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7 Genius Uses for Coconut Oil You Might Not Know About

June 17, 2015

Coconut oil is making its way into the media more and more every day. It seems like these days, people are using it for everything from baking to beauty care .We’ve come up with a list of our own for a few handy uses for coconut oil we found particularly nifty.

Leather polish

Coconut oil can serve as a great, natural alternative to leather polish. Work a small amount of melted coconut oil into the leather and buff evenly with a clean cloth. This treatment can help condition your leather so it is softer and suppler!

Preserve eggs

Crazy as it may sound, coconut oil potentially extends the shelf life of eggs. It creates an extra layer that helps protects eggs from being penetrated by oxygen, which is what leads to rotting. Simply brush or dip your eggs in the oil, let them dry, and store them in the refrigerator!

Cold sore relief

The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil are said to have natural antiviral and antibiotic properties that can sometimes provide some relief from painful cold sores. In this case, it can be used both topically and taken as a supplement. Dab some coconut oil on the blister as soon as you feel it forming and take one tablespoon orally.

Remove stubborn stickers or gum

We all have those pesky stickers that won’t seem to come off completely, no matter how much you scrub and scrape. Try a mixture of 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon baking soda, and let sit on the surface for 15-20 minutes. Scrape away with a firm-edged tool. This method can also work for removing gum from carpets, furniture, and even hair.

Get rid of under eye bags

Using coconut oil under your eyes before bed can potentially help to diminish dark circles and look well-rested the next morning. Massage a small amount under your eyes and let it moisturize your sensitive skin for a smooth, fresh look.

Toothpaste

The Lauric Acid and other antibacterial properties in coconut oil can fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and plaque. You only need to use a very small amount. Try mixing it with a little baking soda for whitening benefits!

Coffee creamer

Instead of sugary coffee creamers, try a tablespoon of coconut oil instead! It will give you a creamy texture with a hint of yummy coconut taste. If the oil is separating and won’t dissolve, try throwing the coffee in a blender for a minute. This also works for iced coffee!

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