31 of My Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil

31 of My Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil

There are so many uses for coconut oil! In case you didn’t know, I love coconut oil. It’s definitely one of my super-star real food ingredients that makes it’s way into more than just my kitchen. It’s up there with lemons, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar. With all the many uses for coconut oil and it’s long list of benefits, this definitely an ingredient you should have in your home at all time.

But just in case you’re new to coconut oil, I’m giving you my favorite uses for coconut oil right here, right now.

Uses for Coconut Oil

As a nutrient-dense food:

Coconut oil is made of primarily medium-chain fatty acids making it easily digestible and converted into energy in the body. It also contains lauric acid which has been linked to amazing health benefits. It has anti-viral, antibacterial, anit-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. It’s been shown that consuming coconut oil is good for overall immunity, reduces hypertension, helps reduce arterial injury, boosts energy, and helps keep proper cholesterol balance. It’s a great source of healthy (yes, healthy) saturated fats.

There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast. When taken regularly coconut oil has been shown to help fight candida, boost hormone production, and increase metabolism. Winner!

Culinary Uses for Coconut Oil

Eat it by the spoonful, it’s that good for you. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, here are some other options to get this super food in your diet:

1. Use coconut oil (with a little butter, if you’re like me) to make the best fried eggs ever.

2. Add a tablespoon or two to your smoothie for a nutritional boost.

3. Use coconut oil to fry your own organic tortilla chips to avoid GMOs and rancid vegetable oils.

4. In fact, use coconut oil anytime a recipe calls for “vegetable oil” or “shortening.”

5. Make these awesome Peppermint Patties…

6. Or these Black Bean Brownies

7. Or these Chocolate Chip Cookies

8. Or these Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

9. Or these Coconut Berry Delights

10. Or these Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Or, or, or… you get the point. There are countless uses for coconut oil for improved health, and plenty of ways to add coconut oil to your diet.

31 uses for coconut oil

Personal Care Uses for Coconut Oil

Because of coconut oil’s anti-viral, antibacterial, anit-microbial, and anti-fungal properties it’s often found in plenty of beauty and personal care recipes. Here are just some of the ways you can use coconut oil outside the kitchen:

11. As a super simple lotion. Just slather on and enjoy the moisture.

12. As an important ingredient in this sensitive skin deodorant recipe.

13. As a germ fighting ingredient in this toothpaste recipe. (Some people only use coconut oil for their toothpaste!)

14. As protection against swimming pool chemicals.

15. Use coconut oil a moderate sun protection: “Coconut oil protects the body from sunburn and skin cancer without blocking the beneficial UV radiation. Coconut oil doesn’t rely on blocking out the sun’s rays, it works by preventing free-radical reactions which lead to all the consequences caused by overexposure to the sun. (source)”

16. As a single ingredient lip balm, or as an important ingredient in this tinted lip balm recipe.

17. As a “stretch mark” inhibitor during pregnancy (check out this belly balm recipe that uses coconut oil).

18. As an ingredient in your own diy homemade mascara.

19. Use coconut oil as a face wash.

20. As a deep conditioner for your hair. Simple rub into your scalp and hair, leave on for a couple of hours and shampoo as normal. (Not recommended with no ‘poo as it can be a beast to get out of your hair!)

21. As a shaving cream replacement.

22. To help fight athletes feet by being used topically.

23. As a safe and natural personal lubricant.

24. As a diaper cream for baby’s (cloth diaper safe!)

25. As a cradle cap solution, just rub it on daily.

26. For a healthy mouth via oil pulling.

27. As a topical treatment to help heal the perineum after birth.

28. Can be used topically to relieve the pain of hemorrhoids.

Some Other Miscellaneous Uses for Coconut Oil

29. A perfect fat to season your cast iron cookware.

30. Nursing moms can take 3 – 4 tablespoons of Coconut Oil a day to increase milk supply.

31. Remove stubborn stickers and labels.

There you have it. 31 uses for coconut oil. And if you’re not sure what kind of coconut oil to buy, check this guide out. I like to get mine online either here.

Tell me, what’s your favorite use for coconut oil?

