Coconut oil For Fighting Infections and Boosting Your Immune System
Let’s say that you got a cut or fell and scraped your elbow or knee. What would you
do in that situation? Maybe rinse out the wound. That’s good. What’s next? Apply an
antimicrobial cream like Neosporin? Stop right there! You’re on the right
track—disinfecting and preventing infections are crucial steps in the healing
process—but did you know that there are cheaper and more natural alternatives to
the synthetic options found in stores? Coconut oil is one of the best natural
alternatives due to its ability to fight infections! In fact, there’s even a homemade,
natural antibiotic ointment recipe featuring coconut oil right at the end of this
Few natural substances can singlehandedly relieve pain, moisturize, and kill bacteria
and viruses (everything from the flu to even HIV ) like coconut oil can. Whether ingesting it or applying it topically, either method or a combination of the
two is a recipe for success! Regardless of the problem (and even if there isn’t a
problem yet!) eating as little as 2 tablespoons 6
of coconut oil—or incorporating it
into your cooking, if you aren’t a fan of eating oil by the spoonful, like some—can
have immense healing and preventative benefits.
Uses, Doses, and Methods
For Cold Sores
Cold sores are actually caused by a virus (one related to the herpes virus) so the
antiviral properties in lauric acid 7
help kill off this virus! Coconut oil can also help
ease discomfort and heal the surrounding skin when applied directly to the sore.
For Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises, and Burns
A little coconut oil applied to any kind of damaged skin can work wonders for
relieving pain and speeding recovery 8 . Simply cover the damaged skin with a thin
layer of coconut oil to reduce inflammation.
For Candida Overgrowth & Yeast Infections
Research has shown that the lauric and capric acids found in coconut oil are effective
in killing the pathogen C. Albicans that causes candida. In fact, they were even more
effective than the popular drug Fluconazole for treating yeast infections 9 10 . Caprylic
acid in particular works extremely well because it can penetrate the cell membranes
of candida yeast cells and cause them to die off.
When it comes to diet, the best course of action is to eat foods low in concentrated
sugars and to work coconut oil into your diet in any form each day.
All-Natural Homemade Antibiotic Ointment
Here it is. The home-run hitting recipe to knock your medicine cabinet to the moon.
The clever concoction that will knock your socks off, moisturize your feet, and
disinfect them. You can use it on any cuts, scratches, bruises, skin irritations, or burns,
anywhere on your skin! Hopefully you’re ready to have this wonder ointment ready in
just over 30 minutes. If you’re not it’s fine to just take a breather for a moment.
• ½ Cup coconut oil
• ½ Cup olive, almond, or grapeseed oil
• ½ Cup healing herb mix containing
Acalendula, chamomile, comfrey,
Aplantain leaves, and lavender
• 2 Teaspoons witch hazel
• 4 Tablespoons beeswax
• 15 drops essential tea tree oils
Goodness, each of these ingredients is so powerful I might be healing just thinking about them!
To Make, Simply
- Put all the herbs into a glass jar and submerge them in whichever oil you’re using.
- Put the jar into a pot half-filled with water and heat on low heat for 30 minutes,
- Strain the oil by pouring the mixture through a coffee filter or a cheese cloth.
- Pour the oil back into the jar and return it to the pot with the water
- Add the beeswax and continue stirring on low heat.
- Once the beeswax is fully melted take the pot off the heat
- Add witch hazel and mix well.
- Let cool and store in airtight container of choice. Somewhere cool is preferable to preserve freshness longer.
Bam! There you have it, the natural antibiotic ointment you have deserved all along.
Apply a teaspoon to cuts, burns, scrapes, bee stings, and so on, 2 to 3 times a day