Thursday, 4 December 2014

The beauty benefits of African black soap


The Beauty Benefits of African Black soap
Seeking ferociously clean and nourished skin! Let your senses run wild when you experience the hydrating, healing and soothing effects of pure black soap. In this article I will share with you the origins and beauty benefits of African Black Soap plus let you in on why I love Olaanaturale Liquid Black Soap

The wild and often harsh plains of Africa are known to be one of the oldest and wisest continents in the world. All that visit this sacred land can’t help but feel the connection to its heart and spirit, it’s a land where many people come home a little different, even a little better. I know I do.

 

The wind that sweeps across the savannah carries with it many ancient secrets, and thousands of years ago it whispered to the women of Africa the sacred recipe of Black Soap.

 Originating from West Africa, black soap has a very mild and earthy aroma and is a natural source of Vitamin A, E and Iron. The luxurious creamy lather leaves the skin moisturised, nourished and soft. African Black Soap has been used for generations as a natural remedy for soothing acne, healing eczema, repairing premature aging and nourishing the skin and hair

Its Origins
Its methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation, with the women respecting its origins; they work hard at keeping the soap closely connected to Mother Nature and avoid exploitation and imitations.

 Black Soap is made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder and kernel oil. The skin of the plantain is dried under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven; then all the ingredients are grinded together to form a concoction that becomes a nutrient dense skin food.

 You can buy African Black Soap in cake, paste or liquid form, some black soaps can be drying on the skin so it’s important to hunt down the ones that are made with ingredients that have moisturising properties such as shea butter, coconut oil, honey and cocoa pod.

 The Beauty Benefits of African Black Soap
Due to the purity and simplicity of the ingredients, Black soap is one of the healthiest soaps for your skin and hair. Here are just a few of the benefits of using African Black Soap:

 Protects the skin from premature aging:  The rich source of antioxidants and vitamin A found in black soap makes for a nourishing feed for the skin. The antioxidants boost skin cell renewal which helps promote a suppler complexion while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A encourages collagen production which results in plumping out the skin and reducing those signs of premature aging.
Improves skin texture:  Black soap works on a cellular level. Brimming with vitamin E it helps strengthen and repair tissue structure so that you are left with a clearer and velvety skin texture.

 Fades skin discolorations: Vitamins A and E help repair environmental damage, a great remedy to fade those dreaded brown spots, age spots and discolorations. Regular use of black soap will leave you with a more even skin tone.
Reduces inflammation and skin irritations: Black soap is high in lauric acid giving it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which help reduce inflammation and skin irritations. The vitamin A and E helps repair skin and soothe dry and irritated skin, relieving dry patches, rashes and red areas.

 Reduce acne: The cleansing and antibacterial properties of black soap help heal and soothe problem skin conditions like acne. It is also non-comedogenic so you don’t have to worry about blocking pores.
Deep skin cleansing: Black soap has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is great for deep pore cleansing. It also is effective at removing makeup because of its rich content of oils and butters.

 Banish those razor bumps: The rich resource of fatty acids work to reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and lock in moisture. The high content of shea butter helps soothe and repair the cells around the hair follicle, reducing any inflammation.
A natural exfoliant: The ashes in black soap provide exfoliating properties to shed off dead skin cells which reduce fine lines, soften and rejuvenate rough skin and encourage cell renewal.

That is why I love using Olaa black soap. Olaa black soap is handcrafted with love. It is loaded with butters, oils, herbs and gently perfumed with essential oils.

Olaa black soap is a gentle body wash that is good for both the body and the planet, by supporting Olaanaturale Black Soap you provide an incentive for villagers to continue producing these ancient natural formulaes that sustained Africans long before the advent of chemically based substitutes.

