Buon Viaggio… as we say in Italia

JSF Logo WIDE copyHere is Serena, “my helper”  actually my assistant in getting all the paperwork together for the products to be reviewed by EWG.  She loves all sustainability of life and making sure we abide by nature and not ruin it.

She is a college student at Fordham University entering her 3rd year studying Environmental Studies and International Political Economy and is going abroad to the Islands of Turks and Caicos to study “Marine Policy Management at the School for Field Studies in South Caicos” (her goal is to save the reef) or at least prevent it from getting worse and prevent over development of this untouched part of the Islands. Too many developers want a piece of it and over developing this area will cause big problems for the reef.

Pictured here she will be taking along our “Natural and Organic Sunscreen and Mosquito-Serenab-Gone. Both of which EWG gave excellent scores to.

Send her some well wishes on her journey; she can be reached by clicking here SERENA.

When Serena returns in a MONTH – “how am I ever going to get along without her” – she will be concentrating on getting the paperwork completed for the USDA. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be done by the end of the summer then onto submitting for review.

Her journey to South Caicos gives her first hand knowledge of what is not permitted or sustainable to use on such pristine places in order not to harm local wildlife or the sea. She was directed to only bring non-toxic products, for example washing clothing she can only use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap or similar items – which is what we only use in our homes and shop. Safe sunscreen without any chemicals – not those brands that spray toxic chemicals in the air or toxic to the ocean and seas. In addition, she needs to bring organic non-toxic shampoo and non-bleached personal products etc. The list went on and on.

I am so proud of her for taking on such a journey to help out our environment and basically all of us.

 This week we were making lots of products before she heads out see us pictured here:

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USAnd this is us last year in Italy visiting monasteries to understand how the monks made remedies, which of course they did not give us their secrets… still we learned and had fun.

Now she is doing it all on her own.

Here is a PDF article on how conventional sunscreens damage coral reefs around the world.  And  here is my last years blog post on Sunscreens as well.

 Happy summer and happy swimming to all!!!

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B. Lime, Pregnancy Journeys and Homeopathy

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So I am trying something new with guest blogging and thought why not! – it’s always nice to hear and write something from a different perspective…. Will try and have various guest bloggers throughout the year.

When I asked my guest blogger if she wanted to share some insights into the products she has used and anything else she found helpful and to provide just a short couple of paragraphs, she sent me a 3 page memoir of her pregnancy journey, which I was so delighted to be the first to read! Of course I had to take a snap shot of it to be able to get it into a blog.

But before starting, please meet Mary of B. Lime an online store that is now 303348_10150624828171917_179142210_acarrying our products as well.  B. Lime,  is an online Green Store in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois that carries eco-friendly products for baby, family, and home.

Mary, who is the owner of B. Lime, was 7 months pregnant at the time, with a full-time job at the University, and wanted to purchase the B. Lime brand because the previous owner of B. Lime announced she was closing. Mary was so sadden for herself and for her community, she thought- why couldn’t a Green Store flourish in C-U?
  So she met with the previous owner and here she is owner of B. Lime.

 Check out B.Lime online store and all of its non-toxic baby products and as well for the whole family. And you can also read more about Mary’s journey as well.

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Please allow me to introduce myself…I am a pleasantly plump 37-year-old woman who recently lost 90lbs last summer. My husband is a fit 41-year-old male who works out 4 to 5 times a week and follows a high protein diet.

To our amazement we had no difficulty conceiving. We have been blessed and are expecting a baby boy in May. My pregnancy has been relatively comfortable and uneventful in the sense of complications. It seems that consuming mainly organic food and a moderate vitamin intake has been very good to our bodies.

When we announced our pregnancy I sought the advice of Gabriella Calvi-Rooney on homeopathic protocols for pregnancy and delivery. After consulting with Gabriella I began the monthly cell salt protocol for optimal fetal development and plan to continue it throughout breastfeeding. I believe the cell salts have played an integral part in the healthy development of my son and the relative ease of my pregnancy.

