Mongongo Oil, the ancient secret of African beauty!

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Nahrin buys a range of African oils from a supplier who has been developing its production since 2002. Their aim is to introduce the cosmetics industry to the ancient beauty secrets of Africa through a unique range of high quality oils that offer traditional active properties.

These oils are not only good for the skin, they are also good for African people and their environment. Rural people in Southern Africa are earning life-changing income by harvesting the natural ingredients which go into the manufacture of these oils. And, by placing a value on the trees and plants, they encourage local communities to protect them. This in turn helps to conserve the environment and local biodiversity.

The kernel of the mongongo fruit produces a rich, bright yellow oil that has been used for thousands of years by the Bushmen of the Kalahari as a body rub to protect their skin against the sun and the harsh desert environment. Science has explained this traditional use by revealing that mongongo oil is very rich in Omega 6 – which is excellent for skin hydration and cell renewal – as well as eleostearic acid which reacts rapidly with UV light to polymerize into a protective layer for the skin. High amounts of Vitamin E provide excellent antioxidant properties.

Mongongo oil is pressed in Africa then sent to Europe to be refined using a proprietary green technology to ensure homogeneity, microbiological safety, toxicological safety, and the absence of deposits.

About Mongongo

Mongongo  (Schinziophyton rautanenii )

Dried Mongongo Fruit It is a deciduous tree that grows up to 20 metres tall and is found in dryland areas of Southern Africa. The mongongo is well adapted to harsh environments and can withstand years of drought and temperatures far in excess of 40˚C. It is especially common in the dry Kalahari Sand Plateau where groves of mongongo trees can stretch for kilometres on end.

Its small oval fruits are red-brown in colour and consist of a thin layer of sweet flesh surrounding a tasty nut that is similar to an almond. In a good year these fruits can be knee-deep under the trees.

Mongongo fruit is used from coast to coast across Southern Africa but, for the !Kung Bushmen of Botswana, mongongo is a staple food thanks to its abundance and nutritional properties. Thease bushmen are one of the few peoples of the world whose blood pressure does not increase with age and the predominance of mongongo fruit in their diets suggests a link. Thw dried pulp can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce ot porride. The tasty kernels can then be roasted, pounded to a coarse meal or pounded to a pulp, releasing the oil.

Where does our Mongongo oil come from?

Nahrin sources mongongo oil in western Zambia. Most of the mongongo is harvested by women. Many of them say that the money they receive from selling mongongo kernels helps them and their families to survive the dry and difficult years that are becoming increasingly frequent in Zambia.

One of these women is Bertha Monde from the Shesheke District. She says:

“Since 2006, I have used the money I make from selling mongongo to buy two goats and two cows to help with ploughing in the coming seasons. I have paid into the local parent teacher association for the ongoing education of my two children and the three orphaned children of my sister and brother in law. After a few more years I hope to have enough money to build a larger home for us all. None of this would have been possible without being involved in the mongongo trade.”

“The price we get for maize, the main food that we farm, changes a lot but is generally lower than the price we get for mongongo kernels. Last year we sold little maize because the price was very low. This year, when the crops failed because there was no rain, my mongongo earnings alone provided us with enough money to cover our major expenses. I have even managed to save some money for my family’s future.”

Hay Fever Eyes

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It’s that time of year again when may of us dread venturing outdoors from fear of spring time allergies which cause red, puffy eyes.

Here is a simple and natural tip which can reduce the swelling and redness around the eyes and will leave you looking refreshed and looking good.

  • Steep 2 teabags in boiling water for 3-5 minutes
  • gently squeeze excess water from the bags
  • leave to cool on a clean plate or if you if it is a hot day, place them in the fridge for 20 minutes
  • lie down with your head on a towel to protect pillow from getting  stained by any run-off from the teabags
  • place teabags on your eyes and relax for 15 minutes with your eyes closed
  • remove teabags and pat the area dry with a clean towel
  • apply Nahrin Eye Contour Gel to sooth and moisturise the area around the eyes
  • discard the old teabags

It is important not to use the same teabags more then once used they will no longer be sterile. You can repeat this process as often as you feel necessary.

