The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

The following is a guest post by Lorrie from Natural on a Budget.

With everyone around the blogosphere talking about coconut oil and the recent deal on Amazon I thought it would be a good idea to write a post on the many uses of coconut oil. I am sure I am not the only one who kept hearing that this oil was good for me, but had no idea what to do with it. After doing some research I have discovered that not only is it very healthy for you to use in recipes, but it also has many cosmetic uses.

Here are some of the uses for coconut oil:

Deodorant- Find a recipe for homemade deodorant here.

Hair gel- Just use it straight out of the jar. I have been told this works really well on curly hair. Someone will have to tell me if this really works since I have very straight hair.

Hair conditioner- Again use it straight out of the jar as a leave-in conditioner.

Acne cream- I had a reader suggest this one to me. I have to admit that even at nearly 30, I still have issues with pimples. I was told that this will help dry them out quickly. I was a bit skeptical since it is an oil. How could an oil dry something out? Well I tried it and guess what? It really does work!

Sunscreen- Islanders have been using coconut oil for years as a natural sunscreen. This is one I plan to try this summer. I have a lot of issues with applying chemicals to my babies to protect them from sunburns. Even the organic and natural brands still make nervous. Coconut oil is a great natural alternative for sun protection.

Toothpaste- You can check out Lindsey’s recipe for toothpaste here. I have not been brave enough to try it yet. I still have a couple tubes of Nature’s Gate toothpaste that I bought using Swagbucks. Maybe I will have to try this one sometime.

Lotion- You can add shea butter to coconut oil to make a great lotion or just use it by itself. I have been using coconut oil on my 2-year-old to treat eczema. For a long time it was the only thing that did not make him scream.

Facial moisturizer- Apply just as you would any moisturizer.

Diaper rash cream- Find a recipe for natural diaper rash cream here.

Don’t forget all the great ways this oil can be used in cooking. It can be used to replace butter when baking, on popcorn, as a spread on bread, and in oatmeal. While researching for this post I ran across this article on the benefits of coconut oil. It was quite interesting.

So where is the best place to find coconut oil? I have used Spectrum brand in the past, but have lately been using Nutiva. Right now you can get 2 jars for around $20 on Amazon. This is a great price!  It might be cheaper to buy it in bulk from Azure Standard or Mountain Rose Herb if you can find someone willing to split it with you.

I would caution you not to buy the cheap stuff you can get at supercenters and grocery stores. Most of them are not the same, and contain additives.

What are some of some of the ways that you use Coconut OIl?

Lorrie is a stay at home mom to 3 sweet children and has the world’s most supportive husband. She blogs about natural and organic deals as well as natural living at her blog Natural on a Budget.

26 Comments:
  1. OH MY! Would the Tropical Traditions virgin coconut oil work in these ways also? If so…I am so excited!

  2. I have curly hair, and coconut oil works really well as a deep conditioner, but it doesn’t work as hair gel. Curly hair girls you’ll have to try flax seed gel. Boil a tablespoon or two in a cup of water for 10-15 min then strain through a cheesecloth. It’s amazing!

  3. I must say, coconut oil as hair gel for fine hair is a no go. It just makes your hair looking oily. Ditto on leave in conditioner. Its good for deep conditioning as long as you rinse well (again this is for fine hair). My daughter and I have fine hair (her’s is straight, mine is wavy). I so love coconut oil as a facial moisturizer though. I swear the scar I had on my face is almost gone too. :)

  4. Sounds neat I’ll try these things, but I’m being honest, the thoughts if using what I cook with on my hair or body or. Vise versa kinda makes ne nauseated. Lol

    • Erica, if you think about it… why would you want to put something on your body that wasn’t eatable? Why would you eat something that wasn’t safe for your whole body? I like the idea of being able to just buy one thing and use it in multiple ways!

      • I always have 2 containers of it. One for cooking and one for my body. Can’t imagine cooking out of the same jar that I just rubbed all over my feet. :-)

  5. Believe it or not, I used it on my woodwork (trim, doors, etc) to revive the wood! It is AMAZING! It looks as though I refinished it all! I simply took a cotton rag (made from hubby’s old undershirts) and rubbed it into the wood. It took a few hours to truly soak in so it was no longer greasy to the touch, but now it looks brand new! I decided to try this after reading about it online. Worked like a charm!

  6. This oil is NOT good as a sunscreen for most people. It in fact will help skin burn more. It is good for after sun to help skin heal…..

    ….Virgin Coconut Oil can help keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause. While it is not a natural sunblock, Coconut Oil IS the perfect, natural treatment for relieving sunburn and is itself, a natural exfoliant.
    Coconut Oil will not only bring temporary relief to the skin, but it will aid in healing and repairing. The oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”. As a natural moisturizer, coconut oil also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying tissues. Unrefined coconut oil is not only excellent for the skin, but for hair as well….

    • I can testify to this as my husband and 2 toddler sons tried using it while at the beach and ended up coming home bright red and in pain. And it wasn’t an application issue because they tried that and still got burned. All three are fair skinned so maybe it would work on those with darker skin tones but not my pale white guys :-)

  7. We cook with it! Never thought of putting it on my skin, tho. Thanks!

  8. We cook with it! Never thought of putting it on my skin, tho. Thanks!

  9. I use it for sore throats. Just a teaspoon full straight from the jar soothes a sore throat.

  10. I use it in my hair everyday after I shower stops the friz when I blow dry it and it makes it stronger. Once a month I use warm coconut milk some lime and a bit of cornstarch as a hair mask my hair gets so soft and shiny I love it :)

  11. I warm it up and use it as a mouth wash; oil pulling. Whitens teeth, heals gums etc.

  12. My mom and sister use it to pop popcorn. They say it’s delicious. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to.

  13. My daughter suffers from severe Eczema outbreaks. We have tried every prescription medication on the market. They are mostly steroids and not good for longterm use. We have recently tried coconut oil on the affected areas. While the healing process is not over there is a great improvement to the skin. It seems to give enough moisture and exfoliation to lower the relentless effects of the eczema. At least it doesn’t have steroids in it. If it a complete success I will let you know.

  14. We’ve started using it to pop popcorn and I’ll never go back to anything else! It’s wonderful! I bought a big tub off Amazon so I’m still figuring out ways to use it. I have several recipes that call for it but haven’t tried them yet. I figured one way or another, I’d get my money’s worth out of it, even if I only used it for popcorn and moisturizer :)

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