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Why you should not Throw your Orange peels in the Garbage anymore!

Next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to have this information handy. ↓Read below↓

Who doesn’t love a delicious and juicy orange as a snack? They are popular with athletes because they can be easily eaten for a burst of energy. I enjoy eating one or two oranges a day most of the year for that same energy-boosting effect.

Grated orange peel, also called orange zest, is added to foods for flavoring – What about a warm Orange Peel tea for beverage? –  and also offers many nutrients, cleaning properties and potential medical uses.

In fact, the peels have higher levels of nutrients than the fruit itself.

Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels

In my earlier article, I explored the beliefs behind the Indian Ayurveda Medicine. Today, we will discover how Orange peels – called tikta (bitter) – as well as banana peels are used in Ayurveda and how it can benefit your own health.

Orange peels are known to improve digestion and reduce sluggishness in the abdomen. It helps to speed up your metabolism to naturally beat gas, and reducing heartburn, vomiting problems and acidic eructation.

It works well in perking up appetite and reducing nausea.

Skin Care Properties of Orange Peels

The acid and the vitamin C contained in the orange peel help even out skin tone and firm the skin’s surface.


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Beta-CaroteneBetaCarotene is an antioxidant in fruits and vegetables that helps to protect skin against the damaging effects of the sun.

It is a strongly colored pigment that imparts the yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their rich hues. Once ingested, it gets converted into vitamin A (retinol) which is beneficial for our immune system.

Vitamin A also acts as an antioxidant, it helps protect cells and from the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.

Beta Carotene is a derivation of the Latin name for carrot, as this compound was first derived from the carrot roots.

Vitamine C: Orange Peel is one of the greatest sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. We can’t store it in the body, which means we need it from our diet every day. It makes vitamin C a vital supplement to help enhancing natural immunity.

Paula summarises below the key properties of Vitamine C for our body health:

  • Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
  • Helps boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
  • Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage
  • Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
  • Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure
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The peel of an orange has nearly twice as much vitamin C as the flesh inside.

Dietary fiber:  Orange peel is part of the 4 common food you should eat with the peel on.

It is naturally rich source of rough dietary fibers, also known as NSP (non-soluble polysaccharides). For example, 100 grams of orange peel contain about 25 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 1.5 grams of protein!

Orange peel has about four times more fiber in it than the actual orange fruit that we eat!

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Calcium: The Anti-Ager.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and in regards to skin, a deficiency can manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature wrinkling, and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers.

In addition, calcium works with your skin to generate sebum. When you do not have enough calcium in your skin, you can end up with dry skin due to lack of sebum.

Precaution

Now, you know!  Orange peels have many health benefits to take into consideration. Both your skin and your immune system will benefit. However, it is important to mention that they are also very prone to accumulation of chemicals and pesticides which are rampantly used in horticulture nowadays.

For instance, on several occasions there are chemicals like rubbed or wax left on the surface of the oranges to make them look healthier and fresh. Buy them organic and 100% natural. Also, take the time to wash the peels nicely with fresh water.

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[Ayurveda Serie] Benefit of Ayurveda Powder for Hair.

  • Why do I use Ayureda powder?
  • How can you used it on your hair?
  • Which powder is best for you?

↓Read below↓

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

Ayurveda powders are known to be excellent natural shampoo that clean and nourish the hair scalp at the same time. There is so much to say about there health benefit:  body metabolism, inner soul, hair & skin can all take benefit from Ayurveda powder.

Talking about hair, they are great base for any pre-poo treatment.

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

What is a Pre-poo?

A pre-poo is when you apply a conditioning treatment to the hair prior to shampooing / washing so as to add moisture to the follicles.

It is best applied on dirty hair.

How to make your own pre-poo at home?

First you need oils and…some patience!

  • Oils.The past is basically set as a combination of different Ayurveda oils, or, if you do not have some at home (yet), a light/dry oil can work too. Jojoba, coconut/avocado oils are a good example.
  • Liquid. Usually water. Coconut mild can also do the trick. Plus, coconut milk is an excellent hair moisturizer and helps prevent hair loss.
  • Essential oils (Optional). The selection depends on your type of hair. Since my hair is prone to itchiness, I usually add some drops of tea tree essential oil.

Paste ready? 

When the paste is compact, it means its ready. Here how is goes next:

  • Apply the past like a gently massage before going to bed, it is a relaxing time with calming effect that help get away the stress of the day before a good night of sleep. I ♥ it!!
  • Put a plastic bag or shower plastic cap to hold it all together straight after shower and before jumping to bed.
  • Leave it overnight.

8 hrs later,

⇒ ⇒ The Pre-poo treatment is over and your scalp is now ready to be washed. Rinse with warm water. Next step: the shampoo!

Ayurveda shampoo, choose the right powder for your hair.

Some powder are better for oily scalp, others suitable for dry or dying hair type, we will go through each type and compare their results.

Aritha powder: also called Reetha powder (India), Soap Nuts (UK) is a powder made from dried aritha fruits.

  • Key properties: natural cleaner, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
  • Hair type: dry hair, prone to recurrent dandruff problems.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Reetna Seeds
Reetna Seeds

3Shikakai powder: Shikakai powder is made from the fruit pods of the Acacia Concinna tree.

  • Key properties: antioxidant (rich in vitamin c), prevent dandruff and other scalp issues.
  • Hair type: any type of hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Reetna Powder.

Brahmi powder : Brahmi powder is obtained by grinding dried Brahmi leaves into a fine powder.

