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Uses for Cool Coconut Oil

Updated on March 13, 2016
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I have been trying coconut oil because I am allergic to many products be it for hair or skin.

Many people say that coconut oil is good for your health, however I am not qualified to make such claims - to be honest I have no idea whether it's good for you or bad for you! It really does depend who you ask and what medical journals you read.

I have made toothpaste, deodorant and lip balm using organic coconut oil as the main ingredient. These are my thoughts.

Please do leave a comment as I really would love to add your experiences of using coconut oil here, and any ideas you have for how to best use it.

Thanks so much for your visit


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Natural Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Cool Coconut Oil

Regular toothpaste has chemicals in it and that's a reason why you should not swallow it.

I have been trying to eliminate as many chemicals as possible from my household because my son has very sensitive skin and I don't want to irritate it.

I have been looking at replacing toothpaste with natural homemade paste. I looked up several recipes and they all seemed to be the same. It's very very easy to make and inexpensive too.

They say that natural coconut oil has anti viral, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties and that's why it makes an excellent toothpaste. The baking powder will make them white.

You will need:

A small bowl to mix the paste in and a spoon. A jar with a lid in which to store the paste once it's made

Ingredients:

  • Natural coconut oil
  • Baking powder
  • Essence of peppermint, or spearmint, or any flavor that you like.

Method:

  • Take 2/4 large table spoons of coconut oil and put them in the bowl (don't make too much in one go, it's better to make it fresh because it doesn't have any preservatives in it.
  • Mix in enough baking power to make a smooth paste that looks like toothpaste
  • Add 2 to 3 drops of essence and mix it in the paste
  • Spoon it into the jar and close lid.

That all folks! Easy and very effective, keeps your teeth bright and clean and it won't hurt if you eat it, so it's great for children.

We used it till it ran out and then my son wanted to go back to his 'real' toothpaste! I liked it but I don't know if it protects against tooth decay etc. It's really hard to know what to do - should we really believe these dentists!! What should we actually be brushing our teeth with? Is flouride good for you or not? See what Michael Greger M.D. a nutrition specialist has to say about toothpaste. I think this is one of the best site on nutrition around.

Please leave a comment if you have tried this.

32-oz. glass - 2-Jar Pack - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 2 quarts Total
32-oz. glass - 2-Jar Pack - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 2 quarts Total

This is top quality coconut oil. Save money with 2 jars.

 

Lip Balm- really easy to make!

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Fresh Coconut for Breakfast

in Bangladesh

Many years ago when I was in Bangladesh, I had coconut for breakfast.

Watching waiters climb up very tall coconut trees to cut down the fruit for us was so exciting, we woke up early so that we wouldn't miss it.

I tried to learn how to do it, but I just couldn't get the push up from the ground. The coconuts were dropped down, from a great height, but they didn't crack.

The rest of the breakfast was not memorable, but I'll never forget the coconuts - they were huge and truly delicious!


Coco, coco, coco!

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Coconut Deodorant

I came across this recipe and I am very sensitive to deodorants so I usually use the natural crystal stone but I'm going to make this:

  • Baking Soda
  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Coconut oil
  • Essential oils - anti bacterial ones are Lavender, Tea Tree, Myrrh, grapefruit, Lemon and Thyme, peppermint

Mix it all together, add different amounts to get the consistency you like.

I had to play around with it quite a lot to make sure it was the right consistency, and I have used it several times. I am not sure whether I really like it because I am used to my mineral stone. But it certainly works in terms of reducing odour. My son tried it and hated it -full stop! My husband says it irritated him am bit - but he has ultra senstive skin, so we were expecting that because of the baking powder.

Do leave a comment if you try it and tell us how you got on.

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

This gets over 400 4 or 5 star ratings from Amazon customers. They love it

 

Hair Care

Transporting Fresh Coconuts

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Natural Organic Coconut Oil Shampoos and Conditoners

If your hair needs attention then waste no more time. I have picked out a great organic brand that works well for my hair, which is dry. It has made it shinier and softer.

Amazon has many other types of coconut oil shampoos, and if you click on this one you'll be taken directly to their site.

I use this shampoo because my hair has henna in it and this shampoo keeps it nice and soft.I can recommend this highly.

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Do you use coconut oil for cooking? Tell us all about it, we'd love to hear about your experiences. Perhaps you have some useful tip to tell.

Thanks very much indeed for taking the time to keep us informed.

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      sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      In our part of the world, coconut oil is part of daily usage in cooking and frying. Coconut water is a natural health drink and its oil widely used in cosmetic products. Great lens.

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      I switched to coconut oil a few months ago and I'm loving it. Great taste and smell, gives my meals a hint of exotic. I don't mind that it is a little more expensive than other oils. To me it clearly is worth it, especially with all those health benefits. Also I like to put a little in my hair every now and then, makes it look more sleek and full.

