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Monday, November 10, 2014

Featured Recipe

Smoked Fish Stew, from Ghana

Smoked fish is used in many combination dishes in West Africa, but rarely by itself in a stew. This is a rare discovery from Accra, Ghana.

1/2 lb. Onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil, cut in 1 inch pieces
1 lb. fresh tomatoes, cut in 1 inch pieces
4 tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
1 quart water
2 lbs. smoked fish
Salt and pepper
Sauté 1/2 lb. onions, thinly sliced in 1/4 cup vegetable oil until soft, but not brown. Add 1 lb. fresh tomatoes, cut in 1 inch pieces.
Stir into mixture 4 tbsp. tomato paste, crushed red pepper (optional), and 1 quart water. Simmer with cover on for 15 minutes.
Debone 2 lbs. of smoked fish (if smoked herring is used, soak it for one hour to remove excess salt).
Add the deboned, flaked fish to the mixture and simmer for ten minutes longer.
Correct the seasoning with salt, if needed, and pepper.
Add water if necessary to bring stew to consistency.
Serve with rice. Yield: 2 quarts (8 portions).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Many Uses of Jojoba Oil

Want a quick, easy way to benefit your skin and health? Jojoba oil can be used to improve anything from your skin to your hair. Here's a look at how you can use it:

Jojoba Oil 4 oz.

Moisturizer - Because jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum, our skin accepts it very well without threat of breakouts or reactions. If you have oily or combination skin and are afraid of putting any oil on your face, rest easy. Jojoba oil actually helps to balance skin’s sebum, so it moisturizes dry skins and eases the oil production in oily skin. Apply jojoba oil by mixing two drops of it in your moisturizer, or use it sparingly on its own.

Make-up remover - Jojoba oil is not an eye irritant, nor allergenic, so you can use it to remove eye makeup. Soak a cotton pad or ball, and swipe over your eye shadow, liner, and mascara. Not only will your eye makeup be gently and completely removed, you’ll find your lashes lush and conditioned, too.

Cleansing Oil - Another soaked cotton ball will easily dissolve your blush, foundation, and lipstick. To remove oil completely, use a damp tissue or washcloth.

Lip balm - Put a few drops of jojoba oil on your finger and apply to your lips. Lots of lip balms used today tend to clog the pores with comedogenic ingredients, so jojoba oil is a good alternative.

Hair conditioner - Mix a few drops of jojoba oil into your current hair conditioner or use it on its own. You can also add it to damp hair before it dries. You can massage a few drops onto dry hair to promote shine. Jojoba oil moisturizes the scalp, helping to prevent dandruff. The jojoba oil also strengthens the hair and heals split ends.

Shave Preparation - Put a generous amount of jojoba oil on your beard area beneath the shaving cream or use it on its own. The jojoba oil will help prevent razor burn and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Massage Oil - A little jojoba oil goes a long way in massage. It also will prevent breakouts that other massage oils can cause. It softens the skin, helps to clear stretch marks, and will help those suffering from eczema or psoriasis.

Cuticle Oil - A small amount of jojoba oil, rubbed into the cuticles on a regular basis helps keep them soft and strengthened.

This article was provided by Africa Imports.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

African Solutions for Skin Care

For centuries, Africans have used essential oils, herbs and organic materials to improve their health and beauty. Many are seeking these products to aid their own health and beauty needs.  Africa posses many natural gifts such as black soap, shea butter, healing oils and other essentials. 

A look at eczema: Eczema is a group of skincare conditions which affects all age groups. The severity of the disease varies. In mild forms the skin is dry, itchy and hot, while in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. Eczema is not contagious, although it is a very troubling disease for the person who has the condition. With treatment the effects of eczema can be reduced, though skin will always be sensitive and need special care.

Africa's Recommended Treatment:
Step #1 - Cleanse. We suggest either Dudu-Osun Black Soap  or Natural Black Soap. Both of these soaps are completely natural and contain natural herbs and honeys from the rain forest and Savannah regions of Africa. Dudu-Osun contains a healing blend of honey, shea butter, aloe vera, lime and lemon juices to nourish the skin, moisturize, and alleviate the itching and inflammation so common with eczema. Natural black soap contains a blend of plantain skins, palm kernel oil, and natural sodium. Plantain skins are rich in Vitamin E which help to reduce the scarring and soothe eczema-prone skin.

Step #2 - Moisturize. People with eczema suffer from very dry, itchy skin. One of the best ways to alleviate symptoms is by using an intense moisturizer. We recommend Shea butterJojoba oilShea Nut Oil, or Mango Butter. Each of these butters or oils is completely natural, each contains natural vitamins that reduce the appearance of eczema, take away itchiness, and moisturize from deep within the pores.See all of the benefits of Shea Butter here.

Step #3 - Condition. For those who have severe symptoms of Eczema, taking a little extra step towards healing can go a long way. Below are several ways to treat your eczema that give you the relief you need:

Dead sea bath: Relax and kick back in a dead sea bath. Dead sea salts are famous for their healing mineral content. People from across the globe travel to the dead sea to bathe in its healing waters. We recommend dissolving 1-2 cups of dead sea salts in a warm bath. Soak for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. The healing minerals will penetrate the skin and heal from the inside out.

The neem solution: Neem oil is a natural oil that is famous for its healing effects on eczema. Add 2-3 tablespoons of neem oil to warm bath water, and soak for 20 minutes. You can add the neem oil to your dead sea bath for maximum results. Neem contains a powerful analgesic and relief from itching and general soreness. Makes eczema more manageable and gives skin a normal appearance. The effects become obvious normally within 4-7 days.

Other African Solutions: Virgin coconut oil (for moisture), Black Seed Oil (for healing), tea tree oil(relieves itching and rash), dead sea exfoliating gel (for cleansing).

Alternate remedies: Take 30 mg of zinc twice daily.
- Apply a paste made of nutmeg and water to the affected areas.
- Add chamomile, lavender, or geranium essential oil to your bath.