Ayurveda is the art of living in harmony with the nature that makes us and surrounds us. It is an ancient way of life born in India more than 6000 years ago. This millennial science is based on the knowledge of nature, and its interactions with each individual. The term “Ayurveda” is broken down into “Ayus”, which means life and “Veda”, science.
Today, Ayurveda is a recognized curative and preventive medicine, because it has proven itself, especially on incurable diseases in the West. It is also a preventive practice that is more and more followers in search of balance and well-being. Food, medicinal plants, massages and yoga are the precepts …
Originally from India, Moringa (Moringa oleifera or Moringa pterygosperma) is a plant little known in the West. This small tree resistant to difficult conditions: poor soil, heat and drought, has been used for millennia in the Ayurvedic tradition. He is nicknamed the “Tree of Miracles” or the “Tree of Life” for his many virtues. Flowers, leaves, roots, seeds, each part of the tree is of nutritional or therapeutic interest. Rich in essential nutrients, Moringa is known for its general antioxidant, tonic and depurative properties.
Its foliage has a high nutritional value: by virtue of its proteins and vitamins. Rich in 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory and mineral components, Moringa has great medicinal properties. Fresh or dried, the leaves are an excellent nutritional supplement, particularly useful in the face of malnutrition. Its leaves are also traditionally known to promote good digestion, strengthen the natural defenses and preserve the body from external aggression.
Large green pods are eaten like vegetables. We eat only the inside of the fruit containing the tender flesh and the steamed seeds.
Its seeds produce an oil of great finesse, very nourishing with a regenerative action, soothing and anti-oxidant. Clear, fluid and stable, it has a sweet flavor. It can be used as a food oil. It is also particularly appreciated in cosmetics for its fine texture, its neutral scent, its anti-wrinkle action. Moringa seeds also contain a flocculant protein that purifies water in a natural way by precipitating impurities in suspension.
Cooked and incorporated in a recipe or consumed in donuts, the flowers can also be used as an infusion. They have purifying and antispasmodic properties.
The roots have a tangy flavor and can be used as a condiment to enhance certain dishes. They are traditionally known for relieving pain and inflammation.
Moringa is an Indian botanical treasure. The Ayurvedic tradition tells that it is used in the treatment of more than 300 diseases! LETIKA uses Moringa oil in its formulas for the fineness of its texture and its antioxidant properties that fight against premature aging of the skin. This oil comes from several small family properties in South India that practice organic farming and have obtained organic certification since last year.
The sun, decried for its aging action and carcinogenic on the skin, is hunted by our modern society. Faced with this public enemy, the toast of sunscreen, often remains the only answer! A very bad relation to our star, whose natural light remains indispensable to our well-being. Organic Karanja oil, known for its natural photo-protective action, helps the skin to absorb sunlight, but also soothes redness and nourishes the skin.
Chemistry to the detriment of our skin and our environment
The sunscreens, used wrongly and through, prevent the skin from blushing and thus to draw the alarm signal. The sunburn, is a warning, to prevent that the skin is in danger. By artificially and partially filtering the sun’s rays, sunscreens do not avoid the danger of inappropriate exposure. The best protection is to listen to your body and, when the need arises, to put yourself in the shade or to cover yourself with clothes.
Not to mention that sunscreens, stuffed with chemical filters, release in quantity toxic molecules on our skin and in the environment, and weaken in particular the marine ecosystem.
We sometimes forget that sunlight and especially UVB are necessary for the synthesis of vitamin D, essential to the proper functioning of our body. A reasoned exposure is largely beneficial for skin, metabolism and … morale! Depending on the type of skin, a few minutes during the day or longer in the evening or in the morning, are enough time to fill up with vitality.
Karanja, ayurvedic solar oil
Originally from India, Karanja (or Pongamia) is a small, resistant tree. Its oil comes from the seeds, cold pressed, but all parts of the plant can be used for medicinal purposes.
Karanja oil is a natural sunscreen. It contains anti-oxidant flavonoids, which have a photo-protective action and give it an amber hue. It is a plant traditionally used in Ayurveda for its effective regenerating and soothing action of cutaneous irritations.