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Himalayan Bath Salts and its Benefits

The Purest Bath Crystals for the Purest Cleansing Himalayan bath salts are famous worldwide for their purity and beauty, and in the Himalayas they often go by the name of “white gold”. Having formed in the Himalayan mountains over what is believed to be the last 250 million years, the crystals are incredibly pure and virtually untouched by pollutants and toxins. For thousands of years the salt has been used in baths, body scrubs, drinks, and foods and has been praised for its medicinal properties and unique taste. Pakistan. 

Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals that balance and detoxify the body; these minerals include iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. When you bathe in the salts these minerals are absorbed through the skin and can help to improve immunity, reduce stress, improve heart health, relieve headaches and depression.

You can also eat Himalayan rock salt! Because Himalayan sea salt is completely unprocessed and free of any additives, the pure taste and abundant minerals make this salt both more flavorful and healthier than processed salts. Himalayan salt optimizes the flavor of food, allowing you to experience the real, full-taste of food. It doesn’t taint food with an acrid, salty bitterness like more standard salts.

For Skincare:
The minerals and nutrients in Himalayan salts work to cleanse and beautify the skin. As you bathe you’ll notice your skin becoming smoother, softer, and cleaner than ever before. Himalayan salts have been used to treat dry skin, acne, psoriasis; insect bites or blisters; joint diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism; water retention and premenstrual symptoms; stress and insomnia.

To Use: Just put a handful of salts in your bath when you start the water running. Stay in the tub for about 30 minutes and towel dry your body. If you take your bath before bedtime you will have an incredibly restful sleep as the salts help to encourage deep sleep and reduce stress.

The Power of Detox Pearls (Good or Bad)

I’ve been researching these pearly thingys for a while and found this interesting few articles that has led me to the conclusion that I won’t be using these anytime soon, but I may try the steaming. That way I don’t have to worry about inserting something into the vagina thats invasive. Check out the video.

Image of the Detox Products

Couldn’t post the the video with this woman “The Detox Goddess” talking about the Pearls, but here’s the link if you’re interested and there’s plenty of post on Youtube showing the usage of the pearls.

Here’s a point of view that disclaims the use of the vaginal detox and answers pertinent questions involved in placing this item inside your body. Check it out

https://www.refinery29.uk/2016/01/101657/detoxed-my-vagina-what-happened
 

I’m posting this because I think its in our best interest as women to understand our bodies, do our research and know whats going in and whats coming out. Our bodies naturally detoxes and cleanses itself but there is more involved with the detox pearl. It proports to remove toxins and draw out impurities from other surrounding parts of the inside, so try it for yourself, do your research and tell me what the outcome is. Let’s share and get healthy together. 

I’m a scardy cat so I’ll just stick to the steaming.

 

 

Moringa Powder (Powerful Benefits)

When it comes to moringa benefits, there are almost too many to count! Native to Africa and Asia, the Moringa Tree, or Moringa Oleifera to use its scientific name, is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world.  

Moringa Powder is made from naturally-dried moringa leaves. It has a delicious spinachy green flavour and is:

  • 25% plant protein including all 9 essential amino acids
  • 24% fibre
  • A rich source of iron, vitamin K & E
  • A source of vitamin A & calcium
  • High in antioxidants

As Moringa Powder is a natural source of these nutrients, it is highly bioavailable, so our bodies can absorb the benefits more easily than by taking synthetic supplements. 

1. At any given time, 1 in 5 people feel unusually tired, and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK.

A single serving of Moringa Powder (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides:

  • Iron: 32.2% of your daily requirement (NRV) 
  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV

Iron is essential for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue in the body, and vitamin A supports the metabolism of iron ensuring a greater uptake. Adding moringa to your daily routine is an effective, natural way to prevent tiredness and fatigue.

The rich iron content of moringa powder also makes it ideal for vegan, vegetarians and those suffering from anemia.

2. Moringa Powder has been heralded by Vogue magazine as “redefining beauty from within.” 

It is jam-packed with skin-loving vitamins including:

  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV
  • Vitamin E: 16.9% of NRV

Vitamin A is essential for healthy, radiant skin and vitamin E protects cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of ageing.

Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. With an ORAC value of 157,000, it has 6x the antioxidants of goji berries and comparable levels to the antioxidant powerhouse matcha. 

Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimising the ageing process of the skin in the long-term. They help counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.

The skin benefits of moringa are so exceptional that Moringa Powder is one of the first food items to ever be sold in the beauty hall of prestigious London department store Liberty.

