Benefits of Coconut Coconut oil was used for centuries in the Maldives in oil lamps, traditional ‘Dhivehi Beys’ herbal medicine, and to help make hair oil, soap, shampoo and moisturisers. And now the wider world is waking up to the incredible benefits of this new ‘new’ superfood and beauty hack. With over 2,500 coconut trees at Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences, they have decided to harness the ‘bounty’ of coconuts by creating The Nut. The Nut is its new coconut processing facility. The coconut ‘meat’ is used to create unrefined cold-pressed organic coconut oil for the resort’s kitchens and at the Javvu Spa.
The flesh is used by its chefs in their delicious dishes such as Coconut Mushrooms from the Vegan Wellness Your Way menu in Fresh Restaurant. Not one single part is wasted, as even the husks are used for garden compost. Models and stylists extol the virtues of using coconut oil on hair between washes to help restore moisture and shine, while Amilla can also attest it’s a lifesaver for transforming sun-frazzled hair.
Coconut oil is a great moisturiser and is also excellent for make-up removal. Just dip a cotton wool ball into a jar of it and smooth it over your face. It helps trap moisture beneath the skin surface and is mildly antibacterial. Virgin coconut oil is packed with skin-nourishing fatty acids and polyphenols and is an excellent carrier oil for massage. It is mixed with Javvu Spa’s divine blends of essential oils that are then used in massages and for making bath products at the Alchemy Bar. Organic unrefined coconut oil adds a subtle layer of flavour to dishes and is highly resistant to oxidation at high heat. It’s better than cheap blended hydrogenated vegetable oil. It’s also thought to help raise your ‘good’ cholesterol and change your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol into a benign subtype.
Amilla is thrilled to use bounty of coconuts to help further enhance its Homegrown@Amilla and Homemade@Amilla programmes.
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