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Practicing Mindfulness: The Vast Benefits of Chillin' Per Harvard Study December 14 2018

Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness - what kind of emotion does that conjure in you?  Reluctance? A calming sensation?  Not everyone thinks they can benefit from meditation and mindfulness, but a recent Harvard study suggests that the benefits for the general population are a long list.


Researchers study how it seems to change the brain in depressed patients

In 2015, 16.1 million Americans reported experiencing major depression during the previous year, often struggling to function while grappling with crippling darkness and despair.

There’s an arsenal of treatments at hand, including talk therapy and antidepressant medications, but what’s depressing in itself is that they don’t work for every patient.

“Many people don’t respond to the frontline interventions,” said Benjamin Shapero, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Depression Clinical and Research Program. “Individual cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful for many people; antidepressant medications help many people. But it’s also the case that many people don’t benefit from them as well. There’s a great need for alternative approaches.”

Shapero is working with Gaëlle Desbordes, an instructor in radiology at HMS and a neuroscientist at MGH’s Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, to explore one alternative approach: mindfulness-based meditation.

In recent decades, public interest in mindfulness meditation has soared. Paralleling, and perhaps feeding, the growing popular acceptance has been rising scientific attention. The number of randomized controlled trials — the gold standard for clinical study — involving mindfulness has jumped from one in the period from 1995‒1997 to 11 from 2004‒2006, to a whopping 216 from 2013‒2015, according to a recent article summarizing scientific findings on the subject.

Studies have shown benefits against an array of conditions both physical and mental, including irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. But some of those findings have been called into question because studies had small sample sizes or problematic experimental designs. Still, there are a handful of key areas — including depression, chronic pain, and anxiety — in which well-designed, well-run studies have shown benefits for patients engaging in a mindfulness meditation program, with effects similar to other existing treatments.

“There are a few applications where the evidence is believable. But the effects are by no means earth-shattering,” Desbordes said. “We’re talking about moderate effect size, on par with other treatments, not better. And then there’s a bunch of other things under study with preliminary evidence that is encouraging but by no means conclusive. I think that’s where it’s at. I’m not sure that is exactly how the public understands it at this point.”

Researcher Gaelle Desbordes is probing mindfulness meditation’s effect on depression, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take before and after images of the brains of depressed patients who’ve learned to meditate. The work seeks to understand the internal brain processes affected by mindfulness meditation training in this population.

Desbordes’ interest in the topic stems from personal experience. She began meditating as a graduate student in computational neuroscience at Boston University, seeking respite from the stress and frustration of academic life. Her experience convinced her that something real was happening to her and prompted her to study the subject more closely, in hopes of shedding enough light to underpin therapy that might help others.

“My own interest comes from having practiced those [meditation techniques] and found them beneficial, personally. Then, being a scientist, asking ‘How does this work? What is this doing to me?’ and wanting to understand the mechanisms to see if it can help others,” Desbordes said. “If we want that to become a therapy or something offered in the community, we need to demonstrate [its benefits] scientifically.”

Desbordes’ research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which not only takes pictures of the brain, as a regular MRI does, but also records brain activity occurring during the scan. In 2012, she demonstrated that changes in brain activity in subjects who have learned to meditate hold steady even when they’re not meditating. Desbordes took before-and-after scans of subjects who learned to meditate over the course of two months. She scanned them not while they were meditating, but while they were performing everyday tasks. The scans still detected changes in the subjects’ brain activation patterns from the beginning to the end of the study, the first time such a change — in a part of the brain called the amygdala — had been detected.

Functional MRI (left) showing activation in the amygdala when participants were watching images with emotional content before learning meditation. After eight weeks of training in mindful attention meditation (right) note the amygdala is less activated after the meditation training. Courtesy of Gaelle Desbordes
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In her current work, she is exploring meditation’s effects on the brains of clinically depressed patients, a group for whom studies have shown meditation to be effective. Working with patients selected and screened by Shapero, Desbordes is performing functional magnetic resonance imaging scans before and after an eight-week course in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, or MBCT.

During the scans, participants complete two tests, one that encourages them to become more aware of their bodies by focusing on their heartbeats (an exercise related to mindfulness meditation), and the other asking them to reflect on phrases common in the self-chatter of depressed patients, such as “I am such a loser,” or “I can’t go on.” After a series of such comments, the participants are asked to stop ruminating on the phrases and the thoughts they trigger. Researchers will measure how quickly subjects can disengage from negative thoughts, typically a difficult task for the depressed.

The process will be repeated for a control group that undergoes muscle relaxation training and depression education instead of MBCT. While it’s possible that patients in the control part of the study also will have reduced depressive symptoms, Desbordes said it should occur via different mechanisms in the brain, a difference that may be revealed by the scans. The work, which received funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has been underway since 2014 and is expected to last into 2019.

Desbordes said she wants to test one prevalent hypothesis about how MBCT works in depressed patients: that the training boosts body awareness in the moment, called interoception, which, by focusing their attention on the here and now, arms participants to break the cycle of self-rumination.

“We know those brain systems involved with interoception, and we know those involved with rumination and depression. I want to test, after taking MBCT, whether we see changes in these networks, particularly in tasks specifically engaging them,” Desbordes said.

Desbordes is part of a community of researchers at Harvard and its affiliated institutions that in recent decades has been teasing out whether and how meditation works.

In the 1970s, when transcendental meditation surged in popularity, Herbert Benson, a professor at Harvard Medical School and what was then Beth Israel Hospital, explored what he called “The Relaxation Response,” identifying it as the common, functional attribute of transcendental meditation, yoga, and other forms of meditation, including deep religious prayer. Benson described this response — which recent investigators say is not as common as he originally thought — as the opposite of the body’s adrenalin-charged “fight or flight” response, which was also identified at Harvard, by physiologist Walter Cannon Bradford in 1915.

Researchers found that patients with IBS or IBD who used the relaxation response saw improvement in their quality of life. The relaxation response, a physiologic state of deep rest induced by practices such as meditation, was first described more than 40 years ago by Herbert Benson, a Harvard Medical School professor.
Meditation may relieve IBS and IBD
Researchers found the relaxation response showed improvements in the two gastrointestinal disorders

Other MGH researchers also are studying the effects of meditation on the body, including Sara Lazar, who in 2012 used fMRI to show that the brains of subjects thickened after an eight-week meditation course. Work is ongoing at MGH’s Benson-Henry Institute; at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; at the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, where Zev Schuman-Olivier directs the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion; and among a group of nearly a dozen investigators at Harvard and other Northeastern institutions, including Desbordes and Lazar, who are collaborating through the Mindfulness Research Collaborative.

Among the challenges researchers face is defining mindfulness itself. The word has come to describe a meditation-based practice whose aim is to increase one’s sense of being in the present, but it has also been used to describe a nonmeditative state in which subjects set aside their mental distractions to pay greater attention to the here and now, as in the work of Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer.

Another challenge involves sorting through the many variations of meditative practice.

Recent scientific exploration has largely focused on the secular practice of mindful meditation, but meditation is also a component of several ancient religious traditions, with variations. Even within the community practicing secular mindful meditation, there are variations that may be scientifically meaningful, such as how often one meditates and how long the sessions are. Desbordes herself has an interest in a variation called compassion meditation, whose aim is to increase caring for those around us.

Amid this variation, an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course developed in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center has become something of a clinical and scientific standard. The course involves weekly two- or 2½-hour group training sessions, 45 minutes of daily work on one’s own, and a daylong retreat. The mindfulness-based cognitive therapy used in Desbordes’ current work is a variation on that program and incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves talk therapy effective in treating depression.

Ultimately, Desbordes said she’s interested in teasing out just what in mindful meditation can work against depression. If researchers can identify what elements are effective, the therapy may be refined to be more successful. Shapero is also interested in using the study to refine treatment. Since some patients benefit from mindfulness meditation and some do not, he’d like to better understand how to differentiate between the two.

“Once we know which ingredients are successful, we can do more of that and less, maybe, of the parts that are less effective,” Desbordes said.

Take Care Of Yourself: Advance Your Health & Boost Your Mood December 14 2018

Taking care of yourself isn't just a great way to feel good, indulged and pampered, it actually provides medical benefits that justify that special treat you've had your mind on:

Can reduce inflammation.

Boost endorphins.

Stabilize insulin levels.

Improve cognitive thinking.

Reduce depression.

Minimizes anxiety.

A Harvard medical study shows that these four basic acts of self care can greatly improve your life:

Be physically active. Exercise busts stress, boosts the mood, and elevates our energy level, not to mention the heart health benefits. Believe it or not, you can exercise just about anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t have to be at the gym. It doesn’t have to be a scheduled class. And it doesn’t have to be more than a few minutes a day. All activity counts. I encourage patients to think of an activity that they enjoy. Anything. Think about how that enjoyable activity can fit into your life: maybe you can ride your bike to work, or take your kids on an easy hike, or get the whole family to rake leaves with you. Let’s brainstorm about activities that will fit into your life: Maybe make your next meeting a walking one, or take a brisk walk at lunchtime. Try a few minutes on the exercise bike in the kitchen, or dancing around your living room in your socks. On my very busy days, I make sure I take the stairs whenever I have the option. I park farther away than I need to and walk a little more. If I’m going to the grocery store and I only need a few things, I use a hand basket instead of a cart. It. All. Counts. And the more, the better.

Eat well. That means eat healthy. The mountain of studies supporting a whole-foods, plant-based diet for our health is almost as large as the exercise one. Stay away from inflammatory, sugar-spiking, insulin-releasing foods like processed carbohydrates (think all added sugars and anything made with flour). Aim for things that grew on plants or trees. The more colorful the fruits or vegetables, the more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they have and the healthier they are. Vitamin pills and other supplements just don’t work as well. Not going vegetarian to save your life? Got it. Just get colorful fruits and veggies into your diet wherever you can. We don’t have to be perfect, but the more plant-based our diets are, the better.

Calm your mind. We all have stressors in our lives. What varies is how much we let the stressors stress us. What can we do? Yes, meditation works. The relaxation response works. Yoga works. But for those patients who stare at me blankly when I mention these, I talk about other calming activities. This can mean knitting, baking, walking, swimming. Anything quiet and peaceful, when one can take deep breaths and be calmly, enjoyably focused. Me? I try to do a few favorite yoga stretches at the end of the day, right before bed. This is usually after the kids fall asleep, and I can’t even be bothered to find my yoga mat. I just get right to it on the carpet in my daughter’s room: downward dog, plank, cobra, and then some of my own moves, to stretch out my back.

Sleep well. Aim for a refreshing amount of sleep. While this will differ for everyone, generally it’s about eight hours. It’s tempting to stay up late to cram in those last household chores or answer email, but really, the world won’t end if the laundry is dirty for another day, or the dishes are piled up in the sink. Sleep deprivation causes irritability, poor cognition, impaired reflexes and response time (think: car accidents!), and chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to depression and anxiety. Create a short, easy bedtime routine. Stretching or yoga, prayer, or reading a book can be relaxing. But stay away from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, as the light interferes and interrupts the natural sleep onset. Alcohol near bedtime also interferes with sleep, and is a common cause of nighttime or early-morning awakening.

The bottom line.
Maybe we can’t do all these things every day. But if we make self-care a goal, and try to address all of these factors regularly, then we will feel and function better. The better we feel and function, the more we can do for the people and things we care about. And that is a win-win.




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What Helps Eyelashes Grow? The Best Ingredients & Tips That Work June 20 2018

Everyone wants prettier, longer, thicker eyelashes.  While conventional cosmetics can look beautiful, there's a good chance they contain ingredients that could be considered harmful and irritating.  This can hinder lash growth.  Another popular and expensive alternative is lash extensions, but this is an added burden and expense to your beauty routine, and the adhesives used are also potentially hazardous and harmful.

Making the switch to all natural plant based cosmetics and products is a great start, and the tips below will help encourage healthier lash growth.

One important addition you can make for healthier eyelashes, is Our Eyelash Growth Serum has the perfect blend of beneficial ingredients and a 5 star rating.  

Castor Oil:

Castor Oil will stimulate hair follicles and encourage healthier hair growth.  It will also assist in fighting micro-organisms that hamper growth.

Olive Oil:

Olive oil will help promote thicker, stronger, healthier hair.  

Brushing Lashes:

Brushing your lashes will encourage stimulation of growth and blood circulation, which can directly benefit hair. 

Lemon Peel Extract:

Lemon Peel is rich in vitamins C and B, folic acid and other nutrients that promote the growth of eyelashes. Create an extract using fresh lemon peel and soak in olive oil, allowing to sit for at least one week.

Green Tea / Extract:

Green tea will stimulate hair growth, and is a strong antioxidant and rich in flavonoids.  Steep green tea in a small amount of water and apply directly to lash line with a cotton bud.

A Healthy Diet:

A well rounded, healthy diet is a very good way to promote healthier hair growth and a healthier body all around.  A sure give away to an unhealthy diet is dry, brittle, thinning, unhealthy hair.  Some recommendtions to add to your weekly diet:  Salmon, pumpkin seeds, lean protein, strawberries, almonds, beans, shiitake mushrooms.  

You can formulate a serum of the ingredients above to help encourage natural eyelash growth, by applying to lash line morning and evening.  These ingredients may not naturally emulsify, so give your serum a good shake to disperse before application.

There are several imperative ingredients we add to our lash growth serum that have been proven to help encourage natural eyelash growth:

Carnitine: Carnitine is a plant derived amino acid.  Many studies have shown that Carnitine will help hair growth significantly.

Horse Chestnut:  Is plant derived, and well known as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory.  It's also well known for it’s anti aging qualities.  Because it can greatly improve vascular health and strength, is it found to encourage hair growth.

Niacinamide:  Niacinamide is derived from whole grains and green vegetables.  It has been proven to stimulate hair growth in medical studies.  

Stinging Nettle: is a plant derived extract that is proven to help promote hair growth, even in the difficult situation of hormonal hair loss.  It also has been used since medieval times for inflammation. 

Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense):  Derived from a tree in India, this active ingredient can preserve the elasticity in skin and help skin retain hyaluronic acid levels in skin.  

Saw Palmetto:  Saw Palmetto is derived from a tree and is well known as an inflammatory and an immune system booster.  Saw Palmetto is shown to inhibit the body's production is DHT, a hormone that prevents hair growth.

Grape Seed Extract: Grape Seed Extract has been proven in studies to stimulate hair growth.  It also helps supress the hormone DHT, which can cause hair growth.  

Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF):  KGF is a protein that stimulates hair growth when added to hair follicles.  

You can read about all of our ingredients here.

Eyelash Serum Reviews | 100% Natural, Longer, Fuller Lashes June 20 2018

Eyelash Serum Reviews

Impressive Eyelash Serum Reviews By Confirmed Customers

One of our top selling products is our eyelash growth serum, which is completely natural, vegan, and cruelty free.  As with all of our products, it is made to order fresh, the day you order it, not pulled from a shelf or inventory.  

We have a 5 star rating on our eyelash serum reviews, and it's something we're very proud of.  Take a look at the most recent comments from our happy customers.

Remember, we offer a no hassle guarantee for all of our products, so you are never stuck with a product that isn't right for you.

5 out of 5 stars | This is my second purchase of this product, and it works GREAT. Keeps my lashes healthy and strong. - blake t

5 out of 5 stars | This the best lash serum I've ever used! - brittani mccoin

5 out of 5 stars | Ordered last week and received today in Singapore. I love this already! - Cam Tran

5 out of 5 stars | This has made my lashes thicker, stronger and healthier for sure. Love it! - Cyndy V.

5 out of 5 stars | Purchased this before and it works great. Love these products! - A Bryce

5 out of 5 stars | This stuff is amazing! I was not sure how long my lashes would grow if at all, but they have and I love how well this product works. - Erin O'Neal

5 out of 5 stars | Fast delivery, beginning to see results, will purchase again! - Cookiered

5 out of 5 stars | Helped my eyebrows. I have a couple of bald spots due to over plucking. This has helped. Thanks! - AK Driskill

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5 out of 5 stars | Amazing. Love everything about these products. All I will use now. Since getting sick I was told by my naturopath to use only products with natural ingredients. So thankful I found this line so I can still have my skin eyebrows eyelashes etc looking well cared for. Much thanks 🙌🏻 - Michelle

5 out of 5 stars | I had extensions and removed them, and this is truly helping my lashes grow back stronger and better. - Kendall Lane

5 out of 5 stars | I am starting to see thicker eyebrows and somewhat thicker lashes. I have only been using it about a week. - Jacklyn Kennedy

5 out of 5 stars | I purchased this and love it.  I use it morning and night.  It's fantastic. - Lauren Spencer

5 out of 5 stars | Love this product. I got it 3 years ago and used it all on my brows. It changed how they looked completely. Today they are much thicker! - Emma Nelson

5 out of 5 stars | I know this is working, and I'm so grateful I found it. - Sara Jane del Carmen

5 out of 5 stars | I love this product, it is helping in re-growing my eyebrow and lashes. I appreciate the beautiful packaging and fast delivery. - Anye1

5 out of 5 stars | Definitely seems to be working. Stings my eyes a little but then goes away. My eyebrows are much thicker. - lipsticklillie

Alpha Lipoic Acid Skin Lightening | Expect Extraordinary Results June 14 2018

30 Ways to Practice Self Care | Magical, Inspiring & Free June 14 2018

Let's take a little time to put aside the needs of friends and family, so that we can refill our tank with what we need to go on.  Sometimes a few minutes to ourselves allows us to feel grounded and calm again. 

Here is a comprehensive list of suggestions for you to conduct self care on a daily basis.  One option for each day - give it a try, and share some of your own ideas below in the comments.

