You’ve surely heard of coconut oil by now, but it might be time to jump on the latest health bandwagon, if you haven’t yet. Coconut oil continues to prove effective in a multitude of ways, a lot of which go way beyond what you can do with it in the kitchen. Take a look!

You can use it for cooking.

First and foremost, you can use coconut oil just as you would any other cooking oil. The difference is that coconut oil can come with a lot of health benefits that some of the other oils don’t. It can speed up your metabolism and give you healthy energy boosts. It may also fight off infections and viruses because of its ability to kill harmful pathogens in your body, as well as improve your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.


You can use it as a moisturizer.

The moisturizing properties of coconut oil are tremendous, and the best part is that you do not have to use much of it to reap these benefits. It can serve as a great alternative for regular body lotions because it has the ability to absorb into the skin at a faster rate. Use it as you would your usual body lotion on dry elbows, hands, etc.; as a replacement for your regular lip balm to moisturize chapped lips; or as a facial moisturizer to not only soften the skin but also to provide anti-aging benefits. Coconut oil is even gentle enough to be used as a replacement for baby lotion or to make your own baby wash.


You can use it to maintain oral health.

Through a process called oil-pulling, coconut oil can work wonders for oral health. By gargling a tablespoon of coconut oil for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out, you can rid your teeth, gums, and even throat of harmful bacteria. This helps promote healthier gums, healthier teeth, and healthier oral health overall.

You can use it for tanning.

Coconut oil can be used as a great tanning oil because it helps the skin tan faster while simultaneously keeping it well moisturized. Some even claim that it may double as an effective sunscreen because of its antioxidant properties, which help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but it’s important to use with caution without definite SPF protection.



You can use it in hair care.

Use coconut oil on your hair to reduce hair breakage, promote hair growth, and serve as an all-around great conditioning treatment. The fatty acids in coconut oil serve to nourish your hair and your scalp to make it healthier from root to tip, while its kinetin content contributes to healthier hair growth. It can also be a quick fix for frizz. Simply run a bit of coconut oil through your hair with your fingers to tame flyaways without an overly greasy look.


You can use it as a deodorant.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can kill odor-causing bacteria and make it an excellent natural deodorant. The moisturizing properties of coconut oil give it an added benefit of keeping your skin soft and healthy while fighting off bad odor. Of course, you might want to try this one at home one day while cleaning or moving around to put it to the test before making the switch for your usual deodorant.

You can use it to soothe allergy symptoms.

Rubbing a bit of coconut oil on the inside of your nose can be effective in alleviating the symptoms of allergies and even the common cold, like redness and itchiness.


You can use it to heal cuts and scrapes.

When applied to cuts, wounds, or scrapes, coconut oil has the ability to create a protective layer to keep out dirt and bacteria while also cleaning the cut and promoting faster healing by repairing damaged tissue. Coconut oil may even have the potential to prevent scarring.


What do you think about these uses for coconut oil? Have you tried any of these tricks? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @tamarahoumi