The Benefits of Pearl Powder


A Precious Pearl

 

Upon using BY glaze recently, my hair felt ultra-soft, light and healthy. So I kept going over the ingredients list and saw “pearl extract” and decided that I should look into that. Exactly what is the extract or powder of pearl, and how will it benefit you and I ? So I am sharing with you some valuable info on the subject.

Pearl is a very special herbal substance used since ancient times. Powdered Pearl is used as a Shen tonic* to stabilize the emotions, ease frustration and anger, brighten the eyes and help regenerate tissue! Pearl is also used as a major beauty tonic, because it is believed that oral consumption of Pearl powder results in lustrous, pure, beautiful skin. Pearl powder is also used topically in skin creams to purify the skin. Pearls have a tremendous reputation in China as both a beauty tonic and as a Shen tonic. Recent Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind, to benefit reproduction, to relieve “wandering arthritis,” to relieve internal fever, to clear sputum, to remove visual obstacles and improve eyesight, to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation.

The components in pearl powder help heal blemishes and maintain the health of the skin by participating in the metabolic activities of the skin. Pearl promotes the regeneration of new cells and makes the skin smooth, fine, elastic and naturally beautiful. High quality pearl powder can promote the activities of the important natural antioxidant enzyme, SOD, and can help prevent the development of melanin, which causes freckles and dark patches on the skin. It can help prevent the skin from becoming old looking, wrinkled and sagging. This is partly due to its stimulation of SOD activity and partly due to other capacities and nutrients. Consistent use of pearl powder can eliminate blemishes such as colored spots and even pimples and boils. Constant use can help assure that the skin will age much more slowly and that it will not be easily harmed by either time or the elements. Pearl is one of the great secrets of the most beautiful women of the Orient.

There are two types of pearls: natural and cultivated. Natural pearls are much more expensive and are considered to be superior to cultivated pearls for external, cosmetic, internal, and nutritional use.

 

Natural
 

The natural pearls used in herbalism are very small. The smaller the pearl, the more potent and effective it is as an herb. Some pearls are not much larger than a grain of salt. These very small pearls, which are softer, can be easily crushed and ground into very fine powder, which can be absorbed with relatively high efficiency by the digestive tract. Larger pearls tend to be much harder to grind into fine powder and are thus harder to digest. Small natural pearls are quite expensive, costing between $100 and $1,000 an ounce at Chinese herb shops in Hong Kong or in America.

 

Cultivated
 

Cultivated pearls are not considered to be of the same herbal quality as natural pearls. They tend to be large and difficult to grind into fine powder. However, over the last decade a new technology has developed in China so the cultivated pearls are “hydrolyzed”. Through modern advanced bio-chemical technology, Pearls can now be virtually totally water-soluble. The result is pure instant Pearl powder. The solubility rate for this hydrolyzed Pearl is 98 percent, and of this, studies have shown that 95 percent is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract.

This absorbability is approximately four times the bioavailability of normal ground Pearl and double that of the finest-ground natural Pearl. This bioavailability and the enormous reduction in cost make hydrolyzed Pearl an extraordinary value for all but the richest of herbal consumers-and even for the rich and famous, a blend of hydrolyzed and premium natural Pearl is probably best.

In buying supplements with Pearl powder, be sure that you are buying a brand that you can trust.

To learn more about Shen Tonic visit: http://www.jingherbsblog.com/2011/12/14/what-are-shen-tonics/ though I am not affiliated with this site, the link is helpful for you to learn more about Shen Tonic.

 

In Conclusion: Basically pearl powder is a secret ingredient in many of today’s top selling skin care creams, lotions, shampoos and conditioners….and even some stylers. Pearl Powder is a natural source of calcium. Traditionally recognized benefits of using pearl powder products include: Healing, skin brightening, anti-wrinkle, and sun protection.

Other anti-aging benefits: Helps to promote cell renewal, enhance elasticity, improve circulation, calming and detoxification, protects from environmental radicals, regulates skin discoloration, and smooth skin texture, helps to nourish the bones and promote the body’s metabolism.

Now when it comes to all of these wonderful benefits of pearl, why use it in correlation with parabens?

