Try these 16 handy household and beauty uses for coconut oil.
1. Treat cuts
Coconut oil is a great antiseptic, and can be used in place of traditional over-the-counter pharmacy treatments to help a cut heal faster.
Simply dab a bit over the area and cover with a bandage.
2. Brighter, whiter teeth
Coconut oil has been found to stop tooth decay, and can also be used for a brighter smile.
Simply swish the oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, four to five times per week.
3. Eliminate odors
Coconut oil can be transformed into an easy, homemade deodorant.
Take 1/4 cup cornstarch, add 6 tablespoons coconut oil and mix well with a fork.
4. Insect Repellent
Coconut oil is a natural insect repellent.
Mix 8 ounces of coconut oil with 40 to 50 drops peppermint essential oil and apply on your skin.
5. Soothe sunburn
Coconut oil can also be used to soothe a sunburn.
Put the oil in the fridge allowing it to cool, then rub over your skin.
6. Relieve constipation
One of coconut oil’s main benefits is its laxative effects. Get things moving again by ingesting 1 tablespoon in the morning on an empty stomach.
If you don’t see a difference in a couple of days, up your dose to 2 tablespoons.
7. Healthier hair
Coconut oil can be used as a rich hair treatment.
Simply combine 2 tablespoons melted coconut with 2 tablespoons raw honey and 1 large egg yolk.
Whisk the ingredients together and apply to dry hair, covering it completely.
Let it sit for as long as possible then rinse with warm water.
8. Face Cleanser
Use coconut oil to wash your face.
It can help draw out dirt, oil and toxins.
To reap the benefits, mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1 teaspoon castor oil, massage into the skin and apply a warm, wet facecloth over your face until it cools.
Wipe the salve off. Use more coconut oil for dry skin and less for oily skin.