Seven Uses for Coconut Oil

7 Great Uses for Coconut Oil

After posting about the many benefits of coconut oil and hearing all the great feedback from you guys on your favorite uses for coconut oil, I decided to compile a list of my favorite uses.

If you are new to coconut oil, I love this organic virgin and fair-trade coconut oil from Thrive Market (which is like Costco online but for healthy products). Their coconut oil is 40% which is the best price I’ve found for it online. (And Thrive Market sells many of my favorite products at 30-50% off normal prices!)

1. In Cooking

Coconut Oil is a great addition to stir frys, baked recipes, smoothies, omelets and countless other uses. Cooking with it is a great way to get the benefits and the medium chain fatty acids. You can also just eat it off the spoon, which also tastes great!

2. Natural Lotion

If you have dry skin, or acne, or anything in between, coconut oil is a great natural lotion by itself. It smells great, absorbs fast and makes skin incredibly smooth. Even those with oily skin or acne often notice improvement with coconut oil, since it is naturally anti fungal and antibacterial.

3. Homemade Deodorant

I’ve gotten tons of emails about the post on how to make your own deodorant with only four ingredients (including coconut oil). It is a really easy recipe, and others have also reported that it works better than other natural deodorants they’ve tried. (This is my favorite recipe)

4. Homemade Toothpaste

Unless you’re a big fan of sulfates, fluoride and assorted chemicals, making your own toothpaste is an easy healthy option. I use coconut oil in my homemade remineralizing toothpaste recipe and in my squeezable toothpaste.

5. Treating Yeast

Due to its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, coconut oil is a great natural treatment for yeast infections. It can be used as a natural diaper cream, for vaginal yeast infections, and for skin yeast.

6. Healthy Snacks

There are tons of ways to incorporate coconut into healthy snacks. My favorite snack are these Chocolate Coconut Clusters.

7. Natural Hair Conditioner

Coconut Oil is a great conditioner, especially for damaged hair. For an intensive treatment, work it into the roots and through hair. Put a shower cap on and leave it in for a few hours or overnight before washing. The natural fats also stimulate hair growth and nourish hair follicles.

Find Out More About Coconut Oil

If you’ve never ordered coconut oil before, now is your chance to try it. When you order through this link, you will get a copy of the Virgin Coconut Oil Book, which explains the story of how they discovered this high nutrient coconut oil and the many ways it can be used to support health. The book will be automatically added the first time you order.

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What did I forget? If you’ve got a creative use for coconut oil, tell me about it below!

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  1. For the hair treatment – do you wet your hair before putting it on, or just put it on dry hair and then wash in the morning?

    • Water and oil do not mix, so having wet hair before applying any oil treatment is counterproductive. I put the coconut oil on my ends before I take a shower to avoid stripping too much oil when I shampoo.

      • Actually, you do want to have damp hair before you apply any oil. Because oil and water don’t mix, if you’re going for moisturizing your hair, you seal the moisture (i.e. water) in when you add oil to damp hair. This is why conditioners often say to apply to slightly damp hair.

        • Water does not tend to be moisturizing to the hair as I understand. You use coconut oil to seal in your natural oils and supplement them and BLOCK the water and detergents in shampoo from stripping them away from the shaft. You want the coconut oil to be absorbed. The molecular makeup of coconut oil is such that it is more readily absorbed by the hair shaft than any other oil. Also, consider your water source. Some areas have better water sources than others and I would imagine that part of the reason that water is not moisturizing to the hair is in large part due to the chemical treatments applied at water treatment facilities moreso than the water itself.

    • I put it on wet or dry and my hair isn’t dry anymore! I sleep with it on my hair and wash in the morning. No more fried looking hair from the flat iron!

    • In general, I think Almond flour can be a good substitute in
      moderation. It still has a decent level of phytic acid (check out the
      post on tooth decay) so it wouldn’t be good to consume in the levels
      that most people consumer regular flour (not to mention it would be
      really expensive!). Unless a person has a condition that would
      dictate otherwise, almond flour is great for cakes and treats though.

  2. Another use for sugar: homemade wax!
    You just need sugar, lemon and water, and you have a natural homemade wax that works as well and even better as commercial wax 

  3. My dog gets yeast infections in his big floppy ears.  Instead of a chemical in his ears to treat it, I put a dollop of coconut oil in his ear canal and then massage the area.  Works great, no chemicals and smells good too.

  4. I just recently started using Coconut oil to cook with after going grain free, in part because of your article. Now, after reading more of your posts I use it as a shaving cream and lotion. It has only been a few days but I love how I smell and how soft my skin feels. I have been a little apprehensive to use it as a lotion on my face because I tend to be oily towards the end of the day, but will give it a try this weekend and see how it goes! Thanks for all your awesome advice and ideas!

  5. Love your blog, Katie! For the month of January, I tried giving up grains, but had intense sugar cravings like I’ve never experienced before (prior, I ate very little sugar, refined grains, or processed items). I ended up indulging in a little too much candy, and have been experiencing what I think is my first yeast infection, though I have no frame of reference for one. That leads me to two questions:

    1. I’ve been reading The Schwarzbein Principle, which states that the body can’t produce insulin or serotonin entirely on its own, and that healthy sources of grains can be one of the only ways to provide it (meats and veggies don’t produce insulin, according to the author). I read that diabetics are especially prone to yeast infections, and wondered if it was the insulin issue. That said, my hypothesis, for my body at least, is that I was craving sugar in refined because I wasn’t receiving it in better forms from carbohydrates. Do you know if these cravings, as well as yeast overgrowth, can be an effect of going off of grains? Any recommendations? I’ve reintroduced brown rice and quinoa in the last week and feel much better.

    2. I’d like to try the coconut oil treatment for the yeast–is it applied topically or taken internally?

    Thanks so much!

    • Both internally and externally. Plain organic yogurt also helps when used externally. You might be craving carbs, but it is possible to produce insulin from some veggies (especially root veggies) and fruits… Have you ever read the book “Deep Nutrition?” It addresses both the diet side and explains the yeast connection…

  6. Wellll, it is excellent for helping a common post partum and breastfeeding issue caused by hormones that inhibit relations with the hubby. And that’s all I’m going to say about that. 😉

  7. I love coconut oil! I just made homemade lotion bars and lip balm for the first time and they are awesome! My husband does most of the cooking so he uses coconut oil in place of other oils that may not be as healthy. And as far as treating yeast infections goes, coconut oil is my life saver!

  8. My son has eczema and I did not like the idea of the creams the doctor would prescribe. I melt coconut oil and put it on him as a lotion after his bath. I started doing this everyday and now I only use it once a week and the eczema has cleared up.

  9. I use it in so many ways, but lately I have been putting it onthe elbows of my 4 year old Lab, Bear. Labs tend to get huge painful callouses there. After only two weeks of applying coconut oil twice a day, his callouses have gone down to practically nothing and the hair is growing on his elbows again! He loves to have it massaged in.

  10. I’m 8 weeks pregnant & I think I have Bacterial vaginosis ( I’ve had it on & off for years) is coconut oil safe to use on the vagina during pregnancy? Do you have any other suggestions of what I van do to treat it safely & naturally?

  11. I use coconut oil in my baking (zucchini bread) and it prolongs the shelf life considerably. No mold growth after sitting on my counter for weeks! Was stale though:) Works every time for increased shelf life.

  12. Do you prefer to use unrefined for everything and how much nutrients are taken away from coconut oil for refined compared to unrefined

  13. When I use coconut oil as a hair mask for a few hours, it can sometimes leave my hair smelling not so nice. Any tips on how to leave a nice scent and some extra shine?

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