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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: October & November Issue
Welcome to the October & November 2009 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. It has been a very busy two months and as a result the October issue did not get written until now.
Unlike other, previous Newsletters, this issue will focus on what has been going on here at Wildcrafted Herbal Products, but of course we'll also include an article or two and provide information we hope you will find useful.
News from Wildcrafted Herbal Products
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Therapeutic versus Cosmetic Effect of Natural Skin & Personal Care Products
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
How Do Different Seasons Affect Your Skin?
(by Susan & Danny Siegenthaler)
About An Essential Oil of Interest: Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (Backhousia citriodora)
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)
Newsletter - October & November 2009
As some, if not all of you would be aware, we have finally taken the step of opening a retail store where you can experience our full range of products. Not just the skin and personal care range, but our entire therapeutic range as well.
It all started about two months ago, when Susan spotted an advertisement for a vacant shop. More like a house, really. So we went and had a look and met the owner...the rest is now history.
The building, an old produce supply store, is over 100 years old and has had many other businesses in it. It was run down to say the least, but it had huge potential and that's what we saw.
We did not see the work that would be required to get it to what we 'saw' in our minds. All we could think about is getting the whole thing on the way. And what a way it turned out to be....
After a major clean up and the removal of some walls, the space we needed to convert to our vision looked like this: see picture on the right.
This area is approximately 100 meters square and will be where we'll be holding classes such as Tai Chi and hold seminars and workshops on a regular basis.
It is a big space with lots of possibilities.
In the background you can see what would become the shop side of things (blue walls on top of the stairs). That is, the shop is actually what we call Wildcrafted Cottage. Where Susan is standing is the area where we will be teaching Tai Chi and hold other classes and seminars.
To the right you can see a door-way (it looks quite yellow) and that will be one of the treatment rooms of the clinic. The clinic part will be called Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre. This is where Susan and I will be seeing patients and later we may have other practitioners that will be working for us.
Our vision on paper looks like this:
The layout is quite simple. There is the shop side and the clinic side and in between there's the space to hold classes and workshops. As I mentioned before, Wildcrafted Cottage will be the retail side of the business, while Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre is the clinic side.
We think this layout will serve our purposes well and allow for the two sides of the business to work not only hand-in-hand, but they will complement each other.
Once we had a floor plan, we got the builders in to do the reconstructing of walls. The electrician was called in to check the age-old wiring; the plumber to re-organise sinks and the hot water system and then Susan and I got to work.
Well, it wasn’t quite like this, we all worked more or less at the same time, or worked such that we did not get in each other’s way, but basically the tradesmen came, did their bit and left. All the major building was finished after 3 weeks.
Having always harboured a feeling of wanting to be able to do carpentry, here was my chance to get my hands 'dirty'.
While the workmen where here, I made use of their advice about the right tool for the right job, then I went and bought a heap of them. I figured what I'll spend on tools I will more than save by doing the work myself instead of paying someone else.
So off I went to the local hardware store and started buying a few tools - they love me now... They get a big smile on their face every time I go in there. I wonder why?... I must say, they were extremely patient, very helpful and full of good advice.
Now it was time for Susan and I to get cracking. I started to build furniture, you know, office desks, reception desks, vanity units for our treatment rooms, the list goes on.
Susan on the other hand started preparing the walls for their first coat of paint, all 500 square meters of them and that’s not counting the ceilings…
First came Wildcrafted Cottage (the shop). What started out looking like this:
As you can see, the floor is in a shocking state and the walls...well, let's not talk about them. The colours where terrible and the number of holes in the walls... Then of course there was that big hole that you can see in the centre of the picture. The room behind it was to be my treatment room. So of course this 'doorway' needed to be closed off.
Luckily I watched the builders when they constructed walls and had at least an idea of how to go about closing it off.
So what started out looking like the best thing for it was a bomb, turned out like this.
The new floating wooden floor was quite easy to lay and took Susan and me about a day to put in.
