They Said Coconut Oil Was Great For You, But This Is What They Didn’t Tell You

Coconut oil is a popular nutritional oil derived from the meat of matured coconuts. Coconut has long been a primary source of food throughout the tropics.

Its various industrial and cosmetic applications have made it a very viable commodity. Coconut oil is heat stable, making it suitable for cooking at high temperatures. It is slow to oxidize, resists rancidity and has a shelf life of approximately two years or more.

The main exporting countries are the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. Coconut oil makes up less than 3% of annual global vegetable oil production.

Coconut oil can be either Virgin or refined. Virgin coconut oil is usually expeller-pressed, meaning the oil is mechanically squeezed out of the coconut meat at room temperature. Refined oil is usually extracted using heat, chemicals and solvents that both increase the yield, and remove any coloration or odors.

Once castigated for its generous saturated fat content, coconut oil has been given a second life as a (gasp!) healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great idea, you definitely should consider adding the oil to your diet.

Yes, coconut oil is almost 90 percent saturated fat, but not all sat fats are created equal. “The saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid that appears to have a more neutral effect on heart health when compared to longer-chain saturated fats found in meats and dairy products,” says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet.

In this article, we are sharing our top 90(yes 90!) uses for coconut oil:

Uses for Coconut Oil

In cooking as great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.

Added to foodsor drinks daily for energy

As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee

On the skin as a basic lotion

In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin

Inhomemade deodorant or deodorant bars

As an eye-makeup remover

As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream

In making your own Re-mineralizing Toothpaste

To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin

To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy

To support healthy thyroid function

In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils

To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning

As a naturally SPF 4sunscreen

To get rid of cradle cap on baby– just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth

Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections

As a delicious tropical massage oil

It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism

A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of frizz

In homemade soap for laundry

Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub(use in the shower)

Rubbed on lips as a naturalchap stick

Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection

Directly on the perineum to help heal afterbirth

As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner– Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours

In homemade slow cooker soap

In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)

Can help sooth psoriasis oreczema

There is some evidence thatregular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers

With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works

In healthy brain boosting snack for kids likeCoconut Clusters

Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms

Nursing moms often take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients

In homemade shampoo bars

Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon ofchia seedsfor an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)

Can help improve insulin levels

Oil pulling with coconut oiland a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health

Can help improve cholesterol ratios

Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu

As a replacement forvegetable oilsin any recipe or in cooking

Incoconut based grain free granola

Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins

After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing ofsunburn

Is an immediate source of energy when eaten that isn’t stored as fat

As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora

As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion

When used consistently on skin it can help get rid ofcellulite

To season cast iron skillets

It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis

Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites

Can helpresolve acnewhen used regularly

Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth

Helps speed ear infection healing

A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)

By itself as a great tanning oil

Mixed with salt toremove dry skin on feet

Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily

Can help improve sleepwhen taken daily

A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat

To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy

It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium

Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety

By itself as a natural deodorant

By itself or with baking soda as anaturally whitening toothpaste

For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally

In coconut oil pulling chews

In homemade vapor rub

In homemade peppermint lip balm

In magnesium body butter

In coconut oil dog treats

As a completely natural baby lotion

On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin

Mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mintessential oilsas a natural bug repellent

In homemade meltaways(like candy)

Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer

Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack

Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs

When taken regularly, it can boosthormone production

Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically

Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold

On cuticles to help nails grow

Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows

To help avoid chlorine exposure when swimming

Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)

With other oils as part ofan oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin

Whipped with butter for a soothing body balm

One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.

Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms

Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Have we missed any? Are you using coconut oil for something not on the list? Please share with us.

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