Turmeric in Sweets? Try these Delicious Blueberry Peach Turmeric Muffins!

We all know Turmeric from Indian, Thai and Indonesian food.  It gives curry its yellow color and adds a slightly bitter, mustardy flavor. Turmeric is also one of the most important Indonesian Jamu ingredients with all kinds of powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.  But sweets?  Absolutely!  After playing around with various amounts of Turmeric and fruit combinations, I went bold – voila, curry colored muffins that are fluffy and aromatic with beautiful pops of purple color and juicy peach.

What’s key?  Use whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat flour to get a more delicate texture.  Buttermilk or Kefir ups the fluffiness factor.  Cinnamon and brown sugar adds depth while also balancing the assertiveness of Turmeric.  And lots of real butter….butter makes everything in life better… Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/4 Oat Bran

1/4 Flax Seeds

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

1 tbs+1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tbs Cinnamon

1/2 cup+1 tbs Brown Sugar

1/2 cup+ 1 tbs Butter, melted

2/3 cup Kefir or Buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Banana, ripe and mashed

1 cup Peaches, chopped (canned peaches ok)

1 cup Fresh Blueberries (frozen Blueberries seep too much juice and alter the curry color)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tray with muffin liners.

With a hand mixer, combine brown sugar, butter, buttermilk and vanilla extract until smooth.  Add eggs and mix until smooth.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, spices and salt.  Add the dry combination to the wet mixture while continuing to blend with hand mixer.  Once the mixture is smooth and fluffy, add mashed banana and mix well.  Put away hand mixer and carefully fold in chopped peaches and blueberries.  Fill muffin cups and bake 20 minutes.  Insert a toothpick into a muffin.  If there is no dough stuck to it when you pull it out, the muffins are done.

ENJOY!

Cleanse & Tone Correctly!

CLEANSING & TONING CORRECTLY: WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT & WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?

With all the focus on powerful serums, eye creams and masks, you may be putting little thought into your cleanser and toner – if you even use a toner at all.  The truth is, your skin depends on them to look and feel its best.  Everything else in your skincare regimen – serums, creams, masks – will work BETTER if Step 1 and 2 is done right.  So what to look for?

CLEANSING: KEEPING IT GENTLE IS KEY

Freeing your skin of dirt, pollutants and make-up is crucial because they can irritate skin and block other treatment products from being absorbed properly. At the same time, keeping it gentle is key because stripping can trigger irritation as well and make your skin overly sensitive to active treatment products.  Our ever-so-lightly foaming, sulfate-free Rice Facial Cleanser leaves skin feeling clean, ready for the next step, but also soft and supple thanks to a touch of nourishing Candlenut Oil.

Try the Rice Facial Cleanser – 4.5 oz, $29, All Skin Types

EXPECT MORE FROM YOUR TONER!

This is your chance to soothe, refresh, hydrate and balance skin’s pH.  Not all toners are created equal, though.  Avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol, and instead look for hydrating and antioxidant-rich, soothing ingredients.  Our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner, while oil-free and alcohol-free, quenches thirsty skin, soothes and smoothes with a combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Green, White & Black Teas, Rice Bran, and Tamarind Seed.  The result: Skin is saturated with vital hydration and stays soft, supple throughout the day.  You will notice the difference!

Try the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 4.5 fl oz, $32, All Skin Types

 

CLEANSING TIP!
 Match Made In Cleansing Heaven:
Pair Our Rice Facial Cleanser With Your Favorite Cleansing Brush

Do you love the deep clean and face massage you get from your favorite electric cleansing brush?  Next time, pair it with our Rice Facial Cleanser! Since cleansing brushes provide a deeper and more thorough cleanse (including makeup removal,) it’s all the more important that you pair it with a gentle cleanser that won’t strip skin.  Refrain from using a scrub together with your brush and stick to no more than 2-3 times per week.

