Got the Monday Blues? Give Yourself a Boost with Maca Root!

Lepidium meyenii (maca) is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains, in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes — above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). It has been cultivated for more than 2000 years. It is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it is related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. Maca is a common ingredient in Peruvian cooking that gives dishes an earthy flavor. The main edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground. It exists in several colors, ranging from white to black.

Health Benefits

Maca is a plant with great potential as an adaptogen and appears to be promising as a nutraceutical in the prevention of several diseases. Maca root is high in carbs, low in fat, and contains a fair amount of fiber. It's also high in vitamin C, copper, and iron.

Skin and Hair Benefits

As mentioned above maca root is an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a natural substance(s) used in herbal medicine to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. not only will it boost your sex drive but it can also reduce monthly breakouts associated with your menstrual cycle, strengthen your hair follicles, and the high vitamin C content helps to boost collagen production and fight free radicals.If you do get post-acne hyperpigmentation a little maca powder in your favorite wash off mask will help lighten it. It is basically the fountain of youth and tranquility in a powder!


Get your maca fix!

You guys know we love a good inside-out beauty solution, so we couldn’t leave you without telling you how to incorporate it into your diet and beauty routine. Maca root plant can be ground up into a powder and added to meals or smoothies. We love adding a tablespoon to our morning oatmeal. If the powder isn’t convenient or you can not handle to taste, there are also maca supplements that make it easy to ensure that you are getting your daily dose. If you are using the supplement, make sure you are taking at least 1.5-3 grams per day.

DIY Maca Face Mask: Mix 1/2 tablespoon of bentonite clay, 1/2 teaspoon maca powder, and 1/2 teaspoon raw cacao powder in a bowl with the liquid of your choice. Our favorites include full fat greek yogurt for the moisturizing fatty acids, lactic acid, and probiotics or aloe vera juice/rose water for the hydration. Add liquid until you have a thick but spreadable paste. Spread a thin layer on to clean skin and leave it on until it dries (approx. 15-20min). Remove by placing a warm wash cloth on your face and letting the mask soften. the wipe and rinse with luke warm water; tone, moisturize and then you are done.



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