Coconut Oil. It’s many uses and benefits have been praised, then vilified, then praised again. That’s why I love to write about it so much. It truly is a fascinating oil with so much to offer!
As I continue on my own quest for knowledge about health and wellness, I have remained committed to learning more and more about how to use coconut oil. I have spent countless hours reading through all of the comments made about my coconut oil posts. I have researched far and wide. And what I bring to you today is a comprehensive post on the many uses of coconut oil.
I hope you enjoy this post and discover even more ways to use this amazing wonder of nature.
Coconut Oil – An Overview
Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information I researched to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!
Coconut Oil Is Known To Be:
- Anti-bacterial (attacks bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
- Anti-carcinogenic (it has antimicrobial properties so it may prevent the spread of diseased cells while enhancing the immune system)
- Anti-fungal (attacks fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
- Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
- Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in this oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
- An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
- Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
- Anti-protozoa (attacks giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
- Anti-retroviral (may reduce the viral load)
- Anti-viral (may destroy some viruses before they lead to full blown illness)
- Effective at improving nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects
- Infection fighting
- Nontoxic to humans and animals
How Much Coconut Oil Should You Take?
Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily amount of coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper amount. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter 1-2 teaspoons per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.) You can also find more detailed information on how much coconut oil to take here. Here are a few ideas on how to consume coconut oil.
Type of Coconut Oil to Use
- Unrefined (AKA virgin or extra-virgin) – this coconut oil comes from fresh coconuts and has not been changed with heat processes. It is the purest, most natural, least processed (chemically-changed) form. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.
- Refined (AKA RBD) – manufacturers typically do not use fresh coconut and instead use the copra (dry coconut flakes). These flakes are then refined, bleached, and deodorized leaving behind an oil that is colorless, tasteless and odorless. Not all refined coconut oils are alike! Most are refined using a chemical distillation process dependent on lye or other harsh solvents. Know your supplier (see my Which Coconut Oils I Use page for coconut oil I trust). While refined coconut oil is almost as nutritious as its unrefined/virgin counterpart, it does lose some of its health properties during the refining process.
- Fractionated – this coconut oil is one in which manufacturers remove all of the long-chain fatty acids (and even the medium-chain lauric acid) to retain only its fraction of caprylic and capric acid. They do this to lower its melting point so people can use the oil in liquid form. Fractionated is used most often as a superfatting oil in soaps; in skin-care lotions, cream and similar products to give emolliency; in massage oil blends (famous for not staining the sheets); as a carrier oil for essential oils, vitamins and actives; and in medicines. It is not recommended for consumption since it is stripped of the important long-chain fatty acids and lauric acid.
- Cold-Pressed, Expeller-Pressed, and Centrifuged – these are simply name of the various methods of extracting the oil from the dry or fresh coconut and can be found in both refined and unrefined varieties.
- Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated coconut oils as the hydrogenation process creates synthetic trans-fats!
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…
333 Uses for Coconut Oil – The Ultimate Guide On How To Use Coconut Oil!
Please note that while I have linked to additional articles on this site for some of the uses, it should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with a trusted medical professional before using coconut oil. Coconut oil’s effectiveness will vary from individual to individual.
In addition, I have researched each and every use listed in this post. This post would be entirely too long if I provided detailed information on each use. The bulk of the uses listed have studies backing coconut oil’s effectiveness. However, there are a handful of uses which come from health and wellness forums and are based on personal experiences and not documented research.
Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness
- Appetite Suppressant – the fat in coconut oil triggers the release of the cholecystokinin hormone which slows down food movement through the digestive tract. It is the last nutrient to get digested and leave the stomach, supplying you a delayed feeling of satisfaction after eating.
- Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming at least 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich and increase the milk supply.
- Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
- Digestion– the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
- Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needing a quick pick me up.
- Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetics who want to get their blood sugar stabilized before addressing other health issues.
- Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
- Pregnancy – helps prevent gestational diabetes; keeps kidneys functioning; keeps morning sickness in check; and protects a mother-to-be from a host of potentially threatening infections as well as boost her immunity, which is naturally weakened during pregnancy.
- Prevents oxidation of fatty acids
- Skin Tone – promotes firmer skin tone and less sagging.
- Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
- Vitamin and nutrient absorption – specifically magnesium and calcium.
- Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and also increases metabolic rate.
Coconut Oil for Chronic Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, or relieving these health issues)
- Acid Reflux/Indigestion Aid (if taken after a meal)
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
- Blood Pressure Regulation
- Bowel Function
- Bronchial Infections
- “C” – rhymes with “dancer”
- Candida Albicans
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
- Circulation/feeling cold all the time
- Colds and Viruses
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Degenerative Diseases – provides antioxidants to fight free radicals which slow degenerative diseases such as arthritis
- De-Quervains Tenosynovitis
- Diabetes – helps with cravings by stabilizing blood sugar. Also eases neuropathies and itching.
- Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally.
- Energy boost
- Epilepsy – known to reduce epileptic seizures
- Fever Support
- Fibrocystic Breast
- Flaky, Dry Skin
- Gallbladder disease and pain
- Grave’s Disease
- Gum Disease
- H. Pylori
- Head Lice
- Heart Disease – protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis.
- Hemorrhoids and Piles – can applied externally or internally twice a day. Also lowers the incidence of hemorrhoids.
- H I V – is known to reduce the viral load
- Hormone Regulator
- Immune System Builder (Be sure to grab my recipe for a great immune boosting salve)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Disease
- Kidney Stones – aids in dissolving them
- Liver Disease
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)
- Low Blood Clotting (from Vitamin K Deficiency)
- Lung Disease
- Malabsorption Syndrome
- Menstrual Cramps
- Mental Clarity
- Menopause – stabilizes hormones reducing hot flashes
- Menstruation Relief – regulates pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
- Migraines – with regular use, coconut may help reduce the number and severity
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parasites (such as tapeworm, liver flukes, and giardia)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Periodontal Disease and Tooth Decay
- Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Skin problems
- Smoker’s Cough
- Spider Veins
- Stomach Ulcers
- Toenail fungus
- Thyroid Function
- Typhoid – attacks the virus which causes it
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)
- Vaginal Yeast Infections (you can also apply externally to relieve itching)
Coconut Oil for Chronic Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding and relieving these health issues)
- Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil
- Athletes foot
- Back Pain/Sore Muscles
- Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
- Boils and Cysts
- Canker Sores
- Cold Sores
- Conjunctivitis – applied around and in the eye
- Contact Dermatitis
- Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies.
