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Safe Or Clean? Now You Can Have Both!

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Safe and Clean

According to the National Capital Poison Center, some of the most common household poisons are cleaning products. Somehow it does not make sense… using poison to clean the things that you encounter daily. Yet, the average US home generates 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Surely, there is a better way to clean!

Walking down the aisle at your grocery store with the plethora of cleaning products is sure to give you some overwhelm.  What is safe?  If it says ‘free and clear’ or ‘natural’, is that better for you and the environment?  Or, if you are like me, you are instantly hit with a headache from the artificial scents. 

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.  The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.  But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.  Although most cleaners don’t list ingredients (according to the FDA, cleaning products do NOT have to tell you their ingredients), you can learn something about a product’s hazards by reading its label.  Most labels bear a signal word, such as Danger, Warning or Caution, that provides some indication of a product’s toxicity.  Beside the signal word is usually a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “may cause skin irritation,” “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” or “may cause burns on contact.” [1]

And what happens when these hazardous cleaners disappear down our drains?  They contaminate our lakes and streams.  The chemicals used in cleaning products can break down into even more hazardous chemical compounds that do not readily absorb into the soil or water.  In fact, a special class of chemicals detected from detergents and surfactants, called APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates), have been shown to be a hormone disruptor, thus mimicking the hormone estrogen.

Are there ways to be SAFE and CLEAN?  Of course!

Jena’s favorite 7 natural ways to clean that are safe!

 

By |April 28th, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, Home|0 Comments

How to Truly Get Lucky this March

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In March, it’s not uncommon to hear about luck and, of course, the luck of the Irish. Here at Daisy Blue Naturals, we think there are better ways to get lucky than finding four-leaf clovers.

One way to truly get lucky “Daisy Blue Style” is to learn simple and painless ways to detox your body from harmful chemicals. Let’s face it, few things feel luckier than good health.

You can increase the probability of successfully detoxing your body when you make painless changes, changes that do not make you feel like you are suffering or missing out on something you enjoy. But is it even possible to detox your body without giving up some of your favorite things?detox

Fortunately, it is, and choosing a painless way to detox leads to easy implementation and commitment and therefore, success. Choosing a radical detox diet might produce radical results, but the road to success probably will not feel easy. Indeed, you may give in a day or two after getting started.

The secret to successfully detoxing your body is to set yourself up for success! Implement three to five truly painless ways to detox.

You Just Got Lucky!

Yes, you read that correctly. You just got lucky! You see, because we had such great feedback from our 5 Painless Ways to Detox Spa Experience in the month of January, we are now offering that presentation all year long.  Painless Ways to Detox Handout with Kits_5

If you like the idea of feeling healthier by detoxing and shedding a few pounds without suffering, you can schedule this engaging and informational presentation for yourself and a few friends. Many of the attendees let our Consultants know how much they appreciated the short format and the useful content.

You Just Got Luckier!

You can also order the Daisy Blue Detox Kit today, which includes our informational sheet about the 5 Painless Ways to Detox.

To learn more about Daisy Blue Naturals, contact Tammy Stanley, VP of Sales, at tstanley@daisybluenaturals.com

By |March 1st, 2017|cleanse, detox, Holistic, Holistic Health, natural|0 Comments

Read our Top 3 Chocolate Truths

Want to feel Amorous?  Try Chocolate!  

Love is in the air and chocolate is being enjoyed!  Why the infatuation with chocolate on Valentine’s Day?  Let’s take a look at the history of chocolate.

The history of chocolate is quite interesting and started over 2,000 years ago with the Aztec and Mayan people. The ‘wealthier’ people would drink water infused with cacao beans to create frothy chocolate drinks. (The first mocha)! They believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac, thus increasing the popularity of chocolate’s association with love and romance! Chocolate grew worldwide thanks to Christopher Columbus, who brought chocolate back to the Queen of Spain. At one point, chocolate was believed to be so potent in love that nuns were forbidden to eat it, and doctors used it to treat ‘broken hearts.’

At Daisy Blue, we use the same cocoa butter from the cocao tree in our products that is used for chocolate! You may be able to pick up the sweet scent of chocolate from time to time in the products containing cocoa butter!

Here are our top 3 ‘CHOCOLATE TRUTHS.’

