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The Dangers of Using Petroleum on Eczema

Eczema, is a skin fungus that can come from harsh chemicals, chemicals used the wrong way, fragrance, dairy products, animal products, etc. It is just one of the many different types of skin fungi. Like many other fungal problems, it could be hard to get rid of. It is a tough and frustrating problem to deal with on a daily basis. The itch and burning sensation can make you feel uncomfortable throughout the day. Sometimes, it even affects you year-round. During the summer some people with eczema experience worsened problems due to sweat and moistness throughout the day. Wet and moistness can help feed the fungi and make it grow. It can be equally frustrating during the winter because It causes skin to be dryer but no less itchy which makes it more breakable if touched.

As previously mentioned, there are many ways skin fungus like eczema develops. One way it can develop is from petroleum based products such as Aquaphor and Vaseline. These products may look or feel like they are helping your eczema but in reality once you stop using it your eczema comes back. These products are made to only hide your eczema or treat it so it wouldn’t bother you as much. This helps the companies that make these products keep more money in their pocket and retain their clients.

Products like these can actually do more harm than your body then help. Petroleum is known to prevent the skin from healing and block pores. This means even if you do not experience skin problems you will still experience stuff like mood swings because your body’s inability to release daily toxins through the skin.

You do not have to live with eczema. It is best to use natural and organic products for your sensitive skin. Products like the Cacao Shea Skin Souffle will nourish your skin and give it the glow it needs. Stop using harsh products on your delicate skin and start using safe products.

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Eat for Clear Skin: Delicious Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Did you know you can make your own cranberry sauce? Cranberry sauce is easy to make. The homemade version is not this blob of solid like the canned version. When you make your own you provide your body with more minerals and vitamins, strengthen your brain cells, and save money by using ingredients found in your kitchen. Follow the steps below to make your own cranberry sauce.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

What You Need: 2 lb of fresh cranberries, 3-5 oranges, 3 cups pineapple juice, 1 cup water, 1 freshly squeezed lemon juice, organic raw sugar

Directions:

1. Bring all ingredients to a boil. Cranberries will be popping open. This is a good thing because we will be using the inside of the cranberries for the sauce.

2. As cranberries and oranges are boiling, begin to smush with spoon to release all insides from the cranberry skin.

3. Strain using a strainer and be sure to smush skins into strainer to release extra pulp. Skins will add a more bitter taste to the sauce but, you can add it and not strain if you want.

4. Store everything that was not able to strain, into a Ziploc bag in the freezer to use for smoothies.

5. Store cranberry sauce into a container and use as you usually would.

Activities to do with Children:

If you have children, this is the perfect time to teach them. Here’s a list of activities you can do with your children:

1. Basic Math: For young learners use oranges and lemons to create visible addition and subtraction. For advanced learners use cranberries to create multiplication and division visuals.

2. Fractions: Use oranges and lemons to teach your child fractions by slicing fruits into fraction pieces.

3. Science: Collect seeds from the lemons and oranges that you cut and plant.

4. Simple Chemistry: Talk about the chemical makeup of each item. Explain to your child what matter is. Explaining how we can change the way things look.

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Benefits of Argan Nut Butter & Oil

Argan nut butter and oil is made from the Argan Nut Tree found in Morocco, a country in Africa. The nuts and leaves from the tree of this plant are edible and has many benefits for the body. The butter is the solid version of the oil. This exotic butter and oil is very powerful!

Argan butter has a similar texture to our tamanu butter, but it is a tad bit heavier. Although it is heavier, it does not clog pores. This rich, exotic butter is great for all skin types, especially dry skin. It is light as lotion easily penetrating the skin, deeply replenishing it and creating more elasticity in the skin. From our studies, argan butter helps with blemishes, skin discoloration, inflamed skin, and sunburns. Although this yellow butter is great for sensitive skin types, it is a type of nut butter so, if you have nut allergies please do not use.

Ways to Use Argan Butter on Your Skin & Hair:

1. For sunburn: Wash with aloe and water or African Black soap. Then apply the pure argan butter on the skin. Usually, the peeling skin on the sunburn will rub off as soon as you rub the argan butter onto your skin!

2. Use after your bikini wax and during/after shaving or waxing to keep your skin free of discolorations. Argan butter bikini scrub recipe below.

