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Coconut Oil Is Incredible!

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cococnut oilOnce a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World with it’s Incredible Properties.

I love, love, love coconut oil for a myriad of reasons that relate to many different aspects of my health and wellness. First of all, coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid. This is a saturated fat that’s found in coconut and in mother’s milk. Because of the medium bonds in this fat, it burns in a completely different way than other fats. Coconut oil is burned in the liver instead of going through the longer process of using bile and breaking down into a usable fat. This becomes a fast food source as it can raise metabolism and help thyroid function.  I witnessed this many times with my daughter Maci when she would consume coconut oil when she had IBS. She would suddenly get a burst of energy and I would hear her dancing and exercising in her room when moments before she had been laying around. Coconut oil is burned like a carbohydrate and will burn first and not last like most fats. In addition to being a good energy source, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fat found in mother’s milk that has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antioxidant properties. I witnessed this firsthand when it got rid of a case of my ringworm (which is caused by a fungus). Coconut oil also removed cysts that I had on my skin for years that would never go away – after I started applying coconut oil topically, they dissolved and went away. I was amazed. It is fabulous for diaper rash and will work miracles on skin issues of any kind.

Since it is so powerful, why did this super fat disappear for many years? It got a bad rap because they took this incredible oil and changed it through the process of hydrogenation which will make any fat a bad fat. Then they did studies on the hydrogenated fat, deemed it bad, and we all stopped using it. Coconut oil faded into the background while polyunsaturated fats took its place. They changed it to make oils more stable on store shelves, because fats can go rancid very quickly.  Coconut oil doesn’t have this problem; but just the same, they changed it anyway and turned it into a harmful fat. Fortunately, that has all changed and it is back in its original form. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels and now many are singing its praises.

When I discovered it back in 2001, I was blown away by all its wonderful uses and to this day it is my favorite fat. coconut body butterHere are some more wonderful ways to use coconut oil.

It is great for helping to kill candida because of the caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal agent, that it contains. You will have a significant die off from consuming this, so don’t be surprised if you detox from coconut oil when you start consuming it.

I use it to cook with and even at high heat it remains stable. It’s wonderful in breads and baked goods, does great with sprouted flour, and is wonderful when making a tub of popcorn or putting a spoonful in smoothies.

I use it on my skin as a lotion. When applied to the skin, coconut oil can block out up to 20% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, as shown in this 2011 study. We use it daily instead of toothpaste and my toothsoap is made with coconut oil. You can find the recipe here. It works wonders on gum disease, too.

There are many coconut oils on the market and here are some of the ones I use. Virgin coconut oil  which has a coconut taste but I also use the organic expeller pressed coconut oil which has no flavor at all and is made the “old” way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. Last year I couldn’t find my coconut oil anywhere and finally found it in the garage with my husband. He was so excited because he found that coconut oil is fabulous for waxing our boat, so I bought him his own bucket of coconut oil.

These are just a few of the ways I use it and consume it. Now I want to show you how I make it into a body butter that is creamy and whipped which makes it easy to apply. Here are a couple of my favorite things to make with coconut oil.

Whipped Coconut Lotion
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If you home gets above above 76 degrees the coconut oil will start to melt. But you can whip it again to keep it fluffy.~Donna
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  1. Put the coconut oil, in its solid form, in a bowl.
    Put the coconut oil, in its solid form, in a bowl.
  2. Beat on high with a whisk attachment in the bowl of an electric mixer for 5 to 7 minutes or until whipped and fluffy.
    Beat on high with a whisk attachment in the bowl of an electric mixer for 5 to 7 minutes or until whipped and fluffy.
  3. Place in a jar and leave at room temperature.
    Place in a jar and leave at room temperature.
  4. If the temperature gets above 70 degrees it will melt so you might want to keep it in the fridge.
    If the temperature gets above 70 degrees it will melt so you might want to keep it in the fridge.
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Kombucha Coconut Smoothie
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This smoothie is made with Greek yogurt, which is food for bacteria in your gut. It's important to eat different types of cultured foods because they have different strains of bacteria in them which enhances the bacteria that live inside of you and makes them stronger.~Donna
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  • 1 banana
  • 1cup pineapple
  • 3handfuls spinachfresh, washed
  • 1cup Greek Yogurtyou can make your own from my store!
  • 6ounces Kombuchaany flavor
  • 2teaspoons Coconut Oil
  • 1cup ice
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  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
    Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.
    Serve immediately.
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50 Responses to "Coconut Oil Is Incredible!"
  1. Hi Donna!
    I have a very difficult situation that I’ve been dealing with for the past year of my life and it’s destroying me. I’m at my wits end and have my back against the wall. I see that you mentioned how coconut oil helps rid “cysts.” I’ve been having reocurring Bartholin’s Cysts that will NOT go away and the trips I’ve had to the ER has been HELL both times. I’m desperate for help! Please help me! Will coconut oil get rid of Bartholin’s Cysts? I’m looking forward to hear from you! Thank you so much and God bless!

    Love, Keeks.

  2. I love my new life with Kefir, Kombucha, and cultured veges. I have IBS and GERD and both seem to be under control since starting this trilogy. I can’t thank you enough for sharing the info. I have one question regarding coconut oil…..how much do you suggest taking per day? I use it on toast and in baking and pan frying; use it as a body lotion sometime.

  3. I use the coconut oil mainly for cooking but I take the coconut oil capsules daily am I getting the same rewards as I would with the coconut oil?!

  4. Hi Donna,
    My wife suffer from capillary fragility. Do you think coconut lotion could help or you know of something else that can help?

  5. For anyone interested there is a woman who is a Dr. and curing her own MS. She has done a TED X video and has a website and new book out. Her name is Dr. Terry Wahls. Best Wishes!

  6. Hi all…2008 and the day after my explosive relationship ended…my whole body went numb..the Doctor did various tests and she was about to say that I would be on medication for the rest of my life…when I stopped her in mid sentence and asked her not to go any further and give me the “MS” diagnosis which she was about to do.
    A friend of my Sisters had trained in Cranial Sacral Therapy, a most beautiful healing therapy and so I began seeing her on a weekly basis…She explained it like this..”all emotions are stored in the cells of our body and we carry this “memory ” with us…until some emotion triggers this memory (in my case the total and utter relief that my ghastly relationship had ended) and as if my emotions were unable to take any more, my nerve endings shut down…my Therapist said I felt like a “Mummie” bound up with layer upon layer of unattended, unresolved hurts and deep seated wounds of my heart that I had ignored..(my poor little heart) so for the next 3 months I had this beautiful therapy and then went back to the Doctors…I do not, nor never will have MS…and the Doctor practically ignored me (No £’s to be made from me) …just a thought…you may like to investigate…abundant blessings and love x

  7. I happened upon your site ads I have just started using coconut oil. I have many issues with digestive system, so hope this can send me in the right direction. A question though what is kombucha? Thank you for the info about coconut oil.

  8. Donna;
    thank you for being such a witness to my friends, family and myself. I have lost 16pds. in 3 weeks with your cultered veggies, kefir and sodas. I have found that I had a bit of a healing crisis for a few days but after that I started to drop pounds. I only eat when I am hungry now because I do not have the food cravings that was present before, and absolutely no sugar cravings. If i wake up in the night and i am experiencing hunger i drink 2 0z. of kefir. Wow.
    thank you for personally answering my questions. you are a very honorable and loving person.
    with thanks and gratitude;
    Lorraine

  9. Hi I would love to hear about the link between coconut oil/diet and MS.

    I have lived with MS for about 25 years and I am extremely interested in any new information

    Thanks
    Sue

    • Check out elanaspantry.com This is a blog written by a woman managing MS using diet among other methods. You may find some information there useful.

  10. Hi Donna – notice you have UK followers (including me) will any of them tell me where to purchase coconut oil – can’t say I’ve noticed it in my local stores. Also which is the best one to use. I Make and drink kefir every day so would also be interested in Tricia’s question re mixing with coconut milk.
    thanks.

    • Hello, I use Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. A quick search on Amazon has this currently priced at £14.15 for 800g with free delivery. This seems reasonably priced but maybe cheaper elsewhere. Hope this helps.

    • Holland&Barret will probably have it. Also check big grocery stores, or other health food shops. Otherwise you can get it from amazon 🙂

      • thanks Mark and Anna – went to Holland & Barrett this morning and bought 500ml of Tiana brand – not cheap at £16+. was surprised at how solid it is – looks like a jar full of candle wax! Seems so versatile thought I’d try it – slightly apprehensive about internal use as I do have problems with acid reflux – anyone found any adverse effects regarding that.

        • No problem, glad you managed to get your hands on some. I have no experience of reactions to acid reflux and coconut oil, (maybe someone can chime in) I did use to suffer with acid reflux, however. I do not now thanks to eliminating all added sugar, chocolate and bread. I can also, although rarely do it, eat late at night without it wanting a second sitting, if you know what I mean! I’m sure that a daily kefir maintenance program is helping too.

  11. Hello Donna, thank you for the information. I would like to know the difference with the coconut butter. I live in Argentina and it is very difficult to find either one. Thank you!!

    • Coconut oil is JUST the oil that is extracted from the meat. Coconut butter is the whole meat of the coconut pureed into a creamy butter. Coconut meat (by nature) is approximately 65% oil.

  12. Hi Donna, thanks for your blog on coconut oil. I have been a fan of it for a couple of years now. My favourite application is as a facial cream right out of the jar. I wash my face and then apply it. My understanding from Dr. Bruce Fife ‘s book Coconut Cures is that it actually pulls impurities out of your skin. I get compliments all the time and I always give credit to the coconut oil. I just started on your kefir grains so I am anxious to see what the combo of coconut oil and kefir will
    do.

  13. I absolutely love coconut oil. I purchased 5 gallon tub a few years back and it’s almost gone so ill be ordering more soon. I just starting using it everyday and its going quick. Tropical traditions has great deals on all stuff coconut. It’s organic and done by hand. Great stuff.
    Thanks to a person above stating how it makes her itch all over, cuz I thought I was crazy lol. I’m so itchy.
    Thanks for you info Donna 🙂

  14. I use coconut oil for just about everything-body lotion, seasoning my cast iron, frying, baking in all my old recipes using equal parts of coconut oil and butter, in my toothpaste, for my hair, in my smoothies, shoe polish for my leather shoes, and keeping athletes foot at bay with daily use. I use it on squeeky hinges and mix it with beeswax for furniture. Anyway you get the picture-it is my kitchen, bathroom and anywhere needed. I think it is the best most essential, all around household supply ever. Thanks for your articles-always good information.

  15. Hey Donna, thanks for this great article! I love coconut oil and go through so much of it…. Just wanted to let you know that Costco has a huge 54 oz tub of Carrington Farms organic cold-pressed coconut oil on sale for $12.99 right now. It’s usually 15.99, which is already cheap, but now it’s even cheaper. It has a nice mild coconut aroma and a mild taste.

  16. Hello Donna, first thank you for sending your free ebook. I have cultured Kombucha and Kefir before but gave up one day, no certain reason so, but started now again. Gracious that I have friend here who shared both cultures with me, as she always has them at her house (she is russian and learned a lot form her granma).
    And now I read this story about coconut oil and would like to share our story. My husband had MS. And yes he has cured his MS (a miracle, people would say!). But he just had the miracle to find the right doctor who adviced a certain diet. One of his key advises was, to use coconut oil as substitute for all cooking fats (a little bit olive oil and butter was accepted though). If you interested more in the scientific background, let me know, and I send you, what I’ve have.
    Hope you liked this bit of info. And I would like to thank you for all the work and knowledge you offer. People in my environment do only know very little or nothing about it. I see what I can do, to share your info with them.
    Best regards, Helga.

    • I would love to hear from Helga about her her husband’s battle with MS and his cure. This info will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Diana

    • Helga,
      I would like to know about the MS cure also. Is it just the coconut oil or a whole diet change? Either way how wonderful for you and your husband! Please post for all!

      Thanks!

