16 Unexpected Ways to Use Coconut Oil

By , Thrive Market
Plain old vegetable oil is so 2000-and-late. Coconut oil is today's choice for those in the know—and it's more than a flash in the pan. 
A lot of the buzz surrounding coconut oil comes from its medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). This type of fat is rapidly metabolized in the liver so it’s immediately available as an energy source; it’s also easier to burn off and harder to store as fat. Some MCTs, like lauric acid, work to keep you healthy by eliminating disease-causing microbes and lowering inflammation.

But coconut oil is good for more than cooking—it's incredibly versatile. Whether you want whiter teeth or smoother skin, let coconut oil prove how well it can multitask - and for a limited time, try coconut oil at home with a FREE jar from Thrive Market!
1. As a butter substitute in baking
Whether you're vegan, or just looking to cut out some cholesterol, coconut oil easily replaces butter in most baking recipes. Just substitute room-temperature coconut oil for butter at a 1:1 ratio (by weight).
2. On toast
Spread coconut oil on toast for a slightly sweet butter or jam alternative.
3. In bulletproof coffee
By now, you've probably heard of bulletproof coffee—the coffee, butter and MCT oil concoction gaining popularity as an energy drink. If you don't have butter or MCT oil on hand, coconut oil blended into coffee gives you the same sustained buzz.
4. In a supercharged smoothie
Add some oomph to your morning smoothie with coconut oil. Just a tablespoon or two will give you a boost of healthy fats.
5. To soothe a sore throat
You've probably heard the old hot-tea-and-honey remedy for a sore throat. But a spoonful of coconut oil in tea works just as well!
6. In freezer fudge
Whip up a batch of this vegan, raw, Paleo-friendly fudge in your freezer: Mix together 1 cup of nut butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil and several tablespoons of cacao powder (depending on how chocolatey you like your fudge). Throw it into the freezer for 30 minutes and enjoy!
7. In oil pulling
Oil pulling—an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine—is used to whiten the teeth, clean the mouth and banish bad breath. To try it, swish liquid coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Spit it out and rinse well when you're done!
8. As a moisturizer
Coconut oil—or really any oil—makes a great natural lotion. Just rub a small amount on your skin to gently moisturize your whole body.
9. As a leave-in conditioner
Banish split ends and condition an unruly head of hair by adding coconut oil into your haircare routine. Before showering, rub a small amount of coconut oil through your hair and leave it in for 10 minutes.
10. In DIY body scrub
If you're into DIY beauty treatments, coconut oil is about to become your new best friend. Make a simple exfoliating body scrub by mixing 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 3/4 cup of brown sugar or sea salt. (If the scrub is too coarse, add a bit more oil to soften it.)
11. To stop bug bites from itching
The worst thing you can do to a bug bite is scratch it. Instead, slather on some coconut oil. The oil forms a protective layer to allow the bug bites or stings to heal, and even soothes away that annoying itch.
12. As a lip balm
Since coconut oil is so moisturizing, it makes a great natural lip balm. Your lips will feel super soft—and taste like the tropics.
13. In the bath
Skip the bubble bath in favor of some coconut oil and essential oils. Soothing coconut oil will slowly condition your skin, and the sweet scent of your favorite essential oil will help you relax.
14. As a makeup remover
Wiping your face and eyelids with coconut oil will gently remove your makeup and moisturize your skin.
15. To soothe diaper rash
This miracle oil will even do wonders for your little ones if they're suffering from diaper rash. Just smooth a small amount onto the rash, and watch it clear up!

16. As a remedy for lice
The only thing worse than getting head lice may be the complicated process to get rid of them. This easy, natural treatment is much easier than the conventional, chemical-filled method. After rinsing hair with apple cider vinegar, comb it out. Then coat your scalp and hair with coconut oil, and leave it on for 12 to 24 hours.
See why everyone’s raving about coconut oil, and get your FREE jar from Thrive Market!

*Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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KOALA_BEAR 6/12/2020
Forgot to add that I purchase coconut oil & other supplements too thru Puritan's Pride website. Great prices, good quality, reliable. Been a customer for many years & shipping is fast. I like that lots of items offered as tablets or capsules & they have a chart showing sizes of the pill for those who have trouble swallowing big ones. Specifically I'm pleased w/ their grades of coconut oil & value. Report
KOALA_BEAR 6/12/2020
I use coconut oil when getting sniffles. Dip cotton swab in warm not hot oil & gently run around inside nostrils. I also eat a spoonful for dry throat. Prevents cold from developing further as even w/ good diet one can get run down due to stress.
Coconut oil is also very good on baked sweet potatoes in place of butter. Add a dash of cinnamon - yummy! Report
I have a jar in my bathroom and kitchen as well. I find it works better on my face than creams. Report
Trying one of the ideas which was new-to-me right now. Thanks. Report
I have a jar in my kitchen and a jar in my bathroom. I use a lot. When my pets see the jar, they always mill around for a taste treat, too (cats and dogs). Report
I used it on surgery wounds to help heal, and on the scars dor months afterwards. Report
I have it with my coffee daily with butter. Report
That's a lot of ideas. The blog doesn't say if that jar sample shown in the article does all of the above in that consistency. I don't really know anything about coconut oil. Of course, since this blog is from April 2016, the jar is no longer free on that website, which makes sense. Thanks for sharing. Report
Interesting information Report
Learned some thing new on coconut oil. Report
I use coconut oil on every thing. Tbh. Report
I love coconut oil. I use it to condition my hair and scalf; leaving it in for an hour and then washing my hair. Report
I've been using coconut oil to clean my face at night, and it has never looked or felt better. I have combination dry/oily skin, and was concerned that the coconut oil would cause breakouts, but the results have been impressive. Report
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Very informative article, however be aware of the free coconut oil. If you don't read the fine print and pay for the shipping and handling, you end up AUTOMATICALLY signing up for the Thrive membership which $59.95. For a free product, the membership fee is a complete RIP OFF. Upon reading the membership fee, I IMMEDIATELY cancelled my order. Do NOT fall for this free product. It is a SCAM! Report
I definitely agree with disposing of coconut oil in the garbage. I've heard of many issues with it clogging pipes. Report
Very informative. I've only used coconut oil on my hair and skin and really liked the results. Report
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OK, should've known better.... I ordered my free jar and found I'm automatically enrolled as a member and don't wanna be! I have to be sure to go back and cancel that membership! Heard a lot of great stuff about coconut oil and figured a free jar was the way to try it for myself. but, really, I don't approve of SP using blogs like this! I know it says sponsored article, but I feel it should be even clearer! I assume SP is in financial trouble judging by the changes. Not liking them! Report
I also wanted to comment to the gimmick of the free coconut oil here - I looked at it, but the Thrive company wants you to sign up to a year's membership. There is a couple ways to look at it. For those of us, like me, who are in larger cities (Wichita is basically 500K, a half million, in the city/county metro area, and then of course you go up from there to the other major metro areas), we are blessed in most of those places to have businesses like Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, Wild Oats, Trader Joe's (lucky west coast!! waaaah! It's been too long since I got to visit a TJ's!!), etc (and I'm speaking to the USA here, as I really am not as familiar with what's available internationally - although Tesco and Aldi's in the UK have a fairly decent selection in the larger towns like Dublin.). Also many of us have access to CostCo or Sam's Club or BJ's and those places, which have their own annual membership fee ($55-110 depending on the level of membership at Costco, and a bit less than that for Sam's, and I've never been in a BJ's yet.). Sam's and at Costco, I'm just now discovering, as we got our first one in the area just this past summer), both have a really decent selection of these healthier oils and other healthier foods of the types sold on Thrive Market, maybe not so much the supplements. So you'd need to weigh what's available in your area with maybe other issues - is it a long drive into "the big city"? Do you have transportation or health issues where you can't just get up and go shop that easily? Then the annual cost of Thrive Market might be worth it for you, especially if you have relative safe housing where boxes can be delivered and you don't have to worry about theft from your porch etc. On the other hand, if you like comparison shopping and have a decent internet connection, you can probably find much if not most of these items cheaper elsewhere on the Internet (Amazon, sometimes eBay, vitacost.com, drugstore.com, iHerb.com there are GOBS of places - I get coconut oil from Nutiva.com etc etc so it's a big world there!). So anyway, these are the things I was thinking about when I was evaluating the Thrive market program and I know we all have different situations and so we have to make the best decisions for ourselves and/or our family. Report
The key to spitting out in the sink is simply to run hot water for awhile to get it all hot, spit out, and keep running the hot water at full blast for several minutes, to make sure it gets completely out of your house and out to the sewer pipe (where there is enough other stuff to keep pushing things towards the sewer processing area for your city.). That said, I don't do it because it's a waste of energy and water to heat the water up. It's the same deal as with pouring out hot pan grease from cooking and why most people just pour into a can and throw it out when it solidifies (or reuse it, like if it's bacon grease.). So, in the end, it's just easier to spit it out in the trash!!
Rinse your mouth out with it for 15-20 MINUTES - How is that possible? Or is it suppose to say seconds? Report
I've learned a lot, both from the article and from the comment by _Linda. Thanks! Report
I've used it to shave my legs, to remove my makeup, and to moisturize almost my whole body. I don't EAT coconut but I love the smell of it! Report
I've used it as a moisturizer. It's wonderful. Report
What this article failed to mention is coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, has a low smoke point 350º so cook only on low heat. If you oil pull (rinse your mouth with it) you must spit it out in the garbage as it will clog your sink. Coconut oil is 50% Lauric acid which behaves as a long chain fatty acid in the body. True brain fuel is MCT oil that has the lauric acid removed as the Bulletproof brand does. Report