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…. http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/executive-summary/

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.

JSF Logo WIDE copyresources-5images

Posted in Product Highlights | Comments Off on Sun Protection 2015

Mosquito and Bug Protection

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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.

JSF Logo WIDE copy

imagesresources-5

Posted in Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Mosquito and Bug Protection

Grab a cup of Coffee…

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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 www.justskinfood.com 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.

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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….

Secret Room Events  MTV movie awards 2015

Don’t forget to check us out on social media:
Twitter
FaceBook
Instagram
Pinterest

Posted in Highlights, Homeopathy and Natural Tidbits, Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Grab a cup of Coffee…

Repose…MTVawards…Retailers

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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.

JSF Logo WIDE copyimages

Posted in Highlights | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Repose…MTVawards…Retailers

Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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.

 

History and Benefits of Yarrowyarrow-red-velvet

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.

 JSF Logo WIDE copy

Posted in Homeopathy and Natural Tidbits, Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Comfrey and Plantain Herbs and Homeopathy

JSF Logo WIDE copy

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.

Comfrey

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
*Pain
*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.

Plantain

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
*Epilepsy
*Jaundice

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
*Diabetes
*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.

JSF Logo WIDE copyimagesresources-5

Posted in Homeopathy and Natural Tidbits, Product Highlights | Comments Off on Comfrey and Plantain Herbs and Homeopathy

The Differences Between Infused Medicinal Oils And Essential Oils

JSF Logo WIDE copyIn my last blog post you learned all about the differences between homeopathy and herbalism. I discussed a number of topics and product types including essential oils and infused oils. Many people believe that infused oils and essential oils are relatively the same thing. In reality, the way these products are made are very different.

Infused Medicinal Herbal Oil

An oil infusion is a mixture of medicinal herbs in a fixed oil menstruum- (A solvent, especially one used in extracting compounds from plant). Olive oil is usually the solvent of choice for most oil infusions because it has a much more stable monounsaturated chemical structure, which provides a good level of stability when at room temperature. Olive oil is far more preferred than say almond oil or flax seed oil. Jojoba oil is being used more recently but it carries a higher price point making it often undesirable.

The Process

The process of infusing herbs into an oil can be done in a couple of different manners. Dried herbs can be used, as can fresh herbs. Dried herbs are infused by way of the digestion method, the cold method or the hot infusion method. Each of these processes (which are all used in the process of making Just Skin Food products) let the herbs infuse long enough that the medicinal properties are captured. Cold infusion (or fresh herb infusion) allows the herb to wilt for about 12 hours and then they are chopped up. The heat is what is used in order to extract the medicinal properties of the item.

Double infusion can also take place, which means that after infusion is done the IMG_5996-400x300first time, it is done again in order to incorporate new herbs and make the infusion stronger. No matter what method is used for infusion, the herbs typically sit for a few weeks at a time for proper infusion. At that point the herb or plant is removed, leaving behind only the oil. There are times where the herb is left inside of the oil to continue to infuse, and the longer the infusion, the stronger and more potent the oil.

Herbal oils are beneficial because they require very little plant material to make while an essential oil consumes large amounts of plant material.  Also, the infused oils that are created for medicinal purposes can be used to make other products such as salves in order to reap the benefits that way. This is not the case for many essential oils, which can be toxic if consumed and many essential oils also cause skin irritation when used topically.

 

Essential Oils

An essential oil is quite different. This oil comes directly from the plant or herb that it is made out of and there is no carrier oil involved. This means the product is much more concentrated.

The Process

There are three basic methods by which essential oils are produced and they include steam distillation (the most common and most affordable), expression imagesand also extraction. During the process of steam distillation the plant is exposed to steam. This heat causes the essential oil in the plant to evaporate. When the hot vapors are cooled, this results in condensation of water vapor and the oil. These two products do not mix together so they can be easily separated. A few drops of the concentrated oil is then supposed to be diluted into a carrier oil. It is always best to use essential oils with the help of a homeopath, naturopath or herbalist  who can direct you on the right way to use a product. 1 drop of peppermint essential oil is like drinking 30 cups of peppermint tea. Caution must be taken.

Undiluted essential oils have an incredible healing ability when used properly and sparingly without causing any harm. We use them in some of our products as well since essential oils will reinforce therapeutic affects by adding more power to the finished product but never in any of our Infused Herbal Oils.

More information on organic infused oils and essential oils can be found on the Just Skin Food website. Currently nine different certified organic herbal oils are part of the Just Skin Food product line and they are all made with certified organic herbs as well as organic olive oil. Four organic essential oils are available as well.