  • Key properties: brain tonic (support brain functions including concentration, information processing, and memory.), rejuvenate hair (makes hair stronger and ticker), prevent split ends, reduce of hair loss.
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Amla Powder.

Amla powder : Amla poweder is dried and powdered indian gooseberry.

  • Key properties: antioxydant (Rich in Vitamin C), voluminous effect (curl power)
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Gallic acid is a powerful phenolic compound found in amla and has been shown to repair hair that has been previously damaged from dye or other environmental effect. LiveStrong

Note: Amla powder can also darken your natural hair color (with regular use), it is best to used in combination with other powders, such as the Shikakai powder.

Henna powder: Also known as Mehandi.

It is prepared from leaves of a plant called henna or mignonette tree (called the Egyptian privet tree in some part of northern Africa). The leaves are first dried and then ground.

  • Key properties: get rid of their grey hair, conditioning and thickening properties (It can be a good alternative if you are allergic to chemical creams) nourish and strengthen hair.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.

    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)
    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)

Cassia Obovata Powder: Cassia obovata is a plant that contains a faint golden or slight yellow dye.

  • Key properties: “neutral henna” (does not stain the hair), conditioning and thickening properties.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Shikakai Powder.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.

Note: Please keep in mind that everyone has its own unique hair texture. Herbal treatments can be drying for some, and it is recommended to first apply cautiously and following the right portions.

I hope you enjoyed this article that I tried to make as much informative as possible for the novice. Ayurveda treatments are great deep conditioning treatments for natural hair. If you have also tried did for yourself, I am really keen to know your experience, feel free to share it in the comment area!

Amanda

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Top 7 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair

Many people in Malaysia, or generally the areas where coconuts grow in abundance, know that the the sweet smelling coconut oil is their one and only hair oil. These are areas like the Indian Subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, and parts of the Caribbean.

I always use organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil to prevent build-up on your scalp and for best results. Processed coconut oil may contain additives that will not give you full benefit.

1. Coconut oil for Hair Growth

No other oil showed as much success as coconut oil in preserving the loss of potent hair-nourshing proteins and minerals. If you want healthier hair that grows in thick and strong, coconut oil is the best choice for your hair. Organic coconut milk also helps the hair grow long and thick.

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Coconut oil contains a lot of valuable nutrients that are vital for proper hair growth. Nutrients like caprylic acid, lauric acid, mystiric acid and vitamins will strengthen the hair shaft and nourish the roots, promoting luscious strong hair strands.

Coconut oil also maintains the scalp’s natural pH balance, creating a hair-friendly environment that inhibits microbes, bacteria and other fungi that can cause infections which promote hair loss.

2. Coconut oil for Dandruff

Slather some silky coconut oil onto your dry scalp before bed everynight and rinse off the next day. Coconut oil has anti-fungal properties which help eliminate flaky dandruff as well as fungal infections. This beauty oil will deep moisturize your hair, sealing moisture into hair roots to keep your scalp healthy and lubricated.

A chemical-free conditioner for damaged hair might sound like a dream, but coconut oil is the real deal. Alive.com blog provides a magical recipe below

  1. Massage 3 to 5 Tbsp (45 to 75 mL) melted coconut oil into hair from roots to tips.
  2. Secure hair in a loose bun and cover with a shower cap or old T-shirt.
  3. Leave on for two hours or overnight to let the oil sink in.
  4. Wash hair as normal to remove oil.

3. Coconut oil for Split ends

Many claim that coconut oil actually works better than any man-made treatments on the market, and because it’s 100% natural it’s free of silicone, alcohols, and other chemicals that can aggravate sensitive skin and hair.

Delighted Momma shares a simple recipe that have previously used for my own hair. Here it is!

  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil
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Directions:
  1. Scoop out a good amount of coconut oil.
  2. Mix the coconut oil with the peppermint oil and apply to your hair really working it into the scalp and down through the ends. 
  3. If your hair is long twist it up into a bun.  Cover your hair with a shower cap or a damp (clean) towel.
  4. Let the treatment sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Shampoo and condition in the shower to make sure you get all of the coconut oil out.

4. Coconut oil as a Natural Hair Conditioner

Coconut oil is a wonderful hair conditioner on its own. Containing medium fatty trigycerides that can penetrate deep into the hair follicle and shaft, coconut oil will not only enrich your scalp with nutrients but also regenerate dull locks.

5. Coconut oil Hair Mask – Total Hair Treatment

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that protect the skin from bacteria and fungal infections. These fatty acids also regulate the pH of the scalp and create a skin friendly environment that helps stave off microbes that can cause itchiness and scalp infection.

The Every Girl blog shares a simple recipe below

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
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Directions:

  1. Combine one tablespoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon organic honey in a small bowl.
  2. Wrap your hair in a bun and let the mask soak in for 30-40 minutes
  3. Wash the mask out in the shower using your regular shampoo and conditioner routine and voila!

6. Coconut oil for Frizzy, Dry & Curly Hair

Due to the shape of curly hair strands, the hair tends to be under-moisturized. The curly-haired scalp, on the other hand, can get very oily. Curly hair care comes down to managing these two competing demands. Hot Pre-poo shampoing with coconut oil is the answer.

7. Coconut oil for Dry Itchy Scalp

An itchy flaky scalp can be soothed with coconut oil. During dry winter, our skin and scalp can become very dry and also itchy. To provide a cooling and soothing relief for this problem, get 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil and gently massage it all over your scalp.

Reference:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-hair.html

http://healthmunsta.hubpages.com/hub/Top-8-Benefits-of-Coconut-Oil-for-Hai

How and when do you apply your coconut oil? Share your experiences!

Amanda 😉

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