Wednesday, 22 January 2020

WHAT IS ORGANIC MORINGA POWDER?

BULK POWDERS™ Organic Moringa Powder is a 100% pure source of this popular product. 
The Moringa tree is native to tropical and subtropical climates such as India and Africa, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. The leaves and pods of the tree contain a host of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and for this reason it is nicknamed the ‘Miracle Tree’ – and often referred to as 'Nature's Multivitamin'.
BULK POWDERS™ Organic Moringa Powder is a raw wholefood made from dried leaves of the Moringa tree. The leaves are packed with 13 vitamins and minerals and contain over 27% protein and 19% fibre – making it the perfect addition to any diet. Importantly, during the manufacturing process, no additives or heat are used, ensuring that BULK POWDERS™ Organic Moringa Powder is not only 100% pure, but also retains all the nutrients of the raw leaves.
Organic Moringa Powder has a slight herby taste and therefore combines well with savoury foods or other greens and vegetables – think of it as a ‘superfood seasoning’, which can be added to other foods to increase flavour and nutrition. For example, it would make a great addition to Complete Greens™.

BENEFITS OF ORGANIC MORINGA POWDER

  • 100% Organic Moringa powder
  • Provides a source of 13 vitamins and minerals
  • Perfect sprinkled over foods or added to vegetable blends
  • Organically certified by the Soil Association

WHO IS ORGANIC MORINGA POWDER SUITABLE FOR?

BULK POWDERS™ Organic Moringa Powder is a great supplement for adding a natural source of vitamins and minerals to your diet as well as fibre and protein. One serving of Organic Moringa Powder will provide you with a unique, yet natural, multivitamin blend.
BULK POWDERS™ Organic Moringa Powder has a range of uses and is an extremely versatile ingredient, which can be used in cooking or added to certain foods. If you are looking for a natural source of vitamins and minerals, this is the perfect product. Try it sprinkled over salads and vegetables, or add it to your existing shakes to increase the vitamin and mineral content. The ways to incorporate Moringa Powder into the diet are truly endless.

BULK POWDERS™ ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

When buying a BULK POWDERS™ product that carries the Soil Association logo, you can be 100% confident that the product has been organically certified by the Soil Association. This means that the product meets the highest standards of sustainability and quality. The Soil Association is the UK’s largest organic certification body; responsible for over 70% of all organic products sold in the UK. They cover every aspect of a food’s journey; from how it is grown, harvested, processed, packaged, transported and ultimately – sold. This certification provides complete assurance that the product is 100% organic. 



Monday, 14 October 2019

Benefits of Burning Sage, How to Get Started, and More

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Where did the practice originate?

Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.
Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although all groups don't practice it.
We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for its use. This includes the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others.
Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of burning sage and how you can use it to improve your overall well-being.

1. It may be purifying

The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.
White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects.
One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.
Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities may be tied to its ability to repel pathogens and insects that cause disease.

2. It may help relieve the symptoms of some conditions

It turns out that sage may help clear the air of lots more than bugs and bacteria.
Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions.
Common positive ions are allergens like:
  • pet dander
  • pollution
  • dust
  • mold
If this is the case, burning sage may be a blessing for those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. But inhaling the smoke during the smudging can aggravate it. Wait until the smoke clears before spending time in the room.

3. It can be a spiritual tool

Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition.
For healers and laypeople in traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state — or to solve or reflect upon spiritual dilemmas.
This may have some scientific basis, too. Certain types of sage, including salvia sages and white prairie sage, contain thujone.
Research shows that thujone is mildly psychoactive. It’s actually found in many plants used in cultural spiritual rituals to enhance intuition.

4. It may help dispel negative energy

Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.
This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement.

5. It can cleanse or empower specific objects

Burning sage creates fragrant smoke central to smudging’s benefits. You can use this incense to smudge yourself or specific spaces. Or, you can smudge specific objects.
This can be useful with new purchases, gifts, or secondhand items. However, any item can be smudged.
If you have any concern with negative history or energy attached to a new or unfamiliar object, smudging may help bring peace of mind and make the object more sacred to you.

