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I love coconuts! #483889
01/24/14 03:56 AM
01/24/14 03:56 AM
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Coconuts have so many uses...who knew? I'm going to try some smile

Massage Oil – Coconut oil soothes tired and sore muscles. Add a few drops of essential oils for more effect.

Athletes Foot – The powerful antifungal properties of coconut oil make it perfect for any fungal infection. Add a few drops of oregano or tea tree oil for more antifungal power.

Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.

Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.

Lice – Coconut oil kills and removes this pesky problem.

Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin.

Warts and Moles – Rub oil into area and cover with a bandage. Rub in fresh oil and place a new bandage each day.

Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin.

Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.

Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.

Curb Appetite – Take a spoonful before meals to curb appetite so you don’t overeat.

Wrinkles – Rub into lines, creases, and wrinkles to rehydrate skin and soften those wrinkles away.

Sore Throat – Dissolve a spoonful in your mouth and let it slowly roll down the throat. This will coat and protect the throat, boost the health of mucus membranes, and fight any infection.

Ring Worm – Rub coconut oil onto affected area to kill the fungus that causes unsightly ringworm. Add tea tree oil to clear the infection even faster.

Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4.

Cold Sore – Coconut oil has antiviral properties that will help the body get rid of the virus that causes cold sores. Rub it on when needed and add a drop of oregano oil to speed healing.

Lubricant – Coconut makes an all-natural personal lubricant for intimate moments without chemicals.

Gum Removal – Coconut oil gets the sticky stuff out of hair, carpet, and anywhere else it doesn’t belong.

Pet Health – Coconut oil can do a multitude of things for pets, both topically and internally. It improves breath, makes for a shiny coat, eases joint problems, cleans ears, gets rid of fleas, and much more.

Stys/Pink Eye – Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the sty or around the eyes to get rid of these painful and annoying infections quickly.

Earaches – Earaches, swimmer’s ear, and ear infections clear up fast with a few drops of coconut oil mixed with garlic oil.

Cradle Cap – Coconut oil is gentle and safe for infants and helps ease the itching, pain, redness, and flaking associated with cradle cap.

Diaper Rash – Coconut oil can help heal mild diaper rash gently and effectively.

Bruises – Rub coconut oil into bruised skin to speed healing and watch the bruises fade fast.

Age Spots – Coconut oil has beneficial effects on any skin blemish. Use it to help fade age spots with powerful antioxidants.

Shaving Cream – Coconut oil keeps the razor gliding smoothly while leaving skin smooth and soft.

After Shave – Don’t want unpleasant bumps and rashes after shaving? Coconut oil soothes sensitive skin and promotes healing.

Toothpaste – Mix 1 part coconut oil with 1 part baking soda and add a couple drops of peppermint oil. This makes a refreshing, natural toothpaste that whitens and cleans without added preservatives, fluoride, sweeteners, or other chemicals.

Chicken Pox – Ease the itch and encourage healing with dabs of coconut oil. It also works on poison ivy, poison oak, mosquito bites, and other insect stings or bites.

Yeast Infections – Coconut oil fights these fungal infections internally and externally.

Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.

Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz.

Polish Furniture – Coconut oil gives a protective shine to wood furniture. Just make sure you test it out on a small area to make sure you like the outcome.
Energy – Coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides make it an excellent energy source to improve stamina, endurance, or just to give you a boost through the day.

Deodorant – Mix coconut oil with cornstarch, baking soda, and your favorite essential oils for a natural deodorant that smells fantastic.

Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.

Eczema – Coconut oil reduces the itchiness, pain, flakiness, and dryness of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Sunburn – Coconut oil can help prevent sunburn for short exposures. When you burn, it will also speed healing and take some of the sting away. Make sure you wait until all the heat has dissipated before applying it or you trap the heat in. Wait 24 to 72 hours depending on the extent of the burn.

Hemorrhoids – Coconut oil eases the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids and encourages natural healing both internally and externally.

Nose Bleeds – Rub a bit of coconut oil in nostrils to fight the dry cracking that can lead to nose bleeds and pain.

Canker Sores – Dab coconut oil on canker sores to kill infection and speed up healing. Coconut oil is also a far tastier way to treat canker sores than most other methods.