I am starting my 37th week now and have had common symptoms of pregnancy, which have been easily remedied. One of the symptoms was sciatic nerve pain in the eighth month, which has occurred only twice, but on both occasions I took one dose of Ruta 30c and massaged Just Skin Foods Deep Pain Salve directly into the area of my right sciatic nerve. I must say that both instances my pain was intense and walking became very difficult. However, with both times it was gone within the hour.

The other, much more intense symptom happened at 35 weeks when I got a very intense painful carpal tunnel cramp in my right arm. I was literally writhing in pain. Then I remembered the deep pain salve and that Gabriella had advised me to take Hypericum 30c for nerve pain in a tooth after a dental filling a couple of years ago. So I took a dose of Hypericum 30c with a dose of Arnica 30c and massaged the Deep Pain Salve into the nerve from wrist to elbow. I was beyond ecstatic when in a couple of minutes the nerve began to tingle, it went completely numb within 20 minutes and the pain has not returned… the remedies were so effective that I repainted a butcher block to re-purpose as a changing table two days later with no pain.

In planning ahead I have gotten other products for future use like Just Skin Food’s sunblock that I will need for days outdoors here in sunny South Carolina. I love its’ completely nontoxic rating (EWG rating for sunscreen),  and will be happy to use it without any negative effect on sensitive skin.

 I can’t even begin to describe the peace of mind it brings me to know that with a healthy diet and exercise combined with cell salts, homeopathy and quality organic products like the ones from Just Skin Food I can care for my family without worrying about synthetic chemicals and their side effects.

This is her journey but there are many other modalities that will help as well, such as Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Yoga and Massages.  All of these are non-invasive and are a great way of keeping healthy.  Don’t forget to buy organic and better yet local organic.

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Bug Bite and Allergy Symptoms – How to take away the itch and the runny nose?

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My favorite month is April and it is almost nearly at the end. The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer and with it come the allergies and bugs. Yet it is still the most beautiful month with spring and all those beautiful flowers and trees exploding with colors and singing. Oh yeah, don’t forget poison ivy as well.

As always, the buggiest cities in the United States are the Southeast. Temperatures are warmer and the climate is always moist, which makes it a perfect scenario for mosquito’s to breed and thrive.

But for the Northeast, allergies start going rampant with all the beautiful forsythias and cherry trees blooming and the green grass again. The bugs are usually in the wooded and mountainous areas and home to swarming black flies especially during the month of May and early June.

If you hike, fish, live in, or plan to spend vacation time in these areas, it’s a good idea to be prepared in advance. And let’s not forget the bees. We need them for our food production but you do not want to get a “bee” sting, but if you do, you want to make sure to heal it naturally not with toxic substances.

Just Skin Food’s Mosquito-b-Gone is ideal for those buggy cities, wooded mountains, beach areas and all.   And our Ouchy Grouchy Salve in case you need to get those poisonous venom out.

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Homeopathic Remedies such as Ledum and Apis are incredibly needed during these buggy months. Here are some more key homeopathic remedies to consider for bites:

Apis mel - This homeopathic remedy is a specialist in inflammation, Apis mel eases redness, swelling, inflamed skin and membranes, and burning stinging pains in a wide variety of cases. Its applications include: burning swellings or welts caused by bee stings, hives, or irritants; swollen inflamed joints; swollen sore throats, eye irritations and acute stinging, burning urinary pain. Its symptoms tend to improve with applied cold.

Ledum pal – First aid remedy for puncture wounds, animal bites, cuts, insect stings as it helps injuries heal from the deepest point up, minimizing the chance of trapping matter inside. Its healing also applies to old yellow bruises, black eyes, repeat ankle sprains or inflamed joint pains that start in the soles of the feet or ankles and move up. Ledum is most applicable if area, joints or bruises are cold to the touch and feel better with applied cold.

Calendula – Derived from a member of the common marigold, Calendula has been used for centuries to accelerate healing and the growth of new skin in a variety of skin injuries and irritations. Scrapes, abrasions, superficial cuts, chaffed skin, dry skin, sunburns and other skin irritations can heal faster with less scarring when treated with this clear Calendula rich ointment.

Echinacea – In both herbal and homeopathic preparations, this coneflower plant offers the immune support when fighting off inflammatory conditions, especially swollen sore throats, skin sores and pimples, and other acute conditions which have the potential to suppurate.

