Coconut and Mauritius

Well the title may sound strange to you, but Mauritius and coconut have a long time history

the island is well-known for its coconut trees and coconut recipes

Unfortunately the younger generation has missed many of the coconut amazing uses

While reading an article on coconut uses, I was suddently made aware that Mauritian people are not using coconut for its multi purposes. Rather they are used as a drink, or chutney…things like that and this is unfortunate.

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.  It can help your body get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. It is side-effect free and is full of nutritious sources.

The uses for coconut oil are numerous due its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This will be an ideal ingredient to use for beauty products to help reduce the appearance of aging. There is unrefined oil and refined oil available on the market. The best option to use for any homemade product is unrefined coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of these oils that is used to make various kinds of homemade beauty products. One interesting thing about this oil is the healing properties it contains. This is one of the reasons it is used as an ingredient in many types of homemade lotions and creams.You can use coconut oil topically or internally. Creams and lotions are the most common products that are used topically. If you want to take it internally, then all you need to do is ingest small amounts. 

Multi usage

1. For hair growth

2.For the skin – face and body

3. Prevent acne. If you are a sufferer of acne at any age, you probably think that applying oil is completely counter-intuitive. Why would you want to make your skin greasier? It doesn’t really work that way, though. Often times, you suffer from acne not because your skin is greasy, but because your skin is too dry. This causes an overproduction of your natural skin oils to try and compensate. Moisturize with the coconut oil and your body won’t feel the need to overcompensate. I

4.Get rid of puffiness around your eyes. Do you wake up with puffy eyes? Puffiness around your eyes can make you look tired and old. For a fresh, youthful appearance, apply a small amount of coconut around your eyes before you go to sleep (you can even put it safely on your eyelids). When you wake up in the morning, you should see a reduction in the puffiness!

5. Make a natural face wash. Mix castor oil and coconut oil with a 1-to-1 ratio for a deep cleansing face wash.

6. Reduce the appearance of age spots and other types of skin discoloration. Age spots are a dead giveaway of your age, and if you have spent a lot of time out in the sun, discoloration from sun damage can make you appear old before your time. Apply coconut to these spots and they may fade in appearance. You will achieve the best results with regular applications.

7.Exfoliate your lips. If your lips have been chapped for some time or you are a chronic biter, you probably have a buildup of dead skin. This can look very unsightly, and it can also cause further discomfort (which may lead to more lip biting). You can get rid of the dead skin by exfoliating your lips once a week using a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with two teaspoons of brown sugar or raw sugar and a tablespoon of honey (the honey is optional). This mixture is gentle enough to exfoliate your lips without damaging them. You only need a tiny bit, so you can store this mixture in a jar and use it repeatedly. Your lips will be soft after the application, and you should start seeing less of that unsightly dead skin.

8. Clean your mascara brush. Have a buildup of mascara on your mascara brush? You can get rid of all that clumpy buildup just by soaking your brush in coconut oil for five minutes. Pull it out and then just use your fingers to get rid of the remaining clumps. The soak will make it easy to pull the stuff off, and you will have a nice clean mascara brush.

9. Make your own mascara. The mascara you buy from the store has a lot of chemicals in it, and applying chemicals near your eyes is just a really dubious thing to do. Make your own mascara from scratch as a healthy alternative using coconut oil, aloe vera gel, bees wax, and activated charcoal or cocoa powder. It’s chemical free, healthy, and looks gorgeous!

10. Enhance your eyelashes. If you overdo it with the mascara, your eyelashes can start to suffer and may look limp and lifeless. Swab a bit of coconut oil over your eyelashes before bed. Use only a tiny bit. It will enhance your eyelashes and give them a boost.

11. Remove your makeup with coconut oil too! It turns out that coconut oil not only is great for applying makeup, but for removing it as well. Rub coconut oil over your face, and wait for a minute. Then wipe it off along with your makeup. This works especially well if you are struggling to remove waterproof makeup.

12. Make a natural face mask. If you like using facial masks to help you clear up your complexion, you can make your own facial mask out of coconut oil and honey. Mix them together so that you get that thick consistency you would expect from a facial mask. A great addition is carrot seed oil. This will help to improve your skin tone. Apply it and wait for around fifteen minutes, and then wash it off. It should really clarify your complexion and give it a nice glow.

