Pinned as an artery clogger in the 1960s, coconut oil has made a comeback as the latest miracle superfood, and it’s easy to see why – check out these amazing uses for coconut oil for your health and home. Plus, with uses that span from the bathroom to the kitchen, there’s almost nothing it can’t do.

  1. Use coconut oil as a dairy-free butter replacement when cooking and baking – it has a marvelously sweet and slightly buttery flavor when heated.
  2. Catching some rays? Get UV protection without the chemicals from homemade coconut oil sunscreen.
  3. Tough day? The natural, soothing aroma of coconut helps relieve mental fatigue – apply it to the head in a circular, massaging motion.
  4. Mix coconut oil with equal parts sugar and keep it in the shower for a moisturizing, exfoliating body scrub.
  5. Mixed with essential oils, coconut oil can keep pesky insects from buggin’ you this summer as a non-toxic bug repellent.
  6. Who needs WD-40? Coconut oil is perfect for lubricating squeaky hinges and giving sticky drawers a little extra glide.
  7. Whiten teeth by mixing coconut oil with baking soda as toothpaste; make it minty fresh with a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
  8. Rub on the inside of your nose to alleviate allergy symptoms.
  9. Mix equal parts coconut oil and baking powder for a slightly abrasive paste, perfect for removing residue or glue.
  10. Use it in natural, homemade diaper cream, very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. It’s even safe for cloth diapers.
  11. Great for soothing razor burn, coconut oil moisturizes without clogging pores as a natural shave cream and aftershave lotion
  12. Recondition wooden spoons, serving bowls, and cutting boards.
  13. Try coconut oil as a leather treatment or with lemon juice to polish wood furniture.
  14. Nix a potentially serious problem by combining coconut oil with apple cider vinegar, natural treatment for lice.
  15. Whip up fluffy, vegan icing for cakes and cupcakes, this recipe for coconut cream frosting will have you drooling
  16. Reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles by applying under the eyes.
  17. Prevent arthritis and weight gain in your four-legged friend – supplement your pet’s diet with coconut oil by adding it to its water dish.
  18. Rub on fingernails and cuticles for a shiny manicure free of hangnails
  19. Fight viruses and bacteria with coconut oil’s anti-viral, antifungal, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties
  20. Easily remove chewing gum from your shoe, carpet, or hair.
  21. Tasty homemade mayo is simple and beats store-bought versions hands down – try making your own with coconut oil
  22. Need a quick energy boost? Coconut oil boosts energy and endurance
  23. Get your toes sandal-ready. Apply coconut oil before bedtime and slip on some socks to soften dry, cracked heels
  24. Massaging coconut oil into affected areas can help diminish the appearance of varicose veins
  25. Coconut oil’s healthy fats help you feel fuller and snack less. Try a spoonful before eating, or incorporate it into your meal

What do you use coconut oil for? Share your favorite uses in the comments below! And remember, look for extra virgin coconut oil that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined, or deodorized.

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