13 New Uses for Coconut Oil
13 New Ways to Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is on the rise in everything from cooking to hair treatments. A little goes a long way with this multipurpose oil—just a small dollop is packed with nutritional benefits that can improve brain function, control cholesterol and fight bacteria.
You may be familiar with its skin moisturizing effects or as a tasty topping on popcorn but when it comes to coconut oil, that's only the beginning.
Pick up a bottle on your next trip to Fresh St. and give some of the following tips a try!
Around the House:
1. Clean Scum and Rust
A small rub of coconut oil will make your metals and marble shine like they never have before, removing rust and scum from your household surfaces. Douse a rag with a small layer of oil and watch the shower scum or metal rust magically wipe away.
2. Fix Squeaky Hinges
Coconut oil is nature's WD-40. It acts as a lubricant for squeaky hinges and gives a little extra glide.
3. Remove Sticker Residue
Ever try to remove a discount store sticker from a new pair of shoes and fail miserably? We've all been there. A simple concoction of baking soda and coconut oil rubbed onto the sticky label or price tag and left for 10 minutes will erase any evidence of a discount.
In the Kitchen:
4. Boost Your Metabolism
Don't let the high fat content scare you away—the medium-chain saturated fats found in coconut oil are easy to digest and metabolize into energy while encouraging fat burning.
5. Top Your Toast
Trade in your butter and jam for a serving of coconut oil on your morning toast. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and you have yourself a delicious treat.
6. Add it to Your Coffee or Tea
Skip the sugar and honey and opt for a drizzle of coconut oil. Heat a teaspoon serving of oil and mix it into the hot drink of your choice.
7. Bake Up a Storm
Coconut oil makes a great substitute for shortening, butter or other types of oil, creating sweeter, lighter tasting (and HEALTHIER) desserts.
The Great Outdoors:
8. Start a Campfire
Really. Shocked? Us too. Soak cotton balls in coconut oil and use them to start your fire the same way a splash of lighter fluid would. For optimal flames, add the cotton balls to some kindling.
9. Insect Repellant
Coconut oil is equipped with essential oils that scare nasty pests away. If it's too late a drop or two of oil can also relieve itching from a big bite.
On the Body:
10. Banish Body Odour
The lauric acid found in coconut oil kills the bacteria that causes stinky sweat so smooth some on your armpits before or after a workout or on an especially hot day.
11. Brush Your Pearly Whites
Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal and kills the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Mix two tablespoons of coconut and two tablespoons of baking soda together for a bacteria killing, whitening toothpaste. Add a couple squeezes of peppermint oil for a fresh taste.
12. Remove Your Make-Up
Dab a scoop of coconut oil on your face and let it set for a few minutes to remove heavy make-up. Simply wipe your day's face off with a warm cloth. Use a cotton ball for stubborn eye make-up.
13. Soothe a Sunburn
If you spent a little too much time reposing in the sun and have the red, aching reminder the next day, use coconut oil for burn relief. Its restorative and moisturizing qualities will calm skin and minimize peeling.
Whether you have a dirty faucet or an itchy bug bite coconut oil is there to help. Lather it on your face, spread it on your toast or mix some into your morning coffee and let the health benefits kick in. Just make sure you get a big enough jar.