  1. Re-read a favorite book 
  2. Diffuse essential oils
  3. Take a walk
  4. Take an epsom salt bath
  5. Light a scented candle a let it fill your home
  6. Make a homemade body scrub & exfoliate
  7. Color or write in a journal
  8. Listen to your favourite album growing up
  9. Make a hot drink with all the fixings
  10. Get into bed early
  11. Bake something 
  12. Read inspiring quotes
  13. Organize your makeup
  14. Cozy up in a few blankets
  15. Buy yourself flowers
  16. Turn off your phone for a few hours
  17. Say no
  18. Do your nails or go get a manicure/pedicure
  19. Sit in the sunshine
  20. Pray/Meditate
  21. Treat yourself to your favourite dessert
  22. Play with your pet
  23. Do yoga
  24. Do a DIY project
  25. Deep condition your hair
  26. Plan a stay-cation
  27. Start a gratitude journal
  28. Watch the sunset
  29. Exercise
  30. Watch one of your favorite movies

Glycolic Acid Cleanser | Upgrade & Improve The Condition of Your Skin June 14 2018

Oh Glycolic Acid Cleanser, I love you, and let me count the ways!  This is formulated to turn your skin around in a number of ways - including combating acne, balancing skin, reducing sun spots and sun damage, minimizing fine lines, and giving skin a firmer tone. 

This is a sensitive skin safe, completely natural option for those looking for a clean list of ingredients.  It's scent is uplifting, with a hint of freshly cut apple and crisp tart cranberries.  

Let's break down the entire ingredients list of our Glycolic Acid Cleanser, in alpha order so that you know exactly what you're getting and how it can benefit you:

Aloe Vera: Pure Aloe Vera Gel is known for its ability to soothe, moisturize and protect the skin and hair. 

Apple Fruit Acid: Our apple fruit acid contains alpha hydroxy acid and malic acid, which promotes smoother, healthier skin, by exfoliating the top layers to reveal fresher skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid: Alpha Hydroxy Acid is an organic acid containing a hydroxyl group that help exfoliate skin and keep pores clear.  

Citric Acid: A gentle acid that is derived from acidic and sour fruits, it is often used as a natural preservative and can help balance skin, as well as gently exfoliate.

Cranberry Seed Oil: Rich in tocopherols and antioxidants. 

Glycolic Acid: Our glycolic acid is of high quality and benefits skin greatly by gently exfoliating layers of the skin to remove hyperpigmentation and signs of aging.

Lactic Acid: Our lactic acid is derived from cane and beet sugar and is vegan certified.  This is another excellent natural choice to help exfoliate skin and reduce skin issues.

Fermented Coconut Fruit Natural Preservative:  This is a very mild zero to low irritation preservative that is naturally derived, and will prevent the growth of yeast and mold in products. It's gentle quality makes it appropriate for all skin types.

Lactobacillus Ferment Preservative:  Lactobacillus Ferment acts as a natural broad-spectrum antimicrobial derived from  kimchi and sauerkraut, .

Lecithin:  Our lecithin is vegetable derived and rich in B vitamins. Used as a natural emulsifier, and can fight dry damaged skin as well as treat eczema.

Malic Acid:  Malic Acid is derived from fruits and can improve hyperpigmentation by decreasing the production of melanin.

Sea Kelp Bioferment:  Extracted from kelp leaves and contains many vital nutrients, it is an excellent oil free moisturizer. 

Sea Kelp Extract:  Sea kelp has a high content of vitamins and minerals, and helps invigorate the skin and tissue thereby improving the appearance of wrinkles. The vitamins and minerals nourish and soothe the skin and hair.

Vegetable Castile:  Our castile is vegan derived from coconut and olives, and is a natural ingredient in our cleansers.  It is considered very mild and is free of parabens or sulfates.

Vegetable Glycerin:  A vegetable derived humectant that can restore elasticity and moisture levels.


Lightening Facial Cleanser | Natural Lightener for Distinctive Results June 07 2018

Our lightening facial cleanser is a super effective and gentle way to brighten up your skin tone and reduce brown spots, sun spots, and sun damage.  Safe for sensitive skin and all skin tones.

It's intoxicating and invigorating scent of fresh lemon and honey will perk your senses and give you that kick start to begin your day feeling like you've done the right thing by treating your skin to a completely natural and chemical free product. 

Free of parabens, harsh chemicals, sulfates, synthetics, dyes, artificial fragrance, and cruelty free. 

Each product is made fresh the day you order it.

Enjoy free shipping in the US.


• Fade Discoloration Naturally
• Remove Cosmetics Safely
• Antibacterial with Fresh Honey & Lemon

"Very clean list of ingredients and very pure." - Gina T.

"I love the soft sudsing action and fresh lemon smell." - Mayone W.


Aloe Vera, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Fermented Coconut Fruit Natural Preservative, Fermented Vegetable Natural Preservative, Honey, Lecithin, Lemon Essential Oil, Lemon Peel Bioferment, Licorice Root Extract, Melatonin, Niacinamide, Peach Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Tocopherol, Vegetable Castile, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax


Lemon: Lemon is naturally acidic and acts as a bleaching agent which will help to fade uneven pigmentation. 

Licorice: Licorice root has been used to effective fade pigmentation and lighten skin.

Melatonin: Melatonin Improves skin elasticity, improves pigmentation, and protects against solar radiation.

Niacinamide: Niacinamide Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin per the National Library of Medicine.



50 Easy & Delicious Snacks For Clean Eating June 06 2018

What is clean eating? Clean eating is about eating whole foods, or "real" foods — those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.

One of the first rules to clean eating is choosing non processed foods that do not come from a box or bag.  Second rule is eat foods that remember where they came from.  There are some exceptions to the box / bag rule, as some fresh foods do come packaged in a container - we can overlook that small detail and focus on freshness.  

1. Apple Slices
2. Veggies and Hummus
3. Cashews
4. Air-Popped Popcorn
5. Bananas
6. Greek yogurt with fruit
7. Grapes
8. Homemade Popsicles
9. Pecans
10. Veggies and Guacamole
11. Berries
12. Olives & Pickles
13. Dried Fruit
14. Hard Boiled Eggs
15. Peanuts
16. Peaches with Cottage Cheese
17. Almonds
18. Dark Chocolate
19. Edamame
20. Fresh Fruit Smoothies
21. Grapefruit
22. String Cheese
23. Raisins
24. Bananas with Peanut butter
25. Pistachios
26. Frozen berries
27. Fresh Fruit Salad
28. Fresh Mango Chunks
29. Fresh Fruit Popsicle
30. Fresh Fruit Skewers
31. Carrot Sticks
32. Mixed Nuts
33. Apricots
34. Mandarin Oranges
35. Sliced Cucumbers
36. Walnuts
37. Watermelon Slices
38. Baked Sweet Potato
39. Apple Chips
40. Fresh Pineapple Chunks
41. Coconut Yogurt with Granola
42. Baked Zuchinni Chips
43. Hazlenuts
44. Cinnamon Popcorn
45. Oatmeal w/ Fresh Fruit
46. Plain Baked Potato
47. Brocolli & Cauliflower Florets
48. Veggie wrap with Salsa
49. Fresh Smoothie
50. Frozen Grapes


Tca Cream Peel: Dramatic & Extraordinary Results For Better Skin June 06 2018

TCA Cream Peel

Our tca cream is the perfect choice for dealing with a variety of skin care concerns.  Our formulation is specifically designed to be effective yet easy to use at home without the need for an esthetician or doctor.  We include a substantial yet safe percentage of TCA and glycolic acid to help you achieve your skin care goals.  Read on to find out how it works and how to use it.

The past few years TCA (trichloroacetic acid) has been more available to the general public, and it's benefits can solve a number of skin care issues.  It can significantly reduce sun spots and discoloration, scarring, acne, and wrinkles. 

TCA can be derived from vinegar and/or acetic acid, which is in turn derived from apples, grapes, oranges, pineapples, and strawberries.  Most versions of tca are modified in a lab to ensure stability and high quality.

TCA is considered slightly more aggressive than glycolic acid.  It is considered a medium peel option, as opposed to glycolic acid being light and phenol being deep and rather invasive.

TCA can be used to face tattoos, acne scarring, and reduction/elimination of warts.

TCA peels are great if you hope to even out your skin tone and get rid of imperfections, fine wrinkles, scarring, and imperfections that you've acquired along the way.  AHA peels are considered mild and cannot rid the skin of finer wrinkles, but TCA can.  The results are more noticeable than those of AHA peels, but less dramatic than the results achieved with phenol peels. Recovery time follows the same pattern. It takes longer to recover from a TCA peel than an AHA peel, but much less time than a phenol peel.

Unlike phenol peels, a TCA cream peel can be effective on people with darker skin. They are less likely to leave your skin looking permanently bleached, but don't be over zealous with the strength, as that can cause some discoloration. As far as popularity goes, TCA cream peels are equal to AHA peels. This is largely because the concentration of trichloroacetic acid can be altered to produce results similar to those of both AHA peels and phenol peels.  Even better, the whole procedure requires very little time and you can go about your day without any worry of down time or long recovery.

Our cream is carefully designed to be applied to clean, dry skin, and left on.  You will experience a few minutes of slight tingling and then the acids will complete their process and the strength will be diminished.  Then you skin will be left with the hydrating and healing ingredients in the cream to ensure fast healing and hydration. 

TCA Cream Peel

Cinnamon For Your Skin | Benefits of Cinnamon for Acne June 04 2018

There are many benefits of cinnamon for acne and a variety of skin issues including the production of collagen and anti aging.

Cinnamon has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian cultures as a topical and internal medicinal ingredient. Among the various internal benefits which cinnamon offers, one of the most important is its role in maintaining healthy skin.

Cinnamon can also help remedy various skin related diseases and infections. Thus, cinnamon can be used in multifarious various to improve your skin. It’s a wonderful choice for eczema, acne and anti aging (collagen production).

IN 2012 a medical study was conducted that proved that cinnamon promoted the production of collagen synthesis, and the National Institute of Health determined that cinnamon extract is useful in antiaging treatment of skin.

Recent research suggests that cinnamon is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal agent, making it very effective in the treatment of infections. Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it is effective on treating external as well as internal infections. It helps in destroying germs in the gall bladder and the bacteria present in staph infections.

The antibacterial effect of cinnamon is the most studied of its properties.

A 2007 study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry demonstrated the effectiveness of cinnamon extract on five bacteria including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella anatum and Bacillus cereus. The study found that cinnamaldehyde and proanthocyanidins contained in cinnamon are responsible for this broad-spectrum antibacterial action.

Cinnamon is an effective ingredient for fighting acne. This broad-spectrum antibacterial activity makes cinnamon effective against acne-causing bacteria like P. acnes and S. epidermis.

By removing these bacteria from the skin, cinnamon prevents the clogging of the skin pores and reduces the inflammation and increased sebum production caused by the microbes.

Cinnamon also reduces skin inflammation by other means. A 2002 study discovered that cinnamon inhibits the production of nitric oxide. Since nitric oxide is a major component of the inflammation process, reducing its production can help reduce acne swelling which presents as superficial (pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) and deep (nodules and cysts) acne lesions.

Yet another mechanism by which cinnamon reduces inflammation in acne is through the inhibition of COX-2 or cyclooxygenase-2 synthesis.

COX-2 is also a major component of the cascade reaction in the body that leads to skin inflammation.

We feature cinnamon extract and cinnamon essential oil in our Natural Acne Treatment Cleanser:  


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Alpha Arbutin Skin Lightening | Dramatic Natural Results May 03 2018

Are you looking for a natural and safe way to lighten you skin naturally?  Alpha arbutin is certainly a strong contender to deliver dramatic results.  

Alpha Arbutin is completely safe and naturally derived from the leaves of the Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi).  It has been proven in clinical studies to prevent the formation of melanin and lighten the skin.  This is great news for those who not only wish to improve their skin and eliminate pigmentation issues, but continual use will also prevent built up of pigmentation caused by sun damage and aging. 

Alpha Arbutin is dubbed as the safe alternative to hydroquinone, and is a valuable antioxidant that benefits skin greatly.  There are no medical studies to support any notable side effects per recording via NCBI.   

Arbutin is used in skin lightening treatments designed for long term and regular use. An active agent in brands of skin lightening preparations, it is more expensive than traditional skin lightening ingredients like hydroquinone, which is now banned in many countries. In vitro studies of human melanocytes exposed to arbutin at concentrations below 300 μg/mL reported decreased tyrosinase activity and melanin content with little evidence of cytotoxicity.

There are several significant studies that show alpha arbutin works very well and is a worthwhile alternative to harsh and synthetic skin lightening ingredients.

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Ultimate Guide to Natural Skin Lightening for Gorgeous Results May 01 2018

Are you searching for truly natural ways to lighten up your skin? 

Hoping to avoid chemicals and synthetics but find something that will really make a difference?

This is the right place for clear answers that are backed by medical studies and research.

We've broken down this guide into a few sections: Introduction, Home Remedies, Active Ingredients, and Recommendations


There are a few different ways and steps you can take to naturally lighten skin and eliminate skin discoloration.  Just about everyone over the age of 20 has some degree of sun damage to their skin which often leaves spots and dark patches and overall discoloration. 

Sometimes acne scarring can leave skin discolored as well.  This too can be eliminated with natural ingredients.

Think of how much happier you’d be if you felt more confident to forgo foundation and concealer.  Your cosmetic routine would be much easier and as far as skin goes, nothing is more beautiful than healthy looking bare skin.  Men and women can agree, there's nothing more encouraging than feeling good about making a memorable first impression.

You can accomplish natural skin lightening in a variety of ways, with some options that include simple ingredients that you might have in your own home.  There are techniques and ingredients that you can incorporate at every phase of your skin care routine – cleansing, toning, scrubs, masks, moisturizers and treatments.

Most people will say that it’s best to address this issue in a natural way.  Harsh prescriptions are expensive, and synthetic chemicals can bring problems of their own.  Many times individuals attempt to lighten skin with strong chemicals only to find out they've damaged their skin further.

While some active ingredients are not readily available in your own home or the grocery store, they are easily obtained and affordable in products that you can count on.  Our skin lightening products have 5 star reviews and are freshly batched made to order.  

There are a variety of reasons your skin might have some discoloration.  A man came into my store last week to discuss some discoloration he now has after a bought of shingles.  Perhaps it could be some damage from long term eczema, or the effects of medication, or the result of an illness that has passed now leaving you with some dark areas or spots you’d like to get rid of. 

While a dermatologist will most likely recommend a prescription and/or a strong chemical peel, all of these suggestions have side effects and can leave you with "down time", which is the time it takes to heal completely from the procedure. 

Other areas to consider beyond just your facial skin: Neck, chest, and the back of your hands.  Certainly these areas collect an equal amount of discoloration and sun damage as your face will, and many people forget to pay attention to these areas.  I often recommend that people use their favorite skin care products also on backs of hands, neck and upper chest. 

Let’s start with a list of home remedies, as these are suggestions you could try as soon as today if you have these particular ingredients handy.  As simple as these may seem, each suggestion can offer some real results.


This includes some ingredients to gently peel and exfoliate the skin.  This will save you the added expense of a doctors visit and expensive prescriptions.  Most recommended prescription creams can cost more than $500 and are probably not covered by insurance. 

Natural home remedies are a super easy way to go to make an immediate yet subtle difference.  Continued use can make an impact on your skin lightening efforts. Many of the suggestions below include a mask or scrub recipe/combination for superior effectiveness.

Plain Yogurt:  Yogurt contains lactic acid, and lactic acid in natural, plain unsweetened yogurt will help exfoliate the top layer(s) of the skin, which will cause spots and discoloration to be smaller and less prominent.  Apply this to clean dry skin and leave on for about 10 minutes.  Rinse off thoroughly and gently go over your skin with a wash cloth to remove softened dead skin.

Milk:  Same concept as with plain yogurt, the lactic acid in milk will help exfoliate skin leaving it looking brighter, less damaged, and therefore subtly lighter.  Same as with the yogurt, leave on skin for about 10 minutes and then rinse away.  Go over your skin with a wash cloth to help remove any traces of dead skin.

Fresh Lemon:  It's best to use fresh lemon.  Bottled lemon juice will not be as effective.  The acidity in the lemon and the vitamin c will do wonders for natural skin lightening.  Slice lemon and apply to clean dry skin.  As with the yogurt and milk, leave on skin for several minutes and then rinse away with clean water. 

Sugar:  Sugar is a great and simple choice for an exfoliant and the natural glycolic acid that occurs will help your efforts to naturally lighten and brighten skin in a subtle way.   Consider mixing sugar with a little fresh lemon juice or yogurt and gently use to scrub skin for a few minutes.  Rinse away and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Salt:  As with sugar, salt is a great choice for a natural exfoliant.  If you happen to have Epsom or Himalayan salt at home, these are superior choices based on their mineral contents and nutrients.  Make a paste of salt and milk or yogurt and apply to skin, using this as a scrub to effectively and naturally lighten skin.  Rinse away thoroughly.

Fresh papaya:  Fresh papaya is an excellent choice for a natural skin treatment.  It encourages the production of collagen, contains natural enzymes for exfoliation, and is high in vitamin c – always a very attractive nutrient for skin.  Apply crushed fresh papaya to clean dry skin as a mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly and repeat a few times throughout the week to help you lighten skin and fade sun damage.

Fresh pineapple: As with fresh papaya – fresh pineapple is an optimum choice as it also contains enzymes to slough off dead skin and it’s very high in vitamin c.  Apply freshly crushed pineapple to clean dry skin as a mask and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse away.

The following are the very best in effective active ingredients that can be found in our natural skin lightening products.  Keep an eye out for these ingredients when researching ingredients as you determine the best product choices for your skin care needs:


Betulinic Acid:  Naturally derived from white birch trees, this antiviral antibacterial ingredient is very well rounded for not just lightening of the skin, but offers some pleasant firming qualities as well. 

