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Ingredient to Love: Sweet Wormwood Extract

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I recently posted about a new product in the Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare line called Restore that I absolutely love! The main active ingredient in Restore topical and internal products is Sweet Wormwood Extract. While this ingredient may be relatively unknown to the skincare world, it has been used for years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a number of illnesses and imbalances. Everything from Hemorrhoids to Malaria has seen relief from the use of this herbal extract.

SWE is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Because the skin is a self-healing organ, the additional help of SWE to aid in wound healing and remodeling at the cellular level is welcomed. This ingredient can be used on any skin type and condition. I highly recommend Restore to my clients because it is proven effective treating acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation and melasma, both in the short and long term.

It has been clinically proven to improve and strengthen immune function in the body which should improve overall wellness and conditions that relate to our immune system. – Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare

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Essential Oils for Gum Health

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In my latest shipment from Living Libations, I had them add in some essential oil drops for healthy gums and teeth so that I could add it into my daily routine. I’ve heard so much about the Natural Dentistry” products and have wanted to try it out for a while now. The idea is to brush gently floss gently and treat the gum line with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oils in order to maintain a healthy mouth without the use of fluoride or harsh synthetic ingredients. Here’s more on Living Libations’ Healthy Dentistry Philosophy. Their Healthy Gum Drops (what I will be using for all of November) include cinnamon, sea buckthorn berry, tea tree, clove, rose, oregano, peppermint and thyme.

I’ve used essential oils to clean my house, scent my laundry, boost my massage oil, and make my skin treatments more lovely and beneficial…but I have to admit that I’ve never used them as part of my oral care routine. I will let you know at the end of this month how I’m doing with these Healthy Gum Drops. Until then, let me know what you think!

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Natural Lip Balms for Kissable Lips

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Kiss Petroleum Goodbye! I’ve written about lip balm before, and how many of us are completely addicted to it. Most lip balms like chapstick, use petroleum based ingredients to moisturize and protect lips. Petroleum is not only toxic, it coats the lips and blocks proper absorption of moisture, which in turn makes your lips more dry and dependent on balms.

However, lips do need a little extra moisture…as long as it comes from a natural source like nut or plant oils. I’m a fan of plain ol’ cocoa butter or coconut oil, but these can be difficult to throw in your purse or pocket. Here are three of my new favorite balms. They are as cute as they are moisturizing:

I love these adorable little lip pods. They are stylish, easy to apply and taste great – my only “beef” with them is that the sunscreen they contain is not natural.

Honest Lips

I just love this company and these lip balms stand up to their name. They are honestly naturally and wonderful.

Eco Lips

I love that the eco lip balms are inexpensive and come in an tinted option.

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Maca Root: Skin- friendly superfood

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Maca Root is a 3000 year old superfood, traditionally used by the Incans. It grows in the Andies and is considered an adaptogen, meaning that the plant has adapted to changing environments over the years and became stronger for it. I’ve written about adaptogens before and their ability to help strengthen the skin. Maca is said to help balance hormone levels naturally and is known to also help correct hormonal skin conditions like acne, hyperpigmentation and melasma. But that’s not all. Maca’s list of benefits is quite lengthy.

Among them:

  • overall stress protection;
  • aids in sleep, cures insomnia;
  • quicker injury recovery;
  • increases metabolism, may help with weight loss / obesity;
  • improve sex drive & cures erectile dysfunction;
  • reduces the risk of developing diabetes;
  • may ease symptoms of arthritis & joint pain;
  • improve workout performance, endurance, stamina, strength & muscle gain;
  • raises testosterone in men & eliminates hormonal problems in women;
  • reduction of allergies to dogs, cats, seasonal pollens, etc;
  • may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s when combined with Rhodiola Rosea;
  • reduces the regularity & severity of asthma attacks;
  • increases brain function leading to better mental clarity & perception;
  • cellulite reduction, eases symptoms of crohn’s & IBS , eliminates constipation;
  • may cure chronic fatigue, relieves depression, aids in detoxification;
  • lowers high blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, increases energy levels;
  • can benefit macular degeneration & night vision loss;
  • psoriasis relief, may reduce scars, relieves thyroid & hashimoto’s disease

I add this into my morning smoothie and find that it gives me tons of energy and balances my mood throughout the day. Speaking as a new-ish mom, that alone makes maca worth its weight in gold!


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Ingredient to Love: Kiwi Fruit

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Kiwis just scream summertime, do they not? They are delicious and so so good for you…but did you know they’re also amazing for your skin?

Kiwi fruit is very high in Vitamin C, a vitamin needed for proper collagen formation and wound healing. Vitamin C is also one of the leading water soluble antioxidants for the skin!

Kiwis also contain high levels of Vitamin E, which helps restore moisture retention and protects skin.

These little fuzzy fruits can be used topically to help brighten skin, tighten pores and decrease under eye puffiness. This easy mask is highlighted in the monthly facial special for August – try it at home!

Kiwi Aloe Mask
1 kiwi – peeled and chopped
3 tbsp organic pure aloe vera
½ tsp raw honey (optional – for thickening and oily skin conditions)

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