The Benefits of using Coconut Oil

using coconut oil

Coconut oil is one superfood used in almost every room of my houses.

I use it for baking, moisturizer, deodorant, green smoothie ingredient, conditioner, you name it. It’s a go-to remedy— and I am obsessed with it.


Why I love Coconut Oil

So what makes this oil so special? Well, 90 percent of coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids (or Triglyerides), which are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. By traveling directly to the liver, it is not stored as fat and actually can help boost your metabolism. These triglycerides also help keep skin smooth and moisturized by trapping the escaping moisture from pores.

Most of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid, which is only found in as high a concentrate in human breastmilk. This powerful acid actually helps increase immunity and fight infections, which makes it essential to our daily diets.

I saved my favorite things about coconut oil for last: it’s antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial. These properties make it ideal for a facial moisturizer, deodorant and for soothing sunburns. And I can’t forget to mention that it smells incredible as well! Keep on reading below to learn more ways to use it.


My Personal Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil

There are many websites than can give you a list of uses for coconut oil, but I want this list to all be about my personal testimony. I religiously use all of these things and can personally say they work for me, and hopefully for you!

Baking + cooking with coconut oil

Baking: Coconut oil can be substituted 1-for-1 in most baking recipes that call for butter or oil (check out my Maple Granola Muffins and Coconut Granola for some delicious and healthy recipes). I’ve also used it when making frosting, banana bread, pancakes and amish bread.

Cooking: My friend Jo got me hooked on cooking eggs in coconut oil. They do taste a little bit like coconut, but that’s a good thing to me. I also add a tablespoon to my green smoothies occasionally and sauté vegetables with it.

Green Smoothies: Occasionally, I add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to my green smoothies for a healthy fat boost. Check out this recipe here: Pineapple, Kale, Coconut Oil. It gives it a tropical flavor, yet does change the texture of the smoothie (which is difficult for some to get used to).

This deodorant truly works and is all natural. Get the recipe

Using coconut oil on your body

Coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E  in 100 grams, which definitely gives it skin nourishing properties. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin growth, repairs weathered skin, keeps skin smooth and protects against cracking and above all, it prevents ageing and wrinkling of skin, as it has good anti-oxidant properties. 

Homemade deodorant: This is my favorite use for coconut oil. It really works!!! This stuff is insanely good— I highly recommend that you make your own. After 12 hour days with working out, running errands and sweating in the Florida heat, I still smell good. Here is the easy, peasy recipe.

Body lotion: After the shower, I rub coconut oil on my arms and legs— leaving my skin hydrated all day long.

Toothpaste: I started making my own toothpaste with coconut oil 7 months ago and really like it. The coconut oil gives it a creamy consistency, which is similar to store bought (yet way better for you!). The first few weeks my teeth were a little sensitive (which is an issue I have). SO I alternated days with Sensodyne and the homemade recipe. Yet now I only use homemade and my teeth are fine.

Eczema: My son had mild eczema and we used a variety of creams. Coconut oil helped if we caught an outbreak early enough. (We eventually figured out what was causing his eczema— Target brand laundry detergent, and stopped using it. Eczema solved!)

Nose bleeds: Coat your nasal passages with coconut oil to keep nose bleeds at bay. This works great when traveling to dry climates.

Soothes sunburns: We have used this numerous times on our skin after a long day at the beach or pool. It moisturizes and alleviates the uncomfortableness of a mild sunburn.

Using coconut oil on the face

Facial moisturizer: I was very scared to put coconut oil on my face yet I decided to give it a try. I use it around my eyes to keep those tender areas moisturized . Make sure you are using high-quality coconut oil for your face— I use organic virgin unrefined coldpressed. I’ve seen websites recommend refined coconut oil for your face but that clogged my pores and I instantly broke out. And remember, a little goes a long way with coconut oil!

Eye makeup remover: On the rare occasion I actually put on makeup, I do use a cotton ball and a little coconut oil to remove it. Works better than anything else, hands down.


Coconut oil on your hair

Hair tamer: I have thick, curly and wild hair— coconut oil helps bring sanity to the situation. After the shower, I use mousse and then smooth some coconut oil on my unruly curls to calm it down.

Deep conditioner for hair: At least once a month, I slather this on the tips of my hair and (even my scalp to help with psoriasis) and let it soak in for a few hours. Then I brush it through and massage my scalp before I shower. I shampoo it twice through with Yes To, my favorite brand of shampoo and conditioner that is paraben free.

Lice treatment: You don’t need harsh chemicals to treat lice, seriously. All you need is coconut oil because it can suffocate the lice. When a good friend of ours called us and told us that her child had lice (after our kids had been playing dress up all day with them— complete with sharing hats), we slathered coconut oil on our two kids heads. They slept on it and we washed it out the next day and they were lice free.  Sounds like Thrifty Mama has a great alternative to commercial lice products.


