5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil Outside the Kitchen

Coconut oil is a versatile thing.


Besides the kitchen, you’ll find a jar of expeller-pressed, raw organic coconut oil in my bathroom closet, shower, nightstand and on our baby-changing table because not only is it nourishing us through food, but in these 5 ways you may not have thought to use it.

  1. Oil pulling- If you’ve never heard of it or know how it’s done, check out this post on my initial experience. It’s not an everyday practice for me, but when I need a pick-me-up or I know I have a big day ahead of me, this ancient Ayurvedic ritual is where I turn.

2. Toothpaste- A small amount (tsp.) mixed equally with my other go-to in the home, baking soda, and I have a non-toxic fluoride-free home-made toothpaste that leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

3. Shaving cream- After heating up the skin a bit, a literal drop on each leg and I have a smooth shave that lasts longer than conventional foams, gels or plain soap. My skin also stays smoother for up to three days.


4. Diaper cream- Another natural alternative to some of the questionable products on the shelf, coconut oil soothes and moisturizes the skin while wicking the wet diaper away from baby’s bottom. She also smells really nice.

5. Cuticle softener- I get very dry cuticles that fray and cause painful and unsightly fingernails. A drop of coconut oil and a finger massage leaves my nails hydrated, and cleaner than picking at the dry skin and let’s face it, when will I get a manicure? Yeah, never.

There are countless ways to use coconut oil in our everyday lives from hair conditioner to salad dressing; please share in the comments how coconut oil finds its way into your home.


More on oil pulling

Since my four-day oil pulling project, my teeth and mouth continue to feel cleaner and whiter!

I found a new benefit, though:

I have a gluten sensitivity that includes excessive tiredness and headaches, not to mention other ailments (follow the blog and I’ll be posting about it more later). If i have gluten in any form I am miserable for days to come. I can’t get out of bed in the morning my mood is worse than usual and in general I get sick.

Well, this proves to be specifically difficult when pizza is on the table. My favorite food and long time love of eating pizza has been destroyed by this condition. I have tried gluten-free options and it just isn’t the same.

After feeling so great while doing the oil pulling, I tried a piece of pizza a couple of nights ago and the outcome was phenomenal. The effects were minimal on the surface. I know gluten is bad for me in particular but the oil pulling has definitely helped.

I believe in this ritual more and more everyday. As, I won’t return to my earlier normal bread, pasta and pizza eating habits, I’m confident that if I do slip (as we all do when it comes to strict diets) I have my trusty tool of oil pulling in my back pocket to help eradicate the consequences of my weakness.

The 4 day Oil Pulling Project

A girlfriend of mine sent me a blog post about oil pulling asking if I had heard of it and that it sounded interesting. I had only heard of it and not a clue what it was or how it “worked.” That same day only a few hours later, a group I follow had started a thread about it. (strange) Then an article popped up in my news feed. It was screaming at me!

After briefly reading about it and learning the potential benefits I decided, “Hey! Why not?” I’m eclectic and try new things all the time. If you have patience and an open mind, you can too!

So if you, like me, have no idea:

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an oral hygiene ritual also believed to detoxify the body and aids in improving overall health as well as assisting with many ailments including diabetes and asthma.

Whereas a tablespoon of raw, coldpressed oil(sesame, sunflower, coconut and/or olive) is swirled in the mouth for 15-20 minutes, most effective first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. After swishing the oil slowly and gently being sure to reach the molars, the oil is expelled to rid the mouth and body of bacteria and toxins.

Then the mouth is rinsed with a glass of warm water(salting is optional).

I have not researched the history, origin of this ritual or how and why it can do these magical things, I’ve just decided to give it a go(blindly).

Call me “Crazy” but here is my experience:

Night before

I brush my teeth as normal and there is bleeding in my gums (as always, when I’m pregnant) and several spots on my teeth and gums are extremely sensitive and painful. My husband takes this picture:

I took this picture to document my skin condition and overall appearance before I start the Oil Routine

I took this picture to document my skin condition and overall appearance before I start the Oil Routine

Close up showing discolorations and dry cracked lips.

dry lips.

Day 1:

Wow! That is not a good …or bad wow. I used a 1/2 tablespoon of Organic Solid coconut oil and at first it was GROSS! When I first spooned it in I even gagged. The feeling of the lump of oil made me sick. The first 5 minutes felt like forever waiting for it to melt. The rest of the time was much easier. After the oil melted I swirled and swished, it was like using mouthwash less the burning and minty-ness. At about 15 minutes in I had a hard time managing that much oil in my mouth as it had salivated filling my mouth uncomfortably. I dribbled a bit out along the way. At the end of the 20 minutes I spit it out and rinsed and brushed. I noticed less bleeding and slightly less pain, but overall my mouth felt clean!

A little while later, I noticed I was undeniably happy and chipper, which doesn’t happen to me before 9 am. Throughout the day I had an insurmountable amount of patience for my kids and overall I felt really good! If not for anything other than this “happy” feeling, I’m sold.

After one treatment.

After one treatment

Night 1:

The good feelings continued. Usually an insomniac, but tonight I fell asleep with ease and within moments of relaxing.

Day 2:

I also woke up with ease which is unlikely for me. My second round of oil pulling, I used only 1 teaspoon and found the amount much more manageable and slightly uncomfortable for the first five minutes while the oil melted. I held it under my tongue as the clump is not so pleasant. After spitting out the foamy oil I brushed and less bleeding and much less sensitivity and pain occurred. In fact, only one spot still hurt a bit.

After second treatment

After second treatment

Day 3

The amount of Oil is of importance. On the second day I only used one teaspoon and I did not have a great day. I was in my regular cranky mood. THIS morning I did a bit more and notice a difference in my mood. I am happier and have more patience again. I also notice my teeth look and feel whiter and cleaner.

After third treatment

After third treatment

Day 4:

INCREDIBLE!! I feel incredible, my mouth feels incredible and there is a definite noticeable difference in its appearance, health and cleanliness!

After Fourth Treatment!

After Fourth Treatment!

Confirmed: the hype is right! Oil Pulling Works.

Give it a try to see the results in just a few short days 😀 And let me know how it goes in the comments.

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