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Some Wonderful Uses for Coconut Oil

Updated on August 14, 2012
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Coconut oil offers a whole array of health benefits it can be used in so many ways such as in cooking, as a moisturiser, hair conditioner and even a toothpaste. Coconut oil is actually anti-bacterial and it can help to heal sore throats, urine infections and it can aid in the reduction of gum disease. Some research has shown that this magic oil is actual anti-carcinogenic meaning that it has antimicrobial properties, therefore it is thought to aid in the inhibition of cancerous cells in the body. It can also effectively boost the immune system and prevent infections and viruses. Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and it can help to repair damaged cell tissue in the body. It can be used in so many amazing ways, take a look at some the great things you can do with coconut oil.

The Best Types of Coconut Oil

There are various types of coconut oil available however, here are the best types to purchase.

  • Virgin Coconut Oil

    When purhcasing virgin coconut oil it is always best to opt for organic coconut oil. This type of coconut oil is excellent for baking cakes and other treats, and is best used in cooking. It does provide you with a coconut fragrance in food and if you used topically. It always best to go for unrefined virgin coconut oil too because it has themost nutrients in it.

  • Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil

    This oil is actually refined as opposed to virgin coconut oil. However you can use it for most things without it leaving that coconut odour or taste. If you do not want that odour then this is the best to go for. One thing you should bare in mind though is that, because it is refined it lose some of the nutritional benefits because the process it has to go through when being refined.

Check out some of the great stuff you can do with coconut oil, you might just be a little surprised.


You can use coconut oil of hyperpigmentation and dark circles around the eyes. After a few weeks of applying coconut oil directly to your dark spots you will see an improvement. As coconut oil actually helps the dark spots to fade. Apply it every day as often as you need to.

Use after shaving

Do you shave every day of the week? If so then coconut oil is great for healing the skin after shaving. Some oils can actually cause irritation and cause the pores to actually clog up. However, with coconut oil you will find that it helps to heal the skin without clogging up the pores or irritating the skin.

Face and body scrub

Did you know that coconut oil can actually be used as a face and body scrub? Well, yes it can in order to make a body scrub. Add some bicarbonate of soda to your olive oil and apply it to your face or body. You will need a about 2 tsp for your face and four to five tsp for your body. If you do not have any bicarbonate of soda to hand you can use sugar, which is a perfect alternative to using baking soda. Although sugar might be a little bit more abrasive it is also very effective. So if you have dry skin and dead skin cells you should give this a try.

Hair Loss

If you suffer from hair loss you really should give coconut oil a try. Because it can actually help to stimulate the hair follicle and aid encourage regrowth. If you want to see a difference quickly you should apply it to your scalp about twice a day.

Eye bags and wrinkles

Coconut oil is great for eye bags and wrinkles. It helps to reduce water retention around the eye and aids in the reduction, or prevention of wrinkles. Apply it to your under eyes twice a day after washing your face. Remember to use your ring finger because this has the softest touch.

Hair Conditioner

This is excellent as a hair conditioner, it can help to reduce split ends and aid in the growth of healthy, thick hair. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil into your hair and cover your head with a plastic bag or show cap. Leave for half an hour, and then rinse with warm water.

Stretch Marks

Coconut oil can help to soothe and heal your stretch marks. Apply it to the affected areas twice a day.

Fat Burning

Coconut oil is said to aid in the reduction of fat cells. Rub the coconut oil on your stubborn areas daily. You can also use it in cooking to aid in speeding up the metabolism.


You can use coconut oil as a tootpaste. Add ½ a tsp of coconut oil to ½ a tsp of coconut oil, add a drop of lemon juice and use it to brush your teeth.

Removes Make up

Instead of using expensive makeup remover solutions, you can use coconut oil. Make sure it is melted and dip cotton wool in the oil and apply it to your makeup areas to remove.


Coconut oil can be used in place of your usual moisturizer. It is very effective, apply it to wet skin for best results.


You can also use coconut oil as a deodorant so instead of buying expensive deodrant from the store, you can actually make your own. All you really need to do is dab coconut oil on your armpits and it will kill the bacteria that causes odour. It truly is amazing, try it out!

There are so many wonderful uses for coconut oil, try a few of these out! You will not only save money but you will also discover the many wonderful health benefits of coconut oil.


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    • intriguewriter profile image

      intriguewriter 5 years ago from worldwide

      thanks for the comment. in fact there are even more uses. i didnt even write them all down

    • CenterAll72 profile image

      CenterAll72 5 years ago from New York

      Damn I'm bit amazed that you can use coconut oil for some of the things you mentioned. Like Deodorant damn that's nice right there.

      And shaving, I'm gonna have to try that way to see how that is for real.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing how many benefits coconut oil has for us, thanks

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      Joseph A K Turner 5 years ago from West Yorkshire

      purhcasing , only amendment needed, Great article, I do love reading your stuff! unfortunately unless they start selling it on asda smart price it is a bit out of my price range looool

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wow, I have heard good things about coconut oil, but I had no idea how many things you can use it for. Can't wait to buy some. Thanks for sharing this great hub. Voted UP.