Coconut oil has set the health and wellness world alight this year, it only takes a quick scroll through your Instagram feed to see the proof. With so many uses, it’s basically the most versatile substance on earth, so there’s no wonder we’ve all become slightly obsessed.

If you thought cooking was the only use for this product, let us tell you just some of the benefits you’ve been missing out on.

1. Cooking

Coconut oil is a winner in the kitchen thanks to its high smoking point. In short, this means it is not damaged by heat, making it perfect for frying and high heats. Additionally, it is one of the healthiest cooking oils on the market providing the body with essential good fats and plenty of antioxidants.

2. As a topping on ice cream

Place 10g of coconut oil with 15g nutella, microwave in a safe dish, mix well and pour on ice cream. Delicious homemade ice magic!

3. Antibacterial properties

Coconut oil – in particular the “extra virgin” varieties – contain a vast range of antioxidants that aid in ridding the body of harmful free radicals thought to hasten aging and disease. Coconut oil can also be used as a topical treatment on cuts and grazes to keep those germs at bay.

4. Moisturiser

Used as a moisturizer, coconut oil absorbs quickly to nourish skin. Cleanse and hydrate your skin by gently massaging the oil into particularly dry areas.

5. Nappy rash

It’s also perfect for creating a water resistant barrier and helping to heal mild nappy rash. Goodbye crying baby, hello sleep!

6. Make up remover

Due to its moisturising benefits, this oil is a great choice to remove makeup. Not only does it tackle the waterproof mascara, but also soothes and hydrates your skin while doing so.

7. Leather oil

Got a pair of leather shoes that need a clean? Coconut oil is your guy. Apply about a teaspoon to a rag and apply to your shoe in small circular motions. The oil will not only cleanse the leather but also leave it looking and feeling more supple.

8. Cuticle Softener

Using your finger, swipe a small amount onto each of your nail beds and allow it a few minutes to sink in. The oil hydrates delicate cuticle skin while strengthening the nail itself.

9. Shaving Cream

Warm the jar under hot water and spread onto your legs. The smooth nature of the oil will see your razor gliding effortlessly over the skin – moisturising and aiding a super-close shave all at once.

10. Long Shelf Life

With a higher shelf life then other oils on the market – approx. 2 years – this oil is an investment. Multiple uses and staying power – this is definitely worth every penny.

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Coconut oil truly is a jack-of-all-trades. Find it in health food shops, pharmacies and the health food aisle of most supermarkets.