  1. Chocolate is good for the heart! Not just the ‘broken’ heart, but it is seriously good for you! Chocolate is loaded with the antioxidant polyphenol, which inhibits bad cholesterol, thus keeping the heart arteries clean! (Polyphenols are also in green tea and red wine).
  2. Chocolate has mood-enhancing phytochemicals! Ever had a piece of good chocolate, and you found yourself smiling? Yep, it’s the chocolate! The Aztec and Mayans may have been onto something when they used chocolate as an aphrodisiac!
  3. Chocolate must be dark to be beneficial. Yes, we know that the Hershey’s bar tastes great, but what makes it taste that way is refined sugar and butterfat added to it. Natural fat (cocoa butter) in dark chocolate is good for you. It is comprised primarily of Stearic acid, which has been shown to act more like olive oil.  So how much dark chocolate do you need to consume to reap the benefits? Not very much. An average diet would only need about ½ oz. of dark chocolate per day.

Daisy Blue Love Massage Oil is a 100% natural aphrodisiac, edible, oil, that provides a natural lubrication and stimulates the senses to increase pleasure.  #9800, $27.00

What’s an aphrodisiac?  An aphrodisiac is defined as a substance that enhances or stimulates passion and sexual arousal.  There is no essential oil, herb, food, chemical or other substance that will magically or immediately arouse someone who does not want to become aroused.  Individuals that are physically or emotionally exhausted, under stress, lacking proper nutrition, depressed, anxious or physically ill have a significantly more difficult time enjoying intimacy.  Substances, including essential oils that are considered aphrodisiacs are substances that can help dissipate the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal.

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Daisy Blue Love Massage Oil doubles as a body ‘feel good’ oil.  The natural chocolate, cinnamon and mint essential oils have been said to help calm anxiety, boost the mood, and warm the body.  #9800, $27.00

Visit my website to learn more, and to purchase yours today!

By |February 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kick That Cold, Naturally!

 

Kick that Cold, naturally!

‘Tis the season for colds and flu & we’ve got you covered at Daisy Blue.  (No worries, I won’t be switching from chemistry to poetry anytime soon)!

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to the cold-causing virus.  Unless symptoms worsen, it is recommended to let the virus run its course.

Although you need to let the cold and flu viruses run their course you can help speed up your healing time by doing these simple steps:

  1.  Stay hydrated.  Double your water intake during this time.
  2. Drink warm fluids.  (Find a healing paleo chicken soup recipe that will help boost your immune system shared below).
  3. Get 8 hours, minimum, of sleep every night.  This is the time to take it easy.
  4. Cut dairy & processed foods.
  5. Use Daisy Blue Comfort Oil and Comfort Crystals to ease discomfort & allow for natural healing.

Why Comfort?

Let’s take a look at what makes our Comfort Oil & our Comfort Crystals work and how you can best use these two products in your healing.

The essential oil blend in Comfort, developed by Daisy Blue Naturals, plays a role in its effectiveness.  By using the following essential oils at just the right concentration for each created a holistic healing powerhouse.   What makes each of these essential oils right for Comfort?

EUCALYPTUS:  Eucalyptol is what gives this oil its therapeutic benefits.  It is the ingredient found in most cough drops and mouthwashes.  It controls mucous production in the body and is an effective treatment for the common cold.

SWEET ORANGE:  Anti-inflammatory and aids in respiratory infections, indigestion, muscle soreness, and is calming.

PEPPERMINT:  Soothes digestion & aids in reducing nausea, headaches, muscle aches, infections, and reduces fever.

LAVENDER:  Helps with respiratory, circulatory, and muscular conditions.  Lavender is very relaxing as well, and will help with insomnia, nausea, and headaches.

All four of these essential oils have high infection-fighting attributes as well.  The natural constituent, Camphor, is also present in our Comfort Oil.

Let’s take a comparative ingredient view of our Comfort Oil vs. Vicks Vapor Rub

VICKS VAPOR RUB contains 3 ingredients we say ‘stay away’ from.

  • Man-made Camphor from turpentine oil.
  • Petrolatum – from gasoline.
  • Fragrance – synthetic perfume.

As a comparison, our Comfort Oil contains the following 100% natural ingredients:

Organic Soya Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, Lavender, & Sweet Orange Essential Oils, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Oil Extract. Cruelty Free, *Gluten-Free* 100% Natural *Phosphate & Sulfate Free *Synthetic Fragrance Free.

Education is the key to making an informed decision and Daisy Blue is here to help you along the way!

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/dxc-20199808

Tortora, Funk & Case, (1992) Microbiology, Redwood City, CA: The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc.

Essential Science Publishing, (2002) Essential Oils Desk Reference, USA: ESP.

http://www.webmd.com

Keville, Kathi & Green, Mindy, (1995) Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, USA: Keville & Green.

 

What You Didn’t Know About Mascara

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WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MASCARA

Prolonged chemically-laden makeup use causes cellular deficiency.  In other words, the longer you wear a chemically-laden mascara, the worse the damage will be to your eye and surrounding tissue.
Do you know what else happens?

