Called "auspicious fruit" in Sanskrit, coconut is slightly alkaline in nature.
The coconut palm is found all along the tropical coasts and the saying:
"He who plants a coconut tree plants vessels and clothing, food and drink, a habitation for himself and a heritage for his children"
Holds true of this versatile fruit in many places where coconut grows.
You can eat the flesh of the coconut fresh or dried, and also consume the oil, milk or cream or drink coconut water.
It is the one nut that is particularly good for Pitta, being cool and moist, and when dried loses some of its heaviness.
Coconut is a good source of saturated fat for vegetarians; however it can be dangerous when used by those with excess saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet. Excessive usage by anyone can cause problems.
Coconut is not for Kaphas or those with liver problems.
Coconut is known in Ayurveda to quell wind, it's hemostatic, and tonifies the heart.
It's used for weakness, emaciation, nosebleed, and childhood malnutrition.
The inner water of tender coconuts flushes out the kidneys and cools the body, increases semen, and builds the yin fluids.
As the coconut gets older and drier, this water gets hotter.
Coconut oil is especially nourishing for the hair and scalp.
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