- Genital Warts – through topical application over 6 weeks and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts.
- Gum Disease and Gingivitis – use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums
- Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
- Itchy Eyes – put a dab of coconut oil in itchy eyes. You will have blurred vision for a couple of minutes but the itch will be gone!
- Keloids – apply coconut oil to the keloid or scarred skin three times daily to help reduce puffiness and restore healthy looking skin.
- Keratosis Pilaris – use alone or in conjunction with salt or sugar to form an exfoliating paste.
- Pink eye – applied around and in the eye
Coconut Oil For Sporadic Health Issues, Skin Problems and Occasional Illness or Injury
- Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
- Animal Bites – I suggest that you see a trusted medical professional for all animal bites however, applying coconut oil to the cleansed wound can speed healing and reduce the chance of infection.
- Antacid Substitute – coconut oil infused with cinnamon can alleviate occasional heartburn.
- Bed Sores – coconut oil can be applied directly to bed sores to reduce inflammation, speed healing, and prevent infection.
- Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
- Breastfeeding Bite – as I learned recently, even a 3 year old can take a nibble out of you! Apply coconut oil every hour to prevent infection and promote healing.
- Broken Bones – speeds the healing process when taken internally by helping with calcium absorption.
- Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
- Bug Bites and Stings – when applied directly to a bug bite or sting, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
- Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
- Chicken Pox – taken internally and applied topically, it relieves itching, reduces inflammation, and reduces the severity and duration of the illness.
- Dry Eyes – apply a small dab in the corner of each eye at night to relieve dry eyes without the chemicals found in eye drops.
- Ear Infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
- Food Poisoning – reduces the severity of symptoms and kills the bacteria causing it.
- Hang Nails – apply to the hang nail to prevent infection and promote healing.
- Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
- Impotence – I have no personal proof that this works but according to a lot of men on natural health and wellness forums, coconut oil has put the pep back in their step if you get my drift.
- Ingrown Toenails – aids in healing, fights infection, and prevents future ingrown toenails.
- Insomnia – consuming coconut oil helps to regulate body functions including sleep.
- Jock Itch – rub onto the affected area and let the healing begin. The anti-fungal properties will keep flare ups at bay.
- Laryngitis – gargle with some melted coconut oil diluted with water (to avoid the gag factor).
- Leg Cramps – coconut oil can be rubbed onto the leg as well as taken internally so support the absorption of calcium and potassium, both which prevent leg cramps.
- Lice – for detailed information, please read my post on coconut oil and head lice.
- Mastitis – consuming 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily provides you with enough acrylic acid which has a strong antibacterial effect.
- Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
- Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
- Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
- Nose Bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting in burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in your nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages.
- Oral Health – I suggest you read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel to get a better understanding of the impact of coconut oil on oral health.
- Oral Surgery – rubbed onto the surgery site, it hastens healing time and prevents infection.
- Itch relief and infection protection from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
- Ringworm – apply coconut oil to the area 8-10 times per day until healed.
- Snake Bites – stops the pain, burning and itching associated with a snake bite while promoting healing of the wound. Also neutralizes the venom.
- Sore Throat Soother – add a spoonful to warm water and gargle away.
- Snoring Relief – by rubbing a dab of coconut oil in each nostril before bedtime, you will reduce swelling in the membranes of the lining of your nostrils which will stop the snoring.
- Sty Treatment – apply a dab of coconut oil three times daily directly onto sty.
- Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil onto the affected area.
- Support during Alcohol or Drug Detox – coconut oil will help your body process out the toxins and support your overall health and energy levels through to process.
- Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day. It usually works within one or two days.
- Toothache – I suggest you read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel to get a better understanding of the impact of coconut oil on oral health.
- Vaginal Dryness – can be used externally and internally.
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Personal Care Products
- After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
- Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell. (I have some great recipes in my eBook as well.)
- Chapstick – just rub a little onto lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4-6!
- Cuticle Cream – apply to cuticles before manicures to aid in removal. Apply to dry cuticles to prevent hangnails.
- Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
- Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
- Ear Cleaner – a little dab on the end of a q-tip helps gently remove wax.
- Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.
- Eye Cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
- Eyelash Conditioner – add a pinch to eyelashes to encouraged growth and strengthen them.
- Face Wash/Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
- Hair Conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
- Hair Dye Repeller – apply along hair line and on tips of ears before dying hair to keep skin from absorbing the dye.
- Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
- Hair Strengthening/Darkening – coconut oil bonds to the individual hair follicles making them stronger and darker.
- Hand Cleaner – easily removes paint, wax, caulking, and other tough to remove dirt and grime.
- Insect Repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
- Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe lubricant. It may not be compatible with latex. The jury is out on that.
- Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
- Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
- Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
- Mouthwash – add a little coconut oil to warm water then swish it around.
- Nail Polish Quick Dry — Spray on your nail polish to help it dry faster.
- Nail Strengthener – rub on finger and toe nails to strengthen them and aid in repairing cracks and brittleness.
- Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
- Perineum Massage Oil – use it in the weeks prior to giving birth to help soften and protect your perineum.
- Pore Minimizer – blessed with visible pores? Rub a little coconut oil on at bedtime and watch those pores shrink.
- Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
- Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
- Prevents Split Ends in hair
- Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
- Sunless Tan Lotion – mix coconut oil with used coffee grounds. Apply it liberally but evenly in the tub before your shower and allow it to work its magic.
- Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
- Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
- Varicose Veins – helps lesson the appearance of them.
- Vaseline Substitute
- Vitiligo – helps restore pigment to the skin.
- Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!
Coconut Oil for Infant and Children Specific Issues
- Attention Deficit Disorder – there is no short explanation as to how coconut oil aids children with a diagnosis of ADD.
