Sanskrit name: Narikel
Botanical name: Cocos nucifera
Habitat: It is widely grown along the coastal region of South India
- Rasa (taste): Sweet
- Virya (action): Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
- Dosha (Constitution): Balances all the three Dosha vata, pitta and kapha.
Coconut is used in many culinary preparations. It is rich in mineral and proteins. Coconut water is used as a summer drink, as it keeps the body hydrated in extreme climatic conditions. It has therapeutic benefits and is one of the important herb used in treating illness by Ayurveda practitioners. Coconut water is helpful in kidney and urinary tract diseases. It speeds up the healing process and the oil extracted from this fruit is beneficial in curing wounds and cuts. Coconut Oil is also used in Aromatherapy and skin ailments. Coconut also possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Coconut is safe for most of the Individual if consumed in sustainable amount.