Coconut oil is probably the most loved ingredient in the natural living world.
It has an endless list of benefits and uses. We’ve already revealed ten coconut oil benefits and why it should be in every home in this wildly popular article on the blog – and we’ve also dug deeper into how coconut oil can aid weight loss efforts, and also how coconut oil can be used to achieve gorgeous hair.
But in today’s article, we asked twenty five of the world’s best natural living bloggers this question…
“What is your absolute favorite use for coconut oil?”
Here we compile their responses. Some of them may surprise you…
Tip 1 – Kayley at Greenbootliving.com
Coconut Oil has to be my favorite carrier oil for essential oil healing. With three small children at home we use coconut oil and essential oils often (3-5 times a day). A personal product that I make at home and absolutely love is homemade deodorant. My homemade deodorant includes 4 ingredients: baking soda, coconut oil, corn starch powder, and essential oils. I feel great knowing that I am using a toxic free deodorant free of many chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system. It’s easy and the deodorant really works!
Tip 2 – Catherine at Butternutrition.com
Coconut oil is one of the best fat burning foods because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, stimulating to the metabolism, easy to digest, and full of antioxidants. The refined coconut oil (flavorless) is great for cooking because it is stable at high temperatures. On the other hand virgin coconut oil is great for times you want that coconut flavor- like for baking, making popcorn & skin care. Ideally you want to have both kinds of coconut oil around to use in place of harmful vegetable oils (PUFA fats) that slow the metabolism.
Tip 3 – Dani at Ancestral-nutrition.com
My favorite way to use coconut oil is as a hair mask. I do this at least once a week before bed. I apply it to the ends of my hair and then brush it through. I wash it out in the morning. It keeps my hair healthy and super hydrated.
Tip 4 – Laurie at Commonsensehome.com
How’s this for obscure – at Common Sense Homesteading, we use coconut oil to clean our cats’ ears. It’s great because it’s non-toxic, naturally anti-fungal, and the cats enjoy eating it. You can watch the video of how we do it here.
Tip 5 – Marie at Humblebeeandme.com
I love virgin coconut oil paired with raw cocoa butter. Whether it’s in lip balm, body butter, lotion, or whatever else I can dream up, the scent of summery, tropical coconut paired with deep and decadent cocoa is a sure to leave me sniffing my hands for hours (add in good beeswax for a olfactory trifecta). Coconut oil & cocoa butter also pair to create a wonderfully light moisturizer that sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it hydrated and happy. Here is a recipe for my Naked Lip Balm using Coconut Oil.
Tip 6 – Stephanie at Hellonatural.co
Facial Moisturizer – It’s what got me hooked on coconut oil! My skin was always so dry, and I couldn’t find a moisturizer that helped. Then I started putting just coconut oil on my face, and it felt soooo good! I was sure zits would follow, but, nope, none! I’ve been using coconut oil as a moisturizer for my face (and body) ever since. My latest Green-Tea Infused Coconut Oil Moisturizer is my all-time fave.
Tip 7 – Merissa at Littlehouseliving.com
My favorite use for coconut oil is for outdoor related issues….bug bites, sunburns, and plant rashes. I’ve found that a bit of coconut oil rubbed into a sunburn or a rash caused by a plant before bed will instantly stop the stinging and it will look and feel much better by morning. I also love using coconut oil on bug bites, especially mosquito bites. I simply place some in a lip balm tube, just like when I make my Homemade Zit Zappers and spot treat the bug bite. It will stop itching almost instantly!
Tip 8 – Jill at Theprairiehomestead.com
My absolute favorite way to use coconut oil is in cooking! I use it to replace unhealthy vegetable oils, to saute veggies, and in the rare instance that I’m out of butter it makes a great substitution. I’ve been using coconut oil in my kitchen for so long, it’s second nature. I can’t imagine cooking without it!
Tip 9 – Marlene at Herbalacademyofne.com
Our favorite way to enjoy coconut oil? Herbal popcorn, of course! Popped in coconut oil, popcorn is light and fluffy. Add a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast, a teaspoon of dill, and sea salt and onion powder to taste, and you have a delicious, high fiber, low cost snack with all the benefits of coconut oil. Six months of eating coconut oil popcorn every night for a snack by one coconut oil popcorn enthusiast resulted in a significant increase in his HDL (good) cholesterol and a reduction in his cholesterol ratio. Lowered risk of heart disease? Thanks, coconut oil!
Tip 10 – Robin at Thankyourbody.com
When the seasons start to change and the weather turns cold my skin gets super dry and itchy… particularly my scalp. My favorite remedy for this is some coconut oil, tea tree essential oil, and time. Take about 1 – 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil, add 5 – 10 drops of tea tree essential oil, and mix well. Then rub it into the scalp. Really massage it in. Do this just before bed, and let it sit on your head all night long (be sure to put a small hand towel on your pillow to keep it from getting oily). In the morning shampoo the oil mixture off and then bask in the glory of this simple and effective scalp treatment… not to mention how soft your hair will feel afterward. Swoon.
