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The Magic Of Apricot Oil

The magic oil for your skin -Apricot

Since it is fairly light and gentle on the skin, apricot kernel oil has become a common ingredient found in many creams, soaps, lotions and other beauty products. The benefits of using apricot oil for the skin includes:

Moisturizing: The rehydrating properties in apricot oil make it a natural moisturizer for any type of skin. This oil is light and does not leave a greasy coat on the skin, after use. Many women avoid using commercial moisturizers, especially if they have oily skin. However, whether you have balanced skin, oily skin or reactive skin, you can keep it well moisturized with some light apricot kernel oil. You can either add a few drops of this oil to your face serum, or prepare a mixture of apricot and olive oil for your face.

Nourishing: The high Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) content present in apricot oil enables your skin to maintain its moisture balance. This acid also helps tone and firm up your skin. The Vitamin A and Vitamin E present in apricot oil slow down the signs of ageing. Since this oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to soothe minor skin conditions, like eczema.

Lubricating: Unlike other oils that stay on the surface of the skin, apricot kernel oil is quickly absorbed by your skin, which helps lubricate it internally. This oil is often used in face creams, body lotions and lip balms. However, you could also use it regularly, in the form of massage oil. Because organic apricot kernel oil is light, gentle, mild and non-irritating, it can also be used for children and babies.

Turmeric Latte or Haldi Doodh..you decide!!!

It is a drink fit for Midas, with an ocher color so vivid it doesn’t need an Instagram filter. It’s not made of gold, but it might as well be, given its cult following. “Golden milk” or turmeric latte – an unlikely combination of milk and juiced turmeric root – is 2016’s drink of choice.

In a new report on food trends worldwide, Google singled out turmeric’s ascent after searches for the spice increased by 56% from November 2015 to January 2016.

And fuelling that rise is its use in lattes: “golden milk” is among the top online searches associated with the spice. Turmeric lattes are now being sold at cafes from Sydney to San Francisco, and the drink is gaining fans in the UK and Netherlands too. On a recent trip to Europe, it was the bestselling beverage everywhere we went.

This is the same haldi doodh that our moms were shoving down our throats since times immemorial. This drink has the immunity boosting properties like nothing else and heals our damaged tissues faster than magic.

After ghee, homemade yoghurt and coconut oil, turmeric is the latest health-food trend to originate from the Indian pantry, another sign that the Indian subcontinent may be ahead of the hipster curve. Turmeric is part of Ayurvedic medicine – a holistic, all-natural approach to health that has been practiced for centuries in India – and a ubiquitous ingredient in curries and rice dishes.

Oilcraft Naturals Loves a Fruit Infusion Water Detox

How about some water based detox?

Here’s what-

Detox Water Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Orange
1 Lemon
1 Cucumber
1 inch ginger
2 sprigs of Mint

🍋Cut the ingredients into slices with their skins and place in a glass jug. Place the mint sprig whole.

🍋Gently pour water into the jug and fill up. That’s it!

🍋Wait for about 15mins and allow the water to get infused.

🍋Drink 1-2 glasses, first thing in the morning. Consume the entire detox water over the day instead of water.

For even better results, make this recipe overnight and let the infusions seep into the water.

Note: Discard the left over fruits. Do Not Consume!

Detox / Infused water carries high nutrient value and valuable anti oxidants that flushes out all the toxins of the body. Secret to a flat belly, healthy glowing skin, and better digestion.

Believe me, your colon will thank you after this.

Copper vessel water is good for you

Copper makes the water ionic which helps to maintain body’s pH (acid-alkaline) balance.

Here are 6 great benefits of Copper!

1. It’s antimicrobial! According to a 2012 study published in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, storing contaminated water in copper for up to 16 hours at room temperature considerably reduces the presence of the harmful microbes, so much that the researchers inferred that “copper holds promise as a point-of-use solution for microbial purification of drinking-water.
An additional study from University of South Carolina researchers explored the purifying power of copper, finding that “Antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units (ICU) kill 97% of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections,” resulting in a 40% reduction in the risk of acquiring an infection. The research was done in a hospital ICU. The research found that the rooms with copper-surfaced objects had less than half the infection incidence than those rooms without copper.
2. It’s a great brain stimulant. Our brain works by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another through an area known as the synapses. These neurons are covered by a sheath called the myelin sheath that acts like a sort of conductive agent – helping the flow of impulses. How does copper figure here you ask? Well, copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of these myelin sheaths. Thereby, making your brain work much faster and more efficiently. Apart from that copper is also known to have anti-convulsive properties (prevents seizures).
3. It aids in weight loss. If diet just doesn’t seem to be helping you lose weight, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel on a regular basis. Apart from fine tuning your digestive system to perform better, copper also helps your body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently.
4. It slows down aging. If you are worried about the appearance of fine lines, copper is your natural remedy! Packed with very strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper fights off free radicals – one of the main reasons for the formation of fine lines – and helps in the production of new and healthy skin cells that replace old dying ones.
5. Copper has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in arthritis and other inflammatory pains. This asset is especially great to relieve aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints. In addition to that, copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, making it the perfect remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
6. It can fight off cancer. Copper has very strong antioxidant properties that helps fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society the exact mechanism of how copper helps prevent the onset of cancer is still not known but some studies have shown that copper complexes have a considerable anti-cancer effect.

