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  • lyn fyfe

    Hello, I have been looking at the blood group diet and notice that coconut is negative for ‘O’ blood group. Can you help on this at all? I haven’t followed it at all, just read about it. Thanks

    • Hi Lyn, thanks for your comment. We don’t feel too well placed to comment on the blood type diet at all I’m sorry. While we’ve certainly heard of this diet, we’re not across it in any detail. Apologies – hope you can find an answer to this from another source. Cheers, Abel

  • Susan White

    I totally relate to what you’ve written here.
    We stumbled on the facts and benefits of EVCO quite some time ago and yes, it would have to be the miracle food that’s for sure!
    As you say, it can be used anytime, anywhere for anything and one other surprising thing I learned, it’s also a natural sunscreen!! (tan without being burned!)
    I have this very jar (your advertisement) in my pantry right now. 🙂
    Love your work Healthpost!

    • Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment. Pleased to hear that you’re also a big fan of this amazing oil – great point about it also being able to be used as a natural sunscreen. Thanks for your support! Cheers, Abel

  • Margaret

    I use coconut oil for cooking and also on my porridge.
    In the above article it describes oil pulling as swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. This is then recommended to be done once per day. Is 20 minutes correct? It seems like a long time to be swishing oil around, I can’t imagine concentrating for that long on swishing and not swallowing!!

    • Hi there Margaret,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve just double-checked with Carolyn regarding your query and she confirms that ‘Yes, 20 minutes is the recommended length of time for coconut pulling’. I also found the following instructions on the internet which may be helpful: ‘Rinse and swish the oil through your teeth and gums very thoroughly with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Do it slowly for 15-20 minutes, followed by brushing, up to three times a day. It’s best to do on an empty stomach and you will see results.’
      Kind regards,

  • Marie

    Can this be used in baking, plus wherever it says another type of oil? very interested, thanks

    • Hi Marie,
      Thanks for your enquiry. Yes, I believe coconut oil is generally suitable for use in baking in place of butter or other oils. It has it’s own flavour of course (our Zenian product has been described as having a “delicate nutty flavour”), but that’s certainly not necessarily a bad thing. Something to perhaps be aware of though as it can come through quite strongly in my experience – I personally like it, but my partner’s not such a fan. Hope this helps. Anyone else got coconut oil baking/cooking experiences they could share with us here?
      Cheers, Abel

  • Rachael

    I use organic coconut oil in baking regularly with great success – substitute for the same quantity of butter in recipes, the texture is much the same, nice flavour.

  • What is the difference between oil pulling and eating it by the spoon full which was told how a friend uses it

    • Hi Janet, Thanks for your comment. The most obvious difference is that with oil pulling you don’t swallow the oil, you spit it out because it contains toxins drawn out of your tissues. I hope this helps! Kind regards, Candy

  • sally

    Hi there, r u able to just have this off the spoon, I have heard 3 spoonfuls a day is good for you, so is it ok to take it like that? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Sally, thanks for your question. Yes, you can certainly eat virgin coconut oil straight off the spoon by the spoonful if you like. There’s no danger to doing this provided the coconut quality is of high-quality, such as our Zenian Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (shameless plug…), and you’ll stand to gain from the many health benefits as per this article. Cheers, Abel

  • Raewyn Hong

    Are you able to advise me whether coconut oil has been proved scientifically to be an effective sunscreen. If so what SPF rating would it have? I am a great believer in this often misunderstood, miracle oil. I can vouch for the fact that is does heal fungal toe nails which I have had for 4 years. I found it more effective than dr prescribed anti-biotics, podiatrist special potions and NZ manuka oil.

    • Hi Raewyn,

      Thanks for your query and feedback. In our research we have not come across anything that would suggest coconut oil to be a scientifically proven sunscreen. So unfortunately we can’t advise whether it’s safe to use as a sunscreen or on its SPF rating. It would certainly be interesting to find out more… It’s really great to hear though that you’ve had such positive experiences with coconut oil. It really seems to be a great all-round oil for many uses.

      Kind regards,

  • Lorraine Lister

    Coconut oil works in baking to replace butter except for making puff and flaky pastries as it melts too quickly to be used. In winter its easier to melt it in a saucepan before adding to your recipes as it becomes even harder than butter. The taste can be a bit too coconutty in a savoury dish so if you’re making a pastry base olive oil is a better bet for this. The nicest way to have coconut oil is straight off the spoon – a delicious way to get a daily dose of cocomut oil!

  • Faith

    Hi Healthpost…can you help?
    Just wondering if there is any info on whether this is a suitable product for Sjogrens sufferers…. Misguided immune system which attacks our moisture producing glands and causes inflammation. Results in exceptionally dry eyes, mouth and skin, often with muscle and joint pain, amongst other problems. While the coconut oil would probably help with the skin and inflammation – strengthening an immune system that is damaging necessary body function is not advisable…….. Any ideas on whether there is any research on the suitability?? Thanks, Faith

    • Hi Faith,

      Thanks for your comment. Our staff Naturopath, Kristie, has provided a response as follows. I hope this is helpful. Best Wishes, Abel

      “Hi Faith,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      I believe coconut oil can be beneficial for Sjogren’s syndrome as it can help restore the essential fatty acid balance in your body. There are some internet blogs that suggest you can rub it around your mouth to increase the moisture there – not a bad idea as it has a lovely taste too.

