Coughs, Colds and Coconut Oil


[Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil: Target; Picture Frame: Home Goods]

So here in Southern California we’ve officially entered our “Fall” season. After 90 degree days that ended somewhere around Halloween, we’re now getting down to the 60s. I know…blur!! As a native I think it’s safe to say that we’re very spoiled.

Though the temperature change is not drastic, it’s still significant. Especially when it comes to our immune systems. When you go from crop tops and cut off denim to pants and sweaters, your body is bound to get confused at some point. And don’t let every body (literally) in the household and/or office get confused all at once. At that point, it’s over and we’re all finding ourselves scrambling in the medicine cabinet for cold rx’s.

For me, that moment happened earlier this week. I could feel the onset of a cold and decided I wasn’t signing up to be in bed with a cough for the next week. So I reached for my handy list of cold remedies instead of the usual cold meds.

I recently read online that Coconut Oil can work great magic for colds. Take 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil and enjoy. Actually, a mouthful of oil isn’t that enjoyable. But it works! Swish (is that a word outside of the dentist office?) it around your mouth. Then spit out the CO. The reasoning behind this remedy? Coconut Oil is known to kill bacteria. Much of the bacteria from our colds are hanging around in our mouth. It may not be an immediate remedy like grandma’s famous 5 liquid ingredient steamy hot potion. But it has a great long term effect.

Now I’m no doctor…unless they give away MD degrees for Google searches…but this stuff is worth trying. Not to mention its multipurpose nature (cooking, hair and so on) that will make it a great asset to have handy in your home.

Give it a try the next time you feel a cold coming on and let me know what you think!



  1. I like to use coconut oil on my skin and hair. Not sure if I’d like the taste of it in my mouth. When I feel a cold coming on I usually reach in and grab a packet of Emergen C. The powder goes into my water bottle and I’m good to go 🙂

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