• Lauren Baptiste

6 Coconut Oil Uses in Ayurveda Lifestyle | Acheloa Wellness

Coconut oil has turned into something I can’t live without. Whether it’s something I’m eating or using to heal my body, there’s always a great use for coconut oil. There are many benefits of coconut oil, but today I’m sharing the more common and easily adaptable uses.

Cooking enhancer

Did you know that cooking with coconut oil is healthier than cooking with extra virgin olive oil? When cooking, coconut oil oxidizes at higher temperatures, and thus safer for you and your family to ingest.

Usage: when sautéing vegetables, add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your skillet.

If you’re using coconut oil in the kitchen or ingesting directly, consider having a separate tub for consumption only and another to fit your other needs. You wouldn’t utilize your toothbrush as kitchen cutlery, would you? That’s exactly why I keep one in the kitchen and another tub in the bathroom.

Skin moisturizer

Skin is the largest human organ. It excretes toxins through our sweat and absorbs our polluted surroundings and the products we apply directly. Many moisturizers found in our home are filled with chemicals, perfumes, and other additives. If you don’t believe me, just look at the ingredients on the back of your lotion bottle. Even some of the all-natural moisturizers contain less-than-natural ingredients.

About a year ago, I was told to consider the following: when using a moisturizer, aim for something that you would eat if you had to, because that’s exactly what you’re doing. That message stuck with me, which lead me to purchase my first tub of coconut oil.

I’ve also used coconut oil as chapstick if I’m ever in a pinch. One drop goes a long way, so use it sparingly.

Hair Beautifier

Suffering from dead ends or dry scalp? Coconut oil can help.

Usage: for dry scalp, rub 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil into your hands and distribute to your roots/scalp evenly. For accelerated results, add a drop or two of eucalyptus or melaleuca (tea tree) essential oils. For dead ends, take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and apply it to the ends of your hair.

If you already have oily hair, less is more. Regardless of hair type, I recommend using coconut oil 1-2 times each week. Apply it after work, that way your hair can absorb it all night before your next shower.

Yeast Infections Cure

As most ladies probably already know, yeast infections are the worst. Creams and over the counter medications aren’t always effective or enjoyable, but coconut oil is another option. With it’s antibacterial properties, coconut oil can soothe and heal.

Usage: add 1/2 teaspoon or less, just enough to coat the affected area. Apply as needed. To expedite healing, add 1 drop of lavender essential oil with each application.

General Detoxifier

Have you tried “oil pulling?” It’s an Ayurvedic technique and something to make a habit of. I witnessed a friend dealing with dental issues. For a couple weeks, she dedicated 20 minutes to coconut oil pulling. She periodically forwarded me images of her progress (see below). I was extremely impressed. She’s now inspired me to start oil pulling and I’m loving it.

If done repeatedly over time, oil pulling:

  • Whitens teeth

  • Prevents bad breath

  • Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaw

  • Prevents disease

  • Increases overall oral health

  • Relieves headaches

  • Supports kidney function

  • Reduces insomnia

  • Relieves hangovers

  • Generally detoxifies

Usage: similar to swishing mouthwash, add 1 heaping teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for at least 15 minutes.

Over time, try to make your way to 30 minutes. You’ll get used to it quickly. The initial 30 seconds has an interesting taste/sensation, as your body temperature melts the hard coconut oil. It can leave both a lumpy and oily feeling in your mouth as the last clumps of oil melt to a clear liquid. (It sounds worse than it is, I promise.)

Take a look at your saliva when you spit out the coconut oil. In the beginning, you’ll probably spit out a clear oil/saliva mixture, but the more you continue to oil pull, the more you’ll start to notice a change in the color.

Carrier Oil

Essential oils are paving the way for modern wellness in our society. Whether it’s a physical or mental ailment, such as headache or depression, respectively, there’s an oil out there to help. Therapeutic-grade essential oils have medicinal properties to help cure nearly everything out there. It’s especially powerful as we are no longer relying on a magic pill to make us better. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are 100% what they say they are, properly harvested and distilled from plants. Essential oils have been curing cultures for generations. Some of these oils, however, can be very spicy and potent. If not diluted, they can give a burning sensation. That’s where coconut oil comes in.

Usage: depending on the usage, one drop of essential oil can be diluted with 15 drops coconut oil. Other times, a drop or two of coconut oil will suffice.

If you’re not sure of the exact amount to dilute, speak with someone who has been using essential oils for years. There are many Facebook groups out there where you can connect and speak with real users. (DYJ loves essential oils. You can always ask us.)

Coconut oil has a ton of utility and value. A large, 15 fl. oz. tub can start around $10. I’m still working through my first two tubs of coconut oil, which I have been using regularly for months.

Coconut oil is now widely available, and the benefits of coconut oil are ever-growing. I purchased mine at Whole Foods Market, but I’m sure you can purchase coconut oil at any local drug store or health food store.