The Divine Tree - what gives coconut the 'Kalpa Vriksha' status?
What makes a humble plant worthy of divine recognition? Few plants or trees have made it into this exclusive members club. The Bodhi Tree, or peepal tree, became synonymous with divine influence when Buddha reached enlightment under its protective and wise branches. The coconut tree can't claim a pivotal role in anyone's path to enlightenment, and yet it has upheld its divine reputation for millennia. So what makes the coconut tree so special and is it enough to class it as divine? Read on to find out more about the life-giving powers of the coconut tree.
The nutritional properties of all the edible parts of the coconut are countless and hard to summarise in a single paragraph. Coconut oil has been associated with the healing and cleansing properties of breast milk on the Coconut Board of India website. However you look at coconut products, it is becoming increasingly understood in the world of nutrition that there is a powerful mix of MCTs (that's very, very goods fat for those who don't know), micro nutrients, anti-microbial properties and a beneficial spread of macro-nutrients that make coconut in any form a critical component of any healthy diet. To buy Cocofly's range of premium coconut products, click here.
REPLACEMENT FOR WATER
If you can't drink water for 3 days you will perish. By comparison, you can go for around 3 weeks without food before your body starts to pack it in. In the grander scheme of things, life is made possible only when there is ready access to water. That however is not strictly true if you can get access to a coconut tree. Did you know that coconut water not only provides a sufficient amount of sterile drinking fluids that you can go without drinking water if required, but it is also full of essential electrolytes that you lose when you sweat. So all in all don't worry about getting access to clean drinking water as long as you have an abundant supply of green coconuts at hand! When you combine this with the fact that you can eat the thick white flesh of the mature coconut as a way to sustain you in terms of food, what you have here is a nut that allows you to live off that one item alone even if you could find food or water anywhere else.
YOU CAN USE EVERY PART
At the heart of the justification for calling the coconut tree a kalpa vriksha is the idea that every single part of the plant can be used for something extremely useful. Down tot he last hair on the head of the brown coconut, every part of the plant can come in handy in terms of survival: The leaves are often used to form a shelter in tropical countries; the nuts are consumed as food and water; the shell can make charcoal, jewelry and clothing; the husk can make rope and bedding; and if you find yourself stuck on a desert island, you can always hollow out the trunk and row yourself back to civilisation!
IT CAN ACT AS A BLOOD REPLACEMENT
In WW2 the Pacific witnessed some of the most intense fighting. As medical supplies ran low, the doctors soon found themselves running out of blood. In this desperate situation, doctors started using coconut water instead of real blood, and injected injured soldiers with coconut water intravenously. The water inside the coconut not only remains completely sterile until the nut is opened, but by sheer divine coincidence the water inside also happens to have the same concentration levels of salts as human blood, making it a natural isotonic that can pass into the blood stream directly without altering the balance of salts and other essential nutrients.
WHAT'S THE VERDICT?
When all of the coconut's life-supporting properties are laid out so plainly, it's hard to see why the coconut tree doesn't deserve the status of kalpa vriksha. What other plant can support life for so long and so completely as the coconut tree? Next time you find yourself abandoned on a desert island, you now know where to turn for your every need. And just be thankful that you were washed ashore next to the life-saving, Divine coconut tree!