Preventative Health

Niulife DME Coconut Oil – Ingredients & Processing – Pantry Audit

Welcome to our very first Pantry Audit where we list food ingredients with explanation & processes used – so you can make informed choices about what you are eating


What better product to start with than one of our cornerstone products, Niulife Coconut Oil:

Coconut Oil


100%  Coconut Oil

Certified  Organic



Direct Micro Expelling (DME)





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What is DME Coconut Oil?

Coconut OilHow does DME Coconut Oil earn the title of “a virgin coconut oil of vastly superior quality”?


To start, let’s explain the term DME, which stands for Direct Micro Expelling

  • Direct — quick (oil produced within 1 hour of opening the nut) and efficient (oil extraction efficiency of 85%)
  • Micro — small scale business (family farm size)
  • Expelling — extraction of virgin oil and meal


There is a whole story to this which is incredibly uplifting – here is the short version:

dan Introducing Dr Dan Etherington who holds a PhD from Stanford University in Agricultural Economics. In response to the needs of remote island communities he invented DME in the early 1990’s and founded Kokonut Pacific to support producers and bring this superior oil to market

 With DME, small-scale processing is taken to the nuts rather than taking the nuts, in debased form (copra), to a large-scale processing plant

This Australian technology is the quickest process in the world and along with  strict quality controls locks in all the flavour and goodness. For quality assurance Kokonut Pacific set the DME Standard for your protection and the empowering and advancement of the islanders they work with. Furthermore, the DME process extracts coconut oil without the use of any chemicals and as such it is Hexane-free (Hexane = chemical solvent used by some to extract oil)

After DME coconut oil is extracted, the residual meal is de-fatted grated coconut and is excellent for baking biscuits and cakes and as stock feed. The DME equipment can also produce excellent coconut cream for local domestic use. Where the oil is packaged locally or used by local cosmetic, soap and detergent producers there is significant value added

A single DME coconut press gives regular meaningful employment to teams of 3 to 7 people. Production can take place all year round and in virtually any weather.  DME uses a totally different approach to coconut compared to that of the existing copra industry, which has been termed as “modern slavery”

In general, the net return from the DME process is about 4 times that of copra production. In dollar terms, Jack Chottu, owner of Chottu’s Coconut Products in the Solomon Islands states that from 800 coconuts, he used to produce 1 bag of copra which earned him $220-. Now by using DME technology to produce virgin coconut oil, he earns $1,400- from 800 coconuts. This takes him out of survival mode and allows him to build a home for his family, buy a car, pay school fees, employ other locals and much more

 The DME process is fully sustainable and, as such, does not use any fuel other than the coconuts used to produce the oil. Also it does not intrude on the timber resources or other non-renewable fuels.

Besides its uses as food and skin moisturising, virgin coconut oil is a good lamp fuel and, of all the vegetable oils, it is the best direct substitute for diesel-engine fuel

The DME technology is indeed well described in the company motto of “Empowering and bringing hope” – helping thousands of people in developing countries achieve a better standard of living.

DME is a four-fold “bottom line” production process

  1. It cares for people
  2. It looks after the planet
  3. It is profitable for all
  4. It seeks to be sensitive to culture and spirituality

The DME Standard for Coconut Oil

 DMEThe DME Standard is a set of quality and ethical standards that the Direct Micro Expelling method of producing virgin coconut oil achieves and the manufacturers adhere to. A “best practice” process guarantees an exceptionally high quality of oil for the world market, sustainable production for the operators, and maintenance of renewable resources for the earth

The DME Standard fully justifies the naming of Niulife coconut oil as “Extra Virgin”

DME extra virgin coconut oil:

