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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis in your Personal Care Products

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Cannabis is everywhere. From the pot shops, beauty products, concentrate, vaping, beverages, sublingual, topical, cannabis capsules and more. It is difficult to know what you will benefit from if your beauty products have cannabis in them.

The good news is you cannot get high from these products or test positive on a drug test which is a good thing. A good example is Hemp lotion. It’s been around for many years and contains Hemp (which is a variety of cannabis sativa plant) and the active compounds from this plant are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to body symptoms including anorexia and cachexia that were seen in HIV/AIDS patients, neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy, anxiety, and inflammation. Pretty remarkable!

There are over 80 different cannabinoids in marijuana, only a handful have been researched and are known to provide positive effects on the human body. THC (Molecule of tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are 2 of these cannabinoids. The THC is a psychoactive (mind-altering ingredient) and CBD (nonpsychoactive). In the past 4 decades CBD in clinical studies at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, have shown promise in:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-tumoral agent
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectants

So how does this work with our largest organ (skin) on our bodies? Above, I mentioned about cannabinoids, which have receptors that are the binding locations like THC. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids and our bodies make versions of these compounds, known as endocannabinoids.

Then I asked myself, aren’t cannabinoid receptors only good for helping the central nervous system and the brain? Absolutely not! As a matter a fact, they are found in the skin, reproductive organs and the gut. Your skin takes a beating daily in the elements and your skin has specialized immune cells found in various skin layers that are called endocannabinoids and they engage with these immune cells to help control inflammatory response according to a study in Germany at Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster.

We know that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that are amazing for the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system and cannabis as an anti-oxidant that helps to slow down aging and protects against free radicals.

I wanted to bring to your attention that there are many products out there for sale, but you can go online and find many tutorial sites such as the 2 links I listed below and make your own because there is new disturbing data that pesticide residues in legal cannabis products in Washington State have an approx. 84.6% contamination rate including potentially carcinogenic agents and neurotoxic agents.

Links:

Here is a link to inform you so more on organic gardening of cannabis.

http://herb.co/2016/03/21/definitive-guide-to-organic-marijuana/

 

I made my own lotion and lip balm and absolutely love them both.

http://www.the420shack.com/2011/12/super-healing-cannabis-skin-salve.html. http://www.the420shack.com/2016/05/cannabis-infused-lip-balm-recipe.html

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4 DIY Face Masks with Avocado

avocado-1851422_640 (2)Avocados contain healthy fats poly fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. Poly fatty acids are the ones that help protect your skin from sun damage and help protect sensitive skin and inflammation. Monounsaturated fats keep top layers of your skin moist, which leaves it soft and healthy.

When we are exposed to pollutants every day and our bodies generate free radicals which then causes cellular damage. Antioxidants help against damage from free radicals. Avocados have antioxidants such as Vitamin E which protects the skin from ultraviolet light.  Vitamin C makes collagen for elasticity and firmness. Carotenoids are capable of promoting skin health and beauty according to the Dermato-Endocrinology Study on the link between nutrition and skin aging.

 

Every day we are out in the elements and are bodies are generating free radicals. Avocados are suitable for all skin types and can help by:

  • Treating sensitive, dry or acne prone skin
  • Enhancing skin elasticity
  • Reversing effects of aging

Avocado and Honey

A hydrating face mask for cleaning and moisturizing. Honey is gentle astringent and extremely moisturizing. The combination of avocado and honey in this will refine the pores, tighten the skin, and smooth over wrinkles and reduce aging spots.

Simply mash a ripe avocado and mix it with one tablespoon of honey.

Spread a thin layer on your skin, and leave on for 20 minutes.

Wash it off with lukewarm water and then cold water to close pores and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Yogurt

This mask is beneficial when your skin needs extra moisture due to dry or humid air. This mask is especially ideal in those winter months.  Yogurt has the enzymes which easily exfoliate the facial skin with natural cleansing and bleaching.

Take a teaspoon of organic yogurt and mix it with avocado pulp, spread onto your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Egg Whites

Great for premature aging. Combine 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado and one egg white. You’ll need to whisk this one for about 30 seconds until it is blended well. Slather a thick layer on your face(avoiding eye and mouth area as this mask stretched can cause fine lines and wrinkles. in a circular motion and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Oatmeal

Combined with oatmeal, this avocado face mask acts as a gentle and amazing exfoliator for skin. Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliators out there and can be used to scour off excess sebum and dead cells from skin.

