As spring fast approaches us, I wanted to share a fun and functional list with you that will come in handy as you start to detox this season, and beyond!
Coconut oil is one of my favorite gifts from Mama Nature – anti-bacterial, anti-viral, blood-sugar-balancing, and detoxifying – and if you haven’t yet, I think you’ll fall in love with it too after reading this.
Coconut oil isn’t just great for your skin and hair, it can also help you to heal your thyroid, lose weight, have more energy, and fix your periods. It only takes two to three tablespoons per day for coconut oil to have these wondrous effects on your health.
Coconut oil is the ultimate “good fat” as it contains medium chain triglycerides or fatty acids that are hormonal health warriors. Over the years, we’ve all been educated to fear oils and see them as fattening and unhealthy. Well, some are – like vegetable oils, canola, safflower – but coconut oil is actually completely unique and has many health benefits.
The health benefits of coconut oil
- Hormone balancing – the fatty acids in coconut oil actually help the hormones get to where they want and need to go in the body, and so support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance.
- Weight loss-promoting – studies show that coconut oil increases the metabolism and prevents hunger, allowing for successful weight loss.
- Thyroid-supportive – coconut oil has the ability to transform cholesterol into pregnenolone, which is one of the essential building blocks for thyroid hormone-creation. When you add more coconut oil to your diet, you’re increasing the saturated fats made up primarily of medium-chain fatty acids that aren’t found in many other oils. These medium-chain fatty acids increase metabolism and promote weight loss, which is a big part of your healthy thyroid function. In addition, coconut oil can increase basal body temperatures, which is super important for women with low thyroid function.
- Gut-healing – coconut oil repairs gut tissue and encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Like breast milk, coconut oil is powerfully antimicrobial and antibacterial. The high levels of lauric acid in coconut oil protects against infection from viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi. Lauric acid inactivates harmful microbes in your gut that can lead to hormonal imbalance.
So, now you know how great coconut oil is for your health, how do you get more of it? I have some ideas for easy, simple ways to add coconut oil to your every day life.
5 ways to eat more coconut oil
- Stir a tablespoon into your favorite hot drink.
- Add it into kale-based or date-based smoothies (or mix all three!).
- Use it to cook your eggs and greens in the morning – it takes away that bitter taste of collards or spinach.
- Substitute butter for coconut oil when baking breads and desserts, or spread on gluten free toast.
- Just take a tablespoon straight from the jar when you’re short on time, like you might with a nut butter.
I keep three jars in my house – one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, and one in my daughter’s room! Coconut oil is so versatile.
4 other uses for coconut oil
- As a moisturizer. Ditch the store-bought moisturizers that are usually loaded with hormone-disrupting chemicals, and swap them for coconut oil. Not only does it provide lasting moisture to your skin, but it’s antibacterial properties can help fight acne and other skin conditions.
- As a mouthwash. More specifically called an “oil pull,” 1 teaspoon full of coconut oil can be swished through your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes and it will literally pull away the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. This is obviously great news for your oral health, but did you know that our oral health also has a huge effect on our heart health and hormonal health? It’s true. In fact, gum disease can add on an extra 2 months for the time it takes to get pregnant, according to Australian research in 2011.
- As an eye make-up remover. Instead of spending top dollar for pricing eye-makeup removers that most likely contain harmful chemicals, let coconut oil take care of it for you! Using a tissue or pad of cotton, wipe coconut oil across your raccoon eyes or other old makeup at the end of the day and watch it clear away everything fast!
- As a natural deodorant. Yet another way to avoid harmful chemicals from skin care products! Skip the anti-perspirants and roll on something that is effective and not harmful to your hormones. Coconut oil is an ingredient in quite a few natural deodorants, and you can also make up your own potion – either use it plain or mix it together in one of these DIY recipes.
The best coconut oil to use
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It is listed that coconut oil is great as a hypothyroid remedy, my question is: how should it be used to help hypothyroidism? I don’t clearly understand if using it as a moisturizer, deodorant, mouthwash, and eye makeup remover are recommended for those suffering from hypothyroidism. Please clarify, thanks!
Great question! You can use coconut oil in your cooking and can also just take a teaspoon of it every day to benefit your thyroid.
The Flo Living Team
this is just a test for replys
I have a hormonal inbalance and I want to try the coconut oil
B8t im not sure how to take it?
Stephanie Lawson says
I have been adding it to. My morning coffee and cooking my eggs with it , if I have a salad for lunch I warm it a little and squeeze some lemon or lime in it and toss it with my greens , it tastes really good . I usually eat the kale spinach mix, with sunflower seed and dried raisins or cranberries ..I add a little cheese but not much .
For my coffee I have. A handheld milk frothier ( or if you have a ninja blender ) to mix it really well and avoid the greasy spots floating, which I don’t mind because my lips are softer than ever from this as well
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sherifat abolade says
I’ve been using the coconut oil for hypothyroidism for the past 3 months I nowgo for my thyroid-test and the tsh is low what am I to do ? to stop using the coconut oil?
Hi everyone! I started taking coconut oil in my coffee and tea and it’s been delicious! But, I’m in doubt about the correct daily dose… is it 1 or 2 tbsp? is 3 too much? I heard Alisa saying that a jar lasts 3 months and mine is half empty in just 2 weeks… so, just checking that I am not abusing it.
Thanks a lot
Bianca Sadusky says
She writes 3 tablespoons in the article above (You can’t get too much)
I was on birth control which stopped my cycles. Well this morning I took a teaspoon full of coconut oil in its solid form and about an hour later my cycle started after being missing for about 2-3 months now
I haven’t had a cycle in months and started taking coconut oil I also started my cycle there is some truth to this….
Maybe because of this “Hormone balancing – the fatty acids in coconut oil actually help the hormones get to where they want and need to go in the body, and so support the creation, processing and elimination of estrogen and progesterone, leading to hormonal balance.”
What kind of coconut oil did you use as I have extra Virgin coconut oil?
Coconut oil definitely induces the period. Whe never I take it that is why I had to stop taking it. It don’t know why
OMG!!! me too!! i started taking coconut oil like 3 days ago ( I’m also a pill user) and my period came like an hour ago ¬¬
I having the problem of harmonal balance, is it true that coconut oil help me, and also how much I want to eat daily to solve my problem.
Hi Ammu, If you have a hormone imbalance it is important to understand what your symptoms are telling you – which hormones are out of whack will help you decide what you need to do! If you pick up a copy of WomanCode that I wrote you will get a lot more info on the topic.
Hi! I live in Canada and currently Thrive Market does not ship to Canada. Do you have a suggestion for something similar for Canada?
Cierra Burnaugh says
I have been using coco nut oil to cure an yeast infection and within two days the irritation and itching was gone. I was also on my period while having the yeast infection so i didn’t know if the coconut oil would work. I lathered my lady part and my tampon with coconut oil just to cure the yeast infection and it did. What i didn’t know was that the coconut oil would stopped my period completely. The coconut oil was so soothing and refreshing i’m thinking of adding it to my normal period routine.
Hi there from one year my period totally depends on Medicine can I costume coconut oil bcz I have policystic ovaries if yes how much I can take in a day and for how long time to induce my period
I m 38 and my period stopped all off sudden, Dr gave me nemothernow it’s three months I still don’t have any sign of periods please help me with this.
Hi I have a condition due to low estrogen.Rhe dr told me I have to take preparing for life.Will coconut oil help this.How much do I take.I take it now for general health one tablespoon a day.
You will want to take a more comprehensive approach to balancing your hormones – there is no one food or supplement that can fix it. A good place for you to start could be reading my book “Woman Code” – you will get a lot of info here on steps to take!
Shalen Cali says
Does coconut oil stop your period or helps your period come on!?????? and how do I take it?
Is it true? What’s the name of the product cause in my case still my period doesn’t come about 5 months now since i stop taking pills
So much information about coconut oil makes me very excited. I’m going to try it for my hormone imbalance
Ruthie Grady says
will cocnut oil balance my hormone and when inbalance
Hey .. which Coconut oil a U talking about I’m also suffering from hormons balance I don’t have desires for for sec
Barbara j says
Morning! I have low iron count and I’m in menopause stage 10 years without cycle and my hormones is imbalance.. I will try organic coconut oil for my symptoms.. so many symptoms come with menopause and I’m only 54
I also have hormone imbalance according to a blood test. I don’t know which ones are out of whack though. I have had low libido for years and now suffer from weight gain for no real,reason. I am post menopause
As well and I am 54. I have just started natural hormone therapy and doc it oil as well but I am unsure if this is the right thing to do? Can you advise?
