Ciara Gleeson

By Ciara Gleeson

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My Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular and everyone seems to be jumping on the coconut oil bandwagon (myself included)! Coconut oil has numerous uses and health benefits associated with its use so it really is no wonder that it has become so popular. I used it for the first time about a year ago to condition my hair. Now I use it in so many ways that I need a constant supply of at least three jars at the ready. I am going to talk through my top 5 ways of using coconut oil and why I would recommend them.

Hair conditioner

I am going to start with this as this is what got me using coconut oil to begin with. My hair is generally in good condition for most of the year but when it comes to winter time it is a completely different story. Being surrounded by all the artificial heat during the winter has never helped my hair or scalp so I was thrilled to find a natural solution to this! I was telling someone how my hair was feeling dry and they suggested using coconut oil. I melted some in a bowl and applied a generous amount to my hair and scalp. I left it in overnight and washed it out the next day. Now I will admit, washing it out was not the best fun but it was well worth it for the results.

My hair was left feeling soft and nourished, the condition of my scalp had dramatically improved and my hair was left with a beautiful natural shine. Now I understand that it doesn’t always suit to leave it in overnight so even a few hours will help make a difference. My one bit of advice if you are trying this would be to ensure you cover your hair and pillow with towels or you will be washing out oil stains for weeks! I try to do this process at least once a month all year round and more often during the winter if needed.


Coconut oil is a wonderful body and face moisturiser. If you suffer from dry skin or dry patches on your skin it may be worth your while trying coconut oil as a moisturiser. I have used it mainly as a face moisturiser and on dry patches of skin. When using it on the face it is not ideal to put on makeup after so I prefer to use it at night and allow it to soak in during the night. It is also useful to put it on in the evening and wash off before bed to eliminate the likelihood of oil stains on your bed sheets! Using this as a moisturiser means you are using a natural moisturiser which is kind to your skin. If you look at some skincare products you will see that they use coconut or coconut oil and it really is no wonder why!

Body scrub

Have you ever put on fake tan and found that the remains of it can linger on your skin for days and days. Well I have a great natural solution! Mix some coconut oil with coarse sea salt or sugar and see the fake tan fade away. It is also useful for using before you apply tan to begin with as it exfoliates the skin and removes any dead skin cells. Now you can also use this mix even if you are not one for the fake tan! It is the most natural body scrub you could use so that makes it super kind and gentle on the skin. This natural alternative to shop bought body scrubs is also cost effective as a little goes a long way.

Oil pulling

When used as an oral hygiene product coconut oil has various benefits. Swirl a spoon of coconut oil in your mouth for roughly 20 minutes on an empty stomach. This technique is known as oil pulling and is becoming increasingly popular. Now if you have a weak or sensitive stomach this may not be the best option for you. But even if you could manage it for a few minutes it would be greatly beneficial. Oil pulling helps to draw out toxins from the body, helps to improve oral health and helps to improve overall health. As it draws toxins from the body it can also help to reduce bad breath. If you are looking to try this technique maybe begin with 5 or 10 minutes and gradually increase it to the 20. Be sure not to spit the oil out down the sink when you are done as it may result in the sink getting clogged and we definitely don’t want that!


My final use for coconut oil is cooking and baking. This oil is a great substitute to most common cooking oils and this is because it is a natural source of antioxidants and good fats. It is also a great substitute for dairy based products making it great for those who have an intolerance to lactose. It is ideal for using when cooking and baking at high temperatures. I literally use this product in 99% (if not more) of my cooking. It is super easy to use and leaves a delicious coconut smell and taste on the food. Using coconut oil is also supposed to help increase energy so this is yet another reason why it a great choice. If you have never tried it why not give it a go, you never know you may come to loving it as much as I do.

There are many different ways to use coconut oil but those are my top 5 ways. With all the benefits associated with its use it seems like an obvious choice to me. It is a natural source of antioxidants, it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, it contains nutrients that help to support heart health and immune health, it is a natural source of good fats and it is a natural energy booster. The list goes on and on. If you are considering trying this oil a good tip is to only use unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil. So go on, jump on the coconut oil bandwagon, you won’t regret it!