

 

      • Unlike most oil, coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft.  This allows it to be protected from heat and the environment.

 

  • Vitamin E, K, and Iron

 

      • Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, K, and Iron that boosts hair growth and regrowth.

 

  • Antifungal and Antibacterial

 

      • Coconut oil has natural antifungal and antibacterial agents that help to protect against possible fungal or bacterial infections that decrease hair growth.

 

  • Massage

 

    • Using coconut oil to massage your scalp allows for blood circulation to the scalp and follicles.  
      • This means your scalp will get the necessary nutrients needed for hair regrowth.  

51. Weight Loss

 

Using coconut oil internally can help you lose weight and lose the most dangerous type of fat, belly fat. (Source)  

 

It is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat!

 

Coconut oil is made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids and they are metabolized differently than long chain fatty acids.  

 

These acids go straight to the liver where they are immediately turned into energy or ketones.  

 

Coconut oil is thermogenic which means eating it increases fat burning compared to other foods that contain the same amount of calories.  

 

Coconut oil can also make you feel fuller.  It reduces your appetite which makes you eat fewer foods without you trying.

 

52. Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch

 

Coconut oil is used widely for various reasons but one of them is because of its healing properties.  

 

Having a fungal infection is very annoying because of the itch and it’s usually in a really uncomfortable place on your body.  

 

Using coconut oil to fight these infections is a great idea and it may work better than the over the counter medications you can get.

 

Coconut oil contains lauric acid and antimicrobial lipids found in its medium chain fatty acids that make it an all natural strong antifungal benefits.

 

It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and moisturizing benefits help it to soothe flaky, itchy, and irritated skin. Coconut does this by moisturizing the skin and speeding up the healing process.  This may also help to reduce redness and other noticeable signs of infection.  

 

To use coconut oil to treat ringworm, athlete’s foot, or jock itch, you simply apply coconut oil in it’s liquid form to the infected area with a clean cotton ball or swab.  

 

Make sure the area is clean and dry first before the application.  

 

Wash your hands after application even if you did not come into contact with the area because you do not want to risk the possible spread of the infection.  

 

53. Eliminates Intestinal Parasites

 

Using coconut oil to eliminate intestinal parasites helps because of its

 

  • antifungal properties
  • how nourishing it is to your body
  • promotes good digestive functions
  • supports hormones, and the reproductive system.

 

 

 

Cooking with coconut oil is a great thing to do as it does help in so many beneficial ways.

 

54. Ear Infections

 

So if you get an occasional ear infection you may be able to cure it yourself at home.  This way you can save yourself some money and not have to pay that pesky copay fee.

 

Plus, you won’t have to go to the pharmacy, wait in line for your prescription to be filled, and then pay another fee to get your medicine.  

 

Using this at home natural remedy for your ear infection will save you time, money, and pain.  

 

To learn how to use coconut oil to treat your infection, you can check out Livestrong’s article, Can Coconut Oil Heal Ear Infections?

 

This article gives you step by step to go about using coconut oil to heal your ear infection naturally.  

 

55. Headaches/ Migraines

 

Using coconut oil along with essential oils like peppermint or lavender and consuming coconut oil can help with your headache or migraine.

 

Consuming coconut oil helps with your migraines because most of the fat in coconut oil is MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides). (Source)  

 

So when you eat coconut oil your body gets a quick hit of ketones into the bloodstream.  

 

These ketones are very important when it comes to neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s because they help to protect brain cells against damage and degradation.  

 

This means that with coconut oil being used consistently in your diet, it can help with your migraine or headache pain.

 

If you are using essential oils and coconut oil to alleviate your headaches, you can do this by mixing a few drops of essential oil with coconut oil.  Then you rub the mixture onto your temples neck, and shoulders.

 

56. Hangovers

 

So you went out with the intent of not staying out too long.  

 

Next thing you know, one drink turns into two, which turns into three…and you wake up with your head feeling as if it’s going to explode and your breath smelling like as if something died inside.  (No judgment. We’ve all been there.)

 

You will do anything to get rid of this banging headache so that you can function today.

 

You’ve tried various methods such as Gatorade, water, greasy food, etc but have you tried an all natural method of getting rid of your hangover? Why not use coconut oil?  

 

That’s right!

 

On top of the millions of other things that coconut oil is good for, it can also help you with a hangover.  

coconut oil perfect for lazy people

By gargling coconut oil, it pulls the toxins from your body, (most toxins being stored in your salivary glands), which means you can draw out some of the impurities you absorbed last night from your body.  

 

Plus, since it contains lauric acid it will kill the bacteria in your mouth leaving you with fresh breath!

