101 Uses for Coconut Oil

101 Uses for Coconut Oil Wellness Mama 101 Uses for Coconut Oil

I’ve said before that I am with coconut oil like the dad in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is with windex… I use it for everything. Right now, I have a five gallon bucket of it sitting next to my desk because we use so much and I don’t have anywhere else to keep it…

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of coconut oil, the Virgin Coconut Oil Book is a great resource and you’ll receive a free copy if you order anything from this company and it is your first time ordering (no need to order the book, it will add to cart automatically if you use this link and it is your first order).

Today, I’m sharing my top 101 (yes 101!!) uses for coconut oil:

Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  2. Taken supplementally for daily energy
  3. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  4. On the skin as a basic lotion
  5. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  6. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  7. As an eye-makeup remover
  8. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  9. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  10. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  11. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  12. To support healthy thyroid function
  13. In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. In homemade lotion recipes
  17. 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
  18. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  19. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  20. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
  21. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  22. As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
  23. Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
  24. Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
  25. Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  26. Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
  27. As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours
  28. On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
  29. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  30. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  31. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
  32.  With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
  33. In natural Homemade Sunscreen
  34. In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
  35. In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
  36. Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
  37. Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
  38. There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
  39. Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
  40. Can help improve insulin levels
  41. Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
  42. Can help improve cholesterol ratios
  43. Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
  44. In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
  45. As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
  46. Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
  47. Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
  48. After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
  49. Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
  50. As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
  51. As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
  52. In natural homemade diaper cream
  53. As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
  54. When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
  57. Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
  58. Can help resolve acne when used regularly
  59. Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
  60. I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
  61. On split ends to de-frizz
  62. A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
  63. By itself as a great tanning oil
  64. Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
  65. Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
  66. Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  67. Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
  68. A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
  69. To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  70. It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
  71. Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
  72.  Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
  73. By itself as a natural deodorant
  74. By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
  75. For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
  76. Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
  77. In homemade vapor rub
  78. As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
  79. A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
  80. Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
  81. As a completely natural baby lotion
  82. On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
  83. Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
  84. Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
  85. Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
  86. Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
  87. Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
  88. When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
  89. When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
  90. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
  91. Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
  92. On cuticles to help nails grow
  93. Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
  94. Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
  95. Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
  96. In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
  97. Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
  98. 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.
  99. Naturally clears up cold sores
  100. Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
  101. Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness
You can also check out my recipe index or Start Here Page for many more recipes that use coconut oil!

What Kind of Coconut Oil?

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best. This book provides more information about the benefits of coconut oil and the difference in the types of coconut oil.

I also love that this company supports small family farms in the Philippines. We order in five-gallon pails, which is more expensive up-front but which saves a lot of money in the long term.

Coconut 101 Uses for Coconut Oil
My husband and I both take about 4 tablespoons a day and the kids get a couple tablespoons in food, smoothies, or hot herbal tea.

Free Coconut Oil Book for You

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 your order. Click here to get your free copy.

How many of these uses for Coconut Oil have you tried? What did I miss? Share your favorite uses for coconut oil below! 

Top Photo Credit: Suzanne Perazzini

Reader Comments

    • Mindy says

      How did you eat it? I have dry chia seeds. Did you grind them up with coconut oil? I want to try it but I’m not sure how to get it down without feeling gross.

      • says

        I just mixed whole seeds with the oil. I may try grinding them up next time, because it was a bit… crunchy. And a little gross. There’s a mention above about freezing it in pill-sized pieces and swallowing it; I may try that as well.

        • Sarah Laird Fultz says

          Did you feel energetic? What happens if you take it at night? That note made me feel a little nervous about even taking it during the day.

        • Jennifer says

          Maybe it would be better to soak the seeds in a bit of water first and then stir in the coconut oil in to make a pudding? I’m addicted to drinking chia seeds with thai young coconut water! (Rice milk is really nice too)

      • Mari Elayne Moody says

        you can add it to smoothies, coffee, on a salad, replace vegetable oil with coconut oil … Its good in a smoothie, and in coffee, if you imulsify it first its just like creamer. Thats how I ingest it. Good Luck on finding new uses for it

      • Sabiah Love says

        i found it disgusting when i started eating it too.. i know oil pull for 30mins a day as often as i can.. you could start by oil puling and spitting it out, and work up to swallowing it or just try to swallow it quickly and have something tasty after.. you can also put it in a smoothie so you dont taste it at all.. your taste buds will become accustomed to it.

          • Kristy says

            Agreed. Doesn’t ingesting the oil after pulling defeat the point of pulling, which is to draw toxins from your body and into the oil, which you then spit out?

          • Jann says

            Oil Pulling is when you put about a tablespoon of oil into your mouth and swish it around, for anything from a minute to 30 mins before spitting it out. It draws toxins out of your system via your mouth, and even breaks down plaque on your teeth. If you go online you can find a lot of testimonials of the benefits people have found from Oil Pulling, and also the different oils you can use.

          • Annie says

            I don’t think Sabia was suggesting that anyone swallow after oil pulling. She was suggesting that the person above her try oil pulling first, where you spit the oil. Once she becomes accustomed to the taste/feel of oil in her mouth, she could move on to swallowing it immediately as a supplement (NOT after swishing).

        • CaVaGirl says

          Sabiah’s comment about swallowing coconut out after pulling defeats the purpose of the act.

          Oil Pulling is meant to remove toxins from the body – if you swallow it, you have just ingested all that
          was meant to be spat out.

      • Jane says

        You can make chocolate using coconut oil … I made it today using cocoa, maple syrup and I added some sesame seeds and chia seeds for a bit of texture. Delicious!

    • Melissa Kay Holmes says

      Okay, so taking it straight (slightly melted into liquid) was really gross. So if I put it into something like eggnog it will still work, correct?

      • Kim says

        I put it on my bagel in the morning along with cream cheese. It makes it so much more flavorful!
        I am also going to try it in smoothies, I make green smoothies and think coconut oil in it will make it taste better and make it even more healthy! Yum!

  1. Kati Ivey says

    I can’t wait to read through this list!…Slowly. :-) I’m fairly new to coconut oil so I’m excited to find other uses for it beyond cooking.  Thanks!

  2. says

    Holy. Moly. 

    You are an angel! I’ve already emailed this list to three people and I too will be hanging it up in a cabinet in my kitchen (should probably hang it in the bathroom and baby’s nursery too!).

  3. Erin says

    Katie
    How timely, I just asked on my last post if any readers knew of more benefits of coconut oil.
    Anyhow we’ve been using coconut oil on our teens’ acne and it is definetly helping to clear it up, we’re also using it in the hope that it will improve/cure acne scars, we ‘think’ it could be but just not certain yet.  A friend had a burn scar and the c oil took it away so we’re hoping.  Have you heard of c oil or anything else as successful for acne scars?

      • says

        Do you think putting coconut oil on your c-section scar is what made it disappear? I have a c-section scar, as well, and although it looks really good for it only being 7 months later, I would love to see it fade more! I’m new to coconut oil and just ordered a 16oz jar from tropical traditions. I am SO excited to start using it!

        • Ava says

          Coconut oil does great things for skin. I suggest using on scars, and as an after shower skin conditioner daily. I have lupus, and my skin is a wreck. Coconut oil makes an incredible difference immediately after use, and over time as a long term solution to chronic dryness, inflamed patches etc…. I also use it as an overnight hair treatment, and on very dry winter days….I use a tiny bit on the ends of my hair as a leave in conditioner! Oh..almost forgot….after a facial treatment, like a peel, or laser treatment, coconut oil is much better, and free of nasty chemicals, as an after procedure ointment. I have personal and professional experience with this one. I recommend it to all of my clients.

