lunedì, marzo 02, 2015

Why choosing organic products

Some of the harmful ingredients that are used frequently in manufacturing the most common non-organic skin care and make-up items include:

•Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
•Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
•Polyethylene Glycol
•Polyethylene eth-

Most of these compounds are absorbed easily by the skin, yet the body has no way of ridding itself of them. The toxins remain in your intestine and eventually get spread through the body and can damage organs throughout your body.

Natural skin care is the care of the skin using naturally derived ingredients (such as herbs, roots, essential oils and flowers) combined with naturally occurring carrier agents, preservatives, surfactants, humectants and emulsifiers (everything from natural soap to oils to pure water).

Many people use natural skin care recipes to make remedies to care for their skin at home.

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Organic cosmetics: properties and skin benefits of organic olive oil

Olive oil benefits for skin were well-known among ancient peoples. 

The Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used it as an anti-aging remedy.  They also used it to treat wounds and to moisturize dry skin. 

The wars over Sicily, which led to the defeat of Carthage by Rome, were largely motivated by the olive plantations on the island which were coveted by both major powers.

That’s how important this ‘liquid gold,” as Homer once metaphorically described it, was to the ancient people of the Mediterranean world.

Olive oil skin care is hardly new to natural beauty. It's a simple, easy to find ingredient that can (and has) been used in everything from soaps to body lotions.

Olive oil is very likely the most convenient oil for softening your hands. Simply lather some on in the middle of cooking or mix your olive oil into your salad with your hands.

This process guarantees at least one hand treatment every couple of days.

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giovedì, febbraio 26, 2015

OCEANUS - ocean algae organic draining body cream

The earliest archaeological evidence for the consumption of algae found thus far was discovered in ancient middens along the coast of Peru. Kelp was found in middens at Pampa, dated to circa 2500B.C…

In Africa, another species of cyoanbacteriium, Spirulina platensis, grows abundantly in Lake Chad and is collected, dried, and made into sauce.

It is widely consumed by the Kanembu people…In China, the earliest reference to algae as food occurs in the Book of Poetry (800-600B.C)…

The Greeks and Romans apparently disliked algae and, seemingly, made no use of them as human food, although they were used as emergency food for livestock…

The seaweed Rhyodymenia palmata was eaten in Iceland as early as A.D. 960, according to the Egil Saga…

In Japan, the eating of algae is also an ancient practice. Seaweed was apparently eaten by the early inhabitants of Japan, as it had been found with shells and fish bones at human sites in the Jomon period (10,500-300 B.C.) and

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martedì, febbraio 24, 2015

Donkey Milk properties and history

Poppaea Sabina (30 – 65 AD), Emperor Nero’s second wife, was also a fan of the milk bath. She was once told that in donkey’s milk “lurked a magic which would dispel all diseases and blights from your beauty”.

Historians record that Poppaea washed her face with donkey’s milk seven times a day in order to erase wrinkles in the face and preserve the whiteness of her skin.
Valeria Messalina (17 – 48 AD), Emperor Claudius I’s wife, who used to make face masks with slices of bread soaked in donkey’s milk.

François I, King of France in 1515, who was advised by a doctor from Constantinople to undergo a donkey milk treatment after he returned from war. He was quoted as saying that the milk bath restored his health.

Pauline Bonaparte (1780-1825), Napoleon’s sister, who used to enjoy donkey milk baths. This habit was frowned upon at the time as this milk was very rare and hard to obtain.

To enjoy a truly decadent bath, she apparently had servants make a hole in the ceiling above her bath so they could pour the donkey’s milk through it.

This is a Pliny’s description of the ass milk virtues for the skin:
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lunedì, febbraio 23, 2015

Snail slime: history and health benefits

For centuries snails, and to a lesser extent slugs, have been used both as a food and as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions.

Quave described how, in southern Italy, the common garden slug, Arion hortensis, is sometimes swallowed whole as a treatment for gastritis or stomach ulcers.  In America slugs are not thought to be swallowed live in this way, but a recipe for ‘Slug Syrup’ is recorded on the website of the University of Saskatchewan.

This instructs that a jar be filled with alternating layers of slugs and sugar. After about a day, when the sugar has ‘dissolved’ the slugs, the resulting mixture is run through a sieve, after which 1/3 grain alcohol is added by volume.

The site quotes the original authors who recommend the resulting syrup be used for the treatment  of ulcers, bronchitis, asthma,  claiming that it is able to ‘heal these conditions when nothing else will.

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