Recently, I heard one of the best lines about coconut oil “Always have three jars- one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen and one for the bedroom.” Meghan Telphner is brilliant. Simply brilliant.
Seeing as coconut oil (click here to purchase- affiliate link) is so affordable, readily available and completely natural I use it for everything. I just bought a 5 gallon container of it. True story. And, yes, I have three jars. Coconut oil is just so multifunctional that everyone should have a jar or two or three handy. The possibilities are endless when it comes to coconut oil.
There are a gazillion uses for coconut oil, but I narrowed it down to 20.
- Deodorant: it can be used alone or mixed with a few other ingredients for a simple DIY deodorant. (find the tutorial here)
- Lip Balm: during those cold winters, use coconut oil as a lip balm or throw a few ingredients together and make a fancier version. (find the recipe here)
- Exfoliator: add some coconut oil to some sugar and now you have an exfoliating sugar scrub. (find the recipe here)
- Lotion: whip with shea butter and a few other ingredients to make shea butter scrub (find the recipe here). Looks fancy.
- Homemade toothpaste: this is on my personal to-do list. (find the recipe here)
- Sunscreen: many homemade sunscreen recipes (find the recipe here) use coconut oil because it naturally has an SPF of 4.
- Pink-eye: I remember reading somewhere that applying coconut oil to the affected area can help to heal pink-eye.
- Eye Make-Up Remover: The only way I remove make-up is with coconut oil.
- Oil Pulling: for gum health. (read more here)
- Hair Conditioner: Apply it all over your head and massage into the scalp. Leave for 30 minutes or more. Shampoo and rinse. You may need to shampoo and rinse more than once.
- Diaper Cream: use as a cloth diaper (read more here) safe cream. Just generously apply it to the bum area and voila nice, smooth and rash-free bottom.
- Cradles Cap: simply massage it into the head, leave for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm cloth.
- Moisturizer: it makes for a great full body moisturizer.
- Lubrication: it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex. (find the lubrication recipe here)
- Cooking: it is great because it has a high smoke point.
- Baking: I use it for all my baking needs.
- Smoothies: add to a smoothie (find smoothie recipe here) for a nutritional boost.
- Homemade Chocolate: Have you ever made your own chocolate? Coconut oil is one of the 3 ingredients in this recipe (find the recipe here). It is seriously so easy and the best tasting chocolate.
- Popcorn Topping: enjoy some freshly popped organic popcorn as a snack and toss with coconut oil as a topping (read more here) instead of butter.
- Removes Labels on Jars: run warm water over your jar and rub with coconut oil to remove those labels. (read more here)
What do you use coconut oil for?
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