200+ incredible uses for coconut oil

Published by 
Jess Miller
Last updated: 
March 3, 2023

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Coconut oil has so many different uses it is ridiculous. From health and beauty to home and hardware, the only real limit to uses for coconut oil is your imagination.

So after being inspired by a post featuring 101 uses of coconut oil, I decided to explore and see what other practical uses existed. I then pooled these uses into the most detailed coconut oil guide in existence.

Choosing the best coconut oil

Before we have a look at the many different ways you can uses coconut oil you will want to make sure you are using the right type for optimal results.

Basically, if your coconut oil is going on or in your body then you will want your coconut oil to be:

  • Unrefined
  • Extra Virgin or virgin
  • Organic
  • Non GMO

Now the problem is even that if a brand coconut oil ticks all these boxes, its quality can vary wildly from a different brand that meets the same criteria.

I have experimented with a few different coconut oils and simply cannot go past the offering from Viva Labs below. It is hands down the best quality coconut oil I have ever used. The 54 ounce variety offers best value for money.

The best coconut oil

Why it's awesome:

  • Organic and pesticide free
  • Extra Virgin
  • Non-GMO
  • Unrefined

Okay, now that you are armed with the best quality coconut oil, let's take a look at how you can use it.

The amazing uses of coconut oil

Since this is a long article clocking in at over 9,000 words, use the links below to jump to your preferred section. Otherwise, start at number one and work your way through. If you make it to the bottom, be sure to leave a comment!




Health and well being

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Home and hardware



Coconut oil during pregnancy

1. Help prevent stretch marks

Rubbing coconut oil on the stomach daily while pregnant may reduce stretch marks and itchy skin that is often associated with a growing baby belly.

2. Prevent morning sickness

Coconut oil can help settle a queasy stomach and keep morning sickness at bay. A tablespoon down the hatch should be all it takes.

3. Prevent Perineum Tears

You can reduce perineum tears (as well as reducing the need for an episiotomy) during childbirth by applying coconut oil to the perineum. Best results are reported when applied three times a day in the months leading up to labor.

Coconut oil for babies

4. Use at bath time

A spoonful of coconut oil added to your baby's bath is a great way to help prevent your baby's soft skin from drying out.

5. Prevent diaper rash

Simply apply coconut oil directly to your baby's bottom for a cloth diaper safe cream.

6. Soothe ravaged nipples

Are you suffering from irritated nipples brought on by breastfeeding your baby? You can use coconut oil in place of lanolin cream.

7. Carrier oil

Do you use cloth baby wipes? Coconut oil makes an amazing carrier oil. Poop lifts right off!

8. Soft spot

You can strengthen your baby's soft spot by applying coconut oil directly to the area.

9. Goodbye baby lotion

Simply mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with raw and unrefined shea butter to form the basis of a fantastic natural alternative to baby lotion. Add your favorite essential oils to scent.

10. Treat baby thrush

The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it a suitable treatment for thrush, apply directly to the affected areas. Works on mamma too!

11. Help your baby develop

While breastfeeding, ingest three tablespoons of coconut oil each day. The coconut oil can significantly increase breast milk fatty acid composition resulting in a more nourishing meal for your baby.

12. Increase milk flow

In addition to making milk more wholesome, some mothers also report an increased milk supply once they started taking daily doses of coconut oil.

13. Circumcision healing

If you choose to circumcise your baby then coconut oil can not only help fight infection but also promote healing. Simply apply directly to the area.

14. Eliminate cradle cap

Rub a teaspoon of coconut oil onto your baby's scalp each day until the cradle cap vanishes.

15. Croup cough fighter

When combined with other ingredients you get a natural but effective homemade Vapo-Rub. Here's the recipe.

16. Baby acne fighter

The antibacterial properties of coconut will help heal baby acne. Apply small amounts of oil to the acne covered areas of your baby's skin.

17. Clear up baby ear infection

Place a few drops of coconut oil into your baby's infected ear. Try to keep your baby reclined to give the oil a good chance to be absorbed into the ear. Do not use this method if the eardrum is possibly injured.

18. Formula filler

Looking for something nourishing to add to your baby's formula? Why not try adding a teaspoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a key component of mommy's breast milk.

19. Easy to clean baby bottom

When the time comes to change the diaper, rub your baby's bottom with coconut oil. At the next changing session your baby's poop will wipe right off, no sticking.

20. Help provide teething relief

You can ease your baby's teething pain by rubbing coconut oil combined with clove oil directly onto your little one's inflamed gums. You can even apply the oil directly to your baby's teething toy.

21. Natural baby massage oil

I am sure you have heard about the benefits of baby massage. Coconut oil makes an amazing alternative to massage oil and will keep your baby's skin feeling super soft.

22. Constipation relief

One mother reports lubricating a rectal thermometer with coconut oil and slightly inserting it into her baby's bum for effective relief from constipation.

23. No more frizz

Does your baby's hair defy gravity? If your little one's hair looks like you have rubbed a balloon against it 24/7 then you can stick it back down with coconut oil. Simply apply a small amount of oil to a comb or brush and run through your baby's hair.

24. Baby safe play dough

You can create a natural play dough by simply mixing and cornstarch. If your playdough is crumbly you may need to add more coconut oil. Grab the recipe here.

Coconut oil for beauty

25. Lip exfoliator

Do your lips have a dry, flaky build up of dead skin? A weekly lip exfoliation will do you wonders.

  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (The chunky crystalized stuff, sometimes called raw sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (In a bind? Skip the honey, the exfoliator will still work)

Combine all ingredients and store in a jar. To use apply a small dollop to your finger and, using circular motions apply to your lips for a minute or two. Success! Soft kissable lips.

26. Natural chapstick

After using the above method you can keep your lips kissable by using coconut oil as a lip gloss. Simply apply coconut oil directly to your lips with a finger. For a less messy approach, use a cotton swab to apply.

