Coconut Oil

Oh my goodness…what a Godsend! We use coconut oil for cooking and for a myriad of ailments. Curious? I will gladly share the many ways we have found to apply this fibrous, one-seeded drupe into our lives and the numerous benefits we have reaped from it.

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Can coconut oil lower cholesterol?  I have gotten this question a lot as of late so when I ran across this article from People’s Pharmacy I knew I had to share:

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Q. The secret for lowering my hubby’s cholesterol about 100 points was to eliminate all unnatural oils.

I wouldn’t allow him to take the medications. I’d been brainwashed about using vegetable oils years ago and they made his cholesterol numbers worse.

Finally I decided we would go all natural. I’d hoped that adding all these saturated oils would lower his numbers, and they did!

We use only organic oils–coconut, palm, olive, butter and regular rice bran oil. I also save the drippings from our organic bacon to use in cooking. I make mayonnaise using almond oil or other natural oils such as avocado. I have a wand blender that makes it easy to whip up the mayo in a jar.

The other benefits of eating these natural oils is that it does wonders for our skin. I’m 66 and people often comment on how good my skin looks. I don’t use commercial creams either.

A. Avoiding trans fats found in shortening and some commercial mayonnaise can help get cholesterol under control. It comes as a great shock to people to learn that saturated fats such as coconut or palm oil don’t necessarily raise cholesterol levels. We have been so accustomed to hearing that sat-fat is bad that we take it as an article of faith.

A study several years ago demonstrated that consuming palm oil did not raise blood lipids or LDL cholesterol (Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion, Jun, 2002).

One study of medical students in Brazil suggested that palm oil might actually lower triglycerides (Nutrition, Jan. 2008).

Even more surprising was a study comparing dietary soybean oil to coconut oil. The group of women who were randomized to coconut oil had higher levels of good HDL cholesterol and a lower LDL:HDL ratio. They also had a better waist circumference after weeks of consuming coconut oil. Those consuming soybean oil experienced an increase in total cholesterol and LDL:HDL ratio and had reductions in good HDL cholesterol. The authors concluded, “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.” (Lipids, July, 2009)

We recognize that this flies in the face of conventional dietary wisdom. Because we do not know exactly how your body will react to palm oil or coconut oil, we think the best approach is to pay attention to your lipids with periodic blood tests. That way you can track the approach that offers you the biggest benefit.

And there you have it!   You all know I am an avid supporter of coconut oil and the many positive results we have experienced since we started using it about two years ago.  Bottom line…we are all individuals…what works for one may not work for another so…give it a go and have your periodic blood tests to see how your body is reacting to it.  All I can tell ya is that it works for us!!!

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil?  You Bet!

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil? You Bet!

Yesterday must have been ‘coconut’ day because I received numerous emails asking questions about coconut and its uses.  I was thinking that I really needed to add some additional info about this crazy good creation on the CGC (Crazy Good Creations) website when….

As fate would have it (yes, the universe really does work in our favor – when we ALLOW it), a friend sent me this link citing some of the evidence-based medicinal properties of  coconut oil. The article is from the webpage and was written by Sayer Ji:

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include:

  • Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]
  • Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).[ii]
  • Healing WoundsCoconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial.  Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]  Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]
  • NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.[vi]
  • Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”[vii]
  • Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.[viii]
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.[ix]
  • Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it.  Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.[x]
  • Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.[xi] [Note: Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]
  • Sunscreen: Coconut oil has been shown to block out UV rays by 30%. Keep in mind that this is good, insofar as UVA rays are damaging to the skin, whereas UVB rays are highly beneficial (when exposure is moderate).[i]  Make sure to check this list of other sun-blocking oils.

Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm.  Each component, including coconut hull fibercoconut protein and coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.


  • [i] Mark A Reger, Samuel T Henderson, Cathy Hale, Brenna Cholerton, Laura D Baker, G S Watson, Karen Hyde, Darla Chapman, Suzanne Craft . Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adultsNeurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4. PMID: 15123336
  • [iii] K G Nevin, T Rajamohan . Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skincomponents and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 ;23(6):290-7. Epub 2010 Jun 3. PMID: 20523108
  • [xi] Mouna Abdelrahman Abujazia, Norliza Muhammad, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Ima Nirwana Soelaiman. The Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil on Bone Oxidative Status in Ovariectomised Rat.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 ;2012:525079. Epub 2012 Aug 15. PMID: 22927879

About the Author:

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on,,,, and

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

So, here’s the deal (my family and many of my friends can vouch for this)…we have been using coconut oil for over a year now…and I do mean using it…in everything and on everything!

