Monday, July 23, 2018

The Truth About Beauty Sleep: One Crucial Ingredient You’re Probably Missing

ease magnesium

How are thousands of people are restoring a youthful look and feel to their skin by changing one thing they do before bed?

Do you have bed skin?

No, you didn’t read that wrong. “Bed skin”. It’s a little known problem that millions of people wake up with every morning. These people wake up every day with the unfortunate realization that their skin hasn’t healed and restored overnight the way it should. Bags under your eyes, sagging skin, wrinkles, acne…

These are all “bed skin”.

Signs your not getting the sleep your body needs every night. According to Web MD “sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye — 7 to 9 quality hours each night.”

Notice they said “quality” hours of sleep. Even the people who are getting the recommended number of hours of sleep aren’t getting the quality of sleep their skin and hair need to rejuvenate overnight.

The repercussions of missing sleep

The point is when you miss out on sleep (whether it’s too short or too restless), your whole body suffers. Look at this list of just 10 symptoms of poor sleep:

•     Lower IQ
•     Weaker lobito
•     Tired, sagging skin
•     Increased risk of heart problems
•     Thinner hair
•     Greater risk of acne
•     Stress
•     Low energy
•     Obesity
•     Faster development of wrinkles

Again, those are just a few symptoms. Your whole body suffers when you sleep bad — your beauty is just the tip of the iceberg. And getting good sleep can have major effects. Effects that are immediately noticeable. Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist says that getting 1 to 3 more hours of quality sleep could improve your skin in as little as a day. Keep it up, and “within 2 to 3 weeks, people will notice that you’re sleeping better by the way you look,” Breus says.

Getting good sleep can have major effects on your beauty.

Effects that are immediately noticeable.

It’s obvious that the fastest way you can help your skin repair itself over night is by getting a better sleep. But how do you do it naturally without getting hooked on pills or spending thousands of dollars on special mattresses and pillows?

Thousands of people have uncovered an easy way to sleep better and restore a youthful look and feel to their skin that you can take advantage of this week. It’s a special solution you spray on your skin right before bed.

EASE Magnesium

Introducing EASE magnesium — A totally natural way to fight “bed skin”.

This natural spray moisturizes your skin and helps it heal while you sleep. It’s a spray that over 100,000 people trust to help them sleep better at night and look better during the day.

If you don’t believe that by helping you sleep, EASE can also help your skin rejuvenate, then take a look at this statistic below. The rise in sleep problems in America can be directly linked to the rise in skin problems in America.

Better Sleep = Better Skin

An estimated 88 million Americans have problems sleeping every night, while 85 million Americans are affected by skin problems.

The connection is obvious.

Better sleep = Better skin.

Things like stress, night cramps and hormone imbalances disrupt our sleep and keep our skin from getting the healing sleep it needs. EASE eliminates all these problems. And it has the added benefit of supporting over 600 healthy functions in the human body.

How EASE Helps You Sleep

The magnesium in EASE naturally activates neurotransmitters in your brain that reduce stress and relax muscles. Your body transitions into a deep state of calm, and you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

  • It optimizes sleep cycles by controlling the release of melatonin before and during sleep.
  • Just like Ambien, this mineral aids neurotransmitters (GABBA receptors) that reduce unwanted nerve movement during the night.
  • Powerful magnesium even helps suppress hormone and mood disorders like stress and sadness that inhibit quality sleep

The main reason EASE helps with sleep can be explained in much simpler terms though.

EASE helps you sleep because it’s the most effective way to give your body a natural supply of magnesium each day and night. Not getting enough magnesium has a disruptive and negative effect on your ability sleep.

More than just sleep

Other benefits of the magnesium in EASE include…

•     Reducing oily skin
•     Fighting acne
•     Reducing stress
•     Improving cellular health

Bottom Line:

The magnesium in EASE is one of nature’s most well researched health boosters, known to make you fall asleep fast and wake up with beautiful skin!

Now you may be wondering…

If magnesium is the secret to deeper sleep and healthier looking skin, can’t I just take magnesium pills?

Why magnesium sprays?

Well, you can but it’s not recommended. Your skin actually absorbs the magnesium better than your gut. It’s a fact. A growing body of research shows that magnesium sprays applied to your skin work far better than oral supplements.

Magnesium sprayed on your skin also has the added benefit of moisturizing your skin and nourishing the elasticity.

The dangers of pills and powders

Magnesium pills and powders are extremely taxing on your digestive system. You can actually cause serious damage by ingesting magnesium in large quantities. You risk diarrhea and even kidney problems taking magnesium this way.

And you won’t be able to sleep very well if you’re waking up having to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Ease is side effect-free

EASE is a safe, side effect-free way to get more magnesium daily and reverse aged, tired looking skin. It’s a 100% pure product that contains only 2 ingredients:

1. An ultra absorbable form of magnesium
2. Purified water

This is the same magnesium you’ll find in the Dead Sea, and it has been on Earth since its creation. It is 100% natural, purified and healthy.

Spray EASE on before bed for a great sleep. Wake up in the morning with great skin. Within a few moments of EASE hitting your skin, your body will start responding positively.

The powerful magnesium in EASE alleviates…

•     Joint pain
•     Muscle aches
•     Cramping
•     Stiffness
•     Stress
•     Restlessness

All within seconds! And it does it all naturally using the mineral that nature has made available to our bodies for these problems.

Restore your body's magnesium levels

Most importantly, spraying your body with EASE just a few times a day will help restore your body’s magnesium levels and reverse magnesium deficiency (the root cause of your sleep problems). Seriously, I encourage you to type “health benefits of magnesium” into your search engine. You won’t just find skin related benefits. The studies and lists of other benefits you’ll find are staggering.

an essential mineral

Your body really does rely on this mineral for so many functions and if you have bad skin or are experiencing bad sleep night after night, chances are you are not getting enough of this master mineral!

