|Melting Point||25 - 27C|
FOLKLORE AND TRADITIONAL PLANT USES
As it lathers rather easily coconut oil is used in the making of white soaps (especially those that will float in water): it is also a source of fatty alcohol for the manufacture of soapless detergent.
The hard shell is burnt for charcoal and the coir (outer fibre) is a valuable raw material used in the manufacture of rope, mattresses, mats etc.
Copra, the dry kernel of the coconut, no longer white but brown and shrivelled, yields two thirds by weight of the oil and the cake resulting from extraction provides animal fodder.
In India the coconut is considered to be the fruit of aspiration; a coconut is split at the beginning of functions to gain the blessing of the gods, whether launching a ship or making a film.
The coconut provides milk, water, cream, and oil to Ayurvedic medicine for use in the treatment of burns, hair loss, dissolution of kidney stones, heart and circulatory problems (Patnaik 1993).