If you’ve ever looked into natural alternatives to products you normally use, the supplies you need can get expensive fast. This also holds true when you’re trying to switch from processed foods to a whole foods diet.
The cost can be pretty shocking.
However, there’s one product I’ve found that I think will appeal to everyone who is trying to eliminate toxins and save money at the same time. That product is coconut oil.
The uses for coconut oil are practically endless! Here are ten uses for coconut oil, most that I’ve tried and a few that are on my to-do list.
You can replace your normal vegetable oil, canola oil, and in some instances, butter, for coconut oil in many recipes.
If you’re interested in checking these out here is a GIGANTIC list of coconut oil recipes.
I made my first batch of homemade chapstick about a month ago. I then messed around with the ingredients and made a natural, homemade lip gloss.
Here’s the recipe I used for homemade chapstick: (It turned out great!)
- 2 TBS. Beeswax Pellets
- 2 TBS. Coconut Oil
- 2 TBS. Shea Butter
Directions: Melt the beeswax in a pot on medium/low heat. Add in the coconut oil and shea butter until melted. Stir together. Transfer to chapstick tubes using a medicine dropper. (You can also add a couple drops of essential oils to this recipe if desired.)
This made me around 6 chapstick tubes.
Coconut oil also works wonderfully as a face cream/moisturizer. And the best thing is, a little goes a long way. A $10 jar of coconut oil will last quite a while!
I’ve been using a homemade face cream that is one part coconut oil and one part shea butter. This is the best moisturizer I have ever used. And best of all, its super cheap.
Coconut oil works as an awesome make up remover. Just wipe on, wipe off. It takes my eye makeup off extremely easily.
You can also use coconut oil to clean your make brushes. Just dip your makeup brushes in melted coconut oil, swish around until clean, run under warm water, and let them dry.
Diaper Rash Cream
Coconut oil is not only moisturizing but also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This makes it the perfect all natural diaper rash cream.
Just remember that a little can go a very long way! Apply sparingly.
This is one coconut oil use that I haven’t tried yet (but will soon!)
Coconut oil is supposed to be an excellent conditioner and detangler. Almost every tutorial I’ve read on this says to melt the oil by placing a small bowl over top of a larger bowl filled with hot water. Once melted comb through the hair, put on a shower cap, and leave on for 2-3 hours. Shampoo out.
Since I have very long and often tangly hair this is one home remedy I’m excited to try.
To make the detangler you’d again melt the coconut oil, apply a small amount, and comb through hair. I haven’t tried this yet so I’m not sure if the coconut oil would make hair look oily as a detangler.
Another I haven’t tried – using coconut oil as a toothpaste.
Here’s an article highlighting the benefits of using coconut oil for oral health with studies referenced.
To Soothe Itches
Coconut oil can be used to soothe itches caused from mosquito bites, bug bites, poison ivy, and even chicken pox.
You can also rub coconut oil on bee sting sites after removing the stinger to help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to put topically on your pets. Since coconut oil is all natural and has many benefits, applying it topically to skin conditions may help soothe your pet.
You can even feed your animals coconut oil for added health benefits!
Treat Cold Sores
While nothing can cure cold sores coconut oil can keep them from spreading. You can read about the science of this here if interested.
Coconut Oil – Many Uses, Low Cost
For the frugal minded person looking to get more into natural health coconut oil is a great way to start. There are SO many ways you can use coconut oil in your home to eliminate harmful products and save money in the process.