Fruit Based Recipes
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Rejuvenating, soothing, healing skin care.
Strawberry face mask
For a fresh and cooling mask using everyday store cupboard (or fridge) ingredients. Especially good for oily skin due to the astringent and cleansing ingredients. Makes one application.
2 tblsp sour cream (or ordinary cream is fine)
1 tblsp flour or oatmeal
1 tsp honey
2 drops Rose or Lavender essential oil (optional)
Mix ingredients together to form a smooth paste. Apply evenly to face and neck. Relax for 20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and finish with a gentle toner and moisturiser. Your skin will fresh and smooth.
Why strawberries are good for you
Strawberries contain ellagic acid, which is a potent antioxidant. Studies have shown that ellagic acid can halt the growth of tumours in the lungs, oesophagus, breast, cervix and the tongue. Studies also show that strawberries reduce the effects of carcinogens in tobacco smoke. (However, this does not mean that you can get away with smoking)! In traditional medicine, strawberries are thought to have antibacterial properties and are used to cleanse and detoxify the digestive system.
strawberries have a high vitamin C content. Just one serving of them (around 8 fruits) provides 3 times more health benefits than most other fruits. Strawberries contain 10 essential nutrients including zinc, folate and numerous antioxidants, more than is usually found in other foods and 5 of which are not found in any multi-vitamin supplement. They are an ideal fruit to eat for anyone maintaining their health as they boost energy levels, reverse the signs of ageing, aid concentration and help prevent cancer, colds and allergies. It is a myth that bananas provide sustained energy. They are among the fruits with the highest glycaemic load (12). It is better to eat strawberries as they are low in calories and have the lowest glycaemic load of any fruit (the glycaemic load of a large punnet of strawberries is about 1).
Strawberries contain high levels of Quercitin, nature’s cure for hayfever, eczema and asthma. It also helps maintain the health of connective tissues to alleviate bruising and varicose veins. Strawberries contain more vitamin C than any other fruit and only home-grown fruit contains significant amounts. A diet high in vitamin C can half the risk of cancer, prevent colds and infections, and promote healthy, firm skin. So, ensure strawberries are part of your diet for good health and a clear complexion.
Pineapple and grape cleansing mask
For a cleansing and reviving mask, this is suitable to use on all skin types.
6 chunks of fresh pineapple pieces
Small handful of grapes
1 tsp fresh whipping cream or live yoghurt
2 tblsp powdered oats
2 drops Lavender essential oil (optional)
Mash pineapple and grapes in a food processor (or with a fork will be fine). Whip cream until fluffy and fold in the fruit mixture. Add powdered oats and Lavender oil until you have a paste-like mixture. Add more oats if texture is too runny.
Apply evenly to a cleansed face and neck and relax for 10 minutes and allow the natural alpha hydroxy acids in the fresh pineapple to promote smoother younger looking skin.
Rinse with tepid filtered water and finish with a natural toner and moisturiser.
Pineapple - a natural anti-inflammatory
Pineapple is a nutritious fruit containing many micro-nutrients that are believed to protect against cancer and heart disease. With proven diuretic properties, pineapple juice contains chemicals that stimulate the kidneys to help in the removal of toxins in the body. Pineapple is also antiseptic and can kill intestinal worms which cause intestinal disorders. It also soothes the bile.
Pineapple contains useful enzymes, one of which is called bromelain. Bromelain helps block the production of kinins that form when there is inflammation and so helps reduce the swelling caused by such diseases as arthritis, gout, and ailments such as sore throat and sinusitis.
Research also shows bromelain digests food by breaking down protein. In fact, pineapple juice can be used as a marinade and tenderiser for meat. As an aid to digestion, pineapple should be eaten between meals or taken as a supplement.
Pineapple is a good source of manganese, as well as containing significant amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin B1.