3 Uses for Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen
3 Uses for Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen guest post by Erica of Optimal Health Consultant.
The more I learn about coconut oil and use it the more I fall in love with it! It has such a great texture, it cooks up perfectly, the flavor is just to die for and it seems it may be the answer for everything!
We started using coconut oil as a medium to deep fry in and this is still one of our favorites. As we expanded our use of coconut we realized that it has as many purposes outside the kitchen as inside. Today I want to introduce you to my:
3 Favorite Uses for Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen
1. Fever Blisters and Cold Sores
I am one of the unlucky people who get fever blisters. I hate it. Not only does it feel like my lips are on fire but it looks disgusting also.
There are about a dozen different medicated creams you can buy, some over the counter, some prescription, but none of them work. Some help if you can apply it when you feel it coming on, but that’s not always realistic.
A friend recommended I try rubbing coconut oil on. I could not believe it; it worked!
It does not matter how long you have had the fever blister it will start decreasing the size immediately after applied. It also works for cold sores inside the mouth and does not taste disgusting. The oil shrinks the cold sore until it is back to normal. Continue to reapply the oil every time it dries until the sore is flat skin again.
Once the skin is flat I apply a heavy moisturizer like Aquaphor to keep the spot moist until the skin is back to normal.
2. Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
I don’t know what it is about the new house we have moved into but since we moved in I have gotten poison oak every year. The worst part is nothing seems to help. I have tried calamine lotion, expensive creams, and everything over the counter I can get from my local pharmacy. I have tried buying the soap to stop it from spreading and it still spreads for weeks.
This summer I thought to myself, if coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory product then why wouldn’t it work to reduce the pus in my poison oak?
So I started rubbing it over the affected areas, and I tell you what, after I rubbed the coconut oil on the rash started spitting out pus like crazy. The pus would start dripping down my leg within 15 seconds if I did not wipe it off.
- Rub on coconut oil
- Allow the pus to ooze out, about 15 seconds
- Wipe the pus off so it does not sit there and re-infect the skin or dry and prohibit more pus from coming out.
- Rub on more coconut oil.
- Repeat this process until pus stops flowing out. Then repeat it again the next day. It took about 3 days for each affected area to completely dry out when I was doing 1-2 hours of coconut oil a day.
A few days felt like nothing compared to the weeks and weeks I used to have poison oak in the past.
3. Blemish Spot Treatment
It is bound to happen at some point or another from stress, or too much salt, but you are going to get a blemish. Ugh!
The last time I got a blemish, I did not have any acne spot treatment cream because I have switched all my cosmetics over to organic, non-toxic products.
I started thinking what can I use to help in this situation? Coconut Oil!
I rubbed just a dab of coconut oil on my blemish and reapplied as often as it was absorbed. (about every 3-4 hours, but you could reapply as often as every 1 hour) By the end of the day my blemish was gone! History!
My skin was flat, even, and smooth again. This was a quicker result than I have ever gotten from a spot treatment cream.
As a side note, I cannot guarantee that coconut oil would work for acne because the causes of acne are different from a blemish. However it would be worth a shot.
These are my 3 favorite uses for coconut oil outside the kitchen. I hope you find success with them too; and be sure to check out more of my Natural Remedies at Optimal Health Consultant.