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Seed + Skin – Which food Moisturize My Skin Best?

Today on OiB, I will take about the two words Seed and Skin. Have you ever thought how retaining and helpful some skin fruits can be? And how you have been wasting these blessings ruthlessly and carelessly in the bin! Hence if you really want to know how be naturally beautiful through the skins of some fruits as well as vegetables then this is a must read as these tips have greatly helped each of my colleagues whom I advised them to.

First of all, you should know which eatables are important as seeds and which of them are important when it comes to their skin. This will help you know what to incorporate into your shakes and smoothies and what to throw away. It will also give you many different tasteful combinations of shakes on the other hand besides knowing what they contain to make you healthier and beautiful.

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  1. Apple

Skin: Anti inflammation, anti-oxidant

Seed: Harmful as it contains Cyanogenic Acid that mild poisons causing headaches, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, increased blood pressure, difficult breathing, increased heart rate, kidney failure and vomiting.

How: It contains fiber and a lot of Vitamin C

  1. Pumpkin

Seeds: It treats Ascites, Dysuria, Asthme, Dysentry and prevents Prostate Cancer. It also rectifies diabetes and hypertension along with perishing tapeworms and roundworm parasites.

Skin: Good for giving an anti-biotic effect.

How: It contains Cobalt

  1. Grape

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Seed: It reduces risks of cancer, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, oxidative disorders

Skin: 100 times more effective and beneficial in all aspects rendered by the seed.

How: It contains Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Linoleic Acid and many other antioxidants.

  1. Apricot

Skin: It prevents numerous deficiencies

Seed: Harmful as it contains Cyanogenic Acid which causes the same cons as the Apple Seeds.

How: It is a great Vitamin C and Beta-carotene source.

  1. Peach

Skin: It brings about skin revival and is anti flammatory and is a great antioxidant as well.

Seed: Harmful because of cyanide traces

How: It contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C

  1. Lemon

Seed: It has low saturated fat, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Dietary Fiber.

Skin: It fights cancer and reduces oxidative stress, cholesterol and fat

How: It contains 5 times more vitamin that is present in the fruit and also has great vitamin B6, Fiber, Salicylic Acid, Bioflavonoids and dietary fiber.

  1. Kiwi

Seeds and skin: It is an anti-oxidant and strengthens the heart and joints. It also improves the overall metabolic health.

How: It is the best, the greatest and the only source of easy omega 3 fatty acids and also isrich in vitamin E.

  1. Strawberries

Skin and Seed: It prevents many different types of ailments and reduces many Vitamin C deficiencies as well.

How: It is rich in great amounts of Fiber and Vitamin C

Hence, the best part is that you now know what many different common fruits and seeds contain when it comes to their benefits and nutritional value. You also know what to eat and what to stay away from. You can also add these to your shakes and juices, and share these nutritional benefits in the comments below in order to know how they have benefitted you in your own way.

Amanda 😉

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is my Beauty Booster

Ginger on skincare? Sorry! Yes. You heard correctly 😉 Native from China and India, ginger is way more than just that an ordinary plants. It has a number of properties to qualify as a beauty booster as well. And the best part? The ingredient is one that is almost at all times sitting at the bottom of your vegetable basket. So no need to run around digging up plants for this one! Here are 5 reasons why you skin should be getting more of ginger.

Benefits of Ginger
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  • Burn Support

It is surprising to know that the natural situation of the skin is regained if ginger is applied directly to the place where the burn has taken place. It also helps to reduce the pain for the burn. Besides rubbing a fresh ginger slice, one can also apply fresh ginger juice for the same effect. If it is applied twice or thrice a day, it can help to remove different scars too.

This takes effect in 6 to 12 weeks while the ginger slice should be fresh every time you apply it.

You Will Never Thought That Knowing Ginger Skincare Could Be So Beneficial!
  • Anti-Aging

Ginger has more than 40 antioxidants in it.

That’s an impressive number to keep in mind!

This is why it greatly helps in anti-aging. The toxins are flushed out due to which the body circulation of the blood is improved. This in turn helps to have improvement in the skin appearance because it provides more nutrients to the skin.

They also prevent damage from different free radicals which is why the youth of the skin is not lost. The elasticity and firmness is maintained and aging is slowed down.

