We who live in the 21st Century are a pretty smart bunch aren’t we?
Pharmaceutical companies line up to patent their latest wonder products, cures, beauty products and life changing chemical formula.
Food growers and manufacturers create foods that are packed with the power of potent additives to make us more active, more beautiful and full of life and vitality.
Heck, between pills and potions, each year we can part with the equivalent of a down payment on a waterfront condo just to pay for the privilege of ingesting these man made miracle products. Products that apparently make us younger, healthier and help protect us against a veritable dictionary of diseases.
Or, if we who live in the 21st Century were really a smart bunch we would learn from those who came before us. The ancients. Our forefathers, who discovered the same health, beauty and fitness benefits that we continually try to reinvent.
But in the way that Mother Nature intended all along.
For around 4,000 years, the use of the coconut palm and coconut fruit to improve health and well-being has been well documented and well proven. Our forefathers discovered and recognised this sustainable resource several thousand years before the birth of Christianity.
They discovered, most importantly, that the fruit of the palm tree – the coconut – was a hugely valuable resource. In particular, the oils extracted from the fruit were much coveted and sought after for their life improving health and fitness properties and benefits.
Early civilizations in all corners of the globe – in Asia, Africa, South America and India knew of, understood and passed down from generation to generation, the knowledge of benefits of coconut oil for the body, mind and spirit.
Early European explorers returned home from their voyages across the oceans of the world with documented stories and news of entire communities thriving and benefitting from the use of coconuts and coconut oil to improve all aspects of their daily lives.
The fruit has spread worldwide mostly with the help of seafarers as the coconut fruit itself is light and water resistant. In fact, it can keep itself afloat on the surface of the water, thus able to be spread by the currents of seas and oceans.
Researchers and historians cannot be precise, or, certain of the origins of the coconut palm tree as the fruit can now be found in over 70 countries around the world. Some indications point to South America as the place of origin. Others are persuasive in that Malaysia is its birthplace.
All researchers, however, agreed that the coconut palm is indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical climates. Tropics and subtropics are indeed the natural habitats of the plant.
The coconut is a plant which thrives on humid sandy shorelines, prefers rainy and sunny weather and cannot survive in low temperatures.
The term coconut dates back to the 16th century and comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word coco, meaning “a grin”, or, a monkey face” as there is a slight resemblance to a human face or a monkey head because of the three tiny indents on the hairy shell of the fruit.
So for the discovery of this truly remarkable fruit that freely gives us the benefits of coconut oil we owe thanks to our forefathers. The ancients.