The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropical world, for decoration as well as for its many culinary and non-culinary uses; virtually every part of the coconut palm has some human use.

The origins of this plant  are the subject of controversy, with some authorities, claiming it is native to south Asia, while others claim its origin in northwestern South America.

Coconut oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer.
A study shows that extra virgin coconut oil is as effective and safe as mineral oil when used as a moisturizer, with absence of adverse reactions.

In India and Sri Lanka, coconut oil is commonly used for styling hair, and cooling or soothing the head (stress relief).  People of coastal districts of Karnataka and Kerala bathe in warm water after applying coconut oil all over the body and leave it as is for an hour.

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