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.

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:

Artificial Fragrance-Free
Sodium Benzoate-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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CBD Pet Calming

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.


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)

12 Best Benefits Of Carrot Seed Oil

12 Best Benefits Of Carrot Seed Essential Oil

The health benefits of carrot seed oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, detoxifying, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, emenagogue, stimulant, cytophylactic, tonic, and vermifuge substance.

Carrot seed essential oil, as the name suggests, is extracted by steam distillation, primarily from the dried seeds of wild carrot, but also from the dried plant itself.  Its scientific name is Daucus Carota, and the wild carrot is common in Europe, though it is often known by another name in that region, which is “Queen Anne’s Lace”.

Apart from its components like Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Gamma Terpinene, Limonene, Camphene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Beta Bisabolene, Carotol and Geranyl Acetate, carrot seed oil is rich in Carotene and Vitamin-A, both of which are very beneficial for the eyes and are effective antioxidants.

Carrot oil, which doubles as an antispetic is said to contain a high SPF factor when diluted with a carrier oil. According to a study published in “Pharmacognosy Magazine” in 2009, products containing carrot seed oil have a natural SPF of between 38 and 40.

Let’s explore more of the impressive health benefits of this essential oil below.

Health Benefits Of Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Antioxidant: Carrot seed essential oil can help you retain your youth and look refreshingly young even as your friends start balding and showing wrinkles on their faces. Actually, antioxidants in this essential oil repair a lot of the damages done to your tissues by oxidants (free radicals) and stop them from doing further harm. These antioxidants protect your skin from wrinkles, keep your hair from turning white, your joints from stiffening, your muscles from weakening and your eyesight from declining. Antioxidants can work other miracles too. They can protect you from macular degeneration, sexual weakness, weak digestion, some forms of cancer and other problems related to aging.

Antiseptic, Antiviral & Disinfectant: This powerful essential oil can cure infections, protect against their effects, and it has antiseptic properties, including its ability to prevent tetanus. When externally applied, carrot seed oil can cure infections on the skin and in open wounds. When ingested, it effectively helps to cure infections of the throat, mouth, colon, stomach, intestines and urinary system. It is extremely effective in curing sores, gangrene, psoriasis, ulcers, rashes, carbuncles and other such problems. It can even cure viral infections of the respiratory system, thus benefiting in the treatment of bronchitis. It is effective in fighting other viral infections as well, including the flu, mumps, coughs, colds, and measles.

Detoxifier: Carrot seed oil has the ability to detoxify the blood, tissues, muscles and internal organs like the liver and kidneys. It can neutralize excess bile secreted from the liver and can help cure infections in the liver in cases of jaundice. It eliminates toxins like uric acid from the blood, tissues, muscles and joints, thereby helping cure edema, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.

Anti-Carcinogenic: Recent studies have shown carrot seed oil to be beneficial in curing some forms of cancer as well, especially those of the mouth, throat, stomach, prostate, and kidneys. These anti-carcinogenic properties can be attributed partly to its antioxidant properties, but also to various other medicinal properties of its natural components.

Carminative: Do you feel like you’re ballooning up from all of the gas that you’ve accumulated in your system?? Think that gas in there can lift you up and make you float away atany moment? If you’ve ever felt this way, then carrot seed oil can keep your feet firmly on the ground. It will help to expel the gases from the intestines. You will probably feel so relaxed and light that you will think that you can really fly!

Depurative: Carrot seed oil can purify all the organ systems inside our body, particularly the circulatory, digestive and the excretory systems. It removes toxins like uric acid, urea, insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals which enter the body through our food and water and help restore overall health.

Diuretic: Carrot Seed oil is diuretic in nature, meaning that it increases urination. It may seem that there is no apparent benefit of this property, but you will be surprised to see that urination alone can keep you safe from many ailments. Each time you urinate, some fat (almost 4% of the volume), many toxic substances like uric acid and bile, and microbes that cause infections in the urinary system and otherwise, are removed from the body with urine. Furthermore, it reduces blood pressure and cleans the kidneys. It is also helpful in clearing out renal calculi.

Emenagogue: When something is an emenagogue, it means that the process of menstruation is improved, making it less painful and more regular. This particularly helps when someone is suffering from irregular or obstructed menses.

Stimulant: We all know the meaning of stimulant, and carrot seed oil delivers in this way as well. It stimulates both circulation and metabolic function. It also stimulates the secretion of hormones, enzymes, gastric juices, bile and the peristaltic motion of the intestines, thus keeping all the organic systems active and efficient. It also stimulates brain functions and nerves, thus making you more alert and active.

Vermifuge: Carrot Seed oil can kill, but not you, don’t worry. More specifically, it can eliminate the worms in your intestines. It may help children get rid of this annoying problem which is uncomfortable and can result in malnutrition and other harmful conditions.

