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Ginger and Turmeric: A Healthful Combination for Your Holiday Cuisine

Delicious, hearty and smooth soup with a little zing.

The holiday season is here. It is time to celebrate and enjoy nourishing food with your family and friends. There are many foods and recipes out there but if you are like most people, you want something special for Thanksgiving.

What if you can enjoy a great meal and also be nourished at the same time with a little jamu-ingredient inspired dishes? It might be a lot to whip up some Indonesian herbal tonics for the family to share, but we can use some of the ingredients  in our dishes to give it a little zing?

Indonesia has been a spice island for centuries. Located among ancient trading paths and wealthy with botanical sources, these distant islands quickly became a global interest centuries ago. Spices were valued not just for their flavor, but also for their capacity to disguise spoiled foods, freshen breath, and remedy health issues. These local spices and ingredients also evolved to be the backbone of Indonesia’s herbal healing tradition – jamu, which has been a secret health give for centuries. In addition to other herbs, it features two simple but powerful ingredients: Turmeric and Ginger. Turmeric and ginger have some scientifically-backed health benefits which we will explore below, so why not include it with the meals?

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric active component is curcumin and it has the following health benefits.

1. Anti-inflammatory Effect

Inflammation occurs in your body all the time. It helps to fight foreign bodies and also repair tissue damage. But prolonged inflammation can cause chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Turmeric can help fight inflammation without the side effects common with prescription drugs.

2. Anti-Oxidant Properties

Your body’s biological processes generate some molecules known as free radicals which can attack cells and tissue to cause chronic diseases. Curcumin in Turmeric can help your body neutralize these radicals so you can live a healthy life.

3. Fights Aging

Many chronic diseases reduce longevity. By preventing the development of such disease turmeric will reduce the effect of aging. It can also keep your organs healthy and functional.

Health Benefits of Ginger

1. Relieves Nausea

Some diseases and drugs induce nausea. Ginger can help fight nausea and related conditions such as morning sickness and vomiting. It is a safe alternative to antinausea drugs.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar

For people suffering from diabetes, food choice is a challenge. Ginger’s strong ant-diabetic effects and can help lower blood sugar after meal.

3. Relieves Indigestion

Indigestion is a common ailment caused by a delay in emptying the stomach. It is more common in the festive period when people eat more food than usual. Ginger can help you speed up the transit of food out of your stomach. In the process, it helps prevent the accumulation and fermentation of undigested food.

Ginger and Turmeric Recipes

Now that you know some of the health benefits of turmeric and ginger, you may be wondering how to use them in your dishes this coming Thanksgiving.
No problem, we have compiled some recipes for your enjoyment.

Turmeric-Ginger Soup

This is a delicacy you can enjoy with friends and family for Thanksgiving. Turmeric and ginger provide a lot of flavor to the soup without the added sodium or fat that is common with seasonings. The hearty vegetables also provide fiber and a smooth, comforting & delicious flavor.

Ingredients
Serves 4
1. 4 medium carrots
2. 4 sweet potatoes
3. 3 cups of water
4. 1 can of chickpeas
5. 1 inch fresh ginger
6. 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
7. 1 tablespoon salt

Directions
1. Slice the carrots in half and cube the potatoes
2. Peel and dice the ginger
3. Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook for two hours on high
4. Serve and enjoy with a variety of food

Turmeric Black Beans and Rice

This staple food recipe is great for entertaining your family and guests on Thanksgiving or related holidays. Plus, this recipe uses rice, which is Indonesia’s staple food, dating as far back as early as 2300 B.C.!

Ingredients
Serves 4
1. 3 ounces smoked turkey sausage or vegetarian sausage
2. 1 cup sliced onion
3. ½ can rinsed black beans
4. ½ cup chicken or vegetable broth
5. ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6. Half cup brown rice
7. Half ripe chopped medium avocado

Directions
1. Add sausage to a frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Transfer the sausage from the pan.
2. Add onion to the pan and cook for 3 minutes
3. Boil the beans and broth in a pot over medium heat, add sausage and stir.
4. In a saucepan, add water, turmeric, and rice. Cook till done.
5. Serve the dish by mixing the beans and rice preparation and add avocado as a dressing

The Indonesian Jamu stood the test of time because it is an effective tradition. This is why we based our skincare line JUARA on the Jamu’s principles backed by science. JUARA products are made with turmeric, ginger and other proprietary herbal and spice blends to help you achieve a healthy and glowing skin, but it’s great to remember not only can ginger and turmeric nourish your skin, it can also nourish our tummies and add to our enjoyment this coming Thanksgiving!

