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Going Coconut

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.

Sunaina Rana,
Yoga Instructor

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.

Priyadarshani Shah,
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.

 

#COCONUT HEALING

  • There are times when your body fills up with pitta-charged ama-visha (toxins). This causes the pH levels in the deeper digestive system to fall, leading to severe hyperacidity. That’s when the coconut can step in to heal. It is capable of getting all the toxins and Vata to move downward, helping to move pitta and purify the digestive system.
  • Tender coconut simply balances acid levels and cools the system. This makes it superior to other herbs and fruits that can cool down pitta, but do not assist in eliminating it from the system.
  • Ayurveda considers coconut a natural stress-buster.
  • Coconut cools sadhaka pitta, associated with our emotions.
  • Combined with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, cumin, coriander, and turmeric, coconut is not only delicious and versatile, but also facilitates healing in the digestive system and promotes better metabolism.
  • The juice of tender coconut has been billed “the world’s safest natural soft drink” for being a nutritious thirst-quencher.
  • Combined with poppy seeds and ghee, coconut can help you sleep better!
  • Coconut has keshya properties-that is, it improves hair quality.
  • Applying coconut oil to hair every day-maintains the proteins and nurtures your long, lustrous locks.
  • Coconut is cooling, so it is good for curing stomach disorders related to aggravation of the fire element of the pitta dosha.
  • Due to its soma-enhancing or nurturing value, coconut heals hot flashes and restores emotional stability in menopausal women.
  • Coconut improves the complexion. You can make coconut-based skin packs at home. Ayurveda suggests mixing coconut oil with oatmeal powder and a little bit of lavender flower powder to make a soothing facial pack.
  • A burning sensation in hands and feet is cooled down by drinking coconut water/milk. Also make a paste of crushed middle-aged coconut and apply it on hands and feet.
  • Coconut is traditionally considered a wound healer, especially effective at preventing the formation of scars if applied topically.
  • Hiccups due to pitta are also eased by coconut water.
  • If you have urine retention from heat, then coconut water helps stimulate excess fluid from the system. Similarly, liver problems, such as inflammation, are also soothed by drinking tender coconut water.
  • There is a word called karshan meaning “that which supports the body to stay slim by enhancing fat metabolism.” Recent research suggests that coconut is good for burning fat and lowering cholesterol- and it is clearly written in ayurveda that the oil has karshan properties.
  • Coconut helps detoxify and remove toxins from the body.

Susan Shrestha,
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.

Itchya Karki,
Makeup Artist

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.