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Hello, Patti.

we gave her a tbsp. of raw organic extra virgin coconut oil and she had a severe herpes outbreak a couple of hours later, as well as swollen gums and lips.

With an entire tablespoon of coconut oil, she started with way too much oil at one time considering the severity of her infestation, Patti, and since this all took place after taking the oil, then the amount is more than likely what caused all the discomfort. But she definitely needs to be taking coconut oil now, even if she has to start with ¼ of a teaspoon a day, and this is what I suggest you start her on right away. Give her the 1/4 teaspoon for about three days before adding more unless she is still experiencing die-off from the quarter teaspoon. Go up to only 1/2 of a teaspoon for other three or four days. You can continue to raise the amount very, very slowly up to 15 teaspoons of coconut oil a day spread throughout the day; this is going to help to rebuild the flora in her intestines which will be necessary before her body can heal.

As Shay suggested, with oil-pulling she can use sesame oil or coconut oil (alternate these two starting with sesame oil for a few days), but I think I would leave the tea tree oil alone for the time being. Hopefully this will be less painful than the tea tree oil was. If you haven’t already done so, please read the instructions on the following website. Oil-Pulling for Oral Thrush .

When you have time, Patti, please let me know what supplements and doses she’s taking at this time; especially as far as her probiotics are concerned. And is she drinking homemade kefir now?

If she isn’t already doing the following, she can take Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate at 250 mcg four times a day, milk thistle (see below), and Candidate by Native remedies. All of these are for protection from the die-off she’ll be having all through the treatment, especially in the first several months. Also she should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day and please don’t allow her to become constipated at this time even if she has to take milk of magnesium or something else to prevent it.

Milk Thistle
“To cleanse and protect the liver as well as for liver damage from the Candida toxin, aldehyde, the recommended dose of milk thistle is 420 mg/day containing at least 70-80% silymarin. Silymarin is a flavonoid that is extracted from the seeds of milk thistle and is the beneficial part of the herb.

The highest amount recommended is 560 mg/day for 16 days; after 16 days the dose can be reduced to 430 mg a day. This amount is recommended for intrahepatic cholestasis treatment, but the same amount could be taken if severe liver damage is suspected. The dose you decide to take should be spread out over approximately a 15-16 hour period.”