6. It may help improve your mood

Tradition suggests that smudging can literally lift one’s spirits to banish negativity. Some research supports this.
A 2014 study documented white prairie sage (also known as estafiate) as an important traditional remedy for treating anxiety, depression, and mood disorders in certain cultures.

7. It may help soothe stress

If burning sage can lift one’s mood, it could also be a great ally against stress.
A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.

8. It may improve the quality of your sleep

Smudging has been traditionally used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep.
Some research suggests that sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia.
Classic garden sage (Salvia officinalis) is sometimes burned like white sage. It’s also been used to improve sleep and soothe anxiety.

9. It may help boost cognition

In addition to dissipating negative energy, improving mood, and strengthening intuition, smudging with sage is also thought to increase one’s focus.
Some research shows that Salvia white sage can enhance cognition and alertness.

10. It may help boost your energy levels

Ridding the body, objects, and spaces of bad energy can help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energies. In a way, this could have an energizing effect and help with fatigue.
Some sage-like species closely related to white prairie sage are also used for smudging. Many have documented anti-fatigue uses.

11. It can create an uplifting fragrance

For some, this may be the best of all benefits: Sage is a lovely incense with a divine aroma, pure and simple.
It also works great as a chemical-free air freshener or odor controller.

What you need

The practice of burning sage or smudging is fairly simple, with few necessary tools.
Basic tools include:
  • a sage bundle (or smudge stick)
  • some recommend a seashell or bowl of ceramic, clay, or glass to hold burning sage or capture ash
  • some recommend matches over a manmade lighter
  • optional feather or fan for fanning smoke
There are many types of sage usable for smudging. Traditional examples include:
  • white sage (Salvia apiana)
  • other Salvia species
  • white prairie sage, or estafiate (Artemisia ludoviciana)
  • other Artemisia species
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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Knee Pillow Orthopaedic Leg Cushion for Side Sleepers Back Sciatica Pain Relief - Tried and Tested

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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic guide: where to find, how to cook it and recipe ideas.

Late spring is the perfect times to go foraging for this versatile and pungent plant, which can be whipped up into a delicious soup or pesto. Our expert guide on where to find it and forage responsibly, how to cook it and tasty wild garlic recipe ideas

Wild garlic growing wild

Wild garlic facts

The plant, native to Britain, is also known as Bear leek, Bear’s garlic, Broad-leaved garlic, Buckrams, Ramsons, Wood garlic and can grow to heights of between 45 and 50 cm.
The leaves and flowers are edible. Young leaves are delicious added to soups, sauces and pesto. Leaves appear in March and are best picked when young. The flowers emerge from April to June and can add a potent garlic punch to salads and sandwiches.

Health benefits of wild garlic

Used traditionally throughout Europe as a spring tonic due to its blood-purifying properties, similarly to bulb garlic, wild garlic is also thought to lower cholesterol and blood-pressure, which in turn helps to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart attack or stroke.

Other uses for wild garlic

The leaves were once boiled and the resulting liquid used as a disinfectant. Its smell is said to repel cats, so may be a good inclusion for a keen ornithologist’s garden. Despite its strong scent, wild garlic has a much mellower taste than conventional garlic. Easily confused, prior to flowering, with the similarly leaved Lily of the Valley. Best not to eat this one though, it’s poisonous.

