Saturday, November 26, 2022

101+ Best Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits for Home and Beauty

  I’ve said before that I am with coconut oil like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is with Windex!

Coconut oil has a wide array of health benefits, hair and skin uses, and purposes around the home. I started using it a decade ago before it became popular and widely available in grocery stores.

Why? I’ll tell you!

The Coconut Oil Controversy

If you’ve been around the real food community much, you’ve probably noticed the rapid widespread popularity of coconut oil. Once ostracized by the medical community for its saturated fat content, it seems that coconut oil might finally be making a comeback in the mainstream health community.

Coconut oil is the most nutrient-dense part of the coconut. It is solid at room temperature like butter and doesn’t break down in heat or light.

For years, “health” advice has warned against consuming saturated fats, and coconut oil was thrown out with the rest without good reason!

These are some of the reasons why I love it:

The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

This tropical oil is beneficial in many ways:

Uses for Coconut OilFor hair: This nourishing oil has been used for centuries in hair and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for certain hair types. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.

To moisturize and nourish skin: The same properties make coconut oil great for skin as well. Many people like to use it as a natural moisturizer. Its natural antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation.

Digestive help: Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from candida.

Great source of healthy fats: Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.

Mental boost: Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.

Hormone support: Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

Immune support: The MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

Great fat for cooking: Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures like other oils do. It doesn’t go rancid easily and has amazing nutritional properties. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fry, grain-free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.

Coconut oil is a superfood with a powerhouse of uses in cooking, beauty recipes, natural remedies and around the home.

Ways to Use Coconut Oil

This versatile oil has hundreds of uses in the home, in beauty recipes, and in cooking. My favorite uses are:

Uses for Coconut Oil in Cooking and Recipes

Coconut Macaroons RecipeA great cooking oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-fry, or as a dairy free replacement to butter.

Try adding to foods or smoothies daily for energy

Or emulsify into coffee for a homemade coffee creamer (The only way I’ll drink coffee!)

In homemade mayo (without the high PUFA vegetable oils)

To season cast iron skillets

To boost metabolism (thanks to its high lauric acid and MCFA content)

In a healthy brain-boosting snack for kids like these coconut clusters

Add to a filling and energy-boosting brain power smoothie

Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)

Use as a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking

Or try your hand at making coconut-based grain-free granola recipes

My kids love these homemade meltaways (like candy)

Use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer

Make coconut cream concentrate for a brain-boosting snack

101 Uses for Coconut Oil – Wellness Mama

Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses

It has been shown to increase the absorption of calcium and magnesium

Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth

Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat

To help speed weight loss when consumed daily

It can help improve sleep when taken daily

To support healthy thyroid function

As a way to improve insulin levels when consumed regularly

For faster skin healing after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats

When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite

 Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety

When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production

Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically

Some studies show it can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold

Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with omega-3s)

There are entire books dedicated to the potential of saturated fats like coconut oil to help avoid Alzheimer’s

Coconut Oil Beauty Uses

The same properties that make it beneficial in cooking and recipes make coconut oil beneficial for hair and skin:

On the skin as a basic lotion

With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin

Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm

In homemade lotion bars with other beneficial ingredients like shea butter

In homemade deodorant– its natural antibacterial properties make it helpful in fighting odor

Coconut oil makes an excellent eye-makeup remover on its own

It may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin

To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning when used internally

As a naturally low SPF sunscreen on its own when used topically

In basic homemade lotion recipes

Add a couple of drops of a favorite essential oil to make a delicious massage oil

Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)

Rubbed on lips as a natural lip balm or used in lip balm recipes

In homemade slow cooker soap

To make natural homemade sunscreen recipes with other protective ingredients

As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora

As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion

Use it alone as a great tanning oil

Mix with sea salt to remove dry skin on feet

In natural homemade diaper cream

Use it alone or with baking soda as a natural deodorant

By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste

Make homemade peppermint lip balm

Or make magnesium body butter

Rub on cuticles to help nails grow

Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows

To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming

As a completely natural baby lotion

Coconut Oil for Hair

Coconut oil for hairRub into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth

Or use in homemade shampoo bars

A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair makes a great anti-frizz treatment

As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner: Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours before washing out with several rounds of shampoo.

Coconut Oil Uses Around the Home

How to make sea salt soapIn homemade soap for laundry

In homemade natural bug repellant lotion bars

To make a simple homemade soap

Or make a clay and charcoal soothing soap

To soften and condition real leather (shiny leather only… test a small area first)

And use a small amount to dilute essential oils for use on skin

For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally

In coconut oil dog treats

On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin

Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent

Natural Remedies With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil – oil pulling chews with essential oilsIn coconut oil pulling chews and oil pulling for oral health

Rubbed on the inside of your nose or ingesting to help alleviate allergy symptoms

Applied topically to kill yeast or yeast infections

As an ingredient in remineralizing toothpaste (the antimicrobial properties and beneficial fats do wonders!)

Can help soothe psoriasis or eczema

Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil to improve gum health

Can help improve cholesterol ratios

Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins when used topically

To speed the healing of sunburn

Blended into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold, flu, or sore throat

As an anti-inflammatory remedy to lessen arthritis symptoms

To reduce the itch of mosquito bites

Can help resolve acne when used regularly

In homemade vapor rub

Internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs

In a salve for cracked heels

Reader tip: try it coconut oil for a yeast infection! She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.

Naturally clears up cold sores

Some people say ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Coconut Oil for Pregnancies, Babies, and Children

As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)

I’ve used in kids’ ears to help speed ear infection healing

In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to soothe irritation (also great for baby!)

Nursing moms can take a couple of tablespoons a day (and vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients

To help soothe the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy

Use on skin to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy

Used directly on the perineum to help heal after birth

To get rid of cradle cap on baby — just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes, and gently rinse with a warm washcloth

With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works