 

It won’t take away some of the texts you might have sent last night or the posts on Facebook but using coconut oil can help relieve your hangover.  

 

Want to know how to use coconut oil for your hangover?

 

Follow these easy steps to alleviate your headache so you can move again without feeling like you are going to die!

 

  • Swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth and through your teeth for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Spit the oil out and then rinse your mouth with water

 

Note: Make sure to do this first thing in the morning before you take a drink of water or even brush your teeth.

 

57. Sleep problems

 

Night after night, you are fighting yourself to fall asleep.  You lay awake hour after hour trying to get some much-needed rest only for it to seem impossible.  

 

You’ve counted sheep.  

 

You’ve drunk warm milk.  

 

You’ve even tried reading a book to no avail.  Only to fall asleep an hour before your alarm goes off!  What a waste!

 

What if I could tell you that there is an easier way to fall asleep.  

 

What if I told you I know an all natural way for you to fall asleep with ingredients you have on hand right now.  

 

One of those ingredients being, you guessed it, coconut oil.  

 

Coconut oil contains a type of fat our body needs to produce sleep hormones, like serotonin and melatonin.

 

Plus, using coconut oil makes you feel fuller longer so you won’t be waking up because you need to eat.  

 

To make this concoction so that you sleep through the night, you will need pure organic unrefined raw honey and organic unrefined virgin coconut oil.

 

You need:

  • 1 Tbsp Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Organic Raw Unfiltered Honey
  • Pinch of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

 

Mix the ingredients together thoroughly and take one spoonful before bedtime.

 

If you cannot take the thought of eating oil, you can mix into a warm glass of milk.

 

58. Sinus Issues

The headaches and congestion that comes from having a sinus infection are so painful and annoying!

 

To help relieve that congestion and get some relief, an all natural way is to use coconut oil.

 

Using coconut oil will help pull toxins out of your gums, mouth and lymph glands.  This will improve your lymphatic circulation.

 

This will help to neutralize microorganisms while draining your mucous passage allowing relief to happen.  

 

You can do this by adding coconut oil to your mouth and swishing it around for 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Do this at least once a day to help relieve you of symptoms.

 

59. Vapor Rub

 

Having some chest congestion or a stuffy nose?  

 

Why not try a rub that is free from carcinogens and can be made in your home?  

 

By using coconut oil, you can make a non-toxic vapor rub. Here are two recipes from Coconut Mama that allow you to make a chemical free coconut vapor rub easily.

 

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Coconut oil for Newborns, Babies, Kids, and Pregnancy

60. Stretch Marks

 

As you grow, you may notice that your body gets stretch marks.

 

You can use coconut oil to help diminish your stretch marks, reduce the occurrence of them happening, or prevent them from happening altogether.  

 

All you have to do is apply coconut oil topically to the affected areas.

 

61. Diaper cream

 

When having a baby you tend to want to keep everything you use on them all natural so that you won’t have to worry about the horrible side effects that can occur.

 

Coconut oil is generally safe for infants when used topically.

 

This means when your infant has a case of diaper rash, don’t freak out! It happens a lot and is very common.  

 

You can try using coconut oil to help alleviate your baby’s skin irritation.  

 

Using coconut oil on diaper rash may reduce inflammation, itching, and irritation.

 

It may also help provide a skin barrier that will help protect the skin as well as heal the diaper rash.

 

62. Nipple Cream

 

Breastfeeding your baby is an amazing and sometimes painful experience.  

 

If you ever experienced cracked or sore nipples from breastfeeding, then you know exactly what I am talking about!  

 

Instead of going shopping for that expensive nipple cream containing Lanolin, you can use coconut oil instead!

 

This will save you some cash and pain since you probably have some downstairs in your pantry.  

 

Using coconut oil for nipple cream is a win because it is all natural, has antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as healing powers.  

 

63. Eczema

 

Like eczema in adults, coconut oil can be applied both topically and internally.

 

For babies, 1 to 2 tsp of coconut oil can be given per day or if the baby is breastfeeding, mothers can ingest coconut oil so that its health properties are passed on to the baby. (Remember to always consult with a pediatrician before use.)

 

If you are applying coconut oil topically to your baby, use it on the affected areas for relief.

 

Using coconut oil topically will soothe the itching and help to prevent infections.

 

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Coconut oil uses for the house

64. Natural cleaner

 

If you are looking for a way to get rid of some of your harmful cleaners that are full of toxic chemicals, you can use coconut oil and baking soda.  

 

Not only is this an all natural green alternative but it is a lot more frugal and less toxic to clean with.  

 

You can use a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil to make a paste so that you can remove soap scum, and mildew from any surface in your house, especially your shower.  

