Secret Uses for Coconut Oil You Never Knew

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Coconut oil is one of nature’s finest creations. Not only is is great tasting, but you can also use it around the home, for a whole host of beauty applications and as a natural remedy many health issues too. Add a jar of coconut oil to your life and reap the benefits.

As A Deep Conditioning Treatment

For a treatment that will leave your hair sleek and shiny, put 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a bowl and another in a separate bowl with a few drops of peppermint oil. Heat both for a few seconds in the microwave and apply the peppermint bowl to your roots and the other to the rest of the hair. Leave on as long as you can (preferably overnight) and rinse off well.

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For Split Ends

Add a tiny bit of coconut oil to the ends of your hair to banish those dreaded split ends. Once it has sat in your hair for a few minutes, rinse off well using hot water and shampoo twice to remove any greasy residue. Allow to dry naturally if you’ve got time, so you don’t undo all your hard work.

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To Tame The Frizz

Melt a small amount of coconut oil in the hands and apply to washed hair avoiding the roots and focussing on any dry areas. Blow-dry for a sleek and smooth style that’s hard to beat, or use it to make your curls bouncy and defined. Just make sure you rinse out well when it comes time to wash out.

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To Get Rid Of Dandruff

Before shampooing your hair, massage in a good dollop of coconut oil into your scalp to remove the flakes. Leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse out. You can even massage it into the scalps of your tiny ones to remove cradle cap naturally. Chances are they’ll love the head massage too!

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A Great Lip Balm

If you’re fed up with winter skin and dry, chapped lips, make sure to protect them with a good helping of coconut oil. Just massage into your dry lips, and you’ll be left with a subtle shine that makes your own lip color burst through. Awesome for those who like the natural makeup look.

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As A Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is super-moisturizing, making it a great choice to your nighttime routine. Apply coconut oil all over your face and remove gently using cotton pads, taking your makeup with it. It’s even gentle enough for waterproof eye makeup too. Rinse your skin afterward to remove any dirty residue, and apply a fresh coat of coconut oil as a moisturizer.

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As A Moisturizer

Coconut oil can be used as an all over moisturizer thanks to it being 100% natural. It can boost the appearance of the skin dramatically, just check out the photos below. It really comes into its own in the winter months where it can be used to combat the dry and chapped skin associated with the season.

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To Help Acne

You may think we’re mad suggesting that you put oil on top of acne, but coconut oil actually has strong antibacterial properties meaning that it can really help to clear up spots fast. Just apply topically to individual spots, or use it as a moisturizer for the whole face if you have several.

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To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

We’re all guilty of not washing our makeup brushes often enough. But with lots of different recipes out there to clean your makeup brushes using coconut oil, it doesn’t have to be a chore. Our favorite is one spoon of coconut oil to two spoons of antibacterial soap. Mix the two together with a dash of water and rinse well and you’re ready to go.

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Make An Exfoliating Scrub

A sugary coconut scrub is a brilliant anti-inflammatory, antibacterial scrub that gets rid of your dry skin and makes your skin super silky. Mix half a cup of coconut oil with half a cup of granulated sugar. Add some organic citrus essential oil if you like for a fruity scent, but don’t use the scrub on your face if you do! Mix together, and it’s ready to use.

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Banish Dry Feet

After a long soak in the bath to open up your pores, massage some coconut oil into your feet and put on a pair of cotton socks to keep in the moisture. Repeat a couple of times a week, and you’ll have soft tootsies in no time. For an even quicker result, do this before bedtime and sleep with your socks on. The moisturizing effect will be increased as you sleep.

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To Strengthen Nails

If you suffer from dry, brittle nails that crack and split, then coconut oil can be the answer to your prayers. All you need to do to improve the strength of your nails is massage the coconut oil into the base of the nails daily. Any leftover oil can be massaged into your hands, making them super-soft and begging to be held.

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A Creamy Body Lotion

For an incredibly moisturizing lotion, you just need two ingredients – coconut oil and either cocoa butter or shea butter. Whip an equal amount of the two together using a whisk and you’ve got a great lotion for soft, kissable skin. If you like, you can add some essential oil too, but make sure that they are suitable for applying to the skin before you add them.

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Reduce Stretch Marks

Stretch marks can appear for all sorts of reasons, and while they’re nothing to be ashamed of, there are ways of minimizing their appearance. Massaging coconut oil directly into the stretched skin can greatly improve their appearance by plumping the skin.

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To Shift The Cellulite

Unless you’re a super-skinny celebrity, chances are you’ve got a bit of cellulite somewhere. To reduce the effects of the dreaded orange peel skin, massage coconut oil and a few drops of grapefruit oil onto the skin and it will help banish the lumps and bumps and give your skin a smoother appearance.

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Smoothing Under Eye Wrinkles

The skin under our eyes is very delicate and should be treated with care. What’s better to moisturize the area then, than a 100% natural product? Coconut oil can help ease puffy skin, smooth fine lines, and wrinkles and is a snip of the price of most expensive creams. Seems like a win-win situation to us!

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To Brighten The Skin

Coconut oil also brightens the skin thanks to its high level of antioxidants. Incorporate skin smoothing coconut oil onto your skin in your morning routine after cleansing and you might even get away without needing a highlighter in the morning. A great way to spend a couple of extra minutes in bed.

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For A Luxurious Bath

Adding coconut oil to your bathwater can really moisturize your skin and is great for grown ups and little ones. Just add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil to the running water and go for a relaxing soak. It’s great for children’s cuts and grazes too, as it can help heal minor injuries.

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As A Massage Oil

Finally, something your partner can help out with! Use coconut oil as a massage oil and get the benefit of super-soft skin and spend some time as a couple, too. Just make sure that if you have your massage on top of your best bedding to put a towel down first, oil is a nightmare to get out of sheets.

