If you don’t have a jar of coconut oil floating around your house, then do yourself a favour. This nifty little product can save your bacon, in more ways than one. Substitute into cooking, use as a skin treat or keep your furniture shiny and glossy. You’ll be surprised how far one little jar will go!
25 uses for coconut oil:
1. Pan frying
Coconut oil doesn’t break down easily at high temperatures so it’s the perfect replacement for olive oil when you’re using the frying pan.
2. Oil pulling
This one sounds a bit weird! But trust us. Swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes before brushing your teeth can freshen breath. It gets rid of the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath.
3. Insect repellent
Keep bugs away the natural way. Grab a cheap spray bottle and combine half a cup of coconut oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Shake and spray directly on the skin for a low-irritant repellent.
4. Soothe baby skin
Add a little coconut oil to your baby’s bath water and help soothe rashes, scrapes, insect bites. Keeps skin soft and smooth without the use of chemicals and irritants found in some soaps.
5. Soften cradle cap
Apply coconut oil onto damp hair to soften crusty cradle cap. Leave for 15-minutes or so, then brush out with a soft baby brush. Rinse with water and a mild baby shampoo to remove oil from the hair.
6. Stop a squeaky hinge
Rub some coconut oil onto the hinges of squeaky doors and cupboards to end the nightmarish noise!
7. Sore throat gargle
Ease a sore throat by gargling one tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of warm water.
8. Polish wood
Buff into polished wood for a sleek and shiny appearance. Coconut oil sinks into the wood and gives it a healthy shine.
9. Butter replacement
Try a slick of coconut oil on your toast instead of butter. You might be pleasantly surprised!
10. Massage oil
Grab a jar and add some melted coconut oil, a few drops of your favourite essential oil then shake it all up. Ask your favourite person to massage into your sore, tired back, neck and shoulders.
11. Night cream
Ditch the heavy, expensive creams and pop this on before bed each night. Particularly good for helping with dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
12. Heel scrub
Slough away the winter blues and exfoliate rough, cracked heels with a mixture of coconut oil and rock salt.
13. Boost your morning coffee
Swish a spoonful into your coffee until melted. Add a boost of energy to your daily caffeine fix!
14. Salad dressing
There are loads of different recipes available for a delicious, healthy salad dressing. Try combining coconut oil, vinegar, honey and rock salt. Or mix coconut oil, pineapple juice and macadamia nuts to drizzle on desserts.
15. Egg substitute
If you are cooking for something with an egg allergy, swap out the eggs for coconut oil.
16. Makeup remover
Grab some cotton balls or makeup remover pads, then apply melted coconut oil straight to your face to remove lipstick, eye makeup and foundation. Rinse with warm water when done. For on-the-go face wipes, soak some cotton pads in melted coconut oil overnight then pop them in a ziplock bag or container.
17. Polish leather
Gently rub coconut oil into leather using a soft, dry cloth and a circular motion. It will remove excess dirt and dust from your favourite leather products. Spot test first to avoid stains.
18. Leave-in conditioner
For shiny locks, rub a small amount of coconut oil into the ends of your hair, twist into a loose bun and wash out the next morning.
19. Nappy rash soother
A slick of coconut oil can soothe a red, rough bottom and help keep skin soft and healthy.
20. Nipple cream
If you’ve got cracked, dry nipples from breastfeeding then coconut oil is a safe, natural way to help heal them.
21. Shaving cream
Lather on your desired spot and you’ll get a close shave that also moisturises the skin. Great for people with sensitive skin.
22. Chopping board conditioner
Wash and dry your wooden chopping board then apply coconut oil with a soft cloth. Allow it to sink in for up to 15-minutes then buff away. Add a few drops of lemon juice to remove any lingering odours.
23. Stretch mark cream
Keep a pregnant belly moisturised with a daily dose of coconut oil. It helps keep skin supple and soft, so that you can try to avoid the dreaded stretch marks.
24. Earwax remover
Pop some coconut oil in the microwave to melt (make sure it’s not too hot). Fill a dropper (often found in children’s medication) with oil, then drip into your ear and allow to sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse out with warm water and repeat on the other side.
25. Lip balm
Your lips still need SPF protection, but to help with chapping or dryness simply buy a cheap contact lens holder and dollop coconut oil inside so you can apply throughout the day.
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