3. One of the best moringa benefits is its super immune-boosting powers. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies stave off infections and illnesses. Moringa Oleifera leaves are an extremely rich source of:

  • Iron: 32.2% of NRV
  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV

Both of which are essential for the normal function of the immune system.

Many studies have been done about moringa’s potential as an anti-cancer agent. Moringa leaves have been shown to have beneficial properties in the fight against both breast and colon cancer cells and research is ongoing.

4. Moringa oleifera leaves are almost 25% protein, which is unusually high for a plant. Aduna Moringa Powder contains 9 essential amino acids making it a complete source of protein, supporting the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. The high protein content of moringa makes it particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians who can struggle to get a sufficient protein supply.

Try shaking it into a smoothie for a post/pre workout boost, or simply sprinkling some on your roasted vegetables for an easy way to increase your protein intake!

5. A 2010 study in the Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics confirmed that the leaves of the moringa tree are a powerful, natural adaptogen. Never heard of them? Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they help reduce stress and improve attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. Studies indicate that adaptogens not only help the body to cope with stress, but can enhance general health and performance. 

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Moringa powder is a rich source of calcium (24.7% NRV) which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.

It also contains 24% fibre which can help support a healthy digestive system and bowel regularity. Fibre can also be helpful for weight management as it helps you feel fuller for longer and supports a healthy metabolism.  

7. Moringa is a rich source of iron (32.2% NRV) and calcium (24.7% NRV), both of which support energy-yielding metabolism. A green smoothie with moringa in the morning will keep you feeling nice and energised all day!

8. Having healthy eyes and normal vision is something that can often be taken for granted but requires the right nutrition on order to maintain normal function. Moringa is a source of vitamin A (18.9% NRV per serving) which contributes to normal vision.  

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Typically used in traditional medicines, recent scientific studies have confirmed that moringa is in fact a successful way to treat diabetes, and is proven to decrease blood glucose level. 

Additionally, further research has shown that those eating a diet rich in plant proteins can reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). A 19 year study by the University of Eastern Finland has found that replacing just 5 grams of meat-based protein consumption a day with a plant-based source, could reduce risk of T2D onset by as much as 18% – moringa contains 25% plant protein. 

10. Maintaining strong and healthy bones is an important component of overall health. Moringa oleifera leaves are a rich source of vitamin K (158.7% NRV), protein (25%) and calcium (24.7% NRV) all of which support normal bones. 

Moringa has a green, earthy taste – similar to spinach or matcha green tea. It is delicious mixed into food or drinks for a nutrient boost. 

REASONS TO USE MORINGA: Moringa contains a wide range of nutrients and Ayurvedic properties that are relevant for a wide range of people: athletes, less active people, older people, adults, children, men, women, those with special eating habits, those with a hectic lifestyle, pregnant women, people with diabetes – it is even great for animals! Dried Moringa leaves contain almost everything the human body needs:

1.                  18 of 20 amino acids, 8 essential amino acids,

2.                 25 anti-inflammatory substances,

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4.                 4x’s more vitamin A than carrots,

5.                 4 X’s more Folic Acid (Vitamint B9) than liver,

6.                 4 X’s more vitamin E than wheat,

7.                 4 X’s more calcium than milk,

8.                 15 X’s more potassium than bananas,

9.                 25 X’s more Iron than spinach,

10.             6 X’s more polyphenol than red wine,

11.               46 antioxidants (ORAC value 76,000 is highest known of all plants, S

12.             ame protein as chicken eggs,

13.              Moringa is used to fight malnutrition in children in developing countries,

 

HOW TO USE:

•         Moringa oleifera leaf powder does not contain any nutrients or compounds which are harmful to the human body. However, as it is such a powerful nutritional source, it can lead to an unsettled stomach if taken in too large quantities, as our body struggles to absorb all the nutrients contained. 

•         When you are beginning to take Moringa, we recommend that you start with 1/2 tsp a day in combination with a meal. Let your body decide how much it needs.

•         Once you have taken Moringa regularly for a while you will be able to take greater quantities of Moringa. As Moringa has no negative nutritional properties, you can freely experiment with different quantities to suit your needs. Generally, we recommend to never chug drinks you made with Moringa, but rather drink them slowly, as this greatly helps to minimise any side effects you may experience.

•         A good time to start taking Moringa is when you are suffering from a cold or feel a cold coming on. Moringa’s unique composition of Vitamins and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a very efficient remedy against colds and smaller illnesses.

OTHER GREAT WAYS TO USE

•         A great way to take Moringa is to add a sprinkle to every meal you eat. The simplest way to do this is to simply put some Moringa powder into a pepper shaker and add a small sprinkle to every meal.

