Origin: Suspected to be between South-East Asian and Melanesia

Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Cocoseae
Scientific name: Cocos nucifera


Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: The Moon
Zodiac: Cancer
Deities: Hina

Parts used: Nut

Magical Properties: Purification, psychic awareness, spirituality, protection, chastity

Magical Uses


Part Used: Coconut meat
Extraction Method: Solvent extraction or pressing + centrifuge extraction
Flash Point: 295°C

Perfume Use: Base oil
Shelf Life: 2-3 years
Scent Description: Slightly coconutty

Active Constituents: High in lauric acid (40-55%), as well as vitamins A, D, and K.

Topical Use

Skin Types: Dry/damaged
Absorption Rate: Slow
Viscosity: Thick

Properties: Emollient, antimicrobial, antioxidant, fighting free radical damage, anti-inflammatory, skin softening and strengthening, supports immunity, anti-ageing.


Type: Palm
Plant size: Up to 30m
Bark: Smooth trunk
Leaves: 4-6m long with pinnae 60-90m long
Flowers: Inflorescences with both male and female flowers
Fruit: Round, with a fibrous husk, generally ~1.5kg

Etymology: The name comes from the old Portuguese and Spanish word coco, meaning ‘head’ or ‘skull’ after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Well-draining