60 Reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your Household
I recently purchased a jar of The Groovy Food Company Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for cleansing.
The jar is 283ml, so I decided to look into other uses, as you only need a tiny amount to cleanse with.
I found 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household.
It’s so versatile
My 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household
1. Cooking – Replace your usual oil with Coconut oil for a healthy and tasty alternative.
2. Gluten Free / Vegan – Compatible with both Gluten free and Vegan cooking
3. Cleanser/Moisturiser – This is my new favorite ritual and leaves your skin silky smooth.
4. Nail treatment – Rub into the cuticles, smoothes flaws and encourages growth.. Trust me this works!!.
5. Removes chewing gum and lots of other sticky substances off carpets and fabrics! – Trust me this works!!.
6. Headlice – Use Coconut Oil instead of conditioner…again trust me this works, beats any chemical solution on the market!. Wash as normal then apply a small amount, leave on for 10-15 minutes, comb through with the “Nitty Gritty” comb and rinse.
7. Massage Oil – Feeling achy? in need of a relaxing massage? get your loved one to use Coconut Oil…the lovely aroma is an added bonus.
8. Athletes Foot – Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and rub into the affected area.
9. Acne – Dab directly onto offending spots. (Gently fights bacteria that causes acne).
10. Stretch Marks – Apply on growing bump though pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks. And apply after birth to reduce scars.
11. Wrinkles – Keeps wrinkles at bay and softens them away.
12. Ringworm – Natural method to eradicate this pesky contagious itching skin disease.
13. Lipbalm – Fed up with buying little compact tins of branded balms? Opt for Coconut Oil, a super minimal cost “Au Natural” DIY option…it also appears to offer some protection against the sun approx SPF4.
14. Cold Sores – Rub onto cold sore when needed, adding a drop of oregano to speed up the process.
15. Nappy rash – A natural non-chemical way to clear up irritation.
16. Breastfeeding – Rub onto cracked and sore nipples to ease and moisturise, Also far better than having a Cos shoved down your bra. (Partners/Husbands), please refrain from offering to do the “rubbing”, talking from experience, you have more chance winning the lottery than having your most generous offer accepted).
17. Nosebleeds – rub onto the dry areas that can lead to nosebleeds.
18. Makeup remover – One of my personal favorites…takes waterproof mascara and lipstick off within seconds.
19. Frizz Ease – Tame those wild curls or frizz (warning use half a pea size amount, rubbed onto your hands prior to application). Applying large amounts 10 minutes prior to the school run is not advisable…unless you have a rather large hood or a wooly hat.
20. D.I.Y dyeing your hair – Put it around your ears, forehead, and neck to prevent staining (I now use coconut oil rather than vaseline.
21. Alzheimer’s – Research shows that the oil slows down the progression of this disease.
22. Calcium – Helps the body absorb the Calcium and Magnesium.
23. Leather cleaner – Use a “pea” size amount on a uncoloured cloth and rub in circular motion.
24. Cracked Heels – This generous moisturiser is ideal to revitalise those unsightly heels.
25. Coffee – Add to coffee (my favorite one!) You need to whisk the oil into the coffee…which with form a froth (or you could use a bullet)..just adding it to your coffee will leave an oil effect on top of the coffee.
26. Salad dressing – warm and drizzle on your salad..this tastes divine, but once it cools it will set again.
27. Facial Scrub – Add a teaspoon of Coconut Oil to a handful of Himalayan Crystal salt for a refreshing facial scrub.
28. After Sun – Soothes sunburn…but use once the heat has reduced (recommended 72 hours).
29. Forget Butter – Reduce those calories and spread your toast and crackers with Coconut oil..very tasty and a healthier alternative.
30. Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dermatitis – Rub onto affected areas to soothe pain and reduce scarring. I personally do this method for my Psoriasis and it really does keep it at bay with twice daily applications.
31. Energy – Boosts your energy (Even more so with a low/zero carbohydrates diet).
32. Deodorant – Mix with Bi-Carbonate Of Soda, Cornstarch and your favourite essential oils for that Au Natural deodoriser.
33. Furniture Oil – Coconut Oil is a fabulous wood restorer which smells divine(Most oils are good at restoring wood, but they are not all completely Organic Raw oils).
34. Chicken Pox – Dab onto the affected spots to soothe and reduce any scarring.
35. Stings/Bites – Rub into the bite, Soothes the infection.
36. Toothpaste – (I really want to try this!) Mix 1 part Coconut Oil with 1 part Bi-Carbonate of Soda and a few drops of Peppermint Oil. Naturally, whitens teeth, freshens breath without added fluoride, sweeteners, preservatives or Chemicals.
37. Aftershave – Rub into hands and apply as you would your usual balm.
38. Toothache – Mix with Clove oil and gargle…whilst cloves are strong and over powering, I personally find that the Coconut balances this out.
39. Haemorrhoids – Said to be a natural remedy (not personally tried this one out) Rub into or around the affected area.
40. Metabolism – Increases Metabolism.
41. Thyroid -Improves the Thyroid Function.
42. Preserves Eggs – Paint a thin layer over the shell to extend shelf life.
43. Hair Conditioner – Strengthens and repairs. Massage in, leave in for 10-15 and rinse thoroughly (I personally wrap my hair up in a warm towel after).
44. Cradle cap – My 3 suffered terribly with cradle cap..it drove me crazy! when the light from a flash hit their heads, the cradle cap shone like a beacon!. Gently massage in the coconut oil (teaspoon measure) leave for 10 minutes and gently comb through, rinse thoroughly.
45. Lubricant – (Not tried this to date) All-natural lubricant for those most intimate moments **NOT TO BE USED WITH CONDOMS, AS COMPROMISES PROTECTION***
46. Stye – Rub onto affected eyelid. reduces inflammation and redness.
47. Bruises – Rub onto bruised area to moisturise and bring out the bruise.
48. Shaving cream – use as neat Coconut Oil, allows the razor to glide smoothly over your skin.
49. Curbs appetite – This really should be in the top 10 for me really (but as usual I didn’t plan ahead!). I have a minimum of 10 teaspoons a day (plus in my foods) and my appetite has noticeably dropped).
50. Pet care – Improves breath as well as giving a shiny coat. Help’s reduce fur balls, rub onto your cat’s paws (or dogs I guess) to help improve digestion and reduce hairballs (fur balls).
51. Sore Throats – Use one teaspoon and let it trickle slowly down your throat, I found this really helps but it does take a bit of getting used to.
52. Smoothies – Add a tablespoon to your smoothie and blend thoroughly (Coconut Oil needs to be whisked in order to eradicate the oil film effect.
53. High heat cooking – Coconut oil is ideal for high heat cooking.
54. Bath – Add to your bath to give a refreshing moisturising relaxing bath.
55. Alternative spread – Use on toast, crackers, and bread instead of butter or spread.
56. Popcorn – This is a favorite with my three kids. add a tablespoon of oil in with the kernels on a high head with a deep based pan with a lid.
57. Pan seasoner – Ideal for cast iron seasoning.
58. Acid reflux/Heartburn – Small teaspoons with foods to keep them at bay.
59. Vapor rub – Mix with peppermint oil, rub onto chest and back.
60. Detangler – Put a couple of melted drops into a water spray bottle and spritz over hair before brushing.
I hope you have enjoyed my 60 reasons why Coconut Oil should be in your household.
I would love to hear from you if you have any great ways of using Coconut oil.
I will soon be sharing my Coconut Oil detox journey….so keep checking in.
Love Lynsey x