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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.

Moringa Benefit | OrganicIsBeautiful
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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A Quick Reminder

Simple Skincare Are The Best.

Sharing healthy and natural skincare has been a real passion. There is so much to talk about. Yet, the first rule (and the most important one) is simple: Patience + Discipline are the two indispensable ingredients to any DIY recipe. Keep this in mind 😉 

Wishing you all an awesome Sunday. I am off to a delicioua and well deserved brunch, and you?lWhat do you plan to treat yourself today?

Amanda ❤ #organicisbeautufiful (trully). 

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Hey you! Yes, you! You are Beautiful.

Hey you! Yes, you! You are beautiful. You are handsome. You have an entire unique world within you. Bring it out. Let the fire in your eyes burn. Believe in yourself. Because I do. And when you do, the rest of the world will follow suit.”

Self confidence is something many lack. The reason for the same? Unnecessary comments from friends and family that date back to childhood. Yes! Lack of confidence for many, commences from childhood. They are deep rooted and it becomes all the more difficult to uproot them when the scars are old.

Let’s face it. We all feel low when someone indicates through their words and actions that we don’t look good. This mostly happens with people who have a tendency to put on weight, people who are too thin, short or those who are dusky. When the unnecessary comments increase, we begin to doubt ourselves.

Am I too fat? Does that dress look dull on me?

Should I go for this event?

What if they mock me again?

Stop right there! If you begin to doubt yourself, the commentators will increase, so will your doubts. Your confidence level will go further down, making your life miserable. No Superheroes will come to your rescue. You are your own Super hero. Start now! Stop this mess and hit the boost button. Here is how you do it.

Let us start right from the beginning

Step 1: Stop measuring beauty from others’ point of view.

Step 2: Accept & Believe that you are beautiful, just the way you are.

Step 3: DO NOT let anyone else ruin that for you.

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Be Grateful | OrganicIsBeautiful

The transformation did not happen overnight. It took me years. It began with believing in myself.

 Boost your self-confidence:

Here are some don’ts that you could use, listed originally here.

  • Asking others for approval – “Am I looking fat?”, whether it is to hear a ‘No’ from a person or whether it is a genuine question, you are giving the permission to someone else to assess you. If you feel that you are fat and want to reduce, do what is necessary. If not, leave it. But do not place your self confidence in someone else’s hands.
  • Putting Yourself Down – “It wouldn’t suit me. I’m fat/thin/dusky” When you say this repeatedly to someone, whether you are fat or not, your belief becomes their belief. Later on, there is no point complaining when they comment on your looks.
  • Agreeing With Someone Who Comments on You – A Big No! It isn’t about throwing stones at every barking dog. It is about keeping up your self respect and not letting anyone else trample you. If you entertain them today, many more will join. You will end up feeling worthless. So, when they pass a comment that brings your confidence level down, boost it up by telling them that you feel wonderful this way. They will stop in a while.
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  • Keep believing. Once, you begin to believe, you wouldn’t let others trample you. When they find the fire in you, they will stop once and for all. In the process, you might lose a couple of fake friends. But, the important part is, you will have the most important person with you, hale and hearty: YOU!

Other inspirational post here:

4 Years Living Abroad. My Tricks to Be Happy (No Matter What)

Never Be Denied

Why Complicate Life?

Love,

Amanda: ♥ Facebook @organicisbeautiful  ♥ Instagram @organicisB  ♥ Twitter @organicisb

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The Importance of Eyebrows

For the last two years I feel that well shaped and filled in eyebrows have become more and more popular in the make-up world and to me, it’s not a surprise as of why. Eyebrows can drastically change what a person looks like and they add so much character to a face that I feel like it’s one of the first things that you should try to tackle when you’re interested in make-up. To illustrate how important brows are to the general look of a face I proceeded to quickly sketch a lady and gave her over 15 different brow shapes and intensities.

You may ask why? OiB is about natural beauty, and applied aromatherapy tips. Since the past months, I shared with you:

And more coming soon! Because beauty has different ways of expressing itself, I though it is time to diversify my scope, at least for a day – No fancy words, promise!

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Carrot in skincare | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

I’m not going to tell you which ones I think are flattering or not because I feel like it’s a matter of taste and not of fact. I personally dislike it when people tell you how to do something because they often only suggest it because it’s what they personally like, not what may be most suitable for you. Different faces suit different things, so you should do your brows in whichever way you want!

All I want to achieve with this is that you become aware of what different eyebrows do and perhaps gain some insight into how you want to shape your own. The next beautiful visuals are the courtesy of HantasticBeauty.

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Eyebrow | OrganicIsBeautiful

See how much changes in the intensity of the expressions when you change the opacity of the eyebrow. This is why it’s important to think of the colour as well! It can change how you come across drastically.

These two are almost identical, but the one on the left is more heavily filled in towards the tail and the beginning of the brow is left natural and lighter. On the right, the brow is filled in all the way to the center, note how much the intensity of the brow changes with just a little addition like that. So if you want a softer, more natural effect, lightly fill in the beginning of the brow instead of heavily

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See how even a light or artistic eyebrow can bring expression to the face in a way that the ‘no eyebrow’ lacks, though not having brows can be a statement in itself as well and is quite popular for that.

Love,

Amanda.

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Mango Fennel Salad

Happy Sunday everyone! Sunday & sweet pace of a lovely week end. What best than a healthy and easy to make salad to enjoy your day? Today, on OiB, sharing with you a lovely recipe compelled and detailed by Pistachio.

Enjoy 😉

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Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds
  • 3 ripe mangoes , preferably ataulfo, kesar, alphonso
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small clove grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • handful Pine nuts
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Mango Fennel Salad | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Method:

1. Make fennel frond pesto

First, take off the fennel fronds from the fennel bulb, add it with the grated ginger and garlic along with lemon juice and process it in a food processor whiling pouring olive oil in it.

Note: Process only to make sure that everything gets mixed but you can still see the fronds! (If you don’t have a food processor , use mortar and pestle or a whisk).

Then, it is time to remove the pesto in a bowl and add salt and black pepper to it and mix it.

Slice fennel bulb thinly removing the root and stem. Once done, its mango time 😉 ⇒ Remove the skin of the mangoes and slice off the flesh in the same way as fennel.

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Mango Fennel Salad | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

2. Mix it all together

In a salad bowl, take the fennel and mangoes slices and dress the salad using the fennel frond pesto. You can more salt if needed. Don’t forget to add the pine nuts on top for the crunchy taste!

I have used it as a salad, you can also chop it slightly smaller size and have it in your tacos. The pesto is also great to be used to grill fish or use in dressing cantaloupe or honey dew salad. It is really versatile.

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Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Feel free to visit Pistachio’s blog for further recipe and travel photos!

Amanda

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