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The Power and Beauty of Superfoods For Skin

Jill Stacey

Potent Nutrients for Radiant Skin

Today, we are fortunate to have access to an amazing abundance of incredible health and beauty resources. Nutrition is a huge piece of my approach to a healthy and joyful life, as well as beautiful, healthy skin.

I'd like to share with you a little bit about a few of my favorite nutritional health and beauty allies: superfoods. So, what exactly makes any particular food super?....

Superfoods 

Superfoods really shine because of their vast array of special nutritional contents. They are concentrated sources of a large number of special compounds, which could include ample amounts of essential vitamins, minerals or other unique bioactive components, like adaptogens, for example. They have a lot to offer our bodies, minds, and spirits, each with their own specialty and area of focus. 

Nutrition for skin

One of the best ways to promote healthy skin is through nutritional intake. There are a lot of factors that go into a glowing complexion, but you can never go wrong with making healthy food choices: this is your strong foundation to build upon. With so much depletion in our soils, and in turn, our food supply (unless you are consciously growing your own food or buying from farmers who are), it is important to pay extra attention to ensure you are getting enough vital nutrients into your body. Superfoods are a great way to do this.    

Superfoods For Skin

Here's a list of 6 of my favorite superfoods, which tremendously benefit the skin both externally and internally.

Goji Berry

Goji berries are classified as a yin jing herb in traditional Chinese medicine, cultivating astounding balance and strength in the body. Goji is highly notable in its kidney tonifying and anti-aging effects. 

Nutritionally, Goji berries provide exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and micronutrients. Their energy is palpable when eaten in a small amount. Some easy ways to add them into the diet is by putting them in teas, smoothies, trail mixes or just eaten alone as a delicious snack. 

Used topically in skincare, Goji berries provide the same concentrated nutrients that they do when eaten. Just as they revitalize the body through diet, they revitalize the skin...both through their internal and external applications. Goji is known to smooth the skin and even out its tone, and one of the most efficient ways to experience its skin tonifying effects is topically. 

Elaa treasures that include Goji Berries ~  supernatural skin foodbloom beauty - antioxidant regenerating nectarbee beauty facial oilsuperfood dream creamcacao goji berry antioxidant facial scrub

Noni fruit

Noni fruit is a miracle worker to the functioning of the immune system, and also works to strengthen all systems of the body in a deep and nourishing way. Noni is known to modulate the immune system, meaning that it assists the body to adapt its function in both cases of over and under-activity. For example, it is safe and beneficial to take if you have come down with an acute illness, such as a cold or flu (depressed immune system), or in the case of seasonal allergies (hyperactive immune response).

In addition, Noni fruit is said to fortify and maintain cell structure, which has implications for its benefits both internally and externally. It also encourages detoxification, assists in liver cleansing, and beautifies the skin. Noni is anti-inflammatory and histamine-inhibiting, making it a wonderful tool when treating certain skin conditions. 

Elaa treasures that include Noni ~ superfood dream creamsupernatural skin food

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, which includes the sweet-tart fleshy outer layer that is loved by many, is a beautiful superfood. They are a rich source of vitamins C and K. Consumption and topical use of pomegranate seed and its extracts support the immune system, and has tremendous positive impacts on the surface of the skin.

Pomegranate is a powerhouse when it comes to topical skincare applications. It's antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties help to regenerate skin cells, repair skin and accelerate healing, increase skin circulation, reduce hyperpigmentation and age spots, protect from sun damage, heal acne, eczema, and other skin conditions, and reduce scarring. Pomegranate promotes collagen and elastin production and thus aids in wrinkle prevention and reduction, and helps to firm skin.  It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. The polyphenol antioxidants it contains are anthocyanins (like Hibiscus), Tannins, and the very special Punicic Acid (omega 5 fatty acid) and Ellagic Acid, which all help to soothe, hydrate, and soften skin.

Finally, pomegranate stimulates keratinocytes, which are a type of cells found in the outer layer of the skin. Through its targeted regenerating action, pomegranate seed reverses skin damage and encourages dramatic renewal.

Elaa treasures that include Pomegranate ~ sandalwood cardamom citrus skin oilbee beauty facial oilmagic healing balmrose vanilla antioxidant cream gelrose vanilla antioxidant lip cream gel, rose neroli ambrosia skin silkgingko hibiscus pomegranate skin lifting mistelaa's line of skin restoring body oils

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is the food created by honey bees that makes a bee into a Queen Bee. It is a concentrated source of body loving and beauty promoting vitamins and minerals. It contains 17 amino acids, supportive levels of calcium and iron, many B-vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. Royal Jelly's super concentrated nutritional content is nectar for the complexion.

