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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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How to Prevent Dry Skin with Organic Macadamia Oil?

Many people suffer from dry skin problems during the winters. The reason behind this is the dryness in the air during this particular season. However, there are lots of other people for whom skin dryness is a continual problem. They are born with this type of skin and the application of cosmetics or soaps on it make the skin still rougher.

Macadamia oil offers beautify benefits for your skin. In addition to its moisturizing benefits, this nutrient-dense oil is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect your skin and promote healing following sunburn or other types of skin damage. As an added bonus, macadamia oil imitates your skin’s natural oils, making it an ideal match for maintaining your glow.

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Macadamia | OrganicIsBeautiful

Although the Macadamia oil is quite thick and feels oily to the touch, it’s quickly absorbed into the skin, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or oily In addition to fill your skin with moisture, using macadamia nut oil topically firms your skin while maintaining a young shine The sum of palmitoleic acid that naturally occurs in your skin reduce as you age. By using macadamia oil, you repair your skin’s palmitoleic acid levels and reduce your skin’s rate of deterioration while keeping your skin tight and disappointing wrinkle formation.

  • Natural Anti-aging / Dry Skin Serum

You know by now how I love Jojoba Oil in my daily skin routine, and carrots and avocado when it comes to my homemade mask. Guess what!? Macadamia nut oil contains the highest level of Palmitoleic Acid than any other plant oil (about 24%). Palmitoleic Acid has many anti ageing properties, some of which have even been found to slow the rate at which our skin older.

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  • Healthy, Shiny Hair

Light and non greasy and loaded Macadamia Oil with several vitamins and minerals, it’s a great alternative to refill dry and frizzled hair. It’s quickly and easily absorbed by the hair follicle and your scalp, making a great treatment for dandruff even as ensuring silky smooth shiny hair – root to tip!

Leave it in over night for a strong hair treatment that will improve the overall condition of your hair and encourage your hair growth. Personally, it remains me of Ayurveda powders that also helps strengthen your hair!

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Macadamia | OrganicIsBeautiful
  • Say Good bye to weak Nails

No one likes the look of broken, weak nails and torn cuticles. A small amount of macadamia oil warmed in the microwave, rubbed around the base of the finger nail can soften and moisturize the cuticles, help in preventing damage. This will not only help in improve the condition of the cuticles, but will also result in stronger, healthier nails with regular treatment.

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Some tips : You deserve a massage! But it doesn’t have to cost a wealth…Set up a quiet, peaceful corner with some candles and calm music, add some necessary oils to your macadamia nut oil and treat yourself to an at home aromatherapy massage. Try lavender oil, rosewood or chamomile oil for a calming effect after a long week at work.

***Naughty Treat

Everyone deserves something a little bit appalling from time to time…so after you’ve treated your hair, nails, skin, indulged in the delicious Macadamia oil and Carrot Face Mask and aroma therapy massage, treat your taste flower to some Dark Chocolate coated Macadamia Nuts….everything in control right?! 😉

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Non - Alcoholic Perfume? | OrganicIsBeautiful

Non-Alcoholic Perfume?

Today, on OiB I will discuss the ever increasing debate of non-alcoholic perfumes. There have various requests that have been asking me for the reality behind them. This is why I thought to finally give it a thought for all my readers out there. There have been various queries about non-alcoholic perfumes. Some ask if it is natural and organic while some want to know the benefits or the features it has to offer. Thus, you shall find all the answers now as I have tried and used the perfume myself to give you the reviews and knowledge about it.

So What Is Non-Alcoholic Perfume?

The primary essential of perfumes is the oil concentration with which it is made. This is also what makes the non-alcoholic perfume different than a normal alcoholic perfume. This oil concentration should be more and more in order to have a good perfume. All good and high quality perfumes have 15 to 30% perfume oil in them. Alcohol is mixed with this perfume to make the smell stronger.

There are higher quantities of alcohol in those perfumes that have a low quantity of perfume oil. But then there can be several issues with these alcoholic perfumes. It is here that the advantages or features of non-alcoholic perfumes come by.

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Features of Non-Alcoholic Perfumes

The different benefits of non-alcoholic perfumes also include benefits for the skin which I have witnessed myself. These are all given as follows

  • These perfumes are not too costly
  • These perfumes do not attract to have stronger smell for the first two hours and then vanish through the next hour (as the alcohol evaporates faster). They remain constant
  • These perfumes have lower risk of being prone to develop skin infection or any skin sensitivity
  • The oil of these perfumes can also sometimes help to have a balanced skincare and fragrance as well
  • Non-alcoholic perfumes are more towards the organic and natural side in comparison

Where Did It Come from?

The actual word perfume is a Latin word called per fumus which means ‘through smoke’. Later on the Romans went on to define perfumes even more while the Persians and Arabs also were partners in the same. Today, perfumes are used in different cultures all over the world. The western society uses it in their own style while the eastern side has its own set of fragrances. Not to forget, the Islamic world also appreciates a person who applies non-alcoholic perfume and smells good most of the time, especially on a Friday.

Non - Alcoholic Perfume? | OrganicIsBeautiful
Non – Alcoholic Perfume? | OrganicIsBeautiful

Different Forms of Non-Alcoholic Perfumes

There are many different forms of these non-alcoholic perfumes. They can be made purely with the help of different essential oils that enhance the skin and bring about lots of fragrance as well. One can even combine different types of oils and apply them to act as a perfume. This is because the oil absorbs within the skin and the fragrance is maintained throughout.

For all your non-alcoholic perfume knowledge, I shall let you know that this is a really good option to go for in comparison. Different oils can be used to treat and maintain the skin besides having the fragrance as well. Let me know if you still have any queries, the comment section is all yours.

Amanda

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Mediterranean Pizza with Cauliflower

This recipe is great for beginners, comer backers, and those who love to work with their hands. This “pizza” would work great with any choice of toppings, however I chose to make a Mediterranean version to eaaaaaaaaaaase myself back in.

Enjoy.

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Cauliflower | OrganicIsBeautiful

 The Recipe – 

The Crust:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup powdered parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1sp salt
  • 1 large egg

Toppings:

  • 1 can olives; drained (you can choose any olives you like, I went with green)

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  • 1 can artichoke hearts; drained
  • feta cheese; crumbled
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes
  • fresh arugula
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

LEVEL: Easy

Directions – 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse the cauliflower florets to a fine powder (it should resemble snow and you should have about 2 1/2 cups).

Next, transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and puncture the plastic 3-4 times with a fork. Microwave cauliflower 4 minutes. Next, on a thin, clean, dry kitchen towel, dump out the cauliflower and allow to cool.

Once cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible (you will be surprised by the amount of water. This may take a few minutes.) In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt, and egg until well combined.

Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round. It is important to make sure your round is thin and even. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. (I did 10 minutes).

Next, remove the crust from the oven. Once it is cool to the touch, brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped olives, artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese.

Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

While the pizza is cooking, in a large bowl dress the arugula with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. When the pizza is done, remove from oven and transfer to a serving plate and top with dressed arugula.

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Vegan Appetizer | OrganicIsBeautiful

Bon Appetit!

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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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