25 Benefits of Coconut Oil

Are you a fan of natural remedies and beauty products? Well if you are also a big crafter and DIYer, then this post is for you. Today we share many benefits of the most powerful coconut oil, from a skin moisturizer to a cleanser to an inflammation reducer. Read on to check out 25 of our favorite ideas!

1. Skin Moisturizer

Diy lavender coconut balm

One of the best ways to use coconut oil is to create a luxurious moisturizer for your skin. There are many recipes you can use, but this particular one contains lavender essential oil as well as vitamin E oil. Head over to Lulu’s blog to check out the easy instructions.

2. Promote Hair Growth

Coconut oil hair mask

Coconut oil is also known to have many benefits for your hair, including promoting hair growth. This hair mask will give your mane a silky smooth feel and may even help your hair grow faster if you use it regularly. See the recipe and directions at Made 2 Style.

3. Substitute Butter

Butter replacement coconut oil rice krispy treats

Coconut oil can also often be used in place of butter in the kitchen. It might not be a good idea to use it in finicky baking recipes, but things like rice crispy treats are great with coconut oil! Head over to Jay’s Baking Me Crazy to find out all the delicious details.

4. Reduction of Cellulite

Diy coffee coconut oil body lotion

Coconut oil has also been shown to help reduce cellulite. Coffee has too, and this recipe uses both – so hopefully it will reduce twice the amount of cellulite! Head over to The Makeup Dummy to check out the instructions for this coffee-licious anti-cellulite lotion.

5. Nail Health

Coconut oil nail health

Coconut oil is also a great remedy for dry, brittle nails. It has been shown to help lock in moisture in the nail beds, while also strengthening the cuticles. It may even help nails grow longer! Head over to DIY Remedies to see more ways to use coconut oil to keep your nails healthier.

6. Makeup Removal

Diy coconut oil makeup remover pads

Did you know you can remove makeup with coconut oil? Well true! This little tutorial will show you exactly how to mix a bunch of coconut oil and baby wash without tears to make them more natural alternatives. Read the Refined Mom instructions.

7. Boost Your Energy Levels

Super seed coconut oil energy bars

Coconut oil is also known to help boost your energy levels. Along with chia seeds, pepitas and many other healthy ingredients, the coconut oil in these “superseed” energy bars is sure to give you that extra boost when you need it. Get the recipe at Fit Mitten Kitchen.

8. Soothe Your Throat

Coconut oil in the throat

One of the many other benefits of coconut oil is its soothing properties. You can make them into lozenges to relieve a sore throat, simply by mixing them with honey and heating them over high heat to create a hard candy consistency. Check out the Aroma Tools tutorial.

9. Make Your Own Toothpaste

DIY coconut oil toothpaste

When you mix coconut oil with baking soda, xylitol and essential oils you can create a natural, effective toothpaste without putting any chemicals in your mouth. Head over to Modern Hippie Housewife to check out the full tutorial.

10. Headache

Headache balm with coconut oil

Get this… you can reduce the painful effects of a headache with coconut oil. The trick is to combine it with some specific essential oils that soothe and reduce the effects of headaches. Head over to Simply Stacey to check out all the details.

11. Shaving Cream

Vanilla coconut shaving cream

Coconut oil also makes the perfect lubricant for shaving! Instead of spending a lot of money on chemical-laden store bought shaving cream, consider making your own from coconut oil and vanilla extract. Head over to Midget Momma to check out the instructions.

12. Mosquitoes

Mosquito repellant bar with coconut oil

Coconut oil can also be an excellent mosquito repellent when combined with a few different essential oils, shea butter, and other ingredients. Head over to Savvy Naturalista to learn how to get rid of bugs without harmful chemicals.

13. Highlighter

Highlighting the cheekbones with coconut oil

Coconut oil can even be used as a highlighter for cheekbones and browbones, instead of makeup. Just rub a small amount on the upper part of your face to give them a subtle glow. Head over to Style Craze to check out these and many other tips.

14. Good Sleep

Diy coconut oil sleep salve

Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? If so, then you can add a batch of this coconut oil sleep salve. Just mix beeswax, olive oil and essential oil with coconut oil to make this magical salve. Check out PopSugar’s recipe.

15. Use It For Massages

Diy massage lotion bar

Coconut oil is even good for massage! Mix a combination of cocoa butter, coconut oil and other ingredients to make these beautiful heart-shaped massage bars. Head over to Thriftanista In The City to check out the full tutorial.

16. Diaper Rash Remedy

Diaper rash home remedy coconut oil

Does your child have a case of diaper rash? Treat it naturally with this blend of coconut oil and lavender essential oil. Just mix the two ingredients and put them in a small jar. Head to Crystal and Co. to check the instructions.

17. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Makeup brush cleaner

Do you clean your makeup brushes regularly? You have it always cleaned them? If not, then take coconut oil, witch hazel and a few other things to soak it. Head over to Live Simply to check out the full tutorial for this handy brush cleaner.

18. Coconut Oil Soap

How to make coconut oil soap

Soap is another thing you can use coconut oil for. Just mix it with lye, water and essentials to make this beautiful all natural soap that lathers well. Head over to Mommypotamus to check out all the details, including a how-to video.

19. Shoe Art

Shine your shoes with coconut oil

Did you know that you can polish your shoes with coconut oil? WHAT not possible you, really?! Just dab a small amount on top of patent leather shoes to help them regain their shine. Head over to Eco Friendly Freckles to find out how.

20. Reduce Stretch Marks

Homemade stretch mark cream

If you are suffering from stretch marks from pregnancy or weight gain/loss, you can try this easy home remedy using coconut oil. Just mix it with some cocoa butter, essential oil and other ingredients according to Freebie Finding Mom’s instructions.

21. Lip Scrub

Brown sugar coconut lip scrub

Coconut oil makes a great base for lip scrubs. Just mix it with brown sugar and honey to make a delicious scrub that will remove all the dead skin from your lips. Head over to Crafting E to check out all the details on this fun project.

22. Treatment of Psoriasis

Psoriasis treatment with coconut oil

Coconut oil can also help heal the effects of psoriasis, a skin condition caused by an auto-immune disease. You can apply it on its own, or add tea tree oil and apply it to the affected areas. Head over to DIY Remedies to check out all the important details.

23. Homemade Wax Melts

Olympus digital camera

If you like using wax warmers but don’t like the chemicals that come with them, you might consider making your own version of wax melts using coconut oil and food extract or candy flavoring. Head over to Happy Mothering to learn more.

24. Heal Your Leaky Gut

Coconut vanilla bean gummy snacks

Looking for a snack to help heal a bad gut? These coconut gummy snacks would be perfect. Coconut oil helps promote a healthy gut, while vanilla gives it a delicious flavor. Head over to The Coconut Mama to check out the recipe.

25. Reduce Inflammation

Golden turmeric coconut oil smoothie

If you have a chronic inflammatory disease (or just general inflammation) then you might want to try this smoothie recipe. Mix coconut oil, turmeric, mango and other ingredients to treat your inflammation. Head over to LA Healthy Living to see the recipe.

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