27. Makeup remover

Rub coconut oil between your hands and apply vigorously to your face. Leave for a minute before wiping off. Your new natural make up remover should allow you to easily rub away waterproof mascaras and other make up.

28. Foundation primer

While it may be amazing at removing make up, coconut oil is also great at helping you apply it. If you use a foundation then you may be surprised how much easier it is to apply if you use a primer first. Simply rub a pea sized dollop of coconut oil into your face and let it soak in before applying your foundation as usual.

29. Cream foundation base

In the palm of your hand combine a small dollop of coconut oil with your chosen powdered mineral foundation. This will create a matching cream foundation you can easily apply around your eyes and mouth.

30. Wrinkle buster

While wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, you can still help your skin look fresh and supple through the use of coconut oil. Simply massage coconut oil into wrinkled and sagging skin to help bring back that youthful look.

31. Mascara brush cleaner

Now if your mascara brush looms anything like mine, it can only be described in one word. Clumpy. Simply soak your brush in coconut oil for 5 minutes before working with your fingers. The mascara should come right off!

32. Visibly brighter skin

By combining equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda you can make an awesome skin exfoliator. Simply apply to your skin with circular motions before rinsing.

33. Foot exfoliator

While the above exfoliating mix is fantastic for regular skin, you will need something a bit more heavy duty to remove that rough skin from your feet. You can create an effective foot exfoliator by mixing a small amount of coconut oil with a coarser variety of sea salt.

34. Healthy cuticles

Your ragged cuticle days are over. Simply massage a small amount of coconut oil into your nail beds once a day and kiss those dry and flaky cuticles goodbye. It will even moisturize your hands in the process.

35. Fade age spots

Age spots (also known as liver spots) are a common part of the aging process. You can cause these age spots to fade by using coconut oil. Simply massage coconut oil into areas of the skin with age spots daily. Over time they will begin to fade.

36. Eyelash enhancer

Are those short hairs on the tips of your eyelids damaged and lifeless from constant mascara application? Coconut oil can help strengthen your eyelashes while you sleep. Simply spread the coconut oil with a cotton swab over your lashes before going to bed. Be careful to not use too much oil, you do not want it seeping into your eyes or onto your bedding.

37. Pre-shave treatment

Do you have incredibly sensitive skin and dread every time you have to pull out the razor? Coat the area you wish to shave in coconut oil 1/2 an hour before shaving time. The coconut oil will prepare your skin for the damage caused by shaving.

38. Shaving cream replacement

Coconut oil makes for a fantastic shaving lubricant. It may take some getting used to as oil is a much slipperier shaving substance than standard cream. It is definitely worth a try as shaving cream is full many nasty chemicals. In fact, the lack of chemicals in coconut oil make it perfect for those of you who shave with sensitive skin. As an added bonus, using coconut oil makes it easier for you to clean your shaver of clogged hairs.

39. Homemade mascara

Store bought mascara contains many chemicals. It doesn't make sense to voluntarily administer these chemicals less than half an inch away from your eye. Coconut oil forms the basis of a completely natural mascara that will give you naturally fuller looking lashes. You can grab the recipe here

40. Face wash

You can make a natural face wash by mixing equal parts of castor oil and coconut oil for a chemical free facial wash.

41. Frizz fighter

Do you suffer from the curse of fly aways? Sparingly rub coconut oil through your hands before massaging it into troublesome areas. Like most oils, it repels moisture, which is the culprit that turns you into a frizz monster. Be super careful to use as small amount of coconut oil as possible, after all, no one digs greasy-looking hair.

42. Moisturizer

If you have made it this far down the list then you will be fully aware that coconut oil does wonders for your skin. Warm a small amount between your hands before applying to your skin. Don't worry about that oily layer lasting, if you use a good quality coconut oil it will sink in pretty quickly, leaving your skin baby soft. It is even good for the delicate skin around your eyes.

43. Acne fighter

To further the point of just how good coconut oil is for your skin, it can help prevent future breakouts of acne. Simply work coconut oil into your No-acne routine. Cleanse your face regularly like you normally would then apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the face. Just be mindful to do this well before you head to bed, you don't want to end up with oil all over your bedding.

44. Goodbye dandruff

Dandruff is essentially dry and flaky scalp skin in need of some good moisturizing. To prepare, wash your hair without using any conditioners. Dry your hair before massaging coconut oil into your scalp, being careful to not get it to get it in the rest of your hair. Then wash the coconut oil out, washing a second time if required to remove all traces of coconut oil. Repeat the process weekly.

45. Reduce puffy eyes

There is not a whole lot more unsightly than big puffy bags under the eyes. Before you go to keep, a small amount of coconut oil to your eyelids and area just under the eyes. You will wake up looking fresh and fine. Only use a small amount, you do not want to soak your bedding in coconut oil.

46. Remove wax residue

Does your hair removal routine involve at-home waxing? Smooth coconut oil onto areas of your skin that are still sticky from wax and wipe off with a warm wash cloth. The wax will lidtright off.

47. Homemade coconut soap

Coconut oil can form the basis of an effective homemade soap bar. If you have made it this far down the list then you will be fully aware just how good coconut oil is for your skin and it keeps these properties in bar form. Check out the soap recipe here.

48. Cheekbone highlighter

Brush a tiny amount of coconut oil on top of your make up for a glowing effect that will really highlight your cheekbones.

49. Beach hair look

Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/2 cup warm water, some sea salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Spritz the mixture onto your hair for that "I've just come from the beach" look.

50. Cellulite improvement

Coconut oil when combined with dry brushing can effectively treat cellulite. Take a soft bristled brush and sweep it upwards from your legs to your heart. Afterwards, massage coconut oil into the areas you just brushed. You will need to do this religiously, but should notice results before two months have past.