- Circumcision Healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
- Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
- Croup – mamas around the globe swear by a mixture of coconut oil and essential oils rubbed onto their child’s chest.
- Diaper Rash Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
- Formula Booster – coconut oil is the only other good source of lauric acid, which is a key component of mother’s breastmilk.
- Poop Repellent – sticky meconium or a case of acidic poop is no fun. Rub baby’s bottom with coconut oil and it will form a barrier which also makes poop slide right off. Easy clean up!
- Soft Spot Strengthener – In Samoa, mothers rub coconut oil on the baby’s soft spot to help fortify the area.
- Teething Pain Reliever – rub directly onto gums of teething babies and children to ease the pain.
Coconut Oil in the Kitchen
- Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
- Freezer Burn Protection – use as a protective seal for homemade sauces or other dishes before you freeze them.
- Ice Cubes – yep! Pour coconut oil in ice cube trays and pop one in your drink!
- Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to soups, teas, smoothies, etc…
- Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
- Prevent water stains – using a small amount of coconut oil, rub a cloth along the inside of your clean and dry kitchen sink. It prevents water stains from forming and will make your sink sparkle and shine.
- Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM – use it in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
- Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc…
- Remove baked-on food from a cookie pan – pour melted coconut oil on cookie pan and wipe clean. Then wash with soap and water.
- Roast Meats and Vegetables with it
- Rust Prevention on Mason Jar Lids – rub the inside of the mason jar ring with coconut oil before washing to reduce the incidence of rust
- Salad Oil – as coconut oil goes solid at lower temperatures, combine the coconut oil 50 / 50 with extra virgin olive oil and then it will stay liquid.
- Seasoning cookware
- Stain Preventer – rub in your BPA free Tupperware or other non-glass container before pouring in spaghetti sauce or any other foods that usually stain. The coconut oil will keep it from staining the Tupperware.
- Utensil Lubricant – rub a little coconut oil on spatulas, slotted spoons, kitchen shears, knives, graters, etc… This provides a wonderful non-stick coating for easy clean up.
Coconut Oil Inside the Home
- Bathtub and Shower Cleaner – wipe a thin layer of coconut oil on soap scum and mildew, wait ten minutes, then clean as normal (ideally with baking soda and vinegar)
- Bronze Polish – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the item. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
- Ceiling Fans — rub on your fan to keep dust from sticking and also to stop annoying squeaks in the gears.
- Clean decorative snow from windows
- Clothes Rod Lubricant – rub some coconut oil on and watch your hangers glide across with ease.
- Dry Spotter – coconut oil becomes a stain remover (specifically for silk and silk type fabrics).
- Dust Repellant – rub coconut oil onto furniture, inside your car, on outdoor items and watch the dust run for cover!
- Furniture Polish – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
- Leather Cleaner and Moisture – use a clean cloth and rub it gently onto leather furniture.
- Plant Leaf Shiner – use on both real and artificial plants to make the leaves glossy.
- Rust Remover – rub into affected area and wipe with clean cloth.
- Squeaky Doors – rub it onto bothersome hinges.
- Stainless Steel Polisher – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the item.
Coconut Oil Outside the Home
- BBQ cleaner and degreaser – rub coconut oil onto your BBQ, let it sit for an hour, then wipe clean with an old rag.
- Garden tools — rub onto your garden tools before using them to keep the dirt from sticking and prevent rusting.
- Lawn mower — rub onto your lawn mower blades before you cut the grass to keep the grass clippings from sticking.
- Prevent mosquitoes from breeding – to prevent mosquito larvae from contaminating rainwater, pour a layer of coconut oil on top of the water in your rain barrel.
- Snow shovels — rub onto your snow shovel in the winter to help the snow easily slide off the shovel.
- Weed Abatement (Herbicide)
Coconut Oil For Crafts and Play
- Candle Making – use in place of beeswax or paraffin wax.
- Finger Paints – color melted coconut oil with your favorite natural color (turmeric, beet juice, spirulina to name a few). Let solidify slightly before painting with it.
- Hockey Pucks – live in an area where it ices over in the winter? Freeze melted coconut oil in muffin tins then use the discs as hockey pucks for some winter time fun outside!
- Oil Wrestling – clearly adult “play.”
- Playdough – use in place of any oil called for in your favorite playdough recipe.
- Slip and Slide Lubricant – pour a little melted coconut oil on your slip and slide and enjoy a wild ride!
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
- Anointing Oil
- Base for Homemade Vapor Rub
- Body Wax Remover – waxing your eyebrows or other body parts inevitable leaves behind a little residue. Swipe a little coconut oil across the remains and off it comes!
- Brush Cleaner – removes paint from paint brushes, makeup from makeup brushes, and stuck on food kitchen brushes.
- Bug and Sap Remover – rub your vehicle or outdoor furniture with coconut oil and get every last bug and drop of sap off.
- Car Dashboard Cleaner – rub a little coconut oil into your car’s dashboard for an instant shine.
- Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
- Clean Crayon from a blackboard or inside of clothes dryer – Rub coconut oil on the crayon marks, let soak for 10 minutes, then blot clean with a cloth.
- Denture Cleaner – brush dentures daily with coconut oil and rinse in warm water. For a deeper clean, soak it in melted coconut oil for an hour.
- Extracting Tetrahydrocannabinol
- Fabric Paint
- Fishing Line — rub onto your fishing line before casting, it will help the line travel farther.
- Free a Stuck Zipper – use a cotton swab to apply coconut oil to the teeth of a zipper, then gently ease the tab down.
- Free a tongue stuck to frozen metal in winter -pour melted coconut oil on the metal around the tongue. (Then laugh at the person who was goofy enough to do this!)
- Fuel for Cars
- Fuel for Diesel Machines
- Fuel for Generators
- Fuel for Various Pumps
- Fuel for Rice Mills
- Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
- Grease Bicycle Chain — rub a little on your bike chain to keep it from sticking
- Keep maggots and flies out of trash cans – coat the trash cans with a thin layer of coconut oil.
- Kitty Litter — rub the bottom of the kitty litter box with coconut oil to keep the litter from sticking.
