Natural Hemp SPF Sun Salve for Healthy Summer Skin

Natural Hemp SPF Sun Salve is important for Healthy Summer Skin. Skin cancer is now the most common type of cancer in the United States and in most first world nations. In the U.S. alone, more than one million new cases of skin cancer are expected in 2009.

With growing awareness of the importance of being smart about sun exposure, why is it that skin cancer is on the rise?

Part of the answer to this question likely lies in the growing trends of eating heavily processed foods and failing to acquire restful sleep. How well we treat our body will impact it’s susceptibility to illness and disease.

Another part of the answer may involve the potentially harmful chemicals that are found in many commercial sunscreen. It’s true – some sunscreen lotions may be contributing to the development of skin cancers that they are intended to protect against. This information is supported by studies that indicate that the greatest rise in melanoma has occurred in nations where chemical sunscreens are heavily promoted and used.

 

Healthy Summer Skin

 

Organizations like The Environmental Working Group have identified the following common sunscreen ingredients as being potentially harmful to human health:

  • PABA
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
  • Benzophenone-3
  • 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)

If you’ve been using a sunscreen or sunblock product that contains one or more of these ingredients, there’s no need to panic; the potential dangers that are associated with use of these ingredients are still being studied. But it’s clear when we put natural foods in our body, it performs better so it’s more than logical to apply the same concept to our skin if we’d like to live a truly chemical-free lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Regardless, it is prudent to be aware that sunscreen products that contain any of the ingredients above are not the safest and healthiest choices to protect you against sunburn and sunlight-induced skin damage.

The vast majority of synthetic chemicals found in sunscreen lotions can potentially damage your skin by increasing the number of free radicals that are generated throughout the many layers of your skin. Take, for example, octocrylene – a clear, odorless, and slightly oily compound that is found in many brands of sunscreen. When applied to your skin, octocrylene can seep into the lower layers of your skin, where it can interact with ultraviolet rays from the sun, resulting in free radical production. Why risk it?

Free radicals have the potential to damage the DNA found in your cells, and if allowed to create ongoing damage, can contribute to the development of skin cancer. Keep in mind that you’re exposed to free radicals just about every moment of every day from the foods that you eat. Also, all of your cells actually produce free radicals on a regular basis, partly to help defend you against toxins, waste products, and microorganisms. But you definitely don’t want to expose your body to unnecessary helpings of free radicals via sunscreens that are loaded with synthetic ingredients.

So What Should You Do To Protect Yourself Against Sunburn and Sun-Related Skin Damage?

 

Healthy Summer Skin

 

1. Be aware that getting some sunlight on your skin can be immensely helpful to your health, mainly because UV-B rays in sunlight convert cholesterol found in your skin into vitamin D.

And ensuring you have adequate vitamin D is essential to experiencing optimal health; every organ system in your body requires an adequate vitamin D level to function properly.

Today, vitamin D deficiency is actually one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in developed nations, most likely because the general public has been taught to be afraid of the sun.

The key to using sunlight to promote optimal vitamin D status is to be mindful of not getting burned. When your body has enough vitamin D to fuel its needs, it shuts off the mechanism that allows UV-B rays to convert cholesterol to vitamin D, so relying on healthy exposure to sunlight is actually the very best way to ensure a healthy vitamin D level.

2. When you’re out and about and the sun is strong enough to cause you to burn, make good use of clothing and a hat that provide protection against UV rays. A good UV-hat, long sleeve shirt, and light pants go a long way in protecting your skin against sun-related damage.

3. Try to limit the amount of time you spend outdoors on extremely hot days and when the sun feels hottest – usually between 11 am and 2 or 3 pm.

4. When you have to be out in conditions that can cause a sunburn and you can’t rely on clothing and natural shade to protect your skin, use a natural sunscreen that relies on natural physical (not chemical) blockers and other all-natural ingredients to protect your skin against sun damage.


