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    Natural Beauty & Healthy Vitality. elaa honors You and passionately offers Living / Raw, Organic Skin Care  made with only the finest, most active, nutrient-dense superfoods, plant nectars, and essential oils to help you soar. These raw skin care products are also Vegan or Beegan, Gluten-free, Cruelty-free, and 100% Natural for a more alive, transformed, and radiant you. elaa also offers Health Coaching or Natural Beauty Coaching for a more vital and healthy you. At elaa you'll find:

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Stem Cells for Stunning Skin

Jill Stacey

Stem cells are critical for healthy skin cells. Stem cells contain key growth factors for both repair of damaged skin and rejuvenation of aging skin. They both grow new cells and they produce collagen, elastin, and proteins. In their cell division, millions of new cells can be created for long periods of time.

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The Pure Treatment to Make those Eye Bags & Dark Circles Disappear

Jill Stacey

Eye Bags  & Dark Circles Under Eyes - I cast thee out!

Many of us love that warm fragrant cup of coffee in the morning. I personally don't drink coffee, but I love using it in other powerful health and beauty renewing ways. Today, I'm talking about putting coffee on the body instead of drinking it.

Why would I put coffee on my face? Well, simply put, coffee is a 100 percent pure and natural way to beautify your eyes! It reduces lines and wrinkles and magically deflates eye bags and lightens the dark circles under your eyes.

Dark circles and bags under the eyes are caused by many factors: sinus infection, seasonal allergies, kidney toxicity or stress, excess salt intake, or lack of sleep. As we age, our skin thins and our tiny blood vessels become more visible. The caffeine in coffee soothes inflammation, reducing the puffiness under your delicate eye area and reduces accumulation of blood under your eyes which contributes to dark shadows.

Caffeine is also is vasoconstrictive which helps it to reduce eye puffiness. It increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin which decreases discoloration under the eye. Caffeinated eye cream can reduce the appearance of dark circles caused by leaky blood vessels under the skin, and reveals a bright, youthful appearance.

Not only does coffee have these wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, it is also antioxidant therefore fighting free-radical damage, and reducing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

Starlight Eye Cream contains five effective and natural forms of caffeine: caffeine extract, coffee bean Co2, cacao, green tea, and white tea. With a special blend of Brazilian Green Arabica Coffee Bean, Caffeine, Probiotics (Lactobacillus), Cacao (Chocolate), Green Tea, White Tea, Rose Hip, Red Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Orange Blossom, this organic eye cream works synergistically to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and wrinkles. Its soft, velvety texture soothes and softens the skin. Gently patting the eye area with your fingertips in circular motions until Starlight Eye Cream is completely massaged in will revitalize, heal, and nourish the delicate area around your eyes for a healthy and bright sparkle!

starlight eye cream

With a special blend of Brazilian Arabica Coffee Bean, Caffeine, Probiotics (Lactobacillus), Cacao (Chocolate), Green Tea, White Tea, Rose Hip, Red Raspberry, and Pomegranate rich in antioxidants and caffeine, this natural eye cream works synergistically to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and wrinkles.

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The Incredible Healing Powers of Ozone for Skin and Oral Care

Jill Stacey

What the heck is Ozone? A place to enjoy things beginning with the letter O?

Ozone (O3) is an element in the atmosphere. It is an activated form of Oxygen which contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms that Oxygen (O2) contains. The additional atom of oxygen becomes a powerful, highly active element. You can feel ozone after a thunderstorm, near the ocean, or when you're in the mountains at high altitudes. The distinctive scents and feelings you experience in these places help you to recognize the potency of this element. Ozone is created when Oxygen combines with ultraviolet light and electrical discharges. It is present throughout the atmosphere, protecting the Earth by purifying the air and blocking harmful Ultra Violet Rays from the Sun. I. E. The Ozone Layer.

