Sunscreens – What you should know

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With summer coming around, it’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the recent FDA changes to sunscreen labeling so you can understand the product’s claims and buy a sunscreen that fits your needs. 

Most important look for a Sunscreen that is Broad Spectrum which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

FDA’s label ruling –

1. Broad Spectrum designation: Sunscreens can be labeled with “Broad Spectrum SPF [value]” as long as it passes the FDA’s broad spectrum test that determines how well it protects against UVA and UVB rays.  Just Skin Food’s sunscreen issunscreen3
Broad Spectrum SPF30 and it is a superior Broad Spectrum UV protection.  We use the highest allowable amount of non-nano zinc oxide.

2. Use claims: Only Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can “claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.”  We claim that on our new labels now. Our Sunscreen was lab tested according to FDA’s SPF tests and we are SPF30.

Lets take a little quiz and see if you can answer these…

•Is SPF 45 sunscreen three times stronger than SPF 15 sunscreen? Does it last three times longer?
• Do sunscreens provide better UVA protection than UVB protection?
• What works better, sunscreens or sunblocks?
• Do “broad-spectrum” sunscreens protect against all UV rays?

If you’re not certain of the answers, you are not alone.  Recent research shows that people who buy sunscreens aren’t sure exactly what protection they need, and not sure of the technical terms on labels.

“A survey of 235 individuals who bought sunscreen found they did not know the difference between UVA and UVB or between SPF and UVA”. Most believed that higher SPF ratings meant stronger UV protection and the concept of “broad-spectrum” protection confused them further.

So here is “The Lingo”

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is used to estimate the amount of UV radiation it normally takes to sunburn one’s skin with protective sunscreen. Bet you didn’t know that “A” in UVA stands for ‘Aging’ and “B” in UVB stands for ‘Burning’. We sure never knew years ago, most don’t think about it.

So in order to determine the SPF needed use this formula to figure out the appropriate SPF – “SPF Number x Time to Burn without Protection = Time to Burn with Protection”. For example: SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes of protection

There are two types of protective products – Sunblock and Sunscreen.

Sunblocks are formulated to shield against UVB rays, while sunscreens protect against UVA. In order to fully protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum protection formulated sunscreen that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

So what does Broad-spectrum protection really mean?  The phrase indicates that a product shields against UVA as well as UVB. Most broad-spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks with an SPF of 15 or higher do a good job against UVB and short UVA rays; if they also contain zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide, they are effective against the entire UVA spectrum.

SunscreenNewDesign2Just Skin Food is a Broad Spectrum SPF30 protector allowing you to have both protection against UVA and UVB. Our active ingredient is Zinc Oxide (non-nano) and it is a superior Broad Spectrum since we use the highest allowable zinc oxide as per the FDA.

Did you know that SPF 15  blocks 93% of UVB. While SPF 30 blocks only 4%  more UVB at 97%.  SPF 30 or higher may be advisable for sun-sensitive individuals, skin cancer patients, and people at high risk of developing skin cancer. They also allow some margin for error if too little sunscreen is applied.  So choosing an SPF30 is good in case you feel you are not applying it evenly or even enough. But SPF15 will just be as effective.

Anything higher then an SPF30 does not mean higher sunblock. The higher the SPF possibly allows you to apply it less times or go longer without reapplying but does not mean extra protection.  Now the FDA tells everyone to reapply at least every two hours or less regardless of SPF value. Why?  Because there is no such thing as full protection.  You sweat and swim and therefore you need to reapply- simple.  If you can not constantly reapply you must wear sun-protective gear and both is advisable.

The Skin Cancer Foundation considers sunscreens or sunblocks as one part of a comprehensive sun protection program, along with sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, shade, and sun avoidance from 10A.M. to 2PM.

For more information on prevention and early detection of skin cancer, call the Skin Cancer Foundation at 1-800-SKIN-490.

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Certified Organic Herbal Soap and GMP

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It has been a long while since I have written anything.  Yes I am still here but there is never enough time to gather my thoughts and write.

We recently had our 2nd USDA inspector come and we passed with flying colors and in addition had all 14 organic herbal soaps soapUSDA certified organic.  More products will be added to the list, but for now just baby steps at a time.   Read more about the chemistry of soap making on our site and how all bars of soap can never exceed 85% certified organic content.

Another big achievement for us is that we finished our GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), which streamlines a lot of paper work for our USDA inspector and for the FDA if necessary.  It is not required in our industry to complete a GMP, but it is always a good thing to have in place.  It is still evolving and it will always be useful for reasons of ingredients, label changes and new products and so on.  It is similar to the USDA organic NOP (National Organic Program), but with another 5 levels to it.  It is even more detailed than any USDA organic labeling.

GMP allows an inspector to verify every single ingredient and all equipment, labeling, bottles, cleanliness charts, batch making, you name it. If it enters the production area it is recorded and tripled recorded and guidelines are made for every particular item.  It is basically a paper trail from nuts to bolts of what is in the production room. It even includes how to wash your hands and with what soap.

This is done in order to assure quality control, ingredient control, and every control imaginable.  It is sooo time consuming and logistically a nightmare to keep all the paperwork, so we had to devise a more streamlined approach via the computer.  Otherwise the purpose of having a smaller footprint would actually backfire if we used all that paper. But once everything is recorded and assigned numbers, and the building of specifications sheets to every single item, it doesn’t change.  It isn’t just the recording of ingredients it’s also building lots of binders of spec sheets, quality control sheets, intake of raw material, equipment, and when it needs to be upgraded the list goes on.

So each time a batch is made, there are dozens of steps to take even before making the product. From recording all the incoming material, to making just 1 product from the ingredients, the equipment used, the labels that go on the product, and do the labels match the batch ingredients, even down to making sure where the product is stored.

All this requires lots of time to set up initially.  Again, this is all to assure that the quality of product is correct, the bottles are correct, how to handle the ingredients, is the environment hygienically cleaned, is the equipment used in working order, is the labeling of the products correct, quality control and more quality control and so on.  Once the product is completed batch numbers are assigned and recorded and that particular batch number will give you a laundry list of every piece of evidence that went into making just 1 particular batch down to who actually made the product and how it was stored.

Most small companies do not go through the the process of Good Manufacturing Practice since for one thing it is not required.  The FDA does not require personal care products to have a GMP in place, but they do recommend it.  And after reading about a company closing its doors recently because what they were stating on their label and website was not what they were selling makes a lot of sense for all companies to have such a tedious procedure in place.   If they only had a GMP in place the problem could not have existed or at least avoided and all verified.

Regardless, it is still time consuming and logistically a nightmare.  So items take longer to be produced and longer to ship out,  but all is cross referenced and ready to show our USDA inspector on a short notice.

NOW Breath!!!

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A Trio of Protection…

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Haaaaaaa…. Summers is here and yes so are all the bugs! Unfortunately, bugs can often be a nuisance and force you back inside where you are safe. Traditional DEET repellents are quite toxic but luckily there are some more natural and safe ingredients that can help keep bugs away when applied to the skin. Just Skin Food has three kinds of bug protection, that when used together help keep you safe.

Mosquito-b-Gone, as you already know, is comprised of a number of herbal ingredients MBGlike peppermint leaf, catnip mint, neem oil, lemongrass, lemon balm and eucalyptus. These ingredients all work together to keep your skin nourished while protecting you from bites.

But did you also know that yarrow, an herb plant that is very common and found almost everywhere in the wild, could be applied as an insect repellent? The leaves and the flowers both have powerful properties that not only repel bugs but also stop bleeding and disinfect. Yarrow also has antispasmodic qualities as well.

We have read that at some point in olde time past the U.S. Army found yarrow to be a highly effective insect repellent. If you find yourself with lots of yarrow plants in your backyard, here is an article that details more on yarrow and provides a simple recipe in making a yarrow tincture.

While yarrow is not an active ingredient in our repellent, it can be used in addition to our Mosquito-b-Gone Lotion Bar.

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Yarrow is an all around beneficial addition to your holistic medicine cabinet and it will ensure that you can fight off the bugs that are in your backyard all summer long.

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Visiting your local health market…

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Here are four new additions that have recently joined our Just Skin Food’s family of healthy retailers that carry our products. All carry our sunscreen and many carry a selection of our other products. So if you are local to them or want products delivered to you from within your local area please visit these establishments.

Healthy in The Park – California

1-healthy in the park logo4.5Located in the foothills of the Yosemite Valley, California area, Healthy in The Park serves as a local store as well as an online retailer. Selling organic, eco-friendly and cruelty free products.  Healthy in The Park works one on one with a number of brands that in some way farm their own items or directly support the organic and wild crafted harvesting methods in order to help people feel better and live a more healthy lifestyle with the use of safer body and skin care items.