Tonic: Something that tones the body is a tonic, and carrot seed oil definitely falls in that category. It tones up tissues and muscles and increases their efficiency; it tones the liver, stomach and the entire digestive system, regulates the flow of digestive juices and brings the digestive system to normal order. It also tones the skin and prevents it from hanging loose or showing signs of aging.

Cytophylactic: Carrot seed essential oil stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues.

Other Benefits: It is widely used in aromatherapy due to its mild and soothing earthy aroma which is very effective in relieving stress and anxiety and giving a refreshing feeling. It is good for the skin and protects it from developing wrinkles. Carrot seed oil also relieves muscle aches, cures anorexia, enhances the production of erythrocytes and improves eye sight.

Few Words of Caution: There are no known risks of the essential oil, but pregnant woman should avoid it, since the research has not been conducted to tell which attributes and stimulating qualities are passed to the fetus.

Blending: Although there are different blends for different purposes, carrot seed oil mixes well with Bergamot, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Avocado, Cedar Wood and Geranium oils.




What is Dimethicone?

You can hardly pick up a skin care, makeup, or hair care product these days without reading “dimethicone” on the ingredient list. Why are so many products suddenly using it, and should you be concerned?

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone (also known as polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS) is technically called a silicone-based polymer. More simply, it’s a silicone oil with certain properties that make it extremely popular in today’s personal care properties.

What companies really like about this ingredient is that it provides a smooth application. For skin care products, it fills in uneven texture and fine lines, which helps create a smooth and flawless look in products like primers, foundations, and lotions. It also provides a protective cover on skin, which is supposed to help keep moisture in, leaving skin hydrated for longer.

In hair care products, dimethicone is used to provide smoothness, particularly in conditioners and detanglers, where the ingredient helps smooth hair and provide better comb-through. Because dimethicone leaves a sort of covering on the hair strands, it can also make hair appear shinier.

Is it Safe?

The FDA approved dimethicone for personal care products, and it is generally considered to be safe to use. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) also evaluated the scientific data and concluded that it was safe for use in cosmetics. The Skin Deep Database also marks this ingredient with a low hazard rating. The only possible side effects listed are dryness, slight irritation, and allergic reactions.

This tells us little, however, about what this ingredient may do to the skin. Scientifically, it may not cause cancer or other obvious harm, but should you be applying this ingredient every day to your skin? I’m hoping you don’t!

What are the Concerns?

The first concern with this ingredient is that it covers the skin. Manufacturers may think that’s a benefit, but we don’t. Imagine having a thin, rubber-like cover over your face all day. Does it sound healthy? It’s not.

Not only are you missing out on truly moisturizing ingredients like natural oils, extracts, and shea butter, but you’re interfering with the skin’s natural processes, like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, and the like. Prolonged exposure can increase skin irritation and create a dependency on the product. Just like petroleum jelly, dimethicone can actually end up drying your skin the more you use it, as it interferes with the natural hydrating processes, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Here’s something even worse: Have you noticed, since using these new products with dimethicone, that your skin is breaking out more? No surprise, as the covering and trapping property of dimethicone means that it’s not just trapping moisture, but bacteria, skin oils, sebum, and other impurities. That means those prone to acne or with oily skin are more likely to see increased blackheads and breakouts when using products containing this ingredient.

There is also some concern that dimethicone is hurting the environment. It is non-biodegradable, which means that it can pollute our environment during both the manufacturing process and after it’s used, in the disposable process.

What Should I Do?

Your skin doesn’t need chemicals to look healthy and smooth. The way to truly beautiful skin is to nourish it, both inside and out with natural ingredients. Avoiding this product is simple and complicated at the same time. Simple, because you can find it (and related cousins listed below) by simply reading the ingredient list. Complicated, because you’ll find this ingredient in thousands of products out there.

The answer? Purchase your skin care products from conscientious manufacturers who care about using truly nourishing ingredients. As for hair care products? The ingredient is less likely to cause any personal adverse effects when used on the hair, as long as you don’t soak in it (as in a bath) afterwards.

  • Methicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Dimethicone copolyol

Read up on other chemicals found in commercial products.

No Artificial Fragrances

How do I know if essential oils are used for fragrance versus artificial/synthetic fragrance or perfume?

Read the ingredients listing on your products. If you see the word ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ or ‘parfum’, you will know that synthetic/artificial fragrance has been added. Keep in mind that products that also use essential oils and/or tout themselves as being “natural” can still use artificial fragrances or perfumes. This allows them the opportunity to market the use of essential oils, however it does not limit their ability to supplement with artificial fragrance. Be aware of what you are feeding to your skin. 

Willow Creek Springs uses only food grade ingredients including high quality essential oils in our All Natural Hemp Skin Care products so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals.