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Clear Up Acne, Remove Warts & 13 Other Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil

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Ever since last Wednesday, when I sat down with Bruce Fife, the world’s leading expert on coconut oil, I’ve been trying on a few of his miraculous promises and discovering that I might just be as enamored with coconut oil as he is. After a one-hour interview, Dr. Fife had talked me into wanting to try coconut oil as a lotion, wart remover, energy enhancer, and all natural deodorant.

When I sat down with Dr. Fife, I’d been struggling to keep my skin clear. Having purchased an expensive anti-acne treatment from the store, I noticed my skin turning ashy and spotted, and wondered if I’d just have to get accustomed to the less-than-impressive look of it all. During our meeting, Dr. Fife mentioned the healing powers of the lauric acid in coconut oil as a potential way to clear up acne, so I went home and immediately started slathering it every night. One week later, nearly all of my little break-outs have cleared up, my skin is soft and elastic, and I feel like there’s a healthy glow there that I didn’t have last week.

Want to see if one of the many promises associate with coconut oil will work for you? Here’s a list of 13 surprising ways to use it to enhance your health and household, one scoop of oil at a time!

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  • Use It As a Hair Balm 1 of 14
    Use It As a Hair Balm
    Did you know you can use coconut oil as a rich, nourishing hair balm to moisturize and revitalize your hair?
    Get all the details with our post on Coconut Oil for Har.
  • Use It For Amazing Popcorn 2 of 14
    Use It For Amazing Popcorn
    Mild, flavorful coconut oil makes a beautiful batch of home-popped popcorn. No butter needed!
    Get our recipe for Cinnamon Chili Coconut Oil Popcorn
  • Use it As a Brain Booster 3 of 14
    Use it As a Brain Booster
    Research shows that the high percentage of medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil may actually help you boost your brain power. These studies pay particular attention to the potentially exciting effects of coconut oil consumption for moms to be!
    Learn more about using coconut oil as a brain booster with our post on Coconut Oil Is Good For You
  • Use it To Make Homemade Lipgloss 4 of 14
    Use it To Make Homemade Lipgloss
    Create a gorgeous Homemade Lip Gloss that slides right on your lips and makes you deliciously kissable! Coconut oil lends a beautiful gloss while adding tons of moisture to your lips.
    Get our recipe for Homemade Kiss Gloss
  • Use it to Burn Fat (with Dessert!) 5 of 14
    Use it to Burn Fat (with Dessert!)
    Does eating a decadent dessert make you think you'll have to fast for the next week to keep from blowing your diet? Now you can have your cake and eat it, too! Check out the latest info on fat burning desserts made with coconut oil!
    Get the 4-1-1 at Fat Burning Desserts Using Coconut Oil
  • Use it to Make Fluffy Coconut Buttercream 6 of 14
    Use it to Make Fluffy Coconut Buttercream
    Whip coconut oil into a light, fluffy Coconut Buttercream with this incredibly easy, delicious recipe.
    Get the recipe for 4-Ingredient Coconut Frosting
  • Use it to Boost the Flavor in Your Fave Dishes 7 of 14
    Use it to Boost the Flavor in Your Fave Dishes
    Boost the flavor of your homemade Thai, Chinese, and Indian food with coconut oil. The addition of milk coconut oil adds healthy fat, tons of flavor, and a bit of authenticity to any recipe.
    Try it out! Get our recipe for Coconut Lime Harissa
  • Use it To Nix Lice 8 of 14
    Use it To Nix Lice
    Got a kid home early from school with a pesky case of lice? Some research suggests the "coconut oil cure" for lice, which utilizes a simple kitchen remedy to potentially nix a serious problem.
    Find more details at CoconutOil.com
  • Use it For Your Dog’s Health 9 of 14
    Use it For Your Dog's Health
    There's no reason Fido shouldn't get in on the coconut oil fun! Veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker says you can supplement a pet diet feed it to your dog and potentially help prevent arthritis and weight gain!
    Get the doggie details at Delicious Obsessions
  • Use it to Make Natural Deodorant 10 of 14
    Use it to Make Natural Deodorant
    Smell like you're on vacation and stay away from the chemical mess that is traditional store-bought deodorants with this recipe idea for Homemade Coconut Oil deodorant. The lauric acid in coconut oil is believed to kill odor-causing bacteria, making it an ideal mix-in for all natural deodorant.
    Make your own with this recipe from Nourishing Treasures
  • Use it to Clear Up Pink Eye 11 of 14
    Use it to Clear Up Pink Eye
    Again, the lauric acid in coconut oil comes in handy, helping your body create disease-fighting fatty acids, and making it an ideal way to treat pink eye.
    Get the details on how to use coconut oil for pink eye at CoconutOil.com
  • Use it to Make Creamy Peanut Butter 12 of 14
    Use it to Make Creamy Peanut Butter
    Homemade peanut and almond butter makes for the ultimate healthy treat. When you add coconut oil to the mixture, not only do you create a creamy, delicious homemade nut butter, but one so full of flavor, you'll want to eat it by the spoonfuls!
    Get the recipe from Nourishing Treasures
  • Use it to Clear Up Acne 13 of 14
    Use it to Clear Up Acne
    According to leading Coconut Oil expert, Bruce Fife, in his book Coconut Cures (Piccadilly Books, 2005) a thin layer of coconut oil spread into the face each night can help bring acne breakouts under control.
    Find out more at Coconut Research Center
  • Use it to Clear Up Warts 14 of 14
    Use it to Clear Up Warts
    According to leading Coconut Oil expert, Bruce Fife, in his book Coconut Cures (Piccadilly Books, 2005) it's possible to clear up warts by soaking a bandaid in coconut oil, and keeping your wart saturated for several weeks.
    Get all the details from Dr. Fife's newsletter at Coconut Research Center

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