Friday, 24 November 2017

Royal Jelly: Beauty and the Foodie

Royal jelly is the main food source for bee larva in the first 3 days of their development. Royal jelly is rich in amino acids (about 29), lipids, sugars, proteins, 10-hydroxydecenoic acid (10-HDA) which is the major therapeutic component, vitamins (vitamin A, B COMPLEX, C,D and E) and minerals (ample level of calcium and iron). It also contains acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerves messages from cell to cell.
Royal jelly, often referred to as bees milk, cannot be duplicated in any laboratory due to its complex chemical structure. It is an expensive item on the shelf and it seems to have become increasingly more and more popular as a beauty bee product.
It is majorly used in dietary supplement but also as addition to body lotions and creams. Royal jelly is believed to be able to nourish the body on the inside and revitalizes it on the outside as well. it benefits are extensively associated with healthier skin and hair and more youthful appearance.
What does royal jelly do to your skin?
1. Skin aging process - with increasing age, the skin's cell renewal process becomes less efficient. Cell regeneration and tissue repair slows down, the amount of natural moisture present in the skin is reduced. As collagen production lessen, skin becomes thinner and looses its flexibility. Boosting collagen production slows down the aging process. Royal jelly contain mineral like silicon that leads to increased collagen production. Amino acids are also a component of collagen that makes the skin firm. Specific antioxidants its contains like flavonoids, nucleic acids and hormones also support skin renewal.
2. Moisturizes the skin - Royal jelly's fats, suspended as a natural emulsion, have moisturizing properties, protect skin from dehydration and reduce inflammation. Royal jelly increases the moisture cotent of the skin which inturn helps to treat dry and damaged skin.
3. Promote new skin growth - It is known to regenerate the cells and tissues. The skin can renew itself in 30days if you use royal jelly for the skin.
4. Hormonal balance and the skin - Royal jelly is a powerful hormonal tonic because the hormones are so complex, they are used for hormonal balancing when there is hormonal imbalance in the body especially, during a period such as menopause, a decrease in hormone often causes skin problems like drier skin with increased wrinkles, skin looses some elasticity as collagen production is reduced. Older skin appears paler as the lack of estrogen reduces the number of blood vessels in the skin. Taking royal jelly as a dietary supplement helps hormonal imbalance.
Royal jelly B vitamins offers benefits asides the anti aging properties, vitamin B3 in particular helps prevent scaliness, irritation, redness and inconsistent pigmentation while Biotin encourages healthy fatty acid metabolism, which in turn encourages healthier skin.
The only issue with Royal jelly seems to be that it triggers allergic reaction in some people. Note that if you are allergic to honey, it is highly probable that the same is true for royal jelly.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that line the digestive tract and support the ability to absorb nutrients and fight infections. The body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often referred to as the good bacteria. How do they work? They help to replace the good bacteria you might have lost after taking an antibiotics and also help balance your “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep your body working like it should.
Probiotics benefits begin in the gut. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in the gut than cells in the body. Digestive tracts are critical to health because 80% of the entire immune system is located in the digestive tract. The secret to restoring the digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in the gut. So, if you are going to be healthy, you must consider consuming probiotics rich foods or supplements daily.
Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diets from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our food to keep them from spoiling. However, because of refrigeration and bad agricultural practices, our foods contain little or no probiotics today. Probiotics killers includes: prescription antibiotics, sugar, grains, emotional stress, chemicals, tap water etc.

There are several kinds of probiotics, and their health benefits are determined by the job they do in the gut. They include:
1.       Lactobacillus - there are more than 50 species of lactobacilli. They are naturally found in the genital, digestive and urinary system. Food that are fermented like yoghurt contain these bacteria. Some of the lactobacilli found in foods and supplements are Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. gasseri, L. planetarium etc.

2.       Bifidobacteria - there are approximately 30 species of these bacteria. They make up most of the healthy bacteria in the colon and appear in intestinal tract within days of birth especially in breastfed infants. Some of these bacteria are Bifidobacterium bifidum, B. longum, B. infantis etc.

3.       Saccharomyces boulardii - it is the only yeast probiotic.

4.       Streptococcus thermophiles - this produces large quantities of the enzyme, lactase, making it effective in the prevention of lactase intolerance.

Benefits of probiotics
1.       Improves digestion.

