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50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

• May 25, 2013

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Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. You’ve heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil?

We asked our Facebook fans and coworkers how they use coconut oil. Here are some of the numerous ways coconut oil is used.

This post lists 50 different ways to use coconut oil and it also links out to a bunch of DIY coconut oil recipes to help you try the different uses. I hope you find it valuable.

Cooking and Eating
1) Cooking at High Heat — Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative.
2) On Toast Instead of Butter — Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.
3) Eat it by the Spoonful — Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.
4) Smoothies — Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil’s MCTs. Check out this post for the Top Smoothie Ingredients.
5) Fry Eggs - Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non‐stick surface and delicious eggs.
6) Popping Popcorn — A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy‐bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.
7) Popcorn Topping — Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.
8) Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)
9) Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking — Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.
10) Pan Frying — Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil.
11) Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil — No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich.
12) Coconut Oil Coffee — Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! Here is a great recipe for coconut oil coffee.
13) Homemade Granola — Check out this delicious recipe for coconut granola.
14) A Spoonful in Tea — Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea.
15) Salad Dressings — A simple recipe for a salad dressing with coconut oil can be found here.

Skin Care
16) Cheekbone Highlighter — Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.
17) Shaving Lotion — Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.
18) Facial Scrub — Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.
19) Body Scrub — Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.
20) Makeup Remover — Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus!
21) Homemade Deodorant — You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.
22) Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss — Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.
23) Diaper Rash Cream — Apply regularly to the baby’s bottom to improve skin health.
24) Sexual Lubricant — Our Facebook fans swear by this one 🙂
25) Stretch Mark Preventer During Pregnancy — This safe, healthy oil can be applied multiple times each day to help moisturize your stretching skin.
26) Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding - Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product.
27) Massage Oil — Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.
28) Body Moisturizer — Apply directly after showering.
29) Fade Age Spots — Rub on hands or other areas daily.
30) Sunburn Care — A great moisturizer to use after you’ve gotten a bit too much sun.
31) Facial Moisturizer — After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.
32) Mix in Bath Water — Melt about 1/4 cup in the microwave and add it to your bath water and soak.
33) Tanning Oil — Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.
34) Dry Feet Treatment — Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.
35) Elbow Rub — Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.

Hair Care
36) Leave‐in Overnight Conditioner — Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.
37) Hair Flyaway Tamer — Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.
38) Defrizzer of Split Ends — Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.
39) Static Reducer — Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static‐y hair.

Other Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil
40) Homemade Toothpaste — Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.
41) Aromatherapy — Whether you like coconut or not, the soothing aroma of coconut oil is pleasing to us all and can help us wind down after a long, stressful day. Read The Beginner’s Guide to Aromatherapy.
42) Wound Care — Although you may not be ready to give up your Neosporin, coconut oil can even be used as a topical protector for wounds, shielding them with a thin chemical layer from outside contaminants. You can apply a small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.
43) Metabolism Booster — 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.
44) Thyroid Supporter — Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.
45) Energizer — 1 teaspoon can give you a burst of energy instead of turning towards a caffeinated energy drink.
46) Oil Pulling — Swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before brushing.

Using Coconut Oil Around The House
47) Season a Cast Iron Pan - Here is a nice explanation of how to season a cast iron pan with coconut oil.
48) Use it as a lubricant on small motors/electronics - One Facebook fan uses it to keep his juicer’s motor in top working condition.

Coconut Oil for Animals
49) Feed it to your Dog or Cat - Coconut oil isn’t just healthy for humans. Here is some good info on the benefits for dogs and cats.
50) Put It On Your Cat’s Paw — Put half a teaspoon on your kitty’s paw to keep a shiny coat and cut down on hairballs.

Who knew coconut oil had so many uses! Ladies, have you tried any of these? Do you have any additional uses to add?

