Queen Cleopatra’s beauty secret — the jute leaf

Queen Cleopatra’s beauty secret — the jute leaf


Author: Oyendrila Nath | Contributor
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Date: 11-11-2020 | Time: 13:55 pm
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: Oyendrila Nath lives in Salt Lake, Kolkata. She has a masters degree in English from Calcutta University. Her life and career revolves around writing, which she fondly calls the 'art of words.'

Introduction

: f you want to be glamorous, look young; keep fit and slim; slow down aches and pains associated with aging; increase stamina; and improve your eyesight, keep eating fresh saluyot daily. So now that you have been enlightened on all these benefits, we are sure you will make this healthy ingredient a part of your diet.

It doesn’t possess the prettiest name in the world. Saluyot, a nutrition packed vegetable was prized by the Egyptians for its health and beauty bonanza. But what is this saluyot ? Jute Leaves are famed as Lalo, Saluyot, Egyptian Spinach, Bush Okra, or ewedu West African Sorrel depending on the region of the world. Jute plants are widely found in the tropical and subtropical areas ranging from Asia to Africa where they are mostly used in cooking purpose. The leaves are used in making stews, soups, tisanes and teas.

The leaves are harvested from particular varieties of this plant for food while the stalks are involved in industrial products such as rope, pulp, paper, fiber, and composites. Saluyot conjures images of something dusky, damp and…So, the saluyot leaves are slimy and a bit bitter. Do they have a positive side? Well, they don’t taste bad, to begin with. Once you get familiar with the taste and start consuming it regularly, the health benefits really far outweigh the sliminess and subtle bitterness. In a report, Dr. Marero commented that saluyot leaves were the secret of health and beauty of Egyptian royalties. Saluyot leaves are enriched with beta carotene that facilitates in strong eyesight, iron for capable red blood cells, calcium for powerful bones and teeth, and vitamin C for smooth, clear skin, strong immune cells, and fast wound-healing capacity.

In the other way round, saluyot consists of all the beneficial nutrients the body needs. Cleopatra, probably one of the most vain women in history, supposedly had a lot of saluyot during her lifespan. Saluyot leaves also have a medicinal use apart from being a good source of daily vitamins and minerals. There are many edible plants around us, and jute is one the most prominent example of an edible plant that holds many health benefits. In recent times, this super food has been raved about for a number of things – as a stellar component in healthy eating, as a beauty secret and as a potent anti-wrinkle. Let’s get some facts straight right off the bat now. We love our skin care routines dearly. Nourishing our skin with serums and herb-infused oils radiates our skin. Finish off with some natural mineral powder to perfect, and we’re ready for the go.

But in the morning, we desire to look refreshed and beautiful before we start on with our beauty regime. Does this make us bored? Your health reflects on your skin, so the healthier you are internally, the more beautiful is your exterior. It’s a win-win. And when we talk about health, we also indicate stress levels and happiness. Our skin shows those, too. So while we will never cease to slather ourselves with lovely oils and natural minerals to optimize our perfection, there are more ways to look beautiful and that too naturally. This spinach like leafy plant can turn out to be your hot favourite. If you suffer from dry scaly skin, it is high time to include saluyot in your regular diet to help keep the skin soft, supple and smooth. Just like the vitamins in saluyot work wonders on your skin, they have a profound effect on your hair too.

The antioxidants present in the veggie works to condition your hair and ensures the moisturization of your scalp. The health benefits of jute leaves are countless and researchers are still finding new benefits nearly on a daily basis. So, can you afford to remove this leafy vegetable from your cart? Not at all, if you intently cherish your health and overall wellbeing. In Japan, dried jute leaves shaped into pills are used as beauty supplements. In African and Middle Eastern countries where healthy eating is practiced as a norm, jute leaves are the main ingredients. Illness prevention and cure need not be expensive.

This leafy veggie that we often find in the market is not just there as a plain ingredient but also a source of vitamins and minerals. It’s a good source of fibre, and low in calories. In herbal medicine, it is used in the prevention of dysentery, worm infestation and constipation. In Ayurveda, jute leaves are used for pain, piles, and tumors. Jute leaves are packed with the antioxidant trio of Vitamins A, C and E that fights against cancer and other degenerative diseases. The ACE vitamins happens to be the most beautifying vitamins, thus increasing collagen production to keep the skin firm and young-looking.

So, if you want to be glamorous, look young; keep fit and slim; slow down aches and pains associated with aging; increase stamina; and improve your eyesight, keep eating fresh saluyot daily. So now that you have been enlightened on all these benefits, we are sure you will make this healthy ingredient a part of your diet.

The next question is……Have you had your saluyot today?

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