Why Ginger Can Help You Lose Weight PLUS a Lemongrass Ginger Tea Recipe

by JUARA Co-Founder Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

Losing, or at least not gaining weight, is hard for most of us. While there is no magic bullet, the good news is that nature has a lot of the answers.  Movement, fresh foods, fresh air, sleep, mindfulness… For most of us, it’s the good old basics that are the foundation for a healthy weight.  And it is also nature that provides us with “tricks” to help us along the way.  Ginger is one of nature’s brilliant “tricks”.  Humans have used ginger for thousands of years.  In Jamu, Indonesia’s traditional herbal medicine, ginger is one of the most revered staples for a healthy metabolism and immune system  Here is why it helps with weight management. It works!

Ginger Boosts Your Metabolism

Ginger is a spice.  If you notice how your belly gets warm after eating ginger, it’s not your imagination.  Ginger warms the body because it increases your metabolism, which is crucial for loosing weight and maintaining it.

Ginger Suppresses Your Appetite and Increases Satiety

A study by the New York Obesity Research Center and Columbia University showed that participants that consumed ginger before breakfast felt fuller right after breakfast and long thereafter, compared to those that did not take the ginger supplement. It has been theorized that ginger improves leptin levels. Leptin is a compound that plays a role in feeling full and satisfied after a meal

It really works. I have tried it as a way to control my appetite, by drinking a cup of ginger tea before the meal. I will still be hungry but less ravenous, which means it’s easier to slow down, be mindful with every bite, which in turn makes you more aware of when you are full.

Ginger Suppresses Stress Hormone Production

Hormonal changes and chronic stress can spike your cortisol levels, which disrupts our metabolism and our finely calibrated mechanism that signals hunger and satiety. By balancing cortisol production, as research has shown, ginger helps protect this natural mechanism.

Ginger Improves Digestion

Researchers have theorized that poor nutritional absorption is partly responsible for not feeling satisfied after a meal. Your body feels like it needs more nutrients! By helping in the digestive process, you “get more” from the food you eat, plus you will have fewer annoying symptoms like bloating, cramps and heart burn.

How to Consume Ginger for Weightloss?

Ginger is extremely versatile and can be consumed in various ways.  While a simple ginger tea is an easy way to incorporate it as a weight loss supplement before meals, why not get creative and have fun with it, even outside of your daily meals?  Here is a refreshing ice tea recipe my partner Metta Murdaya for those balmy Summer get-togethers:

 

REFRESHING LEMONGRASS GINGER TEA RECIPE (by JUARA Co-Founder Metta Murdaya)

The weather is warming up, time to pop out the colorful glasses and get ready for outdoor cheer with friends! What easy to spruce up a party or a meal by upping the ante on the simple iced tea with this 2-ingredient charmer. The best part is you can make this in bulk and save it!

Great things come in pairs. Lemongrass and Ginger-a combination so happy together it’s like the Peanut Butter and Jelly of teas in Indonesia. Ginger’s signature spice is warming and familiar, while lemongrass is citrusy with floral/grassy notes-together they balance each other and create a flavor that is both comforting an rejuvenating-a winning combo.

To prepare your Ginger-Lemongrass happy-duo:

  • 2 stalks of Lemongrass, cut into pieces 3″ long (or approximately the length of your index finger.)
  • A generous handful of fresh ginger
  • Honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar to taste

Slice the ginger into thin pieces and rinse until the loose skin pieces falls off and water runs clear. Slice the lemongrass pieces down the middle from top to bottom so it exposes the center and lets the aroma out.

Fill a pot with a quart of water, add ginger slices, lemongrass and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Note this recipe is loose in ingredient percentages as it can be adjusted to taste. For a brighter, citrusy note preference, add more lemongrass. For a heatier, hotter punch, add more ginger. The amount of water used can also be adjusted to taste.

Pro tip: Smash and pan roast the ginger pieces before slicing until the skin is dark. We do this in Indonesia as this process helps release the flavors and brings out the heat of the ginger. To decorate like we do in Indonesia, add a stalk of lemongrass to the beverage which can be used as a stirrer for the sweetener. Slip in a few pieces of the boiled ginger slices in the drink as well for that exotic and enticing look.

