Tuesday December 1, 2015
Winters are mild here on our family farm on Kauai, but for those of you who live in colder climates, this season can be really tough on the body and the mind. Cold, dry winter air can aggravate aches and pains and dry out your skin. Lower levels of daylight can depress your mood, and it’s hard to keep the winter cold and flu bugs at bay. But noni, a Polynesian fruit with an unusual flavor and powerful healing properties, is here to help!
What is Noni?
Noni is a fruit that comes from a hardy tree that thrives in tropical zones. The fruit has an unique flavor and smell that many people acquire a taste for.
More importantly, the fruit has over 165 powerful beneficial healing compounds, that can heal your body from the inside out and the outside in.
Compounds in Noni
- Scopoletin: Pain-killer, boosts mood
- Anthraquinone: Anti-bacterial
- Terpenes: Cell restoration
- Soluble & Insoluble Fiber
- Vitamins, Minerals, & Phytonutrients
Effects of Noni
Noni fruit has a wide variety of beneficial impacts on the mind and body, which are especially important during the winter.
- Improves mood
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Helps repair cells
- Strengthens immune response
Where Can I Find Noni?
Unfortunately, you won’t find fresh noni fruit in your grocery store. It starts to ferment almost immediately after being picked, and it doesn’t keep at all. If you don’t have access to a noni tree where you can get fresh fruit, you’ll need to buy a stabilized noni product.
Noni juice is the most common, but least effective. To make noni juice, the fruit is allowed to fully ferment, and then is prepared into a juice that is often sweetened and/or diluted. Plus, the fermentation process itself destroys many of the beneficial compounds that make noni so powerful for healing.
At Hawaiian Organic Noni, we’ve solved the problem by creating raw, slow-dehydrated Noni Fruit Leather and lotions from fresh, organic noni pulp. Removing the water keep the product stable, without destroying those beneficial compounds.
We offer a convenient, easy way to get your daily dose of noni, as close as you can get to fresh off the tree. Check out our shop to learn more!
Noni takes a few weeks of consistent use to get results, so start taking noni now to be fully prepared for winter! Here are some specific ways noni can help you look and feel your best this winter.
Protects and Heals Skin
Winter is hard on skin because the cold, dry air tends to suck the moisture right out of you. The result is dry skin, which can lead to other complaints like acne or even contribute to the aging process.
Many people also neglect to wear sunscreen during the winter, as the sun is less intense. But it’s still very possible to get a sunburn in the winter, especially while playing winter sports. If you live at elevation, the danger is especially high.
How Noni Helps:
Noni, whether applied topically or taken internally, helps protect and heal dry skin. It contains all the nutritional building blocks for healthy skin. For best results, we recommend both taking a daily dose of Noni Fruit Leather and applying Noni Lavender Lotion on dry spots.
Soothes Aches and Pains
Cold weather tends to bring out aches and pains like nothing else, which makes winter a very difficult season for many people. Relief can be short-lived and hard to come by
How Noni Helps:
Noni contains powerful pain relieving compounds, which soothe pain and inflammation without the damaging side effects of most painkillers. One study from Acta Pharmacologica Sinica found that noni was 75% as strong a painkiller as morphine, without any side effects or toxic level.
Applying noni to the area in pain relieves the symptom of pain in the shorter term, and taking Noni Fruit Leather addresses the deeper issue causing the pain. Whether the problem is inflammation, damaged tissue, or microbial, noni can tackle it.
Keeps the Blues at Bay
Winter can be tough on mental health as well as physical, particularly if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition where the low light levels of winter set off a depressive episode. It’s very common in varying degrees.
There are lots of potential ways to combat SAD, but diet is one of them. Changing your diet can actually change how you feel for a variety of reasons, and adding one powerful raw food like noni can make a big difference.
How Noni Helps:
The scopoletin in noni helps bind serotonin, a neurotransmitter with a big impact on mood. In fact, a mood and energy boost is one of the first things most people notice when they start taking Noni Fruit Leather daily.
Boosts Immune System
The winter cold and flu season is hard to escape from unscathed, especially if your immune system is already compromised by poor diet, chronic inflammation, and other factors.
Focus on natural ways to boost your immune response, and you stand a better chance of avoiding getting sick. If you get sick anyway, you’re likely to heal more quickly if your body has everything it needs to heal, already on hand.
How Noni Helps:
Noni has been used for thousands of years as a natural preventative. Ancient Polynesians ate the raw fruit daily to maintain good health. Today, we know that noni boosts the immune system and fights off microbial infection, making it a must-have to fight those winter bugs.
How to Use Noni
You’re likely to get the best results by using noni both internally and externally. That way, the beneficial compounds in the fruit can work both from the inside out and the outside in to promote good health.
Take either our Noni Fruit Leather or our Noni Banana Fruit Leather internally to get the maximum benefit from noni. Taken internally, noni helps maintain good health, prevent illness, and heal chronic conditions at the source.
Take one 2x2 inch square of Noni Fruit Leather each day for preventative health, and 2-4 2x2 inch pieces per day to treat chronic conditions.
If you take multiple pieces per day, spread them out throughout the day so the noni stays in your body consistently. For example, you might take one piece in the morning and one in the evening.
We offer a wide variety of topical noni products, made from the same raw, slow-dehydrated noni pulp we use to make our Noni Fruit Leather.
For application on sensitive skin, we recommend our Noni Lavender Lotion. This gentle formula can be used every day to relieve pain, improve skin quality, and heal injuries.
If you would like a more effective pain-relief solution, try our IcyHeat Noni Lotion or our IcyHeat Sports Formula, which contain menthol and camphor crystals to speed up the relief.
How have you used noni for your winter ailments? Let us know in the comments!