The natural sunscreen ingredients that we use on our Hemp SPF Sun Salve include:

Red Raspberry Seed Oil – is an excellent source of naturally occurring antioxidants, and is thought to help protect skin cells against sunlight-induced damage but it also helps regenerate skin cells from sun damage. SPF 28

Shea Butter – is a highly effective, plant-based skin moisturizer. SPF 3 – 6

Coconut Oil – is rich in healthy fatty acids that having soothing and moisturizing properties; coconut oil by itself is a highly recommended full body moisturizer. SPF 2 – 8

Carrot Seed Oil – is a plant-based oil that helps skin cells to repair themselves from sunlight-induced damage. SPF 38

Hemp Seed Oil – easily absorbed by the skin to provide the essential fatty and essential amino acids as well as other nutrients needed for proper keratin formation. SPF 6

Almond Oil – is rich in vitamin E that rejuvenate the skin and act as antioxidant and protects cells and membranes of the skin. SPF 5

Olive Oil – is rich in antioxidants and well-known skin moisturizing benefits. SPF 2-8

Zinc Oxide – mineral compound that can be found in nature and acts as physical blocker to prevent UV-A and UV-B rays from damaging the skin.

Together, all of the natural ingredients in all-natural sunscreen combine to form a water-resistant and highly effective sunblock that’s safe to use on kids and adults alike.

 

Healthy Summer Skin

The Bottom Line

So long as you don’t get burned, it’s good for you to get some sunlight exposure on your skin.

When circumstances require that you stay outdoors for an extended period of time, your best first line of defense against sun-related skin damage is a hat with a wide brim, appropriate clothing, and shade if available.

Whenever you need extra protection against potentially damaging UV-A and UV-B rays, use a sunscreen that relies on physical rather than chemical blockers. Make sure that is completely free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that may do more harm than good, and contains plenty of natural plant-based ingredients to help your skin recover quickly.

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BUY 3 & 4TH IS FREE

BUY 3 & 4TH IS FREE

Happy 4th of July! We are celebrating Independence Day! Buy any 3 Salves, Body Butters or Sprays (Excluding CBD Formulas) and Get the 4th one FREE!

 

Offer includes any 1 oz salve, 1 oz spray and .5 oz body butter excluding CBD formula products. Buy 3, get the 4th free of equal or lesser value. Offer valid until July 4th, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

 

Our Promise: Skin Care the Way Nature Intended

Our Skin Care Promise

Our Promise is skin care the way nature intended: Our products are packed full of rich plant based ingredients that contain well known healing properties. Paired with healthy oils and butters like hemp, shea, and jojoba for deep moisturizing conditioning. Your skin will drink up these products like a tall glass of mint iced tea on a hot summer day.

 

 

But, hang on a moment. What isn’t in our products is just as important as what is! You will not find chemical preservatives of any kind in our ingredient lists! Our products are proud to be:

Paraben-Free
Petroleum-Free
Alcohol-Free
Synthetic-Free
Formaldehyde-Free
Artificial Fragrance-Free
Sodium Benzoate-Free
Cruelty-Free

Our Promise means everything to us because we know it means a lot to you. Great skin care isn’t just for humans anymore. Our animal friends deserve all natural first aid products that promote healing without risky chemicals. Check them out.

Pet CBD Calming Spray – CBD for Pets

CBD for Pets – Pet CBD Calming Spray – Animal Anxiety

Working with the animal’s EndoCannabinoid System or ECS, Pet CBD Calming will help your pet relieve anxiety, naturally.

We’ve seen CBD do a lot more than just help to calm your pet but suggest that you do your own research on CBD and talk to your pet’s veterinarian about how CBD could benefit your furry, feathered or scaly friend.

For use, simply spray 1 to 2 times into the mouth. Alternatively, you can also spray on food or treats and achieve effective dosing.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, stimulates the animal’s EndoCannabinoid System, causing relief from numerous symptoms and conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Joint & Mobility
  • Seizures Issues
  • Allergies
  • Digestive Issues
  • Cancer
  • Muscle Spasms
  •  Nausea
  • Skin Conditions
  • Pain
  • And more!