This tea can be served hot or iced, during a meal or after a meal for a nice digestive.

 

Deliciously Soft, Juicy Skin with this Quick & Easy DIY Mask

By JUARA Co-Founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

“OMG, you have to check this out, I can’t stop touching my skin!”  That was my chat message to my partners Metta and Jill, after I experimented with a new DIY face mask recipe to help with my winter-parched, rough skin.

I love to experiment when I cook.  No matter how specific a recipe is, I can’t help but tweak it somehow, even if in small ways, just to see what happens to the flavor.  Same thing with skincare.  I am constantly experimenting with products, not only with what I use, but also how I use them.  That’s how I stumbled across this easy and quick DIY face mask that left my skin soft, supple, almost juicy…simply yummy.

What makes this so easy is the fact that you are combining 2 actual products, JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Radiance Vitality Oil, with 2 readily available food ingredients:  brown sugar and honey.  This mixture together makes for a luscious treatment that polishes, hydrates and smooths skin immediately.  The toner is packed with hyaluronic acid, tamarind seed extract and soothing green tea, white tea and black tea extracts.  The face oil nourishes skin with 7 different omega fatty acids (3, 5, 6, 7 & 9) and Vitamin C.  Sugar acts as a polish but together with honey also acts as a wonderful humectant.  This recipe is so quick and easy, you can do this mask any time of the day, as a quick pick-me-up or as part of a relaxing ritual.

Ingredients & Directions:   

Brown Sugar  – 2 teaspoons

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 2 pumps

Radiance Vitality Oil – 1 dropper-ful (not just 1 drop!)

Honey – Big Drizzle, 0r up to 1 teaspoon

 

Gather all ingredients.  Add all ingredients in a small glass bowl and mix with a spoon.  Add more of the ingredients to get the right consistency.  As the sugar starts to melt, it will become a slushy consistency, that spreads easily on the skin.

Apply all over face massage lightly in circular motion.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes.  I even leave it on for an hour or so, while I do all kinds of household chores and other work.  Rinse off with lots of tepid water and pat dry.  You can follow with a moisturizer for added dewiness, if you like.  For my normal to dry skin type, I usually don’t.

Enjoy smooth, supple skin!

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!

Recipe Spotlight: Coffee & Coconut Creamy Chia Pudding

Healthy, sweet, and special – that’s how I like my snacks and desserts, and not to mention, easy to make if I’m the one dishing out the goodies! Lack of time and a small pantry shouldn’t stop anyone from being able to whip up something delightfully yummy, so here’s a go-to treat I whipped up just last week. Inspired by tropical theme, but perfect for a city girl, this pudding combines energy boosting coffee, healthy fat and electrolyte filled coconut milk, and omega-rich chia seeds to give you instant – and sustained – energy through the day!

Why is this so good for you:

Benefits of Coconut Milk:

There is a reason the coconut is a staple in Indonesian cuisine – from being cooked in curries to freshly grated in desserts. And the water – we drink it straight out of the coconut! The electrolytes, including potassium and magnesium, and fatty acids in coconut milk help you, contrary to what intuition says, build muscle and lose fat. It also helps fight fatigue and sustain your energy. The healthy fats also curb your appetite, reducing the desire for snacking. It also is rich in lauric acid, which contains natural anti-bacterial properties. Lauric acid is also linked to improved cholesterol and overall heart health.

Benefits of Coffee:

Indonesia is known for its famous coffee regions: Sumatra, Bali, Sulawesi, the list goes on. This energy boosting cup of java we love contains antioxidants and other nutrients including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin. It also has shown to have protective effects on the liver and may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes when drunk in moderation. Other studies have linked coffee to a decreased chance of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.

Benefits of Chia Seeds:

Chia seeds are a superfood loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium to name a few,) and of course, are a chock-full of omegas to help skin, hair and nails remain lustrous and smooth – a great anti-aging benefit. Chia seeds are also shown to help reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure, all elements that contribute to a healthy heart. Also loaded with fiber and protein, a lot is packed in this tiny seed!

Recipe time! Coffee & Coconut Creamy Chia Seed Pudding

Coffee & Coconut Cream-ChiaSeed PuddingServes 2:

4 heaping tablespoons Chia Seeds

3/4 cup coconut milk (or other coconut creme or milk blends.)

