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101 Science-Backed, Evidence-Based Uses for Coconut Oil That Will Change Your Life

Nowadays, it seems that everyone is talking about coconut oil, they use it for hair, teeth, for skin issues, for weight loss and many, many more. What is best about it all is that it is all true!
Yes, we could have used before as well, but it had a quite bad reputation, as it was regarded unhealthy since it consists of over 90% saturated fat. Yet, this fat is actually really useful, and it is high in nutrients, has powerful antioxidant properties and promotes the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
This amazing oil soothes and moisturizes the skin, and can have fabulous effects for your hair. Coconut oil is extremely effective and completely safe for use. This article will show that its uses are simply endless.
This is all that coconut oil can do for you:
Body and Skincare
You can use cosmetic grade oil or fractionated coconut oil, which has the oil’s long-chain triglycerides removed, and contains only  the medium-chain triglycerides. It is remarkable for DIY cosmetic treatments as it has long   shelf life and improved stability. Moreover, it has a powerful antioxidant effect, does not clog the pores and prevents aging and protects the skin.
These are the 101 uses of coconut oil:
1.Moisturizes the skin: Coconut oil can substitute the regular lotion you use. You can safely use it for the entire body and if mixed with essential oils, it has strong aromatherapy effects. Apply it on the skin and leave it for a minute to try, and the skin will be amazing.
2. Reduces Wrinkles: Apply some coconut oil to the facial lines and wrinkles in order to rehydrate, soften the skin, and improve its texture.
3. Face Mask: The following homemade facial mask will cleanse your skin and leave it a healthy glow: mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply it to the face and leave it to act for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
4. Puffy Eyes: Apply some coconut oil around your eyes before going to sleep, and you will successfully reduce the puffiness.
5. Shaving Cream: Coconut oil can successfully replace your shaving cream. It helps the skin stand up straight, and it moisturizes it at the same time.
6. Aftershave: Coconut oil helps the skin heal from razor burn and it has strong soothing effects.
7. Boost Hair Growth: This remarkable oil can reduce the hair breakage and will strengthen the hair.
8. Conditioner: Coconut oil will repair the dry and split hair ends, moisturize the scalp, and enhance the hair quality. In a small  container, add 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and place the entire container in a bigger one, full with water warmer than 76 degrees, in order to soften the oil.
Apply this treatment on a damp hair, and massage. Comb the hair and wrap it in a towel. Leave it thus for an hour, and then wash it off using some shampoo and water.
9. Eliminate Dandruff: Use coconut oil just like you use a conditioner, but leave it during the night and wash the hair the next morning in order to get rid of the flakes.
10. Protect Hair from Sun: Using your fingers, apply some coconut oil on your scalp and hair, and then comb in order to add some frizz control and a layer of sun protection.
11. Detangle Hair: Coconut oil can help you detangle the hair in a completely painless way. Apply some oil on a damp hair, leave it for several minutes and comb through tangles.
12. Lip Balm: Especially in dry weather, coconut oil moistens and treats the cracked lips, and protects them against sun damage. Use it in a solid form, and apply it just like you apply your regular lip balm.
13.Exfoliate Your Face. The following scrub will eliminate dead skin cells and dirt, and will significantly enhance your complexion. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a ratio 1:1.
14.Exfoliating Body Scrub: Coconut oil can be an excellent face and body scrub. Simply melt a cup of coconut oil. Add 2-4 tablespoons of white or brown sugar to it, and put the mixture in the fridge. As soon as it is completely cool, slice off a piece and use it to exfoliate your body after being dampened with water. Rinse and apply some moisturizing cream.
15.Exfoliate Your Feet: Scrub the soles of your feet with the following mixture: Mix coconut oil with coarse sea salt in a 1:2 ratio.
16.Exfoliate Your Lips: Remove the dead skin on the lips and soften them by combining a teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or raw sugar.
17.Lotion Bar: Mix a cup each of coconut, beeswax, and shea butter in a mason jar with a lid and put in a saucepan of water. Boil the water in order to melt the ingredients, and then remove the jar from heat. Now add a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and stir until you get a homogeneous mixture. Pour it into molds and leave to cool. Pop them out of the molds and use. This will successfully moisturize your skin.