 

Our Trio Boosters – See Real Results

Our mission here at JUARA is to champion your natural beauty by crafting products that are efficacious, enjoyable and safe to use.  How do we know they work?  We test them on real women- and we are excited to share the results with you!

Radiance Enzyme Scrub:Your Shortcut to Fresh, Radiant Skin

 

91% said skin looked healthy and invigorated after just 1 use.

90% said skin looked refined after 2 weeks. 

95% said skin felt smoother and more supple after 28 days.

(From a consumer test of 77 women over 28 days.)

 

This multi-tasking 3-in-1 genius cleanses, exfoliates and brightens skin in one easy application.  What makes this scrub different?  JUARA’s unique Radiance Complex of Turmeric, Clove Flower and other brightening botanicals, PLUS skin-smoothing Apple Enzyme, PLUS pore-minimizing Ginger and Cinnamon, PLUS Jojoba and Bamboo beads for a skin-refining polish.  Just use in place of your regular cleanser 2-3 times a week.

 

Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum: The Serum that InStyle Calls “Botox in a Bottle“*

 

91% said skin looked and felt smoother after 28 days. 

87% said skin felt firmer after 28 days. 

87% saw an overall improvement in the look of their skin after 28 days.

(From a consumer test of 32 women over 28 days.)
*InStyle.com, “This Anti-Aging Serum is like Botox in a Bottle“, January 3, 2017.

The game changer!  A concentrated, oil-free beauty elixir suitable for all skin types, packed with our Radiance Complex, Palm Peptide, Goji Berry, Watermelon and Hyaluronic Acid to visibly smooth, plump, firm and brighten skin.

 

Radiance Vitality Oil:  Awarded “Face Oil of the Year” by Shape Magazine*

 

90% said their skin looked healthy after just 1 use.

88% said their dull skin looked brighter after 2 weeks. 

90% said their skin looked younger after 28 days.

(From a consumer test of 77 women over 28 days.)
*2015 Shape Beauty Awards, October 2015.

 

Light-as-air, smooth-as-silk, this face oil boosts radiance, elasticity and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles with its 12 pure & precious oils and extracts, including Passionfruit, Plumeria, Five Flavor Berry, Turmeric and stabilized Vitamin C.  Perfect as your daily moisturizer, booster or primer, AM and PM.

JUARA’s Metta tackles Q’s for International Women’s Day

Recently, I was interviewed by Sephora in Indonesia in celebration of International Women’s Day and as I thought about my answers, I realized the universality of the issues that we face as women all over the world. No matter where we come from, or wherever we plan to go, we all share hardships, emotions, and victories – and I thought I would share some of my thoughts and answers in hopes you can relate! I’d love to hear your opinions too on the questions I was asked below…

What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?

More and more women have opportunities to choose to live their life as they feel – to be entrepreneurs, professionals, mothers, wives, artists, musicians, politicians, doctors, etc. I believe if you can dream it, work smart AND hard, you can do it. The biggest issue facing these opportunities is learning how to balance life to make sure that women still take care of themselves, both physically and mentally so they can best support themselves as well as the people around – while they still continue to learn and grow. The issue of balance is not new, but the fact that there are now more options makes the balancing act more difficult. 

How do you deal with failure? 

Failure does not feel good but it is my best teacher. When I fail, I think about what happened, and what part of it I had control over vs no control over. I feel responsible and accountable for my part of the failure. The key is to take responsibility for my actions calmly – and from there learn how to improve for next time, move on and not be discouraged. Sometimes I even think “I know one day I will thank this scenario, for this is how I will find a different opportunity and learning, and be better prepared for what will come.” So even in discomfort I feel gratitude.

How does your brand strive to empower women?

