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Thyme for Spring

Spring is a great time to plant an herb garden. Thyme should be one of those herbs that are essential to yours. Read on to see what wonderful endless benefits this herb has and what it can do for you and your family.

The Benefits Of Thyme:

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Acne:
Thyme is effective on Propionibacterium, the bacterium that causes acne. Thyme has a good antibacterial effect compared to benzoyl peroxide present in acne creams and face washes.

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension:
Thyme contains an aqueous extract that can reduce blood pressure in hypertensive situations.

Protection from Food-Borne Bacterial:

Essential oils of aromatic plants like thyme can act as a natural preservative for food products. This can protect food from many common food-borne bacteria that lead to human illnesses. Thyme oil is effective for fighting bacterial strains of Enterococcus, Escherichia, Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas genera.

Colon Cancer:
Thyme can also protect from colon cancer.

Breast Cancer:
Wild thyme shows positive effects on breast cancer activity. This can stop the development of breast cancer cells.

Yeast Infection:
Candida albicans is a common fungus that can cause mouth and vaginal yeast infections. This is also known as “thrush” and can be cured with the help of thyme essential oil. This fights off the C. albicans to treat yeast infection in the human body.

Common Skin Problems:
Skin problems are the most common in rural and urban areas. Traditional preparations made using the thyme plant are used as an alternative to synthetic medications. The extract of chamomile and thyme essential oil acts as an antifungal agent to heal eczema-like lesions.

Bronchitis:
Thyme can be used to get relief from the symptoms of bronchitis like cold, cough, fever and increased production of sputum.

Hair Loss:
Alopecia areata can be cured with thyme when combined with other herbs. You can apply lavender oil with thyme, rosemary and cedar wood essential oil onto the scalp to improve hair growth by 44% in just 7 months.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits:
Thyme has anti-inflammatory properties that are useful to cure chronic inflammation of the body.

Fights Off Bacteria:
Thyme contains antibacterial properties that can fight many bacteria and fungi varieties like coli. Thyme oil extract is shown to fight against antibiotic-resistant strains of different bacteria.

Breathe Easy:
Thyme can improve your respiratory health. It is an orthodox medicine used for treating conditions of the chest and respiratory problems, including coughs and bronchitis. You can drink thyme tea by adding a few leaves to hot water. Allow this to brew and drink it to treat respiratory problems and a cold.

Good Source of Iron:
Thyme is a rich source of iron that can give you 20% of the daily recommended allowance of iron for an adult in just 2.8 grams. Iron is required for the production of energy while iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, fatigue and low immunity.

Healthy Bones:
Thyme can improve your bone’s health, since this is a good source of Vitamin K, iron, calcium and manganese. These essential nutrients help in proper bone growth, strong, healthy bones and reduce the risk of many bone diseases.

Skin Health:
Thyme can fight off the bacteria causing skin acne. Herbs such as thyme are very gentle on the skin compared to other skin products, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Antiseptic:
The thyme herb has thymol, an essential oil that has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. The other essential oils found in thyme are carvacolo, borneol and geraniol.

Antioxidant:
Thyme has many flavonoid phenolic antioxidants such as zea-xanthin, naringenin, luteolin, lutein, pigenin and thymonin. Fresh thyme herbs contain the highest level of antioxidants among all other herbs.

Stress-buster:
Thyme can give you 0.35 mg of Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine that meets 27% of your daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine helps to keep up GABA levels in our brain and hence is known as a stress buster.

Vitamin C:
Vitamin C present in thyme is useful for the human body to develop resistance towards infectious agents.

Vision:
Thyme has Vitamin A that is a fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant. This is essential for healthy mucus membranes and skin. This also keeps a check on your vision.

Lung and Oral Cavity Cancers:
Thyme is naturally rich in flavonoids such as Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Consumption of thyme can be useful for protection against lung and oral cavity cancers.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Drink a cup of thyme tea as it has thymol, which is a potent antioxidant. This increases the level ofomega-3 fatty acids and healthy fats in your brain cells. Thyme oil can also provide protection against age-related changes in your brain cells.

