I have just received my first bottle of cosmetic Argan oil. All the way from Morocco, this oil comes from the Argan tree, one of the rarest trees in the world only to be found in the south west part of Morocco. The Argan tree can live up to 200 years. Moroccan women make a living out of collecting the Argan nuts and grounding them into an Argan paste and extracting the oil, this process by hand can take up to 10-12 hours per litre. Argan oil is one of Moroccos beauty secrets and has been used for centuries to protect and nourish the skin. In the west it has been gaining popularity as the “miracle ingredient” for the beauty industries, It has extremely high levels of Vitamin E which helps stop free radical damage. It also contains 80% fatty acids which makes it great for healing many skin aliments like acne, psoriasis, eczema and unwanted scars have all been improved by the oil’s topical application.This unique oil is also perfect as an anti- wrinkle ointment.
Culinary Argan oil on the other hand is a lot different to cosmetic Argan oil. (Please be careful and make sure you read the label properly as they are both processed in different ways and are not interchangeable). Argan oil is not used for cooking but more for garnishing as it has that nutty taste and can be used on salads and other light dishes. It has some great health benefits like lowering cholesterol, strengthening the immune system, increasing circulation and decreasing inflamation in the body.
If you are looking to practice yoga and enjoy some lovely warm weather then your best bet would be Goa -India. “Lotus Yoga Reatreat” is located on Patnem beach with beach front bamboo huts that are great for watching those beautiful sunsets. The retreat runs two classes a day and has been described as an intense life changing experience.For more information, click here
When it comes to picking a vegetarian restaurant in London then there’s lots to choose from. In fact London has been named the world’s most vegetarian friendly city!
Top ten vegetarian restaurants: The Wallace Restaurant, Tibits, The Gate, Manna, 222 Veggie Vegan, Food For Thought, Bonnington Cafe, Woodlands, Mildreds and Vanilla Black which is a Michelin-recommended vegetarian establishment in Britain.
Vanilla Black’s gipsy toast with refried beans, tomatoes and home-made brown sauce. Photograph: Gary Calton
Cactus Smoothie- Crussh
If you’re craving a really good mouth watering smoothie packed with all the nutrients you can think of then get yourself to Crussh. They have a full menu of juices, smoothies, “super- food” salads, tasty soups, sushi and healthy sandwiches. Or why not try their new cactus smoothie, Its a great detoxifier containing vitamins, A, B and C. Mexicans have been eating cactus for years due to its great health benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
CRUSSH- 47 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DY, United Kingdom
The Raw Food movement is really taking off in London and if you happen to be here on business or pleasure and you are looking for a place to get a bite to eat then there’s plenty to choose from. To help you choose here’s a list of the top raw food cafes and restaurants in London:
Saf, Dragonfly Wholefoods, Vita Organic, Inspiral Lounge, The Bonnington Cafe, Tony’s Hemp Store, Alchemy and Hornbeam cafe.
Saf – Raw Food Restaurant London