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Aug 20, 2013 12:48 PM

Coconut oil and Psoriasis

I am being encouraged to try using Coconut oil bother externally and internally to reduce the cosmetic effects of Psoriasis. Can anyone provide info on the difference between internal and external use --beyond rubbing on the skin and drinking some. What is the difference between refined and unrefined oil?

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  1. Herne,

    The main difference between refined and unrefined is that refined is processed, i.e. most refined coconut oil is bleached and deodorized to remove impurities but that also removes the scent and flavour in the process. (If you've ever opened a jar of unrefined, you'll notice a really nice sweet coconut smell. The refined stuff doesn't have much of a scent at all.) When people talk about coconut oil being bad for you, they are referring to the oil being hydrogenated, but that isn't the case for unrefined.

    Unrefined (raw, organic, virgin) coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils out there to use on the body and to eat. In terms of cooking, it has one of the highest smoking points (refined will have a longer shelf life but I would suggest buying smaller amounts of unrefined if you're worried about it going bad.)

    Just an FYI that coconut oil fluctuates between solid and liquid due to temperature (it melts very quickly) but that's ok and it does not require refrigeration.

    Like most foods, unrefined, the way nature made it, is best if you'd like to keep things natural and get the most benefits for your skin. Personally, I'd use the best (raw, unrefined, organic, virgin - all if available) both internally and externally - your skin is the largest organ of your body, and whatever you put on it gets absorbed internally.

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    1. re: bluefirefly

      Thanks bluefirefly. I think I'll look for unrefined oil in a Loblaws store in Leaside that has a large natural food section.

    2. I always buy from :
      They have great sales and a very high quality product.
      I use coconut oil for cooking and baking frequently-
      On toast instead of butter
      On roasting or sauteed veggies
      In baking recipes instead of veg oil
      As a swap anywhere you would have used butter
      My favorite is mixing the liquid coconut oil with cocoa powder, then pour on ice cream- it's like an all natural magic shell! It firms up and has a great flavor.
      I also have had a Tb mixed into hot coffee or hot chocolate-really luxurious.

      1. Got some unrefined coconut and rubbed it into my arms. Very greasy and not being absorbed very quickly

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        1. re: Herne

          Really? I find it to disappear pretty quickly. It is very light compared to lotions. I use it on my face, body, and even in my curly hair to tame frizz. Great stuff!

          1. re: sandylc

            Really. Perhaps I used too much. I'l follow the earlier suggestion by EWSflash and use less and apply it to a damp arm(s)

            1. re: sandylc

              Any idea how coconut oil compares to sweet almond or argan oil for application on skin as moisturizer? Thanks.

              1. re: Entore

                None at all! I do sometimes use plain, raw shea butter when I need something extra.

                I think any natural raw oil from a good source might be a great moisturizer.

              2. re: sandylc

                I did this for a couple of years. And then over about two months, I started noticing a white filmy residue on my clothing. That wouldn't come off without a LOT of scrubbing, washing, scrubbing, rewashing. So I put the coconut oil back in the pantry for cooking only.

            2. I mix the unrefined with a little honey and have a couple teaspoons of it every day as 'dessert' after lunch. It's good for the brain, too!

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              1. re: OCEllen

                An octogenarian friend of mine (a very active hockey grandma) swears by it, same as you do OCEllen!

                1. re: pinehurst

                  What does the octogenarian identify as its benefits?

                  I have to admit that after about 4 hours it might look a little better.

                  1. re: Herne

                    Hi Herne,

                    She (like OCEllen) believes that it keeps her mind sharp.

                    ETA: She stirs a couple of teaspoonsful into her morning coffee.

                    1. re: Herne

                      Try putting a little less of it on damp skin and rub in well.

                      1. re: EWSflash

                        Ok less applied and rubbed in well. Much better result. Still a little greasy and comes off on the leather in my car but much better today. I'll cut back again tomorrow. My original introduction was to use coconut oil and brown and white sugar. Anyone know what the sugars are supposed to do?

                        1. re: Herne

                          What brand/type are you using?

                          1. re: Herne

                            If used externally, I would bet the sugars are exfoliants.

                  2. I buy unrefined, organic off of Amazon.
                    I use it as my only face cream, as a face cleanser, body moisturizer and deodorant. I am obsessed with the stuff.

                    It also makes a kick-butt grilled cheese sandwich.

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                      1. re: sandylc

                        Yep...I can't use chemical antiperspirants because they make me break out. For years I used Tom's brand deodorant and when I started using coconut oil on my face, I read where it is a good deodorant & it is!

                        I slather it all over my body and face when I get out of the shower and then dry off. It also keeps my towel from getting musty. I have become a coconut oil

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                          Yeah, we don't do the antiperspirant, either. We do the Thai deodorant stone. Interesting to hear that about coconut.