Coconut Oil Uses

coconut Slathering coconut oil on my, putting my young coconut in last week’s recipe post and my general obsession, made me feel that today’s post should feature the tropical gem. Check past posts for the benefits of coconut, because this post is dedicated to some of the ways to use coconut:

  • o After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
  • o Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
  • o Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
  • o Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
  • o Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
  • o Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
  • o Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
  • o Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
  • o Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!Coconut Lime Deodorant
  • o Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
  • o Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
  • o Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
  • o Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
  • o Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
  • o Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
  • o Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
  • o Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
  • o Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
  • o Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
  • o Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
  • o Sunscreen
  • o Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
  • o Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
  • HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE WITH COCONUT OIL AND BAKING SODAo Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
  • o Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!
  • o Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
  • o Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
  • o Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  • o Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
  • o Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
  • o Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
  • o Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
  • o Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
  • o Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
  • o Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
  • o Vitamin and nutrient absorption
  • o Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.
  • o Acne
  • o Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
  • o Athletes foot
  • o Back pain/sore muscles
  • o Boils and cysts
  • o Canker sores
  • o Cellulite
  • o Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
  • o Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
  • o Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
  • o Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
  • o Ringworm
  • o Toothache
  • o Warts
  • o Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!coconut exfoliating soap
  • o Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin.
  • o Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
  • o Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture.
  • o Seasoning animal hide drums
  • o Seasoning cookware
  • o Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap
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