• A Trio of Protection...

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    Haaaaaaa.... Summers is here and yes so are all the bugs! Unfortunately, bugs can often be a nuisance and force you back inside where you are safe. Traditional DEET repellents are quite toxic but luckily there are some more natural and safe ingredients that can help keep bugs away when applied to the skin. Just Skin Food has three kinds of bug protection, that when used together help keep you safe.

    Mosquito-b-Gone, as you already know, is comprised of a number of herbal ingredients MBGlike peppermint leaf, catnip mint, neem oil, lemongrass, lemon balm and eucalyptus. These ingredients all work together to keep your skin nourished while protecting you from bites.

    But did you also know that yarrow, an herb plant that is very common and found almost everywhere in the wild, could be applied as an insect repellent? The leaves and the flowers both have powerful properties that not only repel bugs but also stop bleeding and disinfect. Yarrow also has antispasmodic qualities as well.

    We have read that at some point in olde time past the U.S. Army found yarrow to be a highly effective insect repellent. If you find yourself with lots of yarrow plants in your backyard, here is an article that details more on yarrow and provides a simple recipe in making a yarrow tincture.

    While yarrow is not an active ingredient in our repellent, it can be used in addition to our Mosquito-b-Gone Lotion Bar.

    yarrow copyJust Skin Food has Organic Yarrow Infused Oil and Organic Yarrow Essential Oil ,which can be combined together and applied to the skin to repel bugs thanks to their scent. They are also useful if you happen to get bit and need some disinfecting relief, as yarrow is known as nature’s Neosporin. All of these products and ingredients are safe to use together and only increase the bug protection level that you are looking for.

    Yarrow is an all around beneficial addition to your holistic medicine cabinet and it will ensure that you can fight off the bugs that are in your backyard all summer long.

    For more information on OG yarrow Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 1.31.37 PM copyessential oil, OG yarrow infused oil or our Mosquito-b-Gone Lotion Bar, you can visit the Just Skin Food Website. Our Mosquito-b-Gone and organic yarrow infused oil can also be found at some of these establishments.

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  • Mosquito and Bug Protection

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    It is that time again for those pesky little buggers that ruin BBQ's, soccer games and any outdoor fun or event.  But did you know that using conventional bug sprays can cause lots of harm.

    Most of the conventional bug sprays that you will find in stores are made with N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET. While this ingredient is effective for repelling mosquitoes and other bugs, there are at least eighteen known cases of children experiencing adverse neurological effects from DEET powered bug spray, according to the EPA. It is likely that there are many other, unreported cases as well.

    All of the ingredients in Just Skin Food’s Mosquito-b-Gone lotion bar are MBGnon-toxic. Simple herbs such as organic catnip mint, organic eucalyptus, organic lemon balm and organic rosemary make up this nourishing and effective repellent product. Not only is the scent of our product lovely but it is also non-toxic and non-irritating.

    Our Just Skin Food lotion bars, are designed to coat the skin with a protective layer that will nourish and moisturize the skin as an added layer of bug protection, thanks to ingredients like organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil infused with peppermint, catnip mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, shea butter, neem oil, and a special blend of essential oils.

    Neem oil is also used for protection against ticks and it is par excellence to any deterrent to any sort of bugs. Your pets will also be protected if you use neem oil straight up  on their coats.

    We have had many happy customers over the years who have been thrilled, here is just one of them:

    “I visited Green Street Market and found a beautiful display of salves.

    After reading about them all, I purchased several. One for my brother’s back pain, (Joint Relief Salve) the other for a friend’s psoriasis, (Psoriasis and Eczema Salve) the other for my husband’s splinters (Ouchy Grouchy) and one more for my fun summer night concerts with the mosquito (mosquito B- gone).

    Each of these products did what is said it would do, and everyone was impressed! We are still using them today and will continue as needed.

    -Christine Meehan

    If you happen to forget your mosquito protection at home you can keep Just Skin Food’s Ouchy Grouchy Salve on hand. This product is an excellent first aid that brings relief to any skin inflammation and helps with all kinds of stings to stop itching and irritation. Many of our Organic Essential Oils can also be used as a repellent such as our Lemongrass oil and Geranium Rose oil, don't forget you must use a carrier oil with essential oils, never put essential oils directly on skin.  Essential Oils must be diluted with water in a spray bottle or in a carrier skin oil.

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  • Buon Viaggio… as we say in Italia

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    JSF Logo WIDE copyHere is Serena, "my helper"  actually my assistant in getting all the paperwork together for the products to be reviewed by EWG.  She loves all sustainability of life and making sure we abide by nature and not ruin it.

    She is a college student at Fordham University entering her 3rd year studying Environmental Studies and International Political Economy and is going abroad to the Islands of Turks and Caicos to study “Marine Policy Management at the School for Field Studies in South Caicos” (her goal is to save the reef) or at least prevent it from getting worse and prevent over development of this untouched part of the Islands. Too many developers want a piece of it and over developing this area will cause big problems for the reef.