- Mattress Squeak Eliminator – take squeaks out of a box spring mattress. Remove the fabric covering the bottom of the box spring mattress (by simply removing the staples), and rub the springs with coconut oil. Staple the fabric covering back in place with a staple gun.
- Mouthguard Cleaner – if you wear a mouth guard for martial arts or to keep your teeth safe from nighttime grinding, this makes a great daily cleaner. Just brush it with coconut oil and rinse.
- Nozzle Clog Remover – clean clogged spray paint can nozzles by removing the nozzles from the spray paint can and a can of coconut oil spray. Place the nozzle from the spray paint can on the coconut oil spray can, give it a couple of quick squirts, and replace both nozzles.
- Oil Lamp Fuel
- Oil Painting – mix it with an Alkyd resin to stimulate drying.
- Oil Pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
- Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder – before inserting a candle, rub a thin coat on the base of the holder. Dripped wax should easily wipe or peel away.
- Rings — use it to help remove rings that are stuck when your fingers swell up in the summer time.
- Satellite Dishes — Spray your satellite dish in the winter time to keep the snow from sticking.
- Seasoning Animal Hide Drums
- Shoe Polish
- Skateboard Wax
- Soap Making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.
- Snowboard Wax
- Squirrel Deterrent – put coconut oil on metal poles or wires and squirrels will no longer be able to run across and get from tree to tree in your yard.
- Stringed Instrument Lubricant
- Thread Electrical Wire Through Conduits – rub coconut oil on the electrical wire to help it glide through winding conduits.
- Waterproof Work Boots or Leather Shoes
- Wheel Rim Cleaner – makes removing brake dust a breeze.
Coconut Oil and Domestic Animals
Check with your veterinarian but the recommended amount of coconut oil for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily when taken internally.
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
- Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
- Regulates and balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Bovine Mastitis treatment
- Deodorizes skin and fur
- Ear Cleaner
- Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
- Lubricant (apply inside rectum to ease the flow of impacted fecal matter)
- Poop Remover – rub a little onto dried poop that is stuck onto fur.
- Udder Balm
Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!
I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading. A few are listed here (and also linked in various uses above) but please check my Coconut Health page regularly as I update that with my twice monthly posts related to coconut oil.
You can also check out these books for further information on coconut oil:
- Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy
- Eat Fat Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Mary Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon
- The Coconut Oil Miracle Revised and Coconut Cures both by Bruce Fife.
Did you know that the Coconut Palm is more than just a source of great oil? Check out these 165 Uses for the Coconut Palm. Pretty cool!
I had no idea it was good for bones and teeth.
Lots of good stuff – many I have heard of. Funniest (or grossest maybe) would have to be Oil Wrestling…I just don’t want to picture a bunch of adults slathering on coconut oil and wrestling! I mean, at least the coconut oil would help control the smells that would likely occur…but still.
Vidya Sury says
That, I’d say, is a whopper of a post. Coconut Oil is almost revered in our culture – and I am just thrilled to see 333 uses. (ah yes, 333 totals up to 9 and that’s good too! ;-))
That’s deep research, Jennifer. Thank you – this is a great resource and one for the bookmarks.
It’s great for you that you’re compiling all this stuff and selling books about it.
You should acknowledge that this material is not new at all. But you don’t. You present it as your find.
Coconut has been widely used for all these and more remedies by billions of people in Asia. It is their traditional knowledge – Auyurveda.
Oil-pulling, for example, is an ancient Indian technique. It was not “invented” by this doctor you mention.
He did not invent what has been out there for centuries, has been studied in Indian labs for decades, and used by Indians and other Asians for centuries.
Ditto for the other stuff.
I really find this appropriation a sad commentary on people’s truthfulness and decency.
I am sure you are a nice lady and would reconsider how your present this material.
I clearly state in my post that I have compiled this information from a wide variety of sources. I never state that I came up with it on my own.
What a douchebag… (I bet you could use VCO for that too) :-/
I have not heard of putting it in your eyes! That surprised me as well as using it to clean.
I put it on my eye lids and around. Didnr put it that close to my eyes. Next morning i woke up and couldn’t see. My eye lifs swelled up and swelled shut. Took many hours for the swelling to go down
Momma Jorje says
That is one good lookin’ post! 😉
I really never thought of just taking it plain with a teaspoon! Good to know there is a brand decent enough to take plain.
April Norman says
Thanks you for sharing this!
Dani Vattuone says
Super excited to try it as a Hair Conditioner! Love that!
Carrie @ young living oil lady says
Jennifer… Oh, how I just love you! You are AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing this post!
Love and hugs! 🙂
Naomi Drew says
Thank you so much! I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, i have been using it for 5years but only as it was nice to use as massage oil. I just started selling extra virgin oil and other such coconut products and i have just been swomped with peoples experience with this wonderful natural product 😉
Thank you for your education 🙂
I recently had a case of impetigo that was just slightly inside my nostril. I hate the smell of the ointments that doctors prescribe to it, so I tried coconut oil, and it cured my impetigo. I couldn’t be happier!
Kayleigh UK says
I also used it on my impetigo mixed with tea tree oil. A dollop of coconut oil on cotton wool with a few drops of tea tree on top, i placed it on my face and left it on all night. The cotton wool soaked up the coconut oil, so it could stick to my face and didn’t dry out overnight so was easy to remove this morning. In the morning i could see it was already going down, normally I would have a swollen, weeping, fobbing face.
I love coconut oil so much and use it for so many things, mainly for my crohn’s disease.
Muhammad Zahid Iqbal says
I learned coconut oil keeps for a very long time. Nice because other oils go rancid so quickly.Cialis
I was surprised to see Parkinson’s on there. My mother is showing early signs of the disease, and I wonder if giving her some coconut oil might help her!
Piper Kimberly Latimer says
I was surprised and happy to know:
for breastfeeding moms, consuming at least 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich and increase the milk supply.
I was also surprised about the milk production for breastfeeding mothers! I wish I would have known about that when I was breastfeeding my daughter! I’m definitely going to keep that info for the next one!!
