Benefits of Coconut Oil for Liver and Skin Care

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Liver Skin Care

Let me get this straight. You put the lime in the coconut and drink em both together? Put the lime in the coconut  and then you’ll feel better?  We all remember the 1971 song by Harry Nilsson. Well, I have been experimenting with the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Liver and Skin Care.  This product is getting a lot of attention recently. I did the research before I began to reassure my silly self that it would not do any harm. I was so excited to read about all the benefits and uses for this fruit, nut, or whatever it is. Of course I would never keep a good health tip to myself. I want to share it with my besties. I do not believe in a magic bullet. I believe that modern medicine combined with good nutrition have the ability to add years to your life. I am typing these words as a result of having beat the Hepatitis C Virus using good food, exercise, Telaprevir, Ribavirin, and Interferon with GREAT results. Here is what I have discovered…

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I said Docta!

Coconut Oil Uses –

Kitchen – Coconut oil has a variety of uses in your diet and yields many benefits. It can be used for cooking just like olive oil. It starts off looking like Crisco in a can, but melts down easily. I’ve been using it for chicken, shrimp, hashbrowns, onions, and just about anything else that calls for a pan. It can withstand high heat for stir fry also! For sure I will be posting some liver loving recipes, so check it out. Because it has a slightly sweet taste, it can be used in drinks like tea or coffee, like butter on your low sodium toast, or in hot cereals. It is a lot like palm kernel oil and is the main ingredient in coffee-mate.

Bedroom or Bathroom – I keep a jar in the bedroom also. It glides on your skin so easily and it reduces that scaly skin look and feel. It has become a part of my bedtime rituals to soften up my feet. I use it all over after every bath now. Since clearing the Hepatitis C virus, I do not have the extreme skin rash and itching as bad. I do still deal with dry skin because of cirrhosis. I also have eczema patches that become irritated. It peels and itches and looks like leprosy. After dabbing it on those pesky spots, they have dimished to nothing! I also used it yesterday since I got a slight sunburn at the pool. I am neurotically careful about chlorine and also the sun because of Hepatitis C and liver disease. I slathered that stuff all over my shoulders last night and it brought immediate relief. I think it is going to turn to tan without peeling!

A note here: I tried it on my face with mixed results. Within 2 days of using straight up coconut oil, I had a break out session of zits. I went back to my careful facial skin care that I have used for years. Facial skin is sensitive. If you have a regime that is working, stick with it. Then again, if you are young and your face is not hyper-sensitive, do you own experiment. The cost alone makes it worth a try! coconut oil recipe cooking

Internally  Digested Coconut Oil Benefits

There are so many positive things about coconut oil that I cannot believe we have ignored it for so long. It has been used since ancient times for the medicinal benefits.  The process of extracting the oil from olives or coconut varies depending on the brand. Check out the buying guide below.

Good fat – The oil from coconuts are made up of Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT. Basically, they are smaller fats that are more easily used by your body. Most fats are Long Chain Triglycerides and are harder to digest. MCTs in coconut oil do not require bile during digestion which helps the liver. What? I will say it again. The absorption of good fats is easier on your liver. This is great for those with Nash, fatty liver, cirrhosis, or any stage of liver disease.

The MCT effect also means that they are absorbed quickly as a source of energy. If you have liver disease, malabsorption and malnutrition can be a problem. This can create a myriad of symptoms including lethargy and fatigue, bleeding in your bowels, brain fog, and the list goes on. Both malabsorption and malnutrition were an early clue just before my liver failed, I just did not know it.

Weight loss – Coconut oil has been proven to have fat burning effects called thermogenesis. Some body builders use it to help metabolize fat. So if you are trying to lose weight, this can be a boost!

Brain Function – I’m having faith that the timing and quality, as well as the type of food I eat is helping my brain fog.  You can google search and find a lot of material relating to Alzheimer’s disease and coconut oil. Like any alternative treatment, a doctor’s advice is your safest bet.

Bacteria and Candidas – Ulcers can be created through stress, but also through a bacterial infection caused by H Pylori. If you have a peptic ulcer, you may be treated with antibiotics. See my links to Dr. Pinna’s site for more information about the use of coconut oil for bacteria. Suffice to say that Lauric Acid and Caprylic Acid both have antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Those properties have proven to invade the cells of harmful bacteria while leaving friendly bacteria alone to do it’s work. Some proponents say that is can also rid your body of too much yeast and other fungal overgrowth. I think it is a great addition to yogurt for stomach and esophageal varices treatment.