          • Bannef says

            You’re using coconut oil for acne internally or externally? I’ve heard it can clog pores so I’m nervous about using it on my face (I am VERY acne prone, and have a lot of whiteheads), but it’s also very dry and windy in Chicago, which my wimpy skin isn’t appreciating.

            I think I will try a little on my nose and cheeks where the dryness and windburn is worse, since I don’t usual get acne there, and see how it goes. Fingers crossed!

        • KT says

          I know this is a bit late but a big yes to using it on the c-section scar. I used it on mine and my scar is barely visible now. Plus it felt and smelled nice. My masseuse told me to wait until I had had my 6-8 week check with my doctor before she would do any proper massage on it. As soon as my 6 week check was done away we went.

        • Vickie says

          It comes from cows or pigs (will usually say bovine or pork gelatin on the label). I don’t use it because I’m a vegetarian, and if you Google a detailed explanation, you may not want to use it because it’s pretty disgusting.

        • Mel says

          You can use a plain gelatin like Knox, or make a bone broth if you eat meat (aka chicken or beef stock). I like to roast a chicken, then the next day I will put the bones in a stock pot with plenty of water, a little salt, and a glug of vinegar. The acid helps to pull calcium out of the bones, as an added benefit. If you cook it low and slow on the stove, the broth will congeal once you have cooled it in the fridge. The fact that it congealed will tell you that you have dissolved much of the collagen (gelatin) in the chicken bones / joints. I just made stock with some beef bones, to great congealing effect! (Young animal bones will have more collagen, but you should get plenty out of any bones you want to use). You can reference this post from Mark Sisson for more tips on bone broth:

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cooking-with-bones/#axzz2sUWttoPF

          As far as plain gelatin, my mom adds a packet to her smoothie in the morning and even stored in the fridge for a day or two, doesn’t seem to change the overall texture very much.

          Good luck!

    • Chantell says

      Try massaging warm honey into skin and smooth over face. Let sit 20 minutes to an hour. Dr. Mercola raw honey or manuka honey is best! Rinse off with an equal mix of water and Bragg apple cider vinegar. Wait another 20 mins and rinse vinegar off! Then before bed apply fresh lemon juice to face and rinse with cold water the next morning! Honey can be applied everyday and lemon only 2-3 times a week! This will get rid of acne scars and acne! Works wonders! Be sure to clean and exfoliate skin!

      • says

        I’ve seen it help when using it internally (up to 1/4 cup per day in food or smoothies) and topically. I personally use oil cleansing on my skin and have good results with it.

        • Jean Blount says

          I just started cleansing my face nightly with a oil blend. It’s been about two weeks now and WOW can you see a difference. I’m 53 and got tired of paying out all my monies searching for the right facial creams. Who knew? That #1 it has been around for centuries, #2 it is so darn cheap, #3 it vanished nearly all my wrinkles ( All my friends are eagerly wanting to try this), #4 It is so healthy for your skin and lips, #5 it covers all of my beauty needs. Cleans &moisturizers. I now have my grandson using it (different types of oil) to wash his face and help with his acne. Imagine cleaning your face with oil to clear up acne, again who knew. You should do a article on oil cleaning for the face!

      • rosa says

        I have been using it all over my face and neck, I get acne on my chin and checks, but the coconut oil works great. After a shower put it over face and neck, give it some time it works.

      • Guest says

        I take it right from the jar with a spoon whether it solid or liquid depending on the room temp. I don’t find it to be to bad swallow quickly.

        • Bannef says

          I’ve found people talk about putting it in their coffee or tea with some milk, and then putting it through a blender – it’s supposed to make a pleasant and frothy hot drink. Of course if you’re pulling out the blender anyway you might prefer the smoothie route.

    • Ava says

      I do, but I also use it in every day cooking and food prep. It’s great in salads with vinegar, and makes a great oil for baking. I use a brand that does not have a coconutty flavor for baking, as it can overpower. For my skin and hair, I use one that has a full coconutty smell. Reminds me of Hawaii.

  4. Cmkittka says

    Just ordered the expeller-pressed organic coconut oil and I am trying it out in my tea. I know you said above that I should take the virgin one but I dont like the taste of coconuts. Can I still benefit?

      • Michael says

        What about the Trader Joe’s virgin organic coconut oil? It says they produce it without heat or chemicals or bleach.

    • Maryalice says

      I got the organic expeller for the same reasons.  If I’m cooking with it,  I don’t want to be tasting coconut.  Great idea about freezing little pieces to take as pills and I still have a problem with “eating/drinking”  oil.  LOL

    • says

       That’s why I ordered the expeller organic … don’t like the taste of coconuts in my veggies or coffee.  And they had a special of order 1 and get 1 free so now I can take some to my daughter and get her started on it.

  5. Sugaroo2 says

    I’ve been thinking of adding 1/4 cup of coconut oil to my daily regime, but to be honest, I’m a little nervous about weight gain. I’m gluten-free, but not paleo and still believe we DO have to consider calories (I know some people don’t). There are a lot of added calories in a 1/4 cup – what’s been your experience – or others, anyone had similar concerns? Thanks!

    • says

      Coconut oil is actually unique in its high lauric acid and MCFA content so it is in a form that is readily absorbed as energy and not easily stored as fat. In the past, they attempted to give it to animals to make them gain weight (especially livestock) and they actually lost weight instead. You’ll probably notice if you start taking it, that you feel warm and your heart rate goes up at first as your metabolism increases. So long answer, but it shouldn’t cause any weight gain.

      • says

        I agree with this. I have s very strict diet that I maintain to keep myself in top shape for boxing. I started eating this regularly. No weight gain, in fact have lost weight, have more energy, and I feel like my appetite is smaller. I have noticed some affects on my body temperature as I tend to always be very cold due to poor circulation. I only expect this to improve with prolonged regular use. This stuff is nothing short of a miracle. It has also cleared my acne and other skin issues. Amazing!

      • karen wright says

        i’m a hot natured person, so how warm does it make you feel? don’t like to be hot! are you supposed to take unrefined virgin coconut oil for weight loss? thanks.

      • Jeannie bailey says

        Thank you I wondered why my usual low heart rate had increased, I hav been using c.oil for quite some months now jeannie

    • Ava says

      Coconut oil will not cause weight gain. Carbs cause weight gain. I have a very under active thyroid, which causes weight gain among other health issues. I started using coconut oil originally to lose weight and it works. There are many studies out there that will give you the details, but suffice it to say, that fat does not cause fat. Coconut oil will supercharge your metabolism by way of supercharging your thyroid. My personal trainer (years ago) was the one who introduced me to coconut oil. She was a figure competitor. Her body fat was around 9%, and she used coconut oil to lose any added fat before competition. How? She ate minimal/ to no carbs other than green, raw veggies, and her body used the coconut oil as fuel. When your body burns oils from the outside, it quickly starts to burn fat from the inside (your thighs etc). They myth of eating oils and fats and gaining weight from them need to be put to rest. Do some research on the history of low carb/health fat diets, and ketogenic eating for health, and you will get an idea of how far fetched the idea of low fat eating for health and weight really is. Sugar is the devil. Oil (good oil like coconut and olive) will make you healthy and gorgeous…..all skinny girls know that.

      • Liza Van Den Heever says

        I hate low fat/fat free products!!! And then they are even sweetened!! I rather use full cream not sweetened and lose weight!!!

