Coconut milk is not only a great alternative to traditional dairy, but coconut milk also is a perfect addition to many cosmetics and beauty treatments!
Like its close relative, coconut oil, coconut milk has quite a diverse “rap sheet";)! Let’s dive straight into some of the uses and fun facts about coconut milk.
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The term “coconut” is derived from the 16th century. Portuguese sailors thought that the three holes on a coconut resembled a human face, so they named the fruit “coco”, which means “grinning face”. The word “nut” was later added in English.
As previously mentioned, coconut milk is a beauty miracle! It can be used to condition hair, promote hair growth, remove makeup, moisturize the skin, and act as an anti-aging treatment!
- Coconut milk can also aid in healing our skin! Coconut milk’s natural anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effect can help relieve sunburn! The fatty acid in coconut milk can moisturize skin and kill bacteria; this makes coconut milk a perfect aid in treating skin ailments like eczema and psoriasis.
- The coconut palm tree can grow in over 80 countries! The top 3 coconut producers in the world are India, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
- Coconut milk is a great digestive aid! It has electrolytes that nourish your digestive lining. It’s like nature’s very own Gatorade®!
- The lauric acid in the fat of coconut milk increases our good cholesterol (HDL) and has been shown to decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) as well, which promotes a healthy heart! What's not to love about that?!
- Coconut milk may also benefit those who have anemia! It is a great source of plant-based iron and may help to prevent anemia from becoming recurring.
- The fleshy, white lining of the inside of a coconut is known as “coconut meat”. When this is blended with coconut water and strained, coconut milk is created. Neat!
- The Maldives have a coconut palm on their country’s national coat of arms. It is also their national tree and is considered to be one of the most important plants on their islands!
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