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How to make a homemade aloe vera facial mask to treat acne?

Hello readers, I am back with amazing news: Aloe vera is still my secret love when it comes to natural skincare products at home. Simple, versatile and highly powerful. Why not readjust our memories and share today a crazy simple DIY Aloe vera treatment for acne skin?

Aloe Vera is known to be a type of plant or more like an herb that has several benefits. Part of its beneficial ability includes serving as :

  • A detoxification herb.
  • A immune system booster by helping blood circulation rate as well as aiding digestion.

What about skincare benefits?

Out of all these benefits, one of the most used is skin-soothing ability and healing features. It is particularly good for treating burns, irritation, sunburns, and also acne. Aloe vera is a common plant that can grow at the backyard of many houses and also can be grown in flower pots. With a simple process, you can use it for a facial mask in order to treat acne.

Aloe vera in the modern world is now used in creams and other skin care product. No wonder it is called Plant of immortality in Egypt due to its multipurpose ability!!

Today, we keep things simple and easy focusing on 2 key ingredients. You will need aloe vera and lemon mask.
How to prepare aloe vera and lemon facial mask?
Lemon juice alongside aloe vera can bright of the skin naturally without any other additives. The following homemade mask helps to get rid of dark spots and scars from acne. Grapefruit or fresh lime can, if necessary, replace lemon. Please note citrus and sun exposure are not good friends, a good time to use this mask evening time, before bedtime.

Step by step guide – Fresh Lemon and Aloe Vera Face Mask:
1. Prepare the aloe vera: Select the aloe vera plant with thicker stem to get more juice, then use knife to cut the leaf attached to the base of the plant. Make sure you clearly wash in clean water.
Once cleaned, you can squeeze out the juice into a clean bowl.
2. Preparing the Aloe vera gel: Chop off the rough edges of the leaf.  Slice the skin like part of the aloe into two equal part. Scrape out the gel inside the two half parts and put inside a bowl.

Once ready, you can move on to the 3rd step.
3. Combining the freshly made aloe vera gel by mash the gel with lemon juice (precisely 1/8 tsp)
Note: Avoid using excess lemon juice as it might cause irritation.

Apply the facial scrub on your face and neck. Then, lightly massage the face with it. Leave it for about 15 to 20 minutes, then wash with warm water. Dry off your skin with a soft towel and then apply moisturizer.  Store the facial mask in the refrigerator in case there are some left.

Let me know how you go 😉

Amanda

Safety while using essential oils

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Essential oils can be much more powerful than you anticipate. Personally I had many trouble using essential oils, also I have heard from many getting in trouble by not properly using essential oil. 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.

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.
    Many experts believe that, you should only use undiluted essential oil once you have gained enough knowledge on what you’re dealing with. Many people use lavender oil, tea tree oil or any other essential oil without any prior precaution, most of them use undiluted. If abused this 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. Years of dealing with essential oils, I’ve heard many allergic reactions and inflammation to certain oils. Should definitely be sure before you start using it.
  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. The proper research and consult with your doctor before you start incorporating essential oil in your daily life.

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    Safety while using essential oils – Organicisbeautiful.com
  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.
    As mentioned above if abused essential oil can be quite dangerous. 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. 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.
  7. Essential oils can be extremely flammable keep them away from any fire hazards

I think I OrganicIsBeautiful Signaturehave 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.

Amanda

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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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Quinoa | OrganicIsBeautiful

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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(Dark) Chocolate Lovers? This Post is For You!

How dark do you like your chocolate? 70% cacao? 80% cacao? Even darker? I personnaly alway go for dark chocolate. Why? Stronger taste, the bitterness in my head, I think: 85% Chocolate means only 15% sugar, right? Is that true or just the pure guilt-free self-proclamed theory of mine? Lets find out together in OiB today.

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Cacao beans | OrganicIsBeautiful

So, this post is dedicated to all the dark chocolate lovers out there and to the reasons that we should eat more of it. Can I get a whoop whoop?

Dark Chocolate, 3 components.

Emulsifiers: Emulsifiers are simply molecules that attach to both oil and water. It helps provide the right consistency. They have two ends, like a magnet.

Soy lecithin is the most widely used type in chocolate. It is derived from naturally such as soybeans but is considered article because it is usually extracted with chemicals. Other examples are the ammonium phosphatide and the very controversial, PGPR.

NOTE: The maximum dosage for emulsifier in the EU is 0.6% by weight and 2.3% in the US. ConfectioneryNews.

Sugar:

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Brown Sugar | OrganicIsBeautiful

→ And of course, cacaoThere are four major types of cacao bean:

  • Criollo: Native to Mexico and Central America
  • Forastero: Mostly cultivated in Africa
  • Trinitario: Actually a crossbreed of the Criollo and Forastero. Usually found in Central and South America but in parts of Asia as well.
  • Nacional: Typically found in South America, west of the Andes. The Nacional is the most difficult to grow.

Why is Dark Chocolate Better than Milk Chocolate?

Dark chocolate is essentially chocolate without the milk solids added to it. The more milk solids in chocolate, the lower the percentage you will see on the wrapper (70%, 85%, 100%, etc.).

