From The Source: Coconut
He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children – South Seas Saying
The Coconut tree is a member of the palm family, Arecaceae. The term Coconut can refer to the entire coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit. The coconut is found throughout the tropics and subtropics and is known for its great versatility as seen in the many uses of its different parts. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” and when immature they may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk. The oil and milk that comes from the flesh is commonly used in cooking, and is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The husks and leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating.
HOW TO USE COCONUTS:
Gargling with oil has been all the rage lately but in fact it’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice. Swishing with raw sesame oil is traditional but many people today prefer the lighter, tastier coconut oil. This daily practice helps to kill mouth bacteria, strengthen gums and loosen up impurities on the teeth.
Face + Body Wash
Coconut-derived cleansing agents remove dirt and oil without stripping the body of its natural oils. Massage this gentle yet refreshing face and body cleanser into moist skin with a loofah or sponge to cleanse and refresh.
Natural Sports Drink
Coconut water is low in calories, is fat- and cholesterol free, has more potassium than four bananas, and incredibly hydrating. It has fewer calories and less sodium than a sports drink, and is loaded with natural electrolytes, making it a popular beverage for athletes.
Coconut oil, being mainly a saturated fat, is able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils, making it one of the best oils for cooking.
Coconut sugar is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. Compared with table and brown sugars, coconut sugar has impressive amounts of nutrients like zinc and iron as well as antioxidants. Nutrients aside, it is still sugar so proceed with caution.
Po-Zu ethically made footwear uses sustainable raw coconut husk in their foot mattresses, which moulds to the shape of your foot and provides great air flow.