Where to find wild garlic

Dense clusters of green spears thrust from the woodland floor in spring: these are ramsons, better known as wild garlic and they are a sign that the woodland you are walking in is very old.
wild garlic flowers and leaves
Allium ursinum (WILD GARLIC, Ramson) in bloom, close-up/Credit: Getty
Closely related to onions and garlic, ramsons similarly grow from bulbs and give off a strong and attractive garlic smell. In continental Europe, the bulbs are thought to be a favourite food of brown bears, hence the plant’s scientific name Allium ursinum (bear leek).
Wild garlic likes damp ground where it will grow in abundance, with hundreds of green leaves growing on a single green stem. Here is a small selection of some of the best places to see, and to smell wild garlic in the UK:
Wild garlic thrives in woodlands
Wild garlic in Cotswolds' wood

What to do with wild garlic

Like the domesticated alliums, ramsons are edible and the leaves are an excellent addition to a cheese or pate sandwich. Dig up the bulbs and use like garlic, and save the flowers- they make a beautiful edible decoration to savoury dishes.
Whizzed up with walnuts, olive oil and a few tablespoons of parmesan added after, the leaves also make a delicious wild garlic pesto.
Better still, you can create a lovely spring soup from the leaves. Fry an onion in butter until soft and add a finely cubed potato and a bay leaf. After another five minutes frying, add 500ml of vegetable stock and simmer until the potato is soft –about 10 minutes. Add the bunch of ramsons leaves and cook briefly – no more than a couple of minutes. Remove the bay leaf, blend the soup, add seasoning and you will have a bowl of spring green goodness.

Wild garlic recipe ideas

River Cottage chef Gill Meller has created three delicious wild garlic recipes to rustle up using your foraged finds
Gill Mello forages wild garlic
Cook up a wild garlic feast with River Cottage Gill Mellor’s easy recipes

Wild garlic, potato and chorizo tortilla

I really enjoy cooking through spring and early summer. It’s a pleasure, particularly if you’ve gone out and picked a little wild garlic beforehand, and this simple breakfast or lunch dish is no exception. Big flavours and easy to find ingredients make it a pretty, reliable, no-hassle fallback.
Wild garlic, potato and chorizo tortilla
Wild garlic, potato and chorizo tortilla

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Health benefits of bananas


Health benefits of bananas

​​1. ​Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6​

Vitamin B6 from bananas is easily absorbed by your body and a medium-sized banana can provide about a quarter of your daily vitamin B6 needs.
Vitamin B6 helps your body:
  • produce red blood cells,
  • metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy,
  • metabolise amino acids,
  • remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and
  • maintain a healthy nervous system.
Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs.

2. Bananas are respectable sources of vitamin C

You may not associate bananas with vitamin C but a medium-sized banana will provide about 10% of your daily vitamin C needs.
Vitamin C helps:
  • protect your body against cell and tissue damage,
  • your body absorb iron better,
  • your body produce collagen - the protein which holds your skin, bones and body together, and
  • support brain health by producing serotonin, a hormone that affects our sleep cycle, moods, and experiences of stress a​nd pain.

3. Manganese in bananas is good for your skin

One medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese helps your body make collagen and protects your skin and other cells against free radical damage.

4. Potassium in bananas is good for your heart health and blood pressure

A medium-sized banana will provide around 320-400 mg of potassium, which meets about 10% of your daily potassium needs.
Potassium helps your body maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure. In addition, bananas are low in sodium. The low sodium and high potassium combination helps to control high blood pressure.

5. Bananas can aid digestion and help beat gastrointestinal issues

A medium banana will provide about 10-12% of your daily fibre needs. Singapore’s Health Promotion Board recommends a daily dietary fibre intake of 20g for women and 26g for men.
Soluble and insoluble fibres play an important role in your health. Soluble fibre helps your body control your blood sugar level and get rid of fatty substances such as cholesterol. Insoluble fibre adds weight and softness to stools, making it easier for you to have regular bowel movements. This helps to keep your gut healthy and safe from harmful bacteria.
Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine. Such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer.
That said, bananas can help you beat gastrointestinal issues such as:
  • constipation,
  • stomach ulcers, and
  • heartburn

6. Bananas give you energy – minus the fats and cholesterol​

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy. As such, bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports.