As I wrote before, coconut is one of my all time favorite fruits! First of all it tastes amazing, and second, its use is a never ending story! I like to use coconut oil as a hair or facial mask, it makes your skin incredible soft and your hair soft and shiny. Normally I leave it in my hair or on my face for about 30 minutes, and then rinse it off. Sometimes I even leave it in my hair overnights! The longer you can leave it the better it works. When my skin is really dry I use it as a moisturizer. If you don’t like the smell of coconut on your skin, there are plenty of coconut oils without it.
Coconut is also a really good product to make non-dairy milk of. It is very easy to make your own and you only need shredded coconut, water and a blender. For every cup of coconut you need two or three cups of water, all depending on how thick you want the milk to be. Boil the water and then pour it over the coconut. Mix it together in a blender until the texture is as smooth as possible. Strain the coconut solids carefully and voila! You will have a liquid that is fresh coconut milk. Store the milk in jar in the refrigerator and use it as milk over your breakfast or as a cool glass of coconut milk on a hot summer day!
To get back to the health benefits of coconut it is amazing what this fruit can do. No wonder why the pacific islanders call the tree where it is grown “The tree of life”. This fruit has endless healing properties as they are antiviral, anti fungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic, meaning that it kill harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Because of that it can help treat illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhea, bronchitis and numerous other ailments caused by microbials. It has a nutritious source of fiber and vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Not to forget the tons of potassium, calcium and magnesium. Its antioxidant properties slows down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. What I find really interesting is that coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has even been used for plasma transfusions!
So don’t be afraid to eat too much coconut, it’s good for you! Yes, there is fat in it, but it actually lowers cholesterol and reduces the changes of heart diseases, this is because its fat content is simply changed into energy, lessening the likelihood of fat buildup in the arteries and heart.