Coconut oil seems to be all the rage these days, and there are many great reasons for that! Not only does it have many uses in cooking and food, since it is a natural source of saturated fats and can replace less healthy oils, but it also has amazing benefits when used for things other than cooking.
Here are 15 non-cooking uses for coconut oil that may surprise you:
1. Sore throat relief
Instead of opting for artificially flavored, store-bought lozenges the next time you have a sore throat, reach for coconut oil instead. Simply mix ½ teaspoon of it with a little honey, swallow, and feel the pain start to subside. You can do this 3-4 times per day to help soothe those annoying sore throats.
2. Skin moisturizer
After washing your face, take a little coconut oil (trust me, a little goes a long way) and warm it up between your fingers. In a circular motion, rub it into your face, then let it sit for a few minutes and wipe away any excess with a tissue. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer because it absorbs very quickly and smells great. And I assure you, it’s not at all as greasy as it may sound!
When mixed with a little apple cider vinegar, coconut oil not only makes your hair shiny and soft and helps keep your color lasting longer, but it also is a chemical-free shampoo alternative. So say goodbye to store-bought sulfates!
Make a mixture of equal parts baking soda and coconut oil and brush your teeth with it. I kid you not, it’s that easy. If you’re feeling extra fancy, add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to the mixture to give it that toothpaste-like taste.
5. Cutting board cleaner
Want an easy and natural alternative for conditioning your wood cutting boards? Then look no further! After you have wiped down your boards, dab some coconut oil on a cloth and rub it into your cutting boards. Let it sit for 15 minutes to do its job, then buff with a clean cloth.
6. Anti-wrinkle cream
Dab a wee bit of coconut oil around your eyes and let it set overnight to help naturally fight wrinkles.
7. Massage oil
I mean, who doesn’t like a good massage every now and then? Replace your typical massage oils with coconut oil and you’ll be amazed at how soft and rejuvenated your skin feels!
8. Makeup remover
Using a cotton ball or two dabbed with coconut oil, apply to the makeup-covered areas of your face and watch how easy it removes all the gunk. It’s basically life-changing.
9. Makeup brush disinfectant
We’ve all heard the horror stories of the bacteria that lives in makeup brushes. It’s pretty gross. So to disinfect your brushes, just rub some coconut oil on them and let them sit for about 2 hours. Wash them thoroughly and let dry. It’s okay if some coconut oil residue remains, it’s perfectly safe!
10. Tool to get zipper unstuck
Since oils act as natural lubricants, it’s not too surprising that one of the great uses of coconut oil is getting that pesky zipper unstuck. Simply apply a little to the jammed zipper and work at it until it gets unstuck. It should happen pretty quickly!
11. Healing salve
Neosporin is great and all, but if you don’t have any handy or if you want to try a natural alternative, use coconut oil. It acts as an antibacterial, antifungal, healing-time-reducing magic potion!
12. Diaper cream
Just as you would when using it as a skin moisturizer, take a dollop of coconut oil between your fingers and apply to your baby’s bum. Because no one, especially babies, likes diaper rash.
13. Cold sore antidote
Dab a little coconut oil on your lips, at the first signs of a cold sore, and you’ll be amazed at its natural healing properties.
Coconut oil has an SPF of 4-5, so it naturally protects against some sun damage. Although I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using it as your only sunscreen, it certainly will do the trick when you need a quick sunscreen fix. You can even dab some on your lips to help protect them too! Remember to reapply throughout the day, as needed.
15. Supplement for smooth and shiny coats in dogs
If your dog is like mine, he or she may have sensitive skin and be prone to rashes and dry skin. Add some coconut oil (about a teaspoon for every 10 pounds) to your dog’s food. Now watch as their skin becomes less irritated and their coat becomes noticeably shinier. Also, if you ever make your own dog treats, add in some coconut oil to them too.