Natural Skin Care Newsletter - November 2008

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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: November Issue

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

Christmas is just around the corner and soon it will be 2009. I don't know about you, but I only just got used to writing 2008 on cheques, letters and so on - I actually think someone is speeding up time...

To celebrate Spring and the upcoming festive season we've put together a Special Offer for our Newsletter Members to get you in the mood.

Kitty gives us all a lesson on the Laws of Physics as applied to Cats, and as usual there are several articles you just might find interesting and informative.

We hope you will enjoy our November Newsletter.

Happy reading..


Index of the November 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)


Special Members Only Spring Offer

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Cellulite
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Your Skin Can Be An Asset Or A Liability
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Spider bites, flea bites, mosquito bites and bee stings: Discover how essential oils can help
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

About A Herb of Interest: Meadowsweet
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - The Laws of Physics - as applied to cats
(by Kitty the Cat)

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Cellulite

The first sign of cellulite is every woman’s nightmare. Cellulite is an irregular accumulation of fatty cells immediately underneath the skin, which leads to a dimpled appearance known as cellulite or ‘orange skin’. So, let’s take a closer look at cellulite, what it is, why mainly women get it and how you can get rid of it.

What is Cellulite?

In addition to the secretory portions of sweat glands, the hypodermis (subcutaneous connective tissue which lies just below your skin) contains lobules of adipose tissue (tissue containing fat-cells), which are separated by strands of collagenous fibers, called septae.  When these septae become excessively filled with well-nourished adipocytes (fatty cells), the surface of the skin becomes dimpled and the appearance is known as cellulite.

Cellulite occurs around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. Because of the close proximity of cellulite is to the surface of the skin, it creates a dimpled appearance in those body regions.

It occurs mostly in women as well as in some men, and can affect most age groups. Even if you do not have a weight problem, eat healthy food, drink plenty of fluid and exercise on a regular basis, you can still have cellulite.

It is estimated that about 85% of women have some cellulite. Cellulite can begin developing in teenagers, but more commonly begins to show itself in the late 20’s, early 30’s. Factors that are attributed to the development of cellulite are: age, genetic predisposition, Hormonal changes, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise. However, even fit and healthy top athletes can and do get cellulite. Basically the reason women get cellulite is because women have to store fat to give them enough calories to get them through pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What Can You Do and What Works To Rid Yourself of Cellulite?

For starters, be patient. Anything you are going to do that will ultimately bring results will take time.


Lymphatic drainage massage, and specific massage strokes such as effleurage, frictions, tapotement, and kneading will help to remove the build up of fat deposition. You will need to have regular massages, at least once per week for 6-12 months, depending on the amount of cellulite needing to be removed. As the months pass, however, you will start to see a difference, very slow at first, but if you continue this form of treatment, you will see a difference.



The use of essential oils in lotions and creams can indeed help to break down cellulite. Essential oil of Mandarin, which is a citrus oil, will help to break down fat. The way to get the best effect is to use a product like Wildcrafted’s Mandarin Toning Lotion, applied to your thighs and buttocks, or where ever you have cellulite, rap this area with Glad wrap, and allow the lotion to work for about 20 minutes. Repeat this at least 3 times per week.

The best results are obtained by applying the lotion to the affected area, wrapping Glad wrap around these areas followed by 15-20min of gentle exercise, such as going for a walk, riding a bike (exercise bike) or using a treadmill.

In addition, combine this regime with a healthy diet, ample intake of water and some exercise, and you will start to see a difference over time. Again, be patient. This will not work in a day or two.

Aromatherapy Oil Bend to help reduce cellulite

Using the same essential oils as are contained in Wildcrafted's Mandarin Toning Lotion, namely, Mandarin, Lemon, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon grass and Peppermint you can make an oil blend using 6 drops each into 50ml of Almond or Apricot oil. After a bath, shower or exercise gently massage a few drops of the oil into the affected areas of your body. Do this twice a day.


