Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coconut Oil ~ Health Benefits, Uses, and More


Coconut Oil.  I am hearing those two words more and more lately.  I read about it, hear about it, see it on store shelves.  It didn't really register as a health item until I read an article and watched a very good video by CBN the other day.  Click here for more on that.

After reading about coconut oil and its proposed benefits, I decided I need to look further.  So here I am, letting you know what I found out in my online travels.

There are many, many uses for coconut oil.  It is good for the skin as a moisturizer or to heal athletes foot and more;  it helps keep you healthy in general; it is known to help and/or prevent specific health issues such as chronic fatigue, eczema, hot flashes (this got my attention!);  when taken internally; externally it can help with back pain, allergies, herpes.  It can be used in place of butter, and kitchen oils for cooking and baking.  There are even benefits for dogs.  And, lest we forget...many claim it is great in the area of weight loss!  Sign me up, Martha!  I want to lose some fluff!


This news is so exciting to me that I just want to run out and buy a train load of the stuff!  But wait...I need to find out where to buy it.  I now know to only buy "pure" or "non-hydrogenated" coconut oil.  A Google search let me know there are many online stores that sell organic coconut oil, and my local Walgreens carries one of the brands listed.  Some Walmarts also carry it.  It is often found near the olive oil.  I will check my local stores before I resort to paying shipping costs.

In liquid form it can be put in water.  In solid form it can be added to foods, such as oatmeal, pudding, and ...well, that is why I need to find a cookbook!  Typical doses are (by our weight):
  • 175 lbs & up - 4 Tablespoons daily
  • 150-175 lbs   - 3 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 125-150 lbs   - 3 Tbsp daily
  • 100-125 lbs   - 2 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 75-100 lbs     - 2 Tbsp daily
  • 50-75 lbs       - 1 1/2 Tbsp daily
  • 25-50 lbs       - 1 Tbsp daily

There is so much information out there that I could blog for weeks about each category of its benefits.  Just take HB (HoneyBunny) and I, for instance.  Our ailments include Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Depression, Allergies, congestion, sagging energy, acid reflux...and the list goes on.  All of these are areas that are benefited by coconut oil.  Why would I not want to try it?  Some claim to see results quickly, some found it took longer.  HB has an appointment with his Primary Care guy today and we will bring this up to him and ask his opinion.

Look for more on this subject here as I delve into this further.  I see coconut oil in our future - and I don't even own a crystal ball!  Where have I been that I didn't know all this before?  Who know blogging could be so educational!

A great source for more information is:  Hybrid Rasta Mama's blog post: 160 Uses for Coconut Oil and Health Impact News Daily

**I am not a medical expert. Always consult your physician before trying a new diet or supplement. Ideas expressed here are my own opinion or from articles on the internet. Doing your own research is highly recommended.

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Huge Green Hugs,
Pat


11 comments:

  1. I was looking into this today. I've found that it can be helpful for Crohn's disease. I've excited to give it a whirl. Let me know what you find out about quality and prices around town. I will have to wait until next payday to pick some up.
    :)

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    1. Fry's carry's "Pure" Coconut Oil for under $9. I bought a kindle book - How To Use Coconut Cures For A Healthy Life - and it had a section on Crohn's. Am sure there is much more online and in other books. My son-in-law has Crohn's and I can't wait to see if they are aware of these benefits or if they have tried CO. I'll be posting more here as I research. I'll be sure to pass on whatever I find out!
      Huge green hugs
      Pat

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  2. Wow I haven't heard of this before. I'm a new follower from a blog hop! I would love if you followed me at http://iheartpears.blogspot.com. Have a great day, I'll drop by again soon.

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    1. Hubba - Thanks for visiting and following! I will definitely be dropping by your blog and following you back!
      Hugs green hugs,
      Pat

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  3. I love coconut oil. Have you ever used it to make popcorn? Yum Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop Big Hugs xo

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    1. Katherine - I tried it (& posted about it) the other day and loved it! Best ever! Thanks for telling me about it!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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  4. I've been recently using it for cooking at high temperatures. It comes in a spray now so I can use it for grilling. I look forward to more info. about it and already learned some new stuff with this post. I'm your new follower. Please follow back at
    http://westvistaurbanfarmschool.blogspot.com/ Mover cursor over top right side of blog and find 3 person icon to follow. Sorry for the long explanation, but it's not so obvious.

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    1. Kristin - I'll be visiting your blog right away and following you back. Thanks for stopping by and taking a minute to comment. I am sure we can learn from each other!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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    2. Kristin - I can't get your blog page to work...it locks up each time. I'll keep trying.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I'll work on trying it out.
    New follower from the hop.
    God bless!
    TESHUVA-http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com/

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    1. Ugochi - Thanks for visiting and following! Please come again soon!
      Huge green hugs,
      Pat

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