Hot Flashes Side Effect From Coconut Oil

by Julia Mc.
(New Zealand)

I started drinking Twinings Cranberry tea with 1-2 Tbsps coconut oil, just once a day and started to get frequent hot flashes. It's summer here and this has been unbearable so I've stopped for now. Do you think if I build up slowly from one tsp in a drink my body will adapt better? I am pre-menopausal and have had some hot flashes when I started low carb/paleo eating and then they went away completely as if my body adapted (or else it's coincidence!) Any thoughts? I want to keep having it as I felt great in every other way, and VERY satiated.

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Coconut Oil And Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Julie,

In answer to your question, we agree with your decision to decrease your daily intake of coconut oil. Perhaps it was too much for your system but maybe it wasn't. The best way to find out is to do what you suggested and start again at just 1 tsp. and work up slowly.

In addition, we want to advise you of the following:
If you are consuming any polyunsaturated oils like canola, sunflower, corn (anything but extra virgin coconut oil), we suggest that you eliminate them from your daily diet.

Also, be sure to avoid ALL soy as well. For example, even fermented soy like tempeh or tofu.

Finally, make sure you are consuming only pure, virgin, organic coconut oil. No cheap or processed coconut oil's will do. Pure coconut oil is the best for consumption because it's highest in antioxidants and other nutrients.

Hopefully, you'll find all of the above helpful and do let us know if you have further questions or concerns.

We commend you on your regular consumption (and enjoyment) of coconut oil! Good for you.

Thanks for writing in...

Be Well,


by: Julia Mc

Good advice! Yes I'm doing sugar and seed oil (PUFA)free eating... in fact right now I'm doing the Whole 30 which is going brilliantly now it's my day 10.

And today I started on 1 tsp of coconut oil again...will build slowly and observe.

Thanks for the help.

Cheers. Julia.

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Anonymous

Hi Julie,

Your most welcome! Glad to hear that all is going well with your program....

Keep us posted on your success!!

Cheers to you,


Coconut oil and Hot Flashes
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm 54 years old. I have been suffering with hot flashes and night sweat for the past three months. It is a terrible feeling. I bought fans for my desk at work and a fan near my bed. I'm at work sweating and fanning, sweating in front of people on my forehead, which is so embarrassing . I read about the benefits of coconut oil and start taking 3 tablespoon a day with food.
Three days later my hot flashes and night sweat became less each day. Now it's been a week and a few
days and I don't have any hot flashes nor night sweats.

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Anonymous,

That is absolutely wonderful news! We certainly feel for you as going thru hot flashes day after day and night after night is certainly NOT fun!!

Thank you for sharing such an awesome testimony with us and we congratulate you for finding an all natural solution to your problem.

All the best to you and we know you're in good hands with coconut oil!!

Many blessings,


Coconut Oil Made Me Have Day & Night Sweats
by: Joolz

12 Jan 2015 - I started taking organic virgin coconut oil about 8 weeks ago, I read to slowly build up the intake gradually so I am up to 1 heaped teaspoon a day, but I've had to stop for a few days as I am suffering from severe day & night sweats & it's awful. I am having to have the fan on in the bedroom & it's freezing winter here at the moment. The night sweats are waking me up 7 - 10 times a night.

When I start taking it again, I am cutting it back down to the tip of a teaspoon a day.

I love taking the coconut as it has very good results with skin, hair & well being, but I think even 1 heaped teaspoon after 8 weeks is too much to begin with..

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Joolz,

So sorry to hear you have been suffering with intense hot flashes. Have you ever had a full hormone profile done? Sounds like you ought to consider getting one done because the coconut oil is doing what it can but unfortunately is not enough.
Therefore, we recommend you get a full hormone panel done for the following hormones: progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, LH (luteinizing hormone), FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and DHEA. Also, it's important to find out the relationship between the levels of estrogen to progesterone. For women it's extremely common for progesterone to be low but how low compared to the level of estrogen? - that is the crucial question.
One thing that you can do immediately is to apply the coconut oil to your skin as you would transdermal progesterone cream. There are specific areas on the body to do this - inner thighs, upper chest, upper inner arms etc. You can rotate applying the coconut oil to each of these areas at least 1x/day and see if that gives you some relief.
Additionally, your B vitamin levels could be low (especially B6) and this often can cause the symptoms you describe too. So, we would suggest having those levels checked.
Lastly, are you by chance taking anything for the thyroid as in something natural, synthetic synthroid or a synthroid derivative? These could also be contributing to the hot flashes.

Hope this helps Joolz. If you have any further questions/concerns, don't hesitate to contact us again.

Meanwhile, we hope you begin to feel better and encourage you to check out the items we mentioned above. Perhaps you will even let us know how you make out! :-)

Blessings and Health,


Oestrogen and coconut oil
by: Anonymous

While researching the benefits of coconut oil I found it was really good for eostrogen dominance. Wish I had known that years ago. Now I am 59 I am also having hot flashes again on coconut oil because estrogen is obviously going too low. Because I eat a diet low in processed foods now I do not get the pseudo estrogen effects from the many contaminates that many people get. The oil had changed my life so much now that I will not stop taking it but look for some other way to boost my estrogen levels to stop the flashes.

Hot Flashes Side Effect From Coconut Oil
by: Kate

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you so much for contributing to this thread! Happy to hear that coconut oil has helped you to the extent that it has. Coconut oil is truly helpful for hormonal imbalances but cannot possibly do everything on its own. You have certainly found this out! That is why, in your case, we would recommend you look into a natural progesterone which would help relieve the symptoms which you describe.