Alzheimer’s Disease:
Thyme can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Thyme tea also contains naringenin, luteolin, apigenin, and thymonin.

Soothes Coughs:
Try a cup of thyme tea, if you have a cold or cough. This is useful to treat bronchitis and relieves cough. This is also used in many herbal preparations for its relaxant and bronchodilatory effects.

Relieves Indigestion:
Thyme tea is often advised by herbal healers to aid digestion, relieve gas and bloating. The volatile oils in thyme can reduce gas and act as an antispasmodic to provide relief from intestinal cramping.

Increases Circulation:
You can add thyme essential oils to soups and stews. This can be useful to increase the blood circulation in your body.

Provides Energy:
Brewed in tea, thyme can energize your whole system and produce a fortifying effect on your nervous system. This can treat physical and mental exhaustion, tension, anxiety, pressure and depression. Modern science uses thyme to act as an energy tonic and an aid for longevity. Thyme’s volatile oils have antioxidant phenols and flavonoids along with vitamins and minerals. These protect your DNA against oxidative damage.

Relaxant Action:

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Thyme is useful to get relief from winding and cramping in your stomach and bowels. This is also useful to treat an irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and bowel infections. Thyme can re-establish normal bacterial population in your gut.

Healthy Mind:
Thyme is being used since ancient times to maintain a healthy mind.

Diarrhea:
Thyme is very effective against Shigella sonnei. This is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea. Wash lettuce in 1% thyme oil or thymol to reduce the number of Shigella bacteria. Thyme essential oils are also used as natural food preservatives.

Slows the Aging Process:
Thyme has volatile oils that protect your brain by increasing essential omega-3 fatty acids in your brain, maintaining healthy cells and slowing down the aging process.

Fever:
Hot thyme tea can be sweetened with a bit of honey to lower down fever caused due to perspiration.

Irritable Bladder:

You can drink cool or lukewarm thyme tea for cystitis and an irritable bladder. You can also combine thyme with other soothing herbs like marshmallow and couch grass to clear excess uric acids from your system.

Arthritis and Gout:
Sometimes, thyme is also recommended to get relief from arthritis and gout. Thyme can also be used externally. The oil is mixed with warming liniments and lotions to be rubbed on aching joints and muscles.

Mouth Ulcers:
Thyme tincture can be added to some water. This acts as a good antiseptic lotion to cure cuts, grazes and mouth ulcers.

Athlete’s Foot:
Thyme has anti-fungal properties which is why it is a good remedy to treat thrush and athlete’s foot.

Peaceful Sleep:
If you are feeling down in the dumps, thyme acts as a remedy to give you instant relief and ensures peaceful sleep.

Proper digestion:
Thyme aids in proper digestion of fats. This is very useful to digest mutton or pork. Thyme also acts as a digestive tonic to increase one’s appetite.

Mouth Health:
Thyme oil is beneficial for your body and widely used in many toothpaste, mouthwashes and ointments. This herb is also best for gargle and mouthwash, for preventing dental decay. This is also effective on plaque formation, sore throat, mouth sores, laryngitis, tonsillitis and bad breath.

Skin Problems:
Thyme has thymol that has antiseptic properties. This can be used as a poultice to treat insect bites, stings, mastitis, wounds, hookworm, threadworm and roundworm. This is also beneficial to destroy skin parasites such as scabies and lice.

Dandruff:
You can use thyme as a hair rinse. This helps to prevent dandruff.

Menstruation:
Thyme has antispasmodic properties that give relief to women during menstruation.

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How do I use Thyme?
There are many ways you can use thyme to help with these ailments. Tinctures, teas, salves, oils, diffuser and more!There are many suggestions above but if you have a question as to how you should use it for yourself in some way, simply reach out and ask! I am hear to help. Just email me and I will quickly respond.

How Does Thyme Oil Work?