    • Hello to all, I am overwhelmed that so many responded to my post. I am german and the info is in german. I will replay to all, but please give me some time. I will translate little by little, would that be ok for you? Or does anyone have any better idea, how we can share my info easier, faster …?
      The Diet is not only based on coconut oil but is more but mainly focused on fat! You here from me here more, I promise.
      All the best to those you still suffer from MS. Believe in your curing.
      In love. Helga.

      • Helga, Will you be posting on Donna’s sight as you translate? I have so many friends and family with this awful disease I want to know more. Diet first please.

      • Hello back to those who are interested in the Dr. Hebener diet.
        I spoke to Dr. Hebener and he regards the Roy Swank diet as good (low fat and fish oil) but his own low linoleic acid diet is more efficient.
        The most important thing with fatty acids is that we consume to much of it and the proportion of Omega-6- to – Omega-3-fatty(n-6/n-3) acids is much to high. The following recommendation is healthy for any person, not only MS-patients. The quotion n-6/n-3 should be less or equal 2 (<=2) and the total intake of linoleic acid should be 3-4 % energy (I assume here is meant caloric intake).
        Linoleic acid and arachidonic acid form the group of Omega-6-Fatty acids. Linoleic acid can only be built in vegetables and arachidonic acid only is formed in animal (human=animal) organisms. Arachidonic acid is therefore either consumed by eating meat or it is formed from linoleic acid. The problem with Arachidonic acid is, that it is stimulating the inflammatory process.
        In the husk of cereals and in corn and all legumes high linoleic acid content is found, so MS patients should avoid these food and whole meat products.
        The cook book of Dr. Hebener has listed the linoleic acid content of each meal, it also has a list of products and their linoleic acid content. The total daily intake should not exceed 1800 mg linoleic acid. For example coconut oil has 1.400 mg/100g and therefore the lowest in all fats. Olive oil has 8.000 mg/100 g and is therefore the best of all common cooking oils.
        I stop here for today and write more later. Hope this info is of use for you. Regards, Helga.

    • Please share your information. MS has been slowly affecting me over the past 22 years. I’ve read what I feel is the most common sense approach to treating it thus far- The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book by Roy Swank. In it the doctor reasons that a diet low in saturated fats and relatively high in polyunsaturated fats will minimize relapses and their duration. My concern is that coconut oil is high in saturated fats from what I’ve read.

      Helga,
      You might try putting the information into Google translator. That would speed up the process for you. Thanks for sharing. Could you tell us how MS affected your husband physically and how long it’s been since his diagnosis?

  17. Donna, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have found your book and all the amazing information you share! Your enthusiasm helped me get over my fear of bacteria and fermented foods. I fell in love with Kombucha and now I am expanding to fermented foods. I love your book and how thoroughly you explain everything. I have mentioned you in my blog and this will also be in my upcoming book. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this–coconut oil is my favorite too!

  18. Coconut oil is fab, so glad it’s coming back in favour. I almost had a stand up row with a friend of mine who is a nurse with the NHS. I was all for it and she was all against, no wonder we are so ill when our health professionals are so ignorant. I rub it in my son every night. Despite being a red head and out in the sun any time he can, he has only every burned a little once. His skin, which used to be dry and do itchy that he’d claw at himself and even draw blood, is so soft and silky smooth it’s unbelievable compared to how it used to be. I rub it in his hair shuck is soft and silky. Any one not using it should wake up and smell the coffee. Coconut oil is a miracle oil.

  19. I really appreciate the information you provide on your website. Thank you Donna. I’m one of those who have suffered from IBS all my life and a lot of allergies- food and environment. In almost every diagnosis I have had on these issues, the doctor always said the seat of my health problems is in the gut. But they never could put a finger on just what the problem is. Recently I had a natural health practitioner analyse my blood to see what they call “the hidden causes of your illness” the first thing they picked up from a drop of my blood is the imbalance in my gut environment and the candida overgrowth! plus parasites. But for many years, one doctor told me in Holland, the doctors themselves did not understand allergies until the 80’s when a lot of research was done but it has still been basically guess work on a number of issues emanating from a lack of balance in the gut and the toxins produced by these unwelcome guests in my gut and body. Your information is so very helpful and I think I am on the verge of finally nailing my health issues with your advice. Yes COCONUT oil is wonderful. I have only just discovered it and started ingesting it. I noticed a huge difference within a week of using it! Yes the die off symptoms assured me something was happening. For days I was itching like crazy all over in addition to the nausea. And I thought the unwelcome guests are finally exiting my body , thanks to the coconut oil. I figured the environment had become uncomfortable for them. Of course I’m staying with the COCONUT oil for the many other listed benefits. It is so comforting to find something finally that works.