Alpha Arbutin:  Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is a great natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.

Lemon Peel Bioferment: Naturally derived and a great skin lightener, it will reduce sun spots and pigmentation issues.  Also great for stimulating circulation and brightening the skin.

Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is a by-product in the fermentation process of malting rice. It is a mild inhibitor of the formation of pigmentation, induces skin lightening, and the fading of sun and liver spots.

Elder Flower:  Excellent for lightening skin and has calming properties for irritated skin.  It is an anti-inflammatory and can stimulate skin to turn over skin cells faster, hence revealing healthier looking skin.

Licorice Root:  Licorice Root or Licorice Extract can help eliminate the formation of hyperpigmentation and sun spots, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory for stressed and irritated skin. 

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C has shown to lighten skin and fade sun spots in clinical studies.  Vitamin C will oxidize if exposed over time to sun and air, so use it fresh the reap the benefits. 

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Also known as MAP, it is naturally derived and also known as the “vitamin c that doesn’t degrade” as mentioned above when describing vitamin c.  While Vitamin c is one of the best choices for your skin lightening efforts, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate does not oxidize over time and turns into ascorbic acids as it synthesizes into the skin.  It has been proven to lighten and brighten skin very effectively.


Our most popular skin lightening products are an excellent option in your efforts.  

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Boost Your Skin Lightening Efforts with Stunning Results April 24 2018

If you're looking for a completely natural yet dramatically effective and affordable way to lighten your skin, reduce sun spots, and correct hyperpigmentation, we're this is the answer.

Our Skin Lightening Treatment Powder is a powerful combination of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Alpha Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Lemon Essential Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide - all meant and proven to lighten skin.

This is a perfect way to amp up your efforts to naturally lighten skin, eliminate dark spots, correct sun damage.  It's as easy as simply adding one or two small scoops to a small portion of your favorite lotion, cream, serum, facial wash, or mask and applying directly to your skin as you normally would.  

Ascorbic Acid:  Known to prevent aging of the skin and repair damage. 

Arbutin: Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is the natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.  A key ingredient in your skin lightening treatment powder.

Kojic Acid:  Kojic acid is the by product of the fermentation of malting rice.  It is known to prevent and correct pigmentation issues.  Another key ingredient in our skin lightening treatment powder.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: One of the most important skin ingredients available, it is an antioxidant and transforms into vitamin c when applied topically. It is known for wound healing, collagen production, corrects pigmentation issues, and improves elasticity.

Niacinamide: Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin per the National Library of Medicine.

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Proper Perspective March 14 2018

At first that may sound unkind, but we've all given our attention to those situations that will never be fruitful or give us what we need to be healthy and happy. 

Sometimes it's good to take a personal inventory of what we're focusing on and see if perhaps it's not the best thing for us.

The Benefits of Gotu Kola for Your Skin March 14 2018

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica or brahmi) has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in India, China, and Indonesia, particularly for healing wounds, improving mental function and treating the symptoms of leprosy. It even has a reputation for promoting longevity.

Historically, gotu kola has also been used to treat syphilis, hepatitis, stomach ulcers, mental fatigue, epilepsy, diarrhea, fever, and asthma. Today, in the U.S. and Europe gotu kola is most often used to treat varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, a condition where blood pools in the legs. It is also used in ointments to treat psoriasis and help heal minor wounds.

Gotu kola is not the same as kola nut (Cola nitida). Unlike kola nut, gotu kola does not have caffeine, and is not a stimulant.

Medical studies show that Gotu kola can:

• Increase the strength of the dermis and increased keratinisation (healing) of the epidermis of the skin
• Stimulate blood vessel growth into connective tissue
• Increase antioxidant and collagen concentration in wounds and stimulate wound healing
• Enhance growth of connective tissue, skin, hair, nail and joint repair
• Exhibit anti-anxiety activity and enhance mental function
• Have anti-inflammatory qualities

Gotu kola has chemicals called triterpenoids. In lab studies, these compounds seem to help heal wounds. For example, some studies suggest that triterpenoids strengthen the skin, boost antioxidants in wounds, and increase blood supply to the area. Based on these findings, gotu kola has been applied to the skin, or used topically, for minor burns, psoriasis, preventing scars after surgery, and preventing or reducing stretch marks.

An overview in the Indian Journal of Medicine calls gotu kola a “potential herbal cure-all” while a research summary published in Phytomedicine, says: “Centella asiatica has been subjected to quite extensive experimental and clinical investigations.”

Recently, researchers delving into how gotu kola heals wounds have identified specific plant chemicals called triterpenoid saponins (more specifically asiaticoside, brahmoside, brahminoside, madecassoside and madecassic or madasiatic acid) that have been shown to help heal wounds by boosting antioxidants, increasing the blood supply to the area and strengthening the skin.

In a 2012 study, researchers conducted a study of topical application of gotu kola and found that if applied to open wounds, it inhibited bacterial growth, fueled the growth of new skin cells and increased skin “tensile strength” and resilience.

There’s also good evidence that gotu kola helps repair veins. Recent research shows that unlike some herbal extracts, is able to penetrate the skin well enough to be utilized effectively.

Some people take gotu kola supplements to treat respiratory infections, such as colds, and in the past it was used for that in China. It has been called "the fountain of life" because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of taking gotu kola.

Using skin care treatments that contain gotu kola can greatly improve the elasticity, rate of repair, and youthful appearance of your skin.

Our Humectant Repairing Serum features Gotu Kola / Centella Asiatica, and is rich in antioxidants and healing ingredients:

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Everything You Need To Know About CoEnzyme Q10 February 12 2018

We have incorporated Coenzyme Q10 into a couple of our skin care treatments because of it's amazing benefits.  It's an extremely powerful antioxidant that's great as a supplement and as a topical ingredient.

There are a few supplements that almost everyone can benefit from (we're looking at you, probiotics), and there are others that are really worth the money if you have a specific condition or ailment that your body needs support to work though. On this list of supplements that really shine is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), or ubiquinone, an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. CoQ10 has been around for a long time (it's an oldie but goody, if you will). If you're considering supplementing with it—or if you're just beginning your research into its uses in benefits—you've come to the right place. Here's what you need to know about it.

The basics.  What CoQ10 is and what it does.
As mentioned before, CoQ10 is an antioxidant found naturally in almost every cell of your body. Antioxidants are substances that help break down free radicals, which are molecules produced in the body that can cause damage. Free radicals are natural by-products of some cellular reactions, but things like too much alcohol and smoking can cause free radicals to build up, and this is bad news for your body. According to Dr. Robin Berzin, an integrative medicine physician and founder of Parsley Health, "When there are too many free radicals floating around, these highly reactive entities damage the healthy parts of your body they come in contact with. When free radicals come into contact with DNA, they can damage it, even causing mutations that lead to cancer. Free radicals also play a role in heart disease, stroke, arthritis, alcoholic liver damage, and even the aging process."

The good news is that your body produces antioxidants, which find and neutralize free radicals to turn them into harmless substances, so it has a built-in defense. Other antioxidants that your body produces naturally include vitamin E, vitamin C, flavonoids, phenols, ligands, and the master antioxidant glutathione, which has been shown to boost levels of all the other antioxidants floating around in the body. You can also get antioxidants from outside sources. The best sources? Plant-based foods like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and foods like cocoa and green tea. Lucky for us, high-antioxidant foods are normally also high in fiber and good sources of vitamins and minerals, so you're getting a plethora of benefits in one food.

What is it and where does it come from?

Rich sources of CoEnzyme Q10 come from fish, meat, nuts, soybeans, fruit, vegetables and eggs. 

Before you go out and get a supplement, you should know that there are various foods that are naturally high in CoQ10. Increasing your intake of these foods is a great way to get more CoQ10—and antioxidants in general—in your life. So what foods are highest in this nutrient? Here's a list to get you started:

Oily fish: Fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel are high in antioxidant CoQ10 and are also high in healthy fats.

Organ meats: Liver and kidney meats also have high levels of coenzyme Q10.

Vegetables: Veggies like spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower naturally contain high levels of this antioxidant.

Legumes like peanuts and soybeans are the best non-animal sources of the substance.

Unlike vitamin D or other nutrients, CoQ10 deficiencies are not that common in the general population. That being said, your body's natural CoQ10 production does decrease as you age, and deficiencies have been related to some specific conditions, so for some people, getting their daily CoQ10 from their body's natural production and foods might not be enough. If you do decide that a supplement is right for you, here's how to find one that you can trust.

Stocking your pantry with quick sources are highly recommended – almonds, pistachios and sardines. It is in every cell of the body (the name ubiquinone stems from its ubiquity), but is present in higher concentrations in organs with higher energy requirements such as the kidneys, liver, and heart.

What can it do for you?

CoEnzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that your body naturally makes, but can decrease for individuals over 35. Internally, there are studies that show that it can improve the symptoms of muscular dystrophy, as well as slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Topically, it has been proven to be a very important part of anti aging skin care. Biofactors has medical study documentation that shows it decreased the depth of wrinkles and helped dramatically protect the skin against UVA radiation. It has the distinct ability to block the suns damaging rays that create and spread melanoma. Topically applied CoQ10 penetrates the skin’s surface to the living layers of the epidermis, where it reduced oxidative stress, a known contributor to aging and disease. Other studies show that it can boost the skin’s ability to repair itself and reduce free radical damage, slowing the aging process. Including this ingredient in one’s skin care and anti aging regime is insurance to ward off the signs of aging and protection from the elements.

Different uses for CoQ10.
There are a lot of different uses for CoQ10, but one of its major roles in the body is to help convert the food we eat into energy to power our bodies and brain. That being said, the effects of CoQ10 do not end at energy production. In fact, researchers think it may be able to help with conditions like heart disease, immune function, diabetes, cognition, and even migraines because of its antioxidant activity, effect on energy production, and ability to prevent blood clots. Here are a few of the exciting areas of research when it comes to this antioxidant:

CoQ10 and energy production.
Energy conversion in the body is one of those things we rarely really think about, but it's crucial to our overall health. We can eat all the amazing, nutritious foods we want, but if our bodies can't take those nutrients and convert them into usable energy—a process that takes place inside our cells and has everything to do with the mitochondria—we aren't going to get very far. What are mitochondria? At revitalize 2017, Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative medicine physician and mbg health expert, explained that, "The mitochondria are power plants in the cells that turn your food and oxygen into energy in the form of ATP. These mitochondria power the biochemical reactions in your cells. To me, they are the Western equivalent of chi, or energy." Dysfunctions in the mitochondria can majorly affect your health (and may explain why you're tired ALL the time). Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, an integrative neurologist and one of mbg's favorite brain health experts, says that CoQ10 is a mainstay in mitochondrial support. Why? Because "Coenzyme Q10 carries the electrons that are needed to make the complex chain of enzymes work." The take-home message? Energy production and CoQ10 are intricately connected. (If you want to learn about other supplements Dr. Ruhoy recommends for optimizing energy levels, click here!)

CoQ10 and heart disease.
Studies have suggested that CoQ10 might be able to prevent a heart attack recurrence in people who have already suffered from a heart attack. One study, specifically, showed that patients were less likely to have another heart attack and chest pain if they took CoQ10 within three days of having a heart attack. There is also some research to support the idea that people with congestive heart failure might have low levels of CoQ10, and studies have also shown that supplementing might benefit people with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Another study on over 100 patients showed that taking a combo of CoQ10 and other nutrients could be linked to a quicker recovery after bypass and other heart surgeries. In other words: If you have heart disease in your family, are struggling with it currently, and are interested in supplements, talking to your doctor about CoQ10 has some scientific validity behind it.

CoQ10 and hypertension.
According to Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist and professor in our Advanced Functional Nutrition Training, "a group called the Cochrane Database Review looked at studies of CoQ10 for hypertension and found an average 11 mmHg BP drop, which is similar to many prescription medications." Other studies, however, have found that CoQ10 didn't have much of an effect on blood pressure, so there are some mixed results. (And remember, you should always talk to your doctor before starting any supplement regime.)

CoQ10 and reproductive disorders.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is some evidence that CoQ10 might improve semen quality and sperm count in men struggling with infertility. It's not entirely clear if this will, in reality, improve chances of conception, but the research looks promising.

CoQ10 and statin drugs.
Taking statin drugs may lower a person's levels of CoQ10, and some studies have shown that taking this supplement might improve some of the side effects of statin drugs, mainly muscle weakness that some patients experience.

CoQ10 and brain health.
Some studies have shown that people with cognitive disorders have lower levels of CoQ10 in their blood than people with healthy brain function. Other research has suggested that supplementing might slow deterioration in cognition for people with Alzheimer's disease, but more research is needed on the effects of this antioxidant on cognitive function and brain health.

CoQ10 and migraines.
The science on this is also only preliminary, but some research points to the thought that CoQ10 can help with migraines.

CoQ10 and gum disease.
According to Dr. Joel Kahn, CoQ10 levels may be low in people with gum disease, and some research has suggested that boosting levels by taking supplements or applying it topically can help speed gum healing.

CoQ10 and other illnesses.
According to the NIH, various research studies have looked at the effects of CoQ10 for ALS, Down syndrome, Parkinson's, diabetes, and even age-related changes in genes, but none of them have been definitive.

You will greatly benefit by adding a skin care product that contains CoEnzyme Q10 in your daily regime can greatly benefit your anti aging efforts.  We have two excellent options, freshly batched the day your order it:

7 Life Hacks For Healthier Skin December 13 2017

7 Life Hacks For Healthier Skin

If you're a novice in skin care or an avid student of things related to skin care you already know that skin is the body's largest organ. When healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it's compromised, the skin's ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired. We have therefore found the best ways to improve skin health to support it in maintaining its protective role.

With a few simple alterations to your skincare routine, you could have radiant-looking skin in no time.

Your skin is the window to your body that reveals the stories of your life. From acne breakouts during your teenage years to the radiant glow of pregnancy and the sunspots of aging, both your age and your health are reflected in your skin.

Skin has many functions, making it the ultimate multitasker of the human body. Its most important role is being the first line of defense between our bodies and the outside world, protecting us from bacteria, viruses, and pollution and chemical substances that we encounter in the workplace and at home.

Skin regulates body temperature, maintains fluid balance, and controls moisture loss. It also acts as a barrier and shock absorber, recognizes pain sensations to alert us to danger, and protects us against the sun's harmful ultaviolet (UV) rays.

Many factors impact your skin. Genetics, aging, hormones, and conditions such as diabetes are internal factors that affect the skin. Some of these you cannot influence, but there are many external factors that you can.

External influencers such as unprotected sun exposure and washing too frequently or with water that is too hot can damage skin. An unhealthful diet, stress, a lack of sleep, not enough exercise, dehydration, smoking, and particular medications can all impact the skin's ability to operate as an effective protective barrier.

Here are Medical News Today's skin health tips to help you banish wrinkles, get a radiant glow, and keep your skin supple and soft all year around.

1. Eat A Healthy Diet

There is a multi billion-dollar industry dedicated to products that keep your skin looking its best, and which claim to fight signs of aging. But moisturizers only go skin deep, and aging develops at a deeper, cellular level.

What you eat is as important as the products that you put on your skin. Your diet could improve your skin health from the inside out, so a clear complexion begins with eating a healthful diet.

Here are some foods that have been acknowledged by research as being skin-healthy:

Mangoes contain compounds with antioxidant properties. These compounds help to protect components of the skin, such as collagen.

Tomatoes have skin cancer-prevention benefits. One study in mice revealed that daily tomato consumption decreased the development of skin cancer tumors by 50 percent after UV light exposure.  Consuming tomatoes on a daily basis may help to protect against skin cancer.  Research has shown that incorporating tomato paste into your meals may help to protect against sunburn. After 10 weeks, people who consumed 40 grams of tomato paste per day had 40 percent less sunburn than the control group.  Lycopene, the pigment responsible for giving tomatoes their deep red color, is thought to play a role in the protective effect of tomatoes against UV damage.

Olive oil is associated with a lower risk of severe facial photo aging — that is, cumulative damage to the skin that includes wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration, which result from long-term sunlight exposure.

Cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolate may improve the structure and function of skin. Scientists discovered that cocoa flavanols decreased roughness and scaling on skin, increased skin hydration, and helped to support the skin's defenses against damage from UV rays.

Green tea has been tied to many skin benefits. Compounds found in green tea called polyphenols rejuvenate dying skin cells, which suggests that they may be useful for healing wounds or certain skin conditions.  It has shown promising results as a potential treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and dandruff. Patches of dry, flaky, and red skin often feature in these conditions — usually as a result of inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells. Green tea may slow down the production of skin cells and suppress inflammation.

White tea has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. One study indicates that some ingredients in white tea may protect the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage.

Kale is one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin may protect against light-induced skin damage, especially from UV rays.

Omega-3 found in oily fish, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds or oils such as linseed oil and corn oil may prevent dryness and scaling of the skin.

Soy may help to improve crow's feet skin wrinkles that appear at the outer corner of the eyes in menopausal women.

Never rely on foods to protect you from the sun. To protect yourself from sun exposure, always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear clothing that covers your skin and a wide-brimmed hat.

2. Calorie Restriction Diet

Research has demonstrated in mice that reducing calorie intake slows down the cellular aging process. This finding could prove to be an anti-aging strategy to test in humans in the future.

Scientists found that reducing the number of calories consumed by 35 percent had an impact on aging inside a cell. Cutting calories caused the cell's protein makers, called ribosomes, to slow down, and the aging process also to decelerate.

This decreased speed not only lowered the production of ribosomes, but it also gave them time to repair themselves and keep the entire body functioning well.

Other early research has shown that allantoin — a compound found in many anti-aging face creams — mimics the effect of calorie restriction diets and increases lifespan by more than 20 percent. The elixir of life could be hiding in your bathroom cabinet.

