Coconut oil and it’s myriad of uses are all over the inter-webs. It can be used to cook with, sure (and it’s good for you!), but it can also do just about anything; from moisturizing the skin to soothing bug bites, coconut oil is an all-natural powerhouse product. Read on for 31 amazing uses for this versatile oil.
1. It makes an excellent, natural, at-home treatment for lice (when combined with apple cider vinegar).
2. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial skin cream.
3. It can be used in place of bum cream or diaper cream on your wee bundle of joy.
4. Use it instead of harsh, chemical-containing eye makeup remover.
5. It is a natural hair growth stimulant (apply to scalp or even eyelashes).
6. Got a sticky zipper? Coconut oil will help unstick it.
7. Can be used to soothe irritated nipples while nursing.
8. If applied daily, it will lighten age spots.
9. You can make your own toothpaste with coconut oil and any edible essential oils.
10. Rub it on and then clean it off to remove chewing gum from *almost* anywhere.
11. It makes an excellent bug repellent (mix with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils). It will also soothe bug bites if you get a bite.
12. Coconut oil makes a delicious-smelling body or lip scrub (mix with equal parts sugar).
13. It acts as an SPF-4 sunscreen.
14. You can use it to lubricate squeaky hinges and sticky mechanisms around your home.
15. It will help to clear up cold sores.
16. Rub it into your nails and cuticles, and it will help nails grow and prevent hangnails.
17. Because of it’s antibacterial properties, it can be used to fight athlete’s foot.
18. Rub a tiny drop of it into the ends of hair to defrizz split ends.
19. It can be used as a leather conditioner (leather is just skin, and it’s a great moisturizer).
20. Use it in place of shaving cream and again for a post-shave recovery cream.
21. Use a tiny amount to alleviate dry skin on the inside of the nose during winter or allergy season.
22. Ust it to get rid of cradle cap on infants.
23. Tame andy fly-away hairs with a teeny tiny amount after styling.
24. You can use it to clean and condition wood furniture (test a small area first) and wood cutting boards.
25. Clean barbecue grills with it—the grease and grime has met it’s match!
26. During cold season, make yourself some home-made vapor-rub (mix with peppermint, cinnamon and eucalyptus oils).
27. Use it as a mouthwash—add to warm water and swish away.
28. Coconut oil can actually prevent swimmer’s ear if applied—carefully!—inside the ear prior to swimming.
29. Clean hands and paint brushes after using oil-based paints; it’ll break down the oil in the paint.
30. Can be used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
31. You can use it to easily clean crayon from from the inside of the clothes dryer or off of a wall.