The coconut, praised in ayurvedic healing as being sattvic, is considered to be a very holy food. Considered to contain both sweet and cooling properties, coconuts are know to subdue excess Wind (Vata) and Bile (Pitta).
In sacred ceremonies, the coconut is worshiped as Vishnu and as Satya Narayan, the Lord of Truth. As early as I can remember, I can recall watching my father break a coconut at the commencement of religious ceremonies, as it symbolizes the breaking of the ego. According to legend, the coconut is a gift from the gods to humans.
The coconut is rich in food value, as it is a good source of B vitamins and several minerals. The protein found in coconuts is considered to be of high quality, as it contains all the amino acids our bodies need. Coconuts, whether they are green or ripe, and the milk of the coconut are excellent for curing acidity in the stomach.
Dried coconut, whether it be grated, shredded or powdered is good for cleansing the intestines. It is also useful in curing the hiccups, vomiting, and hyperacidity. Click here for a delicious and sweet treat of Coconut Cream, Rose, Saffron, Nutmeg and Lime, or as Vedic Healer, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Laura Plumb calls it – a potion for cultivating bliss.
And now that the weather is warming up, let’s not forget about the many healing properties of coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for nourishing dry hair and skin. It also has a cooling effect when used on sunburned skin. And as a good friend of mine who just had a baby reminds me, coconut oil is great for treating those post baby bump stretch marks.
Need some background music to listen to while you are enjoying your coconut fix? Try this one from Harry Belafonte.
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