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Coconut oil sure is trendy these days. A simple search for "coconut oil" on Instructables yields countless recipes. Strangely enough, I rarely consume or cook with coconut oil. Instead, I apply it topically almost daily as part of my beauty and health care routine. It smells great, saves me money, and (most importantly) gets the job done. Here are my favorite top 9 uses for this home remedy staple.
 
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Step 1: Tooth Aches and Teeth Strengthening

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Practitioners of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian holistic medical system, recommend swishing coconut oil (also known as “oil pulling”) daily to decrease tooth sensitivity and strengthen enamel. And recent studies have shown that coconut oil naturally combats a major bacterium known to cause tooth decay, Streptococcus.
How I use it
For specific tooth pain, I dip my finger in coconut oil (in solid form), gently massage it around the tooth in question, and avoid extremely hot or cold food and beverages for a few hours. For preventative measures, after brushing my teeth with regular toothpaste, I apply about a dime-size amount of coconut oil to my toothbrush and brush my teeth, gums, and tongue with the oil before bedtime. (Since adding this step to my daily routine, I no longer experience tooth pain.)
Need more than coconut oil?
Add two drops or so of clove oil to the coconut oil.
victorv315 days ago

Had a severe toothache for the past few days, and I'm talking about searing chronic pain that shot through my jaw all the way up to my temple! I couldn't even see straight from the pain. So this morning, in desperation, I remembered that someone had told me about using coconut oil for toothaches...so I decided to research it further and found your article, fortunately, I just happened to have a jar of organic unrefined coconut oil in my pantry which was already liquefied at room temperature, I don't think that I was in a condition to drive...I hastily grabbed a spoon out of the drawer and shoved a tablespoon full of coconut oil into my mouth and swished it around between my teeth for about a minute and spit it out...I continued to read your remedies article as I waited to feel results, if any. To my surprise, and quite miraculously, the pain began to subtly subside after a few minutes (about eight to ten maybe) and it was almost all but gone after about twenty minutes! Of course I am going in to see a dentist first thing tomorrow on my day off, but this home remedy certainly brought much welcomed relief until then. I definitely plan to try out some of the other remedies you write about in this article and I'm definitely going to recommend it to friends. I will say that if you do have a severe toothache, see a dentist as soon as possible as it can be a potentially very threatening and dangerous situation. Thank you so very much for your very useful information!

cege21 days ago

An excellent presentation ! Thank you-- I will be using several of these ideas.

GillyJames1 month ago

This is really informative - thank you! I knew coconut oil was a wonder product but had no idea of all these uses and properties.

Really helpful
Sam.anne.tha (author)  annabenson61 year ago
Thank you!
Sam.anne.tha (author) 1 year ago
It was actually someone with eczema who recommended coconut oil to me as a moisturizer. I don't use anything else on my skin.
Excellent tips, coconut oil has done wonders for my son's eczema.
kaijura1 year ago
Nice! Lots of good information and it's nice to see the effects you have personally achieved instead of just saying it works. Good job! Voted
Sam.anne.tha (author)  kaijura1 year ago
Aww. Thank you so much!