Moringa has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is still used today.
Technology may have advanced by light years since then, but the mythology and wonder surrounding the moringa tree lives on.
If you’ve heard anything about moringa already, you probably heard the spectacular claim that a serving of moringa leaves has more vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, and almost as much protein as eggs.
But why is moringa so good at regulating blood glucose?
It’s all thanks to the isothiocyanates, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid found in moringa leaves.
Chlorogenic acid and quercetin are both antioxidants that are known for being hypotensive. (Chlorogenic acid is also present in coffee, but it tends to break down and lose nutritional value when heated.)
And isothiocyanates are a phytochemical, or a chemical found only in plants. Isothiocyanates are also great at lowering blood glucose.
Cool to know if you have hypoglycemia or diabetes!
5. Healthy, Youthful-Looking Skin
Moringa is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to your skin.
Here’s the deal:
For one, moringa’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make it excellent for preventing and treating infections. It’s safe to put on wounds, infections, the scalp, and anywhere else you may need it.
Moringa won’t sting your cuts and scrapes, even if they’re still fresh. Great for after a trip with the kids to the park.
Also, moringa has excellent inflammatory benefits which can reduce redness from acne and rosacea.
Moringa is also good at locking moisture into your skin. Plus, it’s full to the brim with antioxidants, making it great for anti-aging.
An overworked liver will have fewer enzymes, causing it to have to work even harder. When ingested, moringa helps to revive the liver enzymes that help it function correctly.
An inflamed liver from a poor diet or chronic alcohol use can also be treated by moringa.
Remember — the liver filters everything that enters our body. So when it has to work twice as hard to process the bad things you’re ingesting, it becomes inflamed. As a result, it doesn’t function exactly how it should.
Lucky moringa is a superb anti-inflammatory agent, huh?
Inflammation is responsible for many of the chronic conditions we suffer from.
Cancer. Cardiovascular disease. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Liver damage. Rosacea. All caused by inflammation.
So if you have problems with inflammation, you’re in luck. Moringa has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Moringa seeds, pods, and leaves are best for inflammation. These parts of the plant have the most isothiocyanate, which is believed to play a role in reducing inflammation.
8. Helps Produce Breast Milk
Many mothers, especially first-timers, know the struggle of breastfeeding.
Plenty decide not to breastfeed just to avoid the inevitable (and painful) complications, like chapped nipples or a blocked milk duct.
But how many would change their mind if they got a little help from a moringa plant?
Farmers all around the world give moringa to their nursing animals.
When I was a kid, if your father figure didn’t pass down his knowledge of shaving to you, you were out of luck. You had to figure it out on your own. So it’s a good thing we have internet. Otherwise, most of us would be completely clueless about how to shave our own facial hair, Sure, it’s easy enough in theory, but it’s important to know the correct way of doing things if you care about your skin.
But it doesn’t matter whether you got your shaving technique from your dad or WikiHow – if you’ve ever heard anything at all about shaving, you’ve heard of Harry’s. (I’m a longtime Harry’s subscriber, myself!)
So what could be better than learning the right way to shave? Learning it from the best razor company around.
Did you know that honey’s actually great for weight loss? You wouldn’t think so because of how sweet it is, right? But it’s true.
Honey helps the digestive system process excess fat.
But beware — even though honey is a natural sweetener, that doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want! Despite the many nutritional benefits of honey, it actually has more calories than both refined and unrefined sugar.
2. Alternative Cough Syrup
There’s a lot of reasons to not like dextromethorphan (DXM), an ingredient in many cough suppressants.
It’s dangerous to mix with a lot of medications, and it can even become addictive.
Luckily, studies show that buckwheat honey is just as good as getting rid of a bad cough as DXM — even for children.
Honey works so well for hangovers that it’s been used as a folk remedy in Korea and England for centuries. Why not try it for yourself?
Both recipes are simple and take less than five minutes to prepare.
Korean Honey Water for Hangovers
You will need:
2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of water
Heat the water up until it’s boiling. Let it cool off for a few minutes before adding the honey. (Boiling water will destroy some of honey’s healing properties, so wait until the water is just cool enough to drink.)
Stir in the honey and drink!
English Toast & Honey Hangover Remedy
You will need:
A slice of bread
1 tablespoon of honey
This one’s self-explanatory. Toast your bread to your liking, spread the honey on it, and enjoy!
13. Heals Wounds
Here’s another little-known fact: Did you know that before penicillin came around, honey was used to fight infection?
Smelling your own body odor in the middle of the day is absolutely mortifying.
We’ve all experienced this rude awakening at some point. Usually because we’ve forgotten to put on deodorant that morning. But if most deodorants seem to irritate your skin, this might happen more than you’d like to admit. (Probably thanks to one of the many deodorants for sensitive skin that give up on you as soon as you break a sweat.)
