Sometime in early 2014, a friend requested support with menopausal vaginal symptoms. I did a Google search looking for a product to help soothe and lubricate her vulva and vagina. I found several that were sort of natural but nothing that met my standards of a product I would put in or on my body. I have a deep commitment to health... if I would not eat it, I will not use it for body care.Read More
Are you pestered with nasty plantar warts? They can be painful, irritating little villains on the bottom of our feet.
Below you see my son's foot plastered with several plantar warts and a big cluster on the ball of his big toe.
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Here you see his foot with thin slices of raw, fresh garlic (organic and local, from Birdsfoot Farm, of course!).
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How these warts got so out of control you ask? They inhabited a teen's foot. He never bothered to tell me until the collection had become overwhelming.Read More
Some Of The Sun's Awesome Gifts:
- warms us every day even when we can't see the glorious sun (When you lift the corner of the cloud, the sun is ALWAYS shining."Eli, my 14 year old at 8 had figured this one out!), this solar warmth drives weather patterns
- stimulates photosynthesis
- stimulates Vitamin D production in your skin and many other living being's skin as well. Vitamin D is needed for bone health, skin health, mood health, immune health (think cancer, MS, metabolic disease-diabetes, & auto-immune disease prevention)
- promotes the production of melatonin so you can sleep well every night and the production of serotonin so you fell happy & energetic during the day
The list of the sun's contributions to human and planetary health is a very long one. Without the sun... we would not be here; everything would not be here! It is time for some Common Sun Sense.Read More
My initial thought was to do a post on Smart Shampooing. My immediate response to myself was that the chemical issue runs so much deeper than just shampoo. I also held back as a part of me thinks this is all common knowledge. The more years I work with clients and students with cancers, auto-immune diseases, skin and respiratory ailments... disease after disease, I speak with them about the products they use. So many people really never thought that their personal care items were an issue: "I don't eat them."
Every day Americans and people all over the world slather lotions, potions, elixirs, cleansers, shampoos, deodorants, anti-perspirants, toothpastes, and on and on all over the outside and inside of their bodies. Few people scrutinize the labels; really scrutinize the labels for what exactly is in these products. They march up and down the grocery, drug, and department store aisles grabbing products off the shelf and tossing carelessly into the shopping cart or basket.Read More
Last week I wrote some quick tips for caring for your skin within a whole food - whole health lifestyle: http://www.paulayoumellrn.com/blog/2015/5/17/holistic-skin-care (yes, go back and read it if you missed it. Skin care begins on the inside my friends!)
This week: Natural Sun Screen & After Sun Skin Repair Recipe
I avoid commercial sunscreens as they are loaded with chemicals; the chemicals in the base lotion as well as the chemicals used for the sun screen affects. Any chemical put onto the skin that can alter cellular function in a way to stop sun burning... hmm, sounds like a chemical I do not want on my skin changing the way my skin cells function.
Natural sunscreens with zinc and titanium dioxide you ask? Nah, I will pass on them as well. First of all the base lotions, again, are loaded with chemicals I do not want on my skin. The zinc and titanium are sticky and white filmy on the skin. Yes, they make nano particle zinc and titanium sunscreens but I will pass on them as well. Read on for my sun protective recipe.
My Natural Sunscreen Recipe
To make a natural sunscreen I start with Dr. Mercola's organic, unscented lotion (no chemicals in this base lotion) and fill a 2 oz glass cosmetic jar almost to top... leaving room for:
1 tsp. organic instant coffee powder and 1 tsp. organic cocoa powder. Mix both into lotion very well.
1 tsp. Wild Pansy extract powder and 2 droppers of wild pansy extract tincture. Again, mix in well.
I use this sun protective lotion on my face, neck, and hands. I am very aware that I can not slather this on, head to toe, and think for a second that I can spend all day in the sun and not burn my skin. Life and sun exposure just does not work that way. This is my preventative for any more sun damage to my face and neck. I figure my teen years, living in the sun all day, have done enough damage. Now I do damage control.
I also try to do these things most of the time:
- limit my sun exposure during the high, hot time of the sun 11 AM to 2-3 PM
- Wear a wide brim hat when I am out in the sun
- slather my face with my aging and sun damaged skin lotions.
Aging & Sun Damaged Skin Lotion
Summer Base: Aubrey's Aloe
Winter Base: Aloe plus 1-2 tsp. organic, unrefined, extra virgin olive oil (if you can find a comfrey infused olive oil... even better)
Using a 2 oz. glass cosmetic jar, fill it up leaving head space for olive oil in winter and drops of essential oils.
Anti-aging essential oils to add 8-10 drops of each (as per the Male Herbal by James Green)
- Carrot Seed
- Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum)
Use on your face and neck after washing with water only in AM & PM. Apply generously around eye area to crows feet.
The aging skin remedy can also be made by adding the drops of essential oils to 2 oz. of Dr. Mercola's unscented, organic lotion.
I sometimes add essential oils of rosemary, oregano, and/or peppermint as they all increase circulation to the skin. Increased circulation means more oxygen and nutrients to skin cells and better removal of cellular wastes.
