Secrets to Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails

Frustrated with lackluster hair, dry skin, and brittle nails? You are not alone. There is a multi-billion dollar cosmetics industry built on your hopes and dreams of shiny hair, strong nails, and supple, hydrated skin. But do the potions and tonics you apply to your tresses leave them dull and lifeless? Are your nails prone to splitting and cracking? Are your knees ashy an hour after applying lotion? There’s a reason why.
The products you use every day might be doing more harm than good. Cosmetic products are often loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins that detract from your health and appearance. Fortunately, the secret to beautiful hair, skin, and nails is simpler than you might think. Like so many other aspects of your health, your diet and lifestyle are major determinants of your appearance. Keep reading to find out how to improve and maintain strength and shine for a lifetime.

Watch What You Eat

Don’t underestimate the role a healthy diet plays in how you look. Vitamin C is crucial to maintaining your skin’s collagen and elasticity. Nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy-looking hair, skin, and nails. In fact, some of the first symptoms of nutritional deficiencies like B-12 are thinning, dry hair and thin, brittle nails. Too little zinc, biotin, or iodine might affect the appearance and integrity of your hair and nails. Make sure you eat a diverse range of healthy, colorful foods every day to get these essential nutrients.
If you consume alcohol often, keep in mind that alcohol also prematurely ages the skin and leads to wrinkles, hives, spider veins, cherry angiomas, psoriasis, and skin discoloration.

Sweat It Out

Diet is far from the only influence on your appearance. Exercise is another way to help you maintain a radiant complexion. In addition to helping keep your telomeres long, researchers have found that regular exercise encourages younger looking skin. You can also benefit from detoxing your skin by hitting the dry sauna or taking in a hot yoga class. Just make sure to rinse off afterward.

Reassess Your Beauty Routine

Your styling habits are a major influence on your appearance, and that includes the cosmetics you use. You might already know this if you’ve mistakenly over-processed your nails, leaving them brittle and prone to cracking and breaking. Your styling habits are a major influence on your appearance, and that includes the cosmetics you use. Harsh chemicals and procedures dry, damage, and otherwise compromise the appearance and integrity of hair, skin, and nails. To keep your outermost layers hydrated, supple, and vibrant, you need to treat your body right. If you’re looking to improve a certain area, natural products can help you address gaps in your routine. Make sure you choose natural, organic, non-toxic products.
Harmful compounds and additives in beauty products can compromise your long-term health. The preservatives and plasticizers in your nail polish may affect your DNA and hormones. Avoid anything labeled “fragrance,” this term is unregulated and could mean almost any chemical. Look out for carcinogenic preservatives like formaldehyde, BHA, BHT, and coal tar in your beauty products as well as synthetic endocrine disruptors like parabens, perfluorinated chemicals, and triclosan.
Consider how your cosmetics contribute to your appearance, not just immediately but over time. Are your cleansers nourishing or are they stripping the natural oils from your skin and hair? The heat and chemical processing you put your hair and nails through takes a toll on their strength. Over time they become brittle, dry and prone to breakage. Even worse, some hair dyes are known carcinogens.

Don’t Skimp on the Beauty Sleep

Prioritize sleep. Your overloaded schedule probably eats into the only “spare” time you have: your beauty sleep. And those dark under-eye circles are the least of your worries. You can see the proof looking back at you in the mirror after a rough night’s sleep. Missing out on a few hours of sleep sets off a cascade of hormonal changes that negatively affect how your cells function and how you feel throughout the day.
Give yourself a realistic bedtime. Put your tablet down, charge your phone, close your laptop, and turn off the television a couple of hours before your bedtime to get your mind ready for sleep.

Protect Your Skin From Environmental Damage

Overexposure to the sun, smoke, airborne toxins, and the chlorine in water can lead to a loss of luster and elasticity that ages your appearance. Freezing cold weather tends to be dry, leading to cracked, even bleeding, hands, lips, and cuticles.
Smoking is one of the surest ways to age your skin. Exposure to tobacco smoke decreases your production of collagen and damages your skin’s elasticity.

Natural Self Care

If you want to take better care of yourself, start exploring natural ways to keep your routine. I know beauty products are expensive. You don’t have to throw out your entire makeup bag today-start small. Swap in new, natural products whenever you run low on your normal cosmetics. Work your way through your hair, skin, and nail care products and rituals.
Consider dry brushing before your next shower. Dry brushing will help loosen dead skin and push your lymph fluid back into circulation. When you bathe, limit your exposure to excessively hot water in the shower. The next time you bathe, ask yourself if you’re washing your hair and skin out of habit, or if you genuinely need to wash, rinse, and repeat. You might just need a thorough rinse rather than a good scrubbing. For healthy nails, try to limit your showers to 15 minutes to keep your nails strong. Excessively long showers temporarily oversaturate nails and make them more prone to bending and tearing. Immediately after bathing, make sure you moisturize with organic products to seal in moisture. Don’t forget your hands, feet, and elbows.

Organic Beauty

Proper nutrition should be your first thought when you want to grow healthy hair, skin, and nails. B-complex vitamins are not only essential for overall health, but they’re also vital for nail and hair strength.
For truly remarkable hair, skin, and nails you should take an inside-out approach to beauty. Eat foods rich in beauty-boosting vitamins and take supplements to fill in the gaps. My favorite plant-based approach is taking our biotin supplement.

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Want Healthier Hair, Skin, And Nails?

Want more ways to get healthier hair, better skin, and stronger nails? Try these healthy, plant-based foods that are rich in biotin.

Biotin is a water-soluble, B-complex vitamin. It’s found in all living cells and is essential for cellular metabolism. Biotin is also known as vitamin H, coenzyme R, and vitamin B7. Confusingly, it is also sometimes called vitamin B8, but this is unofficial and relatively uncommon (B8 more often refers to inositol). Biotin is used by all living creatures—plants, animals, and even single-celled organisms.

In animals, biotin is essential for metabolizing proteins and converting sugar into usable energy. It’s necessary for hormone production and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Biotin promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails. Mammals, including humans, cannot synthesize biotin and must obtain it from dietary sources.

Biotin deficiency is rare but dangerous. The vitamin is crucial for normal fetal development and a deficiency during pregnancy can result in birth defects. Symptoms of biotin deficiency include brittle nails, hair loss, muscle pain, nausea, fatigue, anemia, and dry skin.

Not All Sources of Biotin Are Equal

There are two forms of biotin found in living cells: free and protein-bound. The latter is just what it sounds like—biotin bound to protein. It’s mostly found in bacteria and animal cells. Free biotin, which is not bound to a protein, is more common in plants.

The human body can use both forms of biotin, but free biotin is more immediately bioavailable. With protein-bound biotin, your body must break the bond to convert biotin into a form it can use. Free-biotin doesn’t require this step—it’s easily absorbed and utilized in the body. Due to their high free biotin content, plant-based foods are generally better dietary sources of the vitamin than animal-based foods.

Protein-Bound Biotin Sources

Many foods contain some biotin, but the concentration in most is negligible from a nutritional standpoint. Other foods have very high biotin content. Organ meats, like kidneys and liver, are the most concentrated dietary source. Milk, dairy products, and seafood are other rich, animal-derived sources. Although egg yolks have a high concentration of biotin, they also contain a chemical that interferes with biotin absorption. A diet high in egg whites can actually lead to biotin deficiency.

If you must consume animal products, at least opt for organic whenever possible. This can mitigate, though not eliminate, some of the many health risks associated with the consumption of meat and dairy.

Plant-Based Biotin Foods

Although many types of animal-sourced food contain biotin, it’s protein-bound biotin. Plants contain free biotin, which is more bioavailable. This means that getting enough biotin from a vegan diet is achievable. Considering the multitude of other health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, it’s also the healthiest choice.

As we’ve only recently begun to understand the importance of biotin, nutritional experts are still refining accurate methods for measuring biotin concentration in food. As such, estimates of biotin content vary greatly for some foods and are completely lacking for many others. After exhaustive research, we’ve compiled this list of the best biotin foods.

1. Nuts

Although biotin concentration varies by the type of nut, nuts, in general, are one of the best dietary sources of free biotin. One hundred grams of pecans contains about 28 micrograms (mcg) of biotin; the same amount of peanuts or walnuts contains almost 37 mcg. Nuts are also a great source of energy, omega fatty acids, and other heart-healthy nutrients.

2. Sunflower Seeds

Heart-healthy, high in magnesium, and rich in antioxidants, a handful of sunflower seeds makes a great snack. They’re also an excellent source of biotin. One hundred grams of sunflower seeds contains 66 mcg of the vitamin.

3. Legumes

Legumes are another excellent source of biotin, especially green peas. Peas have 40 mcg of biotin per 100 grams when fresh and 70 mcg when dried; lentils offer 40 mcg of biotin. Even better, legumes are high in folic acid and enhance digestion.

4. Cauliflower

As a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is great for detoxing the liver and it’s loaded with healthy nutrients, one of which is biotin. A single serving of cauliflower offers 5% of your daily biotin requirement. Cauliflower is also high in vitamin C and many other health-promoting compounds. Not only is it great as a raw snack, but there are also many cauliflower recipes you can enjoy.

5. Bananas

Generally speaking, most types of fruit are not a very good source of biotin. Bananas are an exception. One, average-sized, peeled banana (about 100 grams) contains 1.18 mcg of biotin. Bananas are also a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and B6.

6. Cereals

Many cereal grains are a good source of biotin. Rice bran has a particularly high concentration, 66 mcg per 100 grams. Barley and oatmeal offer 31 and 24 mcg, respectively.

7. Avocados

Avocados are more popular now than ever before and for good cause. In addition to their many positive qualities, avocados are also a decent source of biotin. One whole avocado contains 2-6 micrograms of the vitamin, so don’t be afraid to have a little more organic guacamole.

8. Other Good Sources of Biotin

There are many other good sources of biotin. Carrots, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, raspberries, and mushrooms can all contribute significantly to your daily biotin intake. Yeast also has an incredibly high biotin content, as do yeast-derived products like whole-grain bread.

Top Biotin Foods

Vegan Food Sources of Biotin
Food Biotin Content (mcg/100 grams)
Sunflower seeds 66
Rice Bran 66
Green peas, fresh 40
Green peas, dried 70
Lentils, fresh 40
Peanuts 37
Walnuts 37
Barley 31
Oatmeal 24
Pecans 28
Carrots 25
Cauliflower 17
Mushrooms 16
Avocados 4-12

How Much Biotin Do You Need?

Compared to other vitamins, much is still unknown about biotin. There is currently no official daily recommended intake of biotin and hypotheses of what it should vary drastically. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends a daily allowance of as little as 30 micrograms. At the other end of the spectrum, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a daily allowance ten times higher—300 micrograms for adults.

Based on my experience, I tend to believe that our biotin requirements are at the high end of that scale. As a water-soluble vitamin, biotin doesn’t accumulate in your body like a fat-soluble vitamin. That means you need to replenish your supply regularly. If you take in more than you need, your body will simply excrete the excess biotin through urine. Individual requirements vary, but I recommend using the following chart as a general frame of reference for your daily biotin intake:

Life Stage Adequate Intake (AI) for Biotin, Daily
Infants 50 mcg
Children under 4 150 mcg
Adults and Children Over 4 300 mcg

Generally speaking, adults need more biotin than children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women may need more than other adults. Many health conditions or deficiencies influence the amount of biotin you need. It’s best to consult your trusted healthcare professional for guidance with your personal biotin needs.

Incorporating Biotin into Your Diet

Biotin is present in a wide variety of food. With a little planning and reliance on the whole, real food, obtaining enough biotin through diet is achievable for most people. Biotin is also produced by the microflora in the gut, but it’s not known how much that contributes to meeting biotin requirements. Ultimately, the biotin produced by the beneficial microorganisms in the gut is added to the biotin obtained from food.

Because of its role in strengthening hair and nails, many types of shampoo and lotion boast about containing biotin. Be aware that this is just a marketing ploy. Biotin isn’t easily absorbed by hair or skin, so if there’s any biotin in these products you won’t receive its full effects. Ingestion is the most effective way to get biotin into your system.

A Natural Thickener and Emulsifier for Skin and Hair Care: Guar Gum

WHAT IS GUAR GUM?

Guar Gum, known by various names including Goma Guar, Gauran Goma Guar, and Gomme Guar, is a natural fiber derived from the Indian Cyamopsis tetragonolobus botanical, better known as the Guar Plant. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “food for cows.”

Guar Gum is obtained by grinding the seed tissue of the Guar plant’s beans, which are also called Cluster Beans and Siam Beans. The resultant natural gum is a polysaccharide that is commonly added to cosmetic formulations to emulsify and stabilize them, to act as a suspending agent, and to enhance the thickness of their consistencies, which also helps adjust their textures. Guar Gum Raw Material is a soft, fine, off-white, water-soluble powder.

HOW DOES GUAR GUM WORK?

With emulsifying properties, Guar Gum combines equally well with both solids and liquids, helping to contribute thickness and fluffiness to a formula, thereby changing them into pastes. For this reason, it is commonly found in toothpaste, as it helps to facilitate the extraction of the product from the tube with minimal pressure. The benefits of Guar Gum, when compared to other thickening agents, is that it can be added to aqueous solutions without the need for prior heating. Also, due to its thickening effectiveness, only tiny amounts of Guar Gum are needed to enhance a product’s consistency. Guar Gum’s surfactant quality helps to enhance lather, making it ideal for use in soaps. In shaving products, it helps decrease friction for easier use of razors, and its exceptional conditioning ability helps to soften both skin and hair. Guar Gum is also reputed to extend the shelf life of various skincare products.

GUAR GUM SOLUBILITY

To add Guar Gum to cosmetics formulations, it must first be hydrated with water of any temperature (cool, room temperature, warm, hot). Begin by churning water with a high-shear mixer and pouring the gum in slowly until it is fully incorporated into the vortex. After it is fully hydrated and viscous, it can then be added to the recipe in its water phase. Alternatively, it may be added to the recipe after all the phases have been combined. The final product should ideally have a pH level between 5.0 and 9.0.

GUAR GUM USES

PRODUCT TYPE & FUNCTION
When added to this kind of formulation…

Creams, Lotions,

Shampoos, Conditioners,

Lipsticks, Deodorants,

Face Masks, Shaving Products,

Ointments,

Bar Soaps, Liquid Soaps

EFFECTS
Guar Gum functions as a(n):

  • Emulsifier
  • Stabilizer
  • Thickener
  • Moisturizer
  • Softener
  • Conditioner
  • Whitening agent

 

It helps to:

  • Increase product viscosity
  • Lubricate and improve product glide on the skin
  • Prevent water loss
  • Prevent the loss of any other liquid from a gel formulation (known as “syneresis”)
  • Suspend solid particles
  • Extend the product shelf life
  • Condition hair and skin for improved suppleness
  • Improve hair manageability by reducing tangling in both wet and dry strands
  • Restore the skin’s natural moisture
  • Soften the skin to reduce irritation, cracking, and peeling
  • Lift and remove dirt
  • Soothe skin
  • Hydrate the hair and scalp to protect against dryness
  • Prevent frizz, create a protective layer against environmental pollutants, reduce static electricity
  • Prevent a buildup of polymers in hair

The recommended maximum dosage is .5%-2%

Guar Gum Raw Material is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this gum for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women, as well as those with sensitive skin, GI obstructions, an allergy to soy, or who are undergoing surgery, are especially advised not to use Guar Gum Raw Material without the medical advice of a physician. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Guar Gum Raw Material, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by thoroughly dissolving 1 tsp Guar Gum in 1 tsp of water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Guar Gum must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Guar Gum include low blood sugar, skin irritation, bloating, flatulence, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

Natural, Rejuvenating, Fruit Extracts for Skin and Hair

Throughout history and since ancient times, extracts from botanicals and fruits have been popular ingredients in natural cosmetics used by various cultures. Extracts, which take several forms including absolutes, tinctures, and powders, can be made by using water or ethanol to “extract” a part of a raw material, but Powder Fruit Extracts are obtained from fruit juices and purees using modern spray drying technology. This method ensures a high-quality product with uniform consistency and improved storage stability. The most common extracts are derived from aromatic flowers, herbs, fruits, nuts, and spices, such as Rose, Vanilla, Peppermint, Spearmint, Orange, Lemon, Almond, Pistachio, Cinnamon, and Ginger.