2.       Reduces cold and flu.

3.       Fights Helicobacter pylori in ulcer patients.

4.       Gives better breath as it helps to destroy candida.

5.       Increases energy from the production vitamin B12.

6.       Enhances immune function.

7.       Heals leaky gut syndrome.

8.       Battles cancer.

9.       Helps in weight loss management.

10.   Makes skin healthier as it treats eczema and psoriasis.

11.   They also treat common conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), infectious and antibiotic-related diarrhea, urinary and vaginal health diseases etc.
How do you get more probiotics in your system?

1.       Consume more probiotic-rich foods e.g. yoghurt, goat milk, cheese, ginger, onions, garlic etc.

2.       Eat more sour foods e.g. Apple Cider Vinegar. They contain certain type of acids like acetic acids, healthy acids that create a certain type of PH in the body that support the growth of probiotic in the system. One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar can be added to drink twice daily.

3.       Feed the probiotics in your system- probiotics need fuel to live in your body as they are living organisms. They need good soil like fermentable fiber to survive. Consuming high quality fiber in your diet can cause probiotics increase in your body i.e. soluble fiber e.g. chia seeds, flaxseeds, sweet potatoes, organic fruits and vegetables.

4.       Take a quality probiotic supplement.
Take care of your gut, and the friendly bacteria that resides there. Maintaining a healthy gut goes way beyond just taking a probiotic supplement. What you do from day to day is just as important since all sorts of lifestyle factors have shown to affect your gut bacteria.

Friday, 15 September 2017

See reasons why you need neem oil for your skin and hair

Neem oil is a type of vegetable oil extracted from the fruits of neem tree. It comprises of two major compounds(phytochemicals) named Azadirachtin and triterpenoid which gives neem oil its therapeutics and medicinal value (Antipyretic, antihistamine, antifungal and antiseptics properties). Neem oil takes different colors like yellow-brown, golden yellow and dark brown based on the method of extraction. Neem oil has a strong and pungent aroma and is extremely bitter in taste because of the presence of phytochemicals. Neem oil is loaded with fatty acids and alkaloids.

There are innumerable benefits of neem oil for health and wellness and there is a reason many beauty cosmetics boast of neem based products, it is loaded with medicinal properties associated with skin care.

1.      Collagen stimulation and anti-aging serum- Neem stimulates collagen production which slows down the aging process of the skin. Regular usage not just smoothens wrinkles and fine lines but also make skin look young and supple. The fatty acids and vitamin E found in neem oil are easily absorbed into the skin without leaving the skin greasy. Once absorbed, it works to rejuvenate the skin’s cells and restore elasticity. It also contains carotenoids that accelerate skin’s defense against free radicals which cause aging. The vitamin E also acts as a free radical scavenger, by hindering the oxidizing process.

2.      Relieves dry skin and reduce eczema and acne- Neem oil is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs), triglycerides, vitamin E and calcium. Its EFAs and vitamin E properties helps it penetrates deep within the skin to heal the miniscule cracks brought on by severe dryness. Neem oil has been proven to be a natural remedy for eczema symptoms (dry, red, itchy skin) and be very soothing, but it will not cure the root causes for eczema. The aspirin like compound in neem oil removes acne causing bacteria from the skin. The vitamin E in neem oil helps to prevent moisture loss.

3.      Tones the skin and removes blackhead- The high fatty-acid content in neem is said to prevent and treat blackheads and is non-comedogenic. Neem oil helps to restore the moisture of the skin and fights pathogens that are found below the skin surface. Using neem oil as a skin toner leaves the skin young and smooth. The leaves are excellent exfoliant used in a facial mask to pull out impurities and tighten pores.

4.      Reduces hyperpigmentation- Neem oil slows down the production of melanin, the skin coloring agent, which when secreted in higher amounts leads to pigmentation. Applying neem oil beautify and rejuvenate the skin thereby reducing skin pigmentation drastically.

5.      Conditions the skin- Neem oil deep moisturizes, conditions and repairs skin dryness.

6.      Antifungal properties- Its antifungal properties help it to prevent and treat common fungal skin infections like nail fungus, athletes foot and ringworm. One of the active compound in neem oil, nimbidol destroy the fungi that cause skin infections.

7.      Antibacterial properties- Neem oil antibacterial properties helps to prevent all kinds of skin infections and dermatitis.

And what if I tell you that neem oil is an unmatched hair-healer too? The medicinal properties of neem oil will not only help you keep the common hair problems at check, but will also ensure your hair gets the attention it deserves. Here are some benefits of neem oil for hair.