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Tisha
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Tisha

50 suggestions…daaaang!! Nice read…I am going to try Coconut oil in my cooking since I’ve been using it only in the bathroom.(I’ve tried it as a shaving cream, makeup remover, lipgloss,facial and body scrub, skin lotion and of course on my hair)
I love versatile products

Ang
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Ang

In the cooking category you can make to top icecream “chocolate shell” — you know the chocolate syrup that hardens when atop icecream?
Use 2 tbsp coconut oil to 1 c. chocolate chips (dark, semisweet, milk chocolate, white, etc.) and voila! a nice treat. To make, microwave in 15 second intervals stir, repeat until melted. Can store in jar at room temp for up to 1 month. Enjoy!

MrsGlam
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Brilliant! I am definitely going to try this.

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

what are MCTs? You guys shouldn’t take for granted that we all know all these abbreviations. Thanks in advance.

Michelle
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Michelle

MCT=Medium Chain Triglycerides. Coconut oil is comprised of 66% MCT’s which are supposed to help w/excess calorie burning and thus help our bodies w/fat loss. MCT’s are also believed to promote fat oxidation and reduce food intake. All in all it’s a great oil to not only use externally but internally as well. If only I wasnt allergic to taking it internally 🙁 Oh well, it still works great as a pre‐poo in my hair. Best thing I’ve ever used for breakage and I’ve tried almost everything.

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

thank you very much!

Netta
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I saw this article on a different website and have been putting a spoonful in my coffee every morning. It hasn’t changed the flavor, so it’s a quick way for someone that wants to get in the benefits if they don’t like the taste.

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Treacle234
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Treacle234

Just remember folks, coconut oil is not fat free nor is it calorie free, as with everything else one consumes do not consume more calories than your body needs or could utilise. Coconut oil is your morning coffee is so unnecessary and weird. Who puts oil in their coffee? Coconut cream is a better substitute if you need a non‐dairy creamer alternative

Ang
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Ang

Yeah, oil in coffee sounds weird to me too.

JENNID
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JENNID

No more weirder than those artificial fat free creamer crap most people put into their cofffee. Those are nothing more than synthetic oils and chemicals. Coffee has natural oils and if your like me and use a French press you will see a few of those natural oils floating about. Coconut cream unfortunately is highly parishable and a bit harder to track down than the oil.

treacle234
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treacle234

Coconut cream is food, it’s suppose to be perishable. Coconut oil can go rancid under certain conditions. I’m from the tropics so coconuts and coconut cream is easy to access and make.

Deb
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Deb

yes coconut oil is a great alternative to refined oils but I think people forget it’s still an oil with fat! Everything in moderation. Some people in the healthy eating community (i know its very popular in the paleo world) will eat spoonfuls of it daily but would not do the same thing with butter or even flaxseed. Yes it’s been discovered are some communities in the world that eat a lot of coconuts and coconut oil and have low rates of heart disease but their genetic predispositions and lifelong diets are different than most people’s in the west. Don’t… Read more »

Jos
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Jos

Instead of vegetable oil I used virgin coconut oil in my brownies! YUMMY!!

verona
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verona

I use it on my toast. It’s delicious.

nappy headed black girl
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Sounds like I’m one of the few people in this post who has never tasted coconut oil. I’ve used it in my hair, of course, but have never added it to a meal.

It’s still a fatty oil, though, so I’m guessing it still needs to be used in moderation.

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

LOL. I have NO IDEA how my olive oil tastes. I only use buy it for my hair to begin with!!!

luminous
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luminous

I made biscuits with coconut oil. Yum!

penelope
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penelope

I wouldn’t recommend eating coconut oil since it’s a saturated fat (solid at room temp)…You want more unsaturated, liquid fats, so why replace healthier fats with coconut oil? My mom was trying that because of the supposed health benefits but then she gained weight

ladyluo
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ladyluo

Yes most saturated fats should be avoided. Those are usually the long chain saturated fats. Coconut oil is a medium chain which is why it is considered a healthier fat in addition to the fatty acids it contains.

CurlyJan2009
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CurlyJan2009

Thanks for this article! My dad and I recently read online about how consuming coconut oil can help Alzheimer’s patients, like my mom. So far, my mom has been eating it on her toast, but I was stuck as to other ways to use the oil as far as eating it. Now I got some more ideas…thanks again!

