50 Amazing Must-Know Uses Of Coconut Oil
In life, there are versatile natural products that you can literally use over and over again in a variety of inventive ways.
Take eggs, for example. Eggs can be used in so many ways. You can use them in an eggs Benedict with slices of bacon; you can poach them, fry them, boil them, beat them, scramble them, turn them into an omelette. You can even drink them or make a salad out of them. They’re ready and willing for you to do anything with them!
But few people realise the incredible versatility of coconut oil. Whilst coconut oil can be used in food, it’s usage in everyday life is where it really comes into its own, and actually makes it more practical and more useful than a swiss army knife. From fixing bike chains to losing weight, coconut oil is the jack of all trades that can quite literally do anything.
It could even predict the lotto results, if you asked nicely.
Indeed, coconut oil is so good that we totally recommend you never leave the house without your trusty supply. You just never know when you’ll need it! To show you how versatile it is, we’ve come up with 50 amazing must-know uses of coconut oil.
Before you know it, you’ll be buying a five gallon bucket of the stuff, so that you can have it on tap. And why not?!
1. Coconut Oil Can Be Used As A Weight Loss Tool
Sitting around munching on coconut oil all day long isn’t going to help you lose weight. But if you trade in your usual fats and calories for coconut oil, you will lose weight.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but it is rich in medium chain fatty acids, as opposed to the usual long chain fatty acids. For this reason, it doesn’t get stored away as fat quite so easily. Instead, coconut oil sends its fats straight to your liver, where it gets metabolised. But, of course, just like with almost everything, moderation is the key!
2. Coconut Oil Can Be A Great Energy Booster
In need of a jolt of energy? Then you might want to try some coconut oil. As mentioned earlier, the fats found in coconut oil are sent marching to your liver, where they are quickly metabolised. This in turn gives you a boost of energy.
In this way, coconut oil is useful if you’re about to exercise. And, of course, the more you exercise, the more you lose weight. See, if you take more coconut oil, you’re basically winning at life. And we all love to win, right?!
3. Coconut Oil Works As A Nipple Cream
Sorry guys, this is one for the ladies. If you happen to be suffering from sore nipples after one breastfeed too many, we strongly recommend that you give coconut oil a go. Gently massaging it around your chaffed nipples can help them to fight fit again, and it certainly reduces the soreness.
After all, we all get a little cracked after our little nipple has had a good bite. But why suffer when coconut oil can save the day?
4. Coconut Oil Helps You To Make Soap
If you’re looking to make your own soap (some of us do!), coconut oil should be the first ingredient you buy. Coconut oil serves to harden the soap, and it helps to break down oils and grease. It is so effective in breaking down these oils and grease that it helps your homemade soap to dry and thus form.
Indeed, you can’t go wrong with coconut oil when making a bar of soap. If you choose not to use it, you’ll instead need to buy a whole heap of substitute ingredients.
5. Coconut Oil Is An Ace Lip Balm
One thing we rarely think about when we head out into the sun or cold is our lips. Yet our lips are exposed to the elements just as much as everything else. So it’s about time we started protecting those cherry reds!
You can protect them with sunscreen, or you can protect them with coconut oil. Coconut oil is not as potent as sunscreen, but it still does a job. Don’t apply too much, but reapply after a couple of hours.
6. Coconut Oil Is An Excellent Conditioner
If you’re suffering from hair breakage, coconut oil is your friend. When our hairs begin to break, and we require some deep conditioning, the best place to turn really is coconut oil. It helps to strengthen your hair in no time at all, and it can be used on your entire scalp and head, or it can be used on just your ends. Whatever you want, really!
7. Coconut Oil Can Treat Your Wounds
Wounds. We all hate wounds. Whenever you get a wound, you always look for new ways of treating it quicker than last time around. Well, one way to treat a minor scrape or a scratch is by mixing coconut oil with honey and applying it to the cut.
Now, we’re not saying that you should treat a huge gaping wound with coconut oil. You should still go to the hospital for that kind of stuff. But for the minor cuts, and when you don’t have anything else at hand, try coconut oil. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you heal!
8. Coconut Oil Can Treat Fungal Infections
Uh, fungal infections. No one likes a fungal infection, and coconut oil really doesn’t like fungal infections. In fact, coconut oil doesn’t like fungal infections so much that it helps to obliterate them!
The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil find their way into the fungal membrane, where they destroy the fungus. The end result is no more fungus, and no more fungal infection! Three cheers for coconut oil!
9. Coconut Oil Can Eliminate Cold Sores
Cold sores can’t really be cured because they are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Oh no!
But guess what? Coconut oil can help! Okay, coconut oil can’t actually clear the virus, but it can prevent it from spreading. Thanks to being rich in lauric acid, this oil is able to stop the virus from reproducing, like it usually would if it was allowed to reign freely. For this reason, if you apply coconut oil to your cold sores, you’re minimising the risk of them spreading, and you also get rid of them quicker.
10. Coconut Oil Can Clean Up Spilled Ink
Spilled ink! Yikes!
Whenever we spill ink, it can be a pretty scary moment. Especially if you’ve spilled it over your favourite dress, or your partners favourite clothing. And it’s particularly scary if you spill it over some important documents.
But fear not, because coconut oil can help you out in this scenario. All you’ve got to do is apply a few smidgens of coconut oil over the stained area before wiping with a dry cloth. And that’s it! No more ink! Take that, ink!
11. Coconut Oil Could Replace Your Toothpaste
If you want to go all DIY with how you clean your teeth, we recommend – yup, you’ve guessed it – coconut oil!
Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil brings to your teeth a few benefits. These include antibacterial properties, whitening benefits, as well as taste! And if you want even more flavour, why not mix it with peppermint?
12. Coconut Oil Can Help To Prevent Dust Accumulation
Perhaps one of the more unusual uses of coconut oil is its ability to act as a dust repellent. It really does sound strange when you think about it. After all, dust isn’t alive so it can’t exactly be repelled by something, right? … Right?
Wrong, actually. Okay, we’re not entirely sure how this works, because you would expect coconut oil to encourage dust. Instead, though, coconut oil helps your surfaces to emit a lovely polished look, and it helps to keep those pesky dust bunnies away. We suggest using a tiny amount of coconut oil and rubbing it over the areas you want to stay dust-free.
13. Coconut Oil Works As A Shaving Cream
Shaving cream is okay but it isn’t great. After all, how many times has it slithered off once water has been added? All the time!
Applying coconut oil to your skin before shaving prevents this from happening.
14. Coconut Oil Can Help Get Rid Of A Cough
Got a nasty, niggling cough that you just can’t seem to shake off? Coconut oil is here to brighten your day.
Phlegm, dry throat and middle-of-the-night are just some of the rotten things we suffer when we have a niggling cough, but coconut oil can ease all these horrid symptoms. All you need to do is swallow a teaspoon of the oily good stuff at least once a day. It will serve to grease your dry, itchy throat and will protect it from irritants, such as dust.
15. Coconut Oil Can Reduce Heartburn
If you suffer from regular heartburn, it is easy to get disheartened (excuse the pun!). But a simple way of resolving the burn is to swallow just 2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
Coconut oil coats your stomach and eases that horrible feeling of acid reflux and heartburn. Moreover, coconut oil will also get rid of that nasty taste that is lurking in your mouth.
Give me a C! Give me an O!
You know how it goes …
16. Coconut Oil Can Defeat Sore Throats
Sore throats are the worst. Some are so bad that you feel as though you’ve slashed yourself with a razor blade. And the worst thing? They can last for days.
If you’re in desperate need of easing that painful throat, coconut could be your perfect tonic. We recommend that you drink around half a teaspoon 3 times each day; once in the morning, once in the early evening, and once just before bed. Your sore throat should ease in no time at all.
17. Coconut Oil Can Remove Rust
There isn’t really much you can do about rust. It just happens. Knives rust, scissors rust, even you and I rust.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But you get the picture. The point is that you will encounter rust at some point in your life, but rather than go out and buy a new set of expensive cutlery, why not spread some coconut oil over the rust, before running over with warm water? You’ll be seriously surprised by the results.
Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
18. Coconut Oil Soothes Brand New Tattoos
Got a new tattoo that needs soothing? Look no further than coconut oil, which will help to keep your tattoo nice and moist.
See, tattoos act in a similar way to wounds, and they need time and the right atmosphere to heal. Coconut oil helps to speed up the healing process, and it ensures that your tattoo doesn’t get all sticky, dry, red and itchy. All you need to do is apply a tiny amount of coconut oil on your tattoo to keep it healthy and radiant.
19. Coconut Oil Can Ease Fly Bites
Summer is here, which can only mean one thing: fly bites!
Fly bites can be really irksome; they can itch, redden and they can even swell up. If you live in an area where flies congregate like, um, flies, you can use coconut oil to provide a welcome relief. All you need to do is take a teeny-tiny bite of coconut oil and dab it on the bite itself. Relief might not be exactly instant, but it won’t be far away!
20. Coconut Oil Can Help To Highlight Your Cheekbones
When you highlight your cheeks, you emit a lovely glow that people can’t help but notice. Your cheekbones are more defined and they look rather striking. People aren’t quite sure why your cheekbones are so prominent, but they know you sure do look great.
For those in the know, highlighted cheekbones are the result of a little miracle we call coconut oil. All you need to do is smear a small amount on your cheekbones to create a natural, beautiful glow.
Coconut oil – making people look more beautiful every day.
21. Coconut Oil Acts As A Great Coffee Cream
Fancy some cream in your coffee but don’t have any cream in your cupboards? Well, if you’ve got some coconut oil, you can use this instead!
And, indeed, if you want to lose some weight, coconut oil is a fantastic replacement for cream. It contains less calories, and it’s not as sweet.
Top tip: stir well and make sure your cup of joe is red hot when you add the oil.
22. Coconut Oil Can Prevent Stretch Marks
Stretch marks just don’t look great. They’re not harmful to our health, but they can damage our self-esteem and make us shy away from wearing clothing that reveals a bit of flesh, such as a bathing suit. And when it’s beach season, no one should have to shy away from wearing their favourite bathing suit.
Stretch marks can occur during puberty, pregnancy and they can even occur because of rapid muscle gain. Although there is no scientific evidence (yet) to back up the claim that coconut oil can prevent stretch marks, there does exist oodles of anecdotal evidence. All you need to do is rub a small amount of coconut oil onto the affected area at least twice a day and massage it.
If you’re worried that coconut oil might not be enough, you can also mix it with some cocoa butter.
23. Coconut Oil Can Replace Butter
Occasionally, we cook with butter. I cook with butter, you cook with butter – we all do! But butter is rich in nasty fats and it’s not really all that healthy. If you’re looking to give yourself a health boost, you can do a lot worse than trade butter for coconut oil. It’s moist, fresh and rich, and it also adds a subtle flavour to your meals.
We’re not saying that you need to add coconut oil to every meal, and how much you add depends on what you’re cooking. But cooking eggs in coconut oil is particularly potent and we heartily recommend you try it.
24. Coconut Oil Reduces Hair Balls
Okay, it hasn’t been scientifically proven that coconut oil stops hair balls. But it has been anecdotally proven, and that’s good enough for us. If your cat is suffering from a bout of hair balls, and you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor little blighter, try rubbing coconut oil on its paws.
Hey, many people have said it works, so it’s totally worth a shot!
25. Coconut Oil Can Get Rid Of Your Bags
Not getting much beauty sleep of late? No problem. If you find that you’re constantly waking up with hideous dark circles around your eyes that set the tone for ‘The Day From Hell’, it’s time to rub a dab of coconut oil under your eyes before you get into bed at night. Doing this will banish those ugly bags and restore your beauty sleep. Before you know it, you’ll be fighting fit for the morning commute to work once more!
26. Coconut Oil Can Help To Grease Your Bicycle Chain
There is nothing worse than going for a bike ride before finding that your chain is rusted and worn down. Before you know it, you’re in danger of grinding to a full stop.