Healthy in The Park aims to bring consumers only the best and most reputable products available in the eco-friendly and organic market. Body washes, lotions, salves, skin care lines, detoxes, cosmetics, pain relief and more are all available both in store and online. Mother owned and family operated, you can find out more about Healthy in The Park by visiting the location in person on Yosemite Springs Parkway or by visiting their website located at:

Terra Health & Wellness Market – Missouri

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 6.58.11 PMTerra Health & Wellness Market is located in Independence, Missouri, operating a store location as well as an e-store.  They just recent opened on May 19, 2015. Created with the purpose to provide the local community with a health food store that provides healthy, organic and all natural food and product options to consumers, the store has flourished since its inception. On the store shelves or online you will find a variety of products that are free of artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes, artificial flavors, preservatives and more.

Striving to help people eat better and live healthier, the Terra store understands how important it is to pay attention to what you consume as well as put onto your skin. Only the best quality vitamins, herbs and supplements are sold here along with one hundred percent organic produce, all natural deli meats, organic juices and smoothies, gluten free products and organic body products. Thanks to ethical and professional business practices, Terra Healthy & Wellness Market is likely to see a lot of success in the future while providing a healthy option for shoppers in person and online. The e-store, located at, will allow for shipments of non-perishable items to arrive right on your doorstep.
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Nutrients, Etc. – Asheville, North Carolina

logoMany consumers are concerned with the quality and the purity of the supplements that they purchase and rightfully so. At Nutrients, Etc. each product has been chosen carefully and tested by physician James Biddle, MD and a trained and educated staff of employees. When you shop at this website you can shop confidently, knowing that you are getting only the best. Personal service along with affordable prices makes Nutrients, Etc. a great location for you to find products that will compliment your natural or holistic style of living and help you to heal your body.

In addition to hand selected vitamins and nutritional supplements, Nutrients, Etc. also offers a variety of other products that will help you live a more healthy lifestyle. This includes air filters, water filters, body products, skincare products, books, audio products and video products. Prices are very affordable and competitively price. You can find out more by visiting the Nutrients, Etc. website which is located at

Just the other day we received this from our friends over at Nutrients,Etc., they only received their first order on Saturday May 30th… They write

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Liquid Karma Local Organics at Paramus Park Mall –New Jersey

11219041_1426058887703245_1474266969862708464_nLocated at the Paramus Park Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, Liquid Karma offers a wide variety of locally made organic products in their unique and healthy-minded kiosk store. The motivation for this kiosk store opening was to give local vendors and businesses the opportunity to reach a wide variety of clientele in the Northern New Jersey area. Whether it be all natural or organic soap, salves, aromatherapy, cosmetics or other body products, Liquid Karma stands behind each of their vendors. Liquid Karma will be adding more kiosk stores in other malls as well.

Living a more natural and organic way of life can help a person look better and healthier on the outside but more importantly, on the inside as well. At Liquid Karma you can view a wide selection of hand picked products that will benefit you and your family while you embark on a more healthy and nurturing life path. You can heal the body from the inside out and feel better about the products and companies that you are supporting in the New Jersey area. You can visit the Liquid Karma on instagram and facebook page for more information.

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Sun Protection 2015

JSF Logo WIDE copyEWG 2015 sunscreen list just came out and we made the top again. Their rating criteria has also changed to 1,2,3 and so on eliminating 0. 1 being the best, which we received. Not only did we get a 1 we were also reviewed and based on their modeling our product provides EXCELLENT UVA protection and an EXCELLENT balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. We use 35% of non-nano uncoated zinc oxide. They examined about 1700 sunscreens on the market and only 21 percent rated a 1 or 2 and we made that list. 80% of what is out on the market according to EWG is inferior and contain harmful chemicals. You can read more about it here….

The warmer weather has finally arrived! You want to be able to head out with your friends and family to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer but it can be stressful to think about sun protection. A lot of these products are often made with a number of harmful chemicals or ingredients that are quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. Luckily, Just Skin Food has a number of products that provide sun protection and can be used to help keep your body and skin safe during the spring and summer months.

