Natural Skin Care Newsletter - August 2008


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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: August Issue

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Introduction

Welcome to the August Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter.

This month we're launching our range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams on our Website. Up until now, we have not made them readily available other than to our patients and people who have submitted a health question to our Vitrual Herbalist. Now you, our loyal Newsletter readers, are the first to have the opportunity of accessing our range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams and soon we'll also make our Therapeutic Compounds available.

As usual we have included serveral article we hope you'll find interesting and informative.

Happy reading...

Index of the August Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

Articles:

Introducing Wildcrafted's Range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams
(by Wildcrafted Herbal Products)

Ever Wondered How Essential Oils Work? Susan provides the answers
(by Susan Siegenthaler)

Stress and It's Effect on Your Skin
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

About An Essential Oil of Interest: Neroli
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital
(by Kitty the Cat)

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Introducing Wildcrafted's Range of Therapeutic Herbal Creams

 

We are reallly excited to announce the availability of our range of Therapeutic Herbal Products to you. Until now we've only made these products available to our patients, friends and family, but now you, members of our Newsletter are the first to be able to purchase our Therapeutic Herbal Products.
(If you wish to access the Therapeutic Cream Catalogue or to P
urchase any of the creams, you will need to use the links provided at the end of each products description)

This is really where Wildcrafted Herbal Products started back in the late 1970's when Susan started to make her own therapeutic herbal products for her patients. Now you too can access these little miracles in a jar.

In most, but not all, cases the Names of the creams are an indication to what they are used for. Here's a list of the products we are now making available to you:

Antiseptic Cream
Chickweed Cream
Emergency Remedy Cream
Anti-Fungal Cream
Comfrey Cream
Healing Cream
Anti-Itch Cream
Comfrey Plus Cream
Phytolacca & Camphor Cream
Analgeze Cream
Calendula Cream
Violet Cream
Arnica Cream
Golden Seal (Eyebright) Cream
Witchhazel & Stoneroot Cream

Here's a short description of each of these creams, their indications and ingredients.

All our therapeutic creams have been formulated in a 100% natural base cream, very similar to our moisturizing creams. As you know, we do not use anything artificial or synthetic in any of our products and the same goes for our therapeutic herbal creams. Just as with our skin and personal care ranges we use certified organic ingredients wherever possible.

Antiseptic Cream

Indications:
Used for minor skin infections, cuts, scratches and abrasions.

Directions for use:
Clean and gently dry affected area. Apply Wildcrafted's Antiseptic Cream and cover with a suitable dressing. Clean and re-apply the area once or twice daily.

Ingredients:
100% natural cream base, Echinacea purpurea, Hydrastis Canadensis, Commiphora mol-mol, Calendula officinalis.

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AntiFungal Cream

The herbal extracts in Wildcrafted AntiFungal Cream are known to kill fungal and viral organisms, prevent secondary infection and stimulate wound healing and healthy skin function.

Indications:
For Fungal infections of the skin and scalp, such as tinea, thrush, warts and corns.

Directions for use:
Clean and gently dry affected area. Apply Wildcrafted's AntiFungal Cream and cover with a suitable dressing. Clean and re-apply the area once or twice daily.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Chelidonium majus, Thuja occidentalis, essential oil of Tea tree, natural preservative.

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Anti-Itch Cream

Indications:
For itch or irritation associated with redness of the skin, such as prickly heat and mild contact dermatitis.

Directions for use:
Apply to area as required to relieve itching.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Urtica urens, Hypericum perforatum, Aloe vera gel, natural preservative.

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Analgeze Cream

Indications:
For relief of pain and other symptoms associated with sprains, strains and tears of muscles and ligaments. Analgeze Cream reduces swelling and inflammation, restores local circulation to the injured area and relieves pain.

Directions for use:
Apply to affected area as required.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base with Linseed oil, essential oils of Wintergreen and White Pine, Arnica montana, Ruta graveolens, natural preservative.

