|Coconut, coconut palm,cocos, Cocos nucifera L.
Arecaceae. Soft fresh endosperm (milk and soft meat) used to feed infants
when mother's milk not available. Often mixed with bananas.
Hispanics may mix corn water and soy milk with the coconut milk as a food
nutritious food for infants and children. Milk may prevent curdling
of milk in infants. Coconut oil used cosmetically on the skin.
Hawaiian people use this as a complete body lotion, excellent for massage.
Unspecified abortifacient, smoke from burning the fruit shells said to induce abortion. Coconut meat is nutritious and is eaten raw, cookied, shredded and sweetened. Meat is rubbed on the head as a brain tonic and dried ash of meat eaten as a tonic.
Considered a good food (endosperm) for diabetics if unsweetened.
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Mexican Medicine: Endosperm mixed with corn water, mashed bananas as first food for babies. Meat and milk thought useful for treating diarrhea, dysentery, colitis, gastritis, indigestion, ulcers and hepatitis. Meat and endosperm milk considered a tonic, to rehabilitate the physically weak.
Soft flesh rubbed on acne, wrinkles, oil is a good moisturizing cosmetic lotion. Milk is taken lime juice as a refrigerant, cooling and to re-hydrate children and adults. May lower acidity of urine.