We believe that every woman is a “Juara” which actually means “Winner/Champion” in Indonesian. We feel she is naturally beautiful and has the potential to be amazing in any way she wants – if she practices good habits. We not only make natural skincare products inspired by our native tradition we should be very proud of, but also remind and encourage women to practice the JUARA values and “champion your natural beauty.” Here’s a fun, easy guide to being a winner of our lives:
J – Juara (Remember: you ARE a winner.) 
U – Unity (Collaborate with and support each other and your community) 
A – Aspiration (Have a dream – or many – to chase!) 
R – Rigor (Work hard and smart – focus on continuous improvement, step by step.) 
A – Authentic (Be confident in being YOU – shine in your own personal style.) 

How do you pamper yourself/destress?

For me, a healthy body is connected to a healthy mind. To destress, I work out and stay physically healthy, eat well, and make sure I spend quality time with friends and people I care about. When I know I’m really stressed and at 90% of my capacity, I purposely take small breaks so I don’t burn out. We are our own best assets so practicing self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
Any thoughts? Please share in the comments! Have a great day, everyone!
– Metta Murdaya, JUARA Co-Founder

Turmeric? Tumeric? Turmer-what?

Turmeric.

We’ve been hearing about this super food for months, but what is it? A powder? A root? A magical health elixir?

Thankfully, the JUARA Turmeric Benefits Guide is here to answer all of your questions!

So, let’s start with the basics. What is turmeric?

Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a native plant to southeast India. Turmeric is most popularly used in two forms: raw and dried. Turmeric has been used for almost 1000 years in cuisine, medicine, makeup, skin care, and clothes dying.

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

When ingested, turmeric has historically been used to heal stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric powder concoctions have been used to bring down fevers. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial salve on open wounds. Those who consume turmeric on a regular basis report a reduction in arthritis pain, heartburn, sensitive stomachs, headaches, colds, and menstrual cramps. It may also help those with diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. How? New research showed that daily turmeric ingestion decreased DNA damage by half in a test of blood cells exposed to oxidation. (Percival SS et al. Bioavailability of herbs and spices in humans as determined by ex vivo inflammatory suppression and DNA strand breaks. J Am Coll Nutr. 2012; 31(4):288-94 in Greger M, Stone G. How Not to Die. Flatiron Books, New York 2015, p352.)

What can turmeric do for my skin?

Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! Turmeric is also a great treatment for acne, as it is both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory (not to mention anti-oxidant and anti-neoplastic) (Vaugh AR. et al. Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systemic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Phytother Res. 2016 Aug;30(8):1243-64).

Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence.

. The JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask maximizes the healing properties of turmeric by combining it with kaolin clay!

Are there any side effects of ingesting or topically applying turmeric?

There are no known side effects for applying turmeric directly onto the skin. When ingesting turmeric, however, it is important to remember that turmeric is a blood thinner. Consuming turmeric daily makes it more difficult for your blood to clot, so lessen your turmeric intake if you take medicine that thins your blood, or speak to your doctor.

 

Do you still have questions about Turmeric and its uses? Leave a comment on our Facebook page!

5 Principles of an Effective Core Skincare Regimen

“Regimen” may sound restrictive and boring, but a consistent daily regimen is in fact your skin’s best friend.  Like with anything in life, a consistent regimen tells you over time what’s working and what needs change because it gives you a solid benchmark to start from.  In that way, it not only helps your skin, but it also helps you to get to know your skin better.  How to get started?

Select 4-5 products for daily use that provide a solid framework for your skin type and address your top concerns.  You can add extra treatment products, like masks or special items, once you feel comfortable with your core and confident that you will stick to it AM and PM.  Here are the key elements and principles in a great core:

1. Cleanse:  Gentle is King

A good cleanser removes dirt and make-up without stripping skin.  Feeling refreshed is good.  Feeling “squeaky clean” is overkill.  When you strip your skin of its own natural lipid barrier, it’s hard to add it back through product. With a good cleanser, your skin should still feel comfortable and not taught for a whole minute or so after cleansing and before applying a moisturizer.