This situation can easily be resolved if you’ve headed out with your trusty coconut oil, of course. All you need to do is apply a tiny bit of coconut oil onto your chain and it will be running smoothly once again.
Top tip: don’t apply too much, as too coconut oil on your bike chain can kill the chain.
27. Coconut Oil Can Help To Maintain Your Lawn Mower Blades
This ones for all the gardeners out there, amateur or pro. Just like coconut oil can fix your bike chain, it can also help to maintain your lawn mower blades. As you full well know, lawnmower blades can easily build up with clumps of glass, which makes mowing difficult.
You could clean it, of course, but this takes time and effort. Instead, why not grease the blades before a mower with a small amount of coconut oil? It’ll make your blades slick, and it will ensure that the grass just falls away. Lovely stuff.
28. Coconut Oil Can Prevent Squeaky Hinges
Got a door squeak that is getting on your nerves? Look no further than coconut oil to save the day.
Squeaky doors are just things that happen. Doors get old, the hinges begin to rust a little, and eventually they make a lot of noise. You can either try to ignore it and live with the squeaks, or you can do something about it. And if you have children who are constantly opening and closing the door, you might want to do something about it.
To remedy this situation, all you need to do is rub a bit of coconut oil onto the hinges. Before you know it, you’ll be making absolutely no noise as you head downstairs for a cheeky midnight snack. Unless you stub your toes. Ouch.
29. Coconut Oil Can Moisturise A Dog’s Nose
We know what you’re thinking: why would a dog’s nose need moisturising??
Well, canine’s noses can often get dry and cracked. Whilst you might not think too much of this, your pet dog is suffering. And yes, even big, butch rottweiler’s can suffer from dry, cracked noses.
To improve your dog’s health and help them to feel better, simply rub a smidgen of coconut oil onto their nose. Before you know it, they’ll be winning ‘Best Looking Dog Of The Year’ awards!
30. Coconut Oil Can Help To Shape Your Beard
Okay, this one is for guys only (unless you’re a girl who really wants your beau to do something with his unkempt, wild beard).
Coconut oil can shape your beard. See, beards can be really thick and stubborn, right? Sometimes it’s just so hard to shape and sculpt it into your desired look. You try and you try, but no matter what you do, it just seems so bushy.
Well, not if you apply coconut oil, it doesn’t! Coconut oil helps to make your beard slippery, which means you can better style it. You’ll be looking slick in no time at all with a bit of coco oil!
31. Coconut Oil Can Soothe Your Cracked Heels
It’s remarkable how many of us suffer from dry, cracked heels. It hurts when we walk, and we invariably end up hating the way our feet look.
One easy way to remedy this problem is by applying coconut oil over the affected areas. Coconut oil acts as a super moisturiser that smooths the skin and softens the dryness. Don’t be shy with how you apply your coconut oil; instead, be generous with it and spread it liberally, digging into the cracks. It’s the only way to solve the issue!
32. Coconut Oil Can Help To Keep Your Snow Shovel Slippery
There is literally nothing worse in the winter than being snowed-in on workday. You have to get to work, so there is absolutely nothing left to do but clear your driveway.
But then comes the really worse thing in winter – a sticky shovel! See, when you’re trying to clear snow from your drive, your job is made doubly hard when the snow clings to your shovel. It just makes a backbreaking job even more backbreaking, and it makes being out in the cold ten times worse.
To make sure that your shovel is always slick, you can rub a layer of coconut oil on it. Bingo!
33. Coconut Oil Can Soothe A Rash
Rashes can be nasty, and they look hideous. Unexplained rashes are the worst, and sometimes they take forever to clear. If you’ve got a rash on your arms, you feel too embarrassed to wear a t-shirt, despite the weather being absolutely baking outside.
Coconut oil comes to the rescue. It reduces the itching, and it reduces the swelling. Not only that, but it will also soothe the redness, which means you can head out into the summer sun once more, with your arms proudly on display.
Just watch out for the mosquitoes.
