ATWBeauty discovers Aloe in Peru

Around the World Beauty Traveler Stephanie Flor travels to Peru and discovers Aloe Vera.

The Amazon rainforest provides a myriad of natural resources including water, oxygen, and healing plants like Aloe Vera.

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Aloe Vera is grown widely throughout Peru and has been used for centuries as a healing plant to Help heal and nourish the body.On my trek to Machu Pichu we visited a locals home along the inca path. They introduced us to their #1 beauty remedy Aloe.

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With over 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 20 minerals, this super plant works wonders for the skin, hair, and nails.

It grows from long, green leaves and when broken, it has a sticky yellow residue.

Aloe vera can be used as

  • shampoo to treat dandruff
  • anti-bacterial properties that help clean the scalp
  • prevent hair loss
  • face lotion
  • a healing agent for sunburns
  • reduce inflammation
  • heal burns
  • mosquito repellant in the jungle
  •  produce white blood cells to slow down the aging process
  • purify organs

You must wash the aloe plant – using a sharp knife cut the spikes along the side and then cut right down the middle You can use one side of the leaf or apply the gel directly to the skin.

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Make sure to watch my episode on Aloe Vera. Going live July 17th at 7pm est. Here is the link http://youtu.be/lj6E1oxKYHU or click the video

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ATWBeauty Hair Braiding Peru

Peru is one of my favorite places in the world. From the dancing, to the textiles, the people and of course the music. The beauty of Peru doesn’t just exist at Machu Picchu but in all the sacred land of Pacha Mama translated as Mother Earth. In Peru Mother Earth is celebrated by the indigenous people of the Andes who use it as a connection to the universe and also all their beauty needs.

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On this weeks beauty adventure I’m uncovering the signigance of hair braiding in the Inca culture.

Throughout Peru, you will see the native women of all ages wearing long braids.  Long, braided hair represents much more than just a hairstyle to the Quechua; the braids signify the marital status of Peruvian women.

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Two braids reveals that a woman in the tribe is married, while one or many braids mean that she is single.

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While in the Andes I visited a Quechua tribe in Patabamba (Sacred Valley) and One of the elders insisted on braiding her own hair for me to observe how its done.

Your hair needs to be wet before you start braiding. Just like a French braid, you start at the crown and work your way down. You then use the rest of the hair to tie a knot at the end. Perfection!!

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The Quechua Challenge is that you need to finish each braid in less than a minute.

Long, virgin hair is considered beautiful in Quechua tribes and is a symbol of health and well-being.

Of course it was my turn to get my hair braided,but I told her I wasnt  married and didnt want to jinx it by getting two braids.They assured me  I would still find the one.

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They also shared with me their natural shampoo that comes from a plant root. They smash it into a rock to get the liquid soap and mix it with water to wash their hair and the Alpaca Wool.

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When women start losing hair due to aging, they incorporate yarn into the braids to lengthen and thicken the hair. Braids among the tribe is a tradition that has been passed down by many generations and continues to grow and evolve as time goes on.

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Beauty & Love,

Stephanie Flor

 

DIY Natural Moisturizers for Oily & Dry Skin

Ecuador is one of the biggest exporters of roses and coconuts so it’s no surprise that I learned about the magic of rose water and the power of coconut oil as natural moisturizers for oily and dry skin while I was there.

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For oily skin, rose/glycerin lotion is a great moisturizer because it soothes irritated skin and is great for acne. The rose water will help dry the acne while the glycerin will help lock in moisture without clogging pores. You can find rose water almost everywhere in Ecuador, however you have to make sure you don’t use anything with fragrance. You can also make your own lotion by boiling ½ cup of rose petals, draining and mixing it with ¼ glycerin.

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For dry skin, try coconut oil. It’s been an ancient practice in many parts of the world including Asia and South America. It is full of vitamins, antioxidants and the list goes on. It’s just amazing for the skin.

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Look for extra virgin coconut oil that has not been bleached, refined or deodorized and always go for organic.

Use it by applying a dime sized amount on to your fingers and apply like a regular moisturizer. A little goes a long way. Let it soak into the skin before applying makeup and you’re ready to go. A spoonful is enough for your whole body so keep that in mind when applying.

 

By Stephanie Flor