Thyme oil can be used in a number of ways. It can be inhaled, applied topically, or used as a mouthwash. Below are some particular ways to enjoy its benefits:17

  • Relieve pain – Mix three drops of thyme oil with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Use this mixture as a massage oil and apply on the abdominal area to relieve pain. This may also be used as a massage oil to treat other types of pain.
  • Alleviate fatigue – Add two drops of thyme oil to your bath water.
  • Improve sleep – Add a few drops to your diffuser.
  • Promote oral health – Use thyme oil as a mouthwash by adding one drop to a cup of warm water.
  • Reduce appearance of scars and skin marks – Apply oil of thyme mixed with any carrier oil (like almond oil) on the affected area.
  • Use as cleanser – Add a few drops of thyme oil to your facial wash.
  • Treat or protect against respiratory problems – Add two drops of thyme oil to hot water and use for steam inhalation.
  • Uplift mood – Simply inhale the scent of thyme oil.

Do you have an herb garden? If so, what herbs are you planting this spring?

Article Resources:
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articles.mercola.com

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How Can Lavender Benefit You?

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Ahhhh Lavender, the beautiful, calming smell of lavender. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy this fragrant purple flower, but do we know all of it’s benefits to our health and skin?

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. The herb is highly regarded for skin and beauty. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may also be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. More studies even suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. Also, in addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It is also used to prevent hair loss and repel insects.

WOW! This flower sure does have a lot of power packed into that purple bud.

Lavender is most well know for it’s fragrance. It’s calming, relaxing, clean fragrance helps soothe us to sleep and calm our nerves. But the list keeps going…lavender is good for urinary disorders, respiratory disorders, cancer, blood circulation, digestion, immunity and of course skin care. This herb is a wonderful ailment to many issues we face daily.

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Although Lavender has amazing benefits, there are a few precautions that we all need to be aware of.

Risks and Precautions

The U.S National Institutes of Health (NIH) warns people to be cautious when combining lavender with the following:
• Barbiturates – lavender may increase the sedative effects of these drugs and make people feel very sleepy.
• Benzodiazepines – mixing lavender with benzodiazepines can similarly increase the sedative effect of the drugs.
• Chloral hydrate – lavender increases the effects of chloral hydrate – causing extreme drowsiness.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that repeated topical use of lavender oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a condition which causes enlarged breast tissue in boys before puberty. “Topical” means applying onto the skin.

In addition, the safety of taking lavender during pregnancy or while breast-feeding is not completely certain – if you plan to use lavender treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding tell your doctor.

As lavender is thought to slow down the central nervous system, doctors advise patients to stop using lavender at least 2 weeks before surgery.

Wildroot Naturals uses lavender in a many of there products, Lavender/Oatmeal Detox Bath, Oatmeal/Lavender Soap, our Headache/Anxiety Reducer, our No-Itch Stick, and more! Check out our store today so find out how lavender can help you.

Do you use lavender? What do you use lavender for? 

Resources:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com
http://www.organicfacts.net

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Bright Orange Medicine Flower…Calendula

The Calendula Flower, better known as the Marigold is an herbal gem. This herb is so powerful yet so gentle at the same time. As I continue to study this brightly colored flower, I discover how this can help my husband. He recently cut the top of his finger off while working and has been slowly healing the last couple of weeks. I had no idea the benefits Calendula had that can help speed his healing process up and even help reduce scarring! Read on for some great information that could possibly help you or a family member.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis), the pot marigold, is a great herb for skin care, and has perhaps the longest history of use of any herb in skin care.

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Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.

Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, but it is also a lovely and useful plant in the garden!  Calendula repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Plus, it grows quickly and is easy to cultivate from seed.

Calendula is safe for children and animals. It is wonderfully gentle and powerful. If I am dealing with a skin issue, calendula is one of my go-to herbs.

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Dry Skin

Calendula is an emollient and can help to moisturize dry skin. It also contains carotenoids which nourish the skin.

Scars and Varicose Veins

A calendula wash is used for healing scars, thread veins and soothing varicose veins. Thread veins are tiny, broken veins on the face.