The follicles of the eyelashes are associated with a number of glands.  When the follicle and sebaceous glands clog, your body goes into overload to try and ‘fix’ the clog.  If your body cannot clear it, a stye can form.  This is certainly a BIG HINT that whatever has been on your eyelashes is not good!  Your mucous membranes are trying to keep the chemicals from most mascaras OUT of your body & bloodstream by keeping the follicles clear and healthy.

And this occurs too. 

Damaged follicles will make your lashes grow stubby and in weird directions.  Many typical allergens and irritants are hidden in the ingredients in most mascaras, which can cause this damage.  Even mascaras labeled ‘natural’, ‘hypo-allergenic’, and ‘organic’ will more than likely have these ingredients.

Here are the MAIN OFFENDERS to avoid in mascara:

Acrylate Copolymer, and Polyvinylalcohol (PVA):   MAN-MADE CHEMICAL PLASTIC.  Typically created using acrylic acid (Dow chemical) and a pre-polymer.

Tromethamine:  This is an anti-inflammatory, used in the drug Toradol.

Ehtylhexylglycerin, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol:  ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVE.  Irritant.  Synthetic preservative.

Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Propylene glycol, and Polybutene:  petroleum by-products that clog the eyelash and skin pores.  Irritant.applying-mascara

CHOOSE NATURAL!

We make it easy for you to find and use a mascara you can not only feel good about, but one that will actually make your eyelashes fuller, and healthier!  Our Natural Mascara contains NO HARSH CHEMICALS.  Check out our ingredient listing below.

Check out our FULL ingredients:  Water (aqua), *Chamomile hydrosol, Carnauba Wax, Mica, * Coffee Powder, *Rice Powder, *Sunflower Oil, *Corn Starch, Lecithin, Vitamin E, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Goldenseal, *Lemon Peel Extract, * Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vanilla Plantifolia (Orchid) Extract, Iron Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide.

By |December 14th, 2016|Essential Oils, Makeup, NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

DOES SULFATE-FREE MEAN BETTER?

What’s the fuss over Sulfate-Free, and does it mean anything? 

I’m often asked to decipher cosmetic ingredient labels to see what is the good, the bad, and the ugly, that may be in a particular product.

Honestly, I am amazed at the amount of greenwashing that happens in skin care, hair care, and cosmetics.  I could write a book on the chemicals in our cosmetics and the detrimental effects those ingredients have on our bodies and our environment.

Recently, a friend of mine wanted to learn more about ‘sulfate-free’ shampoos, and if it makes them a better, more natural, choice.  First, let’s take a look at what a ‘sulfate’ is.  Chemically speaking, a sulfate is the salt or ester of sulfuric acid.  There are many chemical compounds created with sulfate, including metal sulfates, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), and detergent sulfates.

The ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium lauryl ether sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium laureth ether sulfate) is present in the majority of retail store and salon shampoos (about 90% that are on the market today) as a degreasing detergent.  This cheap ingredient is a known irritant and it has the potential to create the by-product, 1,4-dioxane, which is a registered and known carcinogen.

Dry-And-Damaged-Hair-Care-At-HomeBecause regular shampoo contains harmful and synthetic ingredients that are absorbed through our skin pores, we are putting ourselves at risk when we use a potential, carcinogenic product.  By using a regular shampoo, you are saying, ‘Hey, dangerous chemicals, come on in and put me and my body at risk for irritation and potentially cancer.’  Environmentally, sulfate production supports output and use of petroleum.  Another reason to discontinue sulfate-based shampoos is about sustainability.

Sulfate-free shampoos claim to remove any sulfate-based ingredient in their shampoos, but does that make them any better?  It still boils down to understanding the ingredients.  Let’s cut through the misconceptions of sulfate-free shampoos:

 

  1. Sulfate-free does NOT mean natural.
  2. Sulfate-free does NOT mean that another (or many) cheap, chemical surfactant wasn’t used.
  3. Sulfate-free does NOT mean non-irritating (in fact, most alternative ingredients used are just as irritating to the skin).
  4. Sulfate-free means that the salt or ester of sulfuric acid (sulfate) is NOT present. That’s it.

Another common misconception is the belief that shampoo needs to foam to be effective.  This belief is far from the tr

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uth.  In fact, think of it this way.  If your shampoo produces a lot of suds, it is probably full of chemical detergents which can fade hair color, can cause hair to become brittle by stripping your hair of vital oils, and can increase hair breakage, leaving your locks limp and unhealthy.  Synthetic shampoos reduce the size of hair follicles, irritate and disrupt oil glands, and dry out the scalp.

