Frankincense essential oil is high in monoterpenes, the main component responsible for making this essential oil antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Frankincense essential oil has the ability to promote the regeneration of healthy skin cells and at the same time protect already available healthy skin cells. Working at a cellular level means skin starts healthy helping to avoid damage and omitting the need to repair damaged skin cells.
As old skin falls off naturally or is removed by cleansing / exfoliating, new skin comes to the surface. Frankincense can also kill bacteria that can interfere with this process making this essential oil great for reducing acne, cleaning out clogged pores and brightening the skin. Aging skin can be the result of many factors including inflammation, overgrowth of bacteria or lack of hydration. Frankincense essential oil helps eliminate many of these common factors that lead to dull, lifeless skin.
Frankincense oil can also help with wound healing and may decrease the appearance of scars. Be careful not to apply it to broken skin, but it’s fine for skin that’s in the process of healing.
Want glowing skin but not sure where to start. Here is a quick guide to help reduce inflammation, brighten your skin and reduce puffiness. Not only will your skin start looking better but your health will improve as well. These foods are all high in antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins to make them anti-aging with loads of skin benefits. These can easily be added to smoothies, pastas and salads to make eating healthy easy, fun and beneficial.
Turmeric - Its active antioxidant, curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there, according to a study in Oncogene. Plus, research shows this spice can also be used to lighten dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment—just combine with coconut oil or milk to create a healing facial mask!
Avocados - The fruit is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been proven to hydrate and shield the skin by lowering the risk of premature aging caused by ultraviolet radiation. Avocados potent source of fats also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins that also help protect your skin from sun damage.
Blueberries - Brimming with antioxidants, blueberries help your body quash cell-damaging, skin-aging free radicals. These berries also help boost the strength of collagen fibers thanks to their high concentration of anthocyanins: phytonutrients that give these berries their bright blue hue. Not to mention, this fruit is also a great source of prebiotics—fiber-rich foods that your gut bugs ferment into anti-inflammatory fatty acids—which can help heal your immune system and alleviate inflammation-induced skin conditions.
Pineapples - Bromelain is an enzyme that softens skin and has been used for hundreds of years in South and Central America to fight inflammation and swelling. Drinking pineapplejuice helps the body synthesize collagen, which helps skin stay firm and flexible, while vitamin C and amino acids aid in cell and tissue repair
Flaxseeds - These seeds over a beauty double whammy: helping alleviate inflammatory skin issues and improving overall hydration of your skin cells. Flax seeds offer a payload of omega-3 fatty acids, which erase spots and iron out fine lines. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found participants who downed about half a teaspoon of omega-3s in 6 weeks experienced significantly less irritation and redness (thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties), along with better-hydrated skin.
Oats - A nutrient-dense whole foods diet won't just help you lose weight—it'll also brighten up your skin. That's because introducing high fiber foods like oats will feed your inflammation-reducing gut bacteria, minimize spikes in blood sugar that can contribute to skin problems, and strengthen and firm up your body tissues. That last benefit is because of oats' high source of silicon, a trace mineral that also helps skin retain elasticity, slowing the signs of aging.
Kale - You may have thought it was just a trend, but kale has proven that it earned its spot as a superfood. This cruciferous veggie is loaded with the skin's favorite anti-aging vitamins A, C, E, and, uniquely, vitamin K. Leafy greens are one of the most potent sources of vitamin K, a vitamin which helps with blood clotting and faster healing when ingested. And when applied topically, it can minimize the visibility of bruises, scars, stretch marks, and spider veins.
Cucumber Infused Water - Cucumber water can help soothe your skin from the inside out. Staying hydrated helps your body to flush out toxins and maintain a healthy complexion. Cucumbers are also high in pantothenic acid or vitamin B-5, which has been used to treat acne. According to the National Institutes of Health, one cup of sliced cucumbers has about 5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B-5.
Here we go again. Monsanto, the company famous for forcing farmers to plant genetically mutated Soybeans is now trying hard to do the same with alfalfa seeds. The long term effects of GMO foods on humans or animals has not be tested but the negative effects of farming GMO seeds has been evaluated. Currently only 10% of the alfalfa crops are sprayed with herbicides, scientist are saying much more will be needed to keep the weeds off this new, resistant alfalfa. This means more herbicides in our soil and drinking water, not to mention that foods that contain GMO ingredients do not need to be labeled as such so how is a consumer to know what they are eating.
Why is this happening? Monsanto, a large wealthy biotech company pours lots of money into federal campaigns, advertising and marketing to convince the public that GMO produce is safe even though no research shows it is.
What to do. Buy local, know your farm – what they grow, how they grow it. Be informed and be involved in your local community keeping GMO foods out of your local area
Here at Gourmet Body Treats, we never buy any ingredient that has been genetically modified. We just can’t guarantee it will be safe.
It took some time for us to reflect on our visit to SRSLY Chocolate, and our lesson on what it takes to make a quality bar of chocolate from owner Bob Williamson. Now that we've had sometime to let it all soak in, here's what we've come away with.First, SRSLY Chocolate is the real deal. Bob obviously takes his ingredients seriously treats his beans with respect. The smell of the raw cocoa in his factory was amazing, and it even seemed almost heavy with aroma. There were bags of delicious beans stacked everywhere, just waiting to become nibs.Next is where "the magic happens" Bob says with a gleam of childlike delight as he let's the beans sift through his fingers. It's definitely registered that this man is enjoying his work. It's almost erotic.He shows me his heated auger that is squeezing the butter out of the beans, the scent intensifies. I can taste it subtly in the air, it's chocolate time. Although there are a few more steps before it becomes a chocolate bar, this is the point that SRSLY Chocolate send us the ingredient to be made into balms, lipsticks, and butters.It's un-bleached, un-deodorized, and as close to raw as it can possibly be. Perfect for your skin, and full of delicious nutrients to help replenish even the most hearty dermis.
5 BENEFITS OF RAW ORGANIC CACAO
1. 40 TIMES THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BLUEBERRIES
Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes 40 times! It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
2. HIGHEST PLANT-BASED SOURCE OF IRON
On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you'll want to combine it with some vitamin C. Think oranges, kiwifruit, superfoods like gubinge or camu camu (which have 40x more vitamin C than oranges), or try out my Choc Orange Smoothie recipe for a Jaffa-tasting throwback.
3. FULL OF MAGNESIUM FOR A HEALTHY HEART & BRAIN
Raw Organic Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk!
4. MORE CALCIUM THAN COW'S MILK
Raw Organic Cacao has more calcium than cow's milk would you believe, at 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk. Time to switch out the trim latte for a couple of squares of dairy free raw chocolate.
5. A NATURAL MOOD ELEVATOR AND ANTI-DEPRESSANT
Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals - serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.
4 WAYS TO USE RAW ORGANIC CACAO
1. BREW UP A HOT (OR COLD) CHOCOLATE MILK
Add 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder to a mug, pour in 1c of warmed plant-based milk, and add 1-2 tsp of natural organic unprocessed sweetener such as yacon syrup, agave syrup, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, or maple syrup. Or for a super easy version, try myWarming Hot Cacao Chocolate recipe.
For a cold choccie milk, add 1 Tbsp of hot water to the raw cacao powder and sweetener first to dissolve, then add 1c of cold milk and a couple of ice cubes (or try this Chocolate Milk recipe).
Note: some studies have shown that dairy products block the absorption of antioxidants and calcium in cacao, so save the cow's milk for the calfs.
2. WHIZZ INTO A SMOOTHIE
Add 1-2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder or nibs to your regular smoothie. Or try out our Rich Chocolate Smoothie, or Choc Orange Jaffa Smoothie for an added vitamin C boost. When you're done, sprinkle raw cacao nibs on top for crunch factor and to make it look all pretty.
3. RIP OPEN A BAR
No cooking here - just grab a bar of raw organic chocolate, break into squares, and serve with some organic nuts, dried fruit, herbal tea, and a whole lot of love.
4. "BAKE" A RAW BROWNIE
Try your hands on our Raw Brownie, which includes cacao powder and cacao nibs, and will be sure to quench any chocolate cravings in a second (100% guilt free). It's also gluten free, wheat free, sugar free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan and paleo, so everyone's invited to the party.
Niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is an amazing multi tasker and has a lot of benefits for your skin. It helps reduce wrinkles, reduce uneven skin tone, help heal acne and reduce hyperpigmentation. A lot of research has been done on this powerful little vitamin which proves this ingredient should be part of your skincare arsenal.
According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, an article published in 2004 showed niacinamide helps improve the moisture content in the top layer of skin. It can also lead to keratin and ceramide production, which helps smooth out wrinkles and reduce free radical damage. Vitamin B3 also reduces topical inflammation and can help with sun damage.
Another study published in 2009 in the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that Vitamin B3 reduced inflammation of the skin associated with acne vulgaris and can reduce the oil production of skin for overly oily skin types.
A more recent study published in 2015 in the International Journal in the Field of Trauma and Emergency Medicine showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 increased the rate of skin healing. The study also showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 improved tissue regeneration through the rapid increase of collagen and vascularization.
If you're not already incorporating Vitamin B3 into your skincare regimen, why not give it try. All you have to lose is inflammation, wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation.