Coconut Culture

Coconut oil was the first pure ingredient that was used on my hair and skin from the time of my birth. The first bath was given by my dearest grandmother. She used carefully and lovingly prepared virgin coconut oil to massage my skin. Now when I massage my 4 month old nephew's skin with the same, I feel deeply nostalgic and rooted. It creates a bond of love between the act of nourishing his skin with a recipe dating back to a time when my grandmother and her great, great grandmother and those before her used. If you think about it in depth, it creates a very deep link to a time you can't possibly perceive but knew existed because of the tradition carried on to care for your skin with nature's purest ingredient.
         I remember during the summers, we would have harvested coconuts lying all over the back and front yard of the house which would then be cut open, the thick white flesh exposed for  days till it would shrivel and dry in preparation to be taken to the oil mill in gunny bags, returning with cans and cans of liquid gold- beautiful and luscious coconut oil- waiting to be sniffed. The first whiff of it is enough to take you to heaven. Immediately we would fill each of our bottles with it, use it and even distribute it with love to our neighbours and friends. 
          You see, my granny used to use coconut milk for her hair, face, body, cooking savoury dishes. The coconut cream with a hint of freshly ground turmeric would be smeared all over dainty hands, feet and face during the dry winter spells to soothen any dryness and in summer to de-stress the aridness of parched lips. We would come back from school with cracked elbows and feet, immediately we would be given coconut milk to apply all over before a bath. It would be massaged and allowed to sit a while before bathing.
           Coconut water is a great skin soother. You can drink it and apply it externally to detoxify your skin and to get that natural glow. It purifies the kidneys and alkalizes the blood balancing pH. It is the next best thing after water, is naturally sterile and pure. Being identical to human blood plasma, there are claims of it being employed during World Ward II in substitution for blood transfusion of wounded soldiers in emergency conditions to replace a shortage of IV saline solution. It is isotonic to our blood.
       Topically it is so versatile and hence it's used by the skin and hair care industry. It helps restore balance to skin and hair by keeping it healthy. It decreases cellulite, stretch marks and evens out skin tone. It is an effective antibiotic, it helps to fight fungal infections and protects your skin by forming a natural layer against these intrusions.
            Did I forget to mention that my favourite chocolate is also made from coconut? Bounty :) Go coconuts!

Parachute Advansed Deep Nourish Body Lotion:

Coconut milk was used from time immemorial as a skin cleanser and nourisher to reap the benefits of beautiful skin. Coconut milk is a wonder ingredient and Parachute has introduced Parachute Advansed Deep Nourish Body Lotion using this wonder ingredient to give you that extra glow and to maintain the youthfulness of your skin. It keeps your skin supple and can be used by both men and women to attain beautiful skin. You are sure to fall in love with your skin. Treat your body to this wonderful formula that will keep your skin protected through this winter. 

Have you had a chance to try out this product? If yes, do please leave a comment and let me know your experience with the product. 
Goodnight, world :)

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  1. Hey :) Hru dng?? Hows ur ankle nw?? I too have gr8 memories with coconut oil and coconut water :) These days I massage it everyday b4 shower.The Parachute one was not hydrating enuf for my super dry skin :\

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    1. Hi Raaga :) I am ok. Ankle issue has vanished completely. You remember!! :))) Am glad you also have lovely experiences with coconut. I just had coconut water right now, hehe It was so tasty and I was really thirsty. Even I enjoy a massage with the oil whenever I can. How are you? hope everything's great your side.

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    2. Yea I am gud :) I am a sucker for coconut water :P Thank god its gone! take care yar :)

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    3. U live in mangalore?? Tats a gr8 place na! My cousins have lived all their life btw mangalore and udupi :)

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    4. Hi, Raaga, yes, I live in Mangalore. It is quite a nice place. except for the fanatic outfits in the city, life is really good here :) Oh you had cousins here? Nice. Have you ever been here?

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  2. V nice n well written coral..
    I love coconut oil water n fragrance. .:):)

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    1. Thank you so much, Tejinder. Glad you liked the post.
      The home made coconut oil really has a lovely fragrance compared to the store bought ones. It's really nice :))

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  3. I can smell coconut when I read your post, girl! so well written. nothing like coconut oil! even in the US i hear docs suggesting a tsp of warm coconut oil a day for many good health reasons. back in our place we find fault with its cholesterol content!! sad!
    I use coconut as much as possible..oil yes parachute not only for hair but also for also for cooking...love coconuts in anything!
    Bounty is my fav too and next comes those coconutty balls by ferrero rocher ( cant think of the name now! )

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    1. Hi Bharathy, hihi thank you :) Glad you liked the post. It truly was something that came from somewhere deep so was able to put it out in the post. So the docs there suggest having a tsp of it, eh? How cool is that!! Coconut oil does have a myriad of benefits. It's too sad that we do not respect our indigenous products.
      I do love coconuts in my food. Today I had it in chutney :)
      Haven't had those ferrero rocher coconut balls yet, bounty slurrrrp that makes two of us now :)

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  4. Ya..I FINALLY found ur blog..Cant believe i couldnt find it all this time :(..A well informative post i must say..!

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    1. Woooohooooo!!! Hi Lee. Am so excited to see you here, pretty girl! :))) thank you, please do drop in whenever you get time. Love hearing from you :)

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  6. I loved this post!.. I sure know about coconut oil and it's advantages.. Coconut is one thing which allows every part of it to be used in some way or the other... Even today my in laws take dried coconut to the mill and get the oil out of it. Man, it indeed smells like heaven!... Excellent post.. Loved the way you wrote it!

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  7. I loved this post!.. I sure know about coconut oil and it's advantages.. Coconut is one thing which allows every part of it to be used in some way or the other... Even today my in laws take dried coconut to the mill and get the oil out of it. Man, it indeed smells like heaven!... Excellent post.. Loved the way you wrote it!

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    1. Glad to hear that, Naznin. We just got some of our freshly made coconut oil yesterday afternoon. I am planning to make hair oil out of it and use the rest for body and cooking. Thank you :)) Happy Sunday!

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  8. I truly agree with every word about Coco oil here :)

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    1. Hi, Radha. Thank you, glad you liked the post :) Congo for?

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  10. Coconuts are so great for so many things! Health, skincare, hair care! I use coconut oil on my hair and it has really made my hair so much healthier!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

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    1. Bree, it is really so versatile. I used it in my hair today too, it's so refreshing and rejuvenates the skin too like nobody's business :)

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  11. I love coconut water :)
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    1. How sweet! Thank you, Megha. very kind of you :)

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  12. Being from Kerala coconut is a part of my life..:) and I just love that...Back at home we used coconut oil made at home...and that was super flavor wise and smell wise..There was nothing as refreshing as coconut water...Ha those were good old days...Very beautifully written post..

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    1. Awwww I can only imagine what those good ol day must have been like. We just got a fresh batch of freshly prepared coconut. Even our uncles send us coconut when they get them from their trees. Can't beat the flavour from freshly made coconut oil. It is a world apart from the store bought stuff. Thank you so much, Reshmi :)

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    simply loving them

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  14. I am also a big fan of coconut oil...if you are suffering with hair fall then try out this remedy http://stylebees.com/beauty-tips-curry-leaves-to-control-hair-falls/970

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  15. I have married into a South Indian family (I am a gujju) .. and since marriage, mom-in-law gives me coconut water to drink everyday :) .. everyone who has met me after marriage and even my office colleagues have commented on the improvement in my skin texture since marriage .. hehe .. you are so right .. coconuts are very goo for health, hair and skin!

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