To make a wash: steep leaves in water for 20 minutes to 3 hours. Strain. Pat on face, keep on for at least 20 minutes and gently wash off.

An alternative to this (and potentially easier and more enjoyable way) is to make a strong tea of 1 tablespoon per cup of water, strain and add the tea to a bath. Soak in the bath for a 20 to 30 minutes minimum.

Calendula as Antiseptic

It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it useful for salves and balms for cuts, wounds and for healing piercings. Any other lacerations, hang nails, bedsores, irritated rashes will benefit from using calendula.

Prevention of Dermatitis

Calendula ointment has also been used to decrease dermatitis following skin irradiation for breast cancer. To use for protection from environmental stressors, apply a calendula salve before and after the stress. Harness the uses of calendula for skin by making your own salve.

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Wound Healing Activity of Calendula for Skin

Calendula is probably best used for chapped and otherwise irritated skin. The oil soluble components including the essential oil seem especially good at stimulating wound healing. Scientific studies find that extracts of calendula can speed the healing of skin wounds and burns. Perhaps the most common and therapeutic uses of calendula for skin is for healing wounds.

Using calendula increases both wound closure (very important in wound healing) and protein metabolism (forming new skin). For healing wounds, a daily application of calendula extract or calendula cream is used.

For slowly healing wounds and amputation stumps, one study showed that wound granulation appeared within several days of initiating treatment and secondary skin developed within 10 to 14 days. Using calendula ointment also reduced discomfort during dressing changes. For slowly healing wounds, apply calendula salve twice daily.

Calendula speeds up cell proliferation which quickens healing. It also keeps wounds from hardening and forming scars. It would be beneficial to use for healing the perineum after childbirth.

It helps to heal burns (including sunburn), bruises and inflammatory diseases of the skin.

Do you have Calendal/Marigold growing in your yard? Have you ever used Calendula to help you? How?

 

Obviously Calendula Oil is a powerful yet gentle treasure!
Wildroot Naturals is in the midst of creating it’s new Baby Product Line that will most certainly contain Calendula. Stay Tuned!
In the mean time check out our store for All Natural Organic skin care and household products!

 

Resources:
http://www.mountainroseblog.com
http://www.wildly-natural-skin-care.com
http://www.personalcaretruth.com

Oil of Oregano does what?

Yes, Oregano is wonderful in salsa and an array of yummy food, however this herb can do so much more than tempt our taste buds.

I have recently done a lot of research on Oil of Oregano since my husband brought it to my attention. WOW! This herb is quite special. Oil of oregano, which is distilled from the flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics. This natural and versatile oil can be used in multiple ways to help defend you from infection by dangerous bacteria. Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions.

The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu, swine flu, earaches, and fatigue. It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acne, athlete’s foot, oily skin, dandruff, canker sores, warts,ringworm, rosacea, and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins. Oregano oil is also used topically as an insect repellent.

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Dr. Oz even provides a list of 5 ways Oil of Oregano can keep us healthy.

How It Works: Oil of oregano contains a compound called carvacrol, which has been shown to help break through the outer cell membranes that help protect bacteria from the immune system. Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria, and could also help the immune system take action against viruses, fungi and parasites.

How to Use It: Make an oregano oil hand sanitizer: Because oregano oil is strong, you should first dilute it. Combine 10 drops of oregano oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub it into your hands as a natural hand sanitizer. Though it might look shiny at first, as it soaks in it can also help nourish your skin to keep your hands soft and smooth.

Vaporize it: Dangerous bacteria can inhabit your respiratory system and stir up trouble. To help your immune system fight a respiratory infection, put one drop of oil of oregano in a bowl of steaming water. Put a towel loosely over your head and inhale the steam once a day until you feel better. Of course, if your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics, don’t stop taking them, and be sure to see a doctor if your symptoms are severe or don’t improve.

