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2013 was my year for exploring healthier ways of living for me and my family. I started working out more regularly (which has been hilarious), we did a little healthy snacking, and we found some healthier fast food restaurants to patronize when mommy just doesn’t feel like cooking. (Which is more than I care to admit today on this here blog.) I also dabbled a bit in healthy supplements and natural remedies. I’m no hippy, but I did stumble upon some things that I intend on carrying into 2014. One of those healthier alternatives is coconut oil.

I came upon coconut oil and its many uses by chance. An executive for a huge nutrition and supplement company approached me a while back and asked if I’d review their organic coconut oil on Amazon. I was skeptical at first seeing as to how I wasn’t the biggest fan of coconut (and the 99 cent jars that I bought from the Korean hair shop on the corner made my forehead break out). Yet and still, I decided to give it a try. I told Mr. Executive to go ahead and send a jar my way.

I decided to do a little research before my “special” coconut oil arrived. I’d heard of people swearing by this stuff and I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about.

What I discovered was unreal. Organic coconut oil had – what seemed to be – hundreds of uses. When coconut oil is left in its organic state, it has antibacterial, antiviral, and disinfectant properties. This makes it the perfect all-purpose item to keep on hand for the entire family to use!

I received my jar and went to town utilizing it in all of its wonderful ways. Now, my family and I can’t live without the stuff. The all natural kind, I found, was a whole heck of a lot better than that 99 cent junk. ;)

Here are 20 (which is only the tip of the iceberg) uses for coconut oil that you may be surprised to learn:

Use it as a lotion...

Use it as a lotion...

Use it on small children with sensitive skin as a skin moisturizer. Its oil, so you don’t need much to get the job done. It leaves skin super soft and smooth. Whoever uses it will smell sweet to boot.

 

Use it topically on cuts or burns...

Use it topically on cuts or burns...

I swear this works wonders at helping injuries heal faster. I use it on my kids all the time; and it smells so much better than those smelly ointments. (Here’s some science behind it.)

Image source: MommyPotamus.com

 

Use it to fight yeast...

Use it to fight yeast...

Ladies, use it topically on your vajayjay to kill the yeast if you have a yeast infection. When taken regularly by mouth as a daily supplement, it can help fight candida all together. (I haven’t used this one personally but there are women out there who swear by it.)

 

Use it in your coffee...

Use it in your coffee...

Emulsify it with a few other ingredients to make a non-dairy super delicious coffee creamer alternative.

 

Use it as a body scrub...

Use it as a body scrub...

Use it in the shower with equal parts sugar for a luxurious body scrub. It’s easy to make, and it’s perfect for when you’ve had a particularly long day with the kiddies.

 

Use it to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Use it to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.

Use it as lip balm...

Use it as lip balm...

The whole family can use it on lips as an all natural chap stick. I love doing this. My kids think it’s absolutely delicious. (Which kind of defeats the purpose, but at least it's safe, and even beneficial, for them to ingest.)

Bonus for the ladies: The coconut oil will give your lips a nice little sheen.

Image source: NourishingMinimalism.com has a great recipe.

 

Use it in your hair...

Use it in your hair...

Use coconut oil in your hair as a sealant or frizz buster. As an African American woman with natural hair, I SWEAR by coconut oil to seal in moisture. IT WORKS.

To my melanin impaired readers, rub just a small amount between your fingers and rub it through your hair to reduce frizz.

Image source: CoconutOilExperts.com

 

Use coconut oil when cooking pasta...

Use coconut oil when cooking pasta...

Use about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your water when cooking rice or any sort of pasta. It’s so much healthier than using butter or oil and it gives your rice a light “coconutty” taste. My kids love it.

 

Use it as a daily supplement...

Use it as a daily supplement...

Coconut oil contains the same health promoting medium chain fatty acids that are found in a mother’s breast milk! Crazy right? Those awesome medium chain fatty acids (or MCFA’s for short) provide energy, nourishment, they help with digestion, and they provide protection from infectious illnesses. It’s truly a super food!

Take up to 3 tablespoons a day to gain all of the benefits. (You’ve got to work up to the 3 tablespoons though because oil can make your stools loose. Gross.)

 

Use it daily when cooking or baking...

Use it daily when cooking or baking...

If taking coconut oil orally is a bit much for you, incorporate it into your regular cooking and baking. It has a high smoke point, so when cooking meals that require high heat, it’s a fantastic alternative.

 

Take it into the bedroom to use as a tropical massage oil. Ooh la la.

Take it into the bedroom to use as a tropical massage oil. Ooh la la.

Use it to cure athlete's foot...

Use it to cure athlete's foot...

Have your husband rub it on his feet to fight athlete’s foot or toe fungus.

 

Use it to soothe sunburn...

Use it to soothe sunburn...

You or the kids have sunburn? Slap some coconut oil on (after the initial heat is gone) to speed up the healing process.

 

Coconut oil has been known to clear up mild acne if used regularly.

Coconut oil has been known to clear up mild acne if used regularly.

Use it to shave...

Use it to shave...

Both you and your spouse can use coconut oil as a natural shaving cream and as an after shave lotion. You’ll both smell delicious and be butter soft and smooth.

Image source: Brit.co

 

Use it to reduce the itch and irritation of bug bites.

Use it to reduce the itch and irritation of bug bites.

Use it to help lose weight...

Use it to help lose weight...

Ingesting coconut oil daily can help to increase metabolism.

 

Melt a tablespoon in warm tea to help soothe a sore throat.

Melt a tablespoon in warm tea to help soothe a sore throat.

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Use it while breastfeeding...

Use it while breastfeeding...

Breastfeeding? Use it on your nipples to ease any pain. If baby is suffering from a bout of thrush, use it on your nipples and baby’s mouth to help treat it.

 

 

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4 comments

  1. I use coconut oil for everything. It’s the one oil that can actually penetrate your hair. I also use it for cooking and it also did wonders when my daughter had cradle cap as a baby! :-)

  2. Love this article. Im all about the healthy lifestyle. Ive been contemplating about changing from extra virgin olive oil to coconut oil. I don’t jump on the band wagon quick. There has been so much talk about coconut oil, but I had to do some research for myself first and this article helped to seal the deal now. So thanks We Got Kidz. I am now a coconut oil user. Ill comeback and let you know how it works out for my family. We can definitely use it for topical purposes, for my babies eczema, my dry natural hair :) and cooking!