44 Genius Benefits of Coconut Oil.

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Coconut oil is fast becoming known as a miracle oil.

This is due to the incredible number of benefits it can have on almost every part of our bodies.

Not only does it provide so many different physical and internal health benefits, it smells delicious too. The reason it has become so popular is that recent scientific research has proven that despite being high in saturated fats, it is actually extremely good for us.

Now coconut oil is becoming the chosen substitute for almost everything in the bathroom cabinets.

The lists for its uses seem endless, but here are my favourite uses for coconut oil, which can all be easily integrated so they soon become daily practice.

1. Skin exfoliator: Mix together two tablespoons of coconut oil with three tablespoons of sugar.

2. Moisturiser: Apply direct to the whole body, paying extra attention to dry areas.

3. Acne: It can reduce effects of marks and scars on the face. Apply direct with a little warm water and massage into the skin and then rinse for a deep cleanse.

4. Eye cream: Apply under the eyes and onto eyelids to smooth lines and creases. (Be careful not to ger too close to the eyes.)

5. Hands: Rub onto hands to keep hands soft.

6. Hair conditioner: Mix coconut oil with a little warm water.

7. Leave in hair conditioner: To give an intensive treatment, apply directly, wrap hair in a warm damp towel and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse.

8. Dry ends: Apply a little to dry ends of the hair and leave in all day.

9. Eye make up remover: Apply directly with a cotton wool ball.

10. Cuticles: Apply directly to nail cuticles.

11. Massage oil: Use all over the body to give a sensual massage.

12. Moisturise lips: Apply direct to soothe chapped lips.

13. Cooking: Use in baking, as a butter supplement or as an oil for stir frys.

14. Age spots:  Coconut oil lightens age spots when rubbed directly onto the skin.

15. Shave cream: It heals and soothes the skin after shaving.

16. Rejuvenating skin: The vitamin E in it makes skin looks more radiant.

17. Preventing ageing: Full of antioxidants, coconut oil helps the body fight oxidation.

18. Sunscreen: It protects against UV rays and prevents burning, although it has an SPF of approximately three to four, so use with caution.

19. Sunburn: Once initial burning has calmed, use it to soothe skin.

20. Cracked heels: Apply directly to provide relief to cracks.

21. Foot bath: Add coconut oil to warm water and have a relaxing foot soak.

22. Dry feet: Mix with salt to remove dry skin.

23. Overnight facial moisturiser: Apply a little more than usual for a more intensive treatment.

24. Varicose veins: Applying directly can help to reduce and fade marks.

25. Athlete’s foot: Use directly to fight fungus.

26. Allergies: Rub on the inside of the nose to alleviate symptoms of allergies.

27. Stretch marks: Apply directly to prevent and fade stretch marks.

28. Deodorant: Apply directly to prevent over perspiration and body odors.

29. Teeth whitener: Mix with baking soda for a natural teeth whitener.

30. Colds/flus: Add a spoonful to tea to alleviate symptoms.

31. Coffee: Add a teaspoon to coffee for a delicious, nutritious drink. Use a blender to mix for a smoother taste.

32. Mosquito bites: Coconut oil can help to reduce itchiness caused by the bites.

33. Personal lubricant: It’s safe for intimate areas for both males and females during sex and it smells great.

34. Frizzy hair: Use to smooth down and control loose strands.

35. Softens leather: Rub a small amount to keep leather supple.

36. Smoothies: Mix in a teaspoon full to add nutrients.

37. Cold sores: Apply directly to the cold sore regularly.

38. Energy boost: A teaspoon full can give a natural boost when needed.

39. Add to porridge: It provides energy and nutrient boost, tastes delicious and is believed to reduce hunger pangs.

40. Scars: Apply to scars to reduce visible effects and promote healing.

41. Spread: Mix with honey and spread on toast or bagels.

42. Oil pulling: Pull, push and swish around one tablespoon of oil around the mouth and between teeth for as long as possible (approximately 15-20 minutes). This process sucks out and removes harmful bacteria that can hide in the gums and teeth. Ensure you spit the fluid out when finished swilling. This freshens breath, whitens teeth and keeps gums healthy.

43. Improves blood cholesterol: The saturated fats in the oil raises good cholesterol.

44. Furniture polish: Especially on cots and child-friendly surfaces as it is natural and safe.

Incredibly, there are far more benefits of coconut oil that those listed above. This list is just some of the more commonly uses that can be added to everyday routines.

Better still, it can be purchased organically, which is another added benefit.

I purchase a large tub and am amazed at how long it’s lasted.

It has rid my cabinets of endless plastic packaging from various different lotions, saved me money as I’m not buying endless “miracle” potions and prevented me from being exposed to harmful chemicals in products I was previously using.
I cannot recommend it enough.

