Aloe Vera – Why do we need it?

Aloe Vera comes from the Liliaceal family, where there are about 360 species. It is a cactus-like plant with yellow flowers that grows in hot, dry climates. It originated in Africa, and is now grown in warm climates around the world, like Asia, Europe and America. It is used in cosmetics, as well as for its medicinal properties. These products are made from the mucilaginous tissue in the center of the aloe vera leaf. The center of the leaf is bitter, yellow and commonly known as the sap, or juice of the aloe vera plant.

The medicinal uses of Aloe Vera include anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activity, as well as, antibacterial and hypogylcaemic effects (Vogler, 1999). It contains many active elements, including, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. The gel contains vitamins like, Vitamin A, C, and E, as well as Vitamin B1, niacin, B2, choline and folic acid (Nazir, 2017). The gel is used in the preparation of health drinks, and food products, like milk and ice cream. It is also used as a flavoring component or a preservative for various foods.

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Due to the plants high nutrient content, it has been shown to be very beneficial for the body. Here are a few of some of the valuable properties:

Arthritis:

Aloe Vera has been shown to repair arthritis-damaged tissue, since it contains analgesic, an anti-inflammatory agent (Nazir, 2017). It can be taken orally applied externally to help repair the damaged tissue and detoxify the area.  Likewise, it can help reduce pain associated with arthritis and swelling.

Heals Wounds:

Since Aloe Vera has many anti-bacterial properties, it has been shown to heal wounds. It has been used to dress wounds for centuries, reducing burns, restoring skin and pain. Research has shown that the juice seals the wounds while drawing blood to the wound, improving the healing properties.

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Immune System:

Aloe Vera has natural detoxifying properties that can cleanse the digestive system and circulatory system. This can help improve the absorption of nutrients and consequently improve the immune system. It has also been shown to inhibit free radicals.

Anti-aging:

Some properties in Aloe Vera helps bind moisture into the skin. Aloe stimulates fibroblast, which produces the collagen and elastin fibers making the skin more elastic, reducing wrinkles (Surjushe, 2008). It helps the skin stay moisturized for longer periods of time, while hardening skin cells and tightening pores. It has also been shown to have an anti-acne effect on the skin, due to the antibacterial properties.

 

 

References

Nazir, A. (2017). Health benefits of aloe vera: A wonder plant. International Journal of Chemical Studies. doi:10.7717/peerj.2589/fig-3
VOGLER, B. K. (october 1999). Aloe vera: A systematic review of its clinical effectiveness. British Journal of General Practice,. Retrieved from http://bjgp.org/content/bjgp/49/447/823.full.pdf
Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. (2008). Aloe vera: A short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology, 53(4), 163. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.44785
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A Sustainable Life

We make choices every day that affects the environment and the future of the earth. The Earth’s ecosystem keeps humans, animals and all creatures alive every day. The beauty of nature not only enhances the appearance of the world, but it keeps animals from going extinct and the atmosphere from fading. Living sustainably means that you can support yourself and your surroundings, considering three core elements: environmental protection, social development and economic development.

Protecting the environment is the main component in living a sustainable life. It includes minimizing the negative effects on the environment and creating positive impacts that can benefit nature. Social Development entails educating the public on the benefits of living sustainably. Economic development is the only way sustainability can succeed, since it implements long-term action.

There are many benefits to living a sustainable life, like saving money, simplifying, reducing waste, and eliminating chemicals in your home.’

How to Live Sustainable:

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  1. Use a reusable water bottle

  2. Recycle: recycling can reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills and reduce the environmental impacts. You can also reuse plastic bottles.
  3. Turn off the water: to reduce the amount of water used, make sure turn off the sink when brushing your teeth or install efficient water heads.
  4. Bring your own shopping bags: Many grocery stores, like whole foods market, sells reusable shopping bags. They don’t rip or tear like plastic shopping bags and they are easy to carry with you when you go grocery shopping or to the farmers market.
  5. Grow your own food: I have trouble growing my own veggies, but I always try. If you can’t do it like me, go shopping at your local farmers market or help out at a community garden.
  6. Save energy at home: turn off your lights or thermostat. This can help reduce wasted energy.
  7. Use natural products: try to buy natural, or eco-friendly products that are non toxic.
References
https://permaculturenews.org/2016/01/07/why-is-sustainability-important/

What are Adaptogens

Adaptogens are natural substances, like herbs, that work to regulate certain hormones and balance the body. They can help to increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and promote normal physiologic function (Duke,1).  These herbs have been used for thousands of years for their natural health benefits, like boosting the immune system, restoring balance, managing weight, increasing physical endurance, as well as mental focus and mood.