Toothaches – Coconut oil eases the pain and strengthens teeth. You can mix it with a drop of clove oil to almost instantly relieve pain.

Acid Reflux – Take a small spoonful with meals to keep acid reflux and heartburn at bay.

Urinary Tract – Treat urinary tract infections with a spoonful of coconut oil. It may even ease the painful passing of kidney stones.

Nursing – Coconut oil works great to repair dry, cracked skin, including sore nipples from nursing.

Alzheimer’s – Some research points to coconut oil as a way to slow the progression of or prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Bones – Coconut oil aids the body in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Both minerals are important for strong bones and teeth.

Epilepsy – Coconut oil may reduce the incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.

Fitness – Coconut oil boosts energy, increases metabolism, improves thyroid function, and aids healthy weight loss. It is the perfect addition to any workout or fitness regimen. Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend includes medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil specifically to raise energy levels and increase stamina during workouts and speed recovery and healing after any exercise.

Cooking – Coconut oil doesn’t form harmful by-products when heated like most other oils and animal fats. Use it to replace butter, cup for cup in recipes. Sauté, cook, bake, broil, braise, and more using coconut oil as a healthier alternative.

Last edited by MikeD; 01/24/14 03:57 AM.
Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #483944
01/24/14 12:49 PM
01/24/14 12:49 PM
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Coconut oil comes in two forms
The clear variety which is the only one you can fry food. Most widely seen.
Second type is the white solid stuff that looks like Crisco.
Clear coconut oil takes up water from the air or anything it touches. It will cause redness and dry cracked skin if you put it on your body.
If you leave clear coco oil out in humid conditions it will turn white from absorbing water and not be dangerous to put on your skin.

Last edited by Dane; 01/24/14 12:51 PM.
Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #483953
01/24/14 02:26 PM
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Coconut oil is the latest "Health Hype". There are definitely good uses for it; however, keep in mind that it is still a SATURATED FAT. In that respect it is no "healthier" than butter, Crisco, lard, you get the picture? Saturated fats impact your cholesterol level & are not considered to be "heart healthy" choices. All fats add extra calories to your food, which most of us do not need, at more than double the calories per gram that carbs (yes carbs!) & protein contribute. So regardless of how "healthy" a fat you choose, you will still gain weight. My advice is to use it topically, but eating it to curb appetite, cook foods, etc. is not any healthier than any other saturated fat, animal or nor. Eat a big salad or raw veggies with fat-free dressing to curb your appetite. Cook with small amounts of mono-unsaturated oils (peanut, olive, canola) if needed. Save the coconut oil for your hemmorrhoids & wrinkles!

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Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #504497
05/23/15 07:57 AM
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Use your coconut: Working with the whole tree

How to Make Coconut Sap Juice, Coconut Honey and Coconut Sugar

The coconut tree as a “tree of life” is characteristically a food supplier as this tree provides fruit throughout the year. The fruit is edible at any stage of maturity. It provides not only solid food but also a large volume of very safe and healthy drinking water.

The fruit of the coconut palm is the is the main source of many food products such as coconut milk/cream, dessicated coconut, coconut chip, coconut water, nata de coco, coconut oil, and copra. Apart from these, the unopened inflorescence can produce coconut sap or toddy which can be processed into high value and nutritious food products.

Coconut sap, the sweet exudate from the tapped unopened spathe or inflorescence of coconut, is a versatile food product because of its many uses. It could be marketed as an alcoholic drink (4-6% alcohol) locally known as “tuba” or coconut wine; as vinegar (under further natural fermentation) or as “lambanog” or distilled wine (24-45% alcohol). The sap can also be processed to sap/juice drink, syrup or honey, crude sugar or granulated brown sugar.

Steps in Processing

Coconut Sap Juice

a) Pasteurize the sap for 10 minutes at 65 C (to prevent natural fermentation).
b) Pour separately in the desired container.
c) Seal tightly and place in the cool section of the refrigerator or freezer if the juice is to be transported to consumers in distant places.
d) If hygienically prepared, the juice can be stored for 3 days.

Coconut Honey or Syrup

a) Boil the sap until it reaches 110o or becomes sticky under moderate to very slow heat.
b) Cool the sticky liquid or coco honey/syrup, then pour into desired container.
c) Store in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life (up to one year without deterioration).

