You guys know that I am Little Miss No Chemicals, right? We’ve talked before about how everything is poison and you gotta read your labels and there are lots of ways for companies to hide harmful substances in their products by using giant words that we can’t pronounce, and blah, blah, blah. I know y’all get tired of hearing the same stuff over and over and over again, because y’all know. I get it. So instead of rehashing stuff that we all already know, let’s talk about why natural products are better. Not just because they’re natural, but because plants are healing, you guys. Humans have been using plants to heal everything from open wounds to headaches to acne and everything in between for years. And that’s because they work. Today, I’m focusing on plants that are specific to what we use in our products, where they come from and why they work. They all have so many benefits, but I’m going to highlight my favorites here:
Listen, what can’t lavender do should be the question you’re asking yourself. Lavender oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, and acts as an antiseptic as well. When paired with a carrier oil, it works amazingly well to help clear up acne without drying out your skin in the process. I have crazy pre-menopause skin that goes nuts at certain times during my cycle, and when it does, I use our Lavender Moisturizing Facial Oil to calm everything the f*ck down. It also helps relax the brain, and aids with insomnia, (something else I struggle with…thanks, hormones!).
Did y’all know that brides in India traditionally scrub their entire bodies with a mixture of turmeric, salt and oils for 30 days before their wedding to make their skin “glow”? Well they do, and it totally works. Turmeric is kind of having a “moment” right now, but using it as a beauty product is an ancient practice. One of the reasons that it’s so great for your skin is that is is extremely anti-inflammatory. It calms the skin and also helps to even skin tone and fade scars and age spots. I scrub with our Orange-Clove Body Scrub once a week to keep my skin soft and even. You should try it, you guys. And here are 34 other ways you can use Turmeric to improve your health, (and your diet) http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/turmeric-history-how-to-use-benefits
Rosehips Seed Oil
You guys. I love all things rose. I love the scent, I love the plant. I love the flower. Everything. But what I love the most is Rosehips seed oil. I know you’re wondering WTF this even is…basically, it’s oil that is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes. It contains vitamin C, lycopene and tons of antioxidants. One of the things I love the most about this oil is that unlike a lot of essential oils, you can put it right on your face without diluting it or mixing it with anything else. It acts like a serum and goes right to work on scars, fine lines, dry patches and uneven skin tone. It is absorbed instantly and won’t leave a film on your skin. It can also help with eczema. My daughter has eczema on her scalp, poor thing, and we actually just rub our Rose Vanilla Eye Cream (which contains rosehip seed oil), right on there it to treat it and calm the itching. So try it. You’ll love it, I promise.
Peppermint oil is really the workhorse of the essential oil realm. It can be used both topically and internally (read warnings and directions before you go ingesting ANY essential oil. And make sure they are food grade). It can help with indigestion and nausea (I kept a tiny bottle of it in my car when I was pregnant with my daughter and suffering from the worst morning sickness known to woman).When I was little and I had a headache, my mom used to pour peppermint oil and olive oil on a cotton ball and rub it on my head. We lived in Alaska at the time, and this was a remedy that she learned in one of the villages we lived in. It’s also amazing for your skin and helps to treat acne and improve the texture of oily skin. Our Rosemary Mint Body Butter was actually created because my daughter helped me mix some oils one day and said that that combination “made her feel like no worries”, which is yet another way that peppermint oil can be used, to help relieve stress and aid in relaxation. So…if YOU want to feel like “no worries”, you should probably try some:)
Y’all, there are so many ways that we can use plants and things that come from the earth to heal us and relax us and make us beautiful. I hope you’ll try some and report back! XO