Ten Tried & True Uses for Coconut Oil

I know what you may be thinking. “Wow, I am literally so done with all these articles about coconut oil. Can the world please stop?” No, the world cannot stop until everyone uses coconut oil for everything, ever. Coconut oil has so many wonderful health benefits such as preventing Alzheimer’s, reducing the risk of heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. Aside from all those awesome life-extending qualities, coconut oil has crazy versatility. Below are some tips for those who just don’t know what to do with that jar of coconut oil sitting on their bathroom counter.

  • Remove sticky residue

Don’t you hate when you wanna use a mason jar for a DIY project, but the label left an ugly mark on the glass? Or you got gum stuck in your hair? Or you used duct tape on your dorm room wall to hang up your posters and now there’s a giant mark there and you don’t wanna get fined? Put some coconut oil on it! Then use a gentle cleanser to wipe away all the gross, sticky residue.

  • Dry and damaged hair

Coconut oil can be used for various conditioning treatments or hair masks. It works with any hair type that you’ve got! For people with straight to wavy hair, you can use coconut oil to fix up some split ends. For people with curly to kinky hair, you can use coconut oil as a simple styling product.

  • Dental Hygiene

You can achieve good dental hygiene using coconut oil with a method called oil pulling. Oil pulling is supposed to promote healthy teeth and gums by detoxifying your mouth of any bad bacteria. This ancient method prevents bad breath, reduces inflammation, whitens teeth, and prevents cavities. All you have to do is gently swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 10-20 minutes. When you’re through with swishing the oil in your mouth, spit it out into the trash can, and rinse your mouth with salt water. Finally, brush your teeth as normal. Make sure you do this 3 to 4 times a week and first thing in the morning.

  • Make-up remover

Use coconut oil to remove eye make-up! It breaks the makeup down and makes it easier to wipe off. Rinse off with warm water! Your eyelids will be singing with joy at how soft they feel!

  • Bath

When I ran out of ideas, I asked one of the Clerc Hall residents what their favorite uses for coconut oil were. They said they like to put a spoonful in their bath for extra moisturizing power. To make this bath even more relaxing, add some lavender essential oil to your bath water. I can’t wait to try this one out!

  • Cooking/Baking

Use coconut oil as a butter or oil replacement in recipes! Coconut oil is much healthier than most other oils and butters. It gives a subtle complimentary taste to dishes that may be more on the savory side.

  • Lip balm

There’s no denying that winter can be tough on our lips! If you’re tired of reapplying chapstick again and again, try rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on your lips in the morning and before bed. Using coconut oil is better than most chapsticks because they tend to have alcohol in the ingredients, which makes your lips dry out even more!

  • Body scrub

Mix equal parts coconut oil and sugar to make a nice sugar scrub to use on any part of the body that you feel needs some extra love and care. This will exfoliate your skin and remove any dead skin. This will leave your skin feeling extra smooth!

  • Coffee

Instead of using a dairy creamer, you can use coconut oil in your morning hot coffee. Putting coconut oil in your coffee will boost your immune system, energy, and your metabolism. All you have to do is throw 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil into a blender with your coffee. You can add your favorite natural sweetener, such as honey or stevia. You can even drop in a little vanilla extract if you’re feeling fancy. Delicious!

  • House Cleaning

Coconut oil can be used even on your furniture! You can use it to moisturize a leather couch, polish wood furniture, remove scuff marks, and even remove crayon marks off of walls. You can even add coconut oil to a shovel before shoveling up snow to keep it from sticking.

Have I convinced you to use coconut oil for everything yet?

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