Why Coconuts are called the Tree of Life
Coconut oil is truly a "superfood" and I always knew that it would make its way into my key ingredients - it is such a versatile ingredient with many benefits from conditioning your hair, to oral hygiene , losing fat, and more.
- The name coconut is derived from 16th century Portuguese sailors who thought the 3 small holes on the coconut shell resembled the human face so dubbed the fruit "coco" meaning "grinning face, grin, or grimace". When the “coco” came to England, the suffix of nut was added and that’s how the name came about.
- Coconuts are called the "Tree of Life" because every bit of a coconut can be used for so many different purposes - food, drink, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more. The Leaves alone have many uses including making brooms, making baskets or mats and dried and used as thatch for roofing.
- During World War 2, when intra-venous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors used coconut water to substitute IV solutions. The high level of sugar and other salts make it possible to add the water to the bloodstream, similar to how an IV solution works.
- It’s great for oral hygiene. Coconut oil has also been shown to kill harmful mouth bacteria, improve dental health, reduce tooth decay and reduce bad breath. To do this, swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to help reduce the presence of streptococcus mutans, which contributes to tooth decay. I am not totally convinced and wont be substituting coconut oil for my regular mouthwash.
- The Maldives have a coconut palm on the country's national coat of arms. It is the national tree and considered the most important plant on their islands.
- Improves digestion. Coconut oil has been shown to improve digestion and increase gut health. Coconut oil helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, and destroy bad bacteria.
- Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties that come from its lauric acid when broken down in your body, which means drinking coconut oil may help your body fight off pathogens and viruses.
and of course.. it is amazing on hair and sensitive skin. Thats why we use it in our Nourishing Conditioner.
- The unique mix of fatty acids helps to repair the hairs surface and retain moisture in curly hair and you will see a noticeable silkiness on your hair. It creates a barrier on the hair's surface, decreasing the amount of moisture lost. It not only prevent dryness of the hair and skin, but it also acts as a hair conditioning agent.
- Considered non-sensitising and especially suited to sensitive scalps.
- Vegan and Biodegradable