Sun Protection

Currently you will hear all about the need for sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the sun and to prevent skin cancer. Unfortunately, you can also read about studies that are suggesting sunscreen can actually be contributing to an increase in skin cancer among our population. This is likely due to the toxic ingredients contained in commercial sunscreen products that actually contain endocrine disrupting chemicals and promote free radical production in the body. Oxtinoxate, Oxybenzone and Homosalate are all common but very dangerous ingredients in a number of sun protection products on the market right now.

Just Skin Food has a much safer but still effective form of sun protection available. With safe and skin-nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, you can pair our Natural & Organic Sunscreen with common sense to stay safe. It is important to avoid the sun in the midday when it is at its strongest and also use hats and other protective clothing to keep the sun at bay when you are going to be outside for longer periods of time. Don’t forget that there are indeed benefits of sun exposure in moderate amounts you just don’t want to allow your skin to burn or become damaged from the sun. Vitamin D has many benefits in the body including:

-Helping protect against disease,
-Normal growth and development of bones and teeth
-Allows for normal immune system responses

It is easier for the body to absorb vitamin D straight from the sun rather than taking an oral supplement which is often chemically-created and hard to absorb.

Our ingredients:

Using an oil to protect your skin seems counterintuitive, but several oils not only provide your skin with nourishment but also a dose of UVB ray protection as well.
• Coconut oil – Has an SPF of 4-6
• Shea Butter – It naturally protects and conditions the skin when it has been damaged and offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF 6).
• We use mango butter, cocoa butter as well to nourish the skin.

Zinc oxide – Truly a broad-spectrum blocker, protecting from UVA, UVB and even UVC rays. We only use non-nano, uncoated versions of zinc, as other types will absorb into the skin instead of providing the physical barrier on the outer layer of the skin. Our zinc-oxide is graded a 2 which means larger particles. Its grade is UPS -2 Zinc Oxide which has a mean particle size of .33 μm / 330 nm and it does not penetrate the pores.  For more information CLICK HERE for Mesh / Particle Size.

100 nm is generally considered the upper limit for nanoparticles so our zinc oxide would NOT be considered a nanoparticle. 
Science overwhelmingly shows that particles of zinc oxide greater than 30nm, when applied to the skin, do not get absorbed into the body, do not enter the bloodstream, and are not a threat to human health.

Zinc oxide should be at least 20% of the sunscreen formula in order to get an SPF 30, we use 35%. Adding more zinc for more protection is just common sense, it will make the sunscreen cream a bit thicker and last longer.

One of our happy customers actually had this to say about our sunscreen:

“Thank you for making a natural, organic sunscreen with no harmful chemicals! Since it’s so nourishing, I’ve actually replaced my moisturizer completely and just use your sunscreen on my face. Love it!”
-Jessica Moore

After you have been in the sun you should nourish the skin with a product such as our Whipped Fluffy Vanilla Bean Cream that includes ingredients such as organic mango butter, organic, raw unrefined cocoa butter, organic, virgin, raw coconut oil, organic, herbal infused aloe leaf oil and more. We also offer Simplers Botanicals Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil which is nourishing and moisturizing thanks to rose hip seed oil, and is naturally rich in antioxidant vitamin C, retinol and essential nutrients. You can use this product to help calm redness and irritation while improving the skin’s texture.

Simplers Organic Tamanu Oil is also beneficial to keep on hand during the summer months because of the cold pressed from the fruit kernel of a Polynesian tree known as Beauty Leaf, which is naturally high in skin-supporting nutrients that soften and moisturize dry skin, calm redness and rejuvenate aging or sun-damaged skin.

Just Skin Food was lucky enough to be featured on Organic Authority’s website last year as one of the top twenty-one safest and natural sunscreen brands for swim and sport. This was attributed to the UVA protection and UVB/UVA balance that our organic sunscreen product provides with a low hazard EWG rating. Our production process does not include water or liquid as part of the solution, which helps keep the end result a thick and long lasting stick.

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Mosquito and Bug Protection

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It is that time again for those pesky little buggers that ruin BBQ’s, soccer games and any outdoor fun or event.  But did you know that using conventional bug sprays can cause lots of harm.

Most of the conventional bug sprays that you will find in stores are made with N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET. While this ingredient is effective for repelling mosquitoes and other bugs, there are at least eighteen known cases of children experiencing adverse neurological effects from DEET powered bug spray, according to the EPA. It is likely that there are many other, unreported cases as well.

