Last Modified on Feb 08, 2016
Coconut milk and coconut water are increasingly popular natural remedies for a host of health conditions. Coconut in general is well-regarded in the natural health field, including the use of coconut oil. A staple of Thai food, coconut milk in particular is actually the liquid you get from pressing the white coconut meat (whereas coconut water is the water found waiting inside the coconut itself). It can be added to a variety of recipes as a rich and flavorful base (as with Thai food) or can substitute in many places where you would otherwise use dairy milk--even on your morning cereal. Its higher fat content, however, means that it can be rather thick at low temperatures.
Coconut milk does indeed have a fairly high fat content (around 17%), though the fats in coconut are of a relatively healthy kind (medium chain fatty acids) and can increase one's HDL levels. Nevertheless, concerns about substantial consumption of coconut milk and overall cholesterol levels remain.
Ayurvedic medicine makes much use of coconut milk, and both folk medicine and modern studies promote coconut milk in the prevention and treatment of mouth ulcers and stomach ulcers as well. As a healthier source of dietary fats, coconut milk seems to help some people maintain a healthier weight and body fat levels.
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I'd heard that water coconut has been used to balance electrolytes and lower bpm. It can be found as a"drink" in cans, usually in the international foods aisle or in its "natural, raw" state in some food markets.
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Posted by Bommy (Penang, Malaysia) on 02/11/2010
I read on net sometime back about benefits of coconut milk as skin care. I read that you can get smooth, soft, glowing skin by applying raw coconut milk on skin. I tried and I must say this is the best beauty tips I have got ever. Just apply the coconut milk on your face and leave it for about 15mins and wash your face after that. You skin will be glowing and feel smooth. I have been using very expensive creams before but none works as well as the coconut milk. You can also applt this coconut milk all over your body to get really attractive complexion... :)
Posted by Teresa (Belle Vernon, Pa.) on 02/08/2016
I get UTI's from steroids (due to PMR) and last week each time I felt a UTI flaring up I drank a cup of coconut milk and it seemed to disappear in a flash. It works so much better than cranberry juice or cranberry pills. And I have been going through this for weeks, including having to lay down for relief. I had none of that with the coconut milk. :)
Posted by Annie (London, UK) on 11/07/2007
I had a severe urine infection.I was going to he bathroom every 10 mins But found the cures within hours of drinking coconut milk. It is available from fresh coconuts but also in cans and cartons . A friend of mine's infection spread to the kidneys and had to be referred to hospital as the antibiotics were not helping and she was in severe pain. I recommended her this treatment within 3 days she was cured. She drank a glass of the coconut milk 5/6 times a day. Her tests showed the infection was completely gone and the kidneys were clear and healthy!
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Honiara, Solomon Islands
Posted by Nm (Santa Fe, Nm) on 06/14/2011
Can you tell me if coconut water is better for you than coconut milk? How do the two differ? I like the milk more as I put it in smoothies. And I would like to see how it helps parasites and herpes but I don't want to have it raise cholesterol levels???
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Posted by Marcel (Diamond Bar, CA) on 07/12/2006
I half cooked a bunch of leafy vegetables with coconut milk. Coconut milk adds flavor to my cooking. I added some fresh herbs like basil, ground pepper, garlic, and onion. I did not add salt as I stopped using it salt since 1980. When done, I ate it alone the whole day. In one day, I tripped to the bathroom 3 times and really did a good job on emptying my guts. My bowels looked greenish, long formed and at about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. The bowel was greenish because the digestion was fast and did not have a chance to change color to brownish. I felt good and light all day long. The green leafy vegetables can be Kale, spinach, water lily (kangkong). I will try other green vegetables with the coconut milk and see its effect.
Posted by Joanne F. (Westport, Ct, USA) on 12/07/2009
We had new insulation installed in our attic last Friday. My office is right where the pulldown stairs to the attic are located. Before piping in the new insulation, the workers removed all the old insulation by dropping it down into my office and out the window (no windows in our attic). Basically scattered my office with very old fiberglass particles. They vacuumed up before they left, but everything and I mean everything was coated with fiberglass. I wiped down everything with hot water immediately after they left. I didn't think anything of it until today, Monday, 3 days later. This afternoon I had just bought some coconut milk at the grocery store for the first time and drank a big glass of it when I got home. About 5 minutes later, my sinuses starting draining down the back of my throat including something big and "chunky". I ran to the sink and coughed up, sorry to be gross here, a big glob of mucous and something very weird, light orange, that seemed to be different material. Not food. I was very weirded out and thought that a piece of a cancerous tumour had just popped out of my sinus cavity! Then it hit me that maybe this was fiberglass particles that my body was expelling.
If anyone has any knowledge of detoxing from fiberglass inhalation and can offer some suggestions, would be appreciated. I am drinking more coconut milk in the hopes that if I have anything left, it will get coughed up again. Yucky!!!
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Posted by Vstew62 (London, England) on 01/12/2012
Hi there, I would like to find out if the creamed coconut blocks bought from the grocery store can be used for ailments? The one I have, claims it is 100% pure coconut and I buy it from the carribean stores I use it in my rice as I love the flavour. As it is 100% pure can I use it to good effect (also so cheap! ) I was thinking of using it for MONO virus (Epstein Barr Virus) as it has had good outcomes. Any advice much appreciated.
Posted by Jenny (Kansas City, Missouri) on 08/21/2011
Hi, I was wondering if hexane is used to make coconut milk? I have learned that soy milk is made by using hexane and wondered if they same went for coconut milk? I was also curious to know if coconut milk is as beneficial as coconut oil?
