Cranberry Face Mask

Vegan Skin Care
I am working on a natural skincare line. So I am sharing some of my samples with you guys.  We can make the things we need we need at home instead of buying things with chemicals  try to make your own products .

 

This one is a Cool Cranberry Mask – I combined cranberries, coconut oil, oatmeal and Gingko Biloba oil. This is chuck full of antioxidants, Viatamins A & C and hopefully is anti-aging 🙂

Herbs to Build a Strong Pancreas

The pancreas is responsible is important to the digestive system as well as the endocrine process. The pancreas makes insulin which controls blood sugar and aids in the digestion of protein and fat.

We tend to ignore this organ until it starts giving trouble . Here are some foods and herbs that may aid in keeping this very important organ healthy.

Lemon- drink a glass of lemon water in the morning

Calendula tea

Goldenseal

Oregano

Bill Berry tea

Horsetail- can help an already damaged pancreas by aiding in rebuilding cells due to its silica content

Garlic

dandelion tea

Ways to damage the pancreas , if you are doing any of these things regularly, congratulations you are playing yourself.:
Animal fats are damaging to the health of the pancreas.
Junk food with preservatives, colorings, additives, etc. and refined products (sugar, flour, etc.) block many vital body functions, and damage the functions of the pancreas.
Smoking
Drinking alcohol
Anger, frustration and stress are emotions that influence the malfunction of the pancreas.

Take control of your health!!!

Pumpkin Leaves

Have you ever steamed pumpkin leaves ? I decided to steam pumpkin leaves with Pak Choi last week . It’s looks like spinach when cooked and it takes the flavor of the seasonings. Pumpkin Leaves are a staple in Nigeria ,popularly called ‘Ugwu’.

The Pumpkin leaves are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.
The leaves also lower cholesterol, they also have antibacterial effects ,the leaves also play a key role in the cure of anemia. The high protein content in the leaves could have a beneficial effect on the body. The leaves are a good source of different types of vitamins, minerals and rich in anti-oxidants, such as alpha-carotene and Beta–carotene which help to slow down ageing process.

Recipe:

Fresh pumpkin leaves
Coconut oil
Salt
pepper
garlic
escallion
onions
tomatoes

In a hot pan, put few drops of coconut oil. Now, put pumpkin leaves and some seasonings and some water in the pan and steam it for 5 minutes.
2. Keep moving the vegetables while steaming.

JaMHAN set to debut Referral Network and Awareness Campaign on World Mental Health Day

October 9-16 is being celebrated as World Mental Health Week with the theme ‘Psychological First Aid’ this year, and the Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network (JaMHAN) is all set to observe the gl…

Source: JaMHAN set to debut Referral Network and Awareness Campaign on World Mental Health Day

Iron Deficiency

There are two types of iron heme and non-heme. Heme iron comes from dairy , meat , poultry and fish . Non-heme comes from plant based foods, spinach, beans lentils and some cereals .

I learned this the other day, that  I was iron deficient but although I increased my iron intake I was still lethargic and just plain ill. Well I learned that its the foods that we are combining with our supplements  affect the body’s absorption of iron.  For example grains, eggs, beets , coffee and teas inhibit the absorption of non heme iron. So since I am a coffee addict, tea drinker, brown rice eater and I juice beets constantly my body was not holding on to the non-heme iron which my body needed.

But Vitamin C combined with non-heme iron will help your body to absorb it. So if your diet is plant based add Vitamin C rich vegetables or fruits .  Or combine the supplements  so if you  are taking your iron supplement take your vitamin C supplement at the same time .  This has helped me immensely .

Please consult with your doctor .

Olive Oil for Joint Pain

I read years ago that virgin olive oil helps with joint pain.  I even told other people to use  it but I have never done it . Many people who have been through Chic V /Chikungunya complain of arthritic pain months even years later.  I suggested and used turmeric myself , but I just  started using Virgin Olive Oil to treat my joint pain . I started with  two teaspoons in the morning  and I am pleased .  After my bout with  Chic V I suffered through flares of joint pain in my fingers , knees and my ankles. especially in the mornings. Now after 8 days ,barely a twinge, after day one I felt improvements.  I am too young for arthritis and inflammation in the body is problematic in the long run.

If you are already taking medication please consult with your doctor.

http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/olive-oil-anti-inflammatory-arthritis-diet/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20050831/olive-oil-may-have-pain-relieving-properties

Eye Health

Its never too soon to take care of your eyes.

Nutrition plays a vital role in human health . Healthy eyes provide good vision, which is essential for an satisfying and productive lifestyle. Here are some herbs and supplements that may help with eye health

Ginkgo Biloba – Ginkgo seems to improve blood circulation, which might help the brain,

eyes, ears, and legs function better. It may slow down Alzheimer’s disease by interfering

with changes in the brain that interfere with thinking.

Billberry: A cousin of the blueberry , it has Anthocyanosides which are plant pigments that have
powerful antioxidant properties. Studies showed that bilberry had positive effects on vision in lower
light environments.
In other studies, bilberry shows many other health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and macular degeneration. Bilberry also contains vitamin C.
Also add Vitamin A , Vitamin E ,Lutein and Zexnthin ( green vegetables ) to your diet.

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/bilberry-extract-and-vision?page=2

Herbs for Stress

Herbs to Manage Stress

The world can be so stressful . We have to find ways to seek balance and be calm. If you cannot control something let it go.

Here are a few herbs that used in moderation can help you find balance.

Ashwagandha *
Ashwaganda has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, adaptogenic, antipyretic and antimicrobial (germ-fighting) benefits as well as its anti-anxiety and mood-elevating capabilities.
Passionflower. **
Passiflora incarnta may provide relief from problems like nervousness . It helps you mellow out by boosting the brain’s levels of a chemical called GABA, which lowers your brain activity. ..