Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-viral properties, which make it perfect for fighting winter colds. Studies have shown that coconut oil can bolster a weakened immune system by improving the white blood cell count, which helps the body directly fight viruses and infections.
To prevent colds, adults can consume 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil or more per day. This can be added to other foods or used in cooking. Some people like the flavour so well that they eat it directly from the container. Regular consumption can strengthen the immune system, so we have a better chance of fighting colds before they ever start.
Once cold symptoms manifest, however, coconut oil can help alleviate many symptoms and even shorten the duration of the cold. In order to help clear sinus passages, an ill person can rub organic, cold-pressed coconut oil with two drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil on his or her chest. It should be massaged into the upper back and the head as well. Being able to breathe more easily will allow the sufferer to sleep better, and a good night`s rest is important to the healing process.
When added to tea or broth, coconut oil can gently soothe a sore throat and ease coughing in addition to boosting immunity and fighting the virus directly. It can also be mixed with foods, or you can have coconut oil in a smoothie.
Hippocrates Virgin Organic Cold-Pressed Unpasteurized, Unhydrogenated Coconut Oil is available.