Aside from being a nourishing cleanser for hair and skin, it is great for removing makeup, using on babies and disinfecting inflamed and irritated skin. Oh and women don’t get all the fun, yes Olaa Black Soap is great for shaving, the luxurious lather makes for a great natural alternative to those mainstream shaving creams and foams.
There is a versatile bottle of Olaa liquid black soup,  made only with organic and wild crafted ingredients, each bottle contains, cocoa pod, coconut oil, and lemon grass essential oil. I found the coconut oil very moisturising on my skin. And you will be happy to know that there are no hidden nasties or chemicals. The product contains:

•No preservatives or nasty chemicals

•No artificial fragrance or colour

•Is kind to our animal friends by not testing on animals

•Suitable for vegetarians & vegans

 You can purchase a bottle of this liquid black soap from:

1. Vcare supermarket 77, Opebi road Ikeja Lagos;

2. Leeroy beauty shop 22 Sunrise plaza Odozi Street, beside dankaro estate gate alagbole Akute road. Lagos.

3. Lovy Institute Makun Sagamu Ogun State.

4. For home or office delivery email olaanaturale@gmail.com or call 08020924020.



 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Olaa Shea Butter Black Soap- What's the big deal?


Olaanaturale
 
Non Toxic
Our Black Soap is made from pure unrefined shea butter- harvested from local shea nuts in Nigeria, as raw, pure and beneficial as Shea butter can get. The other simple ingredients are virgin coconut oil and cocoa pod ashes, herbal extracts, pure honey, camwood and phytonutrients. This soap is packed full of naturally occurring Vitamin E and A, with plenty of antioxidants. Something most soap cannot boast of.

Typical soaps contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which is a lathering agent and a known carcinogen. Olaanaturale Black Soap contains no SLS, nor any lathering agents period. It lathers naturally and does not strip away beneficial oils from hair and skin the way products containing SLS do.

Acne
Olaa Black Soap has natural antibacterial properties which aid in the prevention of acne. This soap penetrates the skin and helps remove impurities from below the skin's surface. It also helps control excessive oil production (by not stripping away the good, natural oils), and hinders bacterial growth. This soap clears existing acne, and prevents future acne.

Anti Aging
Loaded with Vitamin E, antioxidants, and polyphenols, Olaa Black Soap fights free radicals which lead to premature aging. This soap can help reduce fine lines, even out skin tone, and make skin appear smooth and youthful. The high concentration of Shea butter also protects skin from UV rays.

Body Odour
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of Olaa Black Soap make it especially beneficial to those who suffer with varying types of body odour. Daily use can control excessive body odour.

Dandruff
Again, the antibacterial and antifungal properties control bacterial growth and can help remedy dandruff / itchy scalp issues.

Eczema/Psoriasis
A lot of folks who suffer from these conditions swear by Black Soap. The cocoa pod ashes actually help heal skin irritations while the shea butter nourishes and hydrates. The natural Vitamin E and Iron help heal and rebuild.


This is truly a magic little bucket of soap. And better yet, it is one size fits all. Doesn't matter if your skin is dry as the Sahara or super oily, acne prone or wrinkle prone, it's great for everyone.

A few words of warning however...
- The soap is a natural exfoliator. Excessive scrubbing will lead to irritation, make sure soap is well lathered before applying to face.
- You may notice new break outs in the first 2 weeks as deep rooted impurities are brought to the surface and washed away. Not all experience this, but I like to provide this warning just in case.
- Also, if you are highly sensitive to caffeine, you could develop some redness from using this soap. Natural caffeine is contained in the cocoa pod ashes. In most, this passes in the first few days.


We currently are looking for distributors all over Nigeria. If you are interested in learning more or trying out this wonder soap, just let us know!


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Friday, 23 May 2014

Cellulite? Get rid of it naturally!

A few weeks back I made the mistake of prancing around my room after shower, rocking out to Wizkid and shaking my booty when I stopped to examine myself in the mirror…as we ladies tend to do.
While that all sounds normal (at least, I hope it does) it was the microscopic skin examination I got into that really freaked me out.
Of course I saw the regular blotches, bruises, and cellulite dimples but this time, it looked like my cellulite had gotten worse. Not only did I cringe but I got dressed immediately.
Straight after that I started working on how to get rid of the cellulite fast and naturally so that I could banish that dimply disaster once and for all.

