It’s FRIDAY and you know what that means…..
If you said the weekend is upon us, then yes, you are correct, but if you said it’s time for another edition of health and beauty benefits of spices, you are even more correct!
This week I am getting deep into Mango Powder, otherwise known as amchur.
Primarily used in India, mango powder is finely ground, can range from a green to brown in color with a warm, sour fragrance and a tart, tangy fruit flavor.
“The spice amchur is unripe or green mango fruits which have been sliced and sun dried. Mango powder is obtained by gradually drying unripe mangoes in direct sunlight and then pounding them or grinding them in a mixer to get a fine powder.”
“There are numerous health benefits of mango powder which are mostly ignored by people. They take mango powder only as a preservative for pickles or taste additives to enhance snacks, salads or any food really.”
There are numerous real health benefits of amchur which help with skin/mouth problems, life-threatening disease and many more.
Health Benefits of Mango Powder (Amchur):
Mango contains vitamin A, C, D, vitamin B-6 and beta-carotene. It is known for the elimination of toxins, treating anemia and curing the nervous system disorders. Ayurveda uses amchur to treat diarrhea, urinary tract infections and dysentery.
Amchur powder helps to fight acidity and boost the process of digestion. It combats flatulence and constipation.
Promotes Healthy Skin:
Surprisingly, mango powder can also help improve the texture of your skin. It cleanses the pores, removes dirt, oil and pollution leaving your skin healthy, young and beautiful.
Keeps Heart Healthy:
Amchur helps in taking care of the heart as regularly consuming it improves cardiovascular health, prevents heart failures and other disorders and fights heart attacks.
Mango powder can also be used for improving your vision by helping increase clarity and prevent eye disorders and cataracts.
Amchur has high iron content. Consuming it in food helps regularly improve the anemic condition.
Prevents and Treats Scurvy:
High in vitamin C it can help heal scurvy, a medical condition characterized by a deficiency in vitamin C.
Aids In Weight Loss:
As a low carbohydrate, it contains antioxidants that aid in boosting the metabolism, which in turn help reduce weight.
Clearly consuming mango powder can be beneficial for our health on the inside, but the mango itself has useful benefits on the outside. Use the skin or pulp to make different kinds of face masks, hair masks and even body scrubs!
“Applying mango pulp to skin will revitalize and rejuvenate it as well as lock moisture into dry skin cells. Mangoes are full of beta carotene, which gives them their beautiful orange color, b-vitamins and vitamin c which all promote skin elasticity and slow down skin aging.
Coupled with other natural facial goodies, this mango face mask will nourish skin of all types leaving it soft and supple! This mango face mask contains avocado and coconut oil, which are two amazing kitchen ingredients for supple youthful skin. Avocado which is a super food bursting with phytochemicals and antioxidants will hydrate and moisture skin as well as clear out blackheads and acne. Coconut oil will not only lubricate dry skin but also stave off acne.”
Add a tablespoon of mango pulp, 2 teaspoons pureed avocado and 1 teaspoon coconut oil into a bowl and mix well until smooth. Slather it onto your face in a circular motion and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. Pat dry with a clean soft towel. Then boom! You are good to go.
The mask is good for about 3-4 days and can be stored in the refrigerator. Be sure to let it come to room temperature before using again and beware of a funky smell coming from it. That means it is time to go. Use a ripe avocado and mango to make for easier mashing or blending.
Hope you loves a great weekend! xx