AHA (Lactic Acid 88% USP)

A popular anti-aging treatment to help remove the undesirable signs of aging such as discoloration, roughness of skin and wrinkling. Produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates, this product does not contain bovine, ovine, or caprine materials of any type.

Almond Oil (Sweet)

·Rich in Vitamin A
·Rich in Vitamin E
·Rich in Vitamin D
·Very high in Fatty Acids
·Magnesium
·Calcium

Softens and smooths the skin.
Improves complexion and retains glow.
Deep moisturizer.
Sooths skin irritation and inflammation.
Delays the aging process.
Lightens dark circles.
Relieves dry and itching skin.
Nourishes the skin.
Cures chapped lips and body rashes.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Aloe Vera Leaf:

·Vitamin C
·Vitamin E
·Amino acids
·Anthraquinones
·Enzymes
·Hormones
·Lignin
·Zinc
Stimulates wound healing.
Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds that help prevent wound infections.
Immune-stimulating.
Anti-inflammatory.
Stimulates collagen synthesis.
Skin regeneration after a burn.
Helps heal acne.
Improves the appearance of wrinkles.
Hydrates damaged skin.
Helps ease discomfort caused by painful skin irritations, flea and insect bites.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Anti-histamine (natural)

See, Histamine Intolerance

Amphosol CG Cleanser (Cocamidopropyl Betaine)

A 100% Coconut Based cleanser that is gentle and has high foaming properties.

Arrowroot

A naturally occurring starch, arrowroot was used centuries ago by ancient Mayans and other inhabitants of Central America to heal wounds caused from poisoned arrows, It is used today in many fine cosmetic and medicinal products for its therapeutic and soothing properties. It is believed that arrowroot is an effective treatment against poisoned wounds, including scorpion stings, snake bites, and spider bites. Additionally, arrowroot has been used to treat gangrene.

Ants (Natural Pesticide)

See, Garden Soap Recipes

Avocado Oil

·Vitamin A
·Vitamin D
·Vitamin E
·Amino Acids
·Lecithin
Moisturizes and softens.
Increases the elasticity of the skin.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.
Improves the appearance of wrinkles.

Beeswax

This beeswax has been cleaned, refined, and filtered, and is a cosmetic grade beeswax. As with any natural product, there might be variances in the final colour of a product.

Bioterge AS40 Cleanser (Liquid)

A Coconut based cleanser (derived from Oleic Acid) that exhibits good cleansing and excellent flash foam. A very gentle soap base that is often used in infant products.

C (Vitamin)

·highly popular anti-oxidant
A required component in the production of collagen, the tissue responsible for skin suppleness.
Helps slow the production of age spots while providing some UV protection.

Calendula Oil

·Vitamins A
·Vitamins C
Increases the elasticity of the skin.
Strong anti-oxidant effects.
Protects the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage.

Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside

A mild, soluble non-ionic cleanser that is obtained from renewable raw materials: fatty alcohols and glucose from vegetable origin. This is a surfactant.

Carrot Tissue Oil

·Beta Carotene
·Vitamin B
·Vitamin C
·Vitamin D
·Vitamin E
·Essential Fatty Acids
Is very effective on tackling the signs of aging skin.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Cats: Feline EO/Oil Guide

(Both the Feline and Canine EO Guides are not exhaustive, but are intended to identify the most common oils used on the market. Many of these oils are used safely by qualified Holistic Veterinaries in medicinal compounds.)

Avoid
Angelica, Anise, Bay, Bergamot, Birch, Blue Tansy, Calamus, Camphor, Cardamom, Carrot Seed, Celery Seed, Cinnamon, Cistus, Citronella,, Clove, Cypress, Davana, Dill, Eucalyptus (All kinds), Fennel, Fur, Galbanum, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Horseradish, Hyssop, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Marigold, Marjoram, Mustard, Myrtle, Neem Oil, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Oregano, Palmarosa, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Red Cedar, Rue, Sage, Savory, Shea Butter, Spruce, Tangerine, Tansy, Tarragon, Tea Tree, Thuja, Thyme, Verbena, Vetiver, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang

Considered Safe—Healthy Cats
Calendula Oil, Catnip, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile, Roman, Clary Sage, Elemi, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Idaho Balsam, Jojoba Oil, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Spearmint, Valerian

Castor Oil

A Humectants, (Draws and holds moisture to the skin creating a protective barrier.) Protects the skin against moisture loss and environmental damage.
Chamomile:
·Vitamin B Complex
·Vitamin C
·Bioflavonoids
·Choline
Relieves inflammation.
Assists in wound healing.

