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10 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

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10 Surprising Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is definitely a staple in my home and, surprisingly, I don’t use it much for its intended purpose.

Most people use coconut oil for cooking and baking, but did you know coconut oil has many more uses that have nothing to do with cooking? Wikipedia describes coconut oil as an edible, fatty oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It’s relatively versatile, affordable, accessible, and easy to work with—it’s no wonder people are using it in the most uncommon ways. Head to toe, around the home, and for our loved ones, here are 10 surprising uses for coconut oil:

1. Oil Pulling

Wellness Mama describes oil pulling as an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. The benefits of oil pulling are natural teeth whitening, gum improvement, and removable of harmful bacteria. Wellness Mama explains why she prefers coconut oil  over other oil-pulling options.

2. Facial Cleanser And Makeup Remover

Oil cleansing is a popular choice for natural skincare enthusiasts because it’s cost effective and packs a powerful punch as an all-in-one product. Use coconut oil to cleanse skin, remove makeup, and moisturize your skin all while simplifying your skincare routine.

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3. Hair Sealant

Coconut oil has quickly become a holy grail in my curly hair routine, offering a great lightweight oil sealant for my moisturizer, adding shine, and reducing frizz.

Bonus tip: It’s also a great detangler when applied to damp hair and allowed to sit for a few minutes. Your tangles will loosen and allow for an easier time detangling.

4. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Extend the life of your makeup brushes by opting for a natural, gentle cleanser. Simply melt down the Coconut Oil, swirl the brushes in the oil to remove the make-up, rinse with warm water, shape, and allow to air dry. The leftover oil residue will add softness to your bristles, but if you opt against the residue, simply use a mild soap and water to remove it.

5. Squeaky Door Hinges

Forget WD-40! Instead, rub a bit of coconut oil on the hinge to get a little peace and quiet.

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6. Soothe Dry Skin

Coconut oil offers great moisturizing properties that can be used to soothe any dry skin ailments. Dry rubbing a bit on dry nostrils, lips, elbows, cracked feet, or even to soothe the paws or irritated skin of your favorite furry friend!

Bonus Tip: Use in place of the name-brand diaper rash cream to soothe your baby’s bottom.

7. DIY Vapor Rub

A little congested? Everyday Roots shares an easy 3-ingredient vapor rub recipe that is sure to have you feeling better fast!

8. Coffee Creamer

Oil in coffee? Yup. It makes a great alternative for those that want to enjoy a cup of coffee but would rather not have it black and are opting for a non-dairy/sugar-free option. You’ll want to blend it into the coffee to avoid it separating and floating to the top.

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9. Wood Polish

Love the wood in your home but hate the fading once the chemicals wear off? Use coconut oil to add a nice natural shine to your favorite pieces of furniture.

Bonus Tip: Coconut oil works on metal too! Rub a bit on with a soft cloth, wait a few minutes, then buff (be sure the surface is dust free first).

10. Stain Prevention

Dying your hair or eyebrows? Apply a thin layer of coconut oil around the area being dyed to act as a barrier against staining your skin. Once you have finished applying your beautiful new color, simply use a cloth with warm water to wipe away the coconut oil.

Bonus Tip: Coconut oil also be used in your plastic ware to fight food stains.

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Craving more uncommon uses for your coconut oil? DIY & Crafts lists 200 more that are ready for you to try!

Featured photo credit: Dotpolka via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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