      • ryane dunaway says

        lol. I’m a “skinny girl”.. I’m a personal trainer, certified in weight management and love my carbs! Carbs don’t make you gain weight. Eating more than calories than you are burning makes you gain weight.

  6. Renita says

    I have been using coconut oil for many years now.
     It makes your popcorn taste like it used to in the movie theater.
     I also noticed that if you are frying something in coconut oil and if it splatters on your hand it may burn at first but it doesn’t leave a blister.  So from that I decided that is the best thing for using on all kinds of burns.  Especially works good on sunburn.
    I am so glad you did this.  I also buy it by the 5 gal. bucket.  I tell ever one to use it.  It is awesome stuff. 
    Works if you have an itch somewhere it will take care of it.
    Remember it is anti-fungal, anti-viral & anti-bacterial.

  7. Kelseykelscoolio says

    Wow Katie- this is awesome. Thanks so much! I’m going to Bookmark it, FB it, tweet it, and pin it. :)

    I’m only about 6 months into coconut oil and a OBSESSSED, so this will help fuel my obsession:)

    Can you elaborate on #47- varicose veins? Do you just rub it on? How does it work topically? I’m only 27 and already have a spot. Hoping to find a natural way to get rid of it!!

  8. Mauri says

    I used it as a furniture polish/cleaner for my expected baby’s crib.  I got my old crib after almost 30 years in an attic and it needed some love.  My dad told me to use furniture wax, but I wasn’t comfortable with that since it’s likely that my little girl will at some point explore it with her mouth.  It worked wonderfully!

      • Dee Shelton says

        A lot of cribs didn’t have drop side railing back then. Most accidents with cribs happen from neglect from the parents and bad design from the Chinese. I bet that bed is made better than almost every crib on the market today.

    • says

      I agree with Linda a lot of old cribs may be dangerous, check online about crib safety standards, the slats on older cribs are more likely to be wider spread apart and the little one can get their head stuck. I know I am just reading this now as you wrote 9 months ago and probably deffinatly have a little cutie now.

  9. BasicIngredients says

    This is a great handy list! Oh all the reasons to love coconut oil! I find that I can hardly live without it. It’s an AMAZING weight loss aid. I did a one day fast with mostly coconut oil (and was not hungry) and felt so good and lost a lot of weight. After using so much coconut oil the doctor told me to gain weight! Love it, Love it . . . 

    • jade_sz18 says

      Nope she didn’t forget it. Number 50 is personal lubricant. Some of the things on the list are duplicates though, but still a great and helpful list of uses.

  10. Elena says

    Unrelated to this post, I have not received the meal plans for  a while. Please tell me what to do to start receiving them again.
    Thank you.
    Elena

    • says

      Elena, they switched to a newer system and you were grandfathered in. You should have gotten an email with your new login and password, and from there, you can access all the meal plans and generate your own. If you didn’t get it, email me at: katie (at) wellnessmama (dot) com and I’ll see if I can resend it manually.

  11. Mrs Elliott88 says

    You said that refined oil will work for external use. But will unrefined work best for both? I ordered some Tropical Traditions coconut oil and am wondering if that would be best to use for everything or if I should get refined oil for external use.

  12. says

    I have found that using expeller pressed coconut oil works better for my body butter vs. the coconut nutty scented ones… the essential oils that I use are Jasmine and lemongrass, and my last batch of body butter I used Nutiva’s organic coconut oil and it smells so nutty (great smell, you just want to eat it), but not mixed with Jasmine… oh well. You live and learn!

  13. Erin says

    I knew of Katie’s recommendation for using coconut oil topically – as a lotion – but hadn’t ever tried it until a few weeks ago I was scooping it out with my hands to grease up a muffin pan. After I was done, I rubbed the leftovers all over my arms… and I have been hooked ever since! The longevity of its moisturizing effects really amazes me – and my skin feels so cleanly moist! I love it!

    • Linda J Bennington says

      Not only does it reduce wrinkles but it evens skin tone and tightens the baggy chin….I love it and use it every day.

  14. Gabriela says

    hi!
    I am SO HAPPY i discovered your blog, congrats and thank you for taking the time do share your wonderful knowledge with all of us
    : D

    I have a Q about using coconut oil as a night face wash, is this ok instead of using any other face washes, I kinda want to stop using Cetaphil facewash.
    I think it would be a better option for removing face makeup too not just eye-makeup, yes?

  15. BostonMum says

    I was completely skeptical about the coffee, but just whipped up a big cup in my vitamix blender…WOW! So awesome and I didn’t need any sweetener (as a vegan, I skipped the butter). I also put some in a smoothie (pineapple, kale, carrot and apple) for my kids and they loved it too. Thanks so much!

  16. says

    I have been hearing about the benefits of coconut oil and how fat does NOT make you fat but I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. Do you have any research, or know where I can get it, about why fat is good for us and what types of fat? I have been sick for a while and I am trying to eat better so I am going grain, legumes and dairy free to see how my body reacts. I would still like to read more research on how this is good for me. Thanks for any help!

    • says

      The book “Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It” by Gary Taubes addresses this in depth. In short, go for fats found in nature (coconut oil, grassfed meats, grassfed butter, grassfed tallow, avocado, olive oil, etc) and avoid the ones created in labs (margarine, vegetable oil, soybean oil, canola oil, and anything that comes in a box or bag…)

    • says

      It’s all about balance. Your body turns carbohydrates into glucose (sugar) and when you do not use the glucose, it’s stored as fat. There are carbohydrates in fruit, bread, and even small to moderate amounts in vegetables. A balanced diet is key. Your body uses fat in a variety of ways. Even the outer lining of your cells (aka cell membranes) are compsed of phospolipids which is phosphate and lipids (aka fat) so its necessary for your body. As with any food type, as long as you use the energy it gives you, it will not be stored as fat. I hope this helps some.

  17. Danielle says

    Anytime I burn myself with an iron or hair straightener I apply coconut oil immediately and it takes away that initial hot burning feeling. I also had to put it on my poor cats paws when he stepped in something corrosive outside, which healed them right up.
    PS cats also love the taste of C-oil and it is very good for their coats!

  18. mo bius says

    Thanks for Tropical Traditions: They are having a a great two fer sale on 32 oz of their coconut oil, with free shipping…this is a far lower price for far higher quality than I can get at my local grocery..and you can’t beat free shipping, which I see they do occasionally!!

  19. Elena says

    Your blog is amazing! Was wondering whether you get the same benefits of eating it raw as you do when you cook/fry with it?

  20. says

    Of the 90% saturated fat, about 2/3 of it is lauric acid. Big deal.
    About 1/3 of it is myrristic acid and pamitic acid, which are the two
    worst sat fats for you and it is more than what is in lard.

    It fails on all accounts except one out of like 20.

    • Chabbella says

      Shame Spence, perhaps you should do some research. You’d be pleasantly surprised to learn that Saturated fat is NOT bad for you. We all believe or at some stage believed that saturated fat is the worst stuff ever, however the science does not back that view.

      • Amanda H says

        Given that no scientific data is actually provided in the article list to support any claims, I remain skeptical.

    • says

      Palmitic acid is good. Lung surfactant is made up of palmitic acid. Asthma results when you don’t have enough lung surfactant and bronchi(oles) get inflamed.

  21. Alana says

    How do you prepare #39? Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost..do you grind the chia seeds? do you mix melted oil w/ chia seeds and just drink / eat?