Tip 11 – France at Beyondthepeel.net
Tip 12 – Carine at Sweetashoney.co.nz
In my house coconut oil is everywhere. In my kitchen I found coconut oil absolutely divine in raw baking. I love its soft but solid texture at room temperature that gave you so much possibilities to create raw cookies, raw brownies or raw snacks like bliss balls. I am also using it in cooking to slightly brush vegetables before roasting them in the oven or to grease my muffins tray and add a nutty flavour to the muffins. In my bathroom I am using it as a nappy barrier treatment for my baby girl, in my bath as a bath oil or on my hands to treat dry skin. Coconut oil has awesome antibacterial and antifungal properties that really works on me.
Tip 13 – Maria & Josh at Twopeasandtheirpod.com
We love baking cookies with coconut oil. It is a great substitute for butter and other oils. My favorite cookies are these Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are great eaten fresh out of the oven or frozen!
Tip 14 – Mandy at Thehouseholdhero.com
My favorite use for Coconut Oil is baking!!!! I have created so many healthy but divine desserts with Coconut Oil. Here is a link to my favorite recipe of Avocado Fudge!
Tip 15 – Tracey at Dontmesswithmama.com
I love to use coconut oil for DIY beauty products. I make everything from homemade lip balms to a DIY body scrubs – all with coconut oil. I also enjoy oil pulling with coconut oil with a drop of clove essential oil to stay healthy.
Tip 16 – Heather at Kulamama.com
Coconut oil really is a true super food. The lauric acid found in coconut oil helps combat fungi, viruses and bacteria, so I add a little oil to my morning cup of coffee. Coffee + coconut oil + grass fed gelatin makes for a dreamy morning – check out my recipe here.
Tip 17 – Eileen at Yesmissy.com
My favorite use for Coconut Oil would have to be as a moisturizing hair mask. Especially after summer, my hair is extra dry and damaged, so I love treating it to a Coconut Oil hair mask once every week or two. It always leaves my hair with a silky texture and tons of shine. Just massage 4-5 table spoons of coconut oil through your hair starting at the ends. It should start to melt into your hair with the warmth of your hands. Leave it in for 15-20 minutes and wash like usual. It’s so simple and does wonders for dry hair.
Tip 18 – Danielle at Lovelovething.com
My favorite use for coconut oil is in making my own homemade toothpaste. Coconut oil is the perfect base – it’s naturally antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial. It has a wonderfully tropical taste and smell, and so it’s a perfect fit for homemade toothpaste!
Tip 19 – Gina at Runningtothekitchen.com
I fill a small jar with coconut oil and keep it in my bathroom for an easy and quick moisturizer on my hands and lips right before bed.
Tip 20 – Rachel at Bakerita.com
My favorite use for coconut oil is in baking – specifically in muffins and quick breads! Most muffin and quick bread recipes tend to use melted butter or oil, which coconut oil replaces perfectly! It makes them soft and absolutely delicious. It’s amazing in this paleo chocolate chip banana bread.
Tip 21 – Monique at Ambitiouskitchen.com
My favorite way to use coconut oil is as a hair mask. I mix 1 egg yolk, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey together, then put it on my hair for 15 minutes and wash as normal. It makes your hair feel incredibly soft and shiny!
Tip 22 – Alex & Cassie Michael at Thethriftycouple.com
Organic coconut oil is the most affordable, versatile beauty product on the planet. Not only is it helpful in the kitchen, but it can also be used to condition hair, soften skin, tame frizz, shave, remove eye makeup, and even brush teeth. My family buys it in bulk for cheap and uses it for just about everything.
Tip 23 – Jan at Thenerdyfarmwife.com
I like to infuse coconut oil with herbs or flowers then turn it into a whipped moisturizer that’s perfect for smoothing elbows, knees, and other areas of skin that tend to get dry. Rose petals and dandelion flowers are my favorite additions, here is a recipe for Whipped Dandelion & Coconut Oil Moisturizer.
Tip 24 – Ali at Gimmesomeoven.com
I use coconut oil daily for cooking and baking. But my favorite use for it is actually to make homemade vegan nooch popcorn. I’m not even vegan, but this popcorn made with nutritional yeast has turned into my all-time favorite snack. It’s so flavorful, and so much better for you than the movie theater version that’s drowning in butter!
Tip 25 – Elizabeth at Livingthenourishedlife.com
My favorite way to use coconut oil is for oil pulling! I swish about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth for 10-20 minutes to support the health of my teeth and gums. Sometimes I add a capsule of activated charcoal powder for its detoxifying properties and tooth whitening benefits.
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