Refreshing and diuretic, with emollient and soothing properties.
In botanical terms, the coconut is the fruit of Cocos nucifera (Fam.
Arecaceae), the coconut palm: it is a long-lived and powerful plant, typical of countries with a warm-temperate climate.
Thanks to its composition, it seems to be useful in alleviating gastrointestinal meteorism and in detoxifying the body.
Coconut contains lauric acid, a substance that is also found in human breast milk and promotes the development of the brain.
Drinking coconut water helps maintain a healthy immune system and has beneficial effects on the nervous system.
- Vitamin C, E, K
Coconut oil is also used in the cosmetic industry for the production of soaps, foams and shaving creams, thanks to its foaming power. Furthermore, coconut milk applied to the skin in the form of creams or ointments has emollient and soothing properties, making the skin soft and supple: in this regard, it is particularly suitable for dry skin.
Coconut milk and coconut water are not the same thing; the water is a liquid substance found inside the nut, while the milk is obtained by squeezing the pulp which is added to water and then filtered.
Originally from Indonesia and a symbol of the Pacific islands, the coconut palm is still widely cultivated in India, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil.
The liquid contained inside the fruit, the so-called coconut water, has refreshing, diuretic, and mildly laxative properties. Coconut oil is also used in phytotherapy, for the creation of antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal, antimicrobial and antiseptic products (disinfectants).