    One question I have about cultured foods. You are recommending using a variety of cultured foods. In my country we have a food called “sour milk” made by leaving milk to literally go sour on its own. When this happens, the milk curdles and the whey separates. Would this qualify as a fermented food? Also in the stores there is “sour cream” with cultures alongside the yogurts. What is the status of this kind of cultured product. And what do you think about cheese? Is there a kind of cheese that qualifies as a cultured food?

    Again thank you Donna for sharing and keep up the good work!

    I’m still trying to find the Kefir and Kombucha starters. In my part of my country in South Africa these are not easy to find. I was disappointed to find my natural health store did not know about it and one in a big city gave me a phone number to try. I’m still trying to find them. But I did try to make fermented cabbage with just salt and a little whey. it seems to be working. I’ll try it in two days but it is bubbly!

  20. Donna, first, thank you for the wonderful and uplifting articles and books loaded with useful information and delicious ways to improve our health. These are needed in this time of highly processed convenience foods that deplete our bodies of their natural abilities to heal.
    Second, thank you for explaining the way coconut oil is processed by the body. I, too, love, love, love coconut oil. I’ve made facial creams, deodorant (fantastic), lip balm, toothpaste, facial scrub (simply sugar and coconut oil) and body butter…not to mention consuming it (LOL).

  21. Hi Donna, I love coconut oil but had wondered if it would be wrong to mix with live probiotics because of its antibacterial properties, doesent it kill the good bacteria?
    I love your new book thanks for it, I have found it very helpful as am a newbie to culturing. I live in UK so have not ordered cultures from you but am using your advice rather than that that from online store I bought milk and water kifir grains as theirs was a bit vague.
    kind regards Tricia

  22. Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing all the info and the recipes!
    I wonder whether I could add some essential oils to the coconut body butter to make it even more exotic 🙂

50 Responses to "Coconut Oil Is Incredible!"
  1. Hi Donna!
    I have a very difficult situation that I’ve been dealing with for the past year of my life and it’s destroying me. I’m at my wits end and have my back against the wall. I see that you mentioned how coconut oil helps rid “cysts.” I’ve been having reocurring Bartholin’s Cysts that will NOT go away and the trips I’ve had to the ER has been HELL both times. I’m desperate for help! Please help me! Will coconut oil get rid of Bartholin’s Cysts? I’m looking forward to hear from you! Thank you so much and God bless!

    Love, Keeks.

  2. I love my new life with Kefir, Kombucha, and cultured veges. I have IBS and GERD and both seem to be under control since starting this trilogy. I can’t thank you enough for sharing the info. I have one question regarding coconut oil…..how much do you suggest taking per day? I use it on toast and in baking and pan frying; use it as a body lotion sometime.

  3. I use the coconut oil mainly for cooking but I take the coconut oil capsules daily am I getting the same rewards as I would with the coconut oil?!

  4. Hi Donna,
    My wife suffer from capillary fragility. Do you think coconut lotion could help or you know of something else that can help?

  5. For anyone interested there is a woman who is a Dr. and curing her own MS. She has done a TED X video and has a website and new book out. Her name is Dr. Terry Wahls. Best Wishes!