Want to learn how to get rid of cellulite fast and naturally? Good. Keep on reading.

What is cellulite and why do we get it?              


Simply put, cellulite is a build up of fat within the deeper layers of our skin (or our dermis) that is held in place by various connective tissue fibers.
Cellulite becomes more noticeable when these fibers push down on the fatty tissue, restricting blood flow, causing fluid backup, and enlarging the fat cells that give us that dimply, cottage cheese look we all loathe.
What’s more is that our bodies love to store these fatty tissues in our legs and our butts…basically the last place we want it to be stored.
Add to that the toxins in your body that intensify the look, and the fact that women are really the only ones who have to deal with this issue, and you have yourself a damn good reason to get rid of it, like yesterday!


Sure, diet and exercise are crucial elements that you need to incorporate into your anti-cellulite efforts, but you can also add a quick DIY scrub that helps to break up the concentration of fatty tissue deposits and give your skin a more smooth appearance.

How to get rid of cellulite fast and naturally

One thing that really seals the deal for me with DIYs is their level of ease….and how much it costs to make them…okay so two things.
Not only is this treatment easy to make but you can find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store, if you don’t already have them lying around the kitchen.

All you need is:
  • 1/2 cup of ground Coffee or Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon of white or brown Sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Glycerin  or Coconut oil or Jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Vitamin E Oil 
Because the amount of toxins in your body plays a part in how severe your cellulite looks, you need the caffeine or cocoa, an antioxidant to get rid of the free radicals, stimulate blood flow, and improve circulation.
Ultimately this helps to smooth out the build up of fatty tissue while also firming and tightening the skin.
Sugar, on the other hand, acts as an additional exfoliant that will open and clear out your pores, allowing them to absorb the ingredients more easily.

Finally, the Olive Oil and Vitamin E Oil helps to restore moisture to your skin and keep it hydrated as the caffeine content may cause slight dehydration.
These oils are also packed full of healthy fats that help to protect your skin cells, and give your skin an additional antioxidant punch.
Once you have your ingredients rounded up, the process is simple:
  • have a hot shower to help open up your pores
  • combine all your ingredients in a medium-size bowl
  • stir your mixture until evenly combined
  • using your hands, apply your scrub only to the areas you have cellulite
  • scrub your skin as hard as you can for 5 minutes and do not rinse off
  • using plastic wrap (or saran wrap), wrap the areas you have applied your scrub
  • leave those parts wrapped up for 10 minutes
  • after your 10 minutes are up, remove the plastic wrap and rinse off but do not use soap
  • apply your favourite moisturizer

After the redness on your skin calms down you should notice those areas looking smoother and eventually your dimples should start to fade away but remember, a healthy diet and regular exercise has to become a part of your lifestyle if you really want that cellulite to stay away!Got your own tip on how to get rid of cellulite fast and naturally? Leave it in the comment section below below!




Saturday, 26 April 2014

Uses of Coconut Oil


Coconut Oil Is:
Coconut oil
  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)

  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-viral
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals
    extra- virgin cold-pressed coconut oil
Coconut oil is the most nourishing oil you can put onto your skin and into your body. Pure virgin (unrefined) cold-pressed coconut oil is the best natural ingredient for skin lotion. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them. It can help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight. It helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple so that the skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle.
The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues. This means that it has the ability to actually restore damaged or diseased skin. Coconut oil will also have lasting benefits, unlike most lotions. It can help bring back a youthful appearance. The coconut oil will aid in removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. The skin will become more evenly textured with a healthy “shine”. While doing this the coconut oil will penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and strengthen the underlying tissues
Clearly, coconut oil needs to be present in every product you put onto your skin which is why I include it in my wonderful soap!
How would you like to try your hand at a super simple recipe starring coconut oil? Of course you would!
Today, I am sharing a coconut oil honey scrub that is GREAT to use as a skin smoother and my personal favourite, an armpit de-stinker. Enjoy!
Honey Lemon or Lime Scrub
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Directions
  1. Mix brown sugar and salt, then add lemon juice, coconut oil and honey continuing to mix well.
  2. Use 1-2 times per week for amazingly smooth skin!

