The Benefits of using Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is one superfood used in almost every room of my houses.

I use it for baking, moisturizer, deodorant, green smoothie ingredient, conditioner, you name it. It's a go-to remedy— and I am obsessed with it.

Why I love Coconut Oil

So what makes this oil so special? Well, 90 percent of coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids (or Triglyerides), which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. By traveling directly to the liver, it is not stored as fat and actually can help boost your metabolism. These triglycerides also help keep skin smooth and moisturized by trapping the escaping moisture from pores.

Most of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid, which is only found in as high a concentrate in human breastmilk. This powerful acid actually helps increase immunity and fight infections, which makes it essential to our daily diets.

I saved my favorite things about coconut oil for last: it's antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial. These properties make it ideal for a facial moisturizer, deodorant and for soothing sunburns. And I can't forget to mention that it smells incredible as well! Keep on reading below to learn more ways to use it.


My Personal Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil

There are many websites than can give you a list of uses for coconut oil, but I want this list to all be about my personal testimony. I religiously use all of these things and can personally say they work for me, and hopefully for you!

Baking + cooking with coconut oil

Baking: Coconut oil can be substituted 1-for-1 in most baking recipes that call for butter or oil (check out my Maple Granola Muffins and Coconut Granola for some delicious and healthy recipes). I've also used it when making frosting, banana bread, pancakes and amish bread.

Cooking: My friend Jo got me hooked on cooking eggs in coconut oil. They do taste a little bit like coconut, but that's a good thing to me. I also add a tablespoon to my green smoothies occasionally and sauté vegetables with it.

Green Smoothies: Occasionally, I add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to my green smoothies for a healthy fat boost. Check out this recipe here: Pineapple, Kale, Coconut Oil. It gives it a tropical flavor, yet does change the texture of the smoothie (which is difficult for some to get used to).

This deodorant truly works and is all natural. Get the recipe

Using coconut oil on your body

Coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E  in 100 grams, which definitely gives it skin nourishing properties. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin growth, repairs weathered skin, keeps skin smooth and protects against cracking and above all, it prevents ageing and wrinkling of skin, as it has good anti-oxidant properties. 

Homemade deodorant: This is my favorite use for coconut oil. It really works!!! This stuff is insanely good— I highly recommend that you make your own. After 12 hour days with working out, running errands and sweating in the Florida heat, I still smell good. Here is the easy, peasy recipe.

Body lotion: After the shower, I rub coconut oil on my arms and legs— leaving my skin hydrated all day long.

Toothpaste: I started making my own toothpaste with coconut oil 7 months ago and really like it. The coconut oil gives it a creamy consistency, which is similar to store bought (yet way better for you!). The first few weeks my teeth were a little sensitive (which is an issue I have). SO I alternated days with Sensodyne and the homemade recipe. Yet now I only use homemade and my teeth are fine.

Eczema: My son had mild eczema and we used a variety of creams. Coconut oil helped if we caught an outbreak early enough. (We eventually figured out what was causing his eczema— Target brand laundry detergent, and stopped using it. Eczema solved!)

Nose bleeds: Coat your nasal passages with coconut oil to keep nose bleeds at bay. This works great when traveling to dry climates.

Soothes sunburns: We have used this numerous times on our skin after a long day at the beach or pool. It moisturizes and alleviates the uncomfortableness of a mild sunburn.

Using coconut oil on the face

Facial moisturizer: I was very scared to put coconut oil on my face yet I decided to give it a try. I use it around my eyes to keep those tender areas moisturized . Make sure you are using high-quality coconut oil for your face— I use organic virgin unrefined coldpressed. I've seen websites recommend refined coconut oil for your face but that clogged my pores and I instantly broke out. And remember, a little goes a long way with coconut oil!

Eye makeup remover: On the rare occasion I actually put on makeup, I do use a cotton ball and a little coconut oil to remove it. Works better than anything else, hands down.


Coconut oil on your hair

Hair tamer: I have thick, curly and wild hair— coconut oil helps bring sanity to the situation. After the shower, I use mousse and then smooth some coconut oil on my unruly curls to calm it down.

Deep conditioner for hair: At least once a month, I slather this on the tips of my hair and (even my scalp to help with psoriasis) and let it soak in for a few hours. Then I brush it through and massage my scalp before I shower. I shampoo it twice through with Yes To, my favorite brand of shampoo and conditioner that is paraben free.

Lice treatment: You don't need harsh chemicals to treat lice, seriously. All you need is coconut oil because it can suffocate the lice. When a good friend of ours called us and told us that her child had lice (after our kids had been playing dress up all day with them— complete with sharing hats), we slathered coconut oil on our two kids heads. They slept on it and we washed it out the next day and they were lice free.  Sounds like Thrifty Mama has a great alternative to commercial lice products.