Unfortunately, this research has so far only been conducted in worms. It may, however, eventually pave the way for new longevity pathways to explore in humans.

3. Minimal Alcohol

Cutting your intake of alcohol could lower your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers. Research uncovered that higher alcohol intake was associated with a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Researchers discovered that for each 10-gram increase in consumption of alcohol per day, the risk of basal cell carcinoma rose by 7 percent and the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma rose by 11 percent.

4. Keep Stress In Check

Have you ever noticed that right before an important event, an unsightly pimple appears on your face? Well, scientists have identified some links between stress levels and skin problems.

In a study of college students, those who experienced high stress levels were more likely to experience skin issues such as:

Using stress reduction techniques could help to keep your skin looking fresh and clear.

Other research showed that teenagers who reported high stress levels were 23 percent more likely to have severe acne.

The researchers suspect that stress increases the quantity of sebum, which is the oily substance that blocks pores. This, in turn, leads to greater acne severity.

Reducing your stress levels may lead to clearer skin. If you think that stress is having an impact on your skin, try stress reduction techniques such as tai chi, yoga, or meditation.

5. Keep Skin Moisturized

Skin moisturizers keep the top layer of skin cells hydrated and seal in moisture. Moisturizers often contain humectants to attract moisture, occlusive agents to retain moisture in the skin, and emollients to smooth the spaces between skin cells.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following ways to keep moisture in and prevent dry, red, and itchy skin.

  • Moisturize your skin immediately after getting out of the shower to lock in moisture.
  • Take one 5- to 10-minute shower or bath per day. Excessive washing can strip away the oily layer of the skin and dry it out.
  • Use warm water instead of hot water.
  • Minimize the use of harsh soaps. Use a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser.
  • Stay away from abrasive scrub brushes, bath sponges, and washcloths that can damage the skin's surface.
  • Pat skin gently dry with a towel.
  • Moisturize immediately after washing. To trap in moisture, ointments, lotions, and creams need to be applied within minutes of drying off.
  • Use ointments or creams rather than lotions in order to minimize irritation.
  • Never scratch the skin. Cold compresses and moisturizers should help to control itching.
  • Wear non-irritating clothes. When wearing clothing made from wool or other rough materials, wear silk or cotton underneath.
  • Use hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
  • Avoid getting too close to fireplaces and other heat sources that can dry out skin.
  • Switch on a humidifier in the winter to replenish moisture in the skin's top layer.
  • Contact your dermatologist if these simple changes do not bring relief from dry skin. They can provide targeted treatment for your specific skin complaint.

6. Quit Smoking

Smoking ages facial skin and skin located in other body areas. Smoking narrows the blood vessels found in the outer layer of the skin, which reduces blood flow and exhausts the skin of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy.

Quitting smoking can improve your skin health and prevent smoking-related wrinkles from forming.

Collagen and elastin give the skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking may reduce the natural elasticity of the skin by causing the breakdown of collagen and reduction of collagen production.

Furthermore, the repetitive expressions that are made when smoking — such as pursing the lips — can contribute to wrinkles on the face.

If you currently smoke, the best thing that you can do for your skin health is quit. You can visit, an initiative from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), for information about quitting smoking.

7. Get Your Beauty Sleep

Getting your beauty sleep will banish those dark circles around your eyes and improve your skin tone, and, best of all, it is free.

Getting the recommended hours of sleep could do wonders for your complexion.
The National Sleep Foundation recommend that adults sleep for between 7 and 9 hours every day. Sleeping for under that amount of time could be detrimental to your health — and your skin, in particular.

Chronic sleep deprivation is known to be linked with obesity, immune deficiency, diabetes, and cancer, but research has shown that sleep quality may also have a significant impact on skin function and aging.

People classed as poor sleepers had increased signs of premature skin aging and a decreased ability for their skin to repair itself at night from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.

During deep sleep, your body enters repair mode and regenerates skin, muscles, and blood and brain cells. Without adequate sleep, your body is unable to produce new collagen. Collagen prevents your skin from sagging.

Try to get an early night and sleep for a full 7 hours to look your best.

Keeping your skin healthy and young does not necessarily mean breaking the bank by purchasing expensive creams and lotions; by following these simple steps, you can make dull and lifeless skin glow.

3 Things To Do Every Day to Feel Less Messy December 13 2017

Do you feel like your house is messy all the time? Perpetual piles, endless clutter, laundry, dishes, toys…..This messy feeling can lead to simple annoyances and it can also affect our mood, behavior and mental state in extreme cases. I’m here to tell you that your house doesn’t have to be messy. You can come up from under the overwhelming to dos and gain control of your home and surroundings.

There are three simple things you can do every day to propel yourself forward and set a routine in motion. So, instead of looking around and going down the search engine rabbit hole, simply start with these 3 things every single day.

Make your bed.
If you’re thinking – why make my bed, I’m gone all day or I don’t go back in the bedroom until the evening, who cares? Try making your bed for a week. Pull up the covers and fluff the pillows. You might be surprised how this simple 1-2 minute task can set the tone for the day.

Do a load of laundry from start to put away.
Doing a load of laundry is one of the things that I stress as a game-changer when it comes to homekeeping. If you’re easily overwhelmed with laundry like I am, staying on top of it with smaller, more manageable loads is essential to keeping the mess away. No piles in the corners, on furniture, in baskets getting wrinkled…..

Deal with a pile of clutter every day.
Clutter might seem never ending but with a daily habit, you’ll find that it is manageable and that you can turn that habit into small systems throughout your home which will lead you to less clutter and less mess. Deal with the mail, school papers, toys, piles, and any other little or large spot of clutter that you have in your home. Try putting a basket on your steps or in a convenient location to put clutter in during the day. At the end of the day bring those items to their proper location – kids can do this too!

These three things are part of my daily routine and I guarantee that completing these are the simplest ways to start finding your way out of the mess. Once you have these three mastered, add the rest of the daily routine.

Heavenly At Home Spa Treatments November 08 2017

If you're holed up at home this coming weekend and looking for something indulgent yet healthy (fresh, yummy, invigorating, and fun) to do - look no further than the home spa recipes below.  I especially like the hydrating hair mask recipe:


Whatever Your Past Has Been November 08 2017

It can be hard to leave the past behind for a variety of reasons.  Maybe we feel guilty. Maybe we hang onto the hurt we carry to tightly that it becomes a part of our every day life.  Whatever the reason, we can be confident that letting it go is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our families.

The apostle Paul ends a section in Philippians 3 by saying, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (verses 13–14). Is Paul instructing us to forget everything that ever happened before we met Christ? Is this a command to purge our minds of all memories?

The word forgetting in means “no longer caring for, neglecting, refusing to focus on.” Our memories store millions of pieces of information gained through our senses since birth. Some experiences are impossible to forget, and any effort to forget them only makes them more prominent. Paul is not advising a memory wipe; he is telling us to focus on the present and the future, rather than the past.

It's great advice regardless of your beliefs or faith.  In all circumstances, we can benefit greatly by putting the past behind us.

Benefits of Lemon Water November 08 2017

Water with lemon is widely available in just about any restaurant in America, yet many people don't know the added benefits to including lemon water in your daily diet.

While those in the know have been chugging down the citrus-flavored water for ages (think since ancient Rome), some lemon water benefits have just begun making the rounds on the health and fitness circuit in recent months. But is lemon water really the cure-all it’s purported to be or just another health fad? Let’s dig in.

Lemon Water Nutrition Facts

Lemons are loaded with healthy benefits, and particularly, they’re a great vitamin C food source. One cup of fresh lemon juice provides 187 percent of your daily recommended serving of vitamin C — take that, oranges! Lemon juice also offers up a healthy serving of potassium, magnesium and copper.

Benefits of Lemon Water

For such a simple drink, the list of lemon water benefits is impressive. Even if you’re not a big H2O drinker, you might find yourself reaching for a glass when you check out how awesome it is for your body and mind!

Aids in digestion and detoxification

Because lemon juice’s atomic structure is similar to the digestive juices found in the stomach, it tricks the liver into producing bile, which helps keep food moving through your body and gastrointestinal tract smoothly. Lemon water also helps relieve indigestion or ease an upset stomach.

The acids found in lemon juice also encourage your body to process the good stuff in foods more slowly. This drawn-out absorption means insulin levels remain steady and you get more nutrients out of the foods you consume. Better nutrient absorption means less bloating. Lemon water benefits the enzyme functions in your body, stimulating the liver and flushing out toxins. Because it’s a mild diuretic, you might find yourself using the bathroom more often, helping the urinary tract get rid of any unwanted elements. All of this helps detox body & skin.

Bumps up the vitamin C quotient (and potassium)

Since your body doesn’t make vitamin C on its own, it’s important to get enough of it from the foods and drinks you ingest. Luckily, lemons are chock-full of the vitamin.

What are the benefits of getting enough vitamin C? It stimulates white blood cell production, vital for your immune system to function properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidative damage. Plus, getting enough vitamin C helps the immune system keep colds and flu at bay. Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a sizable amount of vitamin C daily.

Rejuvenates skin and heals the body

The antioxidants found in vitamin C do double duty in lemon water. They fight damage caused by free radicals, keeping your skin looking fresh. Getting enough vitamin C from your lemon water also keeps the body producing collagen, essential in smoothing out lines in the face. And, in one recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical

Nutrition, regularly consuming vitamin C led to younger-looking skin and less wrinkles.

Helps shed pounds

Regularly sipping on lemon water can help you lose those last pounds. That’s because lemons contain pectin, a type of fiber commonly found in fruits. Pectin helps you feel full longer; that satiated feeling means you’ll chow down less throughout the day. Plus, did you know that when you’re even mildly dehydrated, you’re more prone to things like headaches, fatigue and an overall bad mood? Chugging down lemon water helps your body stay hydrated and feeling happy.

Boosts energy and mood

Skip the morning cup of coffee — lemon water can boost energy levels without the caffeine crash. Here’s how it works: Our bodies get energy from the atoms and molecules in foods. When negative-charged ions, like those found in lemons, enter your digestive tract, the result is an increase in energy levels au naturel.

Additionally, just the scent of a lemon has been found to reduce stress levels and improve moods. Don’t forget to offer a glass to grumpy co-workers or family members.

History and Interesting Facts About Lemon Water

Here are some interesting lemon water facts & history: Until about the 10th century, lemons were used mainly as decorative plants. The Crusades in the 11th century brought the plant into Europe, and it made its first appearance in the New World in the late 1400s. Lemons and other vitamin C-rich fruits were particularly treasured for their ability to ward off scurvy. Today, the main producers of lemons include Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey and the U.S.

And though I love the benefits of lemon water, there are tons of ways to use lemons. Here are some of my favorites:

Deodorize your kitchen naturally. Add one cup of lemon juice to the dishwasher, and run it on the rinse cycle to disinfect and rid it of any lingering odors and deodorize your kitchen naturally. Need to clear up a bad kitchen smell? Add fresh lemon peels, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a pot of water and simmer on the stove.

Use lemon essential oil regularly. Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub on teeth. Leave for two minutes to reap the effects of this natural tooth whitener. Mix lemon oil, baking soda and honey for an all-natural face wash. Need to spruce up your silver before company comes over? A lemon oil-soaked cloth will get rid of tarnishes quickly.

How to Buy and Use Lemons

Ready to jump on the lemon water bandwagon? Here are a few things to keep in mind at the store:

There are three types of lemons available in the U.S. Eureka and Lisbon lemons are both sour and tart. Eureka lemons have textured skins and few seeds. Lisbon lemons tend to have a smoother skin and no seeds. Meyer lemons, a sweeter variety, are becoming more common. These lemons have Mandarin oranges in their family tree, giving these fruits a deeper color than traditional lemons.

When buying lemons, opt for ones that are fully yellow and, if possible, organic. If the fruit is still green, it isn’t fully ripe. Thinner-skinned lemons are juicier. Keep away from lemons that look dull, wrinkled or excessively hard.

Storing lemons in a sealed plastic bag keeps lemons fresh much longer than leaving them at room temperature.

To make preparing lemon water even easier, juice several lemons into an ice cube tray and freeze. Pop a few cubes in a glass of water to have fresh lemon juice at the ready anytime.
When preparing lemon water, it’s best to add the lemon juice to room temperature or warm water — start with half a lemon’s worth of juice. Drinking cold lemon water can be a shock to your system.
You get the benefits of lemon water whenever you drink it, but sipping on it in the morning will kick-start your day. Try a glass about a half hour before breakfast; the lemon juice in your belly will help your body absorb your breakfast nutrients better.

Tips To Soothe & Alleviate Psoriasis November 08 2017

Psoriasis is a recurring autoimmune disorder characterized by red, flaky patches on the skin. Even though it affects your skin, psoriasis actually begins deep inside, in your immune system. It comes from your T cells, a type of white blood cell. T cells are designed to protect the body from infection and disease. When these cells mistakenly become active and set off other immune responses, it can lead to psoriasis symptoms.

Even though there is no cure there are many promising treatments that exist to ease the symptoms of psoriasis. Here are some excellent tips to help you manage the symptoms and provide comfort.

Dietary supplements:

Dietary supplements may help ease psoriasis symptoms from the inside. Fish oil, vitamin D, milk thistle, aloe vera, Oregon grape, and evening primrose oil have been reported to help ease mild symptoms of psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. It's important to only take supplements that don’t interfere with other pre-existing conditions you may have.

Prevent dry skin:

Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home or office moist. It can prevent dry skin before it starts. Sensitive skin moisturizers are also great at keeping your skin supple and from forming plaques.

Avoid fragrances:

Most soaps and perfumes have dyes and other chemicals in them that may irritate your skin. Sure, they can make you smell great but they also can inflame psoriasis. Avoid such products when you can, or choose those with “sensitive skin” labels.

Eat healthfully:

Diet may play a role in managing psoriasis. Eliminating red meat and fatty snacks may help reduce flare-ups that can be triggered by such foods. Cold water fish, seeds, nuts, and omega-3 fatty acids are known for their ability to reduce inflammation. This can be helpful for managing psoriasis symptoms. Olive oil may also have soothing benefits when applied topically to the skin. Try massaging a few tablespoons on your scalp to help loosen troublesome plaques during your next shower.

Warm baths for itch relief:

Hot water may be an irritant for your skin. However, a lukewarm bath with Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil can soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques. Moisturize immediately after your bath for double benefits.

Light therapy:

During light therapy, a doctor will shine ultraviolet light on the skin. This type of therapy often requires consistent and frequent sessions. It should be noted that tanning beds are not a means of achieving light therapy. Too much sunlight can actually worsen psoriasis. This procedure should always be done under the supervision of your doctor.

Reduce stress:

Any chronic condition like psoriasis can be a source of stress. This can often turn into a vicious cycle when stress itself can worsen psoriasis symptoms. In addition to reducing stress whenever possible, consider incorporating stress-reducing practices such as yoga and meditation.

Avoid alcohol:

Alcohol is a trigger for many people who have psoriasis. A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found an increased risk of psoriasis among women who drank nonlight beer. Those who drank at least five nonlight beers per week were nearly twice as likely to develop psoriasis, when compared to women who didn’t drink.

Try turmeric:

Herbs are commonly used to treat many conditions. Turmeric has been found to help minimize psoriasis flare-ups. It can be taken in pill or supplement form or sprinkled on your food. Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits for you. The FDA-approved dosage of turmeric is 1.5 to 3.0 grams per day.

Stop smoking:

Avoid tobacco. Smoking may increase your risk of psoriasis. If you already have psoriasis, it can also make your symptoms more severe.


Some people suffer from severe psoriasis and go a significant amount of discomfort and discouragement.  The rest of this article helps address those concerns and can offer some meaningful treatment.

Fast facts on severe psoriasis: 

Scientists do not fully understand what causes psoriasis in any of its forms.
Treatment for severe psoriasis usually involves a multifaceted approach.
Natural treatment options are not the first choice for people with severe psoriasis.
People with severe psoriasis will be treated with a combination of medications and therapies.

What is severe psoriasis?

Severe psoriasis is diagnosed if the psoriasis covers over 10% of the body, or sometimes if the psoriasis causes significant disruption to daily life.

Psoriasis is classified by severity based on how much of the body it affects:

Mild psoriasis affects less than 3% of the body
Moderate psoriasis affects between 3 and 10% of the body
Severe psoriasis affects more than 10% of the body
Sometimes psoriasis that affects less than 10% of the body will still seriously disrupt a person's life. 

When the emotional or physical effects of psoriasis greatly impact on someone's life, the condition may be classified as severe, regardless of what percentage of the body it affects.

People with erythrodermic psoriasis will almost always have severe psoriasis. Erythrodermic psoriasis not only covers the majority of the body in a painful red, peeling rash, but it can lead to serious complications, including infection, heart failure, and death.


Medications and therapies include the following:

Biologics: Drugs are given intravenously or intramuscularly to target specific areas of the immune system and block overactive skin formation.

Systemics: Oral or injected drugs that work throughout the whole body.
Topical creams: Lotions applied directly to the skin, often containing steroids.

Phototherapy: Controlled exposure to UV light.

Complementary therapy: Use of diet and lifestyle remedies to help manage psoriasis.
Topical creams, phototherapy, and complementary therapy or lifestyle remedies are usually not enough to manage severe psoriasis.

It may take some trial and error before a person with severe psoriasis finds the right treatment combination to manage their symptoms.

How is treating severe psoriasis different?

Severe psoriasis cannot be treated with topical ointments or natural remedies alone, unlike mild psoriasis. Instead, systematic drugs or biologics may be recommended.

The treatment approach for severe psoriasis is different to that for mild to moderate psoriasis.

