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Mango Seed Oil-True nectar from the seductive fruit

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Mango Seed oil has a treasure-house of nutritional benefits including antioxidants, fatty acids and other health-supporting components. It is an excellent choice for skin care preparations aiding in hydration, elasticity and sun-protective qualities. Mangos have long been coined as the “Food of the Gods.” It is no wonder the heart of this fruit has so many heavenly, healing properties.

Fatty acids in Mango Seed oil                                                                Fatty acids are needed for the body’s health and play a key role in skin care.  They act as elemental building blocks in the lipid layers of the skin, thus retaining the skin’s moisture. Essential fatty acids is a term given to fatty acids that are not produced within the body, which are necessary for cellular health. Linoleic acid, for example, is classified as an essential fatty acid and contributes to healthy hair, skin and wound healing. A deficiency of linoleic acid or other fatty acids can lead to dry skin and a compromised skin barrier function. Conversely, linoleic acid supports sunburns and even mild cases of acne vulgaris by accelerating the regeneration of the skin barrier. Through integrated skin conversions, linoleic acid is responsible for tissue hormones that contribute to immune response, allergic reaction counteracts, anti-inflammatory action and wound healing support (Lautenschlager, 2003).

Youthful skin is smooth and plump, in part from healthy, hydrated cells. Fatty acids maintain the integrity of cellular walls which allows the transference of waste and water. Topical application of products containing essential fatty acids have been shown to benefit dry skin conditions, psoriasis and atopic eczema (Price and Price, 2008).

by Kc Rossi, Certified Aromatherapist

To read the full article including Kc’s recipe for a protective “Sun Balm” see the Summer 2013 issue of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA-Vol. 2, Issue 1).  Visit http://www.ijpha.com to subscribe.

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Summer Sweetness of Linden

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Linden flowers (and bract – the leaf-like structure attached to the flowers) make a beautiful and delicate tea that eases tension and anxiety and has an overall calming effect to the body, making it an excellent evening tea to aid sleep .  It can also be used to ease muscle tension, headaches and menstrual pain.  It has an affinity for the heart and is an amazing heart tonic on all levels.  It lowers blood pressure and can help arteriosclerosis and works well in combination with Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) for heart conditions. Emotionally, the two combined can ease heartache and help heal a broken heart. Traditionally, Linden was used to treat epilepsy and convulsions.

Try these recipes…

Linden Cooler

Recipe by Erin Smith

1 part Linden Tea (you can use fresh or dried linden flowers)
1 part Lemonade
Sliced strawberries (to taste)

If possible, make the linden tea the night before, allowing it to infuse overnight. Strain and combine with the lemonade in a large pitcher. Add the strawberries; if wanting a stronger strawberry flavor fill a 1/4 of the pitcher with slices. Add ice and serve.

Linden infused honey

1 part linden flowers
1 part raw local honey

Place your fresh linden flowers in a glass jar. While the bract is also traditionally used for medicinal purposes, using only the fresh flowers will make a stronger flavored honey.  Cover with honey.  Make sure that the flowers are completely submerged in honey. The flowers will tend to sit at the top for the first few days.  If after a few days, they are still not submerged, add more honey until they are covered. Allow to sit for 2-6 weeks and use as desired.  The flowers will become candied and are delicious on their own.  If you wish to remove the flowers after infusing, then place the flowers in a make-shift tea bag made out of cheesecloth and place in jar (with the edges sticking out of the top so it will be easy to remove later). Cover with honey.  After it has infused, lightly warm the honey (do not over heat) until it has a more liquid consistency and remove the “tea bag”.  For a lighter flavored honey, cut the amount of flowers used in half.

For more delicious ways to use herbs in food, check out Erin Smith’s Herbal Kitchen program in Boulder on July 17th.

The Van Dyke

Recipe by Michael Heim

2 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz linden infused honey syrup (3:1 honey:water)
1 Bar spoon of house grapefruit bitters.
Shaken, double strained up in a chilled coupe glass

For more information about Linden/Lime (Tilia spp.) check out The Center for Integrative Botanical Studies Newsletter at http://www.integrativebotanical.com/plant-of-the-month-july/

Image:  Linden blossoms and leaves Copyright All rights reserved by Jude’s Jewels /Flickr.com