Although fruit extracts may not necessarily retain the aromas of their originating fruits or exude any obvious scent at all, they are known to retain all of the fruits’ nutrients and healthful qualities; thus, when added to natural, water-based cosmetic formulations, they still contribute nourishing benefits even if they do not add any natural fragrance. Due to the concentrated nature of extracts, they need only be added to formulas in small amounts, as their potency yields considerable results. Furthermore, their addition also enhances the viscosity, texture, and nutrient richness of natural products.

BENEFITS OF POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, natural sugars, proteins, polyphenols, carotenoids, and various other natural elements and compounds that are beneficial to general health, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to promote the skin’s renewal for a rejuvenated complexion. They are reputed to have exfoliating properties, which not only remove dead, dull, and flaky skin cells but that also promote the growth of newer and healthier skin, resulting in skin that looks and feels smoother, firmer, softer, brighter, and more evenly-toned. Their emollience helps to hydrate and alleviate the discomforts of dry skin while protecting it against the harsh effects of UV radiation.

Powder Fruit Extracts can support the growth, strength, health, and function of collagen, thereby enhancing elasticity and helping to reduce the appearance of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and other blemishes. The anti-inflammatory quality of many powder fruit extracts helps to reduce the appearance of redness and irritation. They gently moisturize, soothe the symptoms of skin ailments, such as eczema and psoriasis, balance the skin tone to even out suntans, hyperpigmentation, and other types of discoloration, including dark under-eye circles. They regulate oil production, remove blackheads, cleanse and clarify, and help prevent acne breakouts. They are reputed to soften even dehydrated areas of skin that are parched to the point of cracking or peeling and when used on the nails, they are believed to simultaneously strengthen and soften.

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Used in hair, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to cleanse, condition, nourish, fortify, soften, contribute shine, prevent dandruff, and stimulate circulation to encourage healthy new growth. They are reputed to prevent hair loss, oiliness, dryness, dullness, and the buildup of dirt. As a result, fruit extract-enriched haircare products are known to leave hair looking thicker, voluminous, and more lustrous.

Used medicinally, Powder Fruit Extracts are commonly used to enhance immunity, facilitate wound healing, support digestive function and the body’s detoxification, soothe and prevent inflammation, address conditions such as ringworm, promote the renewal and strengthening of muscle tissue, reduce menstrual discomforts, support healthy weight loss, decrease stress and tension, and regulate blood pressure.

Fruit extracts with astringent, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties are reputed to help facilitate the healing of open wounds by promoting their contraction, purifying the affected area of skin, and preventing harmful bacteria and environmental pollutants from entering the body through the abrasion.

Powder Fruit Extracts are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights their many benefits and the kinds of activity they are believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Balancing, Brightening, Collagen-Enhancing, Cleansing, Clarifying, Conditioning, Exfoliating, Firming, Hydrating, Rejuvenating, Reparative, Soothing, Strengthening, Smoothing, Softening, Stimulating
  • MEDICINAL: Astringent, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Balancing, Reparative, Soothing, Strengthening, Stimulating, Wound-Healing

USES OF POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

When incorporating powdered fruit extracts into natural product formulations, it is recommended that the amount of extract not exceed 0.5% of the total product. If they are being used to make tinctures, the amount of fruit extract should not exceed 5%.

For a facial toner that helps support the skin’s suppleness and natural radiance, combine the following ingredients in a 100 ml spray bottle: 100 ml (3.50 oz.) Floral Water, 2 drops Essential Oil, 2 drops Solubilizer (Polysorbate 20) Raw Material, and ¼ tsp. Powder Fruit Extract. Cap the bottle and shake it well before spritzing the resultant spray lightly onto the face and allowing it to air dry.

For a face mask that has protective qualities and is known to hydrate the skin while repairing damage caused by environmental stressors, such as the elements, begin by thoroughly combining the following ingredients in a bowl: 1 ½ tsp. Green French Clay, 1 tsp. Powder Fruit Extract, ½ tsp. Kaolin Facial Scrub Superfine, 1 ½ Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, and 1 Tbsp. Floral Water of personal preference. To use this mask, simply spread a thin layer over the face with the fingers and allow the mask to dry for no longer than 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. This mask is known to soothe irritation and redness and to energize tired skin.

To make a strengthening, conditioning, and reparative shampoo that is reputed to help balance oil production while soothing itchiness and irritation, combine the following ingredients in a 100 ml (3.50 oz.) shampoo dispenser bottle: 100 ml Shampoo Base, 0.1 g Powder Fruit Extract, and 2 ml (0.06 oz.) essential oil of personal preference. Cap the bottle, shake it well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients, then apply it to the scalp and hair as usual in the shower. This natural shampoo blend is known to address dandruff, strengthen dull and brittle strands, and hydrate frizz for smoother and softer curls.

To create a bath bomb, begin by combining the following ingredients in a large bowl: 2 cups Baking Soda, 1 cup Citric Acid, and 1 Tbsp. Buttermilk Powder. Thoroughly mix all the powders together until any clumps have returned to their loose powder forms. In a separate bowl, dilute 12 drops of an essential oil of personal preference in 1 Tbsp. of any carrier oil. Next, pour this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix everything together thoroughly. The addition of oils will likely lead to the formation of clumps in the powder mixture, and these clumps should be gently broken to ensure even distribution of the oil blend. Stir in ¼ tsp. Powder Fruit Extract, then spray the entire mixture with Witch Hazel or any other Floral Water, quickly mixing it into the powder with each spritz to prevent the mixture from fizzing. Spray only enough to allow the powder to hold its shape, at which point it can be transferred and packed lightly into a mold of personal preference. Once the mixture takes the shape of the mold, remove the compacted shapes and allow them to dry for 12-24 hours in an area with low humidity. To use these bath bombs, simply drop one into a bathtub filled with enough warm water for an adult-sized bath. Enter the tub once the entire bomb has dissolved. These bath bombs should be used within the month. Some suggestions for fruit powder and essential oil combinations include Mango Fruit Powder with Orange Essential Oil, Pineapple Fruit Powder with Lavender Essential Oil, and Strawberry Fruit Powder with Lime Essential Oil.

A GUIDE TO POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS & THEIR BENEFITS

PAPAYA POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Carica papaya

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a free-flowing powder that ranges in color from cream to a pale yellowish-orange
  • Be excellent for balancing the oiliness of the skin and for exfoliating dry areas
  • Promote the appearance of a rejuvenated complexion, when used in skin care products
  • Contain Vitamin A, which helps to reveal the next layer of the skin to promote the complexion’s natural radiance
  • Contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant with smoothing and softening qualities

 

BANANA POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Musa spp.

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder of a pale, creamy shade of yellow
  • Exude the aroma of pureed bananas
  • Be rich in Potassium and Vitamin A
  • Be ideal for use on dry or sensitive skin, such as in the form of a dry facial mask or scrub

 

MANGO POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Mangifera indica

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be made from spray-dried mangoes and to have the scent of dehydrated mangoes
  • Be a fine, creamy-yellow powder
  • Be high in Vitamin A, C, beta-Carotene, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Calcium
  • Prevent the appearance of fine lines, the drying and deterioration of skin, and to maintain elasticity
  • Be ideal for adding to recipes for soaps, dry products, facial masks, and body wraps
  • Be refreshing and gentle enough for use on any skin type, especially dry or sensitive skin

 

STRAWBERRY POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Fragaria spp.

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder that ranges in color from reddish-pink to purple
  • Have the scent of fresh strawberries
  • Be rich in Polyphenols, Potassium, Iron, Phosphorus, Calcium and Vitamins A and C
  • Provide protection for the skin and to have soothing properties
  • Make a wonderful toner that helps to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Suit any skin type and to be ideal for addition to formulations for facial masks, body wraps, and scrubs

 

PINEAPPLE POWDER FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Ananas comosus

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a free-flowing powder that ranges in color from bright yellow to yellow
  • Contain the fruit enzyme Bromelain, which is known to reduce inflammation
  • Be an effective exfoliant that sloughs off dead cells on the surface of the skin
  • Exhibit astringent properties, making it ideal for use in facial toners

 

GUAVA FRUIT EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Psidium guajava

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be a fine powder that is pale yellow in appearance
  • Be revered for both its vitamin content and its ability to slow the signs of aging
  • Help prevent the deterioration of the skin
  • Be ideal for addition to hair care products due to its natural fiber content

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR POWDER FRUIT EXTRACTS

Powder Fruit Extracts are for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using these products for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Powder Fruit Extracts without the medical advice of a physician, as they may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. These products should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, skin disorders, bleeding disorders, hormone-related ailments, and conditions of the heart, liver, or kidney. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Powder Fruit Extracts, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 tsp. of the preferred Powder Fruit Extract in 1 tsp. distilled water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Due to their water-solubility, Powder Fruit Extracts will not dissolve in oil.

Powder Fruit Extracts must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Powder Fruit Extracts include skin irritation or discoloration, rash, hives, swelling or tenderness on the mouth, lips, or cheeks, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, nerve damage, fever, chills, nasal congestion, wheezing, breathing difficulties, chest pain, throat irritation, increased thirst, nausea, heightened or lowered blood sugar levels, bloody nose, irregular heartbeat, vomiting, gas, indigestion, cramping, constipation, diarrhea, excess menstrual flow, and frequent urination.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat these products as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of these products and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

 

IN ESSENCE…

    • Powder Fruit Extracts are obtained from fruit juices and purees using modern spray drying technology.
    • Powder Fruit Extracts are known to retain all of the originating fruits’ nutrients and healthful qualities.
    • Adding Powder Fruit Extracts to natural products enhances their viscosity, texture, and nutrient content.
    • Used on the skin, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to promote the growth of newer and healthier cells, hydrate and alleviate the discomforts of dryness, protect against the harsh effects of UV radiation, enhance elasticity, reduce the appearance of redness, irritation, hyperpigmentation, and the signs of aging. They balance the skin tone, regulate oil production, cleanse, clarify, and help prevent acne breakouts.
    • Used in hair, Powder Fruit Extracts are known to cleanse, condition, nourish, contribute shine and softness, fortify, soothe, prevent dandruff, and stimulate circulation. They are reputed to prevent hair loss, oiliness, dryness, dullness, as well as the buildup of dirt, resulting in strands that look thicker, voluminous, and more lustrous.
  • Used medicinally, Powder Fruit Extracts are believed to enhance immunity, facilitate wound healing, support digestive function and the body’s detoxification, soothe and prevent inflammation, promote the strengthening of muscle tissue, reduce menstrual discomforts, support healthy weight loss, decrease tension, and regulate blood pressure.

HOW TO USE FRUIT EXTRACTS
*The suggested usage rate is 0.1- 0.5% by weight of the product.
HOW TO INCORPORATE EXTRACTS IN FORMULATIONS
*Most extracts should be added to the cool down phase of the formulation.
• For shampoos, creams, and other thick products: Mix 5-10 ml of hot water (45˚C – 50˚C;
the temperature of the cooldown phase) into the powdered extract until it dissolves.
Combine this mixture thoroughly into the product.
• For mists, toners, and other products that are almost entirely water: There is no need to
dissolve the extract before adding it to the product.

ALL ABOUT OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

Derived from the leaves of the Olea europaea botanical, better known as the Olive tree, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract has a long history as a vital and potent ancient Mediterranean preparation with healthful qualities that support, protect, and enhance immunity. As conveyed by Greek mythology, the Olive tree was believed to be the goddess Athena’s gift to humanity. It was reputed to have enthralled Zeus, who was delighted by its nourishing, remedial, and wound-healing properties as well as its effectiveness as a source of fuel for lamps; hence, the Olive tree came to be the revered symbol of the city of Athens. Accordingly, anyone found to be connected to the destruction of these trees would potentially become subject to execution or banishment from the city.

For thousands of years since the time of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, Olive leaves and their extracts have been used extensively in Mediterranean folk medicine as a panacea for the treatment of numerous health conditions. Compresses and infusions enriched with Olive leaves were used to address pain, infections, fevers, high blood sugar levels, and even anxiety. In the 1800s, various parts of the Olive tree began to be used, albeit largely in liquid form, for medicinal applications, such as for the treatment of infections associated with malaria. In the 1900s, the leaves were found to contain an active and unique compound called Oleuropein, which was then isolated from the leaves by scientists, who discovered that it had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This unique constituent was also discovered to prevent the growth of parasites, fungi, and harmful bacteria and to have the ability to stimulate circulation, lower blood pressure, boost immunity, enhance cognitive function, and regulate blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels. Later, it was learned that Oleuropein also contained Elenolic Acid, which was revealed to contribute an antibacterial property. All of these qualities make Olive leaves beneficial for medicinal applications. In 1995, Olive Leaf Extract began to be used clinically to treat and examine some individuals receiving medical care.

Today, some Olive leaf extracts continue to be taken as a safe natural dietary supplement to enhance immunity by addressing harmful bacteria and infections associated with colds, the flu, HIV/AIDS, meningitis, shingles, hepatitis B, and herpes, to name a few viruses. It is also used to ease symptoms of chronic fatigue, fever, hay fever, dengue, constipation, diarrhea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, malaria, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and tuberculosis. They are reputed to be beneficial for soothing infections of the gums, ears, and urinary tract as well as infections that result from surgeries. They are often used to ease hypertension, to support and improve the health and function of the digestive system, to work as an antiseptic remedy for faster wound healing, to protect against nerve damage, and to benefit those who have suffered from strokes.

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT BENEFITS

Used cosmetically on the skin, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract can protect against the harsh effects of the weather, the elements, and environmental stressors and pollutants. It can slow the appearance of the signs of aging, nourish and purify, calm irritation, repair damage, and eliminate harmful bacteria from developing infections, making it beneficial for soothing conditions such as dermatitis. It is known to reduce redness, to hydrate, to stimulate the growth of new skin, and to enhance circulation. In turn, the complexion appears to be detoxified, healthy, and rejuvenated.

Whether it is applied to the hair or the skin/scalp, it is reputed to protect against the damaging effects of overexposure to UV radiation by slowing the production of melanin and by preventing skin tissue from breaking down.

Used medicinally, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract is reputed to have antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, which hinder further development of viruses that are known to be responsible for causing the flu, common colds, and infections of the respiratory tract. It is believed to be beneficial for those suffering from arthritis, as it helps to reduce swelling and has a positive impact on bone health, thus it is valuable for soothing symptoms of rickets, rheumatic pain, stomach and intestinal pain, sciatica, and burns. Olive Leaf Extract is believed to improve circulation, address intestinal spasms, enhance cognitive function to prevent cognitive decline, and to promote heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Applied to wounds and rashes, Olive Leaf Extract is believed to facilitate their healing while strengthening the afflicted areas of skin. With detoxifying properties, Olive Leaf Extract is believed to function as a natural diuretic and laxative. The anti-hypertensive properties of Olive Leaf Extract benefit those who suffer from hypertension, as it helps to reduce blood pressure and thus reduces the risk of heart-related conditions and discomforts. It is also believed to have aphrodisiac effects.

Olive Leaf Botanical Extract is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Astringent, Photo-Protective
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Astringent, Cardiotonic, Hypoglycemic, Hypolipidemic, Hypotensive, Immuno-Stimulant, Immune-Boosting, Inflamomodulatory, Lipotropic, Vasodilator, Photo-Protective

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT USES

Used in cosmetic or topical applications, Olive Leaf Extract cleanses the pores, absorbs excess oil, and facilitates the clearing up of acne breakouts by helping to dry them out and by eliminating acne-causing bacteria. In doing so, it also prevents future acne breakouts. For a facial cleanser soap bar that also helps repair skin damage, prevents the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration, and soothes other skin discomforts, begin by cutting 680 g (24 oz.) of White Melt and Pour Base and melting it in a heat-safe container in 20-30 second bursts of heat. Once the soap base has melted, stir in 2 tsp. Olive Leaf Botanical Extract. Next, whisk in 4 tsp. Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay until all the large chunks have been broken up. Next, stir in 60 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil and 40 drops Rosemary Essential Oil until they are thoroughly combined. When the soap base mixture reaches a temperature between 49-52 ᵒC (120-125 ᵒF), pour the blend into 6-bar half-cylinder silicone molds or into molds of personal preference. To eliminate any air bubbles, spray the tops of the filled molds with Isopropyl Alcohol. After the soap bars have been allowed to dry and harden, they can be used on the face like a regular face wash. Simply work a soap bar into a lather and gently massage the lather into the skin to promote clearer skin and to soothe uncomfortable symptoms of acne. This soap bar may also be used on the body.

