The Hidden Wonders of Coconut Oil

by Carrie Raab on April 25, 2012

The Wonders of Coconut Oil and an Ebook Give Away

Today I am excited to have Jennifer- Hybrid Rasta Mama guest posting on Coconut Oil and she is graciously giving away a copy of her Ebook to one of you! Jennifer is passionate about conscious parenting, natural living, holistic health/wellness, real foods, and a Waldorf inspired approach to education. Jennifer is committed to breastfeeding (especially extended breastfeeding), bed-sharing, cloth diapering, green living, babywearing, peaceful parenting, playful parenting, and getting children outside. I am so excited to have her posting about coconut oil. She is better known as the “coconut guru.”  So, big applause to Jennifer…

Thank you Carrie for not only hosting a guest post from me but also for hosting a giveaway of my new Ebook! I am so excited to be here and hope that your readers gain a little insight into the wonders of coconut oil.

If you were to visit my blog and do a search for coconut oil, you would quickly discover that I live and breathe by it. It honestly is magical. Ok – maybe not magical but darn close.  You see, coconut oil is nature’s perfect healer. It works inside the body and it works outside the body. It has hundreds of uses. (I even wrote about 160 Uses For Coconut Oil).

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. I buy it in 5 gallon increments and keep it all over my house. I even have some in the car. So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil!

Coconut Oil Is:

  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
    Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals

coconut oil

I have been dabbling in the fine art of making personal care products (aka toiletries) for over 10 years. I have made everything from shampoo to body wash to lotions and exfoliating scrubs. I never seemed to find the right blend of butters and oils and it was incredibly frustrating. Then, I discovered the amazing healing powers of coconut oil a couple of years ago. Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your skin and into your body. Pure virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle.

The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”. While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues.

Clearly, coconut oil needs to be present in every product you put onto your skin! This is why I have worked so hard to create recipes for personal care products that incorporate coconut oil.

Why should you invest your precious time and resources into making your own skin care products? Easy – homemade products are free of added chemicals, dyes, synthetics, and other nasty stuff most commercial products have. They are also very cost effective. It might not seem like it at first but you will come to realize that a little product goes a long way and that your ingredients will really be able to stretch.

Why should you invest in MY Ebook? I’ll give you 3 reasons.

  1.  The 40 recipes in this Ebook are all simple to make. I made sure of that. I know that I do not have the time to sit in the kitchen for 8 hours trying to concoct a 4 ounce jar of face wash.
  2.  The ingredients in the recipes are all readily available at health food stores and online. I have no interest in sending anyone on a wild goose chase for elusive and exotic ingredients.
  3.  Every single one of my products work and they work great! Scratch that – they are fantastic. Plus, they are all customizable. You can pretty much use any essential oils of your choice should you decide to do something different than what I suggest.

Just in case those reasons were not compelling enough, Coconut Oil For Your Skin also offers information on carrier oils, butters, and essential oils. I even included a pretty cool chart outlining both the physical and emotional benefits of the essential oils called for in the recipes. I also discuss storage of finished products as well as ingredients. Seriously – I did not leave anything out.

That all sounds great but I am sure you are wondering about the recipes themselves. What can you expect to find in the Ebook?

  • 8 recipes for the bath/shower;
  • 6 recipes for body care products like lotions and creams including a cellulite cream and an eczema salve;
  • 6 recipes dedicated to your face;
  • 5 shampoo recipes;
  • 4 recipes that serve as conditions and hair treatments;
  • 5 lip balms and;
  • 6 miscellaneous recipes such as insect repellant, deodorant, wart remover, “love potion,” toothpaste, and a PMS blend.

So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy of this wonderful collection of simple, gentle, and nourishing recipes that your entire body will love! It is priced super low for a limited time. Visit MY EBOOK STORE Page to purchase the Ebook using PayPal.

BUT WAIT! Would you like to try to win a copy of my Ebook FREE? Carrie is giving away two copies to her readers! Just leave a comment letting her know why you would like to win! There are other ways to enter as well. Be sure to leave a second comment letting Carrie know what else you did!  When you comment below say, I did # 1, 2, etc. and the more you do, the better your chances are to win!!!

One comment gets you in-so comment to enter to win!  Lots of other extra entry options too! :)

  1. Subscribe to Hybrid Rasta Mama via RSS and/or Email
  2. Like Hybrid Rasta Mama on Facebook
  3. Follow Hybrid Rasta Mama on Twitter
  4. Follow Hybrid Rasta Mama on Pinterest
  5. Follow Hybrid Rasta Mama on Networked Blogs
  6. Subscribe to Carrie’s Blog to learn more about essential oils
  7. Like Carrie’s Young Living Oil Lady page on Facebook
  8. Follow Carrie on Twitter
  9. Follow Carrie on Pinterest

Leave your comments below!  You must comment below and leave Carrie the #’s that you did.

