Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acid Reflux
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
- Antibacterial, Antifungal
- Athlete's Foot
- Back Pain
- Bathing: Caution on Slippery Oil
- Belch, Smelly
- Bladder Infections
- Blood Pressure
- Body Temperature, Menstruation
- Canker Sores
- Cheap Coconut Oil Sources
- Chronic Fatigue
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Coconut Oil Alternatives
- Coconut Oil and Hair Dye
- Coconut Oil Application Tips
- Coconut Oil Caveats
- Coconut Oil Ointment
- Coconut Oil Recipes
- Coconut Sugar
- Digestive Issues
- Dry Skin
- Energy Booster
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Fat Stripper
- Gallbladder Pain
- General Feedback
- Genital Warts
- Gum Disease
- Gum in Hair
- Hair Loss
- Head Congestion
- Heart Health
- How to Take Internally
- Ingrown Toenail
- Itchy Skin
- Make Your Own Coconut Oil
- Meningitis, Encephalitis
- Mite Infestation
- Multiple Cures
- Oil Pulling
- Organic Vs. Regular
- Perioral Dermatitis
- Precancerous Skin Lesions
- Primary Complex (Tb of the Lungs)
- Rancid Coconut Oil
- Refined Vs. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Saturated Fat in Coconut Oil
- Shelf Life
- Side Effects
- Sinus, Allergy and Asthma Issues
- Skin Issues
- Skin Lesions
- Smelly Scalp
- Sore Throat Infections, Chronic
- Storing Coconut Oil
- Stretch Marks
- Sweet Cravings
- Ted's Coconut Oil Feedback
- The Elderly and Children
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy: India
02/11/2013: Lilli from Kenmore, Wa: "A friend melts the VCO with dark chocolate (both are good for you) as a treat then pours the mixture in ice cube trays. She uses the VCO that is flavored. You can buy unflavored VCO for cooking. I use mine in green tea, coffee,..."
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How to Take Internally
07/25/2012: Lita from Mandeville, La, St. Tammany Parish: "Hi, I just started a fews things that I got off this website, which by the way I am obessed with. I want to know how can I take the coconut oil? Its seems a bit to much to take by itself, just wanted a few ideas on how I can take it internally. I would like something that I can do everyday without to much hassle.
Thank you, Lita"Replies
07/25/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Lita, There are plenty of ways to get coconut oil into you internally. You can cook with it and I have mixed cacao and honey w/ it for a treat. The easiest way of all I have found, to get it into my body, is in my morning coffee. It tastes good with a subtle coconut taste. Very easy, hassle free! Hope this helps, Lisa"
07/26/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "I like to put coconut oil in my oatmeal. You can just swallow it from a spoon as well but it gets my gag reflex going.... I fry my eggs in it and love using for oriental cooking and curry. Curried butternut squash soup is fabulous with coconut oil in it."
07/26/2012: Lita from Mandeville, La St. Tammany replies: "Thank you that does help but I put the molasses in my coffee. Do you think by puting both it would be to much? Thanks Lita"
07/26/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Lita, That should not be a problem using both in your coffee. I know I have used them both in my coffee and had no problems with the combination. Try it and see what you think. Enjoy, Lisa"
07/26/2012: Sara from The Beach, Canada replies: "Unless you have loose bowel, it would not be too much at once, and very helpful if you have constipation... without giving you diarrhea. Sara"
07/26/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "@Lita: Yesterday, after getting home from work, I decided to try 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a cup of hot water. After it all melted, I sipped it. It was pretty good! I guess the only way to tell, is by trying it! :-)"
07/31/2012: Lita from Mandeville, La replies: "Thank you, I will give it a try."
07/31/2012: Lita from Mandeville, La replies: "Does it make a difference in which molasses you use? I have regular molasses and not the blackstrap. Is there a difference?"
