Coconuts have been used by tropical coastal people for aeons as a food and for its health benefits.
If you've ever visited an island community you'll appreciate they use it entirely - even using the outer husks as fuel for their fires. So what's the big deal?
Coconut is best known for its oil which has natural anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Hence it benefits skin showing stress from psoriasis, eczema or rashes by supporting and protecting the skin's natural immune system. It contains medium chain fatty acids which makes it different to all other fats and provides healing propeties. Island women use it daily to moisturise their skin and hair and to clear up blemishes or to sooth dry and irritated skin. It is an effective cleanser as it removes dirt and grime and dead skin tissue whilst neutralising the effects of fungi and bacteria on the outer skin layers.
Coconut milk contains Vitamin E which protects skin cells from damage and Vitamin C to maintain skin elasticity and suppleness. It also comtains magnesium phosporous and calcium. It is effective as a treatment for sunburn as it reduces redness and moisturizes dry skin.
Our society is only now coming to appreciate all the reasons why island people have utilised this amazing natural and healthy pseudo food - ie food for our skin and hair.