51. Oily skin and makeup fix

Having oily skin makes it extremely difficult to apply your make up properly. Apply a pea sized dob of coconut oil to your face before applying make up. By doing this you are helping reduce the appearance of oil. I know it doesn't quite make sense, fighting oil with oil, but it actually works.

52. Leave in conditioner

Looking for a natural way to truly make your hair shine? add a dollop (roughly the size of a quarter) of coconut oil to your comb or brush. Run through your hair before tying it up in a loose bun. Best done before bed, be sure to place a towel over your pillow or wear a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual.

53. Natural face mask

Do you regularly use mud masks to help improve your complexion? You can make your own natural face mask by mixing honey and coconut oil together. You want the mixture to form a thick mud like consistency, add more honey to make it thicker if required. Add a few drops of carrot seed oil (which can help fade scars and improve the tone of aging skin) and apply to your face for 15 minutes. When time is up, simply wash off.

54. Homemade coconut body scrub

You can make an eco friendly body scrub by mixing 2 parts sugar to 1 part coconut oil. You can get creative by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give the scrub a lovely fragrance.

55. Homemade deodorant

Big brand deodorants contain so many different chemicals. You wouldn't apply these chemicals individually to your armpits so why is it suddenly acceptable in deodorant? Fortunately coconut oil plays a major role in creating an effective but natural deodorant. Grab the recipe from here

56. Body butter

You can create a body butter that your skin will simply adore by whipping coconut oil with she abutter until light and fluffy. Add your favorite essential oil for scent.

57. Tanning oil

While there is outcry against tanning being unhealthy, the fact remains that people still lay in the sun waiting for their skin to turn a lovely shade of brown. If this sounds like you, swap out your tanning oil for coconut oil for a lovely natural alternative.

58. Over plucked eyebrows

While coconut oil will not cure baldness, it can encourage hair growth on the eyebrows. Simply apply coconut oil to your eyebrows and let it absorb overnight.

59. Sunscreen

It is a myth that coconut oil is an effective sunscreen on its own. It only has an SPF rating of 4. However, you can make an effective sunscreen using coconut oil as the basis and mixing it with a few other natural ingredients. Grab the recipe from here.

Coconut oil for health and well-being

60. Sunburn relief

Did you spend too long in the sun and now you have a red skin tone as punishment? Mix equal parts coconut oil and aloe vera gel for a sunburn cure that will sink deep into your skin. For instant soothing, place the mixture in the fridge and apply cold.

61. Heal wounds

Applying coconut oil to nicks and scrapes is a great way to promote healing. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids found in coconut oil will see your wounds well on their way to recovery.

62. Toothache

There is not a whole lot worse than toothache. Pain with every bite. Not fun. Fortunately you can effectively treat toothache by combining 1 part coconut oil with two parts clove oil. Apply to the affected area with a cotton ball for almost instant pain relief.

63. Homemade toothpaste

Want to keep your pearly whites but don't like the idea of all the unpronounceable words on the side of your toothpaste tube (chemicals)? Why not make your own? Simply mix coconut oil with baking soda until it reaches a paste like consistency. Add the paste to your toothbrush and scrub away. Adding more baking soda will make the paste thicker while adding more coconut oil will thin it out. For a minty flavor add spearmint essential oil.

64. Natural aftershave

Are you prone to razor burn? Ditch your chemical aftershave and replace it with natural coconut oil. Simply apply directly to your skin after shaving for a natural solution that will not clog pores.

65. Appetite suppressant

A tablespoon of coconut oil taken 20 minutes before a main meal can help curb your hunger. If you are less hungry, you are going to eat less. It's that simple.

66. Make your own massage oil

Coconut oil is the perfect consistency to form the basis of massage oil. On its own it's a little plain, why not add a few drops of quality essential oils to really help you relax. Lavender is fantastic for insomnia and stress relief while bergamot relieves feelings of depression and improves mood. Get creative, make your own personalized natural massage oil.

67. Itch free bug bites

Apply coconut oil directly to the affected area for faster healing and relief from the need to scratch.

68. No more lice

Coconut oil makes a great natural solution to harsh chemical head lice products.

69. Hemorrhoid relief

Are hemorrhoids preventing you from being comfortable while seated? Coconut oil can not only ease the pain but also promote healing of hemorrhoids. Gently apply using a finger.

70. Eczema aide

Is your eczema flaring up? Coconut oil deeply moisturizes the skin resulting in an effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema. Apply coconut oil directly to affected areas to help calm itchy and irritated skin.

71. Heart burn (acid reflux)

Is your last meal repeating on you? Rather than reaching for store bough medication which may cause more harm than good, reach for the coconut oil instead. A spoonful of coconut oil will help keep acid reflux at bay.

72. Oil pulling solution

Coconut oil is perfect for oil pulling. Adding a single drop of quality oregano oil to the pulling oil has been reported to treat inflammation and gum disease. Here is a great detailed guide on oil pulling.

73. Treat athletes foot

The anti fungal properties of coconut oil makes it effective at fighting athletes foot, essentially a fungal infection. Add three drops of tea tree oil and a small amount of coconut oil to your hands and rub over your feet at least three times a day for a week.

74. Soothe the sniffles

Using a cotton swab, rub a small amount of coconut oil onto the walls inside each nostril. Whether you are suffering from a runny nose or allergies, coconut oil can provide temporary relief.

75. Coconut oil detox

Build up of toxins in the body? Coconut oil makes a good cleanser and can be used as a detox regime. Here is a run down of the process.

76. Treat toenail fungus

Toenail fungus is not only unsightly can also give off a foul odor. Lightly file off excess fungus before applying coconut oil. Religiously continue to apply coconut oil day in day out until the fungus is completely gone. Stubborn fungus may take weeks before it begins to disappear.

