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Coconut Oil Benefits, Side Effects and Reviews


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Posted by Susan (Omaha, Nebraska) on 11/15/2006

I take 3 T. of Cold pressed Coconut internally plus bake all of our baked goods and food with it. Virgin coconut oil gives baked goods a slight coco-nutty flavor which we love. I use the steam de-odorized coconut cooking oil to cook eggs etc. My joints feel so much more limber, as if this oil is able to reach all areas of my body! (I had a knee replaced due to arthritis, so all my joints CREAK!) Solid coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so it cannot solidify in the body, we are too warm! I'm also hoping it will aid with weight loss, hearing that most of our cravings come from missing something in our diet. Which is why people who eat trans fats crave more....our bodies are in fact craving REAL fats as the body does not recognize Trans fats as a food. Once you give the body what it needs, the cravings go out the window! Here is the site on Yahoo that is an ongoing coconut oil forum, they talk about all sorts of health related topics too.


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Posted by Dianna (Sapulpa, OK) on 12/06/2006

My daughter came home with lice, and a friend told me to use some coconut oil overnight to suffocate the lice and the nits. I had no trouble getting the nits out, and there didn't seem to be any bugs when I combed through her hair. The only problem I had was getting the coconut oil out of her hair. I used the coconut oil conditioner, which I think is different than liquid coconut oil, but it worked so well I had to share the tip.


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Posted by Iris (St Aug, Florida) on 07/25/2012

Is coconut oil ok to use as a ky gel? Some one told me to use it, it's better for dryness.

Replied by Anon

You can and it works very well for that. However, if condoms are used then you should stick to a water based lubricant, I was told because it can cause it to break.

Replied by Plumhappy
(Eugene, Oregon)

I use coconut oil exclusively as a lubricant. Very nice since I am menopausal. No side effects plus it smells nice.

Replied by Everlearning
(Farmington, Nm Usa)

Menopausal age-My husband & I use cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil as a lubricant for intimate times. No more dryness or pain, just success. I keep a small amount in a container with a lid just for this. It has helped so much.

Posted by Sunshine (Fort Wayne, In) on 11/03/2010

How do I put this delicately? My boyfriend has a rather large penis. After months of vaginal tearing, doctor visits with no results, and pain I heard that virgin coconut oil can be used as a lubricant. It works like a charm. I cannot praise it enough. In addition to working well it's all natural (unlike the bottled lubricants you find) and it smells great!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

What a great idea.... I wanted to avoid the ones you buy in a bottle because you don't know what they put there but I never thought of VCO. I tried some vaginal pills you buy in the health shop but I didn't like them because either you insert them too early and they melt and run out, or too late and they haven't melted yet.... Terrible! My problem is different from yours, because of the aging process everything gets a bit drier (53) and I was getting a lot of bladder infections which are now more or less gone. Simple solution...... I only have one a year and that only when I don't drink enough!

Replied by Mom
(Apopka, Fl)

Try, "Castor Oil", it works great and you can also use it for massages, makes you skin smooth. Find it at health stores under 10 dollars. I have not had any bladder infections using this. My husband and I love it!

Replied by Kathleen
(San Antonio, Texas, United States)

Just be aware that oils and latex (ie. Latex condoms) don't mix.

Replied by Peter
(Sao Paulo, Brazil)

That's not true. Oil does work with latex condoms, so long it's not mineral oil. Vegetable oils won't affect latex condoms.

Replied by T
(Maryland, Usa)

Peter is wrong. BOTH mineral and vegetable oils degrade latex condoms. Neither should be used. Only a water-based lubricant (such as K-Y) should be used with latex condoms.

Replied by Lynnsy
(Syracuse, Ny)

My doctor told me that vegetable oils and condoms were fine. Just to avoid petroleum based/mineral based oils. We love the VCO and it has helped with the general irritation I experience with aging. It's been wonderful! Just insert a lump about the size of a large pea and by the time you get down to business, it's melted and very natural.

