I told you about my awesome deal on extra virgin coconut oil last week!
So… what can a girl do with all that coconut oil?
Glad you asked! Coconut oil is so healthy and there are so many wonderful ways to use it.
Here are just a few of our family’s favorite ways to use coconut oil:
- In baking! I’ve found that a ratio of half-butter to half-coconut nut oil works beautifully in baked goods, such as cookies and homemade biscuits. (Since coconut oil softens in warm temperatures, cookies tend to not hold their shape during baking unless I use part butter in the dough.) Pancakes, muffins and cakes do well with all coconut oil . Yum!
- In cooking! I love to saute and fry with coconut oil, since it can handle the heat better than olive oil. When I have it on hand, I use coconut oil any time I would normally use butter or olive oil: frying, warming tortillas, stir frying, sauteing etc.
- For my babies! I frequently add coconut oil (melted) to my babies’ veggies, fruit, or even drinks. Since extra virgin coconut oil is loaded with nutrients and “good” fats , it’s a great way to encourage healthy weight gain for skinny little ones.
- In smoothies! A tablespoon of melted coconut oil is a simple way to increase the nutrient value and taste of your morning smoothie! It sweetens without adding extra sugar.
- In teas! My friend Jennie shared in a comment that she enjoys a tablespoon of coconut oil in her morning cup of hot tea. Sounds delicious!
Coconut oil is not limited to a food consumption! Here are a few ways we use coconut oil as a personal or body product:
- As a hot oil treatment! Simply warm a teaspoon (or a few teaspoons) of coconut oil and work it into clean, damp hair. Let it set a little while (10 or 20 minutes, at least), then rinse it in warm water.
- Use it instead of hair gel! I absolutely love coconut oil as a hair product! If your hair is curly or has a lot of body, try working a little of it into your hair after you wash it. In addition to nourishing your hair, it works great as a curl definer! Just be sure you don’t over do it- a little goes a long way.
- As a skin salve! Rub coconut oil on dry hands, elbows, or any place your skin is rough or chaffed. This is especially helpful during the cold winter months when skin tends to dry out.
- As a moisturizor! I have extremely dry skin; my face and scalp, especially, need extra hydration. I try to keep a glass container of coconut oil in our bathroom to use on my face, hair, and scalp (as needed) after I shower in the mornings. I use it very sparingly on my face, since I don’t want clogged pores. (If you have oily skin, coconut oil may not be a useful product for your face or scalp.) I always rinse my scalp in hot water, followed by a vinegar rinse and cold water, if I use coconut oil as a scalp treatment. Failure to rinse well always leads to an oily scalp, so beware! (Winter is generally the only time I ever use coconut oil as a scalp treatment.) For an overall body moisturizor, add a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil to hot bath water and enjoy a long soak!
- As a personal lubricant! Coconut oil is great for relieving vaginal dryness or irritation (such as is common with yeast infections or vaginitis). It is also a naturally healthy product for intimacy lubrication. (Disclaimer: please be informed before using oil-based lubricants.)
I’m still discovering the many uses for coconut oil. How do you use it?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.