Other awesome uses I have for coconut oil

Furniture wood polish: I use it to polish my wood coffee table and it looks beautiful! Just pour a little onto a rag and rub it around for a nice gloss.

Stops creaking doors: I cannot stand a door that creaks, especially when it’s my kids door. It’s hard to sneak out of the room after they fall asleep when the door creaks, right? I’ve rubbed a little coconut oil on the door hinge and have the quietest door now.

Massage oil: It’s very good. That’s all I’m gonna say.


Where to buy coconut oil

You can buy coconut oil practically everywhere now, but don’t. Walmart is not the place to buy this superfood. You want to use a brand that has high standards, uses organic products and makes quality coconut oil. If you plan on using it like I do (and I am sure you will!) then buy the good stuff for a little more money.

1. Trader Joes: What’s not to love about Trader Joe’s, right? If you are lucky enough to live close to one, pick up a jar of organic virgin coconut oil for $6.99.

2. Amazon: They have variety of coconut oil brands and sizes  — my favorite brand on there is Nutiva.

3. Mountain Rose Herbs: I love this company out of Portland, Oregon. They sell a variety of coconut oils, but the best is the virgin unrefined / coldpressed. Hands down the best quality at a pretty fair price. I have ordered 3 gallons from the so far and love it.  I also buy my essential oils, beeswax, arrowroot powder and herbal extracts from here— you can trust them and know you are getting the good stuff.

4. Costco: They have great prices for unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil! Definitely check it out if you have one in your area.

Do you already use coconut oil? Plan on trying out any that I’ve mentioned above? Got a question? Post it in the comments below.

143 Responses to “The Benefits of using Coconut Oil”

  1. Sandy 7.16.2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I have a small decorative bowl filled with coconut oil and sugar sitting on our bathroom sink. I use a small spoonful when I have paint on my hands and when I want to moisturize and get soft hands. The paint comes off easier and my hands are so smooth after this treatment.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.17.2015 at 8:42 am #

      Hi Sandy,

      Sounds like a great combination, like a coconut-oil sugar scrub! Will definitely be trying this tonight! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Bri D. 4.20.2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Do you know if the tasteless version of coconut oil has the same benefits as the virgin, unrefined? I don’t like the taste of it in a smoothie…


    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2015 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Bri,

      I’ve never seen tasteless coconut oil before! What brands have you come across?

      • Gail 7.9.2015 at 12:10 pm #

        Swanson sells a coconut oil with no scent or taste. It is refined, though. Obviously. =)

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.9.2015 at 5:55 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Gail!

  3. Sherry 3.17.2015 at 1:54 pm #

    These are some amazing uses for coconut oil! I’m impressed and curious to try some of them.

    Question: when you use it in a smoothie, do you melt it or just scoop a measurement of the coconut oil in solid form? I’ve seen some recipes for smoothies or other “ice cream” like foods which call for tablespoons of coconut oil, but I’ve never used it before so I don’t know if I’m supposed to melt it and then measure out tablespoons of the melted oil and put that into the recipe, or if I’m supposed to use it solid and it doesn’t matter if you melt it or not.

    Thanks for your advice!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.18.2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Hey Sherry!

      Thanks for blending with us! Feel free to put coconut oil in as the solid (room temperature form).

  4. Maria 3.12.2015 at 9:55 am #

    Do Coconut oil leave your blender oily or with bad residue after you blend a table spoon in your smoothie?

  5. Rhonda Hummel 3.9.2015 at 4:03 pm #

    I dont seem to see the recipe for the coconut oil deodorant. Could someone please direct me to it? Thank you

  6. Renie 3.5.2015 at 6:56 am #

    What type of coconut oil do I buy to use as a makeup remover and facial moisturizer? The thick butter type or the liquid oil?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:56 am #

      We enjoy the unrefined type. :)

  7. Adelle 2.4.2015 at 11:35 pm #

    hi can i make my own coconut oil? because we have lots of coconuts here in the Philippines :) I want to take the challenge to try healthy living and try green smoothies .. :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.5.2015 at 11:33 am #

      Hey Adelle! Go for it! We haven’t tried, but we would love to hear how it works out. Cheers!

  8. Rebecca 1.4.2015 at 8:05 am #

    Not even just great for humans. our puppy had a bad allergy that caused a rash so we mixed coconut oil into her food it deffinitly helped clear it up.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 11:02 pm #

      Nice, Rebecca! :)

  9. miriam samuel 1.3.2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I have been using coconut oil for the past seven the only lotion I use I also use it on my hair. I encourage my friends to use it. At on point i used to sell it. I am 80 years old and every one wants to know what is my secret Coconut Oil

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:55 pm #

      So cool, Miriam! I love coconut oil, too. It’s all I use for me and my family! :)

  10. Pauline 12.29.2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi there, I’m a senior – and a vegetarian of four years – who has a (genetic) cholesterol problem………..sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s bad. I do not take medication but eat healthy and hit the Fitness classes three times a week, then aqua-fit twice a week; (on weekends I walk or cycle depending on time of year). There use to be a lot of bad press about coconut oil, and now it’s being praised. I have it in the house and use for moisturizer, etc., but was wondering if using it sparingly……..say a teaspoon full in a smoothie three or four days a week…..would be beneficial. Thank you for taking time to respond.

