Coconut oil is definitely an item that should be in your food storage, bug out bags, and everyday life. On top of cooking, coconut oil can be used several different ways. It has a longer shelf life than most other oils, so it’s great to use for food storage and bug-out bags. Listed below are several ways you can use coconut oil in survival situations; however, the list could go on and on.
Coconut oil can be used as a lotion for your skin. Use it daily to help stop flaky, dry elbows, and help soothe eczema. It’s a great nail cuticle softener. It also helps with your pet’s dry skin, just rub it on the dry spots. Use it on sunburns to help with the pain and peeling. Best of all, it doesn’t clog your skin pores and it will not aggravate your skin problems (if you have questions about this, always consult your doctor).
Add one tablespoon of coconut oil in hot tea to help recover from a cold. Use it on diaper rashes as a cheaper and more effective solution. It can be used to help with hemorrhoids when used topically and it helps fight yeast infections. It’s great as a natural chapped lip salve and it helps clear up cold sores. Ingesting coconut oil can help with your allergies and with mental awareness. It is also an effective daily supplement for energy.
Coconut oil helps reduce the itch and irritation from mosquito bites. It can act as a natural bug repellant by adding some mint essential oil. It also helps soothe the itch from chicken pox or poison ivy.
Always check the brand of coconut oil before buying because they all have expiration dates. As mentioned before, coconut oil stores longer than most other oils. Every brand has a different shelf-life, but most of them are between 18-months and 2 years. It all depends on the temperature its store and the brand.