A week in the life of a Marula expert

It has already been a week since the last time that I blogged – oh my word, I traveled over 1500km.

So my first visit was tot Johannesburg, Gauteng.  Delivered some of our golden magic (marula oil) to our Gauteng distributors.  Unfortunate to find that South Africans do not know the great value and benefits of Marula oil –

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Gauteng, perfect day with no traffic

Marula oil is great for everything, you just need to explore and experiment.  Marula oil do not cause any break outs, in fact it make them disappear.  It works from within the 2nd layer of your skin, due to its great anti-oxidants it actually makes spot vanish.  It assists in skin pigmentation and do have anti-aging properties.

All mentioned facts are what I experience on my skin since mid December 2017.  My skin is much more even, hydrated and soft than before.  I even have a better sun tan than before.  I struggled with some bad hormonal colour pigmentation on my skin and it even made that vanish.

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I even add two pumps of marula oil to my daily body moisturizer and I must say, my skin tone is much more toned and moisturized.  Living in a town with very high temperatures, when golfing with friends I always end up with a bit of sunburn.  Having the marula fever, I used the pure oil on the sunburned area, as it is fast absorbent and do not give off any residue on materials.  What did I expect, the redness of the sunburn was gone the next morning, so it really works for environmental damages.

Second visit was to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.  Have you ever spent time in a health shop – they have the most amazing variety of essential oils and natural products, you really need to keep an eye on your budget however.  From lip balms and tablets to hair products.  It was so great to see all the natural oils found in products from hair treatments, shower gel and lotions.  Once you have gone natural, you will never look back.  Everything smell clean and pure – take some time and visit a health shop, if it interest you, it is really worth the time.

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On my way back home, Limpopo

Well, back to work again, excited in ordering and finalizing packaging for our new Marula Balm Soother, cannot wait for the finished product that you all can try it.  This Marula Balm Soother will be targeting your elbows, heels and lips, it has great antibacterial properties, and what better product to heel the cracks and rough skin.

Remember if it is Marula oil it is worth it, for sure !

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Good or bad Marula oil?

How good is Marula oil really to be used on your skin ?  What is the difference in the colour and aroma of the oil and what does it really mean ?

The most important thing that I believe about Marula oil is that there is no good or bad oil, you do get different selections / classifications of Marula oil, but the basics are all the same.  The difference are mostly classified by laboratory tests confirming the fatty acid levels and then any other factors that happened during, before and after marula oil is pressed.

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For me the most important would be to know obviously if I like it or not and what will I be paying per kilogram.  I love a natural product with a strong aroma that is free of toxic ingredients and definitely make my skin feel better and healthier.

We have pressed marula oil that has been different in colour and aroma.  There is marula oil that is dark and then there is marula oil that is light yellow.  They are really just a lighter or darker shade (brown orange yellow) colour and then have a stronger or lighter marula nut aroma.

My own classification as follow

  • Prima Marula oil:       Light colour, less aroma (would definitely be the more expensive one)
  • Marula oil:         Darker colour, normal level of nut aroma  (excellent to be used as is or to mix with other carrier oils for massage oils or creams)
  • The anything Marula oil:          Much darker and stronger marula nut aroma:  (this is good for soap making but can still be used to mix with other ‘ingredients’.)
  • Soap Marula oil:           Nearly brown colour and very strong nut aroma  (the best soap marula oil, it is also very high in fatty acids so it would make a great moisturizing soap.)

(Classification is from my own experience in working with these oils in making of soaps and formulation of products)

Marula oil has sooooooooo many benefits and is so versatile to be used in any product.  I prefer the pure Marula oil and just add a few drops to all my daily skin care products, from my body lotion, night & day cream, foot cream, hair conditioner, etc, etc etc.

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Marula oil is high in antioxidants, meaning younger looking skin and better defence against skin aging.   Marula oil is also rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9 – oleic and Omega 6 – linoleic that deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity.

Marula oil is also highly effective in preventing and healing a variety of skin disorders, including eczema, acne, etc.

When making Marula Glycerine soaps, I prefer the darker, stronger smelling marula oil for the reason that I have a natural colorant and do not need any fragrances added.  The benefits to your skin is exactly the same, it might just take longer for results due to the percentage / volume of marula oil in each product and how often it is being used.

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I am sure that there is a lot of marula oil producers and users that would disagree, this is just my personal view and experience that I have with Marula oil users and being a user myself as well as part of a Marula oil manufacturing team that has learned, tried and tested all available options.

Just to help you understand ……

A great example is our dear old friend, chocolate.  Milk chocolate is loved by all, it is darker and stronger than your milky bar chocolate.  They are much sweeter and lighter than Dark chocolate, but still it is chocolate, make you happy and let all our problems look less………

 

 

 

 

Old and new food favorites with a Marula twist

Whenever we entertain you will always experience something different from the usual BBQ, Sunday Lunch, Family dinner or breakfast.

Oh yes, I love cooking as much as I love Marula skin care products.  One day I might just be the owner of a very small restaurant serving old and new favorites, making Marula the hero on your plate as well as your bathroom cupboard.

The other day, going through some old office files, I found a collection of marula recipes compiled and tested by Aunty Sue.  Aunty Sue was well known for her Marula jelly, jam and chutney right through South Africa, especially in the Greater Kruger Park areas.  Reading through the file I was astonished about how, in what and where they used marula fruit.  Oxtail, stews, curries, sauces and even in chicken pie.

At that moment, I looked at my Marula jelly jar in a total different way and so the hunt began.  With what can I eat this golden deliciousness, what can I replace with the marula nectar.  And so I discovered and experienced and I would love to share them with you.

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First and most popular is the old-time favorite, marula jelly on a slice of toast. You will find that marula jelly differs in taste but once you fall in love, there is just no stopping.

Another new absolute favorite is deep-fried Camembert with Marula jelly.  Plain and simple as that and found in most restaurants in our area.

Venison Burger with Marula jelly – as venison is not an absolute favorite, I was totally surprised how the jelly complimented the venison.  This was on the menu that they serve at Mopani Rest Camp, Kruger National park an absolute treat.

Being from an Afrikaans family we just love our Malva pudding, instead of apricot jam in the cake batter replace it with Marula jelly.  And for an extra fusion add a spoonful of the jelly to the sauce for that wild marula taste.

Another traditional Afrikaans favorite is Hertzoggies, just replace your apricot jam centre with Marula jam/jelly.  Goes excellent with the roasted coconut at the top.

For a special waffle breakfast, pile up some fried bacon, roasted banana and marula jelly.  Sounds funny but trust me, once you’ve tasted it you will not be able to stop.

Cheese and biscuits – for sure! Who can say no to a crunchy biscuit, fresh gouda and spoonful of Marula jelly.

All the delicious recipes are getting me hungry, so I am going to share my final dish, a savoury mince filled pancake with a drizzle or spoonful marula jelly / marula chutney – sooooo lekker en smaakvol !!

Please share if you have tried any of my suggestions and should you need a jar of Marula sweetness, do not hesitate to contact us.

Oh marula jelly, where did the time go, until next time ……

 

The Marula Fruit as I have grown to know it.

A full day already passed since my first blog article.  And I am grateful to see, I have a few followers.

I would like to tell you a bit more about the Marula fruit and it’s uses within our area as I have grown to know it.  Marula is a seasonal fruit, you would only be able to find it mid January to mid March, within our greater Limpopo area.  Other areas you can still find them up to mid April.

The Marula fruit is a great source to several users.

There are mothers that collect the fruit and as a willing seller, sell the fruit to willing buyers and use the income for their children’s school books and fee’s.  The marula fruit is harvested as they fall from the tree.  But believe me, it is really hard work.

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Then there are others that use the fruit to make the well-known, home-brewed traditional Marula Beer.  They remove the marula skin and then use the kernel with the flesh.  This and sugar is added to a bucket with some water (some even use yeast).  After squeezing the kernels to remove the flesh, everything is then removed from where you are left with the marula & water juice.  The pulp is left for 2-4 days to go stronger.

The fruit pulp is also very popular to use for making jams and jellies and even marula chutney.  It actually turned out to be a great add-on to any dish.  Hopefully I can share more tips and recipe suggestions soon.

You would also find the cattle keeper who appreciate the mother nature’ generosity, for availability of the Marula fruit as an extra feeding source to his cattle.

Marula is very high in vitamin C source as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium.  Fully ripe Marula fruits are tart, with a pleasant sweet-sour taste and can be eaten raw.  It is especially popular among wild animals like elephants, kudu, baboons, giraffe and even the smallest Smith’s bush squirrel.

Among the older generations and religions there is several beliefs that developed around the marula tree – my most favorite is that it is known to the Zulu’s as the ‘Marriage Tree’ for it is a symbol of fertility and is used in a cleansing ritual before marriage.

http://www.marula.org.za/legends.htm

is a website where you can read more about the beliefs and traditions – I just love it!!!!!!

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!  We are looking forward to a very exciting and great Marula journey ahead.  With this blog I’d love to share milestones, knowledge and some great facts about Marula to all.

It is such a great fruit, versatile in so many ways, I always say, it is a fruit given from God, as you find it wildly spread over several parts of Africa.

Spreading the word and marketing our marula skin care products we actually realized that there is not much education and knowledge sharing going around about all the great benefits coming from marula fruits, should that be as skin care products or as food products.  Everyone is familiar with Coconut oil, Argan oil, and the list goes on.  But what do you know about Marula oil ?

Oh yes, we have developed some natural skin care marula products and we also work very closely together with institutions, companies, communities and people on all levels.  There are only a few people who know / think about the bigger opportunities available from the marula fruit.

What can the skin be used for? the flesh ? did you know you can even use the kernel for something ?  See, did we make you think now?  A lot of ideas came around and some even stayed.  All these ideas work towards poverty, healthy skin care, going greener, work opportunities, business development and even tourism attraction.  All end with the word, MARULA.

  • Did you know that 1 marula fruit has 6 times more vitamin C found in an orange ?
  • The marula tree belongs to the same family as the mango ?

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Well, this was very short and I hope I have attracted some curious readers and are looking forward to be sharing more interesting facts about our wonderful wild fruit the Marula.

Some interesting articles to come

  • Marula in the skin care industry
  • Can Marula oil be used to cook with ?
  • Why use marula oil on your skin ?
  • How is marula fruit harvested ?

and many more.  See ya soon !!!

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

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