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Coconut Oil Benefits, Side Effects and Reviews

Oil Pulling

4 User Reviews
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Posted by Valerie Wright (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 09/17/2007

I was advised to use CERTIFIED Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for eating - and CERTIFIED Organic (not virgin) for cooking. Of course, the later is less expensive. I find I can take it by the spoonful, though I will also put it on my hot buckwheat cereal. This product, together with Oil Pulling has improved my health markedly. Am thrilled.

Organic Vs. Regular

Posted by Healthy248 (Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 01/17/2011

Need to know if coconut oil is only found in a solid state, what I found is Organic, in a jar and its white with a texture like soft lard. Its good for Med/High heat frying, baking, and for body use as well. Is this the right product, does it have to be Organic or anything else special? Thanks in advance

Replied by Elizabeth
(Nashville, Tn)

It's best to use Organic Extra Virgin coconut oil. Walmart sells a brand but it just says Organic coconut oil. I have bought it before and it doesn't really have a coconut-ty smell. I went back to my regular oil and feel like it works better.

Replied by Lisa
(Marrakech, Morocco)

That sounds like the right kind of coconut oil, but I agree that organic is best. At cooler temperatures it is a solid like you stated, but as it gets warmer it will turn to a clear liquid and that is normal.


2 User Reviews
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Posted by Cindy (Woodland, PA) on 02/24/2009

I have been taking coconut oil for the last 2 weeks 1 teaspoon every morning and also cooking with it. Today, (this may sound gross)I had a pain in my back just around the rectum and after using the toilet I looked and found a dead worm in the toilet. YUK! I can't believe that came from me. So it must be killing off the parasites I have. Hopefully it gets them all.

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Forest Park, Ohio, Usa)

I've been detoxing for a few months, I added the two tablespoons of coconut oil to my detoxing program, in addition to raw plant aloe and have also seen more liver flukes and tape worms! This combination seems to be working better than any I've tried!

Replied by Meow
(Portland, Oregon)

Parasite tests, in order for them to be accurate my ND told me that you need at least TEN parasite checks at different times to determine if you have parasites, because parasites hide and may not be visible they go undected. I read that 85% of people have parasites, Parasite tests are 20% accurate, some estimate it to be lower shocking 10% accurate! The best lab for testing in the states is in Arizona. I was really sick flu-like symptoms: chills low grade fever, stomach pressure, colon pain, shortness of breath my heart rate would sometimes go up The MD had me try every single thing and I had been tested three times for parasites all the tests showed up negative, well Finally my MD suggested an ND best idea she ever had! I started the ayurvedic coconut parasite cleanse with cloves, with wormwood and gse.. Dramatic decrease of my symptoms by 80% in ONE DAY ! I'm posting this because I hope this seriously helps someone!

Perioral Dermatitis

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Posted by Cain (VA Beach) on 01/20/2006

I recently started using coconut oil on my skin. I have really bad acne and i tried almost every acne product you can think of and spent hundreds of dollars on medications and nothing worked. I came across some information on coconut oil and decided to try it. I started using the coconut oil two weeks ago. My skin has improved greatly. The texture of my skin is no longer dry and flaky, plus my pores are much smaller. My face looks so much clearer and I actually have been getting compliments on my skin and how healthy it looks. I want to mention that I have perioral dermatitis which in the past I had to use a steroid to get rid of this condition but as soon as I stopped the steroid the condition would come back much worse. I applied coconut oil on the affected area, and now I have no signs of dermatitis present. Coconut oil has worked for me so far.


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Posted by Sandy (Bangalore, India) on 11/29/2007

I drink coconut oil 2 teaspoons in the morning with my breakfast, and my facial open pores have shrunk completely.Sometimes I drink 2 teaspoons in the morning with breakast, and 2 teaspoons in the afternoon with my lunch.

