Castor Oil

I remember my momma giving me castor oil to help ease my little constipation when I was a wee child. And I also remember how gross it was having the feeling of oil coat your throat…ugh! I’m scarred for life…just thinking about that makes me want to gag. So yeah, maybe I had a bad experience when I was a kid, but that doesn’t stop me from using Castor oil now. I, in fact, use it to detox once a year…yes, I drink it! Castor oil and hot water make an amazing stomach cleansing supplement. This hepls remove harmful bacteria from the gut and stomach. The harmful bacteria is replaced with health-friendly bacteria that ease digestion and reduce acidity and bloating. I get the organic one from the health shop and you can consume it as long as you make sure it’s food-grade.This little potent oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

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This oil is not only used as a laxative and system booster, it is also used in various cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils, and even medicines. Castor oil has loads of benefits for your skin, hair, and health. I have been using this for a month now, once a week as a mask for my hair before I shower and let me tell you that the results have been amazing. My hair is freaking silky smooth and super healthy. It is no longer dry and parched! I have been using it on my lashes and brows as well. It helps the hair grow and become healthy.

Castor oil is also amazing when it comes to healing skin inflammation that can be caused by sunburns, acne, and dry skin. When applied to the skin, the oil penetrates deeply and stimulates the production of collagen. This, in turn, helps soften and hydrate the skin. It also helps in delaying the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Your skin becomes smoother, softer, and younger. You can also treat the fine lines around the eye area by applying the oil on the area and massaging it in slowly.

The  benefits of Castor oil are huge and I could keep going for hours about how amazing it has been for me. You can treat scars, reduce pigmentation, hydrate your skin, reduce scarring and the list goes on….You just need to make sure it’s a good quality cold pressed oil and you’re in it to win it.

Try it out and you won’t regret it. But obviously make sure you’re not allergic by doing a small test.

Hope you found this post informative…

 

Until next time xx

What’s for breakfast?

Having breakfast is such a hassle for me and I drag all the time!!!  Waking up in the morning and eating right away is super not appealing to me…but since I have to eat to get through my busy days and to maintain good health and body weight, I decided to find something quick and fun to eat/drink.

In this post, I am sharing with you what I usually have for breakfast on the daily; and that’s a super duper delicious smoothie. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s SUPER filling. You can choose whatever fruit you want and even add veggies to your own preference and taste buds.

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These are the ingredients I use:

-Almond Milk: 1/2 Cup
-Coconut Water: 1 1/2 Cup
-Almond Butter: 1 Tsp
-Fruits (anything you like): 1 1/2 cup
-Chia Seeds: 2 Tsp
-Flax Seed: 2 Tsp

You put the fruits (I chose bananas, strawberries and kiwi), the almond butter, the almond milk and coconut water in the blender to mix for 1 or 2 mins until fruits are smooth. Then pour your smoothie in your cup and voila! You’re done. Super simple and easy and let’s not forget amazingly tasty.

The almond milk is a good substitute for those who are lactose intolerant or those who aren’t into milk like I am. It is also beneficial to good health and skin because it has 50 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E, which contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health. It helps in muscle strength and healing because it contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.

The almond butter has healthy fats and fiber. Almond butter offers cardiovascular benefits because of its fiber and fat content. Each serving of almond butter contains 18 grams of fat, made up primarily of unsaturated fatty acids. These are good fats and they help improve your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease, and also provide energy.

The coconut water is not only rich in essential electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium), but it also good for good skin and hydration. It not only tastes good but it also adds benefits to your smoothie.

Fruits are obviously a good source of vitamins, energy and all the good stuff the body needs. Depending on the fruits or veggies you decide to use, the benefits will vary.

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Once all the those ingredients are mixed and poured into your cup, you can then add the chia seed and the flax seed on the top. The chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fibers, Omega-3s and more. Bottom line is the chia seeds are high in quality protein and this aids in  weight loss because they can drastically reduce appetite and cravings. The flax seeds are like the chia seeds; where they are full of antioxidants and Omega-3s. But they also help maintain a good digestive system due to the high percentage of fibers and magnesium.

The shake it all and drink it up. It usually keeps me pretty satisfied and full for a couple of hours. I sometimes don’t ever feel the need to nibble between breakfast and lunch.

Hope y’all enjoyed this post and found it helpful. If you are a smoothie/shake junkie like I am, leave a comment below on what you prefer using in your drink.

Cheers xo