Coconut Oil and Human Breast Milk. What do they have in common?

The Coconut Oil Miracle, Bruce Fife

The more I read about coconut oil, the more I’m amazed at it’s healing properties. I am enrolled in a nutrition course starting January 2013, with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in the USA. Celebrity Chef Pete Evans, from My Kitchen Rules is currently enrolled in the same course.  As a prequel for my course, I am absorbing myself in a pile of nutrition books and making some changes to my diet in anticipation.

I have become obsessed with coconut oil. My first experience with it was not a good one. I had a cheap brand, and hubby had a dry itchy scalp (and dirty hair), so we went out in to the backyard and I massaged some coconut oil in to his scalp. The smell of the heated oil on dirty hair was enough to make me feel ill, and for several months, I wouldn’t go near the stuff. Next, I just ate some out of the jar with a spoon. Some people swear by this, I couldn’t do that either, but there are more subtle ways to eat it.

My favourite thing to do with coconut oil is to bake little pieces of pumpkin & sweet potato and pop them on top of a salad. Simple, I know, but it’s a fabulous sweet introduction without it being two overbearing. If you want to dive in a little deeper, you can check out the ever expanding list of coconut oil recipes over at Two Modern Cavewomen. There’s recipes you can eat, and also recipes for other things you can do with it, like a vinegar & coconut oil head lice treatment.

Today’s post, though, is about the similarities between coconut oil and human breast milk, and I wasn’t aware of this one until I started reding Bruce Fife’s book, The Coconut Oil Miracle. In this book, I learned that there’s good saturated fats and bad saturated fats. There’s a unique group of saturated fats known as ‘medium chain fatty acids’. Coconut oil is one of these. The fats in a mother’s breast milk is another. Both of these contain a remarkable fat called Monolaurin. It has been developed in to a drug that’s currently being tested in clinical trials as a treatment for genital herpes, hepatitis C and the HIV virus.

Coconut oil is not only used in hospital IV solutions to feed critically ill patients, is is also a major component of some baby formulas because of the presence of the Monolaurin, that medium chain fatty acid found in mother’s breast milk. I will be sharing many more things I learn about the healing properties of not only coconut oil, but other foods that can help heal us as I go through my course and read the mountain of books on my shelf. In the interim, pop a small jar of coconut oil in to your natural skin care regime. You can use it to moisturise your skin in the shower, as a hair masque, even to remove mineral makeup and even eye makeup.

Joanne Musgrave

Joanne Musgrave

Joanne is the owner & founder of Shop Naturally. She is a Holistic Health Coach and studying the Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine.

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