Coconut Oil Is:
  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals
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- See more at: http://blog.poppysoap.com/2012/09/26/coconut-oil-101-natures-perfect-healer/#sthash.ph3Ywrjs.dpuf
ICoconut Oil Is:
  • Anti-bacterial (kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum diseases, and other bacterial infections)
  • Anti-carcinogenic (coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells and enhances the immune system)
  • Anti-fungal (kills fungi and yeast that lead to infection)
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.)
  • Anti-microbial/Infection Fighting (the medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. About half of coconut oil consists of lauric acid. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.)
  • An Antioxidant (protects against free-radical formation and damage)
  • Anti-parasitic (fights to rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites)
  • Anti-protozoa (kills giardia, a common protozoan infection of the gut)
  • Anti-retroviral (kills HIV and HLTV-1)
  • Anti-viral (kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other viruses)
  • Infection fighting
  • Has no harmful for discomforting side effects
  • Known to improve nutrient absorption (easily digestible; makes vitamins and minerals more available to the body)
  • Nontoxic to humans and animals
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- See more at: http://blog.poppysoap.com/2012/09/26/coconut-oil-101-natures-perfect-healer/#sthash.ph3Ywrjs.dpuf

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

foods to get your sex drive going naturally

Can eating specific foods get you in the mood? I’m a skeptic about this theory, but curiosity got the best of me so I decided to investigate. Because hey, I’ll admit, there are times we could all use some inspiration to get in the mood and get it on. And yes sometimes eating specific foods do stimulate bodily desires, so bring it on!
As one of my favorite Doctors states, “Love foods that stimulate desire are prized in cultures worldwide. These foods have circulatory, relaxant and muscle strengthening effects, or visual, tactile or sensory impact that stimulates the psyche. The brain, after all is the largest sexual organ in the body.” So to get you in the mood and get the groove going, here is a list of top foods that can boost your sex drive naturally. Move over Viagra, we’ve got some delicious power foods.

1. Oysters ( Isawuru in yoruba)
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Oysters have long been suspected as a love drug. Cleopatra and Casanova had one thing in common, they loved oysters. Legend has it that Casanova ate dozens of oysters per day. The Venetian romancer once seduced a vestal virgin by seductively sliding an oyster from his mouth to hers. If that doesn’t get you in the mood, I don’t know what will! In fact, current research proves our suspicion. Oysters improves dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women. Oysters are also high in zinc which is vital for testosterone production and healthy sperm.

2. Watermelon
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Some experts have called watermelon the new Viagra. Bhimu Patil, researcher and director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, stated eating watermelon delivers Viagra-like effects on blood vessels throughout the body and may increase libido!  This cool refreshing fruit contains citrulline amino acid. Citruline is good for the cardiovascular system and helps relax the blood vessels that increase sex drive. If you want to get in the mood, make watermelon sorbet and share it with your partner.

3. Cocoa or Chocolate

All chocolate comes from cacao bean. In its processed form it is known as cocoa. The Aztecs referred to cacao as nourishment of the Gods. Raw cacao in its pure unadulterated form is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than green tea or red wine. It also contains a stimulating chemical known as phenylethlamine, that  stimulates the sense of excitement and well being. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found, women who enjoyed a piece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life than those who didn’t.

 4. Asparagus

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Known for its suggestive shape, asparagus is high in a B vitamin known as folate that aids in increasing the production of histamine. Histamine is important for a healthy sex drive in men and women.

5. Avocados
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A recent report stated organic Sicilian avocados are taking Europe by storm. Apparently the Europeans can’t get enough of them. The ancient Aztec’s nickname for avocado was “ahuacatl,” or testicle because of the fruit’s shapely form. The Catholic Spanish priests found avocados so sexy, they forbade them to their parishioners

6. Maca ( Isu baka in yoruba)
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Is known by many as Peru’s natural Viagra. Apparently this natural root has been known throughout Peru’s history as a sex enhancing root passed down by the Inca. According to Discovery Health’s medicine hunter Chris Kilam, the maca plant is used by the Peruvian culture to increase strength, stamina, energy, fertility and libido. Wow this sounds like a winning combination!

