by Lily Greene
August 23, 2017
Imagine a product that was so versatile it could find a home in your
pantry, medicine cabinet, shower, cleaning supplies, or just about
any room in your home.
It could be used by old and young, human and
pet, and all without dangerous side effects. It could help prevent
serious conditions, cure mild conditions, and make a home happy and
healthy. Best of all, it would be easily accessible and affordable.
Meet coconut oil, one of history's best-kept secrets. It's been
steadily growing in popularity as more of the population seeks
natural alternatives to Western medicine.
The science behind coconut
oil and its effectiveness can be tricky to navigate at times.
is what inspired this guide, which will walk you through the basics
of coconut oil, the science behind it, and most importantly, how to
use it safely and effectively.
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil, also known as copra oil, is an oil made from the kernel
of mature coconuts.
Even though it's exotic in nature, it can be
found in health and grocery stores everywhere for purchase, or
conveniently ordered online. When solid, it is white, thick, and
creamy. But when temperatures hit above 75 degrees F (25 degrees C),
the oil turns into a liquid.
Coconut oil possesses an impressive
number of properties that make it so versatile, including:
Antifungal (kills fungus)
Antiviral (kills viruses)
Antibacterial (kills bacteria)
Antimicrobial (kills algae, fungi,
bacteria, and parasites)
Antiprotozoal (kills protozoa, a
Coconut oil has been used by native island cultures for thousands of
It is considered to be one of the most beneficial natural
products in the world, thanks to its versatility and low risk for
side effects. While it may not be a miracle cure for every ailment
on the planet, it can certainly help us lead healthier lives and
protect the planet from products that fill our air with VOCs
(volatile organic compounds).
There aren't many products that can do
as much as coconut oil can, which is why you owe it to yourself and
your health to take a look at its long list of benefits.
Is All Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be made several ways but the most common method, for
consumers at least, is expeller cold pressed.
This process involves
using a mechanical expeller to extract the oil from the raw
materials. By avoiding heat, more of the nutrients are preserved in
be more specific, the husk is first removed from the coconut
followed by the shell.
The testa, recognized as a brown layer, is
peeled off. The raw coconut kernel is then milled and dried for
several hours. This material is then pressed and the oil is
collected. Finally, it is passed through a filter to remove any
sediment and is then bottled for sale.
But how do you choose the best coconut oil? If you keep in mind that
you get what you pay for, you should be able to quickly discard some
of your cheaper and less effective options.
But you don't
necessarily have to buy the most expensive option on the market
This question can be tricky.
Organic means the coconuts were grown
without the use of pesticides, which is definitely a feature you
want. But some companies use coconuts grown in remote locations
where there is no organic certification process. So even though
they're not certified organic, they technically are.
You might need
to do a little research on the company and make sure you're
purchasing a truly organic product.
Refined or Unrefined?
You'll always want unrefined coconut oil.
Refined coconut oil has
been processed, removing much of the coconut essence and benefits.
Also, make sure that there were no chemicals used in the oil
These terms are interchangeable.
There is no major difference
between the two.
Both of these terms describe how the oil was made.
the most common and possesses all of the health benefits of the oil.
Centrifuge extracted coconut oil has a lighter flavor and could be
better if you plan on eating the oil directly out of the container.
But it is pricier compared to cold-pressed. In
the end, the type of coconut oil you choose will depend on what you
plan on using the oil for.
But as long as you're using an organic
and raw product, you'll be experiencing all the health benefits the
oil has to offer.
How To Add Coconut
Oil To Your Daily Routine
There are three main ways you can begin to introduce coconut oil
into your life, whether you want to use it daily or just as needed.
While you can simply eat coconut oil as is, there are some
innovative ways to include it in your diet.
Try adding it to a soup
or casserole for a little added flavor or use it in a smoothie or
coffee. You can also use it as a sugar substitute in recipes that
only require a hint of sweetness.
Start with small amounts if you've never ingested coconut oil
before. Start with a teaspoon at most per day and slowly increase
the amount to 2 tablespoons over the course of several weeks.
There's no need to consume more than that unless directed to, as
you'll see in some of the benefits below.
Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin. When topically
applying the product, make sure you remove it from the container
with clean hands or a sterile instrument.
If needed, rub it between
your fingers for a moment to soften it and then apply as needed.
Oil pulling is a popular way to use coconut oil.
It involves placing
a spoonful of oil in your mouth, allowing it to melt, and then
swishing it around, or pulling it, through and around your teeth. It
is said that the oil pulls out toxins from your gums and bloodstream
which are then expelled from your body when you spit the oil out.
Make sure to spit the oil into the garbage instead of a sink to
prevent plumbing issues.
Coconut Oil Safety
You may have come across recent reports that contradict the safety
and effectiveness of coconut oil. In the following benefits, we'll
include credible sources behind all of our claims.
So, while it
seems that the jury is still out regarding every claim related to
coconut oil, the consensus amongst its most dedicated users is
But like any product you put on or in your body, there's always a
risk for adverse side effects. Luckily, allergic reactions to
coconut oil are extremely rare. If you notice nausea, hives, a rash,
or are having trouble breathing, seek medical attention immediately
to rule out the possibility of a serious allergy.
Overall, coconut oil is a product that's as natural as you can get,
especially when compared to the products and ingredients we expose
ourselves to on a daily basis. The oil is stable, as its makeup is
over 85% saturated oil, so there's no need for additives or
Coconuts are also a GMO-free item.
As long as you're
using a pure product, there's little to no reason to worry about
side effects from coconut oil.
contains properties that moisturize
and feed skin for a healthy and youthful glow.
You can apply
the oil straight from its container onto your skin, even if it's
solid. Your body heat will warm up the oil and absorb it without any
kind of residue.