I’ve just started to use pearl powder and I’m very impressed. It gives my skin an amazing glow. I had a “couple” of pimples on my face and pearl powder along with exfoliation helped to get rid of them. And as of now, pearl powder is great for my hair as well. 😉

Healthy Oil Alternatives


 

Mix up the flavor (and health benefits) of your next dish with these five alternatives to extra virgin olive oil.

 

Walnut Oil

 

Time to oil up. Walnut oil is tasty in salad dressings and drizzled over prepared dishes, but it needs to be refrigerated and should not be used for cooking.

The Benefits: Because walnuts are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-fatty acids, regular use of walnut oil could help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.

 

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Coconut oil

Ah yes, coconut oil. Other than olive, I love cooking with both grapeseed and coconut oils! It is a vegan friendly baking substitute for butter and good for low-heat cooking, up to 350° (It solidifies at room temperature but liquefies with low heat).

The Benefits: Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat, but research suggests that it’s metabolized in the body more like unsaturated oil, possibly because it comes from a plant rather than an animal source.

 

 

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Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil has a clean, light, neutral taste and can be used in almost any dish, hot or cold. It can withstand high heat, up to 485°. You can store it for 3 months at room temperature (so as long as it does not exceed 70°) or longer in the fridge.

The Benefits: Grapeseed oil is rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which is often in short supply in the western diet.

 

 

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Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a great option if you don’t want to overpower a dish other ingredients. It has a mild, nutty flavor and a high smoking point (520°), making it good for stir-frying, sautéing, roasting, and even baking.

The Benefits: Like olive oil, avocado is high in monounsaturated fats that help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL.

 

 

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Sesame Oil

 

Sesame oil shines in vinaigrettes for noodles and green salads but shouldn’t be heated, unless you use very little in dishes (i.e., turnip greens). When stir-frying add it towards the end of cooking or when done prior to serving. Keep it refrigerated.

The Benefits: The sesame seeds that are used to create the oil form antioxidants during roasting. And getting antioxidants in our diet is always a plus.

Sesame Oil

Plants with Healing Power

Plants can boost immunity, enhance sleep, and fight colds. With all the advancements in modern medicine, it would be easy to dismiss the age-old insights of herbal medicine as quaint. But scientists are actively studying the mechanisms by which plants can heal us, validating many of the experiences and observations made long ago. Here are a few herbs that are used by many to treat, cure, and fight ailments:

 

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

 

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

This herb is great for minor skin problems, from eczema to diaper rash, acne to abrasions. Research shows that ointments made of the herb are highly effective at helping wounds seal over while also preventing bacterial infection. Studies have also found that calendula creams can help prevent skin inflammation and irritation in women who are undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer.

How to Use: Creams and ointments are widely available. You can also find this ingredient in shampoos and conditioners, especially the ones that are meant for babies which help fight dandruff and minor scalp irritations.

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

 

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Mints have been cherished since ancient times for their ability to settle an upset stomach, aid digestion, treat a cold, and ease a sore throat. The essential oils in these herbs –compounds such as menthol that give peppermint its wonderful aroma –relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract while increasing the flow of bile from the gallbladder, helping the body digest fatty foods more effectively. Drinking peppermint tea can help fight colds. It thins and loosens phlegm, meaning it acts as a natural and safe decongestant.

How to Use: Pour 1 cup near-boiling water over 6 to 8 fresh peppermint leaves or 1 tsp. dried. Then steep for 5 minutes. Then strain.  Or, you can purchase bag tea, and just remove the bag after steeping without having to strain. Drink as desired after meals.

Safety Concern: Peppermint may worsen heartburn in people who have gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

 

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

This herb’s flowers smell like apple and have long been used as a tea to ease colic and soothe fussy babies. It has similar benefits of peppermint. It’s also an effective treatment for anyone suffering from gastrointestinal inflammation and spasm, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, or heartburn. A number of scientific studies have shown that chamomile ointments relieve eczema as effectively as low-potency hydrocortisone, without any of the side effects of topical steroids.

How to Use: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tbsp. fresh flowers or 1 tsp. dried and let steep for 5 to 7 minutes. Drink as desired. Bag teas are always an option. Creams for external use are widely available.

