This erect palm with an erect or slightly curved stem grows from a swollen base. The crown is made of 60 to 70 spirally arranged leaves comprised of 200 to 250 pinnately divided, tapering leaflets. Fruit is a single seed protected by a thick, stony shell partially filled with liquid. It can reach a height of 98 feet tall, and live up to 90 years.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America, Asia, Africa, Pacific region
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Anti-aging, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, febrifuge, antitumor, vermifuge. Treats abcesses, asthma, hair loss, colds, constipation, flu, skin conditions, sore throat, toothache, damaged hair, herpes, hepatitis, lice, Candida, athletes foot, thrush, diaper rash, SARS, AIDS.
To treat hair loss and damage, combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon honey. Coat your hair and/or scalp, and allow to sit for 40 minutes to 1 hour. For dry hair, rub just the ends. This same mixture treats skin conditions. For acne, wash the affected area with coconut water. For sore throat, swallow 1 tablespoon warmed coconut oil. To treat head lice, rinse hair in apple cider vinegar, and allow to air dry. Smooth coconut oil through the strands and let sit 24 hours (sleeping with a shower cap). To treat cold sores, rub coconut oil on the affected area. For weight loss, consume 1 tablespoon coconut oil before breakfast. To treat cancer, you will need three young, small coconuts. Use a sharp knife to chip away the "dry skin” that lies under the shell and over the soft meat. Combine the chips with 1 cup aloe juice. Boil for 20 minutes. Strain, and sip throughout the day.