Coconut palm

Scientific name of Coconut palm: Cocos nucifera

Name of Coconut palm in different languages:

Hindi: Nariyal ka ped

Malayalam: Tengu തെങ്ങ്, Kalpavruksham

Sanskrit: Sandhya Raga, Narial

Plant Description:

The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a tall palm, found throughout the tropic and sub-tropic area, it grows up to 30 m tall, its leaves are pinnate and up to 4 to 6 m long, and pinnae, 60cm to 90 cm long; old leaves falling down in maturity. Almost all part of the tree is useful for various needs in Kerala The name Kerala means ‘ The place of coconut’ (Kera means coconut and Ala – land or place).

Useful plant parts: Whole parts of the plant are useful, coconut, flowers, oil,

Main uses of this coconut palm:

  • Coconuts are used as a part of the daily diets (coconut milk, scrambled coconut to prepare curries)
  • Tender coconut water is a health drink (Potassium rich)
  • Oil from dried fruits (Coconut oil)
  • Charcoal is made from a hard shell.
  • Coir from fibrous husk to make ropes, coir mattress, coir mats etc
  • The husks and leaves are used to make furnishing and decorating.
  • Coconut oil used in cosmetics
  • Base of Ayurvedic Kerams
  • Stems are used to make furniture, bridges, etc.

Medicinal uses:

Urinal disorders, intestinal worms, dehydration, bladder stones, dysentery, heart problems, and skin disorders.

In Ayurveda, coconut is valued for its various health benefits:

  • Digestive Aid: Supports digestion and alleviates digestive disorders.
  • Skin Nourishment: Moisturizes and promotes healthy skin.
  • Hair Care: Strengthens hair, preventing hair loss and dandruff.
  • Oral Health: Oil pulling with coconut oil promotes oral hygiene.
  • Boosts Immunity: Rich in nutrients that enhance immunity.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation, benefiting arthritis and joint pain.
  • Heart Health: Supports cardiovascular health, regulating cholesterol levels.
  • Brain Health: Nourishes the brain and supports cognitive function.
  • Weight Management: Helps in weight loss and metabolism regulation.
  • Stress Relief: Contains properties that promote relaxation and reduce stress.

Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for personalized recommendations and dosages.

Chemical content: Kaprilic Acid, glycerides, meristic acid, stearic acids

How to prepare medicines with Coconut:

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Used as an ingredient in the Ayurveda medicines like:

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