 

Pet CBD Calming

Cannabidiol in Pet CBD Calming Spray is safe to use alongside any medications, supplements, or with any special diets.

  • Non-psychoactive
  • Legal without a prescription
  • Veterinarian recommended

Note: Although Federal Regulation hinder research on this topic, many individuals have used CBD on their animals to achieve these results.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a physician or veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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Fun in the Garden

Fun in the Garden at Every Age

Gardening is an excellent pastime for people of any age. It brings color and life to yards, delivers wholesome nutrition to dinner plates, and even improves wellbeing. But many people are intimidated by gardening. Perhaps they believe they don’t have a green thumb, or a dead houseplant has discouraged their horticultural dreams. But gardening is a hobby that’s accessible to anyone, no matter your experience or age. Here’s how kids, adults, and seniors can help in the garden and reap the many benefits it offers.

Kids in the Garden

Getting kids involved in the garden can require a little creativity. Kids may view gardening as just another chore, or an unwelcome distraction from video games and time with friends. But parents who don’t invite their children into the vegetable patch are doing them a disservice, because gardening brings big benefits to kids’ health.

 

While tasks must be tailored to skill level, kids of any age can lend a hand in the garden.

 

  1. Toddlers and preschoolers can help parents dig holes for seeds and seedlings, water plants, and harvest hardy plants like carrots and radishes. Plucking and tasting veggies fresh out of the garden instills an early love of healthy foods, while handling small plants and seeds hones fine motor skills.
  2. Elementary schoolers are ready to start learning about the science behind making plants grow. Get them involved in starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and watering on a regular schedule. Turn it into a science project by measuring rainfall and plant growth, identifying weeds and pests, and introducing beneficial insects to feast on nuisance bugs.
  3. Middle schoolers can take on a garden project of their own. Being in charge of plants all season long is a valuable lesson in responsibility, even if little survives. At this age, kids become more self-directed as they start gravitating toward the aspects of gardening that interest them most.
  4. High school students can be challenging to engage, but interested teens can accomplish a lot in the garden. Encourage high schoolers to spearhead a big garden project based on their interests. That may be constructing raised beds, experimenting with plant breeding, or raising a flock of chickens for eggs or meat.

Adults in the Garden

It can be difficult to maintain a hobby into adulthood. As responsibilities pile on, free time decreases and favorite activities get pushed aside. But gardening and its meditative nature offer an important counterbalance to everyday life. Here’s how adults of all ages can get busy in the garden:

 

  1. Young adults can make the most of gardening’s popularity, and coax friends into the garden. Time spent weeding can be exchanged for shared wine and vibrant veggies, combining socialization and gardening for a big mental health benefit. During the time when people are at the most risk for developing unhealthy habits such as addiction or other destructive behaviors, gardening can offer a positive focus.
  2. Middle-aged adults are some of the most enthusiastic gardeners. As they become homeowners, adults in this age group can truly start investing in their garden. This can mean adding irrigation, permanent structures like raised beds and gazebos, and perennial plants and trees. Only a few hours on weekends and evenings are necessary to create a gorgeous garden and enjoy its stress-busting health perks.
  3. Seniors may derive the greatest gardening benefits of any age group. Gardening helps seniors strengthen balance and functional mobility, which lets them live an independent lifestyle for longer. Gardening is easily adapted to the needs of seniors. Seniors who use a wheelchair or have other mobility challenges can use accessible raised beds, while others can work in short bursts and use gardening chairs and knee pads to maximize comfort. As they get older, perennial plants let seniors enjoy seasonal bounties without the work of planting an annual vegetable garden.

 

Gardening is a hobby that transcends age. From toddlers tasting garden-fresh produce for the first time to elderly adults calming their minds with time in the garden, everyone can find a reason to dig in outdoors.

 

Author: Maria Cannon

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New Look, Same Great Products

Hey There Skin Care Fans!