Replied by L

Seems to me coconut oil would be ideal. But when ya' google it, everything says it "degrades latex" (condoms). Even so, I'm leaning toward that not being true, but that the manufacturer of condoms (and sister company lubricants) would like for us to think it is. Wouldn't it be easy to do a test? Even if the coconut oil would degrade latex over time, would it really do so within the short time period of having ess-e-x? lol ;) I just read a testimonial on it at curezone and they had no problem with it and no condom failures in a year of using coconut oil as a lubricant. Another post there indicated they felt the condom manufacturers recommend water-based lubricants simply because most oil-based ones were made with petroleum products. Not considering vegetable oils.

Lung Conditions, Thick Mucus

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Posted by Sandy (Hendersonville, TN) on 08/12/2007

Regarding COPD & Lung Cancer and virgin coconut oil -- I found almost immediate relief from thick mucous taking VCO.

I started out with 1 T. with each meal, sometimes in tea or room temp juice. It thins the mucous, making it easy to cough up. I also drink 2 quarts of water in addition to the VCO. The water alone did not help.

My nasal passages are both open for the first time in years and breathing is much easier. VCO makes the skin lovely.

Replied by Cindy
(Wichita, Kansas)

Water cannot do its thing without salt. Salt is number 3 on the list of things you can't live without. 1 and 2 are air and water. I suspect that if you do not take salt (preferably unprocessed sea salt) the body will break down the calcium in the bones to get at the salts they contain. I've done a lot of research on dehydration but have not seen this correlation anywhere. It is merely my suspicion due to the relationship between chronic dehydration combined with low salt intake teachings and the epidemic of osteoporosis. It is suspected that over 75% of people in the US are chronically dehydrated which means that 75% of the human bodies in the US are operating in emergency, water rationing mode. Sipping doesn't count and neither do other liquids. The body does not process other liquids the same way it processes plain water on an empty stomach. Water is used by every system in the body. Including the process it must go through to steal water from the colon. My personal rule of thumb is that any liquid that is not plain water belongs to the colon.

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

Yes Sandy, (posted in 2007! ) I have been using Coconut oil for my "pulling" regime for my teeth etc for a few months now and have only just recently extended this by consuming one or two teaspooons of it daily. My sinuses and ear blockages have declined considerably, even when it gets humid or cold! I have been doing the 15 minutes of pulling first thing upon rising (i.e.before consuming anything else) and I do a few essential chores to occupy the time usefully, so 15 mins becomes no big deal. Some suggest doing it in the evening is better. I now have the tablespoon either straight or with coffee or on toast. I soon got used to the change in routine and these natural cures are so much better than most alternatives, so why would you not give them a go?

I do seem to be having a reaction at present to my increased intake but hope to pull through (excuse the pun). Sore muscles, joints and or ligaments mainly. Can anyone confirm this as being a likely reaction please?

I would really appreciate feedback on this subject. Thanks, Michael

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

Hi. As a followup to my recent post on clearing sinus blockages and cleaning teeth/gums with Coconut Oil, I should have mentioned that I also maintain an Apple Cider Vinegar routine, broadly as outlined in these postings.

I have also been dairy free for the last few months, so that I can really notice the improvement in my (life-time) E.N.T. sufferings. As is often the case with these things, one can be unsure of which remedy is responsible for the improvement.

One thing is for sure, you have to change what you eat and drink before any supplement can have a chance of being effective I feel. I now intend to do more alkalizing using Bicarbonate of Soda.

I hope my aches and pains may reduce over time.

Replied by Mama To Many

Michael, good for you for taking charge of your health and making so many positive changes!

Plenty of people do report aches and pains (sometimes headache or flu like symptoms when adding new supplements.) It certainly seems like a possibility.

You might try some baking soda baths or epsom salt baths (1 cup per bath) to help your body with any detoxing (which can cause pain) and also helps with joint and muscle pain. Adequate hydration is also important to keep pain down.

Keep us posted on your progress!