Various Machines

There are a couple of machines that seem to provide results. One of these is called the Tri-Active and the other the Velasmooth and both of these machines do improve the problem, however, they are expensive, and only the Velasmooth is available in Australia at a cost of $150.- per session! Results are starting to be noticed after 4-6 months of weekly sessions.

Your best bet is to combine the massage with a lotion such as the Mandarin Toning Lotion, a regular exercise regime and a good, healthy, well-balanced diet.

Assault Your Cellulite

Usually doing one thing on its own will not produce long-term effects. For example if you decide you will exercise every day for 20 minutes, focusing on your thighs, you will get trim muscles and you will loose some of the cellulite, but even athletes have cellulite, so what chance have we, non-athletes, got?

On the other hand if you go on a diet, the same sort of thing happens. You will loose weight, probably, and you will start to feel healthier and more energetic, but the cellulite will likely only reduce and not disappear.

Similarly, you can buy a variety of products, all of which claim to work, and many of them probably could, but in the long-term, it is not likely that you will be able to get rid of the cellulite totally.

The only way that you can get rid of cellulite is to combine the three. Eat fresh, wholesome foods, do not eat processed food; stay away from coffee, alcohol and sweet soft drinks. Instead drink diluted fruit juice/vegetable juice, at least 2 litres of water every day and keep all other drinks to a minimum.

In addition, exercise at least 3 times every week. Find an exercise you enjoy, because if you don't, you won't do it long-term. The exercise you choose needs to become a hobby, that way you look forward to doing it rather then a have to do.

Finally to specifically target the areas of cellulite deposition, use a cream or lotion that contains a range of essential oils that include Lemon, Mandarin and others.

Citrus oils break down fat. They also are readily absorbed through the skin and thus directly affect the fat cells stored just below the superficial layers of the skin. One such product is Wildcrafted's Mandarin Toning Lotion. It contains the mix of citrus oils that are known to target fat cells in the skin.

The best results are achieved if after you apply the Mandarin Toning Lotion, you wrap the body-parts in Glad wrap and do some gentle exercise such as going for a walk or a gentle bike ride. After this exercise, have a shower, reapply the toning lotion and rest for 15 minutes.

If you do this and follow the suggestions above with respect to diet and fluid intake, you will see significant result, but only if you stick to it and continue the process over several months (6 months plus).

Another form of cellulite treatment is getting regular massages. Yes, they certainly can help in reducing the cellulite, but again it will take many months before you start to see the results.

Treating cellulite is a long-term multi-facetted approach and there is no such thing as a quick fix here.

We hope these tips will help some of you begin to get a grasp on how to go about getting rid of your cellulite. Be persistent, patient and make it fun.


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Are You Creating An Asset Or A Liability

Your skin can be one of your greatest assets if it is looked after and properly cared for, or become an expensive liability. It’s all in the way you treat it.

We hear a lot these days about skin care, skin care for the metro-sexual man, anti-aging skin care, anti-wrinkle crèmes, and so on. But what is skin care?

What exactly is Skin Care?

Skin-care consists of two words - Skin and Care. Quite obvious really, but let’s look at exactly what that term means. Anything that is taken good care of will look last and function better for longer and retain its value.

Maybe we should think about skin care in terms of ‘Skin maintenance’, rather than skin care, because there are several factors that constitute good skin care. Consider that your skin is involved in both absorption as well as elimination of chemicals, and plays a very important role as part of your immune system; does it not stand to reason then, that the healthier your skin is, the better it will be able to fulfil these functions?

Most people think of skin care as keeping your skin clean and if it gets dry, using a moisturiser and that’s that. Well, it’s a start, but far from constituting skin care or maintenance of skin function.

Information on exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturising is readily available, and both men and women of all ages should follow these basic skin care concepts, however, as we become older, the type of maintenance needs to change and the skin care regime that is relevant in your 20’s changes as we move through our 30’s, 40’s, 50's and beyond.

Skincare is a necessity, not a luxury

Your skin is a valuable asset. Treat it well, and you will reap the rewards, treat it badly and it could ultimately kill you!

