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10 Uses for Coconut Oil

Maybe you’ve heard people using coconut oil for this and that–I feel like over the last few years coconut oil is everywhere. You can buy it at the grocery store or at any drugstore making it very accessible to all. It can be used for cooking, eating, skin and body care.

Here are some uses for coconut oil that are very simple and I’m sure you will love.

  1. Popping Popcorn: Such a yummy snack and might I add a healthier alternative. To make stovetop popcorn, add coconut oil and popcorn to a pot on your stove. Cover the area of the pot with the oil and use enough popcorn to make a layer over the bottom of the pan. Shake your pot to cover the kernels with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat and place your lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open for steam to escape. It should take around five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely. Let it cool for a minute. Turn on your favorite movie and enjoy!
  2. Sugar Scrub: Coconut oil leaves your skin feeling so soft after using this sugar scrub in the shower. It will exfoliate your skin to get rid of that winter die skin that we all get.

*What you’ll need:

-2 cups cane sugar

-1 tablespoon vanilla extract

-1 cup kosher salt

-1 tablespoon almond extract

-1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

-1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

Mix ingredients together one at a time in a large bowl. If needed, add more dry or liquid ingredients to get the consistency you are looking for. The coconut, vanilla and almond will give you a sweet scent.

(I love adding a few drops of my favorite essential oils to make it smell even more amazing!)

Fill a mason jar with the sugar scrub and seal with a lid.

  1. Makeup Remover: This is so healthy on your skin and helps clear things up. I love to use melted coconut oil on my eyelashes at night to make them stronger and healthier. It really has made my lashes longer.
  2. Lip Balm: A few years ago my friend gave me this DIY lip balm for my birthday and I fell in love with it. This is a great gift and it goes a long way. Its also way cheaper then buying lip balm from drug stores.

Makes ¾ ounce:

-3 tsp sweet almond oil

-4 tsp coconut oil, melted

-2 tsp grated beeswax

essential oil of your choice

In a small pot, combine both oils and beeswax. Melt and stir over low heat until completely liquefied. Remove from and stir in essential oil. Use an old chapstick tube or something small to pour your liquid into and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes or until firm.

  1. Body Moisturizer: When you get out of the shower, use melted coconut oil for your moisturizer. This really helps with dry skin and will leave your skin really soft. It is also a great facial moisturizer. I am very cautious about what I use on my face, but coconut oil has been really good on my skin. After I wash my face, I rub it into my skin. It also works well on dry feet. Just mix sugar and coconut oil (melted) and scrub around your feet.
  2. Hair Treatment: This leave-in hair treatment has done wonders for my hair. It has strengthened it and I can see it growing the more I use it. Damp your hair and rub a quarter size amount into the ends of your hair. Gradually use more oil and rub into scalp and into the rest of your hair. Put your hair up in a top bun and put a towel around your hair to keep the oil in. You can do this for an hour, or you can sleep with it in. When you are finished, rinse out with shampoo (use conditioner if needed).
  3. Homemade Toothpaste: Coconut oil is a great teeth whitener. It feels way better on your teeth than white strips. Combine equal amounts of coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.

*Another great way to whiten teeth is oil pulling with coconut oil. Swish coconut oil in you mouth for 10 minutes before brushing your teeth. I swear by this! It really does work.

  1. Wound care: Coconut oil can replaced with Neosporin or any other ointment. It is a great protector for wounds with a bandage over. Apply small amount of coconut oil to small scrapes and cuts.
  2. Metabolism Booster: 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism. Also, if you are a bog energy drinker, try 1 teaspoon in the morning to give you a burst of energy.
  3. Homemade Deodorant: (I have never tried this one, but my friend said she loves it.) If you look on your deodorant ingredient label, you will see some crazy things (which have been linked to cancer!).

*What you’ll need-

-1/3 cup coconut oil -4 tablespoons cornstarch (antiperspirant effect)

-1/4 cup baking soda -Essential oils of your choice

-1/4 cup arrowroot powder

Mix baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot powder in a bowl. Add coconut oil and use a fork to blend into the dry ingredients. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (for scent). Add more coconut oil or baking soda to achieve the consistency you like. Place in jar or old deodorant case.

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