When we arrived at our resort in Diani Beach, we were greeted with cold drinks that we later learned were called Dawa Sawa. "Dawa" is a Swahili word for medicine, cure, potent, etc. When we asked the staff at they said that the drink was a "magic potion!" Since returning from our trip, we've made our own version that we drink all the time. It got us wondering, how can we load this up to increase the health benefits? There are 3 core ingredients (4 if you have the vodka version).
- Water/Soda Water
- Raw Honey - natural antibacterial (fights bacteria), humectant (draws in moisture), regulates blood sugar
- Lime - aids in digestion due to it's natural aroma. It also is loaded with antioxidants that help to refresh the skin , while the citric acid helps to burn fat and promote weight loss.
On their own these ingredients all provide amazing benefits to your body, but together, they pack the most refreshing punch.
We spiced this up by adding in one additional "power boost!"
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple cider vinegar actually helps to make you feel full sooner, which aids in weightloss. The acetic acid in ACV also helps to kills unwanted bacteria. Check out these sites for more on the benefits of ACV.
Check out this recipe (substitute water/soda water for vodka) and let us know what you think! You can purchase our recommended ingredients by clicking on the below. We typically use fresh limes, but organic, pure lime juice can also save you time.
One adage that is definitely true is that true beauty comes from the inside out! It is just as important that what goes in your body is as good on what goes on it.
Join us for the "Golden Milk Challenge!"
WHAT IS GOLDEN MILK? It is a turmeric based drink that can help your body do a complete RESET. After extensive searching we found a lot of mixed information out there as to the origins of this tasty concoction. Nevertheless, we are excited to try it.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
- Turmeric contains a potent polyphenol called curcumin; which is believed to have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties
- Adding black pepper to turmeric boost your body's ability to absorb turmeric by 2000%
- Helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin. Who doesn't want the fountain of youth!
- Improve circulation and estrogen metabolism. Hands always cold? Well give this a try!
- Turmeric is an anti-spasmodic (i.e. NOT MORE CRAMPS)
- Helps combat amenorrhea, endometriosis, fibroids, and cysts
- The coconut oil and coconut milk are a great source of heart healthy fats. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women?
- Let's not forget the guys! Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties has been known to alleviate symptoms associated with prostate cancer and enlarged prostate. It also prevents toxicity induce male infertility and erectile dysfunction
It's even great for children. Particularly as they go through puberty. It's healthier but equally soothing alternative to that nightly cup of hot chocolate. Not that we are suggesting anyone ever give up chocolate!
- 1 tsp golden paste
- 8 oz coconut milk
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- ground cinnamon
- ground ginger
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1.5 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup water
Check out our video below to see how to make Golden Milk and join us for the next 30 Days of Golden Milk Challenge! Send us your pics, videos, and insta-stories of your Golden Milk experience.
Avocado is a superfruit (yes, it’s a fruit)
It is loaded with such an abundance of health benefits that it is still being studied to determine exactly how the human body uses the nutrients it gets from the avocado.
There are hundreds of varieties of avocados and depending on which source you use that number can change. In the U.S. the vast majority are grown in California with over 90% of those being Hass avocados. In fact, the Hass variety is favored worldwide for its high-fat flesh, nutty taste, and buttery consistency. It has an oil content of 20% or higher and tough skin; the latter of which makes it so that it can be shipped great distances and still arrive in good shape. It has more potassium than a banana and unlike other fruits it is high in protein.
A single avocado has 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.
Don’t let the high fat content deter you because in this case we are talking about healthy fats.
More specifically oleic acid; a monounsaturated fatty acid. The same healthy fat you find in olive oil. It is a heart healthy fruit that reduces heart disease risk factors. They can also help the body better absorb plant-based nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, K and various antioxidants. This is because these nutrients are “fat-soluble” or they are absorbed by the body when they are carried from the digestive tract by fat and then stored in body tissues.
Eating avocado is not the only way to benefit from its nutrients. Avocados and avocado oil are great in DIY skin and hair mask.
The proteins, amino acids, and vitamins soothe and moisturize the scalp and promote hair growth. Like coconut oil, avocado oil is one of the few oils that can penetrate the hair cuticle lubricating the follicle from the inside out. It strengthens the hair follicle and imparts amazing radiance. Vitamin E is a natural preservative and antioxidant. Avocados have vitamin E in abundance! It is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair, protecting it from environmental stressors and damage.
Let’s not forget about your skin! The antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E impart anti-aging properties. While the monounsaturated fats moisturize and keep your skin supple and flexible. Vitamin A and B3 (niacin) are particularly good for those with acne-prone skin. Consuming B3 can help heal acne from the inside out but the topical application of B3(niaciniminde) is like giving that acne a one-two punch! It's anti-inflammatory properties will soothe your skin and reduce the subsequent hyperpigmentation.
So what are your favorite ways to get in the nutrients of avocado?
Did you know that 1/2 a cup of basil satisfies almost 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K? We know, who cares, right? Here's why you should care?
One of our favorite foods while traveling throughout South East Asia was mangosteen. We basically ate mangosteen from Bnagkok to Saigon.
Time is winding down to the holidays, so we wanted to give you options for easy DIY gifts. What do you get when you mix coconut oil with shea butter? The best hair and dry skin cream you have ever had of course! This decadent cream is perfect for those extra dry patches of skin in the winter and to seal your hair in protective styles. Check out our blog for how to mix, make, pack, and wrap. Best of all, you can get all of the ingredients either locally or within 0-2 days from Amazon!
Time is ticking to purchase gifts for the holidays. We're giving you just a few more chances, with some easy DIY ideas that are amazingly effective and awesome gifts!
We've always heard of the benefits of both Aloe and Castor oil, but who knew they could be used on your eyelashes. After seeing Farah Dhukai's video, we were inspired to put her Aloe and Castor Oil Eyelash Serum to the test.
Having a hard time coming up with great stocking stuffers or easy gifts? What about a luxurious and simple DIY toner/face mist? It's perfect for the last minute shopper. You can get all of the ingredients in your kitchen and via Amazon Prime.
The best method to experience the anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits of root vegetables is from the inside out. Try incorporating more root vegetables into your daily diet to look and feel better.
Squash blossoms (aka zucchini flowers) contain enough potassium and magnesium to help reduce and maintain healthy blood pressure.
Now you might be wondering, what a spice has to do with beauty, but don't count this one out. After sprinkling cinnamon into a few DIY beauty products and in coffee for the first time, it dawned on us that it's versatility is quite remarkable.
Sweeten up your life with these DIY uses of honey for the your best hair and skin.
5 ways papaya will always love you back. Some may say papaya is an acquired taste, or perhaps they haven't had the pleasure of tasting a perfectly ripe papaya or a green papaya salad. As a PSA to all, don't miss out on all of the love this fruit has to offer. There are some things and people that will never love you back, but papaya isn't one of them.
Antioxidants are a natural method to protect your body from disease and stop cell damage. They occur naturally in most plant-based foods. The good news is that even coffee is loaded with them. In skincare products antioxidants are typically used to help reduce the signs of aging. Check out this link for more info.
Guess what green foods are loaded with? Anitoxidants! Outside of the benefits of being an antioxidant, these foods are typically highly nutritious and low calorie due to their high water content.
f our bodies are 60% water, then drinking water helps to maintain this balance right? Losing water content results in dehydration, which impacts physical performance, memory, skin quality, and mood.