A truly natural shampoo will produce some, or limited, suds, and will not strip your hair of its natural oils.  Your hair will feel squeaky clean, with added shine and bounce. A natural shampoo works great for oily hair too.  When oily hair is exposed to a detergent shampoo, natural hair oils are stripped, which tells your body to produce more oils to the scalp.  Over time, you may see new growth and strength, which are common side effects when switching from a synthetic, commercial shampoo to a truly natural one.

 

By |August 9th, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE, What is natural|0 Comments

Go for the GOLD!

Go GOLD, Naturally!

With the start of the olympics just around the corner, I found it fitting to tell you more about our GOLD, Liquid Gold Face Serum, that is.

Tell me more!  What makes the Liquid Gold Face Serum special?

  • Fitting of its name, this naturally gold face oil is rich in essential fatty acids, omega-3’s and antioxidants to restore and maintain a youthful appearance, naturally!
  • Deep moisturizing and conditioning treatment for diminishing wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage to the skin.  When used daily, improves skin hydration and skin elasticity.
  • Combine with daily moisturizer for added boost and protection, and use as a multi-functional oil.  Can be used in many areas including hydrating and nourishing the skin & treating troubled areas.
  • The lightweight formula is easily absorbed.
  • Using 100% natural and organic ingredients from nature.

100% natural & organic INGREDIENTS: Organic Virgin Rosehip Oil, Virgin Olive Oil (cold pressed), Organic Virgin Hempseed Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Jasmine Absolute.

 

Liquid Gold Face Serum


How to use Liquid Gold:  Using dropper, place 2-4 drops on fingertips and lightly massage into face, lines, & wrinkles after cleansing.

What does Liquid Gold do?  Fast absorbing facial oil that replenishes, and protects, heals, and restores.

What does Liquid Gold feel like?  Like soft liquid silk.  Quickly absorbs into the skin leaving no oily feeling behind.

What does Liquid Gold smell like?  Lavender, coconut, and jasmine are the prevailing aromas.

 

 

Figure 1: Jasmine Flower (Source: www.aliexexpress.com)

Although Liquid Gold is an oil, it is meant for all skin types.

  • Absorbs in quickly
  • Ingredients known to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, & broken capillaries
  • Ingredients known to improve skin elasticity, hydrate, and protect the skin.
  • Multi-functional.  Use to treat split ends and dry cuticles too!
  • The lightweight formula leaves the skin with a soft & dewy glow.

STAY GOLDEN!

Product Information – order direct through your Consultant, or visit www.daisybluenaturals.com

Item #: 1950

By |August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Whiten your teeth, Naturally!

Did you know that one simple ingredient can whiten your teeth, with results showing in less than one month?  You guessed it, sodium bicarbonate! (Commonly called baking soda).

 

 

Yes, the same baking soda that is in your cupboard for making cookies, or, in your refrigerator to capture odor, can work to help whiten your teeth.

However, over time, if you are using straight baking soda, you can cause damage to your enamel, due to the abrasiveness of baking soda. In addition, you may see the use of lemon oil being recommended.  Please note, using lemon oil direct from the lemon is very acidic, and will do more harm than good on your teeth.

 

 

 

We recommend using our Natural Powder Toothpaste, which is a blend of baking soda, kaolin clay (to lessen the abrasiveness of baking soda), sea salt, & cornmint essential oil.

Add a drop or two of our lemon essential oil, which is already in a natural oil base, diluted (low acidity), and you will have a whitening duo that works for you!

 

 

 

 

 

References

Matthew Armstrong, www.outstandinghealthnow.com – Teeth Whitening at Home with Baking Soda – Video.

 

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/how-to-make-your-own-teeth-whitening-paste-0315

 

http://www.md-health.com/Brushing-Teeth-With-Baking-Soda.html

 

http://draxe.com/homemade-teeth-whitener/

 

 

By |May 4th, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

No Microbeads. EVER.

DB-no-microbeads-lgAt daisy blue, we use natural apricot seeds, natural sugar, and naturally occurring ground pumice to exfoliate.  It may not look as pretty as the colorful microbeads, however, after reading the article below, you will learn why we say ‘no to the bead’, and why President Obama signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015.


We’re sharing an article published in Forbes magazine, by contributing author Carmen Drahl, that details what microbeads are, and why they are detrimental to our environment and health.