The 'doorway' was a little more difficult. You see, in this old building there is not a single surface that's true. Not one angle is at 90 degrees or surface is perfectly level - ah, no, that would make things far too easy.
That done, Susan continued with painting walls, ceilings and floors in the treatment areas and the dispensary. I continued building various bits of furniture, bench tops, shelves and attended to anything else that needed to be fixed, rebuild or whatever.
So here is what the place looks like. It's still a project in the making, but the basics are there. Only the finer touches such as pictures and other points of interest need to be added. This will all take place in the next few weeks as we start to get the feel for the new space and the shop at large.
The reception desk and administrative area take up about 25% of the shop's area.
This is the hub of the whole place for both patients and shoppers. This is where everything non-medical takes shape.
Along the walls of the shop, there are shelves that display the whole range of Wildcrafted Herbal Products.
If you have a close look you'll be able to see our new labels that will appear on our products as new batches come on line.
The shelves are all solid wood - no MDF, maisonite or 'custom wood', they're solid pine. As are all the desks, vanity units, coffee tables, bench top and counters. The exception is the kitchen bench top in the dispensary. Ah, well, sometimes you just have to compromise a little. It is however recycled and not a new unit.
As with everything we do we wanted to use materials that were as natural as possible, no synthetic construction materials or pseudo-wood products that are held together with toxic glue.
The counter you can see with the corrugated iron front is the Herb-Bar, where customers can choose to have custom blends of tea mixed for them.
They are fresh, not like the powdered stuff in herbal tea bags you find at the supermarket, and they taste great.
From the shop you can see the area where the Tai Chi classes, workshops and various classes will be held. I think you'll like it's new look and feel
The floor is not quite as red as it looks in this photograph, but it has a striking terracotta colour and we absolutely love it.
Even though there are a few pictures missing as yet, I think you'll agree it's a 1000% better than before.
Then of course is the clinic side of things, or should I say 'Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre'. It contains two treatment rooms, a waiting area and the dispensary where every thing is made.
Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre
This is Susan's domain. Here is where all the products are made and where all the scripts are filled and dispensed.
The dispensary is a very busy place and miracles are created in this space. The picture only shows a small part of it, but there are hundreds of herbal extracts, essential oils, and lots of other ingredients that are used in our clinc and in our products.
The Treatment/Consultation Rooms
This is where Susan treats her patients. For those of you who do not know what she does; Susan is a Medical herbalist and Aromatherapist.
She has been in practice for 30 years and over that time accummulated a vast amount of knoledge and experience.
She has also actively been engaged in teaching biology and medical science at the local University and has had her own Natural Therapies Collage where she taught Medical Aromatherapy and Remedial Massage.
In fact, todays minimum standard in these subjects was set by Susan and Danny back in the early 90's when they developed their courses for the students at their Northern School of Natural Therapies in Cairns, northern Australia.
This is my treatment and consultation room. I'm a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and have been practicing for 25 years - maybe I'll get it right one day...just kidding.
I primarily use Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Chinese herbs in my treatment approach and like Susan have been involve in teaching at the local University.
We both enjoy the interaction with students and watch them turn from mush to thinking young professionals that will be the doctors and scientist of the future, well, at least a few of them do so.
Well, that's the vision acomplished that's what we saw when we fist steped into the old place. Now it's up and running - so if you're in the area, please drop in and say hello.
Susan and I have been working together now for almost 20 years and enjoy working together on projects and creating new ones. Well, this has been quite a project.
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Twenty-five years ago when Wildcrafted Herbal Products was born, very few people were concerned about the ingredients in their skin and personal care products. If a product looked good and felt nice and there were no obvious adverse reactions, then the product was considered fine and people bought and used it.
Then, as now, there were however some people that believed in a different philosophy. They were looking for safe, natural and effective products that had no adverse effects in the short- and more importantly, in the long-term. They also wanted products that had little or no adverse effects on the natural environment.