Make a spot treatment for your skin: Because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, some experts have advocated the use oil of oregano to treat skin conditions like acne and rosacea. Combine equal amounts of oregano oil and olive or coconut oil and apply it to your problem areas with a cotton swab before you go to bed. Let it soak in, but don’t use it directly on any broken skin like cuts or scrapes.

Use it to brush your teeth: Oil of oregano also contains thymol, an ingredient used in many mouthwashes to combat bacteria, plaque and bad breath. Try adding a drop or two of oil of oregano on your toothbrush with or without toothpaste.

Take it for your tummy: Animal studies suggest that oregano and oregano oil can help fight parasitic infections and reduce infectious diarrhea. It may also affect the digestive ecosystem and alter the stomach’s emptying rate.

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The only side effects I can find are a mild upset stomach. Other concerns are  Lithium interacts with Oregano. Oregano might have an effect like a water pill or “diuretic.” Taking oregano might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Anyone with an oregano allergy should not use oil of oregano. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid oil of oregano, as it has not been tested in pregnant women. Always talk to your doctor before trying a new supplement or remedy.

This herb has such wonderful benefits even an experienced pharmacist has positive things to say about it. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/oil-of-oregano/

I must say I am quite impressed and you can count on seeing some new products soon through Wildroot Naturals with this powerful oil.

How can Oil of Oregano benefit you? Would you be willing to try it?

 

Resources:
http://www.doctoroz.com
http://www.webmd.com
www.sciencebasedmedicine.org

 

Plantain: A yard weed or medicinal herb?

Common Plantain, Plantago major

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Yes, Plantain is a common lawn and garden weed, however it has many medicinal properties.  The leaves themselves can be applied directly to the skin, but for ease of use and long-term storage, it can be infused into an oil or salve. The leaves are actually edible and somewhat similar to spinach, though slightly more bitter. They can be used in salads or other culinary uses. 

The leaves can also be made into a tea or tincture, and this is said to help with indigestion, heartburn and ulcers when taking internally.

Externally, Plantain has been used for insect and snake bites, and as a remedy for rashes and cuts. The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. Wildroot Naturals sells a very soothing No-Itch Stick that will get rid of any itch. Great for camping, hiking or any outdoor adventure!

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When bitten by mosquitos, stung by bees, or come in contact with spiders or other insects, we use the No-Itch Stick containing plantain leaf to help ease the reaction.The No-Itch Stick made with plantain also greatly eases the itch of poison ivy, oak, or sumac and I keep it on hand for this reason.

Plantain, one of the most widespread “weeds” in the world, is a first-choice remedy for many skin ailments. It is safe and effective, for not only bee stings, but also for bleeding, cuts, bruises, bug bites, hemorrhoids, and itchy skin. Its ability to draw out infection – as well as splinters and even glass shards – is especially remarkable.

What do you use on your bug bites? to relieve itching?

Article Resources:
http://wellnessmama.com/
http://www.susunweed.com/

Passionflower…a hidden treasure.

Passionflower…just the name sounds beautiful. Doesn’t it? The flower itself is stunning and exotic. So what can this beautiful flower do for us? More than you think.

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The ancient Aztecs reportedly used passionflower as a sedative and pain reliever. Today herbalists also recommend it as a sedative and antispasmodic agent.

Passionflower has been used for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, epilepsy, and other conditions of hyperactivity, as well as high blood pressure. Passionflower also is included in many pain formulas when discomfort is caused by muscle tension and emotional turmoil.

In Europe the flowers are added to numerous pharmaceuticals to treat nerve disorders, heart palpitations, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Unlike most sedative drugs, passionflower has been shown to be nonaddictive, although it is not a strong pain reliever. It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

Passionflower can also be used to treat seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

Some people apply passionflower to the skin for hemorrhoids, burns, and pain and swelling (inflammation). Wildroot Naturals will have a Muscle/Cramp Rub  containing Passionflower coming soon, stay tuned!

