THE MANY USES OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases. It also has many applications outside of personal health. This very versatile oils is a must for your kitchen, medicine cabinet, and preps and you should plenty of it on hand.  
Before we get into the uses of coconut oil let’s look at How long does coconut oil last? And How should you store coconut oil?

How long does coconut oil last?
When you purchase coconut oil it will have a “Use by” or “Best By” date printed on the container, remember the “Use By” and “Best By” dates are NOT expiration dates. Typical use by dates for coconut oil are 1 - 4 years from manufacturing. As long as it doesn’t show any sign of spoilage it is just fine, if stored properly.

How should you store coconut oil?
The place to store coconut oil is some place cool such as a dark cupboard especially if you are storing it in a clear container. The other thing I would recommend doing when storing your coconut oil is if you bought a large container such as those sold by “Big Box” stores, when you open it divide it into smaller, airtight containers leaving enough room at the top so you can tape an oxygen absorber under the lid to keep oxygen from ruining the oil. I recommend taping it under the lid because coconut oil changes from a solid to liquid at around 75°F (24°C).


How can coconut oil be used For prepping:
*Cleaning
*Can quickly boost calorie count for the day (useful when you’re in a survival situation)
*Add variety to your survival meals when you use it for frying
*Make biofuel

When taken internally coconut oil helps with numerous health concerns.
*When used as part of a healthy diet coconut oil can help you stabilize and maintain healthy blood sugar levels
*Can help prevent food cravings
*Acid reflux and indigestion – consume a spoonful after the meal
*Constipation
*Helps with cholesterol by improving the ration of HDL (good) to LDL (bad) cholesterol.
*Can help with flatulence AKA gas by helping to improve the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut due to its anti-microbial properties.
*Helps strengthen the immune system due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral properties.

External uses for coconut oil are:
*Use it to help clean your teeth by mixing it with baking soda. (If you don’t have a toothbrush a finger and a washcloth can be used in its place)
*Use as a massage oil (mix it with your favorite essential oil such as Lavender, AromaSiez,  or Deep Relief)
*Moisture and deodorize feet
*Mix with water and your favorite essential oil to make a bath oil (recipes and ratios vary so experiment and find your favorite)
*Use as a shaving cream (use the bath oil or mix into your favorite soap or lotion for a nice smooth shave)
*Mix with bath salts and essential oil to make a nice body scrub and bath soak
*Moisturizes the scalp and may help alleviate dandruff
*Use on your lips to soften and protect them
*Combine with baking soda and cornstarch to make deodorant (pat or spritz with your favorite essential oil after applying underarms)
*Skin and face moisturizer for sensitive skin (great when combined with your favorite essential oil)
*Use on your hair to condition, detangle, or control frizz.

Other uses for coconut oil around the house:
*Remove gum from hair
*As a lubricant for door hinges
*Helps remove crayon from walls
*Can help lift scuffmarks from the floor
*Remove labels and other sticky residues. (rubbing alcohol work too)
*Can help remove a ring from a swollen finger. (cold water and soap is another option)

Uses for coconut oil in the Kitchen
*Keep food from sticking to pots, pans, bread pans, muffin tins, and cookie sheets
*Can be used to condition wooden cutting boards and wooden utensils
*Help prevent stains in Tupperware (I have not tried this one yet but it comes highly recommended)