160 Reasons to Stock Coconut Oil in Your Larder

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

Source: Wake Up World

By Jennifer

Hybrid Rasta Mama

Coconut Oil – An Overview

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. 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.)
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    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)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic 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 1/2
125+ / 57+ 3
100+/ 45+ 2 1/2
75+ / 34+ 2
50+ / 23+ 1 1/2
25+ / 11+ 1

 

Type of Coconut Oil to Use:

  • Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil tastes and smells coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor. You can use it for anything but it will impart a coconut taste (mild) and odor (pleasant in my book)! Unrefined coconut oil retains the most nutritional value and is superior to refined oil.
  • Expeller pressed (refined) coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty 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. Chapstick – 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 moisturizing 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 rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.

14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator 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/ Defrizzer – 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. Makeup 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. Moisturizer – 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 Moisturizer – 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!

 

Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness

37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.

38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.

39. 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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.

43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.

44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.

45. 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.

46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!

47. 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.

48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption

49. 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)

50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal

51. Adrenal fatigue

52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)

53. Alzheimer’s/Dementia

54. Asthma, even in children

55. Autism

56. Bowel function

57. Bronchial Infections

58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)

59. Candida Albicans

60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol

61. Chronic Fatigue

62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation

63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time

64. Colds and Flus

65. Constipation

66. Cystic Fibrosis

67. Depression

68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings

69. Dysentery

70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t

71. Edema

72. Energy boost

73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)

74. Fever Support

75. Flaky, Dry Skin

76. Gallbladder disease and pain

77. Gas

78. H. pylori

79. Head Lice

80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)

81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)

82. HIV

83. Hot Flashes

84. Hyperthyroidism

85. Immune System Builder

86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

87. Jaundice

88. Kidney Disease

89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)

90. Liver Disease

91. Lung Disease

92. Malnutrition

93. Mental Clarity

94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow

95. Migraines (with regular use)

96. Mononucleosis

97. Osteoporosis

98. Pancreatitis

99. Parasites

100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay

101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

102. Rickets

103. Skin problems

104. Scurvy

105. Stomach Ulcers

106. Toenail fungus

107. Thrush

108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)

109. Ulcerative Colitis

110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily

111. 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)

112. Acne

113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.

114. Athletes foot

115. Back pain/sore muscles

116. Boils and cysts

117. Canker sores

118. Cellulite

119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.

120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies

121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.

122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)

123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)

124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)

125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling

126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)

127. Ringworm

128. Toothache

129. Warts


Coconut Oil and Cooking

130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.

131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.

132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.

133. 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 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis

135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin

139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing

140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.

141. Helps prevent or control diabetes

142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic

143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy

144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor

146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.

147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida

148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health

149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs

150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

 

Other Uses for Coconut Oil

151. 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. Voila! It’s out!

152. 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.

153. 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.

154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls

156. 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 color of your bronze.

157. 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.

158. Seasoning animal hide drums

159. Seasoning cookware

160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.

Did I miss any? Do you use coconut oil for something not on my list? Please add it in the comments. I am always excited to find new ways to implement coconut oil!

I have also written several other posts about coconut oil that you may be interested in reading. A few are listed here but please check my Coconut Health page regularly as I update that with my twice monthly posts related to coconut oil:

Coconut Oil Unleashed – Reader Questions Answered

Coconut Oil for Digestive Disorders

Coconut and Pregnancy (coconut products in general are discussed)

Eating Traditional Foods and The Blood Type Diet (coconut oil is
discussed in this post but not the focus)

Let’s Talk About Fats Baby! (discusses coconut oil as a healthy
source of fat in your diet)

Nipples, Lady Bits, Coconut Oil – Oh My!

Interested in purchasing coconut oil? Check out my resources page to find out what brands I love!

You can also check out these books for further information on coconut oil:

Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy

Eat Fat Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Mary Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon

• The Coconut Oil Miracle Revised and Coconut Cures both by Bruce Fife.

Until next time…I am aiming for 200 Uses For Coconut Oil!