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Used in hair, Olive Leaf Extract is believed to discourage hair loss and to promote hair growth. For a natural hair care product that can enhance the health of the scalp, simply add a small amount of Olive Leaf Extract to a regular shampoo or conditioner, cap and shake the bottle well, then apply the blend to the hair and scalp as usual. The addition of Olive Leaf Extract is reputed to repair damaged hair, promote luster, preserve hair color, condition, cleanse, strengthen, and smooth the strands, and thereby enhance the growth of healthier hair.

To create a shampoo blend from scratch, begin by combining the following ingredients in a clean, empty shampoo bottle or a foaming soap dispenser: ¼ cup of distilled water, ¼ cup Liquid Castile Soap, ¼ cup Coconut Milk, and ½ tsp. Olive Leaf Extract. 20 drops of any essential oil may also be added. Suggested oils include Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, and Rosemary. Next, cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. This natural shampoo blend can be stored in the shower and used for up to 1 month. Shake the bottle well before each use and aim to apply only as much as 1 tsp. to the hair and scalp.

Used in medicinal applications, Olive Leaf Extract is known to eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi. To make an anti-fungal foot bath, begin by diluting 3-5 Tsp. Olive Leaf Botanical Extract in a foot tub filled with 4-8 L (1-2 gallons) of warm water. Simply soak the feet in this solution for 15-30 minutes to protect the feet from fungal infections.

A GUIDE TO OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT & ITS BENEFITS

OLIVE LEAF BOTANICAL EXTRACT

Botanical Name: Olea europaea

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Have been used for thousands of years by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures for a wide variety of health problems
  • Contain nearly 100 phytochemicals and essential nutrients, which are known to assist in soothing dry and stressed skin when added to skin care preparations
  • Be best known for its antioxidant properties
  • Be ideal for use in formulations for personal care products, soaps, creams, lotions, facial products and tinctures
  • Be best used in a ratio of 2.5 g per 100 ml of liquid, when formulating tinctures

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT SIDE EFFECTS

Olive Leaf Botanical Extract is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this product for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Olive Leaf Botanical Extract without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, skin disorders, bleeding disorders, hormone-related ailments, and conditions of the heart, liver, or kidney. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Those with allergies to plants of the Oleaceae family as well as those who are taking medication for diabetes or for blood pressure should avoid using Olive Leaf Extract.

Prior to using Olive Leaf Botanical Extract, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 Tsp. Olive Leaf Botanical Extract in 1 tsp. distilled water and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Olive Leaf Extract must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Olive Leaf Botanical Extract include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, migraine, sadness, coughing, asthma, rhinitis, nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, swelling in the mouth/throat, pharyngeal edema, abdominal pain, joint aches, diarrhea, hives, rashes, severe itching, hypoglycemia, erythema multiforme, and vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this product as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Olive Leaf Botanical Extract is derived from the leaves of the Olea europaea botanical, better known as the Olive tree.
    • Applied to the skin, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract can protect against the harsh effects of the weather, the elements, and environmental stressors and pollutants. It slows the appearance of the signs of aging, nourishes and purifies the skin, calms irritation, repairs damage, reduces redness, hydrates, stimulates the growth of new cells, and enhances circulation.
    • Applied to the hair, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract contributes moisture and shine while working to smooth out the strands. It is reputed to address alopecia and to protect against the damaging effects of overexposure to UV radiation.
    • Used medicinally, Olive Leaf Botanical Extract is reputed to help reduce swelling and to soothe symptoms of rickets, rheumatic pain, stomach and intestinal pain, sciatica, and burns. It is believed to improve circulation, addresses intestinal spasms, enhances cognitive function, and promote heart health.
  • Applied to wounds and rashes, Olive Leaf Extract is believed to facilitate their healing while strengthening the afflicted areas of skin. It functions as a natural diuretic and laxative, benefits those who suffer from hypertension, and is believed to have aphrodisiac effects.

Nature’s Most Precious Gift: Beeswax

Beeswax is a natural substance generated and secreted by honey bees that use it to develop their honeycombs. Beeswax is comprised largely of fatty acids, hydrocarbons, and esters. The wax is hard and breakable when cold but soft and pliable when heated or exposed to human body temperature. Because Beeswax does not spoil, become rancid, or otherwise expire, it can continue to be reheated and reused.

Like the varying colors of honey, the color of the wax depends on the age of the bees, the flowers from which they gather the nectar, the region of flower growth, and the purity of the honey. Beeswax ranges in color from almost white to black, although it is typically a shade along the yellow spectrum, appearing to be bright yellow, butterscotch yellow, or light amber. These colors are due to the pollen, resin, and gum content in the originating honey. These elements are also responsible for contributing to the agreeable scent of both the honey and the wax.

While Beeswax is commonly known for its light-bearing ability and for this being a source of heat, historically, it has also been valuable for its versatile applications, which include culinary uses, such as food flavoring and food storage. For example, it continues to be used to coat or glaze cheeses in order to create an air-tight seal to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Used on some types of fruits, Beeswax prevents the loss of water while protecting them from gathering dust and from being scratched, bruised, or bitten by insects.

2000 years ago, in China, the significance and potency of Beeswax were discovered and chronicled in one of the country’s most eminent medical books, known as The Shennong Book of Herbs. The record highlighted the positive effects that Beeswax was reputed to have on the circulatory system, energy levels, and wound healing. It was also reported to have an anti-aging effect on the appearance of the complexion.

There are 3 main types of Beeswax: Yellow, White, and AbsoluteYellow Beeswax is the natural, unrefined, and raw wax derived directly from the honeycomb. White Beeswax is the result of Yellow Beeswax undergoing a filtering/purifying/bleaching process. This is the type that is used in cosmetic formulations, food preparation, and pharmaceutical products, such as ointments, soft-gel capsules, and in the coating for medicinal tablets. Beeswax Absolute is the result of treating Yellow Beeswax with Alcohol.

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BEESWAX BENEFITS

Used in aromatherapy, the smokeless and lengthy burn time of Beeswax makes it a valuable ingredient in aromatherapy candles. Beeswax candles are also reputed to exude the aroma of honey – which can range from sweet, fresh, or floral to warm, robust, savory, or spicy – and they are also reputed to help facilitate the elimination of airborne pollutants, such as bacteria, dust, allergens, and odors. When pure and natural essential oils essential oils are added during the production phase of natural homemade candles, the resultant products are known to have enhanced fragrances. Furthermore, they are believed to promote overall physical and mental well-being by invigorating the body with increased energy, reducing stress, strengthening focus, helping decrease physical pain, and regulating blood pressure.

Used cosmetically, such as in lip products, moisturizers, and eye makeup, Beeswax hydrates, conditions, soothes and calms the skin. Without clogging the pores and preventing the skin from being able to breathe, Beeswax creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier to protect it against environmental pollutants as well as the harsh effects of the elements. Its exfoliating and reparative properties combined with its vitamin content helps promote the skin’s regeneration and rejuvenation by helping diminish the appearance of the signs of aging, including spots, wrinkles, and skin damage. Used in natural product formulations, Beeswax offers its scent, which may be characterized as mild, warm, sensual, floral, woody, rich, “oriental,” or a combination of these descriptions, depending on the preferred Beeswax. Refreshing, restorative, and gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin, Beeswax is known to soothe itchiness and irritation, to nourish, and to soften dry, cracked, broken areas, making it ideal for use in lip balms. Used in hair, Beeswax contributes shine that promotes the hair’s luster, making it valuable for use in hair products that promote the look of sleekness, such as pomades.

Its regenerative quality and anti-inflammatory property work in conjunction to help decrease the irritation, redness, and inflammation characteristic of acne, while its antiseptic effect further facilitates the healing process. Beeswax has a similar effect on skin afflicted with eczema and psoriasis, soothing the itchiness and working to prevent further irritation or infection. By promoting the growth of newer skin and by contributing softness, Beeswax leaves the complexion looking renewed. When applied to stretch marks, whether they are caused by a fluctuation in weight or by pregnancy, Beeswax is known to help diminish the appearance of these often-unwanted marks, when used in combination with carrier oils and butters.

Used medicinally, Beeswax makes an ideal ingredient in salves meant for treating scrapes, minor cuts, minor wounds, and burns, among other abrasions. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects help to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body through the chapped and broken skin, which is especially common in dry climates and which makes it valuable for use during the drier times of the year. By providing the skin with a layer of protection against external irritants, including harsh and extreme weather conditions that can cause roughness and dryness, Beeswax moisturizes the skin to restore its natural radiance and smoothness. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Beeswax also benefit those who suffer from topical allergies or other discomforts, such as eczema and rosacea.

Beeswax is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to exhibit:

  • COSMETIC: Hydrating, Softening, Smoothing, Non-Comedogenic, Protective, Smoothing, Regenerative, Strengthening, Conditioning, Soothing, Collagen-Enhancing.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Allergenic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, Protective, Regenerative, Strengthening.

BEESWAX USES

Used in aromatherapy applications, Beeswax candles exhibit air-purifying properties. Unlike paraffin candles, they help decrease the number of airborne contaminants, such as bacteria, pet dander, and dust. To make a natural aromatherapy Beeswax candle that scents the air with its warm fragrance, cleanses indoor environments, and promotes easier breathing, begin by pouring .45 kg (1 lb.) Pure Filtered Beeswax into an empty coffee can or a metal jug that can be designated for working with wax, which can be difficult to remove from tools. Next, create a double boiler by placing the chosen vessel into a pot filled with water. The water level should not be so high that it spills into the jug. Next, bring the water to a gentle boil, allowing it to simmer as the Beeswax melts inside the jug. In the meantime, cut a 60-ply Cotton Braid Wick #4 into 3 or 4 pieces that are each 15 cm (6 inches) in length. When the Beeswax has melted entirely, remove the jug from the heat and, with a stick or a spoon, gently stir in ½ cup Coconut Carrier Oil until it is thoroughly combined with the wax. Pour 1 cm (0.5 inch/1 ml) of this wax and oil blend into 3 240 ml (8 oz.) lidded mason jars, then place the jug back into the hot water to ensure that the wax remains liquid. Place one wick in the center of the small amount of wax inside each jar and hold the wick there for 5-10 minutes to prevent it from moving while the wax hardens around it. To keep the wick vertical and to prevent it from curling, wrap it around a stick until the wick is pulled tight and upright, then place the stick across the top of the jar. When the small amount of wax has dried inside each jar, pour the remainder of the wax from the jug into each jar, leaving at least 3 cm (1 inch) of space between the surface of the wax and the openings of the jars. Leave the jars open and set them aside to allow them to cool overnight. Once the wax has completely dried and hardened, the wicks can each be trimmed ½ an inch. When using the candles, it is recommended that they remain lit for a minimum of 2.5 hours until their surfaces have melted entirely. If the flames flicker or begin to smoke, simply put them out, trim the wicks slightly, then light them again. Trimming the wicks too short will result in small flames that will cause the candles to “tunnel,” however, even tunneled candles can be melted again to create new candles once their wicks have been removed.

Used in skincare, Beeswax hydrates, soothes, repairs, and fortifies the skin. For a Beeswax-enriched lotion bar, begin by combining the following ingredients in a 950 ml (35 oz.) glass mason jar: 1 cup Beeswax, 1 cup Coconut Carrier Oil, and 1 cup body butter of personal preference (e.g. Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, or a combination of butters). Next, place the jar in a small saucepan filled with 1 inch of water, then place the saucepan on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Constantly stir the contents of the jar with a stick until all the ingredients have melted. Once the mixture has turned into a smooth blend, remove the double boiler from the heat. As it cools, gently but thoroughly stir in any essential oils of personal preference and 1 tsp. Vitamin E Liquid. Pour the blend into soap molds and allow them to harden before taking them out. Depending on the size of the mold, this recipe may yield approximately 12 lotion bars.

To make a moisturizing and smoothing lip balm that relieves dryness, roughness, and cracking, begin by combining 2 Tbsp. Beeswax pastilles, 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter, and 2 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil in a glass bowl or jar to create a double boiler inside a pot. Stir all the ingredients together constantly until they have melted. Once the mixture achieves a smooth and even blend, remove the double boiler from the heat, keeping the bowl or jar submerged in the hot water to maintain its fluidity. As the blend begins to cool, stir in a maximum of 30 drops Peppermint Essential Oil or any other essential oil of personal preference. Next, with the help of a medicine dropper, fill each lip balm tube with the blend. This step must be done quickly to prevent the mixture from hardening before the transfer takes place. Set the uncapped, filled tubes aside and allow them to cool and harden completely before capping them.

To make a natural, Beeswax-infused deodorant bar with a probiotic effect, first combine the following ingredients in a glass jar: ½ cup + 1 tsp. Beeswax, ½ cup Coconut Carrier Oil, and ½ cup of a body butter of personal preference (e.g. Cocoa, Shea, Mango, or a combination of all three). Place the jar in a pot filled with 1 inch of water to create a double boiler. On the stove, bring the pot of water to a boil until the jar ingredients are thoroughly melted. Once they form a smooth and even blend, remove the pot from the heat. To the jar blend, add 1 Tsp. Vitamin E Liquid, 3 Tbsp. Baking Soda, ½ cup Organic Arrowroot Powder, 2-3 probiotics capsules that do not require refrigeration, and 20 drops of an essential oil of personal preference. Suggested oils include Frankincense, Lavender, or a citrus oil. Gently stir all the ingredients together until they have been thoroughly combined. Next, pour the liquid blend into a mold of personal choice. If the chosen mold is a stick deodorant container, the mixture must be allowed to harden for 15-20 minutes before being poured into the tube. When the mixture has cooled to a consistency resembling that of peanut butter, use a spoon to scoop it and fill the tube, pressing it down to ensure it is firmly packed. Set the filled tube aside and allow it to cool and harden completely before using it or capping it.

Used in hair products, Beeswax locks in moisture smooth down fly-aways, promotes easier styling, and encourages the growth of new hair. Without leaving a greasy residue, it maintains a firm hold on hairstyles but is easy to wash out. To make a conditioning, softening, shine-enhancing pomade, begin by melting 2 Tbsp. Beeswax pastilles in a double boiler. Once they have liquefied, stir in 3 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil until thoroughly incorporated into the wax. Remove the double boiler from the heat, then add in 2 tsp. Bentonite Clay and 10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, stirring the mixture continuously to facilitate its cooling. Next, transfer the blend into a container of personal preference. Suggested containers include small glass mason jars.

For a calming, clarifying, and balancing bedtime salve that is reputed to encourage the onset of quality sleep, begin by thoroughly combining the following oils in a small jar or bowl: 80 drops each of Ginger Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Grapefruit Essential Oil and 40 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil. This essential oil blend will be incorporated into the salve, which can be made by first combining 4 Tbsp. Beeswax pastilles, 1 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Carrier Oil, and 1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a double boiler. Stir this mixture regularly until all the ingredients have thoroughly melted. In the 10-15 minutes that it takes for the wax mixture to melt, collect 4 separate 30 ml (4 oz.) mason jars and pour 90 drops of the aforementioned essential oil blend into each jar. Once the wax mixture has achieved a smooth and even consistency, pour it into each of the jars and allow it to cool. Once the mixture has set inside each jar, cap the jars. To use this salve at bedtime, massage a small amount into the bottoms of both feet before going to sleep. To prevent the salve from getting on bedding, cover the feet with socks. This salve has an approximate shelf life of 8 months and is believed to provide a warming sensation, promote relaxation and easier breathing, reduce feelings of stress, regulate blood pressure, and balance the hormones.

Used in medicinal applications, Beeswax not only facilitates healing but it also prevents bacterial infections from developing on the skin while also promoting the skin’s regeneration and thereby helping to diminish the appearance of scarring from abrasions. For a simple yet versatile salve that is known to soothe irritation while eliminating bacteria, begin by combining 4 Tbsp. Beeswax pastilles, 1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Carrier Oil, and 1 cup Grapeseed Carrier Oil in a double boiler, stirring the mixture regularly as it melts. While waiting for the mixture to melt entirely, fill 5 mason jars with a customized essential oil blend of personal preference, depending on the desired outcome. Some blend recipes are offered below. Next, fill the jars with the oil and wax mixture, leaving an inch of space between the top of the salve and the rims of the jars, then allow the salve to cool. Once it has hardened, tightly cap the jars.

For an allergy-relief blend with anti-histamine effects, combine Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils for a total of 30 drops. This combination is believed to soothe topical allergies characterized by itching and to soften the skin while eliminating bacteria.

For a pain-relieving blend, combine 30 drops Birch Essential Oil, 10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, and 10 drops White Fir Essential Oil. This combination is believed to reduce inflammation and pain.

