Top 10 Uses for Coconut Oil Outside of The Kitchen
We all love coconut oil for its amazing uses in the kitchen. It tastes great, it’s super-healthy, and it tolerates high heat, thanks to its extremely high smoke point. But did you know that coconut oil has many other uses as well? Keep reading for the top 10 reasons every woman should keep a second jar of coconut oil in her bathroom cabinet!
1. Treat Diaper Rash:
If your baby suffers from diaper rash, gently rub approximately 1 tablespoon on the affected area to relieve the painful swelling, redness, itch and burn. The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil will provide instant soothing relief and will act as a moisture barrier while still allowing the skin to breathe, unlike most commercial ointments and creams which use petroleum-based chemicals.
2. Natural Makeup remover:
Apply just a small dab of coconut oil to quickly liquefy makeup—including pesky waterproof mascara—in seconds, without irritating scrubbing or pulling at your lashes. Wipe off with a warm, wet cloth. Coconut oil will not sting or irritate eyes, and will help to hydrate your skin. Before bed, apply an additional small amount after cleansing and leave on all night to moisturize and nourish your skin. It absorbs quickly, and believe it or not, is non-greasy. The anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and natural antibiotic properties of coconut oil calm and heal irritated skin, and help to kill harmful bacteria that lead to future breakouts, as well.
3. Fight tooth decay with homemade natural toothpaste:
Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda then add a few drops of peppermint essential oil for homemade toothpaste. Use twice daily to help whiten teeth, improve gum health, and freshen your breath. Research has shown that the antibiotic properties of coconut oil actually destroy the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
4. Keep things lubed up “down there”:
As we age, women universally suffer with dryness and irritation during sex. Coconut oil is effective and safe for use as a personal lubricant. Unlike commercial preparations, it is non-irritating, completely safe if swallowed, and the anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties help keep the vaginal flora healthy. One precaution, however; coconut oil should never be used in conjunction with condoms or other latex contraceptives, as the oil can break down the structural integrity of the latex, rendering the product ineffective.
5. Make your own natural deodorant:
The natural antibiotic properties of coconut oil make it an excellent natural deodorant to help keep body odor in check. If perspiration is also a problem, you can mix coconut oil into a paste with equal parts baking soda (or corn starch for those with sensitive skin). Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so in the warm summer months you may wish to store it in the fridge, or keep it mixed with baking soda for ease of application.
6. Natural Sunscreen:
If you are concerned about the harmful chemicals in commercial sunscreens, why not give coconut oil a try? It has an SPF factor of 4, meaning that you can stay in the sun 4x as long as with no sun protection at all. Reapply as necessary throughout the day. And if you accidentally get too much sun, gently rubbing coconut oil onto your tender skin will promote healing, relieve that tight, dry feeling, and soothe your pain.
7. Treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, and yeast:
Because coconut oil is anti-fungal, it may be used topically to treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, and other fungal skin infections. Apply gently to the affected area as needed. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid which has anti-microbial properties that can kill yeast and candida. In a recent study, researchers found that coconut oil was active against certain species of Candida at 100% concentration, greater than the drug fluconazole.
8. Style your hair naturally with coconut oil: Many commercial brands of hair gel and mouse contain drying alcohol which damages your hair, along with many other toxic chemicals and fragrances. Style your hair with a bit of coconut oil rubbed into just the ends of your hair to hold its style and condition it at the same time. The oil prevents frizz and adds extra shine too. You can also combine coconut oil with water, ground sea salt, and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to make your own sea salt styling spray for texture and shine on those lazy days of summer.
9. Calm and prevent stretch marks:
During pregnancy, stretch marks can be a real source of concern for expectant moms. Apply coconut oil all over the stomach during and after pregnancy to reduce unsightly stretch marks that occur when skin’s elasticity is compromised. The oil helps to fade dark marks, discoloration, and redness, and hydrates the skin to reduce itching and promote healing.
10. Take a healing bath with Epsom salts:
Regardless of the season, our skin can take a beating, and you deserve a little pampering. Add ¼ cup Epsom salts and ¼ cup coconut oil to a warm bath, and relax. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for an aromatherapy treat. The Epsom salts help to draw out toxins while the coconut oil helps to soothe and calm dry, irritated skin.
As you can see, the benefits and uses of coconut oil are endless! Do you have a favorite use of coconut oil that I didn’t mention above? Comment below and let me know. I’d love to learn more about this amazing oil!