Skin cancer is a growing concern in the health industry. As the Ozone layer is under ever increasing pressure and indeed thinning over some parts of the World, UV radiation is reaching the Earth’s surface in greater concentration and this is not only having a detrimental effect on our climate and ecosystems, but also affects each and every one of us directly on a day-to-day basis.

UV rays have been shown to cause skin cancer. Getting sunburn is now accepted as a leading cause for skin cancer and guarding against it is not quite as simple as staying out of the sun, or slapping on some sunscreen.

Maintaining a good skin care regime is now more important than ever, and consists of several important parts:

  • Follow a daily skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising; using a gentle exfoliant on a regular basis and applying a natural clay mask once or twice a week.

  • Eating a well balanced, healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, grains and lean meat is paramount to supplying your skin with the nutrition it needs to function at its optimal level.

  • Water – you cannot under estimate the body’s need for being well hydrated. Medial research shows that your body requires at least 2-3 litres of water per day to maintain its functions. Try to use filtered water, as it contains fewer chemical additives such as chlorine, etc., which can have negative health effects.

    If you need to be convinced that you really do need to filter your drinking water, just ask any of the people that work on water meters and they will tell you willingly the sort of things that get stuck in them and deteriorate over time – eels are just one of those things that get stuck and decompose in your water meter…

    Dehydration is not as obvious as one might think and can be chronic with few or no symptoms. If you are physically active, you will need to drink even more than 3 litres per day.
  • Exercise – Now you do not have to be a ‘Gym-Junky’, but being unfit will have consequences that you will ultimately not appreciate; go for a walk 3-4 times a week; use the stairs not the elevator; park the car further away from the office or the shops; join a walking club; ride a bike; play tennis, golf or another sport that gets your body moving – you don’t have to be an Olympic champion you know, but get moving and have fun.

Finally, there is one more important consideration in the maintenance of your skin – should you use natural skin care products or will any products do?

The answer is NATURAL, naturally. Think about it from this point of view: When you buy food, do you look for ‘no artificial colouring’, ‘no artificial flavours’, ‘contains not GMO’s (genetically modified organisms), etc., or don’t you care?

What about your drinks, do you not look for 100% natural, low in salt, no artificial this or that, no added sugar, etc., of course you do. Well, you need to treat what you put on you skin with the same scrutiny, because it absorbs nutrients whether they are natural or not; it will absorb these chemicals into the tissue and it will then be able to use them, or not.

Natural vs Synthetic

Natural substances are much more easily assimilated in your body and are also more easily eliminated via your Kidneys or Liver once they’ve performed their functions. Synthetic chemicals, on the other hand, may not be able to be eliminated by your body and are thus stored in a range of tissues.

This is where these chemicals can become a potential problem, because cumulative absorption without the ability of elimination can create toxic levels in your body and that is what will potentially do you harm. Just think about the example of Lead. One exposure is unlikely to do you harm, but repeated, long-term exposure will increase your chance of getting Lead poisoning.

As scientific research is becoming more and more sophisticated, we are discovering more information about how our bodies work, how foods interact in our systems and how some foods contain substances which are not able to be made synthetically.

Phyto-estrogens (chemicals naturally found in some plants) are just one example of naturally occurring substances which are essential to the well being of our bodies. Similarly, herbal extracts, essential oils, fruit extracts and so on, all contain naturally occurring chemicals, many of which science is unable to make synthetically due to their complexity in structure.

This results in the synthetic version of a plant extract (often in concentrated forms) not being the same as the natural version and as such can in fact have different effects and even side effects.

An old, but good example is Aspirin. We are all aware by now, that Aspirin can cause stomach irritation. The active ingredient in Aspirin is salicylic acid. It naturally occurs in the bark of the White Willow tree. The big difference between taking Aspirin as opposed to the herbal extract of the White Willow bark, is that in the herbal extract there are many more substances contained that have secondary effects – one substance for example is a mucilaginous substance, which has the function of protecting your stomach lining!

Guess what, there is nothing in Aspirin (from the chemist) that acts to protect your stomach – That’s the difference between using natural versus artificially manufactured synthetic substances.

