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

 

IMG_4365 copyIngredients: Harry and Bean’s fair trade organic espresso coffee, organic olive oil infused with vanilla bean, organic dried rosemary herb, cape may farm’s local raw honey*, pure orange peel butter, and rhassoul clay.

*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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Cyber Monday Only – 20% Off Entire Website

166_164img1Today – Cyber Monday 20% Sale Ends at 11:59pm.  No need for PROMO CODES!  20% off on entire website will be deducted automatically at checkout. Visit www.justskinfood.com

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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This is what it looks like

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Just So Much To Say

So much to catch up on and not sure how to title this post, I guess I’ll call it – Just so much to say

Lets begin with the NOW stuff:

NOW

The last few weeks been preparing 2 new lotion bars that I believe will be a great addition to the healing salves but in a push-pop lotion bar for easy carry.  These 2 lotion bars should be out by end of October.  Waiting for labels, rack cards, more push-pop tubes and so on.

One is called “Strega Nonna’s Vapo Rub”. 

If anyone remembers the story of Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola I invite you to go and reread this sweet children storybook.

Here is a brief passage: 

”As soon as little Nona could walk, Grandma Concetta tookStrega Nona her along when she gathered herbs and weeds for her lotion and potions.  Grandma was a Strega, and all the villagers came to her for cures and advice on many things”.

The second lotion bar doesn’t have a definite name as of yet, but probably “Winter Brew”. Still deciding so these labels will not be arriving at the same time and might push back this lotion bar till November.

 

ONGOING 

Still working on a different kind of deodorant that is not only what it is suppose to do but trying to include a sort of probiotic to it.  Hopefully with some more testing of ingredients it will all come together and be out soon.

Organic Certification is still ongoing for USDA.  Need to keep a detailed trail of at least 6 months to a year of raw material to finished products with lot numbers and yields and storage and so on and so on.  And deciding on 4 different types of labeling of organic and if I want to make it 100% organic then I would need to use only USDA allowed beeswax that is certified and not locally grown. 

No beeswax or honey made in the USA is actually certified USDA organic since it is impossible to control a 5 mile radius of where the bee decides to pollinate.  Yet the USDA allows certified organic beeswax to enter the country from China allowing the product to be 100% organic.  No thanks! Read about it here

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I also have an additional studio-lab workshop storage in order to keep things streamlined for the USDA certificate and easier toStudio separate from home.  It is located in West Cape May.

 

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Studio is NOT opened to the public but you can stop by and check it out AND you might see me working on my products.

 

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PAST

Had a great time and learned more from this trip to Italy then I ever have.  Visiting familiar places and new ones I delved myself into learning what I have always known the ways of healing from the earth that Italy offers. 

I did take some products home from various places and in hopes to see if I can use them or replicate but it is not possible.

Here are some pictures…

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The ingredients are all sourced in Italy making them totally different and authentic.

I even asked if I can have the recipe or formulation but it is  not allowed since the local monks have been making these remedies for 100 years and more and no one has them.

LAST

If you are not connected to my Facebook page… I just wanted to brag a little about my incredible invitation to have my products participate in The 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.  I never knew that there were so many different Emmy Awards but never the less they all get these “SWAG” bags full of goodies from selected brands.  And this year somehow I was selected. Unfortunately, I declined.  Yes producing 800 (guest list) of any sort of product or piece or gift card etc would take longer then 10 days to get it to them.  So hopefully, for other events they will let me know with ample time frame to produce what ever is needed.

Here is the link on my Facebook with all the details – FB

 

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Summertime Fun Part 2…To Sunscreen or Not To Sunscreen?

Protection from Sunburn: No Chemical Concoctions, Only Common Sense, Non-Toxic Sunscreens and Homeopathy to the rescue again!

  • Have you seen these headlines:    “The Best New Sunscreens,” or “Recent Research on Skin Cancer Risks,” “Keep Your Children Protected.” Blah, blah blah…Excuse me but logically how does covering children and adults with lots of synthetic glop equate to protection? And by the way, didn’t our ancestors work in the blazing sun for centuries without developing skin cancers? Something doesn’t quite add up here.

There is a huge public health campaign to get people to use sunscreens to prevent skin cancer…but in less-well-known–media you will see references to studies that sunscreen actually increases rates of skin cancer.

These toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals in many cases may actually promote skin cancer growth and free radical production in the body. The most harmful chemicals in sunscreen include Oxtinoxate, Oxybenzone and Homosalate.

Anything you put on your skin can be absorbed by your body, particularly these chemicals, as they have a high absorption rate. It is best not to use anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.

In fact, in the years since sunscreen use began, skin cancer rates have actually risen, and a 2007 document from the FDA stated that: “The FDA is not aware of data demonstrating that sunscreen use alone helps prevent skin cancer” In fact, many reports show that most sunscreens actually raise skin cancer risk.

So what to do?

The best defense is to keep your skin accustomed to the sun year round. Our ancestors didn’t need sunscreen, they just stayed tan. Yes, true the hole in the ozone did not exist then but here is where we need to use common sense and avoid the height of the midday sun and wear hats and protective clothing when outside for long periods even at the beach.

I personally refuse to put anything on my skin that isn’t 100% food, I have always forgone the sunscreen.  Instead, my family and I suntan sensibly in the vitality-giving rays of the sun.

We slather ourselves at times with antioxidant-rich sunscreen that contain ingredients such coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter to nourish and protect the skin and a sun hat or shirt as well.  Doing this will go far in reaching a nice suntan goal without chemicals. We do use sunscreens that contain non-nano particle zinc oxide, which is not micronized so that it is not easily absorbed into the body but lays as a protectant.

