Ingredient Spotlight: Five Flavor Berry

Written By Amber Lester

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The What Berry?!

For those of you not familiar with the magical ancient fruit, it is also known as Schisandra Chinensis, or the “Five Flavor Berry,” because it incorporates all five flavor groups: salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter. Despite the name these berries may not have you suited up in armor and ready for combat, but they will give you a warrior advantage over your health and beauty! What is more powerful than that?

So What is the Mongolian Warrior Berry?

Not a typical name for a Chinese ornamental vine, but what else would you call a berry than can beautify skin, improve eyesight, purify the liver, act as a lung tonic, and increase stamina? The Mongolian Warrior Berry has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It was specifically  used  for women of China’s imperial court to preserve a youthful appearance. Now the secret is out for everyone! We know once you experience the mental and physical benefits of this “super berry” you will definitely want it to be apart of their health regimen.

What Does it Do?

Beautifies the Skin

The Schisandra Chinensis creates a barrier against free radicals, and gives you firmer, softer more supple skin. The barrier it creates also helps to protect the skin from damaging effects of the wind or sun. The Schisandra Berry is perfect for those who deal with acne and/or psoriasis due to its detoxifying powers of the liver, which has been found to be the root of many skin problems.

Supports Multiple Organs

Believed to be the only food that contains all five basic flavor sensations, this berry helps to stimulate the production of the antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione prevents cell damage caused by strenuous physical activities among other stressors.  Its liver healing effects are due to schizandrin, gomisin, pre gomisin, deoxyschizandrin, which are found in the seeds of the berries. Medically, the berry has been used to treat hepatitis and to protect the liver from poisons. The Warrior Berry in China is known to increase “brain power.” In Chinese medicine it is used as a tonic for the mind to restore memory and sharpen mental capacities. When it comes to the lungs, schizandra still proves to be a conquering hero. High in Vitamin C, the berries can be strained into a cough syrup to clear the lungs, alleviate sore throats, and reduce a cough.

How Do I Use It?

The Warrior Berry is most commonly ingested as a tea but can be found as a powdered extract as well. Since it is an adaptogen, it can be found in daily capsule supplements. For skin care, The Warrior Berry is found in several JUARA products, including our Radiance Vitality Oil, Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer, and our Miracle Tea Complete Eye cream. It’s antioxidants instantly smooth and tighten the skin while also boosting collagen production. www.www.juaraskincare.com

If you’re a tea drinker, here is a delicious recipe to help make a health warrior out of you!

Schisandra Tonic Tea Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quart water
  • 3 Tbsp schizandra
  • 1 Tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tsp orange peel or a couple of pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root

Before making the tea, the Schizandra berries need to be soaked in water and strained. It is best to soak the amount of berries needed overnight to brew them the next day, or a bunch can be soaked and you can refrigerate them to have on hand to make tea the following week.  The above ingredients  need to simmer in one quart of purified water for a maximum of 15 minutes. The tonic can be strained and drinkin alone, or can be cooled down to enjoy as an ice drink, or even blended into a nice smoothie. Unlike other toxin-filters such as ginger, the berries should be discarded and not reused.

Interested in more about The Warrior Berry?

Check out this articles for more information:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/schizandra-miracle-pill-anti-aging-pt-1

http://reclaimyoursuperpowers.com/2013/11/03/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-schizandra-berries/

http://www.chrysaliz.com/beautifying-schizandra-berries

 

Recipe Spotlight: Green Rice Cake

A Dessert With Leafy Greens

Ok… maybe that’s a liiiiiiiittle bit of a stretch. This dessert does use pandan leaves to get its green coloring, but that’s about as healthy as it gets. In any case, these green balls of goodness are a traditional Indonesian delicacy that I can’t get enough of. Made from sticky rice flour, smokey palm sugar, and dusted with coconut flakes, these sweet treats are sure to be a hit!

