22nd JAN 09: COCONUTCOCONUT HUSK Ancient Tamil tradition has been using coconut husks with red soil (Semman) to remove dirt from the body while bathing. Instead of using ready made kitchen scrubs and wires, you can also make use of coconut husks as a scrub to wash pots, pans and cooking utensils. COCONUT FLESH Grate the coconut and hand grind it to a thick paste. Use this thick paste in your cooking for extra flavour and taste. TIP: Do not extract the milk and use it for cooking everyday! Grind grated coconut, turmeric and onions and add in when cooking any types of food. This will help kill stomach bacteria and help improve stomach digestion. Dry fry the grated coconut and store it in an air tight container and use it for daily cooking. If you have no time to make coconut oil, you can omit it with the use of dry fried grated coconut as a body scrub as it will help produce oil while scrubbing. PSORIASIS PATIENTS Grind the grated coconut with yellow gram lentils (kadalai parappu) and apply it on the body before bathing. Do not use soap as it will aggravate the condition. Therefore grated coconut is the best solution for psoriasis patients COCONUT OIL Coconut oil is well known to increase hair growth. You can also use hibiscus flower to replace coconut oil. Tear the flower into small pieces and dry it under the morning sun. Scrub the dried flower on your head and leave it to soak for a few minutes before washing your hair. Mix coconut oil and slaked lime (sunambu) into a thick paste. This mixture is a very good medicine for healing wounds and it is free from chemicals.