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Not All Aloe Vera is Good For You

Not all Aloe Vera is Good For You

Looking at the ingredient list in most store bought aloe vera gels, and you’ll find things like drying alcohols, numbing drugs like lidocaine, and synthetic preservatives that can wreak havoc on your body.

Aloe is not necessarily a ‘bad’ culprit. However, with so many options that market ‘pure aloe vera’ it is important to read the labels for accuracy.  See where aloe vera falls on the ingredient listing; if it is not the first or second ingredient, it is probably not that high in pure aloe vera.  Applying an aloe vera gel may feel good; it is the drying alcohol as a coolant (and harmful for our skin), and a drug to numb the pain.  This type of aloe vera gel does not heal the skin; it justs cover up the pain from the sunburn.

What is the answer?  If you have an aloe vera plant, you are already on your way to skin healing benefits.  The gel in the leaf of the aloe plant is high in antioxidant benefits, thus helping to heal the skin from the free radicals affecting it from a sunburn.

What about cooling?  Aloe may not cool a sunburn, so look for a product like Daisy Blue After Sun Mist that contains skin cooling essential oils like peppermint and natural rose hydrosol to heal and cool the skin.

The best answer?  Sunscreen!  You may not feel or know you are sunburned until hours after sun exposure.  Be proactive, wear sunscreen, and reapply.

 

Sun Set: Sun Protection Lotion and After Sun Mist (#7307)  $39
All of the sun products offered as a set to start off the summer with healthier, natural skin care! The After Sun Mist is a MUST after being exposed to the sun and elements.   $49.95 value
By |July 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Sad Slippery Slope of Bar Soap – Treehugger (www.treehugger.com)

Majority of Americans between 18-24 now choosing liquid soap because they think bar soap is covered in germs. Many others just find it inconvenient.

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Who would have ever thought we’d be bemoaning the banishment of bar soap? But here we are. A new report from research group Mintel reveals that the sales of bar soap are down as sales of liquid soap are bubbling up. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 percent compared to an overall market growth of 2.7 percent.
  • The percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89 percent to 84 percent between 2010-15.
  • 55 percent of all consumers believe bar soaps are less convenient than liquid varieties.
  • 60 percent of consumers between 18 and 24 believe that bar soaps are covered in germs after use; 31 percent of older consumers aged 65+ believe the same.

So let’s break this down a bit.

Are bar soaps more of a hassle than liquid soaps? For a culture that covets convenience, sure. Liquid soaps are not messy, they don’t slip out of our hands, they don’t require a soap dish. But to my eyes this is a myopic take on things. If we consider that $2.7 billion was spent on liquid body wash alone in 2015 – even if we randomly (and generously) assign a cost of $10 per bottle – that’s 270,000,000 plastic bottles with pump parts that end up in the waste cycle. And remember that’s just body wash. While some people refill their dispensers and create less waste, it’s still decidedly more plastic than the paper wrapper of a soap bar.

Moreover, Huffington Post reports that the carbon footprint in general is 25 percent more for liquid soap over bar soap:

In a cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of household cleaning agents, including personal body cleansers, Annette Koehler and Caroline Wildbolz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found that for a per application or per wash basis, the carbon footprint of liquids is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Why? In large part because for a typical visit to the sink, we use almost 7 times more liquid soap (2.3 grams) than bar soap (0.35 grams). That extra soap means more chemical feedstocks and more processing, and thus more energy and carbon emissions.

Liquids also require more energy for packaging production and disposal.

Huffington Post adds that we use more heated water with bar soap than with liquid soap, but why is that? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handwashing guidelines, the length of time for handwashing (20 seconds) is regardless of soap type. And don’t most people turn the water off when washing their hands anyway?

And then there’s the mess … but is mucky soap goop a problem? At my sinks and in the shower we have soap dishes that apparently allow the soap to dry enough to prevent this; someone educate me here, am I just using magically un-scummy soap?