  • Acne and Spots

Acne and spots or different related blemishes are more like a curse to many people. Ginger can work wonders here. Ginger is a very powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent. It helps to keep the skin clear as well as free of any residues. As a result, the skin is invigorated and the blemishes are also lessened.

Acne-causing bacteria is also killed by ginger which is why it is also known as the best natural acne-fighting weapon of all. This way the rate of acne formation is also minimized.

  • White Scars

Hyper-pigmentation can also be solved with the help of ginger. The white spots are now no more of a problem at all. The skin becomes lighter or white at some places in comparison to other patches of the skin. The use of ginger reduces the appearance of this pigmentation.

If you apply a fresh slice of ginger to your skin and leave it on for some time, then the results can sometimes be seen in just 2 weeks.

If you also have any other ginger benefits make sure you tell me in the comments below too.

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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Apple | OrganicIsBeautiful

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.

Turmeric Latte

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3 Easy DIY Carrot Masks You Will Love!

Carrot, Lemon and Olive Oil Face Mask

Step 1: Prepare the mixture

Peel and boil one large carrot until tender (when a fork can easily pierce through it, it’s ready). Mash the carrot with a fork. We want a creamy consistency.

Now, add the following:

  • 1/2 tbsp of Organic Honey.
  • 1/2 tbsp. of Extra virgin olive oil.

NOTE: If your skin is oily, you may omit the extra virgin olive oil.

  • A few drops of organic lemon juice. How many you may ask? Read below 😉
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Olive Oil | OrganicIsBeautiful

Basically, your skin type will depend on the amount of lemon juice you add in. Because lemon juice is a natural astringent, you should know that the oilier your skin, the more lemon you want in your mask! Simple. ). If you have dry skin, add about 8 drops of lemon and if you have oily skin, add up to 1 tablespoon.

Step 2: Check consistency

The mixture shouldn’t be too clumpy or too runny. If the mix is too thick, you can add in a bit more extra virgin olive oil or water to thin it out. You can add a bit more honey to the mix to give it a thicker, paste-like texture.

Cool down. Let the mixture cool down so that the temperature is comfortable on your skin.

Step 3: Mask time

Let the fun part begins!  Apply the carrot mask onto a clean and bare face, even your neck if you wish, but avoid the eye and mouth area.

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Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful
Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful
Carrot | OrganicIsBeautiful

Leave it on for 10 -15 minutes and wash it off with warm water afterwards. Pat dry and follow up with your favorite moisturizer or eye cream.

Carrot and Coconut Oil Face Mask

Step 1: Wash, chop and blend.

Get a large carrot and cut it into 5 or so chunks. Wash them while boiling 3 cups of water in a sauce pan. Now Add carrots, reduce heat to low, cover and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Now you want to get the right texture. How?  First slowly drain water and add carrots to food processor or blender.

Step 2: Add the secret oil.

  • Add 1 tbsp. coconut oil and blend until smooth. Like a yammi puree 😉
Carrot in Skincare | OrganicIsBeautiful
Carrot in Skincare | OrganicIsBeautiful

Step 3: Pamper your face.

My favourite part. You will see the result straight away! Apply face mask to face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Allow to set about 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to wash face with warm water, and gently wipe off any remaining bits with a wash cloth.

NOTE: If you need a moisturizer, apply a little coconut oil or olive oil.

Carrot and Avocado Face Mask

Step1: Peel, boil and drain

Pick 2 or 3 large carrots in your kitchen and slice them into small rounds. Boil the carrots in a small pot until they’re easily pierced with a fork. Drain the water away and pour the cooked carrot slices into a small bowl.

Time to get exciting and … messy! Oops! 😉 Mash the carrots thoroughly with a fork.

Step 2: Get the right mixture

  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil with the carrots1/2 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has reached a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • 2-3 spoonfuls of the avocado as you go along as well. If you prefer a slightly different consistency, simply adjust the amount of oil to suit your preference.
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Avocado | OrganicIsBeautiful

Step 3: Be patient

Wait until the mask has cooled sufficiently to apply, and then smooth it onto your skin. Leave it in place for about 10 minutes; rinse it off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Done!  Source.

Thank you for reading OiB. Did you check the easy DIY homemade scrub ?

Lots of love! Amanda

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How to Pamper Yourself At Home &…Naturally! (Promised, it doesn’t have to be complicated)

Walking into a health food or vitamin store is an exercise in overwhelm. And googling what you’re trying to find out can be even worse! Peppermint, rosemary, lavender…you name it!