3. Use directly onto your scalp and hair so strengthen hair and protect your strands from breakage.

4. Use on scalp as a natural, clog-free grease.

5. Use as an everyday moisturizer.

DIY Argan Bikini Scrub Recipe:

Ingredients: argan butter, fine grain sugar (coconut, organic, etc.)

Directions:

1. Scoop enough butter that you are able to store into a bowl.

2. Combine enough sugar for your liking. Remember: the more sugar, the more scrubby feeling.

3. Be sure formula is well mixed and then pour into storable container.

4. Store in a cool, dark place.

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Why You Should Be Exfoliating Your Skin & Scalp

I’ve heard so many times how you have washed and moisturized your skin every single day without missing a beat and you still have a problem with blemishes and dull skin. I know you have been very consistent with your skincare routine, but you can still feel that your skin is not as soft and bright as it should be. This is often due to you not exfoliating your skin enough. When we exfoliate we rub off dead skin cells and help the skin regenerate new cells. You are probably thinking by now that the skin is supposed to regenerate cells on its own, which is very true. However, when we do not eat properly or our environment is not cleansed properly our skin may need a little help to complete its job.

Just like the skin, the scalp also needs to be scrubbed. Sometimes from product buildup. Product buildup comes from using synthetic and chemically processed products. The scalp can also be scrubbed if it has dandruff or eczema. Although dandruff is usually a moisture retaining problem and eczema, a fungus problem, scrubbing helps both. Scrubbing is very relaxing and therapeutic. It also helps the blood circulate which promotes hair growth.

Does scrubbing/exfoliating irritate you? Does it make you red and itchy and doesn’t seem to be working? Or even worse, gives you a burning sensation? There are so many different skin care brands that use harsh scrubbing agents such as apricot shells, walnut shells, cranberry seeds, and other stuff that does not dissolve as you exfoliate. This can be the cause of skin irritation and these ingredients can cause slight scarring and blemishes. Another cause can be low quality ingredients and synthetic ingredients. This is why it is very important to read the label or create your own scrub using Himalaya Sea Salt.

Himalaya sea salt is a great scrubbing agent because it pulls free radicals and daily toxins from the skin and dissolves as you scrub it on your face or body. It is even great for scrubbing the scalp! Himalayan sea salt come from the Himalayan Mountains and is very therapeutic. It can help with joint pain and bone pain when used in your bath water and it is edible. These days you can find low-quality versions of it in stores. We guarantee you the highest quality and most pure grade available.

SIMPLE DIY MANGO SALT SCRUB RECIPE:

Ingredients:

A half a jar of Mango Butter

2-4 tablespoons of Himalaya Sea Salt

4-6 drops of essential oils of your choice

Now that you have made your own scrub for your face, body, and scalp you are probably wondering how much to use and how often. I recommend you use enough for your liking, just remember that a little does goes a long way. You should always scrub before steaming because this is when your pores are really open. How often you scrub your face will depend on your skin type. You can scrub your body daily. Find coarse Himalayan sea salt that you can crush down to multiple. Mango butter is has a light, non-greasy feel that helps with blemishes and I don’t need to add extra moisturizer afterwards.

Benefits of exfoliating/scrubbing your skin:

1. Rub off dead skin cells for glowing skin

2. Evens skin tone

3. Brighten tired skin

4. Fights blemishes

5. Deep cleanses pores

Benefits of scrubbing your scalp:

1. Removes product buildup

2. Therapeutic

3. Promotes hair growth

4. Removes dandruff

5. Removes eczema (mix with tea tree essential oil)

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🙅🏾 Protecting Your Family From The Coronavirus Naturally

During this serious time, it is important that we protect ourselves and our families. So far, the report shows that at least 800 people have been in contact with the coronavirus in the United States. There are many people are in a frenzy purchasing toxic products such as bleach, Lysol, Pinesol, and other harmful products to disinfect their homes that will lower their immune system which will help the virus to attack their bodies. Did you know that some plants have antiviral properties? Using plants as medicine is the holistic approach to healing the body. Not only will you be able to save more money but, you will also be able to use some of the plants as food and some of the plants to make your own disinfectants. Below is a list of herbs that will help you attack this virus if needed and protect you from the coronavirus.

Best American Herbs to Use for Immune Support:

Rosemary is great to use for protection against herpes viruses, HIV, influenza, and hepatitis in animal and test-tube studies. It is also part of the mint family and most relatives of the mint family has powerful antiviral properties. Use in food or drinks for best results.

