The Benefits of using Coconut Oil

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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.

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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 @SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

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.

175 Responses to “The Benefits of using Coconut Oil”

  1. Joe 6.1.2016 at 12:16 pm #

    Great article!! I just want to add something though, you mention not buying coconut oil at Walmart. The Walmart in my area has several great brands of coconut oil that are organic and cold pressed and unrefined that are very good quality.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.2.2016 at 7:25 am #

      Hi Joe,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know. Walmart has definitely continued to improve their health food + organic options.

      OH KALE, YEAH!!

  2. John Marris 4.26.2016 at 3:35 am #

    A coconut oil is a best natural gift given by god.A coconut oil has many benefits.According to many peoples most persons use coconut oil while making vegetables.We almost use coconut oil for our skin so that dead part can recover once again.I love the blog is posted by you.I want to know coconut products.

  3. Yuri 4.11.2016 at 2:42 pm #

    thanks for sharing. coconut is good for life. i think we should use it more.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.12.2016 at 7:45 am #

      Hi Yuri,

      We’re right there with you! We can’t get enough coconut! :)

  4. Elise Miller 4.3.2016 at 7:32 am #

    Informative article, thanks for sharing!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks for blending with us, Elise!

  5. Suzi 4.2.2016 at 12:29 pm #

    How do you use the cocunut oil for toothpaste, I understand it can be good to whiten your teeth.

  6. Helen Nicole 3.16.2016 at 1:09 am #

    Coconut oil is really good. Last month my friend told me using coconut oil for longer lashes. So far, my eyelashes are improved clearly. amazing!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.16.2016 at 4:38 am #

      Hi Helen,

      YAY! We love hearing about more + more benefits of coconut oil! And longer lashes….OH, KALE YEAH!

  7. Smoilie 3.15.2016 at 11:48 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the amazing benefits of using coconut oil. It’s awesome stuff and wonderfully use extra virgin coconut oil daily – smoilie.com

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.16.2016 at 4:37 am #

      Hi Smoilie,

      We love coconut oil too! Thanks for reaching out! :)

  8. Sara 1.6.2016 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Jen + Jadah!

    I want to use more coconut oil in my smoothies but also want it to mix in well if possible. I know about the trick to warm the oil up and pour it into the blender at a low speed — the problem is, I have a NutriBullet so the blender can’t be opened as it’s mixing. Any suggestions? Am I destined for a life of coconut oil balls in my smoothies? 😉

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.7.2016 at 6:36 am #

      Hi Sara,

      That’s a tough one. You’re not doomed! You may just have to go old-fashioned when adding coconut oil to your smoothies and simply use a whisk following blending.

      Hope this helps!

    • ronnie 1.23.2016 at 1:52 am #

      using the wrong coconut oil i think, ?

    • Katie 1.27.2016 at 9:19 am #

      I have a nutria-bullet too and I just used coconut oil for the first time today in my shake. I used fruit, yogurt and a tablespoon of coconut oil. I did not heat it up. Then I added water to the max line. I did have to open it up after about 15 seconds to add a bit more water in but it was fine. Try it. :)

  9. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture 12.26.2015 at 6:09 am #

    Holy smokes, I had no idea there were so many uses! I’ve been eating coconut oil straight out of the container (about a teaspoon a day) or years because it’s super good for you, and I just love the way it tastes, ha! But all these other uses… can’t wait to give them a try!

  10. Ben Menton 11.29.2015 at 7:48 pm #

    Some really great tips! Had fun reading this.

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.30.2015 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks Ben! :)

  11. linda 10.21.2015 at 6:34 am #

    Where is another place for great arrowroot powder purchase? Mountain Rose is always sold out. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.21.2015 at 7:24 am #

      Hi Linda,

      I love purchasing arrowroot powder from Bob’s Red Mill. You can find it at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

      Hope this helps! :)

  12. Melissa 8.18.2015 at 3:15 am #

    Hi, i wanted to know is organic coconut sugar is good for you?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.18.2015 at 1:05 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      Great question! Compared with table and brown sugars, coconut sugar has impressive amounts of nutrients like zinc and iron, as well as antioxidants. We prefer to reach for natural sweeteners like dates, honey, maple syrup, + bananas. Learn more about them here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/natural-sweeteners

  13. Jeannie 8.9.2015 at 10:00 pm #

    What’s the best way to make the coconut oil blend/mix well in a smoothie? Do I need to melt it first?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.11.2015 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Jeannie,

      Great question! Your cold (delicious!!) smoothie can solidify coconut oil, leaving pieces of oil in your green smoothie. We suggest melting your coconut oil, not hot, just melted, and once your smoothie is blended, place your blender on it’s slowest speed + slowly pour in your coconut oil. This should help distribute the coconut oil evenly throughout your green smoothie.

      Hope this helps!

  14. 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!

  15. 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…

    Thanks!
    Bri

    • 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!

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