      It is a good idea to take omega-3 fish oils in a fairly high dose (around 6gm of fish oil per day – 6 capsules or 1 tspn of Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength fish oil). Vitamin A is recommended for Sjogren’s Syndrome and zinc would be helpful as well. I have found a naturopathic suggestion of using evening primrose oil as artificial tear-drops which is interesting! It’s always worth going to see a naturopath Faith as they can see beyond the ‘syndrome’ and help you regain your health holistically.

      Best wishes, Kristie”

  • Philippa

    Hello there, I’m also interested in any recipes using this oil as a painless way of introducing it to my family.

    • Hi Philippa, thanks for your feedback. There are certainly many different ways that coconut oil can be used in your diet, e.g. in smoothies or salad dressing. I find frying fish in coconut oil adds a subtle but delicious taste to the dish and I imagine this would also work with vegetables. Other colleagues simply eat it off the spoon or mix it into drinks. You can also try using it in your baking :o) I hope this is helpful. Best wishes, Candy

  • maree

    hi there
    is coconut oil an efficient moisturiser for your face?

    • Toni

      Hi Maree, There was a discussion on our HealthPost Facebook page last week about ways to use coconut oil, here are a couple of comments from different people; “It’s true! Coconut Oil is a wonderful eye make-up remover. Yeah! No more chemicals on my eyes.” “I use coconut oil for everything. I put it on my face in the morning after my shower and when my skin is really dry before I go to bed. Cooking with it is awesome too.” “I think coconut oil is amazing for everything. It’s pretty much the only thing in my bathroom these days (it works for toothpaste/mouth wash, shampoo/conditioner, body moisturizer, deodorant), and if you mix it with beet juice you have a bit of lip balm and if you mix it with natural khol, you have mascara and eye liner. (i don’t do these last two, but i know people who do).” Sounds so versatile doesn’t it? Different ingredients suit different people, so why not try it for a few weeks and if it works for you and you like how your face responds, that’s great! If coconut oil isn’t your face’s favourite, then you can use your jar of amazing coconut oil in many other ways. I personally use it for homemade deodorant, cooking, smoothies and lip gloss. Hope this is helpful. Cheers, Toni

  • Rhoda

    I was just wondering if coconut oil assist in the treatment /prevention of vaginal candida ?
    Due to its antibacterial /fungal properties .. If so which is the best way achieving this .
    Much appreciated

    • Hello Rhoda, I apologise for the delay in replying to your question.

      If Candida is experienced in the Vagina it generally means there is an overgrowth in the bowel. Coconut Oil has been proven to explode the nucleus of the Candida yeast cell in laboratory testing.

      To insert into the Vagina, Get some plastic wrap, and cut it into 15cm x 15cm squares. Scoop out a dollop of the firm oil and put it on a plastic square. Then fold over one of the sides, and form the oil into a bullet shape, gently rolling it on the bench until it’s rolled up in the plastic. It’s not an exact science, but then you put these little oil bullets in the freezer. Every night before bed, remove the plastic and insert one.

      You must use these right before you lie down in bed. Don’t insert one and then go wash the dishes, because it starts melting and will leak out. Wear a pad protection over night because it will leak out a bit. It will work its magic all night.

      You can also melt coconut oil in warm water and douche with it, or apply it directly.

      I hope this proves to be helpful for you Rhoda. Best wishes, Anya

  • Monika

    Hello, I just purchased your coconut oil last week, ordered on Monday, arrived on Tuesday morning. what a great service. I use coconut oil in cooking, as a facial moisturizer, lip gloss, hand cream, and recently after abdominal surgery started using it on my scar every evening. Thank you very much! What an awesome product! Regards, Monika

    • Thanks for your feedback Monika. It’s great stuff isn’t it? I have a jar in the kitchen and a jar in the bedroom. My toddler likes to help me put it on my legs and feet! Best wishes, Anya

  • Ingrid

    Hi – I am wondering if you can get a deodorised virgin coconut oil? I haven’t seen this around for a long time and although I like coconut oil, I don’t like using it in cooking much especially with delicate dishes as it taints everything with coconut flavour, this is where I found the flavourless version a good option. I have been making ghee as an alternative as it has a very high heating point. I wonder if it is deodorised would it likely lose some of its nutritional value? Cheers Ingrid

    • Hi Ingrid,

      Thanks for your question and sorry for the delay in replying. Our team advises that deodorised coconut oil is usually filtered, refined, bleached and deodorised. Usually its the low grade oil that is used for this. Some of the nutritional value would be lost with refining, but there is still very good benefits to be had. We don’t stock deodorised coconut oil but if you find a product within NZ that you like, you are welcome to put in a request to us to stock it via the Product Request page on our site.

      Best wishes, Anya

    • pegva

      admittedly, I like the flavor/scent of coconut… but I’ve never run across anything I’ve cooked with coconut oil actually ending up Tasting like coconut.

  • Thank you for sharing the useful information about the benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is used on skin rashes as a safe.