~Mama to Many~

Make Your Own Coconut Oil

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Posted by Jean (Ontario, CA) on 01/04/2015

It is easy to make coconut oil. Get 1 coconut (dried with husk removed), grate the coconut, pour some water on and squeeze out the milk. Boil that until you see a custard base with the oil floating on top. That my friends is the purest form of coconut oil you will ever get. Do it out on the barbecue outside, it smells. Saw my grandparents making it in the country in jamaica when I was a child. The custard is the best sauce you can taste, goes with any meat or fish..superb!!

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by Cynthia (San Francisco, CA) on 02/03/2009

Making Coconut Oil: I have digestive problems and I heard that coconut oil will help me with the problem I have, but it seems as if coconut oil is very costly, so I thought I'd try to make my own but I was wondering if the boiling process is just as good as the fermentation process. If I use the boiling process would there be any lost of vitamins?

In some research I did, boiling the coconut milk to get coconut oil will not be as effective as processing it without heat and that some type of vitamins will be lost if I boil the oil. Is this true? Can you please help me.

Thank you!

Replied by Tema
(Kona, Hawaii)

If you are in the island, you can dry the coconut in the sun until it completely dry that it will come of the shell. Then crate it with a fine crater or blender and then squeeze out the oil. If your coconut meat is completely dry, you will see that the liquid that comes out will be oil and not milk. It is very important to make sure that the coconut meat is completely dry. You can put the coconut meat in the sun many times just to make sure that it is very dry through. I came from one of the islands in the pacific where the equator runs through some of the islands and we use every part of the coconut tree from the roots to the tips.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Tema, could it be done in a slow oven?

Replied by Tema
(Kona, Hawaii)

Yes, you can dry that in the oven on low heat. Just crack the coconut in half and put the whole thing in the oven until the meat moved away from the shell. Take it off the shell and continue drying it until it completely dry. It is very hard to squeeze the oil out so use your juicer if you have one. In the island we roll the crated dry coconut meat in coconut fibers. We tie both ends with the coconut string and we put them on a log that raised of the ground and press down with another log like a titter totter. It's a lot of work but to us it is a special oil. Another way of making a coconut oil is to crate a coconut meat and squeeze the milk out and cook it on low heat but stir frequently to avoid burning until the coconut milk begins to girdles. Continue cooking it until the girdles color turns brownish and you can see the oil already separating. Take a little girdle and roll it between your fingers to check if it's done. It the girdle is mushy or sticky between your fingers, then it is not done yet. Continue cooking the oil and check the girdle frequently until it rolls between your fingers. Turn off the heat and remove your pot from the heat and tilt it so that the oil and girdles are separated and more oil drain off the coconut girdles. Cool off the girdle a little bit but not completely cold and squeeze out more oil from it. Cool off your oil before you put it in a dry jar, water will spoil your oil. You will notice that you could taste a little sweetness in the oil and the girdle from the coconut oil is very sweet and delicious. It is edible. My grandmother taught me that if the coconut oil is not cooked properly, the oil will not last long. The smell will turn sour like and you can feel the stinging feeling on your tongue if you taste it. Enjoy making your coconut oil and let me know your result. Good luck and God bless.

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by Mellybag (Austin, Texas. USA) on 11/03/2007

Heating coconut milk to extract oil will not cause loss of nutrients except for vitamin e. This has been widely discussed in other vco forums/fora. Heat should be no more than 80F. So it would take you a real lllooonnng time to get your oil, however, it would be a good oil, no smell, no coconutty taste, clear as water and lasts very very long. I tested this method and my oil lasted 5 years. You have to keep it in a cool dark place and use glass bottle. Melly.

Replied by Whisperingsage
(Northern California)
45 posts

In my studies, I learned that coconut oil is not a significant spurce of vitamin E. It is great for a lot of things but unfortunately E is not one of them. I have a horse in that race as I need a quick source of high dose E for emergency when my mother goats have not had rice bran during their pregnancy and give birth to a "floppy Kid" , in lambs it is "white muscle disease". Cured first by first aid keeping them warm and tubing their colostrum into them, but then placing a fingerful of red palm oil into their mouth. Highest form of natural E I have found so far. It makes them little legs get strong in days and makes them smart enough to start nursing on their own. Feeding rice bran to Moms is tons easier.

