Uses for Coconut Oil

The buzz about coconut oil is that it will heal almost any ailment you have. While this is sadly not true, the benefits of coconut oil are wide-ranging and powerful since it is an incredible source of fatty acids, which are very beneficial to the body. The reason for this is that fatty acids don’t have to be processed by the body to be absorbed.

Most of the fats (saturated or unsaturated) that are consumed these days have to be broken down in the body before they can be absorbed, meaning your body has to work harder to get the benefits of the fats in coconut oil. Your body needs fat to create energy, as well as carbohydrates and protein. In order to have the perfect healthy body, you need to consume all of three in balanced amounts. Thankfully, the fats in coconut oil have more benefits for the body than most other fats. Below are some of our favourite uses for coconut oil:

Coconut Oil as a Beauty Aid

  • Coconut oil lotion bar
  • Eye-makeup remover
  • Lighten age spots – it has a natural sun block (SPF 4)
  • Prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • Prevents dry skin (hands, elbows, feet)
  • Natural chap stick
  • Help soothe psoriasis or eczema
  • Built-in deodorant
  • Prevents frizzy hair and gives it a shine (a little dab will do)
  • Great for shaving legs and under arms – doesn’t leave razor burn
  • Help get rid of cellulite

Coconut Oil for Body Health

  • Add to smoothies for energy
  • Support healthy thyroid function
  • Supports teeth as a toothpaste (it also keeps you plaque-free)
  • Kill yeast infections
  • Coconut oil contains lauric acid to boost the metabolism
  • Helps heal skin faster after injury or infection
  • Can be used to kill head lice when added to apple cider vinegar
  • Increases memory function
  • Reduces the itch of insect bites
  • Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties (e.g. joint pain from arthritis)

Coconut Oil Can Replace

  • Butter, margarine, and other fats with coconut oil
  • Store-bought nappy cream (rub on baby’s bottom – no more nappy rash)
  • Rids babies of cradle cap – just massage on the head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  • Can reduce appearance of varicose veins
  • Makes a wonderful insect repellent
  • Soothe the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
  • Any fat ingredient in recipes

The benefits of coconut oil don’t end there. There are ongoing studies testing for coconut oil benefits, such as whether it can improve insulin levels. However, we already know that you can use coconut oil to replace any of the oils in your kitchen, and many people use it for oil pulling, tanning and dry skin relief. You can add a little coconut oil to coffee grounds and have a wonderful facial or body scrub. It can even help you lose weight if you consume it daily – a teaspoon will do. The studies and tests that are ongoing show coconut oil can greatly benefit the body, so if you want a healthy body, try replacing other oils with coconut oil and reap the benefits!

Where can I buy coconut oil?

Right here! Ma Devlin’s sells a range of organic, extra virgin coconut oil available for you to purchase today. All of our coconut oil is unrefined, cold-pressed and completely natural, so feel free to browse our online store, or contact us if you have any questions whatsoever.