Try applying coconut oil immediately after
showering. A little goes a long way and be sure to let the oil dry
Coconut oil can be used as a gentle
yet effective cleanser that both treats and
It helps to soften trapped sebum and removes bacteria
from pores. To cleanse your face with the oil, make a thick paste
out of almond flour, coconut oil, and milk.
Gently massage it into
your skin. Warm a moist towel and cover your face for about ten
minutes. Wash first with warm water and then with cold.
You can then
spread on a thin layer of oil as a moisturizer.
you spend a small fortune on manicures each month?
For many, it's
not just about nail color but more about each nail's appearance.
Cuticles can dry out, snag, and become infected. Extend time between
manicures with coconut oil. Simply rub a little into cuticles to
remove germs that soap leaves behind.
The oil will also
soften cuticles, making them
easier to push back towards the nail bed and cut.
Studies have discovered a potential link between deodorant and
Though not as serious, some people deal with
allergies related to certain ingredients in deodorants. Coconut oil
can provide an effective solution to underarm perspiration without
the risk of dangerous side effects.
make your own deodorant, mix 4
tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 cup of baking soda, 30 drops lavender
essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder together until a
thick consistency forms.
Scoop the mixture into an empty deodorant
tube and allow to harden overnight.
With coconut oil, you can
moisturize and remove makeup in
To remove makeup with the oil, warm a small amount in
your hands and then apply it to your skin. You don't want to massage
it in at this point. Allow it to sit for a minute (perhaps while you
brush your teeth) and then use a cotton pad to remove it.
take a little more elbow grease when it comes to your mascara or
black eyeliner, but the oil will remove all your makeup and leave
you with a healthy glow.
Skip your normal shaving gel or cream and
slather on some coconut oil
It creates a smooth and slick surface that allows you to
get as close to the skin as possible while moisturizing. Without the
alcohol included in most shaving products, your skin will be left
softer than ever.
And if you do happen to slip and nick yourself,
the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil will come to the rescue.
It's no secret that sunblock is a recommended beauty product for
Not only is sunburn painful but the health risks are
serious. Before you slather on your favorite coconut scented
sunscreen, consider using a
natural product like coconut oil.
Now coconut oil only has an SPF of 4 and while this might sound
dangerously low, it actually has an important benefit.
This low of
an SPF still provides you with the sunblock you need while allowing
your skin to still absorb vitamin D, which builds a healthy immune
system and fights free radicals.
If you do use coconut oil as a sunblock, make sure to reapply at least once an hour.
Coconut oil can help
reduce wrinkles and prevent the
effects of aging.
The loss of collagen is the usual culprit behind
an aging face. Topical applications of coconut oil are able to
deeply penetrate skin where its triglycerides attract protein
molecules, boosting the production and health of collagen.
expensive night beauty creams and apply a thin layer of coconut oil
you have cellulite, you're not alone.
Plenty of women skip the
shorts in the summer to disguise the dimpled appearance of their
skin. This occurs because of changes in collagen structures.
previously mentioned, coconut oil can help repair damaged collagen
and restore a healthy glow to skin.
To treat cellulite with coconut
the oil into problem spots once a day for several
weeks. Continue until your results are satisfactory.
continue to apply the oil to prevent cellulite from appearing again.
you notice bulging, puffy, or brightly colored veins on your legs,
feet, or knees, you probably have varicose veins.
For most, the
condition is simply cosmetic. But for others, the veins can throb
and ache, affecting their day to day life.
To treat varicose veins with coconut oil,
warm some of the product in your hands and massage it onto the
affected skin. Continue massaging to increase blood flow for at
least five minutes.
The results take time but with continued
applications, you should see an improvement in the size and color of
Ringworm is a common fungal infection that easily spreads y
skin-to-skin contact or by touching an infected surface.
usually diagnosed in children but adults can suffer as well. Because
of its strong
antimicrobial properties, coconut
oil is a great natural fighter of ringworm.
Simply mix a bit of
coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil to create a natural
The solution can be applied three times a day until
the infection clears.
is another fungal infection that coconut oil can handle.
wash feet well and then pat dry. Make sure the skin is completely
dry before slathering them with coconut oil. You can also add some
drops of tea tree oil to the coconut oil before applying for a
Repeat daily until the infection resolves.
Exfoliating the skin removes old skin cells and leaves behind skin
that's bright, smooth, and moisturized.
But there's something
counterintuitive about removing old skin with harsh chemicals, found
in most exfoliators. To make a natural product,
mix a ľ cup of sugar with a Ĺ cup of coconut oil until a paste
forms. Massage the paste into your skin while showering.
and enjoy your softer, healthier skin.
you have stitches from surgery or an accident, coconut oil can help
speed up healing by stimulating collagen production and
prevent scarring by helping new
blood vessels form more quickly.
Gently apply coconut oil to the
affected area twice a day until it has healed.
Dark bags under the eyes can dull your entire complexion and make
you look much older than you age.
applying coconut oil every night
to the skin beneath your eyes, you can improve blood circulation and
reduce inflammation. It may even help even out your skin tone.
Coconut oil can help burns in several ways.
First, it will help prevent infection. The oil also helps with pain
as it has a cooling effect. It will also help keep the skin
moisturized, prevent peeling and blistering, and lessen the
development of scar tissue.
Apply coconut oil to burns at least
twice a day to speed up healing.
you spend a small fortune every month at the salon getting deep
The results are fabulous but the
investments can add up. The next time your hair is looking a little
dry, massage some coconut oil into your hair
The fats and nutrients in the oil feed hair just as well
as an expensive treatment. Place a shower cap on to prevent the oil
from staining your pillow cases and head off to bed.
