Living in a coconut farm all my life and depending on coconuts for livelihood, it is a great joy for me to write anything related to coconut and coconut milk in no exception. We literally start almost every morning breaking a coconut and extracting the coconut milk because we use coconut milk extensively in our cooking.
Coconut milk is very very soothing on the stomach and has wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses. Coconut milk has a wonderful creamy texture and buttery taste which makes many people think of it as an ingredient that is fattening and bad to be eating every day.
We get contradicting advise from everyone about most of the ingredients we use including coconut milk, some say it is good and some say it is fattening. I always prefer to follow the traditions, if my grandma and mom used an ingredient, then I continue to use it.
We have been using coconut milk and coconut oil in our cooking literally forever, in my humble opinion we should never let go of the traditions that has been followed for thousands of years, especially ingredients like coconut milk which is very nourishing both when taken internally and applied externally.
Coconut Milk Common Indian Names:
Coconut Milk Nutrition Facts:
How Is Coconut Milk Made?
Coconut Milk Health Benefits:
1. Coconut Milk For Heart Health:
2. Coconut Milk For Strong Healthy Bones:
3. Coconut Milk For A Calm Mind:
4. Coconut Milk For Weight Loss:
5. Coconut Milk For Immunity:
6. Coconut Milk For Ulcer:
7. Coconut Milk For Hair:
8. Coconut Milk For Skin:
Types Of Coconut Milk:
We get two types of coconut milk in the markets now, one is canned coconut milk. Canned coconut milk might be sweetened or unsweetened and can also come in different fat content. However I have never seen canned coconut milk with varying fat content in India, at least not in my local town.
The other one is coconut milk powder which can be mixed in water to get coconut milk. While both these methods might seem very convenient as buying a coconut, breaking open, scrapping the flesh and grinding to extract the milk might seem a lengthy and tedious process for many but in my humble opinion it is totally worth it.
Coconut milk made fresh is literally divine, it has a beautiful fresh smell and sweet taste. Coconut milk spoils easily and so to extend the shelf life of a product that is highly perishable the manufactures have to add preservatives so I would recommend extracting fresh coconut milk every time and trust me it gets easier with practice.
Where to Get Coconut Milk?
Coconut Milk Side Effects:
8 Top Hair, Skin & Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream & Coconut Milk Oil:
Coconut Milk For Health:
1. Coconut Milk Oil:
If you don’t get pure coconut oil in your place, I would suggest making homemade coconut oil from coconut milk. Though the quantity got is very less, it is really a pure coconut oil got without any additives. You can find the method for making it here.
2. Coconut Milk For Ulcers:
Whenever we suffer from stomach ulcer, we make a simple drink | soup with mudakathan keerai and coconut milk. It heals ulcers really well. You can find the recipe for making it here.
Coconut Milk For Hair:
3. Coconut Milk Hair Mask For Dandruff & Hair Growth:
For the hair mask, take fenugreek powder in a bowl, add enough coconut milk to form a very loose paste. Set aside for an hour or two to thicken, mix well again and use it as a hair mask. Both fenugreek and coconut milk will condition the hair, prevent dandruff and will leave the hair manageable and soft.
4. Coconut Milk Cream For Hair Loss:
For making the coconut milk cream, extract coconut milk the same way but instead of water, add cow milk and extract the coconut milk. Now squeeze in fresh lemon juice to it, mix well and set aside overnight in the fridge. The next day, a thick cream would have formed on top. Skim the cream and use it as a hair mask.
5. Coconut Milk Hair Serum For Dry Hair:
Coconut milk hair serum is a wonderful preparation we can make at home. For the serum, take 1/4 cup of coconut milk in a bowl, add a cup of distilled water along with 4 drops of your favorite essential oil and mix well.
Coconut Milk For Skin:
6. Coconut Milk As a Makeup Remover:
Coconut Milk is wonderful as a makeup remover. To remove makeup, just dip a piece of cotton in coconut milk, squeeze out excess coconut milk and use as a makeup remover. It not only removes makeup but also cleanses the skin really well too….
7. Coconut Milk Face Mask:
Coconut milk mixed in oatmeal is one of the best at home remedies for sunburned skin as it is very very soothing. To make the mask, grind oatmeal to a fine or coarse powder, add coconut milk to it and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Apply this mixture on sunburned skin, it will greatly help…
8. Coconut Milk Bath:
Coconut milk bath like regular milk baths is very hydrating and is best for treating extreme dry skin, it also eases skin irritation. This bath also can be given to young children during cold winter months, it will keep the skin supple and soft. For the bath, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk, a handful of dried rose petals and 5 drops of rose essential oil to the bath…