•         Take Moringa in the morning to give them a long-lasting boost of energy, clearer ming and helps to stay focused.

•         Take Moringa around lunch when you feel your energy dipping.

•         Take Moring in the evening for a restful sleep and wake up refreshed the next day. This is particularly useful when our schedule only allows us limited time for sleep. Taking Moringa in the evening can also help with digestive issues.

•         We also recommend the use of Moringa before or after exercising (in particular for endurance athletes). Moringa’s high content of protein, minerals and antioxidants make it highly efficient in supporting muscle growth, as well as the prevention and curing of sore muscles and cramps.

•         Moringa is also great in your shakes and smoothies. Moringa is not recommended to cook with as high temperatures kill its medicinal properties.

Moringa is used for tired blood (anemia), arthritis, joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers and spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders, bacterial, fungal, viral & parasitic infections. Moringa helps reduce swelling, increases sex drive, boost the immune system, increases breast milk production.

Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ killer or drying agent astringent and used topically for treating pockets of infections (abscesses), athletes foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts and wounds.

The Konjac Sponge and its benefits

I totally love the Konjac sponge and have been using it for a few years now, so I decided to do some research and get to the bottom of why this particular porous root is so awesome for skincare. I found this awesome article:

Konjac sponges have been taking the world by storm, the skincare world that is. These increasingly popular, but definitely rather strange looking sponges, aren’t the type of sponge you’d imagine, but they are actually made out of a porous root vegetable.

The sponge itself is the Japanese konyaku root, which explains why it has been all the rage in Japan for quite some time now. It’s not only rather tasty and nutritious, it’s great for your skin.

While it may not rotate, oscillate, or vibrate, it does promise more radiant, beautiful skin, simply by washing your face. It can be paired with your favorite cleanser, and acts as a gentle exfoliator to help buff dry and dead skin away, revealing a softer, smoother and more radiant complexion. You might think of it as a kind of loofah, only it works a whole lot better than that. Plus, there’s no need to worry about chemicals or other potentially harmful toxins, as it’s 100% natural too.

The konjac sponge is also rich in vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as proteins, lipids, fatty acids and minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. As it’s a naturally alkaline plant with a neutral pH, that means that it can help balance the skin, and it won’t damage the epidermis either.

So why exactly do you need a konjac sponge? There are quite a few reasons that you really don’t want to live without it, including these:

1. The konjac sponge is also rich in vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, as well as proteins, lipids, fatty acids and minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. As it’s a naturally alkaline plant with a neutral pH, that means that it can help balance the skin, and it won’t damage the epidermis either.

2. Anyone with acne or clogged pores can benefit from the konjac sponge, because its fibers help to unclog pores that are plugged up in a way that a washcloth or your hands simply cannot. As it’s an antibacterial, it helps to kill acne-causing bacteria as well as deep clean the skin’s pores to eliminate dirt, blackheads, and oil. When the pores become clogged with dead skin cells and other impurities, oils from the skin tend to get trapped beneath the surface, causing pimples and blackheads.

3. As a konjac sponge works as an exfoliator, as mentioned, using it will make your skin more radiant. Using anything on the skin that exfoliates is known to give the complexion a more “glowing” look, and the more often you use it, the more pronounced those effects will be. Regular use will likely result in skin that’s as smooth and silky as a baby’s bottom!

4. The konjac sponge can help your makeup stay on longer and look better too. That’s because it helps to remove flaky skin that can interfere with application and as it also helps to moisturize the skin, the face is more responsive to other skincare products that are used as well, creating the ideal canvas for your cosmetic art.When you’re ready to remove your makeup, the konjac sponge is great for that too, as it’s able to remove even the most stubborn traces of makeup. Used with soap (or a homemade cleanser) and water, it will remove more makeup than washing with your hands alone. You can even run one around your eyes so that your mascara comes off easier and faster.

5. The konjac sponge is great for those with sun-damaged skin as it helps to gently slough off the dull, dry flakes that typically come along with it. If you frequently wear an SPF sunscreen, daily or almost every day, using the sponge can help to remove stubborn, water-resistant sunscreen that usually won’t come off with soap or other traditional cleansers.

6. The konjac sponge is not only ideal for adults with sensitive skin because it won’t damage skin cells, but it’s perfect for baby’s sensitive skin too. The sponges are soft, palm-sized and are the ultimate product for baby’s bath time. Use it to massage the skin gently, working in circular motions.