2.  Tone: Focus on Hydration and Skin-Friendly Ingredients

All skin types, including oily skin, can get dehydrated.  Dehydration means that your skin is lacking water and can result in fine dry lines, irritation and redness.  Look for a toner with water-binding ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid or Tamarind Seed Extract.  It will plump skin and keep it soft and supple while also making your moisturizer more productive.  Avoid irritating and drying ingredients like alcohol.

3.  Treat: Commit to an Antioxidant-Rich Serum

Antioxidants help prevent premature skin-aging and can even reverse existing signs of aging, such as dullness, lines and wrinkles, large pores and loss of firmness.  They also improve redness and other signs of stress.  Serums, which are highly concentrated formulations, are great ways to provide skin directly with an extra dose of antioxidants and nutrients.  What specific ingredients to look for?  Botanicals rich in antioxidants include Turmeric, Clove Flower, Indian Gooseberry, Tea Extracts, Goji Berry and Kombucha.

4.  Moisturize:  Enhance and Balance 

Whether you have dry or oily skin, the point is to help your skin reach and maintain a healthy balance.  If you are dry, choose a moisturizer that enhances and helps rebuild your skin’s own lipid barrier with ingredient that are rich in essential fatty acids, phyto-sterols and/ or ceramide (e.g. Candlenut Oil and Rice Bran Oil).  If you are oily, look for ingredients that help purify pores, reduce shine and balance sebum-production (e.g. Ginger, Cinnamon).

5.  Protect Daily

Whether you prefer a straight sun screen, a moisturizer or foundation with built-in protection, or a protective powder, consistency is key.  Look for a minimum of SPF15 for daily use and make sure it provides broad-spectrum (meaning UVB + UBA) protection.

Recipe Spotlight: Turmeric Eggs & Tamarind with Brussels Slaw

One of my favorite jamu (herbal tonics) from Indonesia is the Kunir Asem. It is a combination of Turmeric and Tamarind blended in a superjuice (as I like to call it) with water, lime, a pinch of salt and palm sugar (or agave/honey.) Together, turmeric and tamarind together have a positive effect on your digestive system and helps fight inflammation in your system. But sometimes I don’t feel like making up a beverage – it’s not so convenient, but I know what is – breakfast. And brunch. We all enjoy it so why not combine that Indonesian grassy spice of turmeric and the tangy sweet flavor of tamarind fruit in our everyday routine? Make the exotic accessible in this easy to make recipe I created this weekend on my own leisurely brunch – and for sure I’ll be making it again!

And for all things JUARA Skincare that contain Turmeric, click HERE to see and learn about how Turmeric can benefit your skin! (I, for one, made the recipe below after applying the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask for a full experience and inspiration!)

Scrambled Turmeric Eggs with Tamarind Sauce – Serves 1.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

3 tablespoons of milk

1 clove garlic, finely chopped (or garlic powder as a shortcut)

2 big pinches or 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

pinch of sea salt

generous crack/shakes of black pepper (helps turmeric be more bioavailable and easily absorbed by the body)

coconut oil (to heat in the pan, plus it’s good for you and turmeric is also more effective when mixed with a fat/oil)

Optional: Add a 1/2 teaspoon of Garam Masala or Everyday Spice mix (from Trader Joe’s or of your choice)

1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) Tamarind Sauce/Tamarind Chutney found in the Asian/Indian section of supermarkets. Often the sauces are pre-made, great for dips, sauces or condiments.

Scramble the eggs, milk, garlic, turmeric, salt and pepper (and optional spices) together. Heat coconut oil in a pan to medium, and scramble the eggs until fluffy and cooked. (You can always vary by making it into an omelette and adding spinach too).

Brussels Slaw – Serves 1:

3-4 Brussel Sprouts, raw, finely chopped

1 tsbp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Juice of 1/4 Lemon

Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional: Add baby kale or chopped cucumber for additional greens or crunch

Blend all ingredients together and serve. Add more lemon juice, or any other ingredient to flavor the brussel sprouts to taste. This is supposed to be a clean, light and fresh salad to complement the richer flavor and softer texture of the scrambled eggs.

