Poms Away! The Potential of Pomegranates

History ahead!

Pomegranates have been touted as one of the most important fruits to have ever graced the Middle East, having a significant symbolic role in many local cultures and religions. Not only did it represent the concept of fertility, it was denoted as a biblically-mentioned blessing and has been in existence for thousands of years. The fruit was more typically used as a décor item than a food, but that did not make it any less useful.

The pomegranate has historically travelled by way of nomads and merchants along desert routes, and despite its sacred namesake it also contains the necessary nutrients and hydration to make the long journey bearable. The pomegranate plant was first native to the Azerbaijani region and across the Himalayas to the north of India, then cultivated and spread across the Mediterranean region between Asia, Africa and Europe.

The pomegranate plant is able to thrive in arid regions with little moisture, but is versatile and is cultivated commercially in farms all across the world for its fruit.

The origin of the pomegranate name is no less fascinating, with variations in definition across many languages. In Latin, pomme-granata could mean ‘apple of deep red’ or ‘seeded apple’, and in English it may be translated to ‘the apple of Granada’ in reference to a city in Spain. The grenade weapon was named by the French after the fruit itself.

As of recent years the pomegranate experienced a resurgence in popularity, having been touted as yet another superfood in a long list of things that would probably save mankind from devastating famine.

Interested in the pom’s benefits? Read on for more.

In several research cases to-date, the fruit has all the usual bells and whistles of any other fruit, replete with vitamins and minerals that the body needs to survive with a comparable water content necessary for freshness and survival in harsh environments.

The fruit itself has been discovered to aid in the prevention, if not the slowing of heart disease as consuming pomegranate assists in regulating blood pressure. The pomegranate also helps in maintaining healthy teeth, preventing bacterial growth in the gums by mildly changing the pH of the environment in the mouth.

In a research involving mice, only just recently given birth, the fruit has been discovered to be anti-inflammatory, reduces arthritic formation, protects the joints from further damage and promotion of bone strength. Pomegranates are also, like many fruits contain a large amount of polyphenols which contribute to antioxidant properties and protect the body from free radicals.

Now let’s see what poms can do for us in skincare!

As mentioned before, the pomegranate has powerful antioxidants and prevents damage done to the skin, thoroughly nourishing it and slows the aging process so you’d have less wrinkles to worry about at the end of the day. The amount of vitamins and minerals in it also make sure your pores get fed right, and allow your skin to stay healthy through the days to come!

The poms are good for moisturizing and revitalizing dead/dry-looking skin, with plenty of hydration to keep it plump and young.

It can be astounding (in a good way) what people could do by playing with their food.

No, don’t play with your food. :C

With all good things comes moderation!

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Flower Power! 6 Essential Oils and their Uses

That’s a nice smell, right there.

At some point in our lives, the average urban-dwelling human being has passed by a flower shop, or a supermarket and took a good whiff of the scents that permeate the world around them, and it’s no surprise that human civilization has developed aromatherapy to induce such pleasantries to the senses.

Essential oils can be one of society’s underappreciated boons, as agents in therapeutic applications, alternative medicine and multipurpose cleaning solutions all across the world, they are like unsung heroes due to their ubiquity (seriously, the stuff is essentially everywhere, pun intended).

The basic essential oil is not truly an oil as it doesn’t contain any fatty/lipid molecular structure, meaning to say it does not behave like an oil. An essential oil is a concentrated distillation of essences, and is an unstable form of liquid that make it vaporise as quickly as the slight change in temperature. Some oils are much more difficult to process, making essential oils of that nature very expensive.

Essential oils have been historically used all across the world, with first recorded use being in Egypt, more than 6,000 years ago, and were known for their production of essential materials that would be used in incenses, perfumes and medicine. It was also known at the time that such essences were restricted to be only used by priests in largely sacred rites, with each type of oil dedicated to a specific deity. Pharaohs and rulers would have their own special blends to use just as well, for war, love, meditation, childbirth, and more.