Ev`Yan
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I can (& will) personally vouch for coconut oil as a personal lubricant. Because it’s antifungal, it’ll help fight yeast infections, UTIs, & other gnarly infections. Plus, it’s very moisturizing (our yonis need moisturizing too, ladies). I will *never* use anything else.

For eating, I put a small chunk of coconut oil in my smoothies for healthy fat & a light taste.

MrsGlam
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I add coconut oil to my coffee‐ it doesn’t flavor my it but it does tend to curb my appetite. Fats (especially healthier fats, like coconut oil) make you feel satiated (full) longer. So a little coconut oil in your morning coffee can help you eat less of your favorite morning pastries 🙂 I also noticed that regularly adding some coconut oil in my diet resulted in more energy and healthier skin.

monisola
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monisola

PLEASE do not USE COCONUT OIL AS LUBRICANT!
IT IS UNSAFE!
OIL ERODES AND BREAKS DOWN LATEX CONDOMS!

please! be safe lovelies!

I WISH BGLH would take that one down!!!

Ev`Yan
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Monisola: Coconut oil as a personal lubricant is ABSOLUTELY 100% safe on your body (unless you’re allergic). But you are right, it doesn’t work with latex condoms. That doesn’t make the coconut oil unsafe, per se, it just conflicts with latex. The article should’ve been more clear.

Kenya
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Kenya

i found out about coconut oil about a year ago and since then, i don’t use lotion anymore, i don’t buy deep conditioning hair masks and i don’t buy makeup remover. i use this stuff literally for EVERYTHING. i put it in coffee, i cook with it, i shave with it. i’ve heard you can use it as lube too (havent tried this one but it makes sense). i tell everyone about it!

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Maureen
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Maureen

It helps with cradle cap on babies , massage gently onto babies sculp and leave for a about 10min then use a small baby comb an come hair the cradle cap comes of so easily keep doing that or a couple days 🙂 worked like a charm with my lil boy and then just wash there hair with gentle baby shampoo

Sonrisa
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Sonrisa

Coconut oil is awesome. I use in my whipped shea butter mix and green smoothies. For those of you ladies who are look for coconut oil online you should try getting it at iHerb. You can use the coupon code KVK250 to get a discount on your first order

leslie
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leslie

I’m almost 39 and have known about coconut oil for years. But as of resent I’ve found the Virgin oil and fell in love with the scent, feel, and the way my hair feel. I can’t wait til try it as a lubricant.

DeeJ
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DeeJ

I didn’t find out about coconut oil until a few years ago, but out of all of the oils that I use it is definitely my favorite. I use it instead of lotion and of course for hot oil treatments and even to make a grilled cheese sandwich for my son:) will definitely try it as a makeup remover.

Hayley
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Hayley

Yeah coconut oil really can be used for all things beauty, it’s great for your health too.

http://www.squidoo.com/beauty-benefits-of-conconut-oil-hair-skin-lips-body-hair-growth

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KP
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I wouldn’t use coconut oil as a moisturizer or to cleanse my face. It has a comedogenic number of 5/5 (https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html). It is very likely to clog your pores. I love it for my hair, though!

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Ebony Doll
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Ebony Doll

Coconut oil cures my vaginal yeast infections in a matter of hours. I completely stopped buying expensive anti yeast infection creams. I simply saturate a tampon or cotton ball with extra virgin coconut oil and insert (you know where). It also takes care of any itching of burning associated with vaginal yeast infections. It may not be for everyone.….but I think its worth trying. Black seed oil also works for this. Don’t take my word.…google for yourself.

Coconut Joe
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YOU CAN add coconut oil to your favorite conditioner! Read How to Here —

http://www.coconutjoestrading.com/coconut-joes-blog/african-american-coconut-oil-hair-care

Coconut Joe’s Coconut Products are all 100% natural and organic!!

Arpit Rathor
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Arpit Rathor

you can find all the coconut products mentioned above on http://www.herbvive.com at a really great price.

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