By Dr. Alison Chen HBSc,ND
Coconut (C. nucifera) belongs to the Arecaceae (Palmae) family and the subfamily Cocoideae.
The flesh of the coconut is very high in healthy fat
s. The composition of fat
varies depending on the type and processing of the oil. Medium-chain saturated fat
s make up pproximately 90% of coconut oil with a slight contribution of mono-unsaturated fat
s and poly-unsaturated fat
What's so good about Medium Chain fat
Medium-chain saturated fat
s (MCFA's) are easily digested, absorbed, and utilized by the body, while freely crossing the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form, which means it can be used by the brain as an energy source but also for neurological health.
What's also great is that virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is affordable, readily available, delicious and completely natural. It's also:
Anti-carcinogenic-(prevents the spread of Cancer
cells and enhances the Immune
es, yeast, Fungi
(protects against free-radical formation and damage)
Improves nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes fat
-based vitamins more available to the body - ie. vitamin A, D, E, K)
Nontoxic to humans and animals
Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene and the Body
Age Spots-(also known as Liver
spots) - applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.
After Shave-coconut oil will help heal your Skin
after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!
Baldness-combine coconut oil with lavender, rosemary, thyme, cedarwood, Jojoba oil, Grapeseed/ castor oil and a little cayenne pepper. Apply three times a day (or before bed) to affected area of Hair
loss and massage in. Coconut oil and these essential oils supports cell Regeneration
Body Scrub-mix coconut oil and salt 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.
-applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing Swelling
-when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
-apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent Scarring
and promotes healing.
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!
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
-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
-coconut oil alone can be used as a Deodorant
, but even more effective in combination with ornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda.
Salve-very comforting on a Rash
y bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth Diaper
Eye cream-apply under the eyes
to reduce puffiness, bags and Wrinkles
. Use on the lids in the evening.
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.
/ 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.
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
Healing-when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the Wound
from outside dust, Bacteria
. 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.
Lubricant-it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant for masturbation and sex. Not compatible with latex!
Makeup Remover-use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
Massage Oil-pretty simple; grab some and rub!
-simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face. Often lotions are water-based and can dry out your Skin
Nipple Cream-works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry Nipples
. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your Nipples
Fix-prone to oily Skin
or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce oil Gland
stimulation. Often Acne
is actually too dry, which signals your Gland
s to produce more oil and clogs the pores.
Pre-Shave-coconut oil will prep Skin
for the pending damage caused by shaving.
Conditions-coconut oil can relieves Skin
problems such as Psoriasis
, and Eczema
-coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged Skin
. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
Sun Burn Relief-rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.
-It's not high, but coconut oil does have an SPF of around 4.
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.
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
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.
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
Breastfeeding-for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
and Teeth-coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of Bones
-the saturated fat
s in coconut oil help control Parasites
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 Acid
s, making you healthier all around.
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
Insulin Support-Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.
Function-increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
-rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist (PC 6) and forearm to calm an upset Stomach
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. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages.
Gum Health-oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
Relief-relieve mental fat
igue 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
Vitamin and nutrient absorption-makes fat
-based nutrients more available to the body - ie. vitamin A, D, E, K
Weight loss- the saturated fat
s contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings.
Mental Cognition and Productivity-medium chain triglycerides freely pass the blood-brain barrier and allows an alternate source of energy to improve cognition.
Coconut Oil for Internal Health Problems-when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, and relieving these health issues
-if taken after a meal
and Chronic fat
-seasonal hay Fever
-even in children
, IBD (inflammatory Bowel
disease), gut Infection
s and Cystic Fibrosis
-has been shown to prevent Colon
and breast Cancer
-improves HDL (good Cholesterol
) to LDL (bad Cholesterol
) ratio in people with high Cholesterol
-feeling cold all the time or Edema
, especially in the extremities, apply coconut oil to the Skin
in a light circular pattern towards the Heart
. Similar to Dry Skin
and Flues-as an anti-microbial and Anti-inflammatory
and Cognitive Dis-ease-in conjunction with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), fish oil and other treatment strategies
-helps keep Blood Sugar
levels stable and helps with cravings
Epilepsy-known to reduce Epileptic
Flaky, Dry Skin
-poor oil intake often results in Dry Skin
Disease-dietary oils can help increase bile flow, which can be helpful for gallBladder
issues, but possibly harmful (ie. GallStones
Gas-foul gas is often due to imbalance in the gut Bacteria
. Coconut oil is a mild anti-microbial to help re-establish healthy gut flora
-oral intake. Occasionally, Antibiotic
treatment may be necessary.
from injury that causes atherosclerosis
-can applied externally or internally twice a day
are key signs of IBS
Disease and Stones
-aids in dissolving small Stones
Menstruation Relief-regarding Pain
and heavy blood flow
s-with regular use
Disease and Tooth decay
Enlargement-BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia
-helps soothe Stomach
lining and limit H. Pylori
Function-can help regulates an overactive or underactive Thyroid
s and Bladder Infection
Coconut Oil and Topical Health Problems-when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues
is actually too dry, which signals your Gland
s to produce more oil and clogs the pores.
Head Lice-topical application
-rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
and Sore Muscle
Circumcision healing- coconut oil may help with healing.
-rub coconut oil on the Chest
and under the Nose
when congested from a cold or Allergies
-place a few drops of coconut and garlic oil inside the ear twice daily for relief from Pain
. Also fights the Infection
often go away on their own after 2 years of the initial Infection
. Addition of topical coconut oil application over 6 month may be helpful
Gum Disease, Gingivitis
and Canker Sores
-use as a toothpaste or rub directly on Gums
-applied topically and taken internally
Hives-reduces the itch and Swelling
Pink eye-applied around and in the eye
BONUS: 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.
Aids healing of Digestive
disorders-like inflammatory Bowel
syndrome and Colitis
Aids in Arthritis
Aids in elimination of Hair
balls and Cough
Promotes the healing-when applied topically to cuts, Wound
s, hot spots, Dry Skin
Clears up Skin
conditions-such as Eczema
, flea Allergies
, contact Dermatitis
, and itchy Skin
Disinfects cuts-and promotes Wound
Great for dogs and cats for general wellness-Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
Helps prevent or control Diabetes
Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic- 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.
Helps reduce weight-increases energy
and nutrient absorption
Makes coats-coat becomes sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and Fungal Infection
Reduces allergic reactions and improves Skin
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal Thyroid
BONUS: Other Uses for Coconut Oil
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!
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.
repellent- mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed Skin
. Keeps Insect
s off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.
Moisturizing and cleaning leather products
Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls
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.
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.
Seasoning animal hide drums
Soap making- coconut oil can be used as one of the fat
s in soap.