13.Replace your deodorant. Standard store-bought deodorant has all kinds of chemicals in it, and you don’t want those chemicals absorbing into your skin, do you? If you are ready to toss your store-bought deodorant, a great alternative is a deodorant made out of coconut oil. Combine 1/3 cup coconut oil with ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup arrowroot powder, 4 tablespoons cornstarch and any essential oils you would like for scent. The coconut oil and the baking soda contribute to the consistency, so you can modify the recipe to get the exact consistency you are looking for. Store it in a small glass jar and enjoy.

14. When used as a pre-wash treatment it reduces frizz from the hair.

15. It Reduces Hair Loss

16. Aids digestion.
The fatty acids it contains are absorbed easier and quicker in the digestive tract than longer chain fatty acids found in other fats. They also help other nutrients become absorbed as well. A better utilisation of nutrients results in a healthier body and hair.

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Part of the articles from :

Vinegar – the cure for many ailments

Vinegar – the cure for many ailments

By Dr. Hassan Shamsi Basha

Prophet Muhammad (saws) liked vinegar.

Modern medicine also acknowledge its

anti-cough, anti-inflammation and digestive


Jabir narrated:
“one day with him to his house. He was served some bread.
He asked: ‘Is there any dip?’
They replied ‘No, only some vinegar.’ He said, ‘Vinegar is a
good dip.’
Jabir used to say, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from
Allah’s Prophet”.

And Talha ibn Naf’a said, “I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir.”

[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i]

What is Vinegar and Why is it a Good Dip?

Vinegar is made by fermenting the juice of sweet fruits and grains such as barley, apple and grape.

The process of creating vinegar entails fermenting in an aerobic environment (in the presence of oxygen) as opposed to alcoholic fermentation, which is done in an anaerobic environment (in the absence of oxygen).

The alcohol in these liquids is oxidized to acetic acid. Vinegar contains 4 per cent or more acetic acid. Its colour and tastes differ depending on its base.

Vinegar contains small amounts of protein and starch. 100g of vinegar has only 16 calories. It also contains sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and chlorine but it has no vitamins.

Ibn Seena (died 1037 CE) wrote in his famous book Al-Qanoon fit Tibb (the Canon of Medicine), that vinegar is a powerful clotting agent. If poured on an external wound, it will stop the bleeding and prevent swelling. It aids digestion and is an expectorant. It helps with felons (inflammation of the tissues of a finger or toe) and carbuncles (a kind of skin inflammation). It acts quickly on burns. When mixed with old and applied to the head, it helps with headaches caused by heat. It strengthens gums. It is an appetizer and aids digestion.

Vinegar is treating External Injuries

The Martin-Dale Encyclopaedia of Pharmaceuticals 1989 indicated that vinegar has many beneficial uses. Some are :

1. To treat poisoning by alkaline (non-acidic) substances.

2. To help reduce fevers by applying a cold pad to the forehead which is soaked with vinegar and water.

3. To cure ‘black hairy tongue.’ a disease caused due to intake of antibiotics like penicillin, tetracycline by using vinegar once or twice daily for a week.

4. To soothe pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis by applying a pad soaked with vinegar and water to painful joints.

5. To treat bee and jellyfish stings by applying a mixture of equal amounts of salt and vinegar to the sting, relieving the pain and preventing inflammation.

Cider Vinegar

Professor John B.Yudkin wrote in the 1986 edition of the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Nutrition that Cider vinegar is known for its ability to cure several diseases. “It helps in treating joint pain, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), asthma and gastric disorders and is helps in losing weight.”

Slight cases of diarrhea are a way by which the body gets rid of harmful substances that enter the digestive system. The 1989 edition of Dr. Micheal Sharon’s book, Complete Nutrition, stated that vinegar aids in treating diarrhea. It should be taken as one to two tea spoons of vinegar in a glass of boiled or mineral water several times a day.


Complete Nutrition also states. “Vinegar performs the role of disinfectant for the intestines. Some people advise it to be used for gargle for the mouth and throat. It disinfects the inside of the mouth from germs. The usual dosage for gargle is to mix one to three tea spoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, in morning and at night.”

Dr. Sharon ends his argument about cider vinegar by saying: “We always have to remember that cider vinegar will not have the same effect on everyone. Some may benefit from it and some may not. Very few people may be allergic to vinegar.

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Nevertheless vinegar is beneficial for the majority of people.

Didn’t the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) say, “Vinegar is a good dip.