07/31/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon replies: "yes lita, there is a difference. Blackstrap has more nutrients in it but does have a strong flavor that some fine hard to swallow. Regular molasses is usually just used for baked goods. Also, try going to tropical traditions site for a ton of recipes for coconut oil use in food. No, I don't work for them, but they do have a great product and regularly have great specials on thier coconut products that are organic. Thier recipes run from main dish to dessert, vegan, gluten free and meat dishes."
04/19/2013: Gettingearthy replies: "Hi Lisa from Thousand Oaks, CA. Question for you. I am new to EarthClinic and so VERY glad I found this website. I've been taking ACV in my morning water and have found a few other uses for it with positive results. I started OP just this morning and surprisingly, it went well! (I have a strong gag reflex so I thought I couldn't do it but mind over matter.... I did it. Can't wait to reap the benfits of this with time. ) Onto my question, I bought organic CO and use it topically on my face and as an all over moisterizer. My husband uses it on his scalp for his eczema - works VERY well! But to ingest CO... It's in a solid form when you buy it. If I were to just take a tablespoon of it, would I melt it first? I understand if you cook with it, it would melt. Same for putting it in your coffee????? I put a tsp. Of pure cocoa in my coffee for health benefits and I can only imagine CO in my coffee with the cocoa would be pure heaven. I want to start taking more CO for weight loss, too, but not exactly sure how to take it orally. Again, do I melt it first? Sorry if this seems silly. Everyone posts that they take CO daily but don't really say if they warm it up first or swallow it in its solid form. Thank you!!"
05/20/2011: Diamond from Cleveland, England: "hi debbie, thanks for getting back to me, ill start oil pulling tommorrow morning on a empty stomach, starting with a teaspoon first, till I get used to it. I'll post a comment in a week. Im due back at my dentist approx 7 weeks time, which I hope gives the oil time to start healing my gums. thank you."
05/19/2011: Diamond from Cleveland, England: "hi, thankyou debbie, for your last feedback, could you please advise,
after I melt the coconut oil in a bowl, then put it in my mouth, do I just swish it round, then spit it out or do I swallow it. Im so sorry for being a nuisance just being careful. thank you."Replies
05/19/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi Diamond, No, you don't swallow the oil it because you will also swallow the bacteria that has been released by swishing with the oil."
12/10/2012: Sheila from Sandisky, Oh replies: "Hi, for oil pulling: Swish for about 15 minutes then spit it out in the toilet. I usually then swish with a little water then brush my teeth with toothpaste. Some will tell you not to use toothpaste but I just have to. Hope that helps."
05/18/2011: Diamond from Cleveland, England: "hi,
I managed to get from my local health shop today, Unrefined pure coconut oil, I do hope this is the correct one. The texture of it is like lard. Do I just take a teaspoon full chew then to swallow it, or is it just a pinch first to see if I have any adverse reactions to it. I bought it because I have gingivitis I am also taking CoEnzyme Q-10 30mg 3 times a day. Any feedback would be gratefull thanks."Replies
05/18/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Diamond you could put it in a small dish and have it sit over a cup of hot water to melt it or you could put it in your mouth and that will also melt it."
05/19/2011: Linda from York County, Maine, Usa replies: "Hi Diamond - I've had success melting a teaspoon of VCO in my coffee every morning.... Not sure why I chose one teaspoon as I've read where some folks take multiple Tablespoons daily. I can say that I've noticed my teeth are brighter and the wrinkles on my face have plumped-up a bit; I've been doing this for several weeks or to put it another way, I'm halfway through my second jar..... Ingesting it may not result in the same benefits as if you were to pull with it - maybe I'll try that next! Regards, Linda"
[YEA] 04/08/2012: Leslie from St. Louis, Mo replies: "If I may - Dental conditions rather automatically involve swallowing some of the contaminants in your mouth with saliva or food, so it would be a good idea to begin ingesting a separate spoonful of coconut oil just to be on the safe side. It would also help to get into the habit of brushing your tongue and the soft tissues of your mouth with the oil to be thorough.
Let me also add that feeding this to your cat, dog and/or horse will help their teeth and breath also in addition to being very good for their coats and digestion."
