Did you know there are over 10 uses for coconut oil? Well, there are possibly hundreds of uses but I’m here to share my top 10 uses for coconut oil.
- Cook with Coconut Oil
- Skin Moisturiser
- Cradle Cap
- Deep Conditioner for Hair
- Eye Makeup Remover
- Face Mask
- Chapped Lips
- Remove Stickers Stickiness
- Baby Bums
- Relieve Constipation and Haemorrhoid Pain
Cook with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a high smoke point and a longer shelf life than some other fats. As it is solid at room temperature, it can be used in baking recipes, for frying, for greasing baking pans and as a replacement for butter or vegetable oil in recipes.
Coconut oil contains a lot of lauric and caprylic acid. These ingredients are known for helping to reduce redness and inflammation, evening out skin tones and helping to squash breakouts. It is known to be an excellent moisturiser that skins in very quickly.
Cradle Cap is common among newborns and usually occurs within the first few weeks. It is caused by excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands and looks like dandruff.
To use, massage organic coconut oil into baby’s scalp. Leave it in for 15 minutes. Use a fine tooth comb to remove the flakes. It may take a couple of applications to get all the cradle cap removed.
Deep conditioner for hair
Coconut oil’s fatty acids have a unique molecular structure that penetrates easily into the hair shaft. This allows the nourishing oil to penetrate your hair’s shaft and literally brings deep conditioning from within reducing the loss of internal moisture.
For deep hair conditioning, use a teaspoon or two on damp hair and leave it in as long as possible. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so warm it to liquefy it. Make sure to massage the scalp to allow blood circulation. Once you have saturated all of your hair, wrap a towel around your head and leave it for one to two hours to see results right away. Then fully rinse your hair and wash with shampoo.
Eye Makeup Remover
Simply liquify the coconut oil in your hands when it’s in its natural solid state, and gently rub onto dry skin, paying special attention to heavy eye makeup. Once your makeup has been sufficiently melted away, rinse face with warm water and pat dry.
The most popular video on my YouTube channel is from 2014. In this video, I share a coconut oil and baking soda face mask/scrub. I have a blog post sharing the technique also. You can check it out here.
Another face scrub that I found great was this Coconut Oil and Oats scrub, you can view that video here.
Your lips are particularly sensitive to moisture loss because the skin is thin, and they’re exposed to the elements more so than other parts of your skin. Using coconut oil for chapped lips is a relatively straightforward process. Simply apply a few drops to your lips and dab gently with your fingers until the oil sets. You can repeat this process throughout the day as often as you’d like.
Remove Sticker Stickiness
Smear coconut oil all over the adhesive residue that has been left on the glass/container. A quick application is all it needs, spreading a generous layer of oil with your fingers. Leave the oil on for approximately 10 minutes. Using a cotton rag rub the oil off. It should not take a lot of effort to remove the oil, and it will take the sticky glue with it. Wash the jar/container in warm water and dish soap to remove the oil completely, or put it in the dishwasher with the rest of your glassware.
Diaper Cream, especially with cloth nappies
Simply, soften the coconut oil in your hands and apply to your baby’s bottom. It is a perfect barrier for those first meconium poops. It is safe to use coconut oil as a diaper cream when you use cloth diapers, as it can be easily washed unlike store bought diaper creams.
Relieve Constipation and Haemorrhoid Pain
If you’re fighting with constipation, coconut oil can be a great fix to get things moving again!
Start by ingesting 1 tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach. You can increase your intake to 2 tablespoons if you don’t see a difference in a couple days.
Coconut oil can also be used on both internal and external haemorrhoids to combat inflammation and itchiness. For external haemorrhoids, just apply to the inflamed area. For internal haemorrhoids, you can freeze tiny bits of coconut oil for use as suppositories.
So there we have it, 10 uses for Coconut Oil. Some are well known whilst others may be new to you. I’d love to hear in the comments if you use coconut oil and how you use it.
Until next time,