Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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
- Coconut Oil Alternatives
- Coconut Oil and Hair Dye
- Coconut Oil and the Liver
- 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
- Mouth Issues
- Multiple Cures
- Oil Pulling
- Organic Vs. Regular
- Perioral Dermatitis
- 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
- Smelly Scalp
- Sore Throat Infections, Chronic
- Storing Coconut Oil
- Stretch Marks
- Sweet Cravings
- Ted's Coconut Oil Feedback
- The Elderly and Children
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy: India
[YEA] 01/30/2006: Dorinda from York, NY: "I've have been using coconut oil for over a year and it has given my skin a beautiful sheen... I no longer have dry, scaly skin; and it has helped my hair. I make bran muffins with it; stir fries, Thai food, and I put it in my protein shakes and often use it to make omelets. Also it is wonderful for a foot rub.. dishpan hands. I now can eat it right off a spoon."Replies
12/14/2008: Laurie from Sudbury, Ontario replies: "Hi , can you please please tell me how much one uses on face and body and how often , do u leave it on or rinse it off. Same with the hair. No one ever says ingredients.Thanks"
[YEA] 02/24/2009: Nanci from Niagara Falls, NY replies: "I have used it all over & here's what I do - I keep some in a rubbermaid container (with the top on) that I toss into he tub while I shower. The heat makes it melty, so then I just pour it onto my palm afterwards & slather it everywhere. I also use it on my hair like a hot oil treatment before a shampoo.
For internal use: I soften it & pour it into those little candy molds & chill it, then eat them. My dog comes running when she hears me getting it out so she can have her VCO. (I saw a recipe here that mixes it with cocoa & honey) In the summer I use it before sun exposure - and gently tan without peeling.
You should only buy the Virgin Coconut Oils like Nutiva. If you're going to bother doing it, use the one that will give you the most benefits and have best quality.
http://nutiva.com/products/10_coconut.php find it on Amazon, Swanson, Vitacost etc."
[NAY] 11/30/2007: Kay from Toronto, Canada: "Hi everyone. I've been ingesting and using 100% pure organic coconut oil since October 2007. I have excema and keratosis pilaris. I've found that my keratosis has gotten better, practicaly non existent, but my excema has worsened. I find that it is drying on my skin and I would need to keep moisturizing constantly throughout the day which is no good. Not sure if that is just because of the cleansing properties of the coconut oil and the toxins are just making their way out of my system or not .. but my excema has definitely not improved. in fact, i've developed a whole new kind of rash. kind of a blistery raised looking rash. I had to switch back to using Aveeno on my skin and just ingesting the coconut oil. Has this happened to anyone else?? Should I be drinking more water? I only take a teaspoon of the oil a day and drink aloe vera juice as well, twice a day. should I just continue to take the oil and put it on my skin?"Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/24/2008: Emma from South Island, New Zealand replies: "i have using vco on my face as i have very sensitive skin around my chin and get acne there, although my spots are seeming at bay the rest of my skin on my face seems to be coming out in a kind of red rash with little itchy raised bumps around th bridge of my nose etc.and my skin seems so dry and flaky, i wonder if its cleansing properties are just too strong for regular use on my skin. has anyone else experienced this reaction? Have only been using for about 5 days morn and night."
07/26/2008: Che from Roxas City, Philippines replies: "To Emma of New Zealand: The reaction that VCO has gotten to your face is just a natural reaction as VCO is known for its natural antibiotic. Physician's usually prescribes to use the antibiotic for 7 days. Allow a day for your face to rest by instead pitting an eggwhite on your skin and chin, then the next day continue your VCO and observe the reaction."
[YEA] 10/28/2009: Tracy from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "I developed eczema (atopic dermatitis) as a result of intense exposure to allergens roughly 2.5 years ago. Several dermatologists and allergists were unable to offer anything beyond antihistimines and steroids. At one point I was taking 5 different antihistamines a day. I was so itchy and miserable I could barely function. But since I was awake for hours at night, I used the time to search the internet for possible answers/cures. Here is what ultimately worked for me: topical use of coconut oil several times a day (I actually make my own blend of coconut and olive oils now as well as a body butter by adding beeswax) and oral use of 1 evening primrose oil capsule per day (EPO contains GLA, which is good for eczema). I also try to cook with coconut oil and use it whenever possible instead of butter or olive oil. (Makes great popcorn.) It took over two years to figure this all out, but my eczema has been gone for two months now and I feel like a new/normal person without taking a bunch of drugs."
