I have used pure coconut oil – off and on – for years. The taste is terrific in cookies, cakes, pancakes and the beyond good-for-you benefits justified eating “just a few more” coconut macaroons! However, I had mixed messages due to the false claims that coconut oil was not a healthy choice versus the accurate claims that coconut oil is good for just about everything.
All in all, focusing on coconut oil and the superb benefits wasn’t at the top of my conscience list until I heard about a gentleman who made a profound recovery from severe dementia. According to this story, he began to turn his life around in only two weeks by only adding coconut oil to his diet!
Well, being the researcher that I am, I began to investigate this ‘story’. It turns out that the wife of this man is a doctor. She wasn’t initially convinced that coconut oil was what had supported the incredible turn around in her husband but she continued to give it to him and document his progress. *She shares that his astonishing recovery could have been the result of just “good luck or a lot of prayer”… or coconut oil! I personally believe it it due to all three! Prayer for the answer, luck to find pure coconut and (of course) the coconut oil itself! A link to her video is at the bottom.
Having a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and suffering from short-term memory loss myself (due to a terrible car accident that resulted in me being in a coma for 8 days) I pondered the possibilities of what would happen if I we were to take coconut oil daily. We both began with three tablespoons each morning – added into a shake or mixed into our oatmeal. Subtly at first, the changes became more obvious soon. I honestly felt more alert and focused. Most notably for my son is his improved focus on homework. *I have since read where others recommend starting with one teaspoon with each meal.
We continue to find new and wonderful ways to enjoy our coconut oil and the link below has been terrific for tasty recipes. One of my family’s favorites is to add coconut oil to warm rice and squeeze fresh lime juice over it. This delicious rice goes great with everything from fish to chicken to just about anything you like.
By-the-way, I have long suffered from massive amounts of hair loss. I have thick hair and every time I wash it I have enough hair in my fingers to roll up a sizable hair ball! It has never mattered what vitamin or dietary changes I have made over the years and my frustration has increased. In the last few weeks I have started a coconut oil hair recovery experiment where I massage about 2 tablespoons of oil into my scalp and throughout my hair. I have been leaving the coconut oil in my hair for at least 20 minutes and overnight a few times (covered with a swim cap). It is, perhaps, too soon to tell for sure… but, I have a lot less hair wrapped around my fingers these days so I will continue this routine at least three times a week.
There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the benefits or ways to use coconut oil. By simply typing coconut oil into your browser you will come up with hundreds (maybe thousands) of uses for the coconut! Enjoy!
Coconut oil recovery video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVD7ZuCe3vY
Rhonda Spellman is an award winning author, professional speaker, autism advocate and coach. A published author at 17, she has since worked in many areas of the writing / publishing / media field. When a form of autism took her son’s voice in 2001 and threatened to take his ability to live a normal life, she began to search for better answers. Rhonda self-published her first children’s book – an EVVY award winner, in 2003, a short two months before her first son was diagnosed with autism. Her second book, based on small emperor penguin who gives children a message, “You don’t have to BE big to DO big things” was picked up by a major publisher in 2008. Rhonda’s third book, “The Journey Home from Autism“, is based on over 7,000 logged hours of research was released on January 1, 2010. It has won a 1st place INDIE Excellence award and an EVVY award. In January, 2013, she published her 10-year-old son’s first book, “Asperger’s Rhymes with Bass Burgers“. Her programs for children and adults, her website and her column “Beyond the Spectrum” are designed to educate and enrich life ~ in all of our many shapes, colors and forms. Her online sites include: AutismWithRhonda.com, Linkedin.com/in/RhondaSpellman, Facebook.com/RhondaSpellman, http://www.youtube.com/artospress, She can be reached at Rhonda@RhondaSpellman.com