34. Coconut Oil Handily Cleans Your Dogs Ears
Yup, your dogs ears get dirty and waxy too, you know. And despite the fact that a dog doesn’t clean itself in the same way a well-groomed cat does, it doesn’t mean dogs don’t want to be cleaner.
To give your dog a self-esteem kick, clean their ears out with a cotton ball that is laced with coconut oil. Don’t be shy with how you do this; stick your cotton ball right in there and twirl it around, so that you get rid of all the nasty stuff. Don’t worry, your dog will thank you for this with lots of hugs and kisses!
35. Coconut Oil Can Prevent A Lice Breakout
If your child keeps suffering from a breakout in lice, it can be very frustrating. You simply don’t know what to do, despite having tried everything.
There is one surefire way to treat lice, though: coconut oil! No one is quite sure why, but lice hate coconut oil. It’s odd because coconut smells gorgeous to us humans. But nope, lice absolutely hate the smell and so they stay away from hair that reeks of the stuff. So go and apply it!
36. Coconut Oil Can Make Your Plants Shine
It never seems too long after you’ve planted your plants before they accumulate dust and begin to look unhealthy. Annoying, right?
One way to make sure that your plants continue to shine and keep looking healthy is to rub a teeny-tiny amount of coconut oil into their leaves. In this way, they will shine but not too much (after all, you don’t want them looking artificial, do you?), and it will help to keep your garden looking nice and healthy. Which is what you want.
Monet, eat your heart out!
37. Coconut Oil Can Prevent Your Tupperware From Staining
Tupperware is a really convenient way of storing food. We love tupperware. But you know what we love even more? Clean tupperware!
There is literally nothing worse than storing your fresh food in a tupperware dish that is stained with colourful sauces. It’s unappetising and will certainly put you off your food. To help prevent these stains, all you need to do is rub a smidgen of coconut oil into the tupperware. Leave it there until it sinks in. Voila! No more ugly discolouration.
38. Coconut Oil Can Give You Nice Breath
Suffering from bad breath is nothing to be ashamed of, and halitosis is more common than you might think. But bad breath can be really damaging for someones self-esteem. If you want to inject some fresh appeal into your breath and improve how you feel about yourself, why not melt teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth?
To get the most out of coconut oil, swish it around your mouth until it melts, before swallowing. Because coconut oil can boast numerous antibacterial properties, it is able to rid your mouth of the bad odour that is at the root cause of halitosis. Nice!
39. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Dry Nostrils
Don’t you just hate dry nostrils? All you want to do is pick at them until they became sore, irritated and even bloody. Not cool.
To stop this from happening, you could rub a dab of coconut oil inside each nostril. This will moisten the area and prevent dryness.
Top tip: Don’t use too much. If you do, you might end up looking like you have a runny nose.
40. Coconut Oil Can Reduce Dandruff
Whilst dandruff is certainly not a health issue, it is an issue of some kind. After all, none of us like to walk around with snow flakes on our shoulders, do we? Moreover, dandruff can actually be a result of a common fungus that has decided to make its home on your scalp.
To rid yourself of the white stuff, we suggest that you rub coconut oil on your scalp at least 3 times a week. This will bring about some anti-fungal relief, and it will ensure that your flakes disappear. Yay!
41. Coconut Oil Can Preserve Your Baby’s Smooth Skin
We all love it when our babies have soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin. In order to keep it this way, you should try adding a smidgen of coconut oil to their bath. This easy trick will help to keep your babies skin looking soft, smooth and velvety, and it will also have to ease any rashes or scrapes that have been irritating them.
42. Coconut Oil Can Soothe Arthritis Pain
One of the best uses of coconut oil is in its treatment of arthritis pain. Anyone who suffers from arthritis will tell you how horrendous the pain can get, but if you or someone you know suffers from it, we totally recommend that you massage coconut oil on the painful joints.
See, coconut oil helps to reduce inflammation, and it is inflammation that is the root cause of joint pain and stiffness in arthritis sufferers. To ease the discomfort, simply massage the oil on the joints. We’re not saying you’ll be cured, but you’ll be feeling heaps better.
