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.
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.
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These two Salves help with poison ivy. Read my blog above under poison Ivy.
Olive oil is one of the best natural products for your skin, body and hair. It has an array of uses and is extremely popular in both cooking and beauty care. Olive oil skin care is extremely popular in Europe, particularly Italy, and given the perfect complexions on the women there, it makes perfect sense. Remember, make it always Organic.
Coconut oil works equally well but since coconut oil solidifies at cold temperatures and liquefies at warmer temperature it is very difficult to have skin care products that stays at one temperature. Combining the both oils is the best of both worlds. And I do that with many of my products - use both oils as well as a few others. But the main ingredient is always Olive Oil.
All of my Infused Herbal Oils for my Herbal Skin Salves are only infused in Organic Olive Oil and all of my Lotion Bars, Espresso Coffee Scrubs, Whipped Body Butters and so forth all have organic olive oil.
I still personally prefer Olive Oil to Coconut Oil as plain skin oil applied at nighttime. Especially around those lip, brow, forehead and crows feet wrinkles. Just a tad is all that is needed. Actually, I have a 1.oz glass dropper full of organic olive oil and just add 1 or 2 drops in my palms and rub where I need it. During the morning I use my own Baby Soft Soothing Balm for the face, which has both Olive Oil and Coconut Oil.
There are just so many accounts of the world’s great beauties asked about their secret beauty routines and, not surprisingly, the answers seem to ALWAYS include olive oil! Most famous woman is Sofia Loren…when asked what she owes her ageless beauty to, 79 yr old Sophia Loren enthusiastically says ‘Olive Oil’. She uses it basically at night when removing makeup and just a little more before retiring. No wonder she is still, at 79 years old, the spokeswoman for ageless beauty!
Julia Roberts, who is known for her beautiful hands, among other things, uses olive oil as a daily moisturizer for her hands. Olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin and into the structure of the nails. It nourishes with a protective barrier against the drying effects of the sun, wind, and other harsh, drying elements our hands are subjected to.
My Winter Brew Lotion Bar is made with Olive Oil and Castor Oil among other things especially for the hands. It glides on so well and penetrates fast. It really has many uses not just for hands, but for any dryness even lips. Great for wind burned face, lips and hands.
A little science on Olive Oil…
Olive oil is rich in Polyphenols, which are POWERFUL anti-oxidants great for their anti-aging contributions. They are natural anti-inflammatory, which, as we know, are huge factors in healthy, smooth skin. One of the most important of the polyphenols is Hydroxytyrosol. It is an extremely rare, highly potent polyphenol. This particular polyphenol can actually slow the aging process in the skin by stabilizing the cell plasma membrane.
The Benefits of Olive Oil applied to the skin…
• Minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles and gives a bright healthy tone to the skin.
• Guards against the signs of premature aging
• Fights against free-radical damage
• Increases the skin’s ability to stay moisturized
• Feels great!
So the next time you think of healthy skin think Olive Oil. It is a very simple inexpensive way of keeping your skin healthy and glowing. The rest is all Marketing and Packaging. Neither Marketing nor Packaging will do the work that plain all food products can do for your health, skin and body. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
My Seasonal Products of Poison Ivy Salve, Mosquito-b-Gone and my Natural & Organic Sunscreen lotion bars have been in stores for about 2 weeks now.
Actually, at the time I started writing this I had stock on my mosquito-b-gone but as of this past weekend all of my mosquito-b-gone lotion bars are already out of stock. More will be made this week and back in stock. This brings me to highlight my Mosquito-b-Gone...
Anyone that uses any kind of bug spray should really read the ingredients.
- Most conventional bug sprays for personal use are laced with N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it's commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill insects has been linked to neurological problems; just to state a few FACTS, according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse neurological effects were reported and who knows how many others that go under reported or unreported.
My Mosquito-b-Gone ingredients are all non-toxic with very simple herbs that nature has provided to help with those pesky little buggers - no pun intended during our summertime.
My lotion bars are even more effective at keeping bugs away than regular bug spray. The bars coat the skin with a protective layer, it also nourishes and moisturizes. No drying of skin like those conventional bug sprays.