TIP: Whenever you apply Nahrin Eye Contour Gel, always stroke gently away from the direction of the bridge of your nose to the outer edge of your face.

For more information on Nahrin Eye Contour Gel, click here.

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Local nectar

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Buying local honey has many benefits. Not only are you helping to support small local producers who’s bees help pollinate your garden fruit trees but it may also help if you suffer from hay fever.

Bees collect pollen from the very plants that are causing you the discomfort of hay fever and concentrating it within the honey they produce.  By eating the honey during the months leading up to the hay fever season may help desensitises your body to these allergens before the levels get too high. And what a tasty way to do it! What’s more the carbon footprint of each jar of honey will be tiny so great for the environment too.

Because of the nature of this micro industry, supplies can be difficult to find all year around and especially at the beginning as the bees will not have been producing honey during the winter months.

Honey should not be given to children under the age of 1 as being a raw unprocessed product, there is a risk of botulism in infants. As with any product you eat, if you suffer from extreme allergic reactions to pollen caution must be taken as anaphylaxis has been known to occur.

Honey is also a tasty alternative to sugary foods. It also makes a good cough suppressant.

To find where to buy local honey you click here.

What’s in your household cleaners?

We all check the ingredients in food, cosmetics and personal care products we buy. But how many of us ever check the ingredients in our household cleaners?

Would you be surprised to know that many of the products you store beneath your kitchen sink contain dangerously toxic ingredients? Manufacturers argue that the levels within these products are low and therefore have negligible effect on us. Our concern is the  cumulative effects a lifetime of exposure to these chemicals may have.

While it may not be possible or cost effective  to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals altogether, there are ways to reduce your families exposure to them. Essential oils are a safe and effective alternative and because Nahrin essential oils are very concentrated, a little goes a long way.

Here are some great recipes we have compiled from the essential oil community which will leave your house naturally clean and smelling great without the use of toxic ingredients.

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Household Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ltr Water
  • squirt of dish washing soap
  • 3–5 drops of Nahrin Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3–5 drops of Nahrin Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3–5 drops of Nahrin Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Add water, dish washing soap Lavender, Lemon, and Eucalyptus Essential Oils to a 1 litre spray bottle.

Use: Shake well before use, spray on surface and wipe clean.

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Carpet Deodoriser:

Ingredients:

  • 20 drops of Nahrin Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Nahrin Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Nahrin Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 500g of Baking Soda

Add baking soda to a large bowl and then add the oils and mix. Store in a glass jar or air tight container.

Use: Sprinkle on your carpet and leave for 10-20 minutes. Then vacuum as normal.

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Bathroom Mildew Remover:

Ingredients:

  • ¼ teaspoon of Nahrin Lavender Essential Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of Nahrin Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 500ml of water

Mix water with Tea Tree and Lavender Essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle.

Use: Shake before use and spray on trouble spots. Do not wipe down, leave oils will break down the mildew.

N.B.: Good ventilation helps prevent mildew and mould.

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Window Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • 225ml White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Nahrin Lemon Essential Oil
  • 775ml of water

Mix water, vinegar and Lemon Essential Oil in a 1 litre spray bottle.

Use: Shake well before use. Dry windows with scrunched newspaper and buff to streak free shine.

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Stain Remover:

Ingredients:

  • Nahrin Lemon Essential Oil

Use: Use a drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil on the stain. Let it stand and rub off with a clean cloth or add into laundry wash.

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Basic Sink Cleaner:

Ingredients:

  • Nahrin Lemon Essential Oil
  • 120ml Baking Soda
  • 60ml vinegar

Combine baking soda with Lemon Essential Oil, mix and store in a glass jar or air tight container.

Use: Rinse sink well with hot water. Sprinkle combination into sink and pour ¼ cup vinegar over top. After the fizz settles, scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse again with hot water.

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Fantastic Plastic!

