The first post I did in this coconut oil series was on September 16th, Introduction to Coconut Oil, Part I. Then I posted Part II, Coconut Cures, on Oct 1st and 4th. This is a continuation of coconut cures, which is just a sampling of the different conditions that coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut meat, and coconut water can cure and help in keeping our bodies healthy and disease free.
All information provided is from Dr Bruce Fife's books and website. For copies of the his books please click the link at the top of this page. For more information about Dr Bruce Fife please visit his website, Coconut Research Center.
Nose Bleed - Unless caused by an injury, bloody noses are often a product of the climate. Cold, dry air dehydrates nasal passages causing the mucus membranes to itch, burn, and crack. Coconut oil can soften and moisten the passages to prevent dry cracked skin. Generously coat your finger with oil and rub it on the inside of your nostril. Lie down on your back and let the oil drain into your sinuses. Rubbing coconut oil inside the nostrils will stop the bleeding. To prevent blood from going down the throat, sit down, lean forward and put your head down, leaving the mouth open for breathing. If bleeding is heavy, you can stop it immediately by inhaling a little cayenne pepper into the nose. An eyedropper of water and cayenne pepper inserted into the nose will do the same thing.
Poison Ivy or Oak - Apply a layer of coconut oil on affected area and cover with a bandage. (See how to make a proper bandage just below Skin Fungus)
Prostate Enlargement - If you can get fresh green coconut water (this is water from the inside of a green unripe coconut), drink one or two cups daily and consume at least the daily maintenance doze of 3 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage coconut oil into the groin area daily. You should of course be eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, taking vitamin E, copper and a B complex and getting some exercise. Walking around for a minute or two every half hour stimulates circulation into the pelvic area.
Sinus Congestion - For relief of sinus congestion and respiratory problems, dip your finger into semi-hard coconut oil and fill each nostril. Lay down on your back with your head tipped back. Remain until the oil melts and goes down into sinuses (about 10 minutes). Be prepared to expel thick mucous. This will clear your sinuses and allow you to breath easier. If the coconut oil is not solid, put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Skin Fungus - (athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, foot and nail fungus) Massage coconut oil into infected area 3 to 6 times a day or use a coconut oil bandage (see next paragraph). If possible expose the infected skin to direct sunlight for 20 minutes a day. This procedure works very well and you should see new, healthy skin appearing within a week or so. Keep the affected area moist. For foot fungus apply before bed. Put foot in plastic bag and put sock over bag to keep it in place, then repeat each night. Recurrent fungal infections are a sign of a systemic candida infection and best treated with the Coconut Oil Detox (see Dr Fife's book with that title).
The secret to getting the best results with coconut oil is to keep it continually on the injured or infected spot until healed. You can do this using a bandage and apply the oil as frequently as possible throughout the day. With a bandage you can keep the infected area continually in contact with the oil, so you will want to keep the bandage moist all the time. Just wet enough to allow the skin to continually absorb the oil.
Ordinary Band-Aids do not work well. A piece of cloth, plastic wrap, and adhesive tape or an elastic band can work. Cut a piece of cloth or gauze so it is a little larger than the injured area on the skin. Take a piece of plastic wrap or plastic sandwich bag and cut it so that it is about a half inch or so larger than the cloth. Soak the cloth in melted coconut oil. Rub some warm oil into the skin. Wipe off excess oil around the area. Apply oil soaked cloth to the area. Lay the plastic on top of the cloth and secure with adhesive tape or an elastic band. Replace bandage every day.
Sore Throat - Drink lots of water, take 500-1000mg of vitamin C and 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Massage coconut oil into neck and chest. You can make your own Sore Throat Syrup and take 2 tablespoons every hour or so.
Recipe for Sore Throat Syrup: 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (stevia or another natural sugar), 1/8 tsp of cracked peppercorns, 1 tsp powdered turmeric, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Combine all ingredients except coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat, strain, and add coconut milk.
Stretch Marks - The best way to eliminate stretch marks is before the birth of the baby. Apply coconut oil to the abdomen, hips, and groin daily before delivery. Continue after delivery until abdomen is back to normal. Coconut oil and coconut products should be eaten daily.
Sunburn - Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen. Throw away all those popular name brand sun lotions that contain chemicals! To avoid sunburn, apply oil before getting sun exposure. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend in the sun each day. Add coconut oil into the diet at the same time. Consuming the oil on a regular basis will also increase your tolerance to the sun.
Ulcer - Gastric ulcers are caused by bacteria burrowing into the lining of the stomach. The MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) in coconut can kill these organisms. Take the maintenance doze of coconut oil. Add cayenne pepper, as much as you can tolerate to your foods. If you don't like hot foods, buy cayenne in gelatin capsules and take one or two with each meal. You may want to consider going on the Coconut Oil Detox.
Varicose Veins - Massage warm coconut oil into affected area 3-6 times a day. Take 1000 mg of vitamin C and 500 mg of magnesium daily. Drink 16 ounces of coconut water and eat 3 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil daily. Add more fiber to your diet, especially fresh or dried coconut meat.
Warts - Some warts can be removed by simply rubbing coconut oil into them every day. This method doesn't work for all warts. Many tend to be hard and impenetrable, keeping the oil from reaching the heart of the problem. Rough up the surface of the wart with an emery board or peel or cut off some of the dry, hard skin to open it up. Apply hydrogen peroxide and let dry. Massage warm coconut oil deep into skin for maximum penetration. Apply the oil 4-8 times daily or use an oil soaked bandage. Continue until the skin heals and the wart is gone.
Wrinkles - Massage coconut oil into the skin once or twice a day. Consume coconut products daily. Avoid refined vegetable oils and tobacco and eat lot of fresh vegetable.
This concludes Part II Coconut Cures.