Not all coconut oils are created equal. Ideally, you want it to be organic, extra-virgin, unrefined and cold-pressed.
Here are some of the uses I know of and have used.
-Eat a teaspoonful for an energy boost or take a spoonful with your vitamins to help increase absorption.
-Use Coconut oil to help soothe chicken pox, shingles and other skin irritations and rashes.
-Another health use- apply it to athlete’s foot, ringworm or other fungal infections
-Dab a little on a baby’s diaper rash
-You can also use the oil to help with cradle cap.
-Spread a thin layer on a burn to quicken the healing time
-Ingesting Coconut Oil is said to help thyroid conditions.
-Use in replace of massage oil
-Consuming Coconut Oil while nursing is said to increase your milk flow
-Apply to bug bites to sooth itch and sting
-If you happen to get nose bleeds in the winter, coat the inside of your nose with a small amount.
-It is said that taking a spoonful will help reduce and eliminate migraines
-Massage into tired, achy or sore muscles to help relieve the pain
-Mix a small amount with oregano and apply to the first signs of a cold sore
-Dab on a cancer sore to speed up heeling and help soothe the pain
-Ingest a small amount and let it dissolve in your mouth and run down the back of your throat to ease the discomfort of a sore throat
-Use as a super conditioner for your hair. Apply to dry hair and leave on for 30mins, then shampoo as normal (you may need to shampoo 2 or 3 times). Coconut oil is known to strengthen damaged hair and help your luscious locks grow back quicker. Massage your scalp with a dollop of coconut oil for deep conditioning. While you’re at it, add a little more from root to tip to de-frizz and add healthy shine.
-You can also use it as a styling agent for dry hair. Rub a small amount into your palms and apply to hair.
-Put some in a small container to use as lip balm.
-Dab a small amount under your arms to use as a natural deodorant.
-Use it in place of shaving cream. Stop donating to the beauty industry on this one. Slather some coconut oil on your legs and experience potentially the smoothest shave ever! The oil creates a slick surface and moisturizes while you shave. Apply even more afterwards and you will step out with a fabulous, natural glow. No more need to buy lotions with infused glitter!
-Add a small amount to your bath water to create a moisturizing soak
-Use as a make-up remover. Whether or not you use waterproof mascara, sometimes makeup can be annoyingly stubborn. Eye makeup removers can be harsh and dangerous for the health of your eyes. Smooth a small amount of coconut oil onto a cotton pad and gently rub off your eye makeup. Here’s an incredible perk—the oil is naturally anti-aging. So, with regular use it restores elasticity and can help delay or diminish wrinkles.
– Alternative makeup. Instead of using coconut oil to remove your makeup, you can add it to your beauty regiment in the morning. Add a little to your cheekbones on top of your makeup for a beautiful enhancement to your sparkling eyes. However, do not try to use this oil as a primer, especially if you live in warm, humid climates. Your face may look like it is melting!
-Use around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles
-Use to reduce the visibility of stretch marks
-Apply to stomach when pregnant to aid in preventing stretch marks
-Use as a mascara brush cleaner
-Brush on eyelashes to help strengthen them
-You can even apply coconut to your face before you go to bed. Some of you may be afraid of it clogging your pores. Do not fear! Coconut oil actually contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that will help kill the bacteria buildup, which clogs your pores in the first place. Also, those annoying scars we can get after attacking yet another pimple can be eliminated much quicker with the help of coconut oil. Use on pimple and acne to help heal it.
-Apply on cracked or rough heels
-Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them
-Mix with the spice nutmeg and apply to blemishes for 15 minutes. Wash off and notice a difference in your skin
-If you wax at home, Use on your skin after waxing to help with the redness and to remove any access wax.
-Without getting too scientific, coconut oil’s structure allows it to quickly and easily penetrate your skin. Unlike man-made lotions that contain ingredients like mineral oil, which hinder lotion from getting past the surface, coconut oil dives right under the surface! Don’t just reserve this miracle worker for your hands. Apply it generously right after a shower to lock in moisture.
-Use it as a base for a homemade body scrub, toothpaste or lotion.
-In addition, you can also use -Coconut Oil as a base for a vapor rub.
-Try mixing it with lemon balm, tea tree oil or rosemary for creating an insect repellent
-Use instead of WD-40
-Mix with baking soda to create a non-toxic form of Goo-Gone
-Use as a metal polish, however, test a small area first.
-Also use it to season cast iron pans
-Use to remove chewing gum from the bottom of your shoes
-Use to condition your wooden cutting boards
-Use as a leather moisturizer. However, test a small area first!
-If you have gum stuck in your hair and before grabbing the scissors, try using a small amount of coconut oil. the gum should come right out.
-Use as a guitar string lubricant
-Use a little on a damp cloth to clean a slimy shower. Wipe the surface again with more oil followed by spraying with vinegar and wipe dry
-I’ve read Coconut Oil works as a non-toxic flea treatment for cats and dogs
-Use on artificial or real plants to shine leaves in replace of the chemical-filled spray that can be purchased.
-Add a small amount to a cloth to detail the inside of your car
-Use to clean brushes and hands after painting with an oil-based paint
-Replace the less healthy oils in your kitchen with Coconut oil
-Add a teaspoonful to smoothies to help add flavor and added nutrition.
-Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray
-Put a small amount on toast and add cinnamon for a healthy cinnamon toast
-Use as a base for homemade candy, such as chocolates.
-Mix with garlic and use it to make food extra flavorful
-Add a teaspoonful to soup for added nutrition
-Add flavor to baked goods
-Make your own peanut butter with the base being Coconut Oil
-Use to lubricate scissors when cutting up sticky things such as marshmallows for recipes
-Use instead of shortening when making pie crust
So save yourself some time and money and enjoy this multi-beneficial blessing, get some coconut oil next time you’re out and about.
*A great site with more info on the benefits of coconut oil would be http://coconut-oil-tips.com/