Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric Acid

Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric  Acid

ClipArt/coconutsWhat’s so great about coconut oil anyway? And what do coconut oil and breast-milk have in common?

How can coconut oil benefit the nursing mom and baby?

Well, take a look at the molecular constituents of organic virgin coconut oil, and you’ll see that coconut oil is consists of about 50%  lauric acid. The only other place on earth that lauric acid is found naturally occurring in such a high percentage is in human breast-milk. Cow’s milk and goat’s milk contain about 3% lauric acid.

What’s so great about lauric acid?  Lauric acid is actually a type of fat. And it’s a natural immunity super star.

In the body, lauric acid is converted to  monolaurin, a molecule which has antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiprotozoan properties. Monolaurin destroys fungus, bacteria and virus at the molecular level in the body by attacking their lipid membranes, thus destroying the m.

Specifically, the monolaurin molecule targets fungus infections like athletes foot and such bacteria and viruses as herpes, measles, influenza, hepatitis C and HIV. Lauric acid is the subject of research about its antiviral properties against HIV/AIDS.

breastfeedingbabyA nursing mom can  greatly increase the amount of lauric acid in her milk for her baby by eating foods high in lauric acid.

Eating 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in one meal increases the amount of lauric acid in her breastmilk threefold for 1 -3 days with the greatest percentage increase being in the first 10 hours.

So, adding some coconut oil every day at different times during the day will create a nice immunity boost for your baby over a long period of time.

Plus, it’s yummy! And you can use it on your body, face and hair!

It’s best to use unrefined and organic coconut oil. Refining removes some of the oils; beneficial molecules! And it it’s organic, you’re not ingesting the pesticide residue into your body or getting it on your skin.

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10 Recipes using Coconut Oil

[Coconut oil mocha latte! Coconut oil mocha latte!

1. Yummy Coconut Coffee latte 

This is one of my FAVORITE recipes!!

2. You can easily add a bit of coconut oil to a smoothie to boost the nutrition! Add pineapple and coconut oil to make it taste like a pina colada!

3. Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Waffles

4. Roasted Vegetables with Coconut Oil from Averie Cooks

5. More Roasted Veggies with Coconut Oil from the The Non-Dairy Queen who lost weight

6. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips – Slice sweet potatoes to about 1/8” thick.  Place slices on a baking sheet. Brush with coconut oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add salt and hot pepper to to taste. Yum!

7. Use coconut oil in place of the oil mentioned in your brownie recipe. It will add a great taste to the chocolate! Yum!

8. Avocado and Coconut Toast from Martha Stewart

9. Sauteed Beet Greens with Coconut Oil from Martha Stewart

10. Vegetable Green Curry from Martha Stewart

Coconut oil as a Deep Conditioning Treatment for Your Hair

Coconut oil is a great natural hair conditioner. To condition your hair using coconut oil follow these steps:

  • Put on some comfortable clothes or put a towel around your shoulders. Be careful as coconut oil stains aren’t so easy to wash out of clothing.
  • Get a plastic shower cap that you can put over your hair and will stay in place for at least a few hours.
  • Get out your double boiler!
    Get out your double boiler!

    Melt the coconut oil  in a double boiler. It won’t take long to melt, you might even want to just rub it in your hands to make it liquid.

  • Distribute the liquid coconut oil into your hair. Rub it in thoroughly and gently. Keep massaging it in until all of your hair is covered in coconut oil.
  • Bunch up your hair and put a shower cap over it.
  • Let the coconut oil condition your hair for at least two hours.
  • When you’re ready, wash the coconut oil out with a mild, natural shampoo. You may need to wash it twice to completely remove the oil.
  • Let your hair dry naturally. Your hair should now feel softer, look shinier and be healthier.

My friend, the Redhead Riter, has a nice description of how she moisturizes her curly hair using coconut oil.

Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer and Oil Wash

Coconut is a great natural moisturizer for your skin. To use it to hydrate dry skin on your face, do the following:

  • Clean your face with water and gently dry it.
  • Take a bit of coconut oil, warming it between your hands so it becomes liquid and apply it around your eyes and around your face.
  • Get your washcloth and run it under warm water, spread it out and rest it on your face for a few minutes, then wipe the oil off.

Coconut oil as a stretch mark reducer

Coconut oil mixes well with other natural oils.

Read here about natural oils and their moisturizing properties and for a recipe using coconut oil, jojoba, and shea!

Once again, I want to thank my teacher, Liz Fulcher, over at Aromatic Wisdom, for teaching me the value of how to read the reports about the chemical constituents of a plant.

Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric  Acid


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By Kathy Morelli

Licensed Professional Counselor Specializing in Holistic Positive Psychology

4 replies on “Coconut Oil, Breastmilk and Lauric Acid”

Hi Red! You introduced me to coconut oil with your post about hair care a few years ago! I use it all the time for cooking and skin care! It’s so smooth and I love the flavor and scent!

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