    • LysiJoy says

      I saw u didn’t have a response to ur question so I thought I’d chime in as I’ve been making a similar concoction for years. I put the coconut oil in a glass and add an ounce or so of hot water and let it melt. Then add the chia and about an ounce of juice, stirring as you drink it. Then drink a cup of water. The water is important to help flush the chia thru ur system. Otherwise it can gum up. And, yes you do need to grind the chia seeds. I grind them up very finely in a coffee grinder. Hope this helps!

  22. Alisa says

    I don’t have any human children yet, but my dogs and cats are my stand-ins for now. We all get a bit of coconut oil in the morning, and the furries have the most beautifully shiny coats! They love it so much, that the moment they hear the jar opening, they all come running!

  23. hnkids3 says

    Is there a certain kind? I think I got the wrong stuff. I love coconut , so I’m not worried about taste or anything. But I got pure coconut oil by louana … That’s the only kind I could find at my local store.

      • emily harris says

        I have a jar of spectrum organic coconut oil tht is REFINED expeller pressed. its a reddish color and pure liquid at room temp. what are the best uses for this and what things should I not use this for?

  24. Hailey says

    I ordered a five gallon pain through your link and did not receive a free book. Can you let me know what I need to do to get it? Thanks!

  25. lfarris01@yahoo.com says

    What am I suppose to mix with the coconut oil to use for eczame? Also what to mix with to use for cellulite?

  26. says

    I use coconut oil (both flavored and unflavored) for cooking, deep conditioner, as a hand cream, as a lip butter, as eye makeup remover, and on cuts. (I once cut my hand on a knife while washing the dishes and I put coconut oil on the cut and it healed within two days!)

    • lauren says

      Rub some onto your toy, your hands, or your man. Only use what you need, don’t go crazy with it- although it probably wouldn’t hurt.

  27. Tay says

    I get yeast infections once a month. Not severe or anything, but like clockwork after or before that time of the month. I’ve started using coconut oil and it works miracles. It’s also really good for shaving cream (not sure if that was mentioned?). Super smooth! I’ve also recently found it helps with razor bumps if applied after shaving. I’ve recently become an addict! Great list, thanks!

  28. Karen Dougherty says

    I loved this and found it just plain fun and informative. I even linked it to my blog on my website Fit to be Trained. I hope that is ok.

  29. sss397@gmail.com says

    I’ve been cooking with coconut oil for the last 2 years now and loved the taste it would add to my sautes! After doing some research and coming across a myriad ways to use the oil, i’ve started using it topically for skin health over the last 6 months. I made a sugar body scrub: brown sugar, coconut oil,vitamin e, and lavendar essential oil. It helped almost instantly with the “chicken skin” on the back of my legs and left my skin smooth after showering! I use the coconut oil as a makeup remover, then use the scrub on my face about 3 times a week, and after washing my face, then moisturize with coconut oil. I’m wondering if this coconut oil routine (removing makeup, scrubbing with it, and then moisturizing) might be over kill for my face?

  30. Kris Bost says

    Hello!! I have heard that coconut oil will also aid in passing a hair strand test. Not sure??? Wondered if there were any facts on that?????????????????????

  31. Laura Jessup says

    I can’t wait to get started on some of these. I’m still new to going all natural, adding one or two alternatives at a time. My journey actually began with cco. I got it while I was pregnant to fight dry skin and avoid any new stretch marks (unfortunately I never made it far enough to get that big ‘ol baby bump anyway). But it kept me hydrated through the nasty dry hospital bed rest. When I returned home I used it as a cloth diaper safe rash cream, but soon got the suspicion she was sensitive to it because her rash Got worse and worse. So I use grapeseed oil or olive oil in her wipes now. But I still love cco and use it as nipple cream for breastfeeding (but luckily she doesn’t tear my nipples up). And I slather it on my skin constantly. I also use it for infant massage (not sure if that was on the list but maybe you should add It to the massage oil tip). It really helps to massage her when she has trapped gas. I need to start ingesting it, but I’m not really sure where to start. I may start with my coffee. I just fear I won’t like the taste because I almost puked when I tried coconut water. Maybe ill try the frozen chunks and take a s a pill like it was suggested. I just don’t know how to make perfect pill shapes, would a tsp scoop it good into a shape without melting it?

    • Jaci Lamont says

      If the coconut oil made your daughter’s diaper rash worse, I’d be concerned that she is sensitive or allergic to it in any form; for massage, nipple cream, or coming through your breast milk. I have lots of allergies, and something you use externally, can give you internal symptoms, also…for me, I can’t wear regular makeup, because it makes my face feel yucky, and makes other allergy symptoms (wheezing, stuffy nose, etc) worse. And makes my ADD and Depression symptoms worse. Allergies also can cause constipation and diarrhea. I suppose since it’s been a year since your post, you have probably found out if she is sensitive to it or not. :)

  32. says

    Hello! Just purchased some Organic Virgin Coconut Oil because of a woman at Trader Joe’s. Her skin was so unbelievably soft! She told me that she washed her face with it, but I didn’t think to ask how or how much. Any suggestions?

    Oh, and does this really help with the thyroid? If so, how would I take this? A tsp a day?

    Thank you! :)

  33. Rachel says

    OIl Pulling is a terrific way to detox your mouth and body using coconut oil. I learned all about it by reading a book titled “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. My teeth are whiter, my gums are healthy. There are so many other health benefits as well.

  34. says

    It’s rare for me to spend so much time reading a blog post, but these uses for coconut oil are just what I was looking for, so very helpful! I read lots of places about benefits of coconut oil, but wanted to know how – get ideas for using it. You provided that SO well, thanks.

  35. says

    I am in the process of starting my exportation of pressed coconut oil (cold) and looking for companies or people who are interested in obtaining it in bulk quantities, I have been to the family that make this AMAZING PRODUCT THAT I have been using for years and would like everyone else who has had enough of these ‘fake’ mega companies that use the name only and expose the small communities that are trying to get by, if anyone here knows how I can get it started please let me know via email, I am a small business and want to start it off like that so I may show the communities that they can do it themselves as well……
    I may be reached at allan.ramsarran@gmail.com

    Thanks!!!

    p.s.- as soon as you come out of the shower, don’t dry your skin just lather it on and let it soak in…….. your skin will look, feel, smell and be AMAZING!!!

  36. Beci says

    Any chance they have an unscented or low scented kind of coconut oil? I’ve been hearing/reading tons about it, but I’m not crazy about the smell or taste of coconuts.

  37. says

    I prefer Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Not only it is good for you as a food, it’s also good for you on your body.

  38. Diana Jenkins says

    I’m highly allergic to coconut, a gift from my mother who is as well, is there ANY alternative that is close to the benefits from c oil?

  39. Dianne Boulton says

    I put a spoon of coconut oil on my porridge it melts in and gives a lovely flavour. I also make cacoa balls made with almonds coconut oil, shreded coconut. dates and cacao powder wized in a thermo mix or food processor. My friend also puts chia seeds in (bit crunchy for my liking) They taste devine and you only need one or two to satisfy your sweet tooth and all the ingrediants are good for you.

  40. sid says

    I want to find out if one can drink coconut oil with milk . ie put a teaspoon of oil or more in the milk which i would like to drink.. – thanks

  41. Kristin Glidden says

    I was going to suggest using coconut oil directly onto acne and continue until skin is completely clear, then I saw it was listed here. And I thought I had found a perfect acne healer on my own LOL seriously tho I just thought one day to try it, and it’s the ONLY thing that has helped my breakouts!! I love coconut oil!!

