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.

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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).

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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.

221 comments

Emma 6.7.2017 at 8:28 am

I use coconut oil all the time too! It’s the best stuff ever. I like to use it in the shower as shaving cream. You have to rinse the razor extra, but the lasting smoothness, like I’m talking days, without added moisturizer, is so worth it! We also use it in the bedroom 😉

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SGS Rawkstar Amanda 6.7.2017 at 8:47 am

Hi Emma,

I use coconut oil as a moisturizer for my kids all the time, but I never thought to use it as a shaving cream for myself. I definitely need to give this a try!! Thanks for sharing.

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Kevin 6.5.2017 at 9:44 am

I had no idea you could do so much with coconut oil beyond eating it!

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SGS Rawkstar Amanda 6.5.2017 at 10:14 pm

Hi Kevin,

It’s up there with duct tape! You can use it for anything! 😉 Plus it’s packed with major health benefits + healthy fats!

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Jeff 5.4.2017 at 3:45 am

I am a self confessed lover for coconut oil! It can also be used to fade scars as well.my naughty little 2 year old just got a cut on her arm and when it’s like after 2 weeks the wound starts to heal.
I start to apply coconut oil daily by gently tapping on the wound.
Guess what?
No scar at all!Omg! This coconut oil is really godsend gift to all humans!
And thus post brings out even more goodies !
Thank you for writing this post which
Bring out a lot of coconut benefits that I am unaware of.

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SGS Rawkstar Amanda 5.4.2017 at 7:02 am

Hi Jeff,

Isn’t coconut oil amazing! I love using it on my kids scraps and bumps too! So happy to hear it left your daughter scar free!

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Ravi 4.5.2017 at 12:00 pm

Coconut oil is amazing. Thanks for sharing this detailed post.

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SGS Rawkstar 4.5.2017 at 5:25 pm

Hi Ravi,

Isn’t it! We love coconut oil + it’s major health benefits!

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Me@you.com 3.6.2017 at 1:36 am

Nutcases coconut oil is 58% saturated fat

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SGS Rawkstar 3.6.2017 at 5:36 am

Hi Me,

Worried about the saturated fats in coconut oil? The saturated fat in coconut oil is naturally occurring, therefore the fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts metabolism as opposed to animal derived saturated fats that add body fat.

Hope this helps!

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Griselle 2.12.2017 at 6:26 pm

I just bought it today to start tomorrow in my smothies let’s see how it goes

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SGS Rawkstar 2.13.2017 at 3:57 am

Hi Griselle,

We love adding coconut oil! Sometimes you will notice small pieces of oil that have solidified when blending. To avoid this try melting your coconut oil (not hot, just melted), then once you’ve blended your entire smoothie, set your blender to its lowest setting and slowly pour in the melted coconut oil. This will help ensure everything blends smoothly and that the coconut oil fully incorporates.

Cheers!

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Linda 2.9.2017 at 12:24 pm

You may pay more for a good coconut oil but if you add up the prices of everything ie moisturiser conditiiner deodrant and more. Its value for money

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SGS Rawkstar 2.10.2017 at 4:18 am

Great point, Linda!

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Rebecca 2.5.2017 at 9:55 am

I didn’t know the benefit of coconut oil, so I do not use this oil! after reading your post now I LOVE COCONUT OIL and I will use it.
Thank you so much for the great post.

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SGS Rawkstar 2.6.2017 at 3:46 am

Hi Rebecca,

YAY!! Make sure and reach back out after using it + let us know what you think! 🙂

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Srinivasa Chaitanya 2.3.2017 at 6:51 pm

Believe it or not, we use coconut oil in all our dishes. I also sprinkle coconut oil on the top of kebabs, Manchurian, Samosa, French fries. I make all the dishes in my Philips Air Fryer. I love making snacks and tiffins in my Air Fryer. Healthy and Tasty.

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SGS Rawkstar 2.6.2017 at 3:44 am

Hi Srinivasa,

Rawesome!! Thanks for sharing, we love using coconut oil in a variety of ways!

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Linda 2.3.2017 at 8:24 am

Coconut oil is very useful .I like to use it .

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SGS Rawkstar 2.6.2017 at 3:43 am

We do too, Linda! 🙂

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