Coconuts – there will hardly be any person who is unfamiliar with this amazing gift of Mother Nature. It is as versatile as a fruit can get!! According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Coconut palms are grown in more than 90 countries of the world, with a total production of 61 million tonnes per year. THAT IS A LOT OF COCONUTS FRIENDS!!!! They form a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics. I mean, who doesn’t like the refreshing coconut water in the summers :). The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in certain societies, especially in India. When mature, a coconut can be processed to give oil and milk from the kernel (the fleshy part of coconut) which is commonly used in cooking and frying.
But apart from being used in cooking, coconuts are widely used in the healthcare and beauty industries. They are used to prepare hair oils, soaps, certain cosmetics (including lip balms and lotions), wipes and much more. So here is a list of 10 amazing ways how you can incorporate and use coconut in your daily life.
You can use coconut oil on your entire body as a moisturiser. It is great for nourishing the skin and keeping it healthy. It also has anti-acne and anti-wrinkle properties and can be used as a face moisturiser.
- Body Scrub
It can also be used as a body scrub to get rid of those dead cells of the skin. Mix equal parts of sugar and coconut oil (you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil) to prepare your own natural body scrub.
- Natural Sunscreen
Coconut oil has the property of naturally blocking the harmful UV rays. It allows the body to absorb Vitamin D though, which isn’t the case with regular sunblocks!! Just message some oil over the exposed parts before stepping into the sun the next time!
- Natural Conditioner
Coconut oil just works wonder for your hair. I cannot stress enough on this particular use!! As a pre-shampoo hair treatment, coat hair in warm coconut oil the night before a morning shower. Concentrate the oil on the ends for super silky locks!!
- Natural Lip Balm
Next time you run out of your lip balm, try melting some coconut oil with your favourite essential oil and a little beeswax (1+1 teaspoon), and fill your empty lip balm tube with the mixture. Freeze it for sometime….. And VOILA!!!!
Coconut also helps you to minimise your dandruff problem as it softens and moisturises your dry scalp. Massage your hair with oil at night and wash it the next morning. Continue this process for 4 to 5 weeks to get rid of your dandruff.
It is amazing that something to simple and common could be so calming and soothing the inflammations associated with shaving!! Just apply it over the shaved area and let it work its magic.
- Makeup Remover
Coconut oil is a really impressive eye makeup remover. Say goodbye to the mascara stains forever!!!!
- Stretch Marks
Treat stretch marks and scars with coconut oil after a shower when your pores are open. Apply and massage regularly on the concerned area for at least a couple of minute and see the difference in a few weeks!!
- Eyelash treatment
Last, but not the least, use coconut oil to get those super lush lashes that you always wanted!!! Apply a little coconut oil to your lashes before going to bed. It also helps in fighting the problem related to lash breakage or hair loss due to regular eye makeup.
So, the next time someone asks you, “What is the most useful tree in the world?”, Well, my answer is definitely going to be “a coconut tree”.