I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of coconut oil. Here’s a few of my favorite ways to use coconut oil around the house.
I was a little afraid to start switching out coconut oil for some of my other favorite fats because I thought it might ruin the flavor. But I’ve found it’s quite the opposite.
Here are few things we’ve used it for just in the past couple of weeks:
- Popping popcorn on the stove (because we don’t have an air popper and microwave stuff is too expensive)
- Added to our smoothies in the morning for a boost of healthy fats
- Added to stir fries, especially if I’m going to be using coconut milk and curry in the dish
- Replace or substitute some of the butter in things like pancakes, waffles and muffins
2. Diaper Rash
Did you know that coconut oil has a lot of healing properties which include being anti-fungal and antibacterial? I’ve used coconut oil to help with
- Diaper rashes (it usually clears up the rash by the next morning, especially if I add a little lavender to it)
- Thrush (I was able to alternate raw apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to help with a case of thrush)
- And none of us have suffered from athletes foot, but you can rub some of that on your feet and it will usually clear that right up
3. Carrier Oil
There are a lot of different options for carrier oils, but my main one is coconut oil. I tend to use fractionated coconut oil if I’m going to be making a blend (like this hand sanitizer). But I’ll also use regular coconut oil if I need to dilute something really quick in the kitchen.
I mentioned the lotion I’ve been making a couple weeks ago, but here’s the recipe again. It’s got coconut oil in it and I LOVE it!
I’ve also used it to help with cracked nipples during those first few weeks of breastfeeding. It’s safe if the baby ingests a little bit of it and keeps infections at bay since it’s antibacterial.
5. Oil Pulling
When I’m pregnant, my gums suffer. My dentist says it’s pretty common for pregnant women to have inflamed and sometimes bleeding gums, but I needed to be extra diligent about my oral hygiene.
It doesn’t matter how well I brush my teeth or floss, it just happens. So I started looking for something to help with the situation.
I started reading about oil pulling and figured it wouldn’t hurt. The whole idea is that you swish a teaspoon of coconut oil in them morning before you eat anything and then spit it out. It’s supposed to help pull toxins out of your mouth, help with bad breath and loosen any plaque build up.
I wasn’t terribly constant with it, maybe doing it a couple times a week (swishing coconut oil for 10 minutes makes it hard to talk to your toddler). And guess what, I noticed a pretty significant difference.
My teeth felt WAY cleaner and they started getting whiter. I also noticed the bleeding stopped and the inflimation pretty much went away. It wasn’t just in my head either. This last time I went the dentist this last time they hardly had to scrape any plaque off my teeth. All of which are good things in my book.
Where to Get Coconut Oil
As with most things, quality is important if you want to get all the health benefits of coconut oil. I buy mine from Tropical Traditions just because they have the best quality for the price, especially if you buy during a sale.
You’ll want to make sure you buy virgin unrefined coconut oil in order to get all of the benefits that it has to offer. You can read a little bit more about what to look for here.
Do you use coconut oil? What are some of your favorite uses?
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