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Plant profile-Neem plant

 

 

Today I want to talk about the neem plant called Dongoyaro over here in Nigeria with scientic name Azadirachta indica pretty cool ugh. It is a tropical evergreen tree native to india. The active ingredients are Azadirachtin and triterpenoids especially limonoids. Neem plants has been used for years because of the medicinal properties it has among the yorubas it is used to make concoction to treat malaria but it has other uses some of which are
1. It can be used to clear acne and dark pigmentation- boil a concoction of about 20 neem leaves in half a litre of water till the leaves are soft and discoloured and the wayter turns green. Strainand store in a bottle. Use this liquid as a skin toner by dippin a cotton-ball into it and wiping your face with it everynight
2. To control excessive oil- for people with oily skin looking for some sebum control make a paste by mixing neem powder with lemon juice and a little bit of yoghurt.
3. To treat dandruff and hair fall- boil a handful of leaves in 2 cups of water till the leaves changes colour and becomes greenish. Use this water as the last rinse after you shampoo your hair. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of neem help in getting rid of dandruff keeping your scalp healthy and hence stimulating growth.
4. Neem can be used to condition your hair-just like neem can be used to moisturize dry skin, it can also be used as a natural conditionerfor dry and frizzy hair. Just make a paste of neem leave boiled in water & honey & apply it to your hair followed by regular wash.
5. Neem oil is used in the preparation of pesticide and insecticides. In one litre of water, add liquid soap, neem oil and stir the solution. The natural oil doesn’t kill bugs likeinsecticides, but instaed repel them.
6. In the last post I talked about me using seewak for toothbrushes you can also you neem twigs to clean the teeth gotta warn you though it is a little bit bitter.
7. If you are suffering from common nail problems like splintering and peeling of nails then neem oil is the solution for you. Neem oil helkps in making your nails strong, thus preventing them from peeling or brittle. These problems might be as a result of some nail infection that you are suffering from. Neem oil will help you to gat rid of infection. Justb massage your nails and cuticles with a few drops of neem oil.
8. Consume 2-3 neem leaves mixed with some honey on an empty stomach every day and you wil see changes yourself.
9. Boil the leaves in water to make tea is a good remedy to cure malaria.
Neem ia an herb whose every part has benefits whether its fruit, the leaves, the bark or the twigs.it is one of the few natural ingredients that has so many benefits but no side effects as such. Also always try to use fresh neem leaves. Just like any other herb, neem leaves sart losing as soon as they are plucked from the tree.

 

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Have you ever been in a situation in which you know what you want but you can’t just find the time in your crazy world of meeting deadlines, attending classes, reading and everything. Taking a break is really important so that you come back feeling energized I tell you it’s not easy blogging o. it takes consistency which sometimes feel I don’t have but I know I can do it. As the semester is coming to an end in school I try not to over burden myself because I have a lot of things going on. So I have decided to create new posts every Wednesday and inspirational tips/quotes to kick start your week on Mondays. I hope you people can hold me accountable. Exams are fast approaching. Am back from my compulsory holiday. You can check out blog.sizzelle.com as I talk about healthy hair and share tips about my healthy hair journey. Watch out for my internship-new experience series and my experiences trying to stay organic and natural.

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THE UNDEERUSED MUSA GENUS

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When I say Musa  genus I don’t mean someone who bears the name Musa as a surname or first name but I am talking about banana, why would I call  banana Musa you might ask? Well the answer is not far-fetched. If you wouldn’t learn anything from this post you would learn the scientific name of banana which is Musa sapientum. Banana is an edible fruit in the genus Musa and a specific name of sapientum. The fruit is variable in size and color and firmness. We all know banana. I would give some reasons why monkeys are happy animals…. It is because of the banana they eat and how is this so? Let’s start our journey into banana land discovery

Bananas are exceptionally healthy food that provide numerous health benefits. It contains vitamins A, B,C and E along with minerals like potassium, zinc, iron and manganese. It also contains some natural sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose.

