14 Household Uses for Coconut Oil

Discover the versatile properties of this tropical wonder fruit.

| September/October 2014

  • Coconut oil can be whipped into a soothing body cream.
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  • Coconut oil can be used in a variety of ways.
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Coconut can combat influenza viruses, fight bacteria that cause cavities, expel lice, improve digestion, reduce inflammation…the list goes on. Hailed as the “tree of life,” coconut’s health benefits are many, but it is coconut oil that stars in many practical uses. From a stain remover for fabrics to a preshave balm, try these 14 handy household uses for coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Uses

1. Chef’s Secret: You can up the health ante of many dishes by replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil. Use it in stir-fries, brownie recipes, pie crusts or even fry with it.

2. Hair Helper: For a rich hair treatment, combine 2 tablespoons each melted coconut oil and raw honey with 1 large egg yolk. Whisk together and apply to dry hair, covering completely. Let sit as long as you can. (To kill time, queue up a movie or tackle a closet cleanout project.) Rinse with warm water when ready.

3. Coconut Kiss: To make a soothing lip balm, melt 4 tablespoons grated beeswax and 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a glass bowl over simmering water, stirring frequently. Once melted, remove container from heat and add 5 to 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Pour into a tin and apply to lips once cool and solidified.

4. Well Seasoned: To season a cast-iron pan, coat liberally with coconut oil. Put the pan in a cool oven and turn it to 300 degrees. Leave in oven for 30 minutes after it reaches set temperature. Let pan cool in oven after turning it off.

5. Face Freshener: Wash your face with oil—yes, really! Coconut oil works wonders on the skin and can help draw out dirt, oil and other toxins. To use, mix 2 teaspoons coconut oil with 1 teaspoon castor oil (use more coconut oil for dry skin; less for oily skin). Massage into skin and apply in a warm, wet washcloth to your face until it cools. Wipe away and repeat if necessary.

8/7/2019 2:33:10 PM

Has anyone used coconut oil to clean/condition faux leather on a couch?

7/30/2018 10:50:23 AM

As to #9: Do note that 4 tablespoons is 1/4 of a cup.

7/30/2018 10:49:24 AM

As to #9: Note that 4 tablespoons is also 1/4 cup.

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