I absolutely LOVE almonds, I really do. I eat them just about every day, adding them to smoothies, for making my morning muesli, almond milk or just eating them plain. If I'm really adventurous, I'll coat them in organic honey, dusted with raw cocao powder, sea salt and a dash of cayenne (for a little kick!) and into the dehydrator they go!. To me, almonds are the perfect food and a great way to build your protein intake for the day...just a small handful will do. However, if you're going to purchase raw nuts for consumption, it is important that you soak your nuts first. Why? Nuts have phytic acid. Phytic acid is also found in grains and legumes. Just as with grains and legumes, soaking nuts is essential for proper digestions. When eating nuts that haven’t been soaked, the phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and can not be absorbed in the intestine and to many bound minerals can lead to mineral deficiencies.
By soaking, you are breaking down the phytic acid so it can be absorbed properly. Nuts also have high amounts of enzymes inhibitors. This is another reason why un-soaked nuts are hard to digest. Soaking nuts neutralizes the enzymes allowing for proper digestion. For instruction on how to properly soak almonds or other nuts, go HERE.
Making almond milk is the first step when creating our Almond & Honey Everyday Facial. Although we don't sell almond milk to our customers, it simply make sense to put the almonds to good use so nothing is wasted. Also, this process ensures the almonds are soft and pliable, making it great for everyday use, hence the name. I really frown upon the word "scrub", as it pertains to the face, but rather an exfoliating cleanser. I personally use the AHEF everyday, even when I'm wearing foundation or cosmetics. The Almond & Honey Everyday Facial has four primary components and benefits:
1). Almonds - Cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin
2). Raw Organic Honey - Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make it great for healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria and fungus. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.
3). Essential Peppermint Oil - Contains menthol that has a cooling effect and at the same time, works to brighten up the dull skin. Also controls the secretion of excess oil and prevents clogging of pores and outbreak of acnes.
4). Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is excellent, natural oil which acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. It's is considered a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging. Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, which promotes smooth and younger looking skin.
When using the Facial, use only 1/2-1 tsp. of product. A little goes a long way. Place cleanser in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of water and gentle massage the skin, being careful to avoid the eye area. Rinse facial off completely with warm water and gently towel dry the skin.
Store AHEF in a cool, dry place - refrigeration is best as the primary ingredient is raw, unprocessed almonds which may affect shelf life.
Almond & Honey Everyday Facial was formulated as an 4-in-1 facial which CLEANSES, EXFOLIATES, INVIGORATES and MOISTURIZES the skin. Shop Now for Almond & Honey Everyday Facial. $13.
Regina Thomas Dillard is the author of "FEED: Living Food Recipes to be Made and Eaten with Love", and founder of Inner + Sanctum Wellness, a business dedicated to assist others as they embark on their holistic journey. All products are handmade and sourced from reputable organic and natural ingredients purveyors.