  1. Banana gives instant surge of energy- I have tested this theory a lot of times and energy is what I got in return. Especially when am studying and I don’t want to indulge in junks I take banana. You would energized and
  2. It helps lower blood cholesterol-it is said that pectin present in fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels. According to researchers  fire that are water soluble such as pectin help to LDL cholesterol without disturbing the HDL cholesterol
  3. Eating banana in between meals help to stabilize blood sugar and also aids digestion
  4. Bananas make you smarter and make you more alert. Eat a banana before exams or studying to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  5. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection from chronic disease such as cancer. It also reduces the occurrence of stroke due to the high amount of potassium it contains
  6. Bananas help combat stomach ulcer. I know this from firsthand experience. Protease inhibitors in banana, help get rid of bacteria in the stomach that causes stomach ulcer thereby protecting against damage of the stomach and ulcer.
  7. They also help to relieve constipation because of the pectin it contains. Raw bananas are also effective in the treatment of diarrhea and therefore regulate body fluid they help to recover from hangover when blended with honey and yoghurt.
  8. Quitting smoking? Vitamins B6 and B12 together with magnesium and potassium in banana help to recover from nicotine addiction and help speed up recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  9. Bananas can enhance weight gain. How? The combination of milk and protein enhances weight gain. Bananas are also good to people who want to loose weight because it contains loads amount of fiber and low fat and are also easily digestible. A banana of 100 grams contains approximately 90 calories. Taking into consideration all its benefits it wouldn’t hurt to include it in your diet.
  10. Bananas help to reduce the itching and swelling of mosquito bite by rubbing the inside of a banana on it. Cool right
  11. Eating bananas help in achieving younger looking skin. Banana has 75 percent water by weight in it. So it helps to hydrate your skin and prevents it from drying or peeling. Mash half a banana and apply it generously around puffy eyes. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rise off with cool water. The puffiness would disappear
  12. Banana peels are used to get rid of wrinkles, treat itchy skin and also warts and psoriasis.

This is just a tip of the iceberg there are so many uses of banana and so many recipes on how to use it. So what are you waiting for? Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana.

Happy new year

Hola!

its been an awfully long time since I blogged and to be honest I am seriously itching to be back. Happy new year. In a later post we would be looking at the menu for 2014(rubbing hands in glee and mischief) can’t wait to start. You can tell I am literally bouncing with excitment. but first I need to sort out my internet palaver ish.

See ya soon. Let’s explore more 0f the herbal world this 2014

Have a great and fulfilling year

CASTOR OIL RECIPES

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Howdy? In the last two post I have been talking about the uses of castor oil. I know I just discussed the health benefits without really putting recipes or how to use it to achieve your aim.
How to use castor oil for hair.
1) Combats hair loss Just take some castor oil, and massage it to your scalp and roots. Wash it off, after leaving it for an hour or two. Ricinoleic acid that is
present in castor oil helps to protect your hair and stimulates circulation of nutrient rich blood to your scalp.
2) Treats scalp infection
Scalp infection can cause major hair problems like bald patches, itchy scalp, etc. This can also stop hair growth. So, if you want to boast healthy, lustrous tresses, then it is really essential to treat the scalp infections.Apply it to your scalp regularly.
How to use castor oil for acne treatment.
1. Prepare some towels and a pot of steaming water
2. Hold the towel over your head as you let the steam reach your face while leaning over the steaming pot of water
3. After a few minutes, your pores will open up and will be ready for the Castor Oil treatment.
4. Rub the oil using small circular
motions over the areas with acne or prone to acne.
5. Use another wet warm towel to wipe the Castor Oil from your skin.
6. Rinse skin with cold or cool water toshrink the pores.
7. Pat your skin dry and use a very small amount of Castor Oil as a moisturizer until you cleanse your skin again.
This therapy is effective especially for acne prevention and treatment.
How to use castor oil on scars
To break down internal scarring,
soak a piece of clean cloth with
castor oil and place it over the scararea for an hour or two each day.You can also simply rub castor oil over the scar each day. More serious internal scarring will take longer to break down.

