pink peppercorn

peppercorn1Pink Peppercorn is my new favorite spice to cook with, it might even surpass my love for chiles. The color alone adds to any dish but what I love is that it goes with fruit, vegetables and meat. When I decided to research the origin and history of the lovely condiment, to my dismay I found that it is not pepper. It is from a plant that is a member of the rose family whose origin is the island of Renuion but now widely grown in Brazil. I made a delicious dip from it that you can use with chips or put on pork if you like spicy:

1 small red apple

1 avocado

¼ cup olive oil

Cilantro – I love this so I put more than needed

1 clove garlic

1 jalapeno – if you like spicy

For Christmas, I am making salmon with mango and pink peppercorn. yum…

USDA Organic Certified

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Being USDA Organic Certified is something we are quite proud of. With so many lotions and potions flooding the market filled with chemicals, unnecessary fillers and inactive ingredients, I take pride in the fact that each ingredient in the HollyBeth Organics line of skincare is essential, with the specific intention to heal, beautify and improve the skin’s condition. Consisting only of pure ingredients, our certified organic products don’t contain any fillers or preservatives. On top of making them extremely effective and potent, a small amount of a product goes a long way.

For an ingredient to qualify as USDA Organic, regulation begins at the grower. Just like food, essential oils are agricultural products, which means that growing, harvesting and distillation must all meet government regulations. The actual farms, as well as the processing facilities, must be certified, and not just the final product.

As a USDA-certified company, HollyBeth Organics follows a strict set of government standards and practices. And using USDA-certified organic ingredients means that not only am I using the very best ingredients for my products, but I feel an even a greater sense of good knowing I’m supporting organic agriculture, organic farmers and sustainable practices. USDA-certified organic guarantees there are no agricultural pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and GMOs, which means a cleaner and healthier planet, and in the case of HollyBeth Organics, healthier skin!

 

pumpkin facts

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Did you know that a pumpkin is a fruit? Yes, the countless varieties of pumpkins are in the same family as squash, cucumbers and melons. Its origin dates back to about 5000 B.C. in North America. Pumpkins are among the most versatile fruits that exist. They have been used to make mats by Native Americans; the shells were dried and then weaved. The shells were dried and used as containers and bowls. Medicinally, they have been used to treat fever, parasites, and kidney problems etc. etc. Long a staple in diets, the flowers seeds and meat are considered delicacies in certain cultures.

We all know about the virtues of pumpkin pies and roasted seeds, but the pumpkin seed oil is the prize for me. Pumpkin seed oil is packed with everything you need for glowing skin. Pumpkin seed oil contains fatty acids, alpha hydroxy acid, vitamins A, C,  E, and zinc. The oil is a powerhouse of anti-aging ingredients that boost collagen production, increase cell renewal that brightens and smooths the skin. Other added benefits include the diminishing of environmental skin damage and reducing break outs. If you love pumpkin seed oil – try our nourishing body oil.

pomegranate seed oil

Native to Persia the pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits on the planet. For Christians the pomegranate represents hope of life eternal, for the Jews, righteousness and in China it represents wealth. The varied uses of the tree and fruit include tanning leather, treating leprosy and dyspepsia. The oil is what I love. Research has proven the efficacy of the oil on the skin in its ability to stimulate cell growth of the epidermis. Coupled with its bounty of antioxidants this is a must for glowing and healthy skin. You can find pomegranate seed oil in our eye serum and nourishing body oil.

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