Types of Clay for Skincare!

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Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash also known as Montmorillonite. It contains high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and potassium.

  • Detoxifying
  • Controls Excess Sebum
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antibacterial

Fuller’s Earth Clay

It is very strong, and for best results combine with a small amount of bentonite or Kaolin clay. It is also known as Bleaching Clay, Whitening Clay, and Multani mitti or mud from Multan.

  • Lightens Skin (helps hyperpigmentation)
  • Controls Sebum (best for oily skin)
  • Improves Circulation

Kaolin Clay

Comes in white, yellow, red, and pink colors each with slightly different characteristics, also known as China Clay. The a fine very light and most versatile and easily applied clay.

  • Gentle (white is the most gentle, then yellow, then pink)
  • Cleanses
  • Exfoliating (white, yellow, pink)
  • Detoxifying (pink, especially red)
  • Softens (pink, especially white all good for dry skin)
  • Controls Sebum (yellow, pink, especially red)
  • Improves Circulation (yellow)
  • Good for Sensitive Skin (especially white and yellow; pink for oily)

French Green Clay

A green clay (should never be any other color), also called Illite Clay or Sea Clay. The color comes from decomposed plant material and iron oxide.

  • Tingling (not recommended for sensitive skin)
  • Improves Circulation
  • Toning
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Controls Excess Sebum

Rhassoul Clay

Comes from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas Mountains in Morocco; also called Ghassoul Clay, Red Clay, and Red Moroccan Clay. Has an elastic texture so not drying. Great for skin and hair. It has a high negative charge and it can help draw out blackheads and other impurities from skin. This also makes it beneficial as a make-up remover or all-purpose face wash.

  • Detoxifying
  • Softening
  • Controls Sebum
  • Exfoliating

Chocolate as a Skin Care Ingredient!

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A study in the Journal of Nutrition gave women high or low flavanol powder dissolved in water and discovered that flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin’s hydration and complexion [Source: Journal of Nutrition].

Check out few outstanding benefits of dark chocolate for skin here:

Contains antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage and uv rays.

Has skin toning and brightening caffeine.

Has stress-relieving qualities reducing elevated stress hormones that can cause breakouts and dull skin, as well as anti-inflamatories.

Boosts blood circulation giving your skin a healthy glow and the scalp which may help your hair.


Making Homemade?

Keep in mind……..

Store bought chocolate may contain salt or sugar particles with jagged edges that can scratch your skin as well as other ingredients added to the chocolate. Look for pure coco powder the darker the chocolate the better!

Mask:  Mix plain yogurt with dark chocolate powder and a small amount of oil (ex. olive, sesame, rice bran, or almond).


Eating Chocolate:

From a brand of scientifically designed chocolate called Esthechoc; accordinging to the brand their chocolate does the following:

A 7.5-gram piece of the seemingly magic chocolate packs in more antioxidants than 100 grams of regular dark chocolate and 300 grams of Alaskan salmon. During clinical trials, 50- to 60-year-old participants ate a piece a day of the 70 percent dark chocolate “Esthechoc” and watched it boost blood supply and reduce inflammation to the skin within four weeks — resulting in healthier skin. Sugar levels are low enough for it to be safe for diabetics, and each piece of edible goodness adds up to only 38 calories, making it a safe choice for moderate consumption.

Guess what just eating a small piece of regular store bought dark chocolate still has a lot of health benefits too!

Ginger Essential Oil of the Month: The Stomach Tamer!

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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a rhizome it is widely used as a spice or a medicine. It is related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal.

One traditional medical form of ginger historically was called Jamaica ginger; it was classified as a stimulant and carminative and used frequently for dyspepsia, gastroparesis, slow motility symptoms, constipation, and colic. Some studies indicate ginger may provide short-term relief of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. Studies are inconclusive about effects for other forms of nausea or in treating pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle injury. Side effects, mostly associated with powdered ginger, are gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea.

Tea brewed from ginger is a common folk remedy for colds. Ginger ale and ginger beer are also drunk as stomach settlers in countries where the beverages are made.