Coconut Sugar

a) Boil coconut sap to evaporate the water under moderate heat with occasional stirring until sap thickens at 115 degrees C.
b) Remove from the flame when it begins to become very sticky.
c) Continue mixing until it becomes granular.
d) Air dry the brown sugar before packing. The pH of coconut sap should be at a level greater than or equal to 6 to ensure successful production of granulated coconut sugar.

One kg of coconut sap sugar can be derived from 2 gallons or 7-8 liters of sweet fresh coconut sap. Coconut sugar is mostly used for cooking desserts and curries and some for raw material of food industries (e.g., confectionery).

Coconut Vinegar

a) Pour harvested sap into a wide and large container. Cover with a clean net to allow aeration and prevent entry of dirt and foreign objects. b) After the 10 days, harvest the coconut as vinegar. c) Pasteurize vinegar by heating for 5-10 minutes at 60-65 C to maintain the desired quality (4% acidity) of the vinegar. d) Allow to cool before placing in very clean bottles. Cover tightly and seal. The coco sap vinegar is a very good ingredient in pickled papaya and as a dip for chicharon and other snack and food preparations.

How to set and harvest tuba (coconut sap)

This is a drink from ancient time. This is really interesting. You can sap a coconut tree like people sap a chicle tree or a maple tree. When you sap a tree, which requires cutting off the flower which produces the coconuts, it will produce 1.5 litres of sap a day for 20+ years. What you are effectively doing is taking all the sweetness that usually goes into the coconut and draining the tree of it. Sapping doesn't harm the tree in any way. The nectar is very sweet. When warmed over a fire to evaporate the water off, it will turn into coconut sugar, an organic health food supplement. Could this become a cottage industry on Caye Caulker? (You can also make coconut vinegar, but that's another story for another day.)

Coconut: Nose to Tail

The coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in many dishes, but it also plays a major role in many non-culinary parts of every day life. Without the coconut, thing ould be very different. We spent the day with a family of 8 on their modest coconut plantation, where they showed us all this fruit (nut?.. seed?..) has to offer.


This young burmese guy show how to climb up a coconut tree, grab the coconuts and cut it to drink the coconut milk.

Mechanised coconut climbing by women

Coconut Husking

The race to see who can husk coconuts the fastest.

Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #518416
10/20/16 05:33 AM
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Surprising Benefits Of Coconut Embryo

The mature coconuts are collected regularly for their milk. Usually you cracked coconut for lunch (stewed vegetables), but sometimes there was a strange formation inside. Apparently, this coconut was ready to shoot some leaves out, and this thing is an edible, soft predecessor.

This part is actually the coconut cotyledon, sometimes called the “coconut embryo” or “coconut apple”, is actually suspended in germination. It can be eaten raw. We all know that coconut water and meat are very nutritious so don’t underestimate this one.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Embryo:

1.Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.
2.Provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance.
3. Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
4. Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes.
5. Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease.
6. Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL).
7. Restores and supports thyroid function.
8. Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection.
9. Promotes weight loss.
10. Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection


Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #532295
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Peeling coconut with fillet knife!!!


Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #534583
01/29/19 06:35 AM
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How To Choose The Right Coconut

Coconuts come in 3 stages, fresh young coconut, medium young coconut and the mature coconut. Every wondered how to get the water out of a coconut and how to crack it open to get out the flesh or meat? We'll show you everything you need to know about coconuts.

Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #534702
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Please research coconut oil and its effects on raising estrogen and progesterone levels. Many women are concerned about estrogen positive and progesterone positive breast cancers. Additional info regarding how to LOWER these hormones is appreciated.

Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #555816
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Husking a Coconut for Island Marshmallow
Sailing to Moho Caye from Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Belize, we got an extra treat from our Captain, Nautical Adventures, when he demonstrated to us how to husk and coconut. The coconut he chose for this demonstration had matured to the point that is was full of Island Coconut.

Re: I love coconuts! [Re: MikeD] #555972
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Harvesting Coconut Water in Belize
Coconut water is an excellent natural hydration option that contains potassium, sodium, and manganese. It doesn’t contain fat or cholesterol and may help lower blood sugar. Drinking coconut water supports circulatory, digestive, heart, and kidney health.

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