That was not all. As time passed, essential oils were discovered to be far more useful than thought to be, and were used to calm the senses, heal emotions, ward disease and fight infections in many forms. In medieval Europe, knights warded off the bubonic plague by burning essences in affected areas, resulting in less deaths where the essences permeated. In traditional Indian medicine, Ayurvedic application of essences countered infections where typical antibiotics would have failed. It was believed that the medicinal properties of essences were because divine attribution.

Read on to find out what it could do for you!

Now that modern advancements in technology have come this far, essential oils have never been more accessible to the public than before, with a large variety widely available for many intended purposes. Take a look at the list below to see which you’d fancy using today!

Lavender

A scientist suffered from a severe burn on his hand during the early 1900’s, and had submerged his hand in a vat of lavender essential oil. He later then discovered that his hand did not suffer scarring or infections following the burn, and noted its healing properties. Lavender is a popular choice for relaxation, calming the nerves and reducing inflammation with topical use.

Peppermint

A popular ancient remedy, contains menthol and is a powerful anti-nausea ingredient. Peppermint is traditionally used to wake the senses while calming the nerves in aromatherapy, and aids in digestion. It also assists in healing muscle aches and cooling off the nerves.

Sandalwood

A traditional Asian favourite, sandalwood has been pressed and made into incense for prayers across many religions and cultures, and is known to have a powerful calming effect. In temples, sandalwood incense promotes mental clarity, which allows resident monks to pray and meditate more efficiently. As an essential oil, sandalwood is able to relieve inflammation, disinfect and promote accelerated healing when diluted and applied. It can also be gargled in diluted form to help with coughs and inflamed throats.

Lemon

Great for adventurers on the road, containing high concentrations of vitamins and ascorbic acid. Back in days of mariners and seafarers, lemon oil was carried on-board trips for fighting scurvy and vitamin deficiencies, being ingested at just ounces a day. Today, when used in diffusers, lemon oil aids in concentration and the relieving of spirits while working, and doubles as a cheap and effective disinfectant/antiseptic in many other applications such as treatment of ulcers. Must be diluted before use due to its potency.

Rosemary

It’s on your roast lamb and potatoes. It’s in a spice bottle. It’s named after Virgin Mary. It’s also a potent mental health helper when used in diffusers, similar in function to lavender. Rosemary aids in the reduction of stress and doubles as a memory assist.

Chamomile

Derived from a Greek word for ‘earth apple’, the chamomile has seen extensive use across history in Europe and Asia, both in topical applications and as tea. Chamomile essences are able to calm the nerves from insomnia, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders and treat inflammation, and has also been found to treat haemorrhoids when made into a cream. It also promotes accelerated skin healing such as eczema, psoriasis and chickenpox, making chamomile one of the most popular choices for herbal application.

Before applying any sort of essential oil on your body, do remember to consult a physician on what is best for you, as essential oils may cause adverse effects when improperly-handled.

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A Sigh for Acai – Superfood love

In this day and age of food and drink, we can’t get any pickier over what we choose to put in our bodies, and that it’s okay to be careful. Here’s the rundown on what I would describe as superfoods.

Today, superfoods are known to be the supposed saviours of all mankind, and have been found to contain greater amounts of nutrients compared to their more mainstream counterparts. So far, the kinds of superfoods that have made the list are, but aren’t limited to kale, lentils and even kiwis.

The acai palm, otherwise known as Euterpe Oleracea is an Amazonian crop staple, native to the swampy regions of South America. Global demand for acai has spiked and since been cultivated to meet those demands.

There are multiple types of acai palms that produce variants of the fruit, with the Branco variety locals tout to be the better-tasting ones, while other varieties have faster growths and better yields of fruit pulps.

The acai berries are typically used to make food and drinks, which give the locals their huge energy boost due to the large ratio of calories provided per gram. They also bear low sugar content and high antioxidant values and may contribute to the long lives of South American natives.

The berries are also a great source of important vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium and large amounts of fibre content. The fruit also protects the body from free radicals due to their high flavonoid content, living up to the superfood title.

So what’s it got to do with skincare? Read on!

As mentioned before, acai berries contain high amounts of antioxidants which aid in preventing premature aging. Quality acai berries have oils that keep its potent effects lasting longer and fresher, assuring that you get more bang for your buck.

Acai berries, compared to most fruits have more nutrients and fibre packed into a single berry, and can provide a few days’ worth of nutritive rejuvenation for your skin, keeping it firm, fresh and most importantly alive.

Guess we have mother nature to thank.

Now I’m hungry.

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Chill! – Ways to Rest and Relax

We’re all people, and we’re no strangers to pressure.

Long days, stressful traffic, you get the idea. After a long night out, or when the entire week is done hanging off your shoulders we’d want to kick back and just let it all loose.

But how?

If the days were spent doing complicated things, it’s usually better to keep it simple. Here’s a list of things we’d like to do during our free time.

Reading

  • Cheesy chick reads? Sci-fi? Spy novels? Sign me up! Depending on what you read, it could help with rebalancing the chemicals in your brain from imagining the stories that happen in books!

Sitting in bed

  • Set up the incense or essential oils(lavender’s my fave) and let the aroma take over the room. A few drops would be just enough.
  • Turn down the lights. Bright lights can be stressful on the eyes and prolonged exposure contributes to migraines.
  • Whip up a coffee/hot chocolate! Foam is good.
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  • Enjoy!

Turn off electronic devices(just for a while)

  • It’s hard getting any peace during your free time when you’re constantly connected. Take a break!
  • Turn off the TV, cell, computer and walk for a little. You’ll realise how much liberty is at your disposal. It helps with the destressing!

Sing

  • No better way to get in touch with yourself better than to sing. Pick a song, turn it up and let it out. Besides, you’re at home.
  • It’s okay to read lyrics, we don’t judge. 😛

Play an instrument

  • Something that requires a little focus and learning takes a little while to get used to, but after a while you’d learn to tap into your inner musician.
  • By tuning the world out, you learn to tune in too! Play away!

Meditation

  • When there is noise all around you, take a seat and clear your mind. Like an instrument, you learn to focus on what matters(like what’s for dinner) and your environment will appear before you in a fresher perspective.
  • Deep breaths, tuning it all out, all of which will improve your mental health by reminding you that there is more to life than what is in front of you.

There are many ways in which you could help yourself relax in the face of stress, just remember that you are your own master, and that you decide what’s best for your health, both in and out.

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Pitch Black Goodness – Activated charcoal and its uses

Charcoal bread, charcoal masks, charcoal dehumidifiers, what else is there?

Activated charcoal(not the kind you use for BBQs) is basically a form of carbon that is used in the removal of organic impurities(the bad stuff of everything). Historically used as an emergency substance for cancelling poisons both in and out of a body, activated charcoal grew to be used in almost every aspect of modern industry.

In farming, activated charcoal is added to crops and animal feed as a natural pesticide, while stopping poisons etc from harming animals upon ingestion. In heavy industry, different types of activated charcoal are used in the filtration of harmful chemicals and make materials safe for further processing.

Medically, activated charcoal is able to filter and remove alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses in an emergency, removing them from the body in an emergency before the body further damages itself.

A scientist by the name of Professor Touery in 1831 took in a lethal dose of poison called strychnine after combining it with activated charcoal, demonstrating its potential antidote capabilities. The substance itself functions like a magnet, and is able to attract most foreign bodies by binding with them. The human body itself does not digest charcoal, and allows the poison to pass through the body with minimal harm.

Charcoal good! Read on for more!

That’s not all,

activated charcoal is also present in everyday life as a natural remedy, it can be used to brush teeth for that natural shine. It is also an effective relief for flatulence, upset stomachs, food poisoning and a powerful magnet for dirt, oil. Dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air typically utilize such charcoals, guarding the house against mould growth and disease.

It’s hard to ignore the potential of activated charcoal, and when cosmetic experts took notice they immediately went to work. In combination with soaps, they discovered that the charcoal particles have greatly helped in the removal of fine dirt and grit from pores, providing a fuller, complete wash.