Good luck to all of you and thank you again to Carrie! Contest runs from Wed, April 25 till Tuesday May 1, 2012 11:59pm EST.  *winners for US residents only* Winner will be chosen by

What a GREAT post, Jennifer! Thanks! Ok, everyone, you heard her, go and enter to win! :)  I can’ t wait to read all of your comments!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachael May 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

2,7,9 love coconut oil, and use it for anything I can, always wanna learn more!


Carrie Raab May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Hey Rachael! Thanks for entering to win!


Lisa Matthews April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I am learning so much through the care I am giving to my special needs daughter she has many different health issues, and I am finding so much about coconut oil and many other essential oils to bring comfort, health and healing to my daughter and my family. I wish I knew now what I didn’t know when raising my 2 older daughters, but now I can share the wisdom I do have! Thanks for every bit of knowledge your offering.


Carrie Raab May 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thanks Lisa for entering to win and your comment! Blessings- appreciate you sharing about the needs of your daughter :)


Libby Leatherwood April 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I liked Hybrid Rasta Mama on facebook..


Carrie Raab April 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Libby!


Libby Leatherwood April 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I am just learning about the benefits of coconut oil. I recently purchased some to use on my granddaughter because she has eczema. Because of the excellent results of the coconut oil, I am really interested in what else I can do with it. I would love to win this and thanks so much for your blog!!! I love it. I am going to order the young living kit soon!

Have a blessed day..


Carrie Raab April 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

That is awesome! Love testimonies! :) I am here to help you when you are ready to get your kit! You will be an “oil lady” too- Coconut oil and essential oils! Such a blessing! Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it.


Libby Leatherwood April 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I follow Carrie on Facebook!


Carrie Raab April 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Thanks Libby for following me:)


Deborah April 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

So happy to have found your site, Carrie! It’s a joy to be able to follow you, and Jennifer! So much amazing information! I love these oils! I’ve known a bit about Coconut Oil, but not so much … can’t wait to learn more about the benefits of that … it’s all about living healthy … or should I say, healthy living!! I had recently ordered some of the EO’s from a long time friend who started selling, but didn’t get much info from her on them. I have looked here online, and that’s how I found you! I’m now learning about the “wondrous beauty of the lemon essential oil’! Love the fact that it balances PH, as well as all it’s other amazing benefits! I want to learn more about them all!! What would you suggest for menopause symptoms? Especially those dreaded hot flashes/night sweats! Looking forward to reading and learning more from you! Have a beautiful day!


Deborah April 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

P.S. Oops … already been doing some of these … #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 :)


Carrie Raab April 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Hey Deborah! That’s awesome! Thanks for entering to win!

Carrie Raab April 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

Hey Deborah! Thanks so much for your kind words! I really appreciate it! Glad you are using and enjoying essential oils! I would suggest either clary sage or dragon time for menopause: If you have peppermint, rub that along your neck, it will help cool you down during those ah ha HOT moments! Hope that helps! Blessings!!! :)


Kathleen Parker April 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

I did #1, 6, and 7.


Kathleen Parker April 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

facebook name is Clayandkathleen Parker


Carrie Raab April 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thanks so much Kathleen!


Kathleen Parker April 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

I am just starting to learn about coconut oil and I think this post has me convinced, lol. Would love to win this book.


Carrie Raab April 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Love it! :)


Lauren April 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

I did #2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 :0) Do I need a separate comment for each?


Carrie Raab April 29, 2012 at 1:53 am

Hey Lauren, no you don’t! So glad you entered to win! :)


Lauren April 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

I am just getting into coconut oil, mostly for baking, but would love to know better HOW to use it in baking, and in personal care and home care products!


Carrie Raab April 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hey Lauren! You know me and “oils”!! I love them! This is right up my alley along with essential oils. Jennifer is amazing and a blessing and you will love coconut oil. Thanks for entering to win! :)


kelli- AdventurezInChildREaring April 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

oh oh! pick me pick me! (can you see me jumping and waving?) I am – jumping- and waving! I just bought me some of this oil- because I came across her web site from a link on Carrie’s site – and now I need to know what to do with it! I want buckets so I can roll around in it! ;)


Carrie Raab April 27, 2012 at 3:28 am

OK, Kelli! I just might!!! :) You will LOVE it! I have it, tee hee! Thanks for entering!


Starla Huffaker April 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I have already been doing # 1,2 and 7. I would love to win this book to learn more. I buy my coconut oil in 54 oz at a time. It has helped my shin so much. I tend to scar and heal VERY slowly…..coconut oil has made a tremendous difference in m y healing. What a blessing. Thank you for helping teach us natural ways to live.


Carrie Raab April 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Awesome Starla! Thanks so much for entering to win! :)


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