Often times, when we think of superfoods we think of spinach, grapes, green tea and other vegetables and extracts that are primarily listed for their levels of antioxidants. Did you know that the blueberry is one of the most nutritious and powerful superfoods? Blueberry along with the acai berry have one of the highest known levels of antioxidants of any food. Higher than red wine and green tea combined. It is full of amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Whole, fresh blueberries are best, but pure blueberry juice and combination blueberry and pomegranate juice can be found at your local grocery store in the produce section.
Blueberries have many uses as blueberry extract has been used in ancient herbal and medicinal treatments for thousands of years. Many skin care treatments now use blends of blueberry extracts along with other herbs to help revitalize the skin and hasten healing. These treatments have been clinically proven to decrease healing time for skin peels (especially deeper skin peels like the TCA skin peel). They have also shown marked ability at reducing scarring in wound and burn treatment, although more research is needed.
For optimum skin care one should regularly eat high antioxidant foods like blueberry, acai, pomegranate, and spinach. These foods with their high concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients help combat and can even reverse the aging process. With the right diet full of antioxidant rich foods one can virtually stop wrinkles in their tracks. A good diet along with a good skin care regimen can produce amazing results. A good skin care regimen includes a mild cleanser (no soap as it is too harsh and will dry out your skin), a moisturizer packed with antioxidant extracts, and skin peels to increase exfoliation and reduce oily build up (which can lead to acne). It is also a good idea to use a high spf sun protectant.
The leading medical colleges are currently researching high percentage antioxidant extracts like blueberry for anti cancer properties and possible and promising treatments. In clinical settings there is evidence that these antioxidant rich foods do have a marked effect on several types of cancer. In addition to anti cancer properties, the blueberry has shown an positive effect on the nervous system, and increase in cognitive function and reasoning, and an increase in muscle function and regeneration. Truly the blueberry has many current and promising functions and, as a superfood like acai, should be made a staple of every diet for additional health, great skin care and longevity.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil, Pogostemon cablin, possesses a warm, mellow, earthy scent that was especially popular in the 1960s. It is an effective anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and stress reliever. Patchouli helps to tighten the pores of the skin and is used to combat wrinkles. It regulates oily skin and dandruff and is said to mobilize cellulite for elimination. Patchouli helps to break up mucous and helps to reduce fever. Patchouli is also used for the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis, sores and burns. Patchouli blends nicely with sandalwood, cedarwood, orange, rose, geranium and other florals. It has a sedative effect when used in small quantities.
Seabuckthorn Berry Oil
Seabuckthorn has been recognized for centuries in Eurasia for its exceptional medicinal and nutritional properties. The berries of the seabuckthorn plant are rich in vitamins and nutrients.
The fruit or berries appear to be an unsurpassed natural source of vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids. Seabuckthorn berries are second only to Rose hips and Acerola in vitamin C content. They are also rich in several other vitamins, including B1, B2, K and P as well as in more than two dozen microelements.
Seabuckthorn berry oil and seabuckthorn seed oil both possess nourishing, revitalizing, and restorative properties. The berry oil is a beneficial ingredient in formulations intended for acne, dermatitis, irritated or dry skin, eczema, skin ulcers, postpartum pigmentation, burns, scalds, cuts, and tissue regeneration. The stimulation of tissue regeneration is helpful in the treatment of burns, bedsores and poorly healing wounds. Seabuckthorn berry oil helps reduce the damaging effects of sun radiation. It can effectively combat wrinkles, dryness and other symptoms of malnourished or prematurely aging skin.
The restorative action of seabuckthorn oil may be partially due to the high content of essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols and phytosterols, all important for the maintenance of healthy skin. It is interesting to note that Seabuckthorn fruit or berry oil appears to promote skin repair better than the seabuckthorn seed oil possibly due to higher content of C16:2 in the fruit oil. The essential fatty acid content of seabuckthorn berry oil is 80 - 95%. The major EFAs contained in seabuckthorn oil are oleic and linoleic acids. It also contains the following essential fatty acids: pentadecenoic, palmitoleic, heptadecenoic, linolenic, eicosenoic, eicosadienoic, erucic and nervonic. Among the carotenes found in Seabuckthorn are alfa- and beta-carotenes, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, taraxanthin and phytofluin. Tocopherols are primarily vitamin E and gamma-tocopherol. Phytosterols of seabuckthorn oil include beta-sitosterol, beta-amirol and erithrodiol. Taken internally, it can help prevent gums from bleeding, recuperate mucous membranes, heal peptic and duodenal ulcers, aid urinary tract and cervical erosion, treat solar and cancer radiation injuries and is a nutritive source of carotenes, phytosterols, and essential fatty acids.
Grape Seed Oil
The benefits of Grape Seed Oil are no secret. Jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutritive minerals, these little seeds offer a bevvy of goodness. What is less well known is the variety of Grape Seed Oils that are available for use in cosmetics, hair care, and skin care. Standard Grape Seed Oil is available in both Conventional and Organic varieties. Both of these standard Grape Seed Oils offer a light, moisturizing texture that is great for revitalizing dry skin or hair. Rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids, these light, nutritive Oils make an excellent addition to high end massage oils, creams, or body lotions.