JSF Logo WIDE copyimages                                                                                                                  resources-5

Posted in Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on The Differences Between Infused Medicinal Oils And Essential Oils

Homeopathy And Herbalism

JSF Logo WIDE copy

Homeopathy as well as herbal remedies are both natural forms of medicine. They have common factors such as their use of herbal extracts but homeopathy uses herbs as well as many other natural sources for its practice of healing such as minerals and other animal products. While many people may believe these two practices are similar they actually have many differences including how alternative remedies are prepared and what types of products are available.

Homeopathic medicine is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  It regulates the manufacturing and sale of homeopathic medicines.  The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States was written into federal law in 1938 under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, making the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines legal in this country, and most are available without a prescription.

 Preparation and Products

Homeopathy uses dilution methods to eliminate the toxicity of an herb and also to homeopathy_5ncy8increase its benefits. Herbalism administers herbs directly to the patient often without dilution.  Most commonly you will find homeopathic remedies to be in pellets, liquid tinctures or in ointment cream form. Some homeopathic liquid tinctures are added to herbal salves as well.  Herbal remedies come as pill form, extracts, infused herbal oils, herbal salves, essential oils and teas in general.

 Infused Oils and Essential Oils

Herbal infused oils are beneficial and can be used in the practice of homeopathy. Herbal salves are made of infused herbal oils and applied directly to the skin as skin is extremely absorbent and healing can be promoted in an affected area by way of these types of products. These infused herbal oils and salves can be used topically for a number of issues such as burns, rashes, injuries and also for pain. Infused herbal oils are very gentle whereas essential oils are a much more concentrated product that can actually be dangerous to use directly on the skin or to inhale directly without proper instruction or advisement.

Herbalism1

Coming up in my next blog article you can read much deeper into the differences between infused herbal oils and essential oils including how their production methods are different. I will also talk about the benefits of infused herbal oils as well as the dangers of using essential oils improperly.

For more information on any of the topics discussed in this article including the use of herbal salves and infused herbal oils you can visit www.justskinfood.com. Nine certified organic herbal infused oils are available on the website as well as herbal salves, essential oils and many other products that will help aid you in the process of living a much healthier and happier lifestyle.

JSF Logo WIDE copyimages  resources-5

Posted in Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Homeopathy And Herbalism

Calendula and Arnica

JSF Logo WIDE copy

Calendula and arnica are very important when it comes to natural medicine. Both of these commonly used homeopathic ingredients are included in a number of products including tinctures, creams, oils and salves for first aid use. Both of these products look very similar and may be hard to differentiate by the untrained eye but they are very distinct when it comes to their healing properties.

 Calendula

images

Calendula is also known as the marigold flower, which is very easy to grow and once established it spreads quickly. The medicinal ingredient that is within the calendula flower is called saponoside and it is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. Essential fatty acids, etheric oils and carotene are also part of what makes calendula so beneficial. It works best when applied to a cut or wound rather than taking it orally and it is extremely gentle to use. As a complement to calendula you can also use arnica.

Some uses for Calendula:(external only)

  • Bed sores
  • Boils
  • Burns
  • Frostbite
  • Open wounds
  • Slow healing wounds
  • Skin abrasions
  • Skin and nail fungus

Arnicaimages-2

Arnica is much more rare to find out in nature than say calendula. It grows most commonly in the Alpine regions of the world and it has muscle relaxing properties as well as anti-spasmodic qualities. In addition, arnica is a natural antibiotic and a natural anti-inflammatory herb. Arnica is not intended to be used on an open wound but rather on a bruise or healed cut to help relieve discomfort, reduce swelling and bruising.

Some uses for Arnica:(external only)

  • Bruises
  • Joint Inflammation
  • Muscle strain
  • Soreness

Calendula and Arnica Together

The two of these holistic treatments have the potential for being used together for ultimate healing qualities. Calendula is placed on a fresh, unhealed cut to help prevent infection and promote healing. After the initial healing has taken place, if there is a bruise or pain remaining, arnica can then be applied topically to further help during the healing process.

Calendula and arnica are both very beneficial and common ingredients when it comes to a holistic-based medicine cabinet. For information on these herbs or to purchase IMG_5919them in a certified organic herbal infused oil form you can visit Just Skin Food. The newly released line of USDA certified organic herbal infused oils are made entirely of certified organic herbs along with certified organic olive oil as a carrier. These oils are also used in many of our other products including our skin salves and body butters.

 

JSF Logo WIDE copywww.justskinfood.com

Posted in Homeopathy and Natural Tidbits, Product Highlights | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Calendula and Arnica

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus… We are Officially USDA Certified!

JSF Logo WIDE copy

Woohoo!!! We have received our official certification, Just Skin Food is USDA certified.

JustSkinFood cert 12.23.14-page-001

Official USDA Certification

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday and New Year!!!

 

Posted in Announce, Product Highlights | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus… We are Officially USDA Certified!