From Desserts to cuisines and from beauty products to medicines and oils, Coconut tree is a very versatile tree from Palm tree family. In India, Coconut is an inseparable part of many Hindu customs and rituals. In other religions and cultures also, coconut has an inevitable importance. Coconut though has a ‘nut’ in its name but truly, it is not a nut but a drupe. Parts of a coconut tree can be utilized for various medicinal, home based and cosmetic based purposes which make it a gem. Let’s discover how many parts a coconut tree has and how these parts can be used to attain various benefits.
Parts of the Coconut Tree:-
Just like any other tree of this world, a coconut tree has its roots, its stem, its leaves and its fruit. Its fruit is the coconut seed. Most benefits of coconut tree are hidden in the coconut seed but even its leaves, trunk and roots don’t go useless. The various parts of a coconut tree can be classified as follows:-
- The Coconut seed, Husk, Coconut Water and Coconut meat:-
Coconut seed is the fruit of coconut tree and is covered with a very hard layer or shell covered with a broom like husk. Once removed, this husk leaves the shell which once broken leaves a soft white layer which is called coconut meat. The coconut seed once drilled or once broken gives out the coconut milk or coconut water which is rich in many health boosting properties.
- Coconut Roots and Coconut tree trunk:-
A coconut tree has an abundance of thin fibrous roots that grow outward from the plant near the surface. Coconut tree trunk on the other hand, is the largest part of the coconut tree.
- Coconut Leaves and Coconut Flower:-
The long leaves of coconut tree serve many great purposes. Coconut seeds are born as coconut flowers which are also used for many purposeful uses.
Benefits and Uses of Various Parts of the Coconut Tree:-
No part of the coconut tree goes useless. Each of its parts has their unique importance. This includes the medicinal use, the creative use, the usage like a raw material and usage in the form of best out of waste.
- Use of Coconut Oil and Coconut Water:-
Coconut oil is used in cooking and frying the vegetables. It is also used in saponification or the process of making soaps. Coconut milk or coconut water serves to be one of the most important ingredients of many beauty products and cosmetics. Coconut water is the purest form of water. It helps you keep your body hydrated for long and it rather also cleanses your kidney and balances the level of electrolytes in your body. Coconut oil massage is the best massage for a growing baby. Coconut oil has healing properties and thus people use it on their wounds also. Coconut oil keeps your skin healthy during winters and prevents it from becoming scratchy and harsh. Coconut oil nourishes your hair and prevents the problem of hair fall as well. Coconut water is a good skin cleanser and thus women can also use it for cleansing their clogged skin pores.
- Use of Coconut Husk and Coconut Leaves:-
The husk of coconut is actually a tissue called sclarenchyma tissue. The hard husk of coconut can be used as a scrub for cleaning utensils. Coconut leaves and coconut husk can be used also to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. Coconut husk when soaked in salt water produces coir which can be used in making products like ropes, mats etc. People who take coconut husk and leaves to be useless chose to make beautiful sceneries and crafts out of them.
- Use of Coconut Roots:-
Most of the coconut roots are found close to the upper layer of soil. Only a few roots go somewhat deep in the soil. These roots are used in making toothbrushes, Mouth washes, dyes, medicines and beverages. The essence or extract from these roots is also used in the treatment of health problems like indigestion, diarrhea and dysentery.
- Use of Coconut Tree Trunk:-
Carpenters use it for the construction of their furniture. Constructors use it as a support in the construction of buildings. Paper factories make paper pump from it and its dried part is also used as firewood. The usage depends and differs from person to person.
- Use of Coconut leaves: –
Village people gather coconut leaves and make beautiful brooms using them. These leaves are also used for paper pulp after drying. People create sun shades, home décor items, bags, hats etc. with the same coconut leaves. Coconut leaves are also used to decorate ‘vivah mandap’ in Indian customs. Village people use coconut leaves for covering the roof of their farm shelters. It is also used for creating fences.
- Uses of Coconut Flower:–
Local people make beautiful apparels with coconut flowers. It can also be used to make syrups, vinegar and alcohol after fermenting. The extract out of these flowers is also used in making beauty products and fragrance products.
- Uses of Coconut shell:–
If you think that coconut shell might be a useless thing then you are probably mistaken. Coconut shell is used in making beautiful handicrafts and people rather use it as a utensil after cleaning. It can also be used to produce charcoal as well.
- Uses of Coconut meat:–
Coconut meat is a good source of proteins and thus if you are on a workout schedule, coconut might be a great choice to make. It is a natural laxative and it can be used as an ingredient in making chips, candies, salad, sweet dishes etc. The essence out of this meat is also used in making various beauty and skin care products as well. Grated coconut meat is also used as a garnishing while making pastries, cakes, puddings, sweets etc. People also make delicious sauce (Chutney) with coconut meat which is enjoyed along with the regular food to enhance its taste.