Coconut oil has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. Many nutritionists and dietitians are calling it the new superfood. Paleo and Ketogenic diet plans encourage the use of this oil extensively for cooking, baking and sautéing. Many people use coconut oil for oil pulling and cleaning their teeth instead of using regular chemical filled toothpastes. Coconut oil uses for skin, health and beauty are all too popular. In this guide, we will consider some little known easy ways to use coconut oil daily and reap its benefits.
1. Use it in your daily coffee
This is a popular way of consuming more coconut oil. Instead of sugar, just add some melted coconut oil to your morning cuppa. It will enhance the taste of the coffee and also give you an instant boost of energy.
2. Make a face scrub with it
Coconut oil uses in skin care and beauty are well known. You can add some brown sugar to coconut oil and make a homemade scrub to exfoliate dry and dead skin. Regular use of this scrub will reduce acne and blemishes.
3. Use it as a super conditioner for dry frizzy hair
Leave the oil in your hair overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo the next day. Your hair will become softer, shinier and also more manageable. If you have ethnic, curly and kinky hair, you can use coconut oil as a daily leave-in conditioner.
4. Make it into a lip balm
To your coconut oil, add some extracts of beetroot juice, strawberries (crushed) as well as some essential oils like lavender, rosemary etc. Mix it well then refrigerate for a few hours. Use the hardened mixture to nourish dry lips.
5. Fight hair loss and fungal scalp infections
One of the many benefits of coconut oil includes facilitating hair growth. If you are suffering from early stages of alopecia, then oral and topical application of this oil can help. Massage coconut oil each night in the hair and scalp and leave it overnight. Do this every alternate day and see a difference in your condition. Also take in a tablespoon of the oil daily. People with fungal skin infections such as tinea, ringworm of candida can also benefit greatly from coconut oil application.
6. Heal cuts, bites and wounds
Coconut oil can help speed up the healing of cuts. So apply it liberally to the nicks and scrapes. You can even use it to soothe stings and insect bites.
7. Boost energy
Take a tablespoon of coconut oil if you are feeling tired and lethargic. This will give you an instant boost of energy.
8. Prevent sagging skin and wrinkles
Coconut oil uses for beauty include applying around the eyes to prevent sagging skin and wrinkles. Use the oil daily as a part of your anti aging skin care.
9. As massage oil and baby oil
Use this oil for massaging the whole body. You could add some essential oils for fragrance or use it as is. It is even safe for massaging baby’s delicate skin before bath. The oil is absorbed by the skin and keeps it supple, soft and nourished.
10. As a toothpaste
We have covered many DIY homemade toothpaste recipes here. Many of them contain coconut oil which is safe for use in humans and dogs for daily oral care. This oil is antimicrobial in nature-it kills bacteria and viruses and keeps the mouth fresh and healthy. Daily oil pulling with coconut oil (swishing it vigorously for 15 minutes in the mouth) can help reduce plaque and prevent cavities.
11. For pets
There are numerous coconut oil benefits and uses for pets. You can use it on the pet’s coat to prevent dandruff, ticks and fleas. You can add it to their food to flavor it and keep their coat shiny and healthy from inside out. As already stated, DIY homemade toothpaste with this oil can keep your pet’s breath smelling fresh and also offer plaque and tarter control. You can even use it to clean pet’s ears.
12. As a shaving cream
Men can use the oil in place of shaving cream. It helps the razor glide smoothly on the skin preventing nicks and cuts. It also heals the cuts, if any, quickly. It can moisturize the skin and prevent razor burn. Women can also use coconut oil after/before shaving their arms, legs, bikini area etc.
13. As organic deodorant
Coconut oil as a deodorant is extremely popular. You can make it at home by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to it. Fill the mixture up in an empty roll-on bottle and use it daily on the armpits after bathing to prevent sweat and body odor. This is a natural and healthier alternative to using chemical based deodorants that are now being hailed as carcinogenic in action.
14. As beard oil
The oil can be used as a base oil in beard oil recipes. Adding a few drops of cedarwood oil, lavender oil, lemon essential oil etc to it can create wonderful homemade beard oil or beard balm recipes. Men having beards can use beard oils or beard balms to soothe dry, frizzy beards and also prevent skin infections, rashes and folliculitis etc.
15. For fighting yeast
Women can safely use this oil in their nether region to fight recurrent candida or yeast infections. It can also be used orally to prevent thrush and keep the tongue clean.
16. For soothing piles and hemorrhoids
Coconut oil uses in fighting piles are popular. Applying the oil in the anal area before a bowel movement can lubricate the region and prevent friction caused by hard stools.
17. For Lubrication
Coconut oil is an excellent natural lubricant for dry vagina-a common issue faced by menopausal women.
18. Soothe diaper rash
Use coconut oil on the baby’s bottom to soothe diaper rash in place of expensive diaper creams.
19. To repel insects
Mix coconut oil with tea tree oil, citronella or other essential oils and apply to the skin to repel insects, mosquitoes, chiggers etc.
20. To fight acne and blemishes
Coconut oil applied to acne and zits can reduce scarring and further breakouts.
21. To prevent nosebleeds
Applying coconut oil inside the nasal cavity can prevent drying of the passage and stop nosebleed.
22. For rough and cracked heels
If you suffer from cracked heels, then apply the oil at bedtime on them and cover up with a pair of socks. The oil will penetrate deep into the skin to nourish dry skin. Use regularly to see benefits.
23. Reduce symptoms of colitis
Some patients suffering regularly from colitis found that consuming this superfood regularly helped reduce the symptoms.
24. Cure for Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition having no cure, but preliminary reports of research on coconut oil is showing it could benefit such patients. The medium chain fatty acids in the oil can prevent further neurodegeneration. So two tablespoons of the oil can be given daily to patients to see good results.
25. Prevent stretch marks
Expecting mothers can start using coconut oil on the abdomen and thighs in the second trimester to reduce stretch marks.
26. Improve lactation
Nursing mothers who consume a tablespoon of this superfood twice daily can improve the quantity of milk.
27.Clear ear infections
A few drops of warm coconut oil added with a dropper inside an aching ear can remove waxy buildup and stop painful ear infections or Swimmer’s ear.
28. For canker sores
The oil can be dabbed on canker sores or mouth ulcers to prevent them from worsening and also stop pain.
29. Soften kidney stones
Some patients have seen great results with coconut oil- drinking it daily softens the stones and prevents more stones.
30. Prevent eye infections
Using pure organic coconut oil can help cure sty as well as pink eye infection.
As can be seen, there are many uses and health benefits of coconut oil. So start using this superfood and see a difference in your hair, skin and overall health and well being.