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100+ Uses for Coconut Oil

I’ve been consuming coconut oil for the past few days. However, I didn’t realize there were so many other uses for it. I think I might buy a 2nd jar so I can keep one in the kitchen and have the other for non food use. Here is a nonexhaustive list of the many ways coconut oil can be used:

1. Use as a nontoxic wrinkle cream

2. For ink smears/smudges on hands, rub coconut oil over it and let sit for a minute or two. Wipe off with a dry, clean, cloth.

3. Use as an anti-micorbial or anti fungal to treat athletes foot, thrush, ringworm, candida, and more

4. Coconut oil promotes weight loss. Consume 1-2 TBS/day

5. Treat an ear infection (use a dropper)

6  Season a cast iron skillet

7.  Add to tea or coffee for a flavor boost (I tried this in coffee and it was delicious…smooth and creamy!)

8. Make a coconut oil detox cleanse

9. Mix with cinnamon and oatmeal for a DIY face scrub

10.  Use it on houseplants instead of chemical filled leaf shine products

11. Moisturize the inside of your nose when suffering from a cold or nose bleeds

12.  Clean your shower with it…remove soap scum. Wipe with coconut oil, then spray with white vinegar and wipe dry

13. Consume a spoonful per day to improve thyroid function, improve digestion, boost your immune system and cure migranes

14. Apply to bee stings to heal the pain

15. Use it to soften rough heels or calluses

16. Apply it to nail fungus twice a day to kill it and grow strong nails

17. Mix with baking soda for a non toxic Goo-Gone

18. Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to make an at home vapor rub

19. Reduce blisters or use on sore spots for rubbing shoes

20. Eliminate dandruff by applying coconut oil to the scalp on a regular basis. (Apply the oil and leave it on for an hour or more. Wash or wear a shower cap to bed and wash in the morning)

21. Apply to eyelashes as a strengthener

22. Use as your daily moisturizer

23. Soothe burns

24. Prep your skin before/after waxing

25. DIY deodorant – 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup cornstarch, then add 3 TBS coconut oil and apply to arm pits

26.  Oil pulling – to whiten teeth and improve gum health (among other benefits). Swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for 10-20 min. Do not swallow. Spit and rinse with sea salt water.

27. Prevent scarring from everyday cuts and scrapes

28. Use as a makeup remover

29. Use as shaving cream

30. Use as  lip moisturizer

31. Apply it as belly butter for pregnant mommies

32. Use it to prevents diaper rash

33. Use as a frizz tamer

34. Use as a cuticle treatment

35. Use as massage oil (mix with essential oil)

36. Use as deep hair treatment

37. Make a homemade toothpaste – Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and brush

38. Make a salt or sugar scrub scrub

39.  Lubricate guitar strings

40.  Remove gum from shoes, hair, carpet

41. Substitute for WD-40

42.  Polish your wood furniture

43. Maintain your wooden cutting boards

44. Take 1 TBS to get relief from constipation (the oil penetrates the digestive track, killing off harmful bacteria and “makes things smooth”)

45. Get rid of head lice – rub coconut oil into your scalp before bed, rinse it off in the morning with the dead bugs

46. Treat and soothe eczema

47. Use on skin rashes, poison ivy rash

48. Use on sunburns

49. Apply to cheekbones over makeup to highlight specific areas

50. Use to fade age spots

51. Mix in bath water for a relaxing soak

52.  Rub it on elbows and knees to help manage dry skin

53. Add it to the ends of your hair to help prevent split ends

54. Eat a TSP of coconut oil for a burst of energy

55. Use as a diaper cream

56. Reduce redness and acne with tea tree oil and coconut oil combined. Mix and spread evenly on face before bed and wash off in the morning

57. Reduce bruise swelling

58. Apply directly to bug bites to stop the itching

59. Use as a simple and easy hair gel

60. Use as a pre shampoo treatment for hair – Rub a little onto the scalp and hair before shampooing

61. Tattoo healing and moisturizer

62. The saturated fats in coconut oil help treat parasites and fungi that cause indigestion

63. Use as a decongestant by rubbing it on your chest

64. Apply around and in the eye to help heal pink eye

65. Use to moisturize and clean leather products

66. Polish bronze by rubbing a little onto a cotton towel and then wipe on statue or whatever you’re polishing

67. Use to heal cold sores and to diminish redness and inflammation 

68. Use as an SPF 4 sunscreen

69. Remove earwax

70. Use in baked goods…replace unhealthy fats 

71. Use as an egg substitute in recipes

72. Substitute for butter when cooking…even use it on toast

73. Soothe sore throats – gargle with 1 TBS coconut oil, 3 TSP apple cider vinegar, and 1 TBS warm water

74. Rub under eyes to diminish dark circles 

75. Flavor popcorn (yum!)

76. Coat eggs to extend shelf life

77. Dab on lines and creases to reduce wrinkles 

78. Add 1 TBS to smoothies to make thrm thicker

79. Mix with unsweetened cocoa powder and sweetener (Splenda/stevia). Cool/freeze. It’s a healthier alternative to milk chocolate bars 