  42. Kristin Glidden says

    Reading thru comments I see people using different kinds, and that it has taste… I buy mine in the grocery store, cooking oil aisle 5.99 for a huge jar, no taste what so ever, and it seems to work just as well as all the “expensive” others I am seeing. Am I missing something?

  43. ytd says

    PLEASE tell me more about #39. Do you just mix the whole seeds with the coconut oil and swallow? Could this be used as a quick breakfast/snack, and does it really give you a lot of energy??

  44. Arika says

    What about the dangers of phytic acid in coconuts? Is phytic acid not present in the oil? I would like to
    try it internally but do not want to worry about it becoming counterproductive. Thanks

  45. Kristi Rudd Baptist says

    Amazing website! I just love all the information and thankful for all your hard work putting it together for us! I learned new ways to use coconut and cant wait to try!

  46. Flamba says

    For anyone wanting to try #50 with a partner, be warned: any oil will reduce the efficacy of latex barriers.

  47. AndyM says

    I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!!!!! I was looking for information on how to use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer and this 101 uses list popped up. I recently gave up all the super expensive and chemical-laden potions I had been using in favor of Argan oil. That has worked well, but I am told coconut oil works even better. Anyway, I am so completely dazzled by your site. So much great information here!!! Can’t wait to make lotion and deodorant bars! I am off now to do more exploring here. Thanks for this. I have already shared the link with my mother and daughter.

  48. ijaguilera says

    We have used it on our hair overnite for lice. the eggs comb out really easy and the buggers prrtty much hate it and try to leave.BUT it us really hard to wash out. It takes 3 washes and still the hair is heavy but not all greasy. Super soft though. Lol.

  49. ijaguilera says

    We have used it on our hair overnite for lice. the eggs comb out really easy and the buggers prrtty much hate it and try to leave.BUT it us really hard to wash out. It takes 3 washes and still the hair is heavy but not all greasy. Super soft though. Lol.

  50. Joëlle says

    Hello everyone, I have a question: does anyone know if coconut oil intake helps people with food allergies, such as peach allergy ?

  51. Deborah Nisbit says

    after being biten by mossies during a walk in the woods i can confirm that it does a great job at reducing itch. normally i use a cream bought from my local chinese medicine centre. will have to get some oils and try out the bug off bars. :)

  52. says

    Hi Katie, would you use it on chicken pox spots on the vulva? My three year old has quite a lot and they are making her miserable! It’s the middle of the night here, or I’d put her in a bath (may have to do that anyway!).

  53. Carla says

    Hi love this new web site new for me.Can you email me the list of uses for cocnut oil so i can email it my friends? Thaxs Carla Pauls

  54. Angelme Imu says

    I have been using pure unrefined coconut oil on my skin for about a month. It removed moles off my face.with iwo days and I use it to shave my legs and it nourishes the skin. I also put a couple teaspoons in my bath my skin is so refreshed and much healthier looking it leaves my skin with a glow as if I went to beauty salon and got a facial. I swear by it and use it not only for my skin but my children skin too. I only by organic.

  55. Lauren says

    hi! i just wanna ask.. to remove cellulite, do i need to apply on my skin or drink it? in terms of losing weight, do i need to drink it? will 1 tablespoon a day work? thanks so much! :) great great info by the way! thanks for sharing!

  56. Ginger says

    Hi! My face is super oily and I can not seem to find any thing that works to keep it oil free throughout the day. If I use cco on it for acne will it make the problem worse?

    • Julia says

      Hi Ginger :) Contrary to what you may think, putting oil on the skin actually reduces your skins oil production. The skin produces oil as a natural reaction to being stripped of oils via washing your face. With someone who is oily, your skin does not know when to “stop” producing the oil. I am both oily & acne prone. Using CCO has DRASTICALLY reduced my oiliness (as in, it’s non existent) and it does not break me out, while new breakouts are few & far between. I use Nutiva Organic Unrefined Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Applying a very small amount (just enough to cover the skin, don’t over apply or you’ll be greasy!) immediately after cleansing your face (in whatever way you choose) will work perfectly for you :)

  57. Mjop says

    I’m new to all of this. I would love to start consuming more coconut oil as I’ve now seen all the benefits. But isn’t coconut a natural laxative? I tried the coffee recipe this morning and LOVED it. But I was also in the bathroom more than I’d like to be for the few hours following…

    Am I missing something? Is nobody else dealing with this? This just wouldn’t be acceptable everyday while I’m at work! :( Suggestions?

  58. Elcee says

    When I came down with a yeast infection a while ago I did the soaking a tampon thing, and it worked magic! Within two days I felt much better, I kept doing it for a week to stay on top of it so it didn’t come back, but it worked miracles, without the embarrassment of a Dr’s visit or a trip to the store for cream. :)

  59. George Blair says

    What’s the storage life of coconut oil? Worst-case scenario: no refrigeration, sealed, 90% humidity and 90 degrees?

  60. Viktoria Asta-Vidalin Walker says

    I’m currently watching what I eat and record everything I eat in a diary. If I somehow take 4 tbls in a day, that’s 400 calories, that takes up a lot of calories, or do I not count those since its good fats

  61. Candy Grandpre says

    I gag on coconut oil. I have difficulty swallowing it. The smell doesn’t stink, but even smelling it makes me want to gag. Why? I want to be healthier. It seems I can only use it for hair & skin & mixed in oatmeal, or beans & rice.

    • Dawn C says

      Candy, I would try the frozen method that has been mentioned and see if that works for you. Just put in it something to make it a small type thing so that you can just swallow it.

  62. Kortnee Ayers says

    Youre a referrer paid when people order from the link on your site and i never trust people that do that because i know you cant be honest when youre being paid to promote a product.

    • says

      I don’t actually get paid… I get coupons for discounts on their products, many of which I turn around and give to readers. Also, I use almost all of their products and would even if I didn’t get any kind of referral at all. I understand where you are coming from, but these are products I do personally use and like…

  63. Kortnee Ayers says

    Both the book you are promoting and the site where you supposedly buy your oil are referral links where you get paid if anyone clicks it and ends up buying their products.

    • Micky says

      I am not aware of, nor did I sign up for any compensation for promoting coconut oil. I was just simply forwarding information that I found useful, that appeared on my face book feed. I am not interested in “promoting” any product for any reason.

  64. Antonia Patterson says

    I just wanted to say Thank You w/ an explanation. I’ve used coconut oil for several years now, for my lip balms and body butters and yet I just never could remember to work it into my cooking. It just seemed to slip my mind. I’ve always had an issue w/ eating, I could goes days w/out touching a morsel except for when I’m cooking for the family I sometimes eat (more not than often). However I drink coffee every morning. Before this week I could barley drink a cup due to the phlegm drainage and sinus issues (then I learned about OP and I’ve been doing that 9 days now and I’m back up to my two cups a day. OP is Amazing!!!) So what’s my point right? lol. Thanks be to you after OP in the morning I’ll make my coffee….yes….you guessed it….w/ a spoonful of coconut oil in it and my normal sugar and milk. I love love love it! You don’t even know it’s there except for the fact that I don’t need my lip balm till all my coffee is gone, lol. So how awesome is that? All the benefits of eating the coconut oil PLUS smooth luscious (not dry and cracked) morning lips. Also because it has become a daily routine of handling the oil I actually remember to use it in my cooking. So thank you, You Rock!!!

