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I bought my first jar of coconut oil when I started keto years ago. I used it in my eggs. I used it in my bulletproof coffee. I used it, briefly, for my hair.
Let’s just say that I love coconut oil. I have had a jar on hand ever since I bought that first jar and never let myself run out of it.
Coconut oil has so many health benefits, but it also has practical uses as well.
There are a lot of good reasons to love coconut oil:
- Coconut oil is a good saturated fat. That’s right, I used “good” and “saturated fat” together!
- Two words: Lauric acid. You know, that fatty acid that is found in breast milk? Yeah, it’s found in coconut oil, too. And lauric acid is nearly a miracle: it’s tied to weight loss, it could protect against alzheimers, and the majority of it is converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. That’s why it’s perfect in coffee: it makes an already energizing drink even more so!
- Coconut oil could support thyroid function and the metabolism. This is important for people trying to lose weight!
- And speaking of losing weight, consuming fats helps you to feel satiated for longer. So you can eat fewer calories but feel full for longer!
- Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and even anti-viral. There are no side effects unless you’re allergic (so be careful when you start using it).
But what are some of the uses for coconut oil? Here are just a few ways to use coconut oil every day:
- Make a coconut oil toothpaste. The fats in coconut oil helps to break up all that gunk on and between your teeth, leaving your mouth fresh and with ingredients you can trust. Find a good recipe here.
- Add to your popcorn instead of butter.
- Mix coconut oil and a hazelnut spread together in a 2:1 ratio to make an incredible ice cream topping that will harden within a minute.
- Condition wood with coconut oil. Coconut oil is especially great for conditioning your cutting board thanks to its anti-bacterial properties.
- Add to pet food as a source of nutrients. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog is the recommended dose, but build up to that amount slowly over a month.
- Add a tablespoon of melted coconut oil to your morning smoothie.
- Use as a gunk remover. Get rid of sticker residue or gum in your hair.
- Remove your eye makeup gently with some coconut oil.
- Season your cast iron skillet. Never let your skillet get rusty again!
- Fix squeaky hinges by dabbing some coconut oil onto the hardware.
- Mix garlic and coconut oil for a creamy dairy free spread for bread or to use in recipes similar to garlic butter.
- Use as a safe lubricant for sex. However, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you may not want to use it as it may act as a natural spermicide.
- Rub some coconut oil inside of your nose during the winter to stop nosebleeds.
- Mix coconut oil with peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary essential oils and apply it to your skin to keep bugs away while exploring outside during the summer.
- Mix coconut oil and sugar to make a simple lip scrub.
- Use coconut oil to buff and restore leather or polish furniture.
- Keep a small container of coconut oil to use in place of chapstick.
- Add to your coffee for a bulletproof coffee that will wake up your body and mind. Try one of these recipes.
- Rub coconut oil into your nails to strengthen and condition them, making them stronger and less likely to break.
- Use in place of butter in cinnamon toast.
- Make a homemade deodorant with this handy recipe.
- Coconut oil rubbed into a bug bite will calm the itchiness.
- Coconut oil can make a wonderful shower scrub that moisturizes as it exfoliates. Just be careful while you wash it off, because your tub will be slippery! Click here for the recipe.
- Remove crayon from walls by cleaning it up with coconut oil.
- Remove scuff marks by rubbing coconut oil into the marks on your floors.
- Keep eggs fresher for longer by dipping room temperature eggs into melted coconut oil.
- Make DIY candles by using coconut oil as a natural carrier oil for the scents you want to use.
Will you use any of these tips in your home? I think I’m going to head into the kitchen and condition my cutting board right about now!