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5 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

July 3, 2016

5 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil - Cooking product of the moment coconut oil has loads of other uses outside of the kitchen, check out our guide of the best alternative uses of this super oil. Shake It Up by Cambridge Weight Plan
Not only is coconut oil a fantastic and healthy alternative to olive oil in cooking, it also has a number of other uses you may not have considered before. Edging its way from kitchen cupboards to bathroom cabinets and beauty drawers, here’s how you can make the most of your jar of coconutty goodness.

1. Moisturiser

Coconut oil makes a rich and nourishing moisturiser, suitable from head to toe, it will leave your skin soft and supple and smelling like tropical beach holidays… It can also works wonders on stretch marks, which is great if you’re worried about the effect rapid weight loss will have your skin.

2. Eye make-up remover

Not only does coconut oil make for a lovely natural eye make-up remover, lifting even the most stubborn of waterproof mascaras, but it’s been reported that it can help eye lashes grow longer and thicker!

3. Natural teeth whitener

You may have seen young Instagram stars and bloggers talking about the benefits of ‘Oil Pulling’ of late, it seems to be a hot new oral health trend. This chemical free solution to teeth whitening has been practised in some parts of the world for thousands of years, simply take a teaspoon of oil and swish around your mouth for approx 15 minutes. It’s said to draw out impurities and toxins so has a whole host of health benefits as well as giving you pearly whites!

5 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil - Cooking product of the moment coconut oil has loads of other uses outside of the kitchen, check out our guide of the best alternative uses of this super oil. Shake It Up by Cambridge Weight Plan

4. Hair conditioner

Not only does this oil work wonders for softer skin, it can also help give you silky hair too, massage oil into the ends of wet hair as you would your regular conditioner and rinse well, alternatively, for a deeper moisturising treatment, massage into hair and leave the oil in for 60 minutes before washing out. The fatty acids in the coconut oil can help repair and strengthen your hair. Sometimes we run a little oil through the ends of hair before styling to defrizz and smooth any flyaways!

5. Cuts, scrapes and burns

As well as becoming a hair and beauty routine staple, coconut oil could also come in handy in your first aid box! It’s antibacterial so it can keep wounds clean and the lauric acid found in coconut oil can speed up the healing process. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so it can soothe itches and sun burned skin.

Have you had success using coconut oil in any of the above ways? Or have you found any other unusual uses for coconut oil?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Charlotte Dyer July 18, 2016 - 12:21 pm

I used coconut oil on my sunburn last night!

It was great and rely soothing

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Shake It Up July 21, 2016 - 10:50 am

Ooh best kind of relief, glad it worked!

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Kim Stock July 19, 2016 - 4:09 pm

I make bath melts out of coconut oil. And I occasionally oil pull. When I remember!

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Shake It Up July 21, 2016 - 10:48 am

Bath melts are an excellent idea! We’ll have to try that one.

Once you get into the routine, oil pulling is great!

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Helen August 1, 2016 - 11:21 am

What is oil pulling?

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Shake It Up August 1, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Check out point 3 in the post above 🙂 it explains a little about oil pulling!

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Kim Stock July 22, 2016 - 10:11 pm

Also, good for shaving with (and post-shaving) and this week I will be experimenting with using it as deodorant. (Feeling a bit nervous about that!)

6 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp baking soda
4 tbsp cornstarch
essential oils
Mix baking soda and cornstarch together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.

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Shake It Up July 25, 2016 - 10:08 am

This sounds amazing, let us know how it goes!

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Kim Stock July 27, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Day 2, and I smell pleasantly coconutty. I don’t whiff at all! Haven’t done anything sporty, though – I’m guessing that that will be the real test!

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Shake It Up July 29, 2016 - 9:30 am

Excellent, let us know how the sports test works out!

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Kim Stock August 8, 2016 - 6:57 pm

Worked out well with some vigorous Wii-fitting! No pong. My surgeon says I am not permitted to do real exercise as yet. Meanie!

Helen July 23, 2016 - 3:14 pm

Coconut oil is alway good for taking the itch our of mozzi bites 🙂

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Shake It Up July 25, 2016 - 10:08 am

Ooh great tip!

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