I did not realize coconut oil helped with the absorption of calcium and magnesium! Guess I’ll be taking some at bedtime with my Natural Calm powder tonight!
I did not realize coconut oil helped with the absorption of calcium and magnesium! Guess I’ll be taking some at bedtime with my Natural Calm powder tonight!
We recently used it to clear up a severe inner ear infection, worked wonders in one day, gone by beginning of day two…have also used it with amazing results to condition our leather couches. Love! We use it for everyyyyything! thank you for your ever expanding list! 🙂
Awesome! My husband is from the islands and his family put me onto coconut oil 14 years ago… love the stuff:)
I have definitely used it as a tandem breastfeeder for the last 2 years. I would love to use it for lots of medicinal reasons but it is too expensive, to use rather than eat. :0
These are amazing facts. I wasn’t aware that coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
Elizabeth Mathis says
My favorite uses are as a toothpaste (mixed with baking soda) and also for baking. I love using coconut oil in all my baked goods – yum!
Elizabeth Mathis says
I never thought about using it to clean the tub and shower.
If you don’t use condoms it can be used as a natural lubricant as well
Lisa M. says
I knew how good it is for your skin but not that it would help treat warts.
I use it daily after my shower as a moisturizer for my body.
Love this “coconut oil uses” list. I get cold sores and never thought to apply coconut oil, but now that I read this list, I will definitely try it and see how well it works. Coconut oil seems like a miracle cure for everything!
Pat S says
Actually, none of it suprises me anymore.. This stuff is awesome.. But if I had to post one, lung function would be the suprise..
deodorant, i had no idea it would work so well! that is a happy surprise! 🙂
i can’t say any of this surprises me…..coconut oil is totally amazing! and it’s yummy!! doesn’t get any better than that 🙂
Surprised it can be used on cuts! Wonderful stuff!
The ones I found the most unusual…
“Nausea – rub some coconut oil on
inside for the wrist and forearm to calm
upset stomach.” not sure how that works?!
Also, soft spot strengthener, for spider veins
hockey pucks…lol…nd fuel…cool!
I made an amazing blueberry fudge from coconut flakes, coconut oil, bananas, blueberries, and stevia. http://pinterest.com/pin/118501033916235015/
Jean Glavic (I don’t have any if your profile choices)
I was surprised that coconut oil helps with diabetes!
I use it everyday!
I think the uses for fuels was pretty amazing – didn’t know that!
Coconut oil is cheaper, slipperier, and longer lasting than KY.
aMY g says
Thanks for this page. I’ve been looking for good info on coconut oil uses.
Learning that you could use it for Snake Bites! And Pink eye… I knew coconut oil was good stuff, but WOW! Even more wonderful reasons to keep using! Thanks!!!
I think this is a helpful list but think you need to clarify that coconut oil does not kill HIV. I am not a doctor but that one sure is wayyyy off. Thanks.
UNREFINED COCONUT OIL cures CAT MANGE!
My cat had acquired burrowing mites on her skin and she was MISERABLE. I put coconut oil on her skin, rubbed in it and a few hours later many mites rose to the surface of her skin and I was able to remove them easily! She also loves to eat it and I will continue to use this treatment to get rid of all these mites on her skin! I love UNREFINED COCONUT OIL!! Usually this type of mange is treated with lime/sulfer dips and many repeated cortisone shots that rarely works and they have to shave the cat! So happy this is clearing up this on my cat!!
Debbie F. www.shopccwm.com says
I thought this was neat: Fishing Line — rub onto your fishing line before casting, it will help the line travel farther. I will share with my hubby! This account is no longer active, but I could not figure out how to post using another account. Thanks!
Coreen Baldridge says
Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
How interesting that coconut oil can be used as a lubricant?! I would have never thought of that.
Just love coconut oil. Thanks for this list. Never heard of freezing and using for ice cubes!
Mama P says
Mole Remover – really? This is by FAR the most interesting I’ve read about yet…. though there are TONS in there that I’ll have to look into. Some I knew, but many are new to me!
Andrea Shaw says
Who would have thought that you could use coconut oil as a deodorant and sunscreen? That’s crazy! Yet, it works!
Actually, none of it suprises me anymore.. This stuff is awesome.. But if I had to post one, lung function would be the suprise..Man health pills
Ed H./Sunrated says
My name is Ed,I live in Daytona Beach and I wish to ask you a question concerning the coconut oil I have purchased.It is Vitacost extra virgin certified organic.I do not see any indication as to whether it is refined or not.Just curious if what I have is usefull for these many suggestions.
This post is wonderful, thanks for all the hard work you put into this! I am in my 30’s and have cancer and have just started on my 1st jar of VCO, I’m eating it daily, starting with a teaspoon or more and also using it on my face, but am wondering if it’s better to use on dry or wet skin? I find that it takes a while to sink it, so I only use it at night.You also mention pet care, I rubbed or TRIED lol to rub some into my cat’s skin but her fur got in the way..any help or suggestions? She has some itchy spots that I hope the oil will cure.Thanks again, this is great, CO is a miracle as far as I’m concerned.
Jennifer Saleem says
@Ed H./Sunrated Hi Ed! Thanks for the comment. Yes, virgin CO is unrefined. You have a good product there!
I LOVE raw virgin coconut oil and use it for so many things! I will say though honestly, if you have very sensitive facial skin, or facial skin prone to allergies or acne, you may not want to put coconut oil on your face, as it can clog pores. I use it on my body, but when I used it on my face, it made me break out- BUT I have very sensitive skin on my face. Just wanted to share, and I still LOVE coconut oil!!! 🙂
Why does nobody post about the negative effects of coconut oil? I’ve noticed it’s giving me stomach pains since I’ve started using it. I looked it up and found that it should be taken in very small amounts throughout the day, and that your body will build a tolerance for it. I think this should be included in every article about how great coconut oil is. I don’t believe it is harming my body but it is causing me pain. I love using it on my face, body and hair, but for inside my body I’ll have to try to be more careful.