[YEA] 04/24/2011: Tanoe Kaku from Tema, Ghana: "Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) in the form of capsules is grossly inadequate to obtain the expected health benefits. VCO is not medicne and does not behave like medicine in the body. VCO is used directly by the cells, just as they use proteins and carbohydrates for the work of the cells. The medium chain fatty acids in VCO are used by the cells for essential services, which make the cells work efferctively and efficiently. Hence, the cells require VCO as regularly as the other food nutrients.
VCO should therefore be considered as a component of food that promotes good health and has the potential to heal many diseases and ailments. VCO works best as it gets ingested with proteins, carbohydrates and other micro-nutients in food.
When VCO is taken as medicine, while processed unsaturated vegetable oils are consumed as food, it is highly unlikely to gain the expected health benefits. Processed unsaturated vegetable oils contain high levels of poly unsaturated fatty acids. These poly unsaturated fatty acids slowly cause many different kinds of diseases and ailments, which may affect the genes and the yet to be born.
When one adopts VCO in order to heal or prevent a disease or an ailment, then it is important that any food containing processed unsaturated vegetable oils be avoided. Further, the quantities of the VCO, as food, should be substantial I. E. Initially about the same volume or weight as the protein, and the carbohydrate level should be reduced considerably. When there is good relieve from the ailment, the quantities of VCO may be reduced to maintenance level and carbohydrate increased.
VCO gives excellent results as part of the normal diet. Raw VCO has no side effects, hence good results are achieved if it is used liberaly and directly as food or as body/hair lotion.
As a matter of interest, apple cider vinegar and fermented foods contain the basic short chain fatty acid, ascetic acid, which is used by the cells in the same manner as the cell uses the fatty acids in VCO to prevent and heal diseases."
[QUESTION] 09/30/2009: Giglez2u from Morrill, Ne, United States: "Okay, I have a couple of questions about vco. First, when taking it internally, exactly how much? I am completely unfamiliar with this stuff... Sencondly, I am reading that it can be used in place of moisturizers and conditioners for hair/skin. Again, how much? I have dry/oily skin in places and have color-treated hair (quite oily though) I don't want to make my problems worse by over-moisturizing. But, I'm seeing that the benefits far outweigh the negs, so I am going to try this. Any feedback would be appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!!"
[YEA] 04/23/2009: LaToya from Bronx, NY: "I've started using VCO recently. I mix a teaspoon into my hot coffee. It tastes great, actually. Don't know if thats an ideal way to take it, but it tastes good."Replies
04/23/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "OMG I love this site. Sorry, this is about my 4th post in 2 weeks. I just wanted to say, I put coconut oil in my coffee too. It took me months to get off of a well known powdered coffee creamer. And boy do I love my coffee, it just wasn't the same without the creamy taste of the hydrogenated fat I was trying to avoid. But I finally made the switch to real milk in my coffee instead (now if I can just find a sub for the milk, haha). Recently, I thought I would try the coconut oil in my coffee (about 1/4 tsp. per cup) and Guess what, It reminds me of my forever longed for coffee creamer. I love it and recommend it."
EC: No need to apologize -- we love multiple posts. Send as many as you wish!
06/22/2009: Bewitching from Phoenix, AZ replies: "I have a dairy allergy, so I now use coconut milk in my coffee instead of cream. I buy the highest fat content milk I can find that is not preserved with any kind of sulfur product. I buy it at the local Asian store."
11/11/2009: Lemonsour from London, England replies: "Hi, I just found this site and have started on some of the most popular practices...basically Apple Cider Vinegar and Virgin Coconut Oil. I only started today so i am hoping to see some good results over the coming weeks. Just wanted to add to this thread, that i took ur advice and add one teaspoon to my coffee twice a day....and i think it tastes great! The boiling water melts the VCO quickly, and very easy to drink. So thanks for the tip. I have also started drinking one teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water, which is fine to be honest...not hard to drink at all. Now i just hope i get even a few of the great things stated on this website..fingers crossed!!"
