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5 Incredible Health Benefits of Almond Nuts & its oil

Who doesn’t like almond nuts? They’re definitely one of my favorites and I hope it’s yours too. Almonds have been with humans from very long time. They’ll extremely popular and is part of various cousins around the world. Not only almond nuts but the almond oil is also widely used and many skin experts believe the best essential oil for your nourishing your skin. Almond is rich in nutrients which are the health the increase the brain activity, to the digestive system and enhances longevity.

I have been using almonds from a very small age. The nutritional benefits of almond are well known around the world. Many doctors recommend using almond in your daily diet. One of the great thing about almonds are you can consume them any way you like. Personally, I like to eat them raw, well you can also use it as an ingredient in your food, as almond milk or almond floor. Body lotions and conditioners in the form of almond oil. Considering the chunk of nutrients, it has, its popularity is not quite that surprising.

So let’s go through some of the well-known benefits of almond nuts and oil:

1- Reduce cholesterol and prevent heart attacks

You know my love for seeds, right!! I spoke about

  • I discovered fennel seeds a few month back and now I simply love them!
  • Cinnamon seeds (or powder) as a alternative to sugar.
  • Cacao seeds, and how to pick the right chocolate bar to remain in line with a healthy skin and eating regimen. Yes, it is possible!
  • Quinoa is my favorite meal with or without (the right) rice.
  • Fenugreek powder and how it is used since centuries on hair.
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Almonds are naturally rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. These two are the magic nutrients that reduce cholesterol hence blockage in the veins. Almond is rich in vitamin E and it helps to increase the overall health of the heart.

Almond is also rich in manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium. Various researchers indicate that by incorporating almonds into your daily life you reduce the chances of heart attack. Most of the doctors around the world recommend cholesterol patients to take almond daily. Well, that itself means a lot.

2- Improves health of your skin

as mentioned earlier almonds are rich in vitamins E and antioxidants which refresh your skin and reduces the wrinkles. Almond oil helps in removing any visible signs of aging. The oil is also rich in agents like flavonol and L-catchin which fights skin cancer. By applying almond oil daily, it creates a protective layer on your skin and prevents the UV rays entering your skin. This protective layer also keeps you away from pollution and dust. All in all, it protects your skin and improves the health of your skin.

3- Maintain Blood Sugar Levels

Not only cholesterol almonds also keep the blood cholesterol level in check. Doctors also recommend almonds to diabetic patients, the nuts helps to keep your body weight in check. Antioxidants enhance production of insulin and maintain the blood sugar level.

4- Increase Brain Functionality

Almonds a widely known as the best brain food out there. The nuts are rich in nutrients that and hand the neural activity of your brain and those which prevent cognitive decline. Aging people with minute memory loss are asked to take almonds. Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is strongly recommended to take almond in their daily diet. The rich nutritional quantities of riboflavin and L-cartine are extremely beneficial for growing children in increasing the brain activity.

5- Aids in Weight Loss

Almonds are rich in fibers and healthy fats, by consuming them the person feels he’s full. Almonds are well known to prevent overheating. When I am usually need of snacks, instead of opting for something unhealthy I go for almonds. It gives me feeling that I have eaten something that actually I haven’t. Almonds are consumed in great quantities by bodybuilders and athletes, it helps them to maintain a healthy a much healthier body weight and also rich in essential nutrients, that aids in the growth of muscles.

I hope you’re already taking almonds at least two or three times a week, if not consume them. They’re perfect for your health and maintaining a good appetite. The nuts and oils are beneficial for your health and also your skin. So why not try them? That you are not

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Still Skeptical About Coconut Oil Pulling?

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Still Skeptical About Coconut Oil Pulling? – Organicisbeautiful.com

A lot of hubbub has been going around recently about coconut oil pulling, so it made me curious. After doing some reading, I was pretty amazed by the effects of coconut oil on oral health. So today on OiB, I would like to introduce the awesomeness of coconut oil, because you might be skeptical about this trend like I was once.

What is Oil Pulling? 

As explained on WebMD, oil pulling is a “type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years… [that] involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil—typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil—in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.” The idea behind oil pulling is that the oils detoxify the oral cavity by drawing out toxins to create a clean, antiseptic environment.

I know what you are thinking. That sounds kind of like pseudo-science. But, recent studies have proven that oil pulling has many benefits.

Benefits of Oil Pulling 

A study in 2015 looked into the benefits of coconut oil pulling and the effects it has on plaque-related gingivitis. At the end of the 30 day period where the participants swished coconut oil, the results showed a “statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices” that was noted since day 7. The “scores continued to decrease during the period of study,” reports the head researcher.

The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine published a full report on oil pulling in 2016 that details the following benefits:

  • Prevents dental cavities
  • Improves overall oral hygiene
  • Decreases oral microbial count (the lauric acid in coconut oil is great for this)
  • Reduces the stickiness of plaque
  • Reduces gingivitis
  • Decreases halitosis (bad breath)
  • Swishing strengthens the mouth and jaw muscles
  • Whitens teeth

Pretty cool, right? After reading the the studies, I could not wait to try it.

