Coconut oil is an edible oil that has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years.
Studies done on native diets high in this oil consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations.
It has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases.
55 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness
1. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
2. Energy Boost – It boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes.
3. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
4. Diabetes – Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
5. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
6. Pregnancy – helps prevent gestational diabetes; keeps kidneys functioning; keeps morning sickness in check; and protects a mother from a host of potentially threatening infections as well as boost her immunity.
7. Nose bleeds – it can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness.
8. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and also increases metabolic rate.
9. Skin Tone – promotes firmer skin tone and less sagging.
10. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
11. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t
12. Toenail fungus
13. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
14. Head lice
15. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
16. Migraines (with regular use)
17. Relieve gallbladder pain
18. Energy boost
19. Flaky, dry skin
20. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
21. H. pylori
22. Candida albicans
23. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to HDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
24. Chronic fatigue
25. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
26. Stronger immune system
Notice: Please consult with a trusted medical professional before using coconut oil to treat or prevent ANY disease or illness.
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene
28. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn.
29. Ear Cleaner – a little dab on the end of a q-tip helps gently remove wax.
30. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff.
31. Eye Cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
32. Deodorant – it can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda
33. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
34. Hand Cleaner – easily removes paint, wax, caulking, and other tough to remove dirt and grime.
35. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
36. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub.
37. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
Coconut Oil in the Kitchen
38. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
39. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
40. Remove baked-on food from a cookie pan – pour melted coconut oil on cookie pan and wipe clean. Then wash with soap and water.
41. Rust Prevention on Mason Jar Lids – rub the inside of the mason jar ring with this type of oil before washing to reduce the incidence of rust.
42. Prevent water stains – using a small amount of coconut oil, rub a cloth along the inside of your clean and dry kitchen sink. It prevents water stains from forming and will make your sink sparkle and shine.
Coconut Oil Inside the Home
43. Bronze Polish – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the item.
44. Leather Cleaner and Moisture – use a clean cloth and rub it gently onto leather furniture.
45. Ceiling Fans — rub on your fan to keep dust from sticking and also to stop annoying squeaks in the gears.
46. Dust Repellant – rub coconut oil onto furniture, inside your car, on outdoor items and watch the dust run for cover.
47. Dry Spotter – it becomes a stain remover (specifically for silk and silk type fabrics).
Coconut Oil Outside the Home
48. BBQ cleaner and degreaser – rub coconut oil onto your BBQ, let it sit for an hour, then wipe clean with an old rag.
49. Garden tools — rub onto your garden tools before using them to keep the dirt from sticking and prevent rusting.
50. Snow shovels — rub onto your snow shovel in the winter to help the snow easily slide off the shovel.
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
51. Brush Cleaner – removes paint from paint brushes, makeup from makeup brushes, and stuck on food kitchen brushes.
52. Bug and Sap Remover – rub your vehicle or outdoor furniture with coconut oil and get every last bug and drop of sap off.
53. Car Dashboard Cleaner – rub a little coconut oil into your car’s dashboard for an instant shine.
54. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip.
55. Soap Making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.