In cases of mild psoriasis, topical creams and ointments may be enough to manage the condition. Additionally, people with mild psoriasis find greater success with natural remedies. Most people with mild psoriasis will not need biologics or systemic drugs to manage their psoriasis symptoms.

For people with severe psoriasis, the reverse is true. Their symptoms often do not respond to lifestyle or complementary remedies and topical treatments.

Often, for a person to find relief, biologics or systemic drugs must be used in conjunction with other treatment methods.

In extreme instances, a person with severe psoriasis may need hospitalization to bring a flare under control.

Some natural treatment options can sometimes be used in addition to other treatments, to help soothe the skin of a person with severe psoriasis.

Some of those affected by severe psoriasis may find extra relief from the following natural treatment options:


Before taking any herbal remedy for your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, talk with your doctor.  Stop using the remedy immediately should you experience side effects and tell your health care provider.

Aloe Vera:

Gel from the aloe plant can be applied to the skin up to three times a day. Some research shows it can help reduce redness and scaling associated with psoriasis. Look for creams containing 0.5% aloe. No benefit has been shown from taking aloe in tablet form and it can be dangerous.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used by ancient cultures as a disinfectant, apple cider vinegar may help relieve scalp itch from psoriasis. You can buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar at the grocery store and apply it to your scalp several times a week. Some people report diluting vinegar with water on a 1-to-1 ratio helps prevent a burning sensation. Others say they need to rinse the skin once the solution has dried to prevent irritation. Skip this cheap remedy if your scalp skin is cracked or bleeding. If you have open wounds, vinegar will only irritate your skin and cause a burning sensation. If it works for you, you should see results within a few weeks.


Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers that make them hot. Added to creams and ointments, capsaicin blocks nerve endings that transmit pain. Researchers from the University Medical Center Freiburg, in Freiburg, Germany, found OTC creams containing capsaicin may help reduce the pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis. However, more research is needed to assess its long-term benefits and safety. Some people may feel a burning sensation where capsaicin ointment is applied.

Dead Sea Salts:

Adding Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts to your warm (not hot) bath water and soaking in the tub for about 15 minutes may help remove scales and ease itching. Be sure to apply moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the tub. You may see some improvement.


Oats are considered one of nature's best skin soothers. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of oats to relieve psoriasis symptoms. But many individuals with psoriasis report applying an oat paste or taking a bath in oats relieves their itchy skin and reduces redness.

Tea tree oil:

Tea tree oil is from the leaves of a plant that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is believed to have antiseptic qualities and can be applied to the skin. Some people find using shampoos with tea tree oil helps relieve their scalp psoriasis. However, there are no scientific studies to prove the effectiveness of tea tree oil on psoriasis. Use tea tree oil with care as some people may be allergic to it.


This herb is being frequently studied for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric also has the ability to alter gene expression. A 2012 review by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular biology highlights turmeric's ability to alter TNF cytokine expression. This is the likely reason some patients find it helpful in minimizing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis flares. You can take turmeric concentrated in pill or supplement form or if you like curries, adding it liberally to your food. The FDA considers 1.5 to 3.0 grams of turmeric per day to be safe. However, we suggest that you consult with a naturopathic practitioner for help in determining the correct dosage for you.

Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape):

Mahonia is a powerful antimicrobial herb that plays a role in immune response. Studies show that applying a cream containing 10% mahonia is effective in treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Because it is in the alkaloid family, mahonia should only be used topical unless under physician supervision.

Usually, people with the most common form of psoriasis, called plaque psoriasis, will experience some of the following symptoms: 

Burning, sore, or itchy areas on the skin
Patches of thick skin with silvery scales
Scaly dots on skin
Swollen or stiff joints
Red areas on their body
Thickened nail beds
Hair loss if psoriasis affects the scalp
Areas of peeling or flaking skin

For cases of psoriasis to be considered severe, those symptoms must affect more than 10 percent of the body, or affect an area of the body to the extent that the person's life is disrupted.

In cases of erythrodermic psoriasis, which is a severe and sometimes life-threatening form of the disease, symptoms can include the following: 

Large areas of redness that cover most of the body
Skin that appears burned
Pain, burning, and itching on the red areas
Extreme skin irritation
Sheets of peeling skin, as opposed to smaller areas of flaking skin
Rapid heart rate
Inability to maintain body temperature

 People with psoriasis should try to take steps to avoid a flare of their condition. To prevent their psoriasis from becoming severe, they can take the following actions:Ttake all psoriasis medications, as directed

Bathe daily, using oatmeal or Epsom salts, as needed
Manage stress with meditation or other relaxation practices
Avoid sunburn while still getting exposure to UV light regularly
Treat any illness promptly
Avoid injury and trauma to the skin

Avoiding flares can prevent a person having to deal with the symptoms of severe psoriasis.


There isn’t a single answer for keeping the symptoms of psoriasis at bay. What works for one person may not work for another. Some treatment options may have negative side effects for pre-existing conditions other than psoriasis. It is important to remember that while these home remedies for psoriasis my help with mild cases, prescription therapy is required for refractory or more severe cases. Talk to your doctor before seeking treatment on your own.

Today Is The Day November 02 2017

I love this time of year.  Fall is my favorite season.  I see it as a time where things that once thrived are beginning the renewal process once again.  Dying away to what once was and going through a transformation.  Spring will show us what was going on behind the scenes of this time period - the hard work of regeneration and reflection.

My husband used to hate fall.  It was the time of year his brother committed suicide when he was 18.  For years, the beginning of fall brought on lonely, painful memories for him.  Over time, like with all things, those feelings faded enough to where he could enjoy certain aspects of fall.  He will never forget the discomfort and pain, but it has softened over time.

Let this time of year be a time of regrowth and healing for you.  Taking better care of yourself is part of that.  You can start with the simple things.  Drinking more water, getting better sleep, catching up on your reading, eating more plant based foods.

Take some time each week for a mask or scrub to feel and look your best.  Our most popular scrub is our Mandarin & Grapefruit Microdermabrasion Scrub.  You can use this throughout the week to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.

The Many Benefits of Lavender - From Medicinal to Wacky November 02 2017

Lavender is definitely one of my favorite herbs. I use it pretty much daily in one form or another.  There's nothing more relaxing than a good book and a lavender candle burning nearby.  Not only is lavender beautiful and fragrant in the garden, it has hundreds of uses (literally). It’s the constant staple in my essential oil stash and it's incorporated into several of our skin care formulations.  

Lavender’s claim to fame is its ability to enhance relaxation and promote restful sleep. Best of all, unlike some essential oils that require a lot of caution, lavender falls on the safer side of the spectrum, making it a great choice to use around babies and kids.

Lavender: The Little Purple Flower with Power

Turns out there’s good reason (many good reasons) why lavender is a crunchy mama’s right hand helper in the home.

Originating from southern Europe and parts of Africa, Asia, and India, many ancient and medieval cultures relied on the herb not just for its signature scent but also its pain relieving and sedative properties.

Thanks to its linalool and linalyl acetate components (which are present even when diffusing), lavender has protective effects shown to:

Stabilize mood
Improve sleep
Soothe nerves
Work as an expectorant
Balance blood sugar
Kill bacteria
Relieve pain
Speed wound healing

Proven Benefits of Lavender

Lavender for Better Sleep:

There’s a reason lavender is used in so many of my DIY creations, such as Sleepytime Foot Spray, and Relaxing Pillow Spray. It is well known for its ability to relax the mind and improve quality of sleep. In one 2006 study, sleep-deprived college students inhaled either lavender or a placebo. Those who used lavender slept more soundly and felt more refreshed upon waking up.

More study is needed to determine whether it is safe to use during breastfeeding (it’s generally not recommended at this time), but it’s exciting to see emerging research on how lavender might help women during the crucial postpartum time. Improving postpartum sleep (or what little we mothers get anyway) sounds like a worthy cause to me!

Lavender for Anxiety and Depression:

On a similar note, many studies show interesting applications for lavender for memory, mood, and overall cognitive function. Just the odor of lavender seemed to help various test groups stay relaxed and focused when asked to do various stressful tasks, or improved their ability to recover feelings of wellbeing after exposure to stress.

Researchers continue to examine the possibilities for lavender in the treatment of dementia, anxiety, depression, and various neurological disorders.
(I don’t know if those symptoms bring this to mind for anyone else … but lavender’s soothing effects also make it great for managing PMS!)

Lavender for Skin Care:

Due to its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to scavenge free radicals, lavender has a place in skin care. Give lavender a try in your DIY beauty routine. Use a quality oil and the proper dilution. If there’s any concern about sensitive skin, try a test run on a small spot in the inner elbow.

Lavender for First Aid and Wound Healing:

Studies (and much anecdotal experience) show that lavender reduces pain and itching from bug bites, bee stings, and even burns. In fact one 2011 study examined the benefits of lavender in healing episiotomies and another 2013 study showed lavender aromatherapy relieved pain after c-section.

Lavender for Hair Growth:

A 2016 study on mice showed lavender is an effective proponent of hair growth and significantly increased the number and health of hair follicles when applied in proper dilution daily for a period of 4 weeks. The properties make it great for healthy, shiny hair in general.

How to Use Lavender at Home:

I use lavender in just about every area of my home. I keep both the dried herb and the essential oil around because they’re needed for different preparations.

While the options to use it are just about endless, here are a few of my favorite uses:

Dried Herb Uses:

In a relaxing herbal tea – Lavender is too strong to be used by itself as a tea, but mixed with mint leaves it makes a soothing herbal tea. I often add chamomile too. Steep all in hot (not boiling water) for a few minutes and add honey if desired. Ahhh …

As a dandruff remedy – Make an extra strong batch of tea, let it cool, and use as a scalp rinse to remedy dandruff. This cooled tea recipe also doubles as an after-sun spray.

In a tincture – Used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, a tincture can promote relaxation and sleep.

Inside a pillow or mask – Add the dried flowers to homemade buckwheat pillows or sleep masks to help promote relaxing sleep.

In the dryer – I sew the dried flowers into small satchels and use them in place of dryer sheets in the dryer. (Great project for kids!)

For infused vinegar – Infuse vinegar with the dried flowers for use in cooking or as a skin toner (diluted).

As an air freshener – Simmer the dried herb in a pot of water with some citrus peels for a natural air freshener!

As a face scrub – The dried flowers and oatmeal makes for a gentle, fragrant face scrub.

In cooking! – It’s not so strange! Lavender flowers actually feature in this classic herbes de Provence spice blend.

Essential Oil Uses:

Diffusing before bed – Put a few drops in an essential oil diffuser before bed to help the house wind down and get ready to sleep

To sooth sunburns or other burns – My absolute favorite burn remedy is this Lavender Honey Burn Salve. In a pinch, add a few drops of the essential oil to a bottle of cool water and spray on burns to offer relief.

In the bath – These DIY Lavender-Mint Bath Salts are divine after a long day and will help relax sore muscles.

For headaches – Smelling lavender and peppermint oils helps headaches. Simply take a whiff of essential oil or keep this Headache Relief Roll-On handy.

In homemade bug spray – It is an essential ingredient in my DIY natural bug spray. (It works, I promise!)

In beauty recipes – Add a few drops of the essential oil make a relaxing homemade lotion or lotion bar, or even a whipped body butter.

For acne and skin irritations – I like to add a few drops of lavender and frankincense essential oils to my Honey Face Mask and Cleanser Recipe.

In a hair growth serum – As mentioned above, I include lavender in my Hair Growth Serum, especially great for that fun time of postpartum hair loss.


Where to Buy Lavender (& How to Grow It):

My sources have varied over the years, but right now I like this source for the dried herb and this one for the essential oil. Of course the nice part is, you don’t have to buy lavender to have it around. It’s easy to grow in your own backyard and a cinch to maintain and harvest.

Since it’s pretty easy on the eyes (and the nose) as well, it’s a win-win!

Given its native regions, lavender grows best where the winter is mild and the summers are hot and dry, but it’s a forgiving plant. Visit a local nursery to find the variety best suited for your area. (Keep in mind different varieties have different blooming seasons, too.)

Lavender generally needs little water or fertilization and even grows well in pots. It’s important though that it is located in a sunny spot (6+ hours) and have good drainage. (In fact, add gravel to the potting soil if potting.)

You can find lavender in several of our skin care formuations. Give our Detoxifying Charcoal and Dead Sea Mud Mask Facial Scrub a try:

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? November 02 2017

Should you wash your hair every day?

Hair care is a complicated and highly personal choice that can vary significantly from one person to another.  I try to keep my product selection to a minimum – but much of that depends on the time of year, weather, humidity, etc.

There is rarely a medical reason to wash hair at all.  The decision about how frequently to wash hair depends on a person's hair type, scalp texture, how oily the hair gets, and personal preference.

I wash my hair about twice a week.  I find that if I wash it more frequently, it will feel very dry and difficult to style, and then I resort to pulling it back to deal with it – something I could have done before washing it.  I am very much liking the sulfate free cleansing conditioner I’m presently using.   It does allow me to style my hair just about any way I want to without it feeling dry and unmanageable.

For some people, too-frequent washing can cause damaged hair and a dry, itchy scalp. For others, infrequent washing can make the hair look greasy and lifeless.

Washing the hair is a lot like washing skin. Water can remove most visible dirt and debris, but might not eliminate odors or oily deposits. Shampoo helps water remove dirt, debris, and odors, such as smoke or sweat effectively.

Shampoos can also remove oil. The hair gets its oil from sebaceous glands that secrete oil called sebum, which keeps the hair moisturized.

Moisturized hair is less likely to break or look dry and frizzy. But too much moisture can make the hair look greasy, limp, and dirty. After several days without shampooing, oil tends to build up closest to the scalp, making any hair around the face look dirty. Most shampoos are designed to strip excess oil, which helps the hair look cleaner for longer.

How shampoo works:

Shampoo cleans the hair with chemicals called surfactants. These are soaps that remove surface debris from the scalp and hair. Many shampoos also contain compounds called sulfates, which produce a rich lather that removes oil from the hair. This can help the hair look cleaner, but it can also damage the hair.

Keeping at least some oil on the hair is important to protect the hair from damage. Some people opt to use sulfate-free or moisturizing shampoos to preserve hair health, although there is little evidence that sulfate-free shampoos are less aggressive than regular products.

Other people choose to reduce the number of times they wash their hair. Some people even advocate giving up shampoo altogether.

How often to shampoo your hair:

For most people, shampooing the hair is not necessary for good health. Just rinsing the hair with water a few times a week will remove most visible dirt and debris. The decision about how frequently to wash the hair is a cosmetic one based on personal preference.

Hair texture:

Rinsing the hair with water between washes may be recommended for people with very dry hair.

People with very dry hair do not need to wash their hair daily, or even every other day. Instead, washing the hair less often will help preserve the natural oils in the scalp and keep hair well moisturized.

Washing their hair weekly or even every other week might be enough for people with very dry hair.

Rinsing the hair with water in between washes can keep it looking fresh without stripping the hair of its moisture.

Hair is more likely to be dry when it is:



aging or gray

treated with chemicals, such as dyes or chemical relaxants

Very oily hair may look greasy a few hours after washing, particularly in the summer or after a workout. People with very oily hair might choose to wash their hair daily or every other day.

Using a sulfate shampoo can lengthen the time between washes. Hair is oilier when it is:

very fine


People undergoing hormonal changes, such as puberty, may also find that their hair gets oilier than usual.

Most people fall somewhere in between these extremes and can wash their hair 2 to 5 times per week based on their personal preference.

Can I use vitamins for hair growth?

Eating a well-balanced diet that contains the 13 essential vitamins can help maintain the hair health.  This is going to ensure healthier new growth and follicles to produce healthier hair.

Scalp condition:

The condition of a person's scalp will also affect the condition of their hair. People with very dry scalps tend not to produce as much sebum. Washing the hair less often can help the scalp remain healthy, prevent itching and flaking, and keep the hair soft and shiny.

People with very oily scalps may develop acne on the scalp or along the hairline and may need to wash their hair more frequently to keep their hair looking clean.

Hair styling preferences:

Much of the decision about how frequently to wash the hair depends on personal styling preferences. Some people dislike their hair looking or feeling even a little oily. Others find that their hair is more manageable several days after washing.

People who wear complicated hairstyles or who have very long hair may also prefer to shampoo less often, as less frequent shampoos mean less time spent styling the hair.

Oily or dry?

Assessing whether the hair is oily or dry can help someone decide how frequently to shampoo. A person can help determine their hair type by asking:

When does the hair look best? Oily hair tends to look best on the day of a shampoo. Normal hair may look best on the following day, while dry hair may not look its best until several days after a shampoo.

Does the hair break easily? Dry hair often breaks easily and may have split ends. Oilier hair tends to be more elastic.

How does the hair look? Just looking at the hair may provide some insight. Dry hair may look brittle or lifeless when over-washed, while oily hair may be flat and greasy only a day after washing.

Is shampooing ever medically necessary?

Scalp psoriasis:

Tar products and medicated shampoos are recommended for people with scalp psoriasis.

For most people, there is no medical need to shampoo at all, as rinsing with water can remove dirt and dandruff. However, some health conditions can benefit from regular shampooing.

People with parasitic infections of the scalp, particularly lice, may need to use special shampoos to get rid of the bugs.

Scalp psoriasis may improve with the use of special shampoos, particularly tar products or medicated

shampoos. People with specific skin and scalp conditions should discuss their ideal hair care regimen with a dermatologist.

By contrast, some medical conditions may get worse with frequent washing. Daily shampooing can irritate eczema, very dry skin, and dandruff.