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Arnica Cream

Indications:
For bruising and swelling. Arnica helps to rapidly clear bruising and swelling associated with trauma and injury, thus facilitating healing. Arnica can also prevent muscle soreness when used immediately following physical activity.

Warning:
Not to be taken internally and should be used with care by people with blood clotting disorders.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Arnica montana, natural preservative.

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Chickweed Cream

Indications:
To relieve the symptoms associated with mild eczema and psoriasis where there is itching, swelling, and redness.

Directions for use:
Apply as required to relieve symptoms.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Stellaria media, Chamomile blue, natural preservative.

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Comfrey Cream

Indications:
To assist in the healing of wounds and to prevent formation of scar tissue associated with wounds. Comfrey should not be used on open or infected wounds.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Allantoin, Symphytum officinale radix, natural preservative.

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Comfrey Plus Cream

Indications:
To relieve pain associated with traumatic injury to nerves, joints, bone, muscles and connective tissues and with post-operative trauma. Comfrey Plus also stimulates rapid healing.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Allantoin, Symphytum officinale radix, Arnica montana, Hypericum perforatum, natural preservative.

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Calendula Cream

Indications:
A safe and soothing cream for use on minor cuts, burns and abrasions. Also, suitable and safe for use to prevent and relieve nappy rash.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Calendula offcinale, essential oil of Lavender, natural preservative.

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Golden Seal (Eyebright) Cream

Indications:
For relief of symptoms associated with conjunctivitis, styes and ulcers. Eyebright Cream with Golden Seal is soothing and antiseptic.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Euphrasia officinalis, Hydrastis Canadensis, natural preservative.

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Emergency Remedy Cream

Indications:
For all traumatic injuries and shock.

Directions for use:
Apply to the affected area to relieve pain and psychological trauma.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Rescue Remedy and Crab Apple Remedy, natural preservative.

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Healing Cream

Indications:
For moderately severe wounds, burns and ulcers. Healing Cream relieves symptoms, prevents infection and stimulates rapid healing.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Allantoin, Symphytum officinale radix, Calendula officinalis, essential oil of Lavender, Vitamins A & E (micelle), Chamomile Blue, natural preservative.

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Phytolacca & Camphor Cream

Indications:
For relief of sore breasts associated with pre-menstrual syndrome, mastitis and breast-feeding engorgement.

Directions for use:
Massage gently into breasts, with movements towards the armpit, as needed. If breast-feeding, apply after feeding, massaging towards the nipple.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Phytolacca decandra radix, essential oil of White Camphor, natural preservative.

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Violet Cream

Indications:
To relieve symptoms of skin conditions where there is abnormal cell growth.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Allantoin, Phytolacca decandra radix, Viola odorata, Trifolium pratense, Symphytum officinale radix, Vitamins A & E (micelle), natural preservative.

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Witchhazel & Stoneroot Cream

Indications:
To relieve the symptoms of internal and external haemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Directions for use:
Apply to the affected area twice daily and as needed to relieve swelling, pain and bleeding.

Ingredients:
Natural cream base, Hamamelis virginia, Collinsonia canadensis, essential oil of Cypress, natural preservative.

Buy This Cream

If you are not sure which cream would suite your particular problem or none of the creams above address your health issue, please contact us or use our Vitrual Herbalist form to submit your question to us. Only Susan or Danny will look at your submission and if necessary get in touch with you to ask you further questions in order to answer your questions.

 

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Ever Wondered How Essential Oils Work? – Susan provides the answers

The odoriferous substances (Essential oils) themselves are formed in the chloroplasts (the bits in leaves that give them the colour and allow for photosynthesis) of the leaves where they combine with glucose to form glucides and are then circulated around the plant in this form. At certain times of the day or year they are stored in particular parts of the plant.