Your skin needs EASE magnesium.

No more magnesium deficiency. No more bad sleeps. No more bad skin. These are the reasons that EASE is so popular.

Thousands of people have already uncovered this easy way to sleep better and rejuvenate their skin naturally… have you?

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Do you use magnesium to help with sleep or other ailments? Share your experience in the comments!

 

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Face Mapping: The Liver and Between the Brows

Face Mapping Brows

In our third article about face mapping, we’re talking about the space between your brows.

Here’s where so many of us have suffered that embarrassing pimple that shows up smack in the middle of our eyebrows.

We’ve experienced days in school where we were sure everyone was staring at it right between our eyes. We felt like we might as well have targets painted on our faces.

If you haven’t gone through this embarrassment since high school, count yourself lucky. Many people continue to suffer from acne in adulthood. How discouraging when that infamous spot shows up one a day there is a wedding to attend, or right before a fancy dinner party!

It’s time to banish this particular nuisance from your face for good.

Face Mapping Helps Us Determine the Potential Cause of Acne

Face mapping started as a Chinese traditional medicine practice called “face reading,” in which doctors, scholars, and other professionals studied the face to gain clues as to a person’s personality, health, and fortune.

your skin can reflect internal issues

Today, in the Western world, we have adopted the idea that skin problems on the face can give us clues about our health, overall. We now understand that the skin’s condition is not only a reflection of how we care for it, but how we care for our entire bodies. Diet, exercise, and stress relief all play a part in how the skin reacts.

So what might be going on in your system that causes that unsightly pimple? Let’s find out.

Acne Between the Brows Linked to a Stressed Liver

In traditional Chinese medicine, the area between the brows is linked by energy channels to the liver.

That means if you have acne, redness, flakiness, or excess oil between the brows, it could be related to a stressed liver.

So what does that mean?

The liver is the largest solid organ and the largest gland in the body. It’s considered part of the digestive system because it’s responsible for:

  • producing chemicals for digestion, for protein synthesis, and for detoxifying your system,
  • subtracting and flushing out waste from the foods and beverages you consume, and from the oxygen you breathe.

Activities of the liver

To give you a better idea, here are just a few things that the liver does on a daily basis:

  • Removes toxicity from the body
  • Produces bile, which helps the small intestine break down and absorb fats, cholesterol, and some nutrients.
  • Helps create “coagulants”—those things that help blood to clot
  • Helps metabolize carbohydrates, after which it stores glycogen (from carbohydrates) to release as energy when needed
  • Stores vitamins and minerals to use as “back-up” when needed
  • Breaks down proteins so they’re more easily digestible
  • Filters and removes compounds from the blood, including hormones, alcohol, and drugs or medications

And that’s only some of its tasks. You can see that it’s a very busy organ, and that it has a big role to play in digesting and metabolizing our food and drink.

That means if we overindulge in fatty, greasy foods that are harder to digest, or in alcohol, which requires the liver to work harder to filter it out, we could be stressing the liver to some degree, and that can show up between our eyebrows.

What type of liver issues am i facing?

Traditional Chinese medicine says that if you are seeing skin problems in this area, it could indicate some serious liver issues. These may include:

•    Hepatitis
•    Jaundice
•    Fatty liver disease
•    Liver stress

These are the more serious illnesses, though, which are rare. More typically, your centralized pimple is related to the following.

The wine and dine area

In fact, some practitioners call this the “wine and dine” area. Do any of these sound familiar?

•    Drinking too much alcohol
•    Indulging in high-fat, greasy foods
•    Eating too late the night before
•    Eating too much dairy (if you have trouble digesting it)
     note that for many individuals, dairy is linked to acne
•    Too much stress
•    Toxic buildup related to excess food consumption, too little water, or exposure to polluted environments

Some face-mapping practitioners also connect this area to emotional difficulties that could be related to stress. In 2015, for example, researchers found that suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease.

emotional triggers

The possible connection between psychological distress and liver disease isn’t well studied or understood, but we already know that stress affects other bodily organs, like the heart, and new research like the study above suggest that the liver may be similarly effected.

what could be causing this?

Possible emotional causes of skin issues between the brows include:

•    Anger & frustration (particularly suppressed anger)
•    Irritability
•    Bitterness and resentment
•    Strong feelings of stress

If you’re suffering from constant redness, flaking, or acne between the brows, for example, it may be a reflection of what you’re going through in life right now, and how you’re handling it.

10 Ways to Eliminate Pimples and Redness Between the Brows

Considering the potential causes of skin problems in this area, we have some potential solutions for you. Try them out and let us know how they work.

  1. Alcohol: Avoid alcoholic drinks at night, and don’t overindulge.
  2. Late-night munchies: Avoid late-night snacking—drink water or tea instead.
  3. Greasy foods: Avoid greasy, fatty foods, and cut back on dairy foods (or eliminate them altogether for awhile).
  4. Water: Drink more water (add a squeeze of lemon to help with detox).
  5. Exercise: Get more exercise—it helps increase circulation and dissipates stress.
  6. Pollution: Reduce your exposure to airborne chemicals—any that you inhale must be eventually processed by the liver.
  7. Stress: Incorporate a stress-relieving activity into your day—something like meditation, yoga, tai chi, art therapy, daily walks, time with a pet, etc.
  8. Suppressed emotions: If you suspect you may be suppressing emotions (a deep line between the brows may indicate repressed angry emotions, for example), consider journaling to get your feelings out, or talk to a good friend or counselor.
  9. Cool it down: Eat more cooling foods like melons, cucumbers, and gourds.
  10. Supplements: Support a healthy liver with more garlic and onions, beetroot, apples, artichokes, and supplements like milk thistle, dandelion, and licorice.

