Coconut oil is so versatile, it can be overwhelming. Today I’m sharing the top 54 everyday uses for coconut oil, all in one convenient place. Most people have heard about the many health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, but they might not know just how many uses it actually has. I started getting into using it for everything while I was pregnant with my son, when I found out it was an ingredient in practically every DIY face mask and bath bomb I was making.
Coconut oil contains healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), including caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid. Lauric acid makes up 50% of the fat content in coconut oil, and it’s rarely found in nature. In fact, coconut oil contains more lauric acid than any other substance on earth. That one acid alone has many health benefits because your body converts it into monolaurin, which is a monoglyceride that can destroy viruses. MCFA’s are sent directly to your liver, so they’re immediately converted into energy, rather than being stored as fat. They can also lead to weight loss because they stimulate your body’s metabolism. It’s great for external use as well, because it reduces inflammation and has anti-aging benefits.
Before I get into the list of ways you can use coconut oil in your day-to-day life, here are just a few benefits of coconut oil:
- Builds muscle and aids in weight loss.
- Balances hormones.
- Improves Type II diabetes.
- Prevents osteoporosis.
- Reduces symptoms of pancreatitis and gallbladder disease.
- Improves energy and endurance.
- Prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
- Gives a great boost to your immune system due to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
- Improves memory and brain function.
- Improves digestion.
- Cancer prevention and treatment.
- Reduces inflammation and arthritis.
- Protects the liver.
- Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Proven natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Here we go! Here are 55 everyday uses for coconut oil. I’m not going to write about each individual one, because it would get repetitive. Also, always check with your doctor or pediatrician if you or your child have any serious symptoms. As amazing as coconut oil is, you still need care from a professional, and sometimes medicine is needed. I’m not suggesting that you replace medical care with coconut oil. It’s meant to be used on top of other medicine if need be.
1. Scrapes and Cuts
It prevents infection in small scrapes and cuts due to its antibacterial properties, as well as creating a thin coat that protects the area from bacteria and dust.
2. Bug Bites and Stings
Coconut oil will help heal bug bites and stings, as well as soothe the itching sensation.
Applying coconut oil will give the burn a cooling sensation, and it will keep the skin moisturized. It also prevents blistering, peeling and scarring.
4. Baby Acne
Baby acne will usually clear up on its own with no problem, but if you want to help speed the process along, you can gently rub some on the affected areas.
5. Cradle Cap
Massage some oil into your baby’s hair/head and let it soak in for 20 minutes. It will help the flakes loosen and nourish the skin. You can use a soft-bristled hairbrush to remove some of the flakes.
Again, it’s incredibly moisturizing and will help the area heal. I used coconut oil in my Breastmilk Lotion Recipe, and it worked wonders for my son.
7. Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris is a harmless skin condition that causes small red or tan bumps that typically appear on the upper arms, cheeks, thighs, and buttocks. Coconut oil has both exfoliating and healing benefits that will help clear these areas up.
8. Hand Foot Mouth Disease
9. Chicken Pox
11. Diaper Rash
If your baby has a mild rash forming, you can rub some coconut oil on the area to keep it from getting worse. You can also use it to prevent diaper rash.
Thrush (also known as Oral Candidiasis) is a yeast/fungal infection that can form in your baby’s mouth and transfer to your nipples. You should always visit your doctor/pediatrician if you suspect you or your baby has thrush. They’ll prescribe some medicine for you. Discuss with your doctor before using coconut oil, and if you can, it will help the sores heal faster.
Some women experience hemorrhoids while pregnant or shortly after birth. Applying coconut oil will help speed up the healing process and ease discomfort.
14. Dry Skin
Coconut oil is super moisturizing and will hydrate your skin.
15. “Sick Nose”
When you or your kids get sick, and it gets all red and sensitive under your nose, rub some oil on it!
16. Hang Nails
18. Chapped Lips
19. Cuticles / Nail Massage
22. Stretch Marks
Apply two times a day, every day to diminish the appearance of present stretch marks, and as a preventative measure. You can use just coconut oil, or there are many DIY body butters and creams you can make that contain the oil.
You can make your own sunscreen with coconut oil! For a recipe by WellnessMama, click here.
24. Sunburn Relief
Coconut oil can help ease the pain and itchiness from a sunburn, and coupled with aloe vera and apple cider vinegar, it can heal pretty quickly!