In some plants, the essential oils are produced by the secretory tissues, and in others they are combined with glycosides, and are therefore not detectable until the plant is dried or crushed, for example Valerian.

Essential oils are considered to be an important part of the plant's metabolism: some have hormonal activity, others are a stage in some other process, for example - the oil found in the rind of the orange is a stage in Vitamin A synthesis.

Essential oils can be found in almost any part of the plant, in differing concentrations, depending on the plant itself, the time of day and year. They may be found in the roots (e.g.: Calamus and Valerian), flowers (e.g. Lavender, Rose), bark (e.g. Sandalwood, Cedarwood), fruits (e.g.: Lemon, Cardamom, Orange), berries (e.g. Juniper), and leaves (e.g. Thyme, Rosemary, Sage).

Plants which contain essences must be picked at the correct time of day and in the correct season, and in particular weather conditions in order that a maximum yield of the essential oils can be obtained, and of course, as with all medicinal or nutritional plants, soil conditions, and climatic conditions will also dictate the quality of the oils obtained.

Heavy, concentrated oils are called ABSOLUTES, for example: Rose and Jasmine. Oils which are solid at room temperature and which must be warmed before use are called BALSAMS, for example Benzoin and Camphor.

HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?

Essential oils are known to have an effect on us in three different, but overlapping, ways.

  • On the physical body, both locally and systemically, via the lymphatic and blood circulation.
  • On the mind and emotions via the Sense of Smell and the Limbic System.
  • On the “Etheric Energy System” of the body via the energy vibration of the individual oils themselves.



The Way Essential Oils Effect the Physical Body

When Essential oils are applied to the surface of the body, either via Massage, Baths, Compresses, Creams or Lotions, they will have an effect locally (i.e. the site at which they are applied), and Systemically (i.e. throughout the body). The Systemic effect occurs when essential oils are absorbed through the skin into the Lymphatic Circulation, and they are then dumped from the Lymphatic circulation into the blood stream.

Once the oils are circulating in the blood, they are carried to their TARGET ORGAN/S, where they exert a therapeutic effect on the specific tissues. Every Essential oil has its own Target Organ, e.g. Juniper oil targets the urinary tract and kidneys in particular, with secondary effects on the Digestive, Respiratory and Reproductive Systems. Chamomile Oil targets the Nervous System via which it can then exert a broad effect on many other body Systems, like the Digestive Tract for example.

Even when Essential oils are inhaled only, say in the form of a steam inhalation for a cold or as a fumigator for a background “psychological” effect, the oils will be absorbed across the mucous membranes of the Respiratory Tract and lungs into the blood stream, where once again, they can travel around the body very rapidly.

If essential oils are taken orally, their absorption through the Mucosa (the lining) of the stomach and into the blood is very rapid. Very few essential oils are actually ‘digested’, which is fortunate as their Therapeutic principles may well be altered if this were the case.

The reason why Essential Oils behave in this manner in the body is because the molecules of which they are composed are organic molecules and very small indeed. Below are some of the more common Therapeutic Properties which can be obtained by using Essential Oils.



SOME THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES OF ESSENTIAL OILS

1. ANTISEPTIC

All essential oils are to a greater or lesser extent ANTISEPTIC. This is one of their most important and valuable properties. This broad description of ANTISEPSIS includes anti viral, antifungal, anti-bacterial and general anti-microbial activity which is found in such oils as: Lemon, Thyme, Tea Tree, Garlic, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Pine, Lavender and Sandalwood.

2. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Oils with this property help to ease inflammation. The symptoms of inflammation are typified by pain, redness, swelling, and partial or total loss of function of the tissue involved. Examples of oils with this property are Chamomile, Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, Myrrh and Benzoin.

3. CYTOPHYLACTIC

Restoration of tissue function and regeneration of cells is another outstanding property of essential oils. Oils such as Pine, Basil and Rosemary are known to restore function to the adrenal glands, Jasmine, Cypress, and Ylang Ylang restore function of reproductive endocrine glands, lavender and chamomile stimulate cell regeneration in the skin.

