With its creamy texture and natural sweetness, coconut milk tastes like it should be bad for you. And yet, it's anything but that. Coconut milk, also known as nariyal ka doodh in Hindi, is often considered a ‘miracle liquid' as “it may help protect the body from infections,” says Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. And did you know: Coconut milk isn't actually “milk” at all? It is a liquid that is naturally found inside mature coconuts, stored within the coconut ‘meat'. When you crack open a fresh coconut, the liquid that leaks out is coconut water. But when you blend the coconut ‘meat' and strain it, the result is a thicker coconut ‘milk'. So, what's the difference? As a coconut matures, more of the water inside is replaced with coconut meat. So mature coconuts tend to be better producers of coconut milk, while younger coconuts are the best producers of coconut water. This milk can actually work wonders for your skin, hair and even overall health.
Coconut water is higher in sugar and certain electrolytes, while “coconut milk is higher in healthy saturated fatty acids”, says Dr. Mukta Vasishta, H.O.D. Nutrition and Dietetics, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. It can be consumed as is or as a substitute for milk. Dr. Mukta adds, “Coconut milk is highly recommended for patients who are lactose intolerant. And contrary to popular belief, coconut milk helps increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL levels (bad cholesterol). It also improves blood pressure, and helps prevent cardiac arrhythmia due to its potassium content.
Coconut milk can be a great way to promote hair growth. Coconut Milk for Face4. Makeup Remover
To remove your makeup, add 2 parts of olive oil to 1 part coconut milk on a cotton pad. This not only cleanses your face, but nourishes your skin
deeply at the same time as well. Note: Rub gently.5. Prevents Acne
Dr. Rahul Nagar, Max Hospitals says, “For people with oily and acne prone skin, coconut milk can be used as a cleanser due to its antibacterial properties. The fats in coconut milk do not clog pores, thereby preventing acne
”.6. Facial Scrub
“Coconut milk can also be used as a face scrub for gentle exfoliation
. All you need to do is soak oats in coconut milk for 10 minutes”, adds Dr. Rahul.7. Prevents Premature Ageing
Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich in copper
, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. You can soak 6-7 almonds overnight, and peel their skins off in the morning, grind into a smooth paste and add 5-6 drops of coconut milk. Mix well and apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, and wash it off with cold water.
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8. Treats Sunburns
Coconut Milk for Skin
According to Dr. Rahul, “Application of coconut milk over sunburnt skin aids in rapid healing because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps by cooling the skin
and reducing pain, swelling and redness”.9. Moisturises The Skin
We've all heard of taking a milk bath, right? Well, it's time to use coconut milk instead. It is a great moisturiser due its soothing properties. You can rub coconut milk on your skin directly for 20-30 minutes to combat dryness and promote healthy glowing skin
. You can even add 1 cup of rose petals, ½ cup of rose water
and 1 cup of coconut milk to lukewarm water in a tub. Soaking in this bath for about 15 minutes will help restore moisture in dry skin. Also, you can grind 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and mix it with 1-2 cups of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of honey
. It works wonders!10. Treats Skin Ailments
“Gentle application of coconut milk provides an excellent moisturizing effect in dry skin conditions
like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis”, says Dr. Rahul. The natural fatty acids in coconut milk help treat dry and irritated skin and remove harmful bacteria.