If you would like to learn more on face mapping and the different parts of the face that are connected to different organs in the body, read our whole series:

Face Mapping: An Introduction
Face Mapping: The Digestive System and Your Forehead
Face Mapping: the Respiratory System and Your Cheeks
Face Mapping: Heart, Blood Pressure and Your Nose

Do you suffer from skin problems between the brows? Let us know if these tips help.

 

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

How to Make Reishi Mushroom Tincture for Lifelong Immunity

Reishi Mushrooms. You have probably heard them being touted as a great medicinal mushroom and a wonderful healer. Well, I’m not going to tell you anything different. Reishi is kind of a big deal.

Reishi History

Reishi is known as Ling Zhi, which means “spirit plant” or “tree of life mushroom” in Chinese spoken word, and the Chinese characters literally translate to “shaman praying for rain.” Those names should give you an idea of how truly powerful the reishi mushroom is. It was seen as such an important herb in ancient times that it can be found in art depicting Emperors and on temple walls in the hands of the gods and goddesses of old.

where do they grow?

Reishi grows on decaying hardwood deciduous trees and is native to China. It’s pretty rare to find them in the wild, so people have taken to cultivating these magical friends. It comes in a whole variety of colors, but the red one is considered the most medicinal of them all.

What Does Reishi Mushroom Do For Us?

Reishi is considered a three vital tonic. That means that it helps protect and build the Jing, raises the Qi, and deeply supports the Shen of our personal energies. These three aspects of our energy are the keys to life.

The Jing is the energy that we’re born with and the energy that we lose when we’re dying. The Qi takes care of the Jing and keeps it safe from the difficulties that we deal with in his life. The Shen is representative of the larger self and spiritual journey. Wow! No wonder our red mushroom friend is such a big deal.

adaptogenic properties

Reishi is an adaptogen. That means it helps our bodies adjust to the environment that we’re in. It’s great for adrenal fatigue (stress) because it helps us to stay calm in stressful situations – the ancients say that it “calms the spirit.”

It’s anti-inflammatory, a heart and liver protective tonic, and a super antioxidant. Long term use of reishi is considered to promote longevity and keep a person’s agility intact into the later parts of life.

reishi mushroom for immunity

Reishi Mushroom for Immunity

Because they have lots of bioavailable polysaccharides in them, Reishi mushrooms are great for immunity. Polysaccharides are long-chain sugar molecules that help function as building blocks for our bodies and serve as an energy reserve.

how do they work?

Studies have shown that the polysaccharides in the reishi help build the immune system by activating our immune cells (T-lymphocytes) and increasing phagocytosis, a process where good cells in our body engulf pathogens that could make us sick.

a powerful immune builder

It also helps increase immune response and causes non-specific activation of the system under attack. Just to add a little bit of the “spirit plant” back into to all this science, that means that the reishi knows what part of your body is being affected, gets in there, brings reinforcements, heals your soldier cells and gives energy to your depleted system. I don't know about you, but that's the type of support we want.

All of this basically means that reishi builds and protects our immune systems with one hand tied behind its back (er.. mycelium?).

How to use Reishi Mushroom for immunity

Reishi isn’t delicious. While it is technically an edible mushroom, it’s almost impossible to eat because it’s tough like leathery wood. Don’t buy the whole mushroom unless you’re using it for decoration or you have some serious grinding tools.

I actually broke a coffee grinder and a pair of scissors trying to cut up a whole mushroom for medicine – that’s a personal problem, I know, but it’s good for you to know so that you don’t make the same mistake.

opt for slices

Reishi slices on the other hand make beautiful medicine, and you can snap them apart with your bare hands.

Traditionally, reishi is used in tea or in tincture. I personally tincture it but a tea is perfectly fine too. The taste is very bitter and a lot like a common mushroom.

reishi mushroom for immunity

For Tea

  1. Take 1-2 large reishi slices and put them in about a quart of water on the stove. You can add other herbs too if you want; licorice root is great because it adds a sweet note to the bitterness.
  2. Let the water boil for at least 15 minutes.
  3. You can let it boil for a very long time, just make sure to add more water as it evaporates off. You can also do this in a crockpot on high for a few hours and it works wonderfully.
  4. Strain it off and drink it when it’s cool!

To Tincture

You need to extract reishi in two different ways. It’s just so special that you need two different methods to pull out all of the bioavailable love. Traditionally, this is an alcohol extraction and a hot water extraction. I know this is a little advanced, but (at risk of being cheesy) if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right!

  1. Fill a pint or a quart mason jar with broken or ground reishi.
  2. Pour 2-3 cups of the highest proof of alcohol over it that you have (whiskey or vodka is fine) and set it somewhere out of the way.
  3. Let it sit for at least two weeks, shake it and give it love energy everyday.
  4. Strain out your tincture and set the alcohol aside – DON’T THROW IT OUT, THIS IS YOUR TINCTURE!
  5. Put the reishi mark (that’s what you have left over from the alcohol extraction) into a pot of water and boil it. It’s like making a tea, but you want the water to evaporate off this time. I start with about a quart of water and boil it down to about a cup but it can be up to 2 cups.
  6. Strain the water into the jar that you want your tincture to stay in and compost the reishi (don’t forget to say thank you to your spent herb!).
  7. When your reishi water is cool, slowly pour the reishi alcohol that you made into the water. Tip: Polysaccharides don’t like alcohol and they can come out of solution if you pour the water extraction into the alcohol extraction or if the overall alcohol content is higher than 40%

what are the solid forms in my tincture?

