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Everything You Need to Know About Frankincense Oil

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-08-27 | no comments
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Frankincense is a common type of essential oil that offers a host of benefits. When used in aromatherapy, frankincense can reduce pain, relieve stress, and even boost immunity. If you’re wondering how frankincense oil benefits your health and well-being, keep reading to find out more.

What is Frankincense Oil?

Sourced from Boswellia trees, Frankincense oil originates in Somalia and India. The word “Frankincense” comes from the old French term “franc encens,” which means “quality incense.” When studying Boswellia tree extracts, researchers noted their anti-inflammatory properties. Boswellic acids were also shown to protect healthy cells.

Today, essential oil users enjoy these benefits by either inhaling frankincense oil or mixing it with coconut, jojoba, or another carrier oil. A little bit of the oil goes a long way – frankincense should not be ingested in large quantities.

Benefits of Frankincense Oil

If you’re considering adding frankincense to your essential oil collection, it’s important to understand its benefits. Here are some of the health-boosting abilities of frankincense oil:

  • Lowers Stress: When inhaled, frankincense oil may help reduce high blood pressure and heart rate. The oil also has anti-anxiety and depression-reducing properties, but will not cause drowsiness or other side effects.
  • Prevents Illness: Frankincense oil may have immune-enhancing capabilities, which may help it destroy bacteria and viruses. Its antiseptic qualities make it a great choice for those suffering from oral health issues. It’s also a great addition to your first-aid kit.
  • Reduces Signs of Aging: Use Frankincense oil in your skincare routine to tone and tighten skin, reduce the appearance of scars, and diminish dark spots. It may also be a good option for those with dry or cracked skin.
  • Improves Learning Functions: Using frankincense oil regularly may help you improve cognition. The oil is associated with improved short-term and long-term memory.
  • Aids Digestion: Ingesting frankincense oil may aid in detoxing the intestinal tract and producing bowel movements. It also may help ease nausea and reduce bloat caused by PMS or other symptoms. If ingesting frankincense oil, it is important to choose a 100% pure oil, and to properly dilute the oil before use.

How Much Does Frankincense Oil Cost?

Frankincense is an affordable essential oil sold at many health food stores, including Famous Foods. Typically, the price depends on the brand and concentration levels.

Give your health a boost with our wide selection of frankincense essential oils. To learn more about the benefits of frankincense oil, drop by Famous Foods today!

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5 Gluten-Free Picnic Lunches

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-08-20 | no comments

Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a picnic with family or friends. Try these delicious ideas the next time you head to the park. Best of all, these items are easily found at Famous Foods!

1. Grilled Cheese On-the-Go

A cosy comfort food staple makes for the perfect picnic treat. Layer slices of your favourite cheeses on Glutenull’s Buckwheat Bread, then toast using a small pan or sandwich press. With the toasted gluten-free bread, your sandwich won’t become soggy when packed in a lunch basket. If it’s cool outside, take a thermos of Pacific Foods’ Red Pepper and Tomato Soup for the perfect grilled cheese companion.

2. Colourful Pasta Salad

Made with Explore Cuisine Organic Red Lentil pasta, a bright and flavourful pasta salad is a refreshing addition to your picnic. Mix red or balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, and olive oil to create a sauce for the pasta; top with canned artichokes, tomatoes, or black olives.

3. Roasted Chicken and Side Salad

Meal preppers will love roasting a chicken ahead of time, then using the meat for salads, soups, and sandwiches. For picnicking, pair your chicken dish with a salad made with bocconcini, fresh basil, and cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil.

4. Quinoa Summer Salad with Lemon

This high-protein, gluten-free picnic salad is the perfect fuel for outdoor activities. Prepare quinoa, then add cubed cucumber, cherry tomatoes, fresh dill, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss the quinoa salad in lemon juice for a tangy twist.

5. Decadent Desserts

Don’t forget dessert when planning your picnic. Whip up a batch of treats using Glutino’s Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie mix. Wrap each brownie individually for a portable chocolate dessert.

Enjoy a wonderful picnic this summer with these delicious gluten-free meal ideas. If you’re looking for a wide selection of gluten-free and other allergy-friendly foods, visit Famous Foods today to see what’s in store.

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Boost Your Health With Raw Pumpkin Seeds  

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-07-18 | no comments
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Have you harvested a few too many cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini, or bought
too much at the supermarket? Preserve them now and you can enjoy their sunkissed
flavour all year long. Here are a few tips for squirrelling away your summer bounty.

Freezing

Freezing is an easy preservation method, ideal for berries and grapes which retain
their nutrients and flavour for up to six months. To freeze, simply wash the berries,
allow them dry, then spread them out on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Next, place
the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes before transferring the contents to plastic
baggies. If the real estate in your freezer is at a premium you can skip the sheet pan
method, and place the fruits directly in baggies.

Drying

To make economical, and completely natural, at-home seasonings, start by cutting
garden herbs near the bottom of the long stems right before flowering. Bunch the
herbs together and tie the bottom of the stems with butcher’s twine or a small rubber
band. Hang these upside down from a small hook, screwed into the wall or ceiling,
near a window which receives lots of sunlight.

The herbs will dry out in just a few days. Remove the dry leaves by rubbing them
between your palms, then store the leaves in glass jars or in plastic baggies.

Pickling and Canning

Many preservers are big fans of canning stone fruits such as peaches, and pickling
cucumbers, courgettes and green tomatoes.

When it comes to pickling there are a variety of different methods to try, some more
time-consuming than others. “Quick Pickling” only requires placing vegetables in
brine for a few days. Don’t be shy about experimenting with different vinegars, herbs
and seasonings!

If you want to can peaches, pears or plums, here is a simple technique which can be
done in a tall stainless steel pot with a tight-fitting lid.

Be sure to stop by the fresh produce section of Famous Foods to pick up some of the
bounties of summer produce and store for use all year.

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