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Still Skeptical About Coconut Oil Pulling? – Organicisbeautiful.com

How To Pull Oil 

Okay, first, let me just say that while 20 minutes of swishing is how the ancients did it, you do not have to. Next, remember to buy organic, non-GMO coconut oil for maximum results.

Here is how I like to do oil pulling:

  1. Pour 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into your mouth (either with a spoon or from a medicine cup). Some people recommendto dothis right in the morning before drinking or eating, but I say whenever it works best for you.
  2. Swish for 5-20 minutes. Because 20 minutes is a long time, aim for around 10 minutes to receive the benefit.
  3. Go slow. Gentle swishing and sucking the oil through and around the teeth is all you need.
  4. Do not swallow. Spit the oil out in atrash can. Never spit it down the sink, because the oil will clog the pipes.
  5. Immediately rinse your mouth out with same warm sea salt water.
  6. Brush and floss as normal.

Final Thoughts 

I was skeptical about coconut oil pulling at first, but I am astounded by the results. That is why I wanted to share my thoughts and findings with you today on OiB. If you have tried coconut oil pulling before, feel free to share your experiences!

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Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin

Enhance the glow of your skin! That’s a big yeeeees!
Aloe Vera is considered by some as one of the greatest gifts given by Mother Nature to humans simply because it has so many pros for your body and skin.
Aloe Vera is especially known for its healing properties and has been used since centuries by medical practitioners to treat injuries such as burns, cuts or grazes.
Keeping this in mind, today at OiB I will tell you about simple combinations that will ensure the effective of aloe Vera is at a maximum.

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Aloe Vera tips and tweaks/Benefits:

  • Aloe Vera is naturally found to be pretty effective in treating a sun burned skin. All you have to do is to simply put aloe Vera leaf in the refrigerator and apply it after every few hours.
  • Aloe Vera juice is a very good ph. balancer and if you simply rub it on your face you will feel the difference
  • Combining Aloe Vera with other cool ingredients like yogurt, cucumber and other fresh fruits will act as a veggie mask and keep your skin moisturized.
  • Aloe Vera is very helpful in controlling oily skin and prevents an acne breakout due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • If you have a sensitive skin, you should use Aloe Vera juice or oil to create a facial serum base and if you combine this with different essential oils you’ll get the best results according to your age group. For instance, myrrh is great for old, mature skin whereas lavender oil is particularly effective in calming acne inflamed skin.
  • Wonder Plant aka Aloe Vera juice if added to other healthy meals like fruits, oatmeal and vegetables will leave you with healthy DIY recipes for fresh and rejuvenated skin.

Prepare An Aloe Vera and Lemon Juice Mask at Home:

Aren’t you excited?

Well, you will need:

  • 2 Aloe Vera leaves
  • Half a lemon
  • 3 bowls
  • A sharp knife
  • A juice squeezer (optional)
  • A blender

Cut two thick Aloe Vera leaves from an Aloe Vera plant with a sharp knife. Cut off the serrated edges of both the leaves. Slit the top layer of the leaves lengthwise. You will see the translucent Aloe Vera gel inside.
Carefully peel off the Aloe Vera gel from the leaves. Pull the gel pulp into a bowl.
Squeeze out the lemon juice from half a lemon. Put the thick, succulent Aloe Vera gel in the blender.
Then pour the lemon juice in it. Blend it for about a minute.
Pour the mixture into a neat and clean bowl.
You are all good to apply it on your skin.

Conclusion:

I have mentioned above just few of the many benefits that you can avail if you use Aloe Vera and make it a part of your daily life. In case you’re wondering that why we are praising Aloe Vera it’s because it can easily be grown in your backyard or indoors in a pot. So that whenever you have any cuts, burns or acne you don’t have to use heavy drugs or chemicals. Aloe Vera is one of those irreplaceable things which should be present in every household.

I would love to to hear your thoughts on this article and it would be great if you can share some traditional Aloe Vera recipes that have been passed in your family since generations. I am sure you would try it, won’t you?

Amanda

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Safety While Using Essential Oils

Essential oils can be much more powerful than you anticipate. I recalled my first DIY recipe using essential oils did not go as planned!  Safety should be first priority, while dealing with such hazardous substances.

I’ve created this safety guide in order to help you deal with essential oils. Read through and feel free to feel the blank in the comment area 😉

Including myself many have incorporated essential oil in the daily life. They are highly concentrated liquid; it is not carefully used can cause great harm. The essential oil with respect and follow me on this guide on how to safely use essential oils.

1- Never use any essential oil undiluted

The Rule number 1 is to NEVER use undiluted essential oil directly on your skin.

And this apply to whichever one you use, either lavender oil, tea tree oil or any other essential oil.  Why? If abused it can be very harmful for your skin and even may leave a permanent damage, you may not see any damage to soon but in the long run there can be. So just avoid that risk!

2- Some essential oil may have an allergic reaction to your skin

So before you try essential oil on your face or your hands, just test it on a small patch of skin. Most preferably on your thighs.