7. Pumpkin Seeds
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Like oysters, pumpkin seeds are high in zinc which is essential for healthy sperm production and preventing testosterone deficiency in men. They are also loaded with libido vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, E, C, D, K and minerals including calcium, potassium, niacin and phosphorous. Next time Halloween comes around, now you know what to do with those left over pumpkin seeds, roast those babies.
8. Celery
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You wouldn’t normally think of celery as a libido inducing food, but according to Judy Gaman, Dr. Walter Gaman and Dr. Mark Anderson, authors of the book “Stay Young: Ten Proven Steps to Ultimate Health,” eating celery actually increases the pheromone levels in a man’s sweat, making them more attractive to women. But make sure that celery is organic! Non-Organic Celery is Packed with 67 Pesticides. You don’t want those toxic chemicals messing with your libido now do you?
9. Chilies
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The stuff that makes chilies hot, capsaicin, can actually rev up your libido. Have you ever noticed a natural high when eating chilies? Capsaicin promotes the release of chemicals that can raise your heart rate and trigger the release of endorphins that give you a natural high, which pumps that libido!
10. Figs
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Legend has it figs were one of Cleopatra’s favorite foods. According to Dr. Nalini Chilkov, L.Ac., O.M.D, figs have been prized as a sensual food for their resemblance of the female sex organs. The ancient Greeks valued figs more precious than gold and many cultures associated figs with fertility.
11. Garlic
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garlic

Raw garlic anyone? Eating raw garlic may make your partner turn the other way in bed, but  it can certainly stir up your sexual desire. The heat in garlic is what stirs up your libido. Garlic contains allicin, which is thought to increase blood flow to sexual organs. This trick doesn’t work overnight however, apparently you need to consume it for about a month to reap its rewards. If you can’t stand the raw garlic go for the capsules found at your local natural food market.
My conclusion, if you want to seriously boost your libido, stock your pantry with these items and eat them on a regular basis. Who knows you might even lose weight in the process by eating these healthy foods, and the extra exercise you’re getting in the bedroom, couldn’t be all bad.
If all else fails, think outside the box and consider getting a room! A change of scenery and environment can do wonders.  And remember, the brain is the most powerful sexual organ we have, so use your imagination wisely. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Drink Lemon water in the morning

Starting every morning with a glass of warm lemon water is actually a ritual in Ayurveda or Yogic traditions, used to stimulate digestion for the day and clear the body of any toxins that may have settled in the digestive tract overnight.
We tend to reach for those warm beverages in the morning like coffee and tea, but try starting your day with some warm lemon water first to kick-start digestion. The water doesn’t always have to be warm, but it should be purified. Simply use half a fresh lemon per large glass of water or to taste and sip throughout the day. On a simple level, fresh lemons take plain old water up a notch.

1. Support immune function:

  • Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin C, known for its supportive role in healthy immune function which may reduce the risk of respiratory infection. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Last but not least, ascorbic acid enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function.

2. Alkalize the body:

  • Although the tartness of a lemon may make them seem acidic, lemons are actually one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood.

3. Aid digestion:

  • Citrus flavonols are believed responsible for lemon’s traditional use as a digestive tonic. Believed to stimulate and purify the liver, lemon juice is traditionally understood to support digestive hydrochloric acid in the stomach further aiding digestion. Vitamin C status has been associated with reduced risk of peptic ulcers caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

4. Clear skin:

  • Vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemons combat free radical damage. Free radical damage — especially as caused by UV exposure and environmental toxins — is responsible for many symptoms of aging. Antioxidant intake can help offset this damage, minimizing wrinkles. Further, lemon juice can be applied topically to scars and age spots to help reduce their appearance. Traditionally used as a liver stimulant, lemon water is also believed to help purge toxins from the blood, helping to keep skin clear of blemishes.