Shampoo in the
morning and style as usual for gorgeous, healthy hair.
get your hair's daily dose of coconut oil and prevent commercial
shampoo buildup, try
making your own shampoo from
Its antimicrobial properties will efficiently clean
while its lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids work to
strengthen hair and condition your scalp.
To make your own shampoo,
mix 1 cup of liquid castile soap, 1/3 cup canned coconut milk, 1/3
cup coconut oil, and about 50 drops of your favorite essential oil
Use as you would regular shampoo but keep in mind it
won't lather as much as commercial shampoo.
It's still cleaning your
Dandruff can be an embarrassing condition that's difficult to shake.
It's caused by an overly dry scalp that flakes often and easily,
leaving white residue on your clothing.
Dandruff is often caused by
scalp infections so applying coconut oil directly to the scalp can
help cure infections and
leave the scalp moisturized and
healthy, eliminating dandruff once and for all.
Coconut oil can help with a variety of hair conditions, including
seborrheic dermatitis, ringworm, and psoriasis.
The oil's antimicrobial and antifungal properties will attack an
infection while the oil's nutrients penetrate the scalp and create a
healthy environment for skin and hair development.
Apply the oil
directly to problem spots once a day. Do not rinse.
Apply at night
or when staying home to allow the oil to sit for as long as
Hair coloring base
Coloring your hair is a great way to disguise grays or experiment
with a new look.
Using all-natural hair coloring
is best for your hair but the results aren't always as good as kits
with harsh chemicals. Try using coconut oil as a hair coloring base.
It penetrates hair, allowing color to get deep into each strand and
produce a vibrant shade that won't fade too quickly
One of coconut oil's biggest claims to fame is hair
With regular applications, coconut oil can
help your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster. It works by
removing sebum build-up from hair follicles that are slowing down or
blocking growth, thanks to its essential fatty acids.
To use coconut
oil for longer and thicker hair, apply a thick mask to your hair.
Massage the oil into your scalp for a few minutes before wrapping
your head with a towel.
Allow the oil to sit for at least 30
minutes. If your schedule allows, leave it for several hours.
Shampoo and condition as normal to remove.
This can be done daily
until you see desired results.
Your hair is exposed to damaging sun rays, pollution, and harsh
conditions every day.
This can lead to dull hair and split ends. But
using coconut oil can
protect your hair from the
environment and leave it looking great. Before heading out for the
day, run a small amount of coconut oil through your hair, brushing
it through for even coverage.
It will create a barrier that locks in
the good stuff and keeps the bad out.
your hair isn't too oily, you can use coconut oil as a
light styling agent.
little through your hair, focusing on the ends, before styling. The
oil will help hold your style and keep your hair frizz-free
throughout the day without introducing harsh chemicals to your
your gums bleed when you brush or for no seemingly good reason at
all, it's most likely a symptom of
can also thin the blood and cause gums to bleed from time to time.
If you begin a regime of oil pulling with coconut oil, you'll be
removing toxins while massaging your guns and promoting healing.
You'll need to oil pull every day for at least three weeks to see
significant results so don't give up too soon.
Cavities are tooth decay caused by plaque and tartar.
produce acid that destroys both the outer and inner layers of a
tooth. Signs of cavities include toothaches, sensitivity to hot or
cold, and noticeable staining or pits in the affected tooth.
dentist will tell you that the only way to fix a cavity is a
filling. But someone who is interested in holistic treatments will
always bring up oil pulling with coconut oil.
While the jury is
still out, there is supposed documentation of
cavity damage with coconut oil.
Having less than fresh is not just embarrassing.
It's usually a sign
of poor dental hygiene or infection in the mouth. When food isn't
properly removed, it begins to break down from bacteria, producing
Mouthwash can help but if you are one of the 25%
of the population who regularly suffers from bad breath, you know
it's only a temporary solution.
To get a
better grip on bad breath, swish
with a spoonful of coconut oil mixed with a few drops of pure
You'll eliminate bacteria and be left with a fresh
and minty taste in your mouth.
Who doesn't love a bright, clean smile?
While we all want whiter
teeth, whitening products can be overpriced and in some cases, even
dangerous for the overall health of our teeth.
If you're not happy
with the brightness of your smile,
give oil pulling a try. Just make
sure to spit the oil into a trash can and not down the drain.
should notice a difference in a few days with real results shining
through in a couple of weeks.
Before a cavity forms, there are a few warning signs.
One is the
demineralization of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hardest material in
your body but when it's constantly bombarded by acids, sugars, and
bacteria, it can begin to break down.
If you're noticing more
sensitivity or that it's suddenly uncomfortable to brush your teeth,
there's a good chance your enamel is demineralizing. To prevent the
condition from worsening and prevent cavities, start
oil pulling with coconut oil.
want to eat as close to an acid-free diet as you can while treating
and remineralizing teeth with coconut oil.
Teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons.
enamel is thinning, you're experiencing gum recession, or a cavity
has begun to form, tooth sensitivity can make eating and drinking
uncomfortable, to say the least.
Just like traditional toothpaste,
products designed to lessen sensitivity often have
toxic ingredients. Skip the
toothpaste aisle and grab your coconut oil to treat sensitivity.
Daily oil pulling can slowly help with sensitivity as it heals gums
Have you ever read the ingredients of your toothpaste?
One of the
most common ingredients found in certain brands is
triclosan, which has been linked
to concerns over endocrine disruption. Chemicals as such have been
shown to promote breast, prostate, ovarian, and testicular cancer.
Make your own natural toothpaste by mixing 6 tablespoons of coconut
oil with 6 tablespoons of baking soda.
Stir in 25 drops of
peppermint essential oil and use just as you would any other
toothpaste but without the dangerous ingredients.
Lip balm isn't just about soft lips.
The product also relieves
angular cheilitis, cold sores, and severely chapped lips.
