I love coconut oil, you can put it on anything and it’ll make the food taste better. I love roasting vegetables with coconut oil, and spreading some on toast as a vegan butter alternative. It’s extremely versatile in cooking, but it also have many non-food uses as well.
So what is coconut oil good for? The 4 Main Uses:
- Food, cooking, healthier alternative to vegetable oil
- Moisturizer, skin care, body cream
- Household work
- Traditional natural medicine
You’ve probably heard before that coconut oil is a “healthy fat,” it’s healthy for you because it’s high in the good kinds of saturated fats, which means it’s very good for keeping your heart healthy. It’s very popular among health enthusiasts, particularly vegans because it’s a great butter substitute. If food taste bland you can slab it on vegetables, rice, and past. Did you know you can use it as coffee creamer too? Yes, there are some unusual things you can use coconut oil for that many people might find surprising.
Here are 10 surprising uses of coconut oil:
1. Coffee Creamer Replacement
There’s a few ways you can use coconut oil as a coffee creamer substitute. You can just put a spoonful of it into your coffee, or you can blend up a creamy and frothy drink by mixing the coffee, sugar, and coconut oil in a blender. Personally I’m not a big fan of putting oils or fats in my coffee/tea, but some people like that and drink “butter tea,” which I think is quite gross. But why not replace butter with a healthier fat like coconut oil instead?
2. Heavy Cream Substitute
Coconut oil is great because it can replace high fat creams in many different cases. For example if you’re making chocolate fondue, you can melt your dark chocolate with coconut oil instead of heavy cream. It will still be creamy and delicious, only now without the unhealthy saturated fats and cholesterol.
3. Homemade Sports Drink
Instead of a gatorade with artificial flavorings and colors, how about an all-natural homemade sports drink made with coconut oil and chia seeds? Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat that is metabolized very quickly and transformed into usable energy for the body and mind. Just put a few spoonfuls of coconut oil into a water bottle, sprinkle in some chia seeds, and fill the bottle up with water or fruit juice.
4. Keeping Your Eggs Fresh
Eggs can go bad pretty quick if you’re not careful. But you can extend their shelf life pretty easily if you have coconut oil. Just take your eggs and rub a small pinch of coconut oil on each egg. You don’t need much oil, but just make sure to thoroughly coat each egg with the oil. This will prevent oxygen from penetrating the egg shells, doing this can extend your eggs’ shelf life by up to 2 weeks.
5. Makeup Remover
Ladies, throw out your makeup removers. You don’t need them if you have coconut oil, which is a pretty good all-natural alternative. Just rub the coconut oil on your eyes, face, or wherever the makeup is, and they will come right off. Unlike traditional makeup removers, they will not sting your eyes. In addition, they’re a great skin moisturizer and can help keep all areas of your face moist.
6. Homemade Toothpaste
You can’t get more natural than this as far as toothpaste goes. All you need is some coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil. Just mix in equal parts of the coconut oil and baking soda, and put in a drop or two of the peppermint oil (or whatever essential oils you’d like.) Most conventional toothpaste contains fluoride, a toxic substance that experts say is okay in small doses, but many people choose to go with natural toothpaste instead.
7. All-Natural Shaving “Cream”
Shaving can often result in the skin feeling dry or irritated. Instead of shaving cream you can just put some coconut oil on your face and rub it around. This is useful for both men and women as both genders shave, albeit in different areas, but that’s no problem because coconut oil is pretty safe and can be put on any part of the body.
8. Homemade Lip Balm
Coconut oil works great as a lip balm because it moisturizes so well, and since it’s something edible and healthy anyway, you don’t have to worry about swallowing it. On a cold and dry winter day, just rub a small amount on your lip. In fact, you can use coconut oil to moisturize any part of your skin that’s dry. Lip, hand, face, arm, leg, it all works!
9. Natural Sunscreen
When you slab coconut oil on your skin, not only does it moisturizes but it also protects your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Coconut oil is a great natural sunscreen lotion because it’s SPF 4, meaning it blocks out 75% of the UV rays. If you are sun burned, rubbing it on your skin can also help alleviate the pain and help your skin heal.
10. Bug Repellent
Bugs, especially flies are really annoying during summertime, but you don’t need a fly swatter. Another benefit of putting coconut oil on your skin is that it repels insects. You can mix the oil with a few drops of essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary. Rub it all over on your body and it’ll keep the pesky insects at bay. Already been bit? No problem, coconut oil can help with bite bounds too. Just rub it on your bite area and it will help stop the itching.
Why Coconut Oil Is Awesome
If you like consuming fats, then you might as well consume the healthy kind. Coconut oil is no doubt a very healthy plant-based oil. Unlike conventional fats like butter and cream, coconut oil is free of cholesterol and is abundant in medium chain triglycerides which is the good type of fat that benefits your heart and is even good for weight loss because it’s metabolized very fast. If this sounds good to you, why not buy a jar of coconut oil today and keep it in your home? With so many different ways to use it, chances are you’ll it useful for something.
I know this top 10 is not an exhaustive list, there are so many more things you can use coconut oil for. Do you use coconut oil for something not listed here? Tell me about it in the comment box down below, I’m eager to hear about it.