Have you seen those memes that coconut oil solves everything? Yeah – that’s pretty much my life right now. From the time I found out I was pregnant, to the first couple of months nursing Lola, I used the same jar of virgin coconut oil every single day. That’s about 8 months straight before having to buy a new one. At $10.15 for a jar it seriously doesn’t get more cost effective than that. When it comes to using coconut oil as a beauty/skincare product it’s a triple threat. It’s cost effective, all natural, and multi-purpose – and you really can’t beat that. Obviously, I use it constantly because it’s great for so many things but what pleased me the most is just how great it is for baby too.
The thing that frustrates me the most about popular baby products are the amounts of chemicals present. Even products that claim to be organic or “all natural” still have questionable toxins when it comes to treating baby’s delicate skin. Not only is coconut oil completely natural but it has a ton of health benefits. It is naturally rich in lauric acid which is great for baby, is an anti-inflammatory great for infections. It’s rich in antioxidants and is even an anti-fungal great for a variety of rashes. My favorite type is virgin coconut oil which can be used as an anti-viral. These 21 ways to use coconut oil for mama and baby just scratch the surface of possibilities. I hope you’ll find a couple that you haven’t tried before!
21 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Mama & Baby
- Stretch Marks: Use straight out of the jar like I did my entire pregnancy or make your own stretch mark salve like this one from Wellness Mama. Best to use after a warm shower to lock in moisture, this is also great for postpartum skin repair.
- Moisturizer: Skip the expensive face creams and lotions from the store and use this as an all-over moisturizer for face and body that is completely all natural. One jar will last forever and is packed with antioxidants great for nourishing skin.
- Body Scrub: Coconut oil is a common base for a variety of homemade body scrubs. Try our Pink Salt body scrub to get rid of dry skin and moisturize at the same time.
- Nipple Cream: Skip the lanolin and head straight for the coconut oil by applying directly onto nipples. Coconut oil is much thinner and easier to apply than lanolin. Not only will it help if pumping but it will also relieve sore and cracked nipples in the early weeks of breastfeeding.
- Hair Treatment: Treat dry hair with a coconut oil hair mask. Simply wet hair in warm water, lather with oil and wrap is a towel for 15 minutes to condition hair, then rinse.
- Dandruff: Treat pesky dandruff with a thin layer of coconut oil. Rub into scalp and let set for a couple of minutes before applying shampoo.
- Lip Balm: Skip the store-bought varieties and rub coconut oil directly onto lips for a perfectly soft and supple pout. Mix with sugar to create a way to slough away dry cracked lips all year long.
- Makeup remover: Makeup remover is notorious for containing many different chemicals. Skip them all by rubbing oil directly onto skin with a cotton ball to remove eye makeup.
- Rash relief: Coconut oil it a great way to treat a variety of rashes and fungal infections because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Apply directly onto affected areas for relief.
- Bath Oil: Add a spoonful of coconut oil to your next bath to naturally soften skin while you relax.
- Bug repellent: Mix with peppermint oil and apply to skin for a natural chemical free bug repellent.
- Acne treatment: Pre and post baby can cause some serious breakouts and coconut oil is a great way to naturally treat acne. Mix with tea tree oil for a natural breakout remedy.
- Diaper Rash: I was excited to learn about this application when searching for a natural way to treat diaper rash and yeast. You can use coconut oil regularly to create an antibacterial barrier on baby’s delicate bum. Becuase it’s an anti-inflammatory and natural fungicide coconut oil also helps to treat existing rashes.
- Cradle Cap: Massage directly onto scalp to help treat cradle cap and prevent it from sticking around.
- Moisturizer: Baby lotions are chock full of chemicals that babies really don’t need exposure to. Skip them all with this natural alternative rich in antioxidants.
- Bath Oil: Skip the bubbles and add this to baby’s bath to help maintain their silky soft skin.
- Homemade baby wipes: Create a solution of distilled water, coconut oil and baby wash to save big time on baby wipes.
- Insect Bites: Gently apply directly to insect bites to help deter infection and soothe the area.
- Baby Acne: Much like the breakouts mama endures, coconut oil can be applied directly to baby acne to help heal breakouts.
- Massage Cream: Gently massaging coconut oil onto your baby is a relaxing activity they are sure to love. Plus their delicate skin will thank you. This is a great nighttime ritual to help calm your babe before bedtime.
- Vapor rub: Mix with essential oils to create your own natural vapor rub to help alleviate congestion as needed.
Have a favorite application that’s not on this list? Share with us in the comments below! We can’t wait to try out other suggestions.