This was the primary reason why in the early 80's Wildcrafted Herbal Products was established. Susan's philosophy, rooted in herbal medicine, of providing natural, safe and effective health care, was instilled into each of her products. Being a medical herbalist operating from her own natural therapies clinic, Susan formulated and initially made her products only for her patients, her family and herself.
Twenty-five years later, there are many brands of skin and personal care products (natural and otherwise) and several of them use herbs and essential oils in their formulations. However, the key to creating an effective product is not so much in what you put into the product, but rather in the dose of each of the ingredients that are used and the combination of ingredients that will have synergistic actions of a therapeutic nature.
That is, a therapeutic effect is only possible if the ingredients are present at a therapeutic dose and the ingredients are selected to complement and enhance each other. This is where many products fall down. They may be natural, or certified organic, or what ever, but many simply do not contain therapeutic levels of ingredients for the product to be effective in the long-term.
While Wildcrafted Herbal Products does not make any therapeutic claims associated with their products, the fact remains that all our products have been formulated to achieve the desired results for our patients. These formulations, their ingredients, safety and effectiveness have stood the test of time over the past twenty-five years.
Cosmetic effects can be achieved by using minimal ingredients that have short-term actions on the skin, but they don’t last and unless you continue to use this type of product, your skin will go back to the way it was before you started using it. Some companies at least do make this statement on their product, however, these are very few and far between.
Unfortunately, most companies do not inform their customers of this and what’s even worse is that in some cases if the use of the product is discontinued, the skin will actually end up looking worse then it did originally. Why?
Simple, the primary reason is neglect. You see, while the product is being used and the results are acceptable to the consumer, even though they are temporary, the product does nothing to nourish or repair the damaged skin. That means, the skin is actually getting worse, but you can’t see it because the product is covering up the symptoms that point to the need of healing the skin.
Unfortunately by the time this is realised, it is too late and the skin has deteriorated rather then improved.
This is why we believe in using therapeutic doses of the chosen ingredients. Not only will you see the short-term effects, but these will last and benefit your skin in the long term.
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Unless you live in the tropics where the climate remains relatively constant throughout the year, you will experience seasonal changes and so does your skin. Even the tropics experience a change, namely the wet season (summer) and the dry season (winter). So let's start with these two.
In Summer, the temperature is generally higher than in winter and we often resort to cooling the environment around us by the use of air conditioning or at least using fans to circulate air which helps to cool us off a little.
In the case of fans, the circulating air helps to evaporate water (perspiration) off our skin and in so during, the skin is cooled and this helps to cool the body. The loss of water through perspiration has a dehydrating effect on our skin unless we drink increased amounts of water and other re-hydrating fluids.
Similarly, air conditioning moves / circulates air, which has the same effect as the fans, but in addition, an air conditioner removes (some) water from the air and cools the air at the same time, creating a dryer, cooler environment in the air conditioned space.
An other factor of consideration is that heat tends to cause opening of the skin's pores. This in turn allows for increased sebum secretion (oil secretion) and thus our skin can get a little more oily than usual. As a consequence, the stale oil on the skin combined with environmental dust and other pollutants can lead to blocked pores and result in black heads or acne pimples.
So what does that mean to our skin?
Well, for starters the drying effect from fans and air conditioning needs to be addressed. Make sure you increase your hydrating fluid intake during summer. What I mean by 'hydrating fluid' is water, herbal teas which are not diuretic such as peppermint or other mint type herbs, fruit juices, and smoothies (ice blended with various fruit and a little yogurt).
In addition, your skin care regime needs to include facial/body masks as well as exfoliation using a good, natural exfoliant. This does two things.
Keeping your skin clean is the first step. The second part to keeping your skin hydrated is to use your moisturiser a bit more often. Moisturising your skin 3 maybe even 4 or more times a day will help to keep it hydrated and in addition provide protection from the environment (at least to some extent).
If your skin type changes from normal to oily during summer, then you should also change your skin care system to treat oily skin, rather than using the system for normal skin. It is important to remember that with the changing of the seasons, your activity levels may change together with the types of foods you eat and the fluids you drink. They all contribute to your internal environment and this is reflected by your skin.