There are several natural ingredients recommended by that you can incorporate into your hair cleansing routine:

Aloe Vera

Apple Cider Vinegar


Dead Sea Salts


Tea Tree Oil


Oregon Grape Oil

Avocado Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil

Alternatives to shampooing

Shampooing is not the only way to help the scalp look or feel clean. Some alternatives include:

Dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is a powdery, fragranced spray that absorbs oil. It can extend the time between shampoos, particularly for people with fine or oily hair. However, dry shampoo does not remove dirt. If used several days in a row, it can also cause a powdery accumulation that irritates the scalp.

Detergent-free shampoos: Detergent-free shampoos, sometimes called "no-poos," are shampoos that are free of sulfates and harsh detergents. They gently condition the hair but do not strip it of its oil. These are a good choice for people with dry or curly hair, or those who like to wash their hair daily but who do not want to cause damage.

Conditioner-washing: Conditioner-washing, sometimes called co-washing, is when a person uses conditioner or a special cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo. For people with normal to dry hair, conditioner-washing may fully replace normal shampoos, particularly if they do not use heavy styling products.


There is no correct amount of times that a person should wash their hair per week, but it is recommended that you wash it was infrequently as possible, to preserve it’s natural healthy condition. Expectations about how hair should look and how often a person should wash their hair also vary with culture, age, and from decade to decade.

How often someone washes their hair is a personal decision and not one that is likely to affect overall health.

All Natural Vapor Rub Recipe October 17 2017

All Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

It’s never fun to have a stuffy nose, and the change in temperatures and allergies are the main causes. It can make sleeping, exercise, and normal daily function very unpleasant. As with all remedies, I prefer all natural. It’s my first choice. I can say that I still maintain a prescription free life, and reach for natural solutions whenever possible. (With that being said, I have greatly benefited from a variety of medicines in the past and if they help you maintain a better quality of life then by all means, you’re doing the right thing.)


As the Society for General Microbiology explains:

The respiratory system – the nose and passageways leading to the lungs – is lined with cells that produce sticky fluid called mucus that traps invading microbes and dust. Tiny hairs called cilia move in a wave-like motion and waft the microbes and dust particles up to the throat, where they are either coughed or sneezed out or swallowed and then passed out of the body.”

That’s one of the reasons I tend to avoid over-the-counter decongestant medications. Mucus has a job to do, and I don’t want to get in the way of that. Instead, I want to assist the body in a way that’s aligned with what it’s already doing.

How to support our first line of defense

In addition to supporting what my body is trying to accomplish, I ALSO WANT TO BREATHE. And I want my kids to be able to breathe and sleep well. I find myself reaching for vapor rub several times a week, especially during the change in seasons or allergy season. It’ helps reduce swelling, expels irritants, and moisturizes.

Our vapor rub recipe includes a combination of our favorite respiratory beneficial essential oils. Here’s a list of child-safe oils that you can choose from:

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Cinnamon leaf (Cinnamomum verum) – NOT cinnamon bark. The maximum recommended dilution in Essential Oil Safety is 0.6%, which would be a maximum of 3 drops in the recipe below)
Fir Needle (Abies sibirica)
Fragonia (Agonis fragrans) – Smells a lot like eucalyptus, but safe for children.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus x limon) – For topical application I recommend the distilled lemon I linked to because it does not cause photosensitivity. If you use cold-pressed lemon essential oil instead, you can safely use up to 12 drops in the recipe below.
Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) – Supports healthy respiratory function (similar to eucalyptus)
Spruce (Tsuga canadensis)
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum marjorana)
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Thyme ct. linalol (Thymus vulgaris ct linalol – it can be a little difficult to find but this one is amazing)

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

This is the recipe I use for adults – feel free to substitute any of the essential oils above if you have them on hand, just don’t use more than 3 drops of cinnamon leaf or 12 drops of expeller-pressed lemon. For kid-safe recipes, scroll below.

12 drops eucalyptus, rosemary or peppermint*
12 drops lavender or tea tree
12 drops fir needle, spruce or pine
2 tablespoons shea butter
*If you’re pregnant or nursing, here are some additional guidelines for essential oil use


In a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl set in side a pot of boiling water), gently melt shea butter. As soon as it is completely melted, remove it from heat and stir in the essential oils. Transfer the mixture to a container with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool area when not in use.

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe (Kid Version)

I’ve written before about why and how to dilute essential oils for daily use. However, during times of illness or injury it’s appropriate to use higher concentrations than we normally would. Below are some guidelines that will help you choose what’s best for your littles.

Vapor Rub (1% dilution)

This dilution is the recommended starting point for kids 2-5. However, it is appropriate to go up to 3% for short periods of time as needed.

1 drop thyme ct. linalol, lavender, juniper berry, fir needle, pine or fragonia

1 drop frankincense or cinnamon leaf
2 drops cedarwood, rosalina, spruce or sweet marjoram
2 drops sweet orange, lemon, or tea tree
2 tablespoons shea butter

This dilution is the recommended starting point for kids 6-9. However, it is appropriate to go up to 6% for short periods of time as needed.

2-3 drops thyme ct. linalol, lavender, juniper berry, fir needle, pine or fragonia
2-3 drop frankincense or cinnamon leaf
4-5 drops cedarwood, rosalina, spruce or sweet marjoram
4-5 drops sweet orange, lemon, or tea tree
2 tablespoons shea butter

Vapor Rub (6% dilution)

This is the strongest dilution suggested for kids 6-9.

6 drops thyme ct. linalol, lavender, juniper berry, fir needle, pine or fragonia
6 drops frankincense or cinnamon leaf
12 drops cedarwood, rosalina, spruce or sweet marjoram
12 drops sweet orange, lemon, or tea tree
2 tablespoons shea butter


In a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl set in side a pot of boiling water), gently melt shea butter. As soon as it is completely melted, remove it from heat and stir in the essential oils. Transfer the mixture to a container with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool area when not in use.

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Glycolic Acid Skin Care | Discover All The Many Benefits August 17 2017

What Are The Benefits of Glycolic Acid Skin Care Products?

If you're like me, it can get overwhelming with all of the health recommendations and expert tips I receive in my inbox every day.  "Sitting is the new smoking", "How much exercise does your body need", and the ever elusive "How many hours of sleep do you really need?" question.  It's no different with the beauty industry.  There is an expert around every corner and a trend cropping up every week. 

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I remember that the basics are the best place to start and stay when we're pulled in a gazillion directions.  

When it comes to trying to alleviate skin issues, there are some basic ingredients that are proven reliable.  Doesn't it seem like the best ones are multi faceted - able to fix many things?  Glycolic acid is definitely one of those ingredients.  

Glycolic acid is naturally derived from cane sugar is an ingredient that has been used for a very long time by doctors and dermatologists. Now it's available and safe to use in over the counter skin care products as well.  As you wonder “Why use glycolic acid on your face and skin?”, you may initially only think of chemical peel treatments offered by doctor’s offices and salons. 

While that may have been the option years ago, today we have many options in all steps of traditional skin care: cleansers, toners, scrubs, lotions, creams and serums. 

Glycolic acid can help your skin look and become more radiant and bright without having to undergo any intense in-office treatment. The skin care benefits of glycolic acid are those worth considering for anyone who wants to reveal radiant skin that looks bright. That being said, glycolic acid can be an especially good component to an anti-aging or clear skin care routine.


#1: Removes dead skin cells.

The alpha hydroxy acid promotes exfoliation on the surface layer of your skin. When applied to your skin, glycolic acid can dissolve dead surface cells that can pile up on your skin’s outer layer over time, leaving behind a smoother surface. To refresh your skin daily, consider washing your face at night with a glycolic cleanser formulated with glycolic acid.

#2: Reveals fresh, bright skin.

Once glycolic acid works to remove dead cells on your skin’s surface, glowing skin will be revealed. As you age, skin can appear more dull and dry.  Incorporating glycolic acid products into you facial care and body care routine with be an effective way to slough away dead surface cells, and most are gentle enough to be used by most skin types.

#3: Keeps pores clear.

Removing dead skin cells on your skin’s surface will limit the chances of pores becoming clogged. Dead skin cells can mix with dirt, oil, sweat and makeup. Unlocked skin cells will leave your skin looking and feeling renewed and clarified.

Glycolic acid has made strides in the skin care world for good reason, after all who doesn’t want to encourage radiant skin? The skin benefits of glycolic acid can help skin look fresh and leave you with a youthful glow, so consider adding products with the alpha hydroxy acid into your regular routine.


You Don't Necessarily Need a Strong Peel To Improve Your Skin.

While earlier versions of acid-based exfoliating treatments could make skin visibly peel away, the latest formulas can do a great job without more than a little flaking. It can be more beneficial to have a variety of acid types in a product in a low percentage each, instead of just one kind.  For example, the combination of glycolic acid and trichloroacetic, rather than just one at a higher concentration. "When you combine acids at lower strengths, they're potentially less irritating," says a New York City dermatologist.  And you don't have to see peeling to see results. "As the acid dissolves the cement between skin cells, you may have thousands of them coming off at the same time—but the shedding is still invisible to the naked eye," says Neal Schultz, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

The Percentage of Acid Isn't Everything.

An acid product is only as potent as the free-acid compounds floating around inside it. Too many acid bits and your skin stings and gets red; too few and nothing happens (we mean nada—no exfoliation, no glow). So chemists play with the pH, which adjusts the amount of free acids. The ideal pH is between 3 and 4.  Some experts say your skin should tingle for a few seconds when you apply the product. "If the acid is penetrating, you're going to feel something," says Eric ­Bernstein, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. And expect some instant gratification. "An effective product should leave your skin looking immediately refreshed".

Even the Supersensitive Can Use Them.

"Acids don't work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation," says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. "They dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair." Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you're sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Look for formulas that combine them with an amino acid, which slows their penetration into skin.  And don't rush to see results. "Irritation can take a while to show up," says Hirsch. "You may get to day four, then all of a sudden your skin reacts."  Slowly access skin over the course of a month of glycolic use before ramping up to daily use.

One Acid is Better Than the Rest.

The smaller a molecule, the more easily it gets into the skin. Because glycolic is the smallest of all the acids, it yields the most dramatic results. While this may be true, there are many acids on the market that you can gain huge benefits from.  Lactic, Salicylic, Trichloroacetic, Hyaluronic, Ascorbic, Citric - the list goes on.  While many acids sound harsh in their name, they have very useful benefits for a variety of skin conditions.

They Work Wonders Below the Neck.

To treat a blotchy chest, extend your AHA face cream a few inches south. You can help clear up back acne with a salicylic acid body wash.  When the skin on your arms feels bumpy like a plucked goose, don't try to scrub the bumps away.   Try using a glycolic product instead, as it will unclog the pores and dissolve the dry skin.

Treats Acne Very Well.

Glycolic acid can penetrate deep into the skin, making it ideal for addressing cystic and regular acne breakouts alike—plus it almost seems to dissolve blackheads on contact.  Our Indulgent Retexturing Glycolic Acid & TCA Serum is an excellent choice.

Combat The Signs of Aging.

Glycolic acid increases cell turnover, which is a fancy way of saying that the ingredient sloughs away the dead skin built up on the very surface, and helps the new cells at a lower level surface to the top.   If you’re using a glycolic product during the day, that’s fine as long as you layer it with a good sunscreen. Our Rejuvenating Glycolic & TCA Cream will help keep skin looking vibrant and renewed.

Can Minimize Dark Spots and Pores.

Exfoliating your skin with glycolic acid can effectively fade spots caused by the sun or acne by evening out the scar and fading the discoloration. Additionally, the ingredient helps give pores a more miniscule appearance. The reason? When dirt, oil, and sebum are clogging your pores, they tend to take on a much larger appearance.  Our Papaya & Willow Bark Enzyme Peel can help your skin stay clear and smooth.

Treating Ingrown Hairs.

When an ingrown hair is trapped under your skin, resist the ever-present urge to reach for the tweezers. Instead, go for a glycolic-based product.  The exfoliation will help to slough away the dead skin keeping it just under the surface, and will prevent new ones from taking shape.

Ingrown hair twists back on itself. While ingrown hairs all the more regularly happen in people with wavy hair, nearly everyone will experience one sooner or later in their life. If you shave routinely, you might need to manage ingrown hairs more usually than the normal individual.

Wash the region around the ingrown hair with warm water and saturating cleanser. Apply a Glycolic Acid lotion and allow it to penetrate skin.  Abstain from wearing tight apparel in that area, which can also promote future ingrown hairs.


Treat Keratosis Pilaris

KP or Keratosis Pilaris is a hereditary skin issue that influences 45% of the world’s populace. KP shows up as a group of little red dot that are most ordinarily found on the upper area of the arms, thighs, posterior and less usually on the face, which might be more of an indication of acne.  While there is no cure for KP, there are various natural ways to treating it.

Using glycolic acid cream at about 15 to 25% will help calm your KP and keep skin smooth.  Also consider keeping a go to moisturizer to help skin heal during the glycolic acid process.  You’ll be very surprised how just the right potency can make a difference and consistency will ensure continued recovery. 

Removes Dead Skin

With such a wide range of acid products on the market, you’ll have no shortage of finding the right products to fit your needs.  Stick to natural ingredient lists, which will focus on avoiding synthetics, harsh chemicals, and potentially damaging preservatives. 

Apply glycolic acid creams, serums and treatments to clean, dry skin.  Give it time to penetrate before applying other products or cosmetics.  If you plan to use it during the day, be sure to layer with a reliable sunscreen.  Acids tend to make skin more sensitive to sun exposure.

After a few days of use, you will reach a point where you can gently exfoliate away the dead cells that are ready to be eliminated.  While you should do this part gently, it’s helpful to have a cotton wash cloth or exfoliating pad.  Do remember to pay attention to your neck and chest area, as you’ll want the skin on your face to resemble your neck and chest in terms of tone and condition.

Heal Damaged Skin

Healing damaged skin can be a long process. Most people have experienced some sun damage over the course of their normal daily routine.  Even just the accumulation of a few minutes of sun to and from your car throughout the day can show gradual damage.  Making it a point to use a glycolic product is a wise choice for everyone – women and men included.  Men will find that the benefits are not just better skin tone and condition, but glycolic products can also eliminate and prevent ingrown hairs along the jawline and help keep skin clear of breakouts. 

Treat Melasma

What is Melasma? Basically, it is an interminable skin condition that causes the skin to have dark patches.  It generally shows up as tan or brown patches along the upper lip, upper cheeks, forehead and jaw. The essential elements bringing on melasma are hormonal changes and outer sun presentation.  It is often called the “mask of pregnancy”.  90% of those who have melisma are women. 

The continued use of a good glycolic cream or serum is going to make significant improvements when treating melasma.  It will help gradually remove those discolored layers of skin to reveal fresh, evenly toned skin. 

Remove Stretch Marks

It can happen during sudden changes in body size, for example, during pregnancy, quick weight-pick up or puberty. Ninety percent of pregnant ladies will get stretch marks around their stomach area, and thighs. As it turns out, if your mother had stretch marks you might too – as they are hereditary. 

No worries, however. There are a few things you can do to anticipate stretch marks and deal with them if they do come along.  Using a glycolic acid product will make significant improvements in the appearance of stretch marks, by gradually removing those damaged layers and conditioning your skin to be more supple and toned. 

Glycolic acid products will increase collagen production and therefore allow your skin to have more “bounce and spring”, which in itself is highly beneficial since stretch marks are caused by the continual stretching and pulling of the skin.   

Remove Age Spots

Age spots are dark or yellow spots that show up on the neck, hands or even on the face. They are basically brought on by sun damage and as a rule, and often can start out by looking like freckles but can develop significantly as one ages.  While sun spots do not bring health concerns, they can make one feel older and less attractive.  There are some proven botanical extracts that can help and fade sun spots, like mushroom extract, alpha arbutin, or licorice extract – and if used in conjunction with a glycolic acid product – you can be confident this will make a world of difference.

If you’ve noticed some sun spots creeping up on your skin, this would be a great time to find a sunscreen you’re comfortable wearing daily.  If you’re skin tends to get oily, you might want to consider a dry feel or mattifying sunscreen.  If you tend to have dry skin, feel free to use a hydrating formula that will keep skin supple.   

Many cosmetics on the market contain sunscreen, so consider this when you’re shopping around for makeup products.  It’s much easier to prevent future sun spots and keep skin looking clear and evenly toned with the right steps in place.

Prevent Razor Bumps

When men shave, they may experience some razor bumps and ingrown hairs, especially along the jawline and neck.  Men who tend to have curly hair have a higher chance of experiencing ingrown hairs.  Ladies can also experience the same, especially along the bikini line.   Using a glycolic product will greatly reduce the chance of bumps and ingrown hair by keeping pores clear of dead skin. 

After shaving, while your skin is still warm, pat skin dry and apply your favorite glycolic product.  It can be a moisturizer, toner, or serum.  Proceed with the rest of your skin care routine as you normally would.  You’ll see an obvious reduction in bumps in no time.

Remove Blackheads

Clogged pores happen when your pores get to be hindered by oil and dead skin. The dark shading is not always an indication of dirt – but can be the combination of oil and dead skin which will eventually oxidize.  Products with glycolic acid will help skin rid itself of dead skin and keep pores clean and clear.  If you use a product that extracts the blackheads from your skin, immediately follow with a rinse of warm water and then a glycolic product.

Anti-aging Properties

Glycolic acid is one of the top recommended skin care ingredients for anti aging.  It has the ability to refresh your skin, reduce fine lines, give skin a toned and firmer appearance, and reduce discoloration – all things we look for in aging skin.  Combining glycolic acid with other valuable anti aging ingredients will increase your chances of better looking skin as you age gracefully.

Remove Acne / Cystic Acne

Glycolic acid in combination with lactic acid, salicylic acid, and/or plant based botanicals can also be useful for skin that is inclined to develop cysts.   Blocked pores can at times turn into something more than a typical breakout – a cyst – which is often painful and hard to manage.  Help cystic prone skin by keeping pore and hair follicles purged of debris by finding the right product. 