Rich in collagen-boosting silicon, flavonoids, nucleic acid, decnoic acid, enzymes, B-vitamins, and zinc, Royal Jelly is a powerfully effective skin regenerator when applied topically. It also contains a protein that has been termed "royalisin" which demonstrates strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, useful in cases of acne and inflammations. 

Elaa treasures that include Royal Jelly ~ bee beauty facial oil

Cacao

It is hard to deny the joyous feeling that a little chocolate treat can bring. Cacao is the name for chocolate in it's raw, unprocessed form. The flavor and feel are described by many to be perfectly divine. Not only does chocolate bring joy to your heart in the feeling sense, but it has also been discovered to benefit the entire cardiovascular system. Cacao contains certain bioactives that influence our neurotransmitters, making it useful as a mood modulator and booster of cognitive function. 

Cacao is also said to boost immunity and assist in the treatment of allergic conditions. It is being shown to help restore glutathione levels in the body. 

In skincare applications, cacao's rich antioxidant flavonoid content helps to protect the skin from environmental and UV damage, as well as reduce and prevent aging. It improves skin texture and hydration. Cacao also aids with increased blood flow and cell function. It feels and smells amazing on the skin, making it a perfect companion in skincare rituals. 

Elaa treasures that include Cacao ~ orange sky facial cleansing balmstarlight eye nectarstarlight eye cream, , cacao goji berry antioxidant facial scrubsuperfood dream creamsweet light - before & after sun butterbeautiful belly butterchocolate espresso age-defying body butter

Chaga

Chaga mushroom is a powerful gift from the forest. It delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, and SOD enzymes. Chaga regenerates and protects the cells of the body. It oxygenates and builds strong blood, along with stabilizing blood sugar and acting as a potent anti-inflammatory. Chaga increases the body's core energy while decreasing tension and stress. Chana's benefits are so far reaching, that it is worth looking into to further your own wealth of knowledge. It is truly something special, and seems to have something powerful to offer everyone. 

As it greatly assists in cellular repair and encourages the growth of healthy cells, Chaga is great for the skin. It is very rich in melanin, which nourishes your skin cells, restores their natural pigment, and even aids in DNA repair. Chaga is an amazing support in the detoxification of the entire body, and encourages a notable glow in the skin.  

Elaa treasures that include chaga ~ supernatural skin foodsuperfood dream cream

Superfood skin care

Elaa Living Organic Skincare is Superfood Skin Care! Each and every ingredient invited into a formula is super-charged and transformational, potent and pure....

 

 

Pumpkin Praises: The Health & Skin Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds

Jill Stacey

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One of the most abundant foods in the Fall is Pumpkin! There are large quantities of them at stores, farms, farm stands, and outside homes right now. I always feel excited when I see the first pumpkins. They signal the height of fall - one of my favorite times of year and elicit my fun childhood memories of pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. It seems that the majority of pumpkins are used for decoration or carving, and that their true glory as a health food and skin treatment are often unknown. But, it's worth knowing that the flesh and the raw seeds and seed oil of pumpkin, make a delicious and nutritious food to eat and treatment for skin.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins are indigenous to the Americas and have been domestically grown here for five thousand years. Native Americans used pumpkins seeds and pumpkin as both a food and a medicine.

Pumpkins are very high in carotenoids (powerful antioxidants), thus giving them their vibrant orange color. They are also high in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which destroy free radicals in the eyes, thus helping to prevent eye disease. Pumpkins also contain nutrients, like zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamins C, E, A, and fiber.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also called Pepitas, are very high in protein. They also contain copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and zinc. They contain most of the B vitamins, as well as Vitamins C, D, E, and K. Pumpkin Seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), making it wonderful for skin and all body tissues. This oil is also high in phytosterols, which are plant-based fatty acids that are chemically so like cholesterol that they can replace it in the human body, contributing to the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. Pumpkin seeds can be used to treat prostate, bladder problems, depression, and are great for expelling intestinal parasites.

The Skin Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin is a natural and healthy way to care for your skin, including premature aging, sun spots, clogged pores, and a dull, uneven complexion. Pumpkin is a great source of enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). These enzymes and AHAs exfoliate, revitalize, and remove impurities from the skin. Pumpkin contains a large array of vitamin A derivatives, which are responsible for cellular renewal, zinc for skin healing, and vitamin C for preserving and strengthening the health of skin cells.

The oil in pumpkin seeds contains essential fatty acids, which moisturize and help regulate proper skin sebum production. This is important for normalizing oily skin, and also balancing dry skin. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which is essential for skin healing.