Urtica urens – Relieves a range of itching, burning, stinging skin symptoms, whether related to minor burns, scalds, rashes, prickly heat, stings, hives or other rash-like eruptions. If skin or other symptoms alternate with or accompany stiff joint pain and nerve pain, Urtica can prove very healing, especially if symptoms are aggravated by cold air or cold water.

For Additional information on remedies that are helpful for allergies or our products that can help you with poison ivy, bug bites and more you can read our old Blog posts.

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For Bug Bites, Poison Ivy and Sun, here are 2 blog posts: Blog 1 and Blog 2

For Poison Ivy visit this Blog

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These two Salves help with poison ivy.  Read my blog above under poison Ivy.

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How Itchy is your Skin?

Stop Using Water Based Moisturizers, Which Dry Your Skin!

Did you know that most lotions and moisturizers all contain water?  Basically 60% of that lotion is all water.  The rest is chemical.

This winter on the East coast has proven to be very very brutally cold and so many of us have continually kept our heaters on full high heat trying to stay warm.

In doing so, our skin has suffered a tremendous set back.  We are probably all itchy from the continued dryness we have experienced and we end up putting lotions and potions and so much on our skin.

If your product contains water, and most do, (read the label) you have further dried out your skin and caused even more itchiness to occur.

The best place that water belongs is inside the body in order to get hydrated – just think- hydration inside hydration outside.  Omega-3s also help with dryness.

Water is drying and when there is water in a lotion or cream there must be a preservative, which even further dries out your skin.  In water-based lotions, a preservative must be added in order for it not to develop mold or microbes that can harm you.  These lotions will also lose its effectiveness and end up smelling bad even with a preservative.  Have you ever kept a lotion bottle for more then a year?  If so, smell the content of it – its horrific.

 The only products that are not drying are anhydrous products.

 Anhydrous products – are non-water based butters or creams and contain no preservatives that can harm your skin.

 Just Skin Food Whipped Fluffy Body Butter Creams are all anhydrous – non-water based and there are no preservative in any of our products.

We add anti-oxidants, or ingredients that will retard the rancidity of our oils. The anti-oxidant we use most is Vitamin E, but there are other oil soluble anti-oxidants, like rosemary oleo extract (ROE). Adding an anti-oxidant to an anhydrous product will extend its shelf life.

Our products shelf life is about 2 years.  Yet once opened life is about 4 – 6 months.  Never keep any lotion or creams more then 6 months regardless of a preservative or not.  It’s just bad.

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Best time to apply non-water based butters and creams is right after showering.  Your skin is still damp and the pores are opened and it will help penetrate the butters into the skin, giving you a smoother radiant look.  And you will feel silky soft, and no dry skin.

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Just a Quick Note on Shipping Rates…

From our Survey we sent out a few weeks ago, we got a pretty good response that 50% would like to order and pay a shipping cost without spending current amount to receive free shipping. www.justskinfood.com

Therefore, there will be 2 flat rates to accommodate everyone Unknown……..

Here are the Rates:

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If you haven’t taken the Survey yet and would like to please visit SurveyMonkey!

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Ahhh…the smell of coffee (Espresso Coffee Body Scrub)

Why Do A Body Scrub?

Regular exfoliation of the skin removes residual dirt and dead skin and leaves your skin looking young and fresh.  After the skin is exfoliated, it is able to absorb and retain moisture from the body butter oils more effectively.  A scrub can be done as often as 2-3 times a week to once every 2 weeks, depending on the present condition of your skin and what you are aiming to achieve.

 

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Because of the caffeine, a coffee body scrub is said to be the best choice for improving blood circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins.  Caffeine, being a natural antioxidant, prevents premature aging and draws out toxins from the body.  The aroma from the coffee also works as an anti-depressant and can combat feelings of nausea.

Coffee contains powerful anti-oxidant agents, protecting the skin against free radicals and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Coffee tightens pores and removes dead skin cells, making the skin looking younger. It also displays anti-wrinkle properties. Because of all these benefits, coffee has become a common ingredient of numerous luxury beauty products and spa therapies, especially anti-aging and anti-cellulite ones.