Mash 1/4 an avocado using the back of a fork until it is smooth and lump free. Stir in the oatmeal to make a paste. Slather the mask onto your already clean face in a gentle circular motion. Massage for at least 2 minutes letting the oatmeal gently exfoliate your skin. Allow the mask to settle for at least 15 minutes wash off with warm water and pat dry.

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Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields

 

Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
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9 Non-toxic ways to make your home smell better(1 min read)

The most obvious ways of getting your home to smell better after a cold winter is opening windows and keeping it clean.  However, those one want to go the extra mile and get it smelling like a favorite scent might not always be easy if it’s toxic.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus – I like to put branches in my closet and I use them in pottery as décor and replace when the scent starts to fade. I also like to combine water and Eucalyptus oil and use as a furniture polish. Eucalyptus oil is known to clear congestion in sinuses.

Lemons

Lemons – I cut lemons in half and place them on my dresser in a bowl. Not only is it cheerful, it sure smells good. Putting lemon rinds in your garbage disposal is a great way of getting that smell out of the sink. You can also use lemons mixed with baking soda in the bathroom to clean and disinfect it. Rosemary mixed with lemon oil and water in a mason jar is one of my favorites.  Or you can get more inspirational and mix your own ingredients and see what you come up with.

White Vinegar – Using vinegar in my home to clean a variety of things. IT is safe and non-toxic and I don’t have to worry about any toxins.

Baking Soda – Yes, the stuff we put in our refrigerators works wonders at taking away bad odors and freshening the air in our homes.

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon – Purchase sticks of cinnamon and bring them to a boil on your stove top.

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Flowers – Flowers are cheerful and smell wonderful. A nice way to a fresh smelling room.

Plants – Purchase some air purifying plants.

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Dried Lavender – Lavender not only smells wonderful but the calming effects from the scent are relaxing.

Vanilla – Vanilla has a nice calming smell that can enhance a rooms’ scent beautifully.

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13 tips on choosing safer personal products

 

PoisonThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) as many of you know, is one of my favorite websites.  They say “American families, especially those with young children need to know the chemicals they’re exposed to when they wash their hair, cleanse their skin and fill their tubs with bubble bath.  Did you know federal laws have not changed since 1938 on personal care products? The FDA doesn’t even require manufacturers to prove personal care products are safe before putting them on store shelves.

Children’s products – Look for an ingredient such as BHA, Triclosan, 2 Bromo 2 nitropropane-1,3 Diol, Oxybenzone, DMDM Hydantoin and stay away from according to the EWG. Toxic chemicals should be avoided and more recently, 1,4 dioxide from all personal care products because it is a likely human carcinogen.

Fragrance-free – Diethyl phthalate is a toxic chemical found in fragrance, so stay away from those.

Know what you are purchasing – Read the ingredients that are in your personal care products before purchasing.

Decrease products – On average a woman uses 12 personal care products daily and exposing herself to over 168 ingredients. By decreasing then you are sure to have less chemicals in your body.

Government – The FDA DOES NOT test ingredients for safety or approve products before they are sold. Even if they state “green”, “natural”, “gentle” or “safe”, BUYER BEWARE. Read your labels and know which chemicals are bad.

Anti-Bacterial soap – There is no scientific proof that anti-bacterial soap is any better than regular soap and water. As a matter a fact, some contain Triclosan or triclocarban, which are toxic chemicals.

Hair – Watch out for chemical straighteners and dark permanent hair dyes and the chemicals in them.

Teens – Talk with your teens about harsh chemicals and how they can disrupt hormone disruption.

Nails – Avoid Formaldehyde, Formalin, Toluene and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in polish, hardeners or other nail products.

Skin moisturizer – Avoid  Retinyl palmitate, Retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products.

Lips – Avoid Retinyl palmitate, Retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products.

Toothpaste – Avoid Triclosan

Babies – Please avoid these ingredients Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, Fragrance, BHA and Boric acid some are found in baby wipes and some are found in diaper cream.

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Health Benefits from Bay Leaves

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Bay leaves(Laurus norbilis) refer to an aromatic smell from a few plants. Laurus nobilis is the most commonly used bay leave and is actually an evergreen tree or shrub and is native to the Mediterranean Region. It is important when using bay leaves, since there are many, to stick with the Laurus noblilis. Laurus noblilis is the only accepted bay leave that is used for medicinal purposes and the others could be toxic, according to experts. They state that is can cause damage the central nervous system and could ultimately cause respiratory distress.