Yours In Coconut Health, Jennifer

This article was discovered at ybertaud9.wordpress.com – We highly recommend checking out this very informative site.

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98 thoughts on “160 Reasons to Stock Coconut Oil in Your Larder

  1. Russ

    Hi,

    where do you buy your coconut oil in 5 gallon increments?

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  3. Sean Mac

    What about triglycerides taking this much coconut oil?

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  4. Thank you for such a comprehensive list.

    Did you include sniffing drops of coconut oil up the nose?

    This is a safe procedure that is easy to do, once you get used to the idea. It kills germs deep in the sinuses, and soothes and heals that entire area. A sensible practice to follow, especially when you want to be prevent flu or colds during the winter, or when you feel you might have picked up a bug that is going around.

    Best,

    Joel

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  6. Reblogged this on James Prime and commented:
    I’ve always liked coconut oil and this info makes me like it even more.

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  7. Laurie

    I buy my my vco and co from Tropical Traditions. 5gal buckets.
    My favorite

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  8. I have used coconut oil in the past and found I did not use it fast enough for the expiration date. I would love to buy this in large quantities so can you give me a good shelf life tri\ck. I put it in the frig. Can it be frozen?

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    • Yes, it can be frozen. I’ve heard of folks filling an ice cube tray and freezing it for beverages. I use mine past it’s expiration date at times. I think most companies have that on their products for CYA purposes. Store it out of direct sunlight. Obviously, the cooler the room temp, the better mileage you’ll get.

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  9. Shelf life of Coconut oil? Is this practical for long term storage? How best to store it?

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    • Hi Scott Pi,
      At room temperature, your virgin coconut oil will easily last 2 years in your pantry. The manufacturers say it has a 3 year shelf life. Some people have found that it last 7 years. Your mileage may vary.

      I have a jar on my counter that I use for my coffee. It’s been open for about a year. Prior to opening, I kept it in the fridge for two years.

      Hope this helps.

      Doing the stuff,
      SS

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  15. I use it on my beard every day. Rub it in and wipe off excess. Beard stays soft and skin doesn’t itch.

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    • JP, instead of rubbing it on bread, which I don’t eat, I just rub it straight on my skin after shaving my face and head. I drink it in my coffee as well. Great dental health properties.

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  16. There are many foods that can help to fight off yeast infection. One is unsweetened cranberry juice, which can acidify vaginal secretions which in turn will help to kill yeast. Garlic is another popular home remedy, as it has anti-fungal properties. Try two cloves per day in food or salads. Garlic tastes good too!

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  17. Grover Harrah

    cradle cap can be treated also with topical niacinamide since it reduces inflammatory response and also increases skin healing.^

    My own, personal web site
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  18. Lindsay

    Hey I was reading some of the comments and noticed people were using coconut oil in there coffee.I was wondering if it changes the taste of your coffee as in making in sweeter and how do you use it? thank you:)

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    • I’m add a teaspoon with every cup in the morning along with my heavy whipping cream. I don’t notice any change since I’ve been using it so long. Depending on how the coconut oil was processed determines the coconut flavor in the oil. Mine has no coconut flavor.
      Hope this helps Lindsay. Here’s some other uses: http://survivalsherpa.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/coconut-oil-a-preppers-panacea/

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      • Mary

        There is a recipe on the internet for coconut oil and coffee.Put hot coffee in the bender with 5 or 6 tablespoons of the coconut oil, blend it and it will froth up like a latte you can add coco and your favorite sweetener. Yummmy!!

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      • I like a good latte on occasion. My go to hot beverage is my morning coffee with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Of course, I drink about three of these before I go to work. I’m up early :)

        Good tip Mary. I might try it for special occasions. Thanks for adding to the conversation.

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  23. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to discuss this subject here on your blog.

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  26. Ally

    I have been searching for a coffee creamer substitute and have been using coconut MILK. What is the difference between the milk and oil. I use the oil for other things but never thought about in my coffee. BTW, great article!

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  27. Wanda

    I would like to know how coconut oil effects your cholestrol if it is already high. It is a big concern to me.