 

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Espresso Coffee contains higher amounts of antioxidants because it is a strong coffee and because of the preparation process, which help to slow down and avert the damage done to cells through the process of metabolizing oxygen.

 

Why Choose JUST SKIN FOOD Espresso Coffee Scrubs?

The major difference between Just Skin Food Espresso Coffee products and others in the marketplace is the fact that Just Skin Food Espresso Coffee Scrub products are made from 100% REAL COFFEE. So many other products on the market are made from synthetically generated caffeine… or if they do contain real coffee, it is a very very small amount mixed with other types of exfoliating agents.  In addition, many contain 50% water base and very little actual ingredients.  Just Skin Food products are all Anhydrous meaning “without water”.

Just Skin Food Espresso Coffee products contain no sulphates and no parabens – unlike many other “coffee based” products. The espresso coffee in Just Skin Food is also Fair IMG_4205 copyTraded and Organic. Our espresso coffee is then blended with food based ingredients to create the products.  Once you have experienced our Just Skin Food Espresso Coffee Scrubs you will know why many of our customers are now saying they can not do without!

 

So Why Should You Be Showering With Our Espresso Coffee Scrubs?

  • Caffeine has been shown in various studies and is known throughout the world to assist in reducing that dreaded orange peel symptom of CELLULITE
  • Espresso Coffee contains a higher level of anti-oxidants which protect the skin from free radicals
  • Caffeine helps detoxify the skin and aids in reducing puffiness and inflammation
  • Pure finely ground coffee exfoliates the skin and buffs away dead epidermal cells to promote radiant looking skin
  • Further studies have suggested topically applying caffeine may reduce sun damage to your skin

 

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*Honey is excellent in retaining and locking in moisture, as well as promotes healing of various skin problems and prevents irritation. Honey has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, helping your skin feel moisturized. Honey helps your skin to feel smooth, moisturized, and radiant. Honey is a natural humectant that traps moisture and holds it there. It also creates a natural glisten on the skin.  www.justskinfood.com – honey

Rhassoul Clay used in ancient Rome and Egypt as a daily cleanser comes from the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco from deposits formed from volcanic ashes. Rhassoul Clay has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It has a high content of Silica which supports deep layers of collagen and gives the skin its elasticity. Two other natural component of Rhassoul Clay is Magnesium and Calcium, which are essential for skin regeneration. And it mildly lathers.

 

IMG_4359 copyIngredients:   Harry and Bean’s fair trade organic espresso coffee, organic olive oil infused with vanilla bean, organic dried rosemary herb, organic cinnamon*, pure orange peel butter, and rhassoul clay.

*Cinnamon has been used since 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt, where it was very highly prized (almost considered to be a panacea). In medieval times doctors used cinnamon to treat conditions such as coughing, arthritis and sore throats.

Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as a natural grittiness that helps clear out clogged pores. Researchers have found that, cinnamon increases the production of collagen on skin. You will not get miraculous result overnight, but regular intake of cinnamon specially topical usage (using directly on the skin) shows improvement in skin quality. www.justskinfood.com- cinnamon

Rhassoul Clay used in ancient Rome and Egypt as a daily cleanser comes from the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco from deposits formed from volcanic ashes. Rhassoul Clay has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It has a high content of Silica which supports deep layers of collagen and gives the skin its elasticity. Two other natural component of Rhassoul Clay is Magnesium and Calcium, which are essential for skin regeneration. And it mildly lathers.
 

 

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Olive Oil, Beauty and Health…

Olive oil is one of the best natural products for your skin, body and hair. It has an array of uses and is extremely popular in both cooking and beauty care. Olive oil skin care is extremely popular in Europe, particularly Italy, and given the perfect complexions on the women there, it makes perfect sense. Remember, make it always Organic.

Coconut oil works equally well but since coconut oil solidifies at cold temperatures and liquefies at warmer temperature it is very difficult to have skin care products that stays at one temperature.  Combining the both oils is the best of both worlds. And I do that with many of my products – use both oils as well as a few others.  But the main ingredient is always Olive Oil.