All of the ingredients in Just Skin Food’s Mosquito-b-Gone lotion bar are MBGnon-toxic. Simple herbs such as organic catnip mint, organic eucalyptus, organic lemon balm and organic rosemary make up this nourishing and effective repellent product. Not only is the scent of our product lovely but it is also non-toxic and non-irritating.

Our Just Skin Food lotion bars, are designed to coat the skin with a protective layer that will nourish and moisturize the skin as an added layer of bug protection, thanks to ingredients like organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil infused with peppermint, catnip mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, shea butter, neem oil, and a special blend of essential oils.

Neem oil is also used for protection against ticks and it is par excellence to any deterrent to any sort of bugs. Your pets will also be protected if you use neem oil straight up  on their coats.

We have had many happy customers over the years who have been thrilled, here is just one of them:

“I visited Green Street Market and found a beautiful display of salves.

After reading about them all, I purchased several. One for my brother’s back pain, (Joint Relief Salve) the other for a friend’s psoriasis, (Psoriasis and Eczema Salve) the other for my husband’s splinters (Ouchy Grouchy) and one more for my fun summer night concerts with the mosquito (mosquito B- gone).

Each of these products did what is said it would do, and everyone was impressed! We are still using them today and will continue as needed.

-Christine Meehan

If you happen to forget your mosquito protection at home you can keep Just Skin Food’s Ouchy Grouchy Salve on hand. This product is an excellent first aid that brings relief to any skin inflammation and helps with all kinds of stings to stop itching and irritation. Many of our Organic Essential Oils can also be used as a repellent such as our Lemongrass oil and Geranium Rose oil, don’t forget you must use a carrier oil with essential oils, never put essential oils directly on skin.  Essential Oils must be diluted with water in a spray bottle or in a carrier skin oil.

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Grab a cup of Coffee…

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While you probably grab a cup on your way out the door each morning, coffee is actually an herb, its botanical name, Coffea arabica, is simply unroasted coffee beans, which can be used for medicinal properties in addition to its ability to perk you up in the morning.

Coffee is consumed at a quantity of more than 500 billion cups per year and over 75 million people make their livelihood off of this business. A big reason why you do not hear much about coffee as an herb is that it is so widely used in our society already. Most herbalist opt to not recommend something that is already being utilized by about 50% of our population, especially since it can cause some side effects when consumed such as raising heart rate, blood pressure, etc.

Homeopaths DO utilize the coffee plant.  The remedy is called coffea cruda and it coffea crudaactually helps with insomnia. Often used as a homeopathic remedy for tinnitus, headaches, toothaches, teething, insomnia, restlessness, racing thoughts, labor pains and menopause, the beans help calm the nervous system. When restlessness or insomnia are caused by too much coffee consumption, however, the remedy does not perform as a sleep aid.  It is more for persistent thoughts not allowing to fall asleep.

The Coffee Plant

Legend has it that over 1,000 years ago, a goat herder was surprised to find that his animals were acting a bit disorderly after consuming the berries and leaves of a small bush. This herder tried the plan himself and found he felt full of energy and was thinking more clearly. This is how coffee actually came to be as a beverage as experimentation was done with the plant to find the best method for making a drink out of it. Eventually the Arabs learned how to roast the coffee beans to make a delectable treat.

In the 1800’s Penny Universities were created where men could pay one cent at the door and when they entered they could drink coffee as well as discuss political observations and debates. Coffee houses evolved as time went on and even into the 1960’s these gathering locations were key in bringing about cultural change by way of discussions. We now get our coffee from many areas of the world such as Columbia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Mexico.

Topical Application

There are many free radicals in our environment that stem from pollution and they can wreak havoc on our skin. Coffee is used in many face and body products because it is very rich in antioxidants which helps preserve the skin and protect it from these free radicals as well as UV rays. You will notice that coffee can make the skin look much brighter and smoother when used topically on a regular basis thanks to the increased blood circulation that occurs. Coffee can stimulate cell growth, repair tissue, decrease inflammation and help the skin retain its moisture which results in an increased amount of collagen.

In Combination

You will often see coffee coupled with some other ingredients when it comes to topical products. One of those ingredients is honey which has great antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It also moisturizes and soothes the skin. A spice that is often used topically is cinnamon thanks to its ability to bring blood to the surface of the skin which aids in healing.