12/28/2009: Alinzer from Port Matilda, Pa replies: "Emma from New Zealand - The rash you are describing on your face could be a sign of Lupus - please see your doctor and take that into account if necessary. Best Wishes. Alinzer, a veterinary science writer"
12/30/2009: Sara from Mesa, Az replies: "A few years ago I was diagnosed with eczema on my face. It would appear in patches or on my eyelids. When I finally got the proper diagnosis, the doc gave me some topical steroids (which I barely used cause it seemed a bit harsh) and told me to buy a bar of soap. I think it has zinc and some other ingredients in it. The bar saved my face!
The coconut oil might not be working because my doc explained the type of eczema like this: your face might be oily or dry, but either way there will be some oil on your skin. Your body might start producing more oil based on hormone changes. The excess oil clogs the pores and the cycle begins. It seems kind of counter intuitive, cause my face never seemed oily, just dry. The coconut oil might just be adding more oil to the problem.
One the other hand, coconut oil has saved my feet. I actually have another kind of eczema on my feet. Cocount oil is the only thing I've found so far that will keep it at bay."
[NAY] 12/15/2011: Help Me :( from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I'm 16 years old going on 17 and I've had eczema my whole life. I've tried extra virgin coconut oil 100% natural and all. My eczema worsened by a lot!! I was so upset and depressed and this happened during my finals. I just don't understand how it worked for so many people but not for me. I feel like there's no hope. What's worse is that now I have keratosis pilaris all over my stomach and back.
I did this treatment for 1 month hoping and praying it will work. The result I got was eczema all over my body. I just wanted to die. Anyways, I'm just wondering where I went wrong. During that month I've applied Virgin Coconut Oil every day all the time and nothing else. It was actually really drying so I felt my skin was really dry even though I put Virgin Coconut Oil like 45 mins ago. Can I apply moisturiser after I apply vco? After my eczema 'magically disapears' do I continue applying Virgin Coconut Oil or stop?
Can someone please tell me exactly what they did and made it work? It will mean the world to me. Thanks"
12/15/2011: Leslie from New Castle, Pa replies: "Help Me :( from Toronto, Ontario,
Try Nixoderm. I am using it for perioral dermatitis (a suggestion from someone on this site) and it is working. I did some googling and I've read that eczema sufferers have found relief with it. I had to buy mine on ebay it came from the UK. It was cheap. I paid $1 for two small tins (you only need to use sparingly). The shipping was $6.00 since I live in the US. Nixoderm has been around for 40 years. If you go on acne.org and view the message boards there is positive feedback with using Nixoderm for eczema. Hope this helps. God bless."
12/15/2011: Pam from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Not sure if you have heard much about Hydrogen Peroxide or not but I just started taking it this week for a rash that I have had on my hands for over two years. I had been to my doctor several times and was prescribed several creams but nothing worked. I have been taking the 35% food grade Hydro for only 4 days and my rash is completely dried up!! I would also purchase the book, The One- Minute Cure!! Hope this helps!!!"
12/15/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Are you sure that you have eczema and not something else? I was diagnosed with eczema when I was about 2 years old and treated for it for about 10 years. The treatments never worked and finally when I was about 12 or 13 I was told it wasn't eczema but psoriasis. That was when the treatments started working. Either way you need to make sure you are taking in enough fat like coconut oil internally first. Your body cannot produce the right amount of moisturizer if you are not eating the right fats.
Young girls especially tend to stay away from fats but that is a big mistake when you have skin issues. I would try 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil on your toast or in you coffee (if you drink it). Then make sure you are getting enough omega 3's from either flax oil or fish oil capsules. The other thing you can try is D3 internally and externally. I take D3 capsules and then I apply a D3 oil to each patch of dry skin when I get break outs (which I haven't for many years now that I take all of the above internally).
I know how difficult it is to go through when you are so young. I remember wishing I had a much less obvious illness rather than one that everyone could see, unless I wore a turtleneck and pants all the time (I lived in Sunny California so not an option). Good luck."
12/17/2011: Cat from Tauranga, New Zealand replies: "Are you using the coconut oil topically or internally? As with most health problems these days, they are best cured from the inside - out. Rubbing it on your skin will help but it's best to keep up with the good oils in your diet, that's probably what you're missing. Try the oil pulling with the coconut oil also, it is the miracle treatment!"
12/26/2011: Caitlin from Austin, Tx replies: "Mornings: Clean your face with the coconut oil and a warm cotton pad. Then, make a loose paste with baking soda and water in your clean hands and GENTLY message all over the face; let it sit for 1-3 minutes or until dry; rinse with cold water. Gently pat dry.
