8 Herbs for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Why we love the Gotu Kola herb and why it’s in our Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve! –

Forget expensive beauty creams or dangerous treatments and get familiar with gotu kola. Gotu kola speeds up the formation of collagen while reducing the formation of scar tissue because of its anti-inflammatory agents known as glucosides, explains Balick. Plus, its been shown to be helpful in the treatment of varicose veins.

Source: 8 Herbs for Beautiful Skin and Hair

Why Rosehip Is One Of Our Favourite Ingredients

 

Rosehip is one of our favourite ingredients to use and although it’s become fashionable lately, we love it because it’s been a traditional ingredient in food and skincare for thousands of years. Going as far back as the ancient Egyptians, it seems Rosehip’s benefits and qualities as a food and skincare ingredient have been known and treasured since then. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Native Americans are all known to have used it. And during World War II, its high vitamin C content meant that both civilians and troops used it as an important supplement.

We all know of the unique beauty and scent of the rose flower and rosehips are the fruit of that flower. Bright red and containing the seeds of the rose plant, they also contain a surprising number of nutrients and benefits which, when pressed, make rosehip seed oil an excellent oil for skin that’s sensitive, dry or going through stress and change.

Like other oils, it’s cold-pressed, unrefined, premium rosehip oil which contains most of its nutrients; as heat, chemicals, solvents and other methods used to commercially refine the oil affect the oil’s quality and purity. How can you tell if the rosehip oil you’ve bought is as pure as claimed? It should be a strong reddish-orange colour. If it’s clear or yellow in colour, then it’s unfortunately a highly refined version of the oil.

With exceptionally high levels of essential and unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic and linolenic acids, rosehip seed oil is known for its invigorative and regenerative abilities. Helping return elasticity to the skin, restore its moisture, and even restore damaged and photoaged skin,  rosehip seed oil is perfect for skin that’s going through stress and strain. And with its gentle profile, low incidence of sensitivity, and food-grade history, that’s why it’s a central addition to our Mother’s range!

 

Edible Weeds: Dandelion, Nasturtium, Gotu Kola

Edible Weeds: Dandelion, Nasturtium, Gotu Kola

Why we love Gotu Kola! It grows all over Nanna’s garden, and is such a wonderful herb, which is why we use it in our Gotu Kola & Calendula Rich Cream Salve! –

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica), also known as Asian pennywort, is a perennial with small kidney-shaped leaves that is commonly found in warmer parts of Australia. It has been shown to boost brain function and is effective in treating wounds and varicose veins.

Described as “a pharmacy in one herb”, gotu kola contains vitamins A, B, C and D and minerals including calcium, chromium, cobalt, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, selenium, silica and zinc.

It has been used for thousands of years in India and China to improve mental clarity, heal wounds and treat respiratory infections, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM). Gotu kola is commonly used today to treat varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency, a condition where blood vessels lose their elasticity, causing blood to pool in the legs, which then become swollen.

“Studies suggest gotu kola may help reduce swelling and improve circulation,” says UMM.Gotu kola also contains compounds called triterpenoids, which have been shown to help heal wounds.

Source: Edible Weeds: Dandelion, Nasturtium, Gotu Kola

Chamomile may help women live longer | Toronto Sun

We use it in our Calendula Remedy and Baby Oil – why it pays to drink it too, especially if you’re a woman! –

Based on the results for elderly residents of five U.S. states, it appears that food or beverages containing chamomile don’t do much for men. But the women in the study who consumed chamomile had a 33 percent lower risk of death than those who didn’t. “We were not surprised to find an association between chamomile and decreased mortality,” lead study author Bret Howrey, a researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said by email. Howrey and colleagues asked a group of about 1,700 Mexican-Americans aged 65 and older in 2000-2001 whether they used chamomile, a common ingredient in teas as well as herbal dietary supplements. Then, they reviewed death records through 2007 to see if there was any connection between mortality and chamomile use. For the whole group, consuming chamomile appeared to lower the risk of death by 29 percent. After adjusting for socioeconomic factors, lifestyle choices and other medical conditions, women who used chamomile still lowered their death risk by 28 percent.

Source: Chamomile may help women live longer | Life | Toronto Sun

5 Oils from Your Kitchen You Can Add to Your Beauty Routine | Earth911.com

5 Oils from Your Kitchen You Can Add to Your Beauty Routine | Earth911.com

 

We’re big lovers of olive oil – only the extra virgin cold-pressed variety of course! If you’re thinking of going natural, or simplifying your beauty routine, using all-natural high quality vegetable oils is a great start! –

Olive Oil

You’ve probably heard that olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, but it is also a good moisturizer for sensitive skin, according to the Loyola University Health System. They’ve found that olive oil is gentle enough that it is even appropriate for infant skin care.

Olive oil is a skin conditioning and cleansing agent, and you can use it on both your skin and hair. Tsh at the blog Simple Mom explains the method she uses for washing her face with olive oil, and Crunchy Betty, a blog dedicated to trying out natural beauty tips, offers advice for how to treat dry hair with it.

Click 5 Oils from Your Kitchen You Can Add to Your Beauty Routine | Earth911.com to read the full article.