Just Skin Food has a few different coffee based products that work with some of the ScrubBanner copyother key ingredients such as honey and cinnamon to create a healthy glow by way of clear skin. Our coffee scrubs include actual coffee grounds that are fresh and not used keeping their actual healing properties and not only gently exfoliate the skin but also moisturizes. You can visit to view all of our products including our coffee-based scrubs. All of the products offered by Just Skin Food include USDA Certified Organic ingredients including Harry and Bean’s fair trade organic espresso coffee.

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Woohoo, we were part of the 2015 MTV awards and got great PR even from the media press… See our gift box in green and our logo brochure that went out to all….

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We are finally all caught up over here at Just Skin Food, in time for some repose for the upcoming holidays to spend quality time with family. We will be back after the holidays to do more work.  The last month or so we have been preparing for our products to make their debut at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards inside of gift totes and gift boxes. If you missed our instagram photo and facebook post check them out.

With gaining some free time back I am excited to tell you a bit about some of my retailers that I am working with. I pick my retailers very carefully. I have never had an interest in getting a spot on the shelves on large health food stores. I am more dedicated to finding my niche with smaller health and holistic stores. Finding retailers that share the same beliefs and intentions that I do when it comes to mind, body and spirit, is what I am most passionate about. Both The Prana House and Organic Bodyworkx fit right in with what I have always hoped to accomplish with Just Skin Food and I am excited to see what the future holds with these great people!

The Prana House

With a very similar mindset to Just Skin Food, The Prana House, located in Pennsylvania, has dedicated themselves to providing people with knowledge regarding holistic wellness and herbal remedies. Jacque is the owner and founder of The Prana House, Inc. and her focus on high quality and eco-conscious products makes this a great fit for Just Skin Food; we fit right in! My organic herbal infused oils as well as herbal skin salves can be very beneficial when it comes to holistic healing and these are being carried by The Prana House. I was honored to be featured on Jacque’s blog recently and I look forward to building an ongoing business relationship with this great company that prides themselves on their business practices that strive towards minimizing their carbon footprint while helping people.

Organic Bodyworkx

The owners of Organic Bodyworkx, located in North Carolina, Jennifer and Chonzie McMahan, specialize in Reiki treatments, meditation and relaxation. I love that they share my mind, body and spirit focus on business. As they sell many organic and all natural body care products, it seems that Just Skin Food fits right in with their approach to body care and healing. Our bar soaps have been a hit with Bodyworkx customers thanks to their amazing ability to moisturize the skin. Grouped with our body butters and scrubs, Just Skin Food is helping more and more people improve the quality and health of their skin. More importantly, doing so in a very healthy and safe manner. I am excited to be part of this team’s business as they utilize a more natural system of healing for their clients.

While I seek great success with Just Skin Food in order to help as many people as I can, I do not strive to be in every health food store or spa in the area. I am more focused on mindfulness and also healing people that are likeminded in the holistic community. You can always browse my products that are created with USDA organic certified ingredients by visiting the Just Skin Food Website. You can find a full list of my retailers on the site as well.

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Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

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It is so beautiful to know that Spring on the East Coast is almost here.  With Spring Unknownjust around the corner we will be filled with flowers and weeds.  Weeds,  as are flowers, play an important role in our daily herbal life. 

Most of us think of weeds as bad but they are so important to us that we should not remove them from our gardens.  Take this weed for instance yarrow…. most would not think of it as a weed since it flowers,  but it is a weed and we like seeing it and having it around.


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Before the commonplace drug store existed, our forebears found helpful medicinal compounds in the plants that grew around them. Since store shelves today are stocked with medicines of every kind, it’s easy to forget that many of those medicines were first discovered in wild plants.  Yarrow plant is also referred to as Nature’s Neosporin in the herbal community. The flowers are rich in chemicals that are converted by steam distillation into anti-allergenic compounds, of use in the treatment of allergic catarrhal problems such as hayfever. The dark blue essential oil, azulene, is generally used as an anti-inflammatory, or in chest rubs for colds and influenza.

It should provide a sense of comfort to know that common injuries and ailments can be treated with common plants. One of the best of these medicinal plants is yarrow.

Yarrow, also known as millefoil, is a pretty foliage that is native to Europe but can now be found throughout North America growing in many meadows and fields. Many indigenous people like the Shakers began to use yarrow for its medicinal properties many years ago. This plant flowers from the month of June through October.

The yarrow plant also has a long history as a powerful “healing herb” used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions. The genus name Achillea is derived from mythical Greek character Achilles, who reportedly carried it with his army to treat battle wounds. This medicinal action is also reflected in some of the plant’s common names, such as staunchweed and soldier’s woundwort.