If you see little solids form in your reishi when you combine the alcohol and water that’s okay. Those little guys are the polysaccharides reacting with the alcohol. Just shake it before you use it and you’ll still get all the benefits that reishi will give you!

You've made a tincture!

Voila! A beautiful reishi tincture that will last forever! You can take a dropperful of this guy daily. It’s not an immediate fix to sickness because it’s not fast acting. This is something that you take small amounts of everyday and it helps you to not get sick in the first place (and it works!).

Do you use reishi? Share your experience in the comments!

Sources:
Rogers, R. (2011). The fungal pharmacy: The complete guide to medicinal mushrooms and lichens of North America. Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

DIY: How to make Natural Bug Repellent using Essential Oils

natural bug repellent

With the summer months comes more time spent outside. Backyard get-togethers, camping or sitting by a bonfire are always the best way to spend the season. That is, until we notice the bugs joining us.

Aside from mosquitos, ticks and outdoor bugs just being a nuisance, they also can carry some pretty scary viruses.

the dangers of conventional bug spray

Obviously we need to protect ourselves, but many of us are concerned with the ingredients of regular bug sprays and insect repellants.

One of the ingredients used often is DEET. When it's used frequently and heavily, it has been linked with skin irritation, respiratory effects, rashes, and even neurological effects. The chemical is particularly concerning in children, where in rare cases, it can lead to lethargy and headaches. In pregnant women, if used on bare skin, it could harm the baby.

We talked about the potential dangers of DEET in a previous post. In most cases, it’s considered safe, as long as it’s used sparingly, and particularly if it’s used on clothing instead of on bare skin. If you’re going to a mosquito-ridden environment, it’s still the one of the best ways to protect yourself from viruses.

a natural alternative

For everyday insect avoidance, though, most of us would like to use something safer to protect our families from summer pests.

Fortunately, there are some essential oils that can help keep bugs away. We’ve got six of them here, along with recommendations for how best to use them. We are also sharing a recipe for making your own natural bug repellent (scroll to the bottom for the recipe!)

Natural Insect Repellants

Why would essential oils and other natural ingredients repel bugs?

They are made up of chemicals stored in the plant. In many cases, these chemicals work to repel predators—often the buggy kind. When we extract these oils from the plant, we can put them to work protecting us, instead.

In other countries, bruised plants are still used in their houses to ward off pests—when bruised, they release the oil and aroma.

We like using oils because we know they’re natural and don’t include the synthetic chemicals that standard repellants may contain. They are less likely to cause skin irritation and reactions, and aren’t a threat to our internal health.

Which oils to use?

Not all essential oils work against pests, however. In fact, according to the research we have so far, only a select few are truly effective, and each of these may differ in which bugs they are best at scaring away.

The active ingredients in essential oils also tend to be highly volatile, so they may be effective for only a short period of time (usually about an hour). After that, they evaporate and leave the user unprotected. Frequent reapplication is often necessary.

natural bug repellent

1. Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

After DEET and picaridin (a synthetic compound recommended by the World Health Organization for protection against mosquito-borne diseases), the EWG recommends essential oil of lemon eucalyptus. (They note that natural lemon eucalyptus oil is not the same as the essential oil of lemon eucalyptus, so be careful.)

where does it come from?

This is a repellent that originated as an extract of the lemon eucalyptus tree native to Australia. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is comprised of 85 percent citronellal—a compound (terpinoid) found in citronella, rose, and geranium oils.

Some insect repellants already carry PMD (paramenthane-3,8-diol), which is the active ingredient in oil of lemon eucalyptus. Some combine the two—PMD and the extract.

how effective is it?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed this ingredient as effective against mosquitoes and other insects, though it’s considered about half as effective as DEET. Higher concentrations of PMD, however, can increase its effectiveness, with a 30 percent PMD product being about as good as a 15 percent DEET product, though its protection time is shorter. (You may need to reapply more often.)

Effective against: Mosquitoes and ticks, but not sand flies or “no-see-ums.” It also evaporates more slowly than most essential oils and will last for several hours. PMD is the only plant-based repellant advocated for use in disease endemic areas by the CDC.

2. Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella essential oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of lemongrass, and produces the compounds citronellal, eitronellol, and geraniol, which are all used in perfumes, candles, and soaps.

How does it work?

The oil has also been registered as a plant-based insect repellant in the U.S. since 1948. It’s already found in a number of commercial insect repellants and even some sunscreen products. Instead of scaring away insects with its scent, it seems to mask other scents that are attractive to them, making it difficult for them to locate their targets.

How effective is it?

Studies have shown that citronella is effective, especially when combined with vanillin (the essential constituent of vanilla) to extend protection times. In a 2011 review of eleven studies, citronella protection times were lower than DEET, but combining the oil with vanillin helped increase those times. The two together were found to repel mosquitoes for at least three hours.

Effective against: Mosquitoes and other flying insects. If using alone, reapply every 30 minutes. Be aware that it is a skin sensitizer, and can cause allergic reactions if used on bare skin.

3. Catnip Essential Oil

Keep the cats away—this repellant is for humans!

Catnip oil, extracted from the catnip plant, was found in a 2001 study to repel mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. This was only one study, so the results should be taken with caution, but they are promising.

Researchers put groups of 20 mosquitoes in a glass tube, half of which was treated with catnip oil (nepetalactone). After 10 minutes, only an average of about 20 percent (4 mosquitoes) remained on the side treated with a high dose (1.0 percent) of the oil, and only about 25 percent (5 mosquitoes) in the low-dose (0.1 percent) side. The same tests with DEET resulted in 40-45 percent (8-9 mosquitoes) remaining on the treated side.

