coconut oil revisited

February 5, 2012

i wrote about coconut oil here almost 2 years ago. we continue to use it and love it; it really is an essential in our pantry.

today, the coolest thing happened: one of my dear family members called me, saying that their spouse had told them that i use coconut oil and would i mind sharing about it? they had just read an article from a woman who saw significant healing in her husband’s alzheimer’s disease after using coconut oil daily.

we had such a great conversation! i hung up, re-inspired about this great tool in our cupboard. even though i “know” about this stuff, this conversation stirred me to think of other uses and ways to take advantage of this healing oil. we talked about practical ways for this person to include coconut oil in their daily diet, not in fancy unrealistic ways. spreading a teaspoon on their toast in place of butter, or a spoonful on top of their cooked rice … these were some ideas we came up that were practical for them.

i was reminded how *intimidating* new things can be: what is it? how does it look, what kind should i buy, how do i use it? i’ve faced those same questions and yet once i tackled the thing (for me,  it was making chicken broth … intimidating and seemingly out-of-reach for me) i realize how totally easy and doable it can be for me in the kitchen.

there is so much great information on this awesome oil available. here’s a great quote from the book Nourishing Traditions,

Coconut oil is 92% saturated with over two-thirds of the saturated fat as medium chain fatty acid. Of particular interest is lauric acid, found in large quantities in both coconut oil and mother’s milk. This fatty acid has both antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
…. these oils are stable and can be kept at room temperature for many months without becoming rancid. Highly saturated tropical oils do not contribute to heart disease but have nourished healthy populations for milennia.

And from “The Coconut Oil Miracle”,

When taken as a supplement, used in cooking, or applied directly to the skin, coconut oil has been found to promote weight loss, help protect against many diseases, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, and prevent premature aging of the skin.

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One Response to “coconut oil revisited”

  1. Leaves Heal Says:

    Love coconut oil, and use it a lot. I have to be careful how much I use, personally, because it is an inflammatory food, but I balance that with ginger (anti-inflammatory), and get the benefits anyhow 🙂
    Another couple of spots to see folks raving about how wonderful it is:
    http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

    On this one, scroll down to “popular remedies”, and click on what interests you:
    http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/coconut_oil.html

    http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail347.php

    This last site says it can be used as the “solid portion” of oil-based recipes, but my own home’s temperature fluxuates, so that’s not as dependable– could be solid one day and liquid the next. I use beeswax to make a solid, and olive oil for the liquid, and coconut oil when I’m not depending on it to be “either or.”


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