  65. Adrienne says

    You did address that it fights yeast infections… I just wanted to add that that includes thrush in your mouth & also on your nipples when breastfeeding! This a little off topic, but if you breastfeed, wiping your nipples w/ white vinegar followed by coconut or olive oil is great for treating/preventing thrush. =)

  66. says

    I don’t know if this is really 101 ways for coconut oil use. A good amount of them just tend to “repeat” themselves. I could have sworn the “as a replacement for vegetable oils” was used twice.

    All together, I’m really liking the homemade tooth paste recipe and will try it! THanks!

  67. Josa Ducay Portem says

    This list deserves to be hanged in every kitchen! You are such an inspiration Katie. You inspired me to go DIY and to live by the code of natural living. You even inspired me to start my own blog! Thank you for your help,advice and everything! Much love from the Philippines! wearepracticalmoms.blogspot.com

  68. says

    Fabulous post thanks, I use coconut oil in many of the moisturizers and serums and facemasks in my natural skin care book(s). Its good for skin and body on so many levels :) really enjoyed reading this thanks

  69. J.b.clamence says

    Hmmm…”50. As a natural personal lubricant”? And I’ve been using olive oil all this time like a sucker.

  70. says

    This is a great post I love making my natural skin care recipes and yummy body butters with coconut oil. I have over 200 natural skin care recipes to repair skin and one of my favourite ingredients is coconut oil, we keen a jar in our kitchen, a BIG one as we use it for so many things from cooking to furniture polish. I also make divine body scrubs that leave your skin glowing :)

  71. Melbie says

    Hi! i heard coconut oil is good for chicken skin i just wanna know if whe is the proper time to put it is before or aftet the shower?
    And it says it will help you reduce weight can you tell me in what way? Thank you:)

  72. Eb-Jayne :) says

    would love to buy some ASAP! but tropical trad is $100 postage to where i am in Aus, what would be another good brand?

  73. Amanda Steele says

    It has helped my bumps on the back of my arms tremendously! I rub it in after showering & noticed fewer bumps in only a few days!

    • Valerie says

      Those bumps are called Keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin). I also have it and I am currently using organic expeller pressed coconut oil on my skin. I have only been using it for 1 week and still have not noticed a reduction in the bumps. However, I did notice it makes my skin feel less dry and smooth!

  74. Hadeel El Deeb says

    I read this to keep myself entertained as I enjoy a hair mask of coconut oil & honey; this list is an absolute treasure! Thank you

  75. Sean Michaels says

    Great list, quite helpful, but there are some repeats (45, 46 & 96 seem basically the same)… Also, seems like you could just say, if you have a skin issue, try coconut oil. ;-) That said, i’m off to make some tea and will be adding some for my sore throat and sickness i’m getting over. Thanks for posting.

  76. Elizabeth Glaser says

    I’m guessing that it has been asked, but… where on earth do you get a 5gal. bucket of coconut oil??? I’ve been using it more and more, and want to use it even MORE STILL!!! But… I find it both irritating, and not cost effective to buy it @ the grocery store in only 36oz containers for such a price tag of at least $20 a pop (I haven’t priced it in a while actually…) So… please PLEASE!! Help a mamma out! <3

  77. says

    I ordered coconut oil through this page a few months ago, got the free book (THANKS, love it) and use it now daily. A funny story… was using it instead of sunscreen and my dog went NUTS==> was licking me like crazy! Funny but also kind of bizarre. So I began putting some on her dry dog food and she loves it! Sometimes I spread some on her paws and she goes into a licking frenzy. She smells the stuff the second I open the jar and comes running. Hey, it’s also healthy for our canine companions, so if you are owned by a canine…TRY it.

  78. Vickie says

    If I rub it on my scalp to try to help with eczema, how difficult will it be to wash it out of my hair completely so it’s not still greasy after washing? Any ideas?

    • Miranda Meow says

      its not difficult at all i put it on at night and put my hair up and in the morning i take a shower with shampoo and conditioner and it comes out just fine

  79. fannyp says

    I recently read an article that suggested making your own coconut oil to save money. Now I can’t find the article. I remember it only had 2 ingredients…. a store bought bag of frozen flaked coconut, and 1 other ingredient that I cannot remember. I’m thinking it was just a Tbsp spring water? Put in food processor and emulsify til creamy. Does anyone know anything about this? Could it possibly provide all the same benefits? I love Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut oil, but the price prevents 1/4 c. per day consumption, which I would like to try for acne scars and overall health. Help?

  80. Sabiah Love says

    i love coconut oil, thanks for the ideas. i used to be disgusted by eating it or even the idea of putting it in my mouth… as often as i can i use it to oil pull.. oil pulling; a tablespoon, swish around your mouth for 10-30 mins (30mins is more successful) and it whitens your teeth.. also takes the toxins out, make sure you rinse your mouth afterward.. i brush mine afterwards. you can build up to 30 if you dont feel comfortable at first!

  81. cocnutoil says

    I found for me it worked best on my hair. I tried using this as a facial moisturizer and it left about 4 large pimples on my face. Its been a couple weeks and they haven’t gone away. I will be getting a glycolic peel this afternoon due to putting coconut oil on my face. I didn’t notice any difference in the skin on the rest of my body so I will just stick to olive oil on my body. Bottom Line: this worked perfect for my hair when left in and when used as a primer before shampooing. BUT I will never use this on my face again.

  82. Julia says

    I read a comment on another blog post about coconut oil that said it (coconut oil) is very drying…that just doesn’t make sense to me since we use it in lotion, as a conditioner, and facial moisturizer. The reason I ask about it is my baby’s skin has been very dry lately even though I use straight coconut oil on him after most baths. At first I thought is was because of the winter weather, but now I wonder if its the oil. Could you address this?

  83. Susan & Perry Bustard says

    I want to get some ……but I want to get the best kind,it’s very expensive in our little town. Whats the best kind to buy ????

  84. Claudia says

    I put 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut oil with a bit of cocoa mix in my coffee and it makes it taste like a Mounds candy bar.

  85. frankie frost says

    I found out I am pregnet with my lucky number 8 baby its my 7 time being prgenet I have had twins I used coconut oil on my tummy and on all of my kids when they wore born we all have soft skin. Thank you for the other ways I can use coconut oil :)

    But how do I get the free coconut oil but I need more instuctions on that.

  86. Mia Adams says

    102. Having a teaspoon a day will prevent migraines or lessen their frequency and intensity. A spoonful will also work as a treatment to one that’s already started.

    I’m going into 4 months with virtually no migraines. I used to get them chronically, 8-10 times a month… I have not had one full-blown migraine in nearly 4 months. Last week, I had a migraine aura start up on my way out of the market, I came straight home and had an extra teaspoon of coconut oil and it dissipated within about 20 minutes. It never even spiked up to the intensity I have always suffered. Coconut oil is AMAZING!

  87. Joeli says

    I use it for #50: Natural lubricant without disturbing vaginal flora… and I love it! Tasty, long lasting, not sticky and no chemicals! Highly recommend…and so does my hubby ;)

  88. Glenda J Froment says

    I tend to have trouble with conjunctivitis. To relieve the itchiness
    and burning, I started using it every night and morning. I just rub on a
    small amount on and around my eyelids. After about 30 days I have
    noticed less itching and that sand paper feeling under my eyelids is
    completely gone!

  89. Miranda Meow says

    so it says you can use it as a facial mask AND for hair growth ! has anyne noticed facial hair growth !?!?!?! i would like to try this butt i sure dont wait facial hair

  90. Donna Frano says

    I heard that you can use it on your dog’s skin and internally for your dog as well. Deals with all kinds of issues – yeast, inflammation, etc. AND apparently, fleas and ticks. Anything about pets in the book?