Chocolate

·Cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP)
Positive effect on the circulatory system.
Anticancerous.
Brain stimulator.
Inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE, known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma.
Light aphrodisiac.

Cinnamon EO (Cinnamomun Cassia Blume)

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil has the following properties: stimulant, antiseptic, antibiotic, astringent and is excellent for exhausted states & feelings of weakness & depression. It is also considered to have natural insect repellent properties. This oil has a very bright, sweet scent with green undertones.

Citronella (Cymbopogon Nardus)

The therapeutic properties of citronella oil are antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, diaphoretic, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant. Citronella oil is not only of benefit in its use as an insecticide, but its antiseptic properties make it a great boon when wishing to clear a sickroom. It also has an excellent effect on clearing the mind. It may be used for combating excessive perspiration and for balancing oily skin, as well as fighting intestinal parasites and bringing down fever.

Cocoa Butter

·Cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP)
Inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE, known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma.
Is one of the most stable, highly concentrated, natural fats known.
Melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin.
Recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment.
Helps retain moisture.
Suppresses excessive T-cell activity in the immune system, which could help treat conditions associated with overactive immune systems, such as psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Coconut Oil

·Vitamin E
·Vitamin K
·Choline
·Essential Fatty Acids
Ultra gentle moisturizer.
Light enough to moisturize without clogging pores.
A good skin cell regenerator.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.
Protects skin against sun damage.

Coffee

·Caffeine
Stimulates the production of cortisone and adrenaline, both healthful hormones.

Cetyl Alcohol

A vegetable derived emollient and emulsion stabilizer to help hold fats and oils in creams and lotions.

Decyl Glucoside

A mild, non-ionic cleanser, ideal for foaming cleansing formulas such as shampoos, body washes and facial cleansers. Our Decyl glucoside is ECOCERT certified, preservative free and obtained from renewable raw materials, the fatty alcohols and glucose of plant origin, and does not contain any impurities. Decyl glucoside is easily biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Dental Soap:

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Dogs Feline EO/Oil Guide

(Both the Feline and Canine EO Guides are not exhaustive, but are intended to identify the most common oils used on the market. Many of these oils are used safely by qualified Holistic Veterinaries in medicinal compounds.)

Avoid Angelica, Anise, Birch, Blue Tansy, Calamus, Camphor, Cassia, Citrus, Cinnamon, Cocoa Oil—Chocolate, Comfrey, Clove, Eucalyptus— Myrtaceae, Grapefruit, Grapeseed Oil, Hyssop, Horseradish, Juniper Wood, Limonene, Lime, Linalool, Mandarin, Marigold, Mustard, Nutmeg, Orange, Bitter, Peanut Oil, Pennyroyal, Pine, Rue, Tangerine, Tansy, Tea Tree—(small dogs), White Thyme, Wormwood, Yarrow

Considered Safe—Healthy Dogs Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Calendula Oil, Catnip, Cardamom, Carrot Seed, Cedar-Red, Cedarwood, Celery Seed, Chamomile–German, Roman, Citronella, Clary Sage, Coconut Oil, Cumin, Cypress, Davana, Dill, Echinacea, Eucalyptus—Radiata and Gobulus, Fennel, Frankincense, Fur, Galbanum, Geranium, Ginger, Helichrysum, Jojoba Oil, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrtle, Neroli, Niaouli, Olive Oil, Oregano, Palm Oil, Palmarosa, Parsley, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Shea Butter, Spearmint, Spruce, Sunflower Oil, Swt Almond Oil, Sweet Orange, Tarragon, Tea Tree, Thuja, Thyme, Valerian, Verbena—Lemon, Vetiver, Wintergreen, Ylang Ylang

E (Tocopherol )

·Important lipid - soluble antioxidant
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.
Has regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Reputed to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Helps to prevent the appearance of age spots.
Minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Effective against damaging UV rays.
Concentration: 1000 IU/gram.