Unfortunately, many lip balm products at the checkout counter in
grocery stores contain toxic ingredients like parabens and
mysterious fragrances and flavors.
Next time, reach for coconut oil.
You can either use it as it or make your own using coconut oil,
beeswax, and essential oils.
Here's one with vitamin E oil to
Coconut oil can help
pain associated with cold sores and prevent
scarring and permanent discoloration.
The oil contains three fatty
acids (caprylic, capric, and lauric acid), all which possess
antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. They work together to
heal and prevent microbial infections.
To treat a cold sore with
coconut oil, place a small amount of oil on the end of a cotton swab
and dab it on the treated area. Do not apply with your fingers as
this can introduce new bacteria to the infection.
a sore throat holding you back?
Try this homemade cough syrup made
with coconut oil. In a saucepan over low heat, warm a ľ cup raw
honey, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
Once combined, pour the syrup into a cup of tea and consume.
coconut oil will help to
the pain, irritation, and scratchiness while
Immune System Health
Boost energy levels
Put down that cup of coffee and learn how coconut oil can boost your
Coconut oil is mostly saturated fats but unlike other
saturated fats which are stored in the body and literally weigh us
down, the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil provide us with
To boost energy
without the caffeine jitters, add a tablespoon of coconut oil in
water, juice, or a sports drink. It shouldn't alter the taste but
should take effect almost immediately.
Fat is a necessary staple in our diets.
It allows the body to absorb
nutrients and use them to boost our immune systems and overall
health. But fats from animals often have negative health effects
that cancel out the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
substituting less than ideal fats with coconut oil, our bodies are
still able to
absorb the nutrients necessary
for health without negative side effects.
Cook with coconut oil when
possible and add it to your diet.
healthy thyroid function
The thyroid gland produces hormones that are responsible for
regulating our metabolic rate as well as digestive and heart
It also controls our muscles, bone health, and brain
development. Viral infections and autoimmune diseases can affect the
thyroid and deem it less effective.
Adding coconut oil to your diet
nourishes the thyroid and protects it from
Because of its impressive list of properties, coconut oil can
just about any infection.
Whether it's bacterial,
viral, or fungal, coconut oil can combat the infection and support
your immune system. If you're starting to feel ill, add coconut oil
to your diet or perform oil pulling.
For cuts and wounds, topical
application of coconut oil is ideal.
Arthritis is a very common condition where joints become inflamed.
This causes pain and stiffness.
The condition can be temporary or
chronic. While most sufferers take over the counter medications to
deal with the pain, they're never truly free from the discomfort.
show that a mixture of coconut oil and aloe vera will lessen
inflammation and relieve pain and swelling.
Mix even portions of the
ingredients and massage into problem areas as needed for relief.
The cells in our body are constantly reproducing, functioning, and
But when things go wrong, our health can quickly
deteriorate. How does cellular health begin to break down? We're
exposed to stress, processed foods, and dangerous toxins in our
homes and the air.
Our bodies can only fight so much and as they
begin to lose the battle against our environment, we feel the
boosts cellular health by helping
our bodies absorb required minerals for optimal cell performance.
When our bodies begin to fight an infection, our core body
This is commonly known as a fever. While some
are mild, other bouts with fever can make even the smallest task
unbearable. It is believed that digesting coconut oil can help
alleviate fevers because the
lauric acid dissolves the lipid coating that surrounds some viruses.
This makes it easier for the body to fight them.
If you're using
coconut oil to treat a fever and already eat the oil daily, boost
your intake to 6 tablespoons throughout the day.
Calcium and magnesium both lead to healthier and stronger bones.
a poor diet can limit your body's absorption of these nutrients.
Adding coconut oil to an already healthy diet can improve vitamin
and mineral absorption, especially in the bones.
Use coconut oil more in cooking or add to smoothies or coffee to get
more of it in your diet for this purpose.
Replacement for less
than ideal cooking oils
you cook with vegetable oil? If so, you might want to reconsider
Vegetable oil has been linked
to inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and contains an unhealthy
amount of trans fat. Cooking with coconut oil erases these risks and
provides you with plenty of health benefits.
you've been told to limit your butter intake, coconut oil makes a
great substitute for baking, cooking, and even as a spread for
Butter is full of palitic acid which is more likely to cause
fatty plaque buildup compared to the fatty acids in coconut oil.
is true that coconut oil contains more calories and fat than butter
but the lauric acid in coconut oil
boosts HDL cholesterol (the good
cholesterol) and offers more health benefits than butter alone.
Boost weight loss
The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil can
help you lose weight, especially the fat
around your waistline.
The oil's medium chain fatty acids are
metabolized differently than long-chain fatty acids, which are found
in most fats in our diet. Medium-chain fatty acids head straight to
the liver and are used for energy.
Coconut oil is also thermogenic,
meaning that it increases metabolism and energy expenditure.
Remember how coconut oil boosts your energy levels? How can it help
you sleep then?
In an indirect way, it can. Because consuming
coconut oil gives you more energy to burn and also helps promote
healthy hormone production, you can break poor
sleeping patterns and fight insomnia.
Try to avoid coconut
oil for at least three hours before bed and spread your dosages
throughout the day.
Once nighttime rolls around, you'll be ready to
drift off to sleep.
Coconut gets a bad rap when it comes to heart health.
If you do a
quick search on the oil, you'll find reports of how it increases
your risk for heart disease.
But if you look at this research,
you'll see that coconut oil can help prevent the hardening of
arteries, the main cause of a heart attack, and
minimize fatty deposits that lead to
heart attacks and strokes.
All good things should be taken in
moderation so don't exceed your daily coconut oil intake but don't
allow yourself to be misinformed over coconut oil's heart benefits.