  6. Hi all…2008 and the day after my explosive relationship ended…my whole body went numb..the Doctor did various tests and she was about to say that I would be on medication for the rest of my life…when I stopped her in mid sentence and asked her not to go any further and give me the “MS” diagnosis which she was about to do.
    A friend of my Sisters had trained in Cranial Sacral Therapy, a most beautiful healing therapy and so I began seeing her on a weekly basis…She explained it like this..”all emotions are stored in the cells of our body and we carry this “memory ” with us…until some emotion triggers this memory (in my case the total and utter relief that my ghastly relationship had ended) and as if my emotions were unable to take any more, my nerve endings shut down…my Therapist said I felt like a “Mummie” bound up with layer upon layer of unattended, unresolved hurts and deep seated wounds of my heart that I had ignored..(my poor little heart) so for the next 3 months I had this beautiful therapy and then went back to the Doctors…I do not, nor never will have MS…and the Doctor practically ignored me (No £’s to be made from me) …just a thought…you may like to investigate…abundant blessings and love x

  7. I happened upon your site ads I have just started using coconut oil. I have many issues with digestive system, so hope this can send me in the right direction. A question though what is kombucha? Thank you for the info about coconut oil.

  8. Donna;
    thank you for being such a witness to my friends, family and myself. I have lost 16pds. in 3 weeks with your cultered veggies, kefir and sodas. I have found that I had a bit of a healing crisis for a few days but after that I started to drop pounds. I only eat when I am hungry now because I do not have the food cravings that was present before, and absolutely no sugar cravings. If i wake up in the night and i am experiencing hunger i drink 2 0z. of kefir. Wow.
    thank you for personally answering my questions. you are a very honorable and loving person.
    with thanks and gratitude;
    Lorraine

  9. Hi I would love to hear about the link between coconut oil/diet and MS.

    I have lived with MS for about 25 years and I am extremely interested in any new information

    Thanks
    Sue

    • Check out elanaspantry.com This is a blog written by a woman managing MS using diet among other methods. You may find some information there useful.

  10. Hi Donna – notice you have UK followers (including me) will any of them tell me where to purchase coconut oil – can’t say I’ve noticed it in my local stores. Also which is the best one to use. I Make and drink kefir every day so would also be interested in Tricia’s question re mixing with coconut milk.
    thanks.

    • Hello, I use Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. A quick search on Amazon has this currently priced at £14.15 for 800g with free delivery. This seems reasonably priced but maybe cheaper elsewhere. Hope this helps.

    • Holland&Barret will probably have it. Also check big grocery stores, or other health food shops. Otherwise you can get it from amazon 🙂

      • thanks Mark and Anna – went to Holland & Barrett this morning and bought 500ml of Tiana brand – not cheap at £16+. was surprised at how solid it is – looks like a jar full of candle wax! Seems so versatile thought I’d try it – slightly apprehensive about internal use as I do have problems with acid reflux – anyone found any adverse effects regarding that.

        • No problem, glad you managed to get your hands on some. I have no experience of reactions to acid reflux and coconut oil, (maybe someone can chime in) I did use to suffer with acid reflux, however. I do not now thanks to eliminating all added sugar, chocolate and bread. I can also, although rarely do it, eat late at night without it wanting a second sitting, if you know what I mean! I’m sure that a daily kefir maintenance program is helping too.

  11. Hello Donna, thank you for the information. I would like to know the difference with the coconut butter. I live in Argentina and it is very difficult to find either one. Thank you!!

    • Coconut oil is JUST the oil that is extracted from the meat. Coconut butter is the whole meat of the coconut pureed into a creamy butter. Coconut meat (by nature) is approximately 65% oil.

  12. Hi Donna, thanks for your blog on coconut oil. I have been a fan of it for a couple of years now. My favourite application is as a facial cream right out of the jar. I wash my face and then apply it. My understanding from Dr. Bruce Fife ‘s book Coconut Cures is that it actually pulls impurities out of your skin. I get compliments all the time and I always give credit to the coconut oil. I just started on your kefir grains so I am anxious to see what the combo of coconut oil and kefir will
    do.

  13. I absolutely love coconut oil. I purchased 5 gallon tub a few years back and it’s almost gone so ill be ordering more soon. I just starting using it everyday and its going quick. Tropical traditions has great deals on all stuff coconut. It’s organic and done by hand. Great stuff.
    Thanks to a person above stating how it makes her itch all over, cuz I thought I was crazy lol. I’m so itchy.
    Thanks for you info Donna 🙂

  14. I use coconut oil for just about everything-body lotion, seasoning my cast iron, frying, baking in all my old recipes using equal parts of coconut oil and butter, in my toothpaste, for my hair, in my smoothies, shoe polish for my leather shoes, and keeping athletes foot at bay with daily use. I use it on squeeky hinges and mix it with beeswax for furniture. Anyway you get the picture-it is my kitchen, bathroom and anywhere needed. I think it is the best most essential, all around household supply ever. Thanks for your articles-always good information.