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      Shamim Rajabali 3 years ago from Texas

      I don't use coconut oil for cooking, I use it as a moisturizer for skin and hair.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @yayang0405 lm: It will make it lovely and soft a keep the shine. It's so good to know that there are no chemicals in it . Thanks for your vsiit and comment.

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      I am not using coconut oil for cooking but I am using it for my hair to keep it healthy.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @VioletteRose LM: Wow! I've never been to India, ( it is one of my dreams to do so) but I have visited Bangladesh, and so I know about the coconuts. Men climbed the tall trees in the mornings to drink the milk and eat the flesh for breakfast. They were delicious. Kerala sounds beautiful - I've just looked at it on Google Earth very interesting. It's a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: My hometown is in the South Indian state of Kerala, the name literally means the land of coconuts! And yes the place is beautiful with full of coconut trees and it is near to the sea. Although I relocated, my parents and relatives are there and I travel to my hometown occasionally.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @VioletteRose LM: Where do you live Violette? Somewhere very beautiful I'll bet! Thank you very much for visiting and you kind comment.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Coconuts are abundant in my hometown and coconut trees are grown in almost all homes. And I use fresh grated coconuts almost daily in my food :) Coconut oil is great for hair too, I didn't know the use of it as a natural toothpaste ingredient. Thanks for sharing this beautiful lens!

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      john-tabernik 3 years ago

      Lots of great information! Thanks!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Cari Kay 11: Oh dear! Maybe you should try applying it on the tooth with a cotton bud. It's interesting to hear that it relieves pain. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and comment.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      I've just started rinsing my mouth with coconut oil. I have a tooth crack that is not yet apparent on xrays and somebody suggested swishing coconut oil for the pain. I think it works. I haven't had pain so I'm assuming it is because of the oil. The only problem is that it does get my gag reflex going. That's not fun!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @LAVINASKINCARE: Great! Let us know what you think of it. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      LAVINASKINCARE 3 years ago

      I've been enthusiastic about anything that is DIY. The recipe for the toothpaste is pretty straight forward, I will definitely try it soon!

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      Im2keys 3 years ago

      I use coconut oil in my baking as well, and just recently I substituted it for vegetable oil in the crepe recipe I make- the crepes turned out better than ever!

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      Joanne Reid 3 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      I cook with coconut oil all the time. It's great for stir fries because it can handle really high heat. I use it instead of vegetable oil all the time. Delicious.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Sundaycoffee: Let me know how you get on with it. I think it gets a bit of getting used too - but with practice the texture improves. I've stopped using all sorts of chemicals on my hair too, and all around my house, I clean with vinegar and baking soda! Saves a fortune and is eco friendly. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Donna Cook: It has a wonderful smell doesn't it -reminds me of summer and sun tan oils. Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      The toothpaste idea is fantastic. We're not allergic to anything, but I too am trying to eliminate chemicals from our household because it is healthier and greener to use natural products.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens but sorry no I don't using coconut oil for cooking. I do love it in skin creams though

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      puppy-love 3 years ago

      this is great, thanks. I have been using coconut oil for cooking and for skin remedies but I didn't know about toothpaste!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ecogranny: I'm very sorry to hear about your granddaughter, and I do hope she's all better now. I'm sure parents that come across this lens will be very interested to hear that coconut oil helped with cradle cap. Thank you very much for telling us.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I only discovered the wide-ranging uses for coconut oil a few months ago, and I had been drafting a lens about it when, quite by accident over on the FB Contributors page, I saw yours. Well done!Coconut oil has turned out to be the most effective cradle cap remedy we have found since my granddaughter's skull surgery and long exposure to antibiotics allowed the yeast to flourish on her scalp. The doctors would not permit treatment for months, and it skyrocketed out of control. Thanks to the coconut oil, it is nearly gone at long last.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Use it all the time for cooking.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      I agree that coconut oil is tops and I still can't believe that it tastes good enough to eat off a spoon.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Coconuts are one of those fruits with a great deal of benefits from the tree to the fruit. I love a glass of cool and fresh coconut juice on hot summer days. Makes me think of the beach! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      SparkleNZ 4 years ago

      Coconut oil is amazing! I don't buy conditioner or moisturizer any more - coconut does the job. And smells fantastic. I am going to try the toothpaste.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have long known about the benefits of using coconut oil, but I did not know you could get toothpaste made from it :)

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Now where do I start? I use it for cooking, baking, as a skin cream, nd to counterct spider bites. It is so wonderful.

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      am23g23 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens Graeme, many different uses of coconut oil. Might have to consider making the change because of the health benefits. Very interesting.

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      Eleanor Candy 4 years ago from Australia

      Great lens, I use it in my cooking all the time usually when making curries or chicken dishes. As coconut oil has so many health benefits I think we should add it to our diet more often.