Deodorants are notorious for being a little harsh on the fragile skin under our arms. Even worse, the harshest chemicals used in deodorants are the ones that help prevent sweating and body odor. (THAT’S why all-natural and vegan deodorants get such a bad rap — the ingredients aren’t strong enough to seal away the stink.)
Even if you generally do not have sensitive skin, the skin of your armpits is particularly vulnerable to irritation because:
It tends to be warm and sweaty under the arms, which creates prime breeding grounds for bacteria.
The skin under the arms is very thin and easy for chemicals to penetrate.
There is constant friction against the skin under the arms (clothing, skin, etc.)
Which Chemicals Used in Deodorant are Rough on Sensitive Skin?
So knowing how delicate the skin under your arms is already, those of you with sensitive skin need to be extra careful when picking a deodorant. But as the personal care and beauty industries are evolving and improving their formulas (and as people are becoming more educated on the harmful chemicals in some of the products we use every day), we have a lot more options now.
Every brand of deodorant has its own formula, but there are some ingredients that are common across the board. That’s because those chemicals are known to be effective in keeping us smelling fresh for as long as possible. But they also can be extremely irritating if you have sensitive skin.
So if you have sensitive skin, steer clear of these ingredients when choosing a deodorant:
Parabens (any chemical ending in “-paraben,” like methylparaben)
Hands — the most used but least cared-for part of our bodies.
So many of us spend our time and money beautifying our hair and faces, not remembering to pamper our hands, too. When it comes to hiding age, hands can be one of the most revealing parts of the body — especially if they’re chronically neglected.
Taking care of your hands can actually be quite relaxing. It can easily turn into a stress relieving activity for a lazy day on the couch. It’s a real treat, and it only takes three easy steps.
1. Exfoliate Your Hands
Yup, you should be exfoliating your hands for the same reason you exfoliate your face — to remove the dead, unhealthy skin preventing the growth of new skin.
Gently massage a natural sugar or another large grain scrub into your hands for 2-3 minutes, being sure to work between your fingers. (Plus, massaging your hands help to stimulate blood flow to maintain a healthy color!) Finish by rinsing and patting dry with a soft towel.
2. Keep Your Hands Moisturized
Keeping your hands hydrated is the key to keeping them looking youthful.
As we get older, our skin loses elasticity which can cause sagging and wrinkles. This especially goes for our hands, which are generally exposed to a lot more than our faces. But a little regular moisturizing can really go a long way.
I know, it sounds obvious. But I know plenty of people who overlook this step because they’re in a hurry or think they only have a little cleaning to do.
The soaps and detergents used in household cleaning products are emulsifiers, which attack the skin’s natural protective barrier. Prolonged exposure to these harsh chemicals will actually contribute to skin dryness and cracking. Unfortunately, our hands are exposed to these kinds of chemicals on a daily basis, like when we do the laundry or wash the dishes.
So keep a pair of rubber gloves handy when you’re getting ready to clean. And when you’re done, wash your hands with a soapless hand wash. (Hint: Just look for hand washes that have a “Soap-Free” label.)
Don’t Let Your Hands Give Away Your Age
Don’t make the mistake of only targeting your face for anti-aging treatment. A little extra care can really help the skin on your hands maintain their firmness.
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Ever notice that after a fun night of drinking with your friends, your skin looks… well… just different? I have bad news — it’s not the hangover. It’s what happens to your skin after drinking a little too much alcohol.
Knowing how to detox your skin after a night of drinking is essential to taking care of your skin. And it’s not as if the effects go away with your hangover. It can take days for your skin to recover.
The Effects of Alcohol on Your Skin
I know that for a lot of us, having that glass of wine is just what you need to unwind after a stressful day at work. But I’m talking about partying and drinking all weekend. Drinking so much that you become intoxicated. That’s what does a number on your skin — both in the short and long term.
When we drink too much alcohol, we become ultra dehydrated. So our bodies try to compensate by retaining all the water we have left — otherwise known as bloating. A lot of that bloating will appear in your face, especially around the eyes.
Rapidly Aging Skin
Over time, years of drinking can cause the skin to be perpetually dry. The dryness can contribute to wrinkles and general damage to the skin. (And it’s even worse if you’re a fan of sugary, mixed drinks.) Over time, frequent hangovers can contribute to the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
Redness and Inflammation
You might notice that whenever you start drinking, your face is a little red and flushed.
Alcohol can inflame the tissue of our skin and other organs. Our immune systems respond by sending histamines, which causes our skin to appear red. Generally, not too big of a deal. But in the long term, alcohol can cause rosacea flare-ups and permanent redness.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol diminishes our body’s vitamin A. Without enough vitamin A, our skin cells can’t regenerate fast enough, leaving our skin looking dull and gray.
If you ate a bunch of greasy food last night, expect a breakout of acne and even worse bloating. Foods like fries, burgers, and wings are full of sodium and preservatives, which will only irritate your skin even more.