E Wax

A vegetable derived emulsifying wax which produces very stable emulsions in creams and lotions.

Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus is an aromatic herb that stimulates the system, a decongestant and expectorant that relaxes spasms and lowers fever. It also has antibiotic properties. It contains an essential oil, which contains 1,9-ceneole, a-pinene, p-cymene, limonene and other monoterpenoids, while the fresh leaves also contain sesquiterpenes (aromadendren and globulol), euglobals (derivatives of acylphloroglucin) and flavonoids.
- Eucalyptus is most commonly used externally as an inhalation and vapor rub, to treat and relieve mucus congestion.
- It clears the chest, helps bronchitis, sinusitis, colds and 'flu. Also used as a liniment for bruises, sprains and various muscular pains.
- Ointments are also manufactured, with eucalyptus as an ingredient, to treat wounds and abscesses.
- When a clear head is needed, eucalyptus oil may help, and at the same time will help with concentration.
- Although good for muscular aches and pains, it is a very effective oil to use for respiratory problems during flu, colds, coughing, sinus and asthma.
- It furthermore is of value on the urinary tract and is good for skin eruptions such as herpes (fever blisters), cuts and wounds.
- It also helps to clear congested skin.
- It has analgesic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, rubefacient, stimulant and vulnerary properties.

Fleas

See, Tics

Flouride

is a nerve poison which:
* causes cavities by preventing tooth re-enamelization by not allowing phosphate to bind with calcium. 13,14
* detaches gum tissue from teeth.13
* disrupts connective tissues in the body, causing excessive cross-linking, cysts, and premature aging of the skin. 14
* kills 83 vital enzymes in your body.12

Reference: Dr. Gerard F. Judd, “Good Teeth Birth to Death.” in Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth, Karen Van Cleef, (2004).

Garden Soap Recipes with Neem Oil (has Ant recipe)

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Geogard™ ECT (Preservative)

A broad spectrum, ECOCERT standard preservative that is non-paraben, non-formaldehyde, and non-isothiazolone. This preservative is a unique, patent pending combination of 4 components – Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, and Sorbic Acid, which are well accepted in a wide range of personal care products. The novel composition of this antimicrobial blend offers broad spectrum protection in a diverse range of products, against Gram-positive & Gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and molds.

Glycerin

A natural Humectant, (Draws and holds moisture to the skin creating a protective barrier.)
Protects skin and hair against moisture loss and environmental damage.

Histamine Intolerance

Many of us suffer from Rosacea, but not everyone responds the same to creams and other topical solutions that should work. This week I have been doing research for a friend who suffers from aczema. In talking with him, I discovered that his condition is caused by his allergies to pollen. I took a good look at his skin and the eczema on his face looked like Rosacea. I got thinking that perhaps those of us that think we have Rosacea, in fact are having a histamine reaction from to much of the chemical in our blood and not enough DAO (an enzyme we produce) to break it down.

In the course of my research I discovered that our foods are either histamine producers or histamine inhibitors. Basically, processed, aged, fermented and yeast processed foods are all histamine producers, and any anti-histamine protiens, friuts and vegetables that are processed, old or very ripe (high sugar) all degrade into high histamine foods. I understand that the Paleo Diet is very close to a Low Histamine Diet, but look them both up to see the differences. What happens is, if you consume a high histamine diet and/or also have allergies this can send you over the limit as to how much histamine your body can break down and use within a given time (diet alone can do this). To much histamine and you trip the immune system and it can go into overdrive, if the level of histamine is not lowered.

What you can do
1. Change your diet! Get into whole foods, buy fresh produce at the Farmer's Market (it is always picked that morning), stop eating junkfood, and stay away from alcohol and sugars. You have heard it a million times by now, but yep changing your diet to a traditional, clean diet will cure you.
2. Find an anti-histamine cream with Quercetin and avoid cortazone and steroid creams that are dangerous and don't even do anything for histamine conditions. A Quercetin cream will stimulate DAO production and give you relief, if not illiminate the condition. I've created a Quercetin Cream that I have at the market. You can also take the pill form of Grapeseed Extract which has clinical levels of anti-histamine. You can find them at the Organic Health Stores. Check them out. They are safe to take three times a day, if need be.