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So when you see a package of Lindt dark chocolate and it reads 90% dark chocolate, you know that figure represents the percentage of cacao solids in the bar.

Some hidden Health Benefits.

According to Epicurious.com, the health benefits of chocolate are almost entirely due to the polyphenols found in cocoa. As a rule of thumb, whenever you read something good about chocolate, what they’re really talking about is cocoa – Not sure of the difference between cocoa and cacao, click here for my plain English explanation.

Therefore, as the cocoa content of chocolate increases, so do its positive effects on health. A standard milk chocolate will contain about 30% cocoa, while premium dark chocolates usually have more than 70%.

Dark chocolate contains less sugar, more cholesterol-neutral fat, and more cocoa polyphenols in a more bioavailable form than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is also said to be more filling, which means it takes less calories to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

What To Look for When Shopping for Dark Chocolate

According to the Paleo Guide, you should always choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate despite what talking M&M’s say.

  • Antioxidants are higher in dark chocolate.
  • Milk chocolate and the ingredients in it (sugar, trans fats, milk solids, artificial sweeteners to name a few) can lead to hardening of arteries, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and weakening of the immune system.
  • Milk can interfere with the absorption of vital nutrients, especially those flavonoids.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, always opt for 70% or darker and, in this guy’s humble opinion, for 85% and higher. The more naturally occurring cacao that is available, the greater the benefit.

NOTE: I have said before and will keep reminding you: Read labels. Look for dark chocolate that has as little sugar as possible (under ten grams). Keep skimming and look for vegetable fat as an ingredient. If it is on there, keep shopping around.

I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did researching and compelling those information. We learn something new everyday and the purpose of OiB is to list different way of consumption that are healthier and organic.

Feel free to share your feedbacks in the comments box.

Amanda

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How to Select The Chocolate that Makes You Happy!

Happy, Happy, Happy + Energy = Chocolate. A dessert. An antidepressant. A favorite indulgence. Eating cacao makes you happy! It contains phenylethylamine which is responsible for our state of mood and pleasure and the same feelings you get when you are in love. It also acts as a stimulant and can improve mental alertness.

A bit of History

Our word chocolate comes from the Spanish version of the Aztec Nahuatl word chocolatl, which in turn derives from a word xococ, meaning bitter. Literally chocolate means bitter water.

It all started in 1500 BC-500 BC in the ancient Olmec civilisation in Mesoamerican and continued on through the time of the Maya and Aztecs before making its trek across to the Old World in the 16th century.

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Raw Chocoloate | OrganicIsBeautiful

Did you know? Chocolate was much more than just a piece of indulgence. Below are some of the traditional  usages of Chocolate in the Aztecs culture:

  1. The Aztecs associated the cacao bean with the goddess Xochiquetzal, the goddess of fertility.
  2. Aztecs also used them as a kind of sacred currency with which the captive peoples of their empire could pay tribute.
  3. The Aztecs believed that chocolate was a powerful aphrodisiac, able to arouse the sexual passions.

The Cacao Tree

According to HeritageDaily, the tree produces fruits approximately the size and shape of an American football! Actual cacao beans are found inside the fruit of the tree in fleshy, oval-shaped pods. The beans are harvested, fermented, and dried.

Each pod contains an average of 40 seeds (or beans), which are what is used to make cocoa powder, cocoa butter and chocolate.

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Raw Chocoloate | OrganicIsBeautiful

Difference Between Cacao and Coca

  • CACAO

According to Obsev, the cacao bean is the source of both cacao and cocoa powders.
It is to the raw form of chocolate. The cacao bean is what any type of chocolate (cocoa powder) is initially made of.

Cacao contains an abundance of antioxidants, because it’s raw and pure.

It’s also a fantastic source of fiber, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iron, copper, zinc, sulfur, and calcium.

NOTE: Raw cacao is a stimulant so it is advised not to consume it after about 2-3pm as to not interfere with a good night’s sleep!

  • COCOA

In short, cocoa is what you and I eat. What comes out of the processed and roasted steps of cacao! Cocoa exists because 100% cacao has a rich, chocolate flavour but is also very bitter (The taste of cacao can actually vary depending on the variety of plant, soil, temperate, sunlight and rain that is received during the growing process).
You have to know that once roasted and processed (turning cacao to cocoa), the beans lose much of their nutritional benefits. In your grocery shop, you can find chocolate in different formats. I share som

How to use it

Cacao powder can be added to smoothies, to make chocolate desserts or to make a yummy hot chocolate.

Cacao butter can be used in conjunction with cacao powder and natural sweetener to make your own chocolate (see some recipes below). It is also great to add to bliss balls or nut bases to hold them together and can be used in the place of coconut oil. It will add a lovely velvety, chocolate flavour. Cacao butter is edible but it is also used in skin care products.

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Cocoa Butter | OrganicIsBeautiful

Cacao nibs add a lovely crunch to muffins, ice-cream or as a topping on your favourite dessert. They are also great to add to your favourite granola mix for breakfast or on top of a smoothie.
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