My Natural and Organic Sunscreen lotion bar contain all of these ingredients and they are safe and chemical free.IMG_3125

But, too much sunscreen can also cause vitamin D deficiency, since D is formed in the skin in the presence of sunlight, there is a new phenomenon occurring–RICKETS on the rise even here in the USA, which we thought went out with 19th century tenements is now showing up in children, teens and even young adults. Even with supplementation sunshine is still the best  source of Vitamin D.

I will admit though that occasionally we overdo it and end up with a bit of sunburn. Does this mean seemingly endless days of painful suffering? Not with homeopathy! 

  • The first remedy for sunburns that we use is Cantharis 30c. The hallmark of this remedy is burning pain, a familiar sensation to sunburn sufferers.
  • There is also Belladonna 30c, this remedy is useful if the sunburn is radiating heat – you can feel it when your hand is a few inches away from the person’s body, other symptoms may be a throbbing headache and other pulsating and throbbing sensations on the body.

For these remedies take a couple of pellets in 30c potency and repeat two to four times a day depending on how severe your symptoms are, taking less frequently as the symptoms get better.

Homeopathic remedies can be found at your local health food stores and some progressive pharmacies in New York City.  If they do not carry a remedy ask them to order it for you.

And of course our trusty friend ALOE VERA gel from your health food store not the ones you buy at those other places – its synthetic not real.  Real ALOE VERA gel should be kept in the refrigerator for that extra cooling effect.

Here are the ingredients in my Natural and Organic Sunscreen lotion bar that nourish and protect the skin:

Organic coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, and cocoa butter. 35% natural non-nano zinc oxide, local beeswax, non-gmo vitamin E.

Coconut oil is a natural sunscreen, it blocks about 20% of UV rays when applied.

Shea Butter has a natural SPF 4-5

Mango Butter may be used for cutaneous dryness to assist in moisturizing after exposure to sun, it heals that sunburn sensation.

Cocoa Butter is a superb moisturizer, which slows down moisture loss, it is known for its’ hydrating effect.

I use 35% of non-nano particle zinc oxide to increase the protection SPF to 30 for protection from the UV rays from getting sunburns. And zinc oxide is water resistant NOT water proof so you still need to reapply it, but it will not come off in the water, just reapply after swimming.

NEWS

I will be offline most of the summer for some R&R – research and reflection and also trying to complete all paper works for the USDA certification.  No new products will be added or blogging till the fall.  Well maybe I’ll blog one more time during the summer for some updates, not sure.

You can find my Natural & Organic Sunscreen Lotion Bar at Green Street Market, Cape May Honey Farm and online store.

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Summertime fun… part 1

My Seasonal Products of Poison Ivy Salve, Mosquito-b-Gone and my Natural & Organic Sunscreen lotion bars have been in stores for about 2 weeks now.

Actually, at the time I started writing this I had stock on my mosquito-b-gone but as of this past weekend all of my mosquito-b-gone lotion bars are already out of stock.  More will be made this week and back in stock.  This brings me to highlight my Mosquito-b-Gone…

Anyone that uses any kind of bug spray should really read the ingredients.

  • Most conventional bug sprays for personal use are laced with N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known.   DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill insects has been linked to neurological problems; just to state a few FACTS, according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects were reported and who knows how many others that go under reported or unreported.

My Mosquito-b-Gone ingredients are all non-toxic with very simple herbs that nature has provided to help with those pesky little buggers – no pun intended during our summertime.

IMG_3126My lotion bars are even more effective at keeping bugs away than regular bug spray.  The bars coat the skin with a  protective layer, it also nourishes and moisturizes. No drying of skin like those conventional bug sprays.

  •  Ingredients:  organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil infused with peppermint, catnip mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, shea butter, neem oil, with a special blend of essential oils, candelilla wax and vitamin E.

My special blend of essential oils list was too long to add on my label so just made it as a special blend but here are the actual ingredients, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea,  Patchouli, Catnip, Geranium Rose.

Benefits & Features:

  • It Smells nice!  It doesn’t have that synthetic citronella candle scent because it is real citronella essential oil.
  • organic and naturally grown ingredients
  • DEET free
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-chemical
  • Non-irritating
  • Vegetable and plant based ingredients
  • Safe and gentle does not cause any neurological problems.
  • Neem oil is an excellent “smelly” oil that repels not just mosquitoes but ticks and fleas as well.

Simple Tip:

  • Garlic capsules also help repel insects by making the skin smell unattractive to bugs.

Someone asked me why I do not make my Mosquito-b-Gone in a spray bottle.  Well, like all of my products, none contain water and in order not to use any type of preservative no water can be added to it. Once you add water to any lotion, or spray then a preservative must be added – a chemical one for that matter- in order for mold NOT to grow.

Also, I would have to use a plastic spray bottle and I will not use any plastic “green” by-product for my products.  Plastic is not “green” nor natural- it’s a petroleum product.  When the plastic bottle gets heated in someway it will always release chemicals into whatever is inside. NO THANK YOU!

You can make your own bug spray using organic essential oils with water and spray it, but after 24 to 48 hours mold will start to develop. So you need to use it up fairly quickly.

Ouchy Grouch Salve

To complement my mosquito-b-gone, don’t forget ouchy grouchy salve in case you have forgotten  your mosquito-b-gone at home.

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Ouchy Grouchy Salve is an excellent first aid that brings relief to any skin inflammation and helps with all kinds of stings.   Stops those bumps and itching from mosquitoes.  It works wonderfully on drawing out poisons from wasp, bees and other stings.

Both are a great have for summertime fun.

 

Find these products here or online www.justskinfood.com.

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