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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: September Issue
Welcome to the September Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter.
Winter has well and truly got a hold in many parts of Australia and with Winter there are the usual coughs and colds, except that this year these seem to be particularly nasty. So we've included and 'oldie but a goody' - a recipe that really works and has helped many of our patients over the years.
Kitty reports on the benefits of pet ownership on kids, and there are, as always, the articles from Danny & Susan
ATTENTION - Price Rise Allert -
As you know we have not had a price rise since August 2007 and despite the increasing costs in transport, postage, etc., we have resisted increasing our prices. Unfortunately now we have to increase our prices by 5% (on average) as of the 1st of September 2008. However, any orders received before midnight on August 31 will still be processed at the old price - so don't miss out and save 5% on your next order.
We hope you will enjoy our September 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)
How Do You Know Your Skin Care Products Are Effective?
(by Wildcrafted Herbal Products)
Kick-A-Germ-Joy-Juice: A safe and effective cold and flu remedy
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Antiseptic Power of Essential Oils
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
About An Essential Oil of Interest: Cypress
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Kitty's Corner - Cats & Kids: Endless Benefits
(by Kitty the Cat)
Newsletter - September 2008
You may ask yourself from time to time whether the skincare products you are using are actually providing you with what you are looking for. You may also ask yourself, well, how would you know?
As banal as these questions may seem, they are actually important questions for you to ask, because while most skin care products provide that ‘moisturized’ feel and look, they may well not be doing much more for your skin.
So, how do you know whether the products are doing a superficial job or whether they are doing more for your skin than is initially obvious?
There are several factors to look for:
These basic and simple questions have some fairly complex underlying meanings. For example the answer to the first question will tell you whether or not your skin care products are in fact doing what they’re supposed to.
You might ask what sort of reaction am I looking for and how can I tell whether the reaction my skin is having is a positive one? Fair question.
The key is that you should see some reaction, for example your skin may react by going slightly red for a little while. Why is this good? Because ingredients such as Rose oil, for example, is intended to stimulate blood circulation - so if your checks flush after using a cream that contains the essential oil of Rose, than that is a positive reaction. What you are seeing is the actions on your skin from one of the ingredients in your product.
Similarly, if your skin starts to peal after using a product that contains Papaya extract for a few days, again your seeing the AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), naturally contained in the Papaya fruit, working on removing the dead skin layers of your skin - again, that is a good thing.
In some cases, the skin will react quite strongly to the input of some ingredients. This is where things get a little more complicated, because at this point it may be more difficult to tell whether the reaction is a positive or negative one.
So let’s look at this type of reaction a little more closely.
Firstly there are two different types of negative reactions you may experience with a product.
These two reactions are of a different type. The first, which is instantaneous, is probably an allergic reaction to at least one ingredient contained in the product (this is an over-active immune response).
The second reaction is an increasing intolerance to an ingredient; much like the lactose intolerance we hear and read about. It is initially not a problem, but increasingly your skin is reacting to a particular chemical (natural or not). This type of reaction is one of intolerance, similar to contact dermatitis.
These types of reactions may be experienced by people irrespective of whether the product they are using is natural or not. Strawberries, peanuts, cow’s milk, etc., are all natural, but some people do have negative reactions to them ranging from very mild to very severe and possibly even life threatening.
However, while the second reaction is more obviously a negative reaction, the first may not be. Let me explain. IF you are using a product that is 100% natural (or very, very close to 100%) than it is possible that the herbal ingredients, and/or essential oils may be working on correcting a problem. To find out whether the reaction is an allergic reaction and therefore a negative reaction or not you need to stop using the product and do a ‘Skin Patch Test’. (Read: ‘How to do a Skin Patch Test’.)
If the Skin Patch Test is positive, then you’re experiencing an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients in the product and you need to stop using it. However, if the Test is negative, that is, you do not get any skin reaction during the time of the testing then there are several possible causes for your skin’s reaction.
Try using less of the products less often and see if the skin’s reaction changes. If the reaction continues to occur, then it’s highly probably that your skin is reacting adversely to one or more of the ingredients and therefore you should stop using that product.
However, if the reactions stop, then the product is probably doing what it needs to do and your skin will undergo some positive changes over a period of time and become healthier.
Has your skin’s look and feel improved over the first 3 months of using the products?
This is probably much easier to answer - Yes, or No. If the answer is Yes - then the products are probably good, they appear to be working for you and that’s all you need to establish. If the answer is No - than, the products are just ‘pretenders’ and are doing little more than nothing. I say ‘probably good’ and ‘appear to be working’, because they may not be...Why, we’ll look at that in the next section.
Products that are working on the health of your skin should make an obvious difference and if they are not, than their effectiveness is zero. Change your brand and look for products that are obviously improving the health of your skin.