For a blend that is reputed to rejuvenate the complexion, combine 12 drops each of Cypress, Frankincense, and Lavender essential oils. This combination is believed to exhibit regenerative and restorative qualities, thus promoting a more youthful appearance.

For a vapor rub blend that is known to help reduce a cough and cold symptoms, begin by combining and melting 2 level Tbsp. of Beeswax pastilles and ½ cup Almond Carrier Oil in a double boiler. Once the mixture has completely melted together, stir in 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 20 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil, and 10 drops Clove Essential Oil. Once all the ingredients have been thoroughly incorporated, pour the blend into any lidded container, tin, or jar. To use this vapor rub, simply scoop a small amount with the fingertips and massage it into the chest or the soles of the feet to decrease congestion and coughing.

A GUIDE TO BEESWAX VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

BEESWAX BEADS (WHITE) COSMETIC GRADE REFINED

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Have been melted then filtered through active carbon to remove its scent and color, which may vary from white to off-white
  • Have been shaped into small pellets for easy use
  • Be 100% natural and refined through physical processes without the use of chemicals
  • Be ideal for use in formulations where a cream base or end product is fragrance-free and white in color, but to which color and fragrance can later be added
  • Be suitable for use in lotions, creams, balms, body butter, and soaps
  • Provide body and stiffness to formulations and to assist as an incomplete emulsifier or thickener
  • Burn cleaner and longer than petroleum-based waxes, when used in candle-making
  • Believed to be the preferred type of wax for aromatherapy-grade candles, due to its slower rate of burning
  • Have a melting point between 62° and 67° C (143° to 152° F); thus, overheating this wax will impact its scent and color

 

BEESWAX BEADS (YELLOW) COSMETIC GRADE REFINED

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Retain its natural fragrance
  • Burn cleaner and longer than petroleum-based waxes
  • Be ideal for use in lip balms and candle-making
  • Have a slow and smoke-free burn
  • Be made from 100% pure refined Beeswax
  • Have its fragrance negatively impacted by overheating

 

BEESWAX BLOCK (WHITE) COSMETIC GRADE REFINED

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Burn longer and cleaner (no drip) than ordinary paraffin candles
  • Have a smokeless flame
  • Have a higher melting point than other waxes, thus its flame gives off more light and heat
  • Be pure, 100% natural, and refined through physical processes without the use of any chemicals
  • Be melted and filtered through active carbon to remove its scent and color, which may vary from white to off-white
  • Come in convenient blocks of 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) each
  • Be ideal for use in the manufacturing of many products such as lotions, creams, balms, body butters, and soaps
  • Provide body and stiffness to formulations while functioning as a thickener
  • Have a melting point between 62° and 67° C (143° to 152° F); thus, overheating this wax will impact its scent and color

 

BEESWAX BLOCK (YELLOW) COSMETIC GRADE REFINED

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Have a natural but mild scent that makes it a good substitute for those with Fragrance Sensitivity and that allows for the addition of essential oils for fragrance
  • Burn longer and cleaner than ordinary wax candles
  • Have the highest melting point of any known wax
  • Have a smokeless flame that gives off more light and heat than other waxes without dripping
  • Come in blocks of 1 kg (2.2 lbs) each
  • Be Golden-Yellow in color
  • Be ideal for use in the manufacturing of many natural products including candles, soaps, natural wood polishes, and pastes, and sealing wax
  • Be negatively impacted by overheating

 

BEESWAX PREMIUM CANADIAN ORGANIC

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: Canada

Believed to:

  • Be completely natural and to come in large blocks of different sizes
  • Be 100% pure
  • Retain its sweet, natural fragrance
  • Range in color from Yellow to Golden-Yellow
  • Be processed under Organic conditions that meet the USDA Standards
  • Produce a fragrant candle that burns longer and cleaner than ordinary wax candles
  • Have the highest melting point of any known wax
  • Have a slow, smokeless flame that gives off more light and heat than other waxes without dripping
  • Be primarily used to manufacture Aromatherapy and natural Beeswax candles
  • Act as a humectant, emollient, and emulsifying agent in formulations for lotions, creams, balms and body butters
  • Be negatively impacted by overheating
  • Be the ideal wax for those requiring unprocessed premium Beeswax

 

BEESWAX PREMIUM CANADIAN UNREFINED

INCI: Beeswax

Country of Origin: Canada

Believed to:

  • Produce a fragrant candle that burns longer and cleaner than ordinary wax candles
  • Have the highest melting point of any known wax
  • Have a slow, smokeless flame that gives off more light and heat than other waxes and without dripping
  • Be 100% pure
  • Be processed using technology that meets pharmacopeia standards for use in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries
  • Retain its sweet, natural fragrance
  • Range in color from Yellow to Golden-Yellow
  • Be ideal for use in the manufacturing of products such as cosmetics, candles, and soaps
  • Be negatively impacted by overheating

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR BEESWAX

Beeswax is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this product for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Beeswax without the medical advice of a physician, as it is unclear whether any potential negative effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. This product should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Prior to using Beeswax, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of melted Beeswax to a small area of skin that is not sensitive and leaving it on the area for 15-20 minutes. Beeswax must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Beeswax include sensitization, redness, pain, itchiness, burning, contact dermatitis, shortness of breath, swelling/crusting/rash around the mouth/lips/tongue, rash, tiny bumps, and difficulty swallowing or speaking. Those with hay fever, rhinitis, and allergies to pollen, propolis, or honey should avoid the use of Beeswax.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this product as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Beeswax is a natural substance generated and secreted by honey bees. It is hard and breakable when cold but soft and pliable when heated.
    • Just like honey, Beeswax varies in color, depending on various factors related to the bees themselves as well as the flowers from which the honey is derived.
    • There are 3 main types of Beeswax: Yellow, White, and Absolute. They vary in their processing methods, benefits, and uses.
    • Used in aromatherapy, Beeswax is known for its long, slow, clean, smoke-less burn. It not only exudes the aroma of honey but it also produces comparatively brighter flames, facilitates the elimination of airborne pollutants, and promotes the overall health of body and mind.
    • Used cosmetically, Beeswax hydrates, conditions, soothes and calms the skin. It exfoliates, repairs damage, promotes the skin’s regeneration, diminishes the appearance of the signs of aging, soothes itchiness and irritation, and creates a hydrating, long-lasting protective barrier against environmental pollutants. Used in hair, Beeswax nourishes, conditions, and softens the strands while and promoting the hair’s luster.
  • Used medicinally, Beeswax helps soothe and facilitate the healing of abrasions. It prevents harmful bacteria from entering the body through the chapped and broken skin and it provides the skin with a layer of protection against external irritants. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties benefit those who suffer from topical allergies or skin ailments, such as eczema and rosacea.

A Miracle Herb for Face, Skin and Hair; Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice are extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant, a botanical that the ancient Egyptians often referred to as “The Plant of Immortality” or “The Plant of Eternity.” It was believed that the “blood” of the Aloe Vera plant would not only address symptoms of fevers, soothe burns and wounds, and enhance daily cosmetic applications, but that it would also magnify beauty and promote imperishability. Known for having anti-bacterial properties, the contents of the Aloe Vera plant were used in embalming rituals, as it was believed that the deceased could achieve everlasting life, both physically and spiritually, if their bodies could be prevented from decomposing.

Even before the Egyptians, the benefits of the Aloe Vera plant’s gel and juice were recognized by the Mesopotamians, who used it for the internal cleansing of their intestines. In this society, physical ailments were believed to be demonic possessions, and it was believed that a “divine” plant, namely the Aloe Vera plant, could eliminate the body’s “demons.” Inscriptions about this healthful plant from this time were written on clay boards and are considered to be the earliest documentation of Aloe Vera.

Although indigenous to Africa, the Aloe Vera plant has been cultivated worldwide, specifically in tropical and subtropical regions. Throughout history, it has been used as a staple in the traditional medicinal preparations of various communities, including Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian. In these and other societies, Aloe Vera Gel and Juice have been taken orally and applied topically to calm inflammation, to support and act as a tonic for digestive health, to heal wounds and prevent scarring, to ease pain, to enhance the overall health of skin and hair, and to address particular health concerns.

In the 16th century, Native American tribes regarded the Aloe plant as one of their many “holy” and “god-like” botanicals, which they worshipped and called “The Burn/Medicine/and Mystery Plant.” Within these communities, Aloe Juice was often diluted and applied to the skin as an insect repellant, which helped protect the tribes from insect-infested swamps through which they often had to march. This insect repellant application was also used as a preservative for materials, such as wood, that was susceptible to damage caused by pests.

Now sometimes referred to as “a pharmacy in a plant,” Aloe Vera Gel and Juice continue to be used to address pain, burns, symptoms of diabetes, high cholesterol, and arthritis, among other health conditions and complaints. It is a valued ingredient in cosmetics, such as moisturizers, masks, toners, hair products, and aftershave products. It is also commonly found in ointments for sunburns as well as dietary supplements and drinks.

An Aloe leaf consists of two parts: the gel and the juice.

The gel is the clear, odorless, mucilaginous, innermost portion of the leaf, and it is the most prevalent form and use of the Aloe plant. It is largely composed of water but also contains vitamins, a protein consisting of several amino acids, and organic and inorganic compounds.

The juice, also known as “Aloe Latex,” is the yellow, strong-smelling, bitter-tasting sap that is found between the leaf’s green inner skin and the gel. This is the liquid that drips from the Aloe leaf when it is cut.

Although the gel and the liquid share similar benefits and can both be used directly and safely on the skin, they are not identical and have distinct properties, thus the terms Aloe Gel and Aloe Juice are not used interchangeably in this article. NDA carries Aloe Vera Gel Juice, which is obtained by stripping away the outer leaf rind, rinsing away the Aloe Latex, and then de-pulping the inner fillets.

I will show you the various benefits and safe uses of NDA’s Aloe Vera Gel Juice, the consistency of which is more like that of a juice (although it should not be mistaken for the drinkable Aloe Vera Juice).

The benefits of Aloe Vera Gel Juice are wide-ranging, earning itself the reputation of being able to address various discomforts, including those associated with allergies, acne, abrasions, asthma, sores, blisters, bruises, burns, blood pressure, constipation, coughs, colds, colic, dry and chapped skin, hair loss, rashes, inflammation, fungal infections, headaches, indigestion, insect bites and stings, jaundice, joint pain, cramps, moles, nausea, razor burn, stretch marks, shingles, sciatic nerve, tendonitis, ulcers,  varicose veins, windburn, various types of wounds, and warts, to name only a few conditions for which it is believed to offer relief.

Used cosmetically, Aloe Vera Gel Juice can hydrate, exfoliate, nourish, clarify, and revitalize the skin and hair. Its antioxidant activity and richness in vitamins help it to repair skin and hair damage and to protect them before and after the harmful effects of UV radiation. Its smoothing quality helps to prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, making it ideal for “anti-aging” formulations as well as formulations for acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It moisturizes without leaving skin or hair with a greasy residue, which makes it beneficial for oily skin and hair types. Aloe Vera is believed to help fade tans and stretch marks.

The natural emollience and anti-irritant property of Aloe Vera Gel Juice make it ideal for use in formulations for cosmetics such as creams, lotions, makeup, soaps, sunscreens, shaving cream, shampoos, and even tissues and incense. When used in beauty applications, it can make a suitable moisturizer as well as a makeup primer for use before the application of foundation, and it can effectively function as a makeup remover.

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Used in massage applications, Aloe Vera Gel Juice is reputed to soothe muscular aches, joint pain, inflammation, wounds, burns, frostbite, and infections. It is also believed to stimulate skin regeneration, thereby improving the look of skin afflicted with dryness, flaking, and other uncomfortable topical conditions, whether it is on the body or the scalp. As a source of protein, it is believed to enhance energy as well as promote the development of muscles.

Used medicinally, Aloe Vera Gel Juice works to eliminate bodily toxins, increase the body’s antioxidant activity, balance digestive fluid, and enhance the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, thus supporting the health and function of the immune system. Its anti-inflammatory function helps the body repair damage to the skin and tissues, making it ideal for not only soothing wounds and burns but also for easing the discomfort of joint pain. It is also believed to be effective for addressing stubborn conditions such as skin ulcers and dandruff.

Aloe Vera Gel Juice is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Smoothing, Protective, Nourishing Clarifying, Soothing, Hydrating
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Antioxidant, Soothing, Protective, Nourishing, Anti-Viral, Wound-Healing

ALOE VERA GEL JUICE USES

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Aloe Vera Gel Juice is often used to help soothe and facilitate the healing of sunburned skin with its protective, hydrating, and restorative qualities. To make a hydrating ointment that is reputed to have these therapeutic effects on sunburned skin, begin by thoroughly combining 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 2 Tbsp. of Coconut Carrier Oil, and 3 drop Lavender Essential Oil either by blending them together in a food processor or by whipping them together with a fork. To use this blend, apply it gently to affected areas of skin and allow it to remain on the skin for as long as possible. This salve can be reapplied 2-3 times a day until significant improvements are noticeable. The remainder of this blend can be stored in an airtight container and kept in the refrigerator. If the mixture hardens before the next topical application, simply stir the ingredients together again.

For a fast-absorbing moisturizer, that hydrates without leaving a greasy residue on the skin and has a smoothing effect on the look of fine lines, begin by pouring the following ingredients into an amber dropper bottle with the help of a small funnel: 4 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 1 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin, ½ tsp. Argan Carrier Oil, and ¼ tsp. Watermelon Seed Carrier Oil. Next, add 4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil and 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Cap the bottle, then shake it well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. To use this facial serum, first, cleanse the face and pat it dry. Place 3 drops of the blend onto the palm and rub the palms together before applying it to the face like a typical moisturizer. This thin, light blend is ideal for those with oily skin and can be used before makeup application as well as after shaving.

For an anti-microbial, balancing, an overnight facial serum that is reputed to soothe and promote the skin’s regeneration and the faster healing of acne, begin by diluting 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil in 3 tsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice. After thoroughly mixing the two ingredients together, simply apply this blend to the affected areas of the face and leave it on like an overnight face mask. In the morning, rinse off the mask. This nightly regimen is believed to have a skin-regenerative effect and can be applied each night until the appearance of pimples and/or scarring is visibly diminished. It is also ideal for addressing irritation, inflammation, and blisters.

For a hydrating face mask that is reputed to promote skin’s elasticity, smoothness, and firmness, begin by combining equal amounts of Aloe Vera Gel Juice, Glycerol, Water, and Ground Oat Flakes in a bowl. Mix the ingredients together until the blend achieves the consistency of a paste. Next, apply this blend to the face in a thin layer to make a mask. After leaving the mask on for 5 minutes, rinse it off with cool water. This application is believed to promote the skin’s rejuvenation for a younger-looking complexion.

To decrease the appearance of stretch marks, begin by whisking together ½ Virgin Coconut Carrier Oil and 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel Juice, then transfer the blend to an air-tight container. To use this mixture, massage a small amount into the areas of skin affected by stretch marks and allow it to penetrate into the skin overnight. This moisturizer can be applied to the affected areas nightly before going to bed. Results are reputed to be visible after following this regimen every night for 3-4 weeks.

For a natural makeup remover blend that is gentle enough to apply to the sensitive eye area, begin by pouring ½ cup of Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 1 cup filtered water, and ¼ cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Carrier Oil into a blender and thoroughly blending all the ingredients together. Strain the resultant blend with a sieve, then transfer the filtered blend to a clean bottle that will make it easy to dispense the cleanser onto a cotton pad. As the mixture settles inside the bottle, it is normal for the oil to float to the top. To use this cleanser, shake it well to incorporate the floating oil, then pour a small amount onto a clean cotton pad and swipe it across the entire face. Areas of skin with more tenacious makeup, such as waterproof mascara, may require extra swipes of the saturated pad.

For an exfoliating facial scrub that is reputed to promote smoother skin as well as enhance skin’s natural radiance, thoroughly combine 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, ¼ cup Brown Sugar, and 1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Carrier Oil. Apply this blend to the face and the body, gently rubbing it in small circles to promote the skin’s exfoliation. Rinse the scrub off with warm water followed by cool water and pat the skin dry.

For a soothing, cleansing face mask that also hydrates and balances the skin’s oil production, begin by pouring 1 Tbsp. Sugar into ½ Tbsp. Milk until the Sugar liquifies. To this, add 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice and thoroughly combine all ingredients with a spoon. Scoop this blend onto the fingertips and apply it to the face in a thin layer to create a mask. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. This regimen can be repeated daily.

