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,


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