Fruit Peelings for Your Skin

Wait!!! Before you throw away that “leftover” fruit let’s take advantage of its full potential ;). The skin or peeling from each fruit has just as much if not more nutrients as the actual fruit. Think about it, how could the flesh stay so fresh, juicy and sweet without a strong & nutrient filled guard protecting it? Each fruit has many beneficial uses and it only make sense to make the most of your next fruit indulging experience.  Exfoliating, brightening, reducing excess oil, reducing redness/swelling, balancing PH levels, reducing wrinkles, evening your complexions, and so much more all can be done by simply rubbing the peelings of your favorite fruit on your skin (face & body)! Don’t let the nourishment go to waste, before you throw away that pile of peelings take some time out to show your skin a little love. It’s simple, the hard part is already done. Look below for a few of my favorite fruit and the benefits of their peelings!

  1. Papaya- Papaya skin is perfect for rejuvenation! If you notice that your skin is looking a bit dull this peeling will surely help to brighten it back up. The peeling has natural collagen boosting properties, which will give you a natural glow and help to tighten loose skin. It can also be blended to make a paste and used as a mask!
  2. Banana- The peelings of bananas contains a high amount of proteins and vitamins that are perfect for evening skin with blotches or patches of various skin colors. Softly rubbing the inner peeling from a banana on your skin twice a day will guarantee faster results.
  3. Avocado (yep it’s a fruit) -The inner rind of an avocado is an excellent and pure substitute for a moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin (scalp included), then you should give avocado peelings a try. They contain naturally oily and fatty properties that your skin will lock in without clogging pores.
  4. Orange (limes, lemons, mandarin)- Citrus fruit peelings are excellent for exfoliating, brightening dark spots and getting rid of excess oil. The texture of the skin is idea for exfoliating because it’s rough yet soft enough to rub on your skin without irritating it. They can also be sun dried and coated with a bit of honey or agave and then used directly on the face as an exfoliator.

Take care of your skin, it’s a reflection of your overall health!

 

3 Easy & Fulfilling Plant-based Lunch/Dinner Ideas

I’m back with some more bomb plant-based recipes! Eating is about allowing your tastebuds to explore and enjoy different cuisines and flavors. There’s way too many recipes waiting to be created, on top of the millions already out there. Nothing beats a home cooked meal and when it’s filled with natures garden not only does it satisfy your tastebuds but your body benefits as well! Take a step into the kitchen with me and get started with some fresh ideas that your tastebuds have been waiting for. With all the flavor packed ideas I have coming your way I am more than positive that I can make you forget all about consuming animal products. Let’s create healthy habits and eat to live!

Tikka Masala—- Hands down one of my favorite meals! This Indian cuisine will have leave you wondering why you never tried it before. Chunky veggies covered in a tomato-y, savory, creamy sauce that’s slightly sweet but also packed with lots of spices and herbs on top of steamed rice with side of naan bread…I can’t even think of a word to describe this meal!

Veggie Spring Rolls & Sweet & Sour Soup—- Spring Rolls and sweet-spicy soup are my   go-to! Perfect as a snack, lunch or dinner. The light crispy crunch of well seasoned stir-fried veggies wrapped in a thin flaky crust along the side of some hot, fresh hot and sour soup…yum!

Falafel Wrap & Fries—- Falafel by it’s self is already good, but dressed up with some veggies, tahini sauce, stuffed in a warm pita wrap with a side of fries (sweet or regular)…ah-maz-ing! Deep fried (can also be baked) patties made from chickpeas mixed with scallions, red onions, parsley, cumin, garlic, etc. The scrumptious combination of herbs and spices topped with a tangy creamy tahini sauce is unmatched!

Click the link below for full recipes:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kyGhrLiS1uJzKAQwStDvxZevcPN8f1-Yrwy6v6PVf3Q/edit?usp=sharing

P.S.: Tell your tastebuds I said you’re welcome!

 

How Essential Oils Help to Relieve Stress, Improve Memorization Skills, & Etc.

