You already know coconut oil is a delicious and nutritious alternative to olive oil for cooking. It’s terrific for smoothing and re-hydrating dry skin on your feet, elbows and hands.
Perhaps you’ve even tried using it to keep you hair silky and smooth.
However, if you’re like most folks that’s where your uses for coconut oil end. But it turns out this affordable oil is far more of a multitasker than most folks ever imagine.
Get MORE out of your coconut oil
Following are eleven surprising uses for versatile coconut oil you’ve likely never tried.
1. Cuticle softener:
Dry, cracked cuticles are unsightly, and sometimes even painful. But you can get rid of them fast with coconut oil.
Massage a small dab of the oil into each cuticle morning and evening. Within just a few days, your cuticles will be soft and smooth. Keep up the routine, and they’ll stay that way.
2. Eye cream:
The skin under your eyes is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body. Which means it needs special attention, and just any old lotion won’t do. Good thing coconut oil isn’t any old lotion.
Warm a dab or two between your fingers, and pat it gently under your eyes for an all-natural, gentle solution that’s perfect for delicate skin.
3. Wound protector:
Coconut oil can provide an effective layer of protection for minor cuts or abrasions. The bacteria-fighting lauric acid in the oil helps keep the bugs out while your wound heals.
Gently clean the wound, and then apply a thin layer of coconut oil. The oil will help keep out dust, dirt, and bacteria that could cause an infection.
4. Body scrub:
Move beyond simply moisturizing with coconut oil, to actually improving the health of your skin. When you exfoliate, you allow new, healthier skin cells to take the place of the crusty old, dry ones. And that leaves you with a healthy, youthful glow.
Combine equal parts of sea salt and coconut oil for a luxurious body scrub. Add a bit more salt if you want to tackle the rougher skin on your heels and elbows.
5. Bug repellant:
Plan to spend a little time outdoors, but don’t want to risk using a chemical based store bought bug spray? Combine 10 teaspoons of coconut oil with a teaspoon of pure peppermint essential oil and rub on to help keep the bugs away without chemicals.
You’ll love the refreshing clean scent, but lucky for us bugs hate it.
6. Cold sore healer:
Anyone who has had the chicken pox before (which means most of us) is at risk for cold sores. And when one pops up, the faster you can treat it the faster you can face the world again, without feeling embarrassed.
The instant you start to feel the tell-tale tingles of a cold sore, dab the area with some coconut oil. Coconut oil has natural antiviral properties that can help clear up your cold sore faster. And since it’s not a medication, you can reapply as often as necessary.
Yes, believe it or not coconut oil can make an effective deodorant. The oil is rich in lauric acid, which will help kill off the bacteria that cause underarm odor. Simply apply a thin layer of the pleasant smelling oil to your underarms… just like you would a gel deodorant… and you’re set.
Want to add a little more punch to your all-natural deodorant? Combine the coconut oil with a dash of baking soda, a sprinkle of arrowroot powder and several drops of your favorite essential oil, to help keep you staying fresh and dry all day long.
8. Lice killer:
It turns out coconut oil could help you put up a fight against lice. And while we hope you’ll never need to use the oil for this reason, since an estimated 6 to 12 million Americans do face a lice infestation every year it’s good to know.
Massage your hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar. Once it’s dried, liberally comb coconut oil through the length of your hair. Do NOT wash out the vinegar first.
The combination of apple cider vinegar and coconut oil will smother the lice, helping you to naturally manage the problem. Wash your hair the next morning, as usual.
9. Shaving cream:
Replace your shaving cream with coconut oil, and get the smooth, close shave you’ve been looking for, while moisturizing at the same! But be careful if you shave in the shower because the coconut oil can be very slippery.
10. Lip balm:
You know how great your skin feels after you’ve wiped it down with coconut oil? Well, the oil works wonders on your lips too!
Fill a small tin or screw-top jar with coconut oil, and use it liberally whenever your lips feel dry.
11. Make up remover:
Stop buying expensive wipes that can contain harsh chemicals and leave makeup behind! Instead warm a teaspoon of coconut oil (be careful it doesn’t get hot) and massage into your face, eyes, lips or wherever you’re wearing makeup. Gently wipe away with cotton balls, or simply rinse with warm water. Wash your face as usual.