Other awesome uses I have for coconut oil

Furniture wood polish: I use it to polish my wood coffee table and it looks beautiful! Just pour a little onto a rag and rub it around for a nice gloss.

Stops creaking doors: I cannot stand a door that creaks, especially when it's my kids door. It's hard to sneak out of the room after they fall asleep when the door creaks, right? I've rubbed a little coconut oil on the door hinge and have the quietest door now.

Massage oil: It's very good. That's all I'm gonna say.

Where to buy coconut oil

You can buy coconut oil practically everywhere now, but don't. Walmart is not the place to buy this superfood. You want to use a brand that has high standards, uses organic products and makes quality coconut oil. If you plan on using it like I do (and I am sure you will!) then buy the good stuff for a little more money.

1. Trader Joes: What's not to love about Trader Joe's, right? If you are lucky enough to live close to one, pick up a jar of organic virgin coconut oil for $6.99.

2. Amazon: They have variety of coconut oil brands and sizes  — my favorite brand on there is Nutiva.

3. Mountain Rose Herbs: I love this company out of Portland, Oregon. They sell a variety of coconut oils, but the best is the virgin unrefined / coldpressed. Hands down the best quality at a pretty fair price. I have ordered 3 gallons from the so far and love it.  I also buy my essential oils, beeswax, arrowroot powder and herbal extracts from here— you can trust them and know you are getting the good stuff.

4. Costco: They have great prices for unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil! Definitely check it out if you have one in your area.

Do you already use coconut oil? Plan on trying out any that I've mentioned above? Got a question? Post it in the comments below.


janey 1.18.2017 at 1:37 pm

what a fantastic post keep up the hard work

SGS Rawkstar 1.18.2017 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for the love, Janey!!

Nisha Singh 12.8.2016 at 8:42 am

Very nice, good to know about coconut oil. Many things i knew for the first time, we must use coconut oil as much as possible. Too knowledgeable. Thank you for sharing.

SGS Rawkstar 12.9.2016 at 7:39 am

Hi Nisha,

Happy to hear we were able to provide you with more information + share our love of coconut oil!

aman 11.12.2016 at 3:33 am


Thanks for info

i will share this coconut oil info with my friends

SGS Rawkstar 11.14.2016 at 5:42 pm

Rawesome! Thanks for sharing, Aman!

Josh Crumb 11.1.2016 at 11:18 pm

Really good information provided by you. Use of Coconut Oil for Nose bleed and Wood Furniture Polish is quite unique and impressive.

SGS Rawkstar 11.2.2016 at 1:23 pm

Hi Josh,

Thanks for sharing! We always love learning about new uses for coconut oil!

Cheers 🙂

Matthew Arnold 9.27.2016 at 4:13 am

I like this article very much. I am glad to know about the coconut oil. I am impressed to read this information. Thanks for sharing this information. its very useful article for me.

SGS Rawkstar 9.27.2016 at 7:24 am

You’re so welcome, Matthew! Thanks for stopping by SGS!

Ruth Patterson 9.25.2016 at 9:22 am

I love coconut oil. I use it in my hair, on my face and body down to my toes, and in my food. I also do oil pulling sometimes. It’s a great product just love it!!

SGS Rawkstar 9.26.2016 at 9:06 am

Thanks for sharing your love, Ruth!

Eva 8.29.2016 at 12:40 pm

I used coconut oil for 20 minutes a day for 21 days (swirled in my mouth), spit, rinsed access with salt water, and used a different toothbrush to brush my teeth (no toothpaste), rinsed said toothbrush with VERY hot water, then brushed my teeth with Colgate (dental hygienist said it was THE best). I DON’T have bad breath anymore, my teeth are a little whiter, AND my gums look healthier, too!

SGS Rawkstar 8.30.2016 at 11:55 am

Hi Eva,

Wahoo!! Cheers to rawkin’ dentist appointments! We love using coconut oil for teeth health too.

Have you checked out Jen’s recipe for Homemade Toothpaste?


Alexender pop 8.16.2016 at 10:16 pm

I use it for baking, moisturizer, cooking etc. I religiously use all of these things of coconut and can personally say they work for me, and hopefully for you!Thanks for sharing.

SGS Rawkstar 8.17.2016 at 8:12 am

We love your love for coconut oil! Thanks for your comment, Alexender!

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Carol Smith 7.21.2016 at 11:40 am

Wow, what an amazing article. It really feels like more and more people are starting to look towards healthier foods. I love to use coconut oil specially in my morning smoothies.
Thanks for the great article 🙂

SGS Rawkstar 7.22.2016 at 12:59 am

Thanks so much, Carol! We’re so happy to have you as part of our community :).

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