4. SEDATIVE

Essential oils may also have a pronounced effect on the nervous system by producing relaxation, pain relief and relieving muscle spasm. Oils with these properties include Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Geranium and Ylang Ylang.

However, the most outstanding property possessed by essential oils is their antiseptic property.

This is well documented in Dr Jean Valnet's book, "The Practice of Aromatherapy" and he discusses at length the effects of specific oils in relation to the control of extremely virulent microbes like Meningitis bacteria, Golden Staphylococcus bacteria and typhoid bacteria.

Hopefully this provides you with insight into how these wonderful and powerful substances work.

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Stress and It's Effect on Your Skin

Stress has become a daily factor in our everyday lives. Work, relationships, petrol prices, mortgage rates, peak-hour traffic, the list goes on. But most of us take it for granted that stressful situations are part of our everyday lives and for the most part aren’t aware of just how stressed we actually are.

Believe it or not, stress can underlie almost every disease known to man. It is nearly always listed as a cause of almost every disease. Stress acts on the body, mind and emotions and can adversely affect your skin triggering conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, hives, rosacea, warts, or shingles, just to mention a few.

Alternative medicine has long recognized that ongoing day-to-day stress adversely impacts the immune system as well as other systems in our body such as the digestive-, nervous-, reproductive-, cardiovascular systems and so on. In fact stress can adversely affect every system in our bodies.

Think about this for a second - stress has the potential to cause, or contribute to causing almost every disease known to medical science.... That's amazing and scary!

There are lots of books and other information on how to help recognize and manage stress in your life, and I won't go into a lengthy how to manage and recognize stress session here.

This article focuses on how stress will show up and affect your skin - especially your facial skin.

 

How Does Stress Affect Your Skin?

Stress will affect your skin in the following way: Constriction/tension of muscles and other tissues causes reduction of blood flow into the very small blood vessels that provide the blood and thus nutrients to the skin. In doing so, stress can has a detrimental effect on your skin by starving it of blood, oxygen and nutrients. This leaves the skin susceptible to attack.

In addition, emotional or mental trauma/stress can cause you to frown or pout, and constant muscular contractions, can eventually become permanent lines and wrinkles – hence the silly invention of Botox to paralyze your muscles so you can’t frown...

Someone once said that your parents are responsible  for how you look until your 30  - after that it's your responsibility...

So are you smiling or frowning more often during the day...? Both produce different lines on your face - don't believe me - look in the mirror and smile, then frown - see. Which do you like better?  

Frowning and pouting causes your neck and facial muscles to tense up and this in turn reduces blood flow to the skin, which is in part responsible for causing facial lines and wrinkles prematurely.

Did you know that smiling requires a lot less effort and energy than frowning? And that it's better for you? Did you know that smiling can actually make you feel happier?

Scientists and psychologists have found that the muscles around our mouth and jaw that allow you to smile actually stimulate a specific part of our brain that is linked to our emotions.  When these brain cells are stimulated, they make us feel happy. So, even if you feel sad, irritated, angry or frustrated, just by smiling, it will make you feel better. Aside from this physical benefit of smiling, a smile to others often makes them feel happier.

Picture this. If someone greets you every morning with a sullen and sulky face, it does not help you to feel any better, in fact, it will also dampen your mood. If you are met, however, with a cheerful smile and a friendly greeting, you easily catch the happy mood and you start  the day with enthusiasm. This simple yet very effective technique of bonding  and motivating others is an underestimated and undressed skill.

Wouldn't it be great if we could train ourselves to smile instead of frown? To have a 'permanent smile' on our faces? We'd end up with happy lines on our faces and lots of other faces smiling back at us - good idea?

Here's a very simple way that you can start changing the lines on your face and reduce the effect of stress on you body without buying anything, reading any books or spend any money.

