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Coconut oil is used in hospitals to feed patients who have digestive or absorption problems.
It is commonly given to infants and small children who cannot digest other fats.
It has been a primary ingredient in most commercial infant formulas.
During World War II when blood supplies were running low, doctors discovered that the liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
India’s National Newspaper, Monday, Nov 24, 2003 states: “It (coconut juice) is also considered a close substitute for blood plasma since it is sterile, cool, easily absorbed by the body and does not destroy red blood cells. To quote Morton Satin, Chief of Food and Agricultural Organization’s Agricultural Industries and Post Harvest Management Service: “It is a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It is the fluid of life, so to speak.”
President of the Coconut Research Center, Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., states: “I’ve seen it (coconut oil) get rid of chronic psoriasis, eliminate dandruff, remove precancerous skin lesions, speed recovery from the flu, stop bladder infections, overcome chronic fatigue, and relieve hemorrhoids, among other things.”
Benefits in a skin cream
Coconut oil has a natural creamy texture, comes from a vegetable source, and is almost always free from pesticides and other chemicals and contaminants. For these reasons it lends itself as a great ingredient in soaps, shampoos, creams, and other body-care products. It makes an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough, and wrinkled skin.
The best lotion not only softens the skin, but also protects it against damage, promotes healing, and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance. Coconut oil prevents free-radical formation and the damage it causes. It can help prevent the skin from developing liver spots and other blemishes caused by aging and overexposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle.
My customers tell me that my creams have helped them eliminate age spots and, in one case, eliminate burns from radiation treatment after breast cancer. The creams are great to protect against sun burn or reduce the burning after effects of sunburn AND reduce peeling. I’ve also been told they’ve seen a noticeable reduction in wrinkles over several months.
The only liquid in my creams comes from freshly harvested aloe (I grow myself and harvest about 2 minutes before adding to cream mixture). Commercial creams often are predominantly water which is quickly absorbed into dry, wrinkled skin. As the water enters the skin, it expands the tissues, like filling a balloon with water, so that wrinkles fade away and skin feels smoother. But this is only temporary. As soon as the water evaporates or is carried away by the bloodstream, the dry, wrinkled skin returns.
Oils have a pronounced effect on all the tissues of the body, especially the connective tissues which hold us together. As we age these connective fibers break down due to free-radical attacks (from environmental, diet, bad habits – like smoking, and natural aging factors), causing them to sag and wrinkle. They can be repaired with antioxidants. Fortunately, coconut oil is full of antioxidants to counter all the issues associated with free-radical damage.
To quote Bruce Fifi: “Coconut oil can help all types of skin blemishes from acne, wrinkles, growths, and liver spots. It soothes and speeds the healing of burns, cuts, insect bites, and other injuries. It keeps skin strong and elastic and is an excellent way to heal stretch marks after childbirth. For best results, the expectant mother should massage the oil into the abdomen every day. This should be continued after delivery until the marks are completely gone. “
To read more about coconut oil I recommend, The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D, a certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor. Dr. Fife is president of the Coconut Research Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and the scientific community on the nutritional and health benefits of coconut oil.