 

Best of all, it all takes ten minutes for it to work!

 

Once done, you can wipe it down with a paper towel and then you will be left with a clean sparkly shower.

 

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65. Cast Iron Pan

 

You have a cast iron pan that you love to cook with or one that has been handed down generation to generation through your family.  

 

The last thing you want to do is to let your cast iron skillet die in vain.  

 

To help keep your cast iron skillet in perfect condition you can season it with coconut oil.  This way your skillet will continue to have a slick cooking surface.  

 

To learn how to season your cast iron pan with coconut oil, you can check out Livestrong article, How to Season A Cast Iron Skillet with Coconut Oil.

 

66. Squeaky Hinges

 

Opening a door and hearing that screech is absolutely annoying!

 

What’s even worse is it being nap time, hearing that screech thinking, “Oh my gosh this is going to wake up the kids!”.

 

Before you go out and grab a can of WD-40, you can head into your kitchen and grab something that you have on hand already, coconut oil!  

 

To stop the screech of hinges, you can simply apply a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to the hinge and then open and close the door a few times so that the coconut oil is worked throughout the hardware.

 

Voila! No more screechy door.

 

67. Stain Remover

 

Yup, this one surprised me too!  

 

You can use coconut oil as an all natural stain remover.  

 

It is perfect to remove stains that are greasy, waxy, or fat based by applying coconut oil directly to the stain and use a scrub brush to remove it.  

 

If you need some extra power to lift the stain even further, you can combine baking soda for a more effective stain remover.  

 

68. Furniture Polish

 

If polishing your furniture is part of your cleaning schedule, you can use coconut oil to make your furniture shine and get less dust.  

 

To do this, you just take a little bit of coconut oil and rub it on your furniture.  

 

If you want to boost the cleaning power, you can add vinegar and lemon.

 

69. Insect Repellant

 

Do you love being outdoors but tend to stay inside because you don’t want to be bitten by bugs?  

 

Well, I have the trick for you!

 

Don’t let that pesky mosquito get in the way of your summertime fun!

 

To repel insects naturally, you can mix insect repelling essential oils like tea tree or peppermint and mix it with coconut oil.  

 

You apply this mixture to your skin to keep the bugs away.  

 

Plus, a bonus is that you can dab it or spray it around patio furniture or anything nearby so that you can have a mosquito free area.  

 

70. Crayon Remover from Walls

 

We all know when handing kids crayons, we can pretty much expect them to not color on paper for long.  

 

Sometimes, they go outside the lines and end up coloring on the table.  

 

While other times, they wander around the house with hidden crayons and leave behind marks on walls, cabinets, baseboards, etc.  

 

Luckily, there is an easy way to get rid of these marks without having to work too hard.

 

To get rid of those lines from your little Picasso, you can use coconut oil on the crayon mark, and then rub it off with a rag.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

71. Remove Scuff Marks

Scuff marks are a pain in the butt, but with coconut oil, they don’t have to be.  

 

To get rid of scuff marks easily, just rub coconut oil on top of the scuff marks and then use a towel or cloth to remove the mark.  

 

It will lift with ease and you can continue to dance like nobody’s watching.

 

72. Preserve Wooden Cutting Boards

 

I know in my kitchen, I have my favorite tools, utensils, and gadgets that I rarely let anyone use.  

 

One of the things that I love the most is my wooden cutting board.

A hack that I have learned to keep it in tip-top condition is using coconut oil.  

 

It is important to maintain your cutting board so that you can extend its life.  

 

After disinfecting your cutting board with salt and lemon, you can seal it using coconut oil.  

 

Using coconut oil to seal your wooden cutting board helps because it is highly resistant to rancidity.  

 

To do this take about a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it into the entire wooden surface of the cutting board the way the wood grain goes.  

 

Apply about 3 to 4 coats and let it dry for about 6 hours.  You can reapply this about every month or so or when your wooden board looks dry.  

 

73. Remove Gum

 

Having littles means you will find yourself in some sticky situations, literally!  

 

For example, gum under the table, gum in hair, pretty much gum in any foreign spot you can think of!

 

But all is not lost because you can easily get rid of this sticky mess using coconut oil! (Isn’t it fascinating how much coconut oil can help you out? I, myself, am truly amazed!)  

 

Just take some coconut oil and rub through the mess and it will help to lubricate it so that the gum is easy to remove.

 

74. Remove Car Gunk

Going on a road trip is so much fun! Singing tunes, playing games, watching movies, and eating snacks while the anticipation of making it to your destination builds is a blast!  