So there you have it, a great detailed article on the konjac sponge and here’s how to actually use it:

  1. When you first get the konjac sponge, it’s going to be dry and hard, like a traditional sponge. Simply wet it under warm water, getting it completely saturated, until it’s soft all the way through.
  2. Once it’s totally soft, rinse and soak it again, using warm water, until it’s completely expanded. It may take as long as 20 minutes. Soaking it with warm (or hot) water helps to make its texture softer.
  3. To cleanse with it, gently massage your face with the sponge, beginning at the center, and extending outwards, moving in an upward direction. You can use it on its own, with soap, or with a cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubbing, particularly on acne areas, or places where you tend to break out, and around the eye area.
  4. After you’re finished using it, rinse the sponge with clean water, and using clean hands, press it gently between your palms to help drain the water out. Avoiding twisting it or pressing it too hard, because it could result in a damaged sponge. After rinsing well, allow the sponge to air dry.

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Irish Moss for Hair, Skin and Body

This posting is from 9/14/2014. Please scroll down for updated information. TY!

INCI: Chondrus Crispus or Carrageen – Irish Moss belongs to the red algae family of seaweed. What’s awesome about it is that its a natural thickener and emollient.

It is thought to help repair skin, is a demulcent and is thought to have antiviral/antibacterial properties. Its also full of minerals (like Sulfur, Manganese, Iron, Bromine, Selenium, Zinc, etc) and mucilage. Its also high in iodine.

Whipped Irish moss can get so thick, it can replace gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in your regular recipes. It can also be used to create a hair gel.

Internally, Irish moss is used to help the upper respiratory system, to help clear out mucous, for bronchitis, sore throat, and other issues.

TIP from mountainroseherbs.com: Don’t ingest (internally) Irish Moss on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time. Its full of iodine which could cause a potential imbalance in thyroid function. There does not appear to be a limit on how often you can use it externally.

Irish Moss is best processed by soaking it in water. After washing/rinsing it, sit it in distilled or purified water overnight in the fridge.

The water (tea), can be used as an ingredient in some of your homemade concoctions. Make sure you add some type of essential or fragrance oil because it will smell like seaweed.

After soaking, whatever amount you used will at least double in size. Take the actual herb (the actual seaweed) and put it in a blender to get it as smooth as possible. Let that gel sit (I put mine in the fridge) and it will get super super super thick like gelatin.

That final Irish Moss gel can be used as one of the base ingredients for almost anything you want to make.

Add oils and fragrance to make a gel. Add it as part of your water phase when making a conditioner. Add it to your already existing homemade honey hair gel to thicken it up.

And yes, you can use it on your skin as well. According to reports, it helps to retain moisture and helps support healthy skin. It aids in calming rashes, eczema and psoriasis. Add it to your homemade lotions, or store bought lotions to give it a kick.

HOW TO TELL GOOD SEA MOSS FROM NOT SO GOOD:

 

There are a few things you should know when looking to purchase real sea moss. Some producers of sea moss grow sea moss in salt pools which changes its composition drastically.

Producers of sea moss also grow it in sea moss farms in the ocean. This doesn’t change its composition as drastically, but it still is not grown under totally normal conditions.

Natural sea moss is thinner and has less salt than the processed pool sea moss. You can see difference in size and color in the picture above.

It is better to buy wildcrafted sea moss, it is naturally grown and harvested in an eco-friendly way. Wildcrafting sea moss means harvested directly from its natural habitat, therefore it bypasses human intervention.

Ideally, harvesters only take parts of the sea moss plant, so the plant can regrow and support its ecosystem.

Wildcrafted sea moss is a better option than “organic” sea moss. You can grow organic sea moss in salt pools, so organic doesn’t necessarily make it better.

In comparison to pool made sea moss, wildcrafted sea moss retains its natural color and will be thinner and less salty than pool made sea moss.

Pool Grown Processed Sea Moss

Dr. Sebi spoke about how growing sea moss in brine pools. He said it changes the composition of the sea moss and negatively affects it nutrient content.

Producers take sea moss from the ocean and grow it in pool farms. The farms try to replicate the properties of the ocean by supplying constant back and forth motion of the ocean, but they can’t totally replicate all of he ocean’s properties.

Sea moss develops in a specific way through its interaction with all the properties of the ocean it grows in.

The environment includes the nutrients the sea moss absorbs from the rocks it grows on, air, sunshine, the amount of salt and other nutrients in the water, the movement of the water, and other natural factors.

Producers grown sea moss successfully in pools filled with very salty moving water, but the environment doesn’t totally replicate its natural environment.

This results in the sea moss growing very quickly. It also grows to nearly three times the thickness of naturally grown or wildcrafted sea moss.

Pool grown salt also contains much more salt on it, and is less nutrient dense.

