31 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

31 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is everywhere now. And there's a good reason why - it has a huge range of uses. From health benefits and hair and skin uses to nifty ways to use it around the home.
 
 
There are several types of coconut oil on the market: 
 
Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
 
This is considered to be the gold standard.  It is extracted from fresh coconut using a wet-milled fermentation process that protects the beneficial properties of the coconut. This type of coconut oil has been found to have the highest antioxidant levels.
 
“Extra Virgin” Oil
 
While this is the gold standard for olive oil, it is not for coconut oil. This is produced by cold-pressing the oil and does not preserve the antioxidants as well.
 
Refined Coconut Oils
 
Refined coconut oil is often tasteless and has no coconut smell. It is usually heated, bleached and deodorized.
 
Fractionated Oil or MCT Oil
 
Fractionated oil or MCT (medium chained triglyceride) oil is a liquid oil that does not get solid below 76 degrees like unrefined oil does. It doesn’t contain all the beneficial properties of unrefined coconut oil but is higher in brain-boosting fats.
 
Now that you know all the different types, here are 31 ways to use coconut oil. 
 

Natural Remedies for Coconut Oil

1. Can help sooth the skin of eczema and psoriasis. 
2. Can help speed the healing of a sunburn. 
3. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
4. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
5. Naturally clears up cold sores
6. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
7. The antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it helpful topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
 

Coconut Oil Uses for Your Hair

 
8. Rub into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
9. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair makes a great anti-frizz treatment
10. A 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 Beauty Uses

11. On the skin as a basic lotion
12. Coconut oil makes an excellent eye-makeup remover on its own
13. Rubbed on lips as a natural lip balm
14. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
15. Rub on cuticles to help nails grow
16. Add a couple drops of a favorite essential oil to make a delicious massage oil
17. It may help lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
18. As a facial scrub - combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. 
 

Coconut Oil for Pregnancies, Babies and Children

19. Use as a cloth diaper-safe diaper cream. 
20. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
21. Used directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
22. 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 wash cloth
23. Use on skin to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. 
 

Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Uses

 
24. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat
25. Some studies show that it can help improve insulin levels when consumed regularly
26. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
27. Some studies show it can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
28. Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
29. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium 
30. Topically, it help skin heal faster after injury or infection because of its beneficial fats
31. Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil's MCTs.
 

 

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