Coconut belongs to the palm family like oil palm, raffia palm, and date palm. The inflorescence is similar to oil palm except that the leaves have no thorns, the fruits are different and the trunk is smooth. Groundnut is a leguminous plant that belongs to the family leguminoceae family. A family that is characterized of being able to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere to nitrate and hence are very rich in in protein. It is considered a nut which is grown in the ground.
THE COCONUT TREE
Coconut tree grows up to five meters but the dwarf varieties start fruiting at less than 2 meters height and will remain dwarfish for up to 5-10 years. The coconut fruit is a unique one. The seed or nut has sweet water in the hollow inside.
Unlike most fruits with edible and flesh mesocarp, the coconut has a rough fibrous mesocarp, which is not edible. The nut with a hard testa/coat has edible flesh which contains the nutrients and active ingredients.
The coconut is believed to have originated from Indo- Malaya region and New Guinea. However, coconut is now pervasively grown in most tropical and sub-tropical countries of the world. All regions along the tropical coast have coconuts either planted or grown wildly.
MEDICINAL PROPERTY OF COCONUT FRUIT
Coconut have high protein content with all the necessary and amino acids. It is high with minerals like Phosphorous, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Sulphur, Magnesium, Enzymes vitamins A and C, and some vitamin B complex, sugars, niacin, panthothenic acid, biotin, ribloflavin, folic acid, thiamin, copper, and choline.
MEDICINAL TREATMENT WITH COCONUT
GENERAL WELL BEING
As a result of the richness of coconuts, nutritionally, it is a very good health Tonic for the body. It will keep the body in general state of wellbeing.
In case of fever, when the body temperature rises abnormally, drinking coconut water can be very curative. Take three times daily. One should avoid taking water soon after taking coconut water, for at least 2 hours
Coconut water is a diurectic that tones the kidneys and the heart. It enables urine to flow normally and helps to remedy cases of scanty urine, albuminuous urine that is urine with protein content.
Excessive production of hydrochloric acid causes pep perish pains on the gastro-intestinal walls. Consumption of coconut and coconut water tends to alleviate these pains. The oils in coconut also have a way of reducing the secretion of the hydrochloric acid and thereby giving the sufferer much relief.
Cholera usually leads to immediate dehydration and death. Coconut water should be taken liberally at least 2-3 beer bottles within 24 hours period. For greater effectiveness, the water can be mixed with lime juice, two spoonful of lime per bottle of coconut water is good . This should rectify the electrolytes balance of sodium/potassium balance. This is a homemade juice to prevent fast dehydration. It also helps to neutralize the acidic nature of the blood. The high content of potassium in coconut water is responsible for its ability to restore the electrolyte balance position of the body.
COCONUT EFFECT ON THE SKIN CARE
Tones the skin and hair. It removes blemishes, rashes, eczema.
HEALTH CARE WITH GROUNDNUTS
It is a leguminous plant that belongs to the family leguminoceae family. A family that is characterized of being able to convert nitrogen in the atmosphere to nitrate and hence are very rich in in protein.
The flowers are above the ground but the stalk from the flower is geotropic. It finds the ground and enters to produce the nuts. The shoot above the ground is bunchy. From planting to maturity is about 80-90 days for most varieties.
MEDICINAL TREATMENT, AND PROPERTIES OF GROUNDNUT
Groundnut has high content of vitamins, especially vitamin E, (tocopherol and tocotrinol) proteins with good balance of amino acids and minerals, like calcium, phosphorous and Iron.
Groundnut protein content is one of the highest among crops at about 45%, while the unsaturated fatty acid is nutritive and good for the heart. It has thiamin and Niacin as vitamins which account for its medicinal value.
MEDICINAL IMPORTANCE AND HEALTH BENEFITS OF GROUNDNUTS
AS a result of its richness in essential amino acids, vitamins, especially vitamin E, which is a very powerful antioxidant, groundnut consumption helps to improve the immune system and makes the body resistance to diseases and infections
PROMOTES THE GROWTH OF CHILDREN
Mix Groundnut meal with goat milk. It is a very balance diet for growing children.
CONTROLS EXCESSIVE BLEEDING
It is known that use of groundnut for the treatment of hemorrhage whether it is hemorrhoids or heavy mensuration or nose bleeding or bleeding of gums is very efficacious
CONTROL OF DIABETES
Groundnut is very high in proteins, minerals and vitamins, and these are very good for diabetes. The fat content is also good as the fats are mostly unsaturated and do not increase the bad cholesterol. The niacin vitamin in groundnut is particular beneficial to diabetics who should consume ground buts as snacks.
Mix groundnut oil, lime and honey in equal proportions or ratios. Apply as a plaster on the face. It is quite useful in beatifying the skin, making it look glossy. It removes the pimples, blemishes, rashes, wrinkles of old age or stress.
CONTROL OF OBESITY
Consumption of handful of groundnuts with tea or beverage or coffee before eating lunch or dinner has a way of suppressing the appetite and causing some weight loss.
CURE FOR DIARRHEA
It is helpful in treatment of diarrhea. Make groundnut into paste and drunk with goat milk. Add some drops of lemon.