AluVsPEA few of our customers have been questioning why most of our creams are now coming in plastic tubes rather then the aluminium ones. Will this affect the quality of the product considering the volatile essential oils content in the Nahrin creams? We asked the experts to explain. Here is their reply:

There are multiple reasons for the move from aluminium to PE tubes, all of which are for beneficial reasons.

  • Over the past 10 years there has been a dramatic development in the science of PE tube manufacture. Nahrin use COEX quality tubes which makes it safe with products containing essential oils.
  • Unlike aluminium, the PE tubes keep their shape and therefore look great up to the very last squeeze.
  • PE tubes do not crack and therefore do not leak leaving the product exposed to air which allows it to degrade.
  • As the quality of PE is now so good, aluminium tubes are less available and have to be ordered in huge quantities. Not holding vast stocks of printed tubes allows Nahrin the ability to react and improve our products both in performance and to environmental issues through our commitment to research and development.
  • Most pharmaceutical companies have made the transition to COEX tubes.
  • Regular PE tubes would be cheaper then their aluminium alternative. Nahrin however use the more expensive triple layered COEX. This structure makes it non reactive and impermeable to the volatile essential oils.

Therefore our move to PE COEX tubes has not been an economic one but to offer a improved user experience, an improved packaging solution and allows us to react faster to product improvement and innovation.

While we are not implying that the old aluminium packaging is not good or effective, the view is that the new PE COEX packaging has all the advantages. The remaining few creams which still come in aluminium will be replaced with the PE tubes once stocks of previously ordered aluminium ,yet to be filled, packaging have been used up. We hope this clarifies the move.

Please contact us if you would like more information on this or any other issue concerning Nahrin products.

Click here to see our range of herbal creams.

Get out, get muddy!

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Best way to start the year and release those endorphins  is to get out in the countryside and blow those cobwebs away. It’s pretty muddy out there so choose your footwear well. To minimise blisters and the build up of calluses I find it best to wear thin silk socks under my thick winter socks to reduce friction.

Here is my favourite, tried and tested, footwear:

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The problem with wellies is they can be cold unless you invest in the boot socks and I have never found them that comfortable or flexible, especially if you are looking to do a longish walk. Some can also be quite heavy especially if you get those with a thicker sole with a good tread.

If you find this too then here is the answer. Muck Boots are light and are made of a 5mm CR Flex-foam (looks like neoprene). This makes them breathable but water proof and keeps your feet at a nice warm temperature. The bottom section of the boot is rubberised for extra waterproofing   and these ones have a good tread to keep you steady. They are also easy to take on and off. They are without question the most comfortable wellies I have ever owned.

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If walking shoes are more your style there are plenty to choose from. If you are likely to be wearing them with thick hiking socks it is advisable to go up a 1/2 size. When trying them on make sure your foot does not slide in them or you are sure to develop some healthy calluses or blisters. Too tight will bring similar results.

There are 3 basic styles:

  • Shoes: very versatile, you can wear them as casual shoes or walking. If you tend to live in your shoes then this may be a good choice especially if you have feet that perspire a lot. They do not give any ankle support though and if you have narrow feet you may find they are not supportive enough on long walks.
  • Boots: gives you maximum support and protection. The offer the maximum weather proofing. If you have naturally hot feet you need to choose ones that are breathable. These boot are made for walking, possibly not so much fro casual wear.
  • Mid Boots: halfway between boots and shoes, will give you more support then shoes but not quite the protection of weather proofing as boots.  After year of shoes, I’ve moved over to the Keen Mid Boots pictured above. They allow my feet to breath, keeps them dry when walking in a wet muddy environment, not restrictive when clambering over rocks and allows me to walk miles in comfort.

Things I look out for in a hiking boot:

  • light weight
  • must be made of breathable material
  • thick soles with a good tread
  • waterproof
  • comfort
  • strong
  • and finally, they must look good!