Before Bed: Follow same procedure but when done, message a very small amount of Balmex over the face (never on eyes). This should alliviate your eczema problem as it did mine in 2 wks.. Be patient. Also, eliminate what can cause eczema in the first place. Prime culprits are wheat, milk, and sugar."
01/12/2012: Caitlin from Austin, Tx replies: "Hi, Help Me! Your thread really stayed on my mind. I have a young niece (20) who also has eczema ruining her skin since she was about 4 years old - about the time she started eating junk food, particularly her favorites, pizza and ice cream!
Recently she went on a cleansing type diet... No grains, milk, SUGAR, or plain & diet sodas (just water). She stuck to cooked meat & fish, raw fruits, veggie drinks, and cooked vegetables. She used meat oils; not butter or grain based vegetable oils. The differance in her skin in one week was astounding! Her eczema began clearing by the fourth day. In a week it was just small patches on her stomach and arms and behind her knees. She was soooo excited.
Then, on the 9th day, she went to a friend's birthday party and had pizza and beer. The next morning, the eczema was back, full force. She now believes food sensitivities are the culprit of her chronic eczema and tries to keep away from milk, grains, sugar and her eczema is minimal when she does not eat these foods regularily. But, it is very hard for her as all her friends are junk food junkies.
I relate this to you because you may be eating many things that are not good for your body to process; that keep your skin in a state of inflammation. And, unlike some young people, you may be more sensitive to certain, common foods. I wholly recommend that you find out what those foods are.
I must say, the most beautiful young girl I had ever seen was in a FuDr.. Cker's hamburger joint. I joke not when I say that this young lady had a healthy aura around her that glowed. Looking about 18, she had clear, beautiful skin, very clear blue eyes, & thick beautiful, shiny hair. I decided to watch what she ate. She sat down with a full hamburger and immediately discarded the bread. She wrapped the meat, tomatoes and onions in lettuce leaves and ate this makeshift sandwhich with a few french fries. She drank 2 glasses of water. Her boyfriend, who had medium acne on his cheeks, ate the full hamburger with fries and strawberry malt. Although young, this girl had figured it out - "we look what we eat. '
So I say to you , clean out your system and start over. Find the foods that keep you healthy and discard those that don't. It's simple but hard to do. Depends on how badly you want it. Peace out, & love! Cat"
[YEA] 10/02/2007: Katy from Portland, Oregon: "My friend used it on her 6 month old baby eczema and swears it is the best thing she has tried, and it is also food grade and is ok when he has his feet in his mouth. i have used it on my baby as an all over body oil and it helps keep her skin soft and smelling good. we both used it on babies for cradle cap. I also use it on myself as an all over body oil."
[YEA] 09/18/2007: Liz from Nairobi, Kenya: "My 8 month old son has had eczema since he was four months old. I have tried many prescription creams that did not seem to work or worked for only a few days. A friend asked me to try coconut oil. Its worked miracles. I got results in a day. There was no itching and the dry patches were gone. I now make sure to keep a bottle in the house all the time. I have also noticed that water and soap worsen eczema, so when he has it, I avoid them on the patches and use the oil instead."
[YEA] 08/09/2007: Patty from Pembroke, Virginia: "Hi, i wanted to let everyone know i have spent 9 years of my life going to the doctors for skin yeast on my legs, every cream, steroids, soaps , lotions, etc. and pure coconut oil has healed them in 2 weeks! i take 3 capsules a day , plus rub the oil on my legs. it is a wonder drug for yeast. i use it on my face and all over. i am 53 but look 43. it stops the itch -which will drive you insane. try it and good luck!"
[YEA] 05/19/2007: Janet from Morayfield, Queensland: "I have suffered from skin ailments all my life. I had heard about coconut oil but it seemed too simple an idea to really work, and I had tried every remedy, scientific and natural, under the sun and nothing ever worked. So after reading all the latest hype about coconut oil I decided "why not?' Well, sometimes I wish wasn't such a sceptic and then I might have tried it years ago. How it works I don't know but after less than a week of applying it twice a day my rash had cleared up, the redness and itching was gone, and has stayed gone despite the fact that I have stopped using my usual prescription anti-inflammatory cream. The kind I use is the extra virgin pure coconut oil made without chemical processes. I'm now taking it orally too."
[YEA] 03/29/2007: Marietta from Montpelier, Vermont: "Virgin Coconut Oil: My teenage son had raw, red and cracked skin where the ear meets the head. I remembered reading somewhere that VCO cures eczema, so I spread some on the backs of his ears after he showered. Amazingly, the very next day (after only ONE application) they were completely healed; no raw, red, no cracks! We also eat it often, on popcorn, straight off the spoon and in stir-fries. Yum!!!"