If anyone has any more suggestions, feel free to add them to the comments section to share further.

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Author: Alexsandra Myles

Editor: Catherine Monkman

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Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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anonymous Apr 3, 2016 8:28am

Informative article! Thank you for sharing this.

anonymous Feb 9, 2016 11:30pm

I have good experience with coconut oil. It really good to make my hair smooth and healthy. It moisturize skin with minimal comedogenic effect.
Great article Alex, thanks for sharing it

anonymous Nov 29, 2015 9:00pm

Great article!

anonymous Oct 5, 2015 4:45am

After oil pulling, spit it in the bin! Not the rubbish as when it hardens it can block drains 🙂

anonymous Jul 6, 2015 12:06am

I love coconut oil. I am using coconut oil on my skin from 2 years. My skin looks very glowing and all the acne and pimple scars have removed from my face.

anonymous Jun 8, 2015 7:20am

Daily use of coconut oil provides the great benefits in skin repairing and skin refinishing. It contains the fatty acids which improves the blood cholestrol levels and reduce the risk of certain kinds of health diseases.

anonymous Jun 8, 2015 7:04am

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anonymous Apr 3, 2015 9:54am

I've heard you can use a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda to remove stubborn stickers or labels. Is it true?

anonymous Mar 27, 2015 9:52pm

I've used it on mosquito bites and it does help a bit. It doesn't take the itch completely away.

anonymous Mar 26, 2015 6:01am

thanks for the article really helped me to know the properties of coconut

anonymous Mar 20, 2015 11:42am

Coconut oil book

anonymous Feb 20, 2015 1:00am

i’m using the organic coconut oil after a brief wash down with a warm cloth, as an all over, top to bottom wake me up in the morning….massaging into all of me….learning what is ok or not with my body….& paying extra attention to tricky spots is releasing my body & hair into a more happy & healthy state….i’m sold

anonymous Jan 25, 2015 12:16pm

Coconut oil can be comodogenic (clogs pores.) So while it makes a great moisturizer for some people, others may have issues with it especially on the face. Personally, I love it everywhere from the neck down!

Also, regarding virgin vs refined: virgin is probably best for most uses. The benefit of refined is that it has a neutral taste, so it's great for cooking when you don't want a coconutty flavor. It can also be less expensive. If you want refined, make sure to look for a high quality expeller-pressed oil from a good source. Cheaper refined oils will use chemical extraction and bleaching; needless to say, ew.
(By the way, there's no such thing as "extra virgin" coconut oil, it's either virgin or refined. Some labels use EV as a marketing term because that's what we're used to seeing with olive oils.)

Tropical Traditions is a fantastic resource for CO information and products. Check out their FAQ here for more information than you ever knew you needed! https://secure.ttpurchase.com/7C7944AB-ED6D-7D17-… (Disclosure: that is a referral link! If you make a purchase after starting with that link, you get a FREE book and I get store credits 🙂 )

anonymous Jan 16, 2015 4:45pm

While it very well may be good for your skin and some other things, there is absolutely NO nutritional value in coconut oil. Period. Get your facts straight.

anonymous Jan 16, 2015 2:09pm

Hi Kristen, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. As long as it is pure coconut oil it can be used for either. Just check the labels. My tub has it written on the side ' for healthy eating and for beauty&health' so always best to check. As long as it has no other ingredients or additives it will be good to cook with, add to foods/drinks or for the skin. I always opt for organic, extra virgin, cold pressed. It can be heated up, or can be used hard straight from the tub as it softens very quickly and easily. Alex

anonymous Jan 16, 2015 11:15am

Is there a difference between the coconut oil found in the cooking aisle and the oil found in cosmetics?

anonymous Jan 16, 2015 8:55am

Do you purchase refined or unrefined coconut oil? What is the difference?

    anonymous Jan 16, 2015 1:59pm

    Hi Amy, Thanks for reading. The main difference is that refined is treated, bleached and deodorised, but both have benefits. The one I use is Carrington Farms, pure, unrefined, cold pressed, organic coconut oil. It is a large tub, so I spoon it into small tubs to keep in the bathroom, on my dressing table, kitchen and next to my bed. For some things like oil pulling, I warm it up for around 20 seconds in the microwave. For most things though, it melts easily between fingertips for moisturising etc. If you want the full health benefits I would go with the unrefined, organic ones available. A large tub contains 1596.97 ml and costs around £20-30 online but it will last months. Seriously, it is a miracle oil, it cleanses the face like nothing I've used before. (Especially good as an eye make up remover.) And the best lip bam ever! I could go on and on. Once you try it you will understand why 🙂