Coconut Oil: It's More than a Health Food

Okay, so we all know how great coconut oil is, right? If you don’t, just take it from me. It’s super healthy. It’s a highly saturated source of fat, full of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). It’s been linked to weight loss, greater energy, delicious recipes, and generally improved health. It’s also extremely nourishing to your skin; you can use it as a moisturizer for your face, lips, hands, scalp, or hair (I used it to get rid of winter dandruff one year, along with jojoba oil). It’s also the best oil for cooking, because unlike unsaturated vegetable oils, coconut oil is so saturated that it resists breaking down. But here are some more unusual uses for coconut oil:

1)      Chewing Gum Remover. If you get some gum stuck in your hair, don’t panic! Try not to let it get too tangled up. Rub some coconut oil all around the gum, and let it sit for a while. After a half hour or so, it will become more pliable, and you can use your hands to roll it up and out of your hair.

2)      Deodorant. Combine some coconut oil with baking soda and apply to your underarms. One great thing about this deodorant is that it doesn’t contain any carcinogenic aluminum! Another great thing is that while the baking soda protects you from odors, the coconut oil will moisturize and protect your pits. No more irritated skin under your arms.

3)      Nosebleed Preventer. Nosebleeds are often the result of the inside of your nose being dry and cracked. This happens most often in the winter, with all the dry air, but it can happen anytime of the year depending on where you live. Just put a little coconut oil on your finger, make sure nobody’s looking, gently stick the finger into your nose and rub the oil on the insides of your nostrils. You can just feel the mucous membranes relaxing. Now, double-check to make sure nobody was watching. Take your finger out of your nose. Gross.

4)      Insect Repellant. I haven’t tried this one, but I’ve heard it works great! Supposedly, you combine coconut oil with peppermint oil extract. Then rub it over your exposed skin. If it doesn’t work and a mosquito does bite you, you can also add some coconut oil to the bite itself. It will speed up the healing process while relieving the itching and burning.

5)      Wood Furniture Polisher. Mix coconut oil with a little lemon juice and voilà: furniture polish! I got a great shine on one of my bookshelves (and it smells terrific.) You should probably test this on the back of the wood first, though, just to make sure it won’t introduce any funky colors or stains.