Coconut oil is a such versatile oil with numerous benefits, ranging from personal health to household applications. It is derived from the flesh of the coconut fruit and is available in both refined and unrefined forms. We love coconut oil and use it for so manny things - we thougth we’d share some of our favourite uses, as well as some of our communities favourite uses for coconut oil!
Cooking and Baking
Coconut oil has a high smoke point, making it great for cooking and baking at high temperatures. It is an excellent alternative to vegetable oils and can be used for sautéing, frying, roasting, and baking. Additionally, coconut oil adds a unique flavor and aroma to dishes, making it an excellent ingredient for curries, stews, and soups.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. It is rich in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the risk of skin infections. It is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and can be used as a natural alternative to commercial skincare products.
Coconut oil is an excellent natural hair conditioner. It penetrates the hair shaft, nourishing and strengthening the hair from within. It can also help reduce frizz and prevent hair breakage. Simply apply coconut oil to your hair and leave it on for a few hours before washing it off with shampoo.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing oil around in your mouth for several minutes to promote oral hygiene. Coconut oil is an excellent oil for oil pulling as it has antimicrobial properties that can help kill harmful bacteria in the mouth. It can also help reduce bad breath and promote healthy gums.
Immune System Support
Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that can help boost the immune system. It contains lauric acid, which is converted into monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has been shown to have antiviral and antibacterial properties, making coconut oil an excellent natural remedy for colds, flu, and other viral infections.
Coconut oil makes a great lube to keep you and your partner (or toys) nice and lubed! It is important to note that while coconut oil can be used as lube, it is not compatible with latex condoms and can increase the risk of condom breakage.
Coconut oil has several household applications, including:
Lubricant: Coconut oil can be used as a natural lubricant for squeaky doors and other household items.
Furniture Polish: Coconut oil can be used as a natural furniture polish. Simply mix it with a little bit of lemon juice and apply it to wooden furniture.
Leather Conditioner: Coconut oil can be used as a natural leather conditioner. Apply a small amount to leather shoes, bags, and furniture to keep them soft and supple.
Some of YOUR favourite uses for coconut oil:
Mackenzie says: I love using coconut oil for diaper rash and dry winter baby cheeks!
Sarah says: for my nipples during breastfeeding! I’ve also used it for yeast infections
Leah says: I use coconut oil to season my cast iron pans
Miranda says: i love using it in the bath or mixed with sugar as a body scrub!