77. Treat canker sores

Looking for a natural method to treat canker sores that works? Using a cotton swab, apply coconut oil to canker sores to fight infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is a far tastier way to treat canker sores than store bought medication.

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78. Remove chewing gum from hair

Have you ever leaned your head against a surface and, to your horror, find yourself with chewing gum in your hair? Simply rub coconut oil over the chewing gum and leave for 30 minutes. Now all you need to do is roll the gum between your finger tips, back and forth until it separates from the hair.

79. Soothe chicken pox

While chicken pox is fairly unavoidable, you can help soothe the itch and promote healing by applying coconut oil with oatmeal to a bath and soaking.

80. Prevent baths from drying skin

There is not much more relaxing than a soak in a hot bath. Unfortunately the hot water can easily dry out your skin. Adding coconut oil to the bath not only prevents and soothes dry skin but imparts a lovely tropical scent.

81. Clean earwax

Applying a small amount of coconut oil to a cotton swab can assist in gently removing stubborn earwax. You may need a second dry cotton swab to remove excess oil from the ear.

82. No more scratchy throats

Scratchy throat ruining your day? Combine half a tablespoon of honey with half a tablespoon of coconut oil and swirl around your mouth. Slowly swallow. The idea is to coat your throat and get rid of that annoying tickle.

83. Free a stuck tongue

So your friends dared you to lick a frozen pole and now your tongue is stuck. Have your friends pour melted coconut oil around your tongue and then remember to never try this again.

84. Boost immune function

Regular consumption of coconut oil may increase your bodies resistance to both bacteria and viruses.

85. Hay fever

rub a small amount of coconut oil into each nostril for quick allergy relief. If your allergies are triggered by pollen and spores, the pollen will cling to the oil rather than enter right into the nasal passage.

86. Chesty cough fighter

For a natural chesty cough fighter add half a teaspoon of honey and half a spoonful of coconut to a cup. Boil water and add just enough to fill the cup a quarter of the way. Add the juice from half a fresh lemon. Drink hot before you go to bed for some much needed respite while sleeping.

87. Cold sore cream

If you are prone to cold sores you will be fully aware of the telltale tingle indicating an outbreak is imminent. Some cold sore sufferers report that applying coconut oil mixed with oil of oregano to the source is an effective cold sore treatment.

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88. Seizure reduction

Is your child prone to seizures? Coconut oil can increase ketone concentration in the blood which in turn can help reduce epileptic seizures.

89. Calm irritated skin

Coconut oil can calm skin that has come into contact with irritating plants such as poison ivy, oak or sumac. Apply coconut oil directly to the location of irritation for relief.

90. Treat pink eye

Did you wake up with no visible sign of white in your eyes? You can treat pink eye by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil around the eyes to quickly and effectively get rid of infection.

91. Treat yeast infections

Coconut oil can be used to effectively treat yeast infections. It even has doctors preaching it's benefits. Here's more information from Dr. Bruce Fife.

92. Fight sugar cravings

Coconut oil fats go straight to your liver to be used as instant energy. You can use coconut oil to help prevent those unhealthy sugar cravings. Instead of reaching for the chocolate bar, grab a spoon full of coconut oil instead.

93. Improve blood circulation

Improved blood circulation can assist you if easily feel the cold. Coconut oil may improve blood circulation simply by introducing it to your diet.

94. Improve cholesterol

Coconut oil helps keep your cholesterol in check by increasing good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) in the blood which in turn can improve your cholesterol ratio. Simply ingest coconut oil daily to reap the benefits.

95. Help fight respiratory infection

Research suggests that coconut oil may help fight lung infections by increasing the fluidity of cell surfaces which in turn improves lung function. Simply add coconut oil to your daily diet.

96. Hot flashes

Incorporating one to two tablespoons of coconut oil into your daily diet may help prevent hot flashes brought on by menopause.

97. Relieve constipation

Coconut oil is a naturally mild laxative and can help prevent constipation. Try taking 1/2 tablespoon in the morning and 1/2 tablespoon after dinner. Slowly increase your intake as if your diet does not normally feature coconut oil then you may give yourself the runs.

98. Prevent nosebleeds

The main cause of nosebleeds is dry and irritated nostrils. Dip your finger into coconut oil before gently applying to the inside of your nostril, coat as much of each nostril as you can. If you have big fingers you can simply use a cotton swab.

99. Boost metabolism

Coconut oil contains medium-chain saturated fats and are easy to digest. Adding coconut oil to your diet can encourage fat burning. Work into a healthy diet and exercise routine for optimal effect.

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100. Treat enlarged prostate

Studies have shown that coconut oil can reduce testosterone-induced benign prostrate growth in rats. Adding coconut oil to your diet may have positive effects on prostrate health.

101. Treat hangnails

Apply coconut oil directly to the hangnail to assist in preventing infection and promote of healing.

102. Treat H. pylori

The lauric acid found within coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that destroy the helicobacter pylori cell membrane. Patients who successfully used coconut oil to treat H. pylori report taking three teaspoons of coconut oil a day for a month. After the month all symptoms had vanished.

103. Alzheimer's helper

Studies have shown that medium chain triglycerides can lead to an immediate improvement in in brain function. This was prevalent in patients who exhibited milder forms of Alzheimer's disease. The good news? Coconut oil is high in these medium chain triglycerides.

104. Urinary tract infection (UTI)

The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of coconut oil makes it an effective treatment for UTI. Simply take up to 3 table spoons of coconut oil a day until symptoms reside.

105. Stronger bones

For calcium and magnesium to strengthen bones and teeth, they need to be efficiently absorbed into the body. You can increase the absorption rate by adding coconut oil to your diet.

