Our Promise: Skin Care the Way Nature Intended

Our Promise

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

Working with the animal’s ECS, Cannabidiol 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 and talk to your pet’s veterinarian about how CBD could benefit your furry, feathered or scaley 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  Anxiety    Inflammation    Arthritis   Joint & Mobility  Seizures Issues  Allergies    Digestive Issues  Cancer    Muscle Spasms  Nausea    Skin Conditions  Pain    And more!

Cannabidiol 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.

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

Image via Pixabay

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.

Just for Mom

We Love You Mom!

Make sure Mom knows how much you love and appreciate her this year. Give Mom the gift of all natural skin care so she can look and feel her very best. Pick a Sugar Scrub, a Body Butter and a Lip Quench for just $18!

$27.98

Celebrate Earth Day With All Natural Salve for $5!

Earth Day is a great reason to celebrate!

 

 

In honor of mother earth’s special day, we’re selling all 1 oz salves at just $5.00! Get yours before the deal ends on April 23 at midnight PST.

 

 

 


CVS Pulls Beauty and Personal Care Products After Study Finds Chemicals Dangerous

We are thrilled when we see others join The Chemical-Free Revolution. But it’s not everyday that a retail giant like CVS takes this huge leap to acknowledge the impact these toxic substances have on our lives. Here at Willow Creek Springs, that makes our heart go pitter-pat to see the number of lives that will be improved and possibly saved by this change, and we applaud CVS. They’ve even pulled their own store brand products off the shelves to ensure their customer’s safety.

Talk about spring cleaning.

CVS announced plans Thursday to remove controversial chemicalsparabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde donors (preservative ingredients that can release formaldehyde over time) — from store-brand products, including nearly 600 beauty and personal care items from CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines.

 The October 2016 peer-reviewed study findings state that these chemicals, known best as Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), are causing wide-spread health problems and is costing hundreds of billions in health care. The exposure in the USA contributes to disease and dysfunction, with annual costs taking up more than 2% of the GDP.

While all personal products on CVS shelves currently meet FDA standards — as would those of all major drugstore chains — Schade says that a growing body of scientific evidence has linked exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products to an epidemic of the above-mentioned diseases on the rise. “A recent peer-reviewed study found that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as flame retardants, phthalates, and bisphenol A (BPA) cost the United States more than $340 billion in health costs a year,” says Schade.

What is Dimethicone? It is also a EDC, endocrine-disrupting chemical.

The purpose of these chemicals is to preserve the ingredients for longer shelf life but the longer they sit, the more toxic they become. Natural ingredients provide tried and true benefits to skin with no drawbacks. Chemical and artificial ingredients don’t nourish skin.

That’s why we are passionate about what we do here at Willow Creek Springs. Body organs aren’t all internal like the brain or the heart. There’s one we wear on the outside. Skin is our largest organ—adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. Yet so many don’t realize that commercial skin care products contain these endocrine disrupting chemicals and are using them on a regular basis. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, antiperspirant and deodorant, skin care, topical medications, cosmetics, beauty creams and bath products could all contain these chemical ingredients.

It is not just cheap brands either. Some of the top products on the market still contain these dangerous contaminants. The exposure that we subject ourselves to on a daily basis is much more than we realize and it’s impact is on our health. If you haven’t made the switch yet or know someone who hasn’t, share this information.

Originally published by Yahoo in Beauty (Photo: CVS)

CBD Butter Creams on Sale for 4/20

Don’t miss out on our 420 special.

 

Any of our 3 rich, soft CBD butter creams can be yours for just $19.99! Made with moisturizing mango, kokum & shea butters, as well as our proprietary healing infused oil blend. Containing Pure hemp derived CBD crystals, this is the highest potency topical on the market. All natural, food grade highest quality ingredients.

Chemical free, no parabens, no alcohol, no petroleum products. Available at this price for a limited time only. Sale expires on April 21th, 2017.

 

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