Coconuts are my favorite nuts and the more I learn about them the more I like them. As a kid I never liked coconut since I only experienced it in candy bars which were too sweet for me. Then I tried a real, raw coconut and I loved the taste. Recently, there’s been a lot of news about its many uses and nutritional benefits. I also discovered coconut oil and its rejuvenating effects when used as part of natural skin care. You can use it every day on your skin to enjoy its benefits. Dr. Sears best explains all the nutritional facts about coconut and it’s many uses.
When I traveled to India and visited the home of Ayurvedic medicine, the world’s oldest health system, one of my favorite things I learned was their name for the coconut palm tree. They call the coconut palm kalpa vriksha which means “the tree which provides all the necessities of life.” What a great name. The tree of life.
We have coconut palms here in South Florida, and seeing them always gives me the feeling of lazy afternoons at the beach, and warm tropical breezes. I have coconut trees in my yard, too, and I love to eat coconut … but it takes a bit of skill to get the darned things open.
When I went to Brazil and ordered a drink with fresh coconut milk in it, a guy puts the coconut down, takes a machete, and “whack!” opens it right up.
It wasn’t so easy when I tried it at home. It takes a little practice. I’ve got it down now. I can’t open a coconut with one whack, but I can do it without taking a hammer and busting it to pieces.
What you have to have is a heavy machete, and it’s got to be sharp.
My favorite way to get the benefits of coconut oil is to use it different raw desserts. It makes a delicious icing when blended together with some raw cashews and a natural sweetener like agave nectar or brown rice syrup. Add some frozen strawberries or cocoa powder to create a variety of flavors. Make sure you refrigerate it for several hours to allow coconut oil to solidify and thicken again. Also use coconut oil as part of your natural skin care every day and enjoy a smooth, beautiful skin.
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