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CoconutOil1Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications as food or in cosmetics. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling.

Many health organizations advise against regular consumption of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat (similar to that of animal fat) having potential to increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Coconut Oil – An Overview

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural.  So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!

Coconut Oil Is:

  • Anti-bacterial - kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections.
  • Anti-carcinogenic - coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system.
  • Anti-fungal - kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection.
  • Anti-inflammatory - appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting - the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.
  • An Antioxidant - protects against free-radical formation and damage.
  • Anti-parasitic - fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites.
  • Anti-protozoa - kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut.

CoconutOil2Infection fighting

Has no harmful for discomforting side effects

Known to improve nutrient absorption, easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body.

Non-toxic to humans and animals.

Daily Dosage:

Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready. (Starting at 12 months of age, I gave my daughter one teaspoon per day and she weighed about 16 pounds at that time.)

Weight in pounds/kilograms     Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily
175+/79+ 4
150+ /68+ 3 ½
125+ / 57+ 3
100+/ 45+ 2 ½
75+ / 34+ 2
50+ / 23+ 1 ½
25+ / 11+ 1

Type of Coconut Oil to Use:

Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coco nutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavour. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odour (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.

Expelled pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coco nutty smell or taste. It is still outstanding to use but does lose some of it’s health properties during the refining process.

Food grade should always be used.

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body

  1. Age Spots, also known as liver spots – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
  2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
  3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.
  4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.
  5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
  6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.
  7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
  8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.
  9. Chap-stick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
  10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
  11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturising dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.
  12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
  13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rash on bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diaper.
  14. Defoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective defoliator and safe to use all over the body.
  15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
  16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.
  17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
  18. Hair Gel/ De-frizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
  19. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
  20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
  21. Make-up Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
  22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
  23. Moisturiser – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
  24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.
  25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
  26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.
  27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.
  28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
  29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
  30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
  31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
  32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.
  33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
  34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturiser – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.
  35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
  36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!

CoconutOil3Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness

  1. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding mum’s, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
  2. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
  3. Digestion - the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  4. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.
  5. Fitness - coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.
  6. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
  7. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
  8. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
  9. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
  10. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
  11. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
  12. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
  13. Weight loss - the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.

Coconut Oil for Health Problems

When taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues.

  1. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal
  2. Adrenal fatigue
  3. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)
  4. Alzheimer’s/Dementia
  5. Asthma, even in children
  6. Autism
  7. Bowel function
  8. Bronchial Infections
  9. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)
  10. Candida Albicans
  11. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
  12. Chronic Fatigue
  13. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation
  14. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
  15. Colds and Flu’s
  16. Constipation
  17. Cystic Fibrosis
  18. Depression
  19. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings
  20. Dysentery
  21. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t
  22. Edema
  23. Energy boost
  24. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)
  25. Fever Support
  26. Flaky, Dry Skin
  27. Gallbladder disease and pain
  28. Gas
  29. H. pylori
  30. Head Lice
  31. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)
  32. Haemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)
  33. HIV
  34. Hot Flashes
  35. Hyperthyroidism
  36. Immune System Builder
  37. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  38. Jaundice
  39. Kidney Disease
  40. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)
  41. Liver Disease
  42. CoconutOil4Lung Disease
  43. Malnutrition
  44. Mental Clarity
  45. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
  46. Migraines (with regular use)
  47. Mononucleosis
  48. Osteoporosis
  49.  Pancreatic
  50. Parasites
  51. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay
  52. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  53. Rickets
  54. Skin problems
  55. Scurvy
  56. Stomach Ulcers
  57. Toenail fungus
  58. Thrush
  59. Thyroid Function (regulates an over-active or under-active thyroid)
  60. Ulcerative Colitis
  61. Under-active thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily
  62. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)

Coconut Oil and Health Problems

When applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues.

  1. Acne
  2. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
  3. Athletes foot
  4. Back pain/sore muscles
  5. Boils and cysts
  6. Canker sores
  7. Cellulite
  8. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
  9. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
  10. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
  11. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
  12. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)
  13. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
  14. Hives (reduces the itch and swelling
  15. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)
  16. Ringworm
  17. Toothache
  18. Warts

Coconut Oil and Cooking

  1. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.
  2. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
  3. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
  4. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.

Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals

Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is ¼ teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

  1. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  2. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
  3. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
  4. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
  5. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
  6. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  7. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
  8. Helps prevent or control diabetes
  9. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic
  10. Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  11. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  12. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odour
  13. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein build-up that results in brain lesions in older dogs.
  14. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  15. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  16. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  17. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

Other Uses for Coconut Oil

  1. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voilà! It’s out!
  2. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
  3. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
  4. Moisturising and cleaning leather products
  5. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
  6. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the colour of your bronze.
  7. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
  8. Seasoning animal hide drums
  9. Seasoning cookware
  10. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.
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