  15. Hey Donna, thanks for this great article! I love coconut oil and go through so much of it…. Just wanted to let you know that Costco has a huge 54 oz tub of Carrington Farms organic cold-pressed coconut oil on sale for $12.99 right now. It’s usually 15.99, which is already cheap, but now it’s even cheaper. It has a nice mild coconut aroma and a mild taste.

  16. Hello Donna, first thank you for sending your free ebook. I have cultured Kombucha and Kefir before but gave up one day, no certain reason so, but started now again. Gracious that I have friend here who shared both cultures with me, as she always has them at her house (she is russian and learned a lot form her granma).
    And now I read this story about coconut oil and would like to share our story. My husband had MS. And yes he has cured his MS (a miracle, people would say!). But he just had the miracle to find the right doctor who adviced a certain diet. One of his key advises was, to use coconut oil as substitute for all cooking fats (a little bit olive oil and butter was accepted though). If you interested more in the scientific background, let me know, and I send you, what I’ve have.
    Hope you liked this bit of info. And I would like to thank you for all the work and knowledge you offer. People in my environment do only know very little or nothing about it. I see what I can do, to share your info with them.
    Best regards, Helga.

    • I would love to hear from Helga about her her husband’s battle with MS and his cure. This info will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Diana

    • Helga,
      I would like to know about the MS cure also. Is it just the coconut oil or a whole diet change? Either way how wonderful for you and your husband! Please post for all!

      Thanks!

    • Hello to all, I am overwhelmed that so many responded to my post. I am german and the info is in german. I will replay to all, but please give me some time. I will translate little by little, would that be ok for you? Or does anyone have any better idea, how we can share my info easier, faster …?
      The Diet is not only based on coconut oil but is more but mainly focused on fat! You here from me here more, I promise.
      All the best to those you still suffer from MS. Believe in your curing.
      In love. Helga.

      • Helga, Will you be posting on Donna’s sight as you translate? I have so many friends and family with this awful disease I want to know more. Diet first please.

      • Hello back to those who are interested in the Dr. Hebener diet.
        I spoke to Dr. Hebener and he regards the Roy Swank diet as good (low fat and fish oil) but his own low linoleic acid diet is more efficient.
        The most important thing with fatty acids is that we consume to much of it and the proportion of Omega-6- to – Omega-3-fatty(n-6/n-3) acids is much to high. The following recommendation is healthy for any person, not only MS-patients. The quotion n-6/n-3 should be less or equal 2 (<=2) and the total intake of linoleic acid should be 3-4 % energy (I assume here is meant caloric intake).
        Linoleic acid and arachidonic acid form the group of Omega-6-Fatty acids. Linoleic acid can only be built in vegetables and arachidonic acid only is formed in animal (human=animal) organisms. Arachidonic acid is therefore either consumed by eating meat or it is formed from linoleic acid. The problem with Arachidonic acid is, that it is stimulating the inflammatory process.
        In the husk of cereals and in corn and all legumes high linoleic acid content is found, so MS patients should avoid these food and whole meat products.
        The cook book of Dr. Hebener has listed the linoleic acid content of each meal, it also has a list of products and their linoleic acid content. The total daily intake should not exceed 1800 mg linoleic acid. For example coconut oil has 1.400 mg/100g and therefore the lowest in all fats. Olive oil has 8.000 mg/100 g and is therefore the best of all common cooking oils.
        I stop here for today and write more later. Hope this info is of use for you. Regards, Helga.

    • Please share your information. MS has been slowly affecting me over the past 22 years. I’ve read what I feel is the most common sense approach to treating it thus far- The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book by Roy Swank. In it the doctor reasons that a diet low in saturated fats and relatively high in polyunsaturated fats will minimize relapses and their duration. My concern is that coconut oil is high in saturated fats from what I’ve read.

