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5 Uses for Coconut Oil

by Kim Conte on September 9, 2009 at 7:27 AM
5 uses for coconut oil

16 oz. Coconut Oil

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This weekend I was (once again) complaining about my greasy hair, and my mother-in-law sang the praises of coconut oil and its many natural beauty and health benefits. It moisturizes, conditions, nourishes, refreshes—you name it, coconut oil does it.

Here are five reasons to give coconut oil a try:

1. It moisturizes skin: Often used in expensive skin care products, coconut oil has a lot of fat, which is great for moisturizing and refreshing dry skin, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Use it after shaving or on chapped lips. It's mostly recommended for the body—not the face. Try this DIY Honey and Coconut Oil Moisturizer or this DIY Body Scrub.

2. It conditions damaged hair. Just massage a small amount into your scalp.

3. It relieves itchy skin irritations and mosquito bites. Care2 recommends mixing 1 cup coconut oil, 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, 1 teaspoon Tea Tree oil,C and 20 drops of Lavender Essential oil; and applying to the inflammation.

4. It whitens teeth. Just swish 1 teaspoon (don't swallow!) before brushing.

5. It removes mascara. A dab of coconut oil on a cotton swab is all you need!

In addition to these beauty benefits, coconut oil may also protect against disease and cancer, relieve stress, promote weight loss, heal scrapes and cuts, boost energy, and aid in digestion. Pretty impressive, eh?

Do you use coconut oil?


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Filed Under: beauty, body, diy, hair, skin


  • RanaA...


    September 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    I will be using it in my homemade baby wipe solution. :)

  • Lumin...


    September 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    I love coconut oil :) I always have it on hand for soap-making and thats what made me fall in love with it. Its also great as a massage oil for couples, great in the kitchen (its healthier to cook with) for stir frying, popping popcorn, and many other things!

  • Lumin...


    September 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    PS you can get pure coconut oil from walmart for around $4.00! Its LouAnna brand and its 31.5oz. Much better deal!

  • fmchavez


    September 10, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Diaper rash cream/oil! My MIL broke my jar of Coconut oil :( I really need to get another jar soon.

  • kimbe...


    September 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    wow maybe ill try it

  • Joyan...


    September 13, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    I love coconut oil.

  • Midni...


    September 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM

    Love coconut oil I make my own lotions for my hair and skin with it

  • texas...


    September 29, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    i use it as a makeup remover, for dry spots, for my heels in the winter when they get cracked and dry, for my hair and of course, to cook. LOL

  • Healt...
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    Healthy Oil Guy

    April 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    I'm a big fan of virgin coconut oil and have been using it for the past 3 years. At first I started by frying with it and now I use it for moisturizing my skin and also for conditioning my hair. Make sure to use virgin organic coconut oil as this is the best coconut oil to use.
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