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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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Found this awesome organization today when I was browsing the web. www.lovinsoapproject.org
Lovin’ Soap Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
This is a must to check out and learn more. Whether you love soap making or want to help others succeed. A mere $10 a month gets you a both a ton of info and also helps the organization. What a great deal! I didn’t blink twice at helping this organization.

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We don’t choose where we’re born, or our gender, and it shouldn’t dictate our chances of survival or worth as people. But every day, infants and children in less-developed countries die of hygiene-related illness, and  girls and women are denied access to education and job training that would enable families and communities to rise out of poverty. The Lovin’ Soap Project is a  grassroots, hands-on organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through health, education, artisan soap making, business planning, and economic development.

We’re committed to creating a positive and sustainable solution for every community served. We are feet on the ground and hands in the dirt, sourcing materials, following up with and supporting participants, and most importantly, listening to and learning about what impacts them most and how to address their issues. The Lovin’ Soap Project has a whole tribe of people that work together in country and back home to make what we do successful.

Check them out today and give. Thank you!

Steps to Preventing Illness this Year

There are a ton of Antibacterial products on the shelves now a days. Seems everyone is growing more and more into germ freaks and have antibacterial or hand sanitizer at every reach. My kids get sick every year, as well as my husband and I. When the kids are in school, who knows what germs will come along, every single day. My husband works as a General Manager at a restaurant, he deals with tons of people daily as well. Germs are everywhere! How do we manage them?

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If we use germ killers and antibiotics at every sniffle and sneeze they won’t be able to fight ANY germs on their own. How can we have a balance of trying to kill the everyday germs but also try to let the natural germs build up in the kids systems so they have a strong immune system. Sometimes we can get carried away. Its easy! Public restrooms, little hands everywhere, sneezing into the air, runny noses and it doesn’t end there. Ugh, it’s a parents nightmare!

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To help prevent my kids from getting sick, we have regular rules we follow everyday throughout the year to minimize anything that comes our way.

Rules in our home to stay healthy:

1- Wash hands often (with Wildroot Naturals Dirty Boy Antibacterial Soap)
2- Eat well
3- Get plenty of sleep
4- Exercise
5- Spend time outside everyday

What I discovered with these few simple rules, is when a bug does hit our home, they don’t prevent us from being sick free all year but we are only sick for a few days versus a few weeks. We get over the bug much faster.

To add to our list of concerns have you seen the ingredients in those antibacterial products? What are they?

Let’s start with Triclosan and triclocarban. They are antibacterial chemicals commonly added to consumer products. In laboratory studies, they have been shown to disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”

Animal studies have shown both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer.

Furthermore, laboratory studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban may be contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria known to cause human infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year.

Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.

The issues don’t just stop there though, they harm the environment as well. We live a few blocks from the beach so caring for our waterways is huge in our family. Most of these nasty products get washed down the drain, where they enter our waterways and are then transported widely throughout the environment. Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades.

In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone.

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So of course here at Wildroot Naturals, we created a natural Antibacterial Soap! My husband came up with the name “Dirty Boy”! Fits perfectly. This has been our best seller since we put in on the market. It works well, doesn’t dry your skin, kills germs naturally and lasts! We started a sale that will go through October Buy 4 Bars get 1 Free! Shop Now!

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What kind of products do you use to help kill germs? Do they work well for you and your family?

 

Article Resources:
http://www.nrdc.org

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

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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/

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