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Ayurveda is an ancient science of health and medicine which includes aesthetic aspects. Safe, natural long lasting and with no side effects, ayurveda has been a long preferred choice for beauty rituals and products, and is used by some of the leading health and beauty brands across the globe.
From oils, unguents, perfumes, masks to hair and body washes, beauty products today use the seasonal aromatic herbs and flowers to make potions that reverse time and enhance beauty and wellbeing, also providing solutions for the most common and complex problems today.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, coconut has the following qualities…Rasa: Sweet; Virya: Cooling; Vipaka: Sweet; and Qualities: Heavy.
In Ayurveda, coconut is a highly regarded food with a predominant sweet taste. It has a cooling effect on the body. Although it is relatively heavy and difficult to digest, it is useful in small amounts to nourish and invigorate the body and promote contentment and satisfaction in the mind. Coconut is gluten-free, alkaline and high in saturated fat and fibre. It also contains protein and some important minerals – calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Coconut is consumed as a food and is also used widely in skin and hair science. In this edition of WOW, we ask four women from different walks of life to share their love for coconut.
I love drinking coconut water. I have gotten used to it during my frequent visits to India. Coconut water is a nutritious and hydrating drink on its own. It helps ease cravings and help boost electrolyte consumption. Furthermore, it has a very light flavour that gets you addicted to it.
Also, I usually massage my scalp with coconut oil. I also apply it on my body. It really helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. It is a saviour when it comes to taming dry skin in case of emergencies. It is an excellent ingredient for illuminating the face, restoring hydration to hair, and wiping the face clean of makeup.
Spiritual Healer/ Consultant at Ramalaya
I have found a huge array of uses for coconut oil. I cook with it, do oil pulling and use it in my hair. I use coconut oil in the morning and swish it around my mouth for five to twenty minutes. It helps to fight cavities and also whiten teeth. Also, one spoon of coconut oil intake helps detoxify your body toxins. It cleanses your body without using complicated formulas and provides plenty of natural energy. I intake coconut water every day as it helps to increase metabolism and purify the blood.
Executive Director at Agni Incorporate
Coconut oil has many uses in everyday life. From beauty to the kitchen, it’s definitely a worthwhile staple in your home. I usually apply coconut oil to my hair, face and body. It helps to retain the moisture and does wonder when it comes to stimulating hair growth.
It is a great cooking and baking ingredient. I love putting coconut cream in curries, chutneys and so on peculiarly in preparation for Indian cuisines. Coconut oil makes a decent substitute for other cooking oils, butter and margarine. Its versatile consistency and flavour make a great addition to a lot of recipes.
I use coconut oil as a natural and skin friendly make up remover. It keeps your skin smooth and hydrated for the night until you put on your make up again the next morning. Also, it is really good for eye makeup remover if you’ve got sensitive eyes. You can use the exact same kind of coconut oil you cook with to remove your makeup, moisturise your legs and de-frizz your hair. I
It’s always a good idea to warm up coconut oil and apply it to your hair overnight, to keep it shiny and stimulate hair growth. It has medium chain fatty acids that can absorb into hair to moisturise it.