81 Uses For Coconut Oil

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You’ve likely heard coconut oil is a superfood. Did you also know that it is used in many ways to promote better health?

Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut has amazing health benefits, including:

  • Speeding up metabolism, causing the body to burn as much as 120 calories extra within a 24-hour period (1)
  • The Lauric acid in coconut oil kills fungi, bacteria and viruses, preventing illness (2).
  • Kills candida
  • Polynesian people who have consumed coconut oil in large quantities for many years, such as those living in the South Pacific, are among the healthiest in the world.
  • Studies have shown that it can lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good cholesterol (HDL) (3).
  • Balances hormones
  • The fatty acids in coconut oil can benefit memory in Alzheimer’s patients (4).

81 Uses For Coconut Oil coconut oil

Today I want to share 81 uses for coconut oil. I’ve tried many of these ideas and use some of them daily. I’m oil pulling now, as I type this. 😉 I hope this list will give you some good ideas about ways you can use coconut oil too. 

So here we go!

  1. Use it as a skin cream. It’s a great moisturizer and is easily absorbed in the skin. It just takes a dab and can even reduce wrinkles!
  2. As a makeup remover
  3. To fade age spots when rubbed into the skin
  4. As a low SPF sunscreen. It makes the skin glowy! (Not sure that’s a word, but you understand.
  5. Apply to the ends of hair after styling to tame fly aways and provide moisture and shine.
  6.  Applied to the lips it makes an incredibly moisturizing chapstick. Here’s a great recipe for a DIY tinted lip balm.
  7. Take to improve insulin levels
  8. Use instead of butter, on toast, pancakes, or baked potatoes.
  9. Incorporate into a smoothie, like My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake, for an energy boosting meal or snack.
  10. As a personal lubricant.
  11. Rub a tiny amount under eyes to help diminish dark circles.
  12. As lice prevention. If you hear of an outbreak at your child’s school put a little of the oil on a comb and gently comb through your child’s hair.
  13. Melt a little to put over popcorn. Add Himalayan pink salt or coarse sea salt and enjoy! This is another favorite at our house.
  14. Taken internally to improve neurological health and possibly prevent migraines. NOW foods offers it in capsule form, which is good if you’re not excited about swallowing it straight.
  15. Apply to a jammed zipper to lubricate it and help get it unstuck.
  16. As an all-natural diaper cream for your sweet baby.
  17. Apply a small amount to skin to soothe bug bites.
  18. Taken daily it can speed up weight loss. Because coconut oil is mainly made up of medium chain fatty acids it metabolizes differently than many saturated fats. It goes directly to the liver and provides the body with amazing energy.
  19. As a delicious coffee creamer – my new favorite! I put about a tablespoon in my morning java. And if you have a little extra time it’s delicious this way.
  20. Gargle to relieve a sore throat.
  21. In homemade salad dressing
  22. To saute vegetables
  23. As an all-natural bug spray
  24. A natural massage oil – Simply add a cup of liquid coconut oil to a large ziplock bag. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix it up and enjoy.
  25. Use it to deep-condition your hair. Apply to the most damaged parts of your hair, usually the ends, and leave it on for several minutes before rinsing.
  26. Apply to pimples. The oil has antibiotic properties which fight bacteria that can contribute to acne.
  27. Exfoliator – Combine about a half cup of coconut oil with 1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar. Apply to the face or anywhere the skin needs exfoliating.
  28. Apply a small amount to help heal cuts.
  29. Use as a tanning oil.
  30. Check out this delicious recipe for Coconut Granola.
  31. Applying a small amount daily can help soothe and heal eczema.
  32. Use as an all-natural deodorant
  33. Use to remove ear wax.
  34. As a teeth whitener, via oil pulling. In my humble opinion it works better than whitestrips or trays and is much more affordable. Just make sure not to swallow the oil and don’t spit it down your sink because it could clog up the plumbing! That would not be good. Spitting it in the trash works.
  35. To soothe a sunburn
  36. Use to deeply moisturize feet overnight. Apply to feet and put on a pair of thick, cozy socks. Wake up to super soft skin. Hello!
  37. As a natural baby lotion
  38. Massaged into the scalp to help heal dandruff
  39. As a healing bath – Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of  Epsom salts to bath.
  40. Add your favorite essential oils. This provides moisture to the skin and is a good detox.
  41. DIY homemade toothpaste.
  42. As an energy booster after a sleepless night
  43. Feed it to your dog to help heal dry, itchy skin.
  44. DIY aromatherapy – Mix a small amount with a few drops of calming essential oils. Apply behind the ears and to the back of the neck.
  45. To fight cellulite – Try this DIY Grapefruit Cellulite Cream
  46. Use as a wood polish to keep your wood furniture looking beautiful.
  47. As a cure for cold sores. Apply it to the sore several times a day.
  48. Apply to feet to heal athlete’s foot.
  49. Soothe and heal a chapped nose and lips when you have a cold.
  50. As shaving cream. Warm it up in your hands and apply.
  51. As a substitute for butter in recipes, such as these super yummy (gluten-free) Best EverChocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars. Kid tested, mother approved. 😉
  52. Use as a highlighter by applying to the cheekbones and eyelids.
  53. To heal stretch marks
  54. As a nipple cream for nursing mothers
  55. To season cast iron skillets
  56. To soothe rashes
  57. Vapor rub – mix coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oils. Apply to chest.
  58. Dog treats – Mix some coconut oil and peanut butter, freeze small servings in an ice-cube tray and give to your pup outside. (Inside might be a bit too messy.)
  59. As leather polish – Apply a small amount to shoes and handbags.
  60. To eliminate bad breath swish in your mouth, then spit it out in the trash can.
  61. Use to grease baking pans, instead of pan spray.
  62. Make homemade chocolate bars. Or try these delicious Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Energy Bars.
  63. To help prevent and repair ingrown hairs
  64.  Apply to skin to soothe poison ivy.
  65. To soothe cracked pads on your puppy’s paws
  66. Apply as a metal polish with a soft rag.
  67. Make homemade hand soap.
  68. Makeup brush cleaner – Apply a small amount to brushes. Massage them gently under warm water. Rinse and lay on a towel to dry.
  69. Apply to relieve painful hemorrhoids. ‘Nuff said.
  70. Mix nuts with some coconut oil to make creamy nut butter.
  71. To clean a retainer. Apply to retainer with a soft cloth, then rinse.
  72. To clean up ink messes.
  73. For detailing your car, including leather seats and the dashboard as well as the exterior.
  74. Apply to body to reduce friction and chafing.
  75. To remove gum stuck in carpet
  76. Taken internally it may improve circulation
  77. Aftershave – massage a small amount into the skin to reduce redness and irritation.
  78. As a makeup primer.
  79. As a rust remover – Apply to the rusty area, wait 1 or 2 hours, then gently rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  80. Include coconut oil in your daily diet to regulate the thyroid.
  81. Take internally to treat acid reflux or heartburn.