Primary Complex (Tb of the Lungs)

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Posted by Marites (Manila, Philippines) on 09/12/2007

After I read all those comments and I decided to send my daughter (2years and 3 months old) got a good results to her VIRGIN COCONUT OIL. i think its last year it was prescribed by her pedia and I hesitate I always think that if its safe to her then maybe it is safe coz it was what my pedia said....finally I gave her VCO.... last week of august until now, and I discover the daughter has a history of PRIMARY COMPLEX....her lungs is very weak....and her pedia said...try VCO she said it is good to her lungs daw....then I tried...ITS REALLY FANTASTIC...all her phlegm has been blown....she always make spit with phlegm ....before....after she got cough (a severe cough) the next will be cold...and next is fever....then I always rushed her to her pedia....and as always ANTIBIOTICS....ANTI ASTHMA....SALBUTAMOL.......CARBOSISTEINE.....what else....she always take med....thats the usual...when she had a COUGH...her hard phlegm makes her weak...then finally I found the best remedy for cough...I think ah...and as far as my daughter experience is concern... eventhough she does not have a COUGH right now....she always make spit with PHLEGM...and finally I don't heard any sounds HALAK to my child...THANKS TO GOD...because I always pray what should I do...I always think to my child for her condition and her health is so weak because of her lungs...and now VCO... is her "so called" VITAMINS.....10ml a day before she sleep and it mixed with her milk.......i always pray to GOD and I'm always thankful...for the VCO...and now I'm also using it for my face, hands and elbow so saying this as a feedback and comment not an please consult first to her doctor before taking it....thanks

Replied by Daylynn
(Misamis Occidental)

Hi! What brand name of Virgin Coconut Oil is good to use for my daughter having a primary complex.. Please help me... Ttnx

Replied by Mauee
(Manila, Philippines)

Hi 4yrs old son has recently diagnose with primary complex..I would like to know if you did not administer the kit that the doctor prescribe to your child, instead you use VCO? Who is your pedia so we can also visit her for my son's diagnosis..I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks and God Bless!


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Olivia (Brooklyn, New York) on 02/10/2008

Coconut oil reduced my husband's swollen left testicle about 85 percent in one week of light massage. My husband is terrified of seeing a doctor. There is no negotiating with him. The answer is a resounding no. For the past two months I have been giving him a combination of saw palmetto and pygeum tablets for prostate problems. He had terrible dribbling of urine and waking up many times per night. I gave him two of each tablet twice per day and within three days his bathroom runs were reduced to twice per night from four or five times. After about six weeks was reduced to once per night. I was therefore in shock when one week ago I noticed one testicle was three times its size and hard. He had been hiding it because he was afraid I'd insist on him going to the doctor. He said there was no pain. I was terrified of the thought of testicular cancer but he said he did not care he was not going to the doctor. He is 63 and cannot remember the last time he saw a doctor. Well I prayed and the thought of massaging it with coconut oil came to me. It has been one week since I'd take some oil in my hand and massage lightly from groin to under and around both testicle area. I'd then take another generous helping of oil and cup the swollen testicle in it while praying. The swelling has gone down about 85 percent in one week. I will continue doing so even after all the swelling leaves because I am hoping for a complete cure of the dribbling, which is also much better. I forgot to mention that I also started giving him two ounces of noni juice and two ounces of goji juice per day. I was so scared that I tried everything. I think the coconut oil is key though. I give one juice in the morning and the other at night.

Replied by Leonard
(Las Cruces, Nm)

RE: Prostate
You should also seriously consider Small Flowered Willow Herb. A serious help for Bladder and Prostate.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Renne Caisse who used to make up the Essiac Tea formula said in a video that she saw many cancer tumors go hard and grow larger before they healed and vanished so maybe the prostate was already healing.


3 User Reviews
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Posted by Adria (Kennesaw, GA) on 05/30/2008

I have been taking coconut oil capsules (2000 mg twice daily) for 3 weeks today. It has completely cured the psoriasis I have had on my elbows for over 25 years now. I'll have to get back with you to let you know what else it has helped me with. But, so far, I LOVE IT!

Posted by Stephen (Cannelton, Indiana) on 03/11/2008

I decided to try Coconut Oil to see if it would help me lose some weight. It never, but I had another interesting side benefit. It has almost completely healed up my severe case of Psoriasis. It has at least taken it to the point that I can pay little to no attention to this ailment that has dogged me for almost 40 years now, since I was 7. I started off with two tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, one in morning one late afternoon. After the short break that proved it was the coconut oil having an affect on my skin, I started using coconut oil capsules 1000mg twice a day, but had to up the dose to 2 1000mg twice a day. I have not experienced any flare ups yet and it has been more than a few months almost completely (old scars starting to fade)clear now.