In skincare, activated charcoal has been proven to also provide deep cleansing when combined with typical mask formulas, resulting in a clean, and almost unmatched radiance. It also safely accelerates the healing of acne by drawing harmful substances away from the skin’s surface, all while minimizing scarring.

Nice to know that a bit of darkness could give us fair skin.

Got to love ingenuity.

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The Beauty of Cacao – cacao in beauty!

Cacao, or the cocoa bean is the dried and fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao. The beans are used in the production of chocolate, skincare etc and is even used to make several types of savoury foods.

Cacao is a substance long touted by the Aztecs first, then the entire world as a food of the gods. The good stuff is initially native to the Americas, processed and consumed for over 3,000 years in the form of spiced drinks by the nobility of the Aztecs and Yucatan empire. Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors during the 17th century, cacao beans were also used as a form of currency, making it worth its weight in gold.

Cacao is relevant today and is produced by the millions in kilograms to match the massive demand of a growing population, being required to produce the raw materials like powder and butter that are used in making chocolate, soap and skincare.

Speaking of beauty, cacao contains a large number of vitamins and minerals and doubles as a rich source of skin food. In its raw form, pure cacao lives up to its name as ‘food of the gods’.

Read on to find out more about cacao!

Cacao contains a large number of antioxidants, and is able to protect the body against a number of diseases while slowing the premature skin aging. It also moisturizes the skin with a rich layer of healthy fatty acids, and helps lock in nutrients for a youthful glow.

Cacao doubly functions as a natural sunscreen, with absorptive features that protect the skin from sun and UV damage, and is also used to accelerate healing against inflammation, sores and wounds.

In terms of hair health, cacao greatly improves blood circulation in the scalp, increasing growth of rich and healthy hair. It also protects the scalp against weathering damage and dryness, leading to fuller, more luscious hair.

Next time when you have that hot chocolate, rest easy that your indulgences are healthy and helpful in leading a long life.

As usual, everything in moderation! Always have just enough of a good thing(so you can have more in the long run.)

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The Thing About Sheet Masks

In this day and age, South Korea is known all across the modern world for their upkeep of pretty women(and men) that appear in their music videos and media, and it has got people wondering, what is their secret to beauty?

Hmm…what could it be?

South Korea has been hard at work, developing numerous beauty products across the spectrum for one of the most demanding markets in the world in a race for perfect skin. Fun fact: a majority of Korean women are super picky on what beauty products they use,

think of them like quality-control in South Korea. The ladies keep high standards when it comes to putting anything on their faces.

Sheet masks are but one of many products developed, bearing some of the many features that attribute to a major fanbase who love a fast-paced lifestyle, seeing a major growth in popularity ever since it has been introduced to the west.

Today we’ll be featuring our brand, Mediheal, as it’s one of the most popular and accessible masks in South Korea.

A single full-faced sheet mask has enough nutrients and hydration to keep a skin glowing for days, with good masks being able save time by packing an almost complete facial experience.

Read on for an effective method on using a sheet mask!

Today we feature one of our popular products

The typical sheet mask is made of cotton fabric(the best ones being made from hydrogel and biocellulose, more to come!), folded and packed into a handy package, and soaked in a potent, skin-nourishing serum.

Mmm…skin food.

Regular users typically cleanse and prepare their face before unfolding and applying the mask, allowing the pores to have a good soak for about 20 – 25 minutes.

The rest of the serum is not wasted, as every drop from the packaging is applied onto open skin besides the face.

After 20 – 25 minutes, the mask is discarded, and depending on the user’s skin type, they may choose to wash off any excess serum. At this point, a newfound radiance should shine right through.

As an added advice, masks should typically be used once every few days to avoid wearing out your skin, since sheet masks are technically skin food, it would be wise to have just enough of a good thing.

If this sounds like a good way to pass the time and clock in the extra glow, we’re more than happy to help!

Til then, happy masking!

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