Hello Free Spirits!
One thing people quickly learn about me is that I’m a huge coconut fan.
What makes me a huge fan:
- If I see coconuts on the beach I will run and jump over people tanning to get some!
- I use it as a lube
- I prefer coconut water over any other drink.
- I eat coconut oil because it tastes good..
You get the point hehe
Thankfully my addiction isn’t harmful and life threatening in fact it is the very opposite!! Not only are coconuts gluten free YAY!! They also give you energy! Common urban legend is that coconut oil is high in saturated fat but the good news is that coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy, rather than to store it as body fat. This is why I like to include coconut oil in my tea or coffee in the morning. It supports improved endurance during physical and athletic performance. It also promotes healthy thyroid function and helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue. Being antiviral anti parasitic and anti fungal it is able to treat many infections. If these aren’t reasons to use coconut oil I don’t know what is!
How to use a coconut:
- Buy a coconut from the store and drill a hole through it or cut off enough with a knife so that you can poke a straw through it to drink the coconut juice.
- Once you drink all the juice from it don’t get rid of your coconut! There is plenty of goodness left inside!
- place the coconut in a plastic bag that is tied and give it a nice smash against the ground or against a wall and watch it break open. Open the bag and now you can scoop the coconut flesh with a spoon and eat it.
- You can drink coconut water which has a lot of potassium which makes it perfect for hangovers or after a workout.
- You can actually make your own coconut water with the coconut flesh from the coconut. Find the recipe here
- You can make your own coconut milk. Find the recipe here
Other uses involving coconuts:
- Coconut oil- which can be used as a healthier alternative to frying your food. You can use coconut oil as a body lotion a makeup remover or as lube. It also makes a great natural sunscreen as it has an SPF of 4. When using coconut oil on your skin it is best to use extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil.
- To make clothes! Thats right! Coconuts are used in some fabrics, their most common use is in sportswear and it is used to improve performance. Check this sports jacket partially made out of coconuts.
- As a fertilizer: Coconut fibres from husks can also be turned into biowaste-based charcoal to be used by farmers as an organic fertilizer!
- To clean my mouth/oil pulling: Instead of using regular mouthwash which hurts my gums and has harmful ingredients I prefer to use coconut oil as a organic mouth wash. When oil pulling, the oils (especially oils with naturally antibacterial properties) bind to the biofilm, or plaque, on the teeth and reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. To see how oil pulling is done check out Wellness Mama’s post!
I hope that you now understand my fascination and obsession with coconuts! Feel free to share what you do with coconuts!
Have a lovely day free spirits!