Incroquat Behenyl

A conditioner that is derived from the natural plant oil Colza, commonly known as Rapeseed Oil. Helps to produce salon quality products.

Jojoba Oil

·Vitamin B complex
·Vitamin E
·Iodine
·Minerals: Silicon, Chromium, Copper, Zinc
Fantastic moisturizer for dry, sensitive, chapped skin.
Mimics the molecular structure of the skin allowing for quick, deep absorption.
Antimicrobial properties discourages the growth of some bacterial and fungal microbes that attack the skin.
Closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed
Rarely causes allergic reactions, even in the most sensitive individuals.
Prevents the skin from becoming too oily.
May help treat acne, both by reducing sebum production and by protecting the skin from harmful bacteria.
Has traditionally been used to treat canker sores, cold sores, athlete’s foot, and warts.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Kaolin Clay (White)

also referred to as China White Clay, is a very mild clay that improves blood circulation, gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin. White Kaolin clay helps remove impurities without removing the skins natural oils, making it a great choice for dry or sensitive skin types.

Label Reading

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Lanolin

Forms a protective layer and holds moisture in.
Moisturizes and softens skin.
Used to treat split nails.

Lavender

One of the best balancing oils. An antiseptic.

Milk, Dairy

52% Protein, high in Calcium and Magnesium with Vitamin A, C, D, Omega 3 and Iron.

Milk, Goat

is more easily absorbed into the skin, higher in Protein, Calcium, Vitamin A and Riboflavin than dairy milk.

Neem Oil

Cold Pressed from whole Neem Tree Nuts. Used all over the world for acne, eczema, scrofula, skin diseases, scalp and skin inflammations and its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, it is rich in fatty acids and glycerides.

Often used sprayed on plants in the garden for its natural anti-parasitic properties and because Neem is non-toxic and safe for mammals, making it a great choice for us, our pets and the environment, formulations made of neem oil repel a wide variety of pests including the mealy bug, beet armyworm, aphids, the cabbage worm, thrips, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, beetles, moth larvae, mushroom flies, leafminers, caterpillars, locust, nematodes and the Japanese beetle. Neem oil is not known to be harmful to mammals, birds, earthworms or some beneficial insects such as butterflies, honeybees and ladybugs if it is not concentrated directly into their area of habitat or on their food source. It can be used as a household pesticide for ant, bedbug, cockroach, housefly, sand fly, snail, termite and mosquitoes both as repellent and larvicide. Neem oil also controls black spot, powdery mildew, anthracnose and rust fungi.

Neem Oil Pesticide Recipes

See, Garden Soap Recipes
Olive Oil
·Vitamins E
·Vitamin K
·High in Oleic Acid
·Monounsaturated Fatty acids
·Polyphenols, Chlorophyll and Carotenoids (Antioxidants)
·Oleocanthal (Anti-inflammatory Agent)
A good skin cell regenerator.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Oregano Oil

A fungicidal, antibacterial stimulant. One of the most potential anti-bacterial oils.

Palm Kernel Oil (Eco Certified)

·Extremely high in Essential Fatty Acids
Supports the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems (skin absorption).
Helps to manufacture and repair cell membranes.
Enables the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products.
Assists in the production of prostaglandins, which regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, conception,.
Plays a role in immune functioning by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection.

Palm Oil (Eco Certified)

·Vitamins E
·Vitamin K
·Very high in Fatty Acids
·Magnesium
Gentle moisturizer.
A good skin cell regenerator.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Peppermint Oil

A cooling, cleansing treatment for your hair and scalp, it has great antiseptic, regenerative and stimulating properties that improve dry, itchy scalp and promote new growth.

Pesticides, Natural

See, Garden Soap Recipes

Polysorbate 20

Naturally derived from Lauric Acid (Coconut Oil) and used to emulsify essential oils and oil soluble fragrances in water-based products.

