Mustard seed oil is quickly becoming one of the most popular hair and skin treatments. It has a lot of benefits which are scientifically-backed. But, like with all beauty supplements, not all mustard seed oils are created equally. Here is what you need to look at to make sure you are getting a good mustard oil. Read more
Both slippery elm and marshmallow root are becoming very popular ingredients in natural hair care. The reason they are so good for hair is because they contain a lot of mucilage. Read more
Gotu kola is one of my favorite superfoods. Its main active compounds are triterpenoid saponins, which have many benefits including for anxiety, reducing inflammation and improving focus. It also contains many other health-promoting compounds such as flavonoids, sterols, and fatty acids. Read more
Oregon grape (also called Mahonia aquifolium or Berberis aquifolium) is widely considered one of the best natural remedies for psoriasis, eczema and skin inflammation conditions. It’s also one of the few natural remedies which actually has scientific evidence to support its benefits. (1) As a result, you can find lots of Oregon grape creams for skin. Read more
Horsetail is one of my favorite supplements. As one of the world’s best sources of silica, it makes my hair and skin look great. Because it builds collagen, horsetail supplements can help prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. And, even though I can’t see this benefit, horsetail also helps my bones get stronger and reduces the likelihood that I’ll get osteoporosis later in life. Read more
Even though cupuacu is mostly grown in Brazil, I first encountered it while traveling in Peru. It’s sold at juice bars along the street and an ingredient in many desserts. Lately, cupuacu has become popular around the world because of its many health benefits, especially for skin and hair. Read more
Borage is quickly becoming one of my favorite plants. Not only is it beautiful, easy to grow, and tastes good, but it also has a slew of health benefits – especially for the skin. These skin benefits are why borage seed oil is becoming popular and found in many beauty products.
One cool thing I did while traveling around Vietnam was hire a local plant expert to take me on a guided tour. She took me to a collective where women were extracting oil from tamanu nuts. When I asked what the oil was used for, the ladies started spreading fresh tamanu oil on my skin.
Whenever I travel somewhere new, I’m always amazed at how many amazing foods I had never even heard of before. This was the case with mongongo (aka manketti) before I went to Namibia. After seeing locals cracking open the strange nuts, I learned all about the benefits of mongongo nuts, especially the oil for hair and skin. Read more