80. Clean make up brushes

81. Soften and shine leather 

82. Use as an after shave

83. Use as a primer before applying make up

84. Apply to wet hair to detangle

85. Use when washing dishes to reduce stuck food

86. Use to unstick a zipper

87. Use to degrease hands 

88. Use to get a stuck ring off your finger

89. Polish shoes

90. Remove soap scum by letting it sit for 20 min before removing

91. Make DIY eyeliner by mixing coconut oil and cocoa powder 

92. Remove stubborn stickers and labels 

93. Polish metal faucets

94. Apply a thin layer to furniture to repel dust

95. Use it remove stickers/labels and overall tackiness/glue (e.g., something sticky in rug)

96. Rub on eyebrows to keep them in place all day

97. Make a mouthwash. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda, and then add a few drops of peppermint essential oils

98. Fight cellulite! Mix 1 TBS of coconut oil with 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil and massage into cellulite in a circular motion. Follow with dry brushing, using a natural bristle brush, to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin

99. Use as a treatment for ingrown hair and razor bumps

100. Reduce rust on silver wear, outdoor metal furniture, car parts, etc. by rubbing coconut oil in it. Let it sit 1-2 hours, then wipe or wash off. 

101.  For pets:

  • Add to your pets’ water dish to give them a healthy boost
  • Put 1-2 TSP into food if they have digestive upset
  •  Use topically for skin allergies, irritations, and wounds to soothe and heal 
  • Rub into your pet’s paws for a shiny coat and less hairballs

102. Medicinal benefits for major health conditions:

  • Known to protect from various types of cancers
  • Blood Sugar Stabilizer and Diabetes Preventer
  • Helps to balance cholesterol levels by increasing HDL cholesterol and lowering LDL cholesterol, supporting heart health. 
  • Helps to fight heart disease and lower high blood pressure
  • Reduces risk (or effect) of Alzheimer’s 
  • Massage into joints to ease arthritic pain
  • Helps ease osteoporosis 

This list was compiled from the below listed websites. Please visit then for more specific information about any of the aforementioned tips:

Challenge, diet, Exercise, Health

VLCD 19 (Coconut Oil and Measurement Saturday)

I guess you could say I went rogue on this HCG diet. I’ve eaten all of the right foods, I just added a little coconut oil. Egad! Coconut oil is not an item listed in Dr. Simeon’s original HCG protocol. Yesterday, I sautéed my shrimp in about 1-2 TBS of coconut oil and sprinkled a little Old Bay Seasoning on it. It was heavenly! I felt tremendously guilty afterwards, but it was soooo good!

I hesitated as I got on the scale this morning. I did not need a repeat of last week when I ate too much of the wrong foods and gained 1.8 lbs! I’m just gonna say it: I WAS AFRAID! However, I promised that I would not run away from the scale or from this diet ever again. With both feet on the scale, I slowly looked down and a 0.8 lb loss was staring back at me. I lost 0.8 lb the day before that as well. Prior to that, my daily losses have fluctuated anywhere between 0.4 and 0.6 lbs. 

So what has accounted for 0.8 losses recently? The only thing different compared to other days was the coconut oil. Was it a mere coincidence? I went to the Web. One website, Livestrong, reported that certain oils (saturated/ hydrogenated vegetable oils) are not allowed because they are high in calories. It also insisted that low calorie oils like coconut oil are allowed. In fact, Livestrong highly recommended the use of coconut oil on the HCG diet.  

Another website, Miracle Skinny Drops, reported: “Coconut oil has been much discussed by those on hCG as a way to lose weight. We believe that coconut oil can boost energy, while decreasing cravings for carbohydrates and sweets. It is known to stimulate metabolism, improve digestion, and release fat cells.” 

This site also said: “Coconut Oil is low in calories, low in fat, and nutritious, while providing the body with an energy source instead of carbohydrates. You do not need to count coconut oil in your daily calories since it is not stored in our bodies. Coconut Oil will indeed assist in raising Ketone levels which causes the release of fat.” Two to three TBS per day were recommended. Wow! Could it be true? Can I really enjoy some coconut oil, in moderation, for the rest of this diet and lose weight?

In other news, I satisfactorily managed 125 squats yesterday on day 11 of my squat challenge…and I did it with ease! I planned on doing five sets of 25. Instead, I did three sets : 50, 50, and 25. It’s unbelievable how my heart was racing by the time I finished. I then moved on to bicep and tricep work with my dumbbells. Today, I’ll take a rest from arm work. (Remember my post on VLCD 18 about the importance of rests?)

I’ll give you one guess to figure out who held her plank for 40 seconds. Okay…do you give up? It’s ME, ME, ME!!! I’m so proud!

It’s Saturday and that means it’s measurement day. Let’s go!

NOTE: In parentheses () is the amount lost since last Saturday. Total losses appear below:

Neck 13 1/2″ (-0″)

Chest 37″ (-1/2″)

Left upper arm 14 1/4″ (-0″)

Right upper arm 14 1/2″ (-1/4″) 

Waist 32 1/2″ (-3.0″)

Hips 45″ (-1/2″)

Left upper thigh 28 3/4″ (-1/2″)

Right upper thigh 29 1/4″ (-1/2″)

Left lower thigh 23 1/2″ (-1/4″)

Right lower thigh 24″ (-1/4″)

Left knee 16″ (-1/4″)

Right knee 16 1/2″ (-1/4″)

Left calf 17″ (0″)

Right calf 17″ (0″)

Lost This Week= -6 1/4″ 

TOTAL LOST = -16 3/4″

OMG! Three inches from my waist! I always lose from my waist/stomach first. I wonder if the planks are helping. I notice the need to work on my lower abs so I might try some reverse crunches. I wish I had greater losses in my hips and thighs, but I’ll get there! 

Happy Saturday…grace and peace!