Hailed as one of the world's most versatile super foods, coconut oil has been used as a health and beauty remedy for thousands of years. The powerful natural substance has recently exploded in popularity in the U.S., and now you can purchase coconut oil by the tub at supermarkets, health shops, and beauty stores nationwide.
Thinking about climbing aboard the magical coconut oil train? To get you started, here are just 15 of the many ways you can use coconut oil.
1. Replace butter and vegetable oil.
You can replace butter and vegetable oil with coconut oil when cooking, baking, or greasing pans. According to nutritionists, cooking with coconut oil may be able to help you lose weight, build muscle, boost energy, and promote heart health. And did we mention it's delicious?
2. Whip up healthy homemade mayo.
To create a healthy, homemade mayo, combine 2/3 cups of coconut oil, 2/3 cups of olive oil, and four egg yolks with a teaspoon of mustard and apple cider vinegar. Blend in a food processor or blender until thick.
3. Enhance your cup of coffee.
Coconut oil can be a healthy, rich replacement for high-calorie coffee creamers. Stir a tablespoon of coconut oil into your brew for a slightly sweet, creamy coffee.
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4. Keep eggs fresh.
Here's a fun hack: you can keep eggs fresh by coating eggs in a small amount of coconut oil. The oil seals the pores of the shell and prevents oxygen exposure, prolonging the freshness of your eggs by 1- 2 weeks.
5. Scrub stubborn food from pans.
Before struggling to scrub food from dishes and pans, grab a bottle of coconut oil. It can act as a lubricant to help you remove stubborn food residue.
6. Keep insects away.
You can whip up an all-natural insect repellent by combining a half cup of coconut oil with about 10 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the formula directly to your skin to keep mosquitos and other insect pests away.
7. Tame frizz.
Apply a dab of coconut oil to the ends of your hair to tame frizz and enhance shine. To soften extra dry hair, spread coconut oil all over and let it sit for 30 minutes before shampooing it out.
8. Brighten up skin.
To give your skin a dewy glow, apply a dot of liquefied coconut oil above your eyebrows, the tops of your cheekbones, and the dip above your upper lip.
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9. Exfoliate skin.
For a natural, DIY body scrub, melt down a half cup of coconut oil and stir in a few tablespoons of sugar. Let the mixture cool in the fridge, and use a scoop to scrub and exfoliate your body and face once a week.
10. Hydrate chapped lips or cuticles.
Coconut oil makes a powerful, all-natural moisturizer. Smooth the oil on chapped lips to keep them soft, or ragged cuticles to hydrate skin and strengthen nails.
11. Make your own deodorant.
Mix corn starch, baking soda, and coconut oil If you don't want to apply the deodorant by hand you can put in an old empty deodorant stick.together to create all natural deodorant
You can smell fresh all day without the chemicals of store-bought deodorant. Make your own deodorant by mixing 1/3 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. For a fragrant flair, blend in your favorite essential oils.
12. Remove makeup.
Massage a teaspoon of liquefied coconut oil onto your skin, then rinse with warm water to gently remove makeup.
13. Get a super Smooth shave.
Next time you shave, swap out shaving cream for warm coconut oil to leave your skin soft and smooth.
14. Soothe a sore throat.
Skip the artificial flavors in store-bought throat lozenges and soothe your sore throat with coconut oil instead. Try swallowing a teaspoon up to three times a day, or mixing into licorice root tea.
15. Soothe skin problems.
Coconut oil's anti-inflammatory properties can help heal all kinds of skin issues. Apply coconut oil to rashes, mosquito bites, burns, and eczema to reduce itching and discomfort.
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16. Combat cold sores.
Dab a small amount of coconut oil on cold sores throughout the day to combat cold sores. The lauric acid in coconut oil can help prevent the spread and reduce the lifespan of cold sores.
17. Remove chewing gum.
Easily remove chewing gum from hair, furniture, and carpets using coconut oil. Start by covering the gum in coconut oil. Wait a few minutes, then wipe away the gum with a textured cloth. Rinse with shampoo to remove any remaining oil.