For a strengthening hairspray that is reputed to contribute shine to the strands while working to eliminate frizz, begin by combining 1 cup warm water, 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice and 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil in a small mixing bowl. Transfer this blend to a clean spray bottle. To use this mist, simply shake it well and spray it onto the scalp and strands. If hair is damp, the spray can be spritzed on generously. If the hair is dry, a light spritz is recommended. This conditioning spray is believed to soothe and prevent dandruff, itchiness, and inflammation as well as balance the scalp’s pH level, repair damage, and encourage the growth of longer and stronger hair.

For a hair treatment mask that can be applied before shampooing, begin by thoroughly combining the following ingredients in a small mixing bowl: ½ cup Aloe Vera Gel Juice and 2 Tbsp. a Carrier Oil of personal preference. To apply this mask, section the hair and smooth the blend onto each section. Allow the mask to penetrate the hair and scalp for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition the hair as usual.

For a softening leave-in conditioner that eliminates knots and tangles and promotes stronger hair growth, combine the following ingredients in a clean, empty shampoo bottle: 2 Tbsp. the leave-in conditioner of personal preference, 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice, 2 tsp. Castor Carrier Oil, and 2 Tsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. To use this blend, apply it like a regular leave-in conditioner, then store the remainder in the refrigerator.

Aloe Vera Gel Juice is believed to make an ideal shaving gel and can be applied to all the usual places that require hair removal, although it is recommended to avoid sensitive areas. Used after a shave, it is known to offer soothing relief.

To hydrate dry and cracked heels, create a moisturizing overnight foot mask by combining ½ cup Oatmeal, ¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel Juice, and ½ cup a preferred body lotion. Apply this blend to the feet. To enhance the hydrating property of this mixture, keep the feet covered with socks.

For a nourishing treatment that is reputed to diminish the signs of aging on the hands, simply combine 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel Juice and 1 tsp. Coconut Carrier Oil in a clean bottle. To use this conditioning moisturizer, pour the required amount of the oil blend onto the palms to gently warm it up before massaging it into the hands like a regular moisturizer. Next, rinse the oil off with warm water and pat the hands dry.

Used in medicinal applications, Aloe Vera Gel Juice soothes and cools the skin, helps boost immunity, and protects the body against harmful bacteria that could potentially lead to infections. For a simple application that soothes insect stings and bites and that calms minor burns and inflammation, begin by pouring Aloe Vera Gel Juice into an ice cube tray. After the frozen cubes have formed, simply rub one cube in small circles on the area affected by swelling.

To make a natural, non-drying, Aloe-based hand sanitizer, begin by combining the following ingredients in a clean spray bottle: ½ cup Aloe Vera Gel Juice and ¼ cup Alcohol. To add a pleasant scent, simply add 3 drops of an essential oil of personal preference. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the components. To use this cleansing and disinfecting blend, spray it onto the palms and massage the cleanser into the hands like a regular sterilizing gel.

A GUIDE TO ALOE VERA GEL JUICE VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

ALOE VERA GEL JUICE (DECOLORIZED) RAW MATERIAL

INCI: Aloe Vera Gel Juice (and) Citric Acid (and) Sodium Benzoate (and) Potassium Sorbate

Country of Origin: Canada

Believed to:

  • Be a thin liquid designed for application in manufacturing processes
  • Be ideal for use in formulations for soaps, creams, lotions, and other cosmetics
  • Be safe for direct application to the skin but should not be confused with a gel
  • Spoil and become contaminated with microorganisms, if not properly stored and used in combination with a preservative system
  • Contain Vitamin B complex, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, and Carotene
  • Be a well-respected moisturizing agent

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR ALOE VERA GEL JUICE

Aloe Vera Gel Juice is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this raw material for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Aloe Vera Gel Juice without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. It should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: diabetes, intestinal conditions (e.g. Crohn’s Disease), hemorrhoids, kidney problems, cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use. Those with allergies to Garlic, Onions, or Tulips should avoid the use of Aloe Vera Gel Juice.

Prior to using Aloe Vera Gel Juice, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Aloe Vera Gel Juice must never be used near the inner nose, ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

Potential side effects of Aloe Vera Gel Juice include hives, irritation, inflammation, burning, redness (possible redness of the eyelids), the drying, hardening, and splitting of skin, purple spots, rashes, and swelling. Aloe Vera Gel Juice may also slow down the healing of surgical wounds.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this product as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

Because Aloe Vera Gel Juice is a water-based product, if it is not used in conjunction with a preservative system, it could naturally become contaminated with bacteria, resulting in a toxic and thus unusable product. For this reason, it is important to ensure its proper storage away from heat, direct sunlight, and other factors that could cause it to become rancid faster.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Aloe Vera Gel and Aloe Vera Juice are extracted from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant.
    • An Aloe Vera leaf consists of two parts: the gel and the juice. Although the gel and the liquid share similar benefits and can both be used directly and safely on the skin, they are not identical substances and have distinct properties.
    • Used cosmetically, Aloe Vera Gel Juice can hydrate, exfoliate, nourish, clarify, and revitalize the skin and hair. It helps protect the skin and hair before and after the harmful effects of UV radiation, and it works to repair the damage. It also helps to prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It moisturizes without leaving skin and hair with a greasy residue and it helps fade tans and stretch marks.
    • Used in massage applications, Aloe Vera Gel Juice is reputed to soothe muscular aches, joint pain, inflammation, wounds, burns, frostbite, and infections. It is also believed to stimulate skin regeneration, enhance energy, and promote the development of muscles.
  • Used medicinally, Aloe Vera Gel Juice works to eliminate bodily toxins, increase the body’s antioxidant activity, balance digestive fluid, and enhance the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, thus supporting the health and function of the immune system. It helps the body repair damage to the skin and tissues and eases other physical discomforts, such as the symptoms of arthritis.

A Powerful Antioxidant; Vitamin E

Liquid Vitamin E – sometimes referred to as “The Skin Vitamin” – is an antioxidant as well as a nutrient that is vital for maintaining the well-being of skin and hair. Foods such as vegetable oils, legumes, seafood, eggs, raw nuts and seeds, some fruits, cereals, wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, meat, and poultry abound in Vitamin E content, which is known to support the health and function of various body systems. As the main fat-soluble antioxidant in the human body, Vitamin E is best known for providing skin with nutrition and for strengthening immunity.

Vitamin E is reputed to eliminate the body’s free radicals, which are responsible for causing premature aging as well as damage to the cells, among other conditions and complaints. It has been especially lauded for its ability to address scars, burns, and wounds, hence the reason it has been used as an antioxidant in skincare, especially in “anti-aging products,” for more than fifty years. Different from Vitamin E supplements, which are taken orally to address heart health, eye health, inflammation, and general immune function, Vitamin E-Liquid is used on the skin after being added to moisturizers, such as creams, lotions, and ointments. When added to natural product formulations, Vitamin E also works as a stabilizer and has the potential to extend a product’s shelf life.

Vitamin E is often believed to refer to one specific vitamin; however, on the contrary, it encompasses a group of other antioxidant vitamins that are fat-soluble, and its numerous natural forms are referred to as Tocopherols, which is the only form that is known to satisfy human health needs. Vitamin E occurs in chemical forms as well, such as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and Delta- Tocopherol and as alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta- Tocotrienol, but most Vitamin E-Liquid/Oil does not consist of all these forms.

Many carrier oils – including Almond, Apricot Kernel, Babassu, Canola, Corn, Flaxseed, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, Olive, Oat, Palm, Poppyseed, Rice Bran, Safflower, Soybean, Sunflower, and Wheat Germ – are also natural sources of a high Vitamin E content, making them suitable for use as Liquid Vitamin E substitute.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Vitamin E-Liquid can be used to nourish and promote the growth of new skin and hair. With moisturizing properties, it is known to soothe and prevent skin that is dry and afflicted with itching, flaking, and burning. By keeping the skin hydrated, it is believed to help slow the look of wrinkles and thereby promote a youthful, radiant complexion. Its hydrating effect is also known to diminish the appearance of sagging or creping skin.

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Used in massages, Vitamin E is believed to be applicable for boosting energy and stamina, strengthening muscles, and promoting the repair of muscles that have been damaged by exercise. Using Vitamin E to moisturize areas of skin that are affected by wounds or sunburns may potentially benefit the skin by facilitating healing and possibly reducing the appearance of scars.

Used medicinally, Vitamin E-Liquid is reputed to be ideal for use by those who prefer not to apply harsh prescription medications to address skin conditions characterized by itchiness, inflammation, blisters, and scaly patches of skin, such as dermatitis, mild psoriasis, and eczema. When added to moisturizers, it is believed to increase their hydrating efficacy while easing the aforementioned symptoms.

Liquid Vitamin E is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

  • COSMETIC: Antioxidant, Brightening, Smoothing, Regenerative, Reparative, Soothing, Skin-Strengthening, Stimulating, Moisturizing, Circulatory, Anti-Bacterial, Nourishing
  • MEDICINAL: Cicatrizant, Regenerative, Reparative, Soothing, Skin-Strengthening, Stimulating, Circulatory, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Immune-Enhancing, Anti-Bacterial, Nourishing, Wound-Healing

LIQUID VITAMIN E USES

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Liquid Vitamin E’s oil-soluble thickness makes it ideal for use at night before bed, as the skin tends to gradually become drier overnight. It is also a better idea to use it overnight because during the day it can cause the complexion to become shiny and make it difficult to apply makeup. Restorative and revitalizing, Liquid Vitamin E makes an ideal substitute for a regular night cream. For a rejuvenating moisturizer blend, simply add 3 drops of Vitamin E-Liquid to a preferred nighttime face cream or lotion and apply it to the preferred areas of skin to strengthen skin and prevent it from becoming dull, loose, and wrinkled.

Alternatively, an all-natural moisturizer can be made by diluting Vitamin E Liquid in Olive Carrier Oil. This blend is also known to improve the skin’s collagen production to maintain its resilience. Applying this blend as an overnight under-eye moisturizer prevents this area from thinning and from forming dark circles.

It is believed that a mixture of Vitamin E and Vitamin C has a natural sun-protective quality that prevents the body from the effects of environmental pollutants as well as from free radicals, which damage and mutate the cells, thereby causing the look of premature aging characterized by the wrinkled skin. By calming inflammation and contributing moisture to the dry and sensitive skin, this vitamin combination helps preserve the look of a rejuvenated complexion. For a night serum that is reputed to brighten the complexion, balance the skin tone, support collagen production and function, and address the effects of photoaging, begin by whisking the following ingredients together in a bowl: 1 tsp. GMO-free Vitamin C Powder and 1 tsp. filtered water. To this, add 1½ Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel. Again, whisk all the ingredients together. Next, pour in ⅛ tsp. Vitamin E Liquid and 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil and thoroughly combine all the ingredients. With the help of a funnel, pour the resultant blend into a small, darkly-colored bottle. To use this serum, apply it to the face at night before bed and rinse it off in the morning. Avoid using it in the sun, as it could potentially cause photosensitivity. It is suggested that this serum only is used on alternate nights in order to monitor the skin’s response to the new product. Results are reputed to be visible after a few weeks or around the 3-month mark.

A Vitamin E Liquid-enriched shampoo is reputed to reduce hair loss, promote luster, and make it easier to comb the hair. For hair that feels silkier and smoother and that is free of knots, add 3 drops of Vitamin E-Liquid to a regularly-used shampoo. This simple solution is believed to increase circulation to the scalp, which improves the strength of the hair and overall hair health. Its hydrating property addresses dryness and works to prevent dandruff, and its nourishing quality repairs strands that have become damaged and brittle from excessive use of heat styling tools.

For a hair mask with similar effects, begin by combining 4 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel, 2 Tbsp. Argan Carrier Oil, and 2 Tsp. Vitamin E Liquid. Apply this mask to the scalp and smooth it down over the strands, allowing it to soak in for 30 minutes before washing it out. This regimen can be repeated once or twice weekly to hydrate, repair, strengthen, and nourish hair.

To make a conditioning hot oil hair treatment that is reputed to preserve the health of hair that may regularly be subjected to the damaging effects of coloring treatments or heat styling, begin by creating a mixture of the following ingredients: 90 ml (3 oz.) Olive Carrier Oil, 90 ml (3 oz.) Coconut Carrier Oil, 90 ml (3 oz.) Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, and 90 ml (3 oz.) Jojoba Carrier Oil. To this blend, add 60 ml (2 oz.) Vitamin E Liquid. To use this oil blend, gently heat and apply it to the scalp and hair like a typical hair mask for smoother, stronger strands.

For a natural, pre-shower body oil that is reputed to remove dead and dull skin, promote the skin’s regeneration, and enhance its natural radiance, begin by thoroughly combining 2 tsp. Vitamin E Liquid, 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel, and 2 Tbsp. Rose Water in a small mixing bowl. This blend can be applied to the entire body in a thin layer and left on for 20 minutes before being washed off. To restore the skin’s moisture and revitalize its appearance and texture, this regimen can be followed twice a week.

To reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars or to potentially prevent them from occurring, combine 1 tsp. Vitamin E Liquid and 2 Tbsp. Argan Carrier Oil. Massage this blend into the skin nightly for a few minutes, focusing especially on areas that are likely to develop stretch marks, such as the belly, hips, posterior, and thighs. This can also be applied after a bath or shower while the skin is still slightly damp. Due to the skin’s increased rate of absorption at this time, the oil is believed not to leave a greasy residue. Used regularly, this regimen is reputed to promote smoother and clearer skin.

For a natural makeup remover that purifies while balancing the skin’s natural oils, begin by combining 30 ml (1 oz.) Vitamin E Liquid, 30 ml (1 oz.) Jojoba Carrier Oil, and 60 ml (2 oz.) Witch Hazel Distillate inside a clean bottle with a pump dispenser. Cap and shake the bottle well to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. To use this facial cleanser blend, simply pump a few drops onto a clean cotton pad and firmly swipe the pad across the skin to get rid of impurities and makeup, including mascara.

Used in medicinal applications, Liquid Vitamin E soothes and repairs skin to facilitate healing. For a bath blend that is reputed to ease the symptoms of damaging and uncomfortable skin conditions, such as psoriasis, dilute 1-2 tsp. Vitamin E Liquid in a warm bath. This is believed to contribute smoothness to rough, dry skin and to have a healing effect on injuries and abrasions, such as scrapes, cuts, redness, irritation, bumps, sunburn, and other topical distresses.

For a detoxifying and relaxing bath blend, begin by thoroughly combining the following ingredients in a food processor: 10 g (0.35 oz.) loose leaf Green Tea, 1 ¾ cup Epsom Salt, 2/3 cup Baking Soda, 1 ½ Tbsp. Vitamin E Liquid, 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Next, transfer this mixture to a jar or a plastic food storage bag. Add ½ cup of this bath blend along with 1 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes. When this blend is not in use, it can be stored in a cool and dry area.

To gently soothe sunburned skin, begin by diluting 2 Tsp. Vitamin E Liquid in 2 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel. Next, using the fingers, lightly smooth this blend onto the area of skin affected by overexposure to UV radiation. Leave this salve on until it dries or becomes sticky on the skin, at which time it can be rinsed off with cold water. Softly pat the skin dry. This preparation can be applied daily, or even several times daily, until the affected area of skin shows signs of improvement.