Update on last weeks underarm deodorant: PRIMAL PIT PASTE so you do not have to make it yourself: http://primalpitpaste.com/primal-pit-paste-jar-regular-jacked-up-jasmine/
Those who know me know that my eating habits revolve around only real, nature made foods for this gal. No Ho-Hos, Twinkies, Doritos, and sodas for me.
I take care of my skin in this same Wise Woman way. If I would not put some substance in my digestive tract, why would I put it on my skin?
Call to Action: Take a very close look at the ingredients in the products that you slather on your scalp, face, arm pits, and overall body skin to cleanse, moisturize, deodorize, medicate, etc.
Would you put all of the ingredients in those products onto your plate?
Every ingredient will soak through your skin and be circulated around to every body cell. That's correct, every chemical becomes part of your cell makeup.
So what is a wise person to do to avoid all this crap in their skin care products?
- Read ingredients like a chemical, refined ingredient detective, just as you do with your food.
- Buy 100% natural products.
- Make your own skin care products.
- Re-evaluate all the products you keep in cupboards, drawers, and medicine cabinets. Are all of these lotions, potions, gels, sprays, deodorants, etc. really needed? I bet you can pare down to the bare necessities and save $$$ as well as chemicals on and in your body.
Good Skin Care Consists of:
- Whole Food Feeding your body to prevent skin diseases, rashes, aging (wrinkle), and pre-mature degeneration of the skin. If you understand these whole food principles... skip clicking on the link back there and move along.
- Whole Health Lifestyle Choices: Your skin is one of the first areas of the body to show signs of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits. The advice about the link above is the same here... if you are well versed in whole health living just move along.
- Wise sun exposure. We need skin exposed to the sun to make Vitamin D. What we naturally make in our own skin is readily available for the body to use. Low quality Vit D supplements are not so easy for your body to use and add to toxic build up.
- Avoiding soap. I know, sorry on this one as I am certain I will be ruffling some feathers. Your skin has a slight acid mantle. This acidity is your first line of defense against foreign invaders (i.e. micro-organisms). Soap is alkaline. Soap on the skin changes the acid PH and decreases your skins immune function. Your skin has to work harder to repair this acid mantle. Keep soap out of the picture and you protect and assist your skin as it goes about the task of covering and protecting your beautiful body. On another note: the slightly acid mantle of the skin keeps bacteria at bay... natural zit protection.
Occasional zits are one thing, acne is a whole other issue. Acne is a symptom of an unhealthy interior, poor food choices, a liver that is taxed and needs nourishing.
Onto Teen Acne... (truly anyone's acne will benefit)
I cannot emphasize the need for real, whole, natural foods to care for teen acne (to care for everyone all the time). If a kid is eating junk food crap that food is what is creating their cellular health, every body cell, and the toxins in junk food are excreted through the skin (through your digestive tract and urinary tract as well). Unhealthy skin is a symptom of unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
Yes, kids will have some zits with the craziness of teen hormonal shifts and their growth spurts. Acne can be seriously diminished and also prevented by a healthy lifestyle. Healthy living also balances teen hormones so they are not so all over the place. Modern living and eating has wrecked havoc on human health, teens included. See good skin care recommendations above.
Using low dose anti-biotics and birth control pills to deal with teen acne is an attempt at quick fixes that has disastrous long term consequences: serious disruption of healthy gut microbes, anti-biotic resistant bacteria, nutritional deficiencies, and so much more. Teen's skin (and bodies) are so much healthier when we function from a space of natural healing and avoid caving to quick fix pharmaceuticals with long-term damaging effects.
Teen Skin Wash
Put into a clean 8 oz jar:
- 3/4 cup water
- 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (the raw, unfiltered variety)
- Optional: 1-2 drops of tea tree oil or oregano oil
- Keep cover on tightly
- Shake this jar well before using every AM & PM. Simply wet the corner of a thin cotton cloth (thick, fluffy wash clothes absorb too much of the liquid and waste it) and wipe across your entire face, neck, back, shoulders... wherever pimples plague you.
- If you are showering, shower before using this vinegar wash. Splash your face with clean water, skip the soap, before applying if you are not showering.
Another Homemade Product suggestion: add 1 - 2 tbsp. of unrefined sea salt to above liquid and use as an underarm deodorant. The salt, vinegar, and essential oils work to prevent bacterial growth in your arm pits. Bacterial growth is what creates odor. This will not prevent perspiring like antiperspirants do. Antiperspirants are a whole other toxin to learn about, consider not using, and get out of your life. Stopping a natural process, perspiring, is never a wise choice. Perspiring is one way your body rids itself of toxins. Having bowel movements is another. How healthy do you think you would be if you used a daily anti-BM pill?
Questions, comments, some tried & true skin care thing you do? Please share in the comments.
More skin articles to read:
- Naked sun time
- Naked skin care: apple cider vinegar products that maintain your skin's acid mantle (yes, you can also make your own!)
- Secret face lift for making your own lotion