Coconut oil is a natural food that has a multitude of uses. It might very well be the most versatile health food on the planet.
In the 1950’s we were told that coconut oil was bad for us because it was high in saturated fat. So, people stopped using it in favor of other types of oils.
As it turns out, the saturated fat in coconut oil is unique due to its make-up of medium chain triglycerides.
Because of this, the fats found in coconut oil are more easily digested than fats found in other oils. As a result of being processed directly in the liver, they are immediately converted into energy.
Less strain is placed on the liver, pancreas and digestive system because of the way theses fats are digested aiding in the absorption of other nutrients.
Today, as this subject has been revisited, people are realizing that coconut oil is beneficial not only in the kitchen but it has many other uses as well.
For just a few dollars you can have a product that is all natural and can be used for anything from cooking your eggs to moisturizing your skin.
Let’s take a look at 23 reasons to use coconut oil.
1. Moisturizer – Use coconut oil to moisturize your skin as soon as you step out of the shower. Scoop a little out of the container and rub it gently between you hands until it softens. Coconut oil is a solid at 76 degrees fahrenheit. Rubbing it in your hands is all your have to do to change it into a liquid. Use it on your arms and legs. It is even said to help with cellulite when use consistently.
2. Body Scrub – Mix coconut oil with sugar to form a body scrub.
3. Eye Cream – With your ring finger, dab a small amount of coconut oil on your finger and gently pat the area around your eye using it as an eye cream. It has been reported to help reduce wrinkles.
4. Facial Moisturizer – Rub into your hands until soft and using upward strokes gently massage your face with coconut oil. This can be used under your normal moisturizer if you have extremely dry skin.
5. Cuticle Oil – Scooping the coconut oil out with your fingers can automatically result in treating your cuticles. Some people have reported stronger nails with repeated use.
6. Foot Scrub – Mix with salt to form a foot scrub to gently exfoliate your feet.
7. Mix in Bath – Dissolve a small amount in your bath water to soften your skin.
8. Fade Dark Spots – Studies have shown that over time using coconut oil on your skin can lighten dark spots. It also hydrates your skin, decreases discoloration and reduces redness.
9. Lip Balm – Coconut oil can be used alone as a lip moisturizer or as a base for other types of lip balm.
10. Shaving Lotion – Slather a thin layer of coconut oil on your skin before you shave.
11. Make Up Remover – Gently massage into your eye area to remove make up residue. Use a clean cloth to remove the coconut oil and the make up residue.
12. Prevents Stretch Marks – Use coconut oil as a moisturizer to reduce stretch marks.
13. Diaper Cream – Coconut oil can be used consistently on a baby’s bottom to help alleviate diaper rash.
14. Elbow Cream – Rub into elbows to combat dry, flaky skin.
15. Deep Hair Conditioner – An hour before shampooing, massage your scalp with coconut oil. Leave it in to condition your hair and then shampoo as normal.
16. Prevent Fly Aways – Rub a small amount of coconut oil through the ends of your hair to prevent fly aways.
17. Dandruff Relief – Massage your scalp with a small amount of coconut oil to help moisturize your scalp.
18. Nourish Hair – Using coconut oil to condition your hair helps keep hair healthy and prevent protein loss.
19. Natural Sunscreen – Rubbing coconut oil in your hair before you spend time in the sun can provide a natural sunscreen for your hair. It blocks about 20% of the sun’s rays.
20. Cooking Oil – Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it ideal for cooking.
21. Baking – It is a great replacement for butter and it’s mild flavor will enhance your baked goods.
22. Eat 2-3 Tablespoons Per Day – Consuming coconut oil is reported to increase metabolism, provide more energy, lower LDL and HDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. It can easily be added to yogurt or oatmeal. Some people even put coconut oil in their coffee. Just remember to replace a fat that is already part of your diet. You don’t want to add extra calories.
23. Homemade Granola – Adding coconut oil instead of other types of oil in your granola is a great way to add a healthy oil to your diet. Here is a recipe for homemade granola using coconut oil and one for grain free homemade granola.
Coconut oil is one of those health foods that can be used in so many different ways. It is truly an amazing product.
A variety of coconut oils can be found on Amazon. You can browse, read the reviews and find the one that you like best.
If you want to get the greatest health benefits from using coconut oil, use unrefined virgin coconut oil (my favorite).
Question: Have you tried using coconut oil as a moisturizer or any of the other uses listed above? Do you have other suggestions for using coconut oil?
I would love to hear your comment!