18.Makeup Remover:  Coconut oil safely breaks down the makeup and wipes it off easily and quickly, preventing irritation at the same time. Using your fingers, apply some oil on the face and massage in a circular motion. Rinse with water.
19.Cheekbone Highlighter: After you apply your makeup, add some coconut oil on the cheekbones to highlight them.
20.Massage Oil: Its strong antioxidant and moisturizing properties make it perfect to relax the muscles and enhance your skin.
21.Deodorant: Coconut oil can help you make your own natural deodorant.
Mix a cup each of coconut, beeswax, and shea butter in a mason jar with a lid and put in a saucepan of water. Boil the water in order to melt the ingredients, and then remove the jar from heat. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda, and ½ cup of arrowroot powder, stir and pour the mixture into molds until it is completely cool.
22.Soften Elbows: Rub some coconut oil twice a day on your elbows in order to soften them and to treat the dry and cracked skin.
23.Heal Cracked Heels: Being a natural moisturizer, coconut oil can treat and soften the cracked heels and prevent future cracking.
24.Reduce Cellulite: Apply some coconut oil on cellulite. You will get the desired results in several months.
25.Bath Oil: Coconut oil can be directly applied to the skin to refresh it and protect it. Yet, you can also make some great bath melts and drop them in the tub:
Heat a cup of coconut oil on low for 1-2 minutes and add 15 drops of essential oils to it. Stir, pour the mix into molds and leave it to cool. As soon as it is cooled, pop the mixture out and drop them in your bath. They will dissolve and will provide a wonderful relaxing experience. Keep the rest of the bath melts in a cool place.
26.Nail and Cuticle Treatment: Rub some oil into your nail cuticles before going to sleep, and this will soften them and will stimulate the nail growth.
27.Reduce Stretch Marks: Even though this does not mean that they will vanish completely, but if you occasionally rub coconut oil on your stretch marks, you will reduce their appearance.
28.Mascara Brush Cleaner: Soak the mascara buildup on your brush in coconut oil for several minutes, in order to remove it.
29.Enhance Eyelashes:  Swab some coconut oil on your eyelashes to enhance their look.
30.Remove Skin Wax: Apply some coconut oil and wipe the wax left on the skin away with a warm washcloth.
31.Personal Lubricant: It should not be used with condoms, as it is not compatible with latex, but use this remarkable oil as a lubricant for special moments.
32,Tattoo Moisturizer: You just got a new tattoo and you want it to heal so that annoying itch goes away. Put on a little coconut oil on your new tattoo in order to provide relief and moisture, and it will also enhance the effect on the ink.
33.Diminish Varicose Veins: In order to reduce varicose veins, you should apply some coconut oil to the affected area.
Food, Drink and Cooking
As we all know, coconut oil is edible, but you should not use cosmetic grade oil as it may have harmful effects when consumed. Coconut oil can be of 2 types: refined and unrefined (or virgin).
Refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconuts and has no odor or taste. It can stand higher temperatures, but during the refining process, numerous chemicals are used in order to deodorize, bleach or hydrogenate it, which leads to the creation of trans-fats. Yet, in some cases, this process can be done more naturally, meaning that the oil is only heated.
On the other hand, unrefined or virgin coconut oil comes from fresh, not dried, coconut and is extracted fast, avoiding the refining process, so it has its odor and taste.
This is how to use coconut oil in the kitchen:
34. Cooking Oil: As it withstands higher temperatures due to its high amounts of saturated fat, some of which are very healthy in fact, it is great for cooking. It provides texture and great flavor to meals.
35. Smoothies: Coconut oil is great in smoothies, and it will enhance their consistency. Try the following one:
Mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder,2 cups of coconut milk, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons Gelatin Powder,  ½ cup of strawberries and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
36. Grease Pans: Grease your pans with coconut oil instead of vegetable oils.
37. Creamer in Coffee or Tea: To revolutionize the morning coffee experience, add some coconut oil to it. Mix 2 tablespoons of this amazing oil, 2 cups of hot coffee, and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a blender until you  prepare a great creamy mixture.
38. Butter Replacement: Instead of butter on the slice of bread or toast, use coconut oil as a healthier alternative, which will again be delicious.