    Pictured here she will be taking along our “Natural and Organic Sunscreen and Mosquito-Serenab-Gone. Both of which EWG gave excellent scores to.

    Send her some well wishes on her journey; she can be reached by clicking here SERENA.

    When Serena returns in a MONTH – “how am I ever going to get along without her” – she will be concentrating on getting the paperwork completed for the USDA. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be done by the end of the summer then onto submitting for review.

    Her journey to South Caicos gives her first hand knowledge of what is not permitted or sustainable to use on such pristine places in order not to harm local wildlife or the sea. She was directed to only bring non-toxic products, for example washing clothing she can only use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap or similar items – which is what we only use in our homes and shop. Safe sunscreen without any chemicals – not those brands that spray toxic chemicals in the air or toxic to the ocean and seas. In addition, she needs to bring organic non-toxic shampoo and non-bleached personal products etc. The list went on and on.

    I am so proud of her for taking on such a journey to help out our environment and basically all of us.

     This week we were making lots of products before she heads out see us pictured here:

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    USAnd this is us last year in Italy visiting monasteries to understand how the monks made remedies, which of course they did not give us their secrets… still we learned and had fun.

    Now she is doing it all on her own.

    Here is a PDF article on how conventional sunscreens damage coral reefs around the world.  And  here is my last years blog post on Sunscreens as well.

     Happy summer and happy swimming to all!!!

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  • Bug Bite and Allergy Symptoms - How to take away the itch and the runny nose?

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    My favorite month is April and it is almost nearly at the end. The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer and with it come the allergies and bugs. Yet it is still the most beautiful month with spring and all those beautiful flowers and trees exploding with colors and singing. Oh yeah, don’t forget poison ivy as well.

    As always, the buggiest cities in the United States are the Southeast. Temperatures are warmer and the climate is always moist, which makes it a perfect scenario for mosquito's to breed and thrive.

    But for the Northeast, allergies start going rampant with all the beautiful forsythias and cherry trees blooming and the green grass again. The bugs are usually in the wooded and mountainous areas and home to swarming black flies especially during the month of May and early June.

    If you hike, fish, live in, or plan to spend vacation time in these areas, it's a good idea to be prepared in advance. And let's not forget the bees. We need them for our food production but you do not want to get a “bee” sting, but if you do, you want to make sure to heal it naturally not with toxic substances.

    Just Skin Food’s Mosquito-b-Gone is ideal for those buggy cities, wooded mountains, beach areas and all.   And our Ouchy Grouchy Salve in case you need to get those poisonous venom out.

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    Homeopathic Remedies such as Ledum and Apis are incredibly needed during these buggy months. Here are some more key homeopathic remedies to consider for bites:

    Apis mel - This homeopathic remedy is a specialist in inflammation, Apis mel eases redness, swelling, inflamed skin and membranes, and burning stinging pains in a wide variety of cases. Its applications include: burning swellings or welts caused by bee stings, hives, or irritants; swollen inflamed joints; swollen sore throats, eye irritations and acute stinging, burning urinary pain. Its symptoms tend to improve with applied cold.

    Ledum pal - First aid remedy for puncture wounds, animal bites, cuts, insect stings as it helps injuries heal from the deepest point up, minimizing the chance of trapping matter inside. Its healing also applies to old yellow bruises, black eyes, repeat ankle sprains or inflamed joint pains that start in the soles of the feet or ankles and move up. Ledum is most applicable if area, joints or bruises are cold to the touch and feel better with applied cold.

    Calendula - Derived from a member of the common marigold, Calendula has been used for centuries to accelerate healing and the growth of new skin in a variety of skin injuries and irritations. Scrapes, abrasions, superficial cuts, chaffed skin, dry skin, sunburns and other skin irritations can heal faster with less scarring when treated with this clear Calendula rich ointment.

    Echinacea - In both herbal and homeopathic preparations, this coneflower plant offers the immune support when fighting off inflammatory conditions, especially swollen sore throats, skin sores and pimples, and other acute conditions which have the potential to suppurate.

    Urtica urens - Relieves a range of itching, burning, stinging skin symptoms, whether related to minor burns, scalds, rashes, prickly heat, stings, hives or other rash-like eruptions. If skin or other symptoms alternate with or accompany stiff joint pain and nerve pain, Urtica can prove very healing, especially if symptoms are aggravated by cold air or cold water.

    For Additional information on remedies that are helpful for allergies or our products that can help you with poison ivy, bug bites and more you can read our old Blog posts.

    For Seasonal Allergies visit Blog

    For Bug Bites, Poison Ivy and Sun, here are 2 blog posts: Blog 1 and Blog 2

    For Poison Ivy visit this Blog

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    These two Salves help with poison ivy.  Read my blog above under poison Ivy.

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