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Precautions & Warnings:

• Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take passionflower if you are pregnant. It is UNSAFE. There are some chemicals in passionflower that might cause the uterus to contract. Not enough is known about the safety of taking passionflower during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and don’t use it.

• Surgery: Passionflower can affect the central nervous system. It might increase the effects of anesthesia and other medications on the brain during and after surgery. Stop taking passionflower at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

• Passionflower is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth in amounts normally found in food. It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken short-term (less than two months) as medicine or tea. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD):
    • 45 drops of passionflower liquid extract daily.
    • A specific tablet formulation 90 mg/day has also been used.
  • For reducing symptoms associated with narcotic drug withdrawal: 60 drops of passionflower liquid extract in combination with 0.8 mg of clonidine.

 

Have you ever use Passionflower for pain relief? If so, what are your thoughts? 

 

 

Article Resources:
http://health.howstuffworks.com
http://www.nlm.nih.gov
http://www.webmd.com

Oatmeal…food or beauty treatment?

Wild oats (Avina Sativa)

A staple that is incredibly good for our hearts and our skin. The benefits our kitchen holds can be mind blowing at times.

Oats are also an amazing natural beauty enhancer. They soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation. Inflammation is one of the number one causes of premature aging, and while it all starts on the inside, reducing outer inflammation is also necessary for gorgeously radiant skin.

What other benefits are there to using oatmeal in skincare products? Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is perfect for most skin types, even the most sensitive skin. Oatmeal contains saponins, a mild cleansing agent. Oatmeal helps remove dead skin cells. Oatmeal can help treat acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes. Oatmeal can helps relieve symptoms of aging skin. Oatmeal is known to have good exfoliating properties and this will help to get out the daily toxins off the skin. It is also known to have skin lightening effects and thus it also helps to improve the skin tone and texture, and smooth out blotchy areas. Oatmeal repairs damage from other chemicals, such as alpha hydroxy acids, surfactants, and bleaches. It can help calm the skin. Oatmeal helps reduce pore size.

Want to make your own oatmeal face mask at home? Check out Wildroot Naturals recipe below:

• 2 heaping spoons of ground organic oatmeal

• 1 spoon full of organic milk

• 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

Mix well and then smooth onto face. Sit back and relax for about 10 minutes then rinse with warm water. Your skin will feel refreshed and smooth.

DIY Oatmeal, milk and honey mask

Not up for making a homemade mask, use Wildroot Naturals Lavender Oatmeal soap to help calm your skin.

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Oats: Skin Benefits

Apart from consumption, wild oats have an important role to play in skincare. They were used as early as 2000 BC by the Egyptians and Arabians to beautify their skins. Oat baths were largely used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for healing skin ailments. Some of the benefits of oats for skin are as follows.

1. Treatment of Acne:

Cooked oatmeal is a great natural remedy for treating acne. For this purpose, boil some oatmeal till it softens and let it cool for 15 minutes. Apply it on the affected area and rinse off after 10 minutes. This will absorb and remove excess oil and bacteria from your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells, thus helping to combat acne.

2. Removes Dryness:

Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polisaccharides, which become gelatinous in water, thus forming a fine protective film when applied on skin. Besides, this cereal is effective in addressing dry skin symptoms like itchiness, rashes, scales, peeling etc. To get rid of dryness you can make a facial mask by mixing a smashed banana with a cup of ground oatmeal and adding some lukewarm milk. Stir it properly to make it smooth and apply it all over your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. This will help in replenishing the skin moisture, thus keeping it soft and hydrated.

3. Skin Moisturizer:

It acts as a natural moisturizer by removing the dead skin cells. It contains beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin as well as penetrates deep into the skin to provide much needed deep moisturizing to your skin. Besides, it enhances wound healing and shallow abrasions and improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin. You can add a cup of milk, two cups of oats and a tablespoon of honey to moisturize your skin as well as relax your body.