 

The only thing that sucks about road trips is the gunk that your car accumulates from sap, pollen, and bugs splattering against your windshield.  

 

A great way to get rid of this gunk without harming your precious baby’s paint job is using coconut oil.  

 

Slap some of this miraculous oil onto the gunk and let it sit for a few minutes.  Next, remove it with a cloth!

 

It is really that simple.

 

75. Make Soap

Yes, you can make an easy, ultra moisturizing, great smelling soap using coconut oil!  

 

Want to know how to make this soap using only 3 ingredients, watch the video below by Becky’s Homestead.

 

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76. Lip Balm

 

Because coconut oil is so moisturizing, you need to make this DIY lip balm.  

 

This balm will become your favorite because of its superior hydration, it gives you a nice shine to your lips, lets you control what ingredients you are putting on your lips, and it’s easy on the budget!  

 

What is there not to love about this?  

 

If you want to know how to make this lip balm, check out Stylecraze 10 DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balms.  

 

77. Deodorizer

 

Have an order in your house that you are not trying to mask but trying to get rid of? Then use coconut oil.  

 

You can naturally take away that sour smell using your favorite essential oil and coconut oil.

 

Once you have that mixture you can melt it in a wax melt, sit back, and enjoy your home smelling fresh and clean.

 

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Common Questions/FAQ About Coconut Oil

  • Is consuming coconut oil good for you?

    • Consuming coconut oil is good for you but just like with anything in life, it is good in moderation.  Coconut oil is made up of fats. Although they are healthy fats, MCTs, they are fats nonetheless. The fats that are in coconut oil actually help you to burn up to as much as 5% more calories in 24 hours than without eating any. Coconut oil kills harmful pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and viruses that cause infection. Coconut oil helps to make you feel fuller longer.  It reduces your hunger which means that you will consume less food which may reduce your weight loss over a period of time. It raises the good HDL cholesterol which may help improve your metabolic health and lower your risk of heart disease.
  • What does coconut oil do to your skin?

    • Using coconut oil for your skin can help in many ways.  It contains fatty acids that have antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and fungi. It can help with psoriasis, eczema, and contact dermatitis because it helps to reduce inflammation.  It may also help to treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Unlike other oils, coconut oil can penetrate the skin and give it ultra hydration for dry skin and eczema.  If you have sores or pimples, using coconut oil on them will help to speed up the healing process.

 

  • How do you apply coconut oil to your body?

    • Before applying coconut oil to your body, you should test a small patch of skin to see how your body reacts to it.  If you have a positive reaction and you like it, you can apply coconut oil to your body as you if you were using your favorite body lotion.  If you are hesitant and still aren’t certain about it, you can mix a small amount of coconut oil into your favorite moisturizer.
  • What are the side effects of coconut oil?

    • Since coconut oil is a saturated fat, you should be careful about fats. The American Heart Association recommends that saturated fat intake to no more than 6% of one’s total calorie intake.  If you are taking coconut oil for the first time, make sure you start gradually. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil per day then work your way up to two tablespoons per day. If you try to take too much coconut oil at once it made lead to nausea. (Source)  Other side effects of coconut oil are:
      • Headache
      • Dizziness
      • Fatigue
      • swollen glands
      • joint or muscle pain
      • stomach upset
      • chills
      • hives
      • Rashes
      • other adverse skin conditions

 

  • How does coconut oil help you lose weight?

    • Coconut oil can help you lose weight. Most importantly, it helps you with the most stubborn and dangerous type of fat, belly fat.  Because coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids, it is metabolized differently than most foods that contain long chain fatty acids.  The medium chain fatty acids are sent to the liver right away where they are immediately used for energy or stored in the body as ketones. Coconut oil helps to boost your metabolism which means you can burn more calories even while resting because it is thermogenic.  Another great thing is that by consuming coconut oil, it makes you feel fuller longer which means you will take in fewer calories without trying. But, once again it is very important to remember that coconut oil is fat. Fat has 9 calories per gram and coconut oil is no exception.  So the best thing to do is to replace some of your other cooking fats with coconut oil. Do not go overboard thinking that the more coconut oil that you consume, the better. In fact, you should not be eating more than two tablespoons of coconut oil per day.

Conclusion: The Last Thing You Need to Know About the Many Uses of Coconut Oil

 

From this article, you can see why coconut oil is considered a superfood!  

 

There are so many different uses for coconut oil and the health benefits are immense!  

 

You can definitely tell why this article is titled:

 

The Ultimate Guide to Coconut Oil: 77 Uses, Benefits, Types, & FAQ

 

Now it’s time to take that jar of coconut oil that has been sitting in your pantry and collecting dust to good use!  

 

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