A GUIDE TO LIQUID VITAMIN E VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

VITAMIN E (MT-50 FULL SPECTRUM) RAW MATERIAL

INCI: Tocopherol

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Range in color from golden Yellow to a reddish shade
  • Be a viscous oil with an aroma characteristic of vegetable oil
  • Oxidize upon exposure to air and light, resulting in the gradual darkening of its color
  • Potentially tint skincare formulations
  • Be GMO-free and Gluten-free
  • Protect the skin from environmental elements
  • Contain d-alpha-Tocopherol, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Be a natural antioxidant with a full spectrum of Tocopherols
  • Be ideal for use in cosmetics, particularly for extending the shelf-life of oils (any product with water in it will require a full-spectrum preservative).
  • Extend the life of a carrier oil when used at 0.5%
  • Benefit the skin when used at a minimum of 2% and a maximum of 30% in a formulation
  • Be comprised of the following constituents: 50% Vitamin E (d-alpha-Tocopherol, d-beta-Tocopherol, d-gamma-Tocopherol, d-delta-Tocopherol) and 50% (GMO-free) Refined Soybean Oil
  • Be soluble in ethanol, ether, acetone, fats, and vegetable oils
  • Be insoluble in water
  • Be designed specifically as an ingredient to be used in cosmetics, thus this particular form of Vitamin E should not be applied directly to the skin
  • Be best preserved in a tightly-closed bottle and kept in a cool, dark, dry, and well-ventilated area

 

VITAMIN E (USP COSMETIC GRADE) RAW MATERIAL

INCI: d-alpha-Tocopherol

Country of Origin: China

Believed to:

  • Be a viscous liquid that ranges in color from golden Yellow to clear Brown
  • Oxidize upon exposure to air and light, resulting in the gradual darkening of its color
  • Have the potential to add a tint of color to skin care formulations
  • Be GMO-free and Gluten-free
  • Play a crucial role in protecting the skin from environmental elements
  • Help reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Extend the shelf life of oils (any product with water in it will require a full-spectrum preservative) when used at 0.5%
  • Benefit the skin when added to a formulation at a minimum of 2% and a maximum of 30%
  • Be designed specifically as an ingredient to be used in cosmetics, thus this particular form of Vitamin E should not be applied directly to the skin
  • Be comprised of the following constituents: 67%-87% d-alpha-Tocopherol and 13%-33% Refined GMO-free Soybean Oil
  • Be soluble in alcohol and oils
  • Be insoluble in water
  • Darken when exposed to high temperatures
  • Degrade when exposed to alkali
  • Be best preserved in a tightly-closed bottle and kept in a cool, dark, dry, and well-ventilated area

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LIQUID VITAMIN E

Vitamin E Liquid is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Liquid Vitamin E without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health or skin conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: acne, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney problems, high blood fats, Retinitis pigmentosa, Vitamin K deficiency, cancer, diabetes, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, or hormone-related ailments. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing or recovering from major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Before using Vitamin E-Liquid, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting 1 drop of the liquid in 4 drops of a Carrier Oil and applying a dime-size amount of this blend to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Liquid Vitamin E must never be used near the inner nose, ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Liquid Vitamin E include bruising, bleeding, blurred vision, contact dermatitis, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, nausea, rash, skin irritation, stomach cramps, and weakness. When used in high doses, Vitamin E Liquid could potentially cause Hypervitaminosis E, which is characterized by numerous symptoms that can vary from skin blotches to bone pain.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this product as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. Those who use the following should inform their physicians before use of this product: mineral oil, iron supplements, blood thinners, or bile acid-binding resins.

In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • “The Skin Vitamin,” better known as Liquid Vitamin E, is an antioxidant and a nutrient that is best known for maintaining skin health and for strengthening immunity.
    • Although Vitamin E is often understood to be one specific vitamin, it encompasses a group of other antioxidant vitamins that are fat-soluble, and its numerous natural forms are referred to as Tocopherols.
    • Used topically, Liquid Vitamin E nourishes and promotes the growth of new skin and hair. By soothing and preventing dryness, itching, flaking, and burning, it promotes the look of a youthful, radiant complexion as well as healthier and more lustrous strands.
    • Used in massages, Vitamin E is believed to be applicable for boosting energy and stamina, strengthening muscles, promoting the repair of muscles that have been damaged by exercise, facilitating healing, and possibly reducing the appearance of scars.
  • Used medicinally, Liquid Vitamin E is ideal for those who prefer not to apply harsh prescription medications to address skin conditions characterized by itchiness, inflammation, blisters, and scaly patches of skin.

Benefits and Use of Himalayan Pink and Dead Sea Mineral Salt

Since ancient times, it has been a common practice to extract several types of natural salts found both underground and underwater, especially under sea water. Salt derived from evaporated sea water is also referred to as Solar Salt or Bay Salt. Dead Sea Mineral Salt is one example of a salt derived from seawater. In spite of being harvested from clay or from the foothills of mountainous regions, pink salts, and rock salts – Himalayan Pink Salt is an example of both – are also considered to be sea salts. This is because all salts originate from salt mines, or by evaporating the water of salt fields, salt flats, salt waterfalls, springs, salt pans, or saline bodies of water, including the ocean, salt-water lakes or ponds, inland seas, enclosed bays, or bodies of water that are rich in mineral content. Similarly, it is believed that Himalayan Salt – also called Himalayan Crystal Salt, Pink Salt, and Rock Salt – is dried leftover deposits from ancient sea salt. Accordingly, it is also called the Himalayan Sea Salt. Over the centuries, salts harvested from all these places have traditionally been used in culinary, aromatherapy, medicinal, cleansing, and cosmetic applications.

Salts are composed largely of 2 elements that are essential for human life, namely sodium and chloride. They work to support the general health and optimal function of the body in numerous ways. Minerals are elements that form naturally and that are chemically composed of chemicals in a way that results in their having structures that are crystal-like. Himalayan Pink Salt consists of many such minerals, such as sodium chloride, also known as Halite. Though sodium chloride is white and cubic in structure, the pink color of Himalayan Salt is caused by iron oxides.

According to historical narratives, natives of the Himalayan region used Pink Himalayan Salt to preserve foods such as meat and fish; however, it was discovered that this salt – known to be the cleanest in the world – also had healthful and therapeutic properties that made it beneficial for use in bath soaks and body scrubs, to name a few applications.

It is believed that Himalayan Pink Salt began to be mined around the time that it was discovered by Alexander the Great and his troops in 326 BC. According to the legend, they were stopped in the area to rest when their horses began to lick the rocks that turned out to be salt. The first record of salt mining in the Himalayas, however, is from the 1200s, and they refer to the Janjua community of Pakistan and India. As early as 2700 BCE, a detailed pharmacological account of various salts, their uses, and their methods of extraction were recorded and published in China. Known as the “Peng-Tzao-Kan-Mu,” this systematically charted publication was the earliest description of more than 40 varieties of these natural raw materials as well as an elucidation of salt mining.

Salt was highly valued in Greece and Rome, coming to be used as currency and to be traded for slaves. These historical practices established the expression “not worth his salt” and coined the term “salary,” given that the Latin word from which it originated meant “a sum given to soldiers to buy salt.” Hence, for thousands of years, the historical buying, selling, and trading of salt has been a significant source of wealth and an integral factor in the progress and expansion of cultures, economies, and metropolises in Asia and Europe. Salt has come to be not only one of the oldest seasonings and preservatives for food, but it has also come to be widely used in bleaching, dyeing, glazing ceramics, soap making, water softening, and preserving animal hides in a process called tanning.

To his fellow healers, the Greek physician Hippocrates promoted the submersion of patients in seawater, as he believed that salt water had healing benefits for numerous health problems. As for bathing in warm salt water – also referred to as “sole” and “brine” – became more widespread for the purposes of addressing muscle aches and joint pain, the medicinal application of bath salts became more prevalent. Gradually, they became popular in cosmetic applications for the treatment of freckles, acne, and psoriasis. Other ancient Greeks also continued the uses of these methods. Eventually, a publication entitled “The Uses of Sea Water” was published in 1753 by Charles Russel, an English physician.

In Roman regions, the heat of the sun was the main technique for evaporating the salt water of the sea, which was collected in “briquetage,” or ceramic containers. This concentrated salt and mud slurry, would then be scraped up and have any residual impurities rinsed out with clean sea water. The resulting brine would be poured into shallow clay pans and placed atop short clay pillars above a turf fire for the final evaporation of any remaining water. The final step involved scraping out the dried salt before selling it. This traditional production method was also carried out in rural areas of Sichuan, China, until the 20th century, when the process became industrialized. In a 5-volume publication entitled “De Materia Medica,” Dioskurides the Roman physician lists salt as a potent remedy for addressing wounds, bites, and ailments associated with improper digestion.

In ancient Egypt, Cleopatra was known to soak in the Dead Sea, a body of water reputed to be rich in minerals that exhibited softening, smoothing, and rejuvenating properties. Unlike non-salt baths, which dehydrate skin and cause it to prune, saltwater replicates conditions that are necessary for skin to remain balanced. In this way, salt water prevents skin from losing moisture. Hence, the cosmetic advantages of bath salts were especially thrown in the spotlight.

In modern times, salt continues to be a valuable exfoliating, stimulating, hydrating, strengthening, moisturizing, and cleansing component in countless cosmetic products such as shampoos and scrubs. Being hygroscopic, mineral salts are known to attract water. Hence, applied topically, they pull nutrients and moisture from deeper levels of the skin to the uppermost layer, thus contributing to the skin’s suppleness and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.

With spas and other wellness centers advertising the use of bath salts in various crystal sizes, scents, and colors, bath salts continue to be widely applied today for the promotion of relaxation and the restoration of good health. This article highlights the various ways in which mineral salts can be used for enhancing the health of the skin, hair, and body.

MINERAL SALT BENEFITS

The main constituents of Himalayan Pink Salt are Sodium Chloride (Salt), Minerals (80+ natural minerals), and Trace Elements (Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, and Iron).

The main constituents of Dead Sea Mineral Salts are Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride   Sodium Chloride, Bromide, Calcium Chloride, and Sulphate.

MAGNESIUM is known to:

  • Accelerate cell metabolism
  • Be an anti-allergic agent
  • Cleanse and detoxify the skin
  • Contribute to the rejuvenation of skin
  • Address feelings of stress
  • Regulate fluid retention
  • Delay the look of aging skin
  • Soothe the nervous system

CALCIUM is known to:

  • Soothe, strengthen, and cleanse skin
  • Regulate fluid retention
  • Stimulate and enhance circulation
  • Contribute to the health of bones and nails

BROMIDE is known to:

  • Be relaxing
  • Be anti-inflammatory
  • Be beneficial for addressing various types of allergies
  • Cleanse and detoxify the skin

SODIUM CHLORIDE is known to:

  • Hydrate and nourish the skin
  • Facilitate the body’s elimination of toxins

SULFUR is known to:

  • Enhance skin health
  • Effectively address symptoms of skin ailments, including eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea

POTASSIUM is known to:

  • Promote the body’s feelings of being energized
  • Balance skin’s moisture levels
  • Replenish essential minerals in the body after intense exercise

Used in aromatherapy, mineral salts are known to purify indoor environments by attracting and trapping airborne pollutants, dust, and allergens. By drawing water vapor into their crystals, mineral salts can also function as dehumidifiers, thus one of the original therapeutic applications of mineral salts was for addressing respiratory ailments. This is referred to as Speleotherapy or Halotherapy. Both terms are derived from Greek words, the first term meaning “cave therapy,” which involves treating respiratory ailments by breathing the air found inside caves. The second term, derived from the Greek word for “salt,” involves inhaling a dry salt aerosol in an environment with controlled air that mimics the natural climate of a salt cave. Simply inhaling salt-rich air has been a common practice in Europe since the 1800s when people would visit salt mines for the same purposes.

By allowing the miniscule airborne salt particles to enter and travel through the respiratory system, the sinuses and lungs would be detoxified by the salt’s anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. One modern Speleotherapy practice involves sitting in a room infused with salt-rich air, which is known to soothe asthma, clear the sinuses to address seasonal allergies, relieve chest congestion, reduce coughing, improve skin ailments such as dermatitis and eczema, and stimulate the respiratory function of smokers as well as those with cystic fibrosis. When mineral salts are combined with essential oils in a bath, the scented bath water creates an aromatherapy experience that works to naturally detoxify, soothe pain and inflammation, relax tightness in the muscles and chest, ease physical and mental stress, soften skin, clear congestion, and energize the mind and body.

mineral salts hair

Used cosmetically or topically in general, mineral salts soothe dryness and itchiness, balance the skin’s oil production and pH level, soften and smooth skin afflicted with roughness, wrinkles, or cellulite, while dilating the pores to facilitate the cleansing of impurities and toxins, and exfoliate to remove dead skin and reveal a healthier layer. These properties make mineral salts beneficial for addressing acne and maintaining a refreshed and youthful look by softening and plumping skin to smooth out the look of wrinkles. While occlusive moisturizers often leave greasy residues that clog pores and make them problematic for acne-prone skin, mineral salts are known to enhance natural moisturizers’ abilities to bind moisture to the skin while leaving a protective moisture barrier. Mineral salts are reputed to reverse irritation, dullness, uneven skin tone, and dryness without leaving traces of a greasy residue.

Used in hair, mineral salts are known to contribute volume, shine, resilience, and softness to the strands. By moisturizing the hair, they repair and prevent damage caused by dryness. Conversely, they also absorb excess oils and moisture such as perspiration. With their sulfur and sodium content, mineral salts not only cleanse the scalp but they also address problems associated with flaking skin, such as dandruff.

Used medicinally,mineral salts can maintain proper muscular function, relax the muscles to soothe or prevent cramps, soreness, spasms, and aches, maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, reduce or prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure, eliminate bodily toxins, maintain the health of bones and connective tissues, and enhance circulation. Along with improving skin health, mineral salts – especially when used in baths – are known to contribute to a more relaxed, refreshed, and positive mood. This is known to have the effect of relieving stresses such as symptoms of insomnia. By balancing the body’s pH levels, mineral salts are known to boost overall health by enhancing immunity, stimulating digestion, and improving the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Mineral salts are reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights their many benefits and the kinds of activity they are believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Hydrating, Exfoliating, Softening, Smoothing, Conditioning, Clarifying, Invigorating, Cleansing, Stimulating, Circulatory, Anti-Aging, Rejuvenating.
  • MEDICINAL: Relaxant, Cleansing, Nourishing, Stimulating, Circulatory, Energizing, Healing.

CULTIVATING AND HARVESTING QUALITY MINERAL SALT

Pink Himalayan Salt is mined by hand from Pakistan’s Khewra Salt Mine near the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, which extends from Afghanistan before passing through Pakistan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, and China. The second largest salt mine in the world, this range is 300 miles from the Himalayan Mountains and is a hill system with a vast amount of rock salt deposits. The belief that Himalayan Salt is the purest form of salt stems from the fact that, more than 200 million years ago, lava functioned as a protective cover for the sea salt beds within the Himalayas, protecting these crystalline salt formations from being exposed to the toxins of the modern day. These impurities include polluted air and water.

According to historical sources, it is believed that this salt range remained untouched until 1849 when Dr. Warth, a British mining engineer, aided in the design and construction of a passageway that would allow for easier access into the mine for the harvest of salt deposits that were 5000 feet below the mountain range. His mining technique, which continues to be used in modern times, involved a “pillar and chamber” method in which half of the salt would be removed while the remaining half functioned as the mine’s architectural support. Presently, 40 km (25 miles) of tunnels extend across 11 levels of the mine, going nearly 0.8 km (half a mile) into the mountain.

After Pink Himalayan Salt is hand-mined as per tradition, it is also crushed by hand and washed by hand then sun-dried. Like table salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is largely composed of sodium chloride; however, unlike table salt, its trace minerals are not removed, anti-caking agents are not mixed into it, and it does not undergo any other similar processes. Pink Himalayan Salt ranges in clarity from transparent to opaque and ranges in color from white to pink to dark red. The colors indicate that the salt crystals vary in their mineral and iron content, where red indicates a high level of iron content.

Mineral salts obtained from sea water are harvested through the solar evaporation of sea water. In this centuries-old technique, a sequence of shallow artificial salt evaporation ponds – also referred to as geological salt pans, salterns, or salt works – are typically separated by levees. The levees are built high in order to leave ample space for the eventual accumulation of salt.

The first in this sequence of ponds is the “intake” pond into which seawater is pumped. The water gradually circulates to the rest of the ponds in the system, undergoing natural evaporation as it is exposed to the sun and wind. As the decreasing volume of water causes the pond to become increasingly saturated with salt, this concentrates the brine. The salt passes through crystallization ponds in which it crystallizes and is harvested. To remove impurities, the harvested salt is washed in clean saturated brine.

USES OF MINERAL SALT

The uses of mineral salts are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include aromatherapy, body scrubs, bath salt blends, various spa applications, hair sprays, body and room deodorants, and homemade soaps.

Used in cosmetic or topical applications, mineral salts can be added to a warm bath for a cleansing experience that is simultaneously detoxifying and replenishing. To create a bath salt blend that will nourish the skin, soothe aching muscles, and stimulate circulation, begin by pouring 3 cups Dead Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt into a large ceramic or stainless-steel mixing bowl. To the salts, add 30-60 drops of a preferred essential oil or oil blend, then stir the mix with a metal spoon until the oil has thoroughly blended into the salt. This aromatic bath salt mix can be spooned into and stored in a glass or plastic jar. To use, dissolve a handful in warm bath water.

