I don’t have to read about how great coconut oil is for me to be convinced of its benefits; I already know from experience!
Introducing a new theme on my blog: Natural Health and Beauty. This new category has just been added to my menu. Expect more articles on this topic from time-to-time! I will be sharing what I’m discovering about how to be healthy, and how to take good care of our skin and hair–naturally. The first experience I’m really excited to tell you about has do with using coconut oil.
Not only is it great to cook with, coconut oil is also useful as a remedy for skin problems and other health issues. Even warts. This is embarrassing, but true. I used coconut oil, applied after every shower, to get rid of a wart.
When I was about ten or eleven years old, I noticed a bunch of cauliflower-textured bumps starting to appear on my fingers, and one on the palm of my hand. They were annoying and ugly (usually we associate warts with witches, for some reason–ugh). My mother first had me try an over-the-counter cream. I rubbed a little on each wart and covered it with a Band-aid every night before going to bed. The skin softened and peeled, but the warts didn’t go away. Then she tried taking me to a dermatologist.
He sprayed liquid nitrogen on the warts, and it worked! Only the one on my palm was too deep, and required a different treatment: surgical removal. He had to cut it out, which left a little gash in my palm for awhile, until scar tissue filled it up. But might there have been a simpler, less drastic solution to my wart problem? Now I’m convinced that there was.
Just last year, a new wart popped up, after many years of being wart-free. On my knee was a cauliflower-textured bump just like I used to have on my hands as a little girl. I took one look at that thing, and groaned in dismay. I couldn’t afford to go to the dermatologist right now; was this ugly little bump going to grow and spread until eventually my whole knee was covered with them? I shaved mercilessly right over it, and it bled. But then it grew back. Yuck!
Around this same time, I started wondering what to do about my dry skin. On my shelf, I had some coconut oil I had purchased for cooking; why not try it for dry skin, too? After every shower, I smoothed it on, and it did help my dry skin. Then, unexpectedly, it helped my other little problem, too. It did take several weeks; but, that disgusting bump eventually disappeared completely–without liquid nitrogen or sharp knives. It may be that it might have disappeared on its own, without my help; but, after my experience with warts when I was little, I know how stubborn they can be and I don’t think that’s likely.
That experience convinced me of coconut oil’s skin-healing benefits. But I have another story to share of something that happened to me which further boosted my confidence in this oil.
Never, never in my whole entire life did I have a yeast infection–until just recently. I thought something was going crazy with my body. Previous to this, I had developed mastitis, which was horrible enough (another first for me). Then a few days after beginning antibiotic treatment, I noticed an annoying itching, burning sensation, along with a thick discharge. Apparently, the antibiotics I was taking killed the “good” bacteria along with the bad, leading to an increased susceptibility for yeast infection. Read this very short, informative overview of how yeast infections can sometimes develop. I didn’t know what to do, having never experienced this before. So, I did the first thing that came to mind, after reading about it in Trim Healthy Mama: I used Coconut Oil. The relief was noticeable right away. After about a week, the infection was cleared up completely.
This proves, from what happened to me, that coconut oil is indeed an effective anti-viral and anti-fungal treatment, as shown both from my wart and my yeast infection episodes.
Will this work for everybody? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try! Coconut oil is good to eat, so it’s good to put on your skin, too, since anything you put on your skin gets absorbed into the body. Even if it doesn’t eliminate your ailment, it won’t do you any harm, either. At least you will know that you’re doing something healthy for yourself. Read a quick article about the health benefits of coconut oil here. There are other ways to use this oil; you can look forward to more articles about coconut oil and other natural remedies in the future!
- Have you ever used coconut oil? What for, and did it work?
- Are there any other natural oils that you have found effective in curing skin problems and other sorts of infections (such as the ones I mentioned)?
Thanks for reading–I look forward to reading your comments!