Smells are important, they help us process memories, warn us of danger, and most importantly affect our emotions, among many other things. You know how certain smells make you feel all warm & fuzzy inside? Like fresh baked sweets, or a familiar scent from grandmas house! Yes! I’m talking about those smells that bring you somewhat of an automatic comfortable and happy feeling. Or how about when you take a whiff of an alcoholic drink that gave you the worst hangover of your life? Those smells that give you instant regrets and make you gag. Giving you a flashback of the not so favorable times in life, lol. I think that the sense of smell and its ability to connect us to things/situation is really interesting so on top of hours of research I’ve also done my own experiment and found out how out incredibly beneficial aromatherapy can be. Aromatherapy is a holistic practice that uses natural plant extracts (flowers, fruit, herbs, tree bark, etc), and other aroma compounds (essential oils), to promote both psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils, such as lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, sweet orange, etc. are in essence stimulants, and when “inhaled” they activate various nerves and bodily functions. The olfactory nerve, which gives us the sense of smell sends signals to our limbic system and amygdala, which controls our memory, emotions/mood and our nervous system. When smells enter your body they either alert the amygdala which is the reason we have fear, our autonomic nervous system, which triggers our fight-or-flight response, quickens our breath, and raises heart rate and blood pressure or by triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, which soothes and relaxes us!

 

FYI:

Sage, clears sinuses and relieves headaches. Lavender, calm and soothes you, also known as an anti-depressant. Lemon, boosts immune system and increases focus/concentration. Chamomile, reduces anxiety and insomnia. Eucalyptus, eases joint and muscle pain and clears respiratory passages. Cinnamon, improves blood circulation. Ginger, helps with digestive issues. Basil, increases energy levels. Sweet orange, helps to increase mood and memorization.

 

 

Through my own experience I’ve used sweet orange oil (a refreshing, somewhat of a powerful, unforgettable scent) to help me remember phrases of a language I was practicing. I created a mixture of sweet oil, honey, and water and poured it into a small 2oz spray bottle so that I could easily carry it around with me. I tested this theory by spraying the mixture into a napkin and taking a small whiff of it before meeting up with some bilingual associates. And low and behold, I was able to remember everything I’d practice the day before. But to make sure that it wasn’t just a coincidence I tried the method a few other times in different situations and got the same results. I saw an automatic improvement in my memorization skills, something that I’ve never experienced before. I am a believer of aromatherapy and I believe that everyone can benefit from it. Look up your symptoms or issues, look for an essential oil to help and test out the method for yourself!

Meet the Creator of Blavity.com: Morgan DeBaun

This woman here, Morgan DeBaun is the true definition of an inspiration! A highly intelligent, beautiful, powerful, yet relatable, entrepreneur. Morgan DeBaun, also known as the CEO and creator of Blavity.com (Black Gravity). She began as a passionate business and technology student who made her career start into corporate America, but she quickly noticed that corporate America was not in her best interest. After leaving her promising career behind Morgan decided to take a leap of faith that would change her life forever! Morgan recognized that her generation (black millennials) were not being represented enough in the mainstream media and was determined to change that by taking matters into her own hands. Along with her co-founder Aaron Samuels, the two came together and created Blavity.com (July 2014),  a website filled with content made for and by black people! Blavity.com was created to bring black people together, educate us on the latest black current events, and uplight us (especially the millennials). From covering stories relating to the Black Lives Matter movement (including the protest of the national anthem), to inspiring and supporting us to do the work we love, Blavity.com has us covered. Morgan is without a doubt for her people, and since launching Blavity she has also founded four other companies for us, known as Afro Tech ,Travel Niore, 21Ninety, and Shadow And Act! AfroTech.com, started off as a conference in Silicon Valley, California for African American startup founders, designers, engineers and operators. TravelNiore.com, is a website that offers traveling tips, courses on how to get paid to travel, and advice specifically for us black millennials. 21Ninety.com, is a lifestyle wellness brand focused on the betterment of women of color. And Shadowandact.com, provides breaking news, exclusive interviews, and analysis on the scope of Black entertainment today as well promoting creative content from the rising directors, writers, and producers of tomorrow. So it’s safe to say that Morgan’s been working hard and her good deeds surely have not gone unnoticed. Morgan has been featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, listed on The Roots top 100 most influential African Americans, and again on Forbes Top 50 American Women in Tech! Wow, see what I mean? How could you read this and not be inspired? I’m rooting for you Morgan and I truly believe in your brands and their longevity! Continue to inspire and change lives one day at time. To my readers please be sure to check out her businesses and support at least one of the many platforms she has made possible for us to enjoy! Whether it’s just a view, an email subscription, a job inquiry, or a purchase, let’s just support one another.

Contact Morgan DeBaun :

Email: team@blavity.com

Website: http://www.morgandebaun.com

Instagram: @morgandebaun

Twitter: @morgandebaun

Happy Black History Month, btw 😌✊🏾