Here are some fun ways to use up that giant canister of Virgin Coconut Oil sitting in your pantry that you occasionally use to cook with & only purchased because you heard it was good for you….
Apply 3 Tbsp of coconut oil (for extra potency add 10 drops tea tree oil) to your head and massage into the scalp. Let it sit for an hour, then shampoo your hair as your regularly would. No need for conditioner as your hair will be super soft after! Repeat every few days till the problem clears up.
2. Cradle Cap
If your baby has that funky cradle cap, apply some coconut oil straight up to the head, let it sit, then gently scrub some of the flakiness off with a soft baby brush. You can apply the coconut oil as frequent as you like, but make sure not to brush too much. We don’t want to irritate the skin.
3. Shaving Cream
Apply coconut oil to your legs, arms, or wherever else. Shave as you normally would. The oil creates a great barrier and softens hair follicles, thus making for a smoother shave.
4. Eye Makeup Remover
Put a little dab on a cotton ball and use to wipe off all that black stuff. Works like a charm.
5. Sex Lube
Yeah, you heard me right. Coconut Oil serves as an excellent sex lube. It has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, so it’s good for not disrupting the natural flora of your hoo-ha. Beware, though, it is not latex compatible, so if you’re using latex condoms, stick to a water based lube instead.
6. Acid Reflux
Taking 3 Tbsp of Coconut Oil daily can drastically reduce acid reflux & even help stomach ulcers. It can be hard to ingest that much oil, so find interesting ways to do so. You can put some in your tea or even in a veggie capsule.
7. Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Steer clear of the bio-oil & other not-so-great oils. Stick with all natural, virgin coconut oil. It has a really pleasant smell, and it works wonders for keeping your skin nice and taught.
8. Body Scrub
Mix with equal parts salt and/or sugar, along with your favorite essential oils to make an awesome body exfoliator that leaves your skin SO soft. Click HERE for my recipe.
9. Nipple Cream for Nursing
Use in place of Lanolin & other creams to care for painful, chapped nips.
10. Illness preventer
One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil, strangely enough, is to put some on a q-tip and rub it around the inside of my nostrils. I find this works best if you mix it with a little tea tree oil. I love doing this before I go on airplanes or anywhere else I’m going to be exposed to a lot of germs. It works so well at blocking out pathogens & keeping the nasal passages moist. Also works for helping allergies!
11. Increase Milk Supply
Take 3-4 Tbsp a day to increase boob milk supply
12. Remineralize Teeth
This sounds strange, but “oil pulling” with coconut oil daily helps to remineralize (make stronger) your teeth. It also whitens them. Simply put a tsp of coconut oil under the tongue and swish back and forth between lower teeth & around mouth for 15 min daily. This is a cool way to eliminate toxins as well.
13. Treatment for Yeast Infection
Soak a tampon in coconut oil, insert into vagina & leave in overnight. I haven’t had the privilege of trying this one yet, but I’m sure it works considering the high anti-fungal properties of coconut oil.
14. Homemade Deodorant
15. Wound Care
Instead of Neosporin, try slathering some coconut oil on your next boo boo. It will help repair the abrasion quickly while fighting infection.
What are some of your favorite uses for coconut oil? Leave them in the comments section!