Going Crazy for Coconut
Well it seems like I have a new addiction. Coconut is on my brain! It doesn’t seem to matter where I turn, but I find I want to put coconut in everything and on everything!! From a very long spell away from the ‘Body Shop’ where a recent revisit to find it’s the Noix De Coco Beurre Corporel taking my centre stage I seem to see it everywhere. Coconut Gelati, desiccated coconut on papaya with a squeeze of lime, coconut hair mask for re-vitalizing some very dry and chlorinated hair, coconut milk in my porridge, cookies, scented sunscreen, the list is endless if I keep thinking about it. Truly it seems I am obsessed. Maybe it was just those 6 days in the Maldives that really highlighted to me that I could survive on that deserted island with just some coconuts!
It even goes as far as having a dream about making my breakfast porridge with coconut oil and getting very upset with my Oma for not being happy with my new and improved recipe.
So I thought, there must be something really special about this fruit that falls from my favourite tree (now that I think about that, I actually have a favourite tree). So I begin my search and it’s not hard. The first thing I do learn is that more people die from falling coconuts than from shark attacks. Not sure where that leaves me in the Maldives, but a interesting fact none the less.
The most interesting information I found:
“The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.”
More about the health benefits of Coconut Oil here: organicfacts.net