  • In Burma, ginger and a local sweetener made from palm tree juice (htan nyat) are boiled together and taken to prevent the flu.
  • In China, ginger is included in several traditional preparations. A drink made with sliced ginger cooked in water with brown sugar or a cola is used as a folk medicine for the common cold. “Ginger eggs” (scrambled eggs with finely diced ginger root) is a common home remedy for coughing. The Chinese also make a kind of dried ginger candy that is fermented in plum juice and sugared, which is also commonly consumed to suppress coughing. Ginger has also been historically used to treat inflammation, which several scientific studies support, though one arthritis trial showed ginger to be no better than a placebo or ibuprofen for treatment of osteoarthritis.
  • In Colombia, ginger is mixed with hot agua de panela to relieve cold and flu-like symptoms.
  • In Congo, ginger is crushed and mixed with mango tree sap to make tangawisi juice, which is considered a panacea.
  • In India, ginger is applied as a paste to the temples to relieve headache, and consumed when suffering from the common cold. Ginger with lemon and black salt is also used for nausea.
  • In Indonesia, it is used as a herbal preparation to reduce fatigue, reducing “winds” in the blood, prevent and cure rheumatism and control poor dietary habits.
  • In Nepal, ginger is is widely grown and used throughout the country as a spice for vegetables, used medically to treat cold and also sometimes used to flavor tea.
  • In the Philippines it is used as a throat lozenge in traditional medicine to relieve sore throat. It is also brewed into a tea known as salabat.
  • In the United States, ginger is used to prevent motion and morning sickness. It is recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration and is sold as an unregulated dietary supplement.
  • In Peru, ginger is sliced in hot water as an infusion for stomach aches as infusión de Kión.
  • In Japan it is purported to aid blood circulation. Scientific studies investigating these effects have been inconclusive.

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There are over 1,200 species of Ginger

Ginger comes from a Sanskrit word “srngaveram” meaning “horn root”.

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It has a spicy, sweet, woody and earthy aroma makes one physically energized.

Middle note

The dried root is steam distilled to produce the essential oil.

Chakra: Promotes opening of the sacral (sex) chakra that governs the small intestine. Also helps process the energy of the solar plexus chakra.

Chakra Color: Orange

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang

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Did you know that Ginger has been used in Gingerbread for over 4,000 years? This is as far back as the records show in ancient Greece! Is this the only known sweet that combats nausea?

Did you know that the Romans used it in a wine for aphrodisiac powers?
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What to Look For in an Acne Product!

There are only three ingredients that have been approved for treating Acne topically are (both topical vitamin A derivatives & antibiotics are sometimes also given by doctors):

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – works as a peeling agent. It increases skin turnover, clearing pores and reducing the bacterial count (specifically P. acnes) as well as acting directly as an antimicrobial.
  • Salicylic Acid – derived from willow tree bark it is an anti-inflammatory and an agent that causes the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.
  • Sulfur – is an inhibitor of growth of the P. acnes bacterium – it is a mild “antimicrobial.” It interferes with of sulfhydryl groups on the proteins involved in the bacteria. For acne treatment, the sulfur is almost always combined with another antimicrobial called sodium sulfacetamide. This compound acts to stop paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA), an essential part for bacterial growth.

 

That’s not all that you need to look for however. Many people make the mistake of thinking by applying overly drying acne products to the skin it will fix the problem.  In the very short-term it will help but after a day or two it will make acne worse!!!

 

Why?

 

Those three ingredients treat the problem, but you also need a product that protects the skin’s acid mantle which is part of the skin’s barrier function. The acid mantle is a slightly acidic film that has highly organized lipids, acids, hydrolytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides on the surface of the skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It is secreted by sebaceous glands. The pH of the skin is between 4.5 and 6.2, so it is acidic. These contaminants and other chemicals are primarily alkaline and the skin’s moderate acidity helps to neutralize their chemical effects. In addition to the acid mantle the skin’s barrier function also, helps to stop oxidant stress (UV light), protect the immune system, prevent transepidermal water loss.

By creating a physical barrier through keratinocytes attached together via cell–cell junctions and associated to cytoskeletalproteins, is what gives the epidermis (top layer of skin) its strength as a barrier. The amount and distribution of melaninpigment in the epidermis is the main reason for variation in skin color in humans. Melanin is found in the small melanosomes, particles formed in melanocytes from where they are transferred to the surrounding keratinocytes. The size, number, and arrangement of the melanosomes varies between racial groups, but while the number of melanocytes can vary between different body regions, their numbers remain the same in individual body regions in all human beings. In white and oriental skin the melanosomes are packed in “aggregates”, but in black skin they are larger and distributed more evenly. The number of melanosomes in the keratinocytes increases with UV radiation exposure, while their distribution remain largely unaffected.

Look for a product that doesn’t interfere with the skin barrier function by containing hydrators, plus antioxidants (to help against free radical oxidation) and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce the inflammation that the acne causes.

Antioxidants:

Such as – Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol), A (retinoids), green tea, Niacinamide (vitamin B3)

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories:

Such as – chamomile, aloe vera, calendula, mallow, indigo, willow bark

Summary:  look for a product with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and or sulfur that is hydrating, and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Foods to Help Prevent Wrinkles!

BLUEBERRIES
Blueberries and other berries are packed with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Eat one or more 1/2-cup servings daily; because berries are typically treated with a lot of pesticides, choose organic if possible.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 240 kJ (57 kcal)
Carbohydrates 14.49 g
Sugars 9.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 0.74 g
Vitamin A 54 IU
beta-carotene 32 μg (0%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 80 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.041 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.418 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.124 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6 0.052 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9) 6 μg (2%)
Vitamin C 9.7 mg (12%)
Vitamin E 0.57 mg (4%)
Vitamin K 19.3 μg (18%)
Calcium 6 mg (1%)
Iron 0.28 mg (2%)
Magnesium 6 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.336 mg (16%)
Phosphorus 12 mg (2%)
Potassium 77 mg (2%)
Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.16 mg (2%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.Source: USDA Nutrient Database

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KALE
Like other greens, kale is rich in the antioxidant lutein and contains iron, which transports oxygen to your skin, and vitamin A, which helps prevent premature aging. Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings of kale or other greens a day.
Kale, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 117 kJ (28 kcal)
Carbohydrates 5.63 g
Sugars 1.25 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.9 g
Water 91.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 681 μg (85%)
beta-carotene 8173 μg (76%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 18246 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.053 mg (5%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.07 mg (6%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.5 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.138 mg (11%)
Folate (vit. B9) 13 μg (3%)
Choline 0.4 mg (0%)
Vitamin C 41 mg (49%)
Vitamin E 0.85 mg (6%)
Vitamin K 817 μg (778%)
Calcium 72 mg (7%)
Iron 0.9 mg (7%)
Magnesium 18 mg (5%)
Manganese 0.416 mg (20%)
Phosphorus 28 mg (4%)
Potassium 228 mg (5%)
Sodium 23 mg (2%)
Zinc 0.24 mg (3%)
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

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RED PEPPERS
Red or dark orange vegetables are loaded with the antioxidant vitamins A and E and bioflavonoids, which moisturize and heal your skin. Eat two or more 1/2-cup servings a day of red peppers, carrots, beets, or similarly colored veggies.

Peppers, sweet, red, raw

Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion

Nutrient Unit Value per 100.0g
Proximates
Water g 92.21
Energy kcal 31
Protein g 0.99
Total lipid (fat) g 0.30
Carbohydrate, by difference g 6.03
Fiber, total dietary g 2.1
Sugars, total g 4.20
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 7
Iron, Fe mg 0.43
Magnesium, Mg mg 12
Phosphorus, P mg 26
Potassium, K mg 211
Sodium, Na mg 4
Zinc, Zn mg 0.25
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 127.7
Thiamin mg 0.054
Riboflavin mg 0.085
Niacin mg 0.979
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.291
Folate, DFE µg 46
Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE µg 157
Vitamin A, IU IU 3131
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 1.58
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0.0
Vitamin D IU 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 4.9
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.027
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.003
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.070
Cholesterol mg 0
Other
Caffeine mg 0

SALMON
Salmon and other cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which hold off wrinkles by preventing inflammation and lubricating your skin. Eat a 3-ounce serving of these fish one to three times a week.

Nutrition Facts

Salmon, Atlantic, raw
Amount Per 0.5 fillet (198 g)
Calories 412
% Daily Value*
Total fat 27 g 41%
Saturated fat 6 g 30%
Polyunsaturated fat 8 g
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Cholesterol 109 mg 36%
Sodium 117 mg 4%
Potassium 719 mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Protein 40 g 80%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 1% Iron 3%
Vitamin B-6 65% Vitamin B-12 106%
Magnesium 13%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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TOMATOES
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a skin-friendly antioxidant that also reduces your cancer risk. Your body can better use lycopene if the tomatoes are cooked. Eat at least 1/2 cup of cooked tomatoes a day.
Red tomatoes, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.9 g
Water 94.5 g
Vitamin A equiv. 42 μg (5%)
beta-carotene 449 μg (4%)
lutein and zeaxanthin 123 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.037 mg (3%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.594 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6 0.08 mg (6%)
Vitamin C 14 mg (17%)
Vitamin E 0.54 mg (4%)
Vitamin K 7.9 μg (8%)
Magnesium 11 mg (3%)
Manganese 0.114 mg (5%)
Phosphorus 24 mg (3%)
Potassium 237 mg (5%)
Lycopene 2573 µg
Link to USDA Database entry
Percentages are roughly approximated
from US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Beauty Sleep!