4. Relieves Itchiness:

Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types. They are clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin. Oats ground into powder are known as colloidal oatmeal. This powder can be mixed with warm water to form a thick paste and applied over itchy skin to get immediate relief form intense itching. An oatmeal bath is also effective in healing a number of skin conditions including dry itchy skin. Thus, oatmeal can be used in curing neurodermatitis, a skin disease characterized by itchy or inflamed skin.

5. Skin Lightening:

Oats are known for their skin lightening effects as well as improving the skin tone and texture and smoothing out blotchy areas. It is increasingly used in cosmetology in various skin care products such as body scrubs, soaps, exfoliation creams and general body lotions of reputed brands.

6. Treatment of Poison Ivy or Chicken Pox:

Oatmeal has been used for thousands of years for treating eczema, poison ivy, insect bites and skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-itch properties. For relieving the itchiness caused by poison ivy or chicken pox or even sunburn, grind oats or oat flour into a fine powder and pour it into a cheese cloth. Tie it around the bath tub faucet and squeeze out water periodically to have a tepid bath. You can also rub the pouch on the itchy skin.

7. Natural Cleanser:

Oats contain natural cleansers called saponins that can remove dirt and oil from the pores without causing irritation, thus leaving behind soft and silky skin as well as reducing pore size. Instead of facial scrubs, oatmeal can form part of your skincare regimen as it is effective in getting rid of dead skin cells that build up in the pores. Oats can be soaked in water to prepare oat milk which is a natural toner and cleanser. You can store this milk in a bottle in your fridge and apply it on your face with a cotton pad after face wash to smoothen and soften your  skin. Oat bran bath is also effective in cleansing your skin and pores. Place ½ cup of oat groans or rolled oats in some cloth and tie it to make a small bag. Place it in your bath tub and press the bag until the oatmeal milk comes out. This can be used on your body or face instead of soap for mild scrubbing.

8. Skin Protection:

The proteins in oatmeal help in maintaining the skin’s natural barrier function and protect your skin from harsh chemicals as well as skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and rashes. The lubricating fats in oats are a great moisturizer that makes a protective layer over the skin to fight UV rays. In this way oatmeal helps in relieving symptoms of ageing skin.

Wildroot Naturals also carries A Lavender/Oatmeal Detox Bath. Relax and soothe your skin in the tub!

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Oats: Hair Benefits

Oats are good for hair as well. When applied topically, they can make your hair soft and strong. Some of the ways in which oats can be beneficial for your hair are as follows.

9. Treatment of Dry and Itchy Scalp:

As stated earlier, oats are beneficial for dry skin and the same goes for hair care as well. Being a natural moisturizer, it can be applied on hair to get rid of dryness and itchiness and make your hair soft and shiny. It is often used as an ingredient in shampoos.

10. Treatment of Dandruff:

Oatmeal can be combined with other ingredients and applied on your hair before shampooing to get rid of dandruff.

11. Removes Excess Oil and Dirt:

Being a natural cleanser, it clears the scalp by removing excess sebum, oil and dirt accumulated in the scalp.

12. Combats Hair loss:

Hair loss can occur due to a number of reasons such as alopecia, harsh chemical treatments, hormonal imbalance or unhealthy lifestyle. Malnutrition, that is deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals, is the most common cause of hair loss. Oats contain high amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium that promote hair growth.  A meal comprising of oats, berries and pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A as well as other nutrients. Vitamin C prevents scurvy, a disease that can also cause hair loss. Vitamin A, on the other hand, promotes hair development and maintenance.

13. Great for Blond Hair:

Ground oats can be an excellent dry shampoo for blond haired beauties. All you need to do is rub some ground oats over your scalp and brush out excess oats with a boar bristle brush.

Article Resources:
http://www.stylecraze.com
http://blog.poppysoap.com
http://http://www.naturalnews.com

Do you do Green Tea?

Green Tea and the Benefits to our Largest Organ…Skin

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There have been a number of encouraging studies of skin benefits of drinking green tea. Animal studies showed protection from skin cancer. Both animal and human studies have credibly demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may synergistically enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen.

