Coconut Oil - 22 Top Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is one of the most useful oil. It is an important beauty product. It has a wide range of importance from cooking to diseases treatment hence it’s referred to as tree of life in India and Philippines.  There are a lot of researches (over 1,500 researches) on the benefits of coconut oil.


22 Top uses and Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. For cooking

Coconut oil is commonly use in preparing food. It has high stability in high temperature even more than olive oil. It has high smoke point hence does a great frying job in the kitchen. It is also use in baking and making different snacks. It is used in making homemade chocolate candies. It can be use in place of soy oil and sunflower oil in frying.

2. As energy booster

Coconut oil has a medium chain triglyceride that helps to supply high quantities of energy. When you are short of energy, you can spread it on sprouted grain bread. You can also mix it with your coffee to boost energy. It can replace your dairy creamer when you blend your coffee and coconut oil together; you can add your sweetener. You will be surprise at the great taste you will get from it. Without adding dairy, it will produce a rich creamy flavor. This mixture helps to boost energy and performance in athletes.

3. As Mouthwash

When you mix coconut oil with baking soda and some drops peppermint, you get a good mouthwash that can be used in place of toothpaste. It gives you healthy gum, white teeth, and even prevents and cures tooth decay. Using coconut oil as part of natural mouthwash will also helps in bad breath alleviation.

4. As Face Wash

Applying coconut oil on cotton wool greatly cleanses the face. It can be use to replace your face cleanser. You can mix it with honey to get better result.

5. As Deodorants

When coconut oil is mixed with baking soda, it can be use ad deodorants on armpit. It also helps to lighten dark armpit.  Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that help to keep microbes and bacterial growth in control.

6. As Sunscreen

Coconut oil can serves as a natural sunscreen. It is also use to treat sun burn. It helps to prevent sun damage. Rub coconut oil to affected area and it will enhance fast healing.

7.  As Shaving Cream

Coconut oil is used before or after shaving to avoid bumps, irritations and rashes growth.

8. As Insect Repellent

To get you insect repellant from coconut oil, mix it with tea tree oil, rosemary and some drops of peppermint. This is natural insect repellant and it is safe for use. It repels insects like mosquitoes, flies and bees.

9. For Body Massage

Mixing coconut oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil produces natural massage oil. It has a soothing effect on the skin. It heals sore muscle and aids relaxation.

10. For Hair Treatment

Coconut oil is very effective in treating hair problems especially dandruff. It also reduces dryness of the scalp. It enhances hair growth. It also use in softening hair especially when using hair straightener. It helps to moisturize both human hair and synthetic hairs. Coconut oil can be used as shampoo when mixed with apple vinegar. This serves as natural shampoo with no  harsh chemicals. Using coconut oil and apple vinegar as shampoo gives your hair a bright soft and shiny hair. It gets rid of dull and yellowish or orange hair color. 
Coconut oil is also a good hair conditioner. It is commonly use by hair stylist to style hair and strengthens it.  using coconut oil on hair helps to moisturize it and retain hair moisture. Apply coconut oil from the hair root and use comb to brush it up for effective work.
Coconut oil is very effective in de-tangling hair especially in infants and babies. Apply little coconut oil on the wet hair and comb gently. It detangles the hair smoothly with less pain.
Coconut oil can also be used to remove gum from hair. Leave coconut oil on the hair for some minutes and try to pull out gradually. Coconut oil can also be use to remove gum from furniture. 

11. For nail cuticles and cracked heels

Using coconut oil on cracked heels is very effective.  It penetrates deep into the sole and soothes the foot. It also kills bacteria.  Applying coconut oil to the nail cuticles reduces the risk of having fungal infections. coconut oil reduces the risk of getting infected with bacteria and fungi in salon.

12. For cold sore treatment

Apply coconut oil to cold sore around the moth heals it effectively. Coconut oil contains lauric acid that reduces the lifespan of the causative agent.

13. As Part of Makeup Kit

Coconut oil can be use as make up brush cleaner.  It also helps to disinfect the brushes. Rub the oil on the brush and leave for like 5 minutes. The use a clean tissue paper to wipe it off. You don’t need to disturb yourself about the remaining brush on the brush since it is also good foot the skin.
Just as the way coconut oil is used to clean make up brush, it can be used to clean hair brush too.
Coconut oil can also be use as cheek bone highlighter. You can apply it to your eyelid and cheek bones to gives a shiny look to your cheeks. No need for makeup removal when you use it as makeup. It can also be use in place of mascara.  It can also be used as lip balm. It gives you soft lips when use frequently.
Coconut oil is good for the skin as it makes your skin soft and fresh. You can mix it with oatmeal and cinnamon to serve as face scrub.

14. As Stretch Mark Remover

Coconut oil can be use as a stretch mark remover or reducer. Applying the oil fades the mark away. It is good for pregnant women when they rub it on their stomach; it reduces the risk of coming down with the stretch mark after giving birth.

15. As Baby Ointment

Coconut oil is effective as baby ointment especially when baby develop rashes from diaper. It helps reduces redness, burns and swellings caused by diaper. It can also be use to clean baby when changing diaper.

16. To Boost Immunity

Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. These acids are strong anti-viral which helps to improve body immunity. They also have antifungal and antibacterial effect in the body.

17. As Detergent

When you combined coconut oil with lye and water it produce a perfect cleaning for cloth. It is a non toxic soapy liquid which is good for cloth. It reduces the case of cloth fading. It is found in some homemade hand soap.
Coconut oil can also be use to prevent rusting. It can be rubbed on metal panels. When rust has already occurred, it can help reduce the rust.

18. As Anti inflammatory Oil

Coconut oil reduces the case of inflammation that may lead to chronic conditions. Coconut oil enhances a healthy liver and kidney.

19. For Acne and Pimples Treatment

Acne is commonly seen in young adults and adolescents. Acne and pimples are caused by bacteria imbalance. Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic that is effective in killing these bacteria.  You can add honey with coconut oil for better result.
Coconut oil can be used on insect sting like bee. It helps to fasten wound cure.
Women on menopause can use coconut oil for menopause dryness.

20. For the Digestive system

Coconut oil aids digestion. It is a healthy fat that encourage the growth of probiotics. Coconut oil helps to reduce the bad fat; that is, cholesterol in the body. it increases the high density lipoprotein HDL, which are good body fat.  These HDL are good for the heart and it reduces the case heart diseases like arteriosclerosis and heart attack. Coconut oil use helps to reduce high blood pressure.
It helps in the absorption of essential nutrients in the body. coconut oil contains vitamin K, Vitamin E, oleic acid, linoleic acid, lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid. Lauric acid is easily absorbed by the body.
Coconut oil is also used in treating peptic ulcer. It helps to reduce the occurrence of the causative agent, Helicobacter pylori.
Coconut oil is also known to improve thyroid gland and adrenal gland function.

21. For Different Infections

Coconut oil can be used to treat vaginal yeast infections and Candida. In case of pile and hemorrhoid, mix coconut oil with lavender oil and take few spoons.
It is also use in treating bladder infections and athletes’ foot caused by fungi.

22. For Treating Animals

Coconut oil is also use in treating animals. It is use in cleaning dog ears. Coconut oil is also use to clean udder of dairy cows and goats.

Why Coconut Oil is Better than Olive Oil

Compare to olive oil, coconut oil is thermally stable. The antioxidant component of coconut oil is reserved on heating.

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