The Benefits of using Coconut Oil — Simple Green Smoothies

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).




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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.

94 Responses to “The Benefits of using Coconut Oil”

  1. Terri 7.19.2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I have been using coconut oil for sometime. My aging skin is much silkier since using it. I also use it on my dogs fur. It cuts down on the scratching (he has allergies) and the dandruff from his dry skin is gone also. I appreciate the new ways to use it and plan to start brushing my teeth with it and making the deodorant for my husband who is allergic to antiperspirants. I put it on my list of 5 things to have if stranded on an island! (or the jungle, desert, etc) :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.21.2014 at 1:45 pm #

      Thanks Terri! I am glad you like the new way to use coconut oil! :)

  2. Deborah Carter 7.1.2014 at 9:56 am #

    My husband had a large raised mole on his arm for as long as he could remember. We starting using coconut oil after we shower, oil pulling, cooking, smoothies, etc. about two years ago. Since that time, he noticed that the mole was just about gone. It is now flat and you can barely see it. It’s an amazing product and we used to purchase from Trader Joe’s, but now purchase from Costco. I recommend this to all of my friends.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.1.2014 at 6:09 pm #

      Thanks for your experience with coconut oil!

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  4. Aishah Ali 5.25.2014 at 9:09 am #

    What do you think of the home made coconut oil where the oil is extracted by heating, as compared to the ‘organic virgin unrefined cold pressed’ oil

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.27.2014 at 6:49 am #

      Hi!
      We prefer organic, unrefined, cold pressed—we don’t really buy any other kind. Hope this helps!

  5. Rea 5.17.2014 at 7:25 am #

    Hello. Can i ask if the Nature grace extra virgin coconut oil is good & effectve to acne & redmarks. Please give me some step to apply it. Thankyou. :-);-):-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.19.2014 at 9:15 am #

      Hi!
      Can you give us a link to the specific coconut oil? Not sure we know which kind you’re referring to :-)

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  7. Chardae 5.16.2014 at 5:40 am #

    I add coconut oil to my dog’s dry food and rub a little bit on her skin if it’s irritated or dry. She likes the way it tastes. Hopefully it keeps her coat shiny and full!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.16.2014 at 9:09 am #

      Great idea, Chardae! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. D 4.14.2014 at 9:15 pm #

    You can’t get head lice from sharing hats, btw

  10. Jay 4.7.2014 at 2:33 am #

    When I am measuring out the coconut oil to be used in a cake mix do I use it as is or heat and use as a liquid.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.8.2014 at 11:03 am #

      Either way is fine, Jay. It will most likely return to hardened form after adding it. Test it out and let us know which works better!

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  13. Jay 3.30.2014 at 8:46 am #

    When you bake with it do you replace the amount of oil with coconut oil instead?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 7:57 am #

      You got it, Jay!

  14. Art by Jenny 3.26.2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Hello :)
    Toothpaste? Really? What about the flouride we need for tooth decay? I thought that was why we used toothpaste. And for that minty fresh breath.
    Also, I have a jar of organic coconut oil that I keep in the cupboard. Being Autumn, the temperature changes often so one day, the oil is a solid, the next day, its a liquid.
    My son says its because it heats at low temperature… but its only 25C. It was a solid oil when I bought it.
    How does it affect the oil and should I be storing it in the fridge?
    Do you still eat eggs, fish, potatoes, rice, breads and pasta? Why do people say they don’t want them anymore?

    Thanks!
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  16. Jay 3.25.2014 at 12:56 am #

    Can I add 1 or 2 tablespoons to a smoothie with out it clumping up?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.25.2014 at 8:47 am #

      It may clump slightly, but you can definitely add it to smoothies!

  17. Joanne willis 3.22.2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi
    I am starting a 10-day detox. A recipe calls for extra virgin coconut iol. I bought some but in fine print it says: for baking. Can I use that in a smoothie?
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    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.24.2014 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Joanne,
      Not sure… We usually recommend purchasing unrefined and cold pressed coconut oil.

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  19. Cristina 3.17.2014 at 8:37 am #

    Love, love, love coconut oil been using for a little over a week now. Put it on my face twice a day ( morning and night) cook with it amazing in stir frys yum! Even add it to my tea, and oatmeal. Only problem I think I have taking too much starting off maybe should have started slow. I know they say it’s a natural cleanser to flush your insides but holy CRAP! Lol literally WOW!

    Should I maybe use it every second day, just until my system gets use to it?

    Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:40 am #

      That sounds like a good plan, Cristina! It’s usually a good idea to gradually work your body into new habits :-)

  20. Julie 3.16.2014 at 7:29 am #

    When I first heard of coconut oil and it’s benefits I was so excited to try! On my first chance to get groceries, I bought a hat at Walmart. After reading your article, I was disappointed that I shouldn’t be using that one, should I throw it away? I’ve been using it to brush my teeth and my son’s teeth.. I was also going to add it to smoothies. Should I go and get another brand?

    • Julie 3.16.2014 at 7:30 am #

      A jar*

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Julie!
      What brand did you get? You can always use coconut oil for other things, too.

      I’ve used it to polish wood. My wife has used it as a moisturizer before going to bed…

      Hope this helps!

  21. Lynne 2.10.2014 at 3:10 am #

    Sorry I made a mistake with the brand. I use Nutiva from Amazon.com
    I use it every day of the week.

  22. Lynne 2.10.2014 at 3:09 am #

    Sorry I made a mistake with the brand. I use Nutiva from Amazon.com

  23. Lynne 2.10.2014 at 3:08 am #

    I am of the sun worshiping generation, and it ruined my skin, but
    I got some of the Vita brand coconut oil. Wow, what a difference it has and still is making.
    Yes, a small amount goes a long way!

  24. Claire 1.28.2014 at 11:26 am #

    Here’s another use – we traveled to the Marshall Islands in 2011 and learned that many Marshallese use coconut oil (one of their only exports) on their skin to prevent scabies and on their hair to repel lice. Although, in their experience, it does not get rid of lice once a person is infested.

    Also, you may want to lay off using it on your kids’ squeaky doors when they hit the teenage years… it’s nice to have a warning when they decide to sneak out!

  25. Tracy 11.21.2013 at 5:09 am #

    You stated that coconut oil lasts for years at room temperature ……does it go rancid and if yes how long before it does?

    • Jadah and Jen 11.22.2013 at 7:02 am #

      Hi Tracy!
      Different brands/types of coconut oil may have different “use by” dates. The type I get lasts for a few years (unrefined, cold pressed).

  26. jony 10.7.2013 at 7:44 am #

    Great site, I’m really learning a lot – thanks!

    Why the limitation on only using coconut oil “occasionally” in your smoothies? (sorry if I missed the explanation – I’m still going through your site)

    • Jadah and Jen 10.7.2013 at 11:38 am #

      You just want to give your body a variety of things :-)

  27. Julia 8.12.2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I didn’t read through all the comments to see if anyone else said this, but I’m on week 3 of green smoothies (LIFE CHANGER!), and got some coconut oil about 2 weeks ago to add to them. Then I read all about the other great uses, and decided to start using it to moisturize. I just had my second child 5 months ago, and was left with some pretty scary stretch marks. After about a week of coconut oil 1x per day, they are about 60 percent improved. I’m using it to cook, and treating keratosis pilaris (arm bumps) with it also. It’s amazing. It’s so good it makes me wonder why any other household or beauty products even exist. Obsessed!

    • Jadah and Jen 8.13.2013 at 9:08 am #

      Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this, Julia! Its so great to hear that it is working for you, and that it is just one ingredient :-)

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