  91. Billie says

    We rescued a little Shitzu who had a bad yeast infection all over her body…she was sore from itching. I rubbed her sore spots and bald spots with coconut oil and gave her a small amount on a spoon…she’s all better (also had a bunch of meds) but I still give her a little coconut oil…and I’ve started cooking with it…

  92. Bannef says

    I’m an inexperienced and (so far) kind of horrible cook – I’m really not up for the challenge of incorporating coconut oil into the recipes my lovely friends are kind enough to share, at least not just yet. But I definitely want all these great benefits! So I’ve been integrating it into my breakfast routine, one tablespoon now, but hopefully moving up to two.

    So far I’ve had great luck mixing it with smoothies, and tea of all things – if you stick it in your tea with a little (soy, coconut or cow) milk and blend it, it makes for a foamy hot drink. (This also works for coffee.) Personally I’m such a child I will still order a cappuccino, eat the foam, and then give the rest to my friend, so I’m very enamored with this development.

    My next challenge will be adding it to oatmeal. Some people add butter, right?

  93. Gonzalo Quintero says

    I purchased coconut oil long time ago when I read how good it is I when to my kitchen cabinet and got the jar of coconut oil but it is expire expire July 2013 can I still use it I already took a spoon full of it

  94. charlie says

    3:30 am woke up heartburn use over the counter meds no real help for 30 mins 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 3 mins its gone it work for me try lt

  95. Rochelle says

    Hello world and coconut lovers!!!
    YES! YES! YES! This history of coconut use really works!
    If any of you have membership at Costco… Get it FAST; well they have a $3 off coupon wich makes it only $13. It’s a generous size for the price. It’s organic and from the island of Philippines; where we all know a lot of coconuts grow there!
    Enjoy! The only question I have is the intake part. I understand adding it to food. I’m taking about just taking it as is. How? And pulling?
    Thank God for coconuts!!!!

    • Annie says

      To ingest, just put a spoonful in your mouth and swallow.
      For oil pulling, swish a Tbsp for 10-30 mins; spit into the trash can. DO NOT SWALLOW (toxins are drawn out.)
      Both are very easy.

  96. says

    I’ve been doing some research on making my own shampoo and conditioner and like this post says I’ve read that you can use coconut oil as a deep conditioner. I was wondering what thoughts are on using small amounts of C.O. mixed in with a homemade conditioner for daily use. I’m thinking of trying the Apple Cider Vinegar/H2O mixture. What are thoughts on this? Also, since I don’t know a lot about C.O., is it a liquid or a solid and how long will it last if I don’t use a lot of it up at once?

    Thanks!

  97. Leah says

    Okay article. Thanks to this I will be ordering and using coconut oil. It was a little too long, though. You re-listed the same things constantly, and it made me not feel like reading all the way through. I think you could have easily condensed it to 50.

  98. says

    I don’t know if it’s just the placebo effect but I have recently started oil pulling using coconut oil and I think my teeth feel better already.

  99. Ivan says

    I just started making my own local beeswax balms & lotions recently. I use a good portion of coconut oil as well as extra virgin olive oil as the base. Both my wife and I have stopped using any other moisturizer because of the noticable improvement of our skin (head to foot). After reading this list I’m more convinced than ever of coconut oil’s contribution to the effectiveness of the lotions.
    I also gave some to a friend who had long standing foot fungal issue and he was raving about it. He used some expensive over the counter cream and this apparently out does it.

    Viva La Coconut!

  100. Meredith says

    Question about using it after birth. . . could I just swipe it on a maxi pad and wear it? Or could I do the natural wipe recipe and add it to the squirt bottle?

  101. Sharron says

    I was using it for acne as a moisturizer and I stopped. Needless to say my acne came back. I also use a goat milk soap from a local farmer for my face wash.

  102. nana says

    I recently started using CCO, I keep a small cup with lid in my shower, use for shaving my legs and all the dry areas when I get out of the shower. I also keep a mixture with epson salt and use when washing my hands. When I fix grilled cheese sandwiches, I use a coat the pan before grilling ..yummy~

  103. Katie says

    Coconut oil can be a great addition to snack time! I spread a little bit of both coconut oil and almond butter on a dried date for a sweet yet energy-boosting snack.

  104. claire says

    I’ve read all the fantastic things about coconut oil and have used it quite a lot in cooking and baking, but for some reason when I use it frequently on my face as a moisturiser I break out in spots, when I use it on my hands they seem very dry afterwards and it seems to negatively effect my hormones as well. I am so upset as I’ve read so many positive things about Coconut oil being good for Hormones & skin & would love to be able to benefit from its goodness.
    I am using raw, unrefined, organic – the good stuff so it can’t be the make – does any one have any ideas???

  105. lorlizza says

    I love how you enumerate all the benefits of coconut oil. This is such a helpful post. I’m a huge fan of coconut oil ever since, simply because it does a lot—from kitchen use to overall wellness. I believe coconut oil really makes a difference. By the way, I totally believe in #78. Coconut oil is really safe for deep frying. I know lots of mums use coconut oil when cooking dinner foods (yea, including me). And I love it ‘coz it doesn’t even affect the taste of the food. I can even cook a lot of my favorite foods, including popcorn!

  106. Cyndi says

    Which Tropical Traditions coconut oil do you use? They have several and would like to know which one is the most beneficial. Thanks :)

  107. Hollie says

    I was just wondering, when using just coconut oil as toothpaste do you just put a bit onto your toothbrush and brush like you normally would?

  108. Jennifer says

    Claire, (and I have ALWAYS loved that name!)

    Don’t give up on it after one not-so-good experience. I received my first batch of VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) and immediately started on the suggestion of a tablespoon four times a day. I got so sick I had to lie down and had horrible gas the next day. Then I realized it was the coconut oil “cleaning me” for lack of a better phrase. The second day, I had SO much energy, I felt as if I could climb Mt Everest! I have maintained the 4xday regimen and I highly recommend you do so as well. The initial “reaction” of your body is to say, “Oh HECK no!” but trust me. take a nap and restart the next day. You won’t be sorry. Try a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon – that made a bit of difference for me. My morning regimen starts with 8 ounces of water which I have waiting for me by my bedside before I even get up. Coffee and newspaper, small breakfast varies, but I take my now-tablespoon of VCO and then a walk around the block. (You get the idea.)

    Hair: 1/4 cup VCO spread on my hair (you may need more if hair is longer – mine is to my shoulder blades). Shower cap over the hair and a good night’s rest. Next morning, wash hair with coconut oil shampoo (you can find this at Target) and condition with a tiny bit of VCO on the tips of hair. You can continue with your regular hairstyling regimen. I am 47 and my hair looks and feels like hair of a 16 year old!

    Once a week, rub a small amount on your face. I have zero pores visibility since I started and I also use Pond’s.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    • Lydia says

      Yes and yes! It’s excellent!

      Not for use with latex condoms – it’ll break ‘em down.

      If that’s not an issue, then enjoy ;)

  109. Megan says

    Can I use LouAna’s Coconut Oil for the same results? I am new to this and am wanting to try, but I only have the LouAna’s brand.

  110. says

    I am drinking a delicious smoothie as I type this:

    1 medium banana
    8-ounces unsweetened almond milk
    2 handfuls organic spinach
    1 tablespoons organic raw almond butter
    2 tablespoon chia seeds
    1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

    The coconut oil makes the smoothie creamier and gives it just the slightest hint of coconut flavor. You could easily add two tablespoons to this to get your daily allowance into one meal.

