It’s not surprising that coconut oil has gained so much popularity over the last few years. Not only is it very healthy, it also has many purposes besides being eaten. We have lined up several ways to use coconut oil besides eating/cooking it. Let’s go!
- UV Protection
We all know it’s highly important to protect your skin from UV rays, because UV raises the risk of skin cancer. Even though coconut doesn’t provide the same UV protection as conventional sunscreen, it can still be a nice way to protect yourself a bit extra and smell amazing. Coconut oil is amazing for the skin, so why not add some coconut oil to conventional sunscreen?
- Boost Your Metabolism.
Your metabolism is the system that burns energy and calories in your body. Sometimes, your metabolism can use a little kick. Just a boost, to make it work faster and harder. Studies have shown that coconut oil can increase your metabolic rate with at least 5! This is temporary, but by using coconut oil on a daily or weekly basis, you can keep your metabolism up longer.
- Cook at high temperatures.
Not everyone knows this, but normal oil can actually catch fire when it reaches high temperatures. That’s why it’s super dangerous to fry in, for example, sunflower oil. Coconut oil, however, can be warmed up to very high temperatures safely. That’s thanks to the oil’s high saturated fat level, about 87%. This makes it awesome for frying. Besides that, some other oils are converted into toxic compounds when they reach high temperatures, making them bad for your health.
- Oil Pulling for Dental Health
You might’ve heard of oil-pulling over the last years. It’s a trend that rose up together with super foods. Many people are skeptical about it, but studies have shown that oil pulling can indeed reduce certain bacteria in your mouth. In fact, it turns out that oil pulling can be just as effective as antiseptic mouthwash. Another study found that oil pulling can also reduce inflammation and plaque! All in all, oil pulling turns out to be quite a good habit. If you want to do oil pulling, start with a teaspoon of oil, and flush your mouth with it for 15 to 20 minutes. After, spit it out and properly rinse your mouth. Finish by brushing your teeth, and you’re done. Try building up to one tablespoon of oil per day. Do it on an empty stomach or 3 hours after a meal.
- Relieve Eczema
Eczema can be a pain in the ass, and studies have shown that coconut oil can be of great help. In a study, 47% noticed major improvement in their skin after being treated with coconut oil!
- Take Care of Fresh Tattoos
If you’re getting a new tattoo, you might want to try using coconut oil as an aftercare product and as an alternative for other products. Coconut oil is extremely soft for the skin and moisturizes the skin as well. Virgin coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can help treat infections. All in all, great to treat your tattoos with to make sure they heal nicely without any infections.
- Improve Brain Function
The health benefits of Coconut Oil go far. One of these health benefits is the proven improvement of brain function thanks to coconut oil. Some substances in coconut oil are turned into ketones, which are a great source of energy for your brain! Studies have actually shown that coconut oil can have great benefits for some disorders like epilepsy. Awesome!
- Create a Healthy Mayonnaise
By now, we all know mayonnaise isn’t that healthy, but it’s sooo good! Luckily, there’s a way to create a healthier alternative with coconut oil. You can also pick olive oil, whatever you prefer. Simply blend 4 egg yolks, add lemon juice or vinegar, mustard, and spices and blend until mixed. Then, slowly add the coconut oil into the mixture, drop by drop until they emulsify. Yummy!
- Improve “Good” Cholesterol level
In your body, there are two types of cholesterol levels. The good kind, and the bad kind. Coconut oil has proven to help with increasing the good kind! Cholesterol plays an important part of your overall health, so it might be good to start using coconut oil for cooking.
- Protect Your Hair
Oh, the horror of split ends. Everyone gets them, and getting a haircut can be the solution, but you could also try coconut oil. Especially if you’re trying to grow your hair longer, coconut oil can be a solution. It doesn’t make your hair grow faster, but it does help with keeping your hair healthy a little longer. The oil penetrates the hair in ways many other oils can’t, and then reduces the protein loss from your hair. You can apply it before or after shampooing.
- Decrease Hunger
If you’re trying to lose weight, Coconut Oil can be of some help. Studies have shown that the oil can help reduce hunger. This is obviously of great help, because this can lead to a decreased calorie intake.
- Heal Wounds Faster
Some of those minor cuts can still hurt badly, so extra help in the healing process is always welcome, right? Studies have shown that rats, who have been treated with coconut oil, healed faster. It increases the production of collagen, a major component of the human skin. So, try putting on some coconut oil on a minor scrape/cut next time, and watch it heal!
- Remove Stains
Nasty stain on your couch, that you can’t get out? Coconut oil comes to the rescue. By mixing coconut oil with baking soda, you create the perfect stain remover! Simply apply to the stain, wait five 5 to 10 minutes and wipe away. See the magic happen!
- Natural Deodorant
- Fix Chapped Lips
Especially in winter, your lips can be dry and painful. Coconut oil is the perfect natural lip balm. If you want to prevent your lips from cracking in winter, just make your own lip balm from coconut oil and put it on your lips every morning and evening. The result: baby soft lips. A little bonus is the fact that it also protects your lips from the sun a little bit!
- Shine-up Wooden Furniture
Some furniture can use a little polish every once in a while. While most commercial polishes come with strong, nasty fragrances, coconut oil provides a naturally delicate aroma, and it brings out the natural beauty of wooden furniture. It also works as a dust repellent, so it might even work better than actual commercial polishes.
- Remove Make-Up
As we’ve already said: Coconut oil is super soft on the skin. Thanks to this quality, coconut oil is also an awesome eye-makeup remover. Just apply some coconut oil on a cotton pad and gently wipe off your make-up.
- Make a Healthy Salad Dressing
Most salad dressings are full of sugar and preservatives, making them quite unhealthy. That’s not what you want in a salad, right? That’s why you should be thinking about making your own, healthy salad dressing with coconut oil as a base.
- Restore Leather Furniture
Just like with wooden furniture, coconut oil can be of great help to shine-up your leather furniture or even clothing/shoes. By polishing your leather with coconut oil, you bring back the beauty of the product, and you prolong the life of the product.