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Natural Skin Care | Pure, Vegan & Cruelty Free | July 25 2017

Natural Skin Care | Pure, Vegan & Cruelty Free

People come to when they are ready to find the very best in all natural skin care products with the most desirable earth derived ingredients.  We formulate our products with active ingredients, extracts, botanicals and essential oils.  Every order is freshly batched daily.  

 Our natural skin care products are highly concentrated, paraben free, synthetic free, sulfate free, chemical free and cruelty free.

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Our natural skin care products hold a five star rating for customer satisfaction, and contain the most successful active ingredients for a variety of skin care goals and concerns.  Our ingredients are plant and earth based, and have rated very well in clinical tests. 

We combine ingredients in one of a kind combinations that are most promising for extreme effectiveness. 

While most companies will only provide trace amounts of a valuable ingredient, we guarantee that we use the maximum recommended percentage. 

We batch our natural skin care products daily, fresh made to order.  All orders are made fresh, and never pulled from an inventory.  Our products are meant to perform at a high level because they are fresh and effectively formulated with the very best active ingredients and botanicals. 

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Our natural skin care products include active ingredients and botanicals that are very successful in clinical studies and have proven to be effective at helping you achieve all of your skin care goals.

Some key plant and earth based ingredients that we include are alpha arbutin, argan oil, vitamin c, niacinamide, l-carnosine, l-carnitine, sea kelp bioferment - and a wide array of concentrated extracts such as cinnamon, hibiscus, licorice, green tea, bearberry, elderberry and ginkgo.

History and Lore of Beauty & Natural Skin Care

History offers no shortage of beauty and lore to assist in natural skin care, anti aging prevention and overall beauty.  Skin care treatments can be dated back as far as 10,000 BC.  Ancient Egyptians used copper and ground semi precious stones for eyeshadow and cosmetics.  While this may sound extravagant, these ingredients also served the purpose of protection from the elements and sun, as well as insect repellent.

Ayurvedic skin care dates back approximately 5,000 years, and their approach was medicinal and holistic.  Their anti aging skin care products often contained, almonds, carrots, avocado, cocoa, coconut oil, cucumber and ginseng.

In historical Hebrew times, it was illegal to use certain oils or ingredients for beauty or secular purposes. 

Starting in the 15th century, lead was used to remove skin spots, create a facial peel, and make a lightening foundation.  In time it was realized that any skin products containing lead were highly dangerous and could cause facial paralysis and sometimes death.

While skin care took a turn toward some unhealthy ingredients for quite some time, thankfully consumers are looking for the best in natural skin care products that contain plant derived ingredients that have been proven to be effective.

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"My skin loves this stuff! Great product! Remarkable and fast results. Excellent customer service. Thanks!" - Vanessa T.

"WOW!! Just after 2 uses myself as well as my mother both were amazed by the results! Completely changed my skin texture! It’s so smooth, bright, and clear of any bumps, breakouts, etc. I can't stop touching my face! I initially got this because I am working on healing my acne scars, so I've been experimenting with peels. Although, this product alone isn't the cure for dark spots, it will definitely HELP! … by reducing breakouts all together! There's nothing more frustrating than treating dark spots just to have another breakout -__- that causes more spots! I literally haven't had ONE zit or breakout since using this. I'm much more confident in my skin now! :) " - Joselyn P.

"I took off my eyelash extensions and was desperate for a fast and more natural product to repair my broken down lashes. This product is AMAZING! It's been a little over two weeks and I cannot believe the exponential growth! If I get any in my eyes, there will be a slight tearing but the ingredients are so natural that a little water in the eye fixes it very easily. I will definitely be buying more." - Megan L.

Discover why our all natural skin care products are an excellent choice!

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The Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

Many people don’t consider that even their most favorite skin care products can contain harsh chemicals, preservatives, and non skin friendly ingredients. Some can also be deemed as toxins and harmful if used at larger percentages. Most products on the shelves in stores have an abundance of chemicals, harsh preservatives, synthetics, fillers, and artificial ingredients that are absorbed through the skin. This can cause unfortunate consequences and create some adverse reactions. 

Keep in mind that store bought products that contain synthetics, preservatives and chemicals can effect a person in a negative way and cause damage if used for a long or extensive period of time, as well as not be good for the environment. Many manufacturers that are featured in stores do not take part in eco friendly packaging practices or use recycled goods and materials.

If you find yourself wanting to make the transition from store bought manufactured products to a more natural skin care routine, you’ve come to the right place. We have a long list of natural skin care products to choose from that will suit you based on whatever your skin care needs are. You may even find that your needs change from time to time, based on the seasons, your health conditions, hormonal changes, or changes in lifestyle. Rest assured we will have just what you need. We have been selling 5 star products to our faithful customers worldwide and they come back regularly knowing they can count on our exclusive and freshly batched products. 

The Downside to Mass Produced Products

It’s very common today to be surrounded by prepackaged, mass produced products for your skin, home and kitchen. They can be very convenient but can often product harmful side effects or consequences. This is the reason for the surge in individuals who are aiming to eat whole foods and live a healthier lifestyle.

It can be very confusing trying to decide which products to buy for your skin and body. Some research is often your best defense in going over the facts and determining which ingredients to avoid and which ones to focus on depending on your skin care needs. If the ingredient sounds like a chemical, it probably is, and reviewing the facts can help create a better sense of understanding with what you’re putting on your skin. Keep in mind that large manufacturers have no other choice but to include harsh chemical and preservatives, so as to ensure long shelf life and avoid a spoilage recall with their products. 

It's always safest to use ingredients that are derived from the earth and that are plant based. There are many wonderful extracts, botanicals and oils out there that can help transform your skin to better health and appearance. 

We make sure our ingredients are all plant derived and that our products are only batched when a customer places an order. We do not keep our products on a shelf waiting to be purchased. 

Our Promise To You

We offer a no hassle satisfaction guarantee. Just let us know that a product isn’t a good fit for your needs and we can arrange for a quick refund or exchange.

We process your order promptly and batch each order fresh as it is ordered, never pulling products from an inventory.

We offer free shipping for all orders, every day, worldwide.

You will receive a tracking number to ensure proper shipment of your order.

We guarantee that our natural skin care products include 100% accurate label information.

Our company is FDA complaint and we are properly licensed in the US.

All of our ingredients are derived from the United States to ensure accuracy and quality.

Our natural skin care products do not contain parabens, sulfates, petroleum, synthetics, chemicals, artificial fragrance, artificial color, or harsh unfavorable preservatives.

Wonderful Natural Skin Care Ingredients You’ll Find in Your Own Kitchen

While there are many suggestions for natural skin care remedies - sometimes those suggestions include herbs or options that we may not readily have in our own home. While you can purchase just about anything online, it's nice to know you have some handy and effective ingredients around either at home at your local grocer for very little money. We've compiled a list of solid options that help alleviate skin care issues ranging from inflammation, prescription induced rashes, discoloration, eczema, and acne. 

Olive oil:

Olive oil is a great choice for skin irritations and/or eczema. Olive oil contains a compound known as oleocanthal, which has been found to stop the activity of two specific enzymes (Cox-1 and Cox-2) in the body just as ibuprofen and other NSAIDs would do. Plainly said, olive oil will help calm irritated and inflamed skin, but in addition to that, is also known as having valuable antioxidant properties. It will not clog pores, and with regular use can protect skin from future sun damage.


Yogurt contains zinc, lactic acid, b vitamins and calcium – all which play a vital part in healthier skin. Zinc is a great anti-inflammatory and can curb redness of the skin. Lactic acid is a natural exfoliant and will help keep pores clear and is a great anti-aging ingredient. Calcium will encourage cell renewal and contains antioxidants. 


Aloe has long been known for its healing and anti-inflammatory qualities. It has antimicrobial properties, which help prevent and clear up acne. Pure aloe vera is more like a liquid than the gel you normally see in stores. You’re best bet is to stop into a health food store, as they’re most likely to have the best kind for you.

Rosehip Seed Oil:

Using rosehip seed oil in your skin care regime will help do a number of important things, like help cure rosacea and acne. It encourages cell turnover and skin regeneration. Look for cold pressed rosehip seed oil which contains more nutrients and hasn’t been altered by heat while being produced. Rosehip seed oil also contains vitamin c and lycopene, so it can repair damaged, reduce discoloration, pigmentation, and aging skin while restoring elasticity.


Honey is a very well known skin remedy that has been used for a very long time, and definitely beneficial to many skin issues. The antimicrobial properties in honey help kill the bacteria that causes acne. It is an anti-inflammatory as well, making it a great choice to add to any mask or treatment.


Studies have shown that ginseng helps improve the effects of aging skin and can enhance the production of collagen. Further studies show that it is vital in wound healing. It’s a great choice for balancing skin oil production and thus reducing future breakouts. Adding this ingredient either fresh or dried to any mask will offer many benefits.


The NCBI has published studies that show how Colloidal oatmeal can correct of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, drug-induced rash and other conditions. Their evidence also suggests that oatmeal can provide anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic activity to irritated skin. 


Two specific studies conducted by Dermatological Research and Fitoterapia indicate that cucumbers can successfully soothe skin and relieve skin irritations, and well as reduce swelling. That explains all of the photos you’ve seen with a person lounging peacefully with cucumber slices over their eyes. Consider grating fresh cucumber and apply against freshly cleaned skin to encourage these benefits.

Green Tea:

Science Daily has noted that the polyphenols in green tea will help kill free radicals, thus reducing the risk of the development of skin cancer. Green tea also contains EGCG, which has also been shown to cause skin cells to divide again and regenerate. A nice immediate effect to applying green tea to skin is it’s ability to reduce swelling, especially handy for puffy eyes or a long weekend of indulgence.


Cinnamon is one of the most effective remedies for acne, eczema, and general skin irritation, either in powdered spice form or as an essential oil. Applying cinnamon to skin can help correct hormonal imbalances within the skin that can produce Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermis (acne causing bacteria). 


Many of you have already heard of the benefits of lemon for skin, and have probably read some blogs that suggest lemon is too acidic to use topically. Not only is this false, but studies sited by Medical News Daily prove that it is in fact very healthy and beneficial to be applied topically to skin. Since lemon contains vitamin c, it is an excellent choice in helping skin fight sun damage and increases the production of collagen. Huffington Post also sites studies that show lemon’s benefits for skin. Lemon also contains calcium, magnesium and potassium – minerals that are highly beneficial to skin health. Fresh lemon will also heal acne, remove blackheads, and lighten dark spots. If you have highly sensitive skin, you can dilute fresh lemon juice and apply with confidence.

Tea Tree Oil:

The National Institute of Health has conducted studies showing that tea tree oil can alleviate bacterial wounds such as acne. Additional studies show that it can athlete's foot, nail fungus, and dandruff. It’s a common ingredient that can be found at any health food store. NIH also notes that when tea tree oil is combined with benzoyl peroxide, it can be very effective in controlling acne.

Consider adding any of these ingredients to your next shopping list if you don’t already have them around, to naturally help cure and soothe skin issues easily and

Top 12 Skin Care Tips

Wear Sunscreen: We can talk everyday about the need for sunscreen because it’s that important, and it can be an added step that is sometimes inconvenient, but it’s necessary. If you find one that’s right for you – feels good on your skin, works well under cosmetics, isn’t irritating, etc., then that’s half the battle. 

Eat Breakfast: The first meal of the day for New York City derm Doris Day, MD, includes almonds. "They contain essential fatty acids, which help put the brakes on inflammation that accelerates fine lines, sagging, and blotchiness." Not feeling like a nut? Salmon, tuna, and halibut are good lunch/dinner sources.

Stay Hydrated: To keep her skin supple, LA-based derm Jessica W., MD, sprays her skin several times a day with a mineral water product – being stuck in traffic is the perfect time. Find a fortified mineral water spray that’s right for you and convenient to carry around. 

Calm Down: If anyone has stress, it's doctors. High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. "Controlling stress keeps your skin calm—but that's easier said than done," says Annie C., MD, a derm in LA. Taking a 10-minute time-out to apply a face mask and relax on her bed works for Chiu. Another trick: Ban the 'Berry. "I turn off my cell phone after 8 at night. Every little bit helps!" she says.

Wear Mineral Cosmetics: Sunscreen stops working in less than 3 hours, so reapplication is key, says Washington, DC-based derm Elizabeth T., MD. For an added layer, she uses powder foundation that contains sunscreen. "It's light, so skincare stays intact."   Mineral cosmetics are highly beneficial to your natural skin care routine.

Pair Your Potions: Pairing ingredients can result in better effects and more rejuvenation for the skin. Some ingredients—like sunscreen and antioxidants in the morning or retinoids and peptides at night—work better as a team," says New Orleans derm Mary L., MD.

Develop a Bedside Manner: "I often find it difficult to maintain a bedtime routine for skin care," says Francesca F., MD, an NYC derm. To avoid missing her evening routine, she stores these products in a pretty skincare case she keeps on her nightstand. "So if I've forgotten—or was just too tired to apply products before bed - I can do it easily while in bed." Her must-haves: a retinol product, a night cream, a foot cream, white strips for teeth, and an oil to moisturize cutlicles. 

Skip Sodium: Diet soda is a vice for many people, per Audrey K., MD, a KC, dermatologist, and a hidden place for an abundance of sodium. Make the important switch to water and you’ll look much better fast. 

Cut Back on Sweets: The breakdown of sugars, called glycation, damages the collagen that keeps skin smooth and firm. To prevent this natural process from careening out of control, Naila M., MD, a derm in TX, sticks to low-glycemic carbs like whole grains; they're naturally low in sugar, and the body processes them slowly to limit the loss of collagen.

More Tea: In her teens, Amy W., MD, an NYC derm, started drinking green and black tea for the taste. Now she drinks several cups a day to safeguard her skin. Research suggests that both types of tea contain protective compounds—like EGCG and theaflavins—that help prevent cancer and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.

Sufficient Rest: While you're sleeping, your skin is hard at work. Night is the ideal time to treat your skin for two reasons: Your skin regenerates at night, and several potent ingredients in skin-care products are broken down by sunlight and aren't as effective during the day. Find a night cream or serum that can stimulate cell growth to promote new collagen production. 

Face Wash: Try a supercharged face wash. Perhaps one with glycolic acid or microdermabrasion crystals, because they treat while they cleanse.

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This information is not intended to replace a consultation with your doctor or health care professional and this information is not intended to serve as medical advice

Handy Ideas For Practicing Self Care June 21 2017

Too many times your day ends and it's likely you've forgotten to take care of yourself.  Remember the last time you were sick and couldn't do the things you wanted to do, and couldn't take care of those who you wanted to take care of?  Some daily self care will keep you moving in the right direction.


Go for a walk.
Get a hug.
Play with a dog.
Reorganize your room.
Take a bath.


Read a book.
Learn a new skill or language.
Draw or color.
Do a DIY project.
Listen to an audio book.
Do a puzzle or word search.
Turn off your phone and observe the moment.


Practice yoga.
Light a candle.
Talk with a friend.
Write in your journal.
Make a gratitude list.

Thank you to for your ideas and inspiration.

Once you focus on your gifts... June 21 2017

I would highly recommend reading the book "Successful Women Think Differently" by Valorie Burton.  She conveys a positive message about how we often focus too much on our weaknesses and faults, hoping to fix them all before reaching our goals.  Instead, if you live outside your driven purpose and spend your energy trying to be perfect (when no one can be perfect), then you have no energy left to conquer your goals and reach your potential.  Good stuff.



Skin Lightening Lotion | Good For You Ingredients May 13 2017

Healthier Skin Lightening With Natural Ingredients

If there is one product we have that we want you to understand the best - it's our arbutin & lemon peel bioferment lotion. This is hands down the best natural skin lightening lotion for every one of every color and every age. This product has a stellar rating and for some great reasons.


Melanin is the main substance responsible for the color of our skin. Melanin is class of dark polymers generated by the body through the process of melanogenesis. Among the melanin pigmenting the skin and hair, two kind can be determined, based on its chemical composition and biological route of synthesis: the black/brown eumelanin and the red/yellow pheomelanin. The variation of skin color among individuals is based on the variation and combination of these two different substances. Individuals with little or no melanin is almost white. Other differences in skin color might be attributed to hormones, sunlight exposure, thickness of skin, blood vessels in the skin, and content of carotenoids.


Skin lightening lotions can work by minimizing the content of melanin of the skin. Many ingredients have been shown to be effective in skin lightening. Some have beneficial side effects (e.g.: are antioxidants,[1] nutrients, or decrease the risk of some types of cancer); some are a significant risk to health (for example, those containing mercury).


These are the ingredients we include in our skin lightening lotion that have proven to be the most successful and that are also plant based:

Arbutin: Alpha Arbutin is derived from the Bearberry plant, and is the natural alternative to skin lightening. While it is natural, it can be faster and safer than chemical alternatives. Arbutin will correct sun spots and discoloration.

Alpine Floral Extracts (blend of Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract): This is a ecocert plant derived ingredient from the Alpine flowers that is proven to brighten and even skin tone, reduce sun spots, and lighten skin. This extract ingredient might also go by the name of Gigawhite.

Galangal: Derived from a tropical plant, it is part of the ginger family, and also smells like a more delicate version of ginger. This is a wonderful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and contains vitamin c, which is proven beneficial for skin lightening efforts. The anti-inflammatory benefits will help dissipate redness and splotching.

Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is derived by the fermentation of malting rice for use in the manufacturing of sake, the Japanese rice wine. Research shows kojic acid to be effective for inhibiting melanin production. It will prevent and correct pigmentation issues.

Lemon Essential Oil: Brightens, tones skin and stimulates circulation.
Lemon Peel Bioferment: Naturally derived from lemon peels and processed by fermentation, it is a great skin lightener and it will reduce sun spots and pigmentation issues.