How to serve: Plate the scrambled eggs on a plate, and top with tamarind sauce. Surround the eggs with a ring of brussels slaw. Enjoy the delicious texture combination and healthy flavors together!

5-Minute Self-Care in a Jamu Drink for 25 Cents

Better self-care is high on my list of new year resolutions.  As a mother of 3 little kids, I have also become an ULTRA-pragmatist.   Unless something is quick and easy (and financially reasonable), I know I won’t do it on a consistent basis, no matter how good it is for me.  In other words, acts of self-care have to fit into YOUR life.  Committing to one Jamu drink a day has long been one of my self-care goals.  After playing around with various Jamu recipes, I’d like to share with you my 5-minute version of Kunyit Asem (a Jamu drink made with Turmeric and Tamarind) that is super easy to make but packs a punch.

This drink is a wonderful way to start the day or to calm down before you go to bed, or whenever you have a free 5-minute window in between.  Kunyit Asem has a long tradition in Indonesian medicine to treat and prevent a whole list of ailments.  Turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties that help with joint pain, stomach issues, diabetes and even depression, while Tamarind is said to help with cold & flu symptoms, nausea and blood sugar balance.

Also:  While I think it’s awesome that when you are in a hurry, you can now just buy Jamu-like drinks at the health food store or juice bar, they are not exactly cheap.  This 5-minute Kunyit Asem will cost you about 25 cents per serving.  So here it goes:

You Need:

  • Re-usable tea bag or coffee filter
  • Grater (e.g. cheese or garlic grater; a zester would be too fine)
  • Half a Knob of Fresh Turmeric
  • Quarter Knob of Fresh Ginger (Optional.  Technically not part of Kunyit Asem, but yummy nontheless)
  • Tamarind Paste
  • Dash of fresh black pepper (makes the active in Turmeric more bio-available!)
  • Raw Honey to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a cup of water to boil (takes about 3 minutes) and put reusable filter/ tea bag over a mug.
  2. In the meantime, wash the Turmeric and Ginger and grate it straight into the filter/ tea bag.  Don’t worry about peeling the Turmeric and Ginger if you wash it’s organic and you wash it thoroughly.
  3. Pour boiling water into the mug.  Steep for about 1 minute.
  4. Remove filter and mix in half a table spoon of Tamarind Paste into the tea.  Add a dash of black pepper and raw Honey to taste.

Enjoy!

 

Notes on Ingredients and Tools:

  • Reusable Coffee Filter:  I use Primula Single Service Coffee Brew Buddy, which is sold for $6.75 at Amazon.
  • Grater:  I use OXO Good Grips Coarse Grater, which is sold for $11.99 at Amazon.
  • Fresh Organic Turmeric is sold on Amazon for $8.65/ lb.  Wholefoods sells if for $7.99  My Indian grocery store sells it for $6.99/ lb.
  • Fresh Ginger is usually about $4.99/ lb at a regular grocery store.
  • Tamarind Paste:  I use SWAD Tamarind Concentrate which cost $5.49 for a 14 oz jar at Wholefoods, $3.99 at my Indian grocery store (52 half-tablespoon servings per jar) at the healthfood store.
  • You can read more information on the ingredients’ health benefits, click:  Turmeric, Ginger and Tamarind)

 

 

 

 

Tip: Supercharge your Moisturizer for an Extra-Radiant Look

JUARA Co-founder feels the pain of dry skin in the winter and what a heavy beating travel can do to skin! Here’s a quick tip when you want your moisturizer to go a long way, and help you look extra fresh and radiant no matter what -with or without makeup application. We love blending products to get that super-charged look, and we hope you get a healthy skin kick out of this one!

Curious to try? 

Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer, $55:

Re-energize dry, dull skin. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer boosts hydration, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps skin’s ability to retain moisturizer and elasticity. Makes make-up application also feel like a dream after!