11/14/2009: Rccola from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA replies: "You can put coconut oil into gel capsules it works great! No bad taste at all. If you can't get to a store to purchase the gel caps then just get an old prescription and empty them out. Make sure you get all the contents out of the capsule and then fill it with the coconut oil, then swallow. Problem solved. :)"
02/24/2010: Stacey from Fayetteville, Nc replies: "You can get gel capsules at your local vitamin/supplement store."
02/04/2011: Danhar from Alamogordo, New Mexico replies: "Any information on use of coconut oil for treatment or use on mouth sores due to chemotherapy?"
10/09/2011: Dreamerbob from San Diego, Ca replies: "We keep a jar of VCO mixed up with cocoa and stevia. Take a spoonful several times a day and let it melt in the mouth. Tastes yummy."
09/16/2012: Kat from Long Island, New York replies: "I have been taking it like a pill. I just take a spoonful, let it melt for a couple seconds in my mouth then drink water and swallow... It's just like swallowing a pill. Super easy."
02/11/2013: Lilli from Kenmore, Wa replies: "A friend melts the VCO with dark chocolate (both are good for you) as a treat then pours the mixture in ice cube trays. She uses the VCO that is flavored. You can buy unflavored VCO for cooking. I use mine in green tea, coffee, and toss a blob in with any hot food I am cooking like stews and soups. The flavored VCO is great in Indian and other Asian dishes."
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Tina from River John, Nova Scotia, Canada: "I have come up with a great way to take black strap molasses and virgin coconut oil. I make fudge out of three ingredients. I take 2 tbls BSM, 2 TBLS VCO, 2 TBLS OF a peanut butter or any nut butter preferably organic but not necessary, I have even used nutella. I melt VCO by putting it in a dish placed in sink with hot waterfor a slow melt. Add the peanut butter mix until smooth and add the BSM mix until smooth. Pour into a flat dish and refrigerate until hard. Then I cut it into one tbls size squares.I take one square in the am and one in the pm.some would want to increase the amount of intake, but this is the right amount for me. i also take the weekend off from consuming this. I make this every few days so that it is always fresh. I would love some feedback on this if you like it or if someone sees a problem with taking it this way. Hope this helps people to stomach some of the things that can be hard to take. This actually tastes all right.
10/02/2009: Virginia from Cape Coral, Fl replies: "I read that you should not use nut butters - maybe that's just when you're cleansing?"
10/11/2009: Bunny from Santa Ana, Ca replies: "Peanuts are often contaminated with fungus. Tree nuts, too. Coconuts don't seem to have this problem."
05/31/2011: Bwana Mike from Kilauea, Hi replies: "In my studies of health issues peanuts often have aflatoxins that are carcinogenic and were linked to cancers of the liver in The China Study by T. Colin Campbell pg. 34-36. It was moldy peanuts used in Peanut butter (in the Phillipines) and corn that caused children in their study to die of cancer of the liver at early ages and adults when the reached around 40's. Whether higher standards are kept now there or elsewhere I do not know. In a recent book on raw foods diet it stated that all raw peanuts have the same AF toxins. I'd suggest to try another nutbutter like almond if you are seriously concerned about your health unless you have an allergy or intolerance to all nuts ground and tree. Do your own research if you will."
[YEA] 11/17/2008: Susan from Higganum, Connecticut: "How to take Coconut Oil recipe suggestion
I have been mixing 1 tsp EVCO (you don't need to melt it) with a 1/2 tsp peanut butter! I take it twice a day. It's actually pretty good! Enjoy! Susan"
11/04/2008: Mary Ann from Rural, South Africa: "Please help. I would like to start taking CO, being in Africa Im not sure if the coconut oil I have can be ingested. or if one can only apply it. My daughter who is a great believer in using it on her hair left it with me. It is called Pure Coconut Oil and is in solid form, althought when warmed becomes clear oil. It has no smell or perhaps faintly. I am not sure what the appearance should be.