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Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

 

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)

My mother takes this herb every day. My sister who is a researcher, and who has MS, introduced it to her. Based upon my mother’s situation and her findings about this herb, she thought it would be great for mom. This herb has been credited with easing depression, decreasing fatigue, reducing pain, improving sleep, and dramatically bettering the quality of life for those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

How to Use: Standardized extract: Try 100 to 200 mg. a day for 1 to 2 weeks, and then gradually increase via 100 mg each week as needed, up to 500 mg. a day taken in 2 doses.

Safety Concerns: Use standardized extracts.

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

 

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

It looks as if this plant harvests grape tomatoes, doesn’t it? The roots of this herb can boost immunity, ease anxiety, lift mood, and enhance sleep. Compounds in the roots bind to the same brain receptors as prescription tranquilizers, but not as tightly, meaning that ashwagandha can relieve tension without being habit-forming.

How to Use: Simmer 1 tsp. powdered ashwagandha in 8 oz. milk (cow, soy, or almond) for 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp. sugar or stevia, and 1/8 tsp. cardamom and stir. Drink in the evening to relax and unwind.

Safety Concerns: Avoid using with prescription sedatives to prevent over sedation.

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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

 

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

This gentle member of the mint family is a mild, effective natural tranquilizer and calming agent. Lemon balm is also a wonderful digestive aid, gently relaxing the gut muscles and easing gas, bloating, and indigestion. Additionally, scientists have identified several compounds in the herb that are able to block the herpes simplex 1 virus, which can cause fever blisters or cold sores.

How to Use: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 5 or 6 fresh leaves or 1 tsp. dried (in bag, without straining) and steep for 5 to 7 minutes, then strain. Drink several times a day.

Safety Concerns: Safe for all ages. 😉

Eat-That-Easter-Bunny!


Marinated Rabbit

When it comes to Easter, certain foods may come to mind, especially lambs and hams, and sweets like chocolate bunnies. But what about serving up some rrrr-abbit? Now if you have “little girls” at home, you may want to tell them it’s something else…to keep the peace and have a Happy Easter. Lol.

Rabbit…The Other White Meat

Try to be open minded about trying new foods. The amount of food a rabbit eats is minimal when compared to other animals. Now I am pretty sure though without it specified on the packaging that this was a young rabbit. The meat is pinkish in color, tender and fine-grained. Mature rabbit is tougher with a more distinct flavour and great for roasting and such.

Unfortunately, I do not have a “step by step” recipe for it at this time. I used: Kosher salt, coarse black pepper, olive oil, very little white vinegar, natural liquid smoke, plain Greek yogurt, rosemary, garlic, sherry wine and more. I wanted to add something sweet like agave or honey, but since it was going on the grill, I did not want to risk burning it. Besides, I did not add anything spicy, and I almost always offset spicy with sweet. I marinated the rabbit for about 4 hours. The flavors seeped all the way through and it was the most delicious rabbit ever with nonstop compliments. (Like Bison, this was my first time preparing rabbit, and it was absolutely delicious!) It may be possible to find a similar marinade at the store. Maybe you could marinate the rabbit on your lunch break and prepare it when home from work, etc.

Don’t forget: Blot off some of the marinade with a paper towel prior to grilling or searing. The rabbit on the plate below, was grilled for about 25 mins., turning no more than 3-4 times.

What Are The Benefits of Rabbit Meat?

Rrrrrr-abbit meat is well known for its high protein content. It is only 20 percent bone. And believe or not, it taste similar to chicken or hen, not duck as it has its unique flavor. A 3 oz. serving of rabbit meat contains 28 g of protein, more than beef or chicken. Rabbit is also a concentrated source of iron. A serving contains more than 4 mg. If you drink white wine with it (moderation), it will help your body to absorb the iron. Some of us know that vitamin C will do the same, but who wants to drink OJ with rabbit? Rabbit meat provides a wide range of minerals: Copper, zinc, iron, and the B vitamins 2, 6, and 12. The highest levels include 204 mg of phosphorous and 292 mg of potassium. When it comes to the calorie content, it is very low and it is nearly cholesterol free. The sodium content in rabbit is reasonably less too. Rabbit meat, which is a high-protein low fat diet, is not just perfect for weight loss. It also contains anti-oxidant and anti-aging components namely selenium and glutathione. Not only is rabbit healthy….but it is cheap to produce! So go get you some waabbit. 😉

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