10 Surprising Ways to Use Coconut Oil That Have Nothing to Do With Food or Teeth "Pulling"

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Coconut oil is the product that derives from pressing the white meat of a coconut. Perhaps the most obvious way of using coconut oil, being a natural product and all, is in the kitchen, where it can be used to sauté due to its smoke point. Outside of the kitchen, one of the most common uses for coconut oil involves "teeth pulling," a technique of cleaning your teeth and promoting gum health that involves swishing a small amount of coconut oil in your mouth. 

However, coconut oil is a multifaceted product with anti-bacterial, fungal, microbial and inflammatory properties. As such, coconut oil can be used in a surprisingly versatile number of ways. Here are 10 ways people have utilized coconut oil that doesn't involve food or teeth pulling.

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Remove your makeup

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Alleviate symptoms for eczema, psoriasis and keratosis pilaris

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Treat a sunburn or razor burn

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As a moisturizer, in general, such as softening cracked heels

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As well as a thoroughly moisturizing hair conditioner

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Help fade away your stretch marks

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And your "spider" or varicose veins

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As a natural additive-free throat lozenge

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Fight acne, treat cold sores and help heal cuts

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Treat a yeast infection (seriously!)

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Andrew Leung

Andrew was an editorial fellow at Mic. He is based in New York and can be reached at aleungnyc@gmail.com

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