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Three cheers for coconut oil!

When I first starting using coconut oil as part of a healthy lifestyle, it was just as a replacement for hydrogenated oils when cooking. Little did I know that there are hundreds of studies showing just how useful (and essential!) coconut oil really is.

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The more I looked into it, the more the world of coconut oil opened up for me, and the more I really appreciated just how awesome this mega-popular ingredient is.

So, for anyone who’s new to this whole coconut oil game, as well as all of you Coco-oil veterans, here’s 101 totally unique ways to use the all-natural powerhouse. Keep this list where you can see it, and try as many techniques as you can!

Uses for Coconut Oil

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      1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
      2. Added to foods or drinks daily for energy
      3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
      4. On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
      5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
      6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
      7. As an eye-makeup remover
      8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
      9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
      10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
      11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
      12. To support healthy thyroid function
      13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
      14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
      15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
      16. In homemade lotion recipes
      17. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage into head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash-cloth
      18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
      19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
      20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
      21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz
      22. In homemade soap for laundry
      23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
      24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
      25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
      26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
      27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
      28. In homemade slow cooker soap
      29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
      30. Can help soothe psoriasis or eczema
      31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
      32.  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
      33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
      34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
      35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Power Smoothie
      36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
      37. Nursing moms often take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
      38. In homemade shampoo bars
      39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
      40. Can help improve insulin levels
      41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
      42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
      43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
      44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
      45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe or in cooking
      46. In coconut based grain free granola
      47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
      48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
      49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
      50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
      51. To make a simple homemade soap.
      52. In natural homemade diaper cream
      53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
      54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
      55. To season cast iron skillets
      56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
      57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
      58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
      59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
      60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
      61. In clay and charcoal soothing soap
      62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
      63. By itself as a great tanning oil
      64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
      65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
      66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
      67. To dilute essential oils for use on skin
      68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
      69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
      70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
      71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
      72.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
      73. By itself as a natural deodorant
      74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
      75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
      76. In coconut oil pulling chews
      77. In homemade vapor rub
      78. In homemade peppermint lip balm
      79. In magnesium body butter
      80. In coconut oil dog treats
      81. As a completely natural baby lotion
      82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
      83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
      84. In homemade meltaways (like candy)
      85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
      86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
      87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
      88. In a salve for cracked heels
      89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
      90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
      91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
      92. On cuticles to help nails grow
      93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
      94. To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming
      95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
      96. With other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
      97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
      98. One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
      99. Naturally clears up cold sores
      100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
      101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

This article was republished with permission from youngandraw.com.

 

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