Look after your feet

Check out the range of Nahrin foot care products:

  • Nahrin Foot Spray – helps control perspiration and odours.  Spray on feet, socks and shoes before and after use.
  • Nahrin Foot Bath Salts – refreshes tired feet and softens calluses before removal. Helps micro circulation which helps regulate perspiration
  • Nahrin Foot Cream – moisturises and refreshes tired feet. Also ideal for hands which are subject to harsh environments
  • Nahrin Foot and leg balm – cooling and refreshing for tired ‘heavy; legs
  • Nahrin Artifit Cream – contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin. offers relief to aching joints and degenerative joint pain

Planning a long walk?

  • Check the weather report with a reliable, local weather service.
  • Wear thin layers so that you can adjust your temperature easily.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged.
  • If you are walking where mobile signals are poor, make sure you let a friend of family know where and when you are going and what time you are expecting to be back. Let them know when you are back.
  • If you are going somewhere remote, go as a group.
  • Take small energy bars with you and bottles water.
  • Stick to sign posted paths and plan your walk before starting.
  • Orientate your walk with easily recognisable, unique landmarks so that you can find your way back.
  • If you are planning to be out after dark, make sure you carry a properly charged torch.
  • Pace yourself and make sure that, if your walk is not a circuit, you allow yourself enough time to get back.
  • Taking the family dog? make sure you abide by the countryside rules when walking in fields that contain livestock.
  • If walking near cliffs or caves with pets, make sure they are kept on a lead. Many pet has been lost to these hazards.

Nahrin Lemon Oil – a household essential

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Lemon Oil is well know for its therapeutic benefits which you can read all about on our Essential Masterclass article – click here to read.  However, Lemon Oil also has a host of other uses:

Cure for smelly washing: Ever forgotten to empty your washing and by the time you do, your clothes have that bad odour which is hard to get rid of? I know I have. Add a teaspoon of Nahrin Lemon Oil to your machine and put it on a rinse cycle. Your clothes will come out fresh and smelling great.

Great chemical free surface cleaner: Many of your kitchen cleaners have that lemony scent. That is because lemon has great antibacterial properties. With the aid of a spray bottle, add some Nahrin Lemon Oil and some water. Spray on your work surfaces to keep them germ free. You can also add a bit of vinegar to strengthen the effect.

Hard water and your shower head: If you live in a hard water area like I do, limescale builds up quickly on my shower head. I don’t like to use those powerful descale products but have found that using a small amount of Nahrin Lemon Oil, works well to remove these hard water deposits. And what’s more, you don’t get all those noxious fumes that you get from chemical alternatives.

Bicycle repairs, no longer a pain: While I am not claiming Nahrin Lemon Oil will make fixing a bike any easier, getting rid of those stained greasy hands is. Add a few drops of Nahrin Lemon Oil to your soapy hands and the greasy comes off a lot easier.

Lovely Leather: Whether you cherish the leather seats in your car or leather sofa, Nahrin Lemon Oil will help keep them nourish. Simply rub it into the leather with a soft clean cloth and it won’t just keep them looking great but also smelling great.

Family Silver: When you have finished with the leather, you can use your Nahrin Lemon Oil impregnated cloth on your silver. It is perfect to polish up slightly tarnished silver jewellery and picture frames.

Zap that Sap: One to remember when you are pruning trees which ooze sap or even handling that Christmas tree, getting that sticky substance off your hands can be a nightmare. Rub a few drops of Nahrin Lemon Oil on the affected area and the problem is gone.

Gum and Tattoos: Kids love them both but trying to get rid of those tattoo stickers can sometimes be almost as hard as getting rid of the real thing. And how many times has gum ended up in their hair rather then in their mouths? Well these unsolved mysteries are no longer a problem as both can be resolved by rubbing with a little Nahrin Lemon Oil.

Your Buds Buddy: We are not the only ones that like flower buds. Aphids have a passion for them too. Spray them with a Nahrin Lemon Oil and water mix which will get rid of them and their larvae and enjoy your blooms.

You can buy Nahrin Lemon Oil online and loads of other herbal goodies by going to JustUK.net