Just as you might have heard coconut oil is linked to heart disease,
you've probably heard of its supposed link to raising LDL ('bad'
But new research shows that there are two types of LDL.
One is small and dense while the other is big and fluffy. The small
and dense particles can increase your risk of disease.
research has shown that coconut oil can actually
reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels when
have shown that medium chain triglycerides can improve brain
Immediate improvements were noticed in those with milder
stages of Alzheimer's disease. Coconut oil contains an abundance of
medium chain triglycerides, making it an effective preventive
measure and treatment for the brain disorder.
Include coconut oil in
your daily diet to experience its benefits on brain health.
Anxiety and panic
you suffer from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, you know how
the condition can prevent you from living up to your full potential.
Commonly prescribed medications are addictive, cause drowsiness,
rage, and depression in some.
More are looking for natural
treatments and while coconut oil is not a guaranteed cure for all,
its benefits can help keep anxiety at bay.
It regulates hormones, increases thyroid performance, and helps
improve sleep schedules.
This all leads to better mental health.
It's almost impossible to not have a stressful moment here and
Here's the best way to use coconut oil to combat general
stress. Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a couple drops of
frankincense essential oil, which has been
shown to alleviate stress.
Rub the mixture on your temples and
wrists. Sit for a few minutes, concentrating on your breathing, and
then get back to your regular activities.
You should feel more at
you have a big meeting or test coming up, try a little coconut oil
before you begin.
Consuming coconut oil on a regular basis boosts
brain health with its ketone bodies. This ensures your brain is
fed for optimal performance.
Just as coconut oil improves focus, it can also improve memory in a
2004 study, senior citizens were given
either coconut oil or a placebo. In all of those who were given
coconut oil, they were able to better remember what they read in a
paragraph in a controlled test.
This shows that while daily
consumption of coconut oil promotes a healthy brain, there are
immediate results to be had as well.
Malaysian study examined the effects of
virgin coconut oil on mental health.
Separate groups of mice were
subjected to different levels of stress. Some of the mice were given
virgin coconut oil while others were given the commonly prescribed
The study found that the coconut oil outperformed the
Diazepam on several levels.
This opens up room for discussion on
treating mental health issues like depression with more natural
There is little clinical research to support the notion that coconut
oil helps improve the symptoms of ADHD, or
However, simple research
anecdotes of improved focus, increased
attention span, and less impulsive behaviors in those who added
coconut oil to their daily diet.
If you're searching for a more
natural way to combat the symptoms of ADHD in yourself or your
child, coconut oil could be worth considering.
Indigestion can happen when we eat too much or eat too much of a
Sometimes indigestion is a sign of an underlying
problem, like an ulcer or gallbladder disease. By eating a
tablespoon of coconut oil before a large meal, you're less likely to
overindulge and more likely to make smarter choices.
This can also
help you control your weight and have more energy.
Acid reflux is a disease where bile or stomach acid irritates the
esophagus. It's common but unpleasant.
Consuming coconut oil helps
coat and line the esophagus to lessen irritation.
points to bacteria overgrowth causing acid reflux and coconut oil
will also help to
eliminate excess bacteria in the
Stomach ulcers are sores that develop in the small intestine,
esophagus, or stomach.
They are caused by excess stomach acid in
most cases but also by bacteria. Taking anti-inflammatory medication
can be a culprit as well.
Daily consumption of coconut oil can
help treat stomach ulcers by eliminating the
bacteria that causes them and by treating inflammation throughout
the body, lessening the need for anti-inflammatory medication.
Candida is a fungus that can live in the body without causing any
But if the fungi multiply out of control or if the body's
immune system is compromised, an infection can occur. Consuming
coconut oil on a regular basis can prevent this as
it is antifungal.
Signs of poor bowel health include diarrhea, constipation, rectal
bleeding, and cramping.
Some of these symptoms, especially those
that don't resolve themselves in a couple days, can be signs of a
more serious condition so if you're concerned, seek medical
But to promote bowel health, daily consumption of coconut
oil can help by regulating bacteria, decreasing
inflammation, and promoting healthy bowel movements.
GI tract disorders
There are several reports suggesting that coconut oil can help with
several GI tract disorders like
Crohn's disease, irritable bowel
syndrome, and colitis.
It is believed that the medium-chain fatty
acids in the coconut oil are easier for the body to digest,
resulting in fewer symptoms and less discomfort. It is also an
anti-inflammatory food that benefits the entire digestive tract.
recent study involved isolating colon cancer cells with coconut oil
to see if the oil would influence the mutated cells.
In fact, more
than 90% of the cells were killed during this controlled study.
this doesn't mean that consuming coconut oil will cure any case of
colon cancer but it does suggest that there is reason to further
study the link between the oil and its
cancer killing abilities.
Because it's a natural laxative, coconut oil can help
relieve mild constipation without the
dehydrating side effects of over the counter treatments.
coconut oil as a laxative, simply add a tablespoon to your diet.
Split it up between all three meals. If you don't take coconut oil
daily, you may want to start with a lower dosage to prevent the
treatment from being a bit too effective.
Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable condition that makes bowel
movements difficult and painful.
Usually caused by an improper diet,
hemorrhoids can be difficult to cure because of the cycle of a poor
diet and straining to have a bowel movement. But coconut oil can
help relieve the inflammation associated
with hemorrhoids with topical applications.
Consuming coconut oil
can also help promote healthier bowel habits and prevent
One of the main fats in coconut oil, capric acid, has been found to
act as a regulator of blood sugar levels.