English: Pillow Português: Travesseiro

English: Pillow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Want soft, clear, dewy skin? Get a good night’s sleep!

The skin fights off free radicals and inflammation during the night

by utilizing the power of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories;

bringing new meaning to beauty sleep!

 

Menopausal Skin Care

Acne, oily and dry skin, unwanted hair growth, and hair loss on your scalp can all start when menopause begins.  Your skin becomes thinner, begins to sag, and is less elastic. Women find that their skin has suddenly started looking older.

The transition from reproductive to non-reproductive is the result of a reduction in female hormonal production by the ovaries. This transition is normally not sudden or abrupt, tends to occur over a period of years, and is a natural consequence of aging. However, for some women, the accompanying signs and effects that can occur during the menopause transition years can significantly disrupt their daily activities and sense of well-being. In addition, women who have some sort of functional disorder affecting the reproductive system (e.g., endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, cancer of the reproductive organs) can go into menopause at a younger age than the normal time frame. The functional disorders often significantly speed up the menopausal process and create more significant health problems, both physical and emotional, for the affected woman.  The word “menopause” literally means the “end of monthly cycles” from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month), because the word “menopause” was created to describe this change in females, where the end of fertility is traditionally indicated by the permanent stopping of monthly menstruation or menses.

Great skin care can make a difference when it comes to menopause. What is important to realize is that menopause is NOT a skin type (it is a condition).  Menopause can cause a range of skin problems that aren’t the same for everyone, so the same skin-care products won’t work for every woman dealing with menopause—no two women will experience menopause the same way. You may experience dry skin, breakouts, itchy skin, oily skin, rosacea, and thin skin. Each is treated differently. What happens to your skin during menopause is hugely effected by how much sun damage you have been exposed to over the years. Wear sunscreen!

Skin Creams with Hormones

Menopause occurs when your body makes less of the hormone estrogen than it did when you were younger. There is research showing that applying topical estrogen to skin can help. The three major naturally (steriods) occurring estrogens in women are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estradiol is the predominant estrogen during reproductive years both in terms of absolute serum levels as well as in terms of estrogenic activity. During menopause, estrone is the predominant circulating estrogen and during pregnancy estriol is the predominant circulating estrogen in terms of serum levels.

A range of synthetic and natural substances have been identified that also possess estrogenic activity.

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English: Chemical structures of the most common phytoestrogens found in plants (top and middle) compared with estrogen (bottom) found in animals. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unlike estrogens produced by mammals, these substances are not necessarily steroids.

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose (Photo credit: Maia C)

Certain plant extracts such as soy, black cohosh, yam extract, DHEA, and evening primrose oil, to name a few, are thought to be helpful when applied topically for menopausal skin because they are phytoestrogens. However, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients are very effective as well.

Yam Yam Yam

Yam (Photo credit: cogdogblog)

Skin-care products containing bio-identical hormones or taking estrogen or progesterone orally can definitely have a benefit for your skin, but there are also possible risks that you need to discuss with your physician.

Treat the skin type and condition you have. 

  • Wash your face twice a day with a cleanser appropriate for your skin type.
  • Every day, apply a broad or full spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.
  • Use an effective exfoliant for your skin type once to twice a week.
  • At night, apply moisturizers, serums, or treatment products.

It is essential that you use skin-care products that are right for your skin type: If you have dry to very dry skin use emollient lotions and creams .  If you have oily, slightly dry, or combination skin with stubborn oily areas, use lightweight gels, serums, or liquids.

Beauty Food: Asparagus

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Known as “the ultimate detox vegetable” in some circles, Asparagus is an incredible anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory all start. The nutrients present in asparagus make it a shining light for chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other systemic diseases. Here are some of the other key nutrients may be that make Asparagus such an incredible health and beauty food.

Folate – This nutrient works with Vitamin B12 to help fight cognitive deterioration. So this is increasingly important as we age, since the ability to absorb B12 decreases with age. Folate also helps reduce pain and inflammation.