Nice to see I’m not the only one experiencing stomach pain. On the other hand, it feels like my body is being cleansed, which explains the pains. I notice it helps with bloating also. Coconut oil and ginger! Oh my! 😉
I love coconut oil, i use it just about every day whether its mixing it with olive oil for a hot oil treatment for my hair, making my hair grow, or using it in place of chapstick, healing cuts faster, using it in place of shaving cream … There is so many uses for coconut oil, and i am definately planning on trying some of the other ideas that were listed above!!
Shana Everson says
II just recently bought the nutiva unrefined brand for my scalp and hair but had no idea it had this many uses….This is awesome…Thanks so much for the information…
You have me hooked on Tropical Traditions coconut oil. I am on an anti- Candida diet and am so thankful for the anti-fungal and anti- microbial properties of coconut. I wish I could use it everyday ( I gave good sensitivities), but for now I am glad that I have it in my diet.
Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children says
Such valuable information!
Lawson Family says
Such a great post and great reference to keep coming back to and sharing it. Thanks for all the hard work to put this together!!
Amy Rhime says
This post is ridiculous, Jennifer! 😉 Love that you know so much about CO and want to share your knowledge with the world. Keep it up!
Julia Mangan says
I love my coconut oil and love reading all the different ways I can use it! I really is so versatile! I have to laugh when one moment I am applying it to my daughter’s cut and the next I am using it to pop popcorn!
Organic coconutoil is SO expensive here in Germany – but there seem to be a lot of reasons to invest the money anyway…
Quality of Coconut Oil and how to tell the difference. When coconut oil is in it’s most solid form, turn the jar over and look at the bottom. If it has a brownish or yellowish color, it means that the quality of the oil has been compromised. It means that sediment, debris and other impurities have been mixed in the oil through the extraction process and has settled to the bottom. Simple Rule of Thumb; The whiter the coconut oil is, the purer it is. Hope that’s helpful to folks;-)
Thank you for sharing this post
Joella @ Fine and Fair says
This is at least the third time I’ve read this post, and every time, I get excited to try a new use for my beloved coconut oil! <3
Morgan Lipton, MA CCC-SLP says
I am learning the joys of coconut oil. Most recently for my too-oft washed hands that are a mess these days in the dry CO climate.
That is quite the comprehensive list! I looked for the ones I know and they’re on there, so basically I’m bookmarking this page for future reference. THANK YOU for putting all this great information in one place.
Kelly Jo says
talk about a miracle product! Question for you- can you tell me more about the apple cider vinegar compress?
Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
What a varied list of uses for coconut oil. I’m thinking #180 will soon be a gift.
Jennifer Saleem says
@Kelly Jo I spend a lot of time on natural health forums researching how people use coconut oil. Most of what I find is personal testimony. I then research it further to make sure that it is safe.
I asked around and these are the website people gave me. As far as I can tell there have been no “scientific” study that proves that coconut oil and ACV work to remove moles. The properties in CO and ACV do work individually but seem to work much better in tandem.
Hope this helps!
what a great list! thanks for the compilation!
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As it is near impossible to find deoderant without antipersperant I’ll be giving at least that a try… Thanks!
We love coconut oil and use it daily…on our body and in our body 😉
Don in the Desert says
I received this article/site as a email from my cousin some time ago. I hadn’t had the time to review it and the comments until now. Although I can’t attest to the many uses of Coconut Oil listed I can speak to the use of it as a sunburn preventive/suppressant.. In the past I have spent many happy days snorkeling in the south pacific waters around Tahiti and when ever I was over exposed to the sun while diving my Tahitian friends would rub a local concoction of coconut oil and I’m not sure what else over the affected area. Voila, no sunburn…..Magic stuff
Nichole Patrick says
I have psoriasis and look forward to giving coconut oil a try!
Stephanie Proffitt says
I have been using coconut oil almost exclusively for cooking and use it with my essential oils (on my skin) as well, but I never realized how many uses this wonderful oil had.
Very informative post!
Tracey Hanson says
LOVE!!! Thanks for the great tips!!!
I’m blown away by this list! I use coconut oil for a lot of things, but now I can use it for a lot more things!! Thanks for your efforts in compiling this!
Ronda Combs says
I love coconut oil. We use it on everything. Eczema, psoraisis, cuts, chapped lips
I just started using coconut oil, literally from head to toe. I use it on my face, hands,to help with vaginal dryness, on a callous on my foot; I put it in my coffee, on my toast, in my oatmeal, and I made popcorn with it. My friend sent me the link to your page. Love all the ideas.
amira khan says
As a dentist perth, I can attest the whole health value of virgin coconut oil. It is clinically proven to improve gum, fight off bad breath and soothe sore throat.
I love this list! I just got seriously inspired and polished all of our furniture with coconut oil, and nourished our leather couch too. (Our apartment is extremely prone to dust. Can’t wait to see the difference.) I had only ever used coconut oil to moisturize my skin, but it has reached a new special status in our home. Thanks!
One thing I didn’t see in your post.
To uptake nutrients from fruits and veggies, you need good EFT fat soluble. Especially if you have colon problems or have had your gall bladder removed. Coconut oil is an excellent EFT fat soluable.
I haven’t had a split ends in over a year, I use a TBL of coconut oil and a TBL of Jojoba oil, all 100% organic unprocessed oils. Leave on your hair for at least and hour then wash out. Use cocnut oil, small amount, to tame those frizzies as well.
Sara Hanna says
I would love to show this article to my mother, but she doesn’t have the internet. I was going to copy it into a Word Doc so I could put it on my USB and put it on her computer, but apparently your website doesn’t allow me to highlight anything. Any suggestions? 🙂 (btw, thanks for this awesome article! I’m going out to buy some coconut oil tonight!)
Momma Pontious says
The virgin label means that it is unrefined. So what you have is perfect.
This is the most information I have found on the benefits of coconut oil…thank you so much for posting!!
[email protected] says
I’d like to add another use for coconut oil. I see you have an area for using it to grease utensils in the kitchen. It is also the perfect oil to season your cast iron skillets and carbon steel woks with. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue. I love it for this job!!!
