Coconut Oil – oh Let me count the many ways you are good for me!!

Who would have thought that those magical big, hard-shelled, weird looking things from the trees when I took family vacations at Christmas time would end up such a huge part of my life. I do recall it being a tasty treat brought to me after it was smashed open on a rock, what a decadent treat. Now it is a staple in my home and not only a treat to eat but has so many other wonderful uses as well!  Coconut oil is one of those magical gifts from mother nature that we should all say thank you to.

Here is how I use it:

1. For Cooking

Try shopping for virgin coconut oil. This means it’s unrefined, and processed at a low-heat. It will have a smoother texture and richer flavor. Refined coconut oil, on the other hand, has less of a coconut flavor and aroma, which might be what you’re looking for. It also has a higher smoke point (450 degrees for Refined vs. 350 degrees for Virgin).

Pan frying – coconut oil is great to cook with because of its high smoke point. Where other oils like olive oil and vegetable oil can oxidize, making it potentially dangerous to ingest, coconut oil can remain stable. It’s also great for using as a non-stick treatment on the frying pan. 350 – 375 degrees is best when frying.

Coffee creamer – try mixing coconut oil with your favorite sweetener for a creamy alternative to dairy. You’d be surprised at the boost of energy coconut oil can provide. Coconut oil has what we call “medium length” fatty acids, which are metabolized straight from the liver from the digestive tract–a great source of energy.

Baking – Grease your baking sheets, roast baked potatoes and vegetables, add a delicious twist to your breads… The possibilities are seemingly endless! Substitute coconut oil for vegetable oil in your recipes.

2. For Healthier Skin

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and is an excellent moisturizer. With refined coconut oil is fine for cooking, organic, unrefined coconut oil (virgin) is best for these topical uses.

Moisturizer – Use a small amount on your face before bed. Rub on, rub off. This helps with hydration and has natural anti-aging benefits. You can also apply a nice coat of coconut oil all over your body to help lock-in moisture after a shower. Leave on overnight.

Makeup – Coconut oil can be used to highlight the natural features of your skin. Try rubbing a small amount on your cheekbones, eyelids, and lips. And viola! Natural makeup substitute. Also, you can try using it as a gentle makeup remover

Wrinkle reducer – Rub a small amount around your eyes and other areas that could show signs of aging. Leave on overnight. Coconut oil also has a natural SPF and can help protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun.

Stretch marks – rub coconut oil on your belly during and after pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks, reduce dark marks and discoloration, and help with the skin’s elasticity.

3. For Better Hair

If you have dry or curly hair, you know how hard it is to keep your hair moisturized without succumbing to expensive treatments. But guess what, yep, coconut oil to the rescue!

Conditioner – Coconut oil doesn’t have the chemicals that conventional shampoos and conditioners carry. But with the vitamins and essential fatty acids, coconut oil can help hydrate the hair follicles and nourish the scalp. Use a small amount, focussing on the tips of the hair, and leave in overnight.

Hair growth – Coconut oil can help regrow hair, and make existing follicles grow longer and thicker. The lauric acid naturally found in the oil penetrates the hair shaft and improves its overall health. Massage coconut oil into the scalp for 10 minutes 3-4 times per week to improve blood circulation and stimulate growth. Follow up with a gentle wash.

Dandruff – Many shampoos that fight a dry scalp can have harmful chemicals. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids which can help fight bacterias and viruses found on the scalp. Try adding lavender, tea tree, and thyme to coconut oil to your scalp, neck and forehead to promote a fungus-free and hydrated scalp.

Styling – Coconut oil can be used to tame frizz, detangle, and protect hair from the sun. All while giving it a natural shine, and embracing natural curls. Be careful if you have thinning hair, because the oil can weigh the hair down—a small amount can go a long way.

4. Household Uses

Not only can you eat it, and wear it, but you can use it around the home! Coconut oil can hydrate, protect and shine countless items around the house. Chemicals, move over!

