5 Unexpected Ways You Can Use Coconut Oil

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Yes, it works as lube.

Bet You Didn't Know You Could Use Coconut Oil These 5 Ways

Coconut oil is the superfood of all superfoods.

More so than anything you'll have in your kitchen or home, coconut oil is somewhat of a Swiss Army knife. Not only can you use it when you cook, but it can be used in a variety of ways you might not have expected.

The list goes on and on, but we decided to keep it short by revealing five surprising ways you can use coconut oil in your everyday life. See what they are below!

1. Use It to Alleviate Menstrual Cramps

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While many believe coconut oil can shorten your period, that's simply not true. What is true, however, is that coconut oil works to lessen menstrual cramps. So if you experience pretty bad pain during your period, ingesting some coconut oil may very well be the thing that helps you. Go ahead and give it a try during your next cycle.

2. Use It to Reduce Inflammation and Swelling of Hemorrhoids

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Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that allow hemorrhoids to heal faster. You can ingest it to relieve constipation, apply it to the hemorrhoids, or make your own coconut oil suppositories to stick where the sun don't shine. Your hemorrhoids will disappear in no time!

3. Use It as Lube


Among other household items, coconut oil can be used in place of lube. So if you don't feel like purchasing a tube of lube (ha), you can use coconut oil. But be warned, coconut oil will break down the latex in a condom, so you'll want to purchase non-latex condoms if you plan on using it.

4. Use It to Battle Eczema


A natural moisturizer, many with eczema use coconut oil to alleviate dryness and itchiness. Even if you don't have eczema, you can still use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Trust us, your skin will never feel softer or glow brighter. If you aren't already using coconut oil in your beauty routine, make the switch now.

5. Use It to Boost Brain Function


The MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) in coconut oil are broken down by the body and become ketones. These ketones are an alternative energy source for your brain. Not only that, there have been a few studies that conclude coconut oil offers major benefits for various brain disorders. Time to stock up on some coconut oil stat!

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