How effective is it?

A later 2006 study found similar results, with catnip oil being the most effective (among thyme, amyris, eucalyptus, and cinnamon), providing six hours of protection at two different concentrations. Thyme was also effective, but lasted only two hours.

Finally, a 2011 study also found the oil effective against mosquitoes and ticks.

Effective against: Mosquitoes, ticks, and potentially other flying insects.

neem

4. Neem Essential Oil

A number of studies have shown that neem can help protect you from mosquito bites. In the late 90s, researchers in India found that kerosene lamps with one percent neem oil reduced bites on volunteers sitting in a room overnight.

does it work?

Another study found two percent neem oil mixed with coconut oil and applied to the skin protected against a variety of mosquitoes, ranging from 96-100 percent protection against malaria transmitting types, to 61-94 percent protection against West Nile virus types.

Effective against: Mosquitoes, and possibly other flying insects. Most effective when combined with a carrier oil and applied to the skin. Less effective in sprays. Reapply regularly.

5. Soybean Oil

There is some evidence that this oil may provide longer-lasting protection than other natural repellants, particularly citronella essential oil.

long lasting protection

In a 2004 study, Bite Blocker, which contains two percent soybean oil, protected against mosquito bites for 5-7 hours—longer than other options. An earlier 2002 study found that soybean oil on its own protected against mosquito bites for an average of 94.6 minutes—longer than most oils on their own.

Ideal for homemade solutions

Not to mention, a 2011 study used a number of other essential oils mixed in soybean oil for repellant tests, showing that soybean oil may be the best choice for homemade insect repellant mixtures.

Lemongrass (citronella) has also been found to be protective when mixed with soybean oil—another good idea for homemade solutions.

Effective against: A variety of mosquitoes, and potentially other insects.

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6. Cedar Essential Oil (Nootkatone)

If you’re looking for protection against ticks and other creepy-crawlies, be sure to include cedar in your mixture.

In a 2014 study, cedarwood oil was significantly effective against ants, red fire ants, and blacklegged ticks. At the highest dosage (6.3 mg/ml), it killed 100 percent of the ticks. An earlier 2011 study also found the oil to be effective at repelling two species of ticks.

fleas too!

If you’re looking for a flea repellant for your dog, this oil may also be a good option. (Apply on a daily basis.) It not only kills fleas on contact, but can help heal itching and hot spots. Simply rub on your hands and run through the animal’s coat, or apply with a spray bottle.

Effective against: Ticks, ants, fleas, mites, lice, and other creepy-crawlies.

Some Other Essential Oils that May Be Effective

There are a number of other essential oils that may provide short-term protection as repellants, but so far, these have shown to last only a short time, or to be less effective than those listed above. They do all have insect-repelling action, though, and you can still use these in your own homemade repellants to create your own mixture.

•     Pine
•     Thyme
•     Vetiver
•     Bergamot
•     Peppermint
•     Tea tree
•     Eucalyptus
•     Basil
•     Lavender
•     Rosemary

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Make Your Own!

If you’d like to make your own insect repellant using natural oils, you have several options

Ingredients

10 drops of your main essential oil (pick any mentioned above!)
4 oz witch hazel
10 drops carrier oil—soybean sunflower, apricot kernel, or coconut work
Any additional essential oils you'd like to add
Vanilla (optional)
Distilled Water (optional—if you'd like to dilute)

Directions

Dilute about 10 drops of your main essential oil (and a few drops of any other desired essential oils) in four ounces of witch hazel in a spray bottle. You can also add distilled water to the mix if desired.

Mix about 10 drops in the same amount of carrier oil, such as soybean (for added protection), sunflower, apricot kernel, or coconut.

Keep in mind that adding vanilla in may help to extend the lasting power of your homemade solution. Read more about how to make a natural insect repellant in our previous post.

Do you make your own insect repellants? How do they work for you?

 

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Zika virus disease in the United States, 2015–2016
EWG – EWG'S Guide to Bug Repellents in the Age of Zika
EWG – EWG’s Advice for Avoiding Bug Bites
Children MD – Do natural bug repellents work?
PubMed – Repellency of IR3535, KBR3023, para-menthane-3,8-diol, and deet to black salt marsh mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Everglades National Park.
NBCI – Plant-based insect repellents: a review of their efficacy, development and testing
National Pesticide Information Center – Oil of Citronella, General Fact Sheet
Medical Daily – Is Citronella Grass Your Best Bet For A Natural Mosquito Repellent This Summer?
PubMed – Effectiveness of citronella preparations in preventing mosquito bites: systematic review of controlled laboratory experimental studies.
Science Daily – Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET
PubMed – Adult repellency and larvicidal activity of five plant essential oils against mosquitoes.
PubMed – Repellent activity of catmint, Nepeta cataria, and iridoid nepetalactone isomers against Afro-tropical mosquitoes, ixodid ticks and red poultry mites.
Discover Neem – Neem Natural Mosquito Repellent
NBCI – Toxicity of a plant based mosquito repellent/killer
PubMed – Laboratory evaluation of mosquito repellents against Aedes albopictus, Culex nigripalpus, and Ochierotatus triseriatus (Diptera: Culicidae).
PubMed – Comparative efficacy of insect repellents against mosquito bites.
PubMed – Efficacy of herbal essential oils as insecticide against Aedes aegypti (Linn.), Culex quinquefasciatus (Say) and Anopheles dirus (Peyton and Harrison).
PubMed – Bioactivity of cedarwood oil and cedrol against arthropod pests.
Wiley Online Library – Essential oils of Cupressus funebris, Juniperus communis, and J. chinensis (Cupressaceae) as repellents against ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) and as toxicants against mosquitoes
PubMed – Use of novel compounds for pest control: insecticidal and acaricidal activity of essential oil components from heartwood of Alaska yellow cedar.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

23 Healthy Kombucha Recipes to Heal Your Gut

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We love kombucha so much at Annmarie Skin Care HQ that we have a keg on tap. That's why we were so excited to share this article from our friends at PaleoHacks!

