So what is the deal with coconut oil? My cousin posted a great article here that I recommend you all read. And this is another great source for information.
However: the key is to make sure you maintain a constant level of coconut oil in your body at all times. For the average person age 23-50 you should try to intake about 1.5 tablespoons a day (up to 3 T if you are ill). I put about 1/2 a tablespoon in my coffee in the morning. It takes a little getting used to, but I don't need as much chapstick throughout the day anymore either! I also cook with it and use it as a hand moisturizer at least once a day.
The only other thing I can add is: last week my entire family was hit with a terrible cold and cough... everyone but me that is.