Next, is bar soap really covered in germs? Why are we becoming so squeamish? The hygiene hypothesis argues that our obsession with cleanliness is actually leading to increased ill health, yet we persist.

The researchers in one study actually contaminated bar soap with bacteria, only to find that the bacteria wasn’t transferred during hand washing. While the CDC does say that a hands-free liquid soap dispenser is preferable for those working in dental care, for all other healthcare workers the agency notes: “Liquid, bar, leaflet or powdered forms of plain soap are acceptable when washing hands with a non-antimicrobial soap and water.”

For the rest of us, the CDC makes no distinction between bar and liquid soap, and in fact shows both in their hand-washing guideline illustrations. Mayo Clinic recommends either option as well.

So in the end, the demise of the soap bar is about misguided fear and convenience; and as we are continually proving our preference for things we can throw away instead of having to actually clean, we are, in the end, making a much bigger mess … even when it comes to a simple bar of soap.

 

https://www.treehugger.com/green-home/bar-soap-sales-slipping-away-millennials-think-its-gross.html

By |May 2nd, 2017|cleanse, Holistic, natural, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|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

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

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.

By |February 8th, 2016|Essential Oils, NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized, What is natural|0 Comments

WINTERS CURSE – Dull Complexion & Dry Skin: What you can do about it

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Cold Winter Curse – Dull Complexion & Dry Scaly Skin

Why this happens – during the winter months, your dead skin cells turn over slower, causing a build-up of dead skin.  Circulation also slows down, decreasing the natural glow in your complexion and leaving your skin feeling dry.

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What can you do – start by staying hydrated!  Drink water, then drink some more.  Boost your omega-3 intake by eating foods rich in this essential fatty acid, like salmon, walnuts, spinach and soybeans.  Your daily skin regime needs to be tailored for the winter months as well.  Start by using a cream-based cleanser and only use a soap-based cleanser weekly (or as needed for oily skin).  After toning, choose to moisturize with a cream or balm.  They are richer in vitamins & antioxidants than a traditional facial moisturizer or lotion, and will protect the skin from drying out from the cold.  2-3 times per week, be sure to exfoliate the skin.  This will help to remove the dead skin cells that are sluggish, and give your skin a pick me up boost. AlmondScrubL

It’s also important to exfoliate the entire body.  Start by using a natural loofah every day, and supplement using a natural sugar-based scrub, to gently buff away the dead skin cells that build up over time.

See our full skin care line at Daisy Blue Naturals.  We recommend the following products:  Cleansing Cream, Toning Mist, Rejuvenate Cream with Chardonnay, Liquid Gold Face Serum, Rejuvenate Scrub with Chardonnay, and, for added protection and healing, the Shea Butter Healing Balm.  For the body, the Awesome Almond, Pomelicious Pomegranate, or the Organic Hemp Sugar Scrubs (with added beeswax for extra conditioning and protection).

Kitchen Made Skin Care

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!

Mix equal parts of honey and milk (or yogurt) together to create a mask.  Apply to face for 15-20 minutes, and rinse off.

Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and both milk and honey have a history of reducing the effects of aging.  This mask is also great at reducing scars.

By |December 7th, 2015|NATURAL SKIN CARE, Uncategorized|0 Comments

66% of consumers wrongly think “natural” means something

Although this article discusses the term ‘natural’ in the food industry, the same is true for the cosmetic industry.  In fact, it is worse.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two-thirds of Americans think the world “natural” on the label of a packaged or processed food means it contains no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically engineered organisms, a survey released this week by the magazine Consumer Reports found.

When consumers see the word on meat or poultry, 70% think it means no growth hormones were used in the animals feed and 60% think the animals got no antibiotics or other drugs in their feed. The problem is, consumers are wrong. Under federal labeling rules, the word natural means absolutely nothing. “Our findings show consumers expect much more from ‘natural’ food labels and that there is a strong consumer mandate for better food production practices in general and food label standards that meet a higher bar,” said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center in Yonkers, N.Y.

When asked what they thought the word natural should mean on a label, about 85% of consumers said it should mean no pesticides were used to grow it and that it contained no artificial ingredients or genetically modified ingredients. That’s very different from current federal rules. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture allow food producers to use the word “natural” on labels as long as nothing artificial or synthetic has been added “that would not normally be expected to be in the food” under an informal policy FDA put into place in 1993. When the FDA asked for comments on whether it should officially define the term, “one company argued that prohibition of ‘natural’ would be an unconstitutional restrict on free speech,” the agency said in a Federal Register notice on Jan. 6, 1993. In the end, the agency decided not to define the term “natural” or to prohibit its use. “Defining ‘natural;’ represents additional challenges when food has been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. Additionally, there are differing perspectives on how specific such a label should be,” the agency said in an email to USA TODAY.

That hasn’t stopped various groups from trying to get FDA to do so. It tends to come up in high profile food fights such as the ones surrounding high-fructose corn syrup and genetically modified ingredients. In 2006, the Sugar Association petitioned the FDA to define “natural,” hoping to gain advantage over high-fructose corn syrup, which it didn’t think should use the term. In 2010, several district court judges stayed cases by consumers claiming companies were misleading them by using the term “natural” on beverages that contained high fructose corn syrup. In New Jersey, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lois Goodman asked for FDA guidance “on whether [high fructose corn syrup] is indeed a natural ingredient or not.” In an email, the agency said it “addresses use of the term “natural” by holding food companies responsible for ensuring that their labeling is truthful and not misleading, and has issued warning letters to companies that fail to uphold this standard.” In 2011, the agency told Alexia Foods of Long Island City, N.Y., that its roasted red Potatoes & baby portabella mushrooms product was misbranded because the label said “All Natural” when it contained disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate, a synthetic chemical preservative. In 2013, the FDA told Key Ingredient Market that it could not use the word “natural” to describe an artificial crab meat product containing artificial flavors, preservatives and dough conditioners. That same year, the FDA told Waterwheel Premium Foods that its crackers couldn’t be labeled “all-natural” because they contained artificial rye flavor. The most recent declaration came on Jan. 6, when FDA declined to answer several courts that had asked the agency to determine whether foods containing ingredients made from genetically engineered corn could legally be labeled “natural.” The foods included Kix cereal, Campbell’s vegetable soup and Gruma tortillas. In a letter to the judges in those cases, FDA said it declined “to make a determination at this time regarding whether and under what circumstances food products containing ingredients produced using genetically engineered ingredients may or may not be labeled ‘natural.

It’s enough of an issue for food companies that the Grocery Manufacturers of America has come out in support of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Introduced in the House last April, the bill calls for FDA to define the term “natural” for use on food and beverage products. GMA and other food producers aren’t telling FDA how to define natural, they just want to agency to do so because “it is important for FDA to provide both companies and consumers with a consistent definition of natural and a legal framework for its use,” the trade group said in an email. Others want to do away with ‘natural’ entirely. Consumer Reports has launched a campaign to get the FDA and USDA to ban the word on food labels. “It is misleading, confusing, and deceptive,” said Rangan. We truly don’t believe there is a way to define it that will meet all of consumers’ expectations.”

 

 Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY8:20 p.m. EDT June 17, 2014

By |July 21st, 2015|Uncategorized, What is natural|0 Comments

Lavender Oil ~ Nature’s Depression Fighter

Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Depression

Review of the literature on the safety and efficacy of lavenderlavenderWinterDepressionFighter

By Jeremy Appleton, ND

February 2012 Vol. 4 Issue 2 Natural Medicine Journal

Lavender Aromatherapy

Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials.46-53 The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system.54 These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale,51 and can increase mood scores.55The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:

  • Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.47
  • Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.56
  • Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.57
  • Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.58
  • Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis.59 The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
  • Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.60

REFERENCES:

46. Buckle J. Aromatherapy. Nurs Times. 1993;89:32-35.
47. Dunn C, Sleep J, Collett D. Sensing an improvement: An experimental study to evaluate the use of aromatherapy massage and periods of rest in an intensive care unit. J Adv Nursing. 1995;21:34-40.
48. Hardy M, Kirk-Smith MD, Stretch DD. Replacement of drug treatment for insomnia by ambient odour. Lancet 1995;346:701.
49. Hudson R. Nursing: the value of lavender for rest and activity in the elderly patient. Complement Ther Med. 1996;4:52-57.
50. Wolfe N, Herzberg J. Can aromatherapy oils promote sleep in severely demented patients? Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1996;11:926-927.4
51. Itai T, Amayasu H, Kuribayashi M et al. Psychological effects of aromatherapy on chronic haemodialysis patients. Psychiatry & Clin Neurosci. 2000;54:393-397.
52. Louis M, Kowalski SD. Use of aromatherapy with hospice patients to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression and to promote an increased sense of well-being. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2002;19:381-386.
53. Lehrner J, Marwinski G, Lehr S, Johren P, Deecke L. Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Physiol Behav. 2005;86:92-95.
54. Xu F, Uebaba K, Ogawa H, et al. Pharmaco-physio-psychologic effect of Ayurvedic oil-dripping treatment using an essential oil from Lavendula angustifolia. J Altern Complement Med. 2008;14(8):947-956.
55. Walsh E, Wilson C. Complementary therapies in long-stay neurology in-patients settings. Nurs Stand. 1999;13:32-35.
56. Alaoui-Ismaïli O, Vernet-Maury E, Dittmar A, Delhomme G, Chanel J. Odor hedonics: connection with emotional response estimated by autonomic parameters. Chem Senses. 1997;22(3):237-248.
57. Tysoe P. The effect on staff of essential oil burners in extended care settings. Int J Nurs Pract. 2000;6:110-112.
58. Diego MA, Jones NA, Field T, et al. Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness, and math computations. Int J Neurosci. 1998;96:217-224.
59. Lewith GT, Godfrey AD, Prescott P. A single-blind, randomized pilot study evaluating the aroma of Lavandula angustifolia, as a treatment for mild insomnia. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(4):631-637.
60. Buckle J. Use of aromatherapy as a complementary treatment for chronic pain. Altern Ther Health Med 1999;5:42

By |January 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chia Seeds: Rediscovering the benefits for your body

Rediscovering the treasured chia seeds

Rediscovering the treasured chia seeds

  • Chia seeds commonly known as Chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family and a native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. They were cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and revered for their energy boosting properties.
  • They are being rediscovered and making a big entrance in the health world.
  • Why are chia seeds becoming a superfood?
  • Let’s take a look at their nutritional profile:
  • 1 tbsp (12 g) serving of chia seeds contains:
  • Calories: 65
  • Protein: 2.5 grams
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Chia seeds also provide:
  • 8 percent of the daily requirement for iron, calcium, phosphorus and thiamin.
  • 5 percent of the daily requirement for zinc and vitamin B6.
  • They also contain vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, folate and riboflavin.
  • Comparable nutritional facts:
  • 2 tbsp serving of chia seeds contain:
  • Five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts
  • Twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach
  • As much calcium as a half-cup of milk
  • As much potassium as a third of a banana
  • More than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal
  • THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS:
  • Anti-inflammatory:
  • The high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 content in chia seeds helps reduce inflammation. Omega-3’s are well known for their antioxidant effects.
  • Aid with appetite control:
  • The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds help boost the metabolism.
  • Chia seeds swell an form a gel. They are like bulk food when in the stomach, which causes a feeling of fullness.
  • Blood sugar management & diabetes:
  • Chia seeds slow down the rate at which complex carbohydrates are digested in the body. The soluble fiber stabilizes blood glucose levels, this results i sustained energy.
  • A study from the Nutritional Science Research Institute shows that chia seeds control blood sugar and may prevent diabetes. The study shows that chia seeds prevent spikes in blood sugar, and rather controls blood sugar to rise slowly.
  • Cancer fighters:
  • Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants containing even more antioxidants than fresh blueberries. These antioxidants may help destroy cancer cells and repair damaged DNA. They destroy free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. They may help with common cancer such as prostate and breast cancers.
  • Energy boosters:
  • Chia seeds provide a boost in energy and strength. Native Americans tribes such as Aztecs and Mayans used the seeds when they needed to fight in battle or run fast. A study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioningshowed that chia seeds had similar effects to Gatorade in athletes.
  • Heart health:
  • Chia seeds help fight and prevent heart disease as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.They help will high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and reduce plaque in arteries.
  • Lowers cholesterol:
  • Chia seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps reduce LDL cholesterol.
  • We recommend Living Tree Community Foods as a good source for organic chia seeds.
  • REFERENCES:
  • 1.  “Heart Disease Risk Factors.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Oct. 2009. Web. 03 June 2013.
  • 2.  “Chia Research- Nutritional Science Research Institute.” Chia Research- Nutritional Science Research Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 June 2013.
  • 3. “Omega 3 Chia Seed Loading as a Means of Carbohydrate Loading.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 June 2013.
  •  4. Nutrient Facts: Chia Seed Nutrition Facts.
By |November 30th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Power of Calendula