  111. Sandra says

    #75 – For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally.

    Both myself and my sister have pets with skin issues. Can we give our pets some of the oil from a gel cap on their food?

  112. Nanda Prasanna says

    Thanks for sharing useful tips to use coconut oil in many ways. Adding coconut oil to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! I daily apply the same, its really worth for me.

  113. roxanna says

    I love all the information on this sight. I am new to using coconut oil and so far my use consist of using at as a body lotion, foot cream, which seems to be clearing up athletes foot, and i mix 2 teaspoons turmeric, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar with mother, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper,and stevia [which i grew and ground myself. Very Exciting],or raw honey to taste mixed with 16oz warm water. I try to drink this 2 or 3 times a day monday through friday. I am wondering if the ingredients are compatible with each other?

  114. Linda says

    I wonder if anyone can suggest how I can use coconut oil in a spray bottle for cooking without it solidifying? Is there anything I can mix with it to keep it liquid? I live in Scotland and its not very warm here so it would be solid.

    • Pamela says

      I would just set the jar in a small pot with some water and warm it gently on the stove, just until enough of it liquefies for you to pour out. It melts quickly, and this method will damage the oil less than microwaving. Other posters also suggest keeping the container on the stovetop so the oil stays more liquid. If you’re using it in cooking anyway, you can just melt it in your sauté pan before adding other ingredients, or spoon it to soups, stews, rice (before you start to cook it; I sometimes dry-fry the rice a little before adding water or stock), &c.

  115. Dawn C says

    Is there any advantage or help with IBS. Since my gall bladder surgery I can’t eat fried anything, onions or peppers. It flares up the IBS something terrible. So I am hoping this can help with it cause I am so tired of this pain all of the time. Thanks

  116. Josi says

    I used organic coconut oil to clear up bacteriavaginosis caused by my IUD. I froze a layer in a bowl, broke off a piece and inserted it. Odor cleared up within about a hour and lasted for the entire day. After about 5 days of self treatment, it was gone. It was the only thing I got to work after trying numerous other treatments!!

  117. MadMommamim says

    For the personal lubricant, it works amazing, it doesn’t foam, stick, or stay around after ‘alone time’ with your sig. other like store bought ones. If It wasn’t for the fact that you really should pee and shower after intercourse, you could walk away from it feeling smooth and smelling awesome with this stuff!

  118. Jane says

    I had a operation and skin graft on my foot for skin cancer just over a year ago, part of it has not heeled properly. Would it be safe to try coconut oil on it?

  119. Michele says

    I have been dealing with a small bowel bacteria infection for months. I have taken 3 different antibiotics and only feel a little better. I wake up bloated and swell throughout the day no matter what I eat. Have you ever heard if it helping with these issues?

  120. Valeriu says

    Hello,

    Thank you for this great resource, as I researched more on it, seems like trusted sources are saying the same…

    I am using coconut oil to treat my teeth and didn’t go to a dentist for last 20 years. Just visit them for check-ups)). I would advice anyone to use it, it really helps!

    Thank you

  121. Andrea H. says

    WOW lots of info read it all. I used to use it years ago for my skin had no idea of all the other things this amazing stuff does, and the health benefits it has… I am hoping that using it internally will help with my health…Thank You all so much for your info and questions that I and others may have wondered about again Thank You

  122. Ann says

    Please respond to me in email, was wondering i have the coconut oil but it is the refined would that work just as well it is in a jar and it is organic, would it still have the same affect.?
    On the jar it is made by Spectrum / expeller pressed Organic Cocnut Oil and at the bottom it says refined for medium high heat.

  123. Kristin Caraway says

    I love coconut oil for many things (body moisturizer, hydrates my hair, for nursing moms, as a personal lubricant, cooking, etc…) but I have tried using it on my face multiple times and it has always made me break out pretty badly. Doing the oil cleansing method was the worst! I got large, deep acne that took a long time to clear. I have wondered if this was some sort of purging effect but I gave it quite a bit of time before deciding I just had to stop using it on my face. I know many people swear by using it on their face. And I do have sensitive, very acne-prone skin, so maybe this is just me, but I wanted to put it out there as a caution to others.

  124. Angela says

    Loved this article! I have been using CO as a moisturizer/make-up remover/personal lubricant and now I have 70+ more uses to add. I have shared this with all my friends. Thank you!!

  125. Patty Case says

    What do I need to do for the thyroid, metabolism, and weight loss help, using coconut oil. I would really like to know please help me out

  126. Tricia says

    Question about ingesting it for weight loss: I’m guessing in a smoothie is best, but can you just eat a tablespoon full in the hard form? I’m so very new to the coconut oil craze so I’m lost! I did make parsley potatoes the other night and substituted the coconut oil for the butter. Turned out well, same with making rice. Is it equal parts for substituting for vegetable oil?

  127. Emily T says

    Loving this article! I just recently started using coconut oil for practically EVERYTHING. I frequently get heartburn and decided to try just eating some coconut oil and see if it worked. If it didn’t, what could it hurt, right? So I took one spoonful, let it melt in my mouth completely (as if to Oil Pull) then swallowed it as slowly as possible. After about five minutes I did it again. After two spoonfuls I have noticed my heartburn has somewhat subsided. Lets see if this continues to work!

  128. Auri says

    Hi Katie,

    I am trying to do better health wise and want to incorporate coconut oil. Due to your recommendation, as well as others, I ordered Tropical Traditions. It is supposed to be the best yet it has a funny taste and smell. It also burns my throat. At the bottom it had some discoloration and black spots. Is that normal? I have enough health issues, I don’t need to add any more by taking rancid/inferior oil.

    Has anyone else had a problem with Tropical Traditions?

  129. sueann says

    My bulldog has itching issues, To the point they bleed. Would i be able to rub the oil into her whole body? I dont know if i am to rinse it out or just leave it in.

  130. Carenda says

    I was just curious what type of coconut oil you ordered from this company you suggested. There were a couple of different options. Gold label, green label, organic expeller, etc. I have tried it in the little containers, but I would like to get a large one like you do with your family.

    Thanks!

  131. Simy says

    In southern India coconut oil has been used from generations as new born baby massage oil , in hair n skin care, cooking.

  132. Nora says

    So,will mixing a teaspoon with a cup of hot chocolate everyday work for energy? I am just not a coffee/smoothie type

  133. Jenni says

    Hi, I’m getting a lot of mixed info on coconut oil right now. Maybe you could help clear the air? Some say it is safe to use for absolutely everything, while others say never heat it over 350f. Which is right? Can I used it for pan frying? How about on baked sweet potato fries cooked at 450f?
    Thanks
    BTW your blog is awesome! :)

  134. Suz says

    My mom has Alzheimer’s, my father had it also. I feel positive I will also inherit alz. I want to use it in my diet, however, honestly, I feel I won’t be able to. Can I take it in softgel form? I see many available. How many milligrams should I take?

  135. Farita Reyes says

    I have a “unrefined expeller pressed virgin coconut oil” from wholefoods. Is this recommended for taking internally?

  136. Farita Reyes says

    Hello was wondering if its okay to take internally the coconut oil that says “unrefined expeller pressed virgin coconut oil”?

  137. Molly says

    Do you refrigerate the 5 pound container that you buy? f you order by mail, are you concerned about the heat during shipping because the oil is heated but also because the oil is in a plastic container? Thanks so much!

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