 

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63 comments

  1. jessica

    fabulous! I use coconut oil as a lotion, sun screen, hair product (keeps the frizzies down), hand and foot cream, and I cook with it on the regular. its an amazing all in one product. thanks for these other ideas.


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Yes! I’ve used it for that, too. It’s been a while since I’ve done oil pulling, but I loved the way my mouth felt after I was done.

  2. Kristen Jones

    Also, I use it as a wonderful eye makeup remover. It works better than any thing I’ve tried and it is all natural!

    1. Deborah S.

      Coconut oil is great but do not use any kind of oil-based product in your eye area. Your eyes have no way to expel oil build-up over time. It can clog the tear ducts, cause stys, and trap dirt and bacteria in your eyes. Even if you keep it away from your eyes, minute amounts of oil can remain on or travel into your eyes from lashes and lids. Choose a remover that is specifically intended for the eye area to avoid the risk.

      1. Judine

        Sorry Deborah, i saved myself a trip to the e.r. last night because I had a foerign body under my eye lid and couldn’t get it out, I put a dab of coconut oil on my bottom eyelid and with in minutes the pain was gone and my eyes were good as new, I washed them this morning with baby shampoo. I’m 73 years old and have used it for a long time to remove eye make up. Am I just lucky or what ?


        1. Post author
          Robin Konie

          Wow! Crazy. Coconut oil for the win. Isn’t it hard to know what’s best with all the conflicting information out there? *sigh* Glad your eye is feeling better.

  3. Kelly @ In the Mom Light Blog

    For my prenatal appointments and for the birth with my second child, I asked the midwife to use coconut oil instead of lubricant (I brought my own). The exam lube always gives me yeast infections, and she said coconut oil can actually treat them!

  4. Patti Brady

    I’m a diabetic use it for my dry feet and body…works amazingly. Have pool and use it for that too. Curly/frizzy hair works wonders! Great for dogs health too. They love it. Amazing oil! Wish I would have found it yrs ago. Found mine at Costco’s Carrenton Farms cold pressed 100% organic. Love it Love it…


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      There’s probably a way to make it yourself, but I’m far too lazy (or busy depending on the day) to do it. :) I bet google would have your answer.

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  6. Carlie Seely

    During the school year I rub a bit in to my daughters scalp and down the length of hair before braiding it. Supposedly keeps liceaway and my kids have never gotten them.

  7. Vixenish Doll

    We actually mix it with liquid benadryl and apply it to any weird bites we get to reduce itching, redness and swelling. Coconut oil isn’t bad on its own, but combined with the benadryl the results are awesome!

  8. Deborah Jennings

    I use it when I make my homemade soap. And in my body butters. I love it! i need to put some in a jar or a tin to put in my bathroom.

  9. Wildchildwandering

    I replace the oil in my pancake batter with coconut oil and grease the griddle with it as well. Just make sure to liquify it first, stir quickly into the milk and egg mix and add immediately to the flour mix before it solidifies again or you will wind up with chunks of coconut oil in your pancakes! One more way to add good health to breakfast. Great with healthy organic homemade maple syrup or strawberry syrup!

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  11. Cindy Pylman

    I use it for dry skin, lubricant, popping popcorn, spreading on toast or bagels. My family can no longer live without it. Also, my good cholesterol
    is up at a healthy level now. I love all the different uses list. Thank you.

    What is oil pulling, though? Do you put the coconut oil on a dental floss strand and pull or what?


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Google oil pulling for a full description. But basically you put the oil in your mouth and swish it around, “pulling” the oil through your teeth, for twenty minutes to clean and whiten and pull out toxins.

  12. Tracey Myers

    Had to post this quick side dish with coconut oil! Saute fresh spinach in coconut oil, add chicken broth powder, throw in some walnuts or sliced almonds, then toss in some dried cranberries! It’s a favorite around here!! I know this wasn’t about recipes, but just thought someone might enjoy this dish!!

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  14. Alan R Covey

    Coconut oil is said to be good for your Brain. I have seen videos and read articles that tell how eating coconut oil creates chemicals in our bodies that “feed the brain”. People with Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease have had amazing results eating multiple tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Some people believe that eating one tablespoon of coconut oil a day will keep your brain and nervous system in good health. I started putting a bit of coconut oil in my tea and honey, which added up to about one teaspoon a day. Almost right away I noticed I was doing better solving Sudoku Puzzles! It makes me feel good and smart. Now I say: “Spread Coconut Oil on bread, and be smart till you’re dead.”

