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This Jewel of the Tropics, the coconut palm tree, is known as “the tree that gives all that is necessary for living.” And the coconut oil from these trees is no different. Smear it, cook with it, eat it – there’s almost nothing it cannot do. The divine oil seems to be the hottest thing to drop lately. So it should comes as no surprise that coconut oil health benefits abound. From the outside in and back again, here are 11 core functions of this tropical multi-tasker.