  • Cold-pressed virgin oil produced within one hour of opening a nut
  • Real food that is hand-made and natural, raw and unrefined
  • Health giving — rich in the good medium chain fats, especially lauric acid
  • Not hydrogenated and no trans fatty acids
  • Less than 0.1% free fatty acid (FFA) level at production
  • Clear like pure water when settled
  • Natural mild coconut aroma and flavour
  • Production temperature less than 35°C above melting point
  • Keeps at room temperature for more than two years
  • Produced by small village units with easy-to-use DME hand-operated press
  • Produced where coconuts grow, empowering local families in their own business in remote areas
  • Reversing the trend of youth having to go to the cities to look for work
  • Gender-neutral, family ‘cottage industry’ processing – rather than big factories
  • A self-fuelling process that uses coconut oil, shell and husk as fuel
  • 100% renewable and sustainable energy source for producers
  • Certified Organic by NASAA Australia, an internationally (IFOAM) accredited certifier


Completely different from inferior products that:

  • Use copra as the starting point of their production process
  • Produce a crude coconut oil that has much higher free fatty acid levels (3%+)
  • Produce oil that has to be refined, bleached and deodorised (RBD) to be edible
  • Make oil that is produced days or weeks after the opening of a nut
  • Have their value added in urban-based factories that don’t empower rural operators
  • Are produced with high pressure, high temperature or chemical processes
  • Use non-renewable fuels in the production process


DME has set a new standard for coconut oil, both in production and in quality

Health Benefits of Coconut – Testimonies

Stories abound once again regarding the great benefits of coconut for general health, weight management, skin and hair beautification. Today, we have some testimonies from people who experienced the life changing effects of coconut oil.

“In my clinical practice at St Luke’s Medical Centre I use virgin coconut oil for the elderly in relation to physiologic changes that occur with aging. Virgin coconut oil can address sensory losses, tooth and gum problems, changes in the intestinal tract, changes in the immune system, changes in body composition, and changes that come with menopause and andropause. A combination of old age and malnutrition makes older people vulnerable to pneumonia, UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), and bedsores. Virgin coconut oil can help fight infection in the early stages. Take the case of a 76-year-old who developed painful herpes zoster on his trunk. The antibiotic cream given to him only lasted for one application because the area affected was so wide. But when virgin coconut oil was applied all over the skin for a week, the patient reported relief from itch and the lesions dried up.” – Eliza Perez Francisco MD, Philippines


“I have suffered with systemic candida for years and in just 3 weeks I’ve gone through the die-off of the candida and have NO cravings for sweets, breads, pasta or any simple carbs. I don’t snack and have to remind myself to eat 4-5 small meals a day. I’ve lost 5 pounds; have good energy and clearer thinking – no more foggy brain! My husband is an insulin dependent type 2 diabetic. His fasting blood sugar was never under 140 but it has been ranging between 110 – 120 since eating virgin coconut oil. He also rubs a little on his balding scalp where he had a persistent rash and scaly scalp and in just one night we could see the difference. Today his scalp is pink and healthy looking.” – BH


“February 1, I began taking 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil every day. I had fairly severe symptoms of hypothyroid and adrenal exhaustion, and these symptoms disappeared within the first week. I immediately began to sleep through the night, wake up alert and refreshed after only eight hours of sleep (unusual for me). I also felt cheerful and energetic.” – KH


“I used to have restless leg syndrome and it drove me crazy. What I used to do before I started living healthier is take a lot of xanax. I also had depression and took antidepressants. At the time I ate a very low fat diet (almost no fat and NO unsaturated fat) Then I read how your brain is composed of a lot of fat (including saturated fat and cholesterol) and restricting fat can mess up your neurological connections. I started reading about the benefits of coconut oil and other fats I had previously avoided, like butter and the cholesterol in eggs. After I started taking coconut oil and using butter and eggs, I stopped my xanax and antidepressant s(which I had taken for nine years). My depression and restless legs are gone.” – Mary H


“We have had a very positive experience using virgin coconut oil with our 6-year-old daughter. From around the age of 2 she had a form of undiagnosed arthritis that would make her immobile on many days. The pediatrician put her on vioxx for awhile (this was before it was banned) which we weren’t happy with, but it wasn’t much fun seeing her on the worst days crawling like a baby because it hurt too much to walk or lying on her back much of the day because it hurt too much to play. We cut out vegetable oils from our diet 18 months ago and replaced them with virgin coconut oil and butter. Soon after we weaned her off the vioxx and she has hardly complained of pain since.” – Ian G

What more can we say??  CREATE a wonderful day!

Reference: Virgin Coconut Oil – Nature’s Miracle Medicine by Dr. Bruce Fife – find it here

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Aches, Pains – and Coconut Oil

Aches, Pains & CO

Aches and pains are a part of life – there can be growing pains when we are small and as we grow older, there can be pains that emerge from the body just from daily use for 40, 50, 60 year olds or more

But there is also a natural and organic solution for general aches and pains right through to arthritis pain and other diseases that hinder mobility and participation in everyday activities.

Below are some testimonies of how people are successfully using virgin coconut oil to prevent and arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even miscellaneous undiagnosed pains of unknown origin.

“I started using Virgin Coconut Oil just about 3 weeks ago. I had been suffering with arthritis and back problems. I used to have a problem just getting up out of my seat and since I have been using coconut oil, I just get right up with no problems. I thought I had to get a new mattress because my back was hurting so bad but now I have no problems (I am still going to get a new mattress anyway). I just want to say that I am sold on this coconut oil and have recommended it to family and friends and they have and they are telling me great results from it.” Annette R

“It worked for my gout. I no longer have any types of attacks for over 9 months now…My gout was so bad I would wake up howling in the middle of the night from a dead sleep. I couldn’t stand any type of pressure on the foot or feet (depending on the attack). I wore multiple layers of wool socks to add heat to the feet, used heating pads when stationary, and went through countless styles of shoes trying to find comfort. Now I just wear plain old cheap flip-flops on bare feet. Walk all I want and never think about my feet.” R.B.

“I am 68 years old. I have had fibromyalgia for the past 8 years. For the past two months have been taking 3 tablespoons of coconut oil a day. The pain has greatly lessened and I’ve never slept better than I do now.” Naomi M

WOW! Who would have thought?

And I will add my own testimony as well – in late 2013, I suffered a severe blow to the head which resulted in soft tissue injury. After the hit, my back muscles became stiff – across my shoulders and down my spine. My doctor said all I needed to do was stretch regularly, which I did for three days. I love stretching so it felt good – and I presumed I was doing good. But what I was actually doing was taking away my body’s natural protection around the as-yet-undiscovered soft tissue injury. Enter 3 days of the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. Back to the doctor on day 1 and a scan was ordered. The first available appointment was two days later. On the night before the scan, I woke up gasping in the middle of the night unable to breathe. I drove myself to hospital at 1am and arrived a tearful mess. The hospital suspected spinal compression and added an order for x-rays to my scan appointment the next day. All they could provide was 2 panadol. After the investigative work the next day, finally the doctor declares soft tissue injury. I ask the doctor what that means and he says the area is inflamed – now I know what I am dealing with. I go home, soak a handtowel in coconut oil and fashion a plastic bolero out of a shopping bag to keep this coconut-oil bandage in place on my back. I got relief within 10 minutes!!!!!!! Almost delirious from lack of sleep, I take 1 panadol, 1 anti-inflammatory tablet and a glass of red and get my first night’s sleep in 3 days. The next day, refreshed from sleep, I threw out all the tablets (as these were the first I had taken literally in 20 years) and kept the coconut oil compress on for a week, taking it slow to let my body do what it needed to do – no more pain, all healed

Source for Testimonies: Book “Virgin Coconut Oil – Nature’s Healing Miracle” by Bruce Fife ND – find it here

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Oil Pulling – What?

The most common question I get re Oil Pulling is “what’s that?”