All of my Infused Herbal Oils for my Herbal Skin Salves are only infused in Organic Olive Oil and all of my Lotion Bars, Espresso Coffee Scrubs, Whipped Body Butters and so forth all have organic olive oil.

I still personally prefer Olive Oil to Coconut Oil as plain skin oil applied at nighttime. Especially around those lip, brow, forehead and crows feet wrinkles.  Just a tad is all that is needed.   Actually, I have a 1.oz glass dropper full of organic olive oil and just add 1 or 2 drops in my palms and rub where I need it. During the morning I use my own Baby Soft Baby Soft Soothing BalmSoothing Balm for the face, which has both Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.

There are just so many accounts of the world’s great beauties asked about their secret beauty routines and, not surprisingly, the answers seem to ALWAYS include olive oil! Most famous woman is Sofia Loren…when asked what she owes her ageless beauty to, 79 yr old Sophia Loren enthusiastically says ‘Olive Oil’.  She uses it basically at night when removing makeup and just a little more before retiring.  No wonder she is still, at 79 years old, the spokeswoman for ageless beauty!

Julia Roberts,  who is known for her beautiful hands, among other things, uses olive oil as a daily moisturizer for her hands. Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin and into the structure of the nails. It nourishes with a protective barrier against the drying effects of the sun, wind, and other harsh, drying elements our hands are subjected to.

My Winter Brew Lotion Bar is made with Olive Oil and Castor Oil among other things Winter Brewespecially for the hands.  It glides on so well and penetrates fast. It really has many uses not just for hands, but for any dryness even lips.  Great for wind burned face, lips and hands.

A little science on Olive Oil…

Olive oil is rich in Polyphenols, which are POWERFUL anti-oxidants great for their anti-aging contributions. They are natural anti-inflammatory, which, as we know, are huge factors in healthy, smooth skin. One of the most important of the polyphenols is Hydroxytyrosol. It is an extremely rare, highly potent polyphenol.  This particular polyphenol can actually slow the aging process in the skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane.

The Benefits of Olive Oil applied to the skin…

• Minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles and gives a bright healthy tone to the skin.

• Guards against the signs of premature aging

• Fights against free-radical damage

• Increases the skin’s ability to stay moisturized

• Feels great!

So the next time you think of healthy skin think Olive Oil.  It is a very simple inexpensive way of keeping your skin healthy and glowing.  The rest is all Marketing and Packaging.  Neither Marketing nor Packaging will do the work that plain all food products can do for your health, skin and body. KEEP IT SIMPLE!

 

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All of our Herbal Healing Salves, Lotion “push-up” Bars and more are made “in-house” using our own “Solar & Lunar” infused Medicinal Herbal Oils, such as Arnica, Calendula, Solomon Seal, Usnea, and much more. Even our Whipped Body Butters contain our Infused Herbal Oils making them extra special and therapeutic.

Some of the products contain homeopathic “mother tincture” and many contain only ORGANIC essential oils for a more powerful healing effect.  Products are formulated and made by a Certified Classical Homeopath.

Visit www.justskinfood.com and get 20% off on entire website for one day only.

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Usnea: A Powerful Herb – Anti-Fungal Salve

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As herbalist Ryan Drum once said: Usnea is among our best herbal antibiotics against gram positive bacteria, particularly Streptococci and Staphylococci, both internally and externally.

Usnea is tree-moss, a lichen, which is a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a 450px-Usnea_2_(2005_07_19)fungus. While usnea is certainly an herb, it’s not a plant! It grows on trees around the world. It especially likes pine, spruce, juniper, firs and hardwoods like oak, hickory, walnut, apple and pear. It prefers moist habitats.

Usnea is useful for many applications such as, infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sore throat, fungal infections, vaginal infections, sinus infections, colds/flu, mastitis, and boils.

Looking at the above list of uses for usnea you might guess that this is one powerful herb, and it is!

I use this powerful herb in my Anti-Fungal SalveNot just a pinch but as one of the main ingredient.  My salve was tested by Anti-FungalJim Stivaly* in Montclair, NJ, who practices biofeedback and other holistic modalities, and he indicated that it is one strong anti-fungal salve.