  15. Ann

    My 17 year old daughter uses it everyday in her short grain brown rice to help her gut HEAL from Crohns. She is off ALL meds and getting stronger everyday. We truly thank God for his natural remedies like coconut oil.
    Ann

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  17. Michele Robertsen

    Coconut oil is good for removing tear stains on white dogs. The stains are caused by bacteria and coconut oil is an antibacterial. Also good for your pup internally, same as for humans.

  18. Michelle

    I put it on my feet at night, use as a hair conditioner, also in my car on leather seats after cleaning

  19. Dr.Soe Khine

    The Myanmar people always like to use coconut oil for healthy and shiny hair but afraid to use for cooking,we believe coconut oil contain high cholesterol and unsaturated fatty acids that cause atherosclerosis and heart diseases.But i saw Indonesian and Filipino even the Malaysian and Thai people cook their foods with coconut oil,it would be greatly appreciated if someone can share and contribute the points about it,Thank you.

  20. Sheri

    It is great to use for oil pulling. It can get rid of cavities. I do this daily. It does not leave a oil film in your mouth and it has no taste. I brush with baking soda and peroxide then finish off with oil pulling. My mouth has never been healthier.

  21. val

    after reading all these….i just had to get up an have a spoonful of my coconut oil….yummmmm….i thought i was weird just eating it by the spoonful…..im not!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Most health foods store have it. You can also buy it online. Check out the Village Green Marketplace for coconut products: thankyourbody.com/market-place/

  22. Joan

    I have been using coconut oil for decades, as an in-shower moisturizer. Just shower and before turning the water off, rub on skin. Shin will be to smooth and soft. Great when shaving your legs/underarms as well. Enjoy. : )

    1. Michael

      Yes it works for that I use it as well for my nose bleeds works great it moisturizes the inside of the nose and helps it heal.
      I was having a lot of nose bleeds and tried everything I read about on the internet and nothing was working. I saw my coconut oil on the counter top and thought why not> I applied it with some q tips and it worked it stop bleeding.

  23. Monica Beavers

    love coconut oil. Been using for two years now and love it. I use it on my face, body, hair and eat it on my toast every morning. I use it to take off my mascara and have noticed my lashes growing faster now. Leaned so many more uses reading these posts and replys. Gonna try it in a smoothy next. It’s the wonder oil of the gods…

  24. Saralaska

    Robin, I’m loving your site and just bought a giant vat-o-coconut oil to try all these many amazing things. My word for 2014 is “inspiration,” and I’m kicking it off being inspired by coconut oil! Bless you!

  25. Scott Kerr

    I started using coconut oil in pill form a few months back after I had a couple of bouts with acute diverticulitis. I used to have horrible heartburn and acid reflux, and since taking coconut oil on a daily basis after I eat, I have no heartburn at all. It’s an amazing supplement.

  26. Kate Zingarelli

    We make our baby wipes with coconut oil. 1 tablespoon to a cup of hot water. Add a small dollop of baby shampoo or baby wash. Pour that over a half roll of paper towels ( Bounty). My granddaughter had terrible diaper rash that we just could not heal. I found the recipe for homemade wipes on Pinterest, made our first batch and her rash was healed in a few days. Since using the coconut oil wipes, no sign of a rash. And, we have saved so much money! Now, I use coconut oil for the babies skin after baths. Wonderful stuff!

  27. Melisa

    Hi! I’ve been using just coconut oil as a body lotion for a week now and I wanted to know how long it takes the skin to start feeling soft. It is really soft when I apply the coconut oil but a few hours later, I feel it’s dry again, maybe more than it was before using coconut oil. What do you think? Thank you very much. I love your blog


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Hmmm… could be a few things. You could try using olive oil instead and see if it’s just the way coconut oil works on your skin, or you could look at your diet and see if there’s a way to get more nourishing fats and appropriate hydration to help your skin from the inside out. Good luck!

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