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Coffee in your daily skin care

The first ever post media on OiB a few months back was a cup of coffee. This one. 10 months later, it is with no surprise that coffee becomes an actual topic, not just a cute photo. I love coffee. I always knew it was a plus (not a minus) in any beauty regimen. I already mentioned it here back in July, and even here earlier this year. I though today is the day to get messy. No more sweet talk, ditch the chocoloate and honey. Today, we go raw. Starting by a killer question (suspense mood on):

 ⇒ How to incorporate Coffee in our daily skincare routine? 

You know you can incorporate coffee into your daily skin care , well no right? Even though it’s a widely consumed beverage but it has also got other not so popular benefits. Today we are going to discuss those.

You have heard it right!!! You can use coffee for your daily skin care routine. This is because coffee has got certain essential agents which are beneficial for your skin like the antioxidants, it prevents the aging of your skin. Quite shocking right? Something like coffee which you use to energize yourself in the morning can be used on your skin? To be frank, I was shocked too.

Enough of the blabbering, so let’s see why you should use coffee as your daily skin care product:

Prevents premature aging

Coffee has a rich quantity of anti-oxidants when you consume coffee you take those antioxidants inside, these are the agents that stunt your skin from aging. Antioxidants are greatly natural remedies to combat wrinkles and dryness.

Makes your skin smooth and soft

One of the basics of skincare is removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This keeps your skin healthy and fresh. In order to remove dead skin, you need a substance that is rough and strong but not so strong that they may ruin your skin. This is where coffee comes into play, it is a best natural exfoliation agent. It can be used as a natural scrub to get rid of dead skin cells, hence maintain a smooth and soft skin.

Reduces soreness of the skin

Strong antioxidants in coffee have got many anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces puffiness and soreness of the skin. It is the best alternative to harmful cosmetics. Later I’ll tell you how to make a DIY coffee mask help to reduce the soreness of the skin.

Some DIY coffee recipes

How to make a simple yet effective coffee face scrub at home? Read below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt. (Preparing an article about what type of salt to use and avoid in skincare, stay tuned). Salt is a natural exfoliant.
  • Few drops of lavender or jasmine oil for scent

Directions:

  1. Add the above ingredients in a small bowl and mix it well. Then a few drops of lavender or jasmine oil for fragrance.
  2. Put the mix in in a sealed container and allow it to cool in your refrigerator
  3. Use this mix and natural DIY coffee scrub, use it at least three or four times per day to get best results.

I usually follow any scrub by a gently mask to rejuvenate my skin. You can try the mask I use and see if it fits you – Comment below to let me know!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt

Directions:

  1. blend this mix together in a small bowl, then directly apply it on your face.
  2. Keep it on your face for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Clean off the DIY coffee mask with a warm towel.

What about your body? You having a lovely Pamper Day and will love to know how to also pamper your entire body including your armpits, your toes and your cute little legs, read below.

NOTE: For dry legs like mine (I confess), there are specific tips available here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of ground coffee
  • 1⁄4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup turbinado raw sugar

Directions:

  1. Quite similar to the scrub before, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Now use this scrub while bathing, apply it on your hands, legs and your entire body. And let it remain for five minutes, occasionally massaged in a circular motion.
  3. This mix will open your pores and remove any dead skin cells.
  4. Rinse off the scrub and pat dry.

I’m quite sure you are amazed how coffee can be useful for your skin. The above-mentioned DIY techniques really work and I know many would use them. You also give it a try, the results may appear in 2 to 3 weeks and let me know about it.

Sabrina

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Gone Exploring My First Moringa Tree plantation…in Cambodia!

Moringa is one of the world’s most useful plants.

This fast-growing tree is grown throughout the tropics for human food, livestock forage, medicine, dye, and water purification.

It is known by several names in different countries, but is popularly called the “drumstick tree” for its pods that are used by drummers and the “horseradish tree” for the flavor of its roots.

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Moringa Benefit | OrganicIsBeautiful

Where it started: little India!

Living in Kuala Lumpur, I (re)discovered the diversity of the Indian cuisine. It’s a constant mix, an assortment of spices and herbs.

Shopping around in Little India one evening, I (literately speaking) bumped into my first Moringa seeds. I took a picture (see on the right): I did not know what it was at the time. Looking surprised, the staff assistant came to me and said, proudly:

“Moringa tree, oh very Good. Eat and brain & skin very strong!”.

I needed to learn more. Ready to get your feet dirty in a small plantation in the deep Cambodia land?

Read below;)

A family-owned organic Moringa tree in Cambodia.

In my earlier article, we explore the multiple benefits of the Moringa tree. Today, we head to a local  plantation to understand how Moringa trees can be produced in a natural and economical way.

Moringa seeds sold in little india KL.

I hope you will enjoy my post as much I enjoyed visiting and talking with the owner of the plantation you will discover below.

As mentioned, it was during my trip to Cambodia that I had the chance to travel around the country and meet local producers that specialized in chemical-free Moringa tree plantation. There are many different species of Moringa trees, the one I have uncovered is the Moringa Oleifera.

  • Trees are often spaced in a line one meter or less apart in order to create living fence posts
  • Moringa trees do not need much watering, which make them ideally suited for the climate of places such as SEA.
  • All the picture shown in this article represents Moringa Oleifera, the most widely cultivated specie.
  • Moringa is resistant to most pests.

