The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

To get geared up for a giveaway I thought I'd share the many ways we use coconut oil in my house. I usually buy a huge container at once, then divide it up to have a jar for moisturizing downstairs, a larger jar for multipurpose use upstairs, and the remainder in the kitchen. I also put the empty tubs in the bathroom for getting the last bits out with my hands for moisturizing. We started using coconut oil years and years ago, and I've since found more and more uses for it. It is my go to!

-Baking (Morning Glory Muffins!)
-Roasting (Roasted Sausage and Root Vegetables!)
-Supplemental: By the spoonful, or a tablespoon in your smoothie, coffee, or tea
-Dressings and marinades

Around the House
-Condition leather: I use on my leather braid bracelets, and some leather shoes (test first!)
-Seasoning cast iron
-Moisturizing wood cutting boards
-To treat cooking burns with lavender (this is under first aid, too, but we keep both in the kitchen for immediate treatment of burns)
-Remove sticky stuff (adhesive, labels, glue, etc) with DIY Gunk Remover

Personal Care
-Shaving cream
-After shave lotion
-Oil Cleansing Method or as a facial moisturizer, mask, or intensive moisturizing treatment
-Make up remover
-Deodorant: Mix with baking soda and essential oils
-Lip balm
-Sunscreen: Naturally SPF 4 or in homemade sunscreen
-Tanning oil
-Baths: Add 1/4c coconut oil, 1/4c baking soda, 1/4c epsom salt and essential oils
-Moisturizer: Using clean hands, grab a chunk and let it melt between your hands to apply anywhere on the body
-Cuticle care: Rub into cuticles and on nails nightly for softer cuticles, and stronger, longer nails
-Hair mask: Melt about 1/4 c (my hair is thick!) and add 5-7 drops of tea tree oil essential oil (based on your sensitivity), 2-3 drops rosemary essential oil, and 2-3 drops lavender essential oil in a squeeze bottle. Comb through the hair, massage in, wrap your hair in saran wrap, and let sit overnight. Wash as normal, twice, and lightly condition the next day. Repeat weekly until hair and scalp are at a good moisture level, then monthly thereafter.
-Hair styling: Apply a very small amount in your palm, then use your fingers to tame fly aways, frizzy hair, or split ends.
-Toothpaste: Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda, a little liquid stevia, and some peppermint essential oil
-Oil pulling
-On rough feet: Soak feet in warm water with epsom salt, pumice any rough spots, apply coconut oil liberally, put on thick socks, and sleep. Smooth feet in the morning!
-Treating psoriasis or eczema
-Bug repellant: Mixed with mint and rosemary essential oils and applied to body

First Aid
-Cuts: Apply with lavender essential oil
-Help heal ear infections
-Insect bites (mosquitos)
-Burns: Apply with lavender essential oil
-Sunburns: Apply washcloths soaked in cold strong black tea to the affected area for 10 minutes, remove and let the skin dry to the touch, then apply coconut oil and lavender essential oil
-Cold sores: Apply directly and use in conjunction with tea tree essential oil and/or geranium essential oil

Pet Care
-Supplement: I put a small amount in with our cat's food
-Rub on cat's paws to help with hairballs
-Skin issues

What else do you use coconut oil for?

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