The moon rules coconuts. Sweet, cooling, sattvic, heavy and oily. Coconut is good for vata and pitta and aggravating for kapha in large amounts.
Coconuts are considered a holy food in India and are often broken at the beginning of ceremonies and offered to God to signify the breaking of the ego.
Coconuts are great for stomach acidity, and the oils in the milk and flesh are highly beneficial for too much heat in the digestive tract.
The milk of green coconuts is alkaline and contains the full spectrum of B vitamins full of amino acids. Coconuts are a rejuvenating food and a natural electrolyte replenishing many minerals and salts of the body.
The amino acids and fats boost serotonin levels and nourish our neurotransmitters. This helps with PMS and anxiety and lubricates the dryness of vata while repairing the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, coconuts have high levels of lauric acid and caprylic acid, which are antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, making coconut effective topically for fungus and yeast. In fact, coconut oil suppositories are used to treat yeast infections and Drinking coconut water with sugar can help with excessive menstrual bleeding.
Coconut oil is lovely for wound healing, calming skin rashes and infections. It is used in many skin care and hair products for this reason.
Coconuts and coconut water are fantastic for summer and autumn when pitta accumulation adds excess heat to the body. In addition, the unctuous and oily qualities soothe the dryness of autumn. However, coconuts are best used sparingly in winter due to their cold, heavy qualities that match the winter months.