15 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil

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15 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil How to Sneak it into Your Daily Routine

Coconut oil has many amazing benefits. It increases energy and weight loss, protects your hair and skin, fights heart disease, and kills harmful pathogens, among many other things. Here are some easy ways to get more of this wonderful oil into your daily routine. (And if you need a recommendation on where to get them, I use this one from Amazon, or this one from Thrive Market.

15 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil

1Oil Pulling
This is my number one use for coconut oil. You can oil pull with other oils (and I have), but I pretty much still to coconut oil now and I use this every single day. It has transformed my life. I used to get sinus infections constantly, but not anymore. I still have allergies, but oil pulling has made it not progress to the point of me being miserable and needing to get on antibiotics. It also has a lot of other cool benefits like whitening your teeth. 
2Cooking
Since I adopted a Paleo-ish/Keto-ish cooking style, I have used coconut oil a lot. You can use it as a replacement for butter (but I usually use ghee for that), but most of the time I just use it as a replacement for other cooking oils. It can also sometimes be used as a substitute for eggs. You can even add it to hot tea or coffee for a nutritional and fat boost.
3Make Up Remover
I have looked for a great make up remover, especially eye make up remover, for a long time that had natural ingredients, and ended up just making my own. But the quickest, purest way to remove make up is simply use coconut oil. Simply get a little bit of oil and massage it over your skin and eyes. Then, rinse with warm water and a towel. This method is inexpensive, natural, and can help the condition of your skin. I like to keep some coconut oil in a small glass jar by my cosmetics for this purpose.
4Healthy Snacks (for Kids and Adults)...aka Fat Bombs
You can add scent and flavoring (like essential oils – lemon is a favorite) to cocount oil, heat and pour it into a mold like this one, pop them into a container in the fridge, and have an easy, healthy snack. Be careful giving it to kids, though, because coconut oil gives you energy, and if your kids are anything like mine, they don’t need any extra energy. 🙂
5Lotion
Coconut oil is great for your skin! And, it is so much better for you to use homemade lotions instead of store bought ones that have lots of chemicals in them. Try one of these recipes for homemade lotion. 
6Deodorant
Deodorant was one of my top concerns and the first product switch I made to natural products. The ingredients in regular deodorant and antiperspirants are some pretty bad stuff, and they have even been linked to cancer. Try out this easy recipe to make your own deodorant using coconut oil. Some people even use coconut oil by itself. 
7Toothpaste
Even toothpaste has some nasty ingredients in it, including sodium fluoride and glycerin. Fortunately, it is very easy and inexpensive to make your own toothpaste using coconut oil and a few other ingredients. Check out an easy, minty recipe here
8Moisturizer
Coconut oil is very moisturizing. For many people, you can simply put it on and have great skin all day. However, use with caution if you have acne-prone skin.  You can also try this recipe for diy moisturizer that doesn’t contain coconut oil.
9Lip Balm
My lips get chapped very easily, especially this time of year. An easy, healthy fix is to just rub some coconut oil on your lips. If you want to get fancy, you can buy lip balm tubes (clear or white) from Amazon and fill them up for more convenience.  Stickers add an even nicer touch.
10Body Scrub
I love how soft and smooth skin feels after using a sugar scrub. With coconut oil, you get other skin enhancing benefits, plus it is very inexpensive to make your own. You can even add whatever scents you would like, using essential oils. I love having a lavendar batch and a citrusy batch, depending on my mood. 
11Shaving Cream
This one is so simple! Just rub the coconut oil on your legs as you would a regular shaving cream. For extra benefits, use the body scrub first for extra smooth skin. 
12Bug Spray
Long before I realized the impact of chemicals on our health, I hated the smell of bug spray. It made me choke if I got too big of a whiff. So I happily converted to a natural version. Coconut oil with some other essential oils, like lemongrass, work great. Just remember to reapply regularly. Coconut oil can also be beneficial in helping relieve some of the itching associated with bug bites, and may increase the speed of healing in the event that you do get bitten.  
13Dry Feet Repair
Get some relief from dry feet or cracked heels by applying coconut oil to them and then putting on socks. Even if you don’t have issues with dry skin, your feet will be incredibly soft afterwards. 
14Hair or Face Mask
Try out this all natural, do-it-yourself face mask using coconut oil. It makes your face look and feel amazing. You can also apply coconut oil to your hair in the shower after shampooing. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse. It can help repair or prevent split ends. 
15Massage Oil
This one is my favorite! (Well, maybe besides the oil pulling, but that is just because it keeps me from feeling terrible for months out of the year. Massage oil is much more fun.) Simply replace any massage oil you use with coconut oil. For added scent and benefit, use with some essential oils. Lavendar is always good for relaxation; you can also try Frankincense for its’ anti-inflammatory properties. 

Wondering how to get started?

If you want to know where to get started, try picking one or two things from the list, buy some organic coconut oil, and just start using it. It is amazing how big a difference you can make in little steps as long as you are consistent. Here is one of the brands I use, available on Amazon Prime. Or, if you are a member of Thrive Market, I use this brand as well. Make sure that you get organic coconut oil that is non-GMO, cold pressed, and fair trade if you can find it.

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How are you going to use coconut oil?

Jen

P.S. If making your own beauty products is too overwhelming for you at this point (and we all have those days), I recommend Beautycounter for products when you want to buy them instead of make them. They are a mission-focused company who is trying to change the world, one safer beauty product at a time. Their stuff works great and looks amazing. (If you purchase through my link I receive a small commission and, as always, half of the profit from this site goes to helping those in need.) Here is a link to their fabulous products.

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2 Comments

  1. Andrea Robinson says:

    Wow! I am just amazed at the number of uses for coconut oil! The only thing I knew it was used for was massage oil!

    But I love sugar scrubs, so I think that’s the one I’ll try first. I’d also like to to try it as a lip balm. I never knew you could buy the tubes from Amazon. But finding the right lip balm has actually turned into a big problem for me, and it’s been quite a while since I was satisfied.

    Again, thanks for all of these, and I’ll just have to start working through the list one at a time. (Like you, I’m a baby-steps person.)

    🙂

  2. Jen says:

    I love it in my sugar scrub. It makes your skin feel so good! 🙂

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