How to keep a Copper Water Vessel?

Copper oxidizes naturally and needs to be cleaned at regular intervals. Traditional methods of cleaning copper include rubbing the copper with a mixture of salt and tamarind paste or fresh lemon juice. If not lime, try salt or baking soda and vinegar to clean it. Allow your water to remain in the jug overnight or at least 8 hours for best effects. In the morning, enjoy a daily dosage of energized water.
No wonder our ancestors had copper vessels for drinking water. And don’t you think they had lived longer and healthier than their modern aqua-filtering counterparts! A debate may be on, but again, copper water is definitely good for all of us.

The Tea Series: The BIG ‘hype’ that green Tea is

Yes, we have all heard the world claim green tea to be the near perfect mantra for a host of health benefits, two of them being weight loss and detox. Many people, have even made the painful transition from traditional tea to its greener, ‘so called healthier’ ‘not quite so appealing to the taste buds’ counterpart.

Yet, Tea pundits insist that green tea’s healthiness has been gravely over hyped.

The experts insist that green tea is not only ‘not any better’ than our standard black tea in terms of antioxidants but it also has the potential to being overly abused (due to it being touted as a healthy tea). In fact, black tea, oolong tea as well as white tea have the same levels of antioxidants as green tea just maybe in different types. Nobody however differentiate between them and suggests that the antioxidants from one tea are no better or worse than the antioxidants found in another. Unfortunately though, black and other teas are somehow just not sold to you with that marketing tag, that’s all.

We suggest that the way to go about choosing the tea for you is to find one that agrees with your taste buds. The body (through the taste buds) often shows you exactly which nutrients your body requires and if you follow your taste buds while choosing your tea, you inadvertently pick up the exact antioxidants that your body craves.

It was recently in the papers that Commonwealth athletes were being served Indian style masala tea for the superior health benefits and antioxidant levels. This we agree to, since the spices have their own anti-oxidants which upgrade the brew on infusion. If green tea was that ‘smart’, it should have made the cut, which it sadly didn’t.

Also it’s plain fantasy, if we believe that after feasting on hamburgers and puri-aloo, if we can drink a cup of green tea, it will somehow congeal the calories and flush them out of our system like some sludge. Keep dreaming, it won’t happen.

And please do stop running down the Indian cutting chai. If you can keep the sugar and milk low and drink about 1-3 cups a day, you are doing as well as your green tea drinking friend.

The tea series: How to brew a perfect cup of tea?

Preparing tea is an exercise in simplicity that, consists of nothing but boiling water, making the tea, and serving. While these words indeed capture the spirit of tea, preparing any of the hundreds of teas available requires attention and knowledge. Making a delicious cup of tea is a play of tea leaves, the amount of water used, water temperature, the time of infusion, and the vessel the tea is brewed in.

Pay attention to the following factors-

Water
Always use freshly drawn, cold water to prepare tea. Purified and spring water are best because they are relatively free from pollutants and other substances that can dramatically alter tea’s taste. On the other hand, it is preferable for the water to have some natural minerals content, as they may enhance the tea’s flavor. For this reason, distilled water should be avoided since the lack of minerals will leave the tea tasting flat.

The water should be heated until a steady stream of air bubbles gently rise to the surface. At this point, the water is sufficiently heated and also has a preferable oxygen content. In contrast, using water that has been held at a fierce, rolling boil can leave tea tasting dull and flat.

Temperature
Temperature is critical in making good tea. The popular conception that boiling water can be used on any kind of tea is actually incorrect. In fact, each variety of tea,
from green to black, needs to prepared at a different range of temperature. Because of its more delicate processing, green tea often needs a cooler temperature to bring out the right flavor. Conversely, black tea, which has been fully oxidized, needs much hotter water to bring out its characteristic baked sweetness.

Duration Of Infusion
Similar to water temperature, different kinds of tea need to brewed for different lengths of time. Generally, delicate teas such as green tea need to be brewed for shorter
times, while heartier black teas benefit from longer infusions.

Material of Teapot
While seemingly unimportant at first, the material of the teapot being used also affects the quality of the infusion. When considering a teapot, it is important to consider
the variety of tea and the temperature at which it is prepared. Materials like iron or Chinese yixing ware are excellent at retaining heat over long periods of time, while
glass or porcelain are more likely to release that heat. Therefore, iron and similarly heavy materials are better for teas that need to be prepared at high temperatures, such as black tea Green and white teas, on the other hand, needs a vessel that stays cooler, such as porcelain.

Step By Step 101-

1. Bring freshly drawn, cold water to a boil in a kettle
2. When water is at a gentle boil, remove heat.
3. Pour hot water into teapot and teacups and pour off. By warming the cups in this way, the water temperature will be more consistent.
4. Add the proper amount of tea leaves per person to the pot.
5. Allow water to cool to the proper temperature, if necessary, and pour over the tea leaves.
6. Steep for the proper length of time.
7. Strain completely into another teapot or directly into the serving cups

Wishing you a Happy Cup!