101 Science-Backed, Evidence-Based Uses for Coconut Oil That Will Change Your Life

Food, Drink and Cooking

As we all know, coconut oil is edible, but you should not use cosmetic grade oil as it may have harmful effects when consumed. Coconut oil can be of 2 types: refined and unrefined (or virgin).

Refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconuts and has no odor or taste. It can stand higher temperatures, but during the refining process, numerous chemicals are used in order to deodorize, bleach or hydrogenate it, which leads to the creation of trans-fats. Yet, in some cases, this process can be done more naturally, meaning that the oil is only heated.

On the other hand, unrefined or virgin coconut oil comes from fresh, not dried, coconut and is extracted fast, avoiding the refining process, so it has its odor and taste.

This is how to use coconut oil in the kitchen:

34. Cooking Oil: As it withstands higher temperatures due to its high amounts of saturated fat, some of which are very healthy in fact, it is great for cooking. It provides texture and great flavor to meals.

35. Smoothies: Coconut oil is great in smoothies, and it will enhance their consistency. Try the following one:

Mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder,2 cups of coconut milk, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons Gelatin Powder,  ½ cup of strawberries and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

36. Grease Pans: Grease your pans with coconut oil instead of vegetable oils.

37. Creamer in Coffee or Tea: To revolutionize the morning coffee experience, add some coconut oil to it. Mix 2 tablespoons of this amazing oil, 2 cups of hot coffee, and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a blender until you  prepare a great creamy mixture.

38. Butter Replacement: Instead of butter on the slice of bread or toast, use coconut oil as a healthier alternative, which will again be delicious.

39. Mayonnaise: Coconut oil can help you make a healthier mayonnaise alternative:

mix a teaspoon of mustard, 2/3 cup coconut oil, four egg yolks, 2/3 cup olive oil, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.

40. Sweetener: As it is a bit sweet, use coconut oil to replace sugar.

41. Salad Dressing: Add numerous nutrients in your salad and improve their absorption, by adding some coconut oil to your greens.

42. Preserves Eggs: Coat the eggshell with coconut oil in order to make your eggs last longer and to maintain their quality.

43. Prevent Freezer Burn: Before you put the food in your freezer, add some coconut oil on the top of it, and it will act as a seal and will avoid freezer burn.

44. Popcorn Topping: Drizzle coconut oil along with some salt and add it on the to of your popcorn. It tastes remarkable!

45.Removing food from dishes: You can add some coconut oil to lubricate the hard stains  and easily clean them.

Health and Home Remedies

Coconut oil has strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, so it is extremely beneficial in the case of numerous health conditions. If you consume it, use the food grade of the oil. Use the fractioned coconut oil for topical uses, as it is high in  capric and caprylic acids which make it a potent disinfectant and strong antioxidant.

46.Cuts and Wounds: Coconut oil can be used as a natural antifungal and antibacterial product to treat small cuts. First, clean the wound and then apply it.

47.Freshen Breath: Bacteria in the mouth lead to bad breath, so coconut oil and it potent antibacterial properties can help you solve this issue.

48.Fights Inflammation: The inflammation can be reduced due to the lauric acid and capric acid found in coconut oil. Moreover, it doesn’t have any side-effects, unlike anti-inflammatory medicines.

49.Boosts Energy: It includes a unique form of saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides that energize your body.

50.Weight Loss: If you replace other fats with coconut oil, you can effectively lose excess weight.

51.Reduces Appetite: Take a spoon of this miraculous oil before meals to reduce your appetite and the size of your portion.

52.Strengthens the Immune System: If you add coconut oil to your diet regularly, you will successfully strengthen your immune system as it prevents infections and viruses.

53.Helps Blood Circulation: You can increase the circulation of blood by applying this oil to your body.

54.Aromatherapy: It is an amazing carrier oil, and will aid the absorption of herbal extracts and other essential oils and thus will relax your body. In this case, use fractionated coconut oil.

55.Supports the function of the thyroid gland: According to numerous studies, the consumption of this oil will promote the proper function of the thyroid gland.

56.Promotes Bone Health: Being a fat, it will promote the absorption of nutrients and vitamins, like calcium, so it will effectively strengthen your bones.

57.Treats Arthritis: Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil every day, to relieve arthritis pain, due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties.

58.Lowers Cholesterol: The high amounts of lauric acid boost HDL (good cholesterol), which in turn reduces bad cholesterol (LDL).

59.Treats Hemorrhoids: Apply some coconut oil in order to relieve the pain and treat hemorrhoids.

60.Treats Athlete’s Foot: Rub some coconut oil on your feet with some tea tree oil to relieve the pain. The strong antifungal effects will treat this issue.

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