EC: Mary Ann, can you tell us the name of the manufacturer? We can do more research about the brand with that information.
11/06/2008: Mary Ann from Rural, South Africa replies: "Thank you so much. The name on the bottle is Hercules Pure Coconut Oil. I am not sure if Hercules is the manufactures name, but there is no other reference on the bottle. It is sold in the Medicinal Section in supermarkets and I think in Pharmacies as well."
EC: Sorry, can't find any information on this product! Anyone have ideas about coconut oil not marked for internal consumption?
11/07/2008: Haycee from Gauteng, South Africa replies: "Hercules coconut oil is distributed by Enaleni Pharmaceuticals, which was recently bought by the Indian Marico group. It is marketed as a hair care product and I am not sure whether or not it is suitable for internal use - it does not have the characteristic coconut smell. However, organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is sold under the Crede Natural Oils label and is available in 400ml bottles at most health shops at a cost of around R70."
10/28/2008: London from Sandusky, Ohio: "I've heard so many good things about this. My problem is, coconut oil taste so gross by itself on a tablespoon. How can you take coconut oil without wanting to wretch? It makes me nauseous, when I do manage to choke it down. I know they use to use coconut oil in baked goods a long time ago, because it was the only stable cooking oil that kept for long periods of time. It tastes great in small amounts, just not in great heaping tablespoons.
Otherwise, it makes a great skin moisturizer out of the shower. Smells good too."
10/28/2008: Sandra from Grosse Pointe, Michigan replies: "Hello everyone, I love this site. Thanks to everyone who contributes to it in one way or another, also thanks to the wonderful people maintaining it, I can only imagine the amount of work that must go into it.
As for the coconut oil, I too find the taste very unpleasant (and the texture too, I live in a cold place and the oil is often in solid form), but the way I get around it is by adding about 1 1/2 teaspoons to a bowl of lentils, I usually cook lentils (with turmeric, cayenne, tomatoes and other spices) over the weekend and during the week, I reheat them in a pan, and then add the coconut oil to the bowl. It is a great improvement in taste. I hope this helps."
[YEA] 05/29/2009: Cheryl from Houston, TX replies: "I mix 2 t. of the EVCO with 6 oz. yogurt, 1/4 C. blueberries and 1/2 C. granola. It tastes great!"
05/03/2010: Jacki from Seattle, Wa replies: "Hi Sandra: could you share your lentil receipe that you add the coconut oil too. Thanks"
05/30/2010: Conspiracytheorist from Calgary, Ab replies: "I use coconut oil on my skin after showers, it amounts to about 3 tbs. Once absorbed, wouldn't it be the same thing? no need to ingest it as your skin is a large organ."
06/05/2011: Natural Remedy Believer from Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa replies: "Hi all,
ABSORPTION OF COCONUT OIL VIA SKIN
Coconut oil is not a 'thin' enough oil to allow for true absorption through the skin. As far as I know, only essential oils are able to do this. All other oils only seal; hence the use of oils for massage. It does, however, seal the skin and assist with dryness. Ingestion would be more advisable for medicinal use.
CANDIDA ALBICANS TREATMENT
"The active ingredients in Coconut Oil are Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid. These medium-chain saturated fatty acids are potent antimicrobial agents. They kill bacteria, viruses and fungi by causing their cell walls to disintegrate.
There are studies1 that show how all the fatty acids work together to kill Candida albicans. Another study 2 shows that Coconut Oil is as effective as fluconazole (Diflucan). It goes so far as to say; 'Coconut Oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species. ' " Refer to the link below for more detail and info on how this oil works.
Also perhaps bear in mind that fatty acids are not meant to be exposed to heat, since this kills the medicinal properties of the oils. Hence the need for coldpressed oils.
I personally mix mine with full cream plain yoghurt, macadamia nut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Full cream plain yoghurt also has live a & b cultures which assist with digestion, similar to pro-biotics."
[YEA] 08/13/2008: Karen from Santa Clarita, CA: "I've just started taking Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for psoriasis. I always use a pendulum to assess proper dosages when taking herbs or supplements. You can use anything that dangles (I've even used my key chain) and I've made pendulums from a paper clip or safety pin attached to a thread. Hold the item in your left hand and hold the pendulum in your right hand over the object as you ask the question for a "yes" or "no" response. If the pendulum swings from left to right as when a person motions "no" the answer is no. If the pendulum swings from north to south as in a person motioning "yes" then the answer is yes. Or if the pendulum swings clockwise the answer is "yes" and if it swings counterclockwise the answer is no. Simple. In the case of EVCO I first asked "Would it be beneficial for me to take this EVCO now?" The answer was "yes". Then I asked if it would be beneficial to take 1 Tbs. The answer was "no". I asked if it would be beneficial to take 2 tsp. The answer was "no". Then I asked if it would be beneficial to take 1 tsp. The answer was "no". From there I knew I had to take either more than 1 Tbs. or less than 1 tsp. So I asked if it would be beneficial to take 1/2 tsp. and the answer was "yes"! I had my correct dosage for my body. Interestingly, after taking 1/2 tsp. EVCO I had a queasy stomach, but didn't get sick. Imagine how I would have felt had I just gone ahead and taken 1 Tbs. without checking with the pendulum! I will continue with the 1/2 tsp. dosage until my body tells me to increase or decrease the dosage. I hope this will help you too. Karen"Replies
08/06/2009: Shari from Houston, Tx replies: "This pendulum trick sounds like a Ouiji board!"
EC: Actually, the pendulum swing is a well-known dowsing technique!
10/09/2011: Dreamerbob from San Diego, Ca replies: "We use a pendulum to communicate with our sub-conscience mind. That is probably what you are getting, the answer from your sub-conscience mind."
05/26/2008: Wendy from Titusville, Florida: "My favorite ways to use coconut oil - as a butter substitute in hot cereals (oatmeal, ect), on toast, or waffles, or vegatables, I also use it in the pan for cooking my egg whites. when I try to put it in my shakes it gets hard and flakey- which I do not like. I also use it on my skin. I get about 1 tbs per day. Also just started trying Blackstrap molasses today. will report benefits in a few weeks- I hope."
05/18/2008: Floss from Philadelphia, Pa: "I take my coconut oil in hot tea or warm to hot water, and also in the morning I make a smoothie and add that in last...Have been taking it since Aug of 2007, and lost 20 lbs and an added benefit was that it reduced my Cholesterol and Triglycerides..I was able to get off of the medicine that the Dr. had prescribed..."Replies
03/12/2010: Jenni from Clarksville, Tn replies: "It's excellent in the instant hot chocolate, too. It seems to make it a lot richer...yum!"
[YEA] 04/10/2008: Joanna from Lansdowne, PA: "I tried Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil for the 1st time a few days ago and I was okay. It felt funny going down though and it made me feel kinda a weird. I've taken 2 teaspoons with concord grape juice. It was a great combination and the taste was out of this world (very delicious). I will gradually use this product for my thyroid condition, due to reading great articles and other responders of how great EVOCO is for health. With everything I suggest you start off with lose dose. I wouldn't go my the recommended dose on the package. 2-3 tablespoon seems to be too much, unless you are cooking with it. Taking that much orally is too much and you would get sick. I used it with juice and it felt a little weird, because it do not vaporate and I had to swallow a lump of EVOCO, but I didn't get sick. Thank God. I will skip a day and then use it again, but only 1 tsp. Be careful everyone, don't overdo it. :)"Replies
05/13/2008: Mel from Toronto, Canada replies: "I was wondering if Coconut oil was supposed to be sweet. I guess I am really naive when it comes these things since we are just starting to get into treating ourselves in a healthy manner instead of conventional MDs (not that there is anything wrong with that). I got some 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil. It was solid with a dark sediment. I stirred it but did not scrap the bottom and then took a spoonful and swallowed it. It was not what I was expecting and had to drink water to not gag. It this normal?"