I love all the comments and emails I get from all of you. Many of them spark new blog posts, especially if I seem to getting the same comment or question frequently.
The other day someone mentioned that oil pulling with coconut oil can actually spread the herpes virus. Upon clarification, this reader was referring to the herpes virus associated with cold sores.
Hmmmm….interesting. I had not come across this particular issue related to oil pulling with coconut oil in any of my researching travels. So of course, I got sucked into to the coconut oil pulling/herpes world trying to determine if this was indeed true.
My knowledge about oil pulling in general told me that this was possible but for a very specific reason. But what about the coconut oil part? Did that play a specific role?
Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil…and the Herpes Connection
I scoured the internet. I pulled every book I had on coconut oil off the shelf. I tried to find a definitive answer but I couldn’t.
So here’s the thing. I wrote about oil pulling once. I specifically mention that sometimes, symptoms can get worse before they get better. It is the body’s way of moving all the bad stuff out. So likely, this particular person was experiencing something that very often occurs as a result of the body trying to flush out the system. The herpes virus spread.
I honestly do not think coconut oil itself plays a specific role in spreading the herpes virus if used as the oil of choice during oil pulling. If anything, I would think that coconut oil would help reduce the severity of outbreaks. You can read more about coconut oil’s cold sore fighting prowess in this post.
So what do you all think? Have you ever noticed an issue with coconut oil and the herpes virus? Do you think that coconut oil itself caused the issue or was it just a normal “side effect” of oil pulling?