What happens to your skin if you do not continue using the products for several weeks?
This ties in with the previous question - Has your skin’s look and feel improved over time?
Let me explain. Some products have ingredients (usually isolated and probably synthetic ones) that will cause certain, apparently positive, reactions in your skin. Your skin will appear to have fewer wrinkles, look smoother and therefore appear to be healthier. BUT, and this is a biggie, if you stop using that product, not only will the wrinkles reappear, but usually they will be worse, deeper and more in number. Why?
This is because the product’s ingredients do not have a lasting effect. Its action is time limited and if you do not continue to reapply it, it will no longer be effective. In other words it’s ‘fixed’ nothing - it’s like symptom relief. We call these types of products fillers. They temporarily plump up the skin to smooth it out, but have no long-term beneficial effects.
So if you discontinue using your products and notice a change in your skin for the worse, chances are high that the products you are using are actually not beneficial, but detrimental to the health of your skin, because they’re just covering up the symptoms.
As you can see, finding products that work well and have a positive impact on your skin is not as easy as one might think and we all need to be careful that we’re not lead down the garden path as to their long-term effectiveness.
Using 100% natural skin and personal care products that contain several herbs, essential oils and other nutritive ingredients is a step in the right direction. The next step is to make sure that your skin will not react negatively to the ingredients and finally the effectiveness of the products needs to be established. This is done simply by actually seeing results over time and getting positive comments from other people.
Lastly, as the skin ages, its requirements change and as a result your choice of skin and personal care products should complement these changes. So, you need to stay aware of the needs of your skin and respond as necessary by including natural skin care products that are specifically formulated for ageing and mature skin.
Following the steps outlined above and thinking about the questions this articles has addressed you should be able to take the necessary steps to optimise the health and well being of your skin with suitable products.
To introduce this range of products to you we've put together a First Aid Kit at a very special price for all our Members of this Newsletter.
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This is a recipe we have used on our patients for decades. It is simple, tasty and very effective to fight the common cold.
With an ‘epidemic’ of severe colds all along the eastern seaboard of Australia, we thought it’s a good time to remind you of this magic little potion to give you a helping hand should you happen to ‘catch cold’.
Make approximately 0.5 litres of Peppermint or Lemon grass Tea and add the ingredients. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, strain, then enjoy the brew! It really tastes great.
[Note: You should also be in bed. And the tea will probably make you sweat. This is good, but be sure you drink plenty of water as well and put on some dry bed clothing when necessary.]
Drink approximately 250mls 3-5 times daily (you can keep what is left from your 1st batch hot in a thermos bottle for use later in the day, but you should make it fresh daily.
If you or the person your looking after has a fever, you may use the following suggestion. It works! We've used it with amazing success on literally hundreds of patients of ALL AGES.
Vinegar Socks - yes, that's right, Vinegar Socks.
Using natural fibre socks, soak them in white vinegar, wring them out so they do not drip, but no more than that. Put them on the person with the fever, wrap a towel around their feet. Redo this when ever the socks dry out.
You will be amazed how quickly (usually within 12 hours) the fever will go down.
IF THE FEVER STAYS UP CONSULT A QUALIFIED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, AS THIS COULD INDICATE A MORE SERIOUS REASON FOR THE FEVER ! ! !
Other hints for treating the common cold
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Antiseptic Power of Essential Oils
Essential oils are powerful substances and have been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. They are volatile, oily, fragrant substances, which can be obtained from plants in a variety of ways: sometimes by pressing (eg: cloves), sometimes by tapping (laurel, liquid Borneo camphor), sometimes by separation using heat (turpentine), and in some cases by solvents, or by enfleurage (ie: absorption of the perfume by a greasy substance from which it is afterwards separated).
Very often the Essential oils are present in such small quantities in comparison with the mass of the plant, and they adhere so strongly to the plants that contain them, that distillation of the plant is necessary.
Their power comes from their ingredients such as the terpenes and phenols, alcohols and aldehydes. The antigenetic (which means that they combat the development of germs and kill them) potency of essential oils in their vaporized state appears in the following decreasing order: lemon, thyme, orange, bergamot, juniper, clove, citronella, lavender, niaouli, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, eucalyptus, Chinese anis. This order corresponds almost exactly with the strength of essential oils studied in respect to their terpenes.
Professor Griffon, Director of the French Police Toxicology Laboratory and member of the Academy of Pharmacy and of the Higher Council for Hygiene, studied the antiseptic effect of a blend of aromatic essences (Essential oils) which included pine, thyme, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, cloves and cinnamon in the bacteriological purification of the air.