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What about wrinkles, skin sag and other signs of aging? Can green tea help? Considering their well-documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, topical green tea polyphenols are likely to slow down the development of some signs of aging. Whether green tea can actually diminish wrinkles and skin sag is far more uncertain.

Since sun protection benefits of green tea are particularly well documented, it could make sense to apply a green tea formula under your sunscreen when venturing into the sun. It is best to combine green tea with zinc oxide-based sunscreens because zinc oxide is chemically inert and should not react with green tea (which some chemical sunscreens might do, especially in sunlight).

Wildroot Naturals will be releasing a new and improved Sunblock with Green Tea in it! Stay tuned!

It may also be useful to incorporate green tea into your skin maintenance routine to possibly slow down skin aging. However, simply buying a green tea cream may not necessarily be the best way to go. Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. Whether commercial green tea creams retain the activity is unclear and may vary widely from product to product.

Wildroot Naturals carries Green Tea soap and Grandma’s Green Tea lip balm. Check ’em out today!

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Here are 9 tips to guide you in your Green Tea exploration:

1. Adds shine to dull, lackluster hair. A hair rinse using green or black tea will boost brassy and blah strands. Simply steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. Be sure to shampoo and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.

2. Soothes sunburns. Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness.

3. Minimizes bug bites. To take down the sting and bumps, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the area and relax.

4. Reduces puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.

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5. Rids smelly feet odor. Soak your feet in a cool solution made out of boiled tea. The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.

6. Tones and moisturizes dry skin. Spritz cool green tea onto your face (you can also apply it with a cotton ball) twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow.

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7. Calms skin after shaving. If your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.

8. Enhances hair color. If you’re looking for a chemical-free alternative to dyeing your hair, try using tea. Its staining properties add color to naturally blonde or brunette locks. Holistic Chick breaks down which teas have the best color payoff.

Wildroot Naturals carries Green Tea soap and Grandma’s Green Tea lip balm. Check ’em out today!

We are also creating new and improved products, including Sunblock, that include this amazing herb! Stay tuned to learn more about them when there are on the market.

Do you drink green tea? If so, how often. Are you a coffee person and would rather just use it on your skin?

Article Resources:
http://www.smartskincare.com/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
http://idiva.com/

Rhassoul Clay from the Mountains of Morrocco

Mined in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, this extraordinary mineral-rich clay is known for its unmatched ability to absorb impurities from the skin. It cleanses deep, clearing pores and tightening skin without harsh scrubs or chemicals. As you age, your skin often does not retain the necessary trace minerals to keep it firm and wrinkle free. The high concentration of natural minerals in Rhassoul help replenish depleted minerals in your skin, resulting in a firmer, plumper, and more even-toned complexion.

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Clinical studies have shown that a single use of Moroccan Rhassoul:

  • Reduces dryness (79%)
  • Reduces flakiness (41%)
  • Improves skin clarity (68%)
  • Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
  • Improves skin texture (106%)
  • Removes surface oil and oil from inside and around comedons
  • Removes dead skin layers, resulting in a general smoothing of the surface skinrhassoul-clay

The amazing natural benefits of the clay are suitable for the following:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Everyday use
  • Dry or oily patches
  • Dandruff
  • All type of skin
  • Sensitive skins
  • Thinning hair
  • Fine hair

Because Rhassoul can be used for a variety of professional applications, it is an invaluable enhancement for spa treatments and for personal use. Its extraordinary power of absorption makes it more effective than other clays for cleansing, de-toxification, and general skin treatment.

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But there is no need to spend a ton of cash at the spa for the same results you can get at home. Wildroot Naturals combines the benefits of Rhassoul Clay and Bentonite Clay in the Cure All Facial Mask. Enjoy these wonderful benefits for only a few bucks!

Have you ever tried Rhassoul Clay? What kind of skin ailments do you face? Please post a comment below. We would love to chat!

Article Resources:
(http://www.amaloils.com/Moroccan-Rhassoul-Clay)
(http://mysacredbeauty.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/moroccan-hammam/)

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