106. Insect bites and stings

Sandfly bites, ant chomps, mosquito snacks and bee stings not only hurt but can be downright itchy as they heal. Applying coconut oil directly to the insect bite or sting will relieve itchiness and promote faster healing.

107. Adrenal fatigue

Because coconut oil is a well-balanced fat it can help sustain energy levels when paired with a whole foods diet. Incorporating coconut oil into your healthy diet can help reduce the feeling of constant tiredness.

108. Coconut oil eye wash

Coconut oil is a good cure for dry eyes, eliminating blepharitis or removing dust and other irritants. Simply apply a few drops to your eyes using an eye dropper. Your vision may briefly cloud over but will quickly pass.

109. Aromatherapy oil

Burning coconut oil in your oil burner not only fills your home with a lovely coconut aroma but will also help you wind down after a long and stressful day. Also makes a great carrier oil.

110. Apply to bruises

Applying coconut oil directly to bruises can not reduce the swelling and redness but also assist in the bruise healing faster.

111. Remove ringworm

As ringworm is essentially a fungus, the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it a perfect ringworm fighter. Combine coconut oil with tea tree oil and apply to ringworm location three times a day until the fungus has disappeared.

112. Diabetic helper

Coconut oil not only improves insulin secretion but also utilization of blood glucose. This makes coconut oil a great addition to any diabetics diet.

113. Sleep better when sick

There is nothing worse than trying to fall asleep when you have come down with cold or flu. Coconut oil forms the basis of a natural vapor-rub that will help make sleep a little easier. Head over here to grab the recipe.

114. Pre-workout supplement

The fats in coconut oil are easily metabolized and provide a good source of energy that wont spike your blood sugar. Take a spoonful half an hour before your next workout and see if you notice a difference.

115. Protozoal infections

The natural concentrations of lauric acid found in coconut oil make it an ideal fighter of protozoal infections. Simply introduce coconut oil into your daily diet to help kill off giardia (a common protozoal infection of the stomach) and other infections.

116. Swimmers ear fixer

Soak garlic cloves (or simply use garlic oil) in coconut oil and apply to your ear with an eyedropper. Lay your head down and allow oil to pool. By repeating two to three times a day many users found their swimmers ear completely cured in just a few days.

117. Tattoo healer

Got fresh ink? Coconut oil can help stop the pigment form fading. By applying coconut oil to new tattoos you will reduce the chance of infection and promote healing.

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118. Treat arthritis

Researchers in India extracted antioxidants found in virgin coconut oil and injected them into rats with arthritis. The results? the antioxidants reduced inflammation associated with arthritis. Introducing coconut oil into your diet may help reduce arthritis inflammation.

119. Thyroid support

Regular consumption of coconut oil has been linked to promoting healthy thyroid function.

120. Coffee replacement

Are you trying to kick your coffee addiction but still need an energy boost to kickstart your day? Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/2 tablespoon of quality chia seeds to send your energy levels soaring.

121. Smoke free cannabis

If you are currently medicated through cannabis but do not like to smoke then you can make your own cannabis-infused coconut oil. Grab the technique here.

122. The horizontal monster mash

For... *Ahem* Mommy and Daddy time, coconut oil can be used as a natural personal lubricant for when things get hot and heavy. Just be mindful that coconut oil can weaken latex condoms.

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123. Remove baked on food

If you are having difficulty cleaning baking trays, simply pour coconut oil onto stubborn areas before wiping clean. Then wash with soap and water.

124. Egg extender

If you love the taste of eggs but simply cannot get through a box before they go off then this trick is for you. Dip your eggs in coconut oil at room temperature. Ensure the egg is completely covered before returning to the egg carton. Place the eggs in the fridge. The coconut oil creates a barrier that prevents oxygen from penetrating into the egg which leads to spoiling. While I have not tried this technique, one reader swears that her eggs now last over four months.

125. Coconut popcorn

Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a pan before adding your corn kernels. Not only will your kernels pop perfectly but a subtle coconut flavor is imparted to the finished product.

126. Butter replacement

You can substitute butter for coconut oil in most recipes. 1 cup of butter will transfer across to 1 cup of coconut oil for a healthier alternative. Coconut oil is the perfect butter replacement for vegans.

127. Homemade mayonnaise

Homemade mayo is not only completely natural, but tasty as well. By mixing coconut oil into the mix you are receiving a healthy dose of saturated and unsaturated fats without the extra nasties. Grab the recipe here.

128. Coconut oil ice cubes

You can freeze coconut oil into ice cubes and add them to your favorite refreshing summer drink. Not only will the ice cubes keep your drink cool but as they melt, they release the goodness of coconut oil.

129. Chocolate ice-cream magic (magic shell)

Looking for a simple but new desert for your kids? Melt your coconut oil before slowly string in your chocolate chips. For every cup of coconut oil use a cup and a half of chocolate chips. Pour over ice-cream for the liquid to harden into a lovely chocolate shell.

130. Honey butter

A deliciously sweet sandwich spread with no cholesterol and no trans fats? You can't go wrong. You can make your own honey coconut oil spread by mixing 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of honey. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Store excess in a jar in the cupboard, no refrigeration necessary.

131. Cooking oil replacement

Coconut oil can take the place of any oil (vegetable, castor, etc.) when cooking. The high smoke point of coconut oil means that it is perfectly suited to high temperature cooking.

132. Healthy nut butter

With little more than nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, etc), coconut oil and a food processor you can quickly whip up a simple but delicious nut spread. Two tablespoons of coconut oil for every 2 cups of nuts will yield a lovely consistency. Too plain? Get creative, add maple syrup, cinnamon or whatever you desire to add some extra flavor. Goodbye store bought peanut butter.

133. Freezer burn protection

When freezing sauces or other dishes, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the top of the container. The coconut oil will form a protective seal and help prevent freezer burn.