Here are my favorite pumpkin skin treats.:

pumpkin radiance - renewing enzyme mask

pumpkin pie sugar scrub - exfoliating body dessert

 

Are you carving pumpkins this Halloween? If so, here are some wonderful ways to use the remains of pumpkin. Or just buy a small pumpkin and play.

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Would you like a healthier version of a traditional Halloween snack? 

Click below for my recipe on how to make enzyme-rich raw "roasted" pumpkin seeds. 

Raw Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

Pumpkin Recipe

What about a healthy version of a classic Holiday Pie? My favorite! - Pumpkin Pie. Raw & nutritious. Click below for my recipe.

Raw Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Cinnamon Varieties & The Skin, Oral Care, and Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Jill Stacey

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Cinnamon Varieties

Cinnamon is the bark of the cinnamon tree. There is actually only one true Cinnamon. It is more expensive and harder to find than the "cinnamon" you find at the store. It is called Ceylon Cinnamon, more common names include Real Cinnamon and Sweet Cinnamon. This is the variety I use because it has the most health benefits.

The "standard" Cinnamon you find at the store is not actually Cinnamon - it's Cassia. There are three varieties of cassia and they include: Saigon cinnamon, Chinese cinnamon, and Indonesian or Korintje cinnamon. Saigon is the spiciest of the three and Indonesian is the least spicy. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, India, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Cassia primarily comes from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

 

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only a spice, it has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It was more valuable than gold and used in ancient Egypt as a spice, a medicine, and an embalming agent. Laboratory tests have found that cinnamon may fight bacteria, control blood sugar, reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, help with weight loss and digestion, and prevent cancer.

 

Cinnamon for Skin and Body

Cinnamon is Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-inflammatory, and Antioxidant.

Cinnamon's antimicrobial properties are so powerful that it is can be used as a food preservative.

Teeth & Gums

Cinnamon’s antimicrobial action helps to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. It also helps to relieve tooth pain and sore gum tissues.

Odor Control

Cinnamon is an effective odor neutralizer because it kills the bacteria that create the odor.

Sore Muscles

Due to the warming quality of cinnamon, it can be used to relax muscles and relieve pain. Combine a few drops with a carrier oil to make a great massage oil for tired muscles and body aches.

Athletes Foot

Cinnamon’s antifungal properties help to killing the fungus that causes athletes foot fungus.

Insect Repellant

Cinnamon can be used to repel mosquitos and ants, and kill head lice treatment and bed bugs.

 

Cinnamon’s Health Benefits

Cinnamon contains Manganese, Fiber, Iron, and Calcium. One teaspoon of Cinnamon contains 16% daily value of Manganese, 4% daily value of Iron, and 2% daily value of Calcium.

Blood Sugar Regulation

Studies have found that Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar. Ceylon Cinnamon is the variety that most helps with blood sugar regulation. It’s properties assist those with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. It is also an excellent benefit to anyone, since blood sugar spikes compromise immune function, cause fat storage, and can cause heart disease and cancer. When added to higher-glycemic meals, it will help stabilize blood sugar by slowing the rate at which the rate at which the stomach processes through food.

Weight Loss

Cinnamon increases blood circulation; and therefore, helps boost metabolism.

Antioxidant

Cinnamon is one of the top seven antioxidants, with a high ORAC value of 267536 μmol TE/100g (USDA 2007).

Cold & Flu

I like to combine cinnamon with plenty of fresh ginger and a little spring water, blend, strain and drink whenever I feel run down or there’s illness going around. Its antimicrobial properties help kill illness and its warming properties bring oxygen to the blood, helping to boost immunity.

Yeast Infections

Cinnamon has shown to fight yeast infections. Both E-coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus can be treated with Cinnamon Oil.

Digestion

Similar to ginger, cinnamon aids digestion. It stimulates gastric juices, helps reduce bloating and cramps, and it kills bacteria in the Gastro-Intestinal tract.

Cancer Prevention

Research shows that sugar can be responsible for causing and promoting cancer cells, so it’s blood sugar regulation can help with prevention. It’s antioxidant activity and its chemical properties, Eugenol and Cinnamaldehyde can also help fight cancer.


Ceylon Cinnamon vs Cassia

Besides all of the properties above, which are associated with Ceylon Cinnamon, another reason to consume Ceylon Cinnamon over Cassia, is that Cassia contains Coumarin, which thins the blood. This can be hepful for those with heart disease. But, used in high quantities, coumarin can cause liver damage. Cassia contains 4% coumarin and Ceylon Cinnamon contains 0.04% coumarin.


How much Cinnamon do I take?

In order for cinnamon to have the therapeutic health benefits mentioned, it is recommended to take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (Ceylon) per day.