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10 Terrific Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an unbelievably versatile substance, which most of us know very little about. It can be used for cooking, as well as keeping you healthy and beautiful. With plenty of antibacterial and anti-fungal ingredients, coconut oil can offer many simple and natural ways to improve your life.



What many people don't know about using coconut oil for cooking is that it has a high heating point. This means that the oil does not oxidize until 450 degrees Fahrenheit (252 degrees Celsius) and so it keeps more of its nutritional value after it is cooked. You can replace any oil, in just about any recipe, with coconut oil for a healthier alternative. 

Moisturize your body and face:

Say goodbye to your flaky, dry skin when using coconut oil on a regular basis. It is a great, all-natural moisturizer for your face and body, and it will not cause oily skin. Rather it will boost collagen production, keeping your face healthy and wrinkle-free.

Aids weight loss:

Coconut oil has no trans fats, and is a great source of a healthy fat called medium chain triglyceride (MCT). The MCT acid particles immediately go to your liver after being ingested, increasing the energy and metabolism in your body. Swallow a few tablespoons of coconut oil a day and help your body get back into shape.


Mix coconut oil with baking soda, and you get a home-made toothpaste with the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of the oil. Store it in a cool place as it will turn into liquid at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius). You don’t have to use it all the time - just a few times a week will supplement your dental care greatly, in combination with your regular toothpaste.


Hair conditioner:

Just as coconut oil can moisturize your body and face, it can also benefit your hair. Rub it into your scalp, wait 15 minutes, then wash, shampoo, rinse and style. Coconut oil will keep your hair healthy and shiny.

Faster healing of cuts and sunburns:

Because it's a natural moisturizer and a collagen production aid, coconut oil is great for fixing damaged skin. Use coconut oil with a drop or two of lavender oil to keep your skin from peeling off after a sunburn. It can also be used to heal cuts quickly.


Aids breastfeeding mothers:

Breast milk is key to the development of newborn babies. Consuming coconut oil will increase your milk supply, as the healthy fats are a key component to hormone production, which increases milk production as well.


Apply coconut oil to your chest, neck and armpits to eliminate odors. The acid in the coconut oil will kill the bacteria.

Replace the cream in your coffee:

You can use coconut oil, or coconut milk (but not from a can), as a healthy way to remove cream and fats from your coffee. This will not only increase your uptake of vitamins and nutrients but also add a rich, smooth nutty taste to your drink.

Body Scrub:

Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and sugar, and use it to scrub your body, while in the bath or shower. This will help exfoliate and moisturize your skin making it soft and healthy.

cover photo courtesy of criminalatt / freedigitalphotos.net

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