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    • Wanda, what kind of diet do you eat? That would determine whether your cholesterol is high or not more so than eating coconut oil or even saturated fat.

      Let me know please. I’d like to help you with this issue.

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      • Wanda

        Here are the foods I eat. Chicken,pork loin, some beef, venison,occasional bacon.Mostly baked. Potatoes, mostly white rice, some prepack potatoes, some pasta. Alot of canned veggies from our gardens. Some fruits. Fresh farm eggs, grained breads, butter, olive and coconut oils for cooking,homemade jams, whole grain cereals, some cake,brownies, cookies that are homemade. I don’t eat much for junk foods. Very little soda,some juice. Coffee in the am. Alot of water. love cheese, not much on milk if so, its 1%.
        I’ve now been trying to get a 2-4 drops of lemongrass essential oil into my system daily. I also use lemon oil.
        I hope this helps you help me figure out what to work on better to bring the cholestrol down naturally so I don’t have to take Rx in which is what they want to do, but I haven’t yet.
        I was laid up for a bit, but I still am walking about 1 1/2 mile a day unless the weather doesn’t allow me to. I am a farm girl so I am active but not as much in the winter.

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      • Hi Wanda, thanks for sharing your info. While I’m not a medical doctor, I can only speak from my personal experience and point you to others that have experienced amazing results by living a primal lifestyle. Basically, the dietary cholesterol we eat is not the problem from what I understand.

        Once I became fat adapted (burning animal fat – mine included) my blood was flooded with triglycerides and fatty acids. Once my weight loss stabilized, so did my cholesterol levels. Eating lots of carbs (breads, wheat products, heavy starches, your body turns those into sugar – glucose. I eat healthy fats (CO is a great source of fat) and keep my carb levels low.

        Please do your due diligence in your journey with your diet and lifestyle…and keep me posted.

        Again, this is not medical advice. Here are some articles that you may find helpful:

        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-did-my-cholesterol-go-up-after-going-primal/#axzz2N8mT4gs2

        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-10-things-you-need-to-know-part-1/#axzz2N8mT4gs2

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  28. Rebecca

    I have the dreaded t-zone problems and don’t like to wash my face because of it; my skin gets so dry. So because I don’t wash my face often my nose tends to break out, I read about the benefits of CO and decided to put it to the test. I started putting coconut oil on my face after showering and haven’t had a breakout since!! I also use it now to cure the occasional itchy feet issue and as a all-over body moisturizer. My daughter whipped it up with a couple drops of olive oil to make it easier to smooth onto my skin.

    My question is, do you just add a dollop on food to get your daily recommended ingested amount or does cooking with it count?

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    • Rebecca, that’s awesome news about CC on your skin! Amazing stuff :)

      My main use for CO is to put a tablespoon in my coffee each morning, usually 3 cups. I also use it in cooking from time to time. Instead of vegetable oil, which we don’t cook with any more, use CO.

      Glad you’re finding helpful uses for CO!
      Keep us updated on your progress.

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  29. my grandkids have mild Autism how can it help them?

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    • Hi Kelly, I work with a few kids in middle school that have Autism. I’m not sure how co would help specifically with this disorder. I do know that diet has helped one of my kids with his focus issues.

      I’ve not enough research on links between this condition and diet. But eating a nutrient dense diet of whole foods can only help. Our bodies are made to heal themselves.

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  30. I’ve been hearing more about coconut oil! I have to get some of this stuff!

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  32. Sarah

    Thanks so much for all this info. I just started using coconut oil for some of my beauty stuff pretty recently. my little girl is 9 1/2yrs old and is on the heavier side, she’s not fat, just bigger. but we don’t want her to end up with a weight problem that will be a lot harder to get rid of later on. we were thinking of giving her coconut oil to try to help her out, but I’ve heard there is a “right” kind of CO and a “wrong” kind, that one makes you gain weight and the other lose it. any ideas on this? I want to help my baby girl, not make things worse. thanks for you time.