For a bath blend with a focus on relaxation, the abovementioned steps may be followed with the following suggested blend of essential oils: 30 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil, 5 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil and 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. For an uplifting blend, mix 15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, 15 drops Orange Essential Oil, 10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, and 5 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. For a bath salt blend that addresses pain, mix 30 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 10 drops Marjoram Essential Oil, 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil. For a detoxifying bath blend that cleanses pores of dirt, grime, and bacteria and prevents breakouts, pour the following into a warm bath: 1 cup of Himalayan Pink Salt and 1 cup of whole milk that has been mixed with 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil.

To create an exfoliating face scrub, blend 1 tsp. Fine or Ultra Fine Dead Sea Mineral Salt and 1 tsp. Olive Carrier Oil. Rinse the face with lukewarm water, then gently massage this blend into the face to remove dead skin and promote a healthy-looking radiance. Alternatively, for a sweetly-scented body scrub, mix 1 cup of Fine Dead Sea Salt and ½ cup of Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil in a large bowl. Next, add 10 drops Geranium Essential Oil. Adding a handful of dried rose petals is optional, though it does add to the attractiveness of the final product. Blend all the ingredients together and gently massage it into the wet skin of the face or body to achieve a softer feel with a youthful glow.

For a facewash that balances skin’s pH levels, first, add 1 tsp. of Himalayan Pink Salt to a foaming soap dispenser. Next, add 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil and 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil. To this, add ¼ cup of Liquid Castile Soap and 1 cup of distilled water, then shake the bottle to thoroughly mix together all ingredients. This face wash may be used twice daily. For a mineral salt facial toner that reduces excess oils, firms and tightens the skin, and diminishes the appearance of enlarged pores, simply combine ½ tsp. of Himalayan Pink Salt, 1 tsp. Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil, 1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, and ½ cup of pure water in a spray bottle. To use, mist the toner over the face, avoiding the eyes. Allow the toner to dry, then moisturize the face.

For an antiseptic facial steam treatment that is beneficial for acne-prone skin, pour 1/3 cup of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt into a small pan filled with water and heat it until it boils. Pour this salt-water solution into a large bowl. Stand over the steaming bowl with a towel draped over the head for at least 10 minutes. Ensure that the eyes remain closed to prevent irritation.

For a mineral salt deodorant that will not only mask body odor but also absorb sweat while promoting the body’s detoxification, blend 2 tsp. of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt, 30 ml (1 oz.) Witch Hazel Distillate, 90 ml (3 oz.) distilled water, and ½ tsp. Baking Soda in a spray bottle. Next, add 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil or any other essential oil of personal preference. To use, simply spray the blend like a regular spray-on body deodorant.

To create a hydrating mineral salt face mask that soothes acne reduces inflammation and addresses other skin irritations, simply create a paste consisting of 2 tsp. of organic Honey and 1 tsp. of Ultra Fine Dead Sea Mineral Salt. Apply this mask all over the face, avoiding the eyes. After leaving it on for 15 minutes, rinse it off with warm water, then apply a moisturizer.

Used in aromatherapy applications, mineral salts can be effective in aromatic baths, as mentioned earlier. Although essential oils can be diluted in carrier oils before being blended into bath salts, both carrier oils and essential oils may separate from water, float on the water’s surface, and come directly in contact with the skin, thus potentially causing it to burn or become sensitized. Accordingly, it is recommended that a solubilizer is included in the mix when creating bath salts. For an aromatic Dead Sea bath salt blend, first, combine 1 Tbsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil, 15 drops of an essential oil of personal preference, and a solubilizer (follow the usage amounts outlined by the supplier) in a small bowl. Mix them together thoroughly. In a separate bowl, combine 3 cups of mineral salt. This can be Himalayan Pink Salt, Dead Sea Salt, or a combination that also includes Epsom Salt. Note that salts with larger grains generally take longer to dissolve in water. To this bowl, add the oil mixture and mix both blends together thoroughly with a spoon. This blend can be stored in an airtight container. To use in a bath, pour ½ cup or 1 full cup of the salt under running water in the bathtub. Allow it to fully disperse and dissolve before getting into the bathtub.

Used in hair, mineral salts can add texture and volume. For a natural recipe that addresses the problem of flat hair, simply mix together 1 Tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt, 5 drops Bergamot Essential Oil and ½ cup of pure water in a spray bottle. Spritz this mix onto clean, damp hair and scrunch the strands using a towel to absorb the excess moisture. For an aromatic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory mineral salt scrub that moisturizes and conditions the scalp, stimulates circulation for healthier hair growth, and soothes dryness and itchiness, the first mix together 2 Tbsp. of Fine or Ultra Fine Dead Sea Salt, 2 Tbsp. of Olive Carrier Oil, and 3-4 drops of either Peppermint, Lavender, or Tea Tree Essential Oil. Before washing the hair with shampoo, gently massage this blend into the scalp and leave it on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse the hair out as usual. This scrub can be applied once a week. Alternatively, an anti-dandruff shampoo can be made by adding 2 Tbsp. of Dead Sea Mineral Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt to a regular shampoo.

Used in medicinal applications, mineral salts gently detoxify the skin and body. For a medicinal washcloth compress that uses the restorative and regenerative benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt, a “sole” can be made. Sole is a solution wherein water is infused with mineral salt, and it is known to soothe the discomforts of skin ailments, such as psoriasis and eczema, while cleansing and exfoliating the skin to remove impurities and dullness. Sole has numerous other benefits that include: the ability to detoxify the body by balancing its pH level, the ability to provide trace minerals that improve the body’s hydration, the ability to soothe or reduce muscle cramps, the ability to balance hormones, which has a positive impact on sleep and weight loss, the ability to work as an antihistamine, and the ability to boost energy.

To make a sole, first, fill a glass mason jar with 1-2 cups of Himalayan Pink Salt or Dead Sea Salt. Pour filtered water over the salt until there is only 1 inch of space left between the water and the mouth of the jar. Screw the lid on tightly and gently shake the jar to blend the water and salt before allowing it to sit overnight for further interfusion. Salt that remains on the bottom of the jar indicates that the water is unable to absorb any more of it. At this time, the sole will be ready for use. To create the compress, dissolve 2 tsp. of the sole in 240 ml (8 oz.) of purified water. Soak a clean washcloth into this solution and apply it to areas of skin afflicted with psoriasis or eczema and leave it pressed to each area for 5-15 minutes. This can be applied daily. For larger areas of skin, a larger sole-soaked towel may be used and left on for 20 minutes. This can be applied 3 times a week. To remain warm during this process, a dry towel may be placed over the wet towel.

A GUIDE TO MINERAL SALT VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

HIMALAYAN PINK SALT

INCI Name: Sodium Chloride

Country of Origin: India

Believed to:

  • Be the purest form of salt available
  • Be hand-mined and harvested from ancient salt beds under the Himalayan Mountains
  • Be rich in over 80 minerals and trace elements, including Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, and Iron, which are reputed to soothe the body and promote its relaxation
  • Relax, energize, and refresh the body
  • Be ideal for use in therapeutic baths, room sprays, body sprays, hair sprays, and shampoos

DEAD SEA MINERAL SALT – ULTRA FINE, FINE, and COARSE

INCI Name: Maris Sal

Country of Origin: Israel

Believed to:

  • Be obtained from a body of water with a concentration of minerals higher than that of any ocean
  • Contain Bromides and Iodine
  • Contain minerals such as Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium, and Potassium, which are reputed to soothe the body and promote its relaxation
  • Contribute a sense of well-being
  • Be white in color
  • Be similar to table salt in its consistency
  • Have exfoliating properties that make it ideal for use in skin scrubs
  • Be beneficial in combination with Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate)
  • Be ideal for use as a relaxing additive to baths
  • Be ideal for use in cosmetic applications such as moisturizers, face masks, body scrubs, bath salt blends, body sprays, shampoos, hair sprays, and room sprays

CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MINERAL SALT

Cosmetic mineral salts are for external use only. It is highly recommended that a medical practitioner be consulted before using mineral salts for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use mineral salts without the medical advice of a physician. These salts should always be stored in airtight containers in cool, dark, dry areas that are inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Mineral salts must never be used near the eyes, inner ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin, especially those afflicted with scratches or wounds. Mineral salts should not be applied on dry hair, as this can cause breakage or hair loss. In oily hair, salt masks should not be used more than twice per week. In dry hair, salt scrubs should not be applied more than once within ten days.

In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use. Those with health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, liver damage or skin disorders are especially recommended to be advised. Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat these salts as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Mineral salts are composed largely of 2 elements that are essential for human life – namely sodium and chloride.
    • Mineral salts support the general health and optimal function of the body by regulating muscular and cellular function, blood pressure, digestion, detoxification, nutrient absorption, and fluid balance.
    • Used topically, mineral salts reduce roughness, dryness, tenderness, and swelling. They are valuable for exfoliating, stimulating circulation, hydrating, strengthening, moisturizing, and cleansing.
    • Used in aromatherapy, mineral salts are known to purify indoor environments and address respiratory ailments. In combination with essential oils in a bath, they naturally detoxify, soothe pain and inflammation, relax tightness in the muscles and chest, ease physical and mental stress, soften skin, clear congestion, and energize the mind and body.
    • Used in hair, mineral salts contribute to volume, shine, and resilience while softening the strands. They repair and prevent damage caused by dryness, absorb excess oils and moisture, and cleanse the scalp.
  • Used medicinally, mineral salts can relax the muscles, maintain their proper function, and soothe or prevent cramps, soreness, and spasms. They are also known to maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, reduce or prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure, eliminate bodily toxins, maintain the health of bones and connective tissues, and enhance circulation.

Learn About the Incredibly Nourishing Oil for Hair, Skin and Nails: Hemp Seed Oil

Historically, the Cannabis sativa botanical – more commonly known as the Hemp plant – was used in the manufacturing of clothing, footwear, rope, and eventually paper products, among other versatile uses. In the context of spiritual practices, Hemp was used in rituals wherein it was burned as incense to elevate mystical mindfulness and alertness to enhance meditative observations. In Africa, it was used and continues to be used medicinally to address symptoms of fevers and dysentery as well as snake bites. According to historical records, the ancient Chinese used Hemp seeds and Hemp Seed Oil in culinary applications as early as 6000 BCE. For millennia since then, physicians have used Hemp seeds to address several illnesses, disorders, and complaints.

The name Hemp Oil is often used interchangeably with or mistaken for Hash Oil – also referred to as Marijuana Oil, Cannabis Oil, or Weed Oil – due to the fact that both are derived from different plant varieties of the same botanical family known as Cannabis; however, these two oils vary in the plant part from which they are extracted as well as in their properties, benefits, extraction methods, and constituents, among other factors. Thus, contrary to popular belief, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil does not exhibit sedative or narcotic properties. Hemp Seed Oil has also found continued beneficial uses in the manufacturing of cleansers, including shampoos, detergents, and soaps, among other natural products. This article highlights the various other uses, benefits, and safe practices of Hemp Seed Carrier Oil.

HEMP OIL BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of Hemp Carrier Oil are Linoleic Acid, α-Linolenic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, and γ-Linolenic Acid.

LINOLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-6) are known to:

  • Moisturize hair and promote its growth
  • Facilitate wound healing
  • Be an effective emulsifier in the formulation of soaps and quick-drying oils
  • Exhibit anti-inflammatory properties
  • Soothe acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks
  • Promote moisture retention in skin and hair
  • Make oils feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend, thus being beneficial for use on acne-prone skin

ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-3) is known to:

  • Lessen inflammation
  • Control blood clotting on the skin
  • Soothe joint pain and ease stiffness to improve flexibility

OLEIC ACIDS (OMEGA-9) are known to:

  • Maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of skin and hair
  • Stimulate the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair
  • Reduce the appearance of aging, such as premature wrinkles and fine lines
  • Eliminate dandruff and thereby support hair growth
  • Boost immunity
  • Exhibit anti-oxidant properties
  • Prevent joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain

PALMITIC ACID is known to:

  • Have emollient properties
  • Soften hair without leaving a greasy or sticky residue
  • Be the most common saturated fatty acid

STEARIC ACID is known to:

  • Have cleansing properties that purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin
  • Be an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil
  • Help products remain potent when stored for long periods of time
  • Condition and protect hair from damage without diminishing luster or making it feel heavy
  • Have exceptional cleansing properties
  • Soften skin

GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-6) is known to:

  • Be anti-inflammatory
  • Nourish the skin with essential fatty acids
  • Support the growth of healthier and stronger skin, hair, and nails
  • Effectively soothe pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and symptoms of PMS, including headaches
  • Soothe joint pain and ease stiffness to improve flexibility
  • Potentially soothe symptoms of allergies
  • Encourage healthier brain activity

The Cannabis plant also contains a class of several chemical constituents called Cannabinoids, which are the compounds responsible for giving Marijuana the mind-altering effects that change a person’s temperament, conduct, perceptions, sensitivities, and awareness, among other faculties. The main psychoactive component in Cannabis is called Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly identified by its abbreviation THC. Because Health Canada controls the amount of THC that is present in all Hemp products and limits it to 10 PPM (parts per million) to ensure that it is safe to use, Hemp Oil will not exhibit psychoactive properties and thus will not cause the user to get “high.” Furthermore, the use of Hemp Oil will not cause one to falsely test positive on a drug-screening test. NDA’s Hemp Oil is laboratory-tested for its THC levels, and all oil tests show trace levels that are below 10 PPM, thus making them largely undetectable.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to refresh, revive, and strengthen the skin with its emollience. It is believed to even out the complexion with toning properties that promote the clearing of conditions such as acne and eczema, thereby enhancing skin’s texture and appearance. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants Hemp Seed Oil is known to help maintain skin’s clarity and brightness for a radiant complexion that looks and feels rejuvenated. Hemp Seed Carrier Oil works to balance oil production in the skin of all types while soothing inflammation and shielding skin against harsh environmental pollutants.

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When applied to hair in natural shampoos or conditioners, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil has the same protective effect, conditioning the hair and scalp to naturally calm inflammation and promote the health, luster, growth, and strength of the strands.

Rich in essential fatty acid content, Hemp Oil is known to have a composition comparable to that of skin lipids, making it an exceptional hydrating emollient that nourishes dull and parched skin and nails while encouraging the regeneration of skin’s protective barrier. It is reputed to soothe skin ailments such as minor abrasions, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. By enhancing skin’s elasticity, Hemp Carrier Oil exhibits a firming and tightening activity. Furthermore, by increasing skin’s ability to hold water, Hemp Seed Oil’s long-lasting hydration contributes plumpness, suppleness, and softness, thereby diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Being light in consistency, it exhibits fast absorption into the skin without clogging pores and makes both a reparative moisturizer for dry, blemished skin as well as an ideal ingredient in natural massage blends.

Used medicinally, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to exhibit anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that diminish the appearance of scars, facilitate the healing of infections, and alleviate painful symptoms of menstruation and Premenstrual Syndrome. By improving circulation, Hemp Oil is reputed to promote the body’s expulsion of toxins, ease the pain in sore muscles and joints, and prevent or reduce varicose veins. The fatty acid content of Hemp Seed Oil is known to boost immunity and metabolic function while sustaining the balance of hormones, blood pressure, and healthy, naturally-occurring bacteria in the body.

Hemp Carrier Oil is reputed to have many therapeutic properties. The following highlights its many benefits and the kinds of activity it is believed to show:

    • COSMETIC: Antioxidant, Regenerative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory.
  • MEDICINAL: Anti-viral, Antioxidant, Cardioprotective, Regenerative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-coagulant.

HEMP OIL USES

Used in cosmetic and topical applications, Hemp Seed Oil can be used by itself as a moisturizer, or it can be combined with essential oils for enhanced effectiveness. For a sophisticated medley of carrier oils, Hemp Oil blends well with Aloe Vera Gel, Olive Carrier Oil, and Avocado Carrier Oil.

For a gentle facial moisturizer that is ideal for application under the eyes, simply dab a drop under the eyes and on the eyelids. This can be used all over the face instead of synthetic creams that work to reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and under-eye bags. To use Hemp Seed Oil as a nourishing cleanser that eliminates impurities, including makeup, without stripping skin of its beneficial natural oils, dip a soft, clean cloth into 1 tsp. of Hemp Carrier Oil, then gently pat it on and rub it into the areas of skin with makeup, including the eye area, ensure the oil does not get into the eyes. After rinsing off the oil, apply a toner and pat the skin dry.