Many thanks for compiling all this wonderful info about this awesome oil! 🙂
Tracy G says
I make a saturated mix of coconut oil in 100% pure acetone for nail polish remover. I love the quickness of pure acetone for polish removal but not the cold and drying effect. Adding the coconut oil solves both issues. I use approximately one part oil to two parts acetone. Yes it is oily but once the polish is removed I spend some time rubbing the oil into my nails and cuticles. It also leaves a nice smell behind once the acetone dries. Been doing this for years.
Love your article! I use 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, in smoothies and other food, but the ‘best’ way is the fudge:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao
1/4 cup honey
dash of vanilla
Mix well when the coconut oil is cool but not to hard, put in ice cube trays, cool in refrigerator.
Always use virgin coconut oil extracted from coconut milk its more natural oil
I have been using meritvco extra vrigin coconut oil for around two weeks now and the changes are visible!! My hair is stronger, softer, and shinier. My skin is glowing, supple and hydrated. My arms are soft the entire day aft I use coconut oil aft bath-unlike a body lotion. Guess what- I hv thrown away my body shop face cream as it has paraffin and this oil is working wayyyy better than any cream has worked. I love it and plan to get this for my sister n mom too. I haven’t been able to eat it yet cuz I don’t have the heart to put it in my tea. Since I don’t cook at home its diff for me to consume it. Will find a work around soon. Thanks and keep up ur good work of selling this pure product. This is a service to humanity.
I mix 1 cup coconut oil with one cup peanut butter (the good kind) plus 1 T of honey and 1 T of cinnamon mix well put in fridge to harden, cut into squares put in a baggie then freeze. Great pick me up better then candy, helps my diabetes, makes the coconut tastier, just good all around.
I have used coconut oil for candida and diarrhea discomforts. I put some in a small container and keep it in the refrigerator. I use a sharp knife to cut it into slivers to use as suppositories. The cold CO is wonderfully soothing and healing for burning or itching feelings. Warning, in a few minutes it will all come out and make a mess. I wear a pad.
I have an issue with #147.. don’t know if anyone has addressed this yet, but “apply to burn site immediately” needs to be clarified as “AFTER thoroughly cooling the burn.” No wax/grease/oil/paste should be applied to a burn until it is COMPLETELY cooled, as this will “hold in” the heat, and worsen the damage. I love coconut oil, and agree that it has hundreds of uses, but as a Paramedic, I have seen people put grease/oil/butter/etc.. on a burn while still hot, and it causes more damage… so, while coconut oil will help heal AFTER the damage is done, it will cause more damage if applied IMMEDIATELY AFTER a burn occurs. Thank you….
I’m wondering if I can use coconut to recondition the vinyl on the dashboard of my very old car. I’m trying to avoid toxic vinyl reconditioning products.
I checked some forums and found one person who did successfully use coconut oil to do this! So I say, go for it!
Amy GN says
Can someone please explain the difference between organic and virgin coconut oil? Thanks in advance.
Virgin coconut oil means that it has not been refined (or processed). It is in a raw state so to speak. Any coconut oil (virgin or refined) can be organic.
I use coconut oil daily and it really nourished my hair and helped grow my hair so thick. I love it so much. Thank you so much for sharing.
I use coconut oil daily and it really nourished my hair and helped grow my hair so thick. I love it so much. Thank you so much for sharing.
I just started using the oil on my hair and I love how shiny it makes my hair but it also makes my hair feel really dry. Do you know, is this normal?
nit ron says
Coconut is native in Cambodia. I drink fresh squeeze coconut milk a cup a day, sometimes 2 in the morning. I’m 46 years old. My physical health is on the plus side. No cold, No flue, No skin problem and No sign of deficiency of any kind. My skin is not saggy or wrinkle at this age. My bone calcium on the plus side. If you all know what Cambodia is, you’ll be surprised! Control gray hair by making boiling the milk on medium heat until it form clear oil. Keep it for years. Apply on your skin and hair. It will make your hair shiny to the blackest! Apply it to your skin, it will smooth your face and body skin THAN ANY OTHER OIL IN THE WORLD! Drink the milk one cup a day and apply oil everyday – you will see changes in one month – your skin smooth with very nice elastic vibrant and your hair lively healthy with shininess.
Liz @ Sexy Me Boutique says
WOW!! I think I have been living in the dark ages – never knew there were so many uses for coconut oil. I’ve just begun using it and I am amazed at what it can do. Thank you for this comprehensive list!
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom says
Kazowee. Amazing list. Shared on Fb just now.
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David Baillie says
When in just a few days my teeth went grey coconut oil pulling for 20 minutes a day made them a lot whiter in just a week. For the first few days I noticed a distinct metallic taste after 15 minutes, supporting the idea that it takes about 15 minutes to soften plaque and then pull toxins out of teeth and should be spat out at about 20 minutes so as to not reabsorb those toxins. I use a coconut oil that is ferment extracted and not heated above 48degC (so is fully alive and enzyme rich). For oil pulling I find that sunflower oil and Flaxseed Oil do not feel as effective.
You might like to add oil pulling of a teaspoonful swished around in the mouth for 20 minutes with teeth cleaned afterwards a plaque remover and the cold-fermented is the best (in my opinion) form.
Thanks for your 333 uses. Love David Baillie
Deb Powell says
You missed one. Melt coconut oil in a container placed in hot water. Use an eye dropper and put a drop or two in eyes affected with conjuctivitis or pink eye. It is very soothing and applied two to three times a day, will clear the infection up.
Oh! Good one! Thank you Deb!
Kristene Thompson says
Coconut oil melts at 78 degrees. So I just let it melt on my finger and put into eye with recurring infection (pink eye) It was better overnight. SO SOOTHING!! Haven’t had a pink eye problem since AND by rubbing on my face and eye area by eyelashes GREW!!! I LOVE THIS STUFF AND CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF IT FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!
This is absolutely fantastic information!!
However, with the ability to copy & pasted restricted renders the information to be COMPLETELY USELESS. I understand the point = continuous traffic to your website.
But, to be frank, it’s beyond frustrating and has left an awful taste in my mouth to the point that I would rather visit the plethora of other blogs with similar to almost identical information. I’m also assuming it has something to do with you wanting to restrict this information to be supplied to the other bloggers.
