Getting to the Root of Summer Skin

By Simon A. Eugster (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Simon A. Eugster (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Recognize the plant root above? If you guessed tumeric, you’d be correct. You’ve probably noticed tumeric in another form on Daily Concepts lately…

 

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That’s right, it’s the primary plant ingredient in Daily Concepts’ Your Konjac Sponge.

As per our product description, Your Konjac Sponge in Tumeric has the following benefits:

This gentle facial sponge delicately cleanses, exfoliates, balances, and energizes your skin.

  • Turmeric Konjac sponge hydrates and regenerates your skin.
  • Made from 100% natural and preservative-free Konjac root.
  • Biodegrable, vegan and never tested on animals.
  • No chemicals added! Delicate for sensitive skin.
  • No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

So you can bet we’ve been using it to slough off dull, winter skin in preparation for the fast-approaching summer months. Bring on the hydration!

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Then we read up on what WebMD had to say about tumeric’s benefits:

Turmeric is a plant. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine.

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomachbloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.

Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.

In food and manufacturing, the essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes, and its resin is used as a flavor and color component in foods.

Don’t confuse turmeric with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).

How does it work?

The chemicals in turmeric might decrease swelling (inflammation).

All this great information got us thinking — why not add tumeric to our diet to rev up its benefits.

A quick scan of the Internet led us to ALOHA.com and some of the healthy healthy recipes they offer. We give the company’s philosophy a big thumbs’ up: We believe that the best nutrients come from whole foods, but even the most health conscious among us aren’t able to get everything our body needs from food alone. ALOHA provides the nutritional support you need to help maintain your already healthy lifestyle — plus a little nature-made oomph, just for good measure.

Lo and behold, we found a recipe that includes tumeric. We loved and we think you will, too. Check it out:

Persian Herb Frittata: Kookoo Sabzi — by Cynthia Samanian

Kookoo Sabzi is a Persian herb frittata. It’s one of the many traditional dishes served during the New Year, and it’s loaded with nutritious vegetables, herbs, nuts, and more.

I should note that Persian food is not simple fare. And that’s what makes it so special and unique. It’s not the type of food you can whip up after a long day at work. But, Kookoo Sabzi is one of few Persian dishes that is actually possible to make during the week. I hope you give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think!

Ingredients

1/2 bunch dill

1/2 leek

1/2 bunch parsley

1/2 bunch cilantro

4 leaves iceberg lettuce

4 large eggs

1 tablespoon flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries, roughly chopped (optional)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pack ALOHA Daily Good Greens

Dollop of plain yogurt

Preparation

Roughly chop dill, leeks, parsley, cilantro, and lettuce. Place cut herbs in a large bowl. Set aside. While it seems tempting, don’t use a food processor for this step; it’ll draw out the moisture from the herbs and cause the mixture to be too wet.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour the eggs in the herb mixture. Stir in flour, baking powder, Daily Good Greens, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Add cranberries, walnuts, and one tablespoon olive oil, and combine well. For our family recipe, we actually use barberries, which give the frittata a tart bite. But, given that they’re hard to find in grocery stores, you can substitute with unsweetened dried cranberries.

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pan.

Pour the herb mixture into the pan, and use a spatula to spread evenly. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes.

Use a plastic spatula to cut the frittata into eight slices. Continue cooking for two minutes, then carefully flip each piece over. Let cook for five minutes.

Kookoo Sabzi is usually served along with rice, but you can also enjoy it on its own. No matter how you serve it, definitely have a few dollops of plain yogurt on the side. The savory flavors of the herbs and crunch from the walnuts pair nicely with the creamy yogurt—it’s delicious! I like to dig right in while it’s still hot, but you can also serve it at room temperature.

Photo Credit: Cynthia Samanian

As for summer and great looking skin… Bring it on!

Want to learn more about ALOHA? Check out their site at https://aloha.com.

 

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