Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.
Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi 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 acids, 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.
Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist (PC 6) and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
Nose 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!
Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue 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 level.
Vitamin and nutrient absorption – makes fat-based nutrients more available to the body – ie. vitamin A, D, E, K
Weight loss – the saturated fats 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
Acid Reflux/ Indigestion – if taken after a meal
Adrenal and Chronic Fatigue
Allergies – seasonal hay fever
Asthma – even in children
Bowel function – constipation, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), gut infections
Bronchial Infections and Cystic Fibrosis
Cancer – has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer
Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
Poor Circulation – 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 brushing
Colds and Flues – as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent
Mild Depression and Cognitive Dis-ease – in conjunction with CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), fish oil and other treatment strategies
Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and helps with cravings
Epilepsy – known to reduce epileptic seizures
Flaky, Dry Skin – poor oil intake often results in dry skin and dandruff
Gallbladder 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
H. pylori – oral intake. Occasionally, antibiotic treatment may be necessary.
Heart Disease – protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis
Hemorrhoids – can applied externally or internally twice a day
Immune System Builder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – alternating diarrhea and constipation are key signs of IBS
Kidney Disease and Stones – aids in dissolving small stones
Menstruation Relief – regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
Migraines – with regular use
Periodontal Disease and Tooth Decay
Prostate Enlargement – BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia
Stomach Ulcers – helps soothe stomach lining and limit H. pylori growth
Thyroid Function – can help regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid
Urinary Tract Infections and Bladder Infections
COCONUT OIL AND TOPICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
– when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues
Acne – Often acne prone skin is actually too dry, which signals your glands to produce more oil and clogs the pores.
Head Lice – topical application
Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.
Back Pain and Sore Muscles
Boils and Cysts
Circumcision healing – although I don’t support circumcision, coconut oil may help with healing.
Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies
Ear infection – place a few drops of coconut and garlic oil inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.
Genital Warts – genital warts 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
Herpes – 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 or ligament problems
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Promotes the healing – when applied topically to cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Clears up skin conditions – such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
Disinfects cuts – and promotes wound healing
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
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Makes coats – coat becomes sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections – including candida
Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
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.
Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects 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 fats in soap.