Also, a tonic of 1-3 tsp. Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/8 tsp. Baking Soda, 1/8 tsp. Potassium Bicarbonate and 1/8 tsp. Citric Acid is very helpful for this also. In addition to that, you may want to consider supplemental Vitamin E as well.

Thanks again for joining in on this conversation and we wish you all the best in finding 100% relief of your current symptoms.

Yours in health,


hot flashes and night sweats
by: Kathy

I am 53 and have been suffering with major hot flashes and night sweats due to menopause for well over a year. Since taking 2 or 3 tbsps of coconut oil per day for the last week, they have almost completely disappeared!! I am finally getting a great night's sleep! :)

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for joining in on this conversation. Appreciate you sharing your fabulous news!! That's really awesome that you have seen such an improvement with the hot flashes and night sweats in such a short time. Congratulations!!

Coconut oil is so helpful for this issue and you have been witness to it first hand. All the best to you and may you continue to enjoy restful night sleeps!!

Yours in health,


Coconut oil saved me!
by: Janet

I am 54 yrs old and have been getting severe hot flashes for 3 yrs now. I have tried everything except for taking hormones and nothing has helped at all. I saw an article on Facebook about coconut oil and decided to try it. I have been eating 1-2 tablespoons in the morning for 3 weeks now and I have stopped getting hot flashes all together. I feel like a different person. I don't know how long this will last or if I will need to eat more later for it to continue to work, but for now it is like a miracle to me! I'm SO thankful!

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Janet,

That's fabulous news! We're thrilled to hear it's working for you!
Nothing like finally finding something which is helping after all that time and the best part - it's completely natural!!

Good for you for persevering and we wish you nothing but success here on out!!

Do let us know if you have any questions going forward.

Blessings and Health,


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Glad not the only one!
by: Aloha

I am so glad others share this experience! Being on a ketogenic lifestyle my body heats up (possibly from the thermic effect of food) but coconut oil gives pulsating flashes lol. Also read coconut oil can kill 'bad bacteria' from our gut. Took a while for my digestive system to adjust to the changes... With coconut oil + increasing water in-take & electrolytes, my constipation issue has been alleviated.

Coconut oil is still a bit too much for me so I alternate olive oil and coconut. Some people have suggested digestive enzymes?

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hello Aloha!

Great news that your constipation issues have been alleviated with the use of coconut oil!! Bravo! :-)

Yes, you did read correctly. Coconut oil can and does help people with digestive health. I am one of those folks myself!!

You spoke of not being able to handle coconut oil regularly so you alternate olive oil with it. That's fine. As you mentioned also, digestive enzymes are a great idea as are probiotics for overall gut health.

Thanks so much for sharing your good news with us and we certainly hope it continues!!

Healthy regards,


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by: Anonymous

I started to do it, but I just couldn't stand the taste, but I have a friend that takes it and she has lost 20 pounds within a month or so and when she went and got a blood test done the doc asked her what she was doing because everything came out great and she had some test that weren't too good before that so I guess it is all up to you if you don't mind the taste. Oh, and the only side effect you may have is that it makes your face a little oily and makes your skin softer.

Hot Flashes Side Effect From Coconut Oil
by: Anonymous

I began to do it, yet I just couldn't stand the taste, yet I have a companion that takes it and she has lost 20 pounds inside of a month or thereabouts and when she went and completed a blood test the doc asked her what she was doing in light of the fact that everything turned out extraordinary and she had some test that weren't too great before that so I get it is all up to you if its all the same to you the taste. cheap writing service At . Gracious, and the main symptom you may have is that it makes your face a bit sleek and makes your skin milder.

giving vs. ending hot flashes
by: Nicki

i started to add 1-3 tsp of oil to my tea in the morning and it has given me pretty bad hot flashes all day. I stopped for a day and they stopped. It is interesting that some peoples flashes are ended with the oil and others are triggered..? I am through menopause and my flashes had stopped until now. I am on a synthetic thyroid supplement due to low thyroid condition. I have a pretty healthy whole foods diet, no processed food almost at all or chemicals etc. I welcome any suggestions!
Thank you, great thread.

Hot flashes
by: Anonymous

I started using coconut oil as a vaginal lubricant and my hot flashes went through the roof. They got so intense I started having vertigo with them.

Hot flashes from coconut oil
by: Anonymous

I have very bad hot flashes and night sweats every time I use coconut oil. Every time I stop using the oil the sweats goes away. Will I ever be able to use coconut oil as a lotion w/o the sweats?

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Dear Anonymous,

For some women, coconut oil eases hot flashes and night sweats and for others it can make them worse. You don't have to stop using the coconut oil but for the hot flashes and night sweats specifically you can add DHEA or black cohosh to your regimen.
Either of these can be taken as needed for these symptoms.
I have found black cohosh to be particularly effective in this case.
Hope that helps!

Blessings & Health,

Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Anonymous,

Sorry to hear that you experienced vertigo from intense hot flashes. That sounds like it was NO fun at all!!
If you combine DHEA with coconut oil, your problem with the hot flashes should resolve. The other thing you can do is to take black cohosh which is a supplement specifically designed to manage hot flashes.
*Note: For my hot flashes, black cohosh has worked wonderfully. In your case, DHEA may be better but one of the two should work for you.
Hope all goes better going forward...thanks for writing in!

To your health,


Coconut Oil and Hot Flashes
by: Kate

Hi Nicki,

Coconut oil is actually helping your system but if you add DHEA or black cohosh to your daily regimen, that should relieve the hot flashes.

Black cohosh is best taken separately from coconut oil but with DHEA, you can combine it with the coconut oil - FYI. :-)

As mentioned previously, I have found black cohosh to be a god send! I have never personally used DHEA.

Thanks for writing in Nicki and best of luck with one of the above remedies!

Blessings and Health,


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