A few weeks ago, I met Nicole Granato for lunch to discuss her newest products. Before we even began chatting, she took out a large bag of orangey brown powder and began dumping it into her hot water (water I assumed was meant for tea when I sat down). She peered up at me and laughed. “It’s turmeric,” she said and gestured for me to try a spoonful myself.
I obliged, figuring that as a certified health and wellness coach she knew what she was talking about. She explained that turmeric is really great for inflammation, so if you’re ever feeling bloated, puffy, or terrible after a night out, it’s best to gulp down the concoction with warm water. I spritzed some lemon juice in mine, quietly sipping the refreshing, earthy drink as she regaled me with tales about her personal experience with natural ingredients and how she learned to live a healthier lifestyle.
After all was said, done, and gobbled up at our meal, I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I saw about what I learned from just an hour spent with Granato. So now I’m bringing the goods to you.
Below, you’ll find a slew of all-natural ingredients that are really great for your skin, mind, and body. Plus, a few products that conveniently house them.
“Bladderwrack is best known to improve thyroid function and is often given to people with thyroid issues to reduce swelling, inflammation, and improve achy joints. It also prevents hardening arteries connected to heart attacks and strokes.”
“Ginger root is helpful in improving digestion and reducing inflammation; it also eases PMS and provides migraine relief.”
Milk Thistle Seed
“Milk thistle seed supports a healthy nervous system, skin health, and acts as a powerful antioxidant in liver tissues. It also protects against free radical damage and the regeneration of healthy liver cells.”
Turmeric Root Powder
“This one supports a healthy immune system, proper brain function, and your digestive system, as well as your circulatory system and joint function. It also improves fertility in women and is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent while it balances the effects of skin flora and helps maintain healthy skin cells with support against free radicals.”
“Known to lower blood pressure, this anti-inflammatory [root] helps with arthritis and detoxes the liver. It’s also known to treat acne and eczema.”
“Helpful in treating digestive aliments and abdominal pain, Guduchi stem improves energy, helps even and clear your complexion, and enhances memory.”
“Goji Fruit improves the quality of your sleep, aids in weight loss, and calms the nervous system. It improves skin and hair health and is an amazing source of antioxidants.”
“Acerola berry has been shown to aid in cancer prevention, digestion, and heart health. It also includes anti-aging properties, immune support, and high levels of antioxidants. Lastly, it improves your menstrual cycle and promotes healthy blood flow.”
Noni Fruit Powder
“Noni fruit powder is rich in phytochemicals that can help in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s; it improves your skin and mood; and it works as an antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.”
Rose Hips Powder
“Known for calming inflammation and alleviating symptoms of arthritis, rose hips powder also reduces your cholesterol levels, is high in vitamin C, and improves skin health. It contains a variety of antioxidants like carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols. These anti-oxidants help to prevent cancer and other cardiovascular diseases. It protects the body from free radicals that cause oxidative stress as well.”
“In comparison to oranges, camu camu provides 30–50 times more vitamin C, 10 times more iron, three times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and 50% more phosphorus.”
Acai Berry Powder
“It’s high in antioxidants, rich in protein fiber, vitamin E, and iron. It uses those ingredients to improves your skin’s health, as well as liver function.”
“This one is an immune booster, promotes cell regeneration, and is rich in vitamin A, which is important for eye health. It reduces inflammation, eases PMS symptoms, improves your digestive system, and helps your body detox naturally. It’s also high in iron (which is important for people with anemia), and a great source of vitamin B, zinc, potassium, copper, magnesium, and selenium. Plus, it has four times the antioxidant ability of blueberries!”
“This oil is known as one of the best beauty products for your skin: It's ultra-hydrating and natural, so it is good for sensitive skin and it balances your natural oil production. With omega fatty acids, it diminishes signs of aging and dark spots, leaving skin soft and luminous.”
Carrot Seed Oil
“This powerful skin detoxifier and rejuvenator relieves stress on your skin. It is also helpful in keeping you wrinkle-free.
Rose Hip Oil
“Rich in essential fatty acids like omega-6, rose hip oil is great for fighting signs of aging and evening dark spots. It's super hydrating so it's amazing around your eyes.”
“This oil contains anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties! It's gentle and easily absorbs into the skin for an ultra-moisturized, even complexion.”
Evening Primrose Oil
“Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in this oil penetrate the layers of your skin not only to make it softer, but to fight acne and stubborn breakouts as well.”
Vitamin E Oil
“Vitamin E works well to remove scars, fade dark spots, and help reverse damage created by UV rays. It helps increase collagen production in skin and minimizes existing wrinkles!”
Organic Rose Water
“Organic pure rose water de-puffs, de-stresses, and restores hydration, strengthening and renewing damaged skin cells with every application.”
(Ed. note: Quotes have been edited for clarity.)
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