Garlic water is sipped on by many elders in the South. As a food it makes very flavorful dishes. This plant is great at fighting bacteria, virus, and parasites. People also use garlic to keep the common cold away and to help prevent the flu. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal.

Pennyroyal is part of the mint family and smells like it. It has antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties. The traditional uses of pennyroyal include regulating menstrual periods, inducing abortion, controlling muscle spasms, inducing sweating, and increasing urine production.

Eucalyptus is a widely known antiviral plant. It has a very medicinal smell. It opens nasal passages almost immediately when used as an infused oil or face steam. This herb has been used for centuries to aid in relaxation and reduce pain.

Calendula, according to pharmacological studies do, in fact, has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. Use this edible, blooming herb for a number of ailments. You can also add it into your bath water to receive it’s benefits. If you find fresh calendula try making a salad with it, yum!

Use clove to strengthen the immune system. This is especially in people with diabetes, fight infection, remove toxins from the blood, and kill the common cold and its symptoms. This is an awesome plant to have. You can create your own oil from dried cloves or consume twice as much as the powder.

Sandalwood is antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties. Use it to help with urinary tract infection, the common cold, mental disorders, hemorrhoids, liver and gallbladder issues, fever, bronchitis, and a number of other ailments. Sandalwood herb and oil are edible. To make sandalwood oil put sandalwood into a jar halfway and then fill the rest of the jar with olive oil. Let set for about 1 week. You’ll be able to ingest the oil, use it on the skin/hair, clean with it, or cook with it.

Dandelion Root is fantastic as a daily tonic. A tonic is a liquid natural Herbalists today believe that it can aid in the treatment of many ailments, including acne, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and even cancer.

Oregano is one of the most used herb known for its medicinal qualities. Its plant compounds, which include carvacrol, offer antiviral properties. During some studies, it has shown to help respiratory infections. It is most effective as an oil.

Ginseng is an energizing plant traditionally used to keep cold and flu symptoms away. Drinking this powerful plant can work wonders for your body.

Lemongrass has been used for a very long time and is one of the oldest herbs available for all sorts of ailments. Drinking lemongrass tea and eating it in a salad or smoothie can help with bloating. It works wonders relieving gases and colic caused due to gastric disturbances and helps in the detoxification of the liver, kidney, urinary bladder and digestive system. It increase milk production which is a must at a time like this. People sometimes us it to help with malaria, pain in muscles and joints, and food poisoning.

Red Thyme is great to use to boost your immunity and to disinfect your home. It is great at lowering your blood pressure. Often times stress causes blood pressure to increase which is not good. One study found that thyme oil was effective in treating bacterial infections, especially staphylococcus strains and treatment-resistant strains like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

Ginger fights and prevent infection. When used fresh, ginger has shown to help prevent viral infections by increasing the body’s temperature.  It also works for you by flushing out toxins from your body. It is antiviral and antibacterial and can be chewed on or ingested.

Sage is antiviral. You can also mixed sage with apple cider vinegar, lemon, and water to clean your home. This will make a great natural cleaning spray that you can actually inhale. Chew or ingest.

Lavender is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anxiolytic, antispasmodic, carminative, antifungal, antiseptic, circulatory, expectorant, cicatrisant, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, and uplifting. It is not necessarily antiviral, however. it is an all around good herb to have areound and it helps the respiratory system.

Cinnamon leaf and sticks are antibacterial and antiviral. Legend has it that during the 1918 influenza outbreak, workers at cinnamon factories seemed immune to the Spanish flu which decimated the population. Studies have found that cinnamon was effective in deactivating viruses in select organisms.

Poultice Recipe:

Ingredients: lavender, safflower, lemongrass, and pennyroyal

1. Combine all herbs along with a small amount of coconut oil

2. Place poultice mix on problem area

3. Place cotton clothe onto mix and wrap to hold into place

Dandelion Tonic:

1. In a glass jar, fill dried dandelion root half-way

2. Pour vodka inside jar

3. Close jar tightly

herbal poultice made with safflower, lavender, lemongrass, and pennyroyal
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The Benefits & Types of Clay

Did you know all clay remove harmful toxins from the body through the skin if used as a face or body mask? Often times when toxins build up in our bodies we have no idea it is happening. Everyday you attract toxins that are in different places around your community. Toxins can build up inside the body and show throughout the skin because of the different food and drinks we eat. Toxins can also come from the electromagnetic field radiation from your cell phone, chemicals in the air, and many other.