Coconut oil can also help
reduce cravings and help maintain a steady weight, all which are
crucial in fighting diabetes. An additional study found that a diet
rich in coconut oil protects against insulin
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes,
treating solely with coconut oil is not recommended but exploring
its benefits while adjusting your diet and activities could prove
heading outside in the spring sounds like a nightmare because of
your allergies, consider coconut oil as a possible treatment.
pulling helps pull toxins from the body while boosting the immune system. A stronger immune system will be
able to fight allergy symptoms.
Coconut oil might not make your
allergies disappear completely but it can make your symptoms more
Asthma can be a life-threatening medical condition and we would
never recommend throwing your inhaler away and substituting coconut
oil as a treatment.
With that being said, here's how the oil can
help prevent asthma attacks. Inflammation is
usually the cause of asthma. Because coconut oil is an
anti-inflammatory, it can help prevent attacks when combined with
other lifestyle changes.
To treat asthma with coconut oil, take the
recommended 2 tablespoons of oil each day.
you're stuffed up and feel like every breath is a struggle because
of nasal congestion, consider coconut oil as a drug-free approach to
Place coconut oil on your fingertip and apply it inside your
nostrils. Lie on your back with your head tipped behind you. The oil
should begin to melt and you'll feel it dripping down into your
The medium-chain fatty acids in the oil work to break down
mucous and make it easier to expel.
The oil's antimicrobial properties will also help clear any infection.
Bronchitis can be caused by both bacteria and viruses.
population, our bodies are becoming resistant to antibiotics. This
is where coconut oil can help. No matter the cause of your
bronchitis, coconut oil can fight the infection while providing
You can consume the oil, pull with it, or even
topically apply it on your chest for
study of 40 children with
community-acquired pneumonia showed how effective coconut oil can
For the study, all children were treated with a standard
antibiotic. Half of the children were also given a dose of coconut
oil for three consecutive days.
The results showed that the children
who were given coconut oil had lower fevers, improved breathing, and
normal blood oxygenation before the group given only antibiotics
Pneumonia can be serious, especially for the young and elderly,
but if given the approval by your doctor, adding coconut oil to your
treatment can help.
When exploring coconut oil benefits, you'll come across stories that
claim the oil is a miracle cure for cancer.
This isn't a proven fact
by far but there are credible claims that the oil has aided some
Sharon Kelly was able to cure her
terminal lung cancer with cannabis oil mixed with coconut oil.
were other treatments involved, as well as major lifestyle changes,
but future research could discover links between coconut oil and
improved cancer odds.
Struggling to conceive is a common hurdle couples face.
are plenty of options to boost fertility, many are expensive and not
viable for all couples. Coconut oil
can increase fertility in many ways.
First, the oil supports proper body fat composition, a key factor
when trying to conceive.
It also supports healthy hormone production
and strong immune health. It also boosts cervical mucus production,
which is necessary to allow sperm to swim through the cervix.
When you're pregnant, everything that you consume or are exposed to
makes its way to your baby.
By adding coconut oil to your diet,
you're sharing the oil's antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial
Not only will the oil help boost your immune system,
which can weaken during pregnancy, but support your
developing baby's immune system and better prepare him for
his entry to the world.
The exact cause of morning sickness is difficult to pinpoint.
makes it more frustrating is that while some women never experience
a single wave of nausea, others spend months or even their entire
pregnancy struggling with the condition.
While there are
prescription medications available that are considered safe for mom
and child, coconut oil provides a natural remedy.
If a spoonful of coconut oil is enough to make your stomach start to
twist, try adding it to juice or even water.
You can also try oil
pulling, which can help with a wide array of other pregnancy
ailments, like gum disease, heartburn, and headaches.
Oh, pregnancy hormones.
Changes in the body's hormones during
pregnancy are crucial for both mom and baby but that doesn't make
the side effects any easier. From mood swings to nausea to sore
muscles, hormones affect nearly every body part and emotion during
One way to fight back is to increase
your intake of healthy fats, which are found in coconut oil.
Try adding coconut oil to your daily diet.
While hormonal changes
are necessary during pregnancy, coconut oil should make it a
Stretch marks are a not so welcomed result of pregnancy.
As the skin
stretches to accommodate growing body parts, skin fibers can tear
and leave behind colored indentations in the skin. You can use
coconut oil for both prevention and treatment
of stretch marks. Simply massage the oil into problem areas twice a
The results are slow but worth it.
Vaginal births can leave you more than a little sore.
If you had an
episiotomy or experienced tearing, preventing infections is
critical. Applying coconut oil to the area can keep the skin
moisturized and limit irritation. The oils antimicrobial properties
will also help prevent infection and speed up the
Make sure that the oil is melted before
applying but not hot.
Improve milk supply
According to a
study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, lactating mothers who consume coconut oil produce breast
milk with higher levels of lauric acid and capric acid.
translates to milk that is rich in nutrients and easier on an
infant's immature digestive system. One dose of coconut oil can
positively affect breast milk for up to three days.
Breastfeeding is beautiful and natural but at first, it can be a
Cracked nipples are not only painful for mom but
dangerous for the baby if an infection develops. While there are
plenty of products on the market to soothe cracked nipples and
promote healing, many include ingredients, that although are marked
safe, might not be ideal for everyone.
Coconut oil can be applied
immediately before breastfeeding without the worry of presenting a
danger to your baby.
Apply the oil as often as needed to
soothe and heal.
Gently massaging babies has been proven to
relax while promoting a healthier sleep schedule.
a product isn't necessary, coconut oil is a safe massage oil to use
on newborns and older babies. Massage a small amount of coconut
between your fingers and then massage.
Just remember to never heat
the oil on the stove to melt or add essential oils like you might
Diaper rash can transform a baby from happy to miserable in a matter
Because coconut oil is
antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and
antibacterial, it can promote healing just as quickly as
conventional diaper cream without unnecessary additives like
To use coconut oil to treat diaper rash, rinse baby's
bottom, pat it dry and apply coconut oil gently with your
fingertips. Make sure it's dry before placing a new diaper on the
The oil will promote healing in the current rash and act as a
barrier to prevent further irritation.