Ingredients

  • 50 gr pandan leaves
  • 100 gr grated coconut
  • 100 gr glutinous rice flour
  • 50 gr palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50 gr sugar

Directions

  • In a medium sized bowl, grind the pandan leaves with a few tablespoons of water to make a green water paste
  • Mix the pandan paste, sugar, salt and rice flour together to create your dough
  • Create a small (1 inch) ball in your hands with the dough. Make a hole in the middle of the dough ball with your fingers and fill the hole with a pinch full of palm sugar. Then pinch the hole closed
  • Drop the dough balls into a pot of boiling water and cook them until they float to the top of the pot
  • Pour your grated coconut into a flat bowl. Once the dough balls have slightly cooled, dip them into the coconut gratings to fully cover.
  • Plate and serve warm!

And if you ever find yourself in beautiful Bali, make sure to stop by the Tugu Hotel for their fabulous cooking class! They’re expert chef will teach you how to make these in a traditional, balinese style.

Sleeping Beauty: The Do’s and Don’ts of Skin Saving Slumber

Written by Amber Lester

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Ellie Saab collection at Harrod’s inspired by Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty…

You may think that you have heard it all before, how important “beauty sleep” is and about getting seven to eight hours of per night blah blah blah. Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you a super long night’s rest or you’re a night owl or early bird. Many of us just can’t get in the recommended amount of sleep, and feeling tired all day is definitely no fun.

But did you know that the sleeping position you choose can trick your body into feeling like it has gotten way more sleep than it has? So, stop counting sheep and try out these different sleep positions!

The Cold Hard Truth

Here at Juara we promise you the truth and nothing but the truth, so here it is: getting a good night’s rest is pivotal for not only our skin, but your health, mental state, and mood (you don’t want to be asked if “you woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.”) According to the National Sleep Foundation, getting the recommended dosage of sleep is easier said than done, and can be a challenge from a number of things including eating or drinking the wrong things before bed. Dr. Hooman Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the DISC Sports and Spine Center in Los Angeles, California, has said that about eighty percent of the population will experience back problems at some point in their life which can be caused by the way they sleep. 

Below we have put together a list of the best and worst sleeping positions to help you optimize your hours of beauty sleep to stay healthy.

Your PM  Poses

1. On your back

Sleeping on your back makes it easier on the head, neck, and spine. This position aligns the body straight, keeping it in a neutral position. It is better to sleep without a pillow when sleeping on your back so that the facial muscles can relax. If you keep sleeping on your back facial wrinkles can gradually fade.

2.  Starfish

Another good position for your back, and prevents facial wrinkles and skin breakouts. Research has also proven that sleeping on your back can combat acid reflux. In the starfish position, you are lying on your back with both arms around the pillow. It is important to note that this position can cause snoring!

3. On your side

Sleeping on your side is the second best position and especially beneficial for those who have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side opens up the oropharynx and elongates the spine to alleviate back pain (please include source and source link). However, there is a good and bad to everything! Side sleeping could lead to unwanted skin aging since placing one side of your face on the pillow can cause wrinkles, and could even lead to the breasts sagging quicker (and we definitely don’t want that!). If you are already a side sleeper and experience have back pain, try placing a pillow in between the knees to help alleviate pressure.

Your PM  Pose-Nots (aka the worst sleeping positions)

1. On your stomach

Sleeping on your stomach is not advisable since it does not support the natural curve of the spine and can lead to overarching. When you sleep on your stomach, there is added pressure to your joints and numbness resulting in pain.

2. The fetal position

It may seem like the most comfortable but sleeping on your sides with you knees drawn up to your chest can lead to neck/ back pain, sleep lines, and wrinkles. Whenever you sleep on your side, the side or front of your facial skin will be pulled or stretched. If you are sleeping on a high pillow, your head is slightly down and a double-chin gradually appears after a long time.

The Bottom Line

You sleep with your whole body, and the position you choose affects everything from sleep quality to premature aging. Sleeping positions are greatly related to Your skin (and body’s) metabolism is regulated at night, so making sure you get enough beauty sleep really does impact your beauty!