25 Uses for Coconut Oil | The Stauffer Home | Stauffer Fitness

25 uses for #coconutoil

 

If you had asked me a year ago to pick you up some coconut oil I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. I wouldn’t have known that it comes in a jar and that it is not in the oil form that you would think it is in. Now, I know a lot about coconut oil and have used it a LOT around my house. I warn you I have only been able to find it in small jars, and no coupons so it gets a bit pricey but the benefits out weigh the price.

  • COOKING: Coconut oil doesn’t just give a great taste to the items you cook it in but it has such great benefits to your diet. This oil has a very high smoking point making it great for baking, stir fry, or as a replacement for butter. You can also try making a smoothie, spread it on toast, drizzle it on popcorn, add it to granola, whip up a salad dressing, or bake some french fries.
  • EYE MAKE UP REMOVER: We have to be careful with what we use on our faces but our eyes are even more sacred. It is really easy to use this and it doesn’t burn! You can use it by mixing a tablespoon with your current makeup remover, or using it by itself.
  • STRETCH MARKS: Just rub the coconut oil all over your stretch marks and it will help in an all natural way.
  • YEAST INFECTIONS: The acids found in coconut oil are natural anti-fungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agents, so slather on some oil to treat those uncomfortable infections.
  • METABOLISM BOOSTER: Coconut oil has high Lauric acid and MCFA content, which go a long way in kicking that lazy metabolism into gear.
  • FRIZZ REDUCER: Just apply a little Coconut Oil to your hands and run it through your hair. Be careful and don’t use TOO much it will leave an oily residue if you use too much. #lessismore
  • CHAPSTICK: It’s such a challenge to find a chapstick that doesn’t contain alcohol. Luckily, coconut oil is a wonderful solution! Just apply it directly to your lips for the perfect, homemade chapstick!
  • NURSING NIPPLES: If you are looking for a way to sooth skin irritation on your nipples, give coconut oil a whirl instead of lanolin cream. It’s a great, all-natural replacement that has the same results!
  • LICE: Ugh, dealing with lice is a nasty business. Luckily, coconut oil comes to the rescue once again! Mix coconut oil with apple cider vinegar for a natural treatment that actually works.
  • COOKIES: Why give up the occasional indulgence when you can switch out that oil or butter with the healthier alternative? I don’t always use it in my cookies because I like the full fatty girl effect but they are good when made with coconut oil.
  • OIL PULLING: Oil pulling is a new kind of oral hygienic practice that requires you to swish coconut oil around in your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes a day. I keep a jar of the oil in the bathroom along with a tablespoon. Each night before getting in the shower I put a tablespoon in my mouth and swish it around the entire duration of the shower. Be sure to spit into the trash or paper towel as it should not go down your drains. Also, don’t brush with toothpaste after pulling. You can scrub with brush and water but I don’t suggest toothpaste till the next brushing. Oil pulling can actually replace your toothpaste all together but I don’t think I will be making the full switch any time soon.
  • ALLEVIATE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS: Okay, we know this sounds odd, but rubbing coconut oil directly on the inside of your nose can actually knock out those awful allergy symptoms.
  • INCREASE BREAST MILK NUTRIENTS: If you’re a nursing mother, taking 3-4 tablespoons a day along with vitamin D will increase milk supply and nutrients to help your baby grow up big and strong!
  • IMPROVE CHOLESTEROL: Adding just a bit of coconut oil to your diet has been shown to improve your cholesterol ratios.
  • KNOCK OUT FLU SYMPTOMS: A mere tablespoon of coconut oil in your favorite hot tea will go a long way in speeding up your recovery. Plus, it adds a subtle, irresistible flavor.
  • VARICOSE VEINS: Ah, varicose veins, one of the downsides of aging. Luckily, coconut oil is a great way to reduce their unwanted appearance… Just rub a little on those veins for the best results.
  • SHAVING CREAM: If you are looking for a way to shave a couple extra dollars off your bills, then try replacing shaving cream with coconut oil. It’ll save you the time and money, and your skin will be silky smooth!
  • CELLULITE: Studies have shown that using coconut oil to massage your skin exfoliates the epidermis, stimulates blood circulation, and can even encourage the growth of new skin, so you can say bye-bye to that cellulite.
  • IRON SKILLETS: Set aside your oil, butter or Pam, ladies! Coconut oil is a great way to keep your food from sticking to your pans and skillets. No more lingering grease!
  • MOSQUITO BITES: Rather than slathering those bug bites with nail polish remover, or something just as unpleasant, try dabbing them down with coconut oil. The oil will reduce the itching in no time!
  • HAIR GROWTH: We’re not claiming that you will wind up looking like Rapunzel, but a little coconut oil applied directly to your scalp can actually stimulate hair growth!
  • TANNING OIL: Coconut oil can be used as a replacement for tanning oil, but be careful of all those UV rays! They can be extremely damaging. We recommend self-tanners instead. Click here for our favorites!
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Studies have shown that the metabolism-boosting components of coconut oil can actually speed up your weight loss, when consumed daily and along with a healthy diet and exercise regiment.
  • SORE THROATS: When you feel that ache beginning to spread up your throat, ditch the cough medicines and head straight for your coconut oil! A dollop of oil into a mug of warm tea can go a long way in soothing an irritated throat.
  • TEETH WHITENING: Whitening toothpaste can actually damage your gums, so try out some coconut oil instead for a gentle, simple alternative! You can use the oil alone, or combine it with baking soda. This is just a benefit of oil pulling too!

 

 

I hope that these are great reasons to let you into the world of Coconut oil. If you have other uses please add them in the comments. I will also be letting you in on some of the full benefits of Oil Pulling in the next few days.

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