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Can olive oil cure dandruff?

Can olive oil cure dandruff?

NO: Olive oil may make the dandruff worse! dandruff can be cured by shampooing often. (daily if possible) and with a tar shampoo such as t-gel or tarsum or head & shoulders (all are over the counter). I have no financial interest in these. ...Read more

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Would coconut oil and tumeric help cure hyperpigmentation?

Would coconut oil and tumeric help cure hyperpigmentation?

Not likely: There are many causes of hyperpigmentation for systemic disease to sun damage. Treatment for the hyperpigmentation depends upon its cause. I am not aware of any controlled studies showing th benefit from coconut oil on hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Is it really true that coconut oil can cure hypothyroidism?

Is it really true that coconut oil can cure hypothyroidism?

No: The misconception that coconut oil can cure an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose years ago, after publication of a book touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil. However, there is no evidence that coconut oil stimulates thyroid function. If you have signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism — such as increased sensitivity to cold, unexplained weight gain or fatigue — consult your doctor. He or she can test your thyroid function and, if necessary, recommend appropriate treatment, which may include thyroid hormone therapy. ...Read more

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Does coconut oil really help to treat molluscum contagiosum?

Does coconut oil really help to treat molluscum contagiosum?

Skin lesions: Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a dna pox virus for which we do not have specific therapy. Often these lesions will regress spontaneously with time, and if you apply coconut oil and they go away the temporal relationships will convince you that it was effective. There is no evidence to support this, but it cannot hurt much. ...Read more

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What is the best way to grow help eyelashes grow? I have heard olive oil, vitimin e oil or caster oil. Can't afford fancy stuff. Thank you.

What is the best way to grow help eyelashes grow? I have heard olive oil, vitimin e oil or caster oil. Can't afford fancy stuff. Thank you.

Eyelash growth: From my experience all that works is lattise, cilia, or biotin supplement. Lattise runs around $100 per month, cilia $50-75 per month, and biotin you need to check and your local health / vitamin outlet. ...Read more

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How does coconut oil help with a sunburn?

 How does coconut oil help with a sunburn?

Moisturizes/protects: I'm not aware of research studies showing to what degree coconut oil helps sunburn but many people claim it helps. It moisturizes and protect the skin and has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It may be best combined with other natural remedies as discussed in this article: http://www.bustle.com/articles/83496-using-coconut-oil-for-sunburns-can-work-if-you-follow-these-7-simple-steps ...Read more

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Can castor oil or coconut oil help with mononucleosis?

Can castor oil or coconut oil help with mononucleosis?

No: Mononucleosis is caused by the ebstein-barr virus (ebv). Neither castor oil nor coconut oil will help shorten the duration or symptoms of the disease. ...Read more

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What can Neem leave/juice cure?

What can Neem leave/juice cure?

Many conditions: Neem is most commonly uses topically as neem oil for a wide variety of skin conditions, but neem can also be used internally for a wide variety of conditions, from infections to arthritis to diabetes. While neem has a long history of folk use for many conditions, research related to most internal uses is limited at best. See http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/9-neem-benefits-and-uses/ ...Read more

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What are ways to cure keratosis pilaris? I've tried putting coconut oil on it. Should that help?

What are ways to cure keratosis pilaris? I've tried putting coconut oil on it. Should that help?

Many Approaches: Your moisturizer is helpful and wise but prescribed exfoliants also reduce symptoms as do topical retinoids (often known as 'retin a'--they keep hair follicle from being plugged). If severe, laser therapy has been used as well. Some exfoliants are over the counter while other are prescription strength and require you to see a health provider. Control rather than cure is the goal. ...Read more

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What oils should I apply to the scalp to prevent hairloss, dandruff and hair thinning. Heared olive oil with lemon juice is the best remedy. Thanks?

What oils should I apply to the scalp to prevent hairloss, dandruff and hair thinning. Heared olive oil with lemon juice is the best remedy. Thanks?

Old wive's tale: I am afraid that this is just a myth. Perhaps the massage effects on the scalp may be beneficial but I am not aware of any truth to this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if jojoba oil really helps with preventing wrinkles?

Can you tell me if jojoba oil really helps with preventing wrinkles?

Wrinkles: Jojoba oil may hydrate your skin but it does not prevent wrinkles, per se. Your best bet is to avoid the sun. Use sunblock, wear hats and sunglasses, don't sunbathers or use tanning beds. ...Read more

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Can johnson's baby oil get rid of dandruff? What about extra virgin olive oil?

Can johnson's baby oil get rid of dandruff?  What about extra virgin olive oil?

No and No.: Both will make dandruff (technical name: seborrheic dermatitis) worse. Try an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo containing tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, or zinc pyrithione, but keep it out of your eyes. If that doesn't work, a dermatologist can give you a prescription-strength shampoo and a lotion or foam. ...Read more

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Can oil pulling or oil swishing to cure gingivitis?

Can oil pulling or oil swishing to cure gingivitis?

Not efficient time: Oil pulling is not new, but the amount of time needed to get any effect would be much better spent brushing and flossing. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil and what about flax seed oil?

Can you please tell me about the advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil and what about flax seed oil?

No advant.,veg. alt.: I do not know of any advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil. Cod liver oil has advantages over fish oil as it is also a good source of vit a & d, not found in fish oils. Any fish or cod liver oil should be purified to remove mercury, pcb's & other toxins. Flax oils is a vegan alternative to fish oil. It has the omega 3 ala which our bodies convert to epa, but not all people make the conversion. ...Read more

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Can coconut oil be used to help treat acne?