Candles – candles can be expensive, and sometimes use artificial scents and chemicals. Instead, you guessed it, use coconut oil! It’s a perfect carrier oil for your favorite essential oils (lavender, chamomile, etc.). Just mix in an oil diffuser, and burn this clean oil for an inexpensive and healthy alternative to candles.

Furniture treatment – Try rubbing a small amount of coconut oil to your furniture to clean, prevent dust buildup, cover up scratches, prevent rust, and give a nice healthy shine! Works great on wood, metal, and granite.

Leather shine – use coconut oil instead of harsh leather shine to bring new life back into shoes, wallets, and anything leather. Helps with shine, blemishes, and hydration.

5. Medical Uses

It’s no secret that we emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle here. Medical challenges are best met before they’re even a challenge. By living a healthy lifestyle, we can help combat the inevitable medical battles we will face in the years to come. Here are just a few ways Coconut oil can help our healthy cause.

Boost immunity – The healthy acids (lauric, capric, and caprylic) found inside coconut oil provide properties that aid the immune system in viral and bacterial agents.

Reduce Inflammation – Our magical oil has been found to support a healthy liver and kidneys. As long as it’s “virgin” coconut oil, which means it has been treated at low-heat and without chemicals—it has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation.

Sleep aid – Coconut oil is perfect for mixing with your other favorite oils like lavender and chamomile in order to provide that perfect atmosphere for drifting off to a stress-free sleep.

Digestive – Because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties, coconut oil is great for providing the digestive tract with the tools it needs to fight parasites and fungi. It also promotes the growth of healthy probiotics, and aids in the absorption of nutrients.

Pets – rub coconut oil on your beloved pet’s coat to help with fleas, allergies and irritations, and help give their coat a healthy shine! Because it’s edible, it does no harm if they lick it off.

Even Goose likes coconut oil! Once a week I put a tsp in his beautiful curls.

Even Goose likes coconut oil! Once a week I put a tsp in his beautiful curls.

So there you have it. Coconut oil has stood the test of time as the oil with a thousand uses, and it continues to prove its worth for a LIVE FREE lifestyle. Almost any coconut oil will do.

Please comment below if you use coconut oil in other ways than above. We LOVE to share ideas here at LIVING FREE!!

Best
Jennifer

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Comments (19)

  • Kathy Kuhl Reply

    I have used it on my dry feet at night for cracked heels. It smells great!

    December 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm
  • Valerie Sheaff Reply

    I noticed the picture shows Nutiva brand. I am assuming that brand has no gluten or any chance of cross contamination? You know that we celiacs have to check. Thanks for the post. I will try the coconut oil. Also, your broccoli soup is SO good!
    Thanks for all the great information you supply. You are the BEST!

    December 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm
    • Jenny Reply

      It is certified gf and phenomenal for baking and is the only thing I have found to heal the eczema on my hands (use gloves) if I do happen to get glutened. Such a lifesaver and keeps my hands and skin so soft.

      December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm
      • Jenni Sorokin Reply

        Awesome!!
        I have been using it in my hot and cold teas, as well as smoothies and cold press juice.
        It’s also amazing in your sunscreen.
        I melt the oil down an with a medicine dropper add one or two drops. If wonderful.

        December 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm
  • Diane Reply

    Love this info. Thanks!

    December 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm
  • Skye Reply

    I adore coconut oil and use it externally ( hair, skin) but although I adore the fragrance and taste, I seem to be allergic to all nuts and seeds, and I am crushed by this.

    December 7, 2016 at 5:42 am
  • Jamie Reply

    Thank you Jennifer for the great post about coconut oil!! The brand in the picture (Nutiva) is the most flavorful one I have tried; the only one I will use. You can purchase it by the gallon at a very good price at Vitacost.com.
    After I brought it in for my massage therapist to use on me a few years ago (Nutiva coconut oil mixed with lavender essential oil) she switched to the same mix for all her customers.
    I also use it in my morning beverage: coffee-chicory-almond milk-cacao and spices-coconut oil…Heat up and blend in a VItamix. The coconut gives it a nice foam on top. It is reaallly yummy and gluten free (Bulletproof coffee is awesome). Sometimes I drink it all day long!!