Fizzle up with these gut-healing kombucha recipes filled with nourishing probiotics!

Fermented foods like yogurts, sauerkraut, and kimchi all offer your gut the mega-benefit of probiotics, but there’s one fermented elixir that tops our list: kombucha.

This fizzy drink is typically made by fermenting tea with a sweetener and a SCOBY, or a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. If you’ve never made a batch from scratch before, we’ve got the best kombucha guide to help get you started.

Paleo-friendly kombucha?

Kombucha tastes best when you make it at home with Paleo-friendly ingredients – it’s also much more cost-effective than buying bottles of it at the store. The best part? You can flavor kombucha with a variety of fresh fruit, spices, flowers, teas, and roots.

From strawberry to hibiscus to pumpkin spice, and more, you’ll find plenty of sweet-drink kombucha recipes to shake up your daily water routine. You can even experiment with flavors to create your own gut-healing kombucha gummies.

To flavor your kombucha, you’ll need to send it through a second fermentation process. Adding too many extra ingredients during the first stage of fermentation may damage the SCOBY or have other adverse effects on your brew. So, brew up a big batch of that fermented tea and try these flavored kombucha recipes to liven up your drink.

Paleo Kombucha

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This simple, straightforward kombucha recipe combines green and black tea flavors in its brew.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Kombucha

Strawberry Kombucha

Strawberries make for one deliciously sweet and refreshing drink.

Recipe: Cultures for Health | Strawberry Kombucha

Citrus Rosemary Kombucha

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Start with your favorite basic kombucha, then add in freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit, lemon and fresh rosemary in this zingy recipe.

Recipe: The Wild Gut | Citrus Rosemary Kombucha

Spiced Apple Kombucha

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The perfect fizzy sipper for fall, this recipe adds apples, spices, and fresh ginger to kombucha.

Recipe: Intoxicated on Life | Spiced Apple Kombucha

Clean Green Kombucha

For a super healthy elixir, that your body will thank you for, add powdered greens and lemon to your kombucha.

Recipe: Cultures for Health | Clean Green Kombucha

Cranberry Spice Kombucha

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Cranberries, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger capture fall flavors in this warm recipe.

Recipe: The Wild Gut | Cranberry Spice Kombucha

Watermelon-Cucumber Kombucha Coolers

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Fresh watermelon juice and fresh cucumbers sweeten up this batch of ’booch. Skip the optional ingredients to keep it fit and healthy.

Recipe: Feed Me Phoebe | Watermelon-Cucumber Kombucha Coolers

Chocolate Raspberry Kombucha

Chocolate-y kombucha? Yes, we’re serious. Opt for a Paleo-friendly raspberry jam in this recipe.

Recipe: Cultures for Health | Chocolate Raspberry Kombucha

Strawberry Cucumber Kombucha

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Check out this strawberry cucumber combo for a brisk refresher you can’t resist.

Recipe: South Beach Primal | Strawberry Kombucha

Citrus Kombucha

Try orange, grapefruit or a blend of the two for an ultra-citrusy fermented drink.

Recipe: Cultures for Health | Citrus Kombucha

Hibiscus Kombucha

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This hibiscus-flavored kombucha makes for one pretty shade of reddish pink.

Recipe: Wholeheart Nutrition | Hibiscus Kombucha

Chia Seed Kombucha

In this thick and jammy recipe, simply add chia seeds to your kombucha for a fun twist.

Recipe: Cultures for Health | Chia Seed Kombucha

Pumpkin Spice Kombucha

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Yes, you can even add pumpkin purée to your kombucha for epically flavorful results.

Recipe: The Wild Gut | Pumpkin Spice Kombucha

Apple Pie Kombucha

This set of recipes give you not one, but three ways to flavor your kombucha with deliciously spiced apple flavor.

Recipe: Hybrid Rasta Mama | Apple Pie Kombucha

Cream Soda Kombucha

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Be sure to use organic, pure blackstrap molasses (no added sugar) to keep this recipe Paleo.

Recipe: Essential Omnivore | Cream Soda Kombucha

Pomegranate Orange Kombucha

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This holiday-approved kombucha is made with a zesty combination of pomegranate and orange juices, with a twist of fragrant orange peel for garnish.

Recipe: Stupid Easy Paleo | Pomegranate Orange Kombucha

Pineapple and Cayenne Kombucha

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This spicy and tropical take on kombucha will make your taste buds tingle – in a good way.

Recipe: The Wild Gut | Pineapple and Cayenne Kombucha

Ginger Turmeric Kombucha

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Not only are you getting all the probiotic benefits of kombucha in this drink, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and turmeric root, too!

Recipe: All The Nourishing Things | Ginger Turmeric Kombucha

Kombucha Lemonade

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In the mood for a summertime zingy drink? Opt for this fizzy lemon drink to unwind in the sun.

Recipe: Fit Foodie Finds | Kombucha Lemonade

Raspberry Lime Homemade Kombucha

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Fresh lime and raspberries combine in this citrusy tart drink.

Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Raspberry Lime Homemade Kombucha

Peach Kombucha

You’ve had peach iced tea, now imagine adding an addicting fizzy tang to it.

Recipe: Thank Your Body | Peach Kombucha

Pineapple Strawberry Kombucha

Homemade-Fruit-Flavored-Kombucha.jpgBlended strawberry and pineapple make for one sweet addition to kombucha.