Brief History on Usnea

In Chinese Medicine several types of Usnea were used. The specific indications were for infections with signs of heat and dampness: redness, yellow pus, fast pulse, etc. Today Usnea is used for infections of all types even without indications of heat.

Today Usnea is used as an antibacterial herb, an antiviral herb, and as an antifungal herb.

  • Usnea as an antibacterial herb

Usnea is an anti-microbial herb, meaning that it effects a wide range of pathogens. It is not an antibiotic herb that kills all types of bacteria; it effects mainly gram positive bacteria.  It can effectively kill unwanted pathogens without totally disrupting healthy gut flora!

  • Usnea as an antiviral herb

Herbalist Kiva Rose says it best  – The Usnea are their own delicate medicinal miracles. They have a special affinity for rebalancing bacteria and eradicating infection throughout the mucus membranes, from mouth to lungs to gut to urinary tract and on. This medicine is a special gift for those with signs of infection in the lungs and bronchial area, often indicated by yellow or green phlegm, chest pain, difficulty breathing and sometimes accompanied by a fever.

  • Usnea as an antifungal herb

Usnea is effective at killing many types of fungal infections, including Candida species. It can be taken internally as well as used topically.

Here are some examples of fungal infections that you may use usnea for: athlete’s foot, jock itch, dandruff, ringworm, vaginal infections, etc.

  •  Homeopathic Version of Usnea

In HomeopathyUsnea Barbata (known as tree-moss) is a remedy used in some form of congestive headache; headache from sunstroke. Head – Bursting feeling, AS IF TEMPLES WOULD BURST, OR THE EYES BURST OUT OF THE SOCKETS. Throbbing carotids. It is one of those remedies that has a limited or specific use for these types of headaches.

It is very interesting to see how the uses in herbology, chinese medicine and homeopathy can differ but have similar relationships.

I can not personally speak for a painful fungal infection, never had one, but I can ascertain that from the various conditions Usnea is used for there must be a connection with a bursting throbbing headache, and throbbing in general in fungal infections.

When I infuse Usnea in oil, it looks like tightly wound brains, that Usneaare throbbing.  I also infuse Usnea as a powder with the whole herb which makes it even stronger.

This is what my Herbal Infused Usnea Oil looks like.

Nature is bountiful, useful, and healing in all sorts of ways.

Where to find my Antifungal Salve either Online or at some of these stores -

PS: Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub and Winter Brew available in stores now and online.

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*JAMES STIVALY can be reached at 973-746-8007.  His website will be up and running soon and I will post it in my next blog.

 

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Strega Nonna’s Vapor Rub, Homeopathy and other simple remedies for seasonal common colds, coughs and congestion.

Strega Nonna’s  Vapor Rub, Homeopathy and other simple remedies for seasonal common colds, coughs and congestions.

Most of us are familiar with the chest rub that comes in the little blue bottle.  You know…the super popular over-the-counter treatment for symptoms of cough and congestion!?!

But did you also know that it’s made — just as many other commercially-prepared cosmetics, personal care items and over the counter “stuff” — in a base of petroleum with too many artificial additives and chemicals?

For those who desire a chemical-free alternative, my Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub may come in handy this fall and winter.

Herbs such as peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, rosemary, lavender and thyme have been used for centuries for their decongestant properties and my wonderful Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub contains these herbs.  My Vapo Rub also contain herbal infusions of chickweed, yarrow, chamomile, echinacea, oregon grape root, and yerba santa. All to soothe a cough and congestion.

I did not include Thyme to this rub since I have a Thyme Soap, which complements this Vapo Rub.  Great soap to use in shower and bath time during the fall and winter months.

So the next time a cold or cough strikes in your family try Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub.Strega Nonna's Vapo Rub

It is packaged as a Lotion “pop-up” Bar – biodegradable- so you can carry it with you, which allows you not to touch it in case of germs on those hands.

It is still made with our local Cape May Honey Farm beeswax – just love that beeswax. Its local, pure and real beeswax – no artificial anything.

It will be available to order on my website as of October 31st – just in time for Halloween night.  And in stores soon!

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Homeopathy for Colds, Coughs and Congestion

In homeopathy it’s more important to focus on the “cough” rather than the “cold.”  Unless of course, you don’t have a cough, then you would look at sinus.  But for this purpose we will focus on coughs.

