Hair conditioner. Shaving cream. Butter replacement. Lotion. The magic trick to win the PowerBall lottery… Coconut oil has a huge reputation for being the utility tool your home can’t live without.
But separating fact from fiction is harder than it seems on the surface. And I can personally attest to the fact that your chances of winning PowerBall do not increase with coconut oil use. 🙂
So what’s the best way to use that tub of coconut oil? Here are ten handy tips. Once you’ve tried a few, I’m confident you’ll love this oil as much as I do.
Coconut oil has a high smoke point, so it’s great for use when frying everything from potatoes to fish. It adds just the right flavor to any dish and can also be used for baking, stir-frying, and sautéing. Use coconut oil as a dairy-free replacement for butter.
Coconut oil can be used in its raw form as a moisturizer to give your skin a new softness and radiance. Since it’s all natural, it’s the perfect choice for sensitive skin. You can also use coconut oil to make homemade soap or use it to remove eye makeup. It can help to lighten age spots and prevent pregnancy stretch marks. Once the baby is born, you can use coconut oil as a diaper cream, too. We personally make a homemade moisturizer with coconut oil and our favorite essential oils for the skin.
Coconut oil supports healthy thyroid function by raising body temperature and increasing metabolism. Soy products and many types of unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion. This causes a rise in your cholesterol. Many researchers believe that one of the major reasons why Americans are overweight leads back to cooking oils made from soybeans. Even the livestock we eat are fed a diet of grain made with these unsaturated fats, and they eventually wind up in the human body, blocking the thyroid gland from working properly.
Smear on some coconut oil next time you’re heading outdoors for a time in the sun. It works well to block harmful UV rays while softens skin. It is an all-natural SPF 4 sunscreen. But be careful, SPF 4 is not a lot of protection. Test this slowly before going all-in. UV rays are harmful, and it’s always best to find the product that works best to protect your skin.
Use coconut oil in your favorite homemade mayo recipe. You can eliminate vegetable and soy oils with higher calorie content and still create delicious mayonnaise with a unique flavor.
Heal Skin Abrasions
Coconut oil helps skin heal faster. It’s good to use on sores, scrapes, and infections and may help them heal more quickly. It’s also great for psoriasis or just general patches of dry skin. Can also be used for an ear infection. Apply a dab inside the ear for speedy healing.
Brain Power Booster
Use coconut oil in your favorite smoothie recipe for a brain power boost. Add a tablespoon of Chia seeds for a huge energy boost. Warning: Don’t take this in the evenings near bedtime!
Some recent research is pointing to the fact that coconut oil can help prevent or reverse diseases like Alzheimer’s.
This age-old practice is coming back into popularity because it works at cleaning your teeth and cleansing the entire body. Simply take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spit it out and rinse with warm salt water. This should be done on an empty stomach. Do this each day for about two weeks for best results. I personally like to use essential oils such as clove and lemon to boost the cleansing power. One of my best friends and colleagues wrote a book on the many benefits of oil pulling. Check it out here!
Rub coconut oil on the inside of the nose to help alleviate the irritating symptoms of various allergies. If you’re just recovering from a cold or the flu, just add coconut oil to a cup of hot tea to help relieve symptoms and help you feel better.
I LOVE coconut oil and use it daily in one way or another. It’s a staple in my cupboard and my bathroom and always within arm’s length. If you like the idea of incorporating coconut oil into your daily life, we should chat. Let me help you discover your most abundant life ever!