Coconut oil: Is there anything it can’t do?

November 15th, 2007
Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, also known as coconut butter, has been used for centuries, by various cultures, as a health and beauty product, both cosmetically as well as in food. These benefits are no doubt a result of its proven antibiotic and antiviral properties as well as its resistance to heat and light, which make it superior to other oils. Over the past several months, I’ve tested just a few of its proclaimed uses personally, all with remarkable success.

  • Moisturizer: I was having problems with dry, red patches on my face. Commercial moisturizers seemed only to offer temporary relief while the problem became worse and worse. A small amount of coconut oil rubbed into the skin, offered immediate relief and after using it exclusively for several days, the dry patches disappeared entirely. Coconut oil nourishes the skin from the outside in the same way nutritious food nourishes the skin from the inside, and doesn’t put any toxic substances into the skin like moisturizers do. It has even started to heal my dry, cracked feet after 2 weeks of daily use.
  • Deodorant: This is embarrassing, but the truth is, I’ve had a bit of a body odor problem. Deodorants never helped much, and some of them even made it much worse. I tried many brands, as well as crystal rock salt, tea tree oil, and rubbing alcohol, without lasting success. Coconut oil fights bacteria that causes body odor and doesn’t contribute to the toxins that can make odors worse. It smells great going on and it works all day long.
  • Cooking oil: Most oils are light and heat sensitive, meaning that they easily turn rancid if not kept in a cool, dark place. Many actually become carcinogenic when cooked at high temperatures. Coconut oil is highly stable and is much more resistant to heat than other oils, even olive oil. The coconut flavor doesn’t overwhelm the food as you might expect. Raw oil is always best, but if you are moving toward a healthier lifestyle and enjoy cooking, coconut oil is a great choice.
  • Virus buster: Coconut oil is a proven virus fighter. On two separate occasions, when I was starting to feel ill with a flu or cold, I had cravings to eat coconut oil. It tasted so good, I ate it by the spoonful, like it was ice cream. I felt better by the next day and tried to eat some more, only to find that it tasted gross to eat it straight, in large quantities. Only when I’m sick is coconut oil edible that way. My body must be telling me something.

If you’ve got a problem that commercial products can’t seem to fix, give coconut oil a try. Coconut oil is a great example of how less is more. Rather than loading up on complex formulas for health and beauty, see if nature doesn’t have a simple answer. Organic, cold-pressed coconut oil, or coconut butter, can be purchased in the refrigerated section of most health food stores for around $10 and it will last for months.

Visit the Coconut Oil page on foodscout.org for tons of great info on the healing and nutritional benefits of this amazing oil.

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22 Responses to “Coconut oil: Is there anything it can’t do?”

  1. Katherine/Aunt Kathie Says:

    I always knew about coconut oil as a moisturizer. I think and a healing agent for scars. I think I used it a gazillion years ago after my surgery to help heal the scar tissue.

    The virus buster thing is fascinating. I think I will get myself some to have on hand. Do you recommend any particular brand?

    You have such a creative way of exploring the world and you have learned to listen to your body. We’d be a healthier happier world if more of us knew how to do that.

  2. vegangirl Says:

    I normally get Nutiva just because it is easy to find, relatively cheap, and it’s organic, cold-pressed, and extra-virgin.

    I tried Artisana once, which is a great brand of nut butters, generally speaking. But their coconut oil was spoiled – it was a weird tan color, with fuzzy whiteness on top, and it tasted just awful. I returned it to the store. Whenever I have looked at their coconut oil, they always have that look to them. I realize it might be in my head, but I’m permanently scarred. However, their nut butters truly are amazing so I’m not saying no one should ever buy their products!

  3. Tami Says:

    I love Jarrow Formula. It’s 100% organic/vegan/expeller pressed/extra virgin and relatively inexpensive and I get it at Henry’s or Whole Foods. (Tastes great as well). There are a few other brands that I’ve tried that are wonderful but more expensive.

  4. Kim Says:

    I love coconut oil, too! Great to use as a deep conditioner for damaged hair. I put it on my heels when they get dried and cracked. And it’s a main ingredient in my vegetarian soap recipe!

  5. Scanner Scott Says:

    It can’t mow my lawn for me. haha
    Thatis good stuff.

  6. Lydia Says:

    Coconut oil can’t be extra virginized…you are wsting your money :D But do agree with all it is a phenomenal product! Make sure yours has atleast 6% Lauric Acid for the best results/product too.

  7. sarah Says:

    it cant save the rainforest – in fact, it destroys it.

    http://www.orangutan.org.au/palmoil
    http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/case_studies/palmoil_index.html

  8. Tiffany Says:

    I have recently started using coconut oil as well! It has done wonders for my eczema, and it’s also a fantastic lubricant for any of life’s situations where you may need to reduce friction ;-)

  9. Luna Says:

    Coconut oil can also be used as a lubricant. No joke. A lot of commercial lubricants have all kinds of bizarre chemicals and compounds in them that can cause UTI’s and yeast infections. Not only does coconut oil feel great it has anti-yeast properties too.

  10. April Says:

    This is a really interesting post. I’m going to try this for my feet. Also you might want to note that people who have high triglycerides should not eat coconut oil, or foods containing it. I really like your blog!

  11. Heidi Says:

    raw organic coconut oil has much more flavor than non-organic. If I ever find it on sale, i buy as much as I can afford. The stuff tastes great, and nothing beats it for popping popcorn. :) I have yet to try it on dry skin, and this is the first I’ve heard about it as a deodorant. I currently use rubbing alcohol, but after tomorrow’s shower, I’m going for the coconut oil. See what happens! mm, and that lubricant idea! *eyebrow thingy*

  12. Andrea Says:

    i had mono and i started taking 10 capsules of coconut oil a day it was gone in a week

  13. Unlikely Aristotle Says:

    How uncanny! I stumbled on this site 3 days after I decided to try a sort of coconut diet! I read up on it a little, kept on hearing about it’s amazing qualities, and decided to try to experiment with coconut oil as an aid to weight loss and chronicle it on my blog.

    Yep, seems like it is a sort of miracle oil!!

  14. EV Says:

    Coconut oil has been such a huge deal in the state of Kerala, India where it’s plentiful. Many women have used it to condition their hair, and I guess that’s how a lot of them have managed to have long, beautiful hair! The brand we use is Parachute…readily available in South Indian grocery stores and inexpensive, too. It’s mainly marketed to be used as a hair conditioner in the t.v. ads, but hey it’s 100% coconut oil, so we use it in cooking.

  15. phee Says:

    Palm oil and coconut oil are not the same thing. So those links that Sarah posted, while worthwhile causes/good reading, do not apply to coconut oil and whether it is a good idea.

  16. vegangirl Says:

    Thanks Phee! I meant to look that up but haven’t had a chance yet. So glad to know that my beloved coconut oil is not the same thing as palm oil (which I have heard terrible things about)!

  17. danae Says:

    Coconut oil is amazing,but I’ve heard some amazing things about moroccan(argan) oil too and I’ve been meaning to try it.have you tried it?

  18. vegangirl Says:

    Danae – I’ve never heard of moroccan oil. Sounds intriguing. Let me know if you try it and what it’s like.

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