134. Homemade ice cream

Looking for a tasty but healthy way to beat the heat in summer? Blend together 3 frozen bananas and a teaspoon or two of coconut oil for a deliciously creamy ice-cream with no added sugar.

135. Toast spread

Coconut butter spreads so nicely across bread, particularly toast. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon for healthy sweet treat or spread your usual topping such as jam.

136. Garlic oil

Fill a jar almost to the top with coconut oil. Roughly chop up a few garlic cloves, add them to the oil and leave to sit. You will now have a delicious garlic oil on hand to add to any recipe when coking or baking.

137. Natural sweetener

Coconut oil can be used to sweeten dishes without overpowering them.

138. Grease cookware and bakeware

If you are in a baking mood, coconut oil is perfect for greasing your pans and trays. Simply brush the oil onto the sides and bottom your cookware to prevent food from sticking when you bake.

139. Salad dressing

Looking to vary up your salad dressing routine? Coconut oil can replace olive oil for an unusual yet tasty salad dressing base.

140. Smoothie booster

Smoothies are a simple and healthy to kickstart your day. You can make any smoothie more nutritious by adding a spoonful of coconut oil. The best part is, it wont ruin the flavor.

141. Chocolate base

Coconut oil can form the base of delicious chocolate recipes. Combining equal parts cocoa powder and coconut oil can create delicious chocolate cups. Chocolate cups can hold your favorite dessert and be eaten after for less washing up. Curious? Here's the recipe .

142. Coffee energy booster

So you can't function properly until you have your first steaming cup of joe? Adding coconut oil to coffee can give you a natural energy kick on top of the regular caffeinated energy boost. Sound appealing? Here's the recipe.

143. Homemade granola

If you have ever made your own granola you will know that you simply can not go back to the store-bought variety. Coconut oil granola is not only delicious but wholesome as well. Grab the recipe here.

Coconut oil granola

Coconut oil home and hardware

144. Cutting board and bowl refresher

If you use wooden cutting boards or wooden bowls then you will know there comes a time when your cutting board is aged, dry and flakey. For a new lease on life, simply rub your cutting board with coconut oil until the entire board is covered. Leave the cutting board to sit for four hours before buffing with a paper towel.

145. Natural leather shiner

If your leather couch is starting to show its age coconut oil can fill in for a leather conditioner if you are in a bind. Simply apply a very small amount of coconut oil to a damp towel and rub over tarnished areas. While it wont mend the material, it will help bring back the shine the leather once had. Works great on patent leather.

146. Sticker remover (goo gone)

Have you peeled off a sticker only to be left with a gluey gunky mess? Mix a half teaspoon of coconut oil with a half a teaspoon of tea tree oil (or eucalyptus oil) and a teaspoon of baking soda. Work into a paste for a natural gunk remover. Apply to your sticky area and leave for two minutes before scrubbing off with a toothbrush.

147. Rust remover

Before you throw out your knife or scissors because a layer of rust has formed, try cleaning them with coconut oil. Simply coat your rusted object in coconut oil and leave to sit for an hour. Rub your object with the rough side of a sponge to remove any stubborn rust before running under warm water.

148. Dust free ceiling fans

Apply a thin coat of coconut oil to the top of your ceiling fan blades to prevent dust from sticking.

149. Furniture polish

Is your wooden coffee table starting to loose its luster? A quick rub of coconut oil combined with a squeeze of lemon juice can help return the gleam you remember. You can also apply coconut oil to scratched areas to make them much less noticeable. Works on all wooden furniture. Warning: Test on a small obscure area first to make sure you are happy with the results before continuing.

150. Leaf shiner

If you raise indoor plants then it is quite possible that you use a store bought leaf shiner. These leaf shiners are full of chemical ingredients and not something you should voluntarily introduce into your living environment. Coconut oil makes a great and natural leaf shiner.

151. Clothes rod lubricant

Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your clothes rod. Your clothes hangers will now glide across the rod with ease.

152. Lawn mower catcher

Are you cutting wet grass and finding that clippings are sticking to your catcher? Simply coat the inside of your catcher with coconut oil before mowing. When full, grass clippings will simply slide out.

153. Stop squeaky hinges

Next time your door squeaks or your window groans simply reach for the coconut oil. Coconut oil makes an effective lubricant and is just what you need to stop annoying noises.

154. Bronze polisher

Bronze looks amazing if regularly cared for. If your bronze objects need a little love then you can use coconut oil as a natural bronze polisher. Simply work a small amount of coconut oil into a cotton towl and wipe down the bronze object in a single complete motion. Repeat as required. Not only will you clean your bronze ornament, but also deepen the color as well. Warning: test a small area first to ensure you are happy with the results

155. Guitar string cleaner

I didn't know guitar strings needed to be conditioned and lubricated until a reader sent in this handy coconut hint. Rub coconut oil along each string, being careful to not use so much that it drips. Leave to sit for a few minutes before buffing a cotton towel up and down each string individually.

156. Keep garden tools clean

Rub a small amount of coconut oil onto your garden tools before using them. Not only will you prevent rusting but the dirt will not longer stick.

Coconut Oil as Garden Tools Cleaner

157. Unstick a zipper

There is nothing more frustrating than a broken zipper preventing you from removing clothing or from opening your bag. If the track is not broken you can fix a stubborn zipper by coating it in coconut oil, be generous. Then slowly move the zipper back and forth to allow the coconut oil to work its way to the stuck spot until it is free.

158. Scissor lubricator

When cutting sticky foods such as marshmallows or dates, your scissors can quickly become gummed up and prove ineffective. By applying coconut oil along your scissors blades, you will be able to cut sticky food with ease.