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  34. rashers

    Bought a bottle of CO in Thailand. Used it once to soothe my husband’s hands which were killing him from all the DEET he’d been applying to the kids each day. Got home to Ireland and it’s solidified in the bottle. Obviously Irish temperatures are too much for it to handle, but do I really have to heat it in a saucepan of water every time I feel like using it?

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    • Not really, rashers. I apply it to my skin after shaving. Simply rub it between you hands and apply. It’s melting point is 76 degrees.

      For cooking, just throw it in the pan like you might a spoon of butter. It’ll melt and do it’s thing. I never heat it up before using on my skin or cooking.

      What uses do you have in mind for your CO?

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      • rashers

        Problem is, the neck of the bottle is too narrow to extract any.

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  35. Great article. One note– for folks looking to buy coconut oil in bulk, make sure (especially on great internet deals) you know the grade you’re getting. There are 2 grades– cosmetic and cooking. The cooking grade oil is for just that– cooking & ingestion. It’s usually a tad pricier, but well worth it. The cosmetic grade isn’t for internal application. I always have a 5lb bucket of the cosmetic grade on hand. Kept cool & dark it lasts well past the expiration date. Check out Mountain Rose Herbs for both grades & for organic, sustainably harvested oil. Thanks again especially with the SPF info. I use Coconut oil in all my lotion & salve recipes & didn’t realize it had an SPF.

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  36. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks

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  37. Whoa. I knew coconut oil had a lot of uses, but this… This is just outstanding. Reblogging this for sure.

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    Awesome information here! I am going to try it.

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  42. Love VCO

    Is there a brand that is reasonably priced that is good for topical and ingesting? I have several mother’s of children I care for that I recommend CO to for eczema and cradle cap, but they have all told me it’s just too expensive for them. I have tried explaining heath is most important, but they just can’t bring themselves to pay for an expensive small container that may not last too long. FYI the only brand I know to tell them to get is Nutiva extra virgin CO cold pressed. I think it’s about $50 for 29floz at our local health food store. I love it for shaving, personal lube, after shower moisturizer, yeast control, and so much more and now I see I need to use it more often and ingest more, Not a coffee drinker though so maybe it’ll add flavor to my water or something.

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    • Look into Tropical Traditions. I order in five gallon buckets. I scoop a quart out into a mason jar for use around the house.

      They could go into together and buy the five gallons and divy it up among themselves and save a lot of money. Or you could buy it and resale it in smaller containers. Just a thought.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hope this helps.

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      • Wanda

        I buy LouAna’s 100% pure coconut oil-30oz. container at Walmart for $6.00. I have used it for many things. I use essential oils, I use in that, I cook with it, I use is just the way it is for lotion, and I make soaps with it. Its lovely stuff. And its affordable.

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    • radarphos

      You might consider buying a cold-pressed Juicer (that has cold pressed features for processing Coconuts). Then, you can make your own coconut milk and oil, besides capturing the fiber that can be dried. Though the cold-pressed juicer will be expensive (several hundred dollars), you can use it for all sorts of healthful drinks, etc. See: John Koehler, discount juicers.com for videos that show and explain the process. He has more than one video. Find the one where he is cold-processing coconut in his backyard. Excellent show and explain: how to open a coconut, how to decide whether it is a good coconut, and how many times to run the various material through your juicer to get store quality produce.

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    Hi, Coconut MILK (filtered) reputedly used by U.S.A military in Pacific Basin, during WW2 to replace plasma in I.V. solutions when unavailable. As it was sterile when fresh,and abundant, kept many injured people alive. Without refridgeration, it was a Godsend…
    When in Pacific, make your own coconut cream with a coconut grater.. divine.

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  49. Reblogged this on Gabby's House and commented:
    I love coconut oil fir a lot of the same reasons as mentioned in this blog. I’ve mended kids, dogs, and cats with it, I cook with it, and my fifteen year old daughter uses it to repair her damaged (abused) hair. If you know little of the benefits of coconut oil, here’s your chance to become very familiar. – Thanks to Todd Walker for finding the article at “Wake Up World”.

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    I have found that it helps with morning sickness

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  56. my wife uses a drop on her finger to apply her contact lenses

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