39. Mayonnaise: Coconut oil can help you make a healthier mayonnaise alternative:
mix a teaspoon of mustard, 2/3 cup coconut oil, four egg yolks, 2/3 cup olive oil, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
40. Sweetener: As it is a bit sweet, use coconut oil to replace sugar.
41. Salad Dressing: Add numerous nutrients in your salad and improve their absorption, by adding some coconut oil to your greens.
42. Preserves Eggs: Coat the eggshell with coconut oil in order to make your eggs last longer and to maintain their quality.
43. Prevent Freezer Burn: Before you put the food in your freezer, add some coconut oil on the top of it, and it will act as a seal and will avoid freezer burn.
44. Popcorn Topping: Drizzle coconut oil along with some salt and add it on the to of your popcorn. It tastes remarkable!
45.Removing food from dishes: You can add some coconut oil to lubricate the hard stains  and easily clean them.
Health and Home Remedies
Coconut oil has strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, so it is extremely beneficial in the case of numerous health conditions. If you consume it, use the food grade of the oil. Use the fractioned coconut oil for topical uses, as it is high in  capric and caprylic acids which make it a potent disinfectant and strong antioxidant.
46.Cuts and Wounds: Coconut oil can be used as a natural antifungal and antibacterial product to treat small cuts. First, clean the wound and then apply it.
47.Freshen Breath: Bacteria in the mouth lead to bad breath, so coconut oil and it potent antibacterial properties can help you solve this issue.
48.Fights Inflammation: The inflammation can be reduced due to the lauric acid and capric acid found in coconut oil. Moreover, it doesn’t have any side-effects, unlike anti-inflammatory medicines.
49.Boosts Energy: It includes a unique form of saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides that energize your body.
50.Weight Loss: If you replace other fats with coconut oil, you can effectively lose excess weight.
51.Reduces Appetite: Take a spoon of this miraculous oil before meals to reduce your appetite and the size of your portion.
52.Strengthens the Immune System: If you add coconut oil to your diet regularly, you will successfully strengthen your immune system as it prevents infections and viruses.
53.Helps Blood Circulation: You can increase the circulation of blood by applying this oil to your body.
54.Aromatherapy: It is an amazing carrier oil, and will aid the absorption of herbal extracts and other essential oils and thus will relax your body. In this case, use fractionated coconut oil.
55.Supports the function of the thyroid gland: According to numerous studies, the consumption of this oil will promote the proper function of the thyroid gland.
56.Promotes Bone Health: Being a fat, it will promote the absorption of nutrients and vitamins, like calcium, so it will effectively strengthen your bones.
57.Treats Arthritis: Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil every day, to relieve arthritis pain, due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
58.Lowers Cholesterol: The high amounts of lauric acid boost HDL (good cholesterol), which in turn reduces bad cholesterol (LDL).
59.Treats Hemorrhoids: Apply some coconut oil in order to relieve the pain and treat hemorrhoids.
60.Treats Athlete’s Foot: Rub some coconut oil on your feet with some tea tree oil to relieve the pain. The strong antifungal effects will treat this issue.
61.Relieve Constipation: Being a natural laxative, it will accelerate your metabolism and soften stools.
62.Treats Toenail Fungus:  Apply a small amount of coconut oil on the area a few times during the day.
63.Sore Throat Relief: Dissolve a teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth and let it roll down the throat to calm a sore throat.
64.Treats Fungal and Yeast Infections: The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil diffuse into cell membranes of various organisms and effectively kill viruses, parasite, bacteria, fungi, yeast. You just need to add 3-5 tablespoons of this oil to your daily diet. Moreover, you can also apply some coconut oil on the affected areas.
65.Treats Cough: Mix a half teaspoon of this oil with a teaspoon of honey and add them to a  quarter cup of water. Drink it while hot to alleviate a cough.
66.Cold Sores: Soothe the pain and stop sores from spreading by applying some coconut oil few times during the day.
67.Insect Repellent: Slather some coconut oil on to keep the bugs away, as they simply hate it.
68.Bug Bites: This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the irritation and soothe the itching.
69.Relieves Sunburn: Mix coconut oil and aloe vera gel in a ratio 1:1 and refrigerate to cool. The, rub it on the affected area to cool it and relieve the sunburn.
70.Relief from Eczema: Use coconut oil to soothe the itching due to eczema.
