The Wonder Known as The Coconut Tree

Coconut Trees on the BeachCoconut trees are found in most tropical countries. And if you’ve had a vacation in those parts of the world, you’d know that the natives to those lands use every single part for so many different things. The fruit alone has dozens of health benefits.

As explained by GWDforestry.com, coconut water is packed with electrolytes and minerals. Coconut meat is nutritious enough to be considered as one meal. The shell can be turned into buttons, utensils, and instruments. This can go on and on; you may not be able to keep up.

Facts First

The coconut tree is a member of the palm family. The word “coco” is derived from old Spanish which means “skull” or “head” because its fruit resembles a human head. Its origin is still being debated on, but some have said that it was first found within the regions of Indonesia and India and was scattered to other parts of the world by the ocean’s current.

Famous Uses

Coco lumber or coco wood is used to make homes and furniture. Coconut oil is now being used around the world for weight loss, as a moisturiser, an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and as an additive in cosmetic products. Coconut milk, which is extracted from its flesh, is used in many Asian dishes and as a substitute for milk for vegans. Coconut water is used to moisturise hair, control dandruff and prevent hair loss. And these are just the tip of the iceberg.

Indigenous Uses

Coconut leaves can be weaved together tightly and are used as roofs and walls of island homes. The tree’s roots are boiled, and the brew drank to heal different skin ailments. Its fronds have tons of uses when weaved together. In most Asian countries, it’s used to wrap cooked rice, woven as hats, sleeping mats, baskets, and lampshades to name a few.

Conclusion

There are hundreds of uses of all parts of this tree; nothing goes to waste. From building houses to making soap, vinegar, oil, animal feeds, and clothes, this tree has been providing the necessities of life to the people who live around them, that’s why it’s called the tree of life.