So, if that is your intention… It’s not full proof and this some feedback that, I think, you should highly consider.
I actually got in trouble with Google for duplicate content since so many other sites were stealing this particular post in full, with no attribution back to me. It was a mess but I got it resolved. I dislike that I had to copy protect my site but it has cut down on the content theft considerably and it keeps me in Google’s good graces. 🙂 Sorry for the inconvenience.
All I could find is carringtonfarms coconut cooking oil…no where on it does it say if its virgin, refined, unrefined.. Nothing. Does anyone know if this Is a good kind to be taking orally like teaspoons..?
thank you for this this post ,nice info
great for masturbation.
And yes, there is that! 😉
Hi. I want to copy and paste this in an email, not the website. I can’t. Or, it would be better if I could copy and paste it anyway!!! Help? Anyone?
I love this post. I want to copy and paste it but it wont let me. I want to edit and print it onto my laptop, but, I can only do so if I can copy and paste it. major =(=(=(=(=(
I love this post. I want to copy and paste it but it wont let me. I want to edit and print it onto my laptop, but, I can only do so if I can copy and paste it. major =(=(=(=(=( but love the post! Best ever! Thanks. I didn’t know that there was so much! I looked at pages with 80 uses, then 100 uses, then 160, then 250! but 300+? Great!
You said energy boost twice.
Coconut oil removes oil based paint from your skin very quickly…amazing!
Why yes it does Nathan!
Coconut Oil is also wonderful for De-matting your dog’s fur! I have long haired dogs and when they are badly matted most groomers would tell me to have them shaved. Coconut oil, a good comb, and a little patience gets the knots right out, along with moisturizing their skin! Also, the dogs love the taste of it! So glad I discovered this!
coconut oil for acne says
333 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil … thanks for sharing this
NYCZL JAVIER says
Hello. I have a question. Can we also use coconut oil for pimples? I really had a problem with pimples… please answer my question… TNX!! 🙂
Yes!!!! Here is a post on this topic. https://hybridrastamama.com/coconut-oil-and-acne
Wow, absolutely loads of fantastic uses of Coconut oil! It really is a god given gift! I personally use Coconut Oil for Oil pulling, hot oil hair treatment and to moisturize my skin! I’m in love with it and literally buy the highest quality oils in the gallons! #addicted
That is really a long list of coconut oil uses and advantages. I just like the way you have represented the information and benefits. Thanks for sharing such an article. My friends on FB appreciate it a lot while i share it with them.. 🙂
I did not see any info on the fact that Coconut Oil assists with healing damaged Nerve cells by regrowing myelin sheath. I have a CSF leak, cerebrospinal fluid leak and coconut oil is supposed to be helpful in healing. Thanks for all your great info!
Personal Trainer Girl Putney says
Wow that stuff is useful! I keep seeing it in the supermarket but never thought to pick it up, but it sounds genuinely amazing!
Hi Jennifer, what a lovely article it was! Your blog is having lots of good stuff. Coconut oil really plays an important role in our life and it is one of my favorite foods. I would love to try some of the uses I have never tried. Thanks a lot for such wonderful blog.
Thanks Daniel! I am glad you are finding it helpful. 🙂
So do you take the coconut oil straight or put it in water or juice?
Hi Connie! You can take it in a variety of ways. Here is a post with more info. https://hybridrastamama.com/how-to-consume-coconut-oil-reader-questions-answered-plus-coconut-oil-candy-recipes
I absolutely love this ! A friend of mine also uses it to make the hard shell ice cream syrup stuff, just melt some coconut oil in a bowl with some chocolate chips and let it set and bam!
Wow! 333. That’s really amazing!
Thanks for sharing use of coconut oil. Before reading this blog I never know this much benefits of coconut oil. I am also using coconut oil, Healthyworld is the best online store for buying coconut oil.
Is it just my phone or does this page cut some of the words off on the right side of the page? Can’t read some of the descriptions fully.
Shirley, are you able to take a screen shot and email it to me?
I have a gas grill that sits in the AZ hot sun and the black plastic turned almost white/grey from fading… until i rubbed coconut oil on it with a paper towel! Now people ask me if I got a brand new grill, and it lasted almost 6 months in 100+ temps and monsoons before I had to reapply. It also made any grease from the grill or food residue wipe right off. My grill truly looks brand new instead of ready to go to the dump!
Amazing stuff isn’t it??? I use coconut oil on all my plastic items that bake in the AZ sun as well and it does wonders!
Oh! almost forgot, I made putting it my daughters tubby more fun by adding water soluble, preferably natural colors to coconut oil, form small balls with cookie scoop, and putting them into the freezer on trays and next time it’s bath time, drop a frozen colored ball into the tub and watch them chase it as it melts and moisturizes.
Lori Geurin says
This is the most exhaustive list of uses for coconut oil I’ve read yet! What a great resource!
I put coconut oil in my coffee every morning and do oil pulling for dental health and as a fabulous teeth whitener. I also love to spread it on my toast or eat the flakes in my oatmeal.
You’ve definitely given me some great ideas to try!
Hi Lori! Glad you found this post helpful! 🙂
Where do I get the coconut oil from
Thanks for sharing these uses of coconut oil for general health and wellness. There are numerous wonderful reasons to keep using it. Know about them at – smoilie.com
You mentioned coconut oil as a preshave conditioner, but I discovered it is AWESOME to use to shave my legs! You don’t even have to rinse afterward and it leaves skin totally silky, of course. My daughter is also convinced that it slows leg hair regrowth, makes new growth hair softer, and even seems like there is less hair growing back! I didn’t read all of the comments to see if anyone else had discovered it, but it’s pretty amazing!
I LOVE shaving with coconut oil and I agree – it does slow hair growth although I have not figured out how in the world that happens.
I found on another site that if you put coconut oil on fresh eggs it will clog the pores and the eggs will last longer
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Thanks for posting this! i am reading a lot of post about oils and its benefits. This is a good to know information for me. Thanks a lot for posting! looking forward for many more.