We live in a world full of veggies, fruits, and nuts. We recognize açaí berries and kale as superfoods, but there is one nut that is often left behind. This is the coconut.
Coconuts are unbelievably versatile. You can use every single part of the coconut from its husk to its milky juices. One particular coconut product we love is coconut oil. Coconut oil is made from the meat of the coconut. This oil has so many uses from cooking to lice repellent. Keep reading for 7 of the best coconut oil uses that’ll leave you loco for coco… nut:
Sweet and Salty Snacks
Coconut oil is all natural and typically organic, so it’s perfect for cooking. You can use coconut oil as a substitute for butter in recipes like cookies or brownies. Not only is the coconut oil healthier than the dairy fat, but it will also give your sweet snacks a hint of nuttiness. If you prefer salty over sweet, try using coconut oil for homemade popcorn.
Just pick up a bag of unpopped kernels at any store. Add a few kernels in a brown paper bag (the kind you pack your lunch in) and add a spoonful of coconut oil. Staple the bag shut, leaving lots of room for the popcorn to pop. Throw the whole thing in the microwave and you’ve got healthy homemade popcorn.
You can use coconut oil as a moisturizer for your skin. While coconut oil is good for a full body moisturizer, it’s especially helpful in problem areas like hands, elbows, and feet.
You can use pure coconut oil on your skin or you can find recipes for DIY coconut oil moisturizers.
While you’re soaking your body in coconut oil, you might as well add your hair into the mix. Hair masks can be expensive and are full of nasty chemicals. Coconut oil will do the same thing to your locks without threatening the sanctity of your skin.
Just wash your hair with shampoo as you normally would, but skip the conditioning process. While your hair is still wet, rub coconut oil into every nook and cranny. Once your hair is fully saturated you can put a shower cap on and go about your business.
You can either leave it on overnight or throughout the day. A word of caution, however, if you choose to sleep with the coconut oil, you’ll want to put a towel down or you could ruin your sheets.
Skillet seasoning is a common practice for those who like to cook vegetables. After you’ve washed your skillet, put it back on the stove and turn up the heat. Add a scoop of coconut oil and let it dissolve into the pan. Take a paper towel and wipe out any excess oil.
This practice is not meant for non-stick pans, rather for cast iron. Seasoning your skillet will give you a better cooking performance next time you fire up.
Since coconut oil is considered naturally antibacterial, it’s often used as a natural deodorant. Drugstore deodorants and antiperspirants have tons of chemicals that are bad for your skin, including aluminum. Aluminum works as an antiperspirant by clogging the pores in your skin. This can cause a number of problems including darkening of the skin, rashes, acne, and build up of bacteria.
When coconut oil is applied to clean skin, it is thought that the antibacterial properties prevent any stinky new bacteria from growing and causing body odor.
Itchy Pet Syndrome
Allergy season affects more than just us. If you notice your dog is itching more than normal, you can try using coconut oil to soothe their skin.
Often times, dogs will get dry skin just like we do. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing and taking out the itch. Use the coconut oil the same way you would your own hair mask. Wash your dog with their regular shampoo and then scoop some coconut oil into their fur.
You may not want to leave the oil on for too long if you don’t want it all over your house, though. Of course, the longer you leave it on the better, so do this at your own discretion.
Natural Head Lice Remover
No one likes to have a case of head lice, but sometimes they move in and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it; especially if you have kids or you have a job working with kids. You can, however, evict these nasty creatures. Instead of running down to the local drugstore and spending hundreds of dollars on expensive chemicals, try a natural remedy with coconut oil.
All you’ll need is coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. First, spray the apple cider vinegar on your scalp. Massage it in and let it sit for a few minutes. The vinegar will start to dissolve the sticky coating on the eggs so that you can comb them out. After you’ve rinsed out the vinegar, apply a thick coat of coconut oil. The coconut oil will suffocate and kill the live bugs. Gross…I know. But it works!
You may need to repeat this process two or three times to rid them completely.
What will you do with your coconut oil? If you can think of it, you can do it with coconut oil. Will you use it in a smoothie for a body cleanse? Or maybe on the dog for a softer, shinier coat?
Do you have more suggestions for the best coconut oil uses? Let us know your experience in the comments below!