Currently we do not work with women in menopause. However, there is a lot that you can do by keeping blood sugar balanced, supporting good digestion and perhaps adding in some supplements (which ones specifically would need to be decided with a naturopath or someone like this). The more stress there is on the body the more likely it is to get out of balance. I would start by understanding which hormones are out of whack and then pick up Christiane Northrup’s book “Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom” – she is amazing!
I have seen a lot of misinformation about hormonal issues. My estrogen is low and my cortisol high and low. I was advised to take adaptogens, flax seed, sesame seed, cruciferous, green tea and others. After a year on this diet I found myself in worst condition as before. I started googling and I found out the diet I was following was making me sicker because this things are estrogen blockers . If you are in menopause I suggest you do more research on coconut oil to make sure is not going to lower more this important hormones.
Hi Lulu! I am in the same boat. And all of the things that you listed are also part of the Parasite cleanse. I am wondering if Coconut Oil is an estrogen blocker too. I’m 53 and I think something has forced the menopause. But no one even addresses it online. I’m thinking of going to a naturopath to find out. Scary thing is the OB/Gyn who told me to take those things too, wrote a book for fertility.
Hi I’m am23 yes old.. I’m in Pakistan I have one baby after that my ovaries stop working n doc said that I have premature ovarian failure… Two years my periods don’t come now I’m in birth control pills my fsh is too high plz plz help me what can I do n coconut oil is good for me or not plz rp
Salaam Rabia, I am 27 years old, and I too have hormonal issues. I am in no way an expert, but my mother is a qualified aromatherapist, and I swear by aromatherapy because it helped me when doctors couldnt. Everyone has some modality or practice that works for their body. I personally found that birth control makes me very sick and so I switched to natural alternatives. Perhaps if you did a bit of reading on aromatherapy essential oils for your condition and see if it may be for you? Or perhaps another modality? I personally use a blend of Clary Sage, Jasmine, Thyme, Myrrh and Angelica essentials oils in a carrier oil and it helps me with balancing out my hormonal levels and living a normal life. Or might I suggest that you get an opinion from another doctor just to confirm that you do indeed have this condition, as sometimes doctors have varying opinions or treatments. I hope that this helps you, or perhaps grants you other alternatives as to how to treat it naturally Insha-Allah
Am 30, the last shot for my contraceptives was in jan
It should expire this month.
Is there anything i can do to mk my period come back to normal. Is there anything i can do to increase my low libido
I have fibroid
can coconut shrink fibroid
No one food or supplement will shrink a fibroid. It needs to be a concerted effort between diet, lifestyle and perhaps supplementation.
This will not be enough. Dietary and lifestyle changes can help, and sometimes surgery is necessary.
Reshma reshu says
Coconut oil applying into stomach area for belly fat and it cover the paper thats sweating it is good or bad to the inner parts mean ovary uterus what happened to the parts plzz tell me
Hi ma’am, thanks for the natural supplément. I am having serious hormones imbalance am 29yrs old. I can’t get pregnant and it’s straighten my marriage. Pls can I take coconut oil and which quantity a day. Thank u ma’am
Will using raw coconut butter have the same benefits for balancing hormones as coconut oil?
I am 36 year now I have harmones imbalance my prolaction increases my periods into come its irregular doc give me cabergoline then period comes after some month its stop these process going on since 10 years can I take coconut oil. Is it benefits for my harmone imbalances. Is my periods come monthly
I used to have 6 days periods. . Now for some reason they have decreased to 3 or 4 days. Could coconut oil be the cause? I make chocolate with coconut oil in it and make chocolate pudding with it.
I used to have 6 days periods. . Now for some reason they have decreased to 3 or 4 days. Could coconut oil be the cause? I make chocolate with coconut oil in it and make chocolate pudding with it. I eat it daily during periods to consume milk.