Everything in Moderation I use a refined food grade for cooking and use the same on my skin. With End Stage Liver Disease, or any stage of cirrhosis, it is best to talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Cooking with coconut oil is easy. I bought my first jar about 6 weeks ago and have used approximately 1 ½ cups in my kitchen. Keep it simple.

If you have Hepatic Encephalopathy or are Diabetic take note: Talk to your doctor about how it may effect your insulin needs. Coconut oil does produce ketones and is a quick delivery to your liver.  The key word here is moderationCoconut healthy hepatitis

Externally Applied Coconut Oil Benefits –

Skin rash For those who are on Hepatitis C Treatment, you need relief from skin rash. This is one of the oils that would be wonderful while on treatment. I think you are going to love it! I alternate it nightly with olive oil now that I am hep c free.

Sunburn – This brought quick relief. It is calming and cool. One drawback: It does not absorb very quickly.

Allergies – I spend a lot of time outdoors on my little 3 acre farm. Chigger and mosquito bites can bring big whelts to my skin. I use this with tea tree oil to reduce swelling and itching.

Dry  Scaly Skin – As I stated above, this is keeping my skin moist and it looks much smoother too.

What to buy – I have a few brand names that I have trusted over the years. Jarrow is one of them and I happened to run across a buy one get one free sale. I really do not enjoy researching this versus that, but I do not like to waste money either. Some coconut oils are processed using high heat and do not taste as good. Check out the shopping link below or just do what I did. Hit the health food stores and watch for a sale!

I could not wait to share this blog with you because there are so many benefits of coconut oil for liver and skin care, brain fog, and other problems we deal with daily. I feel good about myself when using something that helps my body. This is a simple way to take care of a LOT of problems that are the result of liver disease or Hepatitis C. You know I am posting the Harry Nilsson video on my Youtube faves. Come on and jam with me. I said Docta! Is there nothing I can take? xoxoxo, Karen:)

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P.S. There is so much info out there. I read all of these sites and gave you the short version. You may want to browse these sites if you are into research. I think everything was pretty well covered in the blog.

Dr. Oz 3 minute video:  

General info and weight loss:

Learn more:

Shopping info:

Alzheimer’s link:

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About Karen Hoyt

Karen Hoyt offers a no nonsense approach to living with Cirrhosis. A Hepatitis C treatment survivor, she created a liver loving diet and lifestyle that allows her to create awareness and advocate for her Best Friends at

21 thoughts on “Benefits of Coconut Oil for Liver and Skin Care

  1. Good information, but! hydrogenated coconut oil, for cooking, come on, No No
    for goodness sake speak the truth about it

    You tell me what hydrogenated means please

    Bernie Jones

    1. Hi Bernie –
      I think this was the first post where I added a lot of links for more info. I defer to those who have researched it for the good details. Check them out!

      Off the cuff, hydrogenated oil has been put through a high heat process with metals and chemicals added. That makes them thick and more likely to stick to arteries, etc.

      I use Jarrow brand which is not hydrogenated. I use the same version on my skin that is in the kitchen.

      Thanks for the comment! If you have any more info and would consider writing about it, let me know!

      xoxo Karen:)

  2. Happy for the information. Unfortunately I still can’t seem to get hep c medication, was told to pay is a thousand a day for twelve weeks. I’m scared to die, was told its geno type 1a so please pray for me.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Have you tried to look at hcvadvocates website to find alternate ways of paying for meds? The pharma companies are doing a lot of work to help with that. You may be able to find a source there. Gen 1a is very curable today. It is what I had also. You may seem like you are pesting people – but keep making phone calls. Talk to your doctor, pharmaceutical companies, social workers, anyone you can..
      This is where stubborness can pay off! DO NOT give up dear one. My heart is with you. Prayer works and I’m joining mine to yours.
      xoxo Karen:)

  3. Good info on coconut oil Karen. I really like the possible aid it can do for brain fog.
    In your opinion how much coconut oil should I ingest as a daily routine.
    I suffer from major brain fog at times.
    I am so happy for you to no longer Be hep c positive.
    Thanks for the info Karen, as always you are in my prayers.
    Sisters in the fight. 🙂

    1. Della,

      The brain fog is a messy topic. It seems to be worse since the TACE procedure for me. I use nutrition a LOT in helping me with it though. I use a few Tablespoons of coconut oil every day. On toast
      In my smoothie
      On pasta
      In soups

      Remember that oils are what carries flavors in food. That’s why fats make for a better tasting meal! I use coconut oil as a way to carry the good flavor of herbs and vegetables in all of my cooking. I hope this helps you and if you have any ways that you use it, let me know!

