Happy World Coconut Day!
Coconuts have a whole host of benefits and today is celebrated to remind us of all the benefits coconuts can bring.
I am sure you have heard about coconut oil, but coconuts also contain water and have a fleshy inside that can be used for both cooking and cosmetic purposes. The husks of coconuts are also used to make doormats, roofs and huts in certain parts of the world.
Here’s 4 ways how coconut can help you and your overall wellbeing:
- Coconuts boosts immunity – it naturally contains antioxidants that helps to boost your immune system. Next time you have a cold try reaching for some coconut water to help you get better – it’s also an effective super hydrator and because it is naturally low in carbohydrates and sugars it is very low in calories.
- Coconuts are anti-microbial – Coconut water is effective at combatting acne because it is packed full of vitamins and minerals. Coconut oil has a high content of lauric acid which is reported to have anti-microbial properties.
- Coconut oil boosts hair growth – coconut oil has long been used to nourish the hair and transforms dry hair to smooth, sleek and shiny healthy hair.
- Coconut oil is great for healing scars – if you have a scar or a wound you can use coconut oil to help heal the skin.
Coconut milk (made from grated coconut flesh, soaked in hot water and squeezed through a cheese cloth) can be used in cooking and also smoothies and are a healthy alternative to milk.
There are 11 different varieties of coconut, but there are two types of coconuts – these are tall and dwarf.
You may be familiar with brown husky coconuts, but there are also green coconuts too. The difference being that the brown husky coconuts are mature and contain less water and the flesh inside has hardened and can be eaten raw or grated. The green coconuts are very young coconuts and these age to yellow/orange coconuts which then mature to brown husky coconuts. Green and yellow coconuts have sweet water and soft flesh.
Coconut oil can help protect your skin and although it is not recommended to apply neat to the skin on the face, because it will blog the pores, it can be used in face oils in small quantities as it can help inflamed skin and helps to nourish dry skin.