10 Uses of Coconut Oil


Coconut oil for me is a holy grail product when it comes to skin. It has numerous benefits and many different ways in which we can make use of it. It’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties makes it good for medicinal purposes while it’s good skin penetration power makes it a great moisturizer. Though this might not be same for all, I totally love the smell of coconut oil ๐Ÿ™‚

While some of the ideas are inspired from V’s suggestions as part of our long telephonic conversations, I am listing below 10 different ways in which I make use of coconut oil in my daily routine.

  1. Skin Moisturizer – Coconut oil provides great moisture and nourishment to our skin. Just mix some coconut oil with 1-2 drops of turmeric essential oil and use as a night time moisturizer to do away with dry and pigmented skin.ย 
  2. Hair Conditioner – Coconut oil works as an excellent hair conditioner. Add some of it to any of your homemade hair masks and you don’t need to use a conditioner on your hair. I make a mixture of 1 ripe banana, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp curd and 1 tsp honey, blend it in a mixer to make a smooth paste and use it as a hair mask before taking shower, works wonders!ย Another way of using coconut oil as a conditioner is to take 2-3 drops of it, rub between your palms to warm up a bit and apply to towel dried hair at length avoiding the scalp. I love Coconut Dry Oil from The Body Shop to use this way. This leaves your hair shining, fragrant and way more easy to tame and style.
  3. Hair fall Rescue – Coconut oil works a great rescue from hair fall issues. In a pan, add 2 cups coconut oil, handful of curry leaves, 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds and half cup of castor oil and heat on low flame for 15 mins. Once cooled, transfer entire mixture in a glass bottle and use as a hair oil twice a week to say goodbye to hair fall problems.
  4. Body Moisturizer – Use coconut oil to deal with dryness of your body. Massage all ย over your body post shower for a moisturized skin. Add some brown sugar to coconut oil and you have a body scrub which exfoliates while nourishing your skin. Add some coconut oil to your bath water along with few drops of your favorite essential oil and soak in it for a beautiful glowing skin that loves you back!
  5. Diaper Rash Ointment for Babies – To simply avoid your baby going through irritation caused by diaper rashes, apply a generous amount of coconut oil at every diaper change from day 1 and you are good to go. Happy baby, happy mama!
  6. Baby Massage Oil – Nothing new about this one. Coconut oil has been trusted since ages to be used for massaging babies to strengthen their body and bones. Mix it with pure cow ghee (clarified butter) for added results.
  7. Stretch Marks Oil – Stretch marks are women’s age old friends specially after pregnancy. Coconut oil works wonders to help regain skin elasticity and fade away the stretch marks. For a stretch marks ointment, heat 2 cups of coconut oil with 1 cup aloe vera juice on low heat for good 20-30 mins, add a tsp of lemon zest as a preservative and massage this on your marks before going to bed. I am using this concoction for almost two months now and can see a visible difference in my stretch marks.
  8. Fade Away Scars and Marks – To fade away any new or old burn marks, acne scars or any kind of marks, use coconut oil religiously and they will get lightened over a period of time.
  9. For Healthy and fuller Lips – Use coconut oil on lips before going to bed to wake up to soft pink lips in the morning. Add some dried rose petals and Himalayan salt to this oil for an excellent homemade lip scrub.
  10. Makeup Remover – Use coconut oil as an ultimate natural makeup remover. To make it even more effective for those stubborn waterproof eyeliners and mascaras, use V’s DIY makeup remover tip and you will never need to buy a makeup remover again –ย DIY: Makeup remover

I hope you found this post useful in some or the other way!


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36 thoughts on “10 Uses of Coconut Oil

  1. Coconut oil is easily the most important thing in my house! I have a special one for my scalp psoriasis, one for my skin, two different ones in the kitchen…it’s getting a little out of hand!

  2. Coconut oil has played a very important part in my life and it still does. I am from India and belong to the southern state Kerala. Coconut oil is the only oil that is used in our household for almost everything. Great post!

  3. I knew many of the 10 you mentioned but I never would have guessed all 10! Really interesting and shows what a versatile and helpful thing coconut oil truly is.

  4. Wow this is interesting . We produce coconut oil from our farm . We are from a tropical country . I didn’t realize that the coconut oil can be use for many health purpose . We just use to cook , you are the reason for me to plant more coconut in my farm .

  5. My aunt used to make concoctions of coconut oil and other oils for massaging newborn babies for the first few months of their lives. She also made a coconut oil mixture for dry hair. I use coconut oil in cooking mostly but will definitely try some of your other recommendations.

  6. I think my favourite way to use it as you described is as a skin moisturizer. Generally speaking, my skin can be a touch insensitive, but it turns out that coconut oil, likely due to the fact that it’s natural, vibes pretty well with my skin. Thanks for the post.

  7. I’ve been a huge fan of coconut oil for years, but love your post because it has so many interesting spins. I can’t wait to blend it with curry leaves and fenugreek seeds to use on my hair. And the lip scrub? Genius. x

  8. My girlfriend was using it as a makeup remover and I think it worls amazing as she still uses it!

    I also didn’t know you can use coconut oil for so many things haha

  9. Great tips! I absolutely love coconut oil. It’s amazing. I use it in my cooking, for my hair and as a makeup remover. Didn’t know some of these uses though! Thanks for sharing.

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