Cocos Nucifera Palm – The Tree of Life
The scientific name for the Coconut Palm is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means “nut-bearing.”
The Coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world’s population depends on products from the Cocos Nucifera Palm to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.
The Coconut and Coconut Palm Sugar are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” and “alternative and sustainable sweetener” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider Virgin Coconut Oil to be the cure for all illness. The Cocos Nucifera Palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.” Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut’s amazing healing powers.
Cocos Nucifera In Traditional Medicine
People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the Cocos Nucifera Palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.