Can coconut oil be used to help treat acne?

Adjunct: Topical benzoyl peroxide is the mainstay of non-prescription acne treatment. If you are not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician -- it's a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that's a serious personal and professional liability and can be managed. These "pop" remedies like coconut, lemon, beer or honey are adjuncts and will probably disappoint you. ...Read more

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Is it true that sunflower seeds OR the sunflower oil can cure HIV?

Is it true that sunflower seeds OR the sunflower oil can cure HIV?

No: There are no medical studies that I can find that have proven that sunflower seeds or sunflower oil cure HIV. ...Read more

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Will coconut oil cure herpes in 2 weeks?

Will coconut oil cure herpes in 2 weeks?

Herpes simplex: Can almost guarantee that if you use coconut oil for two weeks that your herpes will heal up and it will take 14 days without coconut oil. This will not be likely to do anything. ...Read more

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What are ways to cure keratosis pilaris? I've tried putting coconut oil on it. Should that help?

Many Approaches: Your moisturizer is helpful and wise but prescribed exfoliants also reduce symptoms as do topical retinoids (often known as 'retin a'--they keep hair follicle from being plugged). If severe, laser therapy has been used as well. Some exfoliants are over the counter while other are prescription strength and require you to see a health provider. Control rather than cure is the goal. ...Read more

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Would coconut oil and tumeric help cure hyperpigmentation?

Not likely: There are many causes of hyperpigmentation for systemic disease to sun damage. Treatment for the hyperpigmentation depends upon its cause. I am not aware of any controlled studies showing th benefit from coconut oil on hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Cure seborrheic dermatitis with coconut oil?

Cure seborrheic dermatitis with coconut oil?

No: The resident fungus (pityrosporum orbicularis) on most normal skin can cause seborrhea on some people. This fungus thrives on oil especially olive oil. Thus the less oil on the fact , the better. ...Read more

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Can I use coconut oil on my face to cure acne?

Can I use coconut oil on my face to cure acne?

Scientific Rx: All of the "pop" remedies for acne online are bad guesses at best and cruel pranks at worst. Use something that works. Topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated isn't fun but it's your best start. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your personal physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use coconut oil (vaginally) to cure a yeast infection?

Not a cure: Coconut oil is safe to use in the vagina. It wont cure yeast infection tho. It is a very good lubricant. ...Read more

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How true is that 100% pure oregano oil diluted in coconut oil (example) that's taken daily (few drops orally) can help immune system get rid/cure HPV?

How true is that 100% pure oregano oil diluted in coconut oil (example) that's taken daily (few drops orally) can help immune system get rid/cure HPV?

Not true: The only thing known that might help the immune system clear HPV is for smokers to stop using tobacco. Nothing else is known to help, and certainly this treatment is not effective. But your immune system will clear the infection over a few months. ...Read more

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Hi I have dark eye circles and eye wrinkles. Is it able to be cured? Do coconut oil and cucumber slice help? If I sleep for 8 hrs, will it get better?

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Hi I have dark eye circles and eye wrinkles. Is it able to be cured? Do coconut oil and cucumber slice help? If I sleep for 8 hrs, will it get better?

Eyes: Periorbital aging is multifactorial. Sleep certainly can help. Good skin care, staying out if the sun and not smoking all help as well. You should see a board certified plastic surgeon and an aesthetician for recommendations. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

No: Yeast infections require antifungal treatment and bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with metronidazole. Coconut oil will not cure either. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil good for you?

Coconut oil: Look for a book written by, i believe, bruce fife, nd on coconut oil. Very enlightening reading. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use coconut oil?

Is it ok to use coconut oil?

YES!!!: Inside and out ... Depending what you are going to do. On the skin, in cooking etc! it is from mother nature! ...Read more

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Is coconut oil actually healthy?

Is coconut oil actually healthy?

Pros of coconut oil: ...contains good mono- & polyunsaturated fats, & has no trans fat. Also, virgin coconut oil might have a positive effect on cholesterol levels & help protect against heart disease. Keep in mind its still high in saturated fat so don't replace all your cooking oil with it, use in moderation, & figure into your daily calorie & fat count. (Ref. bhg.com) ...Read more

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Can you refrigerate coconut oil?

Yes you can: In cooler weather coconut oil will solidify. In the refrigerator it will actually really harden up. It will keep longer as in shelf life and delay rancidity. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil really bad for you?

Is coconut oil really bad for you?

VERY bad.: Coconut oil if popular right now, but it is not a healthy oil. It is highly saturated (just like lard). Saturated oils are shown to promote atherosclerosis and vascular disease. ...Read more

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Are there coconut oil pills I can take?

Are there coconut oil pills I can take?

Yes: I have had several patients find these at out local health food store. One is made by now brand, there are others i'm sure. ...Read more

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Is coconut oil good protection from the sun?

Only sun blocker: If possible avoiding is the best protection from uv rays of sun, then uv blocking agents & wearing sun glasses, coconut oil may help the skin but will not block uv rays. ...Read more

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What are healthy substitutes for coconut oil?

What are healthy substitutes for coconut oil?

Monounsaturated oils: Consider avocado oil for both cooking and as an ingredient for most things you'd do with coconut oil. Avoid dietary fat sources which contain trans fats; consider nut oils, avocado oil, or extra virgin olive oil as good alternatives. ...Read more