Posted by SG (Bakersfield, CA) on 08/25/2007
I wrote earlier about my experience with eight years of un-diagnosed herpes. Since then, I've been experimenting with it, and I've got complete control over it--I can make myself completely symptom-free, or cause an outbreak within 30 minutes.
THE CURES: Coconut. Yep, another vote for that one. I recently discovered Thai food, and they put coconut milk in just about everything. Taking special care to eat Tom Kha Gai (Food of the gods!) or Thai curry dishes several times a week, I've discovered that I have no need for my previous supplement: Gigartina Red Marine Algae, 1000mg (4 capsules) per day. And it's a lot more fun! To be fair, though, the Red Marine Algae works just as well.
If I want to cause an outbreak within an hour, all I have to do is not eat any coconut products for a few days, and then have a Diet Red Bull. Chock full of both Aspartame and arginine, if your doctor needs you to have an outbreak for testing purposes, this will do the trick. Drinking two of these per day sent me to the emergency room with horrible sores, and was how I discovered I had herpes. Other energy drinks (containing arginine) kept me having sores for the next few months until I realized the connection.
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Posted by Carolyn (Northwest, OH) on 11/14/2008
My husband and I started drinking coconut milk on our cereal instead of cow's milk for various reasons.
This is how I make my coconut milk:
Buy regular sweetened shredded coconut in the baking aisle. Measure out 1 cup of shredded coconut into to a blender. Add 2 cups of warm water. Blend briefly and let sit for 30-45 mins. Strain through a fine cloth (cheese cloth or similar) into a glass bowl and put in the fridge until cool. (Recipe easily doubles, but then I extend the sitting time to 60 mins.)
Now here's where it gets interesting (and economical): The oil will rise to the top of your milk. Skim this off and place in a sauce pan. Simmer the oil and stir until the curds "fall out" of the oil, about 5 mins. Filter this oil through a coffee filter into a clean glass jar. You have now made coconut oil good for cooking with. I keep mine in the refrigerator to maintain utmost freshness.
And you can take the shredded coconut you strained, spread it in a baking pan and toast in the oven at 250F for 25 mins. You can now use this coconut in your regular baking.
Ha, ha! Three products in one and no messing with whole coconuts!
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Posted by Eric (Brooklyn, NY) on 04/11/2007
Coconut milk helped with me with gout and any other in the joints with in a week than any other thing i have tried.
COCONUT MILK - HOW TO MAKE IT (Recipe Courtesy of http://www.all-organic-food.com/index.htm )
Coconut milk is not the liquid inside a coconut, although this liquid does make a satisfying drink. Rather, coconut milk is made by squeezing the grated flesh of a coconut with some hot water resulting in a rich white liquid that looks very much like cow's milk.
Coconut milk should be distinguished from coconut cream. Fresh coconut milk, when refrigerated, and canned coconut milk, if not shaken, separates into two layers, with the thick (upper) layer being the coconut cream and the thinner (bottom) layer constituting the milk. The top layer can be skimmed off with a spoon and used for recipes requiring coconut cream (usually desserts) with the bottom layer being reserved for recipes specifying coconut milk.
Canned, frozen and powdered coconut milk are widely available, convenient to use and generally of acceptable quality. However, they do not generally achieve quite the quality of coconut milk prepared at home from fresh or desiccated coconut.
For those who might want to try preparing coconut milk at home, the following provides instructions for doing so.
A: Preparing Coconut Milk from Fresh Coconuts
Pierce the eyes of a fresh coconut, drain the liquid inside and place the coconut on a rack and bake in a 325F pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. Remove the coconut from the oven, let it cool a bit and crack it with a hammer so that the shell breaks into several pieces. Remove all the coconut meat from the shell, peel off the brown skin and cut the meat into very small cubes. Place the meat in a blender, add hot water to just cover all of the meat and blend until finely grated. Place a sieve covered with cheese cloth over a bowl and pour the coconut meat and water into the sieve squeezing handfuls of the coconut meat to extract as much liquid as possible into the bowl. Discard the squeezed coconut meat and refrigerate the coconut milk that has been extracted into the bowl. Refrigerate the milk and use within 1 or 2 days. B: Preparing Coconut Milk from Desiccated coconut.
Empty an 8 oz package of unsweetened desiccated coconut into a blender and add 1 cup boiling water. Blend for about 30 seconds and allow the mixture to cool a bit. Place a sieve over a bowl lined with cheese cloth. Ladle the mixture into the cheese cloth, fold the edges over the coconut meat and twist the ends to extract as much milk as you can into the bowl. Discard the squeezed coconut meat and refrigerate the coconut milk that has been extracted into the bowl. Refrigerate the milk and use within 1 or 2 days.
Posted by Rosavel (Devonport, Tasmania) on 10/31/2010
I would say I will recommend virgin coconut oil to everybody because I am using it and it is proved effective, despite the prize which is very affordable, I am a Filipino w/c reside now in Tasmania, Australia, I started using this when I'm still in the Phil. This started like this, I have my menstruation for almost 4 weeks, and I was thinking maybe this is a sign of menopause, but at that time I was just 42 years, my friends keep on telling me to consult, a doctor, but I didn't, for I am afraid it will need a big amount of money, until one evening I was watching a TV news, when there was somebody who give a testimony about the virgin coconut oil, so I said to myself, let me try this, and you know what, as I take the oil, I notice out that my menstruation goes slowly, and everything in my body changes, I feel active, body odor gone, until now I am still using this miraculous oil, and my menstruation is back to normal, I have it just for 3 to 4 days, Hope this testimonial well help everybody, and they well try this oil.
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