Turmeric Powder Facial Mask

A turmeric powder face mask is an excellent exfoliating agent, it helps to clear acne scars and reduces the oil secretion, making your skin glowing. Taste this mask on a small area of your skin first, keep in mind that Turmeric stains, so, apply a thin layer. May be, you may need to wash your face with soap or to clean it with your moisturizing lotion:
  1. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.
  2. Mix well to get  an homogeneous paste, apply to your face, avoiding your eyes. Leave the mask for 15 to 20 minutes, or until dry.
  3. Clean your face with warm water, apply your facial moisturizing cream.
  • For a dry skin, substitute orange juice and lemon juice with 1 1/2 tablespoon milk.
  • For a very dry skin, add 2 drops of olive oil or sweet almond oil.

Turmeric Miracles: A Myth or a Fact?

Turmeric! It seems that this old Asian plant becomes famous again, due to its strong flavor and color, it has been used for thousands of years in Asia, and was introduced by Arab merchants to Europe. Turmeric is popular in Southeast Asia, where it is used to flavor a wide variety of dishes: Meat, poultry, fish, rice, and veggie food, it is one of the main ingredients in Indian Cuisine with "Garam Masala" spice blends, curry and Indian chutneys. In Ayurvedic medicine, Turmeric has an important place in Indian and Chinese medicine, it was and still used to treat shoulder pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, colic and menstrual cramps. It also treats conjunctivitis, coughs and  indigestion. According to http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/turmeric, Turmeric can kills cancer: "A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells". What about a Turmeric powder facial mask? Turmeric has a powerful antioxidant properties, that slow cell damage. It has the power to regenerate the cells and to fight wrinkles, but, you'll get a yellow-orange skin, for 2 or 3 days! May be, you're wondering about nutritional information: Per 1 tsp. (teaspoon=2 g) Potassium=56 mg, Phosphorus=6 mg, Calcium=4 mg, magnesium=4 mg, Iron=0.9 mg, Omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C.
My gastronomical tip: Turmeric taste is more bitter and icreases with cooking, so, use wisely. To keep turmeric powder fresh, store in a cool, dry and dark place, in an airtight container.

Mignons Macarons

"Oh! Les mignons Macarons!" [Oh! The little cute Macarons!] A familiar French exclamation for those sweet and elegant pastry aristocrats; so beautiful and delicate to make, but an amazing euphoria of taste and happiness submerged you after the first bite.

Eclipse August 21, 2017: An Overview

Do you see an eclipse in your everyday life? The answer is No. The last total solar eclipse was in Marsh 9, 2016 and  in August 21, 2017, it will be another one, but this time, United States will enjoy the most spectacular life event. The term eclipse is derived from the ancient Greek  noun (ekleipsis) which means "the downfall". An eclipse occurs when a planet is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another planet or by having another planet pass between it and the viewer, it is usually used to describe a lunar or solar eclipse. 
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth's shadow, on the other hand, a solar eclipse happens when the Moon blocks the light of the Sun, by covering it and casting a shadow on Earth. It is a result of the exact cross movement of the Moon orbit between the Sun and Earth. 
There are three types of solar eclipse: Total, partial and annular. The people of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Northeastern Kansas, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Southwestern North Carolina, Northeastern Georgia and South Carolina, will be lucky to see this majestic astronomical phenomenon, the Total one.
The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 a.m. PDT. Totality begins there at 10:16 a.m. PDT.
For your safety, use only eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. DON'T use ordinary glasses, even very dark ones or homemade filters for looking at the Sun. Happy Eclipse!  

Sweet Memories

I have always been fascinated by water and green lands, so this is my first memory, an amazing snapshot that I can never forget, the wide and bright blue horizon embracing the mysterious Atlantic Ocean. Home! Sweet home, my small coastal town, warm in summer, a little bit cold in winter, and evergreen in spring.