5. Promote healing:

  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Oil Cleansing

There are different methods of facial cleansing  – foamy, gel, soapy, dry. There are exfoliants and scrubs. Toners and splashes. And then there’s oil. The superhero of facial cleaning.  Yes, You heard me right. Oil.
Regardless of your particular skin type (dry, oily, normal, reptilian), there’s an oil-cleansing method that will work with you.

“Oil cleansing method,” is one of the most popular cleansing method in the olden days. You want to know more about this oddly effective way to wash your face. I don’t blame you. It’s awesome!
Everything you want to know about the oil cleansing method. Why it works. How to do it. The pros and cons.
Your mind will be blown. Your face, gorgeous.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Turn off the tap for a minute. Put your facial cleanser away. Instead, today, grab some oils and slather them on your face. Massage them around. Let them lounge luxuriously. Now, turn the tap back on – very warm water. Dunk a washcloth in it and then slowly wipe the oil off your face.
Guess what? Your face is now as clean as it needs to be. It’s radiant. Gorgeous,. You’ve just used the oil cleansing method.
But how does it work?
You know how your skin – all of it – secretes oil? Even if your face feels dry, it still has oil on it.
Well, according to chemistry know-how, like dissolves like. So, effectively what you’re doing  is dissolving and wiping away all the icky dirty oil from your face and replenishing it with clean, nourishing oil.
There’s no harsh chemicals involved. No suds. Nothing to actually strip your skin of its oil.
And this is good, because when you strip your skin of its sebum, it goes into overdrive, trying to create more. Which leads to clogged pores. Blackheads. Whiteheads. Just plain old irritation.

 What Oils are best for oil cleansing?

Regardless of your skin type, there’s one oil you’ll probably want, and that is:
Castor oil.
Castor oil is gives you the most cleansing, dissolving bang for your buck. It’s also highly antibacterial in nature.
It can also be drying. So depending on your skin type, you’ll either use more or less castor oil proportionally to the other oils.

Good Oil Cleansing Varieties

  • Jojoba (all skin types, but very desirable for acne-prone skin)
  • Sweet almond (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Grapeseed (all skin types, especially oily)
  • Avocado (dry and aging skin)
  • Sunflower Seed (all skin types)
  • Apricot Kernel (dry, aging, and normal skin)
  • Argan (all skin types, especially aging skin … very pricey)
  • Tamanu (all skin types … very pricey)
  • Olive oil (all skin types)
  • Coconut oil ( dry skin and aging skin )

  Oil Cleansing ratio

When you first start out with OCM, It’s best to think in ratios of thirds. You can measure these thirds out ahead of time and prepare a whole bottle full of oil. Or, you can do what I do and just eyeball it each time you use the method.
It might be better to use this on a “wash-by-wash” basis before you go mixing a whole bottle of oil together, just in case you want to change up the ratios if you notice your face is becoming too dry or too oily.
Here’s the rule of oil-cleansing thirds (remember, castor oil is important here):
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  • Oily skin: Use 2/3 castor oil to 1/3 carrier oil. (Or measure out 2 tsp castor oil and 1 tsp carrier oil.)
  • Normal skin: Use equal parts castor oil and carrier oil. (Measuring out 1-1/2 tsp castor oil and 1-1/2 tsp carrier oil.)
  • Dry skin: Use 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 carrier oil. (Again, 2 tsp carrier oil and 1 tsp castor oil.)
These ratios are NOT set in stone, but they’re a great jumping off point. Again, when I do this, I just eyeball it in the palm of my hand and go from there.
My favorite mix thus far: 1 tsp castor oil, 1 tsp avocado oil, and 1 tsp coconut oil.

