Unusual uses for Coconut

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Keep anti-microbial coconut oil in your bathroom cabinet

Recent research has demonstrated that coconut oil, in its digested form, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It has been discovered that digested coconut oil combats the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which produces teeth-decaying acids. In fact, digested coconut oil is good for preventing the proliferation of  most forms of Streptococcusbacteria. It has also been known for a long time that coconut oil is effective for treating  Candida albicans.Coconut oil is a useful ally in the quest for bacterial balance throughout the digestive tract, and in fact in all the mucous membranes of the body where bacteria thrive, such as the ears, sinuses, airways, genital area and urethra.
The research seems to indicate that undigested coconut oil does not have the same effect, although other earlier  studies have shown a benefit from undigested coconut oil too.

Coconut oil can be used both topically and as a food supplement to maintain a beneficial balance of bacteria, both in the mouth and throughout the gut.An effective home-made toothpaste can be made by combining coconut oil with bicarbonate of soda and perhaps a few drops of peppermint or fennel oil. A similar blend, using perhaps more floral oils, can make an effective underarm deodorant. Apply like a moisturiser, or keep in the fridge and roll on like a deodorant stick.

Coconut has long been used as a moisturiser for both skin and hair, and may well also help to keep skin healthy through its antibacterial and antifungal action.

Coconut oil can also be used for oil pulling, where the oil is swished, gargled and sucked around the mouth for 20 minutes before being spat out. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. The oil is held in the mouth for some minutes where it acts like a cleanser. When it is worked around your teeth and gums through ‘swishing’  it ‘pulls’ out bacteria and other debris.

(Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and so needs to be put in a warm place or gently heated to turn it into liquid. If you use coconut butter for massage into your skin you will find that it softens and melts as you work with it.) Our bodies contain more bacteria cells than human cells, so it is vital to keep them in balance for our health and well-being on so many levels. Antibiotics have proved themselves to be a short term, short-sighted approach for day-to-day infections such as gum disease, candida and bowel flora imbalance. So keep a tub of cold pressed organic coconut oil in your bathroom cabinet as well as your kitchen cupboard, and help keep both the doctor and dentist away.


  1. Fascinating. Where can I buy the kind of coconut oil for this use? I have coconut oil for my hair.
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    • You should be able to buy it in any good health food store. Try and get the organic virgin coconut oil for best results

  2. Hi Dot! I did not know that coconut oil had so many uses. I have used in in cooking before but now I will have other uses to try out. Thanks! Great post and great site!
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  3. I love it. I never knew the benefits of coconut oil before. I will definitely be getting some now that I know.

  4. So many great benefits! I knew there were plenty but it’s great to read about so many here I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing and all the best for the UBC!
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  5. I had to bop over from UBC when I saw your post – I use coconut oil to brush my teeth as well as oil pulling. I also put a teaspoon in my coffee once a day. I use it for everything – love the stuff! Kindred spirits!
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  6. I use coconut oil for oil pulling. The bit I did not understand was the bit about digested coconut oil. How is it helping your mouth if it is already digested?
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  7. I have used coconut oil or a blend of coconut oil as a moisturiser. I just love the smell. A little off topic, but drinking from a freshly opened coconut shell in Singapore was thirst quenching.
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  8. Interesting Dot.

    I add coconut oil in my tea every day. It was weird at first and now I can’t imagine not doing it. Or coffee if I have coffee in the morning.

    If you’re using on your skin, is it best to do in the morning after a shower or at night before bed – or just see what works best? I’ve been in AZ for 5 months (next Tuesday :)) & coming from WI, and being winter, my skin is a bit drier…

    Great info.

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  9. I love, love, love coconut oil. It’s great on eczema. I recently added it to my dog’s diet to help with irritable bowel, and it’s working like a charm. Keep spreading the word!
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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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