1.      Promotes hair growth and removes split ends- Neem oil strengthens the roots and accelerates hair growth. Split ends could lead to stunted growth making hair frizzy and unmanageable. Neem oil helps to moisturize the hair from root to tip and gentle repair hair cuticles. Regular application of neem oil help bid an instant farewell to dreadful split ends.

2.      Conditions the hair- Neem oil helps to revitalize, re-nourish and condition rough, dry hair to a silky and smooth texture. It is used to deep condition the hair to restore its youthful healthy and shiny allure.

3.      Improves hair texture and promotes healthy scalp- The beauty of the hair depends on the health of the scalp. Regular application of neem oil will result in healthy scalp and hair. It leaves your hair untangled and strong, thereby taming them to the desired style. Neem oil is also considered as soothing, cooling and astringent in nature which not only reduces the chances of hair shedding starting from the root but also regulate the secretion of the scalp’s natural oil.

4.      Treat head lice and dandruff- The oil also contain azadirachtin, an industrial insecticidal ingredient that is capable of disrupting the reproduction and growth of lice. Neem oil not only improves your scalp health but also maintains the PH level of the scalp. It also helps in majority of hair problems related to advancing age such as silvering and hair graying.

Depending on the level of existing hair damage, the adoption and application of neem oil for hair loss is likely to result to stronger, thicker and more luxurious growth for the hair.
Neem oil benefits are magical, be it hair, skin or overall wellness. Neem oil is present in TEE NATUREL hair therapy oil, hair pudding, body butter and liquid black soap for hair. The list of benefits just doesn’t seem to end. Remember, Old is gold! No matter what the problem is neem oil will always come to the rescue. Stay healthy, stay happy.



Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Ice cream lovers rejoice! We’ve found out that the delicious ice cream you eat that makes you happy also has some significant health benefits. There is no denying that ice cream isn’t exactly a health food. Its main ingredients are cream/high-fat milk, sugar or fructose/glucose based sweetener and flavoring.
Significant health benefits of ice cream include;
1.      Stimulates the brain- Ice cream stimulate serotonin/thrombotonin which is responsible for aiding learning, sleep and overall mood well-being. Serotonin helps to reduce the level of stress in the body. Ice cream is made of milk which contains L-triptophane, which is a natural tranquilizer and helps in relaxing the nervous system. It also helps prevent symptoms of insomnia.
2.      Source of vitamins- Ice cream happens to be a huge source of vitamin A which helps improve eye sight and immune system, vitamin D which helps to absorb calcium and other healthy nutrients from food and stores them in the kidney, vitamin C to improve immune system, vitamin E and B-vitamins to improve memory and nervous system. It also contains vitamin K which prevent blood clotting.
3.      Source of minerals- Ice cream does provide your body with a handful of key nutrients including calcium and phosphorus which helps to maintain strong bones and teeth and reduces the chances of kidney stone. Calcium and phosphorus also prevents the chances of premenstrual syndrome.
4.      Boost sex drive- Fairly high levels of calcium and phosphorus helps build your muscles energy reserve and boost libido. A brain chemical, dopamine is released by brain when you eat ice cream. Dopamine is a natural mood booster and is responsible for elation and pleasure.
5.      Provides energy- Ice cream is a good choice when you need energy or if you are pursuing a program to gain weight. It is rich in carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which are all needed for our bodies to produce energy. Decent amount of proteins in it is important in tissue repair and cell growth.
There is no need dying inside, resisting a big bite of that delicious ice cream, but eat in moderation. A bid scoop a week is enough to gain all these nutritional benefits of ice cream. Over eating of ice cream can nullify all the benefits that you’ve gained and can also affect your health.
Note: Ice cream contain fats so its excessive intake would raise the cholesterol in blood which could lead to plaque buildup. Also contains high amount of sugar that could lead to rise in blood sugar, weight gain and abnormal fluctuation of hormones. Presence of lactose might cause digestive problems such as bloating and flatulence.

Choose your flavors wisely and eat responsibly. Remember! Everything in moderation.

Saturday, 24 June 2017


Nutmeg is a seed of the fruit from Myristica fragans tree. It is one of the highly prized spices known since antiquity for its aromatic, aphrodisiac and curative properties. Several commercial products are also produced from the trees, including nutmeg oil, extracted oleoresins and nutmeg butter. The same reasons that make nutmeg super healthy for eating makes it a model ingredient in skincare.  Nutmeg can be used as an effective ingredient in daily skin care regimen. There are countless benefits that nutmeg offers, especially for the skin, catch up with those benefits as we take you into the lusciously rich goodness of this spice…
1.      It helps reverse the ageing process of the skin – Nutmeg possess innate anti-ageing properties. The antioxidant nature of nutmeg makes the skin look younger and reduces wrinkles, thus eliminating signs of ageing. It prevents free radical formation resulting in clearer skin and a lighter skin tone. It improves circulation levels, thus, reverses ageing process of skin by preventing the onset of premature ageing signs such as crow’s feet and fine lines.
2.      Natural ready for acne, pimples and helps fade blemish – The antimicrobial properties of nutmeg make it the perfect choice for treating acne and pimples, and eliminating the dirt and impurities of the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties aid the healing process and help clear blemishes and marks. The stimulating properties will certainly wake up dead skin cells. Nutmeg also has a synergistic and inhibitory effect on acne.
3.      Cure for various skin disorders – Nutmeg is known to have curative properties that heal scars caused by everything from acne to sunspots, thus. It anti-inflammatory nature makes it a wonderful solution for various inflammatory skin condition, thus, used to promote healing of cuts and wounds. It has a synergistic effect on few types of epidermis infections. It is also known for its antiviral elements that decrease the likelihood of infections.
4.      Bestows with a healthy, glowing skin – Nutmeg has been an essential ingredient in beauty regimen as it helps to give healthy, radiant skin.
Homemade nutmeg products
1.      Nutmeg spot treatment – Combine nutmeg and cinnamon and an equal part of raw honey. Then add several drops of lemon juice. Using this overnight works wonders.
2.      Nutmeg toning cleanser – Nutmeg restores while stimulating dull skin and promoting a bright, toned complexion. Add nutmeg to coconut milk and rub onto a make-up free face for 15 minutes, then wash off. Coconut milk is used because it provides additional health benefits in addition to the lactic acid that promotes supple skin.
3.      Nutmeg acne exfoliating cleanser – Mix baking soda with honey and clove oil to make spreadable paste. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to the paste to give any dark spot leftover from acne some extra help, add a teaspoon of nutmeg and massage into your skin for at least 2 minutes. Your face will feel warm and slightly tingly because the nutmeg is getting deep into your pores, treating deeper layers of your skin. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use at least 3 times a week in the evening after taking off make-up.
Do you follow a skin care regimen? If you do, then you can try and use nutmeg as a skin care product! There are lots of benefits of using nutmeg, especially for the skin.

