20 Uses for Coconut Oil
Today, it’s all about 20 uses for coconut oil. If you simply love products that are healthier and all-natural for you, I’d almost be willing to bet that you have a container of coconut oil somewhere tucked away in your kitchen. And if that’s the case, it’s undoubtedly because you discovered several different ways to use it when you’re cooking. This is what I buy, Organic Coconut Oil
But not only does coconut oil provide you with a handful of benefits when you’re in the kitchen, it can also be used in other areas of your home. For instance, it works great as a beauty product, but also for deep-cleaning purposes. It can even provide you with relief from bee stings and other types of bug bites. Continue reading to find out 20 other amazing uses for coconut oil.
In case you missed this post, Coconut Oil: Everything You Need to Know
20 Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Seasoning Your Cookware
Before you even go to use your cast iron cookware for the first time, you have to season it. Rubbing coconut oil into your cookware as a natural seasoning is a great way to ensure that you don’t run into sticking and that it lasts for several generations.
2. Conditioning Wooden Utensils
Keeping your kitchen’s wooden utensils conditioned by using coconut oil will give them that polished look that you like so much, but it will also help your utensils stay strong and last longer. Take a decent amount of coconut oil and massage it into the grains. You can also try it with your wooden furniture as well.
3. Lubricates Squeaky Hinges
You can only ignore a squeaky door hinge for so long before even your dog may start to notice. Just take a small bit of coconut oil and rub it into the hinge. Problem solved.
4. Treats Leather
A small amount of coconut oil can be used to condition leather. The oil will rejuvenate what’s been missing. You can also apply a touch of sheen to the leather.
5. Helps Remove Gum
Remove gum and other sticky residues by applying coconut liberally over the affected area and then use a cloth to rub it out. You may have to add just a touch of elbow grease, but it should come right out from most fabrics.
6. Prevents Nosebleeds
Coconut oil won’t prevent you from being socked in the nose, but it will prevent most other nose bleeds. Apply a small amount each morning and see how moist your nostrils stay during the day.
7. Sunburn Relief
It can be a struggle to hold yourself together after you’ve been fried alive from being out in the sun all day. Coconut oil helps to soothe a sunburn, but also will help to moisturize your skin so that you don’t peel nearly as much.
8. Soothe Scratchy Throats
By swallowing just a small amount of coconut oil directly, or drinking it along with a hot cup of tea, will help soothe an itchy throat.
9. Helps Heal Cold Sores
Cold sores can be very painful, and take much too long to heal. It should heal faster by rubbing coconut oil over your sore multiple times during the day.
10. Comfortable Breastfeeding
Dry and tender nipples due to breastfeeding isn’t a pleasant experience for any momma. To prevent them from becoming painful and starting to crack, add moisture to them by using coconut oil, and it should be safe for your baby too.
11. Treats Chafing
Coconut oil can be used to prevent and soothe areas where you experience chafing from time to time. You can even use it to make a homemade diaper rash cream for your baby.
12. Skin Moisturizer
Hydrate your skin by applying just a little bit of coconut oil and then rubbing it in. You may think that you’ve used too much, but it should absorb quickly.
13. Smoother Skin
Wishing you had softer and smoother feeling skin? Now you don’t have to just wish. Create your own body scrub by using equal parts of coconut oil and sugar mixed together. Buff your skin with it and then rinse off in the shower for smoother, moisturized skin.
14. Less Frizz
Staring at your frizzy hair in the mirror is no way to start the morning. To fix this nightmare, take only a small amount of coconut oil and rub your hands together. Using only what is left, apply it to your ends and then work your way upwards. This will help you from getting split ends. Coconut oil can also be used as a conditioner for your hair.
15. Makeup Remover
This tip works like a charm. Remove make-up that’s difficult to remove by taking a cotton ball with a little bit of coconut oil on it and dab it over your face. Then take a wet washcloth and wash your face like you normally would. Wallah!
16. Reduces Wrinkles
While you may not be able to prevent yourself from getting any older, you can help slow down signs of early aging by using coconut oil on those pesky wrinkles. Each night take a small dab of it and massage it onto your skin, especially around your eyes. You should start to notice fewer wrinkles.
17. Clears Up Acne
Rubbing oil onto your face may sound like the exact opposite of what you should be doing, but coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps to diminish redness and inflammation, while also adding moisture to your skin. Here’s more on how it works.
18. Soothes Eczema
Coconut has certain properties like antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. These provide healing and lessens the itchiness caused by eczema and other similar skin conditions.
Coconut oil can be used to freshen and kill bacteria under your armpits. However, if you’re still looking for something a little bit stronger, try using this homemade coconut oil deodorant. Keep in mind, you might notice some small oil stains under your arms, so don’t use too much.
20. Cuticle Care
Avoid flaky cuticles by adding a bit of coconut oil into your nail beds in order to provide the moisture that they need. You’ll have stronger and better-looking nails if you do.
20 Uses for Coconut Oil
There are so many amazing uses for coconut oil besides cooking, but these 20 are ones I’m sure you could especially benefit from. Do you love using coconut oil? What are some other uses that you’ve discovered that may not have been on this list? I’d love to hear from you! May God Bless this world, Linda.
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12 thoughts on “20 Uses for Coconut Oil”
Hi Linda! I’m glad to know I’m doing all of these. I use coconut oil on my face every night, before bed. I also mix it with baking soda to exfoliate 3 times week. 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part baking soda. I use it Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I do wash my face with baby wash and then moisturize with plain coconut oil. It makes my face feel so soft and smooth. Coconut oil also has a SPF. Not high, but some. I do make my own deodorant with it as well. I use coconut oil, baking soda and Shea butter. It’s not a thick as bought deodorant. I put mine in a 4 Oz wide mouth jar and use a cotton makeup remover pad or a folded paper towel. It doesn’t take a lot of the deodorant for me. But then, I don’t sweat a whole lot. Never have. I do add some essential oil to it for a scent. I use Jasmine, but you can use whatever scent you like.
Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, you make everything! I LOVE hearing this. I have never made my own deodorant! You rock! Linda
Linda, it’s not hard to make. Since I have CKD, I try to make my own with natural ingredients.
Hi Deborah, maybe someday I will make it, I feel a bit overloaded these days. It’s really easy to pick up the readymade deodorant as least right now. I love hearing you make your products with natural ingredients. Linda
My wife puts some in her bath water. She loves it and we get a good deal for it from Sam’s Club.
Hi Tom, oh I love hearing Sam’s Club has a good deal on Coconut Oil. It’s one of the best oils to stock up on. Great tip! Linda
So is coconut oil better than other plant oils for these purposes, or just as good as other oils ?
Hi Rick, I think it’s a personal preference. I like the smell of coconut over other oils. It doesn’t go rancid as fast as other oils either. I would use the one you like using. Linda
These are great uses, thanks! Love the tip about conditioning wooden kitchen utensils.
I like to scoop coconut oil into a small glass jar & mix in essential oils and use it as “perfume.”
Hi Amy, oh that’s an awesome idea! You can change the fragrance whenever you feel like it! Love it! Linda
Awesome, Linda! I had no idea… esp. interested in use as moisturizer/anti-wrinkle/anti-(mask)-acne! Thank you, I will be putting my tubs of coconut oil to a lot of these new uses! BLESSINGS!
Hi Caroline, it’s so nice to have ways to use coconut oil besides cooking. Life is so good! Linda