3/4 cup hot coffee (or I like to take an espresso shot and add water)

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon molasses

To add for variety (Mix and match to taste):

  • Chopped, dried figs  (medium to fine pieces – I prefer medium so it keeps its texture.)
  • Finely chopped almonds or walnuts
  • A Splash (or 2) of Rum to taste
  • Toasted coconut

Directions:

Spoon 4 tablespoons of Chia Seeds into a bowl or a large cup. Slowly add in the coconut milk, stirring so the seeds don’t clump on the bottom of the bowl.

Add honey and molasses to the coffee separately, until completely dissolved. It’s much easier to dissolve the thick sweeteners in warm-to-hot liquid than in the cold coconut milk. If accessible, you can use palm sugar or coconut sugar instead of honey if available. But if using honey or agave, I like the molasses because it adds a bit of a rich flavor to the sweetness.

Pour the sweetened coffee into the chia seed-coconut milk mixture and stir. Add the extras (nuts, rum, figs , etc…) and stir some more. Wait about 2-3 minutes, and stir the bowl to keep the chia seeds from sinking as they soak up the liquids. Once you see them starting to suspend in the coffee-coconut cream mixture, cover the top and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.

Garnish with chopped figs, coconut pieces, or just dig right in! (For sheer decadence, if you want to go for a dessert vs snack, this pudding tastes great with a side of coffee or coconut ice cream!)

Beauty Beat: Coffee & Creme on you!

If you don’t have time to make the pudding, but a huge fan of coffee & creme, I highly recommend the JUARA Skincare Coffee & Creme Skin Smoothing Body Ritual. It is a duo of a rich, dark roasted coffee scrub that cleanses and exfoliates in the shower, followed by the decadent Candlenut Body Creme  – its fluffy, buttery texture and deep hydration with a signature velvety, non-greasy feel. It’s like a dessert in the shower!

Coffee & Creme Set - Invigorating Coffee Scrub + Candlenut Body Creme

Best Selling: Coffee & Creme Skin Smoothing Body Ritual

You can see the JUARA products here.

 

 

Turmeric & Tamarind Together: It’s Good for You and your Skin.

There’s a whole library of great natural ingredients from Indonesia (and beyond), and Turmeric has been hot in the news (finally!) In addition though, I wanted to focus on a special combination we mix in Indonesia, and how to use them to boost your own health and beauty – both inside and out! The beauty of Jamu, our natural herbal health tradition, is that we focus not on one ingredient, but how several can be blended together to have special benefits as a whole blend than the parts if taken separately.

Turmeric: Used widely in curries around the world and a staple of Indonesian health tonics, turmeric is a root with powerful antioxidant properties. Turmeric is known to be a liver and blood detoxifier, has strong antibacterial and internally cleansing powers, and can be used to treat illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The effect of turmeric is also said to be improved when mixed with black pepper (or pineapple works too.) In Indonesia, it’s one of the key ingredients not only in health tonics, but also used in a poultice for topical application for healing wounds, and in spa treatments to purify and give skin a beautiful glow.

Tamarind: Tamarind can be both eaten and used topically with many benefits. It has topical anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties. When eaten, it can help with digestive problems, can help lower cholesterol, and can be a mild laxative. It contains fiber, potassium, magnesium and other vitamins. It’s shaped like a giant pea pod with a hard shell and has a soft, sticky, chewy fruit inside with hard seeds. When applied to the skin, the seeds have strong hydrating properties, while the fruit has antiseptic and astringent properties. It tastes tangy and sweet, is commonly made into a candy, or used in soups and other savory dishes that one can easily forget all its additional health benefits.

Drink it!


Kunyit Asem:
Drunk as one of many popular daily health tonics (called Jamu) in Indonesia, it’s a solid, go-to beverage for women to improve overall well being and energy levels. Made of a combination of Turmeric, tamarind, flavored with sugar (or honey) with a pinch of salt, it should be drunk fresh. Pour over ice, and it’s really refreshing. There are prepackaged versions you can buy at the store, some add the betel leaf, commonly included in Indonesian beauty products and beverages to refresh the breath and improve overall body odor. I have made some from scratch, read the article of Jamu I made in Bali on Well & Good NYC here.