Bay leaves contain a good source of folic acid, iron, and vitamin B6, nutrients that play an important role in the production of red blood cells and metabolism. Bay leaves also contain vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for the maintenance of normal vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth.

The Laurus nobilis is one of my favorite things to use in stews and soups. If you were to eat it, it would be a very bitter taste, so remember it is more for the aromatic smell and is taken out of dishes before served.

Health benefits of bay leaves

DiabetesThe National Center of Biotechnology Information found that after a 30 day period, bay leaf decreased fasting serum glucose in people with type 2 diabetes ranging from 21 to 26% (Table1) after 20 days of eating 1-3grams per day.

They also found that bay leaves decrease serum cholesterol 32 to 40% in people with type 2 diabetes (Table2) after 30 days and more significant in people after 20 days.

In another test, the NCBI found that bay leaves decrease serum LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes (Table3) and positive effects from bay leave increasing HDL cholesterol (Table4). Serum triglycerides were decreased in people with type 2 diabetes (Table5), as well.

Anti-microbial and Antioxidant-Bay leaf essential oil from white wormwood, rose scented geranium on fresh produce showed anti-microbial and antioxidant activity against Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli according to a study done by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Breast Cancer-A study conducted on breast cancer cell models when induced with bay leaf and fruit extracts showed cell death. Making bay leaves a potential natural agent for breast cancer therapy.

Colorectal Cancer-By incorporating Laurus nobilis into food has shown to protect against early events in Colorectal cancer according to a study from the CSIRO Preventative Health National Research Flagship, Food, and Nutritional Sciences, Werribee, Victoria, Australia.

Respiratory Health– A study found that the essential oil extracted from bay leaves and mixed into a salve and then rubbed on your chest can help clear up sinuses by loosening up phlegm.

 

 

 

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Healthy alternatives for anxiety

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Anxiety is suffered by millions of people in day to day activities. Having an anxiety attack is embarrassing. It’s a normal response when the body is stressed or a feeling of being in a dangerous situation. Most people are either treated by psychotherapy or taking medications prescribed to us. But do we want to keep taking these drugs all of our lives?

There are some alternatives you can try:

Diet

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Dairy and other foods high in calcium
  • Magnesium rich foods
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

 

The Mayo clinic suggests:

Keep physically active. Stay physically active most days of the week by getting into a routine. Exercise can improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.

  • Avoid alcohol – Alcohol is actually a stimulant with lots of sugar, which increases anxiety.
  • Quit smoking and cut back or quit drinking coffee – Both nicotine and caffeine can worsen anxiety by making you more anxious.
  • Use relaxation techniques – You can use visualization techniques, meditation, and yoga.
  • Make sleep a priority. Do what you can to make sure you’re getting enough sleep to feel rested.
  • Eat healthy

Alternative methods:

  • Kava
  • Valerian Root
  • Passionflower
  • Theanine

Before taking herbal remedies or supplements, talk to your doctor to make sure they’re safe and won’t interact with any medications you take.

Support

  • If given a treatment plan, stick to it. It will help in the long run.
  • When you feel an attack coming on, go for a run or brisk walk.
  • Go out and socialize and don’t become isolated.
  • Don’t dwell on past concerns.
  • Join a support group whether it’s online or in your community.

 

 

 

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8 wonderful benefits of beets

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Beetroot is rich in valuable nutrients and fiber-like protein, fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper, and manganese, calcium, iron and high in nitrates. Beetroot is also rich in phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and carotenoids. Beetroot also has highly bioactive pigments, known as betalains. Beets are known for having the most betalains in any vegetable. There are 2 categories of betalains.