71.Bee Sting Soother: Remove the stinger, and add some coconut oil to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling.
72.Relief from Poison Ivy: Apply this oil and it will solve the issue caused by ivy, sumac or oak. Also, you should enjoy a warm bath with some coconut oil.
73.Soothe Chicken Pox: Rub some coconut oil on the affected areas to soothe the itching or pain.
74.Eliminate Warts and Moles: Rub this oil on warts and moles. Then, cover the areas with an a bandage to leave it to act. If done regularly, you will get rid of moles and warts.
75.Relief from Heartburn/Acid Reflux: Three tablespoons of coconut oil daily will soothe the esophagus and enhance your digestive health.
76.Toothache relief: Mix coconut oil with clove oil in a 1:2 ratio, and apply the mixture to your gums with a cotton swab to alleviate a toothache.
77.Toothpaste: Make your own, natural and effective toothpaste by combining  6 tablespoons of coconut oil and 6 tablespoons of baking soda with 25 drops of essential oil( for instance, spearmint).
78.Mouthwash: This method is called oil pulling, meaning to use this oil as a mouthwash. You may use it in liquid form.
79.Treat an Ear Infection: Apply some coconut oil to the ear in order to treat the ear infection.
80.Stop Nose Bleeds: Rub some coconut oil in the nostrils to fight the cracking that causes the bleeding.
81.Remove Ear Wax: Using an eyedropper, pour 2 drops of coconut oil to dissolve wax buildup in your ear.
82.Fight Allergies: Put a little coconut oil on your nostrils for quick relief in the case of allergies.
83.Prevent Lice: You should dip a comb in coconut oil, and run it through the hair to chase lice away.
Pregnancy and Infant Care
Regardless whether you are carrying or taking care of a baby, coconut oil can be your best friend.
84.Prevent Morning Sickness: During pregnancy, take a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning to reduce morning sickness and soothe the stomach.
85.Rub on Perineum: Prevent or lessen tears to the perineum during birth by applying coconut oil to it on a daily basis during the months before.
86.Nipple Cream: When nursing, rub some coconut oil on the nipples to reduce the irritation. It is also safe for your baby as well.
87.Nursing Boost: In order to increase the milk supply and nutrients, a mother should consume 3-4 tablespoons of this miraculous oil every day.
88.Stop Diaper Rash: Due to its powerful antifungal properties, coconut oil will effectively prevent irritations and soothe the rash.
89.Moisturize Baby’s Skin:  In order to moisturize and protect them, you should apply a dab to dry patches, such as the creases of the baby’s neck.This oil is completely safe and will prevent irritations.
Fixing Stuff Around the Home
It is more than advisable to have this oil at home, as it will be of great help:
90.Lubricate Kitchen Appliances: Rub some oil on the blades of your small kitchen appliances, like can openers, blenders, mixers, and food processors.
91.Remove Rust: Apply some coconut oil on the rusty places and leave it for several hours, and then rinse using warm water.
92.Unstuck a Zipper: Rub some coconut oil on the stuck zipper and you will solve the problem!
93.Fix Squeaky Hinges: Lubricate the squeaky door with coconut oil and you can enjoy the peace and calamity of your home.
94.Gum Removal: Use coconut oil to remove gum from the shoes, carpet, hair and the like.
95.Furniture Polish: Rub a little coconut oil on your furniture and you will make it shine like new. moreover, you will prevent the harmful effects of the toxic polishes.
96.Leather Cleaner: By making it shine using this miraculous oil, you are also cleaning the leather at the same time.
97.Get Rid of Soap Scum: Apply some coconut oil on the sink or shower in order to easily scrub the buildup away.
98.Remove a Ring: Especially if your fingers have swollen, rings are difficult to be removed. Yet, you can apply some coconut oil to the hand and the ring and it will come off extremely easily.
99.Coat Snow Shovels: Apply some coconut oil to the shovel in order to avoid sticking of the snow to it, and thus, you will easily clear the driveway.
100.Leather Shiner: Rub some coconut oil on the boots, purses or pumps to make them look fresh and shiny.
101.Plant Shine: Rub some coconut oil on the leaves of your plants in order to clean the accumulated dust and to make them shine.
Source/Reference: familylifegoals.com
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