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50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil to Better Your Life

Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out.

You've heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil?

Uses for Coconut Oil

We asked our Facebook fans and coworkers how they use coconut oil. Here are some of the numerous ways coconut oil is used. If you'd like to participate in conversations about coconut oil or other natural health topics, I definitely recommend you connect with our Facebook page.

This post lists 50 different ways to use coconut oil and it also links out to a bunch of DIY coconut oil recipes to help you try the different uses and experience all of the amazing coconut oil benefits. I hope you find it valuable.

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Now, let's get on to the amazing ways people use coconut oil to better their life.


Cooking and Eating

1Cooking at High Heat - Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative. Check out our Guide to Cooking Oils to find  healthy cooking oils for whatever meal you are creating.

2On Toast Instead of Butter - Simply use coconut oil instead of butter on your toast.

3Eat it by the Spoonful - Coconut oil is that delicious and healthful. Enjoy one spoonful each morning.

4Smoothies - Add one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and increase your energy with the oil's MCTs. Check out this post for the Top Smoothie Ingredients.

5Fry Eggs - Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with coconut oil to create a non-stick surface and delicious eggs.

6Popping Popcorn - A sweet twist on a classic snack! To make stovetop popcorn, you need a heavy-bottomed pan. First, add the coconut oil and popcorn to the pot. Coat the area of the pot with the oil, and use just enough popcorn to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot. Give the pot a little shake to make sure all of the kernels are coated with oil. Next, place the pot over medium heat. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly open so that steam can escape. It should take about five minutes for the popcorn to pop completely.

7Popcorn Topping - Instead of butter, melt a little coconut oil and pour it over your popped popcorn. Then sprinkle lightly with Himalayan crystal salt.

8Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt to taste, and serve with salsa or dip. (Or just eat them plain – either way they’re delicious!)

9Replace Vegetable Oil for Baking - Next time you make your favorite brownie recipe, replace the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Your friends will be begging you for the recipe.

10Pan Frying - Next time you fry up a batch of sweet potato fries or a piece of chicken, use coconut oil. The taste is great and the coconut oil's health benefits are even better.

11Grilled Cheese with Coconut Oil - No need for butter the next time you are making a grilled cheese sandwich. 

12Coconut Oil Coffee - Adding a spoonful to your coffee is a delicious way to start your day with a huge energy boost! Here is a great recipe for coconut oil coffee. Want a simple way to make coconut oil coffee quick? Try buying some coconut oil coffee creamer.

13Homemade Granola - Check out this delicious recipe for coconut granola.

14A Spoonful in Tea - Allow some coconut oil to melt and mildly flavor your next cup of tea. 

15Salad Dressings - A simple recipe for a salad dressing with coconut oil can be found here.


Coconut Oil Skin Care and Beauty

diy coconut oil recipes

16Cheekbone Highlighter - Apply a small amount on cheekbones over makeup.

17Shaving Lotion - Close shave and a moisturizer at the same time.

18Facial Scrub - Combine coconut oil with Himalayan crystal salt and apply to face each night. Washing it off is optional.

19Body Scrub - Combine coconut oil and sugar. Check out this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe.

20Makeup Remover - Apply coconut oil to your face with clean hands to remove makeup. Use a cotton round or clean cloth to remove any excess.

21Homemade Deodorant - You only need a few ingredients in addition to coconut oil to make this simple deodorant recipe.

22Homemade Lip Balm or Lip Gloss - Apply directly or create a flavored version with this simple lip balm recipe.

23Baby Care - Apply regularly to the baby's bottom to improve skin health.

24Sexual Lubricant - Our Facebook fans swear by this one :)

25Moisturizer During Pregnancy - Moms-to-be love coconut oil to help moisturize a growing belly.

26Nipple Cream During Breastfeeding - Coconut oil is a popular choice for nursing mothers because it is a natural safe product. 

27Massage Oil - Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.

28Body Moisturizer - Apply directly after showering. 

29After-Sun Care - A great moisturizer to use after you've gotten a bit too much sun.

30Facial Moisturizer - After you wash your face, massage a light layer on your skin.

31Mix in Bath Water - Melt about 1/4 cup and add it to your bath water and soak.

32Tanning Oil - Put in a spray bottle and bring to beach. Spray on to keep skin moisturized.

33Dry Feet Treatment - Mix with salt to form a foot scrub.

34Elbow Rub - Helps manage the dry skin on your elbows.

coconut oil cooking vs other oils

Coconut Oil Hair Care


35Leave-in Overnight Conditioner - Looking for a deep conditioning hair treatment? Rub a small amount of oil into hair (mostly at ends), comb through and put hair in a loose bun before bed, and wash out in the morning.

36Hair Flyaway Tamer - Use very sparingly on ends or areas with flyaways.

37Defrizzer of Split Ends - Just put a tiny amount on your hands and run them through the frizzy areas.

38Static Reducer - Rub your hands together with a little bit of coconut oil on them and run them through your static-y hair.


Other Healthy Uses for Coconut Oil

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin & Beauty

39Homemade Toothpaste - Combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Sweeten with stevia and flavor with your favorite essential oil.

40Aromatherapy - Whether you like coconut or not, the soothing aroma of coconut oil is pleasing to us all and can help us wind down after a long, stressful day. Read The Beginner's Guide to Aromatherapy.

41Metabolism Booster - 2 tablespoons per day are proven to rev up your metabolism.

42Thyroid Supporter - Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.

43Energizer - 1 teaspoon can give you a burst of energy instead of turning towards a caffeinated energy drink.

44Oil Pulling - Swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes before brushing. Read next: Oil Pulling: Health Benefits or Healthy Hype?


Using Coconut Oil Around The House


45Help Deter Pests - Add essential oils like tea tree and citronella and apply to skin.

46Season a Cast Iron Pan - Here is a nice explanation of how to season a cast iron pan with coconut oil.

47Use it as a lubricant on small motors/electronics - One Facebook fan uses it to keep his juicer's motor in top working condition.


Coconut Oil for Animals


48Feed It to Your Dog or Cat - Coconut oil isn't just for humans. The MCTs are a natural source of energy for your pets, too.

49Put It On Your Cat's Paw - Put half a teaspoon on your kitty's paw to keep a shiny coat and cut down on hairballs.

50Brush Your Dog's Teeth with It - Dental health is important for pups, plus they love the taste.

buy organic extra virgin coconut oil cold-pressedWhat Kind of Coconut Oil Should You Buy?

We always recommend you buy a Coconut Oil that meets these guidelines.

  • Organic
  • Extra Virgin
  • Cold-Pressed
  • Non-Hydrogenated

The image on the right is the bottle of our 54 oz Organic Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It is our best seller and of course meets all of the recommendations above.

Other popular brands (of course they are a bit more expensive than Swanson) include:


10 Out-of-the-Box Uses for Coconut Oil Infographic


This post was written by , with the help of our awesome Facebook community. It was originally published in March 2013, and has since been republished with updated information. Last update was on: August 29, 2016.


These are some of the most popular ways to use coconut oil. There are hundreds of ways to use coconut oil.

As you can see, coconut oil benefits the entire body.

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