Radiance Vitality Oil,$65:

This light and elegant treatment oil boosts skin’s vitality to leave you with brighter, firmer, healthier skin. 12 precious oils, Turmeric and Vitamin C help brighten and enhance texture! Plus, consumer studies show all sorts of benefits you can check out here.!

Share your favorite skincare hack too if you have one!

Mental Anti-Aging Practices

As the co-founder of JUARA, I’m often told “You don’t look your age.” To which I say jokingly, but not really, “Well of course… I use JUARA. You’re looking at the original guinea pig!” But in addition, they also say “Well, it’s also because you don’t ACT your age.” Now that’s a different thing. Judgment aside, I think they mean “You have more energy, always on the go, excited about something, and therefore look younger!” I did some thinking – against what standard am I supposed to act? I don’t feel ANY age – only my arthritic hip reminds me I’m not in my 20’s. But I do feel alive – and I think it shows.

There is an Indonesian philosophy about beauty called Rupasampat Wahyabiantara, which focuses on harmony between inner and outer beauty. With time, outer beauty may gracefully age, but inner beauty, knowledge and a youthful attitude can still blossom through time. I have a few, what I call, mental anti-aging practices I’ve found helpful over the years, which has not only kept me energized, but has also emanated youthfulness on the face. Speaking from my own experiences, here are a few I’d love to share, and plan on taking well into the new year!

Always learn something new, or improve something

Whether it’s another skill, another language, sport or just learning a different perspective of how others think, having an orientation of learning not only triggers neurons in the brain to create more new brain cells (you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!), but it also keeps the mind fresh, youthful and curious – not to mention current since the world is changing so quickly! The beauty of watching little children, as I watch my young nephews grow form babies through toddlerhood, is the wonder they have at everything. The positive sense that there is something out there that we can learn is beautiful, and feeling that way does brighten the eyes encourage the smile – both awesome and natural beauty enhancers, au naturale!

Practice gratitude to reduce stress

We know stress is a part of our everyday lives. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, from work, family, or just life! And stress doesn’t only bring on the frownies including furrowed brows and a frown (hello wrinkles!) but it also triggers an inflammation in the body which can also have negative effects on the skin including aging. A little exercise I like to do when I’m feeling particularly stressed or overwhelmed is to stop and just breathe for a minute, then think of 3 things that I am truly grateful for at that moment. It can be simple – like my Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum that I can apply and it’s like an instant feel-good pick-me-up (this is not a plug from a brand owner, it is genuinely true…), friends who make sure I’m ok since I travel so much, and a bed at home which supports me well when I need to collapse at the end of a long, long weary day – we’ve all had those! Simple pleasures, really. And it does reduce stress. And Turmeric – adding Turmeric to your diet also helps your body better manage stress.

Do something that you believe in

There’s nothing that radiates youthful, positive energy like someone who is absolutely passionate about something they are doing, large or small. 2016, to say the least, has been hard on a lot of us for many reasons. 2017 is a time for not just reflection but change. We’ve had to think about what is important to us, now it’s time to act. Dedicating mindspace and time to support a cause that you feel strongly about can give you energy (vs imagine doing chores or tasks you abhore… how draining is that?). For me, supporting education has been important since Indonesia is a country where many children and young adults don’t have access to a good education – which means limited life/career opportunities – so I volunteer in organizations to help. It’s fulfilling, and I always feel energized after – and yes, in general, it does show on my skin when it’s been a good day, vs a bad.

I can’t understate the importance of a healthy skin maintenance routine. I view it as a form of self care, respecting our bodies and how we treat it. The time we spend on our skin is time spent nourishing ourselves! We formulate JUARA products using clean ingredients in the Indonesian heritage combined with safe technology that makes the products work, leaving us feeling really good after – because that’s how we should feel. I still remind myself why we named our skincare line JUARA, which means winner/champion, because to be champions of our destiny, mind and body, a good inside-out mental + physical practice is an important part of the journey!