Adaptogens grow in various environments, such as high altitude, rugged mountain regions, extreme cold, low oxygen and other stressful conditions. Many types grow in China, India, Korea, and Russia, while others are native to Europe and North America. Some are ready to harvest in a year, while others take years to mature to have the medicinal properties that they are used for.

4 Popular Adaptogens:

  1. Panax Ginseng: (AKA Asian Ginseng)
    Panax Ginseng grows in the mountainous forests of eastern Manchuria, northern China, and Korea. It is almost extinct in the wild. This type of adaptogen is used to improve calmness and memory performance. Some research states that it can help lower blood sugar levels.
  2. Astragalus:
    Astragalus is native to china and is grown in full sun and sandy soil with low nitrogen levels. It is used in Chinese medicine to decrease stress hormones and improve the stress response. It has also been shown to boost immunity. Many studies show that it can boost cortisol levels, allowing the body to respond better to types of stress. Today, it is commonly used for lack of appetite, organ prolapse, fatigue and wasting and thirsting syndrome. It is also used to enhance the immune system, preventing colds, and other illnesses.
  3. Cordyceps:
    Cordyceps is a type of fungus that grows on the Himalaya Mountains in Tibet and Bhutan. It is rare to find. They are high in antioxidants and contains immune-enhancing properties. It is now used to treat illnesses associated with the kidneys. It is also used to treat infertility in men and women, frequent urination, night sweats, dizziness and fatigue.
  4. Holy Basil:
    It is found throughout the lowlands of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Southern China and Malaysia. It is known for its antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant and antiviral properties. It is also a diuretic, and galactogogue.
References
Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2007). Adaptogens: herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

 

Coconut Flour Donuts

Hi guys!

Sorry I haven’t been writing as much. I have been busy looking for a part time job and hanging with friends. I am going to try my best to test some more recipes and write more often in the weeks to come.

Coconut Flour Donuts

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1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease donut or muffin pan. In a large bowl whisk the oil, sugar, salt vanilla extract and eggs. Once the ingredients are mixed add the milk and mix well. In a small mix the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Pour the mixture into the donut or muffin pan, 3/4ths the way full. Bake for 10-15 minutes in the donut pan, or until it is golden brown around the edges. 18-20 minutes in the muffin pan.

 

 

Air Fried Fries!

Hi Guys!

Air frying is my new favorite way to cook! here is a low fat fry recipe to cure your craving on fry-day.

Air Fried Fries

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5 Russet Potatoes
2 tbsp oil of choice
2 tsp of salt
2 tsp ME Moringa moringa and Province Herb Blend

Scrub potatoes and pat dry. Slice into strips and put in a bowl. Add the oil and salt and mix until the potatoes are evenly coated. Put in air frier for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Shake occasionally to make sure they are evenly fried. Once the 40 minutes is up, sprinkle the moringa seasoning on the fries.  

Moringa Gummies

Hey guys!

This recipe is easy and nutritious! The moringa packs these little gummies with antioxidants and Vitamin C, while the fruit juice you use packs it with many different nutrients.

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Moringa Gummies

1/4 cup gelatin powder
2 tbsp honey (optional)
1 cup fruit juice ( I used organic pineapple coconut juice)
1/2 tsp Me Moringa powder

In a small pot place fruit juice and honey. Heat it over low heat until it starts to simmer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the fruit mixture while whisking. Continue to do so until the mixture is smooth. Whisk the moringa powder in at the end.

As soon as the gelatin and moringa is mixed in, pour into molds and place in refrigerator or freezer until they harden. 

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Enjoy!

Air Fried Onion Rings

Hi guys!

I bought an air fryer this week and I am so excited about it! It is easy to use and easy to clean! It cooks the items by circulating hot air around the food. It creates a crispy layer, similar to frying food. It is much healthier than frying, since you can use little to no oil.

Air Fried Onion Rings

2 Onions
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup panko bread crumbs 
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk

Set air fryer to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Slice the onions into 1/2 inch rings and separate into rings.

 Make the egg wash by whisking the eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Put flour in one bowl with salt and pepper. Put the bread crumbs into a different bowl. 

Dip an onion ring into the egg wash. Make sure the onion ring is evenly coated. The transfer the onion ring into flour. Evenly coat the onion ring. Dip it back into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all rings are evenly coated with flour and bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Put in air fryer for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy!