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Coconut Uses

USE OF COCONUT

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is a fruit which comes from the coconut palm and many uses, both as a nutritional health food and for medicinal purposes. Coconut is rich in fibre and vitamins and minerals including copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc.

I personally love anything coconut, although it seems to be one of those foods which people either love or absolutely detest. Coconut meat tastes lovely, it is slightly sweet, and it can be eaten either raw or dried. There are many products that are produced from using coconut, including water, cream, milk and oil.

There are so many uses for coconut, the list is almost endless! Let’s take a look at some of the features and benefits of coconut and coconut products

1 Coconut Water

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside immature coconuts. As the coconut matures, that water then is replaced by the coconut meat.

Coconut water isn’t the same as coconut milk – the milk from coconuts is produced from the grated meat of coconuts that have already matured.

The water from coconuts is used as a beverage and as a solution for treating dehydration related to diarrhoea or exercise and is rich in carbohydrates and electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium

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2 Coconut Oil for Skin

Coconut oil is derived from the kernels, meat, and milk of the coconut palm and fruit. The oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and even works well as a skin moisturizer and can help with rashes or inflammation or small cuts. There are even reports online that coconut oil can help with earaches, although it’s best to visit the doctor first for a consultation, of course.


#3 Coconut Oil for Skin

Coconut oil is derived from the kernels, meat, and milk of the coconut palm and fruit. The oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and even works well as a skin moisturizer and can help with rashes or inflammation or small cuts. There are even reports online that coconut oil can help with earaches, although it’s best to visit the doctor first for a consultation, of course.


4 Coconut Oil for Teeth

If you would really love to help whiten your teeth, coconut oil is great. It can be mixed with bicarb soda into a paste for brushing, and you can also perform what’s known as oil swishing (or oil pulling) to help with teeth whitening and fresh breath. It’s very healthy for the mouth as it helps to kill bacteria along the gum line.

Swishing is done by putting a spoon of coconut oil in your mouth and simply swishing it around for 10-20 minutes. When you’re finished, spit the oil into a trash bin (don’t swallow it, because while you’re swishing you are also pulling toxins from your body.) Don’t spit it out into the sink because once it is cold it will harden and may cause clogging.


#5 Coconut Oil for Cooking and Baking

Coconut oil may be used as a substitute for butter, margarine, shortening, or vegetable oil in cooking and baking. It’s great to grease your cooking pans and has natural health benefits compared to saturated fats.

#6 Coconut Flour

A unique alternative to wheat flour, coconut flour is popular people who cannot tolerate gluten, and also among low-carb enthusiasts. Aside from being nutritious, coconut flour can also be beneficial in promoting blood sugar stability, better digestion, heart health, and even weight loss.

#7 Coconut Milk and Cream

A great alternative to cow’s milk, coconut milk and cream is fantastic for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. I love it in cereal and even use it in my coffee, I actually prefer the taste compared to cow’s milk. I’ve made delicious coconut ice cream in my ice cream maker, and it’s just the perfect match for strawberries.

#8 Coconut Shampoo, Soaps and Lotions

Shampoos and soaps that are made with coconut ingredients are also a favourite of mine. They usually have a deliciously sweet scent and I find they are a great moisturiser for hair and skin as well. Body lotions and hand creams are also available that are made form coconut – even lip balm made from coconut is a great alternative to those who might suffer allergies to bees wax products on their lips.

Coconut oil, used on its own, can also be a great moisturising treatment for dry hair. Instead of using a store bought oil treatment for your hair, try using virgin coconut oil instead.

#9 Coconut Oil Protective Skin Barrier

I have a family member that currently is required to wear a mask during work hours, and she was experiencing problems with her lips becoming inflamed. Since coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, I suggested she try rubbing the oil around her mouth to act as a barrier, and it has made a world of difference, she is no longer having issues with inflammation, so for people who might suffer from something similar, it’s worth a try.

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