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Uses of Tomato and Sunflower Seed on Skin

Uses of tomato and Sunflower seed on skin -
Uses of tomato and Sunflower seed on skin –

Tomatoes are among most the widely available fruit in the market, and it’s one of my favourites. But, have you ever wondered, does tomato have any other use rather than cooking? Many of you might not know but tomato seeds have many skin benefits, so does sunflower seed has, but sunflower seeds are not as widely available as the tomato seeds. So getting them would be quite tough! still, you can visit your nearest grocery store and check whether if it’s available there.

You should definitely give a try on sunflower seeds, I use it frequently on my skin and they work wonders.  Sunflower seed is rich in linoleic acid, has very absorption properties and is rich in sunflower oil. I mostly use crushed dry sunflower seed has a natural moisturiser, the oil in the seed has very high anti-microbial property and applying them gives you a very shiny skin. Tomato seeds cannot be used like sunflower seeds but they do have lots of benefits for your skin.

Benefits of tomato seed on skin 

Used as skin care product

I use tomato seeds has my natural skin care product. Tomato seeds have very nutritious content and they are high in lycopene content which is very good for your skin. You can use blended tomato seed and use them as face cream, lip balms and aftershaves. I apply the tomato seed blend twice or thrice a week, to make use of its anti-wrinkle property.

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Natural sunscreen

Dried tomato seed oil is a wonderful natural sunscreen agent. I always prefer to use tomato sunscreen than those chemical ones if the day is not too hot and sun is not very bright.

Anti-Aging agent

Tomato seeds are rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, folate, thiamine, all these agents have high anti-wrinkling property. With confidence, I can say, tomato seeds are by far the best anti-aging natural skin product. I also use the paste to apply it under the eye, it keeps the eye refreshing and removes the bagginess under your eyes.

Like the tomato seeds, sunflower seeds also work well on your skin. Here are the few:

Natural Moisturizer

Sunflower seed oil is a wonderful moisturising agent. The oil can be extracted from dry sunflower seeds. I always use the oil on my skin, it also leaves a beautiful fresh fragrance on the skin. But careful while using it, you don’t want to apply too much oil on the skin and feel yourself completely uncomfortable and greasy. The oil has many antimicrobial properties too, You should definitely incorporate this as your daily skin care product.

Uses of tomato and Sunflower seed on skin -
Uses of tomato and Sunflower seed on skin –

Anti-wrinkling agent

Similar to tomato seeds, sunflower seeds can also be used as an anti-wrinkling paste. You can blend sunflower seeds, with some water and make into a paste. I usually blend this paste along with the tomato seed paste to make a perfect wrinkle-free cream. The paste may feel a bit gooey and smelly, but never mind, its way better than those chemical cosmetics that may have side effects in the long run.

Cancer preventing agent

Oil from Sunflower is great cancer preventing agents. The oil is rich in vitamin E, which are known to prevent cancer. Research in a major university in the USA, found that Sunflower seeds help in reducing collagen and elastin in the skin which helps in removing the fine lines and wrinkles, it also leaves a protective layer around the skin, protecting you from extra bodies. The research recommends incorporating the oil in your daily life.

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Retains water content on your skin

When the day gets rough and I’m totally stressed out, my skin get dry and tough. It feels dirty and polluted. To charge my skin up, and bring it back I use sunflower seed, lemon and almond oil paste. sunflower seeds are blended together with a squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon of almond oil. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it there for 15minutes. It works like a magic, and brings back all the freshness and puffiness of the face.

Tomato seeds and sunflower seeds are well known for their nutritional property. These products are easily available and can be readily used. They work wonders on your skin and I personally recommend to use them daily. Well, come on! it’s not tough to blend few seeds together. Is it?


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Tired of Nuts! What About Edible Insects?

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Tired of nuts! What about edible insects? –

Nuts or Insects

We all know that nuts can offer a number of health benefits and nutritional credentials. Although they may be packed with ample amounts of fiber protein and essential fats don’t you get tired of the same thing and will to try something new and completely different? If you answer yes then right here I have your solution, why not find the “I’m a celebrity” within you and replace the nuts with some edible insects.

If you are like me then my initial reaction to anyone who even entertained the idea would be to shake my head in complete and utter disgust. However, I am one who believes in the notion of don’t knock it until you tried it so I went against my initial reaction and gave it a go.

Although there are a large number of edible insect, below are a list of four of the main ones I tried and a few details about them to see if I can persuade you to give it a try. 

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Tired of nuts! What about edible insects? –

What to eat

I wanted a fairly easy introduction to edible insects and so I chose the following:

  • Crickets and Grasshoppers
  • Ants
  • Scorpions
  • Centipedes
  • Crickets and Grasshoppers – Contain a high ratio of protein in comparison to their size and also contain calcium. These insects can be eaten raw or cooked. One important point to remember is that the wings and legs are not known to have any nutritional benefit so no need for you to consume those parts as well
  • Ants – Although most ants are edible you will need to be cautious as not all of them are too friendly and they may just bite back. In comparison to other insects, the nutritional value may not be that great. Ants are however a very quick and easily sourced edible option if required.
  • Centipedes – As with other insects, it is also safe for you to eat a centipede. Usually, they require you to cook them to ensure any venom breaks down. Eating a centipede can provide you with protein, vitamins and vital minerals that have more nutritional value than certain salads.
  • Scorpions – Scorpion contains valuable nutritional content with the provision of protein, fat, mineral, and energy. Although safe to eat it is advised that prior to consuming scorpion a number of processing methods are adopted for example you should remove the tail as it could be venomous.

Would I really eat an insect?

If you are anything like me I was somewhat skeptical about eating insects until someone once said to me you just might have to. I personally wouldn’t eat insects out of choice, but there may be a few occasions in mind where it may just be a necessity such as:

  • Nutritional benefits if other sources become unavailable
  • Could be a means of survival
  • Unusual flavor and textures for those wanting to try something new
  • They can be easily obtained on a large scale

So If I haven’t managed to persuade you to try edible insects for the nutritional benefits at the very least do your research as one day you never know you may just need to try them! would you be brave enough? 😉

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