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Coconut Oil Is Incredible!


The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

Special properties in coconut oil

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Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World With Its Incredible Properties

I 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 while she was struggling with 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, it will burn first and not last like most fats.

Removes Cysts and Ringworm

In addition to being a good energy source, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fat found in mother’s milk that has antibacterial, antiviral, 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 wish more people knew about this. Just recently, my daughter Holli found a large cyst on her leg and one that a nurse said needed to be lanced or removed surgically. We decided to try coconut oil instead and Holli was faithful, rubbing it on a couple of times a day. We were amazed as we watched it shrink until it was gone. It is also fabulous for diaper rash and will work miracles on skin issues of any kind.

Why did this super fat disappear for many years?

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 butter


Here are some different ways to use coconut oil.

Candida Killer

Coconut oil is great for helping to kill Candida because of the caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal agent found exclusively in coconut oil. There can be significant die-off reactions from consuming this, so don’t be surprised if you detox from coconut oil when you start consuming it. Check out my Candida and Cultured Food Post.

coconut oilHigh Heat Cooking Oil

I use coconut oil to cook with, and even at high heat it remains stable. Oils that are healthy at room temperature can become unhealthy when heated above certain temperatures. Coconut oil can withstand the high heat of cooking and even deep frying, and is resistant to oxidation compared to highly unsaturated vegetable oils. It’s wonderful in breads and baked goods, and so good when making a tub of popcorn, or putting a spoonful in smoothies.

coconut sun screenSun Protection

I use coconut oil 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. Check out my Whipped Coconut Lotion Recipe!


I love using toothpaste made with coconut oil. It’s fabulous for keeping cavities at bay and works wonders on gum disease, too. You can find the one I use here.

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Last year I couldn’t find my coconut oil anywhere and finally found it 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.

There are many coconut oils on the market so let me tell you about some of the ones I use. Virgin coconut oil has a coconut taste, and extra vitamin E. These are just a few of the ways I use and consume coconut oil.  I also have lots of coconut recipes, too. Coconut oil is wonderful for you.

Here are a bunch of my favorite recipes.

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I love love coconut. I fermented coconut milk, and coconut water, and use the oil in many different ways. Learn more about this incredible food and just how to use it!

Exclusive Recipe!
Chocolate Kefir Coconut Pudding
I probably make this at least once a week for my daughter Holli. It is one of her favorite breakfast.
Coconut Almond Kefir Ice Cream
Coconut milk is full of medium chain fatty acids, which supports the thyroid and gives you energy. It also provides important minerals needed to maintain blood volume, regulate heart health, and help with digestion. This recipe is a great way to enjoy kefir. Remember, you can make kefir in any kind of milk.
Coconut Clementine Water Kefir
This recipe is great for winter time when clementines are in season, and your body is needing extra vitamin C to fight off colds and viruses. I love adding clementine juice to coconut kefir. The addition of clementine juice makes a wonderful drink filled with nutrients and tons of Vitamin C. More than half of your daily value for vitamin C is in one clementine!
Coconut Hot Chocolate
Coconut milk adds an incredible richness to hot chocolate, as well as a delicious and smooth taste
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Coconut Kefir Cheese
One of my favorite things to do with coconut kefir cheese is to top it with pineapple and shredded coconut and drizzle with honey and a splash of rum.
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Coconut Kefir Eggnog
This is a decant delicious eggnog that I absolutely love. One of my close friends said it was her favorite eggnog ever! This tastes best to drink right away as it will keep fermenting slowly in the fridge. It will last about a week before it gets really sour and starts to separate. Don't miss making this eggnog, it's so good and good for you!
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Coconut Kefir Ice Cream
Coconuts is one of the best sources of lauric acids, a protective type of fatty acid that can help with cholesterol and heart health. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk. In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, a molecule which has antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiprotozoan properties. Monolaurin destroys fungus, bacteria and virus at the molecular level in the body by attacking their lipid membranes, thus destroying them.This is a yummy kefir ice cream. The coconut milk makes it extra creamy. Don't forget to top this with shredded coconut or my Magic Chocolate Topping. It makes this an ideal dessert for parties or company.
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Coconut Kefir Mojito Mocktail!
Limes, mint, and coconut kefir are a match made in heaven. I don't think I ever drink Coconut Water Kefir without adding a slice of lime. With the addition of mint, its refreshingly clean taste makes this drink something special.
Exclusive Recipe!
Coconut Lime Green Tea Kombucha
I have tried everyway to make this recipe and this is the only one that worked. Coconut milk hardened and left a strong flavor, coconut water wasn't strong enough. But this coconut extract was just right!
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Coconut Milk
This is my homemade coconut milk. Super easy to make and wonderful for coconut kefir.
Coconut Kefir
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates than you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste or raw sugar per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics.
Coconut Water Kefir
This recipe is made using water kefir crystals, which are different than milk kefir grains. You can use them again and again to make a lot of water kefir. We recommend switching back to feeding it with sugar water every couple of feedings. Coconut water can be a little acidic and hard on the grains if they're continually left in coconut water.
Coconut Water Kefir - Easy Kefir Style
You can culture your first batch and then use a portion of this to make it many times over. This coconut water kefir gets very cloudy and this is normal.
Exclusive Recipe!
Coconut Water Kefir Saffron Lemonade
Saffron is actually the dried stigma (tiny threadlike strands) of the crocus flower (Crocus sativus). They are hand picked, and you only need a tiny bit, as saffron is very strong and has many benefits. Saffron is known to help with depression, asthma, arteriosclerosis, cancer, and known to offer menstrual relief. Many people do not know the many health benefits that can be gained from using a small amount of saffron.
Kombucha Coconut Smoothie
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 enhance the bacteria that live inside of you.
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Kombucha with Coconut Milk
Try adding a slice of lemon or lime for extra flavor.
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Kombucha with Whipped Coconut Cream
Two brands of coconut milk I recommend are Thai Kitchen and Whole Food 365 Everyday Value Organic Coconut milk brand.
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Strawberry Gingerade Coconut Kefir
This Drink is so delicious you’ll want to drink it every day. It is fizzy and bubbly and full of flavor. This is a great way to get probiotics into your kids.
Whipped Coconut Lotion
If your home gets above 76 degrees, the coconut oil will start to melt. But you can whip it again to keep it fluffy.
Exclusive Recipe!
White Russian Kombucha & Coconut Kefir Mocktail
This Mocktail combines two different cultures so you get a wide variety of pre- and probiotics!

55 Responses to "Coconut Oil Is Incredible!"
  1. Thank you for this article, Donna! I have some pretty nasty bruises from a car accident and I tried putting coconut oil on them. The bruises on my arms have really lightened up in the last 24 hours. It’s really amazing! Again, thank you for the article! I never would’ve thought to do this!

  2. I use coconut oil in my cats food. My cat had severe stomatitis and nothing was working. I started researching on what cats can consume. So I started using the coconut oil along with turmeric in his food. My cat went from having to have his food puréed at every meal to eating solid food again. He no longer salivates either which was his bodies was to cooling down the inflammation in his mouth. So now I do this at every meal to keep his condition at bay.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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;

  11. 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


    • 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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.

      • Supermarkets have started selling organic virgin coconut oil now and cheaper than Holland & Barret. Try your local Asda, Morrisons or Waitrose. I use coconut daily after a bath or shower as an all over moisturiser, keeps wrinkles away, hydrates and nourishes your skin. My Grandchildren eat it by the teaspoon!

    • 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!


    • 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.

      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?

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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).

  23. 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

  24. 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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