For a fragrant, skin-conditioning body lotion that disinfects the skin while stimulating circulation, first combine the following ingredients in a 245 ml (8.30 oz.) dark bottle: 240 ml (8 oz.) Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, 3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 2 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil, 2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil, 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, 2 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil, 2 drops Clove Essential Oil, 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil, and 2 drops Patchouli Essential Oil. Depending on the desired results, other essential oils may be substituted. This lotion can be applied to the entire body after a bath or a shower while the pores are more receptive to hydration. This body oil is known to not only reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi but to also boost circulation and thus promote a refreshed appearance with a smooth, firm, and refined finish.

Alternatively, a Hemp Seed Oil body butter can be made by melting 60 ml/gram (2 oz.) of each of the following ingredients in a double boiler: Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, Jojoba Carrier Oil, Coconut Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, Palm Kernel Carrier Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Beeswax pellets. After all the ingredients have thoroughly melted together, add 50-75 drops of any essential oils of personal preference to the blend. Suggested essential oils include Geranium, Neroli, Orange Sweet, and Sandalwood essential oils. Pour the mixture into a 475 ml (16 oz.) glass jar instantly while it is still in a liquid state. Once the mixture solidifies, it can be applied to the body in the manner of a body lotion.

For a hair treatment that promotes the growth of healthier, silkier, and stronger strands, coat them with 1 Tbsp. of Hemp Oil before washing hair in the shower as usual. This simple practice is reputed to increase circulation to the scalp, soothe and prevent the formation of dandruff, inhibit the development of infectious growths, decrease hair loss, and increase thickness.

Used in medicinal applications, Hemp Seed Oil soothes areas of skin that are sore, painful, itchy, irritated, and inflamed. To alleviate skin conditions that exhibit these symptoms, such as eczema, first combine the following ingredients in a 70 ml (2.5 oz.) darkly-colored bottle: 60 ml of Hemp Seed Carrier Oil, 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, and 5 drops of Coconut Carrier Oil. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to ensure thorough blending of all the ingredients. Apply a small amount of this solution to the affected areas of skin, rubbing it in gently. Allow it to dry on the skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.

Similarly, Hemp Seed Oil can be used to soothe the symptoms and discomforts of acne, such as inflammation, redness, congested pores, and to prevent the onset of future breakouts by addressing the bacteria that may potentially cause it to form. To cleanse the pores of white and blackheads and to tighten and decrease the size of pores, first wash the face with water of any preferred temperature. Next, gently massage Hemp Oil into the affected areas of skin and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. This can be used for skin rashes as well. To soothe symptoms of psoriasis, use the same method, leaving the oil on the affected areas for 20-25 minutes.

A GUIDE TO HEMP OIL VARIETIES & THEIR BENEFITS

HEMP SEED – REFINED CARRIER OIL

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Country of Origin: The Netherlands

Believed to:

    • Range in color from pale Yellow to Golden Yellow
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Reduce the appearance of signs of aging
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
    • Have an average rate of absorption that also leaves a slightly oily residue and sheen on the skin
    • Be ideal for use in manufacturing natural products requiring odorless and colorless ingredients
  • Be ideal for use in natural products that require longer shelf lives

 

HEMP SEED CARRIER OIL (UNREFINED)

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Country of Origin: Canada

Believed to:

    • Range in color from light to medium Olive Green
    • Retain its “virgin” state with a strong but natural aroma and color
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
    • Have an average rate of absorption that also leaves a slightly oily residue and sheen on the skin
  • Be ideal for manufacturing natural products that will have more potency due to its minimal processing

 

HEMP SEED ORGANIC CARRIER OIL (UNREFINED)

Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa

Method of Extraction and Plant Part: Cold pressed from grains

Believed to:

    • Range in color from Green to Dark Green
    • Be rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, and minerals with a full amino acid spectrum
    • Be a nutrient-rich, cosmetic-grade variety that is ideal for use in skin and hair care products
    • Be easily absorbed into the skin
    • Restore skin health to improve its texture and appearance
    • Protect the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Be ideal for use in manufacturing natural products that require the use of organic ingredients

HEMP OIL SIDE EFFECTS

Hemp Carrier Oil is for external use only. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using this oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women are especially advised not to use Hemp Carrier Oil without the medical advice of a physician, as it may have an effect on certain hormone secretions and it is unclear whether these effects are transferable to babies at these stages of development. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children, especially those under the age of 7.

Those with the following health conditions are recommended to be advised by a physician: cancer, heart-related ailments, skin disorders, hormone-related ailments, hypertension, or any chronic health condition. Individuals that are taking prescription drugs, undergoing major surgery, or who are at a greater risk of experiencing strokes, heart attacks, or atherosclerosis are also advised to seek medical consultation prior to use.

Prior to using Hemp Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by applying a dime-size amount of this oil to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Hemp Oil must never be used near the inner nose and ears or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin. Potential side effects of Hemp Oil include irritation of the skin, cramps, and diarrhea.

Those seeking medical care to manage moods, behaviors, or disorders should treat this Carrier Oil as a complementary remedy rather than a replacement for any medicinal treatments or prescriptions. In the event of an allergic reaction, discontinue use of the product and see a doctor, pharmacist, or allergist immediately for a health assessment and appropriate remedial action. To prevent side effects, consult with a medical professional prior to use.

IN ESSENCE…

    • Despite the fact that Hemp Oil and Hash Oil are both derived from varieties of the Cannabis plant, these two oils are produced in different ways and thus have different properties and effects.
    • Hemp Oil does not exhibit the sedative or narcotic properties that are characteristic of Hash Oil, also known as Cannabis Oil or Marijuana Oil.
    • Used topically, Hemp Carrier Oil is reputed to refresh, revive, and strengthen the skin, even out the complexion, enhance its texture and appearance, maintain its suppleness and softness, and repair dryness as well as damage.
    • When applied to hair, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is known to naturally calm inflammation of the scalp and to condition the strands, thereby promoting their rejuvenated appearance and texture.
  • Used medicinally, Hemp Seed Carrier Oil is reputed to facilitate the healing of infections, improve circulation, promote the body’s detoxification, ease muscle and joint pain, and balance hormones.

Freshly Juiced Beauty

Juicing has always been a popular trend in the health and wellness realm, and today it’s easier than ever to make fresh juice at home or purchase it at your grocery store or even in some restaurants. Juice from fresh fruits and vegetables provides a number of benefits that invigorate your body and mind. And, of course, the nutrients and hydration that drinking juice provides can support healthy looking skin and hair. But freshly squeezed juice is also beneficial when used on the outside. In fact, it’s yet another all-natural ingredient we can add to our daily skin care routine for luscious locks and a glowing complexion.

Citrus fruits, berries, mangoes, and leafy greens contain vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps in collagen synthesis and boosts skin cells. Vegetables like potatoes are high in potassium, a mineral that maintains electrolyte balance to keep skin hydrated and promote new skin cells. Spinach, which makes a wonderful green juice, is also a good source of omega-3-fatty acids, which support the skin cell membrane of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin that helps retain water. With more moisture in the cells, skin becomes suppler and less susceptible to fine lines. Omega-3 fatty acids show promise in decreasing skin damage from UV rays, as well. Many beauty experts consider carrot juice the ultimate skin care ingredient because it contains vitamin A, which combats the signs of aging and helps treat acne.

Creating your own juices at home is cost-effective and convenient, and you can make fresh blends whenever you need a little TLC. Use a juicer, blender, or food processor. Here are some recipes to get you started.

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Turkish Facial Wash

For centuries women in Turkey, China, and Egypt applied fresh beet juice to add some color to their cheeks. Inspired by this bit of lore, this recipe combines fresh beet juice and fragrant rosewater. The result is a gorgeous, jewel-red colored wash perfect for adding a bit of glow to a pale complexion and to clean and tone skin. In a pinch, powdered beetroot, found in grocery stores where it’s sold as a sweetener, can serve as a reliable substitute.

1 cup fresh beet juice {approximately 4 small beets}

1/4 cup rosewater

1/2 cup distilled water

Run the beets through your juicer or food processor and strain. Mix together all ingredients. Pour into a clean bottle. To use: Pour a small amount onto a clean cotton pad or ball. Gently wipe the facial wash over your face. Don’t be alarmed by the bright color – it does wash off. Immediately rinse your face with the coldest water you can stand. Pat your skin dry. Store any remaining wash in the refrigerator. Moisturize your face well afterward with a light natural oil or cream. Yield: 8 ounces.

Fresh Cucumber Juice Toner

People have turned to cucumber for centuries as a skin toner that’s gentle and refreshing for all skin types. It’s particularly great in the summertime; keep it in the refrigerator for a cool and refreshing spa-like treatment on a hot day {you’ll also extend its shelf-life}. Cucumber juice eases the pain of a sunburn, while the vitamin C in mint rejuvenates it and acts as a natural preservative.

1/2 fresh cucumber with peel, chopped

1/2 cup distilled water

2 Tbls fresh mint leaves, chopped

In a blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients until liquid. Strain out solids and pour remaining liquid into a clean container with a tightly fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator. To use: Splash on clean skin or apply with a clean cotton ball or pad. You can also pour this toner into a spray bottle and use it to spritz all over. Yield: 4 ounces.

Watermelon Juice Toner

Fresh watermelon juice contains high amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin B, another anti-aging nutrient. It also serves as a hydrating toner for all skin types, especially sensitive and dry skin. The addition of aloe boosts moisture and provides soothing and cooling relief. This toner is great as an after-bath splash, particularly after a long day in the sun.

1/4 cup fresh watermelon juice

2 Tbls fresh aloe vera gel

2 Tbls witch hazel

1/2 cup distilled water

Combine all ingredients and pour into a clean container. To use: Splash onto your skin or pour into a clean spray bottle. Store in the refrigerator between uses. Yield: 6 ounces.

Potato Juice Facial Mask

Oily skin types will enjoy this light, creamy mask, which has natural clay to absorb excess oil and surface impurities. Potatoes offer a wide range of skin benefits. To start, they are full of antioxidants and minerals. They also contain natural skin-brightening properties, in particular, an active enzyme called tyrosinase, which works to reduce dark circles under the eyes and even out skin tone. {Tyrosinase is often used to reduce hyperpigmentation, when an excess of melanin forms darker pigments on the skin.}

You can make potato juice easily in the blender or a juicer. Simply liquefy chopped potatoes and strain out all the solids. You will want to make this mask fresh each time, as it does not store well. {When exposed to air, tyrosinase turns potatoes brown.}

1/4 cup fresh potato juice {juice of one medium peeled potato}

1/4 cup white kaolin clay

1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Stir together the potato juice, clay, and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth and creamy. To use: Spread the mixture over your clean face and neck using your fingertips or a small brush. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes, or until dry. Rinse well with warm water and pat your skin dry. Follow up this treatment with your favorite moisturizer or natural oil. Yield: 2 ounces, enough for one treatment.

Carrot Juice Facial Mask

Besides vitamin A, fresh carrot juice has strong antiseptic qualities, making it a valuable ingredient for blemished skin. Purchase fresh carrot juice or save a little money and make your own using a high-speed Bullet blender. For extremely dry skin, add one teaspoon of light oil such as almond or sunflower to this recipe.

1/4 cup fresh carrot juice

1/4 cup white kaolin clay

Mix together the carrot juice and clay until smooth. For a thicker mask, add more clay. To use: Spread the mixture on the clean skin using your fingertips or a small brush. Let sit for 20 minutes, rinse well with warm water followed by cool, and pat the skin dry. Store any remaining mask in the refrigerator for up to one week. Yield: 2 ounces, enough for one to two masks.

Berry Juice Facial Mask

A warm-season staple, fresh berries naturally cleanse and refresh the skin. Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, a common ingredient found in many commercial products that work by dissolving the grime that clogs pores. Blueberries contain skin-boosting antioxidants and vitamins. If you have light acne, this is a good mask to try. It leaves the skin smooth and tight.

1/2 cup fresh strawberries, mashed

2 Tbls fresh blueberries, mashed

2 Tbls mashed fresh banana or avocado

1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest, finely grated

Mix all of the ingredients to make a smooth paste. To use: Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool. Pat skin dry. Refrigerate any leftover mask and use or discard after one week. Yield: 4 ounces.

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Green Juice Body Mask

Some of the ingredients in this recipe come from the vegetable patch and can smell a bit like a freshly tossed salad, but they do a wonderful job adding moisture to your skin, making it feel soft and smooth. Mushrooms offer anti-inflammatory action, helping to calm down troubled skin to improve acne. They’re also rich in vitamin D, selenium, and antioxidants, which help to brighten skin and even out discoloration. Some beauty experts think mushrooms may be able to slow the signs of aging.

1 cup fresh carrot juice {or favorite green juice blend}

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

1/4 cup sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup French green clay

In a food processor or blender, blend the carrot juice, spinach, and mushrooms until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and add the green clay, stirring until well-mixed and creamy. You can add a bit more water or juice if you need to. To use: Spread the mask all over your body using your fingers or a small pastry brush. Let the mixture sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Wrap an old towel around your body and lie down if you prefer. Rinse off body mask in a warm shower and apply a rich moisturizer. Yield: 10 ounces, enough for one treatment.

Quick Blends for Skin and Hair

By combining various juices, you can create blends that target specific beauty goals. Here are three blends to get you started.

  • For energy: Pineapple, celery, cucumber, spinach, lime, and apple
  • For clear skin: Apple, carrot, beet, ginger, and basil
  • For healthy hair: Cucumber, carrot, and tomato

Pineapple Ginger Footbath

Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that reduces inflammation and removes surface debris. Not only great for your complexion, it’s also very effective as a foot bath to soften and remove rough, dry skin. Combined with energizing ginger, which boosts blood circulation, and antiseptic and stimulating mint, this footbath is perfect after a long day on your feet.

1-gallon warm water

1 cup coconut water

2 cups fresh or canned pineapple juice

1 Tbls fresh ginger root, sliced

1 Tbls fresh mint leaves, slightly crushed

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or small basin. To use: Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in the pineapple juice mixture. While your feet soak, brush them with a natural loofah sponge or foot brush to help remove the dead, rough skin. Pat feet dry. Massage a rich oil such as coconut or sesame into your feet, gently pushing your cuticles back. This is also a good time to trim your toenails, as wet nails are easier to cut and you get a cleaner snip. Yield: 64 ounces, enough for one footbath.

Apple Juice Hair Rinse

Fresh apple juice makes an effective hair rinse that will leave your locks full of shine. Apples contain malic acid, which neutralizes the pH levels of hair follicles, and amylase, an exfoliating enzyme that can help boost growth. Here, apple cider vinegar helps to clean the scalp and remove build-up and residue.

1 large apple, peeled and cut into small pieces

2 Tbls apple cider vinegar

2 cups water

Mix together all ingredients in a blender or food processor set on high. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a clean container, discarding all solids. To use: Pour over your hair after shampooing as a final rinse, massaging it through your tresses, and then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Yield: 16 ounces, enough for one rinse.

Stimulating Green Scalp Toner

A healthy scalp promotes healthy hair. In fact, many hair conditions, such as hair loss and dandruff, originate from the scalp, so keeping it clean is essential. In particular, you want to find the right balance for your scalp; not too dry and not too oily. Fresh parsley and mint help achieve this balance by ridding hair of residue and restoring the scalp’s natural acid balance, which harsh shampoos often strip away.

1/4 cup fresh parsley juice

2 Tbls fresh mint leaves, minced

1 cup water

1 Tbls fresh lemon juice

Place ingredients in a blender and process on high until well-mixed {in a pinch, you can also mix by hand}. To use: Pour over hair after shampooing and massage well into your scalp. Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse with the coldest water you can stand. Yield: 10 ounces, enough for one rinse.

One-Step Juicy Boosts

  • Apple: For a refreshing bath, add 1 to 2 cups of apple juice into your bath as you fill the tub. The malic acid will refresh and cleanse your skin.
  • Beet: For lip color, mix some fresh beet juice with a small amount of coconut oil and apply to your lips. You can also use this mixture on your cheeks for a natural blush.
  • Lemon: This citrus fruit has been used for centuries to give subtle highlights to hair. Make sure to dilute it – 1 tablespoon of juice to 1 cup water – and condition your hair afterward, as lemon juice can be drying.
  • Orange: This morning staple can freshen skin and also makes a cleansing hair rinse for your hair and scalp.
  • Pineapple: For an exfoliating all-over body wash, use fresh pineapple juice. Splash it on your skin in the shower, massaging it in with a clean loofah or cotton washcloth. Be careful around sensitive skin spots, as the juice will sting.