@ J. Lexi I use uncommon + underused ingredients in our holistic handmade skin-food products. When speaking with people in person I often say that only featured ingredients can make the title of the product. When people see “Raw Sweet Potato” or “Placenta” or “Moringa” people get that raw sweet potato, placenta + moringa are in the product . . . yep, my Placenta bar include organic sheep placenta.
However, when people see Cowpea . . . they think it contains cow pee or pee from a cow, LOL. Don’t get me wrong, if cow pee were good or the hair or skin, I’d probably find a way to use it; however, in this case I’m talking about cowpeas, the bean :).
Ok, now that we gotten that out of the way . . . what are Cowpeas and what skin + hair benefit do they have?
Cowpeas . . .
are commonly known as Blackeye or Purple-eye, Browneye + Crowder peas.
are loaded nutrients + should be consumed on a regular basis.
are rich in fiber, protein, iron, potassium and are low in fat and calories. The cup of cowpea possesses 11.1 g fiber, 13.22 g protein, 4.29 mg iron, 475 mg potassium, 0.91 g fat and 198 calories. Along with that, various amino acids such as 0.612 g of tryptophan, 0.41 g of histidine, 0.188 g of Methionine and 0.894 g of lysine is contained in this seed.
contains Folate (Vitamin B9) which is essential for having a healthy pregnancy; possess a high content of Iron which helps combat anemia; helps support a healthy metabolism + strong bones; encourages a mental well-being; helps repair muscle tissue; supports bowel health, a healthy cardiovascular + immune systems.
helps prevent cold sores; depression + diabetes . . . so eat up! Try the delicious Moroccan Cowpea recipe below.
Cowpea Benefits for Skin + Hair . . .
are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A + C and helps minimize the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles and age spots.
high in protein, cowpeas are excellent to help achieve radiant + healthy skin. They accelerate the process of skin repair. Protein, one of the most vital components of hair, will help create an environment for repairing hair + encouraging growth.
the antioxidant power of cowpeas is quite effective for our hair, too! They help to maintain healthy + shiny tresses.
help fight hair loss.
help boost hair growth + strong strands.
@ J. Lexi, I believe that many of the foods we eat for skin + hair health can be applied topically. I study ingredients to find out how to best incorporate them into beneficial skin + hair formulations.
Moroccan Cowpea Recipe . . .
- 1 1/2 cups (250 g) cowpeas, soaked
- 2 tomatoes, grated
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
1. Drain the soaked black eyed peas, then mix them with the remaining ingredients in a pressure cooker or pot. Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups of water and bring to a simmer.
2. Continue using one of the methods below:
- Pressure cooker method. Cover tightly and cook with pressure over medium heat for about 35 minutes. Check to see if the black eyed peas are tender. If not, add a little water if necessary and cook for another 5 minutes with pressure. Once the beans are cooked to your liking, reduce the liquids so that the beans are quite saucy, but not watery. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.
- Conventional pot method. Cover and simmer the black eyed peas over medium heat for an hour or longer, until the beans are tender and sitting in a reduced, but ample rich sauce. Check the water level occasionally during the cooking, adding a little more if necessary. Adjust the seasoning if desired, and serve.
I’d love to hear from you. All comments, suggestions + recommendations are appreciated. Let me know what uncommon ingredients pique your interest.
That’s it for now.
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