Coconut - The God Particle: Its Goodness benefits for the Skin:
Born in an Oriental land, where every family and courtyard had at least two coconut trees - well, in my part of the land, having one - just one coconut tree is considered inauspicious - so its at least two or none, we are blessed to understand and bask in the goodness of coconut.
Coconut is originally thought to be have been pronounced 'cocoanut' and is derived from a Portuguese term that reflects a face with human features (corresponding to the three small holes on the coconut shell).
Culturally considered a very auspicious tree and nut - every part of which finds some utilitarian value, coconut is incorporated in every function and gaiety - from the birth of a child to a wedding to a house warming ceremony.
In fact, the traditional belief is that the coconut tree is such a harbinger of good that it never drops a coconut on to a human being - even by accident.
I have called Coconut the 'God Particle' because I have seen it - most of all - 'heal'. The God particle started life and coconut heals & gives new life to skin, in its myriad forms:
Coconut water contains natural sugar, dietary fibre, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and provides an isotonic balance to the body - which is why it is the elixir drink in the tropical countries.
Coconut milk, extracted by grating the white kernel, is widely used in niche cuisines. Traditional wisdom also recommends it for healing a wide range of stomach inflammatory conditions - from ulcers to acidity. Coconut milk, when applied on to skin, either jointly with other natural foods or by itself, brings about a radiance and glow, purifies and cleanses the skin, helps exfoliate and retains a natural lustre.
By far the most used of the coconut by products, coconut oil finds wide use in cuisine as well as beauty care - not just for the skin, but for the hair as well.
Daily use of coconut oil, to nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth is an unquestioned beauty secret passed on thru generations. In my part of the world, it is still customary to oil massage the hair before shampooing it.
From the time we were kids and picked up bruises while playing, or rashes while travelling, coconut oil has been the handy cure-all at mothers' disposal. it evens out the damage, heals skin and helps fresh skin grow. It is thus the best companion thru our skin's life cycle - from fresh growth to exfoliation.
Those of us fond of manicures and pedicures and well kept nails have soaked our nails and toes in coconut oil before luxurious baths in the tub - it brings out the best.
My personal experience with coconut oil, more interesting, has been of late. Blessed with very good genes and a flawless wheatish complexion, I did all we do in modern times to harm my skin. Of late, saddled with heavy dark circles and black spots, skin has been listless.
For a week now, on Mom's prodding, have applied coconut oil - and despite the severe damage, can already see tiny signs of healing. Nature, as they say, is infinitely powerful.
Modern research has even suggested that Coconut has the powers to cure many modern ills hitherto otherwise devoid of cure.
I found a plethora of informational articles here, at this research center:
The Alzheimer Cure - Coconut Connect:
Another Video on how Coconut's Ketones are our best friends in the fight against diseases of the brain / mind
Well, in Grandma's days, they painstakingly, at home, extracted the goodness of coconut. In today's busy lifestyles, fortunately for us, we have some brands that carefully put Coconut's goodness together - for us and ours. Here is an example from Parachute: 100% natural advansed body lotion:
So, let's enjoy Nature's wholesome goodness to take care of ourselves.