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Culinary uses of the Prickly Pear Cactus

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 5/4/2017 21:31:00

Did you know that the prickly pear cactus in Morocco is not just harvested for it's precious seed oil but also for it's culinary uses? Every part of the Opuntia ficus indica cactus as it's also known, is harvested for its fruit, pads and flowers. Also, consumption can offer some amazing health benefits for both humans and animals due to its ability to serve as a food and medicine.

Health Benefits
The Opuntia cactus pads are rich in vitamin A & C which have been found to be effective in inhibiting the oxidation of arterial cholesterol and turning around damage to arteries. In addition to this, the cactus pads also possess a broad range of amino acids that offer a good source of protein.
The fruit itself is loaded with important minerals; calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as a large amount of antioxidants. Calcium, an integral part of the diet is good for maintaining strong bones & teeth and potassium helps with the regular function of the cells, skin tissue and organs. Magnesium is needed for healthy heart, kidneys and muscle function.

Food Uses
The prickly pear fruit is added to main meals, desserts, sauces and dressings, and drinks such as wine and liqueurs. The flower petals of the prickly pear is also used as a garnish or added to salads to add colour and flavour.
For a few recipes that include the prickly pear fruit and cactus pads (also known as nopal) take a look at this website for some inspiration: www.healthline.com

During difficult times of drought, the prickly pear cactus pads (spikes removed) are used to feed sheep and cattle. This type of feed has proven to be a highly beneficial food source for livestock due to the water and nutrients present in the pads. Additionally, it is also a cheap and cost effective feed for farmers.

The prickly pear cactus really is a tough skinned super plant with it's ability to withstand the stifling heat of the Moroccan summer without shade. Most of all though, the prickly pear cactus due to it's high nutritional value and healing properties, really should be on the list of superfoods!

Boost Your Moisturisers With Oils

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 1/4/2017 12:14:00
Tags: Seedoilspricklypearargan
Moisturisers are a fundamental part in keeping our skin supple and younger looking. As the name suggests, moisturiser keeps the skin hydrated which not only keeps it looking better but feeling better also.

It is well known that oil and water do not mix but many cosmetic companies that create moisturisers for the worldwide market use emulsifiers to bind water and oil together. Essentially, a moisturiser is a combination of water and oil blended together with the help of an emulsifier which is the glue that binds them. Our skin needs both water and oil (which helps to seal in the water) but not all oils are equal. Prickly pear seed oil and argan oil are some of the most beneficial oils available buy for the skin. In addition to using these oils neat, they can also be mixed with some of your favourite products such as a moisturiser or leave in conditioner to not only add some extra moisture but also some extra nutrients to give your hair or skin a boost.

Moisturisers & Body Lotions
Have a favourite moisturiser or body cream? Add a drop or two of prickly pear seed oil or argan oil to enhance the mix. Depending on skin dryness or in the case of an overnight treatment, you may need to add a little more. You can do this with any moisturiser including cheaper ones to upgrade them to a more high end product. In some cases it may be more beneficial to make your own recipe as many moisturisers or body creams available, state that they contain prickly pear or argan oil but actually contain very little of it and top of this, you pay a higher price!

Leave-in Conditioners
Many of us these days use a leave in conditioner due to the adverse effect from weather conditions such as dry heat and wind. If your regular leave in conditioner just isn't doing the job, rather than rush out and buy a more expensive product, try adding either some prickly pear or argan oil to the blend. You can either mix a little with your product or simply add a little oil to your hair afterwards by rubbing a drop or two into the palms of your hands and smoothing through the lengths of your hair.

Adding oils to your moisturisers, especially seed oils which contain triglycerides (basically nutritious fats that are stocked in plant seeds) will indeed enhance your products making them a more beneficial and richer product. Additionally, it is quick and easy to implement.

Seed Oils

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 28/3/2017 21:35:00
Tags: PricklyPearSeedOilUK

A seed oil, as the title suggests is an oil obtained from the actual seeds of a plant rather than the plant itself. Most vegetable oils are in fact seed oils, prime examples include sunflower, sesame, and canola.

Triglycerides are basically fat. These fats are generally stocked in the seeds of the plant, to supply food for the new plants until they are able to grow their own roots and leaves that will enable them to survive independently. A few seeds also contain sugar to provide energy to feed young plants.

Almost all plants create seeds that encase oil. These nutrient rich oils supply considerable amounts of energy and nourishment for the young seeds to flourish and eventually become an independent plant that will grow roots and leaves that will enable it to survive.

Oil content
The amount of oil contained in different types of seeds varies even within the same kind of plant, due age and the environment that the mother plant grows in.

Best Quality Oils
The best quality oils are unprocessed and have a texture/flavour similiar to that of the seedlings that were pressed. Cold pressing preserves more nutrients ensuring a more nutritious oil than oil produced from the heat pressing method. Storage is also a factor in preserving oils, they should be stored away from heat light and air.

Fresh oils derived from quality seeds should always be cultivated from newly pressed seeds that are sealed and packaged to ensure the consumer receives the freshest quality oil.

Opuntia provide only the freshest cold pressed prickly pear seed oil money can buy, ensuring a top quality product.

Treat Yourself To Some Top Quality Hair Oil this Winter!

Published by Karen in Pure Organic Moroccan Oils · 9/11/2016 16:43:00
Tags: ArganOilPricklyPearSeedOilHaircare

Now that the winter season is almost here, it's time to think about protecting our hair from the harsh elements to come, especially if your hair is particularly thin and dry. This type of hair is more vulnerable to the elements and will need extra special care. During the winter time, it's a good idea to give your hair a regular weekly treatment to a deep conditioning oil to replace the moisture that can be lost due to central heating, and cold drying winds. Opuntia prickly pear seed oil applied to damp hair will help to replace and seal in the moisture lost from the winter elements that can cause dryness, frizz and static. A regular weekly treatment, together with a good conditioning treatment every time you wash will help keep those bad hair days away, giving your hair that is fit to be shown off. Here are a few tips that will help to keep your hair looking beautiful and healthy this season.

1. To keep hair in tip top condition, wash with lukewarm water as opposed to hot and use a good conditioner afterwards.

2. A leave-in conditioner together with Opuntia argan or prickly pear seed oil will help to lock in the added moisture as well as providing beneficial nutrients that will leave hair soft shiny and smooth. After each wash, add argan or prickly pear seed oil to your towel dried hair to seal in moisture. Either leave to dry naturally or blow dry on a cool or warm setting.

3. As a weekly treatment, apply Opuntia prickly pear seed oil or argan oil to hair overnight and wrap hair in an old towel. The oils will deliver their beneficial nutrients and provide much needed moisture. Wash out in the morning.

Why not treat yourself or a friend to some Argan or Prickly Pear Seed Oil this Christmas? Not only are they fantastic for your hair, they are also good for skin and nails. Opuntia cosmetic oils are 100% pure and natural. They are cold pressed which means none of the beneficial nutrients are destroyed during extraction, ensuring top quality products that provide the best possible results for hair, skin and nails.

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