[YEA] 08/04/2006: Jay from Chicago, IL: "1 TBS daily of oral supplementation has helped by facial eczema and atopic dermatitis. I have become immediately convinced that Coconut oil is nothing short of a miracle remedy for the skin and immune system. I was suffering from weekly eczema outbreaks on the face, and within 4 days of using 3 tablespoons daily and dabbing it with vitamin E oil, I noticed an almost immediate improvement. The itching and redness stopped, and the inflammation was way down. I would strongly urge ANYONE who suffers from this condition to try it, because in my opinion, there is nothing else like it on the planet."
[NAY] 03/21/2006: J Ayers : "well it has helped my hair from being so dry. tried it on my skin for eczema but it has not cleared it up. i use spectrum coconut oil -- maybe i need a different brand."Replies
01/25/2009: Kyle from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "Spectrum coconut oil sells both refined and unrefined. Regardless of brand, make sure you only buy the organic unrefined VCO."
[YEA] 03/01/2006: Bonnie : "It is the only thing that gets rid of my daughter's eczema and mine. In fact mine was really bad when I was pregnant and it was the only relief I found. I used to take primrose oil internally -- that really helped, but it never offered any immediate relief. When she was about 2 months she got a bad flare up on her forehead and it cleared it within days. As a side note lice was going around the school and my boys came home with it. She never got it (I think it was the smell of coconut oil) & they always put their hats on her head."
[YEA] 02/11/2006: Amy from Reeseville, WI: "I use coconut oil half and half with butter to make my cookies or if the recipe calls for shortening, I use all coconut oil. It also cleared up eczema for me and my son. You can add it to bath water just a tablespoon or two. It works great."Replies
09/27/2011: Eczema from Singapore replies: "I heard a lot about extra virgin coconut oil for eczema and I decided I wanted to try it myself. I've had eczema for nearly my whole life and I just want my suffering to end. I have a few questions. I'll be grateful if anyone can answer:
1. Does taking VCO orally cure eczema or do I have to apply it to the skin. Which way is faster?
2. How many weeks or days did it take for it to work for you?
3. Is there a certain diet I have to follow or can I just eat normally?
Thanks so much. Hope it works!!"
09/28/2011: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "I wrote a post about a week ago regarding the trial/error and finally, success in treating my daughter's chronic eczema - eczema that in the course of ten years, no dermatologist could help clear up. (And the prescribed steroids offered only minimal and temporary results.)
Here's what worked:
- A container of yogurt (we used Dannon vanilla) every morning, followed by a fish oil capsule.
- Another fish oil capsule before bed.
If this method is going to work for you, you will notice a significant improvement within a week and 100% improvement in the weeks following.
My daughter's eczema has been completely *cured* with this method. She just turned eighteen and I haven't seen her skin look this clear and beautiful since she was a toddler! It's truly amazing. She is absolutely thrilled - no more wearing long sleeves in the summer due to embarrassment of her eczema-laden arms.
I have done a ton of research over the years and tried many different natural methods and combination of methods hoping to finally rid her of her eczema curse, and the method above did the trick! It's convenient. It's easy. And it works!
I hope it works as well for you. Please keep us posted, as I'm very curious (and excited) to see if it cures someone else. Good luck! :)"
11/20/2012: Neon from Singapore replies: "Hi Liz, I've tried the fish oil for almost a month now, but there's still no change/improvement to my skin. Taking about 3-4pills a day, 200mcg of ALA and GLA of every capsule but still it does not work. Any idea where I'm going wrong?"
[YEA] 02/29/2008: Gislain from Phoenix, AZ: "I've had Coconut Oil sitting around my house and only used it for cooking. I heard it was a great alternative to Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils. But since reading about the health benefits from Coconut Oil on this website, I thought it would be good to try for my depression and lack of energy I feel mainly in the mornings. Sometimes, I just cannot move or do anything! I ate a tablespoon and managed not to gag from the texture or lack of taste. Within a HALF-HOUR, I went from not wanting to be around and lethargic to INSTANT ENERGY! I was doing chores, showering, moving about and realizing that the Coconut Oil helped me start my day. It felt like I drank two cups of coffee! Throughout the day, my heart was beating pretty heavy so I will try taking half a tablespoon in the upcoming days. This is a WONDER FOOD!"Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/08/2008: Gislain from Phoenix, AZ replies: "I recently posted a comment about Coconut Oil and how eating a tablespoon each day helped my Depression. After two days of taking Coconut Oil internally, I developed a terrible case of Heartburn. I felt better emotionally but physically, my chest was painful and the heartburn lasted all day and night. I thought eating too fast was the culprit initially. I was suffering with this Heartburn for an entire week. I wondered if the heavy saturated fat content of the Coconut Oil was making my body react this way.