      Helga,
      You might try putting the information into Google translator. That would speed up the process for you. Thanks for sharing. Could you tell us how MS affected your husband physically and how long it’s been since his diagnosis?

  17. Donna, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have found your book and all the amazing information you share! Your enthusiasm helped me get over my fear of bacteria and fermented foods. I fell in love with Kombucha and now I am expanding to fermented foods. I love your book and how thoroughly you explain everything. I have mentioned you in my blog and this will also be in my upcoming book. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this–coconut oil is my favorite too!

  18. Coconut oil is fab, so glad it’s coming back in favour. I almost had a stand up row with a friend of mine who is a nurse with the NHS. I was all for it and she was all against, no wonder we are so ill when our health professionals are so ignorant. I rub it in my son every night. Despite being a red head and out in the sun any time he can, he has only every burned a little once. His skin, which used to be dry and do itchy that he’d claw at himself and even draw blood, is so soft and silky smooth it’s unbelievable compared to how it used to be. I rub it in his hair shuck is soft and silky. Any one not using it should wake up and smell the coffee. Coconut oil is a miracle oil.

  19. I really appreciate the information you provide on your website. Thank you Donna. I’m one of those who have suffered from IBS all my life and a lot of allergies- food and environment. In almost every diagnosis I have had on these issues, the doctor always said the seat of my health problems is in the gut. But they never could put a finger on just what the problem is. Recently I had a natural health practitioner analyse my blood to see what they call “the hidden causes of your illness” the first thing they picked up from a drop of my blood is the imbalance in my gut environment and the candida overgrowth! plus parasites. But for many years, one doctor told me in Holland, the doctors themselves did not understand allergies until the 80’s when a lot of research was done but it has still been basically guess work on a number of issues emanating from a lack of balance in the gut and the toxins produced by these unwelcome guests in my gut and body. Your information is so very helpful and I think I am on the verge of finally nailing my health issues with your advice. Yes COCONUT oil is wonderful. I have only just discovered it and started ingesting it. I noticed a huge difference within a week of using it! Yes the die off symptoms assured me something was happening. For days I was itching like crazy all over in addition to the nausea. And I thought the unwelcome guests are finally exiting my body , thanks to the coconut oil. I figured the environment had become uncomfortable for them. Of course I’m staying with the COCONUT oil for the many other listed benefits. It is so comforting to find something finally that works.

    One question I have about cultured foods. You are recommending using a variety of cultured foods. In my country we have a food called “sour milk” made by leaving milk to literally go sour on its own. When this happens, the milk curdles and the whey separates. Would this qualify as a fermented food? Also in the stores there is “sour cream” with cultures alongside the yogurts. What is the status of this kind of cultured product. And what do you think about cheese? Is there a kind of cheese that qualifies as a cultured food?

    Again thank you Donna for sharing and keep up the good work!

    I’m still trying to find the Kefir and Kombucha starters. In my part of my country in South Africa these are not easy to find. I was disappointed to find my natural health store did not know about it and one in a big city gave me a phone number to try. I’m still trying to find them. But I did try to make fermented cabbage with just salt and a little whey. it seems to be working. I’ll try it in two days but it is bubbly!

  20. Donna, first, thank you for the wonderful and uplifting articles and books loaded with useful information and delicious ways to improve our health. These are needed in this time of highly processed convenience foods that deplete our bodies of their natural abilities to heal.
    Second, thank you for explaining the way coconut oil is processed by the body. I, too, love, love, love coconut oil. I’ve made facial creams, deodorant (fantastic), lip balm, toothpaste, facial scrub (simply sugar and coconut oil) and body butter…not to mention consuming it (LOL).

  21. Hi Donna, I love coconut oil but had wondered if it would be wrong to mix with live probiotics because of its antibacterial properties, doesent it kill the good bacteria?
    I love your new book thanks for it, I have found it very helpful as am a newbie to culturing. I live in UK so have not ordered cultures from you but am using your advice rather than that that from online store I bought milk and water kifir grains as theirs was a bit vague.
    kind regards Tricia

  22. Awesome!
    Thanks for sharing all the info and the recipes!
    I wonder whether I could add some essential oils to the coconut body butter to make it even more exotic 🙂

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