Cradle cap is a normal and common skin condition for newborns.
resembles dandruff and is a result of an excess of sebum production
by the sebaceous glands. Though it looks concerning, there are no
serious medical issues that arise from it.
Treat it with coconut oil
though to speed up its disappearance. Rub
the oil onto the affected area and allow it to sit for about 15
minutes before shampooing with a baby shampoo.
Brush hair gently to
remove flakes. Repeat this process every couple of days until the
scalp has cleared.
Does your lovely daughter have a bird's nest on her head?
than listen to her complaints as you try to brush through it, use
coconut oil as a natural hair detangler.
Melt a bit of coconut oil in your hands and begin to apply it to
tangled hair, starting at the ends and slowly working up.
goes a long way but concentrate on the worst spots. Then use a brush
or comb to tackle the knots, again starting at the ends and working
There's no need to rinse and the oil will condition hair
throughout the day.
Lice prevention and
Lice are common among school aged children but that doesn't make the
condition any more desirable.
If your child has lice, you can try an
over the counter product but the harsh chemicals can stress out hair
and damage the scalp. Instead, try coconut oil.
Work coconut oil
into your child's hair until it is well saturated. Then comb through
the hair with a lice comb to remove them.
The lauric acid in the oil
will help eliminate the lice and prevent
Eczema is a common skin condition also known as atopic dermatitis.
The main symptom is a rash which can appear anywhere but usually on
the arms and behind the knees. While anyone can develop eczema, it's
more common with children.
To alleviate the discomfort and itch, try
coconut oil. Its caprylic acid, capric acid, and vitamins K and E
work to repair and nourish broken skin.
treat eczema with coconut oil, you can either apply it topically to
rashes as needed or add it to your child's diet to lessen the risk
your child has had one ear infection, they've probably had a dozen.
For most children, they're nothing serious if treated in time. The
traditional treatment is antibiotics but there is another approach to take. Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a
saucepan with a couple garlic cloves.
Simmer for a few minutes,
remove from heat, and allow to cool. Using a dropper, place the
mixture into the ear while the child is laying on their side.
the oil sit for several minutes before applying the oil in the other
ear if necessary.
Chicken pox and itchy
your child develops chicken pox or any other itchy skin rash, try
applying coconut oil directly to the affected area(s).
Keep up on
oatmeal baths and other treatments as recommended by your child's
doctor. But use the coconut oil to relieve the itch,
keep the skin moisturized, and prevent scarring.
Remove gum from hair
Getting a glob of bright pink bubble gum stuck in their hair is
right of passage for children.
But don't reach for the scissors just
yet. Instead, apply raw coconut oil to the area, making sure to rub
it around the entire piece of gum. Let it sit for a few minutes
before gently pulling the hair away.
You might need to reapply if
the gum is trapped beneath several layers of hair but it should
eventually break free.
Dog treats aren't just for training.
They can also be a healthy part
of a dog's diet if made with the proper ingredients. One example of
a healthy treat is a combination of coconut oil, peanut butter, and
This specific recipe helps regulate blood sugar and helps
with insulin resistance. There are plenty of coconut oil dog treat recipes to try.
Look for one that
matches your dog's personality and needs.
Whether your dog has allergies, dry skin, or a few scrapes from
playing rough, coconut oil can help promote healthy
The oil can be applied directly to problem areas
several times a day. If the area is in a spot that your dog tends to
lick, you might have to lessen the applications as you don't want
your dog to ingest too much of the oil.
But before treating skin
conditions with coconut oil, have the area checked by a vet to rule
out anything serious.
Just as healthy, glowing skin is the look you're after, your pet
will appreciate a glossy, shiny coat as well.
To achieve this with coconut oil instead of products with added
synthetic fragrances, apply coconut oil to your pet's coat. Let the
oil absorb for a few minutes before lightly rinsing it off. If too
much of the oil remains, a quick shampoo should do the trick.
treatment can be completed once a week for a healthy coat.
overweight pet is an unhealthy pet.
Just as coconut oil can aid in
weight loss in humans, it can help your furry
friends too. When adding coconut oil to your dog's diet,
start small. Large amounts too quickly can lead to diarrhea or
greasy stools. Start with a ľ teaspoon for puppies and small dogs.
Slowly work up to about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.
Fight pet odor
Coconut oil can fight pet odor in two ways.
First, when it's used to
condition their coat, it will leave behind a light coconut scent
that's natural and pleasant. Second, coconut oil can help with
bad dog breath. Put a little coconut oil on
a dog toothbrush and get to work.
If your dog has fought you with
traditional canine toothpaste in the past, he might let you get away
with using coconut oil.
The oil will eliminate bacteria and bad
your dog has a bowel condition, like colitis,
coconut oil can help.
The oil can also help with lymphangiectasia,
or inflamed intestinal tract lymph nodes, and other digestion issues
in man's best friend.
Adding coconut oil to their daily diet,
gradually and in small amounts, can improve digestion and increase
While there are plenty of flea treatments on the market, some dogs
react negatively to them.
The last thing you want to do is leave
your dog's coat infested with fleas though. If your dog needs a
natural flea treatment due to a compromised
immune system, allergies, or age, try coconut oil.
Head outside with
your dog and spread coconut oil on his coat, getting it down to the
skin. Comb through his fur with a flea brush. You shouldn't need to
To prevent fleas with coconut oil, mix coconut oil and water
in a spray bottle and use as a daily treatment.
dogs an energy boost
Coconut oil can help humans as they age in a variety of ways.
no different with dogs. The consumption and topical application of
coconut oil can not only put a little spring in
your dog's step, but it can fight degenerative diseases like
canine dementia and help dogs with arthritis or similar diseases.
your dog loves to run circles outside and go for walks through rough
terrain, sore paws could be getting him down.
