Wellness Encyclopedia: Pau D’arco + Anima Mundi

Our bodies do all they can to restore and heal, but sometimes they need a little help…

The body’s capacity for healing is astounding. Think about it — about all we put ourselves through over the course of our lifetimes — even the most cautious lifestyle is bound to acquire a bug or two and some bumps and bruises along the way. To say nothing of those of us who choose to truly embrace life and all it has to offer, gaining more than our fair share of battle scars. In the same way we carry outer stamps of trauma and healing, our inner selves are just as susceptible to the inevitabilities of life. We get sick, we take antibiotics (healing yes, but not without their consequences), we maybe eat a little too much sugar from time to time… and our bodies do all they can to restore and heal, but sometimes they need a little help! Just as a band aid or cast assists in the healing process, tonifying the internal system with vitamins, minerals, adaptogens and superfoods gives our bodies the extra boost they need to flush out the bad stuff that may be chilling a little too long and wreaking havoc on the system. Today I’m diving into just such an ingredient. Antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory — powerful pau d’arco does it all, naturally. Read on to learn all about this South American superfood and how to use it!

What is it? Most often sold as a powder or tea, pau d’arco is sourced from the pink ipê (or pink trumpet) tree, a tree native to South America and the national tree of Paraguay. Boasting gorgeous bright pink trumpet-like flowers and extremely hard wood, pau d’arco powder is crafted from the wood and external bark of the tree and has been used since — at least — the 1800’s to treat a wide range of ailments (though it’s use most likely dates much farther back than that — pau d’arco use is even thought to predate the Inca). Known as a rainforest heal-all, pau d’arco helps everything from inflammation and candida.

What are the benefits? Though it treats a variety of ailments, pau d’arco is most commonly used in Western medicine to treat candida and yeast overgrowth, often caused by too many antibiotics, and too much sugar and caffeine. These two issues can cause a host of dramatic symptoms, including brain fog, depression, digestive upset, migraines and infertility. It’s thought that the main active chemicals in pau d’arco are naphthoquinones — specifically lapachol and beta-lapachone. These two chemicals boast anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and antiviral properties, killing off candida and ridding the body of yeast overgrowth. These same properties are also effective in treating arthritis, pain, inflammation, and boosting the immune system — pau d’arco is a full body healer, boosting nearly every system.

How to use pau d’arco… Add 1-2 tsp of Anima Mundi’s Pau D’Arco powder to freshly pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls or porridge. To make as a tea, mix ½ – 1 tsp pau d’arco powder into 8 oz. boiling water and allow to steep for 15 minutes. If using for candida or yeast overgrowth, take 2-3 times daily. If using to tonify, take 1-2 times daily. Pau d’arco is best consumed with food or within an hour of eating. Try the simple smoothie recipe below for an easy and delicious way to make pau d’arco part of your wellness routine.

Anti-Candidal Pau D’Arco Smoothie

[serves 1]

Ingredients:

8 oz organic coconut water

½ frozen banana

Handful organic kale

½ small mango

¼ cup organic blueberries

1-2 tsp Anima Mundi Pau D’Arco

Optional: Vegan protein powder

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Serve & enjoy!

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. 
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.

Wellness Encyclopedia: Tocotrienols

Skin-nourishing, brain-power-boosting, nerve-rejuvenating powder…

As much as I love an exotic ingredient every now and then, in my opinion, the best beneficial ingredients and superfoods are the ones that seamlessly sync with your daily routine. A pat of hyaluronic acid in the morning followed up by some nourishing rosehip seed oil, a scoop of chia seeds… a mango tossed into your work bag as a mid-afternoon treat, when wellness is easy and approachable, we reap the rewards that much faster. And when an ingredient can double as an ice cream topping and smoothie-booster all at once? Bring it on. Today I’m sharing just such an ingredient. A powerful powder that easily blends into smoothies and oatmeal and does double-time as a slightly sweet dessert topper: tocotrienols. Part of FP fave Moon Juice’s arsenal of wellness essentials, Tocotrienols are not only easy to use, but delicious, too, and will have your skin feeling gorgeous in no time flat.

Read on to learn about this skin-nourishing, brain-power-boosting, nerve-rejuvenating powder, then scroll on for a super simple — and super delicious — recipe.

What are tocotrienols? Derived from grains such as barley, rice, wheat and oats, tocotrienols are a super concentrated source of vitamin E, D, B vitamins and antioxidants. Found in Moon Juice’s Tocotrienols, which are derived from organic California rice, tocotrienols are a powerful nourishing superfood that benefits body and mind.

What are the benefits? The power of tocotrienols mainly lies in the bioavailability of vitamin E levels. Essentially the benefits of tocotrienols are the same as taking a vitamin E supplement — your body just knows how to put tocotrienols to use more efficiently. While most traditional sources of vitamin E (also known d alpha tocopherol) have difficulty interacting with cell membranes, tocotrienols are ready and able to be absorbed into tissues and put to work by your body and are therefore more efficient in neutralizing free radicals — great news for your skin! Because they’re easily absorbed into cell membranes, tocotrienols are great for skin, hair, tissue regeneration, and overall anti-aging. They’ve also been found to be effective in boosting immunity, improving muscle function, and decreasing inflammation. Tocotrienols also play a role in protecting nerves and nerve function, important since our nerves deteriorate as we age and when we’re exposed to higher levels of toxins and pollutants. When added to your wellness routine, this wonder dust will have you looking good and feeling fine for years to come.

How do you use tocotrienols? Like I said, the best superfoods are the ones that are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine and lucky for us all, tocotrienols are as easy as they come. Slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla (tasting somewhat like cereal), Moon Juice’s Tocotrienols blend seamlessly into smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, chia pudding and raw desserts. The creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor also makes tocotrienols a great alternative to coffee creamer and adds a luxurious element to potions hot or cold. Of course, if you’re really feeling it, just sprinkle tocotrienols on any and everything. Need a little inspiration? Try the super easy recipe below, which pairs tocotrienols with beets and cacao to create a skin nourishing treat for body and mind.

Skin-Nourishing Beet-Banana Nice Cream

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

1 ½ bananas, sliced and frozen

⅓ cup beet juice

1 tbsp almond butter

1 heaping tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp Moon Juice Tocotrienols

Toppings: blueberries, granola, unsweetened coconut flakes

Method: 

Place frozen banana slices, beet juice, almond butter, cacao powder, and tocotrienols in a food processor and pulse until smooth (it should be the consistency of soft-serve).

Place food processor container in the freezer for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until mixture is solidified.

When ready to serve: Scoop nice cream into two small bowls and top with blueberries, granola and coconut. Mmmmmm… Enjoy!

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue. 
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.