8 Fabulous Ways I Use Coconut Oil {Dr. Mom Series}

Happy Friday! I’m back with another post in my Dr. Mom Series. Last year, I wrote about Why I LOVE Coconut Oil so much and today I’m telling y’all my favorite health & beauty ways to use coconut oil. I use coconut oil all the time…like maybe I’m a coconut oil addict. Ha!

coconut oil use

I love this Nutiva Coconut Oil {affiliate}. It is reasonably priced and it isn’t super coconut-y. :) I’m a little cray-cray and I keep a little jar of coconut oil in my purse or diaper bag, one large container in the kitchen and a pint in my bathroom. We have coconut oil whenever we need it.

1. Moisturize Your Skin

I love slathering my skin with coconut oil when I get out of the shower. Ahhh!

2. Dilute Essential Oil

I have sensitive skin and prefer to dilute most Young Living essential oils when I apply them. For my boys, I always dilute because a little therapeutic-grade essential oil goes a long way on little ones.

3. Heal Diaper Rash

My little people haven’t had terrible diaper rashes, but when one starts up I use coconut oil liberally and it helps immensely.

4. Smooth Your Hair

My hair likes to frizz up in the Southern humidity, so I use just a **teeny-tiny** bit of coconut oil to smooth the frizzies. If you use too much, your hair will look like a grease fest. Ask me how I know. ;)

5. Relieve Bug Bites

It’s amazing how soothing coconut oil is to bug bites, cuts and scrapes.

6. Relieve Cradle Cap

Cameron had the WORST cradle cap. It was terrible for months and months. I finally slathered his head with coconut oil and let it soften all the cradle cap crud. After 15-20 minutes, it was soft and I got it all off. You could definitely use a comb or brush, but I just picked it all off with my finger. Gross, I know, but it worked.

7. Remove Eye Makeup

Just a little bit of coconut oil on a cotton ball takes eye makeup right off. Easy peasy.

8. Moisturize Lips

Like I mentioned, I carry a little container of coconut oil with me. It is a great lip moisturizer on the fly. :)

Those are my top 8 favorite “Dr. Mom” ways to use coconut oil.

Do you use coconut oil? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?



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  1. This would be great in a baby shower basket! Thanks for the idea:)

  2. I love using coconut oil for other then baking too! I first learned about it when I was cloth diapering my son. I love that you can use it for removing mascara and moisturizing your lips! I haven’t done it yet, but heard of people using it for washing their face.
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  3. I use the coconut oil for removing eye makeup, face moisturizer at night and for moisturizing lips. I use it in cooking. My coconut oil container for “beauty use” liquidated and I spilled it on my wooden desk. It really made the surface look a lot better and made me realize I had forgotten the value of putting oil on my wooden furniture. A lot of those products have chemicals and so I may use it for this purpose too. There are different grades/prices of coconut oil so I select the grade per the use.

  4. I keep a tub of it under the bathroom sink. I use it as a facial moisturizer, lip balm, and everything else I can think of. Maybe one day I will buy a new tub and learn to cook with it.
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  5. I just started making my own deodorant with a mixture of coconut oil, baking soda, and cornstarch. It’s wonderful…and natural!

  6. Lube! Coconut oil makes the best lube ever!

  7. I use coconut oil on my hair to help it grow longer and stay shiny. In the morning before showers I apply it all over my hair (yes, it makes a greasy mess) and leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash it out in the shower. I do this 2-3 times a week. Makes my hair look and feel beautiful and shiny!

  8. I use cocunut oil too. It makes a great lubricant. If you know what I mean. ;-)

  9. I just discovered coconut oil myself after the eye cream I had been using for months suddenly gave me a red, burning, blistering, flaky rash. The first time I put the coconut oil it was so soothing! I whipped it with my mixer for a few minutes before putting it into some small jars (carry one in my purse).

    So far the parts of my body that love the coconut oil: hands, cuticles, nails, face, neck, lips, lashes, eyebrows (yes, the hair had gotten dry and the skin a little flaky), feet (including blisters from cheap shoes).

    I’ve also read about whitening teeth, but haven’t investigated that fully.

  10. Awesome ideas, thank you, I just bought some about a month ago. I love the hair frizz and make up removal for my tween daughter. Thanks!
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  11. I like the idea of using it as a hair smoother–thanks! It is a great skin moisturizer–very soothing for eczema.

  12. kim the girl says:

    My baby has some serious cradle cap and I’ve been stumped with how to get rid of it… I am excited to try this!!! Thanks for the rec!

  13. I love using it on my daughters eczema. Sometimes to stay on top of it after a bath I will slather her in it and put jammies on for bed.

  14. I read a recommendation for eating small spoonful 2-3 times a day. supposedly helping with candida. anyone else heard this? I am not too keen on trying something on one recommendation.

    • Myra Hope says:

      Yes! It’s great for that. I eat it off the spoon, but also use it to saute veggies and in smoothies as well. :)

  15. I use coconut oil as my deodorant, been doing this for the past 5 years. I also use it on my arms and legs as sun protection. Sounds funny since its an oil, but it works!!

    • I read it has a natural SPF of 4!! How crazy is that?!?!?! My 12 year old twins have the chicken pox right now. Desperate for a soothing lotion, I went to the co-op to buy aloe vera gel which was next to the coconut oil! Then I remembered the 32oz jug I had at home. Daughter just lathered herself from head to toe and ingested a tablespoon of it for her throat! Love it!

  16. I have found it to be VERY effective for oral health. Look up “oil pulling”. I have beat an accessed pocket with this my son had same results with infection from two impacted wisdom teeth.

  17. I have no idea where to buy this coconut oil. So, please let me know. Thank You Very Much and God Bless You and Your Family. <3

    • Natural food stores or online (Amazon, etc).

    • Most supermarkets sell it in the baking aisle near the other vegetable and olive oils. It comes in a jar or tub like shortening since it is solid. It is a staple of many low-carb dieters as a medium chain fat. I also make a chocolate almond bark with it and add a teaspoon to coffee. It makes your hair shiny and conditioned by eating it. It is great for softening and soothing skin.

  18. Love it! Thanks for all the reminders for the many amazing uses of coconut oil!! We also use it to pop our popcorn!
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  19. I don’t know about coconut oil, but I just heard about coconut water, or sometimes it’s called coconut milk. I decided to test it and I drank half a glass mixed with water twice a day and its to clean out toxins. I must say it works, but the mixture I bought was expensive so now I’ve just bought a tin of coconut water and will try that. Sue

  20. My daughter has a case of chicken pox and I slathered coconut oil on her last night before bed – she slept peacefully all night! Really helps soothe the itch!

  21. Jessica says:


    Maybe someone can help me.
    I just bought coconut oil from the supermarket and it’s for cooking, so my question is:
    Is there a special coconut oil for the hair and skin or I can use the cooking coconut oil for everything?

    Thank you!!!

    • Jennifer says:

      You can use the same stuff for all uses! I had bought some coconut oil on sale and was not find of it for cooking so I now use it for skin, hair, teeth etc. I bought the good stuff for cooking. That way no grubby hands go in the cooking stuff.

  22. Ashley Lyons says:

    I am just curious, does any one have issues with the coconut oil leaking in your purse (I.e., in summer?)

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