With its creamy natural sweetness, coconut milk tastes like it should be bad for you. And yet, it’s anything but that. Coconut milk known as nariyal ka doodh in Hindi, is often considered a ‘miracle liquid’ as “it also help protect the body from infections. Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Coconut milk contains good concentration of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid which gets converted to monolaurin in the body.
We've listed amazing coconut milk benefits for hair, face and skin.
Coconut Milk for Hair
1. Restores Dry, Damaged Hair
Coconut milk can be used as a scalp tonic for dry, itchy and irritated scalp. A gentle massage for 10 minutes with home-made coconut milk followed by a hot towel can have a good nourishing effect. This is particularly helpful for restoring dry, damaged and brittle hair, as well as split ends.
2. Promotes Hair Growth
Coconut milk contains all the necessary nutrients required for healthy hair, boosting your hair follicles and promoting hair growth. Now apply coconut milk on your hair and massage for 3 to 5 minutes. Shampoo as usual, after 15 minutes.
3. Conditions Hair
You can also wash your hair with equal amounts of coconut milk and shampoo, or apply coconut milk as a leave-in conditioner. This adds wealth to your hair makes it less greasy and promotes longer, thicker hair (with that shine you’ve always wanted).
Coconut Milk for Face
1. Makeup Remover
To remove your makeup, add 2 parts of olive oil to 1 part coconut milk on a cotton pad. This not just cleanses your face, but nourishes your skin deeply at the same time as well. Note: Rub gently.
2. Prevents Acne
For people with oily and acne prone skin, coconut milk be used as a cleanser due to its antibacterial properties. The fats in coconut milk don’t clog pores; thereby help to remove the acne.
3. Facial Scrub
Coconut milk can also be used as a face scrub or clean for gentle exfoliation. All you need to do is soak oats in coconut milk for 15 minutes.
4. Prevents Premature Ageing
Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C which helps retail elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich amount in copper, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. You can soak 5-7 almonds overnight, and peel their skins off in the early morning, grind into a smooth paste and add 4-6 drops of coconut milk. Mix well and apply this paste on your face for 10 minutes, and wash it off with cold water.
Coconut Milk for Skin
1. Treats Sunburns
Application of coconut milk over sun burnt skin aids in rapid healing because the reason of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps by cooling the skin and deducts pain, swelling and redness.
2. Moisturises Your Skin
We’ve all heard of taking a milk bath, right? Well, it’s moment to use coconut milk in its place. It is a wonderful moisturiser due its soothing properties. You can also massage coconut milk on your skin directly for 15-30 minutes to combat dryness and promote healthy glowing skin. You can even add one cup of rose petals, ½ cup of rose water and one cup of coconut milk to warm water in a tub. Soaking in this bath for about 10 minutes will help restore moisture in dry skin. You can also grind 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and mix it with 1 to 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 tbsp of honey. It works wonders!
3. Treats Skin Ailments
Gentle use of coconut milk also helps to provide an excellent moisturizing effect in dry skin circumstances like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. The natural fatty acids in coconut milk also help to treat dry and irritated skin and remove harmful bacteria.