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Medicine in unlikely plant parts: hulls and coconut husks

ByRandall B. Phelps

Mar 12, 2022

Cucurbita pepo, also known as elegede or agbeje, in Yoruba is the pumpkin I spoke about last week and not Telfairia occidentalis (Ugu). I have a lot of questions about this and hope it’s clear now. I made soy powder and would like to share the recipe with you. I boiled some soybeans and removed the skins. I kept the peeled seeds in an airtight container and put in a dark, warm place to ferment for 12 hours. After that I dried it in the sun (it won’t dry properly in a day). When it was well dried, I roasted it and blended it. You can add to your porridge (ogi/akamu), oats and smoothies.

Recently, I received a text message from Mr. Kayode Babalola, who is an agronomist. He told me that he called me “madam medicine”. I find the nickname funny. He spoke a lot about his love for nature. He explained how he eats papaya seeds and how he uses avocado seeds for tea. That’s not all, it reminded me of the coconut husks coming into this series and here we go today, my discussion will be about coconut husks and husks. I’m always happy with feedback like this. A Yoruba saying says ẹni to ba fe pe laye ko ni ba wọn gun igi agbon, which means that one who desires a long life will never venture into climbing coconut trees. As the saying goes, we won’t climb a tree; all we need are just the shells and pods.

When we talk about coconut shells, what comes to mind is that they are useless. It is surprising that the shells of Cocos nucifera (coconut) have medicinal uses, In fact, I came across a research done on its ashes and the conclusion is….. No, I won’t say it; you have to read it under scientific studies. I know most readers hate reading this part and this is my own tactic to encourage you to read it. The coconut shell can be used as a raw material to make activated carbon. Ash can be used as an active ingredient in cosmetic skin care. Activated carbon made from coconut shell is considered superior to those obtained from other sources. When it comes to uses, the first idea, the easiest and easiest to consider, is to simply use half coconut shells as plant pots. You can turn half a shell into a bowl that you can use to collect seeds from your garden. They can also be cleaned and polished to make a small bowl. It could be used for display purposes to hold dried nuts.

You can eat them, a shallow coconut bowl can also make a good soap dish, you can use them to make a simple candle holder. In countries where coconuts are common, it is not uncommon to see households using coconut halves attached to sticks of some kind as simple but effective ladles. They can be composted, but they will take much longer than most other materials to decompose. You can turn small pieces of seashells into jewelry for yourself or potentially to give lovely homemade gifts.

Let me talk about the shell now. The fibers from coconut husks, known as coir, are versatile and can be used in a variety of products. They are used as a planting medium that helps plants retain moisture and resist fungal growth. Coir is used to make home accessories like rugs, doormats, brushes and string. It is even a component of mattresses and floor tiles. In addition to being stronger and stiffer than synthetic plastic fibers, this material is lighter and offers better performance, which can lead to cost savings for companies. One of the common traditional practices identified is the use of the husk as ‘chewing sticks’ for the daily cleaning of the teeth. It is used to light the fire to prepare food; in fact, it can replace wood. In villages and several rural areas, they are burned in houses just before sunset to drive away mosquitoes and other insects. Because it releases no smoke or unwanted fumes, it is completely safe and harmless. It is a good source of biofuel, similar to charcoal. It can stimulate plant growth and help plants absorb nutrients more efficiently.

A study on pod tea shows that it has significant hypoglycemic and antidiabetic effects in alloxan-induced diabetes. In fact, the effect is comparable to that of the combination of Daonil and Metformin, which are hypoglycemic drugs.

Scientific studies

1: In a study titled Antimicrobial Properties of Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Hull: An Extrapolation to Oral Health by Jose et al., C. nucifera has significant inhibitory action against oral pathogens, indicating the presence of highly effective active compounds, which can be identified and incorporated into modern oral care systems to control various diseases.

2: A study titled, Anti-malarial Activity of Cocos nucifera Husk Fibre: Further Studies by Adebayo et al., shows that the husk fiber of the large West African variety of Cocos nucifera is a potential source for a new antimalarial drug.

In a study titled ANTI-DIABETIC EFFECTS OF COCOS NUCIFERA SHELL (COCONUT) EXTRACT by Victor Emojevwe, the conclusion is that Cocos nucifera husk tea has significant hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic effects in diabetes induced by diabetes. alloxan. This effect is comparable to that of the combination of Daonil and Metformin and could serve as an effective adjunct in the management of diabetes mellitus.

4: In a study titled, Synthesis and Structural Properties of Coconut Husk as Potential Silica Source, by

Anuara et al. concluded that coconut shell ash would be a promising alternative source of silica to reduce production costs as it shows high silica purity.

5: In a study titled Antifungal Potential and Antioxidant Efficacy in the Shell Extract of Cocos nucifera (L.) (Arecaceae) against Pathogenic Dermal Mycosis by Thebo et al., the study provides useful data regarding the different medicinal properties of the shells of coconut to protect humans against common skin diseases. Coconut husks can therefore be considered as a promising candidate with high therapeutic potential for the preparation of drugs.

6: In a study titled, Coconut Shell Ash as a Mild Agonist of Reproductive Organ Development and Sex Hormone Release in Growing Rabbits by Iwu et al., results showed that coconut supplementation could improve testicular weight. He also showed that CSA supplementation would promote better testicular development in rabbits. This was associated with an increase in serum testosterone concentration possibly indicating CSA inducement of enhanced metabolic activity. The study also showed that the level of CSA supplementation in does resulted in improved total reproductive tract weight, ovary weight, oviduct weight, and uterine weight. uterus. This was also associated with increased estrogen concentration which increased with increasing CSA supplementation.

Boil water, pour over the washed coconut shell to make tea. You can also see the great impact of coconut ash on the reproductive organs of animals in scientific study number six. On that note, I will recommend it as a good source of activated charcoal.

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