Archive | March, 2011

Inspiring Herbal Drinks

24 Mar

There’s a whole library of great natural ingredients from Indonesia (and beyond), but I wanted to focus on two of my favorites and how to use them to boost your own health and beauty – both inside and out!

Turmeric: Widely used in curries around the world and as a staple of many Indonesian health tonics, turmeric is a root with powerful antioxidant properties. Turmeric, known to be a liver and blood detoxifier, has strong antibacterial and internal cleansing powers, and can be used to treat illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer’s. The effects of turmeric is also said to be improved when mixed with black pepper. In Indonesia, it’s not only a key ingredient in health tonics, but it is also is used in a poultice for topical application on wounds. Also, turmeric is used in spa treatments to purify and to give skin a beautiful glow.

Tamarind: Tamarind can either be eaten or used topically, boasting many benefits with either usage. It has topical anti-inflammatory antioxidant properties. When eaten, it can help with digestive problems, lower cholesterol, and serve as a mild laxative. It contains fiber, potassium, magnesium, and many 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. The fruit itself has antiseptic and astringent properties. It tastes tangy and sweet, so it is commonly made into a candy. Many times, however, you will find it used in soups and other savory dishes. Tamarind is so tasty, it’s easy to forget that you’re also eating a super healthy food!

Drink it!
Kunyit Asem.

One of the popular daily health tonics (called Jamu) in Indonesia is a go-to beverage for women who want to improve overall well-being and increase their energy levels. Kunyit Asem is a medley of turmeric and tamarind that is garnished with sugar or honey and a pinch of salt. When poured over ice, it makes for a refreshing beverage! There are prepackaged versions you can buy at the store. Some add betel leaf, a pepper plant that is commonly included in Indonesian beauty products and beverages to refresh the breath and improve overall body odor. Watch the video to see how Jamu is made from scratch!

So let’s do the same for your skin!
JUARA’s Turmeric and Tamarind Treatment Duo.

Use this to to supercharge your skin! After cleansing, use the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask twice a week. Its antioxidant qualities 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 the redness reducing abilities found in rice bran extract add extra skin-calming benefits. Follow with your favorite moisturizer (we recommend the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer), and see the difference!