Unless you want to
strap some sneakers on your dog each time you go out, try coconut
oil. It helps to soothe dry and cracked paws
while making them stronger for your next adventure together.
dog tends to lick the oil off right after you apply, try covering
his paws with a couple old pairs of socks until the oil absorbs and
Here's a treatment just for your cat.
If you're noticing hairballs
are becoming more frequent, try giving your pet a small amount of
coconut oil. Most cats won't eat coconut oil on its own so try
placing a little on his paw or nose.
Mineral oil is a common remedy
for hairballs but not all vets recommend it as it can mess with some
cats' digestive systems.
Coconut oil is a safer
alternative to ease out hairballs.
Bar soap isn't expensive but it can be drying to the skin thanks to
parabens and added fragrances.
This homemade bar soap produces a
great lather that leaves you feeling just as clean without
introducing unnecessary chemicals to your skin.
It should be noted
that making soap takes precise measurements using a digital scale
and that you'll be working with lye. If not used properly, lye can
cause corrosive burns on the skin and face.
Because the directions
are so involved and fast paraphrasing of them could be dangerous,
you can see the recipe, along with a video tutorial,
Laundry is a never-ending chore in most homes.
While you can't get
rid of the mountain of socks, you can eliminate unnecessary added
fragrances and harmful chemicals from your
daily outfits by making a homemade laundry detergent with coconut
Start by grating a bar of your coconut bar soap that you've
already made. Mix in 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax, 20 drops
of lemon essential oil, and 1 cup of oxygen booster.
mixture in an air-tight glass jar and use 1 or 2 tablespoons per
load of laundry.
Bug bites can be dangerous but so can bug repellent.
DEET, the most common bug
repellent ingredient in most brands, has mixed reviews. While
some studies have labeled it as "slightly
toxic" others have listed it as safe.
But if applying bug
repellent makes you nervous, try this version instead. Mix a couple
tablespoons of coconut oil with several drops of peppermint,
rosemary, or tea tree essential oils.
Apply it to your skin and
watch the bugs fly right past you.
How's that leather couch of yours looking? Are your favorite pair of
leather shoes looking dull and worn out?
Bring them back to life with coconut oil. Using a soft terrycloth towel,
wipe the leather surface clean, using a little water if necessary.
Then add some coconut oil to the towel and gently polish and shine.
Use a circular motion for best results.
With a little elbow grease,
your leather should shine like new.
Wooden furniture never goes out of style but it can get dusty and
dull over time.
To bring your favorite pieces back
to life, mix a ľ cup of melted coconut oil with 4 tablespoons
of distilled white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of pure lemon juice. Pour
into a reusable spray bottle to store.
When ready to use, shake
well, spray onto wooden furniture and then wipe away with a clean
cloth to leave behind a shine that also smells great.
Clean marble tops
Marble cleaners either shine or disinfect. It's hard to find a
product that does both.
But if you wipe your counters with a bit of
coconut oil, you'll leave behind a gorgeous shine while the coconut
oil's antimicrobial properties get to work
by removing bacteria and viruses on your counter without harmful
you wish you had wood cabinets but you're stuck with veneer until
you can afford your dream kitchen overhaul, use coconut oil to not
just disinfect and clean them but to also add a
shine that makes them look more like wood.
Apply a small
amount of the oil to a towel, wipe down all exposed parts of your
cabinets, and enjoy their revived appearance.
Did your child spill juice on the carpet again?
Maybe the dog ran
through the house with muddy paws. Stains can be frustrating but
they don't have to be permanent. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and
baking soda to make a natural stain remover
for carpet and upholstery.
Apply the solution to the stain, let it
sit for a few minutes, and then gently wipe away.
Always test an
inconspicuous part of the carpet or upholstery first.
How often do you clean your shower?
Probably not as often as you
should, simply because the chore is daunting and a little gross. The
next time you need to take on the grime, put away your foams and
sprays and take some coconut oil with you
Simply place some of the oil on a damp rag and wipe away
mold, mildew, and water spots. If needed, mix in a little vinegar or
baking soda to increase the oil's effectiveness.
Whether you're trying to remove spilled glue from the carpet, your
child's sticker decorations on the wall, or anything sticky on your
counters, furniture, or favorite pair of shoes, reach for coconut oil.
Using a rag or your fingers, simply
rub a bit of the oil onto the sticky spot. Depending on what you're
trying to remove, allow it to sit for one or several minutes.
away and watch the magic happen.
Cooking sprays are convenient, but at what cost? Most include an
unwanted mouthful of chemicals that have been linked to serious
For example, some contain diacetyl, the ingredient
that gives some sprays their butter flavor. This ingredient has been
linked to an
increase in lung disease.
Also, most sprays include
ingredients with GMOs.
Skip the unnecessary chemicals and use
coconut oil instead. Place a little on a paper towel and rub your
cast iron pans, bakeware, or other cooking tools as needed.
Clean cutting boards
Wooden cutting boards look great in any kitchen style but they can
be difficult to clean.
The next time you need to clean yours, wash
it in the sink to remove visible debris and allow it to try. Then
wipe a thin layer of coconut oil over the wood. This will not only
condition the wood and keep it looking brand new but also
remove bacteria from the surface and pores
of the wood.
When you invite coconut oil into your life, you're taking a positive
step forward in your health and happiness.
Though there are many
cosmetic uses for coconut oil, its overall health benefits can't be
denied. Start saying no to expensive and sometimes dangerous
products and start substituting them with coconut oil.
It's a choice
you won't regret.