There are many types of coughs and with many different types of symptoms associated with each cough.  I will highlight 7 important homeopathic remedies, even though it is not a complete list, but sufficient for most coughs.

Remedies:  Can be found at your local health food store

  • Pulsatilla: Main cough symptom- a wearying night cough that forces the cougher to sit up. Other symptoms may include burning eyes, dry sore throats and thirstless, chilly fevers that cannot stand external heat. Particular to this remedy is their personality type – something like ‘soft, gentle, mild, affectionate, as well as clingy, weepy, moody, sometimes childish’.
  • Nux vomica: A suffocating cough highlights a restlessness cold or flu with extreme chilliness.  This extreme chilliness also marks a Nux fever– drafts are unbearable. Ear pain that hurts on swallowing will often find relief in Nux, as well.
  • Kali bich: Stubborn, gagging cough.  Beginning with the sinuses, the thick, ropy, yellow to green, sticky, stringy, stubborn, smelly mucus crusts up in the nose and fills the sinuses causing choking post nasal drip, a stubborn cough to clear the throat, hoarseness and pain especially at the root of the nose.
  • Phosphorus: A racking violent cough set off by a tickle in the aching raw throat.  The colds Phosphorus treats best move quickly into the chest. The cough may set the body trembling and cause labored breathing and tightness across the chest. A key trait to its fever is great thirst for cold drinks that are vomited soon after warming in the stomach. Hoarseness usually results from these colds.
  • Bryonia: A dry, hacking cough with stitching pains. Bryonia relieves ailments that approach slowly, linger too long and may result from being chilled when overheated or from fast weather changes. Its slow moving flu and colds are marked by dryness.  fever, great thirst for cold water, dry throat and a “don’t touch me, leave me alone” growl.
  • Hepar Sulph: A dry or rattling cough.  Chilliness and yellow phlegm also dominate this cold and there may be sinus pressure with splinter-like sore throats.  The individuals needing Hepar sulph most lack internal heat, are easily offended, can get violently angry especially regarding rudeness or causes.
  • Natrum mur: A dry tickling cough.  Dryness underlies many of Nat mur’s applications. Its colds and congestions have a dry rawness along with thickening clear to whitish mucus.

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Simple Homemade Remedies

Honey and apple cider vinegar are 2 excellent simple remedies for cough and congestion.  A simple herbal tea with lots of honey and raw organic apple cider vinegar about 1 table spoon or 2 sipped throughout the day will break up that congestion and mucus.

Make sure your honey is local raw and pure not those supermarket bought fake honey.  Raw local pure honey found at your health food store or if you are lucky to have one in your hometown from a honey bee farm.

Something I recently learned from a New Englander (from a book I read for a class) is called Fire Cider – oh boy it burns like fire but it will put out and get rid of your cough and colds.

This fire cider is a spiced up synergistic blend of health enhancing, immune boosting, organic roots and fruits.

Here is a recipe for it… there are many different variations of it but all have at least these ingredients.. It takes a month to brew it, so start now!

  • Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root

1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root

1 medium organic onion, chopped

10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped

2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped

Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon

Several sprigs of fresh organic rosemary or 2 tbsp of dried rosemary leaves

1 tbsp organic turmeric powder

organic apple cider vinegar

raw local honey to taste

  • Directions

Prepare all of your roots, fruits, and herbs and place them in a quart sized mason jar.  Use a piece of natural parchment paper or wax paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Shake well! Store in a dark, cool place for one month and remember to shake daily, or at least try to shake daily.

After one month, use a cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, (I use non-bleach coffee filters found at your health food stores) pour the vinegar into a clean mason jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the pulp while straining. Next, comes the honey! Add 1/4 cup of honey and stir until incorporated. Taste your cider and add another 1/4 cup until you reach the desired sweetness. Again make sure your honey is local, raw and pure.

  • How to take it

Well, you can have it straight up, or add to water.  But straight up is best at the first sign of any cold or cough. Take 1 to 3 tablespoons at first sign of something coming on.

HAPPY WINTER SEASON TO ALL!!!

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