159. Get rid of ants

Ants, when left unchecked, can quickly take over your entire backyard. For a natural ant remedy combine coconut oil, neem seed oil and castile liquid soap and spray around the ant nest. Neem oil is toxic to bees and fish, so try to avoid spraying flowers and near waterways

160. Natural hand degreaser

Oil and grease from tinkering with a car are notoriously difficult to remove with regular soap. Mixing coconut oil with baking soda and rubbing through your hands will remove grease quickly and naturally.

161. No more soap scum

While soap keeps you nice and clean it can also build up on tiles or faucets and quickly become unsightly. Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a wet cloth or towel and scrub at the scummy areas. reapply coconut oil as needed for larger areas. When done, spray with vinegar (or hydrogen peroxide) before wiping and drying with a clean cloth.

162. Remove a stuck ring

Is your finger swollen and you can no longer remove your ring? Simply apply coconut oil to the ring. Turn the ring around the finger a couple of times while adding more coconut oil. Once you are confident the coconut oil has penetrated underneath the ring, slowly move the ring back and forth, turning as you go, until it slides off.

163. Season pots and pans

If you are a fan of cast iron cookware then you will know how important seasoning is. Proper seasoning (and repeating when necessary) can see cast iron pots and pans last a lifetime. You can easily season your cookware using little more than coconut oil. Here's a how-to guide.

164. BBQ cleaner

When you have finished your big cook up, apply coconut oil to your BBQ and leave to sit for an hour. Now all you need to do is wipe the BBQ down with an old rag, all the grease will come off as if by magic.

165. Paint brush cleaner

Coconut oil can fill the place of mineral spirits when the time comes to clean your paint brushes. Simply add coconut oil to a bowl and work the bristles of the brush with your hands. If the paint has set, you may need to soak the brush heads for an extended period of time.

166. Nozzle unclogger

You can easily unclog spray cans with the use of coconut oil. Simply purchase a can of coconut oil spray. Remove the nozzle from the coconut oil spray and replace with your clogged nozzle. Give the can a couple of sprays until the nozzle unclogs. Return the now unclogged nozzle to its original spray can.

167. Keep maggots out of trashcans

There is nothing worse than removing a garbage bag only to discover wriggling maggots hiding underneath. Before inserting a bin bag, coat your trash cans with a thin layer of coconut oil. Flies will no longer lay eggs here resulting in maggot free garbage bins.

168. Liquid fertilizer

When applying liquid fertilizer to your garden, mix in 1/4 teaspoon for every gallon of fertilizer spray. The coconut oil acts as a surfactant, providing the best possible coverage.

169. Detail your cars interior

There is not much more inviting than a freshly cleaned car interior (check out how to baby proof your car here). Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a damp cloth and wipe across your dashboard and other areas that need cleaning. Wipe any excess off with a soft cloth. The natural coconut fragrance will also help deodorize your car.

170. Prevent water marks

Don't you hate it when you have perfectly clean kitchen but running water leaves watermarks on your sink? Apply a small dollop of coconut oil to a cloth and rub around your dry sink. The coconut oil will not only make your sink gleam but the oil will help repel water, preventing water marks from forming.

171. Non-stick utensils

By rubbing a little coconut oil on spatulas, slotted spoons you can make your own non-stick utensils. The coconut oil forms a buffer, preventing food from sticking and making cleaning up much simpler.

172. Crayon remover

Do you have crayon marks on a blackboard or worse, the inside of your clothes dryer? Rub coconut oil into the crayon marks and leave to soak for 10 minutes or so. Now all you need to do is blot the marks off with a cloth. Be sure to blot rather than rub as rubbing will smear the crayon marks.

173. Spider deterrent

You don't really want to use harsh bug sprays inside your home. If you have corners where spiders love to congregate, simply spray the area with a coconut oil and vinegar mixture. Spiders will now avoid this area.

174. Prevent lid rust

The main cause of mason jar lids rusting is from leaving them to dry after washing. Rub a small amount of coconut oil to the mason jar ring before washing to help reduce incidence of rust.

175. Satellite dish cleaner

Spray your satellite dish with an even coating of coconut oil during winter. You will now find that snow will no longer stick to your dish.

Coconut Oil as Satellite Dish Cleaner

176. Stain preventer

If you use tupperware or other plastic containers to store food then you will be all too aware of staining. Before you fill your container with spaghetti sauce, rub a small but even coat of coconut oil across all surfaces of the container that food will touch to prevent staining.

177. Shoe polish

Have your shoes started to lose their sheen? In a bind coconut oil can be used as a shoe polish replacement.Clean your shoes with a damp cloth to remove loose dirt and debris. Rub coconut oil all over before buffing with a towel.

178. Prevent wax sticking

You can easily remove melted wax from a candle holder with the help of coconut oil. Before inserting a candle into your candle holder, coat the base of the holder with coconut oil. Any dripped wax can now be easily wiped away.

179. Mouthguard or retainer cleaner

The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil allow it to be used a mouthguard cleaner. Simply rub coconut oil onto your retainer or mouthguard in the morning and leave it to sit throughout the day. Simply rinse off the coconut oil in the evening before use. Works great for dentures too!

180. Cockroach killer

Spraying coconut oil directly on a cockroach will cause it to suffocate without the harsh chemicals left from bug spray.

181. Grease bicycle chain

Is your bicycle chain sticking but you do not have any grease readily available? Coconut oil will work perfectly in a bind, allowing you to ride your bike to the store to purchase grease.

182. Candle making

Store bought candles can contain traces of lead and other nasty chemicals. You can easily make your own candles with natural ingredients and even substitute beeswax or paraffin wax for coconut oil.

183. External car care

Applying coconut oil to a damp cloth can help you easily shift insects from the grill, remove brake dust and clean debris on number plates.

184. Remove car window tint

When you peel off window tint you will be left with a notoriously difficult residue to remove. Apply coconut oil and leave to soak for a minute before wiping down with a rough sponge. For an extra strength formula, mix the coconut oil with baking soda into a paste.

