It’s healthy, it’s versatile and serves so many functions in the house that you must have a jar handy all the time. We’re talking about coconut oil, which we believe is a must-have for every household.
Not only does this oil offer many health benefits, but it is also beneficial around the house. From adding shine to your furniture to constipation relief, coconut oil is useful for it all.
Let us learn some more about the various uses for coconut oil for our body and around the house.
Use of coconut oil for health
1. Helps control pain
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which reduces inflammation and this helps in reducing pain. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil also help in dealing with arthritis.
According to a study on rats, the polyphenols from virgin coconut oil helped reduce swelling and other inflammatory markers (1).
2. Immunity booster
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
It helps fight bacterial and viral infection and reduce candida. It also helps to boost a weakened immune system by improving white blood cell count.
Coconut oil works as a laxative to naturally relieve constipation. Experts suggest taking a spoon of coconut oil early in the morning or before going to bed.
The oil helps kill off bacteria in the digestive tract, and it also helps maintain healthy gut flora.
4. Wound Healer
Coconut oil can also be used to heal tiny scrapes and cuts. To make a wound salve, mix coconut oil with frankincense, lavender and melaleuca oil.
Apply a little bit of this natural wound salve on the cut and bandage it. According to a study, when virgin coconut oil was applied to the wounds of rats, it increased the production of collagen, and this helped their wounds heal much faster (2).
5. Energy booster
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MTCs) that are easily absorbed and converted into energy by the liver.
This source of energy does not raise blood sugar levels (3). So, have a bit of coconut oil for that quick energy boost.
6. Improved liver health
One of the best MFCA sources, coconut oil, contains beneficial and healthy fats like lauric acid.
These acids have antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties that help in liver detox.
7. Dental health
Coconut oil pulling is a natural way to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and to improve oral health.
Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes.
According to one study, oil pulling is as effective as the mouthwash in reducing Streptococcus mutans, which is known to cause dental plaque, tooth decay and gum disease (6).
8. Natural vapor rub
Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with a few drops of eucalyptus oil for form the perfect homemade vapor rub.
Rub this mixture on your chest or that of your children to open up your airways.
Coconut oil and eucalyptus oil work together to increase circulation and clear congestion and help you sleep better.
9. Provides relief from insect bites
The anti-inflammatory properties of virgin coconut oil help in giving relief from insect bites and stings. It also helps in reducing swelling and helps prevent infections.
Just dab a little bit of virgin coconut oil on the sting and cover it with a bandage.
10. Acne relief
Acne is caused by bacterial overgrowth and imbalance of oil on the skin. Coconut is a natural antibiotic which helps kill bacteria that can cause acne breakouts.
Mix some virgin coconut oil with tea tree oil or raw honey and apply it on the affected area for added benefits.
11. Helps sick pets
You can also add coconut oil to the diets of sick pets to assist them in case of a digestive upset.
Applying coconut oil on the skin can help your pet deal with skin allergies and wounds. Coconut oil will not harm your pets even if it tries to lick it off.
Use of coconut oil for home
12. Spot or stain remover
You can mix coconut oil with baking soda to make an effective stain remover. Rub this mixture on the stained area on your upholstery or carpet, and it will help loosen up the stain and make it easier to clean.
13. Hand sanitizer
The antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil help to disinfect your hands. Just take a little bit of coconut oil in your hand and massage it all over your hands.
14. Insect repellent
Coconut oil can make an excellent base for an insect repellent. Just add 40 to 50 drops of lavender or peppermint oil to eight ounces of coconut oil and store it in a jar.
Rub this chemical-free insect repellent on your skin whenever you are outdoors. You can also use this mixture in an essential oil diffuser.
15. Natural lubricant
If you have a bike chain that has got jammed or a zipper that won’t budge, rub a bit of coconut oil on it. Coconut oil acts as a natural lubricant and can help in such situations.
16. Furniture polish
Coconut oil can be used on wood, metal and granite countertops to give them an extra shine. This oil also helps reduce dust and covers up scratches.
Mix ¼ cup melted coconut oil, four tablespoons distilled white vinegar and two teaspoons of lemon juice and pour into a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on wooden furniture and wipe it off.
17. Natural toothpaste
You can make natural toothpaste at home using coconut oil. Mix 6 tablespoons of coconut oil with an equal amount of baking soda and 25 drops of peppermint essential oil. Store this mixture in a glass container with a lid.
18. Gum grabber
Removing chewing gum from hair or furniture can be quite a task. Just apply the oil to the gum and let it stay on for a few minutes.
Applying coconut oil to the gum can help remove it easily.
19. Shoe shiner
You can use coconut oil on your boots and patent leather heels to give them a fresh lease of life. Coconut oil gives them a shine, hides blemishes and makes them look new once again.
20. Rust Remover
Coconut oil is beneficial in removing rust from metal scissors, and knives. Coat the rusty product with a layer of coconut oil and let it stay for at least an hour.
Rinse with warm water and wipe it clean. Your rusted knife will be as good as new.
21. Natural soap
Coconut oil can also be used to make homemade soap. Mix it with lard and essential oil of your choice to make coconut soap.
22. Dust repellent
Rub a thin layer of coconut oil on your wooden furniture, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it away. This prevents your furniture from collecting too much dust.
23. Remove labels from glass and plastic
Removing labels and their sticky residue from glass or plastic can be tough. Mix equal parts of baking soda with coconut oil and rub this on the sticker.
Let it stay for a few minutes and then remove the sticker. It will come off quickly.
24. Season cast iron pans
Treat your cast iron pots and skillets with coconut oil and they will stay non-stick. To season your new cast iron pan, slather it with coconut oil and put it in an oven.
Set the oven to 300 degrees and let it cook for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
25. Condition your cutting board
Wooden cutting boards can attract bacteria and become dull after use. Rubbing a little coconut oil over it can revive its looks and keep it bacteria free.
26. Laundry detergent
You can also use coconut oil to make natural, non-toxic laundry detergent. Mix coconut oil with lye, water and any essential oil of your choice.
This formula will clean your clothes will and will not irritate the skin as it is chemical free.
27. Clean crayon marks
If your child has decorated your walls with crayon, do not worry. You can easily remove crayon stains with the help of coconut oil.
Dab a bit of this oil on cotton and wipe the area with it. The oil breaks up the wax and removes the marks.
28. Make play dough
You can use coconut oil to make homemade play dough. Melt one tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan. To this oil a.
Add 1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, 1 cup water, two teaspoon cream of tartar and gel food coloring.
Stir till the mixture forms a ball. Remove this mixture from heat and let it cool before you use it.
Most people think of coconut oil as cooking oil. However, this versatile oil can be used for a variety of purposes around the house.
Be it health, hygiene or cleanliness around the house, coconut oil can be used for it all.
So, go on and buy a jar or two of coconut oil for your home.