What is coconut ?
The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the palm tree family (Arecaceae) and the only living species of the genus Cocos. It is one of the most useful trees in the world and is called the “tree of life”. Coconut provides ﬁves types of food products: coconut water, coconut milk, sugar, oil and meat.
It is native of Malesia, a bio-geographical region that includes Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, and several Pacific Island groups.The coconut is one of nature’s wonders.In India, coconut occupies a special and a higher place among the many articles used in religious offerings to Almighty God.The coconut has cultural and religious significance in certain societies, particularly in India, where it is used in Hindu rituals.
The midribs of coconut leaves are used for making brooms in India, Indonesia , Malaysia, the Maldives, and the Philippines.It contains of package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. Coconut is used for all the daily needs as household utensils, baskets, cooking oil, furniture, and cosmetics are made from the coconut palm Charcoal from the shell as a tooth cleanser, removing wrinkles with coconut water.Coconut is raised either for kernel, water, liquor or for coir only.
Coconut used for around 83 functional uses of various parts of palm listed range from food to stufﬁng of of coir in pillows, preparation of beds, ropes, mats, utensils of daily use such as spoons, instruments, furniture, cots, rosary boxes, brush, fuel, scoops, containers, oil bottles, toothbrushes, hookah-bases, neck belts and blinds for bulls used for plowing and oil crushing, cricket drainers, brooms, chains, toddy drawers,door mats, ﬂoor mats, musical instruments, crickets bats and other variety of children toys.
Coconut is used in Ayurveda and Medicinal value in India since ancient times. It is used as a folk remedy abscesses, alopecia, amenorrhea, asthma, blennorrhagia, bronchitis, bruises, burns, cachexia, calculus, colds, constipation, cough, debility, dropsy, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, earache, erysipelas, fever, ﬂ u, gingivitis, gonorrhoea, hematemesis, hemoptysis. It possesses anthelmintic, antidotal, antiseptic, aperient, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, depurative, diuretic, hemostat, pediculicide.
Shredded copra(coconut) is used in cakes, pies, candies, and in curries and sweets.Coconut water is used in the making of the gelatinous dessert that became popular in Japan. Nutmeat of immature coconuts is like custard in flavor and consistency.Coconut milk (which is approximately 17% fat) made by processing grated coconut with hot water or hot milk extracts the oil and aromatic compounds from the fiber. Coconut cream rises to the top when coconut milk is refrigerated and left to set. It is used in preparing many vegetables and meat dishes, imparting a distinct ﬂavor.
Coconut oil has been used as a cooking medium in South India and Southeast Asia since ancient times.It is of course primary culinary fat in Kerala. Coconut oil is extensively used as a hair oil and body oil, for burning wicked oil lamps, and as lubricant. It has medicinal properties.Coconut oil has been used for hair care and skin products. Its moisturising and softening properties many kinds of creams and lotions today.The coconut oil is also used extensively in the production of detergents and soaps.It is rich in glycerin and used in making soaps, shampoos, shaving creams, toothpaste lotions, lubricants, hydraulic fluid paints, synthetic rubber, plastics, margarine.
Little coconuts are used for many infantile complaints as diarrhea and mouth sores full of sweet and refreshing water. It is used in inflammation of liver, kidneys, and the bladder and increases urination. Pregnant women help tropics eagerly drink large quantities of young coconut juice.They believe it will give their babies strength and vitality.
Health benefits of coconut
1. Control diabetes
2. Boost your immunity
3. Increase energy levels
4. Prevents urinary tract infections
5. Good for healthy bones and teeth
6. Rich in fiber
7. Regulates thyroid function
8. Improves brain function
9. Keeps heart healthy
10. Improves digestion
11. Reduce weight
12. Develops good cholesterol
13. Improves metabolism
14. Moisturise hair and skin
15. Enhance memory
16. Hydrates the body
17. Helps with diabetes
19. Strengthen hair
20.Support hormone balance
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