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


  1. Tess,

    I love your site! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

    We’ve been cooking with coconut oil for a few months now and find it to be a wonderful replacement for olive and grapeseed oil. Would you mind sharing where you buy and the brand you use for different ailments? For instance, do you use the same for cooking as you do on pancakes? Recently, Finnigan has had an itchy paw so I was curious how you treat your dogs for that (how much do you apply / how often)? Do you use the same kind in your dogs food?
    Oh, I have a serious weakness for Ghirardelli 60% cocoa chips so I’m so excited to try them with coconut oil.

    • Hi Jackie!

      It is good to hear from you and I am so happy that you are enjoying the site! I am having a BLAST doing it…there are just so many things that we have tried over the years that have worked for us that I feel the need to share with whomever will take the time to listen. I buy the coconut oil from a company in the Philippines and always order extra for family and crazy good friends :)! I buy two kinds from this company: 1) a top of the line organic that is processed by hand (it is even washed with the coconut water) and 2) an organic expeller pressed (no chemicals or solvent extracts are used in the process). As you would expect these are a little more expensive than the commercial brands you get in the stores but for us, it is worth the extra. You can actually cook with both but I normally use the first one, as it more expensive, for topical use and ingesting (on toast, pancakes, with the Ghirardelli, etc) and the second one for cooking as it isn’t quite as flavorful and allows the flavor of the foods to shine through as well.

      And now for that sweet Finnigan, it is probably allergies as dogs tend to lick their paws if they are dealing with allergies. Our Gabe is doing the same thing and I am using Colloidal silver and coconut oil at night on his paws and in between his pads when he is really sleepy cause he LOVES coconut oil and will lick it right off~ If it is bugging him during his waking hours, you might try Sulfadene which is for hot spots but this seems to give them some relief as well. I give all of our Goldens the expeller pressed coconut oil in their food. They weight 70 – 80 lbs and get 2 tsp. per day.

      I hope that answers your questions. It is good to ‘talk’ with you!!! You guys take care and come back to visit soon!!!

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