Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Coconut Oil

This week we're going to talk about something I've recently started to use, coconut oil.  You can use this stuff for everything!  I'm just going to do a simple list style of some things I use it for as well as what some of my friends use it for.

Quoted from Mercola's Blog 

"Virgin coconut oil's many health benefits come from the medium-chain length of its fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCTs). Most of the other edible oils on the market today are comprised of long-chain fatty acids. MCTs have many health benefits, including raising the body's metabolism, and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and others.
Coconut oil is nature's richest source of MCTs outside of human breast milk. Virgin coconut oil is very stable oil that does not oxidize and break down quickly like other oils. It also has a shelf life of more than two years."

"Hypothyroidism is truly one of the biggest epidemics of our time, and we have met so many people who have been told that their blood tests are normal, and yet find themselves with symptoms of hypothyroidism. There are very few options today offering any kind of hope of dealing with the underlying cause of this condition.
Probably the most dramatic results we have had reported to us are from those who have thyroid problems and have eliminated polyunsaturated oils from their diet, and started incorporating virgin coconut oil in its place. People's body temperatures increase, they have more energy and some, for the first time, are actually able to start losing weight."

Coconut oil is not only beneficial to eat, but can be used topically.  One of my recent finds is a homemade deodorant made by a good friend.  One primary ingredient is coconut oil.  It helps fight the bacteria that can cause smell.  Below is my list of uses for coconut oil.  Feel free to comment and add what you use it for!

Deodorant recipe
Anti fungal topical application (thrush, ring worm etc...)
Moisturizing a pregnant mother's belly
Moisturizing rough skin
Lip balm
Cooking (pan frying, saute, stir fry...)
Diaper rash ointment
Sunburn treatment
Eat/cook with it for insulin resistance (LOOK HERE FOR MORE INFO) 

If you can share another way this can be beneficial, please comment below.  I buy my coconut oil in huge amounts from vitacost.com  I like the NSI brand or Nature's Way because it tastes like coconut.  If you want a taste free oil, try Jarrow Formulas, it has no taste, but still has the benefits of the type that does have taste.


  1. You are a rock star!
    Coconut oil is wonderful.

  2. Love it! Elaine, Cadence got about eaten alive when she stepped and stood in a Gastonia ant hill. She was swollen all over her body especially her leg. I believe she had about 30 bites on her one leg. It was awful. You know what I reached for first? Yep, coconut oil. It helped ward off infection like none other and has definitely helped the healing process. Her scars are not nearly as bad as they would have been without it. I <3 coconut oil! Sooo glad you wrote this :)

  3. Ooh, I'm going to have to look into the eczema treatment. Poor Clarke has it SO BADLY this summer and I haven't been able to find anything that will even put a dent in it. Doc gave me some steroid cream but I'd rather use something natural, with no scary side effects listed on the side.

  4. If you have a chance, you should try Melt -- its a butter substitute whose main ingredient is virgin coconut oil. We've had people use it as a spread, and in cooking and baking.

    So far it's only available in the Western U.S., but as it grows in popularity we expect that you'll be able to find it in more places soon.