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As A Deodorant

Mix half a cup of coconut oil with a teaspoon and a half of arrowroot, cornstarch, and baking soda, and you’ve got yourself your own deodorant that is perfectly natural. You can even add a few drops of essential oils into the mix if you like, 5-10 ought to do it. But make sure that the essential oils you use are suitable for use on skin.

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Use As A Shaving Cream

This one couldn’t be simpler. If you’ve run out of your usual shaving cream, or you prefer a natural alternative, smother on a generous glob of coconut oil onto your legs (or anywhere else you need to shave). Simply rinse off afterward in the shower, and you’ll have silky smooth pins all day long.

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For Sparkly White Teeth

Mix some coconut oil with some baking powder and a few drops of peppermint oil, and you’ve got your very own toothpaste. Coconut oil has been found to counteract gingivitis, which makes it ideal for people with troublesome gums. The toothpaste can also improve the whiteness of your teeth over time, making it a great alternative to peroxide bleaching.

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As A Mouthwash

Otherwise known as oil pulling, washing your mouth out with coconut oil is an excellent way of getting rid of all of the bacteria in your mouth. Swish a chunk of coconut oil around your mouth daily for 5-20 minutes (while you’re in the shower is a good time to do it), and then spit out the remainder. It helps with mouth health too.

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For Health and Wellbeing

Natural Sunscreen

Coconut oil is a low factor sunscreen, so is ideal to go underneath your other sunscreen as a top up. It can also be used for dogs in the sun, too to make sure that they don’t suffer the ill effects of the sun. Simply lather on like you would any other sunscreen, but make sure it is washed off thoroughly afterward to avoid greasiness.

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To Soothe Sunburn

If you’ve already been out in the sun and have felt the burn, it’s not too late to get the benefit of coconut oil. The silky oil can help ease the tightness and burn that you get from sunburn, and also naturally fights bacteria, preventing any infection of severely sunburnt skin.

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To Ease The Itches of Chicken Pox

We all remember the awful time we had with chickenpox when we were little, so if there is anything we can do to ease our children’s scratching we’re right on it. Coconut oil is a great way to soothe the dry, itchy skin and because it has antibacterial properties, and won’t spread the infection from one place to another while being treated.

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As A Natural Remedy For Head Lice

Mix equal parts coconut oil and apple cider vinegar together and apply to your child’s hair for ten minutes to treat. Comb through the mixture using a special head lice comb and those creepy critters will be out of your kid’s hair in no time. Just make sure you rinse the comb after every run through the hair to avoid transferring the lice back onto the head.

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To Minimize Pain From Arthritis

You can ease the symptoms of sprains or arthritis by massaging neat coconut oil onto the affected area. Coconut oil can also help ease symptoms from the inside out, with those who swallow one tablespoon of coconut oil daily reporting an increased level of movement in restricted knee and elbow joints.

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To Lose Weight

The health benefits of eating coconut oil every day are huge, including aiding weight loss and keeping your cholesterol in check. Not convinced? Just ask model Monika Radulovic who revealed recently that she eats one tablespoon of the stuff every day. Her skin looks absolutely glowing, and her figure would make most women envious.

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To Improve Sleep

Coconut oil gives your body lots of great health benefits, but possibly one of the most important of all is improved sleep. When we sleep our body regulates itself, making us more alert and allowing our cells to regenerate. As little as one tablespoon a day will give you improved general health.

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To Minimize Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Recent reports have suggested that there is a link between eating coconut oil daily and a reduction in Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. While there is not enough data to determine why this is, it is believed it has something to do with the large amounts of healthy fats in the oil allowing the body to take in more brain-boosting glucose.

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To Get Rid Of Cold Sores

The antioxidants and antibacterial properties of coconut oil make it a great choice for treating cold sores. You don’t need any special method to apply the coconut oil, simply apply a little to the cold sore using clean, washed hands, and let the oil do its job. The cold sore will be history in no time.

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Around The Home

In A Natural Homemade Soap

There are lots of recipes out there for homemade soap and laundry soap that incorporate all the benefits of coconut oil into the mix. The internet is awash with lots of different variants, but the most common version involves adding coconut oil to cold water and soap mixes. The result is a natural, cheaper version of the supermarket equivalent.

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To Soften Leather

Rubbing coconut oil into shiny leather shoes, or on some leather couches is a great way of revitalizing them if they look tired. Always test in a small area first to make sure that the oil is compatible with the type of leather used on the product, as color staining can occur on some leathers.

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In Dog Treats

Give your dog all the health benefits coconut oil offers by making your very own dog treats. Not only will the dog have a healthy, shiny coat, but they will also benefit greatly from the healthy fats in the oil, boosting their heart health and brain too. You can also add other ingredients such as peanut butter or sweet potato to boost the goodness.

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As A Bug Repellent

Make your own coconut bug repellant with essential oils such as eucalyptus and lavender. To make, simply add together a quarter of a cup of coconut oil, an eighth of a cup of shea butter and 4 teaspoons of beeswax granules and heat over a double boiler until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in your essential oils, and you’re done.

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After Washing The Dishes

If you’re fed up of your hands looking dry and scaly after doing the washing up, but don’t want to wear gloves, give coconut oil a try. Simply massage the oil over your hands just like you would a normal moisturizer. The richness of the oil will restore moisture to your hands and return them to their former glory.

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As A Diaper Cream

Babies bottoms need extra special care, so it makes much more sense to use a natural oil on your tot than buy a shop-bought diaper cream for their bottoms. It also smells great and is easy to apply, but can get a little bit messy. It’s best to use on unbroken skin, so while it is handy if your baby’s bot is fine if your little one has nappy rash the medicated shop version will be better.

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