In the first and third pictures, you can seed Moringa seeds. Those seeds are used to create Moringa oil. A pure Moringa oil, with no additive or preservatives, apply to your skin daily, or after a weekly exfoliation help the skin rejuvenate.

What makes Organicly produced Moringa trees better?

The answer: the compost! The botanicals used to produce Moringa trees are grown in soils that are free of chemicals. Chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers are actually prohibited and never used.

The major issue nowadays with so-called ‘organic’ composts available to farmers is that they add the composted contents of green waste from our household recycling centers.

The farmer I met produced his own compost from animal manure (mainly from the cow) and it takes approximately half a year of storage to become completely ready for fertilizer.

What are the benefits of using compost?

  • Increases organic matter in the soil.
  • Higher yields – studies show that you can improve maximum yield potential by increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil.
  • Inorganic fertilizer substitution – compost contains slow release, crop-available nutrients, including phosphate, potash, magnesium and sulfur.
  • Improves soil structure for better workability and better crop establishment
  • Better soil structure and water management – adding compost improves soil structure, which is good for crops (good water infiltration and retention) and also makes it easier to work, saving fuel and time.
  • Increases water infiltration and retention.

Are you into gardening? Then, Moringa trees is for you! I learnt that they are fast growers and can be havested while just 1.5-2meters tall. Moringa can grow in a diversity of environment, (South Carolina, Ethiopia, you named it!): it can grow in dry, poor or sandy soils.

How to harvest a Moringa tree? Simple. Cutting away half a meter form the tops and drying the the shade.

After the harvesting, the leaves are collected and sent to the wharehouse for cleaning and drying.

The Moringa leaves are then washed with water and salt and rinse at least twice. It is then left to dry 2 or 3 days before any further action.

In summary,

Moringa trees is widely available in SEA, production has been in the recent years industrialized, and in my quest for organic alternative, I noticed how challenging it was to visit a 100%organic farm. Yet, they still exist 😉

Once cleaned, dried and packaged, Moringa trees offers a variety of benefits. Women can used it to improve their skin strength, keeping a nice and natural glow in their face.

The seeds, once pulverized are sold as powder supplement, multivitamin drink for athletes. It is said to be helpful within a balanced diet.

I hope you enjoyed my post, first article in my serie “Miracle trees“. If you want to hear more about the others miracle trees that I will explore,  feel free to add your email address to my subscription box!  I will keep you posted 😉

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Thank you

Amanda 😉

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Still Skeptical About Coconut Oil Pulling?

Still Skeptical About Coconut Oil Pulling? - Organicisbeautiful.com
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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Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful

I Just Got Back From My 1st Acupuncture Session And…

…it was a real discovery. I assume most of you would have heard about acupuncture by now, yes you know the one, that treatment where you have pins stuck into your body. You must be asking yourself “now where’s the appeal in that?”

When I came to try it for the first time I went to the session underprepared with a friend (the one in the header picture). Traditional Chinese Medicine is highly regarded here in Malaysia.

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Street food | OrganicIsBeautiful

It was very easy to find a suitable healing and relaxation centre just a few street away from my home in Kuala Lumpur, right in China town. To be honest with you, we were both a little naïve and with only a minimal view of what to expect.

That’s why I am here to help you out and give you a few key pointers about how to prepare for your first session.

My first visit was full of little surprises and one of the main things I learned was the various different styles and techniques of acupuncture that were available.

Having an awareness and knowledge of what to expect will hopefully give you that little bit of confidence to go and try it out and ease your mind of those posing questions to ensure there are no surprises when you go and give Acupuncture a whirl. 😉

 The main “need to knows”

So before you got to your first session there are a few things you just need to know:

We’ve all done it, felt a bit off colour or sick and then cancelled an appointment. Acupuncture can actually treat more than pain and can even be used to treat your annoying cold or stomach bug or even further medical conditions such as stress or other types of disorders.

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Categorie: Wellness | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

You should always eat and never make the mistake of attending an acupuncture session on an empty stomach. Eating prior to treatment, even if only a small snack helps ensure the body has enough energy. This is known to assist in acupunctures treatment potential. If you don’t eat you may experience dizzy spells or feel light headed.

If your thoughts were anything like mine, I was always under the impression that you had to remove your close for acupuncture, just like you would for a massage. This is not the case.

Although Acupuncturists obviously have to access areas under your clothes they intend to ensure that skin is exposed in small portions. Loose clothing is always a good idea.

When I went for my first Acupuncture I was asked a number of what could be in the views of some people awkward or embarrassing questions. Do not be alarmed this is just a simple way for the Acupuncturists to find out more about you your health and lifestyle and what you hope to achieve from taking part in the treatment.

The equipment really isn’t that scary

By my own admissions I take hygiene very seriously and one of my initial concerns was to do with the equipment used.

Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful
Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful

I had no reason to worry:

  • Acupuncture needles are not the same as hypodermic ones they are thinner and more flexible
  • Needles are not reused
  • Needles are not the only equipment there is other equipment or techniques
  • Quite often one treatment is not sufficient and further sessions may be required
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    Acupuncture | OrganicIsBeautiful

How did I feel?

My first session of Acupuncture left me feeling totally relaxed, invigorated and to an extent relieved of some of my pains. I would describe Acupuncture as a pleasurable and easily tolerable pain that after every session left me feeling ecstatic.

So now I have settled your concerns all that is left to do is for you to give it a try. I assure you that once you have tried it you will only want more. Go and see for yourself and you’ll feel that relaxed it will be as if you are walking with one foot off the ground.

Amanda,

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