Pomegranate Oil

·An antioxidant
·Plant Source of CLA (Punicic Acid)
Improves Skin Elasticity
Highly Moisturizing
Anti-inflammatory
Protects Skin from Free Radicals
Can Help Destroy and Prevent Cancer Cell Formation
Balances out the skins natural pH level.
Reduces the look of aging skin.
Stimulates keratinocytes, the outer layer of the skin, through cell regeneration.

Preservative

See Geogard™ ECT

Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul Clay is used world-wide in Spa treatments for detoxification and rejuvenation. Mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco, it is rich in Magnesium, Silica, Potassium and Calcium. Used for over 1400 years in skin and hair care products, this clay is known to reduce dryness and flakiness and improves skin clarity and elasticity.
Rosemary:
One of the best herbs for the hair.

Saponification, Soap

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Sea Buckthorn Oil

·High source of Vitamin A,
·High source of Vitamin B1, B2,
·High source of Vitamin C,
·High source of Vitamin E
·High source of Vitamin K
·High source of Vitamins P
·Carotenes
·Flavonoids
·Essential Fatty Acids
·More than two dozen Microelements and Phytosterols,
Nourishes, revitalizes and restores vitality to the skin.
Good for rosacea, eczema, acne, dermatitis, or irritated, dry, itchy skin.
A good skin cell regenerator.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Shea Butter

·Vitamins A
·Vitamin E
·Cinnamic Acid
World renowned for its skin rejuvenating properties.
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Protects the skin from the sun and environmental and free-radical damage.
Used for centuries to heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff and stretch marks.
Diminishes wrinkles.
Promotes cell renewal.
Increased circulation to the skin.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

Shortening (Vegetable)

·Vitamin E
·High source of natural fat
Gentle moisturizer.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.
Softens and smoothes skin.

Soap, natural

See, Saponification

Sodium Laureth Sulfate

See Steol CS-230 Cleanser - Liquid

Stearic Acid (Triple Pressed Vegetable)

A white, waxy, natural fatty acid that is a principal emulsifying ingredient in many lotions, creams, deodorants as well as used extensively in natural candle making.

Steol CS-230 Cleanser - Liquid (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

A cleanser that is derived from coconut oil and other vegetable fatty acid.

Sun Screen

Why GD doesn't make it, and what to look for when buying it?

The next three weeks are supposed to be really hot. Many of us will be out enjoying the sun and without a doubt, I will speak to many of you at the coming markets about Sunscreens. Lots of people come to the market wanting to buy "natural" Sunscreen and although I understand why, I don't advocate buying such an important product without having some guarentee of its advocacy or safety. This is why I don't make it, or make my own. I use Badger. Yes, it is expensive, but I'm still using my same tube from 5 years on. I know what the ingredients are, how they behave and if I was to make a Sunscreen this would be it. But, below are some things to think about when you are buying Sunscreen.

9 Surprising Facts About Sunscreen

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? Millions of people do, but they shouldn’t. Melanoma rates are increasing. The consensus among scientists is that sunscreens alone cannot reverse this trend. Yet a good sunscreen can play a role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.

1. FDA’s sunscreen rules have changed but products haven’t improved.

The federal Food and Drug Administration put new sunscreen rules into effect December 2013, but they have had little impact on the sunscreen market and could actually make things worse for consumers. FDA’s rules allow most sunscreens to claim they offer “broad spectrum” skin protection and also that they can reduce skin cancer risk. However, Enviromental Worker's Group’s assessment of 750 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this year spotted significant problems.

2. There’s no proof that sunscreens prevent most skin cancer.

Rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the FDA itself – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer.

3. Don’t be fooled by high SPF

High-SPF products tempt people to apply too little sunscreen and stay in the sun too long. The FDA has proposed prohibiting the sale of sunscreens with SPF values greater than 50+, calling higher SPF values “inherently misleading,” but it has not issued a regulation that carries the force of law. One in seven sunscreens advertises SPF values greater than 50+, so get the most bang for your hard-earned buck. Use EWG’s Sunscreen Guide to zero in on better products.

