Coconut oil is a natural source of lauric acid and caprylic acid. These fatty acids are said to form the building blocks for powerful antimicrobials that may play a role in eradicating certain virus, bacteria and fungal infections.
For hundreds of years, inhabitants of tropical countries have used the coconut and its oil for a variety of uses.
Personally, I've used coconut oil for natural skin care, cooking and for deep moisturizing my hair. I also find it makes a great pre-workout energy drink.
But you may have questions about coconut oil remedies and if this healthy oil can help you treat and/or fend off certain health conditions.
Below you'll find a number of health conditions that may be treated with coconut oil. Please click on the topic that interests you for more detailed information.
Did you know one of most popular coconut oil remedies is treatment for dry, rought skin?
A study from the Philippines looked at using coconut oil and dry skin. The study compared coconut oil to mineral oil when used to treat patients with Xerosis (dry skin).
Researchers found coconut oil was more effective at improving skin moisture and reducing skin dryness, roughness and scaling.
How would you like a natural treatment for dry, damaged hair?
Research from India looked at using coconut oil on dry hair. The study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil in a variety of hair treatments to determine their effectiveness on hair structure.
Scientists discovered coconut oil contains special fats which are attracted to hair proteins. This attraction caused the oils to penetrate the hair shaft - reducing protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair. Study participants claimed their hair felt thicker and looked healthier after the coconut oil treatments.
Now you can improve your hair and get thicker, healthier-looking hair in less than 60 minutes. And you don't have to go to the hair salon or spend lots of money of expensive hot oil hair treatments and conditioners.
Follow my easy-to-follow guide to using coconut oil for hair moisturizing and deep conditioning right here. You'll find testimonials from others who've tried this wonderful hair moisturizing treatment and you can also share your results with us.
There are many internet sites claiming you can use coconut oil to cure herpes; but is this a natural remedy for this condition?
Researchers have learned coconut oil contains lauric acid - the building block for a powerful anti-microbial that kills certain bacteria, virus and fungi. The potential for this natural antimicrobial has gotten many scientists to sit up and take notice of this functional food.
Learn more about The Antiviral Properties of Lauric Acid and Coconut Oil and see what the research reveals about this healthy oil.
Many people claim that coconut oil can cure fibromyalgia. Although there are no documented medical studies on this particular subject, there are some doctors who recommend the use of coconut oil as part of a natural treatment plan.
You can read more about using coconut oil on fibromyalgia and learn how some people have experienced increased energy, reduced pain and loss weight.
If you suffer from thyroid problems, you may have encountered information on the internet claiming coconut can be used for thyroid problems.
Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, points to studies showing the fats found in coconut oil (medium chain fatty acids) can stimulate your metabolism, give you more energy, and promote weight loss.
Other health care professionals believe there are a number of discrepancies in the use of coconut oil to treat thyroid conditions, including the lack of studies in any peer-reviewed medical literature. Some doctors and researchers believe these unpublished case histories and testimonials of patients losing up to 50 pounds of fat with coconut oil are an unreliable source of evidence and therefore, can't be trusted until proven.
So what's the verdict in this controversial subject? Get your questions answered on using coconut oil on thyroid disease right here.
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides - special fats that are metabolized faster than the longer-chain saturated fats found in meat, butter and milk. Can you lose weight with coconut oil by incorporating these fast-burning fats into your diet?
Well, research has shown these medium chain triglycerides can boost your metabolism and may help increase weight loss. Adding 2 - 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil to a healthy balanced diet, along with daily exercise, may be what you need to reach your weight loss goals.
Curing acne can be a frustrating problem for many people. What works for some people may not work for others. The most common treatments are benzoyl peroxides, prescription drugs, antibiotics and even laser therapy.
For those seeking more natural skin treatments, you may have success using coconut oil on acne. Research from popular acne forums and online bulletin boards found coconut oil offered the following results:
It's a great skin moisturizer and helps soften and smooth facial skin.
Appear to soften acne scars and cystic acne.
Some users found using too much can make your skin greasy.
May cause whiteheads to appear initially and then they go away. Some people believed this is due to coconut oil's cleansing and re-balancing of the skin.
Learn more about using coconut oil and acne right here.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fatty acid that forms the building blocks for a powerful anti-microbial called monolaurin. Studies show this substance can eradicate antibiotic-resistant bacteria, virus and fungi. Further research has shown monolaurin can also fight Candida and yeast infections.
The question is if you get this effect from eating virgin coconut oil....
Although there are no documented medical studies on the use of coconut oil on yeast infections, there are some studies showing lauric acid is effective against the Candida organism.
You can read more about using coconut oil on Candida here.
Studies show using coconut oil on dermatitis lead to reduced bacterial infections and increased moisture levels.