101 Science-Backed Uses of Coconut Oil

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The benefits of coconut oil have been proven by almost 2,000 studies. But most people only know the obvious benefits like balancing hormones or moisturizing skin. In this article, I will share 101 powerful benefits of this superfood.

Coconut oil health and wellness uses

1. Teeth and bones: Research shows coconut oil strengthens bones and teeth since enhances absorption of calcium and magnesium.

2. Breastfeeding: Taking 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily increases milk in breastfeeding moms.

3. Insulin: It helps regulate blood sugar levels since it increases secretion of insulin.

4. Prevent nose bleeding: Coconut oil can help prevent nose bleeding caused by extreme heat or cold.

5. Reduce stress: Massaging your head with coconut oil can relief stress and fatigue.

6. Aid Digestion: Coconut oil eliminates digestive problems because it contains saturated fats help regulate fungi and bacteria in the gut.

7. Weight loss: Taking this oil helps regulate appetite thus promoting weight loss.

8. Better nutrient absorption: It increases the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals.

9. Boost Metabolism: Research shows coconut oil boosts metabolism and fat burning.

10. Improve thyroid function: People with thyroid disorder can benefit from taking coconut oil.

11. Treat a sore throat:  Taking a teaspoon of coconut oil three times a day can treat sore throats and coughs.

12. Nausea: Rubbing this oil on your forearm and inside of the wrist can fight stomach upset.

13. Improve gum health: Coconut oil pulling heals gum bleeding.

14. Cognition and productivity: Coconut oil is a source of energy that can improve cognition and productivity.

Coconut oil body and hygiene uses

15. Soften skin: Mixing coconut oil with salt and rubbing it on the skin will make it soft and smooth.

16. Remove age spots: You can fade age spots by applying coconut oil  2-3 times a day.

17. Bug bites: Apply coconut oil on bug bites to reduce itchiness and enhance healing.

18. Dandruff: Coconut oil moisturizes the scalp and removes dandruff. It also prevents oiliness in the scalp, which causes dandruff.

19. After shave: Coconut oil can be used as an after shave. It helps heal the skin and doesn’t clog pores.

20. Eye cream: Applying coconut oil on the eyelids can reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and bags.

21. Straighten hair: Rubbing it on the hair thoroughly can make it straight and wavy.

22. Treat burns: Apply it on burns to help them heal faster and prevent scars.

23. Bruises: Heals bruises and reduces swelling.

24. Lip balm: Can be used to soften and protect the lips.

25. Cradle cap: It will nourish your baby’s skin and help eliminate cradle cap.

26. Deodorant: You can use coconut oil as a deodorant.

27. Lubrication: Coconut oil can be a sex or masturbation lubricant.

28. Nipple cream: It can be used to treat dry or sore nipples.

29. Massage oil: Simply apply it on your palms and rub.

30. Treat acne: Applying it on the skin can treat acne.

31. Skin problems: It can eliminate skin problems like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

32. Remove makeup: Coconut oil does a great job rubbing off makeup.

33. Treat sunburns: Apply it on the affected area to relief sunburns.

34. Toothpaste: You can make toothpaste by mixing coconut oil with baking soda.

35. Stretch marks: Reduces stretch marks but doesn’t eliminate them completely.

36. Heal tattoos: Coconut oil helps heal and moisturize fresh tattoos.

37. Prevents and treats wrinkles

38. Treat infected ears: Apply 2-3 times a day.

39. Helps heal and repair damaged tissues.

40. Pre-shave: Applying it before shaving can prevent pimples and infections.

41. Sunscreen: It has small amounts of sun protection factor.

42. Wash your face: Apply it on your face then wash it off after 2 minutes.

43. Prevents hair loss

Coconut oil and topical health issues

44. Treat fever allergies

45. Reduces muscle soreness: Apply on a sore muscle.

46. Relief lower back pain

47. Heal athletes foot

48. Treat acne

49. Remove Warts: Apply it on the wart 3-4 times a day.

50. Reduce herpes symptoms

51. Treat pink eye: Apply around the eye.

52. Reduce itchiness

53. Remove congestion

54. Reduce cellulite

55. Apply on boils

56. Circumcision healing

57. Removes toenail fungus

58. Head lice

59. Treat gum disease

Coconut oil internal health uses

60. Reduce asthma symptoms

61. Better bowel movement

63. Prevent breast and colon cancer

64. Treats depression: Especially when combined with omega 3s.

65. Regulate blood sugar

66. Reduce epileptic seizures

67. Reduce gas and bloating

68. Cholesterol: It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

69. Treat adrenal and chronic fatigue

70. Prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s (study)

71. Reduce autism symptoms

72. Treat candida

73. Better circulation

74. Treat colds and flu

75. Strengthen immune system

76. Treat lung disease (study)

77. Treat liver disease

78. Prevent migraines

79. Reduce ulcers symptoms

80. Prevent tooth decay

81. Treat pancreatitis

82. Prostate enlargement

83. Dissolve kidney stones

84. Eliminate brain fog

85. Reduce menstrual pain and cramps

86. Treat hemorrhoids

87. Treat Jaundice

88. Prevent throat infections

More coconut oil uses

89. Insect repellent

90. Homemade Exfoliator

91. Anti-fungal cream

92. Vapor rub and cold remedy

93. Diaper rash guard

94. Gives youthful glow

95. Reduce cracked heels dryness

96. Laundry detergent

97. Remove gum from furniture or hair

98. Shoe shiner

99. Fight inflammation

100. Prevent bone loss

101. Treat sick pets

Bonus: Prolong freshness of eggs –Applying it on egg shells prolongs the life of eggs.

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  • Smitty103

    Thanks for compiling a list, very useful!

  • David clark

    Not these MCT fats, look up coconut oil Fred, it is one of the heathliest oils you could consume. Too much info to share here, but if you are not familiar with coconut oil, there are a lot of great health benefits. There are also different types of coconut oil, virgin that has the coconut taste, and expeller pressed that has no taste and can be used in cooking foods where you would not want that taste. It is a very stable oil, and one of the best to cook with, check it out!

    • Alma

      The BEST oil ever! Have been using it for Several years!! 🙂
      I didn’t know about the egg shells…. great list!