This is an unstoppable combination. The carrot (Carota stavia) is the root vegetable we all know for its brilliant orange color and sweet taste. Although the carrot is usually orange, there exists a color range of domesticated wild carrots in purple, black, red, white, and yellow.
These carrots are domesticated from the wild carrot (Daucus carota) or the plant, otherwise known as Queen Anne's Lace. This plant is what generates Carrot Seed Oil.
Both the carrot and carrot seed oil are excellent for your skin; here are just four;
It will make your skin glow as it is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
It is a natural anti-aging solution because Vitamin C helps restore collagen in your skin naturally. Vitamin A can help prevent wrinkles while the antioxidants attack free radicals to avoid developing any more wrinkles. Double win-win!
It saves you from dry skin. Carrots are full of potassium; if you drink a glass of carrot juice every day, your skin will be hydrated all day!
Carrots have a little secret; they can make your hair healthier and thicker. They are rich in Vitamin A and can help improve circulation, which gives hair a more healthy look and has even been known to prevent gray hairs.
Now let's toss the lemon into the mix! This beautiful citrus yellow fruit can do amazing things too. The skin and hair love to drink up lemon. Lemon's have a wide range of beauty uses and here are a few;
They are clarifying from their strong antibacterial properties.
Lighten and brighten with Vitamin C from lemons. It's like magic. Rub a lemon on dark spots.
Treat your blackheads. Lemons contain citric acid, which is a natural form of alpha hydroxy acid. Rub lemon on your T zone and let the cleaning begin.
Stop oily skin. The citric acid inside the lemon's juice is a natural astringent. Wipe your freshly washed face with a cotton ball full of lemon juice. It will stop the oil and shine from it.
Lighten your hair with lemon juice. Apply it to your hair before you go into the sun and get free highlights. If you are already blonde - you are a bigger winner.
So now, let's take all of the benefits of the Carrot and Lemon and combine them. You have all the reasons we created our Lemony Carrot collection with our soap bar, liquid soap, shower gel, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, body sugar, and body oil.
The skin may be the largest organ of the body, and health is truly skin deep, but it is always essential to keep your body healthy from the inside out as well, so here are a couple of recipes to get your carrots and lemons in!
Tropical Carrot Juice
- in a blender (in case you don't have a juicer)
1 cup chopped carrots
1 large mango peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped pineapple fresh or canned in juice
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup water or pineapple juice from can)
Blend: Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.
Juice: You can go two routes to make this carrot juice smooth and silky. For a juice-like consistency, pour the mixture through a cheesecloth to strain out fibers. For a thicker consistency, add a splash more water or pineapple juice to the blender and blitz.
Serve: If your fruit was not cold, to begin with, refrigerate the juice until chilled before serving, or serve over ice.
Author: Sarah Bond
* a little tip, if you are allergic to mango, try an apple.
Fall will be here in a couple of weeks, and here is an excellent recipe for your fall table.
Simple Roast Carrots with Lemon
3 pounds small carrots with tops, scrubbed and tops reserved
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
How to Make It Step 1 Preheat the oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss the carrots with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once, until the carrots are just tender and browned in spots. Transfer the carrots to a platter. Step 2 Meanwhile, coarsely chop 3/4 cup of the reserved carrot tops and transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season the dressing with salt and pepper. Spoon the dressing on the carrots and serve warm. Make-Ahead The roasted carrots can be refrigerated on an oven-safe platter overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, then reheat in a 375° oven for 10 minutes. Top with the dressing before serving.
I hope you enjoyed your summer season and are ready for Autumn to visit us!
"If life gives you lemons, mix them in your carrot juice"
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