DID YOU KNOW- CASTOR OIL PACKS

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Howdy! I guess by now we all know the uses of castor oil. Let’s talk about the not so popular castor oil packs.
Castor oil packs – in their most basic form – denote strips of cloth immersed in castor oil.
It’s used by some
alternative practitioners to enhance circulation and to promote the healing of the tissues and organs
underneath the skin. Alternative
practitioners also use it to improve liver function, relieve pain, reduce inflammation and to improve digestion.

Materials needed
• 2-3 layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel for the castor oil pack (this should be sufficient to cover the affected area; for covering the abdomen, use the rough estimate of 12×18 inches)
• A bottle of castor oil for the castor oil pack (preferably warm)
• A hot water bottle for the castor oil pack (or a heating pad will also suffice)
• A container with a lid for storing the castor oil pack
• A plastic wrap that is 2-3 inches
larger than the piece of flannel used in the castor oil pack.
How to make the pack
• Folding the flannel of the castor oil pack into three levels of thicknesses
• Placing the piece of flannel of the castor oil pack in the container
• Warming the castor oil in the castor oil pack to the appropriate
temperature
• Soaking the flannel of the castor oil pack in a bowl of castor oil, just enough to keep it saturated, without letting the oil drip
• Placing the flannel of the castor oil pack over the affected area
• Covering the flannel of the castor oil
pack with the plastic wrap
• Placing a hot water bottle on the plastic wrap
*Leave on for 45 to 60 minutes.
*Remove the pack and wash the oil off your skin with soap and water or a baking soda solution.
Uses of the pack
*The right side of the abdomen. As part of a liver detox
program.
*To relieve inflamed and swollen joints and muscle strains.
*The abdomen to relieve
constipation and other digestive
disorders.
*The lower abdomen in cases of
menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts.
Castor oil packs for fibroids are
definitely recommended to be tried by those looking for a fibroid natural treatment method. While castor oil
packs for fibroids have shown great positive results in many patients, it is important to remember that what may work for one may not work for another. Use the pack for four days consecutively each week for up to a month and rest for the rest of the week. After a month, evaluate the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the castor oil pack.

Comments and questions are always welcomed.

CASTROR OIL

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Howdy! Sorry for being AWOL for sometime, I had to attend to some things. Just want to share the amazing uses and benefits of castor oil.
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Castor oil is derived from the seed of the castor plant, Ricinus communis . The plant is indigenous to east Africa and India but is now widely grown in
other tropical zones worldwide. The oil extracted from the seed has a thick consistency. For Jamaican black castor oil the seeds are roasted before the oil is extracted and that explains the dark colour and that makes it different from Cold pressed Castor oil. Castor oil generally has a mild odor and the taste is bland. One of the
more common alternative names is Palma Christi (meaning Christ’s palm) because the shape of its leaves resembles hands.
Benefits of Castor oil.
1. The most common and oldest use of castor oil is as a laxative in the treatment of constipation.
2. Castor oil is used in treating skin conditions such as abrasions, acne, age spots, athlete’s foot, boils, chronic itching, dermatosis, dry skin.
3. For pregnant women 39 weeks and over, castor oil can effectively and efficiently commence uterine contractions to induce labor.
4. Due to its well known anti-
inflammatory properties, castor oil is used as an effective remedy for arthritis.
5. Castor oil helps to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. It prevents thinning and stimulates
rapid growth of hair.
6. Castor oil is used to
decrease inflammation and to help the liver to function optimally. It increases circulation of blood and lymph, enhances the immune system, improves elimination of toxic substances, and promotes the
healing of tissues.
7. Castor oil is used to regrow edges, to increase hair growth and also as a moisturizer.
8.  Castor oil packs are also used to treat fibroid.

In the next post we will discuss how to use castor oil for healing and recipes used.
Please don’tforget to leave your comments and suggestions.