Reflecting on 2014, I have found so many uses for coconut oil that I always try to share with all my family and friends. For those of you who are not familiar with coconut oil, it’s used as a replacement for butter or oil in a 1:1 ratio when cooking and baking. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, the most recognizable of them being lauric acid. Just like coconut oil, lauric acid is also found in breast milk. Rich in antioxidants, lauric acid and other medium chain triglycerides may help the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, as well as boosting energy and eliminating harmful bacteria.
Going beyond the kitchen, coconut oil has many other uses, including beauty. I went into the archive of all blogs for this year to compile the most popular coconut oil uses for 2014 – maybe you’ll find a few new tips!
- Sunburn Relief: Coconut oil can be used to help elevate redness and swelling that come along with bad sunburn, especially when blistering occurs. If skin is starting to peel from sunburn, coconut oil may be applied to the affected area to moisturize the new skin. Try this Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Gel for added cooling and relief.
- Moms & Babies: Both expecting moms and babies can benefit from using coconut oil on a daily basis. From cracked nipples, to diaper rash, coconut oil is a must have during and after pregnancy. This infographic has all the uses for mommy and baby benefits.
- Cooking & Baking: Used as a replacement for butter and oil when cooking and baking, coconut oil is a healthy alternative for all dishes. Healthy swaps can easily be made and leave your favorite recipes packed with flavor. Try these recipes for Coconut Crusted Mahi-Mahi Nuggets or Raspberry Coconut Scones next time you’re in the kitchen.
- Pets: Pets love coconut oil, too! Coconut oil can be fed to both dogs and cats, giving them the same benefits as humans. For dogs, start with small amounts, such as ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs. Gradually increase the amount every few days. Coconut oil can also be used to take care of any redness or dryness on your animal. These Peanut Butter Clusters are the perfect all-natural treat!
- Tattoo Healing: Coconut oil may help reduce the swelling and inflammation that comes along with getting a new tattoo. Applying coconut oil to a tattoo that is starting to scab can greatly help with moisturizing.
What are some of your favorite uses for coconut oil?