Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that help to strengthen immunity and boost metabolism. It contains vitamin e, essential for healthy skin and hair. It also helps nourish and has antifungal properties that help to fight dandruff and boost a healthy scalp.

COCONUT OIL - 30 best benefits and uses for health and beauty

30 best benefits and uses for coconut oil

1. Toothache –  Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects, making this an effective remedy for toothache.  To soothe a toothache, Mix few drops of clove oil with coconut oil and smooth it on your affected tooth.

2. Treat dry cracked heels – Mix a tbsp of coconut oil along with a tbsp of Shea butter. Mix it all together and smooth a thick layer under the feet before going to bed and cover it with a thick socks. Sleep on it to wake up to smooth feet. Repeat everyday for best results.

3. Weight loss – Extra virgin coconut oil is one of the healthy oils, it helps to curb your appetite and maintain an ideal body weight as the oil doesn’t have calories of its own. You can start consuming one tablespoon of coconut oil a day or just add it to your herbal tea or coffee in the morning.

4. Stop hair fall – Coconut oil strengthens the hair and also promotes healthy scalp. For an effective hair fall remedy use it with rosemary essential oil or make an onion hair oil to stop and prevent hair fall and also treat thinning hair. READ MORE – Onion hair fall to stop hair fall and treat thinning hair.

5. Diaper rash – Smooth a small amount of extra virgin coconut oil to treat diaper rash naturally.

6. Mosquito repellent –  Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a couple of drops of peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil to repel flies, mosquitos, gnats and bees. This is a safe alternative to DEET and can be applied safely on all areas of the body.

7. Longer eyelashes – Coconut oil helps to nourish and condition your lashes to grow longer and thicker eyelashes naturally. Mix an equal quantity of coconut oil with black castor oil and apply it using a clean mascara wand on your lashes before going to bed every night.

8. Healthy teeth and gums – Use coconut oil in your oil pulling method to detox body and also whiten teeth naturally. READ MORE – Oil pulling – Benefits and how to detox your mouth and body.

9. Whiten armpits – Make a simply and natural underarm scrub to remove dead skin, soften the skin and brighten it. Take a tbsp of baking soda or fine sugar and add in enough coconut oil to make a scrub. Gently use in small circular motions to exfoliate the armpits and rinse off.

10. Smooth dry lips – Coconut oil has healing properties to heal and soften dry chapped lips. Make a coconut oil lip balm by mixing a tbsp of beeswax with a tbsp of coconut oil. Melt it using a double boiler.

11. Smooth cellulite – Use a homemade scrub by mixing a tbsp of used coffee grounds along with enough coconut oil to make a body scrub. Massage it on your cellulite while in shower to smooth the skin. You can also warm some coconut oil and massage it on the skin to improve circulation to treat cellulite.

12. Thicker eyebrows – To grow naturally thicker eyebrows all you need is coconut oil along with rosemary essential oil. Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil along with few drops of rosemary essential oil and apply it on your eyebrows for naturally beautiful eyebrows.

13. Stronger nails – Massage your nails with coconut oil everyday for longer stronger nails.

14. Remove stains – Coconut oil can be an excellent element when removing stains, such as ink, soap or oxide.  Mix a bit of coconut oil with baking soda and rub directly onto the stain to loosen it.

15. Clean shiny faucets – To clean your faucets you must use a wet cloth with coconut oil and then pass it through the faucets.

16. Leather Furniture – Simply add a few drops of oil on a dry cloth and buff it into the leather furniture t to add shine.

17. Remove gum – To remove the gum from hair or fabric, you only have to use a little ice and apply it directly where the chewing gum is on the fabric, and then remove the pieces of it with coconut oil.

18. Remove rust – Coat your rusty knives or tools with coconut oil, then let it sit for an hour before rinsing with warm water.

19. Make eggs last long – Coat your eggs with a thin layer of coconut oil to make them last long, the oil creates an all-natural seal that keeps oxygen out.

20. Remove labels – Remove labels or tacky sticker residue by applying coconut oil mixed with baking soda, let it sit for several minutes, then wipe it off.

21. Condition and shine wooden furniture – Use coconut oil as furniture polish, the oil will create more permanent luster and shine.

22. Healthy coffee – Add a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee to give you an extra boost of energy and replace dairy creamer.

23. Sports drink – Coconut oil gives the body quick energy, add coconut oil with chia seeds to water with fresh fruits to make your own natural sports drink.

24. Energy booster toast – Instead of butter, add coconut oil on your whole grain toast with chia seeds and a dash of cinnamon for a healthy breakfast.

25. Whiten teeth – Mix turmeric powder with coconut oil to make a natural teeth whitening toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this mixture and then rinse off. Follow up by brushing with your regular toothpaste.

26. Shaving cream – If razor burn, ingrown hairs or other skin irritation is a problem after shaving, use pure coconut oil as your shaving “cream.” Apply a thin layer on the legs or the bikini area and then shave. Rinse well and pat dry.

27. Sleep Aid – Massage warm coconut oil on your hair or under your feet for 5-10 mins before sleep for a restful sleep.

28. Cold Remedy – Mix coconut oil with eucalyptus oil and rub the mixture on your chest to open up your airways and facilitate breathing

29. Shoe shiner – Use coconut oil on your leather boots or patent heels to give them shine, disguise blemishes, and make them look fresh and new again.

30. Pet Health – Just like their human caretakers, dogs and cats can benefit from the addition of coconut oil to their diet.  Also, rub coconut oil to get rid of fleas.