Connect with us

Featured Articles

10 Coconut Oil Survival Uses | Basics For The Savvy Survivalist



coconut oil feat 750x420 1

In my previous article, 9 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil That You Should Know Now, I talked about the many health benefits of introducing coconut oil into your daily diet. Health benefits of this versatile product include anything from boosting your immune system to fighting inflammation to brain health protection….and much more! Now, I want to focus on coconut oil survival uses as well.

Did you know that there are survival uses for coconut oil? This product is truly beneficial and every survivalist and prepper alike should carry this product in their EDC bag, bug out bag, and in their pantry. One great thing about coconut oil is it does not need refrigeration so it’s the perfect addition to your EDC or bug out bag.

Let’s get started on it’s amazing survival uses!

-This post was originally published on and has been shared with permission-

10 Coconut Oil Survival Uses | Basics For The Savvy Survivalist

Coconut Oil Survival Uses

Treat Minor Cuts and Abrasions

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and is perfect for treating minor cuts and abrasions. Apply a thin layer of coconut oil directly to an open wound to prevent infection. Next, cover the wound with an adhesive bandage and you’re good to go!

Heal Cracked Skin and Chapped Lips

If you are suffering symptoms of dehydration, for example, your skin can become cracked and your lips can become severely chapped. Apply coconut oil to cracked skin or chapped lips to keep them moisturized which, in turn, will relieve any pain or discomfort.

10 Coconut Oil Survival Uses | Basics For The Savvy Survivalist

Bug Bite Relief

With nature comes pesky, biting insects! Apply coconut oil directly to insect bites to relieve itching, swelling, and other discomforts. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil will also help heal the insect bites.

Heal Deep Bruising

If you are suffering from deep bruising, apply coconut oil directly to the bruise. Massage into your skin using small circular motions for about 3-4 minutes. This helps heal the damaged tissue associated with deep bruising.

Homemade Salves And Balms

Homemade salves and balms are made with essential oils and a ‘carrier oil’. Coconut oil is an excellent carrier oil. Other great choices for a carrier oil include: jojoba oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, and black seed oil.

Survivalists and homesteaders across the world are making and stockpiling these homemade salves and balms. When SHTF (and before) it’s a great feeling to have an all natural alternative to traditional medicines, which may become obsolete over time during a SHTF situation.

Sign Up For The Survival Life Newsletter
Sign Up For The Survival Life Newsletter

Remove Rust From Knife Blades

Coconut oil is great for removing rust on knife blades. Apply a thick layer (but, not too thick) of coconut oil to your knife blade. Let it sit for 1-2 hours then wipe off. Repeat if necessary.

10 Coconut Oil Survival Uses | Basics For The Savvy Survivalist

Make Candles

Melt coconut oil into liquid form. Next, secure a wick into a glass container. Pour the melted coconut oil into the glass container, making sure the wick stays in place while pouring. Let dry completely and light the wick. Quick and easy!

Soothe Rashes

A coconut oil based salve will relieve the itchiness and redness of a rash. This salve will also promote quicker healing due to the antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil.

Kill Head Lice

Poor sanitation and hygiene after a disaster is to be expected. The downside to that is head lice, for example, will be very common and will spread easily. Coconut oil to the rescue!

Apply warm coconut oil to the scalp and leave in for about 15 mins to kill head lice. You can add a small amount of tea tree oil (about 5 drops) to the coconut oil for better results.

Cure Pink Eye

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil make it an excellent remedy for pink eye. Apply coconut oil to a cotton ball and apply across closed eyes. This helps kill the infection and decreases the swelling which, in turn, allows for a much quicker healing process.

**Disclaimer: All content on this site is for informational purposes only. Please read our full disclaimer here.

10 Coconut Oil Survival Uses | Basics For The Savvy Survivalist

Do you have any coconut oil survival uses that you would like to share? Tell us in the comment section below.

Up Next: Lactose Survival – How To Do Dairy All By Yourself

Looking to stock up on some coconut oil products? Check out these options:



Continue Reading


Copyright © 2020 Survival Life. This copyrighted material may not be republished without express permission. The information presented here is for general educational purposes only. MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that this website has an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the persons or businesses mentioned in or linked to from this page and may receive commissions from purchases you make on subsequent web sites. You should not rely solely on information contained in this website to evaluate the product or service being endorsed. Always exercise due diligence before purchasing any product or service. This website contains advertisements.


Enter for a chance to WIN a pair of these Tactical Boots when you sign up today for our exclusive email newsletter subscription.


Is THE newsletter for…


News from survival to politics, bush craft to blacksmithing -Plus kick-ass interviews, podcasts and more delivered to your inbox 100% FREE!



Simply fill-out the form below and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. We strive to help people of all experience levels take steps towards happier, healthier, and more holistic lives with a natural and thoughtful approach to a safer and more effective way of living.  

Simply fill-out the form below and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.