20 awesome uses for coconut oil

Chances are, if you know me, I’ve prescribed coconut oil to fix one of your problems. I’m like the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who thinks Windex can cure everything. Only my cure all is coconut oil and it’s true. The ridiculously wide ranging uses for coconut oil blows my mind regularly.

Even my girls have started asking for it when they have a problem. Ellie calls it coconut “aw-lah” and any time she has a rash on her little tush she tells me she needs it (sign number 3,587 that she should be potty trained). Samantha has the driest hands in the winter and asks for it because she knows it won’t burn. Me? I slather it on multiple times a day.

Rather than drive everyone I know crazy with talking about my magical go-to non stop, I thought I’d throw together a blog post with twenty fantastic uses for coconut oil and let you try some of them out for yourself. Then you can come back and tell me what you thought and we can become COBFL—Coconut Oil Besties for Life. Yep. I went there.

20 awesome uses for coconut oil

20 awesome uses for coconut oil

  1. It is amazing for moisturizing your hair.
  2. You can use it to remove makeup (I do every night!).
  3. It can help you fight sugar cravings (say whaaaat?!).
  4. It’s an awesome alternative to diaper rash ointments (and works better than anything else I’ve tried!).
  5. Like I mentioned last week, it’s great for getting rid of sticky residue.
  6. It’s a healthy substitute for butter and other oils (we love it on popcorn!).
  7. Ran out of shaving cream? Try coconut oil in its place. You’ll never go back!
  8. Have you heard of oil pulling? It’s an ancient practice with a never-ending list of benefits.
  9. Ready to giggle like a preteen? You can use coconut oil as a lube (although not if you use latex condoms). If you’re intrigued more than you’re blushing, check out this recipe for love butter.
  10. It can also be used to help with cradle cap. Massage a little onto the babe’s scalp and then gently brush off the flakes.
  11. You can make a simple and fan-freakin-tastic body butter with it.
  12. I mentioned diaper rash, but if you have any other skin irritation (burns, chafing, chapping) give coconut oil a try.
  13. You can use it to make deodorant.
  14. Mixing coconut oil with baking soda creates a gentle, moisturizing face scrub.
  15. You can use it to make a DIY beach hair spray.
  16. coconut oil loverIngesting a spoonful of coconut oil has been said to help everything from acid reflux and indigestion to providing an energy boost.
  17. You can use it to make a homemade VapoRub.
  18. Frizzy? Put a teeny bit into your palm, rub your hands together, then run your hands through your hair. It’s kind of a perfect defrizzing product.
  19. You can mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract for a natural, DIY bug repellent.
  20. Coconut oil is great for conditioning cuticles and strengthening eyelashes.

One of the main questions people ask me when I tell them I use coconut oil for everything is how I can handle the greasiness. Honestly, I don’t think it’s that greasy. Yes, it is an oil. It feels like an oil when you put it on your skin. But it also seeps in pretty quickly so you don’t feel like you’re walking around with an oil slick face all day if you dab some on in the morning.

PS If you looooove the taste of coconut, try my chocolate coconut granola… and, yes, there’s coconut oil in that too!

I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this, but I do. I’m not a doctor. Don’t consider this medical advice. 

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.