Recipe: Isabel Eats | Pineapple Strawberry Kombucha

Homemade Elderberry Kombucha

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A true tropical treat, this recipe adds lavender, honey, and ginger to a kombucha drink you’re sure to love.

Recipe: Naturally Loriel | Homemade Elderberry Kombucha

 

What are some of your favorite kombucha recipes? Share with us in the comments!

 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

3 Unexpected Uses for the Beauty Blend Tea

Beauty Blend

The Beauty Blend Tea is pretty much the perfect compliment to our line. Chances are, you’re using our skin care in some sort of self care practice, right? Nothing goes better with a face mask and a bath than a perfect cup of tea. Beauty Blend is an intensely nourishing mix, which means that you’re taking care of yourself on the inside, too.

The blend consists  hand-selected yerba mate, nettle, and horsetail. They can all stimulate and support a healthy glow from within due to their rich quantities of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and bioflavonoids.

Think outside the Mug

With ingredients this powerful, it’s no surprise that this tea is good for more than just, well, tea. We find ourself using the beauty blend outside the mug often—here are our three favorite ways to get creative with it!

Unexpected Uses for Tea

1. DIY Facial Steam

Treat yourself to an at-home facial by creating a DIY facial steam with the beauty blend. Simply boil a few cups of water and pour over two tablespoons of the tea blend. Feel free to add essential oils to this mix as desired.

Place a bath towel over the back of your head, and hold a few feet above the steam for about 10 minutes. This treatment will help detox your skin and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.

Taking deep breaths of the herbal steam is great for your sinuses as well!

3 Unexpected Uses for Tea

2. Cocktail Mixer

Yes, yes, we love the Beauty Blend for it’s nourishing properties, but you can have some fun with it too. Try our version of a Long Island Iced Tea!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Beauty Blend
2 cups water
¼ cup rum
¼ cup vodka
¼ cup tequila
¼ cup triple sec
¼ cup agave nectar
1 lemon, juiced
2 lemons for serving

Directions

The night before your Long Island tea party, steep two tablespoons of the Beauty Blend in two cups of boiling water for 20 minutes. Refrigerate overnight so your tea is cold when getting your mix on. The next day, combine tea, alcohol, agave, and lemon juice into a large pitcher. Add lemon slices for serving, and voila!

3 Unexpected Uses for Tea

3. Hair Rinse

The herbs in the Beauty Blend aren’t just nourishing for your insides. So many of these ingredients have incredible effects on your hair as well!

Take nettle for example— it strengthens and can help with dandruff. Ingredients such as Sea Buckthorn are rich in antioxidants that naturally soften and promote shiny tresses.

Yerba Mate contains caffeine that increasing blood flow when it penetrate hair strands, encouraging your luxurious locks to grow their strongest.

Do It Yourself!

Steep two tablespoons of Beauty Blend in two cups of water, give or take. Pour over your hair after shampooing and leave on for 5 minutes. Follow up with a deep conditioning for a glorious shine!

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Bonus: Get in the garden and make your plants grow!

Finished with your tea? Not so fast! Instead of throwing out your used tea blend, take it to your garden and let it work its magic on your plant babies.

City dwellers, this is for you too- you can use this method on your beloved house plants. Spread your tea remains around the base of the plants, like a mulch. Your plants will love it and absorb the nutrients, just like you did.

Do you have any alternative uses for tea? Share with us in the comments!

 

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sensitive Skin: What It Is, How to Cope, and the Best Products for You

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We’ve been talking about skin types here the last few weeks—dry, oily, and combination. But this week, we’re talking about a type that can co-exist with any of these. In other words, you can have combination skin, and also have sensitive skin. Dry skin types are the ones who are most often plagued with sensitivity as well, but combinations may have it too. It’s more rare in oily skin.

In the world of skin care, being “sensitive” doesn’t mean that you’re feelings are easily hurt. Instead, it means that your skin can be easily affected, and has a definite set of characteristics that require special care.

If you think you may fall in the sensitive realm, read on.

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is easily “bothered” by things. Sun exposure, wind, heat and cold, chemicals in products, and other similar factors can all cause this skin type to react. The type of reaction may vary, but the key point is that the skin is often reacting to something.

What Causes Sensitive Skin?

There are a number of possible causes. You may have been born with sensitive skin. Maybe your mom or dad had it, or one of your grandparents. Either way, it’s been that way since you can remember, and you’re stuck.

There are other things, however, that can actually cause your skin to become more sensitive. These include:

Allergies—if you are allergic to certain things, your skin may react sensitively to them

Dry skin—dry skin types are often sensitive as well, because of the thinner outer layer

Excessive exposure to environmental factors, such as the sun, wind, or harsh chemical irritants

If you have any of the above skin conditions, you qualify as a sensitive skin type.

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Specific Problems in Sensitive Skin Types

Sensitive skins usually notice these types of problems:

•     Occasional redness
•     Sunburns and windburns easily
•     Occasional blotchiness
•     Dryness
•     Oily skin
•     Clogged pores
•     Tight skin

Most Sensitive Skins Have Triggers

If you have sensitive skin, you may already know some of the “triggers” that create reactions on your skin. There are some common, ones, however, that you may not be aware of. Some well known triggers that can make sensitive skin react include:

•     Temperature changes
•     Chemical and/or synthetic fragrances
•     Formaldehyde
(and formaldehyde releasing preservatives like urea, quaternium-15, and DMDM hydantoin)
•     Dyes
•     Cosmetics and soaps
•     Preservatives
•     Propylene glycol and ethanol
•     Fragrances (the #1 allergen and irritant in cosmetics)
•     Bismuth oxychloride and mica (light-refracting ingredients found in makeup)
•     Hormonal imbalances
•     Lanolin
•     Rubber latex
•     4-tert-butylphenol in cosmetics (lip liners), plastics, and lacquers
•     Chemicals used in pesticides and herbicides
•     Menthol and peppermint
•     Gold and silver metals

Some people who have allergies to natural trees and grasses, such as ragweed, can also develop allergies to essential oils like chamomile and calendula, since these are cross-reactive ragweed allergens.

check your labels!