4. The common sunscreen additive vitamin A may speed development of skin cancer.

The sunscreen industry adds a form of vitamin A to nearly one-quarter of all sunscreens. Retinyl palmitate is an anti-oxidant that slows skin aging. But federal studies indicate that it may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to skin in the presence of sunlight. EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens, lip products and skin lotions containing vitamin A, often labeled “retinyl palmitate” or “retinol.”

5. European consumers can get better sunscreens.

European sunscreens offer superior protection from skin-damaging UVA rays. In Europe, sunscreen makers can formulate their products with any of seven chemicals that filter UVA rays. American manufacturers can use only three UVA-filtering ingredients. They have been waiting seven years for FDA approval to use Europe’s better filters. Until the FDA approves these ingredients and lifts restrictions on combining certain active ingredients, American consumers will be hard-pressed to find sunscreens with the strongest level of UVA protection.

6. Sunscreen does not protect skin from all types of sun damage.

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation generates free radicals that damage DNA and skin cells, accelerate skin aging and may cause skin cancer. American sunscreens can reduce these damages, but not as effectively as they prevent sunburn. Consumers can run into problems if they pick a sunscreen with poor UVA protection, apply too little or reapply it infrequently. The FDA should strengthen its regulations to ensure that sunscreens offer better protection from skin damage.

7. Some sunscreen ingredients disrupt hormones and cause skin allergies.

The ideal sunscreen would completely block UV rays that cause sunburn, immune suppression and damaging free radicals. It would remain effective on the skin for several hours. It would not form harmful ingredients when degraded by sunlight. It would smell and feel pleasant so that people would use more of it.

No sunscreen meets these goals. Americans must choose between “chemical” sunscreens, which have inferior stability, penetrate the skin and may disrupt the body’s hormone system, and “mineral” sunscreens, made with zinc and titanium, often “micronized” or containing nano-particles.

8. Mineral sunscreens contain nano-particles.

Most zinc oxide and titanium dioxide-based sunscreens contain nano-particles a twentieth the width of a human hair. These help reduce or eliminate the chalky white tint that these minerals used to leave on the skin. Based on the available information, EWG gives a favorable rating to mineral sunscreens, but the FDA should restrict the use of unstable or UV-reactive forms of minerals that would lessen skin protection.

9. If you avoid sun, check your vitamin D levels.

Sunshine serves a critical function in the body that sunscreen appears to inhibit — producing vitamin D. The hormone is enormously important. It strengthens bones and the immune system and reduces the risk of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers, and perhaps other disorders.

About one-fourth of Americans have borderline low levels of vitamin D, and 8 percent have a serious deficiency. Breast-fed infants, people with darker skin and people who have limited sun exposure are at greatest risk. Many people can’t or shouldn’t rely on the sun for vitamin D. Check with your doctor to see if you should get a vitamin D test or take seasonal or year-round supplements.

Be informed. Choose wisely.

Sunflower Oil

·Palmitic acid
·Stearic acid
·Oleic acid
·Linoleic acid
·Carotenoids
·Lecithin
·High in vitamin E
An excellent moisturizer and skin smoother.
Protects cell membranes from oxidation.

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Thyme

Effective against dandruff and hair loss and bad breath.

Tics and Fleas

The best solution for getting rid of and keeping away tics is to:

1. A) First, bathe your dog with a 100% natural, saponified flea shampoo. Our Dead FleaTM bar or the dog Dead FleaTM Castile liquid shampoo is ideal.

B) For cats use their version of the Dead FleaTM Castile liquid shampoo.

The slippery nature of a saponified soap (due to the oils) forces the tics to lose hold and they wash away, plus many die from the (our soaps) medicinal grade essential oils in the soap. Note: The grade of the essential oil is crucial. Many EO you buy are cut with phenols and other chemical additive to enhance the scent, but which are both dangerous to you and your pet and make the EO useless.

2. A) Once your dog is tic free, use Neem Oil between the shoulder blades, a little on the tummy and legs where the tics will likely try to jump or latch-on. We suggest our Neem Butterstick, Puppy PawsTM. Use with caution around cats as Neem is toxic to them.