    December 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Irene Ferrer Reply

    Hello Jennifer,

    I am Irene I am ayurveda medicine, I am also an student in INN I heard your lecture, I was shocked. I know you opened a bakery for celiacs. I am from Spain, Barcelona. Sorry about my english. I wanted to know how is been the experience about this business. I would like to open one in Barcelona also. I want you to advise me about it. Thank you very much in advance.

    Irene

    December 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm
  • Jim Reply

    I love the smell of coconut, but the taste doesn’t set well with me, for some odd reason. I’ll have to try coconut oil, instead of plain coconut, Jennifer.

    Congratulations on your one year cancer-free milestone! I am fortunate to have just surpassed seven years prostate cancer-free. Those anniversaries are the best. Be well!

    December 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  • Cindy Reply

    I get my coconut oil from mercola.com. Love it. Been using it for several years. Its great in stir frys. His site also has a wealth of health info that comes in handy. Glad I found your site. Always looking for better ways to cook and eat. My grandson is gluten intolerant. Might want to check out einkorn flour…

    January 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    • Natalie Reply

      While Einkorn flour has less gluten than wheat flour, it does still have gluten and is not acceptable for those of us with celiac disease. If I were merely gluten intolerant, I would not even attempt it.

      January 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  • Marilyn EL-Abidin Reply

    This is wonderful I’m going to burn some – never thought of that.. I use it to make my own fluoride free toothpaste and put it into an old candle jar. Just mix baking soda into you two coconut oil (sometimes it’s easier it its liquid) and then add your favorite edible essential oil, like peppermint Rosemary. It’s awesome!
    I share these ideas on small greeting cards and sell them at the Jersey Shore.

    Happy New Year 🙂

    January 7, 2017 at 11:52 am
  • Sandi Reply

    Is there an alternative to Coconut? That could do same things? I am also allergic to coconut, so the limits seem stronger than what can eat right now. Is overwhelming at times. 22 items to limit for eating. Can’t have any type of yeast , eggs, dairy of any kind, malt, barley, wheat, gluten, etc. UGH!

    February 22, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Lisa Reply

    I put Coconut oil on my eyelashes at night. within days, they are longer and fuller!

    May 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  • Krystina Reply

    Hi Jennifer!
    I have celiac as well and using coconut oil has changed me life! I use it for so many things! Have you ever heard of fractionated coconut oil? I’m curious if this has the same benefits?!

    June 10, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • Tracy Reply

    I make a whipped sugar scrub with coconut oil, sugar and fragrance oil, or essential oil of choice. Apply all over to wet warm skin in the shower then lightly rinse and towel dry. Takes care of dry feet and I no longer have to use body lotion or face moisturizer.

    July 6, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Lori Reply

    Started using it in my coffee, as you suggest, very yummy. I use it for lots of things but when I use it on my arms and legs, my skin peels? Anyone else?

    August 14, 2017 at 10:26 am
  • Patricia Vining Reply

    Did you know that you can buy fractionated liquid coconut oil at the grocery store? I live in GA, and the oil is in the cooking oil area and it is called LouAna. It’s only $9. I mix it in my smoothie, put it on my skin, and anything else that I can think of during the day. It is great. I also but the solid form.

    October 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Barbara S Seale Reply

    I’m not celiac, but I do have collagenous colitis, and I have found that if I avoid gluten, I also avoid many of the symptoms you have experienced, such as diarrhea and brain fog. On my last visit to my gastroenterologist, he made a point of telling me that research had recently determined that coconut oil actually aggravates collagenous colitis. Luckily, hadn’t been using it, but I wanted to share this with your community.

    October 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

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