As me, there’s a good chance that you’ve also purchased herbal teas, extracts or salves for a cold or a minor first aid situation. Wouldn’t it be awesome to make those same herbal remedies yourself? With drastic decisions come drastic measures. Making the switch over to an all natural and healthier lifestyle can be overwhelming. Where do you start?

Coconut Oil, my number One oil. Picture Credit: Google Image.
Coconut Oil, my number One oil.
Picture Credit: Google Image.

Here are 5 steps to make that easier for you. List compelled by Pure & Simple.

1- Eliminate chemicals in your foods

This one is the most important (that’s why it’s number 1!). If you only take away one thing from this, take this: everything you do for your body relies on how well you are fueling it. I said for a long time that I wouldn’t be one of those crazy ladies in the grocery store who stands at every section for hours and hours and reads all the labels. Want to know a secret? That is me now! Now, I understand you might not know what every ingredient is, so this might stress you out, but relax! A general rule of thumb: if you don’t recognize the ingredient or if it is a mile long, just don’t get it. The longer the label, the more of a chance there is for chemicals to be in it.

Here are some of the 10 most common chemicals to avoid if you are new to label reading:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Yellow dye
  • Red dye
  • Blue lake
  • TBHQ
  • MSG (also called monosodium glutamate)
  • BHT and BHA
  • Sodium Nitrate
  • Aspartame
  • Sucralose

Note: of course, this is not a complete list, but this should help you get started!

2- Cut out sugary drinks

One of the mistakes people make is feeling as if they are drinking enough because they are always sipping on something, but rarely is it water. I make an effort to have 1 gallon of WATER every day. Anything else has to be in addition to that. Alternatively, you can kick start your day with the extra energy from drinking lemon water. A tumeric latter will do to [Recipe here]. Here are some things to consider:

  • Store bought fruit juices are usually loaded with sugar
  • Soda is junk. Don’t drink it.
  • If you are a coffee drinker, keep in mind how much sugar you are consuming with each cup. I’m a big starbucks girl so this one applies to me.
Limes can be an excellent substitute to lemons (Image credit: Centre of the Psyclone)
Limes can be an excellent substitute to lemons (Image credit: Centre of the Psyclone)

3- Exercice in the morning

If you are just getting into a healthy routine, this one should help you out. For me, when I exercise in the morning it is great motivation to continue being healthy for the remainder of the day. If I save my workout until the end of the day, I have a longer period of time to come up with an excuse to not workout at all.

4- Get yourself a basic starter kit of essential oils

If you are looking to make any all natural products to avoid chemicals and save money, there are some essential oils that are…well, essential. If you are looking to start smaller, here are 5 essential oils I would recommend for you:

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Lavender | OrganicIsBeautiful
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Thieves
  • Tea tree
  • Lemon

5- Stock your cabinets with the basics

There are so many natural medicine products that you will find yourself using more and more as you continue on this path. Here are my 5 favorites:

Argan oil and Coconut oil are both a must have. Because there are both highly versatile, nutritious for both your skin collagen and your hair scalp. As well as easy to implement on your daily routine like I do here. Talking about your hair strength, coconut oil is ideal base of Pre – shampoo or as a combination with Shikakai powder. India is home to traditinal Ayurveda medecine that I have discovred living here in Malaysia. Little India is two stops away from my home. How convenient is that 😉

Shikakai Powder acts as a natural astringent for hair enhancing its binding properties naturally.

Not sure what to do with Shikakai? Recall my tutorial on how to use Amla and Shikakai for your hair. Link below
Not sure what to do with Shikakai? Recall my tutorial on how to use Amla and Shikakai for your hair. Link below

Apple Cider Vinegar is always handy to have at home. It naturally fights against wrinkles and keep your skin elasticity uniform. I personally love it and pamper myself with it on Saturday [Happy Saturday | Pamper Yourself]

And, the last, but not the least is Honey.
This all-natural ingredient is good for so much more than sweetening up your tea or coffee. Honey is actually a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it’s retained it in the layers where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration.

Well there you have it. 5 steps to help you get started. I know it can be intimidating, but don’t give up. I speak from experience when I say it is WELL worth it.

Happy health, everyone!

Amanda 😉
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