It is the act of putting about half a teaspoon of oil – I only use coconut oil because of its very high list of healthful properties – in your mouth and swishing it around your mouth (like when you rinse after cleaning your teeth) for about 15-20 minutes, working the oil by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth.

“What?!!  Why?” – there they go again

The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer

And because oil pulling can help asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems. Oil pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body, removing disease promoting toxins, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As a consequence, health problems of all types improve.


1) best on an empty stomach ie before a meal. Once a day but can do up to 3 times a day

2)  I do something as I am oil pulling eg I get dressed. do hair, make bed – all the general get-ready for the day stuff. This makes it much easier to oil pull for the 15 – 20 minutes required.

3) If you need to spit out before the time period is up, do so – then take a new amount of oil and continue

3) IMPORTANT when you spit out, spit into the garbage bin, not a sink or toilet. The coconut oil will harden in the cold water or against the cold pipes and eventually block your drains. NEVER swallow the oil because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.

But there is testimony after testimony to back up this crazy suggestion. And now my own – when I first wrote on oil pulling, I decided it was mostly for those with a condition, to remove problems already established. But I read more and realised I needed to do this daily, even though I was feeling and  looking healthy on all counts at the time.

After just a few days, I began to wake up with a blocked nose every morning. It persisted – even though I felt fine for the rest of the day.

After 4 weeks, I suddenly had a personal experience of the many testimonies I had read. I will care for you by not giving you the fine details but wanting to keep it nice, I experienced flu-like symptoms for about 10 days and could not believe the purging that came from many directions within.

As I knew what was happening, I stayed calm and went with it – in fact, after the initial surprise, I was rejoicing! Once the worst was over (about 4-5 days), I added a herbal multi-vitamin mixture to assist my body up and out the other side.

I have had sinus issues over the years but extremely minimal, in fact rare over the last 20 years or so. Now I have to admit to a clearness of breathing that I didn’t realise I wasn’t living before. I am still amazed – remember I looked healthy from every angle before daily oil pulling

Oil pulling traces it roots to oil gargling practiced in Ayurvedic medicine (but an Indian friend of mine denies this). Oil pulling as we know it today, was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. who claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders. He said it cured him of a chronic blood disorder of 15 years duration and within three days it cured his arthritis, which at times was so painful he was bed ridden. He used the method in his medical practice with great success. Frankly, I don’t care any more where it comes from – oil pulling has a very powerful cleansing and healing affect not only on the mouth and sinuses, but the entire body.

Testimonies I have read state that oil pulling has created results such as breathing easier, sleeping better resulting in more energy during the day, headaches gone, arthritic pain in the hands diminishing considerably after a week, relief of joint pain, eczema disappearing, skin becoming smoother and softer, periods returning to regular cycles with less cramping and less mood swings plus improvements in oral health such as whiter teeth, fresher breath with bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease greatly diminishing or completely healing – and the list goes on… and on…

As good as it is, oil pulling isn’t always enough. Some people and some conditions require a little extra care. For this reason, naturopath Bruce Fife developed oil pulling into a more complete, more effective method that he terms Oil Pulling Therapy. This program incorporates medicated coconut oil (which you can make yourself), diet, select nutrients, oral pH balancing procedures, and, for those who have amalgam (mercury) fillings or metal crowns, a detox procedure designed specifically for removing heavy metals, all of which combine to greatly enhance the effects and healing properties of oil pulling. The details of this program are covered in Bruce’s book Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing. Find it here

Oil pulling is cheap; the only expense is for the oil you use. It is very easy; you simply swish oil in your mouth. And it is completely harmless. All you are doing is rinsing your mouth out with a food. You’re not even swallowing the oil. What can be more benign than that? Nearly anyone can do it, regardless of their level of health. If you have health issues, don’t let the simplicity of oil pulling deter you from trying it. Sometimes the simplest procedures produce the greatest results.

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