If you follow the above steps and invest in your asset, you will gain the benefits - don’t and it may cost you dearly.

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Spider bites, flea bites, mosquito bites and bee stings:
Discover how essential oils can help

Australia seems to have some of the most venomous critters in the world. There are deadly spiders, such as the Sydney Funnel Web and the Red Back spider, there are numerous snakes and of course then there are all the biting insects ranging from Mosquitoes to fleas as well as ants, Honey Bees and of course the European wasp, just to mention a few.

Spring is the beginning of the emergence of these critters and as the days get warmer, the flies, mosquitoes, spiders and even the snakes become active.

In this article, we will not focus on the deadly bites from spiders or insects, rather, we will focus on bites from various insects and spiders that can be painful and cause skin irritations, but do not usually cause death. These include, but are not limited to, various ants, fleas, mosquitoes, some spiders, the European honey bee and of course the European wasp.

Bites from spiders, fleas, mosquitoes and bee stings are common and every body gets stung or bitten by some ‘bug’ sooner or later. Mostly it’s mosquitoes or fleabites, ants or some other sting or bite from an insect or small spider and most of the time these bites will irritate the skin and little more, unless you have a particular allergy. Allergies to stings from the European honey bee for example have been known to cause death, however, this is not very common and usually the sting results in pain, redness and swelling around the area of the sting.

Apart from the very nasty critters that have too much poison for our good, most mosquito bites and similar stings are for the most part just very irritating and can be addressed with some very simple, yet potent essential oils.

Spider bites for example can be treated by applying 2-3 drops of Basil oil onto a Band-Aid and applying this directly on to the bite. Replace the band-aid 2-3 times per day. You should notice a considerable improvement over the first 24 hours. Basil oil has been reported to be able to neutralise many toxins from spider bites and other insects, and has many therapeutic properties including: analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.

In addition, some people may have a mild to moderately severe allergic reaction to bites from fleas or mosquitoes and again essential oils come to the rescue.

Apart from Basil oil, you can use Lavender oil for example to sooth irritated skin very quickly and disinfect the area at the same time. Lavender is well known for it’s wound healing and antiseptic properties, which makes it an ideal first aid treatment from minor bites and stings. Some of Lavender’s therapeutic properties include: antiseptic, analgesic, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, cholagogue, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, hypotensive, and sedative, to mention a few.

Similarly, Aloe Vera gel, will quickly sooth the irritated skin and help in the healing process. Aloe vera is well known for its wound healing effects and should not be underestimated in its effectiveness. Once you’ve applied the essential oils to the bite site, gently rub some Aloe vera gel over it to provide that extra relief.

To help keep away those irritating insects and avoid being bitten by Mosquitoes when you are sitting on the beach or in your backyard, use Citronella oil to keep the critters away. Citronella oil contains a natural pyrethrin and thus is excellent in repelling insects. It is reported to have many therapeutic properties including: antiseptic, bactericidal, deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and stimulant.

You can use it together with Pennyroyal on the coat of dogs and cats to keep fleas and flea bites to a minimum. But, be Warned - Do not use Pennyroyal on female dogs and cats if you are trying to bread them or if they are pregnant; Pennyroyal is a known abortifactant. You can also use an oil evaporator, you know, where you have a few drops of essential oils in a few millilitres of water in a small dish, which sits over a burning candle.

Tea tree oil - is a traditional Aboriginal remedy from Australia, which has become well known for its healing and antiseptic properties. Other therapeutic properties of Tee tree oil include: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide and stimulant. Research has demonstrated that it acts on the micro-organisms that cause common skin infections such as acne, canker sores, herpes, insect bites and nail fungus.

If these first aid treatments do not seem to be effective or symptoms get worse, you must consult a medical practitioner or better still, go to hospital as soon as possible. Try to identify the insect or spider that bit you and if possible put it into a jar and take it with you. Many antivenins are specific to a particular poison and work extremely well on a specific type of bite, however they may not be effective if the wrong poison is being treated. If you can take the animal with you, the medical staff will be able to more easily identify it and prescribe the correct antivenom for you.

