According to Ayurveda, coconut oil has Pitta and Vata pacifying properties. It is nourishing, and improves immunity and strength.

Coconut oil contains rare medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are quickly and easily absorbed, digested, metabolized and utilized by the body. They don’t clog arteries like longer chained fats or spike blood sugar levels.
Coconut oil has a high smoking point and it won’t create cancer-causing free radicals when used for cooking.

Coconut oil is considered to be the best massage oil for newborns and toddlers. It soothes diaper rash and dry skin in babies.


Oil pulling with coconut oil in the mouth for 3-5 minutes daily removes bacteria and promotes healthy teeth and gums.

Coconut is one of the most stable oils and can easily imbibe the qualities of herbs with which it is processed, which makes it a very good base oil for various Ayurveda medicated oils.

Coconut oil is very effective on chapped lips and is great for pre-bath massages and quick post-bath hydration.

Coconut oil is a natural make-up remover. It gently dissolves long lasting, highly pigmented make-up without drying the skin.

Regular head massage with luke-warm coconut oil is very effective in relieving stress. It promotes hair growth and prevents scaly dry scalp.

Equal parts of coconut oil and lemon juice is very effective for dandruff when massaged on the scalp.
It is better to avoid coconut oil in Kapha imbalance, sinusitis, cold, cough etc.



Cashew nuts are powerhouse of nutrients. It is Rich in Magnesium calcium, zinc copper vitamin C,E,B2, B3 and essential dietary fibers.

Its heating in nature and sustains body’s warmth in winter. Its highly recommended for healthy bones, hair and skin. Promotes strength memory and libido. It increases pitta and kapha in the body.

It has proven to reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.

More than a handful of cashew nuts a day in any form is not advisable in Ayurveda. Its heavy for digestion. Too much of cashews can can provoke gas and bloating, leading to constipation, hot flashes etc.

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Dr Aparna

Aparna K. BAMS, MD, PhD

Consultant advisor for development of Oneworld Ayurveda and visiting physician

Aparna is one of the few specialists in the world with a PhD in Ayurveda. Born into an Ayurvedic family which operates a traditional Ayurvedic Panchakarma hospital in Kerala, India, she grew up observing her father, the renowned Dr. Padmanabhan Read more »

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