Remember your skin is a living, breathing organ that adapts to the environment and therefore you need to adapt your skin care approach accordingly.
The other seasonal extreme is Winter. In winter, the air is generally cooler - in some parts of the world it is freezing and thus our skin reacts just as it does in summer to the change in climate.
Unlike summer, during winter we tend to ad heat to our physical environment and like air conditioning, heating too dries the air reducing its moisture content. It is a principle of physics that if you are in a dry environment, your body will loose moisture to the dry environment. Hydration is therefore very important and necessary to stop your skin from becoming dry.
Dry and cracked lips are classic symptoms of dehydration that often appear during late Autumn and Winter. But the drying of the skin goes beyond the lips. Just like in Summer, your skin needs the right skin care regime to keep it moist and hydrated.
While in Summer normal skin may become slightly oily, in Winter normal skin will tend to become dry and in some people even increase in sensitivity. This is because the cold air will tend to close the pores rather than open them as happens during summer. So the bodies natural oils are not being secreted onto the skin and thus the natural oils that protect the skin are reduced and the skin will be more vulnerable.
Again it becomes necessary to increase the frequency of applying your moisturising cream and drink warming, hydrating fluids. You may want to consider using a nourishing night cream during this time, if you don't already use one.
People suffering from Eczema/Dermatitis, which gets worse in Winter, need to pay particular attention to their fluid intake. I know from personal experience, that if I do not drink enough water, my skin soon lets me know and becomes very dry, itchy and irritated.
It easy to forget to drink water and other hydrating fluids during winter, because the temperatures are lower and the heat of summer which tends to make one want to drink cooling drinks is not there to remind us.
For people with oily skin types, Winter is often a 'good time', because the cold climate causes the skin's pores to close and thus less sebum is secreted. Similarly, people with dry skin types tend to have a reprieve in summer when pores open and secrete more oils that lubricate the otherwise dry skin.
Again it is important for either scenario to adapt the skin care regime to the changes in the skin. So if you have 'normal' skin in winter (oily skin types), than use a skin care system suitable for normal skin. Conversely, if you have a normal skin type in Summer (dry skin types), than change the skin care system to suit. Your skin changes with the seasons and therefore so should your skin care system.
Often the 'normal skin type' or 'true skin type' is most obvious during the mid-Autumn/mid-Spring seasons. These seasons are usually mild, representing an 'average' of the seasonal extremes. It is then that your true skin type(s) is most easily determined.
I'll give you an example. Most of the year round, my skin type is generally normal to dry from the neck down. My face has a tendency to a slightly oily T-Zone, while the lower half of my face and cheeks are slightly on the dry side and my neck is normal.
In summer, my T-Zone gets oilier and the rest of my body's skin stays mostly normal, maybe with a slight tendency to dryness. In Winter, my oily T-Zone becomes normal, the rest of my face stays normal to dry, but my lower legs become very dry unless I stay on top of it and make sure I drink enough fluids and use plenty of moisturising cream.
Remember that most people have several skin types over their body and especially on their face. It is more common to see two skin types, as illustrated in the example above, than just one uniform skin type.
As I mentioned, mid-Spring and mid-Autumn are like the average of Summer and Winter and often during this time, your 'true' skin type is revealed. However you need to be aware that even during these two seasons your skin type may change as either Winter or Summer gets closer.
So get to know your skin and how it reacts to the changing seasons; adapt your skin care system and make sure you use natural skin care products to ensure you do not introduce potentially toxic chemicals into your body.
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Susan and I hope you've enjoyed the articles and information provided in our Newsletter and look forward to any comments and feedback you may have. We'd also like to encourage all of you to suggest topics you would like to see us cover.
In good health
Danny & Susan Siegenthaler
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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 Kitty is taking a break but will be back in the December issue.
For now, Miau from me, until next month.
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