One way you can have this 'training' start right now is by asking someone you live with or a trusted friend to make an agreement  with you - each of you agrees that when the other one is seen to be frowning,  they get charged a frowning fee - say $1.00 and this is put into a jar. At the end of a month, you both get to go out and do something which will bring you joy or make you happy. That's got to be worth trying, No?

 

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About An Essential Oil of Interest: Neroli oil

 

skin care naturallyBiological Name: Citrus aurantium

Family: Rutaceae

Other Names:  None

Parts Used: Flowers

Neroli oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flower buds of the same plant. The oil is yellowish in colour and has a floral-citrusy aroma which is nothing short of heavenly and it takes one tonne of flowers to obtain one kilogram of oil - hence, this is another of the more expensive essential oils.

Applications in Aromatherapy:


Uses in Natural Skin Care Products:

Being a very gentle oil in its action, Neroli is generally used for dry, sensitive and mature skin types and is considered invaluable in skin care. It can be found in in the following Wildcrafted Herbal Products:

 

Skin Renewal Gel


125ml

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Hydrating Cleanser


100ml

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Papaya Day Crème




50g

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Ginseng Hydrator for Men
(Dry Skin)


125ml

More Information

 

Traditional Medicinal Uses:

Neroli’s primary activity is directed to the nervous system and the skin and has been used as a remedy where symptoms arise due to stress and anxiety or depression. It is reputed to be effective in controlling palpitations, stimulates and calms digestion, and is used for a variety of skin problems.

As an ingredient of Massage or Bath Oil blends, Neroli has beneficial effects as an anti-depressant, helps relieve stress and depression and overcomes nervous tension of all kinds.

 

The information provided here is not for the purpose of self diagnosis or self treatment. It is provided for the sole purpose of providing general information about herbs used in herbal medicine. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months.

Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

© Copyright: Wildcrafted Herbal Products, 2008

Wildcrafted's Natural Skin Care Newsletter - Back Issues

Kitty's Corner

Kitty

Hello to you all, and a hearty Miau.

I hope you found last month's article interesting and helpful.

This month we'll look at:

Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital

Eagles Nest Wildlife Sanctuary was founded by owner Harry Kunz in 2001. He created a place for injured, sick, orphaned and unreleasable wildlife, with his 20 years of experience as a wildlife caregiver.

My mum and dad have met Harry while they had their clinic in Cairns (north Queensland) and have at times helped him raise orphaned baby flying foxes. They frequently visited him and were amazed at the number of animals Harry cares for. He’s built large cages for the big birds like the hawks and eagles that cannot be released back into the wild so that they can actually fly around and have a high quality of life.

He also breeds mice for them to make sure they get the type of food they would get in the wild. – Yummy, I love mice…

But Harry goes way beyond that, the animals get medical treatment, are fed with love and wherever possible are eventually released back into the wild, with special preparation for the young ones.

Harry is specialized in birds of prey and houses three unreleasable Wedge tail-eagles plus lots of other raptors. He also has the permit for research und educational training. Researchers, scientists and volunteers are always welcome.

Since November 2003 Harry receives support from his partner, Karin. She cares mainly for the orphaned kangaroos, possums and small marsupials.

Harry runs the sanctuary only with his own money and occasional donations. But that only goes so far and the costs for medication, fuel and food but also has risen sharply of late.

Wildcrafted Herbal Products proudly support Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital and if you would like to help Harry and Karin your donation will go to a very worthwhile cause.

Please make a donation to help them help our wildlife.

Donate_to_Eagles_Nest

You can contact Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital Inc.

Harry Kunz & Karin Traub
P.O.B. 282
Ravenshoe 4888
QLD/Australien (Australia)
Ph & Fax:
0061 (0)7 4097 6098
e-mail: eagle_save@hotmail.com
Website:
www.wildlife-sanctuary.info/

For now, Miau from me, until next month.

Paw

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