I am a big fan of coconut oil! Truth be told, I am an integrative nutrition news junkie and have been fascinated by the benefits of coconut oil. It took me a while to warm up to the idea of using an oil, one that is full of saturated fat, internally and externally. But the more research I do on coconut oil and the more I use it with patients, the more excited I become. Yes, I am a coconut oil nerd.
Coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. More specifically, studies support that it is effective against staph aureus which is a bacteria that is a common cause of skin infections. Also, it is effective against the fungus candida albicans which is a common cause of yeast infections. I often recommend coconut oil to my patients to be used as a vaginal lubricant especially if they are prone to yeast and/or skin infections and have received great results. Best of all, it won’t stain your sheets!
I came across this list of 101 uses for coconut oil. I can’t vouch for all of the benefits listed here but I will continue my research! It is best to use organic virgin or extra virgin coconut oil (avoid refined oil). I encourage you to give it a try and let me know the results!