Glutathione – This antioxidant, known as the master antioxidant, present in asparagus, helps break down cancer causing carcinogens and other free radicals. Asparagus is great as a detox vegetable, an anti-aging vegetable, and no surprise – an aphrodisiac, and much more.

Vitamin C – Asparagus contains over 30% of the RDA of this vitamin. It’s a strong antioxidant and can help lower blood pressure, promote a healthy immune system, and prevent other age-related declining eye problems.

Vitamin K – Asparagus is the top source of Vitamin K. This vitamin helps your body with blood clotting, helping it to heal faster. It also has the ability to increase calcium absorption for your bones. After all, what good are all these wonderful nutrients if they can’t be absorbed?

Chromium – This trace mineral helps the body to be better able to transport glucose from the bloodstream to its cells. That basically means that it helps regulate blood sugar levels.

One last thing to note when storing your bunch of asparagus: these vegetables have a very high respiration rate making it more perishable. Wrapping by the ends with a damp paper towel or cloth, and wrapping it around the ends will help slow down this process. However, it is still a good idea to enjoy the asparagus within two days of purchase.

How do you enjoy asparagus?

 

Asparagus recipe

Grilled Asparagus with Cashew

Curry Sauce

 

Lately in my anti-inflammatory kitchen, I’ve been gravitating towards making nut-based recipes, especially those featuring the versatile cashew. Tasting as I was adding each ingredient that came after the base, this became a fun kitchen experiment. I thought I was done, but something seemed like it was missing. That’s when I thought to try a bit with a smidge of molasses, and I decided that I needed to add a teaspoon into the batch. It may sound curious, but trust me on this one.

Cashew Curry Sauce

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked, rinsed, and drained overnight
  • Juice of ½ small lemon
  • 2/3 cup filtered water + more if needed depending on the consistency you want
  • 1 tsp Bragg’s amino acid or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tsp molasses, optional
  • Pepper and sea salt, to taste
  • Red chili pepper flakes, optional

Asparagus

  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

Directions

  1. Put the soaked cashews in a food processor with the lemon juice and filtered water. Pulse till it becomes a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients, and pulse till everything is well incorporated.
  3. To prep the asparagus break or cut off any tough bottom ends.
  4. Coat the spears with olive oil, and grill or sauté them in a pan. Be sure not to get them charred by turning them every once in awhile.
  5. Drizzle the sauce over the asparagus, and serve right away. You can decide if the sauce has enough flavor or if you would like to add more salt.

Katharina Knoll, a Manhattan-based food and art enthusiast has prepared a series of anti-inflammatory recipes celebrating simple, rustic foods. Enraptured by the intersection of health and nutrition, Kat is the founder and director of Behind Foods. Follow Kat on her blog, Katharina’s Food Adventures

 

 

 

Tumeric an Ancient Skin Care Ingredient!

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Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, has been one of the most important healing ingredients in Indonesian and Indian medicine. Known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in Ayurveda, turmeric helps maintain skin health by neutralizing toxins and fighting off free radical damage, a key cause of premature aging. In addition, topical turmeric is clinically proven to even out and brighten the complexion.

Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask

Having only used turmeric in food, I was intrigued with using tumeric on my face.  The downside of turmeric is it can leave a yellow stain so test the product out at night the first time you try it.  You can make your own mask by blending cosmetic grade turmeric (not the stuff from the spice aisle) and sandalwood powder with a oil appropriate to your skin type or grapeseed which is good for all skin types. Make a thick paste of the ingredients, leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse. The result will be glowing, radiant skin.

Additional properties of Tumeric:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • improves blood circulation
  • arthritis prevention
  • osteoporosis prevention
  • analgesic
  • antioxidant
  • cholagogue
  • aids digestion
  • diuretic
  • hypotensive
  • insecticidal
  • laxative
  • stimulant
  • helps the healing process
  • deodorize

 

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

Essential(s) Oil of the Month: Kanuka, Manuka, & Tea Tree for Acne

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Kanuka, Manuka, and Tea Tree oils are all essential oils from shrubs that can be found in New Zealand and Australia. They have antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. These oils are great for acne, cuts, boils, sinusitis (to be breathed in by steam), fungal infections, and oily skin due to their drying nature. They should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. For oily and acneic skin grape-seed, *hazelnut*, jojoba, and peach kernel are good choices for carrier oils. Add a few drops of Kanuka, Manuka, and Tea Tree essential oil(s) to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to oily or acneic skin if that is your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

*Avoid if you have a nut allergy or sensitivity! If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

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