From Ready Nutrition:

When it comes to packing for an outdoor adventure, leave the single-purpose items at home unless you have a pack mule to carry it all. Each item in your camping/bushcraft/survival kit should be able to perform at least three different tasks beyond its intended purpose.

Manly woodsmen, listen up. The women folk are more aware of the benefits and well ahead of us in using this stuff. Time to catch up!

It may not be as sexy as an ax or knife, but smart woodsmen should pack this non-sexy stuff in all their kits – bushcraft, EDC, Get Home Bag, camping, etc. I rarely go to the woods without it. As a utilitarian resource, I also keep a small container in my shop, bathroom, kitchen, school desk, and truck.

Here’s your multi-tasking resource…

Coconut Oil (CO)

There’s more to this tropical oil than its many health benefits. The saturated fat (medium-chain triglycerides) in CO burns quicker in your body than other fats boosting your metabolic rate and energy level. Don’t fall for the Big Fat Lie and fears of high cholesterol. The healthy fats in CO have been found to raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower the ratio of LDL to HLD.

The eastern woodlands is not a tropical paradise. You won’t find coconut trees growing along the banks of the Chattahoochee. Still, CO is inexpensive and readily available. For the best health benefits, stock up on expeller pressed, organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil (industry experts label extra-virgin as a marketing ploy). This type of CO has a stable shelf life of 2 to 5 years.

Repack the CO in smaller containers and add them to your survival kits. The anti-bad-stuff properties alone make CO an essential resource to carry on your next wilderness adventure.

Anti-bacterial – treats skin infections and kills bacteria Anti-viral – kills many common viruses Anti-fungal – effective on Candida; yeast infections, diaper rash, and lady-parts infections Anti-inflammatory – suppresses inflammation and helps repair tissue Anti-parasitic – helps rid your body of pesky parasites like tapeworm and lice Anti-microbial – fights infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, and fungi without harming beneficial gut bacteria Anti-protozoa – kills giardia, a common protozoan infection from drinking untreated water Anti-pyretic – reduces fever Coconut Oil Uses in Bushcraft

There are 4 categories below where coconut oil is your pursuit of bushcraft skills.


If natural plant-based remedies are not available, CO is an excellent option for the most common injuries you’ll experience in the woods – cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, sprains, bites and stings.

Cuts and scrapes: a thin layer applied forms a protective barrier against bacteria and foreign matter. Bruises: speeds up healing by repairing tissue. Burns: apply immediately to affected area and repeat as necessary Bites and stings: relieves itching and stinging. Better yet, make your own Plantain Salve with 3/4 cups of CO using this recipe. Chapped lips and skin: softens and moisturizes cracked, dry lips and relieves psoriasis and other skin conditions. Sunburn: relieves the burn and heals the affected skin. Sunscreen: not a high SPF but adds a little protection for your skin. Nose bleeds: coat the nasal passage with a layer if you’re…

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