Last Modified on Apr 04, 2016
Coconut oil, a very popular remedy for a variety of conditions, can have side effects. When taking coconut oil internally, earth clinic readers report symptoms that include:heart palpitations, dizziness, chest pain, increase in blood pressure, decrease in blood pressure, headaches, and weight gain. Digestive symptoms include, acid reflux, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and a burning feeling in the stomach.
Side Effects of Using Coconut Oil Externally
Coconut oil is commonly used for skin conditions, including dry skin and acne. Some Earth Clinic Readers report a worsening of acne. Others find that coconut oil makes their skin dry, flaky or itchy. Some have experienced increased redness on the skin, similar to a sunburn.
Mixed Results with Coconut Oil Use
Brezilda and her husband, from Cebu, Philippines were experiencing positive results from the use of coconut oil before side effects appeared. "My husband has been taking 2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and oil pulling with virgin coconut oil for about 3 weeks. I have just been oil pulling with coconut oil for 3 weeks. We both seem to have lost weight, teeth seem whiter. However, the side effects have kicked in. I started with excrutiating headaches for 2 days and then loose bowel movements. My husband felt tired, then had very runny bowel movement over 2 days, fever, and exhaustion."
The majority of people that use coconut oil have positive results. It is a remedy that is used for a wide variety of health conditions. It has been used successfully to treat adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, viruses, mono, athlete's foot, colds, digestive issues, blood pressure problems, dry skin, low energy, Alzheimer's Disease, migraines, nausea and to help with weight loss.
Possible Causes of Side Effects from Coconut Oil Use
Because coconut oil has been used successfully by hundreds of Earth Clinic Readers without side effects, it may pay to investigate the cause of the side effects.
Using a poor quality coconut oil is one possible reason that the results are poor. Regular Earth Clinic posters commonly recommend using cold-pressed, extra virgin, organic coconut oil. Starting with a maximum recommended dose is much more likely to cause side effects than starting with a small amount and increasing slowly. Some find that taking coconut oil on an empty stomach makes side effects more likely. In that case, taking it with food or using it in cooking may be a better way to take it.
If you have experienced side effects from the use of coconut oil, please share your experiences with us!
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Replied by Sam
Better But With Side Effects
I had some digestion problems and I was taking coconut oil in empty stomach and one more spoon at night. In the beginning it really helped me to ruduce stomach pressure and pain. Now whenever I take coconut oil I feel burn in my stomach area and its is very uncomfortable. I tried to take coconut oil with apple cider and baking soda but did not help me. Coconut oil helped me to lose little weight. Please advise me how I can take coconut oil safely.
28 years old, female. After using organic virgin coconut oil on my face for acne for 5 days, my skin was so inflamed and broken out that I had to stop. After the first day, dozens of little whiteheads popped up all over my face, even around my eyes where I've never had any problems. At first, I thought it was a healing crisis, as many people have written about, but my skin was so painful to the touch that I couldn't continue. Every subsequent day got worse and worse. I used a very gentle cleanser, and nothing but the coconut oil. This is NOT a cure all and should be used with EXTRA CAUTION... this is the worst my skin has ever looked in my life.