The nutrient makeup of the pool grown sea moss doesn’t turn out to be the same as wildcrafted sea moss, and it develops with much more mucilage than the wildcrafted sea moss.

Sea Moss Grown In Ocean Farms

Sea moss producers also grow sea moss in sea farms to make harvesting easier. Though the sea moss grows in the ocean it doesn’t grow in exactly the same way as wildcrafted sea moss does because it grows from ropes instead of rocks.

The sea farmed sea moss does grow to more closely resemble the wildcrafted sea moss, but in composition it isn’t the same.

Wildcrafted sea moss offers nutrients in the ratio nature intended, and therefore has more chemical affinity within the body.

Comparison Between Wild Crafted Sea Moss And Pool Grown Sea Moss

Many people break down the sea moss by boiling it to make it a gel. This breaks down the cell walls and allows more of the nutrients to become bioavailable, or digestible by the body.

I use a high speed blender to blend the sea moss which achieves the same thing. This comparison uses 56 grams of dry wildcrafted and pool made sea moss, which is then soaked and blended.

The pool grown sea moss is much denser and takes up less volume than the wildcrafted sea moss. The pool grown sea moss contains much more salt from being grown in brine water, and it is much lighter.

It is lighter because of the way it is grown, and because the popular practice of drying sea moss in the sun to remove its color is often applied.

Some people use a 1 to 1 ratio, which results is in thick gelatin like substance when refrigerated. It is used as a thickening agent.

I add sea moss to my vegetable juices and fruit smoothies, but I also like to drink it by itself and need to use more water to keep it as a gel water instead of a gelatin substance.

Sea Moss – Irish Moss Benefits

Sea moss is a nutrient dense seaweed and excellent source of minerals. It contains bromine, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium.

The mucilage properties of sea moss is excellent in strengthening connective tissues and supporting joint health. Its mucilage properties also help to sooth the mucous membrane throughout the body, and supports skin health.

Sources:

1. http://www.naturallifeenergy.com/buying-real-sea-moss-irish-moss-knowing-the-difference/
2. The Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Algae-Derived Lipid Extracts on Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-Stimulated Human THP-1 Macrophages.
3. Neuroprotective effects of the cultivated Chondrus crispus
4. Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta macroalgae: a source of health promoting phytochemicals.

All About Avocado

Avocado is a very recent discovery in skin treatment and remedies, and so far it has had outstanding results. Avocado oil is made from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It is rich and heavy but penetrates the skin for a nutritive and therapeutic experience. Avocado oil contains more than 20% essential unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins A, C, D and E, proteins, beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids and the “youth mineral” potassium. Avocado oil is high in unsaponifiables (sterolins), which are famous for being beneficial in reducing age spots, healing scars and moisturizing the upper layers of the skin. Unsaponifiables are a group of compounds called plant sterolins. Sterolins soften the skin, having an amazing moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reducing scars. The sterolins in avocado oil have been found to diminish age spots. Oils with the highest unsaponifiables are shea butter, avocado oil, sesame oil, soybean and olive oil.

In a 1991 study at the Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology found that skin treatment with avocado oil significantly increases water soluble collagen content in the dermis, which effects the aging of the skin. Avocado is used in many folk medicines as an aphrodisiac. Avocado oil is an emollient and very stable. According to many dermatologists avocado does help make the skin feel softer and smoother, reduce roughness, cracking and irritation. Avocado also removes the fine wrinkles of aging and help protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.

How to make an “Avocado Face Mask”

Things You’ll Need:
1/2 medium ripe avocado, 1 tbsp. all natural honey, 1 tbsp. all natural yogurt, 1 cucumber
Mash the avocado with a fork until creamy. Avocados naturally contain a deep penetrating vegetable oil that is perfect for dry skin. Maybe the most important element of avocado is that it is a good source of potassium, which is known as the youth mineral, so whether you are eating avocados or making a face mask, they can help your skin maintain its healthy and beautiful glow.
Add 1 tbsp. of all natural honey to the avocado mash. Honey has a germ killing ability and helps to reduce swelling and inflammation making your skin tight and reduces wrinkles.
Add 1 tbsp natural yogurt. Yogurt is a natural and gentle cleanser and is used in many skin care products. Yogurt also helps to tighten the skin.
Wash your face gently with warm water and pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the avocado face mask to your face and neck and allow to set for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water a few times to remove all residue.
Added Benefit: Place 2 slices of cucumbers over your eyes. Cucumber acts as a natural astringent and is a perfect addition to the avocado mask. It also hydrates the eyes and helps to reduce circles underneath the eyes.