Life is too short to worry about it
Here are my FAVORITE natural pain relief alternatives! 1) White Willow Bark White willow bark is a natural source of salicin (converted to salicylic acid in the body), the active ingredient in aspirin. You can buy it as a tea, pills or extract and use in place of aspirin.
2) This herbal healing cream It’s GREAT for muscle aches and some anti-inflammatory action. It’s best for temporary relief of joint, back and muscle pain.
3) Herbal healing bath salts Bath salts are a transdermal source of magnesium to help ease muscle aches and related inflammation. Start with 1/2 cup. Soak for at least 15-20 minutes. If you’re new to aromatherapy salt baths, try them before bedtime, as they can induce sleepiness!
4) Essential Oils Did you know that many pharmaceutical drugs are just a synthetic imitation of plant compounds? In order to patent a drug you need to synthetically alter it because nothing found in nature can be patented. So we see aspirin inspired by the salicylic acid in white willow bark, and valium inspired by compounds valerian root. Essential oils contain highly concentrated compounds from plants that can be used therapeutically for many ailments. we have some great blends herbal healing and headache relief
The yoga product line has been expanded. The 4 new scents for massage oils have been so popular we started making custom roll on scents too. These essential oil blends connect to different areas of the the body. We have been watching people for years smell certain oils and then react by placing their hand on different parts of their body. The most obvious has been rose. In most cases people place their hand on there heart after inhaling. Scents have the power to trigger memories and evoke emotional responses combining with the bodies natural scent, where as perfumes mask a persons natural scent and can lower the immune system, causing headaches, sore throats and nausea.
Hydrosals are created from the process used to create essential oils. They are super soft floral waters containing trace elements of the essential oils. These are fine molecules that penetrate the layers of the skin. They promote elasticity and regeneration when used on a daily basis. We have a wide range of hydrosals. Rose, Chamomile, Owyhee, Orange blossom and Tea Tree water.
Synergy Mists are essential oils blended with spring water. These misters are created for a purpose or a specific scent. Lavender is excellent on the face and is also used as a linen spray. Cool Breeze helps to cool down women during menopause. Don't Bug Me repels mosquitoes. Aphrodite's Goddess mist is a body spray. Herbal mint helps cool down the skin and can be used as an aftershave mist or a refreshing wake up mist. Cool Comfort Foot spray is helpful in healing athletes foot, hot tired feet and stinky feet.
For all of the people who work with their hands, we have a great combination. The Gardener's pumice soap is packed full of ingredients to help remove dirt, paint, grease and grim.
The Gardener`s Hand cream can help with dry skin, cracks, rashes, and bug bites.
We have added Neem oil, along with cocoa butter and shea butter. Neem oil is an excellent moisturizer, high in Vitamin E, rich in emollients and fatty acids, soothing dry, cracked or otherwise stressed and damaged skin. Unlike petroleum based moisturizers, Neem oil actually restores the skin's natural elasticity.
Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca) is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that was commonly used as a general antiseptic by the aboriginal tribes of Australia for thousands of years. More recently, the scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It is a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg, and it is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oils out.
Add these great ingredients to soap and then add pumice powder and you have a great soap. It will clean dirty hands and help soften the skin. 100 % olive makes a hard and long lasting bar.
Natural Flavours. Not So Natural!
It seems corporations have found another way to keep us addicted to their products. Tobacco companies have used addictive chemicals in tobacco for years, soda pop companies just added more sugar, soup and fast food chains added more salt, elite coffee companies founds ways to increase the caffeine content to create a whole new generation of customers. Now we have natural flavours.
The current recall on foods containing hydrolyzed protein. Click here to see the list shows that even pure vegetable dishes contain this ingredient. The protein is derived from an animal's pancreas. The reason it is added to food is to enhance the flavour of food, making it taste better. This ingredient or others like it can find its way even into 100% fruit juice, frozen meats, vegetables or fruit.
We recently read the ingredients on some frozen mangoes we had purchased. We were shocked to read natural flavors were added. Our 4 year old now prefers frozen fruit with natural flavours added than just plain frozen fruit. Almost as if he is addicted to the extra flavour boost already. It is important to know that not all natural flavours are from animal proteins. Current labeling laws do not make companies put the true ingredients on the labels, leaving us in the dark once again.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hydrolyzed Protein is protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids. While there are many means of achieving this, two of the most common are prolonged boiling in a strong acid (acid-HVP) or strong base or using an enzyme such as the pancreatic protease enzyme to stimulate the naturally-occurring hydrolytic process.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hydrolyzed protein is used to enhance flavor. The chemical breakdown of proteins may result in the formation of free glutamate that joins with free sodium to form monosodium glutamate (MSG). When added this way, American law does not require the labels to list MSG as an ingredient.