It can cause brain fog, constipation, low energy levels, headaches and other body aches, and skin issues. If you don’t remove toxins from your body they can develop dis-ease that can eventually turn into cancers. Many cultures take clay internally to medicinally treat inflammation and help remove sores and ulcers from the digestive tract. You can treat yourself with a simple face mask or bath soak to help get rid of those day to day toxins.

With so many types of clay, it can be hard to determine which type of clay is best for your skin type. The most important facts to pay attention to is the many types of minerals, pH levels, and absorption rates. The most absorbing is for oily skin types while the least absorbing is for dry skin types. This is because the higher the rate the more oils it removes from your skin.

  • Kaolinite Clay: 65%
  • Illite Clay: 150-200%
  • Bentonite Clay: 300 – 700%

The pH level is another important factor to determine the overall health of your skin.  When the pH level is too high, your skin can sometimes be unable to properly combat the harmful microbes and free radicals that speed up the aging process. This happens to specific skin types and is more common with people with dry skin. The higher the pH level of the clay you use, the more damage it will do to your skin in this regard.

  • Bentonite Clay: 8 – 9.7
  • Illite Clay: 7.75
  • Rhassoul Clay: 7 – 7.5
  • Kaolinite (all colors): 6

Most clay has some of the same benefits including oil balancing, mild exfoliation, detoxifying, tightening pores, removing acne scars, ridding and blackheads and whiteheads, and helping with blemishes and discoloration. Below is a list of types of clay, benefits, where they come from, and ways to use them best.

White Clay is a great skin softner. There are many types of kaolinite/kaolin clay available, but white is the most purest form. It contains silica, copper, selenium, maganese magnesium, and zinc. Where it is mined plays a major role in how to use it and for what skin problems. Kaolin clay has a much lower pH level than Bentonite and other clays, meaning it’s far less damaging to the pH level of your skin. You can use this clay on all skin types but it works best for sensitive skin that is also oily.

Pink Rose Clay is a type of kaolinite clay that is made up of mostly silica although it does contain copper, selenium, manganese magnesium and zinc. Silica is a natural anti-inflammatory substance that also helps lock in moisture making this clay work best for dry and/or sensitive skin. It get its name from the color of the clay. It mixes well with water, mildly exfoliates, and doesn’t cause the skin to become dry and irritated. This clay is the most hydrating and will make your skin feel soft and supple without overdrying.

French Green Clay is an illite clay that makes your skin very silky feeling. It contains aluminum, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silica, sodium, and titanium. French clay can be a mixture of kaolinite, montmorillinite, and illite and can come in many different colors. It is great at tightening pores and you can feel and actually see the difference for at least an hour after rinsing it off. This clay can be used on all skin types.

Rhassoul Moroccan Clay is a type of montmorillonite made by volcanic ashes and seawater mixing together over a period of time. Ths exotic clay is found in in the Atlas mountains of Morocco. It is rich in potassium, silica, potassium, magnesium and calcium. This clay removes negative and positive toxins from the body and is best for blackheads, tightening pores, and balancing oily skin. It is a mild exfoliating clay like all other clay. The high concentration of natural minerals in Rhassoul help replenish depleted minerals in your skin, resulting in a firmer, plumper, and more even-toned complexion.

Red Moroccan Clay is great for oily skin and all hair types. It is red because of its significant amount of naturally-occurring dolomite, silica, ferric oxide and mineral oxides. It is oily, mildly absorbent, and effective in skin cleansing and detoxifying. The high iron oxide content, giving the clay its red color, helps revitalize the skin’s appearance and brightness. It softens and hydrates dry skin conditions such as rosacea, sunburns, eczema, and psorisis. The clay helps re-balance dry flaky or mature skin, improves  skin’s texture and elasticity.

Bentonite Clay makes a great foot soak or bath soak. It is best to apply the paste only on the fungal (eczema, psosriasis, etc.) spots when using it on dry skin. It removes positive and negative toxins from the body and is one of the strongest clay available. Using it as a hair mask can help get rid of fungal problems and dandruff. Mix with apple cider vinegar to prevent clumps when making a mask because they are both alkaline and this will make a smoother texture.