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by SAI ENG (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 10/01/2007

I read with concern how some readers make virgin coconut oil (VCO). It should not be subject to heat treatment otherwise all its nutritional benefits will be lost. When pressing out the cococnut milk from the kernel, try to use cold press method if possible. Do not subject the coconut milk to heat treatment. Let stand in a clean room for 36 hrs at consistent temperature of about 38-40 deg Celcius. The santan will separate into oil, residue (milk) and water. filter out the oil. Filter again and let stand for another 8 hours. Filter for the third time and let stand again for another 8 hrs.This way u'll get a clear colorless VCO. I visited a cottage industry VCO maker and this was how he explained the process of making VCO.

Replied by Gary
(Perak, Malaysia)

Hi to SAI ENG from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, my name is gary, perak, malaysia. if you happen to read this message, could you email me the address of the cottage industry VCO maker, please. Regards, gary

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by Colleen (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/07/2007

To make coconut oil, after the milk has been squeezed out from the freshly grated coconut to which water is added to obtain milk, you let it set over night, the fat /cream will rise to the top, this is skimmed off leaving the water residue. The fat is placed in to a heavy duty pot onto a lighted stove where the remaining water evaporates and the oil deposits remain along with the curds. As soon as the curds start to get to a brownish colour your oil is done if not care full at this stage it will start to burn. Be careful this is extremely hot. Set aside to cool and strain throwing away the crisp curds. It won't be rancid either. Good luck.

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by Patricia (Kajang, Selangor DE, Malaysia) on 01/06/2007

I take VCO for my candidas, eczema, puffiness. Actually when i consume them, i felt better. But vco at my place, local supplier has phased out the order. and to buy on line, they are so expensive. so following some comments here, i'm trying to do my own at home. but leaving the coconut milk aside till the next day for the separation between oil and water, it turned sour - rancid.. what should i do? thank you.

Replied by Sangeetha
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)

Has anyone else tried to make the cold pressed coconut oil at home? Did the coconut milk turn rancid the next day or did you get the fresh coconut oil out of it? Or as another reader had commented, the milk cream settled on top instead of the oil? I am considering trying to make little coconut oil at home and answers to these questions would be very helpful to begin with. If anyone else has any proven recipe for cold pressed coconut oil, I would appreciate if you can please post it here. Thank you.

Replied by Toni
(Bodden Town, Cayman Islands)

I have been making coconut oil and also butter, without using heat. I would be happy to answer any questions about the process.

Replied by Dottie
(Oro Valley, Arizona)

I would love to have detailed instructions on how to make coconut oil at home. Thank you!

Replied by Toploader427
(Howell, Michigan)
Replied by Camilla
(Istanbul, Turkey)

Thank you thank you!! Strange, I make lots of things such as jam, cordials, chutneys and so on, but never thought of making my own coconut oil. I live in turkey since a few years back, and can't find it anywhere. Now I can alternate with the the sunflower oil that I normally use for oil pulling. I tried EVO but though I love olive oil, I just couldn't oil pull with it... Once again thank you, and thank you for a wonderful site!

Make Your Own Coconut Oil
Posted by Ivan (Panajachel, Guatemala) on 07/22/2006

Make your own! Buy a whole coconut (the older ones have more oil), break the nut, take the copra (white part) and grate it, pour a quart of boiling water on it and knead it, squeeze all the now milky white liquid out and let it sit over night and in the morning the oil will have risen to the top. Easy, cheap, needs no special equipment, natural as can be with all the nutrients still in it. Enjoy!

Replied by Barbara
(Benton Harbor, MI, USA)

Reading up your instructions on making oil...can you say how much oil I can expect to get from 1 nut? We would prefer to make our own, but aren't sure if it's feasible. Thanks B

Replied by Kelly

Kroger sells a wonderful organic cold-pressed jar of coconut oil in the baking section. You can tell the difference between expeller pressed and cold pressed, cold having a much more prominent coconut taste. It almost tastes like a dessert to me. $8.99 for a 14 oz jar. I eat about a tablespoon three times a day just before meals. My skin feels wonderful and soft and I do have a lot of energy. Doesn't help me with cravings though.