You’ve reached the end! I hope you found this article helpful.

Have you tried any of these uses for coconut oil? What are other uses you can think of?

Please share below in the comment section and get the conversation started!

Here is our favorite coconut oil. Try cooking your popcorn in it instead of oil….yummy!

Coconut really is an amazing superfood!

I’m including this YouTube video, by Dr. Mercola if you’d like to learn more. He does a great job dispelling some of the myths associated with coconut oil.


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  1. I love coconut oil. I use it to cook with, to moisturize extreme dry patches on my skin, soothe bug bites, remove makeup, treat my cuticles, and in my DIY deodorant. Can’t wait to give some of these other methods a try.

  2. Love love love coconut oil! We are big on oil pulling in our house. I also love the taste of coconut oil in my homemade biscuits (instead of regular oil). We used it a lot for diaper rash for my kids when they were in diapers as well…so many uses!

    1. I so wish I would have known about it when our kids were babies because I would have done this too. So glad you mentioned it on biscuits…It’s’ heavenly on pancakes too!

  3. I could still remember making coconut oil from real coconuts. And we used to put it on our hair and the result was really brilliant. Now, other’s would say I have nice hair.

  4. My family thinks I am nuts because I ask them all the time “did you try coconut oil”. Such a great list!

  5. I’ve used coconut oil a few different ways but most recently I’ve started oil pulling of a morning. It’s too early to say just yet exactly how effective it’s been but I’ve been enjoying the process

  6. Coconut oil has so many uses and benefits! It’s definitely something that you’d love to have in your pantry. Thanks for the list of its uses, some of these I’m not even aware of.

  7. I didn’t know there were so many uses for coconut oil! This list is really helpful and informative. Thank you!

  8. It’s amazing what you can use coconut oil for!! I’ve used in my sons cradle cap and eczema. I’ve always used in my hair and my skin too! Smells amazing!

  9. This is great. I made a list of uses for coconut oil earlier in the year. But this has ones I didn’t know about. Like, I never thought of how it can be used to help a stuck zipper. Too cool!

  10. coconut oil literally has all the uses in the world. I have a big jar in my kitchen to cook with and another one in my bathroom to use from removing any makeup I might use, to exfoliate with baking soda, as a moisturizer and so MUCH more. I also put it on my hair once a week.

  11. I became obsessed with coconut oil after I found out it worked for my skin problem, but I didn’t realize there were this many uses! Guess I can start buying it in bulk now. 🙂

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