From The Desk of Clearissa’s Command Center
In my quest to live and to help my family live a longer, healthier lives, I am always reading about and trying the latest, but most reasonable, all natural ways to cook, clean, take care of skin/hair/nails, internal organs, lose weight, etc.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am simply overwhelmed. There is just so much information. So many different opinions and it seems that oils and juices are simply coming from every nutrition guru, TV Dr., and talk show host…literally. There is Carrot juice, carrot oil, tea tree oil, argon oil, coco butter, olive oil, grapeseed oil, this herb, that herb. I know, I know a lot of this stuff isn’t new, but some of the uses are. It is just too much. So I thought I would research one of the new health trends and give you 20 different suggested ways to us it.
So let’s explore 20 benefits of different coconut derived products. From oil, gel, butter and even flower, you cannot turn the page of a health or fitness magazine without seeing something written about the health effects and/or benefits of some form of the coconut. I am waiting to read that it can replace gasoline in my car. Then I will be impressed. Just kidding. 🙂
According to Wikipedia, our new information Bible, coconuts grows on palm trees and they are really not nuts but a drupes, which are stone fruits. Also, coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. Thusly, the new influx of coconut waters. I have tried a couple of brands and they were basically flavorless to me, but hey…it’s supposed to be good for me, right?
Where Do Coconuts Grow?
Coconuts are grown in tropical climates that are frost free, such as Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific region. In the United States, coconuts grow in Hawaii and the southern tip of Florida.
Coconut Derivatives That Are Touted as Healthy:
coconut oil (organic for both internal & external use – some others are for external use only)
- skin moisturizer
- remove makeup
- hair mask
- repair cuticles
- lip balm
- body scrub (one of my favorites)
- oil pulling to improve dental hygiene
- improve cholesterol (consult a physician)
- soothe bug bites
- insect repellant
- massage oil
- used in many all natural products (shampoos, body butters, oils, etc.)
- added energy increased thyroid function
- repair cuticles
- drum roll please…increased brain function
coconut sugar (a substitute for white sugar and is known for its low glycemic index)
- according to the latest reports, coconut sugar can be a replacement for regular white sugar
Note: remember coconut sugar is still sugar and you should consult your physician before making dietary changes
I’m not so sure this change would make such a big difference in my health because coconut sugar is still high in calories
once you are physician approved, you can choose to use coco sugar to replace white sugar in your recipes
coconut milk (replaces regular milk and is lactose-free)
- coffee creamers (you can find recipes online for flavored creamers)
- smoothies (add to your favorite smoothie recipes)
- baking (use for many of your everyday recipes – note it is rare, but some people have coconut allergies)
- in your bath for soft smooth skin
I have listed several ways to introduce coconut derivatives into your lifestyle. However, there are several more.
- coconut crème (used for baking)
- coconut flower (replaces white flower)
- coconut water (drink as alone or mixed with smoothies)
- coconut butter (used for baking)
Click on one of the coconuts below to read more from the sites I researched to help pull this list together. Happy reading.
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