I don’t remember who in our family had an ailment or what the ailment was BUT being the ‘Research Queen’, as I am affectionately called (I think it is with affection…hmmmm…will think about that later), I took to the internet with a vengeance to find a holistic, homeopathic or natural solution for their ailment.

Thus began my journey with coconut oil.  Lo and behold, a year later it becomes the buzz word in the market place (this happens to me ALL OF THE TIME, seriously)!  If you HAVEN’T heard about coconut oil and seen it appearing on market shelves in the past couple of months, well…I thought I didn’t get out much!  🙂

We were soooo amazed with this miracle drupe’s benefits that we talked about it…a lot…people started asking questions…a lot…so I compiled a ‘one-sheet’ (yep, there goes that ‘teacher-thing’ again) based on our uses/successes to give to people who were interested.  Since people are still asking, here ya go:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

The average shelf life is up to 2 years.  It will become a liquid at 76 degrees and will become solid if its temperature is below that.  It can be used as a liquid or a solid and changing back and forth between the two does not affect the quality of the oil at all.

Based on my research, the recommendation for ingestion is up to 3 – 3.5 tablespoons per day; however, this is something that should be done gradually as it will clean out the impurities in your system and if done too rapidly can cause diarrhea.  We started out with 1 teaspoon three times per day for several days and then gradually increased that amount every 3 – 5 days until we worked our way up to the 3 tablespoons every day.

Organic Virgin Gold Coconut Oil 

The oil we use is the best and highest quality coconut oil I have been able to find.  It is also the most nutritious with more antioxidants (clinically proven) but, because it is grown organically at the base of a volcano in the Philippines and is processed the old-fashioned way (by hand using the coconut’s water for purity), it has a strong, unique coconut smell and taste. The taste may also vary slightly from batch to batch.  It can be ingested or applied topically.

Organic Expeller – Pressed Coconut Oil 

This is a high quality refined organic coconut oil.  This particular company does not use chemicals or solvent extracts in the processing.  This is the oil to use when you don’t want much flavor so I use this one for cooking most of the time.  It is bland enough to let the flavors of the other foods come through, and yet, it compliments everything I have cooked with it thus far.  I have done everything from searing/frying meats, to frying okra, sweet potatoes, french fries, adding it to legumes and popping popcorn…yea, everything!  It is the oil I cook with most and my family loves it!

Ways we get our daily-recommended dosage:

  • Cooking
  • Use on toast, pancakes, waffles  instead of butter
  • I love it in my coffee but some people get choked drinking it so be careful…it is hot oil at that point, too
  • Use in homemade salad dressings instead of/in combination with olive oil
  • Coconut oil from the refrigerator and Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips-just dip your chocolate chip in soft coconut oil and eat…this tastes like an almond joy and is our dessert most evenings

Topical uses thus far consist of the following:

  • Add it to my bath water or apply it while in the shower, then rinse and pat dry
  • Arthritis aches and pains – ingesting it helps with this also
  • Brown spots
  • Bruises
  • Cuts/Scrapes
  • Moisturizer for lines around my eyes, lips (I apply my make up over it and love the healthy glow – just be careful not to get it in your eyes because it makes your vision blurry for a while)
  • Make up remover (Again, it will cause your vision to be blurry momentarily if you get it in your eyes.)
  • Mouth ulcers (swish with it)
  • Poison oak, ivy…anything that itches
  • Sore throat (gargle with it)
It also doesn’t hurt that we notice an increase in energy when we get our daily allotment…who doesn’t need more energy these days?

Pet Uses:

We use it on our Golden Retrievers for ear issues, abrasions, itchy paws,  etc.  We put it in their food daily to keep their digestive tracts healthy, as well as to aid with more supple joints.

If you would like to know more about the particular coconut oil we use leave me a comment or contact me (select ‘CONTACT’ at top of webpage) and I will be more than happy to share the information.

Of course, I am no doctor and do not pretend to be.  I have researched via the internet and tried many holistic/natural remedies and coconut oil has worked for me and mine.  I recommend that everyone do their own research for their particular situation to ensure there will be no adverse interactions with their conditions or with any chemicals (medications from physicians) they may be taking.

I hope you find this information helpful.  We will be adding more data/facts as we experience it and would love to hear how you use coconut and how it has helped you.

Blessings, Love and Light…always!

P.S.  The two books in the picture are jammed packed with good info, as well as some recipes :

The Coconut Oil Miracle, Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Brian & Marianita Jader Shilhavy