Licorice Root: Has been used as an Aryuvedic remedy, is a strong antioxidant, and aids in lightening, toning, firming, and cellulite reduction.

Niacinamide: Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin considerably per the National Library of Medicine.

Songyi Mushroom: Clinically proven to lighten and whiten skin, which is great for anyone who has accumulated some sun damage over the years. This extract is considered soothing an a nonirritant, and evens out skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation without causing melanocyte.

You can read more about natural skin lightening on one of our other blog post here

Breakfast Berry & Granola Fruit Tart May 03 2017

This is a clever recipe that takes a spin from the fruit pizza idea - except it's for breakfast.  A wonderful way to showcase the fresh berries you'll find this season.


1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats 
1 cup walnuts finely chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
5 tablespoons coconut oil melted
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ground
2 cups greek yogurt coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
4 cups mixed fruit for topping, (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples)


Pre-heat oven to 325°F.
Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, melted oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon together in a bowl until thoroughly coated.
Press about 3 tablespoons of the mixture into 8 greased mini tart pans. Use the back of an oiled spoon to help press the granola evenly across the pan and up the sides.
Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden. Immediately after you remove the tart shells from the oven, use the back of the spoon to press down the centers of the crust to create more of an indentation, and push up the sides. The shell puffs up in the oven, so it helps to reshape the crust after it bakes while still hot. Allow to cool completely in the pan before removing. Use a small knife to gently release the sides of the crust, working around each side, then very carefully remove it from the pan, turning over if needed into your hand. The crust should be crisp on the sides and hold together, but will be delicate.
Fill each tart with 3 to 4 tablespoons yogurt, smooth out evenly. Arrange the fruit on top and serve immediately. The crust will become a little soggy if left to sit for too long.

Thank you to for sharing this with us.

Feta Almond Watermelon Salad April 28 2017

Super easy, super delicious and a celebration of the flavors of the season.

Feta Almond Watermelon Salad

Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins


8 cups assorted baby salad greens
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
⅓ cup sliced toasted almonds
8 (1 and ½ inch thick chilled seedless watermelon slices, rinds removed)
1 to 1 and ½ cups blackberries
½ cup balsamic reduction


Place one watermelon steak on each plate.
Layer 1 cup salad greens on top.
Add blackberries, feta and almonds.
Top with a drizzle of Balsamic Reduction.
Chill until ready to serve.

Thank you to for this amazing recipe.


Natural Skin Care: Advice, Ingredients, and What to Avoid April 27 2017

Comprehensive Guide to Natural Skin Care:

There is a lot of information out there regarding natural skin care, but let's start with the facts and what to looks for when focusing on the ingredients and skin care plan you'd like to have.  

While there is no shortage of studies, advice and information related to natural skin care, I'd first and foremost say to discern those that are experts vs. those that have an opinion.  There is a blogger around every corner making statements that are not backed by science.  The good news is, there are reputable studies and scientific advice readily available to you.  

Keep in mind two things:  Common sense can often prevail when considering a natural ingredient for your own natural skin care routine, and not every recommendation is good for everyone.  On the other side of it, just because something caused an adverse reaction to one person does not mean it’s bad for you. 

I read an article posted recently by an individual who did not had a strong background in health studies or skin care, but claimed that lemon on the skin is very hazardous.  This is not factually true.  It’s unfortunate that anyone can have a platform to make false claims.  While a particular ingredient was not suitable for this one person, it has many benefits for others. 

Keep in mind that almost all products that have been prepared for an inventory or store shelf have harsh chemicals and preservatives to extend their shelf life.  So while they may claim to include some attractive ingredients (Vitamin C, Retinol, DMAE, etc.) the positive qualities about these appealing ingredients is diminished or perhaps eliminated by the side effects of the harsh chemicals or preservatives also included. 

Per the FDA: “It’s important to understand that some cosmetics that are safe when people use them correctly may be unsafe when used the wrong way. Cosmetics must have any directions for use or warning statements needed to make sure people use the products safely. For example, some ingredients may be safe in products such as cleansers that we wash off the skin immediately, but not in products that we leave on the skin for hours. Similarly, ingredients that are safe for use on the hair or nails may be unsafe when used on the skin or near the eyes.”

The following ingredients are prohibited or restricted by FDA regulations:

Bithionol. The use of bithionol is prohibited because it may cause photocontact sensitization (21 CFR 700.11).

Chlorofluorocarbon propellants. The use of chlorofluorocarbon propellants in cosmetic aerosol products intended for domestic consumption is prohibited (21 CFR 700.23).

Chloroform. The use of chloroform in cosmetic products is prohibited because it causes cancer in animals and is likely to be harmful to human health, too. The regulation makes an exception for residual amounts from its use as a processing solvent during manufacture, or as a byproduct from the synthesis of an ingredient (21 CFR 700.18).

Halogenated salicylanilides (di-, tri-, metabromsalan and tetrachlorosalicylanilide). These are prohibited in cosmetic products because they may cause serious skin disorders (21 CFR 700.15).

Hexachlorophene. Because of its toxic effect and ability to penetrate human skin, hexachlorophene (HCP) may be used only when no other preservative has been shown to be as effective. The HCP concentration in a cosmetic may not exceed 0.1 percent, and it may not be used in cosmetics that are applied to mucous membranes, such as the lips (21 CFR 250.250).

Mercury compounds. Mercury compounds are readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and tend to accumulate in the body. They may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, or neurotoxic problems. The use of mercury compounds in cosmetics is limited to eye area products at no more than 65 parts per million (0.0065 percent) of mercury calculated as the metal and is permitted only if no other effective and safe preservative is available. All other cosmetics containing mercury are adulterated and subject to regulatory action unless it occurs in a trace amount of less than 1 part per million (0.0001 percent) calculated as the metal and its presence is unavoidable under conditions of good manufacturing practice (21 CFR 700.13).

Methylene chloride. It causes cancer in animals and is likely to be harmful to human health, too (21 CFR 700.19).

Prohibited cattle materials. To protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease," cosmetics may not be manufactured from, processed with, or otherwise contain, prohibited cattle materials. These materials include specified risk materials*, material from nonambulatory cattle, material from cattle not inspected and passed, or mechanically separated beef. Prohibited cattle materials do not include tallow that contains no more than 0.15 percent insoluble impurities, tallow derivatives, and hides and hide-derived products, and milk and milk products** (21 CFR 700.27).

Sunscreens in cosmetics. Use of the term "sunscreen" or similar sun protection wording in a product's labeling generally causes the product to be subject to regulation as a drug or a drug/cosmetic, depending on the claims. However, sunscreen ingredients may also be used in some cosmetic products to protect the products’ color. The labelling must also state why the sunscreen ingredient is used, for example, "Contains a sunscreen to protect product color." If this explanation isn’t present, the product may be subject to regulation as a drug (21 CFR 700.35). For more information on sunscreens, refer to Tanning Products.

Vinyl chloride. The use of vinyl chloride is prohibited as an ingredient of aerosol products, because it causes cancer and other health problems (21 CFR 700.14).

Zirconium-containing complexes. The use of zirconium-containing complexes in aerosol cosmetic products is prohibited because of their toxic effect on lungs of animals, as well as the formation of granulomas in human skin (21 CFR 700.16).

What about color additives?

Color additives are permitted in cosmetics only if FDA has approved them for the intended use. In addition, some may be used only if they are from batches that FDA has tested and certified. To learn more, see “Color Additives and Cosmetics.”

Here are six skin care ingredients that are legal in the US but are banned in other countries:

  1. Formaldehyde: This chemical is used as a preservative and also includes a group of substances known as “formaldehyde donors,” which effectively release formaldehyde into a product.

One of the most controversial of these donors is quaternium-15, which until recently was found in the popular baby shampoos. The American Academy of Dermatology warns that formaldehyde can cause severe allergic reactions. Canada has banned it in personal care products.

  1. Petroleum distillates: The same oil refineries that pump out oil for heating and cars also produce petroleum that is often found in mascaras sold in the United States. Petroleum distillates are used as emollients and are also found in eye shadow, lotions, creams, hairspray, and foundation makeup. They’ve been banned in the European Union.
  2. Hydroquinone: This bleaching agent is often used to lighten dark patches of skin

called hyperpigmentation, age spots, or liver spots. It has also been linked to lung irritation and tumors in mice. Canada and some Asian and African countries have banned the use of hydroquinone in skin products.

  1. BHA: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is used as a preservative in moisturizers, shaving creams, fragrances, and makeup, particularly lipsticks. It is linked to endocrine disruption and cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The EU prohibits its use in fragrances, and California requires a warning label on all products that contain BHA. On top of the human danger, it adversely affects the environment because it accumulates in water and kills wildlife.

  1. Parabens: These chemicals are used as preservatives in a variety of cosmetics. They are suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductive function. They’re commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants and have been also linked to breast cancer. The EU banned parabens in 2012.
  2. Methyl cellosolve: This solvent is used in anti-aging creams, moisturizers, and serums. According to the EWG, methyl cellosolve is a neurotoxin that causes DNA mutation. It’s an obscure ingredient that is sometimes not explicitly listed on labels. It has been banned in Canada and restricted in the EU.

Below are some of the very best in natural skin care ingredients.  You could start incorporating some of these into your skin care routine, many of which you might already have in your own home.  Once you determine the ones you can most benefit from, you can build from there, and add botanicals and healthy active ingredients that help you reach your skin care goals:

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  Also know as ALA, this is a strong antioxidant, derived from a variety of vegetables. It is excellent for helping alleviate wrinkles, swelling, puffiness, and assist in shrinking pore size.

Coenzyme Q10:  Also known as ubiquinone, is plant derived and excellent for encouraging significant collagen production.

Grapeseed: Rich in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Great for hydration and aging skin.

Green Tea: Can decrease the risk of skin cancer and alleviates water retention in skin. Great for firming and toning.  Anti-viral and anti-bacterial. 

Licorice: Has been used as an Aryuvedic remedy, is a strong antioxidant, and aids in lightening, toning, firming, and cellulite reduction.

Niacinamide:  Improves skin color, decreases inflammation, improves blotchiness, and can lighten skin per the National Library of Medicine.

Oats: Full of vitamins, minerals and lipids. Has anti-inflammatory benefits and contains antioxidants.

Retinol:  Increases collagen production. Retinol is vitamin A which is a natural ingredient, not to be confused with the prescription drug Retin-A.

Soy:  Great for healing, anti aging, and preventing future damage.

Vitamin C:  Known to prevent aging of the skin,and also to repair damage.

Willow Bark:  Naturally derived and contains the natural version of salicylic acid. Promotes cell turnover, exfoliation, acne prevention, and the reduction of wrinkles.

Don't be fooled by cosmetic advertising: Myriad creams, lotions, and potions at the drugstore and cosmetics counter make promises they could never deliver on. (Trust us, all the fancy products in the world will never turn the tide of aging.) Eye creams, for instance, rarely vary in formulation from your basic facial moisturizer. Our recommendation is to keep it simple: All you need is a basic cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your skin in tip-top shape. Everything else is just dressing.

Tips to keep in mind when shopping for natural skin care products:

  1. Natural does not necessarily mean all natural. Just because a product contains an appealing natural ingredient, does not mean it has completely eliminated some synthetic or chemicals ingredients.  Read the label and if you’re not sure, go to gov or
  2. Look for recycled, nontoxic packaging. I can guarantee that all of our packaging and labeling is recycled and eco friendly.  If you’re not sure about another company, inquire to find out more.
  3. Avoid artificial fragrance and colors. While it may not seem like a big deal, more than ninety five percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and a slew of other known toxins that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies—some of which are cited on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.
  4. A healthy lifestyle is a very important part of a healthy looking outward appearance. Many times, skin and hair issues are caused by something going on internally.  Hair loss can often be attributed to hormonal issues, and those aren’t always limited to older women.  Even young people can have hormonal issues, especially if they are consuming products that can adversely effect their hormones.  Start with eating fresh foods, drinking enough water, getting sufficient sleep, and doing a review of the medications you currently take.

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Vitamin C for Skin April 26 2017

How amazing is vitamin C for skin?  Everyone who has ever researched skin care is aware that Vitamin C is considered one of the top ingredients for better skin care.  We have done extensive research, and we’ve combined our results with proven medical and clinical results to give you some clear answers.  We’re excited to break down all of the information for you here.  Whether you would like to improve the condition of your skin due to aging issues or suffer from other skin care ailments and concerns, it’s quite likely that Vitamin C can be very helpful to you reaching your skin care goals.

There are some baseline ingredients that are very well regarded and those that you should be incorporating into your skin care routine.  Vitamin C is definitely one of those ingredients that will deliver fast, natural results. 

Vitamin C for Pigmentation Improvements & Anti Aging Concerns

There a variety of types of vitamin C for skin on the market, and rest assured you can benefit from many of them for better looking skin.  Each one is considered a valuable antioxidant and can deliver exceptional discoloration reversal and anti aging benefits that will help you now and in the future as it can provide preventative measures.

We offer a couple of very efficient and pure products that contain vitamin C that you’ll benefit greatly from.  One is our Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment Powder (ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Citric Acid, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline (Plan Derived Protein Collagen), Frankincense Essential Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Retinol (Vitamin A)), which can be added to your favorite lotion, cream or serum, and also our Anti Aging Facial Scrub (ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Coconut Oil, DMAE, Edelweiss Extract, Fermented Coconut Fruit Natural Preservative, Ferulic Acid, Mango Butter, Resveratrol, Sugar Fine Granulated, Valencia Orange Essential Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax). 

Glorious Ascorbic Acid

The most recommended vitamin c variation is ascorbic acid, and it’s also known as l-ascorbic acid.  It is the most common and researched form of vitamin C for your skin. 

While ascorbic acid has a short shelf life if introduced to water or sunlight, it is often used to help create more supple, firmer, younger looking skin.  It can also help lighten sun spots and hyperpigmentation.  It also has the ability to protect skin from the environment and future sun damage.  

Studies show that even low amounts of vitamin c for the skin do offer significant antioxidant benefits. 

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that may also help rebuild collagen. In laboratory studies, vitamin C seems to reduce or even protect against damage to skin cells caused by UV radiation. Vitamin C also seems to help skin cells survive after exposure to UV rays.

There are two primary forms of Vitamin C used in skin care - ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C is highly vulnerable to oxidation and can quickly lose it’s effectiveness if exposed to air and light.

These forms of Vitamin C will bring multiple benefits to your skin, preventing future damage but also working to repair the effects of aging and sun on your skin, promote wound healing, and control inflammation.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is transformed into Vitamin C when applied to the skin. MAP will improve skin elasticity, and to decrease wrinkles through stimulation of collagen synthesis. It also reduces redness, promotes wound healing, and suppresses pigmentation. Because the body control mechanisms limit the amount of ingested vitamin C available to skin, topical application becomes an efficient way to benefit from all forms of Vitamin C.

In medical studies, individuals with photo-aged skin were treated with topical ascorbic acid serum once a day for 2 weeks. 80% experienced a score decrease of 2 or 3 grades, according to the dermatologist. 75% rated their overall satisfaction as excellent or very good. Dyspigmentation, surface roughness, and fine lines on the treated side improved significantly. The conclusion of this particular studies shows that vitamin C is an effective for the treatment of photo-aged skin and does not cause any obvious side effects.

Vitamin C is one of the naturally occurring antioxidants in nature. Most plants and animals are able to synthesize Vitamin C in vivo from glucose. Humans and certain other vertebrates lack the enzyme L-glucono-gamma lactone oxidase required for in vivo synthesis of it. We need to acquire it from natural sources such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, papaya and broccoli. The word “Ascorbus” means no Scurvy. Traditionally, Vitamin C rich foods like lemons were carried by sailors on long journeys to avoid Scurvy, a disease of bleeding gums. In 1937, Dr. Albert Szent Goyrgi was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in isolating the Vitamin C molecule from red peppers and identifying its role in Scurvy.

Vitamin C has a potential anti-inflammatory activity and can be used in conditions like acne vulgaris and rosacea. It can promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

It’s best to apply Vitamin C is by adding a pure powdered form to you cream or serum daily. Mixing it fresh will ensure its potency and prevent the opportunity for it to oxidize and lose it beneficial qualities. Even serums and products on the market require serious consideration, as they will usually contain chemicals and synthetics to stabilize the Vitamin C, then making the product not as good for you if it has to contain those ingredients just to support the Vitamin C content. An (expensive) alternative to using Vitamin C fresh each day is to find products with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, so there isn’t the concern of degradation as with using Vitamin C. As noted above, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is transformed into Vitamin C when applied to the skin.

I Am Grateful For... November 09 2016

How can an attitude of gratitude help your health and happiness?

Cultivating a regular practice of gratitude can keep us healthier and happier. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal increases our determination, attention, enthusiasm, optimism and energy levels. We see a greater improvement in exercise patterns, quality of sleep and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

When in a state of gratitude a brain scan shows us higher levels of activity in the hypothalamus which controls an assortment of essential bodily functions such as eating, drinking and sleeping. The hypothalamus also has a large influence on your metabolism and stress levels. Feelings of gratitude also directly activate the brains regions associated with neurotransmitter dopamine which feels good to get and is responsible for reward-driven learning. This means your brain becomes engaged in a virtuous cycle, looking for more things to be grateful for to receive a dose of dopamine again and again.

Every thought we have produces chemicals in the brain; negative thoughts produce chemicals which slow down the brain, reduce our brains productivity and may lead to depression. Positive thoughts produce chemicals in the brain that creates a sense of well being and allows the brain to function at peak capacity.

Try This:

Let this image inspire you to pick out at LEAST 5 things you feel grateful for today.  Do this every day and you mood will be lighter, and you're instantly feel happier.

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