Our Top 13 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Wintertime is approaching and baking season is in full swing.  Between the cold weather drying out your skin and all of those dishes from baking drying out your hands, coconut oil can be a real lifesaver.  It has numerous uses that go beyond just cooking and baking.  Here is our list of the top 13 ways to use and benefit from coconut oil.

  1. Add to all of your holiday dinner dishes – It’s easy to incorporate coconut oil into your holiday meal.  Simply substitute Kelapo coconut oil in place of  butter or other oils at a 1:1 ratio.  Try out our many holiday dishes including homemade stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and the star of the show… Herb Roasted Turkey.  Plus check back throughout December for more great holiday recipes!

  2. Grease pots and pans – Instead of spraying your pots and pans down with cooking sprays made with ingredients that you can’t pronounce, just dab a paper towel in a little bit of coconut oil and rub on pans.  Your baked goods will come right off the pan and you can be confident that you used an all natural, organic ingredient.

  3. Bake a super flaky pie crust – During the winter months, you can almost guarantee that your coconut oil will be in solid form rather than liquid (Coconut oil changes between a liquid and a solid at 76 degrees and can be used safely either way).  Use coconut oil in place of any butter or lard in your favorite recipe and be prepared for a delicious and flaky pie crust.  Everyone will be asking for the recipe!

  4. Chocolate-covered anything – Use our magic shell recipe for any type of chocolate dipped treat.  Simply dip cold fruits, pretzels, cookies, or anything else you wish and refrigerate.  Wrap in a cute bag and tie with a bow for a homemade gift everyone will love. 

  5. Moisturizing “lotion” – Use in place of other moisturizers and lotions.  Put a lot on at night or a little in the morning to leave you smelling coco-nutty fresh with silky smooth skin.

  6. Chapped lips – Always a battle in the winter!  Spread a little coconut oil over chapped lips for instant relief of sore and cracked lips.  Add a little Vitamin E for extra relief. Use everyday in place of your regular chap-stick for a winter of chap-free lips.

  7. Diaper rash– Don’t let your little one suffer during dry skin season.  Use coconut oil to alleviate pesky diaper rash or to make your own homemade organic baby wipes.
    • 1/8 cup Kelapo coconut oil
    • 1/8 cup organic baby wash
    • 4 cups distilled water
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • 2 airtight containers

    Cut roll of paper towels in half. Mix first 3 ingredients.  Distribute mixture evenly between 2 containers.  Soak each half of the paper towels in the containers and cover. Remove paper towel roll once it is wet and softened.  Remove first wipe from the center of the roll.

    Recipe adapted from this one.

  8. Deep conditioner for hair – Rub a small amount of coconut oil through your hair, focusing on the ends, about an hour before you shower.  Shampoo and condition as usual.  For extra softness, keep in hair overnight.  Just be sure to cover your pillow so it doesn’t get oily. 

  9. Burns – If your hands are full of burns from all of that holiday baking, just rub a little coconut oil directly on the burns to relieve the pain and aid the healing process.  In the summer time it is also great for sunburns!

  10. Eye Makeup Remover – When you get home from those many holiday parties, remove your water-proof eye makeup with coconut oil.  Simply dip a q-tip or tissue in coconut oil and sweep over eyes.  Your makeup will come right off and leave your skin moisturized.

  11. Make your loved one a homemade spa day gift basket – Coconut oil is the perfect ingredient for face or body scrubs, hair or face masks, or massage oil.  Make a gift basket for that special someone that includes some chocolate covered goodies, homemade body scrub (recipe to come in December), a homemade face mask, and a jar of coconut oil to use for hair and massaging.  She will love being pampered!

    Coconut Oil Face Mask – Used this recipe
    Mix ½ of an avocado, ½ tsp Kelapo coconut oil, and ½ tsp honey.  Put in jar and wrap with a bow.  Include instructions to leave on for 45 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

  12. An Extra Boost – Mix a spoonful in your tea, coffee, or smoothies every morning for a little extra energy throughout the day.  You can also mix it in your hot chocolate for an extra special treat.

  13. Immunity – Take a spoonful every morning. “The lauric acid in coconut oil is proven to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, so it may help to boost your immune system and to keep you from getting sick.  The lauric acid can help your body to fight bacterial infections.” – Ecoviva

– JR

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13 Comments Post a comment

  1. Tami
    February 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I used coconut oil during pregnancy for keeping stretch marks away. I’m 4’11 , gained 40 pounds, and had a 10 pound baby girl. Hmmm…no stretch marks!

    • February 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for the great tip Tami! We will definitely have to add that to our list for top skincare uses!

  2. March 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I mostly use coconut oil for my hair and in my food… but I never thought of using it in some of the ways you mentioned, like as a diaper rash treatment. Very creative!

    • March 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Mike! We are discovering new ways to use it all the time too. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Merrill Reno
    April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’m going to start adding some coconut oil to my superfood smoothies in the morning to give them that extra little kick!!

  4. April 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I am excited to try some coconut oil. I was just discussing this with a friend. I want to use some in the mornings as a gargle to help my poor dental health.

  5. Elena
    April 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    This is a great Coconut Oil 101 lesson… I’ve heard about it everywhere lately, but didn’t realize the myriad of uses, thanks!

  6. Danielle L.
    April 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I had no idea it was so versatile! I have heard about it, but it still seems so alien to me, I guess I’m going to have to try it, who would have thought a little innocent coconut could be so helpful!!!

  7. STARR
    April 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I see Coconuts are starting a trend like pomergrantes…I’m starting to see coconut water and oil everywhere and not just in specialty stores. I like coconut oil in my hair….

  8. April 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    A dear friend of mine uses it in place of butter all the time. I guess it’s time for me to jump on the bandwagon.

  9. Patty
    April 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I can’t wait to try a sample of your coconut oil!

  10. jenn
    January 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I love love coconut oil for hydrating my childrens skin all year long. Although I use this for cooking as well I have a secret. I use coconut oil in place of butter on popcorn and my kids never even noticed so, let me tell you they are always welcome to fresh organic air popped kernels and organic coconut oil over any other snacks.

    • January 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Jenn, we love hearing how you “trick” your kids! Have you checked out some of our popcorn recipes?

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