7 Daily Uses for Coconut Oil
Hello everyone! I have a special treat for you today. My husband, Joseph, will be guest posting alongside of me on the blog! Today, Joseph will be sharing 7 ways to use coconut oil in your everyday life and specifically sharing some stories about how we use coconut oil at our house.
Joseph here! Let’s face it; coconut oil is probably the most versatile oil out there. I mean what other oil can you use in so many ways? From moisturizing your face to cooking, to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial usage, coconut oil has numerous applications and today I figured I would share with you some of the ways that Jenn and I use it in our everyday life.
Our Coconut Oil Favorites and Where to Buy
- Jenn and I love this one from Nutiva
- You can also purchase any generic oil at your local grocery store — this option tends to be pricer
7 Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil in Your Everyday Life
As a Moisturizer
I personally suffer from extremely dry feet. I’m on my feet all day and my feet can dry out to the point where they become cracked and sometimes bleed. After I get home, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and slather it all over my feet. (If you need something more intense, put two layers on and then put socks on so everything soaks in) It’s an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, not to mention it doesn’t have any chemicals or harmful ingredients that other moisturizers have.
As an Oral Rinse
So it’s a bit gross but works like a charm. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes and spit it out. The coconut oil removes bacteria from your mouth (bad breath included), and it’s good for your teeth. Coconut oil is also great for treating cold sores and canker sores, as well as other dental issues. Just make sure to brush your teeth out afterward because otherwise it leaves a gross slimy feeling inside of your mouth.
As an Aftershave
This is one of my favorite ways to use coconut oil. Gentlemen, after you shave by straight razor/disposable/electric, or if you’re blessed but your beard is course, put a bit of coconut oil on your face. This moisturizes the skin and prevents bumps. Also since it doesn’t really smell, you won’t be putting on anything too strong in scent for an interview or meeting.
As a Cooking Oil
It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how great coconut oil is for cooking. It has a high heat threshold, meaning that it won’t start smoking and stinking up the kitchen at a minimum temperature of 350 degrees for refined (400 degrees for unrefined). Use it for sautéing, stir frying, baking, and even in vinaigrettes if you so desire.
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To Relieve Constipation
Yep. You read that right. It helps treat constipation. Can’t go? Instead of buying all of those fancy diuretics and laxatives, take a teaspoon of coconut oil at meals. Avoid too much as it can cause cramps if you overindulge.
To Treat Pet’s Hot Spots
Early last year our dog got hot spots in multiple areas on her body (hot spots are irritated areas on a dog’s skin that get worse and worse as the dog will keep biting and chewing on the infected area). Coconut oil is very soothing for a dog’s skin and fur. Not only will it soothe irritated area, but it will also keep it from becoming infected with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. This saved our butts from a very hefty vet bill. (Well, that and the cone of shame)
Keep in mind, we are not a vet or medical professional. Consult your vet for the best remedies for treating your dog’s issues.
As a Dog Food Additive
Sookie goes nuts for coconut oil. I kid you not, peanut butter and pumpkin do not compare with how amazing coconut oil tastes to Sookie. Some days I wonder if we should just do away with treats and give her a spoonful of this stuff instead. Coconut oil is great on a dog’s digestion and… well… number two. (It prevents her from straining or becoming dehydrated) When digested, coconut oil will also make your dog’s fur softer.
So there you go. 7 ways you can use coconut oil in your everyday life. What are some ways you use it? Leave a comment below and share it with us.
J & J