Thus, not all vegetable oils are natural. Many are extracted with
chemical solvents and are highly processed, refined and modified.
Most available coconut oil is also RBD (Refined, Bleached & Deodorised).
Not so with DME extra virgin coconut oil. It is produced on farms
in the tropics by our Direct Micro
Expelling (DME™) technology
and is subject to no further processing. It is cold-pressed, pure
and natural, organic and unrefined.
(See coconut Oil Uses page as well)
A Healing Oil
Traditional healers in India (Ayurvedic) and the South Pacific
have used Coconut Oil for centuries to massage, sooth and cool
the body. The oil has been used to alleviate symptoms of eczema,
and other milder skin ailments, such as nappy rash. Because the
skin absorbs it quickly, it does not leave you feeling sticky.
Virgin coconut oil is easy to digest and provides a good source
of instant energy for sports people, the elderly and children,
including infants. Coconut oil is the subject of major scientific
research, as it appears to have significant anti-viral, anti-bacterial
and anti-fungal properties.
In the body, Lauric acid is converted into Monolaurin which seems
to inactivate or destroy the "lipid enveloped virus".
Examples include: HIV, measles, vesticular stomatitis virus (VSV),
herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), visne, cytomegalic virus (CMV), Influenza– Pneumono–Syncytial–virus
DME Extra Virgin Coconut oil is a brilliant cooking oil. Because
it is so stable and tolerates heat so well, the oil can be used
more than once. For centuries, coconut oil has been the most popular
oil for Asian cooking — particularly for curries, deep-frying
and fish dishes. In the West, it is known to give a unique flavour
to popcorn and French fries while its high melting point makes
it perfect for gourmet ice-cream. (also see our
A Significant Bio-fuel
During the Second World War the armies fighting in the Philippines
used coconut oil to run diesel engines. Since then many further
experiments and trials have been successfully run using coconut
oil as a direct substitute for diesel. Bougainville Island in Papua
New Guinea had diesel generators and trucks run on locally produced
coconut oil during a trade blockade. A coconut oil/diesel fuel
blend currently being used in Vanuatu initially mixes 20 parts
coconut oil with one part kerosene. This blend is then mixed 2:1
with diesel to give an effective 64% coconut oil bio-fuel. The
Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Wollongong
in Australia has done extensive tests on blends of coconut oil
with diesel, kerosene and ethanol. The good news for the islands
is that, in their hot conditions, pure, well-filtered coconut oil
is indeed an excellent substitute for diesel. This has significant
import-substitution and rural electrification implications. Baylor
University in the USA is also working with Dr John Pumwa in assisting
Papua New Guinea with research in this area.
Pure and Natural Soap
This soap is made very simply from a blend of caustic or potassium
lye, coconut oil and water. The resulting soap lathers extremely well
in all forms of water: soft, hard and even salt water. One of the
joys and privileges we have in working with island communities
is teaching them to make soap. It gives time to chat and to laugh.
It takes us to the producers’
stories and also brings us full
circle back to our story.
For a soap recipe see
coconut oil uses page as well.