The coconut tree is one of the most versatile plants in existence. Whilst we are
all familiar with the coconut as a food source not many of us know the myriad
of other benefits the coconut holds. In many countries coconut husks are
woven into fabrics for mats, insulation and much more. The shells themselves
are used as bowls, to make utensils and as floatation devices for rafts. Yet it is
the coconut itself that draws the most interest. Coconut flesh has a beautiful
taste and is used all over the world in a variety of cooking styles. Coconut milk
is gorgeous to drink on its own and also is the chief ingredient in curries all
over the world.
Over the years there have been many, many claims made about the
natural health benefits of coconut oil mostly surrounding the dietary and
medicinal properties that it holds. This is why in the west coconut oil has
quickly become a hot consumer product with thousands of companies
including it in their beauty products and thousands of recipes including it as an
alternative to other oils.
Yet a lot of controversy still surrounds the actual health benefits of
coconut and debates still exist as to whether claims of its benefits have been
exaggerated. This is where this book comes into play. We have carefully
researched the benefits of coconut oil and outlined at length all the fantastic
qualities that can come from eating coconut oil and applying it to your skin. We
have left out some purported benefits through lack of evidence to support
them and hope that this book will go some way to dispelling the myths
surrounding coconut oil, whilst providing the reader with knowledge of
coconut oil treatments that will be applicable to everyone in their normal lives.