Oil cleansing in 3 easy steps
  1. Prepare. Either mix your oils together ahead of time, or have the bottles ready. Set a clean washcloth beside the sink. Turn the hot water on to warm up.
  2. Cleanse. Starting with a dirty face (no need to pre-clean here, even if you’re wearing makeup), rinse your face lightly with the warm, running water. Pour the oil in the palm of your hand and then apply gently all over your face. Massage firmly, but gently, always moving upwards. Massage for 2 minutes, and then let the oil sit on your face for 30 more seconds or more.
  3. Rinse. By now, you should have very hot water coming out of your faucet. Adjust the heat until it’s cool enough to apply to your skin, but warm enough to soften the oil (it’s probably going to be hotter than the water you usually rinse your face with). Dunk the washcloth under the hot/warm water until it’s completely soaked. Apply the washcloth to your face and hold it there for 10-15 seconds. Slowly begin to wipe off. Rinse your washcloth and repeat until you’ve wiped all the oil off your skin.
That’s it!
Your skin is now cleansed.
For as easy as it sounds – and as beneficial as it is – there are some pros and cons to oil cleansing, though.

Pros and Cons of Oil cleansing

Pros:

  • It’s fantastic for your skin, and works for many people to clear up acne, combat dryness, and maintain a radiant glow.
  • It’s super natural (be sure to buy cold-pressed or expeller-pressed organic oils, as well as castor oil that’s consciously extracted).
  • It whisks away makeup in a flash.  (It’s the only way I clean my face when I wear makeup now.)
  • It doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils.
  • If you use this nightly, you may not need to spring for pricey moisturizers anymore.

Cons:

  • It may take a week or two for your skin to adjust to this new regimen.
  • It’s more time-consuming than just washing your face with a cleanser.
  • It’s a little more costly than using a cleanser, depending on the oils you choose.
  • It may mean more laundry, due to the numerous washcloths you’ll go through if you do this every night.

Notes on the Oil Cleansing Method

Now that you know why you should do it, how to do it, and whether or not you’re up to the challenge, you may have a couple of questions. If I don’t cover them here, feel free to ask down below.
The frequency at which you use the OCM is up to you. Some people do it every night. I don’t have that kind of hardcore dedication (nor do I feel like my face gets dirty enough most of the time to warrant it). The one thing I would probably steer clear of – completely – is switching up the OCM with a store-bought facial cleanser that contains sulfates or sulfides. You’ll just confuse the heck out of your skin and it won’t know what to do with its own oil.
You might not need to moisturize after you use the oil cleansing method. This is where I heartily encourage you to get to know your own skin, so you can tell if it’s feeling dry enough to use a moisturizer. Every time I’ve OCM’ed before bedtime, I’ve never felt the need to moisturize (save a little vitamin E oil around my eyes).
You CAN jazz it up with things like tea tree oil or lavender essential oil (if your face is oily or acne-prone) or carrot seed oil or rose hip oil for normal/dry skin or even some rose essential oil,coconut oil or myrrh essential oil if your skin is aging. In all cases, just use 2-3 drops of each oil in your mixture.
Don’t sweat it if you don’t enjoy the oil cleansing method. It does take some time, and it does take some time to get used to. Eventually, you may feel like you’re pampering your face in a whole new and incredible way. Or you may feel like you never want to go to bed, because. Only do it if you enjoy it – if you see and feel a difference you’re happy with.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Coconut oil to help your dental problems

Have you heard of oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient practice in Asia, but suddenly it is catching on in the United States. It involves swishing an oil around in your mouth (coconut oil is the most common one) for dental and other health benefits.

Oil pulling is taking an organic oil and swishing it around your mouth and it’s supposed to draw out bad bacteria, toxins. It supposedly helps asthma, diabetes, upper respiratory problems and helps clear the skin.

Despite the fact that I make and use coconut oil a lot, i was ignorant of the fact that this amazing wonder of nature can as well be used for tooth problems which I've been battling for years. Until an Auntie Friend of mine who is also a naturalist told my Mum to start using coconut oil for her teeth.
My Mum told me about it. I started using it because getting an extra virgin coconut oil is not a problem, cos i make it!
The gist of the matter is that after using it for 3days my tooth sensitivity disappeared!

If you've tried oil pulling please let us know.



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