  11. Shannon 12.23.2014 at 6:32 am #

    I just started using coconut oil as a moisturizer on my skin and I can’t believe how quickly the redness from my eczema has gone done–especially on my face. I also mix a tablespoon of melted coconut oil in with my protein shake and it adds a hint of coconut flavor to it, which I love.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.23.2014 at 8:03 am #

      Great ideas. Keep enjoying your green smoothies with coconut oil. :)

  12. Melanie 12.19.2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Do I need to melt the coconut oil before applying to my face?

    • Shannon 12.23.2014 at 6:34 am #

      It’s your preference. I did apply melted coconut oil to my face this morning, but that’s because it melted while I was taking my shower.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.23.2014 at 8:04 am #

      Your choice.

  13. Bernice 12.12.2014 at 7:54 am #

    I have been doing coconut oil pulling for a while now, I am not even kidding, I have been told that my teeth actually glow in the dark because they are so white.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 3:30 pm #

      That’s great, Bernice! :)

  14. wajansen 12.2.2014 at 6:52 am #

    I have been using Coconut oil for over 25 years. It is all true that you read about it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.2.2014 at 4:03 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! :) Glad you love coconut oil too!

  15. Michelle O'Mahoney 11.17.2014 at 11:19 am #

    Coconut oil also helps the burning sensation and redness from Rosacea. It’s doesn’t cure it but it does sooth a little and I use it on my cheeks and around eyes when my skin is sore and dry. Good for the winter months and as a weather protector for cold wind burn.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.17.2014 at 6:09 pm #

      Great tips, Michelle. :)

  16. Latoya 10.13.2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Are there different types of coconut oils. Ex.. Like one for digest and one for hair and skin?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Hey Latoya.

      Great question, we prefer using any coconut oil that is unrefined. :) (add bonus if it is organic) :)

  17. Organicoilstore 10.8.2014 at 3:36 am #

    Coconut oil is one of the best organic oils which is useful in our daily life to keep ourselves healthy. Massage from coconut oil is also helpful for our body to get relaxation.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 1:18 pm #

      :) Great tips.

  18. Willow 10.7.2014 at 4:50 am #

    I found coconut oil earlier this year after my brothers partner told me about it and recommended i used it on my sunburn. I couldn’t believe how quickly it soothed it! I have been using it as a moisturiser ever since after a shower. I also suffer eczema and having been using coconut oil on it and although it hasn’t cleared it up, it has really helped in soothing it! I love cocnut oil and will be sure to try some of the above ideas! =]

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.7.2014 at 8:46 am #

      Coconut oil rocks! :) Glad to hear you are enjoying too!

  19. Lashonda 8.22.2014 at 2:45 am #

    Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.

    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.22.2014 at 10:01 am #

      Hey Lashonda! Thanks for the heads up, which browsers are you using. I am using Google Chrome and it seems to be working fine….

  20. tracy 8.16.2014 at 12:57 am #

    Hi! After doing much research on cleaning makeup brushes I learned that the best way was to use a 50/50 blend of Dawn Anti-bacterial dish soap and olive oil. I don’t believe in chemical antibacterials, so I thought why not use a natural one, like coconut oil?!? So I combine regular Dawn and melted coconut oil (I live in Canada so most of the year our coconut oil is solid), swirl my brushes, rinse under cool water, squeeze out excess moisture, then hang to dry. It works beautifully, keeping my EXPENSIVE brushes clean, bacteria free, soft, and supple!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.22.2014 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks for the tip Tracy! :)

  21. Heather 8.3.2014 at 2:39 am #

    I have suffered from psoriasis for years….i have tried everything, from the dangerous biologic injections to steroid cream that costs an outrageous $600 a tube. There have been a lot of sleepless nights that the discomfort just wouldn’t let me relax. The first time I tried coconut oil i almost cried…i couldn’t believe sonething so simple could soothe, protect and heal so quickly what modern medicine could not. It’s my go to “cure all” now. I shower with it and use it as a moisturizer after. It may sound melodramatic but it really has saved me from the once unbarable pain.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.4.2014 at 7:25 am #

      Wow, Heather! Thanks so much for sharing! Glad you are finding comfort with coconut oil. :)

  22. Janiece 7.30.2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Re: Mountain Rose Herbs I was looking at their “refined” coconut oil information!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.31.2014 at 7:28 pm #


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