We’ve got some exciting news to share. We’ve updated the look of some of our product packaging. You’ll notice a few changes have already been made and probably a few more to come while we roll out this new look. But don’t worry, the contents of the packages will be the same high quality all natural skin care.


 

 


You’ll notice the original floral girl logo on all of our products will show you the way to great skin care. As always, we will keep Our Promise to use only all natural food grade ingredients in our products.

 

Calendula: Healing Herbs for Inflammation

Calendula is a plant that has been used for centuries for ornamental purposes, as well as culinary, cosmetic and medicinal reasons. Even if you’re not quite sure what it is, you probably are familiar with Calendula’s cousin, the marigold.

The orange-yellow petals of the Calendula flower can be taken orally, but more popularly it’s applied topically. It has been known to help with a variety of health issues, is a powerful antioxidant and is among the strongest of antiviral herbs. Calendula has been known to help health issues ranging from skin inflammation or menstrual cramps to even cancer! (1) Ancient cultures recognized and used the healing properties of calendula. In some of the earliest medical writings, calendula was recommended for treating ailments of the digestive tract. It was used to detoxify the liver and gall bladder. The flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing. Calendula was also used for various women’s ailments, and to treat a number of skin conditions.


Food for Thought

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an herbaceous plant of the small genus Calendula, in the Asteraceae family. This flowering, annual plant grows naturally around western Europe, southeastern Asia and the Mediterranean. It’s a common plant in home gardens throughout the world today and easily blooms and thrives wherever it’s planted.

Named “Herb of the Year” in 2008 by the International Herb Association, calendula is used to color and flavor butters and broths, and has a woody, earthy, bitter and slightly sweet taste. You can use its fresh flowers as a tea infusion. For cooking, cosmetic and medicinal uses, you should typically used dried calendula. Once it’s dried, it can be used in recipes just like any other dried herb. You’ll also find it in many herbal tea blends.
There’s no way to find or make 100 percent pure calendula extract. Calendula oil is extracted by making an oil from the flowers. Once it’s properly dried and placed in a high-grade carrier oil like extra-virgin olive oil or sunflower oil, it usually takes about a month for the calendula to thoroughly infuse into the carrier oil, producing a beautiful, richly colored final product.


Healing Ulcers and Skin Conditions

In studies done for slow-healing wounds and various exposed ulcers, it was found that using calendula-based topical helped increase recovery rate and healing. In one study, it was found that animals treated within an eight-day window using the treatment had a 90 percent closure of their wounds, as compared to only 51 percent of those who had not used the plant-based topical treatment. (2) Calendula is also used to improve skin firmness and hydration. Even more impressive, it helps increase blood flow and oxygen to wounds and infected areas, which helps the body grow new tissue and heal more rapidly. (3)


Calendula Cautions

You shouldn’t use calendula if you’re allergic to plants in the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Other plants in this family include ragweed, chamomile and echinacea.

Because of its promotion of menstruation, it’s advised for pregnant women to avoid calendula teas as well as breast-feeding women and even those seeking to get pregnant, as it can potentially cause miscarriage due to the highly potent pro-menstruation effects.

Calendula can possibly interact negatively with sedatives due to its muscle-relaxing abilities, as well as diabetes and blood pressure medications.


Herbs and flowers air drying at Willow Creek Springs Botanical Gardens
Herbs and flowers air drying at Willow Creek Springs Botanical Gardens

Final Thoughts on Calendula

Calendula holds a very powerful healing effect internally and externally. The bright, wonderful colors of the calendula flower come from the potent flavonoids that can protect and heal our bodies. It’s a great natural remedy that has very few side effects. Calendula has been historically significant in medicine in many cultures, and it is still important in alternative medicine today.

The powerful antioxidants within the little yellow flower hold the key to helping reduce and subside many inflammatory health issues. This wonderful, gentle herb is hand-picked in the Willow Creek Springs organic gardens, dried and infused into high quality oils for use in our handy hemp skin care products.

 

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.