The Healing Powers of Coconut By Fr Anselm Adodo

To many people, the coconut plant is an ordinary plant. They do not see anything unique or exciting in the plant. But to those who have eyes to see, the coconut plant is a blessing, a gift from nature.

Cocos Nucifera is called coconut in English, Kwakwar in Hausa, Ivi-Obio in Bini, Ake-bake or Aku-oyibo in Igbo, Agbon in Yoruba, Uvien in Esan. Every part of this plant is medicinal.
The bark of the plant dried and burnt into ashes is an effective remedy for skin ailments like rashes, black spots, scabies, and measles. Simply mix two-dessert spoons of the powder with half a glass of palm kernel oil. Apply to the affected part.

For a toothache, mix two tablespoonfuls of the ashes with one shot of dry gin. Stir it well and use as a mouth wash.


Chop an equal amount of pawpaw roots and coconut roots into pieces. Measure 10 handfuls of each into 10 litres of water. Add 5 bulbs of garlic. Bring to boil. Allow it to cool and mix with one bottle of honey.

Dosage: ½ glass thrice daily.


Grind the dried coconut root into a powder and follow the formula below:

8 dessertspoons of coconut root
8 dessertspoons of powdered bitter kola
2 tablespoons of powdered bird’s pepper.

Recipe: Mix all together and add to 1 bottle of honey.

Dosage: 2 dessertspoons thrice daily. This is a very effective remedy for hepatitis and jaundice and dysentery.

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The water in the coconut is an excellent cleanser. It is among the best natural antibiotics known. Coconut water strengthens the immune system and helps it to resist illnesses. If you are given some chemical antibiotics like chloramphenicol or Amoxil in the hospital, you will or should be instructed not to drink coconut water because it will neutralize the effect of the drug. If a child or an adult takes an overdose of a dangerous drug, administer coconut water to counteract the side effects.

Some years ago, I met a lady who was diagnosed to be suffering from cancer of the breast. It was terrible then and was considered too late for an operation. I advised her to mix 4 litres of coconut water with 1 litre of honey and take ½ a glass twice daily. So she did. Up till today the woman is still alive and going about her regular duty. Even though the cancer symptoms are still very much apparent. The coconut water has apparently been exercising a moderating effect on the cancer cells.

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The white pulp of the immature coconut is very useful for the memory. People suffering from loss of memory, forgetfulness and any form of memory defect should make friends with coconut. Remove the whitish pulp inside the young coconut and mix with a little honey. Take as much as you wish. A trial will convince you.

Lagos State has an agency whose work is specifically to encourage the planting of coconut and develop products from coconut. This is good because Lagos state is the largest producer of coconut in Nigeria, and among the highest producer in the world. This means that coconut alone can power the economy of Lagos state if proper attention is paid to its use and cultivation. And yet, most of our youth are jobless.

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