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Calendula Officinalis flower

Often referred to as pot marigold, the calendula flower and parts have been used for medicinal purposes at least since the 12th century.  Calendula is native to Mediterranean countries, but it is now grown throughout the world.  It is not the same as the annual marigold plant that’s often grown in gardens, however.

Calendula has a high amount of flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that protect cells from being damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals.  Calendula appears to fight inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.

Calendula has been shown to help heal wounds faster, possibly by increasing the blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the body grow new tissue.  It is also used to improve skin hydration and firmness.  Calendula also has been shown to help prevent dermatitis or skin inflammation in breast cancer patients during radiation therapy.  [i]

MARIGOLD therapeutic product line

The dried petals of the calendula plant are used in the Marigold product line offered by Daisy Blue Naturals, and used to treat eczema, burns, bruises, cuts, infections, dermatitis, and other skin conditions.  The active ingredient in the Marigold line is a 5% Calendula Officinalis.  Effective rates have been determined at 2-5%.

Marigold Shampoo & Body Wash – scalp and skin conditions. Marigold Therapeutic Set

Marigold Body Lotion – Lightweight Lotion using calendula to heal and shea butter to soothe.  Apply liberally to entire body.

Marigold Salve – Soothing a healing, use a small amount directly on skin irritations, bites, and scars.  Supports healing from the outside in.

FOR BEST RESULTS, USE SET DAILY

TESTIMONIALS

“My 7 year old son has had an eczema patch on his cheek for as long as we can remember.  We tried the steroid creams but nothing has completely cleared it.  On a whim, I had our consultant put a small amount on his cheek.  Later that day, the patch was nearly gone!  We purchased the whole kit at that point, and have been pleased with the results.”  – Danielle

“I gave a sample to my girlfriend who has had psoriasis for many years.  She called me one week later to say that her palms were healed.  We went through her other ointments finding many dangerous ingredients.  She threw them all in the garbage!  Her reasoning…’I have spent a lot of money on these and they did not work.  The Marigold products work and are safe, so I will stick with them.’” – Shirley

“I am a bug magnet!  During the summer my arms and legs are covered in bites.  I have been using the Marigold Lotion 2 times per day.  It is working wonders!  I immediately get relief!” – Robin

Using the Marigold Lotion on tattoos has proven speeding up healing time, and helps with peeling and scabbing.  The Baby Lotion, which contains the calendula extract, helps with baby eczema, and keeps babies skin healthy.

 

[i] Calendula | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/calendula#ixzz39dvfpkAI
University of Maryland Medical Center

 

 

 

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