It’s great for massages, for you or your baby!
26. Nipple Relief for Breastfeeding Moms
Breastfeeding, especially the first few weeks, can leave your nipples sore, cracked and even bleeding. To relieve the pain and help them heal, apply a small amount of coconut oil after feeding your little one.
27. Meconium Removal
Applying coconut oil on your baby’s bottom can make getting meconium off way easier at the next diaper change.
28. Hand Expression
Sometimes my pump just doesn’t fully get the job done and I have to hand express another ounce or two after a pumping session. Running your fingers across your breasts over and over when it’s dry can be uncomfortable, so rubbing a little coconut oil on your hands first can make it glide easier.
29. Homemade Vapor Rub
Many moms swear by mixing a little coconut oil with some peppermint essential oil and rubbing it on their child’s chest or feet as a homemade vapor rub. Just be careful, I know with my son, anything too smelly can aggravate his lungs further.
30. Perineum Massage
Anyone that’s been pregnant before has most likely heard of a perineum massage. Adding coconut oil to this massage is said to make it less likely that you’ll tear during birth!
You can rub the oil into your child’s hair and let sit for an hour or two, and it will kill some of the lice. You can also make your own lice shampoo with coconut oil as one of the ingredients.
Eating 3 to 4 spoonfuls of coconut oil a day, along with drinking plenty of water can help with the symptoms associated with UTI. You definitely want to go to the doctor to treat the infection as well.
33. Ear Infection
Putting a few drops in the infected ear can speed up the healing process.
34. Makeup Remover
It’s an effective makeup remover as well – even waterproof mascara!
35. Homemade Face Wash / Soap
There are many DIY face wash and soap recipes using coconut oil! Here is one by LifeWithLoveBugs!
36. Shaving Cream
Rub a little on the inside of your wrist and forearm to calm an upset tummy.
Ingesting it can help, but the most effective way to treat cellulite is to apply it directly onto the area and let it soak in for an hour or so. Rinse afterward, if necessary.
39. Natural Lubricant
When (and if) you and your significant other get a little alone time, coconut oil makes a great natural lubricant.
40. Hair Gel and De-frizzer
Style your hair and tame those frizzies with the natural oil!
41. Hair Conditioner / Conditioning Treatment
Use it as a conditioner replacement, or as a conditioning treatment, by letting it soak in your hair for 20 minutes or so before rinsing.
42. Bath Moisturizer
Put a couple of tablespoons in your bath to moisturize your skin!
43. Under Eye Treatment
Rub some under your eyes to get rid of (and prevent) bags.
44. Teething Pain Reliever
Talk to your pediatrician first, but coconut oil can be effective in relieving pain from teething.
45. Milk Supply Boost
Either eat a couple spoonfuls a day, or incorporate it into your meals and you may see an increase in your milk supply if you’re a breastfeeding mama! I personally have noticed an increase when I’ve done this.
46. Cooking Oil Substitute
Instead of using butter or olive oil, use coconut oil to grease your pan.
47. Constipation Relief
Eating a tablespoon of coconut oil can help with constipation.
You can make natural toothpaste with coconut oil! For a recipe from WellnessMama, click here.
49. Natural Remedy for Indigestion, Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Eating a spoonful can help these things! It’s nice when you’re pregnant and need natural remedies.
50. Flavor Your Tea
Give your warm drink a little coconut flavor by adding some coconut oil. I actually add it to my coffee every morning, and as strange as it sounds, it’s awesome!
51. Reduce or Eliminate Headaches or Migraines
Some say a little coconut oil will ease, and in some cases, get rid of their headache altogether!
52. Curb Your Appetite
Eat a spoonful of this magical stuff 20 minutes before your meal to curb your appetite.
53. Oil Pulling
Talk to your dentist and do some research first, but I know some people use coconut oil for oil pulling, which supposedly is great for your oral hygiene.
Some people use it just straight up, but there are recipes as well! For a coconut oil deodorant recipe from TheCoconutMama, click here.
There are so many DIY spa treatments that use coconut oil too, so if you don’t already have some at home, you definitely need to go pick up a jar (or tub)! Or you can order it from Amazon like I do! Natural remedies are wonderful but always check with your doctor before using coconut oil to treat illnesses or infections. Coconut oil is great for preventative care and to use as well as medication prescribed by your doctor.