Posted by Christine (VERNON B C, CANADA)

I take extra virgin coconut oil every day, internally and topically, I swear by it, My psoriasis has all but cleared up, and my skin has improved, I just feel better when I take it.

Replied by Ken
(Vernon, Bc CA)

Hi Ken here I just read your post and was wondering if you could tell me please were I can buy extra virgin coconut oil as it helps with thyroid problems, I am also in Vernon Thanks very much, Ken

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hello, Ken (Vernon, BC) ---

you can purchase it from Real Raw Food in Naramata where I get my supplies.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Heinz
(Tampa, Florida)


If you go to the tropicaltraditions dot com web site. They ship to Canada. Shipping seems expensive but I've tried others and I keep going back. The best oils are the gold and green label. They really do taste like fresh coconut. You'll love it! I don't know if there's any advantage in a larger order. I bought a gallon on sale about 9 or 10 months ago and I need to order again. When I try another brand, I'm disappointed. Check shipping cost and customs.


Replied by Bee
(New York, US)

It always amazes me when you speak to people about the natural things you are taking and they think you are nuts and that you have no idea how you are harming your health.. they say stay on the meds and listen to what the doctors says..

Then I say if pharma drugs worked no one would be sick and these drugs only mask the symptoms....and no one gets to the root of the disease.... so why do people believe so highly in drugs when at least we can try hundreds of remedies first.

Rancid Coconut Oil

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Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 06/07/2010

I mail ordered some coconut oil and it was rancid. I called the company and they are sending me another jar.

It will take several days for me to get the new one and they couldn't promise it would be from a different lot number. I just wondered if it is harmful to consume the rancid stuff until the new stuff gets here (holding my nose of course). Can I use it on the outside of my body like on my feet and stuff, should it matter? I hate to throw it out. Feedback is much appreciated.

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

Hi Pat, I wouldn't use it, not even on your skin. Everything you use on your skin goes through your whole system. A while ago I had some rancid butter and threw it away. I also hate throwing food away but sometimes you just have to do it. Rancidity is the reason many experts don't advise people to take flaxseed oil, for example. It goes rancid quickly and rancidity creates oxidants which are not good for you and can even cause cancer (sorry if my explanation is not very scientific...). I suppose that rancidity is oxidation.

Replied by Pat
(Athens, Al, Usa)


Thank You! I didn't think it was a good idea but I wanted to make sure as i HATE to throw things away. Your answer makes perfect sense. I'm glad I waited for an answer. I will throw it out right away. Thanks again. ;o)Pat

Replied by Iris
(Mays Landing, Nj)

I also just ordered and received some coconut oil that didn't smell right. 16 oz jar from a company in MD that says the coconut oil was from the Philippines. Company starts with a W_______. Not sure if I should name names here. Wonder if it is the same company? I ordered from them in January 2010 and the product was wonderful. Any suggestions for getting good quality, good smelling virgin coconut oil in glass containers?
Thanx, Iris

Replied by Self

This is the trouble with ordering online. Have you tried checking yahoo local for a health food store in your area? You can see what your getting and check expiration date and exchange more easy. I also refrigerate the bulk of mine and just keep a modest amount in a glass container at room temperature to use for the week. If it's a good company you ordered from, you can alert them by email or call and get a refund or replacement.

And in the future, I'd try to buy it locally instead of online. You can even ask some local health food stores to special order a brand if they don't have it on the shelves. For brands, google or yahoo "extra virgin coconut oil and glass jar. " Out of the ones that will pop up, I am only familiar with the one that begins with N and ends with A, and I had good experiences with it. N????A (since they don't like brands mentioned here).

Replied by Gail
(Delray Beach, Fl)

I have been buying for many years from VITACOST dot com. Their prices are the best and products always fresh. I recently purchased 2 lb of Jarrows EVOCO for less than $13. It is simply delicious. Hope this helps.

Replied by Loyda
(Sturgis, South Dakota)

I've bought from Vitacost also and love the quality of their EVCO! It's fresh and tastes wonderful! I've been ingesting 3TBS/day for 2 weeks now. I am also using it on my entire body and face. I love how my skin feels so smooth now. I've noticed that the wrinkles have softened and become less noticeable, hair is softer and the rough skin on my heels is noticeably softer as well! I'm loving this site... Thanks so much for all the tips and suggestions on this site!

