Over 100 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Did you know that coconut oil can be used for more than just cooking? Yeah, I know!! Not to long ago I shared a post about the benefits of coconut oil and how my mama used it all the time. Yes, she even used it on my bald head when I was an infant because she was convinced that it stimulated hair growth.

After re-introducing this wonderful oil into my home, I wanted to know the many other uses, so naturally I went on a hunt. Here are just a few ways that I found you can use this little ‘miracle‘ oil.

Ready? Let’s go..

Over 100 Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. Use for stretch marks or to prevent them during pregnancy.
  2. Use for cooking. Coconut oil has a high smoke point so it wonderful for stir-frying.
  3. Use in place of butter.
  4. Use for baking in place of shortening.
  5. Use as eye make-up remover (works wonderfully)
  6. Stimulates hair growth (never argue with your mama)
  7. Use for home-made lotions and lotion bars. (personally have used this method and it’s incredible)
  8. Use to make home-made deodorant. (that’s my next project)
  9. Use to prevent diaper rash. (this really works)
  10. Include in recipe for home-made mayo.
  11. Use on cracked heels. (working on a great lotion for this purpose, but you can directly apply and it works!)
  12. Not only good for cracked heels, helps with foot fungus too!
  13. Use as a coffee creamer; it’s delicious!
  14. Take a 2-3 tablespoons daily for energy.
  15. Use for chapped lips.
  16. Use to control frizzy hair. (note: only use a small dab or you’ll have greasy looking locks)
  17. There are claims that it helps to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease.
  18. Helps with digestive issues.
  19. Helps with weight loss when ingested daily.
  20. Can help boost metabolism because of it’s high Lauric acid and MCFA elements
  21. Ingesting daily will help with allergy symptoms.
  22. Helps support healthy thyroid function.
  23. Use to lighten age spots.
  24. Use the scented or unscented type as skin lotion.
  25. Use on cuticles to improve nail growth.
  26. Use in smoothies for added nutritional value.
  27. Add to apple cider vinegar and use as a natural treatment for lice.
  28. Use when oil-pulling which will help gums and over all health.
  29. Helps reduce cold sores
  30. Use to sooth dry, flaky skin.
  31. Rub on baby’s scalp to reduce cradle cap, then gently rinse with warm sudsy water.
  32. Use topically to reduce yeast infections.
  33. Use during child-birth to massage perineum and reduce tearing.
  34. Use to season cast iron pans and skillets.
  35. Use in place of vegetable oil in recipes.
  36. Use to relieve hemorrhoids.
  37. Use as a massage oil.
  38. Use in home-made sunscreens.
  39. Can help skin heal faster after injury or infection.
  40. A great source for healthy fats.
  41. Helps to improve lactation.
  42. Improves insulin secretion.
  43. Helps to control sugar cravings.
  44. Improves blood circulation.
  45. Helps with ear infections.
  46. Helps to soothe burns and sunburns.
  47. Helps soothe rash from poison ivy and poison oak.
  48. Rub on pet’s coat for a beautiful shine.
  49. Helps with pet’s bad breathe.
  50. Helps with pet’s body odor.
  51. Helps to prevent and treat dandruff.
  52. Use as aftershave lotion.
  53. Use as shaving cream for face and legs.
  54. Massage into tired, achy, or sore muscles.
  55. Use as a mascara brush cleaners.
  56. Use a little bit on a damp cloth to clean a scummy shower. Wipe with coconut oil, then spray with white vinegar and wipe dry.
  57. Use on new tattoos to help with healing.
  58. Use as non-toxic flea treatment. (it really works!)
  59. Helps with bladder infection and symptoms.
  60. Use to treat ringworm.
  61. Use to clean the inside of your dog’s ears.
  62. Helps to treat thrush.
  63. Use to condition your wooden cutting boards.
  64. For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation.
  65. For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow.
  66. Use to help and/or reduce migraine headaches.
  67. Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
  68. Use as a base for home-made vapor rub.
  69. Add to your bath for a moisturizing soak and don’t forget to add essential oils.
  70. Helps to fortify infant formula.
  71. Helps to keep blood sugars in balance (good for diabetics)
  72. Improves insulin sensitivity.
  73. Helps to protect against heart failure.
  74. Use to treat urinary infection.
  75. Helps with swimmer’s ear.
  76. Helps to reduce pain.
  77. Use as an anti-inflammatory.
  78. Use for constipation.
  79. Use as an insect repellant (use with citronella, or eucalyptus essential oils).
  80. Helps to remove chewing gum from hair, carpets and clothing).
  81. Helps to remove labels from bottles.
  82. Use as a deep treatment hair conditioner.
  83. Helps prevent and reduce wrinkles.
  84. Helps with acid reflux.
  85. Helps with chronic fatigue.
  86. Helps with hot flashes.
  87. Use to clean and moisturize leather products.
  88. Use with a little bit of lemon juice and polish your furniture.
  89. Used in making soaps.
  90. Use for pink eye (apply around the eye area)
  91. Helps with cellulite.
  92. Use for toe nail fungus.
  93. Menstruation relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow.
  94. Helps with malnutrition.
  95. Use for irritable bowel syndrome.
  96. Use for an upset stomach -rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm.
  97. Aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
  98. Use as an exfoliator  when mixed with sugar or sea salt (safe to use all over the body).
  99. Enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness when applied on a bruise.
  100. Use as toothpaste when mixed with baking soda.
  101. Use as a facial cleaner.
  102. Use on cuts and scrapes.
  103. Use as sun-tan lotion.

I’m sure there are many more uses for coconut oil. If you use this wonderful oil for uses not mentioned above, be sure to share with us all.     

DISCLAIMER: As always the mission of Dr. Mommy is to educate you to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle and to stay true to this mission we share information that can help you reach your optimum health. However, please note, the uses shared are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. These are simply praises of those who have used coconut oil and have had success. Understand that what may work for one person, may not necessarily work for everyone. Be cautious when using and if you have concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your family physician with your questions.  In the case of pets, it’s a wise idea to consult with your vet before changing your pet’s diet. 
About Dr. Daisy Sutherland (809 Posts)

Dr. Daisy Sutherland is the Founder/CEO of Dr. Mommy and Friends. She is a doctor, author, speaker, social media strategist, brand ambassador, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Mommy's mission is to ~ Help Busy Women and Men with her 'Get Real' approach to living a happier and healthier lifestyle. Don't forget to grab your FREE gift...7 Simple Ways to Stay Motivated

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  1. 1
    Shelley Webb says:

    Great list of uses for coconut oil. I also just read that coconut oil may help to stave off dementia which would be great news!

  2. 2
    Toni Nelson says:

    I started using coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer and love it!

  3. 3
    jan says:

    Hi Dr. Daisy,
    I was searching for coconut oil and there you appeared. thanks for this great information.