20 Ways to Use Coconut Derivatives

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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. 🙂

The Coconut:

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)

  1. skin moisturizer
  2. remove makeup
  3. hair mask
  4. repair cuticles
  5. lip balm
  6. body scrub (one of my favorites)
  7. oil pulling to improve dental hygiene
  8. improve cholesterol (consult a physician)
  9. soothe bug bites
  10. insect repellant
  11. massage oil
  12. used in many all natural products (shampoos, body butters, oils, etc.)
  13. added energy increased thyroid function
  14. repair cuticles
  15. drum roll please…increased brain function

coconut sugar (a substitute for white sugar and is known for its low glycemic index)

  1. 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)

  1. coffee creamers (you can find recipes online for flavored creamers)
  2. smoothies (add to your favorite smoothie recipes)
  3. baking (use for many of your everyday recipes – note it is rare, but some people have coconut allergies)
  4. 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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6 thoughts on “20 Ways to Use Coconut Derivatives

  1. Pamela says:

    I appreciate all the information on coconuts. I had not idea all it was good for. I just thought you made a hole in it and drank it.

  2. Harleena Singh says:

    Hi Clearissa,

    That is a LOT of coconut…lol…:)

    Jokes apart, you are right in all that you mentioned, Coconut can be used in SO many things. I guess we are lucky as we get fresh coconut daily just outside our house, so drinking coconut water is pure bliss, which BTW is semi-sweet in flavor and very good for health.

    In our country, coconut oil is also used for cooking in some places, especially Southern part and food cooked in it is delicious and healthy too. Besides, it’s widely used as hair oil, for massages, and even baking. We even get the powdered variety and the dry coconut that can be grated if required. Just eating it raw in itself is nice also, if you’ve ever tried it.

    Haven’t yet heard of coconut sugar – would be interesting to see if it can really replace the real sugar some day!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  3. Clearissa Coward says:

    hahaha…Pamela you are funny. But I must say, I didn’t know all of uses either and there are even more. I went out and bought some and I love the way it makes my skin feel after. And I’ve tried the water in smoothies. I am going to give some it try in other ways as well. 🙂

  4. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hi Harleena, You are very lucky to live in an area where you can just walk out of your back door and get a fresh coconut. I am introducing it into my diet and skin care regimen slowly and I love the way it makes my skin feel.

  5. Rachel says:

    Hey Clearissa,

    Coconut is my favourite taste, smell and my tongue enjoys the texture. There are still a few you have listed that I was a little surprised at. But I do like the idea of baking a cake with coconut flour. I cannot use any products like shampoo or facial cream on myself because I constantly want to eat that part of my body that the smell lingers from. And that coconut water – is it just me or do you have to skull it down and not enjoy it-it is horrible. My biggest weakness is coconut in chocolate, I have to buy small because regardless of size I will consume the whole lot in one sitting. But seen as though it increases brain function maybe the bigger the better (nice excuse I have just claimed for myself). Thanks for the post – I have finally found you and you landed on one of my favourite topics. Talk soon.

  6. Clearissa Coward says:

    Hey Rachel,

    You do have coconut fever. There were too many uses for me to list them all. I just gave a highlight. It appears to be very useful in a lot of ways as well as tasteful and I love the fragrance as well. I hope you will continue to enjoy it. And feel free to add any others uses you may find along the way. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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