Ingredients: organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil infused with peppermint, catnip mint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, shea butter, neem oil, with a special blend of essential oils, candelilla wax and vitamin E.
My special blend of essential oils list was too long to add on my label so just made it as a special blend but here are the actual ingredients, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Lavender, Litsea, Patchouli, Catnip, Geranium Rose.
Benefits & Features:
- It Smells nice! It doesn't have that synthetic citronella candle scent because it is real citronella essential oil.
- organic and naturally grown ingredients
- DEET free
- Vegetable and plant based ingredients
- Safe and gentle does not cause any neurological problems.
- Neem oil is an excellent "smelly" oil that repels not just mosquitoes but ticks and fleas as well.
- Garlic capsules also help repel insects by making the skin smell unattractive to bugs.
Someone asked me why I do not make my Mosquito-b-Gone in a spray bottle. Well, like all of my products, none contain water and in order not to use any type of preservative no water can be added to it. Once you add water to any lotion, or spray then a preservative must be added - a chemical one for that matter- in order for mold NOT to grow.
Also, I would have to use a plastic spray bottle and I will not use any plastic "green" by-product for my products. Plastic is not "green" nor natural- it's a petroleum product. When the plastic bottle gets heated in someway it will always release chemicals into whatever is inside. NO THANK YOU!
You can make your own bug spray using organic essential oils with water and spray it, but after 24 to 48 hours mold will start to develop. So you need to use it up fairly quickly.
To complement my mosquito-b-gone, don't forget ouchy grouchy salve in case you have forgotten your mosquito-b-gone at home.Ouchy Grouchy Salve is an excellent first aid that brings relief to any skin inflammation and helps with all kinds of stings. Stops those bumps and itching from mosquitoes. It works wonderfully on drawing out poisons from wasp, bees and other stings. Both are a great have for summertime fun.
Find these products here or online www.justskinfood.com.
Well, before we get to "Tip 2" just wanted to share some NEWS.
As some already know I was given the Greenpeople Seal of Approval,
and have partnered with Carbonfund.org. They area still updating my information in their partner program so check often on their site for my story. But check them out, they do great work for our environment.
Plus, I am in the process of going for my USDA organic certificate. The process of USDA certificate is a long road of about 3 or 4 months of paper trails, record keeping, more paper trails, more record keeping and flow chart diagrams and so on. So glad I have lots of experience in paper pushing industry before computers did the work. Then of course transfer everything into computer data.... So glad for college students needing some extra work helping me with this paper and computer recording.
Oh yes I forgot, have been also working with a website designer and developer to create a new website with an online store that will include many other interesting things. And of course new product ideas, which include more gender specific for women and my own formula combination Bach Flower Remedies for all. Last, for our furry loveable pets putting together some organic and natural products as well.
And I hope all of this good stuff will soon be done and ready to share. But as the saying goes "slow and steady wins the race" or in this case slow and steady gets all the stuff done correctly and precise.
NOW FOR TIP 2:
Winter is well on its way here and as I am writing its also snowing in Cape May - beautiful!
Winter air often lacks moisture, unless it is snowing like today, which can cause skin to become dry and sensitive. Slathering lotion on at every turn might NOT be the most effective solutions. Like other skin conditions including eczema and wrinkles, dry skin is often best treated from the inside out.
You can find numerous remedies for dry skin right in your kitchen. Drink plenty of water everyday, eat fruits and vegetables that are packed with water, such as apples, grapes, celery and cucumbers. Bell peppers and citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial in maintaining collagen within the skin—keeping it both firm and supple. But remember make sure all your fruits and veggies are organic, otherwise you are eating more chemicals.
Plus, these foods can help curb hunger and boost your water intake, to keep you healthy and hydrated all day. Aim to drink 48 ounces of water each and every day for the best health benefits.
In addition to these foods, which are also some foods you can eat for a more attractive look, certain bath tips are useful in fighting dry skin.
Add some oatmeal to your bath water to soothe itchy and irritated winter skin. And if slathering creams is something you must do make sure you are applying organic and natural body creams, herbal skin salves and carrier oils. Chances are it will be less likely to irritate already dry skin than those with strong perfumes and chemicals.
Find these products at Green Street Market.