Today, I didn't eat any Coconut Oil and my symptoms reduced by over 50%. I love the Oil Pulling, Apple Cider Vinegar, and everything else listed on this site. Unfortunately, eating Coconut Oil didn't work out for me apparently. I do plan on using Coconut Oil externally on my skin."
07/22/2008: Bravestar from Columbia, MD replies: "If you can't take it by mouth, then try look up gnc or health or vitamin shoppe or internet store to find coconut oil in capsules or table to take oral try that if it help hmm. It's help me well since, I can't take it straight to my mouth, capsules helped for me."
07/24/2008: Joye from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada replies: "Hi. You were saying you were taking 1 tbsp of oil a day. I find when we start something new you need to start off small. May be try taking a 1/2 of tsp of oil for a week or so then a 1tsp and so on. Your body is probaly saying it is too much all at once. Try it. I liquidfied my oil and use it in my oatmeal and salads, it is awesome."
02/11/2009: Kelly from Augusta, Maine replies: "I had to start even smaller using 1/4 a tsp mixed with 2 tsps of peanutbutter. I then put this mixture on toast twice a day and build up gradually. I am also drinking 4 tbsp a day of apple cider vinegar with 100% fruit juice (I started this regimine first and then later added the virgin coconut oil into my morning and evening routine.) My skin is clearer than it has been for years, I have so much more energy and my depression seems like a distant memory although I am aware of it when under a lot of stress. Also, I am sleeping all through the night! I used to toss and turn all night long and now I wake up refreshed from a long night's sleep."
02/11/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "I downed a spoonful of virgin coconut oil (VCO) the other day and had the heart pounding problem that evening. That was the first time I'd taken it straight up. The earlier times I had ingested it, it was by spreading it on bread that was nearly toasted, letting it absorb a bit, then popping it back in for a moment to fully toast, in effect "cooking" the oil on the toast. I had read (possibly here?) that VCO in a cooked form is easier for the body to take. When I have eaten it this way, it never gave me problems. Might be worth looking into if working up from a smaller amount doesn't seem to be effective in preventing problems. It's tasty on toast anyway, especially with jelly/jam on top :-)"
[YEA] 03/29/2007: Cathy from Anderson, Missouri: "About a week ago, I began taking about three tablespoons of EVCO daily and am already starting to feel like I have more energy. For breakfast, I make a packet of low sugar brown sugar flavored instant oatmeal. After it has been nuked in the microwave, I add 2 Tablespoons of EVCO, some extra oat bran and a tablespoon of ground flax seed. Sometimes, I also add a little Splenda. This is a great and tasty way to get your EVCO daily. I'm also hoping that the EVCO will help me lose weight, but I haven't taken it long enough yet."
[YEA] 02/08/2007: Nicola from Basingstoke, UK: "I started using coconut oil 5 days ago - because I heard that it helps you to lose weight. I've not really tracked my weight so far, but I can say, hand on heart, that I have suddenly found a load more energy from somewhere. My 3 year old still wakes me up through the night and some evenings it was as much as I could do to just sit in the chair watching TV or playing with my computer. I now feel energized enough to WANT to wash up etc.. I have noticed that I need to use the bathroom a lot more (maybe having 4-6 number "2s" during the day - which is highly unusual as normally it's 1-2 every other day) -and I've developed an incredible wind problem in the evening. I normally take 1 tablespoon first thing in the morning with my smoothie and it instantly wakes me up. Tonight for the first time I've taken another tablespoon so I'll see how I get on. Can't say I like the taste of it straight out of the jar - it made me feel sick the first day - but can't taste it in the smoothies. I used Holland & Barratt - which costs. c£9.95 but have no idea if its cold pressed/virgin etc.."
[YEA] 05/27/2006: Teri-Lee from TX: "I cannot believe how much energy I have! I put 2 Tbsp. in a blender with a 1/2 cup of milk and a banana and mix it up. I don't even taste the oil. I have learned to heat the oil for about 10 seconds in the microwave and then add it to the mixture in the blender because if the oil is a solid you can get chunks."Replies
09/11/2008: Heather from Mundelein, IL replies: "In response to Teri-Lee from TX...I would not heat the coconut oil in the microwave before blending it! Microwaving any food changes its composition and destroys the healthy enzymes in the oil. Your shake sounds like a good idea, just skip the microwaving part."
03/04/2012: Roger Bird from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "Coconut oil is such an energy booster that I have to be careful to take it only in the morning if I want to sleep at night."