5 Amazing Self-Care Uses for Cooking Oil You May Not Have Thought of Before

Updated on September 2, 2019
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Cheryl enjoys writing articles that save the reader time and money and encourage them to explore do it yourself methods.

Olive oil is healthy for skin and hair
Olive oil is healthy for skin and hair | Source

Most cooking oils contain Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that is beneficial to the health of hair and skin. If you ever run out of beauty products such as lotion, oil, or hair products you may want to consider the oil you utilize to cook your food as a substitute. Vegetable, olive, soy, and canola oils have some amazing benefits.

1. Skin Moisturizer or Body Lotion

The Smart balance brand of cooking oil is a combination of olive, canola, and soy that is rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Should you run out of skin lotion or simply desire to try something different, rub a little of the oil you use for cooking your foods on your body. Your skin will feel silky smooth and it will get much-needed moisture nourishment from the fatty acids as well.

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy | Source

2. Massage Oil

Warm about a half cup of your cooking oil and massage it on your arms and legs. You and your spouse can give each other massage therapy by using the oil on the neck, back and rest of the body. You will save the time and expense of a professional masseuse and be pampered inside your own home. If you or your significant other have problems with joint pain, or other aches, try rubbing a little of the oil on the problem area on a regular basis. If problems persist, please contact your physician and seek the medical attention of a doctor.

Use vegetable oil as massage oil.
Use vegetable oil as massage oil. | Source

3. Hot Oil Hair Treatment

Livestrong says that if you can eat it, then it's ok for your skin and hair. Since vegetable oils have phytochemicals and nutrients that moisturize, protect, and strengthen our skin, using lotion and oil topically is not dissimilar to ingestion. For this reason, there is no need to purchase expensive tubes of hot oil treatments from a store. You can warm a little oil in the microwave or a pan on the stove and use it just as you would a commercial product. Massage it into your hair and scalp, leave it for two or three minutes then rinse.

Oil has been used for centuries in hair care routines.
Oil has been used for centuries in hair care routines. | Source

4. Hair Moisturizer

African American women have been using vegetable products on their hair for hundreds of years. Most women today, who as little black girls had their hair pressed with a hot comb can recall the smell of homemade lard, Crisco, or oil on their tresses. If you read the ingredients of many commercial brands today that promise to moisturize the hair and scalp you might be surprised. These products cost anywhere from three to ten dollars a jar and right in your home, for only pennies you can achieve the same results. Black women used to load up on hair care items that were petroleum-based and greasy. Today it's widely known that oil will work just as well. Massage a little oil into your scalp, then rub a little on the ends of your hair to prevent breakage before combing and brushing. Women of other ethnicities may not need as much, but those with dry hair will benefit from the cooking oil. It will tame frizz, repair damage and promote healthy growth of your locks. You can also use a little oil on hairpieces and wigs to give them new life.

Cooking Oil
Cooking Oil | Source

5. Oil for Nails, Face and Lips

If you ever have run out of lip gloss, clear nail polish, or your regular facial products don't despair. Just a little oil can be used to replace your usual products.

  • Vegetable oil will give your lips a nice shine and also repair them if they are cracked or damaged. This can really be beneficial during the winter months.
  • A drop of oil on eyebrows can liven them up and using it on your face and neck will give you a healthy glow. Just make sure you don't overdo it and end up looking greasy.
  • Just a bit of oil on your fingernails will give them a shine that gives the appearance of clear nail polish.

Many people today are steering away from chemical products for their hair and skin and opting for more natural choices. You will save a lot of money and time by utilizing the vegetable cooking oils you already have in your kitchen. Men, women an children will benefit from using natures oils as opposed to chemical brands.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Cheryl E Preston


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      11 months ago from The Caribbean

      WOW! Some of these suggestions are bold may be worth a try. Afraid of the smell especially in the hot treatments.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      Such an interesting article full of great tips. I use warm olive oil on my scalp, and it definitely works. It is much better to use natural products if possible and much more cost effective. Thank you for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You have written about some great ways yo use oil that I never considered. Thanks.


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