While yarrow was once used as a divine plant to assist with furthering spirituality it now has a number of uses in the herbal world. Yarrow can help a wound stop bleeding, which is why it was used in the military years ago for battle wounds during World War I and the Trojan War. The active components of yarrow include lactones, tannins, flavonoids, amino acids, sterols, coumarins and saponins.

Yarrow herbal oil has much healing potential and in addition to its ability to stop the flow of blood this herb is also a great antiseptic, it is antispasmodic and has antibacterial properties.  Yarrow oil can even be used on the hair follicles to help stimulate growth. You can also find yarrow in dried herb form, and as a tincture.

Plants with only white flowers grow on calcium-rich soils, but pink-flowered yarrow may grow on acid soils. Plants grown on acid soils contain greater quantities of the active constituent azulene.84_587

Yarrow is a very beneficial ingredient to keep on hand as part of a holistic and homeopathic medicine collection. You can find more information on certified organic herbal infused yarrow oil by visiting the Just Skin Food website. All of our herbal infused oils are USDA certified organic and they are made of organic herbs and an organic carrier oil (olive).  All of our herbal oils are also used in our salve products as well.

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Comfrey and Plantain Herbs and Homeopathy

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Comfrey and plantain are two more very critical participants in the natural medicine world. You will find both comfrey and plantain in salves, creams, oils and also tinctures. While these two products have their own distinct healing properties they can also be used together for maximum healing potential.


The history of the Comfrey plant being used as a natural remedy actually stems back comfrey-flowers-1over 2000 years thanks to the healing levels of vitamin C and calcium that are in the leaves. Allantoin in comfrey leaves is also very effective as an anti-inflammatory. The Chinese used these leaves in the bath to treat a number of conditions that we still treat with comfrey today including:

*Bone injuries
*Wound Healing
*Feminine issues

Used topically, as in our salves or in our organic medicinal herbal oil comfrey is an excellent healer. Please refer back to my last blog on how infused medicinal oils are made. Unfortunately, ingesting comfrey in the raw has created a bit of controversy in the past century or so due to the findings that it may cause liver problems, because of toxicity related effect of the pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the leaves.

But used homeopathically it has many benefits. Comfrey root is macerated in alcoholimages and then potentized homeopathically which allows for no side effects. Symphytum Officinale (comfrey) remedy as it is known homeopathically, is used in 2 specific situations. The most often is when someone has a broken bone of any kind. f-306960717133Symphytum is given to assist healing. It is also used for injury to the eye. So if someone has been hit in the eye give Arnica first then follow with Symphytum. Think little league situations. These remedies are taken orally.


The ancients as well as the Native Americans used plantain to heal wounds and was taken orally to treat health conditions associated with:

*Bites from wild dogs
*Snake bites
*Bites from other venomous creatures
*Throat conditions
*Lung conditions
*Glandular issues

Today, plantain is used topically most often for things like bee stings, insect bites and b37626cd212ffad71422acee21d4fc44rashes associated with things like poison ivy. The entire plantain plant is utilized in homeopathy as the leaves, seeds, stem and tops can all be used for tinctures, oils, salves and more. In homeopathic form Plantain is a popular remedy for toothache.  Arnica is usually given during tooth extraction and for pain but Plantain has also been used successfully.

You can also take plantain orally in combination with a number of other herbs such as flax, marshmallow, peppermint and more to treat very common ailments such as:

*High cholesterol
*Digestive issues
*Liver problems

Comfrey And Plantain Together

Comfrey can actually be formed into a poultice with plantain and placed on a part of the body that has a broken bone underneath the skin. This is extremely effective on a body part that perhaps has been left to heal on its own such as a toe or a finger. The product is usually placed on the area of the broken bone or wound twice each day. This not only speeds up the healing process but it also helps with inflammation and pain.

Both comfrey and plantain are beneficial ingredients as part of a holistic and homeopathic medicine arsenal. You can find more information on both of these plants as well as certified organic herbal infused oils by visiting with Just Skin Food Website. The USDA certified organic herbal infused oils that are currently featured on the site are completely made of organic herbs as well as organic olive oil. You can find other products on the site that utilize these organic herbal oils in our salves such as our Therapeutic Skin Salve (an all purpose salve) and Vein Relief Salve.

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