185. Prevent mosquitos from breeding

If you have standing water located around your property then chances are its filled with mosquito larvae. Pouring a thin layer of coconut oil on top of the water will suffocate any existing mosquito larvae.

Coconut Oil as Mosquito Repellant

Coconut oil for travelers

186. Fire starter

Next time you are camping, soak cotton balls in melted coconut oil and pack in a sealed plastic bag. When attempting to start a fire, slightly pull the ball apart place amongst kindling. Light the ball and you have fire. The coconut oil balls should burn for 5 minutes which will greatly increase your chances of getting the kindling to catch.

187. Natural insect repellant

When camping it is lovely to be a part of nature. What isn't so appealing are those insects that come with it, namely mosquitoes. Combine coconut oil with peppermint essential oil to create a natural insect barrier.

188. Prevent chaffing

There is nothing worse than clothes and backpacks rubbing you raw when you are hiking and camping. Not only can coconut oil prevent chaffing from occurring but it can even treat an area which has been rubbed raw (mix with calendula to help soothe). Simply apply to chaff prone before you start your trek.

189. Fishing line

Before casing, rub coconut oil onto your fishing line. It will allow the fishing line to unspool with even less friction, allowing for a longer casting distance.

Coconut Oil for Fishing Line

Coconut oil for animals

190. Non-stick kitty litter

Brush the bottom and sides of the kitty litter tray with coconut oil. When you go to empty the tray the kitty litter will simply slide out without sticking.

191. No more hairballs

Are you tired of your four legged feline leaving hairballs all over the house? Rubbing coconut oil onto your cats paws will not only shine your cats fur but also balance your cats system, cutting down on hairballs left around the house.

192. Lethargic pets

Is your cat or dog showing signs of lethargy? Introducing coconut oil to your pets diet can provide an energy boost to sedentary animals.

193. No more fleas

If you have ever been bitten by a flea then you will know that a flea infestation is no laughing matter. The cause is most likely your pooch. Fortunately coconut oil is an effective and natural flea remover. Liberally apply coconut oil to every inch of your dog. Be sure to rub it in so that even if your pet does try to lick it off, he wont get all of it. Leave for a couple of hours before rinsing off.

194. Sooth an itchy dog

You pooch is very likely scratching because he has dry and irritated skin. Rub a dollop of coconut oil onto the spot being scratched and massage in. The coconut oil will not only help relieve irritation, but also help the skin heal.

195. Homemade dog shampoo

Combine 3 tablespoons liquid castile soap, 4 cups hot water, 1 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon coconut oil for a effective homemade pooch shampoo.

196. Relieve pet constipation

Just like humans, pets can suffer from constipation too. Adding 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to dog or cat food will not only relieve constipation but aid your four legged friends digestion too.

197. Doggy deodorizer

Does your dog have a pong that seems to linger even after washing? Generously apply coconut oil to your dogs body and leave for a few hours before rinsing off.

198. Condition your pets fur

Earlier we mentioned how effective coconut oil can be at conditioning your own hair. It works just as well on your dog or cat. Simply rubbing or brushing coconut oil through your pets coat will keep it shiny and healthy. Just be careful not to use too much, no one wants an oily dog.

199. Improve joint health

Dog owners report seeing vast improvements in their dogs joint health by simply adding coconut oil to food each day.

200. Remove doggy breath

How can such a cute face have breath so foul? If your dogs breath is preventing you from getting close enough to give him a good rub, try feeding him some coconut oil. You may find that it reduces the bad breath or cures it completely.

201. Cure doggy dandruff

If your dogs skin flakes all over your home then you will know that it can get messy very quickly. Fortunately you can cure your pets dandruff by massaging coconut oil into the skin.

Coconut Oil for Dogs

202. Dog ear cleaner

Are your dogs ears filled up with sticky gunk? Coconut oil can help shift this sticky mess, even if it has dried up. Simply apply coconut oil to a cotton swab and gently remove the gunk.

203. Improved bird feather quality

If your pet parrots feathers are starting to look a bit tatty you can improve the plumage by introducing coconut oil to the diet. Add a few drops of coconut oil to the birdseed mixture each time you fill up the feeding bowl. You will not notice the improvement until the tatty feathers shed and new feathers are grown in their place.

204. Reptile mite remover

Even though reptiles do not have a furry coat, they can still come down with an infestation of mites. Coat your reptile in coconut oil and leave on newspaper over night. Bathe your reptile the next morning to remove dead mites and wipe dry. The process is then repeated until no more mites come off during bathing. Coconut oil essentially smothers the mites, causing them to suffocate.

205. Natural dog treats

Looking for an extra wholesome doggy treat? Anything you make yourself is going to be much better for your pooch than store bought alternatives. The goodness of coconut oil plays a vital role in delivering essential fats to your dog. Grab the recipe here.

206. Rabbit hair care

You can keep your rabbits fur healthy and glossy by applying coconut oil directly to it. Apply a pea sized amount of coconut oil to your hands before rubbing them together. Run your oil coated hands over your rabbits coat. Repeat every three days.

207. Guinea pig skin care

As guinea pigs age they can become prone to dry skin conditions. You can either apply coconut oil directly to problem areas or mix a teaspoon of coconut oil into your guinea pigs hair shampoo.

208. Prevent squirrels climbing

If you are having problems with squirrels climbing poles in your yard, simply coat the poles in coconut oil. Squirrels will now be unable to grip the pole.

209. Udder balm replacement

If you milk your own cows or goats then coconut oil can be used as an effective udder balm. Clean the udder before applying coconut oil. Milk as normal then reapply coconut oil afterwards.

Have I missed any uses? Let me know below and I will add them to the list. There is a huge amount of information in this guide. I recommend pinning it, so you can easily find it later.

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