I love coconut oil! It is a major multi-purpose product that is a must have in every home. Unless, of course, you’re allergic to coconut… then you should probably stay far, far away from it.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. It is a liquid when warm and a solid when cool. It can go back and forth between the two as well, which is pretty cool. It was once harder to find in the average grocery store, but now it seems to be everywhere, which is extremely convenient for those of us who love the stuff!
We use coconut oil for many purposes, but I wanted to snapshot my favorite ways to use it. Some you may already know about, some may be surprises! At any rate, these are my 7 favorite uses for coconut oil!
This is really obvious. I love using it for sauteing shrimp with a little bit of curry powder, as well as in recipes like the Coconut, Lime and Curry Chicken, my Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls, or the refreshing Tropical Fertility Smoothie.
I recently started using coconut oil mixed with tea tree oil for a little adult acne treatment and it has been making a huge difference in my face! I do still get some hormonal breakouts when my estrogen rises, and that just can’t be prevented, but I’m noticing they clear up a LOT faster using the coconut oil.
3. Sugar Scrub.
I found this scrub recipe online and oh, my, goodness. I love it so much. I use it on my legs, my feet, and even to scrub my face. It’s so wonderful. It also has tea tree oil in it, but you could easy mix it up with some other essential oils. I definitely plan on experimenting. Of all of my uses for coconut oil, this has become a favorite!
4. Eye Makeup Remover.
I love using coconut oil for eye makeup remover! I keep a little container of it in the bathroom and just rub a cotton ball across the top to pick up a thin layer, then use it just like I would any other eye makeup remover. I used to use Neutrogena for years and loved it, but I really wanted to try something more natural and I’m so glad I made the switch. I’ve been using coconut oil this way for about a year now.
We use coconut oil on Zoey after her showers to keep her eczema under control and she adores it. It doesn’t burn, it keeps her skin hydrated, and she can eat it while applying it, HA! Her favorite! We keep it in her bathroom for easy use, and I know it’s completely safe if she decides to get into it.
Instead of using shaving cream or hair conditioner (my old go-to), I now use coconut oil. It naturally hydrates instead of strips away moisture, so I don’t even have to worry about adding extra lotion after my shower.
7. Hair Treatment.
When my ends get really dry, I use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment. I only apply to the ends so my scalp doesn’t get greasy, but all I do is apply in the shower, let it sit for a few minutes, then wash and condition as normal. It’s lovely.