Replied by Roger
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)

There is no way that coconut oil can go rancid. However, obviously it was not right in some way, perhaps something was added to it. Rancidity means that it would have to have oxidized, and there is no place on the fatty acid chain for it to oxidize. This may mean that the oil was even worse, which would have been some sort of additive causing a bad smell.

Rancid Coconut Oil
Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, La. Usa) on 05/17/2010

Does anyone know what is used in some of the coconut oil capsules which are a bad-smelling liquid when cut open? Previously I had used the cold pressed virgin coconut oil and I could just take them by dissolving in the mouth, savoring the great coconut taste and smell. I feel like throwing out this new batch I bought. Can anyone explain the difference?

Rancid Coconut Oil
Posted by Elsaeasterly (Elsewhere, Ca, Usa) on 03/16/2010


I have been consuming VCO for a few months with no problems. A couple of weeks ago I put a spoonful into my oatmeal, took a bite, and it was rancid! It ruined my whole bowl of cereal. I had to throw away about 3/4 of a jar of oil. I bought a new jar, checked the expiration date (2011), had it for a couple of weeks and the same thing happened. I'm confused. I went through 2 or 3 jars with no problems. The storage temperature has been the same - 76 degrees, a soft solid state. I thought VCO was stable at room temperature. Anyway, this is becoming very expensive. Do you have any idea why this would be happening?

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Elsaeasterly...There are three ways of making natural VCO. The first method is simply to boil the coconut milk until only the oil is left. The second method is to put the coconut oil in a centrifuge where the aqueous portion and the oil distinctly seperate as two different halves. And the third method is by fermenting the coconut milk.

What I think you must have purchased is a form of VCO made from the fermentation process. I have also used this form of VCO internally, and -- yes -- it does smell sour and rancid even, but it will not hurt you. The sourness is basically the coconut wine turned to "vinegar" that is left over from the natural fermentation process. Alot of Filipinos make VCO this way -- and regularly make a brew called "Lambanog" or coconut wine. I've tried this wine which is pretty unique, sort of like a tasty nutty wine but deceptively powerful stuff !! Interesting that coconut wine turns to vinegar very rapidly, so the Filipinos just adapt and use it for cooking instead. Nothing is wasted.

Check on the your bottles of VCO and see whether your VCO was made by fermentation. If this is the case, then this is why your coconut oil smells off or vinegary and it won't hurt you.

If you're not happy with this fermented VCO form, then next time just buy another VCO made from the boiling process or made by centrifuging -- this should be stated on the label.

Replied by Jessica
(Oshkosh, Wi Usa)

It's called cross-contamination. When you use a spoon to take out one lob of VCO, use a different spoon each time it touches your body. As soon as you redip the spoon, the VCO in the jar will be working against whatever germs you just contaminated the jar with and will not taste too great. VCO will stay good much longer than the expiration date if you do not cross-contaminate. Also, a good rule is to have a different jar for the bathroom than you have in the kitchen - just to be extra safe.


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Posted by Amanda (Dover, DE) on 01/29/2008

I used coconut oil on my son's diaper rash. It went away in one night after I had been trying other creams for days and it just got worse. The exact measurements I used: well I put my fingers in the jar and scooped some out and rubbed it on!

Posted by Donna (Tunnel Hill, GA) on 02/11/2007

The rash I had lasted for almost two years -- tried everything--natural--I do not like the medical field at all--so a friend of mine who is very much so into alternative medicine started researching about skin--well needless to say she came across and Idia site that said mix tomato juice(organic) and coconut oil(organic) to the rash--the rash was all over my body--I was in so much pain from the rash I was crying--so I mixed it in the blender--put towels down in my bathtub--so as not to make a mess--my husband bless his heart--took a big cooking spoon and pored it on me--as he was pouring I was rubbing it in--yes it had a very much so tingling effect--but we didn't stop--we did this for about 15 minutes--then I didn't wash it off we just kind off blotted it--put on some clothes I didn't mind messing up--the next morning the rash was almost gone--I did the treatment one more time--as of this day which has been about a year--I have seen no signs of the rash--hope this will help someone else--Donna