The results can be summarized as follows: 15cm from ground-level (where microbic multiplication is most important - much more so than at 60cm, 1 metre and above) the Petri dishes, which had stood open for 24 hours in a room not yet treated with the atomizer, revealed a total of 210 colonies of microscopic flora, of which 12 were moulds and 8 staphylococci. Even after only 15 minutes the dishes already held more than 62 colonies altogether, including 8 moulds and 6 staphylococci. However, 15 minutes after the room had been treated with the spray of aromatic essences, the open dishes showed a total of only 14 colonies of microbes with 4 moulds and no staphylococci; after 30 minutes the figures were found to be 4, 0, and 0 respectively. In half an hour, therefore, the aromatic essences had destroyed all the moulds and all the staphylococci in the surrounding atmosphere, leaving only 4 microbial colonies out of an original 210 (Valnet, 1980).
More recently, Cornell University describes the effects and uses of the essential oil of Basil to have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enteritidis and Escherichia coli, antiseptic activity against Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus subtilis, and Salmonella paratyph, and antifungal activity against Candida albicans, Penicillium notatum, and Microsporeum gyseum.
Oils from some species of Basil have been shown to repel insects and have larvicidal activity against houseflies, blue bottle flies, and mosquitoes. The effective concentration of the oil to kill 90% of the larva ranged from 113-283 ppm. Camphor, d-limonene, myrcene, and thymol are some of the compounds in the oil that may provide the repellent properties. Eugenol and methylchavicol may be responsible for the larvicidal activity (Cornell http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/medicinal/basil.html).
There are other reports and studies on the antiseptic effects of essential oils, however, there is no need to restate the obvious.
The key message is that most if not all essential oils have powerful antiseptic properties, they are relatively safe to use, when used appropriately, and they are totally natural. The added bonus is they also smell nice and provide a pleasant atmosphere.
The list of essential oils above, in decreasing order of antiseptic strength, can be applied in your household with relative ease. There are just a couple of things to be aware of: 1) Always use 100% pure essential oils. You do not what synthetic essential oils or dilutions; you want to purchase the pure essential oil. If you wish, you can dilute it yourself later. 2) Keep the essential oils away from children. They are potent substances and if not handled with care, they can cause harm. For example peppermint, wintergreen and other similarly potent oils will burn your skin if you applied directly onto your skin.
If you are not sure how to use essential oils, don’t be afraid to ask someone who does know and can provide you with advice and guidance.
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Botanical Name: Cupressus sempervirens
Parts Used: Leaves & Fruit
Principal Constituents: tannins analogous to those of the bark and leaves of Hamamelis; an essential oil: d-pinene, d-campene, d-sylvestrene, cymene, a ketone, sabinol, a terpenic alcohol, valeric acid, camphor of cypress (Valnet, 1992)
Cypress is an elegant and distinctive tree that occurs in many varieties/species. It is a member of the conifer Family (Coniferae) and is a relative of Pine and Cedarwood.
Cypress oil is clear and light with a dry ‘wood smoke’ aroma and is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs.
Uses in Natural Skin Care Products:
It is particularly good for oily skins and has a refining effect on oily and spongy complexions and a tightening effect on enlarged pores. It can also be used on mature and sensitive skin where there are broken superficial capillaries.
Cypress has been added to the Wildcrafted's
Uses in Traditional Medicine:
Cypress has been used in conditions such as haemorrhoids, varicose veins, ovarian dysfunction and to relieve menopausal symptoms and is considered almost miraculous in its effects.
When used in Massage and Bath Oil Blends it calms restlessness and agitation, helps overcome anxiety and depression and decreases the severity of mood swings. It is especially good for people who find it difficult to stop talking and/or thinking.
Cypress has a number of properties which include: Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antisudorific, Astringent, Deodorant, Diuretic, Hepatic, Sedative and Vasoconstrictor in local area.
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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
PS: Don't forget to order before the 1st of September when our prices will go up.
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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:
Cats & Kids: Endless Benefits
by Brad Kollus
It turns out the positive effects cats have on children are abundant. In a study of 540 four, six, and eight-year-old's, cats were found to increase pro-social behaviour and self-reliance.
Another study found that children with cats or dogs were more cooperative and had a more positive attitude toward animals than those without pets.
In one study, kindergarten students with higher levels of attachment to their pets had higher levels of self-esteem.
Other studies have found pet ownership is positively correlated with self-concept, importance, and social competence, and a National Institutes of Health Panel found that pets provide health benefits for some children.
Dr. Melson, author of Why The Wild Things Are: Animals In The Lives Of Children, says that many studies show that children with higher levels of attachment to their cats or dogs are the ones that obtain the benefits from pet ownership. She also emphasizes that it is important for parents to model positive interactions with pets.
So owning a pet seems to have many unexpected, positive effects - worth considering, isn't it?
For now, Miau from me, until next month.
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Source: Urban Animal Issue 11, 2007
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