Coconut oil has been in the media recently for being a healthy, beneficial oil. While most often sold with other cooking oils and used in, well, cooking, coconut oil has many, many other uses, making it quite the multitasking oil! This also means if you score a good deal on coconut oil, or grab a several-pound tub from your local big-box store, you can get quite a bit of use out of this one item, making it a potentially thrifty choice! What are some of the other uses for coconut oil?
Daily moisturizer: Coconut oil is solid at room temperature (unless you live in a warm, tropical area, in which case, store your coconut oil in a refrigerator or other cool place), meaning it’s actually quite easy to dip your fingers in a tub and scoop out a small slab to rub on your skin. Some people with sensitive skin find they tolerate coconut oil just fine. Pregnant women sometimes find that daily use helps reduce stretch marks.
Lip Balm: Do you have an empty lip balm tin lying around? Scoop some coconut oil into it and go! It’s easy to dab a little on your lips during the day, and you get to smell faintly of coconut!
Makeup Remover: Coconut oil can strip even the most stubborn of “24 hour lasting!” makeup off of your face. Place a tiny bit of melted coconut oil on a soft washcloth and gently scrub your face. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Easy!
Household Lubricant: Out of WD-40 and your creaky door hinge is driving you crazy? Want to get intimate but the KY Jelly container is empty? Coconut oil can substitute for both of those uses! It’s not a long term solution, but it can lubricate squeaky metal parts around your home until you can get to the hardware store, and if you want to use it for more intimate purposes, just keep in mind that it’s not compatible with latex.
What else have you used coconut oil for?
“Mommy, do you want some coffee?” (My 4-year old daughter, holding her toy tea cup)
Me: “Sure! What did you put in it?” (because she knows I don’t drink my coffee black)
My daughter (smiling): “Coconut oil!”
That’s a true story. And, that conversation has taken place (just as stated above) on multiple occasions. But, don’t blame my daughter… I started adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil to my coffee when I was working on losing the last few lingering pregnancy pounds a few months ago. Apparently, taking 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day (one tablespoon before each meal) helps boost metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day. It also fills you up so that you end up not eating as much. While I am still looking to drop a few more pounds, I put the coconut oil in my coffee more because I really do enjoy the flavor and because of the other health benefits it offers.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and microbial, which essentially means it is a natural antibiotic. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants. As I mentioned above, it helps boost metabolism for weight loss. It lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels. There is SO MUCH more. But, that gives you the tip of the iceberg on this amazing and delicious superfood.
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
Cooking: I cook with coconut oil just about every day. I use it in place of butter (sometimes along with butter) and in place of any other oil or fat. I use it to saute veggies and to sear beef or chicken; and, of course, I bake with it!
Hair Conditioner: Coconut oil is great for deep conditioning. The fatty acids in the oil penetrate easily into the hair and make for better conditioning than you can get from most store-bought hair conditioners. Coconut oil has become my hair conditioner 🙂
Skin Care: The other thing my daughter may think everyone else does is put coconut oil on boo boos and bites. Its healing and anti-inflammatory properties help skin to be replenished and restored. I also just use it as lotion when my skin is dry.
There are so many more uses. But, we can always talk more about those later over some coffee! 😉
What do you do with your coconut oil?
There are very few things that I really miss if there are not in my daily routine: my coffee, my workout and my coconut oil. That may sound odd. But, this stuff has crept into my life and just about taken over 😉
When I first “discovered” coconut oil, I had heard and read of some of its health benefits. It is better and safer to cook with. It has some immune-building properties and it is the ‘good fat’ that we all need. That was good enough for me to start cooking with it, especially since it’s SO YUMMY! But, over time I realized that there are so many ways to use coconut oil. Here are just a few.
I hate to list this one first but, after having baby #2 last year, I have been working on it! 🙂 Did you now that taking one tablespoon of coconut oil 3-4 times a day can increase your metabolism….thereby aiding in weight loss? It’s true. Beyond what it does for metabolism, it is so filling that it also helps control appetite, which is also important in the whole weight loss process 🙂
I use it in place of lotion for my hands and even my feet sometimes. It’s very effective without any perfumes or chemicals I’d rather not have my body absorb.
Skin Conditions or Irritation
Coconut oil is effective with any rashes or skin irritation. I use it on bug bites to reduce inflammation and itching, on excessively dry skin, on burns and even small cuts. It helps aid and speed the skin’s healing process. It’s also great for diaper rash!
Mix it with a little peppermint oil extract and you have yourself some Deet (and other chemical)-free insect repellent.
There are tons more uses (and perhaps we will get to more of them later). For now, keep in mind that the butter, olive oil or vegetable oil on the shelf won’t do any of this for you. Coconut oil is one of very few in its category to be so very yummy to cook with and so very practical all over the house! (By the way, I get mine from Amazon for only $0.43 per ounce and free shipping when you “subscribe and save.”)
How do you use coconut oil?