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Baobab: A superfruit for the New Year
When it comes to your health, we all know that it's what you put into your body that really matters. The food you eat can influence every part of your health in both a negative and positive way. Therefore it is important to ensure you maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Heading into the new year, it could be the right time to add something to your diet in order to work towards improving your health. Baobab could be the perfect addition, not only when it comes to boosting your immune system during the winter but also for keeping you happy and healthy throughout 2014.
Baobab is a fruit that is native to Africa. It grows from, what has been called, the Tree of Life, which is an amazing plant in that every part of the tree can be used for food, medicine, drinks and for fibre that can be used in construction.
The fruit itself contains high amounts of vitamin C, which studies have found to be between three and six times higher than the levels found in oranges. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and can help to maintain the immune system, allowing it to better fight off illness. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce cell damage.
High levels of vitamin C are important for maintaining clear and youthful looking skin as the nutrient is vital in the formation of collagen. This forms in the connective tissue of the skin and helps to keep your complexion plump and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Not only is eating the fruit beneficial for the skin, but you can also use the oil to cleanse and moisturise the skin. This provides your skin with vitamin C as well as vitamins A and E, which are also essential to a healthy complexion.
But it isn't just the immune system and skin that can be aided by this superfruit. The pulp of baobab contains around 56 per cent water soluble pectins. These help the digestive system, ensuring it is working to the max, which can reduce indigestion and other common complaints.
Pectins are also important when it comes to balancing your blood sugar. This means you may be less likely to suffer from sugar highs and the inevitable crashes that follow, keeping your energy levels even and improving things like concentration.
There are several ways that you can use baobab in your everyday life in order to reap the benefits. You can eat the pulp of the fruit, which can be made into drinks, desserts or eaten fresh - which tastes like a cross between melon and pineapple, or take it in powder form. Powder can also be added to food and drink, although it loses some of its goodness during the drying process.
The oil can be used as a beauty treatment for both the skin and the hair. Not only does it help keep the signs of ageing at bay, but baobab oil is highly moisturising without being greasy, making it perfect for dry skin and people that suffer from conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
Baobab oil is also fantastic at reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, meaning it is a great choice for during and after pregnancy. All you have to do is massage it regularly - a little goes a long way - and marks, scars and stretch marks will fade.
It can also be applied to the hair - although it best to only use it on the ends and lengths - to provide moisture, protection and shine.
If you are going to make one change for the new year, try adding this superfruit into your life, whether it's as a food or a beauty product.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks