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97 Surprising Coconut Oil Uses To Better Your Life

97 Surprising Coconut Oil Uses To Better Your Life

There are a ton of different coconut oil uses for just about every area of your body. Coconut oil is an extremely versatile product and has antibacterial and antifungal properties that work inside and outside the body. It can boost metabolism, heal a variety of ailments, and it tastes great and feels good on the skin. Here are 97 coconut oil uses that anyone can try at home.

And here’s why you shouldn’t stop exploring other powerful benefits of this “superfood”:

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Coconut Oil Can be Used in the Kitchen

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    1. Use it to fry foods at any temperature – it can handle high heat
    2. “Butter” your toast with coconut oil
    3. Substitute coconut oil for butter or other oils in recipes
    4. Add a small amount to recipes for health benefits
    5. Use it as a coffee creamer (be sure to whip the oil in a blender before adding coffee)
    6. Make your own flavoured “butter” by adding honey or maple syrup to coconut oil
    7. Use it to make salad dressing
    8. Add a tablespoon to a smoothie to make it healthier
    9. Use it to grease your baking pans
    10. Put it on popcorn for a sweet and salty treat
    11. Make homemade, vegan mayo with coconut oil
    12. Eat a teaspoon of it straight – for an easy dose of the health benefits!
    13. Use it to season cast iron pots and pans
    14. Use it instead of dairy as a thickening agent
    15. Substitute coconut oil for eggs in baking recipes
    16. Coat eggs with it to pro-long shelf life
    17. Use it to make healthy, dark chocolate

    Coconut Oil Uses for Skin & Beauty

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      1. Put a small amount on a cotton pad to cleanse your face (for those with dry skin)
      2. Use it as a moisturizer for your face and body
      3. Apply coconut oil to your underarms as a healthier, safer deodorant
      4. Mix coconut oil with baking soda for a more powerful, natural deodorant
      5. Apply to your face to prevent acne – it will stop your skin from overcompensating with its own oils
      6. Apply it to your eyes before bed to eliminate under-eye bags
      7. Use coconut oil as shaving cream
      8. Mix coconut oil and baking soda to exfoliate your skin
      9. Use it as a lip balm
      10. Add it to your bath
      11. Remove your makeup with coconut oil
      12. Clean your make-up brushes with coconut oil and soap
      13. Brush your teeth with coconut oil to whiten them
      14. Rub it on your eyelashes to help them grow
      15. Coconut oil will remove excess wax after hair removal
      16. Moisturize your nail beds with coconut oil
      17. Get rid of stretch marks
      18. Coconut oil will reduce varicose veins, cellulite and age spots
      19. Whip it into a body butter
      20. Use it as a natural sunscreen
      21. Get a massage with coconut oil
      22. Remove earwax with a Q-tip and coconut oil
      23. Apply to forehead before bed to reduce wrinkles
      24. Add cinnamon to coconut oil for a tinted lip balm

      Healthy Hair and Scalp with Coconut Oil

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        1. Use it as a hair mask
        2. Deep condition your hair with it
        3. Make a spray with coconut oil and water for a leave-in conditioner
        4. Apply to your roots to get rid of dandruff
        5. Massage into scalp to moisturize
        6. Apply to dry ends
        7. Add to conditioner bottle for added moisture
        8. Apply a small amount to dry hair before applying heat to fight frizz
        9. Using coconut oil before shampooing gives hair added shine
        10. Apply to ends of hair while wet to prevent split ends
        11. Add to shampoo for extra cleansing and moisturizing
        12. Brush a tiny amount of coconut oil through your hair to eliminate hair static
        13. Use it as a hair texturizer
        14. Clean your hairbrush with coconut oil

        Practical Coconut Oil Uses

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          1. Make a natural bug spray with it
          2. Use it to shine your shoes
          3. Clean stubborn soap scum out of the shower with coconut oil
          4. Oil a squeaky hinge
          5. Use it to get rust off of metal
          6. Oil your wooden cutting boards and spoons to make them last longer
          7. Polish your furniture with coconut oil
          8. Use it to remove stickers from new dishes
          9. Apply a thin coating of coconut oil on ceiling fan blades to prevent dust
          10. Coat your garbage can with it to eliminate flies and maggots
          11. Apply it to your car for easy removal of dead bugs
          12. Coat a candle with coconut oil to prevent wax drippings
          13. Clean and disinfect dentures with coconut oil
          14. Lubricate guitar strings with it
          15. Rub it on a stuck zipper to fix the problem
          16. Add coconut oil to your pet’s food to eliminate hairballs
          17. Rub on stuck-on gum for easy removal
          18. Apply to inner thighs to prevent chaffing on a long walk
          19. Use it to clean and shine leather furniture
          20. Rub coconut oil on dishes to get rid of stuck-on food
          21. Spray coconut oil and vinegar on bugs to get rid of them quickly

          Coconut Oil Health Uses

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            1. Swallow a teaspoon to stabilize blood sugar
            2. Apply to cold and canker sores for faster healing
            3. Use it to soothe a sore throat
            4. Rub on cuts and wounds for faster healing
            5. Apply it to soothe bug bites
            6. Add coconut oil to a foot bath to soften an ingrown toenail
            7. Add essential oils to coconut oil for aromatherapy
            8. Use it to remedy eczema
            9. Gargle with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for a clean mouth
            10. Apply it to a sunburn to speed up the healing process
            11. Use it as a natural diaper rash cream
            12. Massage your baby with coconut oil for a safe and natural moisturizer
            13. Rub the inside of your nostrils with it to prevent nosebleeds
            14. Use coconut oil to eliminate cradle cap on your infant
            15. Make an antibacterial cream with coconut oil and tea tree oil
            16. Heal cavities by rinsing your mouth for 15 minutes with coconut oil
            17. Add honey and lemon to coconut oil for a natural cough syrup
            18. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil to ease constipation
            19. Rub it on a bruise to help it heal faster
            20. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil with your calcium pill to help your body absorb the calcium
            21. Swallow 3 tablespoons per day to help treat a bladder infection
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            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

            If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

            One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

            Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

            In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

            Why you can’t sleep through the night

            The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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            Stress

            If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

            Exposure to blue light before sleep time

            We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

            While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

            Eating close to bedtime

            Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

            Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

            Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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            Medical conditions

            In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

            The vicious sleep cycle

            The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

            Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

            You get a bad night’s sleep
            –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
            –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
            –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

              You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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              How to sleep better (throughout the night)

              To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

              1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

              What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

              Here are a few suggestions:

              • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
              • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
              • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
              • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
              • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

              2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

              What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

              • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
              • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
              • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
              • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

              3. Adjust your sleep temperature

              Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

              Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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              Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

              Sleep better form now on

              Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

              I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

              As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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