3- Do a proper research before you start using essential oil.

Some essential oils need to be totally avoided by pregnant women and those with problems skin is. Patients suffering from diseases like asthma, epilepsy or other similar condition should also choose essential oils carefully.

Some essentials are also sensitive to sun exposure, lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit to name a few!

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4 – Do not use essential oils in excess, when it comes to using it the less is more.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated liquid only one or two drops is what all you need. When I started using essential oil, I was using it to much and in no time I was facing the consequences. So using essential oils in excess is a big no!!

5- Never allow children to use essential oils without their parents knowledge.

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As mentioned above, using essential oil in DIY recipe the wrong way can lead to unexpected risk to your skin. Make sure to keep essential oil from unsafe hands. There have been many cases where children consumed essential oil, you definitely don’t want to end up in such a situation.

6- Never take essential oils internally without any prior knowledge.

Consult and do a research before you take them internally. Start by OiB, read thought more, and if any question, feel free to leave a comment below, I usually answer within few hours (Bare in mind our time different may be different, I am in Kuala lumpur).

Essential oils are highly concentrated is and should not be taken in without any proper understanding of it. Essential oils may be derived from direct from various food products like black pepper, lemon, clove, orange etc but it doesn’t mean that there must be taken internally. I am not saying that you shouldn’t, but you definitely need to do a proper research.

NOTE: Essential oils can be extremely flammable keep them away from any fire hazards

I think I have covered enough precautions before you start using essential oil. They are great product to include in your daily life but you definitely need to be careful. If you have any queries, please leave a comment and let me know.

Thank you for reading OiB, let’s all be caution and use aromatherapy the right way 😉

Amanda

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Summer Herbal Skin and Face Care

Summer is at our door step. Can you feel it? A few days was June 21st. Did you say June 21st!? Wow! Time to think about how to prepare your skin against the heat this summer to maintain your natural beauty. Posting today on OiB is not a coincidence. June 21st means summer begins across Europe:

In FRANCE: Back home in Paris, June 21st coincides with La Fete de la Music, officially my favorite day of the year.

In SWEDEN:  While the parties is spreading over France that day, Scandinivia is not at rest. In Sweden, June 21st resonates with the Midsummer Eve.

What about my skin?

Heat, humidity and the shining sun rays can destroy our precious skin, this will result in dry, rough and peeled skin. Sun is very good for skin, specially of mornings, it contains lots of Vitamin D which is very good for skin and also for bones. Vitamin D also helps in Calcium absorption.

When summer arrives all the irritating stuff comes such as rashes or dry skin can cause itchiness etc.

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Water Intake | OrganicIsBeautiful

Back to the basic:

  1. WATER INTAKE: Drink plenty of water. It is not only because that water keeps us hydrated but also because it is essential for our body. Water not only quenches the thirst but also helps to flush out the toxins and waste that accumulate in the body.
  2. EAT VEGETABLES. What you eat shows on your face. Do not consume too much of snacks and salty products as salt can have a dehydrating effect on the body. Like the last week, I ate so many french fries I end up drinking lots of water. Also, include high water content fruits in your diet like watermelon, cucumber, melon and lettuce which will give you nutrients and anti-oxidants. Also, include other green vegetables. Why? Read my previous article here.
  3. SUNSCREEN. Apply a good sunscreen. It will not only help you from tanning and also from sunburns but will also protect you from harsh UV rays that can lead to skin cancer. Did you know that rice powder is a natural sunscreen protector? (Really, I am not kidding!).
  4. EXFOLIATE. Exfoliation is very important to get rid of the dead skin that it is accumulated on the face and other parts of the body. Use an exfoliating sponge or scrub off the dead skin from the body. You can prepare a homemade scrub, I have added some simple and excellent recipes last week! Gently rub this scrub in circular movements on the entire body for 15 minutes and then rinse off.
  5. CLEANSER. Cleansing is also very good for Summer. You can cleanse your skin at home. Plain yogurt mixed with honey makes a good natural cleanser which not just cleanses but also moisturizes the skin. Apply this to your skin and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse off with plain water. If you have time, why not finish by a DIY orange peel mask?

Skin Herbal Masks:

Recipe compeled by PerfectionistYou.

ALOE VERA AND OAT MEAL:

Take some dry oats and mixes it thoroughly with some aloe vera gel and apply on face and massage gently with your fingers in circular motion for 5-10 minutes. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water. Repeat this remedy once every week to get noticeable results.

APPLE AND HONEY FACE MASK:

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Crush an apple (quantity as required) and mix it with 3 tablespoon honey with it. Apply on clean face. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat this 2 to 3 times every week for fair and oil-free skin. Some further recipes here.

TURMERIC POWDER, YOGURT AND HONEY FACE PACK:

Make a thick paste by mixing all the three ingredients well, you can add lemon juice for brightening and rose water. Apply this pack on the dried skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Later, rinse it off with cold water. This pack helps in moisturizing, cleansing and brightening.

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