So let’s do the same for your skin!

JUARA’s Turmeric and Tamarind Skin Boosting Duo. Use this to to supercharge your skin. After cleansing, use the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask twice a week. Its antioxidant powers strengthen and detoxify the skin; plus it has a brightening power that will give you an instant, radiant glow. The turmeric is infused in a non-drying mud mask that also purifies skin and refines pores. It’s a great skin recharger – like hitting reset on your face’s health button.

Follow up with the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (which should be used daily, even if not using the mask.) This cottonball-free toner-serum is a skin quenching step that takes just a few seconds. Tamarind and hyaluronic acid work together to deeply hydrate skin, replenishing lost moisture to give skin an instantly soft and supple feel, while antioxidants from tea and redness reducing powers from rice bran extract add extra skin-calming benefits. Follow with your favorite moisturizer, (or we recommend the Kombucha infused Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer), and see the difference!

You can see the JUARA products here.

Recipe Spotlight: Lemongrass Fish Skewers

A Traditional Balinese Skewer With a Twist

Want to be the life of your next dinner party? Try a healthy yet exotic and crowd pleasing dish! These fish skewers use a mixture of minced fish and tons of spices instead of whole chucks of fish. This results in a SUPER flavorful and not at all dry skewer with just a hint of that delicious grill char. Try this recipe on the outdoor grill or on an indoor griddle!

Ingredients

  • 1 snapper or cod fillet
  • 6 sticks of lemongrass
  • 1 small red chili, sliced thinly
  • A pinch of dried chili powder
  • 1 small turmeric root, sliced
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ear corn, shaved
  • 1/4 coconut, shaved
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp clove
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions

  • Grind Shallots, Garlic, Turmeric, Chili, Brown Sugar, Dried Chili, Cloves and Lime Juice into a crumbly paste
  • Place fish in food processor and blend until minced
  • Mix the spice paste and fish in a large bowl. Add grated coconut and corn to the mixture.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste
  • Form a small ball with the fish mixture (like you’re making a meatball) and stick the lemongrass into the base of the ball
  • Gently press the ball down into the lemongrass ‘skewer’ to make an oblong shape. The fish mixture should cover the top 1/4 of the lemongrass.
  • Grill until golden and serve piping hot!

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.

Oh…Goji! Bless you – A Recipe for the Flu.

Ever heard of the ancient and famed Asian berry called the Goji Berry? Originally from China, these small, bright, orange-red colored berries (also known as wolfberries) are consumed all through Southeast Asia and now the west-  known as a superfruit. They look like dried cranberry “kernels” if one were to exist, but they are known for its healing benefits – often consumed in soups, wines, and beverages for health and longevity for centuries.

Vitamin Packed

Like most colorful berries, the Goji Berry is packed full of anti-oxidants, which helps your body stay strong as it fights against free radicals, due to its high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC).  However, these little tasty ancient fruits are also rich in compounds which contain Vitamin A and C, ad a whopping 13 and 9% of your daily serving in each ounce – which is great for immune system and overall cell health.

Preliminary Studies

Preliminary studies have shown tests on elder male mice who were fed (thankfully good-for-you!) goji berries for 30 days compared to mice who were not – and both groups were given a flu vaccine. Results showed the mice who had been fed a diet with goji berries showed a higher antibody response, hence a better response to the flu vaccine.

Drink Recipe for the Flu

I, unfortunately, did not manage to avoid the flu this season, so while I was bundled up at home, I turned to this home-remedy, combining my own ancient heritage – and some western goodness for a feel-good healthy drink to get me through the ickiness of the flu!

1 teaspoon Goji Berries
1/8 teaspoon of liquid Red Ginseng (optional – but supercharges your drink!)
1 heaping teaspoon of Manuka Honey
Soy Milk (or other nut milk of choice)
Hot Water

Fill the cup with the dried goji berries and boiling water until 1/2 way full. Wait 5 minutes for the goji berries to soften. Stir in the ginseng, honey, and then add soy milk till the cup is full. Let steep for 1-2 more minutes, then enjoy!

Benefits for Skin

The Goji Berry is packed with beta carotene (hence the Vitamin A) and good for your skin. Also used in our JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, Goji helps with all around anti-aging, in combination with the natural palm-peptide to make it more efficacious in smoothing and firming skin.

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum

 

 

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.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.