Others can gradually become sensitized to certain skin care products that have formaldehyde, particularly after using them for awhile. This is why it’s important to always be careful about the ingredients in your product, as some harsh chemicals and preservatives can sometimes create skin sensitivity over time as you use them.

“Women are using more anti-aging products than ever before,” says Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, M.D., a dermatologist from Miama, “and the potent exfoliants in them can cause irritation. So more women are experiencing the symptoms of sensitivity.”

Lifestyle Factors to Help Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin types can benefit from some lifestyle changes that may help protect your skin. First, if you have allergic reactions, check with your allergy doctor. A patch test may reveal exactly what ingredients you are allergic to, so you can avoid these in the future.

Other steps you can try to protect your skin include:

Protect

Think of sensitive skin as fragile skin—it needs protection always. Use hats, clothing, and safe sunscreen. Protect from the wind with scarves.

Detox

Not in your body, necessarily, though of course you can, but we’re talking here about your home. Get rid of the toxic elements as much as you can, as the more you cut back, the less likely your body (and skin) will be to react. Get rid of chemical and environmental irritants in your personal care items, laundry items, household cleaners, furniture, paint, etc.

Moisturize

Sensitive skin is typically dry, which means that it’s vulnerable to attack. Keep it moisturized always.

Always take your makeup off

Do not sleep in your makeup! Even the most natural products can become clogged in your pores and cause irritation. Use a gentle cleanser and then put on your moisturizing night cream so your skin has a chance to recover.

Be wary of bacteria

This means replacing your washcloth and pillowcase more often, and tossing out old makeup and cosmetic products. Wash your makeup brushes often and let them air dry.

Consider a shower filter

Many sources of city water may contain chlorine or other chemicals that can cause your skin to react. A shower filter can help cut down on your exposure to these chemicals.

Test

When you’re trying a new product, always test it on your wrist, arm, or behind the ear first before putting it on your face or more broadly on your body.

Avoid your triggers

As much as you can, avoid triggers like lanolin, harsh soaps, alcohols, chemicals, fragrances, and the like. Learn to read labels on your skin care products.

Use a humidifier

Unless you live in a humid climate, use a humidifier to help your skin stay moisturized.

Don’t be fooled

Any manufacturer of personal care products can put “hypo-allergenic” on their label. It doesn’t mean you will not have an allergic reaction to it, so always test it first.

Daily Routine for Sensitive Skin

With sensitive skin, the keys are “gentle” and “non-toxic.” Keep these two terms in mind whenever you’re shopping for new products, or thinking about trying home-based remedies.

Wash gently and naturally

Stay away from all harsh cleansers, particularly soaps and cleansers that have sulfates, alcohols, and preservatives in them. All of these can not only make your skin react, but will contribute to dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. You need a gentle, natural formula that will clean while soothing and calming.

Try our Aloe-Herb Cleanser, which uses the gentle properties of aloe to soothe while herbal cleansers go to work cleaning dirt, oils and impurities. You can also try using straight coconut milk with cucumber juice and a little honey or tea tree oil. No matter what you use, if it leaves your skin feeling tight, try something else.

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Don’t tone—rebalance

Sensitive skin types should stay away from regular toner, as it’s usually drying, irritating, or harsh. Instead, what you need after cleansing is something that will help restore balance to your skin that cleansing disrupted.

Try our Neroli Toning Mist, which is soothing and gentle, yet balancing. You can also try cool green tea, or regular rosewater, which are both helpful for occasional redness.

Moisturize and calm

Like dry skin types, sensitive skin needs regular moisture. In addition to moisture, however, you need ingredients that will calm. So you’re looking for your moisturizer to hydrate and soothe.

If you try our Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin, specifically formulated for sensitive skin, you’ll get sensitive moisturization that is both calming and gentle on your skin, along with a good dose of protective antioxidants.

You can also try jojoba oil or aloe vera oil formulas, or look for calming moisturizers like chamomile, shea butter, propolis, and bisabolol.

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add to your weekly routine

In addition to your daily routine, take these steps every week for more glowing, hydrated skin:

Exfoliate with the utmost caution!

All skin needs exfoliation, but sensitive skin types can be further damaged by it if you’re not careful. Avoid harsh scrubs and choose natural exfoliators instead like those in our Ayurvedic Facial Scrub.

This product helps exfoliate while still moisturizing and soothing. Oatmeal and water can also be used. Try once or twice a week, depending on how your skin reacts. Avoid microdermabrasion and other harsh treatments, however.

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Nourishing mask

Sensitive skin needs nourishment even more than other skin types. Here again, the key is “soothing.” You want a mask that’s going to calm and balance. Our Coconut Honey Mask is great for this as well, but you can also try mixing plain yogurt with oatmeal and leaving on the skin 10-15 minutes, or mix heavy whipping cream with brewed tea and honey.

Gently Care

Sensitive skin ages just like other skins, and often shows fine line and wrinkles even more quickly. Try mixing strawberries with yogurt instead, and leave that on your skin for a few minutes. Strawberries have natural hydroxy acids. You can also try salicylic acid, as it’s more gentle than the other types.

Do you struggle with sensitive skin? How do you cope? Please share any tips you may have.

 

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