Rediscovering Nature's Gift to Mankind

It was during our last visit to the Philippines in October 2005 that we became aware of the growing interest of many people in Virgin Coconut Oil not only in the Philippines but around the globe as well. One of our best friends, who is a resident lawyer in Cebu, told us that it is one of the major thrusts of the Philippine government to promote its production and to encourage the Filipino folks to incorporate virgin coconut oil in their diet because of its proven health benefits.

This information has quite aroused my curiosity and as we arrived back in Germany after our holiday in the Philippines, I began researching about Virgin Coconut Oil. The extensive information that I found in internet was simply overwhelming! I never imagined it to be so vast! The huge popularity that virgin coconut oil is experiencing at the moment has finally sparked the idea of introducing this natural oil to the German and European population in order to share with them the beneficial value of this wonderful product.

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When I told my mother later of our plan, she told me that she has known virgin coconut oil already as a small child because they used to make it at home for their own consumption for cooking, for healing wounds and other skin disorders and for personal care like using it for conditioning the hair and massaging the body. I was indeed surprised to hear it. It was simply amazing to learn that the older generations have already known the great value of virgin coconut oil to human health long before studies and researches could confirm it!

The Choice of a Name

Choosing the name to carry our virgin coconut oil products was not difficult because there was only one name that immediately came to our mind which we thought is very suitable and which says everything – The Tree of Life!

The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) has been known everywhere around the world as “The Tree of Life”. It is a primary source of food, drink, and shelter. In Sanskrit the coconut palm is called "kalpa vriksha", which is defined as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life."

One popular image of the coconut palm that has been widely used is the solitary palm on a “desert island” which symbolized the ability of a marooned sailor or traveller to survive on any island, no matter how small, as long as there is a food supply from a coconut palm. It seems to be the only tree that really lives up to its name.

If one begins look deeper into the reasons why it is called the tree of life, he will surely be amazed at discovering how diverse the uses of this ancient tree are and how versatile this tree is. From the tip of its leaves to the end of its roots, every single part of the palm and fruit is useful to mankind

It is estimated that the coconut has been probably used by humans and their immediate ancestors for at least half a million years as a source of food, oil and milk. The whole coconut tree is a source for a surprising array of practical products. It is used to make animal feed, soaps, detergents, emulsifiers, resins and esters, toothpaste, cosmetic, rope, matting, brushes, carpets, fabric, charcoal, furniture, mulch and housing materials in the tropics. Even the roots provide valuable medication for the relief of dysentery.

One of the most innovative uses of coconut oil is as alternative fuel for diesel engines and cars. And recently, there is a growing demand for virgin coconut oil for quality cooking purposes, as a health food, for cosmetic production and for medicinal use.

These are just a few of the countless possibilities that the coconut tree offers to man. The struggle to gain widespread recognition of the many great benefits of virgin coconut oil amidst the negative publicity in the past appears to have just begun. Incorporating virgin coconut oil in our daily lives will surely help the coconut reclaim its true status as a wonder food for all.

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