  • Betacyanin  pigments are a red-violet color
  • Betaxanthin pigments are yellow-orange in color

Recent studies at the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), have compelling evidence from studies that beetroot ingested offers beneficial physiological effects for improving hypertension, atherosclerosis dementia, and type 2 diabetes. Beets also are known for aiding in the list below:

  1. Lower blood pressure – Studies have shown that drinking the juice from beets lowers blood pressure in a matter of hours. The nitrates in beets turn into nitric oxide reduce and dilate your blood vessels enabling them to relax.
  2. Anti-cancer properties – The nitrates in the beets turn into nitric oxide(NO). clinical trials on NO show that it has antiproliferative properties that have a lot of potential in cancer therapeutics, which you can read more about here.
  3. Antioxidant – Betalains are potent as an antioxidant
  4. Detoxing – Betalains are shown to help in detoxing the body.
  5. Anti-inflammatory –  Betalains and beetroot extracts are potent anti-inflammatory agents.
  6. Boost Stamina- the NCBI conducted a test on 11 men and it proved that beetroot boosts stamina.
  7. Help your liver – In a study done beetroot juice has shown to decrease levels and activities of the majority of tested biochemical parameters, elevated by DMBA(carcinogen).
  8. Cognition – By increasing blood flow in older adults beet, high nitrates in beetroot have shown to improve cognition in the elderly.

 

 

 

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Sunscreen information and guidance

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Ultraviolet rays are responsible for a wide variety of effects on the skin. Acute responses to UVR are photo-damage, erythema, mutation, immunosuppression, synthesis of vitamin D and tanning. And chronic responses are photo-aging and photocarcinogenesis.

There are 3 types of ultraviolet (UV) rays, UVA, UVB, and UVC.

UVA rays are the ones that cause premature aging and photo-sensitivity. This UVR is not life threatening, but excessive time in the sun can lead to wrinkles, a leathery texture to your skin, hyperpigmentation (liver spots and aging spots) and sagging.

UVB rays are the rays that are out from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and are the ones most responsible for sunburn and skin cancer year round. At higher altitudes and reflective surfaces can increase UVB intensity.

UVC rays are the most damaging of the UV rays and are protected by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth’s surface.

Studies have shown that skin cancer is more prevalent in lighter skin individuals it does not discriminate on darker skin individuals. You should determine your skin type and what SPF you need.

There are 4 types of skin cancers.

Actinic Keratoses (AK) – Look like dry scaly patches.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) – Look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) – Looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then reopens.

Malignant melanoma (deadliest) – Looks like a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.

  • Reasons to wear sunscreen:
  • Decreases your risk of getting skin cancer
  • Protects your skin from sunburn
  • It sets an example for children
  • The ozone layer is depleting
  • Keeps your skin tone even
  • Keeps you looking young

Skincancer.org suggest applying sunscreen frequently, not going out into the sun with certain medications and many other interesting facts.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2671032/#R5

https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/the-skin-cancer-foundations-guide-to-sunscreens

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Toxic ingredients to avoid in your shampoo (2 min read)

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Natural and eco-friendly products are all the rage these days with environmentally concerned consumers. People are becoming more aware of these toxic chemicals in shampoos and how they pose a problem with their hair and their health. Consumers are looking for healthier and more eco-friendly products, not just shampoo.

I use to love to go and get the latest and greatest traditional shampoo, but then I started noticing how my hair was really dry, my color was fading quickly, my hair was being stripped of oils and wasn’t shiny. That was when I started ready the labels.  I was in shock and concerned.

Did you know the government does not require any tests on all personal products? They can put any damn chemical they want into a personal product, so it is important to know what you are using.

Pros of Organic Shampoo

  • Contains organic and natural (plant-derived) ingredients.
  • If your hair is colored, organic shampoo does not fade the color like traditional shampoos.
  • Promotes new hair growth by naturally stimulating the hair follicles and making your hair thicker.
  • Botanical ingredients enrich and infuse skin cells and hair follicles with natural oils, vitamins, and minerals to maintain moisture and improving the overall condition.
  • Makes your hair shiny and beautiful.
  • Organic shampoo infuses natural oils, minerals, and herbal extracts into hair follicles. It contains all natural ingredients, is a non-allergenic product, which makes it suitable for sensitive and allergy prone skin and provides nutrients.
  • Natural shampoos are environmentally friendly because they contain bio-degradable materials rather than harsh chemicals.

 

Cons of traditional shampoo

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests avoiding these chemicals in shampoo:

For starters they suggest any words ending in “paraben”, to stay away from and

  • DMDM hydantoin.
  • Imidazolidinyl urea.
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone.
  • Methylisothiazolinone.
  • Triclosan.
  • Triclocarban.
  • Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
  • Ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
  • These pertain to fragrance – “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”

The EWG created a Skin Deep Database which I think you will find very useful for finding what NOT TO BUY. They have spent many hours on research to bring you this list and it’s not just for shampoo.