One of the things I love about what I do for a living is that it gives me a great opportunity to learn and experience the therapeutic benefits of all sorts of plants. Over the years I have become especially fond of certain plant extracts purely because I am astonished at the healing properties and positive change they can have on the physical and emotional state of people.
In the next few months I will write about my favourite plants that help to pamper the body inside and out and why I think we should be consuming, applying and/or inhaling these certain “gems of nature” on a regular basis. The first one being coconuts.
Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts. Please don’t confuse this with coconut milk, which is bought in a can.
“Coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts, and vitamins to ward off fatigue … and is the next wave of energy drinks but natural!” Mortin Satin, chief of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has reportedly said.
“It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak.”
If you exercise and sweat, then I highly recommend rehydrating with coconut water. I practise Bikram yoga and it’s the only drink that makes me feel completely rehydrated after a 90-minute sweat.
Coconut oil* is an excellent skin moisturiser and softener, and is my favourite for all-over use. It helps to delay wrinkles and sagging of skin and is especially wonderful for dry skin and as an after-sun treatment.
Coconut oil is also a very effective eye make-up remover and once a week I apply coconut oil to my hair as an intensive one-hour treatment. I’m certainly no hair expert, but what I do know is that my hair is oh so soft, silky and heavenly for the days following.
It is also wonderfully healthy to cook with.
The Coconut Research Centre** studies published in medical journals show that coconut may provide a wide range of health benefits, including: support to the immune system; improving cholesterol levels, digestion and metabolism; relief from kidney problems, heart disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, bone strength, HIV; and helping to protect the body from breast, colon and other cancers, and a long list of other health benefits. Amazing to say the least, don’t you think?
*Remember to choose certified organic unrefined virgin coconut oil and coconut water fresh from the whole coconut.
**The Coconut Research Center is a not-for-profit organization operated by Bruce Fife, N.D, an internationally recognized expert on the health and nutritional aspects of coconut and related products. It has no corporate sponsors or any connection to a particular industry. They do not sell coconut products.
I’d love to hear your experiences with coconuts.
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