Meningitis, Encephalitis

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Posted by Daniel (Bamenda, North West, Cameroon) on 06/02/2011

The magnitude of fungal meningo-encephalitis has been described worldwide; it is presented as the most deadly opportunistic infection in people living with HIV/AIDS.

The classical medications for the treatment of fungal meningo-encephalitis (amphotericin B, flucytosine, and fluconazole), are very expensive, and not available in most hospitals. Fungal infections are frequently not responsive to classical antifungal therapy. Considering the enormous emphasis on the antifungal properties of the fatty acids of the coconut oil, thus the coconut oil, in scientific literature; the natural and the non toxic nature of coconut oil; the knowledge acquired from a previous research; mfonfu oil, extracted from coconut was administered orally twice daily at a dose of 5ml to HIV/AIDS patients as treatment against fungal meningo-encephalitis.

All patients were taking antiretrovirals (ARV); those who were not on ARV were placed on ARV in the following week, except for the patient who was in coma.

The rapid recovery of the patients to treatment with coconut oil was spectacular and miraculous with the major symptoms and signs disappearing generally within the first month of starting treatment with mfonfu oil; indicating that coconut oil treats fungal meningo-encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients, and that coconut oil is a very formidable, powerful and effective antifungal. Coconut oil will constitute the corner stone in the treatment of fungal meningo-encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients.

Nevertheless, the only treatment for HIV/AIDS remains prevention of the infection, because there is no specific medication against HIV yet.

The setting of the research was in Bamenda from October 2007 to March 2008, at St Mary Soledad Catholic Health Centre.

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Meningitis, Encephalitis
Posted by Daniel (Bamenda, North West, Cameroon) on 05/28/2011

Thirty four HIV/AIDS patients suffering from fungal meningitis and encephalitis treated from October 2007 to December 2008 were analysed. The only objective sign observed in all the patients was oropharyngeal candidiasis (thrush); it is thus the pathognomonic sign in fungal meningitis and encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients.

Oropharyngeal candidiasis in an HIV/AIDS patient should indicate the risk of developing fungal meningitis and encephalitis. Memory loss was also one of most declared symptoms. The diagnosis of fungal meningitis was presumptive; only one was positive for Cryptococcus neoformans. The early diagnosis and treatment of fungal meningitis and encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients with mfonfu oil (coconut oil) should be based on clinical approach by the presence of neurological and mental disorders, and oropharyngeal candidiasis. The recovery rate within the first two weeks of treatment with mfonfu oil (coconut oil) was 91.2% while the fatality rate was 8.8%.

This operational research confirms the effectiveness of mfonfu oil (coconut oil) in the treatment of fungal meningitis and encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients. Mfonfu oil (coconut oil) would be used sooner or later to treat fungal meningitis and encephalitis in HIV/AIDS patients; it is effective, available, and cheap; and it is a revolutionary discovery for humanity!

Nevertheless educational campaigns for the prevention HIV infection are still paramount because there is not yet any specific medication against HIV.

The use of coconut oil (mfonfu oil) for the early treatment of fungal meningitis and encephalitis, supplementing ARV therapy, will greatly prolong the lives of HIV/AIDS patients.
All efforts contributing positively to the fight against HIV/AIDS from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top of the health pyramid such as this discovery should be highly considered and appreciated.

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Posted by Jhopkins (Chapel Hill, Tn Usa) on 01/18/2010

Coconut oil helps with menstruation

I am 32 and started using extra virgin coconut oil Oct 2009 (it is now Jan 2010). This is the first period I have gone through where it last half as long. I have noticed it was not heavy at all. I still had some cramps, but not as bad as usual. I have never had a period as short as this in my life, I didn't even think it was really possible...down from 7-8 days to 4. I take about 1 Tbsp of EVCO in my coffee daily. I did have to start out with a smaller dose and work it up. I hope to be able to consume more on a daily basis.