Best Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil – beyond the kitchen


Seriously, how did we not know about coconut oil sooner? How can a common, easily accessible substance have SO many benefits?! It’s anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties could leave me typing for days. So today I’m focusing on the non-consumption ways that I use coconut oil on a daily basis…and you can too!

  • Deep Conditioning Hair Mask: melt coconut oil in the microwave or your hands, and coat the bottom half of your hair, focusing especially on the ends. Pull hair up in a bun and leave on for several hours before rinsing out thoroughly (or sleep with a shower cap or old t-shirt around your head)
  • Cellulite Cream: When used consistently on skin, it can help reduce cellulite. Throw some grapefruit essential oil in there, and it’s gold! (Grapefruit EO has certain compounds that help with the drainage of your lymphatic glands which cause cellulite when not working properly)
  • Eye makeup remover – why not moisturize those lovely eyes while you’re at it
  • Homemade lip scrub: especially with the winter months approaching, sometimes the chapstick is not enough! Combine melted coconut oil, sugar, and honey for a natural — and delicious — lip scrub
  • Mix into dog food for dry, itchy skin
  • Remove stains: combine equal parts coconut oil and baking soda, mix into a paste, leave on the stain for 5 minutes, then wipe away
  • Natural shaving cream
  • Natural body lotion
  • As a carrier oil for applying any essential oil topically. Duh!

Needless to say, if you don’t have some coconut oil laying around the house, you’re missing out!


Are all essential oils created equally?

The short answer is a resounding “no.” Like many others, I purchased the Lavender and Peppermint oil from the Whole Foods shelves a few years ago, without a second thought. The bottles said “100% pure” and heck, it was Whole Foods! It wasn’t until I started getting more involved with Young Living that I realized I was possibly probably putting more toxins in my body by using those store-bought oils. Once I started to learn about the lack of regulation in the EO industry, it made sense. Any for-profit company could jump on this trend and find ways to cut their costs…like by severely diluting the main ingredient, by adding fillers and fragrances, or by using a different ingredient altogether. They could still label it as “100% Pure” and not get in trouble.

Fact: As long as there is 5% pure essential oil in a bottle, the company can label it as 100% pure. Why? That’s a good question, and something that I’m not personally going to spend my energy fighting. This blogger goes further into the regulation issue here.

When you are using essential oils on your body for any reason related to health or skincare, it is very dangerous to use these types of oils and can actually bring more harm. You can have reactions to these types of oils and they can make conditions worse. Isn’t the goal of EO to eliminate toxins and use more natural healing methods?  Or, best case scenario, the oil has been so grossly diluted that you won’t see any therapeutic benefit anyway. Not how I plan to spend my money!

Bottom line…do your research before you put any essential oils in or on your body! 

If you’re interested in why I chose Young Living for my family, here are some of the reasons, from documented facts:

  • Young Living has 20+ years of experience and is the world leader and pioneer in essential oil research and distillation process.
  • Young Living owns their own farms, and plants, harvests, and distills their own oils (no third parties).
  • Young Living oils are beyond organic.  Why?  Check out their seed to seal process here. No fillers are ever added to Young Living’s oils and no toxins are present. In fact, they don’t even use pesticides or herbicides on their crops or soil so that toxins won’t be present. Anything that comes from a farm outside of Young Living’s farms must meet these strict standards as well.
  • Each batch of oils is rigorously tested in house for therapeutic viability.  Check out their testing process here.
  • Young Living is the only company to submit their oils to AIRASE for purity testing.  Read more about AIRASE here.
  • With over 120 singles and blends, Young Living has a great selection of oils available.
  • YL oils do not have an expiration date.


To get started with Young Living oils and all of the other amazing products they have to offer, click here. Get your health on!!!