It has been said today’s headlines become tomorrow’s footnotes. And there are plenty of recipes that also discuss coconut milk remedies. Can you really stop chronic diarrhea with coconut milk or coconut oil in both humans and dogs? Do coconut remedies really work?
If you browse the natural healing sites, some suggest eating some raw shredded coconut, if you’re not allergic to coconut. Other sites report that coconut oil helps to heal mouth ulcers. Coconut milk is high in saturated fat. But it’s those medium chain saturated fatty acids, not the long chain saturated fatty acids in animal fat that fill up your arteries.
Coconut is a traditional South Pacific Islander remedy. It also works on humans as well as on dogs. You can even make a sugar-free coconut macaroon to give to your dog to help ease diarrhea. Why does coconut milk help some people with its anti-microbial properties but make other people fat? See the article, "Obesity among Malays in Singapore – is coconut milk to blame?." Can you use coconut milk to balance your electrolytes? See the article, "Coconut Milk Cures: balances electrolytes, lowers BPM."
Of course, you’ll want medical advice. But if you’re stranded on a Pacific Island with relentless diarrhea, and you have no access to medical advice, think about trying raw, shredded coconut. The theory behind this is that coconut oil is anti-microbial.
According to Grandma’s Wisdom site, coconut milk helps curb diarrhea. And at Info-Barrel, stop diarrhea with pomegranates and coconut macaroons. Watch the brief video on the site that recommends coconut macaroons and pomegranate juice to control simple diarrhea. Make sure your problem isn’t caused by food poisoning from potato salad that went bad, in which case, see your doctor right away.
Making Coconut Milk from Fresh Coconuts
How to make your own coconut milk from fresh coconuts. For more detailed instructions on making coconut milk, see the "How to make coconut milk" site.
The translucent liquid inside a fresh coconut is coconut water. You make coconut milk by squeezing the grated flesh of a coconut with some hot water resulting in a rich white coconut milk.
Coconut milk is not coconut cream. To make coconut cream, refrigerate fresh or canned coconut milk. As the milk stands, it will separate into the upper layer called the coconut cream. And the thin lower layer called coconut milk.
Skim off the thick, creamy top layer. Use as coconut cream. The thin bottom layer is the coconut milk.
When buying canned coconut milk. look at the label carefully to make sure all it contains is coconut milk and perhaps guar gum to thicken it. You don’t need any other ingredients in the canned milk such as preservatives or chemicals to preserve the color. The most a canned coconut milk should contain is the milk itself and perhaps guar gum.
Fresh coconut milk is from a living plant and is healthiest to use. Find out which supermarkets in your area carry fresh coconuts. You can also try the Asian markets in your city. Here’s how to make fresh coconut milk at home.
Working with a Fresh Coconut
Make holes in the eyes of the fresh coconut with an appropriate metal kitchen instrument. Drain the liquid into a jar and put the covered jar in your refigerator.
Place the coconut on a cookie sheet and bake in a 325 degree F. oven for a half hour. Let the coconut cool on a rack or metal dish and then place on a cutting board. Crack the coconut with a hammer to break it into a few pieces.
Remove all the coconut flesh and peel off the skin. Cut the coconut flesh into small pieces. Put the coconut meat into your blender with enough hot water to cover the peeled coconut pieces. Blend until fine.
Now press the finely ground coconut and the water through a sieve covered with a cheese cloth over a clean bowl. Your goal is to extract the coconut milk, that is, the mixture of hot water and finely ground coconut meat into the bowl. Now that the water is in the bowl, put the drained coconut meat in another container. You can discard it or use it to fertilize plants in your garden.
Pour the bowl of coconut milk into a jar or other covered container and immediately refrigerate the coconut milk that just has been extracted. Use it all up in the next two days.
Working with Dehydrated coconut milk
If you’ve bought an 8 oz package of unsweetened dehydrated coconut, just drop it into into a blender with some boiling water, about one cup of boiling water. Blend for about 30 seconds.
When the mixture is cool, place a strainer or sieve over a bowl lined with cheese cloth. Spoon the mixture into the cheese cloth. Fold the edges of the cheese cloth over the coconut meat. Twist and squeeze the ends to extract as much coconut milk as you can into the bowl. Throw out or use as compost the squeezed out coconut meat. Refrigerate your coconut milk in a covered jar. Use it up within a day or two. You’ll find excellent recipes on how to make coconut milk at the How to make coconut milk site.
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