If Neem Oil is not an option…mix 8oz of white vinegar with 16oz of H20, 1 TBSP of Olive Oil and 1 TBSP of Citrus Oil, or 6-8 drops of medicinal grade Peppermint EO. Again, the grade of the essential is crucial. Note: Go to a reputable Organic store in your area to find medicinal quality EO and ask for help from someone who knows what they are talking about. Avoid drugstores or Metaphysics Shops. They generally sell the lowest grade products for the masses. Or…

B) For cats our dog/cat Dead FleaTM Repellent will do nicely, again between the shoulder blades, tummy and legs. If your feline is out all day playing in the grass, apply about every 4 hours for full coverage. The scent is divine!

Also, a daily trick for dogs and cats is to put 2 tsp of Organic Apple Cider in 8oz of their water. The smell in his/her skin will help to repel the tics (and fleas) and also keeps the water fresh and cool in the summer heat. Hope this helps. Cheers, k
Titanium Dioxide:
A natural cosmetic, personal care and household product whitener.

Vital Hair & Scalp Complex

Hexapeptide-11: A peptide derived from yeast which aids collagen production and improves skin elasticity.

Sugar-beet Betaine: stimulates the production of collagen and enhances the energy cascades of the hair bulb allowing the hair to function better during the natural growth cycle of the hair fibre.

Fruit Extract: isolated from sugar cane, lemon and apple, offer natural exfoliation action through a-hydroxy acids, promoting cell renewal of the scalp. Its naturally low pH helps ensure that hair proteins are kept hard and more resistant to breakage.

Wheat Grass: Wheat Grass Extract contains a great variety of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and considerably high levels of antioxidants. When used in creams, it soothes, moisturizes and revitalizes the appearance of dry, cracked or raw skin.

Witch Hazel

A small shrub which is native to the eastern half of North America, the earliest known usage of witch hazel was by Native North Americans who would steam the twigs of the shrub to reap the benefits of its natural medicinal qualities. In modern times, witch hazel is widely used for many bodily ailments. The reason witch hazel is so effective is its natural content of hamamelitannis, a unique type of tannin or natural astringent which is very powerful and possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make it effective in treating wounds, sores and helps to soothe skin and irritations. These characteristics make it ideal for usage in acne treatments as it works to not only reduce swelling and redness, but dry up and heal affected areas. Other conditions which have known to benefit from applications of witch hazel include: psoriasis, eczema, irritation from shaving, ingrown nails, insect bites, burns, under-eye bags, and bruising. It can also help even your skin tone by reducing redness and drying up that oily T-zone area.

Xylitol, or birch sugar

is a sugar alcohol extracted from birch wood, corn, plums and raspberries. It is crystallized and used as a natural sugar substitute with 40% less calories than table sugar. Studies have shown that Xylitol actually inhibits the formation of streptococcus mutans, the anaerobic bacterium that contributes significantly to the formation of tooth decay. Another study conducted in Japan concluded that combining calcium lactate with Xylitol enhances the remineralization of tooth enamel.

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Xylitol
or birch sugar, is a sugar alcohol extracted from birch wood, corn, plums and raspberries. It is crystallized and used as a natural sugar substitute with 40% less calories than table sugar. Studies have shown that Xylitol actually inhibits the formation of streptococcus mutants, the anaerobic bacterium that contributes significantly to the formation of tooth decay. Another study conducted in Japan concluded that combining calcium lactate with Xylitol enhances the remineralization of tooth enamel
Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a sugar alcohol extracted from birch wood, corn, plums and raspberries. It is crystallized and used as a natural sugar substitute with 40% less calories than table sugar. Studies have shown that Xylitol actually inhibits the formation of streptococcus mutans, the anaerobic bacterium that contributes significantly to the formation of tooth decay. Another study conducted in Japan concluded that combining calcium lactate with Xylitol enhances the remineralization of tooth enamel.

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Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound that occurs in the Earth's crust as a mineral, known as zincite. Used medicinally as an astringent, antiseptic and protectant it helps to relieve chapped or red skin. It is a safe and effective sun screen due to its ability to absorb ultraviolet radiation. Safe to use in natural baby care products such as zinc diaper creams and baby powders.