      It IS good to be Hep C free and also to have the prayers and love between sweet sisters like you. xo Karen:)

  4. Hi Karen,

    I’ve been following your posts and sure am pulling hard for you.

    I’ve been cooking with coconut oil, ‘buttering’ my toast with it and even a dollop in my coffee for a couple of months now. I’ve developed a taste for it, but I can’t say I’ve noticed anything pro or con which may be a good thing? I think I’ll try your suggestion and use it on my skin, but my scalp and ears are what really drives me nuts. Think I’ll be more appealing with coconut oil slathered in my hair…maybe with a little umbrella behind my ear? 🙂

    I’d be interested what if anything you know about the following link. I added 2 organic new (red) potatoes to my juice tonight and so far I haven’t exploded or anything being that baked potatoes normally make me feel bloated.

    Combat Acid with Raw Potato Juice – The Alternative Daily



    1. I appreciate having you along side me in the journey! Soo funny that you would bring up potatoes. I have never ready anthing about them. Last week, I chopped a bunch for a soup and had too many, so I stuck a baggie in my fridge. I threw them in the juice yesterday. The alkaline benefits are what interests me! I had NO clue! Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment, so it’s important to combat acid. I am wanting more and more to go organic for the nutrients. I’ve been researching the benefits and am convinced that I need to put in a garden next year and save some money.

      About the scalp and ears, do you know that was where I had dry flaking skin for years before diagnosis w HCV? It’s gone since I cleared the virus. The only thing that worked well for that area was a cortisone cream. I have a friend who puts flax seed oil in their smoothie also. It is supposed to help, but with shampoo, it may keep it irritated. Good luck working with that. I think the umbrella would be hot anyway. haha.

      I’m using a lot more coconut oil now too. I tried it in my iron skillet and didn’t like the way it felt. I use it in my regular cooking though, and sometimes mix it with olive oil.

      Soooo good to hear from you,
      xoxo Karen:)

  5. Content for that information. Sad to say My partner and i even now can’t seem to receive hep g treatment, ended up being advised to cover is a thousands of every day pertaining to 12 several weeks. I’m worried to help expire, ended up being advised its geno kind 1a therefore make sure you wish personally.

    1. I see that you are from the UK. They have a good health care system and you should be able to get treatment soon. I know you are worried. Try a different doctor. OK? Do NOT give up,
      xo Karen:)

  6. Karen , I’m starting mesenteric Arteriogram /Y90 maping tomorrow to start rad. Treatment.. if It doesn’t work then on to tase, was it hard to get thru? I have 3 large tumers . I’ve been trying to. Keepup with your progress. Hopelng you get a transplant real soon Gor Bless you prayers goinging your way

    1. Elaine,

      My prayers are aimed at YOU also. I’ve been out of town, but hope your treatment went well. The tace worked really well for me. There was some pain, but that tumor got burned out. I’ll bet your MELD is climbing quickly.

      Sweetie, take good care of yourself. Now is the time for love, pampering, and self care. Eat good food. Surround yourself with caring people who speak good words of hope. Here is your chance to heal and live the life you long for. We’re going to get through this.

      Big ole hugs and love coming your way,
      xoxo Karen:) keep me posted. kk?

  7. Karen,

    I don’t know whether it was a typo when you claimed to be sure we get hydrogenated coconut oil for cooking – Any fats that are hydrogenated are very bad for us.
    The Coconut Oil we need should be Organic – pure and unrefined, cold pressed virgin Coconut oil.
    It has a very high smoke point which makes it perfect for frying.
    I use it in my kitchen and my bathroom, and am currently topically treating my dog’ who has a skin conditions, supposedly an allergy…He loves to eat it too
    Keep taking the good stuff.

    1. Hi Geraldine, I think you are right, it must have been a typo. I will take that out and and will ask Karen about this when she is feeling better. She just had a liver transplant so I am helping out for a bit. Thank you for writing, I really appreciate. Dee

      I did some looking and found this

      Many coconut oils are even hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated! (Avoid these at all costs as the hydrogenation process creates synthetic trans-fats.) However, there are some quality, non-hydrogenated refined coconut oils available that are refined using a natural, chemical-free cleaning process (usually involving steam and/or diatomaceous earth).

  8. As I know, coconut oil is good for both health and beauty. I think I am using this oil for my skin and hair by the easiest way. Just spread only coconut oil on my face skin and my hair, wait about 30 munites then rinse it off. 4 times a week for face and twice a week for hair. Feel very satisfied with my way.

    1. Hey there! Sounds great! I use it for my hair too? I read it absorbs well and the protein in is is good for the hair as well. I am going to try it for my skin to see how that works. Thanks for writing, Dee

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