We eat tubs of coconut oil like other people eat fast food. We scoop it out for multiple reasons throughout the day using it in baking recipes, for natural remedies, skin care, cooking and just for plain eating. Not only is it good for you, but it tastes great! There are so many amazing ways to use coconut oil in your daily life.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat that you really want to eat. It contains antibacterial and antifungal benefits which make it beneficial for your health. It can also help boost your immunity against viruses and diseases. Plus, it moisturizes your skin and even gives it a healthy glow. It has many amazing other benefits for your health.
Ways to Use Coconut Oil in Your Household
Our family uses coconut oil regularly and find the price is worth the contents we buy. I do not just use it to fry up my vegetables (although I use it for that too), but I use it for many other things as well.
A stomach soother.
I stir fry vegetables and meats with coconut oil because it has a high smoke point. Basically, this means that you can get the temperature higher with coconut oil before it breaks down chemically.
As a substitute for butter.
Use coconut oil in place of butter and expect the texture to be a bit different. However, if you are looking for a dairy-free alternative, this is one really good and healthy solution.
I use it as a carrier oil.
Coconut oil covers the taste of nasty pills you may need to give a child (with just a bit of honey). This also works great if you are handing out essential oils to ingest (such as peppermint oil).
We use it as a skin moisturizer.
Slather coconut oil on the skin and wipe off any excess that does not absorb for a super good moisturizer. In the winter, I melt together 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of shea butter, along with 1/8 cup of beeswax. Next, I add a few essential oils I want, and store it in a jar on my bathroom counter.
Make your own toothpaste.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial properties so it is a great mix for a homemade toothpaste. Check Pinterest for some really good homemade toothpaste recipes.
You can use it to condition your hair.
Add a small amount of coconut oil to your split ends about 15-30 minutes before you shampoo. Next, wash your hair like normal for soft conditioned hair.
For weight loss
New research is coming out about how healthy fats help you to lose weight. Coconut oil is known for reducing belly fat in women.
To heal your gut
Because coconut oil contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, it is a healthy addition to your diet when you are struggling with digestive issues and yeast infections.
To stop diaper rash
Mixed with a combination of coconut oil and beeswax, gently add to baby’s bottom. The coconut oil fights off yeast, while the beeswax acts as a waterproof barrier. Mix 1/2 cup with 1 Tbl of beeswax. Skip the essential oils on a baby’s delicate skin.
For wound healing
As a mom, I have used straight coconut oil on many small skin wounds. But, I have added calendula tincture to coconut oil for minor and medium skin abrasions and cuts.
To prevent and stop athletes foot
Use coconut oil on your feet before you exercise or put on your feet. Then, add the added touch of arrowroot powder to help reduce moisture as well.
Make your own deodorant.
There are many recipes floating around online for making your own deoderant using coconut oil and baking soda primarily. Again because of its antibacterial properties, coconut oil is a solid choice.