However, most bites are more or less harmless and you will get great relief from using essential oils and herbs like Aloe vera. Make sure you drink lots of fluids and rest until the symptoms have improved and you are feeling getter.

So don’t let those mosquito bites, fleabites, bee stings etc., get you down, take some preventative steps and use essential oils if you do get bitten.


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About A Herb of Interest: Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)


Floral parts of plantBotanical Name:
Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim.


Other Names:
Queen of the Meadow, Bridewort, Dropwort, Filipendula ulmaria, Lady of the Meadow, Spirea, Spirea ulmaria.

Parts Used:
Roots and Flowers

Principal Constituents:

Filipendula ulmaria contains the following constituents:
Tannins (to 10%); volatile oils comprising, salicylaldehyde (to 10%) also methyl salicylate; vanilin, heliotropin, ethyl benzoate; also flavonoid glycosides including spiraeoside; slicyclic glycosides, comprising gaultherin and spiraein; Vitamin C; Sugars; minerals salts (1).


Meadowsweet is a stout perennial herb that grows to 60-120 cm tall on thick, pink aromatic root-stock. Its stems are erect, reddish, bearing alternate, acute, ovate leaves, irregularly pinnate with 2-5 pairs of leaflets, 2-8 cm long, glabrous above and whitish and tomentose beneath (1).

The flowers are faintly aromatic, white or cream in colour and display small (1-5 mm), 5-petalled, irregular paniculate cymes. Flowering occurs between mid-summer to early autumn (1).

Uses in Natural Skin Care Products:

Not used in Wildcrafted's skin & personal care range

Meadowsweet Used In Wildcrafted's Range

  • Meadowsweet is used in the Digestive Compound (Therapeutic Range).

Uses in Traditional Medicine:

Bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue (2).

Root extract:
Primarily used in the treatment of diarrhoea (1).

Flower extract:
Useful in the treatment of influenza, fluid retention, rheumatism and arthritis(1) and is used to treat the pain associated with bursitis (3).

Also considered a herb of choice for the treatment of heartburn, hyperacidity (1,2), nausea, gastritis and peptic ulceration (2).

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


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Wildcrafted's Natural Skin Care Newsletter - Back Issues

Kitty's Corner


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:

The Laws of Physics As Applied to Cats

Acceleration: A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until the cat gets good and ready to stop.

Aerodynamics: If it flies, a cat will chase it.

Dinner Table Attendance: A cat will attend all meals when anything good is served.

Disinterest: A cat's interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expends in trying to interest the cat.

Electric Blanket Attraction: Turn on an electric blanket and a cat will jump into bed at the speed of light.

Elongation: A cat can make its body long enough to reach just about any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it.

Embarrassment: A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to the cat's embarrassment times the amount of human laughter.

Energy Conservation--First Law: A cat knows that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will therefore use as little energy as possible.

Energy Conservation--Second Law: A cat knows that energy can only be stored by a lot of napping.

Fluid Displacement: A cat immersed in milk will displace its own volume, minus the amount of milk consumed.

Furniture Replacement: A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

Inertia: A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force, such as the opening of cat food or a nearby scurrying mouse.

Magnetism: All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

Milk Consumption: A cat will drink its weight in milk, squared, just to show you that the cat can do it.

Motion: A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

Obedience Resistance: A cat's resistance varies in direct proportion to a human's desire for the cat to do something.

Obstruction: A cat will lay on the floor in such a position as to obstruct the maximum amount of human foot traffic.

Pill Rejection: Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity.

Random Comfort Seeking: A cat will always seek (and usually take over) the most comfortable spot in any given room.

Refrigerator Observation: If a cat watches a refrigerator long enough, someone will come along and take out something good to eat.

Rug Configuration: No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.

Sleeping: A cat will sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved as possible, while maintaining the cat's own comfort.

Stretching: A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.

Thermodynamics: Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in the case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

Total Composition: A cat is composed of "Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn't Matter!"

For now, Miau from me, until next month.


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