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We met Mr. Inoue from Inoue Seikoen who is also from Setouchi area where Nilufer's lemon is harvested. Inoue Seikoen mainly deal with Olive oil for both cooking and cosmetics.

Inoue Seikoen changes the game for olive-related products, because with over 70 years of being in the business of producing olive related products, you can be sure that you are getting high-quality olive products from them.

Indeed my father is a big fan of Inoue Seikoen so I have eaten his wonderful olive since I was a child!

We sat down with Inoue Kenya, one of the members of the newest generation in the Inoue Seikoen business to find out more about his family business and what motivates him.

from Inoue Seikoen website

Interview with Inoue Seikoen

Nilufer Tea: Hello Kenya! Please tell us more about yourself and the work you do.
Kenya: My name is Kenya Inoue and I come from a small island called “Shodoshima” in Japan’s Setouchi. Setouchi, an inland sea in Japan, is renowned for its calming waters and temperate climate. The weather is very similar to the Aegean Islands where some of world’s best olive is produced.

My family owns an olive farm for over 70 years and produce olive-related products. I promote these olive products here in Singapore as the Managing Director.

Nilufer Tea: What made you start current work?
Kenya: Before moving to England after my high school, I helped in my family’s olive farming business for about a few months. This started to drive my interest in the olive business. After coming back from UK to Japan, I was mainly in charge of the café and the production side to understand my family business better. Later, I had an opportunity to work at our affiliated farm in Spain.

There, I learnt how to harvest the best olives at that time. I wanted to stay in Spain but I was assigned to promote our olive products in Singapore. Because this is my family business, I was naturally interested in it, but now this work has become more than an interest and it has become something very valuable in my life.

Nilufer Tea: What is the most interesting thing in your work?
Kenya: I enjoy communicating directly with my customers and am especially glad when they tell us how much they love our olive products. I am also very happy to share more about my hometown, “Shodoshima”, when they ask about it.

Nilufer Tea: Are there any challenges you faced in your work?
Kenya: Many people, both in Singapore and Japan, knows that olive oil is good for health and the skin somehow. However, there are good-quality olive oil and poor-quality olive oil. So, just because there is olive oil in a product, it does not mean it is going to be good for you. I feel that it is difficult to convey the importance of good-quality olive oil and also the process of making the olive oil in Japan.

Nilufer Tea: Do you have any final words for those who want to embark on the same journey as you?
Kenya: Inoue Seikoen Has long established family business over 70 years with three consecutive generations from my grandfather’s time. Through such experience, we would like to tell the world about the wonderfulness of olives, Shodosima and agriculture in Japan with our products (http://bit.ly/2LnBSXT).

Nilufer Tea: Is there anyone who has a positive impact on you?
Kenya: There are many people I look up to, but if you ask me to choose only one, it will be Tomohiro Inoue, the third owner at INOUE SEIKOEN, and also my father. He always kept his words and promises and is very passionate and enthusiastic towards the business.

He always thinks about how to contribute to the development of our region and Japan. His full commitment to his work gives a positive impact not only to me but also everyone around him. One day I want to be like him and be better than him.

Inoue Seikoen harvests and produces olive oil & citrus products for cosmetics and cooking with the blessings of nature.

Our most popular cosmetic product in Singapore is the “Peeling Gel”.

Peeling sounds like it will stress your skin, but our peeling gel uses natural citrus ingredients and this minimises the burden on your skin. It brightens your complexion and improves the texture of your skin. It deeply cleans your pores to give you clean soft skin.

Unlike some toners or beauty olive oils outside which may be tough on your skin, Inoue Seikoen peeling gel is made of 100% natural ingredients and is gentle on the skin.

The peeling gel:

  • Consists of citrus ingredients for reducing the stress to your skin.
  • Help to even the texture of your skin.
  • Cleans your skin to brighten your complexion

As any good raw foodie will tell you, the nutritional value of food is maximised when consumed raw and honey is no different. Raw honey is a pure, unheated, unprocessed and unpasteurised dark liquid that contains a plethora of natural vitamins and nutritional benefits. It boasts of antioxidants, antibacterial properties and antifungal uses. For centuries, raw honey has been used as an incredible cure-all. In fact, ancient Egyptians believed the sweet stuff was a ‘nectar of the gods’ and included pots of honey in burial ceremonies!

Unlike store-bought versions, natural raw honey journeys from the hive to the jar, and comprises fine particles, pollen grains and air bubbles. It’s almost never golden in colour too. Manufacturers often heat-treat commercial honey, and alter its colour and consistency with additives. Though the heat treatment kills all pathogenic bacteria and produces a more palate-pleasing honey, it erases all other beneficial components in the process too. To decipher real raw honey, use a simple thumb test. Put a drop of the honey in question on your thumb. If it spreads or spills, it’s artificial. But if the little drop remains intact, it’s pure.

Join us as we dip our spoons into the delicious benefits of raw honey!

 

1. Soothe a sore throat

Have a sore throat, common cold or cough? Skip the medicine cabinet and open up your pantry and grab a spoonful of raw honey. The medicinal properties of raw honey are as exciting as its breadth of flavour. It’s an age-old natural solution to suppress horrid coughs, calm irritable throats and well, keep you cold-free. If you find the natural intensity of raw honey too much for you, add it to hot tea and a slice of lemon.

 

2. Replace antiseptic cream

Time to add raw honey as a first-aid kit staple and use as a topical cream. The antibacterial properties of unprocessed honey can treat hard-to-heal wounds, reduce inflammation, promote new tissue growth and prevent infections. In particular, raw honey restores abrasion, bed sores, cuts and cracked nipples with ease. Put the sweet stuff on a bandage and then cover the affected area.

 

3. Treat acne

Apply honey as a spot treatment to get rid of nasty zits, let it sink in and rinse in the morning until the culprit vanishes. A dab will do!

 

4. Improve skin

When combined with some ingredients, honey can moisturise and nourish skin. For a powerful (and cheap) home beauty treatment, try a gentle avocado honey face mask. We love nutrition for our faces!

This recipe is incredibly simple and makes 1 face mask; use several times a week if you like.
Ingredients

Mix all ingredients until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face, let it sit for 25 minutes and rinse off.

5. Controls dandruff and hair loss

 

The high mineral content, vitamin E and amino acids present in raw honey can nourish the scalp and rejuvenate hair follicles. To aid scalp flakiness, itch and hair loss, dilute honey in warm water, apply it on your scalp and rub it in for several minutes. Research has demonstrated that lesions vanish just after two weeks of religious application.

 

6. Relieve hangovers

Hangovers are terrible. You wake up and your head hurts. Your mouth runs dry and each time you try to sit up, you feel like you might puke again. To minimise your pain for all future hangovers, remember this honey hangover remedy. As you wake from your night out, take four tablespoons of raw honey to start out. It’s a ton of honey to consume at once but trust us, you will need all that fructose to metabolise the alcohol. Plus, unprocessed honey contains enough antioxidants to neutralise all those toxins. Be sure to choose a honey that is darker in colour for maximum antioxidant load. Thereafter, consume coconut water or any electrolyte drink each hour to provide rapid rehydration for your system.

Do purchase quality, organic raw honey for a peace of mind and remember not to feed children under the age of one with raw honey, due to a risk of infant botulism. If you have a compromised immune system or are undergoing any sort of treatment, be sure to consult professional medical advice before adding raw honey to your regular diet.

Nilufer Tea

Another way you can enjoy raw honey is to add it to our already-delicious organic herbal teas. A extra spike of sweetness goes a long way!

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