New year, new face scrub? President Obama has signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, which bans microbeads, a common ingredient in personal care products. Tiny microbeads have turned out to be a big problem. Here’s what you need to know.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are very small bits of plastic that manufacturers use to supply scrubbing power to body washes, exfoliators, toothpastes, and other cleansing products. They look like tiny spheres. They range in size from 1 millimeter, about the size of a pinhead, to 1 micrometer, too small to be seen by the naked eye. According to an estimate from the United Nations Environment Program, a typical exfoliating shower gel might contain as much plastic in microbead form as there is in its plastic container.

                                                                                                                                     

Plastic microbeads (Credit: Flickr/5Gyres and Oregon State University)

Why did President Obama sign a law banning microbeads?

The President signed this ban because scientists have shown that microbeads are harming the environment. After you’ve scrubbed your face or brushed your teeth, the teensy plastic orbs go down the drain.  Wastewater treatment plants weren’t designed to filter out such small plastic bits, so the beads end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans, where folks like Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, a chemist at the State University of New York at Fredonia, have found them.

In this Wednesday, May 19, 2010 photo, a blue rectangular piece of microplastic is visible on the finger of Julie Masura, a researcher with the University of Washington-Tacoma environmental science program, as Masura examines debris from a collection filter that was pulled through the Thea Foss Waterway, in Tacoma, Wash. Masura and other scientists are developing methods to measure the level of microplastics — tiny plastic particles no larger than a ladybug — in seawater and sediments by sampling the waters of Puget Sound. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Research has demonstrated that the tiny beads look like food to fish and other marine life. Eating the plastic is harmful enough on its own for these animals, but scientists have also shown that plastic pellets can harbor polluting chemicals, potentially causing problems for the food chain and our food supply. If you still think microplastic is a fish-only problem, consider this: dentists have expressed concern that microbeads that are intentionally added to toothpaste are getting stuck in patient’s gums, trapping harmful bacteria. Scientists in China found microbeads someplace they shouldn’t be: in table salt.

VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Forbes / Science  January 9th, 2016

Contributing author Carmen Drahl.  An independent journalist specializing in chemistry, in particular the places where chemistry meets biology. I was a staff science writer at Chemical & Engineering News, where I covered anything from forensic science to the question of how life on Earth began. Before that, I earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Princeton University. I’m here to show you why chemistry, the study of matter, matters.

By |March 23rd, 2016|NATURAL SKIN CARE|0 Comments

5 TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL, LUSCIOUS, LIPS!

 Lips NaturalDid you know that the skin on your lips is highly sensitive?  Just kiss somebody; you will see how sensitive your lips really are!

Lips are often the forgotten part of us when it comes to skin care, and one of the first areas to show our age.  First, let’s get into the chemistry of how lips age.

Skin aging happens when collagen in the skin is damaged and loses its elasticity.  Our skin also begins to become drier due to glycosaminoglycan’s (large, sugar-like, molecules in the skin) losing their ability to retain water.  When this happens, your lips will start to lose the nice, plump look and feel.  Thinner, duller, less colored lips are what you can expect as you age.lips

The good news is that the skin is thinner on the lips, there is more opportunity to reverse the signs of aging!  Lip care should begin in your youth; lip balms are needed to protect the lips, and the earlier you start, the easier it will be to keep your lips young and supple.

5 Steps to Beautiful Lips

  1. Hydrate! Take a water bottle with you wherever you go, to keep your lips hydrated and moist.

  2. Use a humidifier.  Add moisture to the air, and keep your lips (and skin) hydrated.

  3. STOP the licking!  Over licking of the lips can cause the barrier to breakdown (saliva contains digestive enzymes that can break down this barrier).  This can dry out the lips.

  4. Exfoliate! Exfoliate the lips on a daily basis.  This will smooth out the lips (great for chapped lips), and allow the balm to soften and smooth.

  5. Apply the Balm. Choose a lip balm that uses natural ingredients, such as natural oils, cocoa butter, and beeswax.  Steer clear of balms and sticks that can dry the lips, which may contain these ingredients to stay away from:  petrolatum, Vaseline, paraffin wax, lanolin.

 

    

Mocha Sugar LiLipScrubLp Scrub – if you’re not intrigued already by the name, which is a yummy organic chocolate concoction, just wait until you try it to exfoliate!

Vitamin E Lip Balm – no added flavor or scent, just a good ‘ole lip balm!LipBalmsL

Grapefruit Mint Lip Balm – specializes in keeping your lips healthy, with a bit of tingly goodness!

Pomegranate Lip Balm – Sweet and sassy, perfect for the season.

Tea Tree Lip Balm – for those needing extra care, Tea Tree essential oil helps ward off bacteria, viruses, and more.  Use for cold sores, blisters, and for the prevention of them as well.