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Friday, January 17, 2014

101 Uses for Coconut Oil

Uses for Coconut Oil

  • In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  • Taken supplementally for daily energy
  • As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  • On the skin as a basic lotion
  • In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  • In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  • As an eye-makeup remover
  • As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  • In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  • To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • To support healthy thyroid function
  • In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  • To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  • As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  • In homemade lotion recipes
  • 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
  • Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  • As a delicious tropical massage oil
  • It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
  • A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  • As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  • Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  • Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  • Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  • Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  • As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
  • On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  • In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  • Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  • There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
  •  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  • In natural Homemade Sunscreen
  • In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
  • In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
  • Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  • Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  • There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
  • Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  • Can help improve insulin levels
  • Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  • Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  • Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  • In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  • As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  • Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  • Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  • After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  • Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  • As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  • As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  • In natural homemade diaper cream
  • As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  • When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  • To season cast iron skillets
  • It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  • Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  • Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  • Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  • I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  • On split ends to de-frizz
  • A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  • By itself as a great tanning oil
  • Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  • Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  • Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  • Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  • A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  • To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  • It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
  •  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  • By itself as a natural deodorant
  • By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
  • For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  • Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
  • In homemade vapor rub
  • As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  • A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  • Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  • As a completely natural baby lotion
  • On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  • Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  • Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  • Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  • Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
  • Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  • When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  • When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  • Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  • Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  • On cuticles to help nails grow
  • Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  • Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
  • Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  • In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
  • Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  • One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
  • Naturally clears up cold sores
  • Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  • Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

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