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Did you ever imagine that tomato is a powerhouse of nutritional benefits? Tomato is a fruit that is also considered a vegetable, it is extensively used in making a wide variety of dishes. It is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and also for snacks, sauces, salads, drinks, sandwiches and pizzas.
Whether you refer to it as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt it is a nutrient-dense, super food that most people should consume more of it. Tomato is known to be abundant with a very important component known as Lycopene, which is a very powerful antioxidant. Lycopene is responsible for the color of the tomato itself and is a very good cancer weapon. It also plays a role in preventing chronic heart diseases and deliver other health benefits. Beyond cooking, tomato can be used in a number of ways to enhance your beauty. It is considered to be the panacea of skin. Let’s look at how the humble tomato can be our friend in quest for looking younger and healthier.
Fight cellular damage to prevent signs of aging
It is recommended to have at least 16mg of lycopene per day as they reduce the number of free radicals in the body and also help to retain the moisture in people who are used to sitting in air- conditioned environments. It fights cellular damage and reddening of the skin, thus preventing fine lines and wrinkles. This property of tomato makes it an amazing anti-aging product. It provides an amazing natural skin treatment that can make the skin look younger and healthy with less effort. Lycopene also appears to strengthen the skin by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme involved in the breakdown of collagen in the skin-collagenases, collagen helps ensure the firmness and elasticity of your skin and prevent wrinkling.
Perfect astringent
If you have oily skin and struggle to keep your face from shinning like a fried fish, tomato is the solution to your agony. Make a little cucumber juice and add it to the tomato juice, apply this juice with a cotton ball daily to control excessive oiliness and acne. The astringent properties of tomato make it an excellent choice for combination skin. A tomato and avocado mask works wonders on combination skin because tomato works as an astringent as well as a blackhead and oil-reducing agent while avocado have an antiseptic and moisturizing effect. This combination helps soothes the skin and as well gives a glowing complexion. Apply this pack and wash off after 30 minutes with lukewarm water.
Act as natural sunscreen and prevent sunburn
Lycopene, present in tomato is considered as the most potent antioxidant of the carotenoids. It acts a natural sunscreen i.e. it helps to protect the skin against harsh UV rays. Sunburn can also be treated by applying tomato on the affected parts. Mix 2 teaspoons of tomato with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply on the affected part. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Tomato cools the skin and neutralizes the surface while yogurt provides a protein boost to make the skin soft and supple.
Smooth and Glowing skin
Tomato is very rich in vitamin C which helps in even skin tone. Mix honey with tomato juice to make a thick paste. Apply on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes to get a smooth and glowing skin.
Shrink big pores and heal acne
Big pores provide easy access to dirt thus increasing the chances of infecting the pore. Add 4 drops of lime juice to tomato juice and apply on your face to shrink pore. Tomato is rich in vitamin A, C and K, which are used to treat acne. The acidity in tomato also helps in reducing and clearing up your acne. If you have mild acne, cut a tomato into half and apply the inside on your face. For severe acne, mash a fresh tomato and use the pulp on your face, leave it on for 45 minutes and rinse it off. Do this on a regular basis and your acne is bound to dry off soon.
Remove dead skin cells and protect the body from toxins effects
Tomato can greatly help to remove dead skin cells. Grind tomato with the seeds and add 1 teaspoon of sugar to it. Gently scrub your face with it to get a clean and fresh looking skin. Tomato help protect the body against the effects of toxins, especially aflatoxins and cadmium, which is found in cigarette smoke and frequently in air pollution.
See, tomato is the bomb! It is food for the body and the skin at the same time, so why not make it a habit of having tomato in your daily meal. Cooking tomato makes it easier for the body to absorb the lycopene they contain.

You don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on expensive cosmetic treatments if you follow these simple steps to get healthy looking skin.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


If you’ve had a mango smoothie or just mango by itself, you already know how refreshing it is. But have you tried mango butter? As with most natural fruits, the seed has just as many benefits as the flesh. The mango seed can be formed into a powder, oil or butter, depending on how it is processed. Mango butter is cold-pressed from the seed of the fruit and is similar to shea butters, as it is moisturizing without being greasy.
In skin care, we now move to mango butter for its moisturizing essential fatty acids.  It is rich in oleic acid 46%, stearic acid 44%, linoleic acid 6%, palmitic acid 5.5%, monounsaturated omega-9 acid and a saturated fatty acid. These are ingredients that the skin readily recognizes, takes up and uses to help add moisture to the skin and tightens and firms.
Mango butter benefits for your skin includes:
1.      Natural source of vitamin A- Vitamin A is one of the natural ingredients that encourages a revitalized, glowing look. So, mango butter helps reduces the look of lines, wrinkles and increases skin’s overall youthful look.
2.      Protects from environmental stressors- When you apply mango butter to your skin you carry around an extra bit of protection from harsh weather and UV protection. It also helps heal skin damage caused by sunburn.
3.      Plumps the skin- Mango butter is also rich in vitamin C which helps encourage a more plump and tighter look. It also promotes a firmer appearance on skin.
4.      Treats dry skin- It helps to deeply moisturizes dry patches, flakiness and even sensitive skin. It also helps to combat dry skin, dermatitis, eczema and skin irritations. And don’t forget your lips, mango butter works great as a lip balm.
5.      Calms insect bites and poison ivy- Reach out for mango butter if you got bitten or exposed to poison ivy. It helps to calm the itching and stinging so your skin can relax.
6.      Soothes the skin- Mango butter helps soothe and softens the skin.
7.      Antioxidant properties- Due to its high antioxidant content, mango butter is antiaging. Triterpenes present in mango butter help heal and prevent skin aging.
Mango butter is a new butter that’s making name for itself in the natural skin care world, and we don’t want you to miss out on these benefits. The lighter nature of mango butter makes it a popular choice for d body as compare to shea and cocoa butters that can be a little too heavy. Alternatively, you can combine your shea and mango butters where the fatty acid profiles combine to produce skin nourishing and replenishing creams as found in TEE NATUREL BODY BUTTER.
With all these, mango butter is gentle on skin, and perfectly suitable for all skin especially sensitive skin. Give it a try today and don’t forget that your eyes will love it in our body butter.
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