43. Coconut Oil Can Treat Athletes Foot
Despite athletes foot sounding like a condition where you get to run like an athlete, it’s actually a niggling fungal problem where your toes itch and itch and itch. To remedy this nasty infection, try coconut oil.
Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties that help to battle athletes foot – but only if you apply it daily. Clean your feet, dry them, and then apply a teeny tiny bit of coconut oil. Then massage and wash your hands before moving onto the next foot.
Well, you don’t want to spread the fungus everywhere, do you?
44. Coconut Oil Helpfully Preserves Egg Life
Eggs don’t always last that long, which is something of a problem if you buy them in bulk. Before you know it, 2 weeks have passed and you can’t use all those eggs you bought for an omelette. Too bad.
But hold on a minute! Did you know that if you apply a thin layer of coconut oil over the eggshell, you can preserve their shelf life? You didn’t? Well, now you do!
45. Coconut Oil Can Help Get Rid Of Cradle Cap
Does your baby have yellowish, thick scales on their head? Yup, that’s cradle cap. It’s totally harmless but it just doesn’t look all that great. After all, no baby is going to win “Baby Of The Year” with scales on their head, are they?
To remedy bothersome cradle cap, all you need to do is treat it like you would your own dandruff. Simply apply an adequate amount of coconut oil over your baby’s affected head, before leaving it for around 15 minutes. Then, grab a baby brush and gently wipe off the patches. All done! Before you know it, your baby’s head will be better than yours.
46. Coconut Oil Can Provide Relief To Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is just downright nasty. Moreover, bacteria and germs are actually getting stronger and as such, E. coli is on the surge. Due to the way food is packaged, prepared and shipped, each one of is susceptible to a crippling few weeks in bed, curled up and wishing for sweet death.
Thankfully, coconut oil can bring a huge relief to food poisoning. All it takes it 2-3 tablespoons slipped into your juice each day and you could be fighting fitter sooner than you’d think. Food poisoning is one of the most stubborn illnesses out there, so it’s time to take the fight to it.
47. Coconut Oil Soothes Bee Stings
Bee stings. Ouch! Bees are actually gentle insects who wouldn’t harm a fly unless they feel vulnerable and open to attack. For this reason, despite all your good intentions and positive thoughts about bees, they do sometimes sting. So you need to be on your guard.
And what better way to ease the pain, swelling and redness that comes from bee venom than with a little coconut oil? Simply rub some onto the area once you’ve removed the stinger.
48. Coconut Oil Can Help Get Rid Of Angular Cheilitis
There is a good chance that you’re suffering from angular cheilitis without actually realising it. Angular cheilitis are those nasty cracks/splits that appear now and then in the corners of your lips. And, boy, are they sore!!
If you suffer regularly from cracked lips and find it hard to eat anything that requires you to open your mouth mic and wide, you make your life easier by simply rubbing a smidgen of coconut oil onto the sore areas 3 times a day.
Top tips: Continue applying coconut oil even once your angular cheilitis has disappeared – because you never know when it might return!
49. Coconut Oil Can Make Your Car Shine
Is your car looking a little humdrum and tired? Could it do with perhaps looking a little shinier? Rather than spend a lot of money on car cleaning products, why not whip out your trusty tin of coconut oil instead?
Coconut oil can be used to give your entire car a fresh glow, but inside and outside, and it can even get rid of any nasty little scratches that are marring the overall aesthetics. Moreover, coconut oil can last for quite some time, and it also doesn’t attract any dust. So treat you and your car today with a bit of shine!
50. Coconut Oil Can Help To Heal A Bruise
Bruises are pretty ugly looking things that can sometimes take quite a while to heal. If you’ve got an ungainly looking bruise that’s pretty visible, you can speed up the healing process by applying some coconut oil over the affected area. Coconut oil is remarkably handy at healing injured tissue and it can reduce the amount of time that your body takes to recover from ruptured blood vessels.
As you can probably tell by now, coconut oil is a tiny miracle that can do really many odd jobs. So what are you waiting for? Go out and get some!
Do you know other benefits and uses of coconut oil?