Treatment with Ozone

Ozone has a wide variety of benefits in the proper forms and circumstances. It is not safe to breathe directly, but when infused into other elements, its power can be harnessed in a way that can be immensely beneficial. Ozone produces a multi-faceted and complex effect on the human body. Ozone is Nature’s most powerful anti-microbial, destroying all pathogens, like bacteria, viruses, and fungi, upon contact.

When one uses ozone, only pure oxygen is left behind as the byproduct. Industrially, ozone is used to disinfect water, pools, and medical environments. Ozone is used throughout the world for the alternative medical treatment of serious infection, cancer, and immune disorders via intravenous therapy. It can also be injected into the body to regenerate and heal joints and areas of injury.

Ozone is also a powerful detoxifier (think of the ozone layer purifying our air and making life on Earth safe). Ozone has the capacity to carry plentiful amounts of oxygen into the cells of the body, cleaning out toxic accumulations. I have personally used ozone extensively for my own medical treatment via major and minor autohaemotherapy (when ozone is combined with the patient’s own blood and then is returned to the body via IV or injection), as well as insufflation. I have found it to be incredibly helpful in many ways.

Ozone is highly unstable on its own and when produced will only last for about 20 minutes in the air. But, when combined with blood for medical treatment or when infused over a long period of time into certain oils, it can be stabilized and utilized safely and beneficially. We can use certain types of oils to stabilize this highly unstable element in a safe and beneficial way.

Ozonated Oils for Skin

To create Elaa’s ozonated oils, cold pressed extra virgin organic olive oil goes through an extended process where ozone is bubbled through it. The process of fully infusing the oil with ozone takes many weeks. Once fully ozonated, the oil becomes a very thick and solid gel. Rare, special, and uniquely healing therapeutic essential oils are combined with the fully ozonated oil to dramatically enhance the healing properties of the ozonated oil. These essential oils also contribute additional healing and rejuvenating properties that make Elaa’s ozonated products for skin and oral care incredibly powerful and encouraging of overall optimum health.

With its amazing ability to address pathogens and toxins, ozone is phenomenal for treating skin conditions. When applied to the skin, After the Rain – Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm carries ozone’s powerful properties through the cells. It heals damaged tissues, cleanses and disinfects, and stimulates rapid healing. After the Rain stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells, and improves microcirculation. Dry skin will be moisturized, and swelling and inflammation will be calmed. After the Rain – Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm is superb for Acne, Rosacea, and Eczema. It also has a powerful affect for rejuvenating aging skin. After the Rain’s anti-aging benefits include: stimulation of cell growth and proliferation, free radical scavenging of harmful toxins, moisturizing facial conditioning. It repairs skin cells, boosts skin immunity, and improves skin structure.

Other healing benefits and uses for After the Rain – Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm include:

Cellulite Reduction

Sunburns and other burns

Wounds, cuts, ulcers

Insect bites and stings

Reduces swelling and redness

Calms the nerves and reduces the amount of pain in skin conditions

May increase cellular function and cellular memory

Reduces scarring

Good for animal wounds - it can be licked

Can be used as a natural under arm deodorant

Hemorrhoid reduction and healing

Sore muscles (helps to remove lactic acid from pores)

Ringworm

Bed Sores

Skin Yeast

Carbuncles

Dermatitis

Diaper Rash

That's a lot of healing power! Let's knock out those critters and skin calamities!

“Ozone is widely recognized as one of the best bactericidal, antiviral and antifungal agents and therefore it is employed as ozonated olive oil. The ozonated oil is now used topically for the treatment of war wounds, anaerobic infections, herpetic infections (HHV I and II), trophic ulcers and burns, cellulitis, abscesses, anal fissures, decubitus ulcers (bed sores), fistulae, fungal diseases, furunculosis, gingivitis and vulvovaginitis. Matsumoto et al. tested the efficacy of the ozonated oil in the treatment of fistulae and chronic surgical wounds and, in a series of 28 patients, the ozonated oil was fully effective in 27 cases without side-effects. Even radiodermatitis lesions in patients with cancer have been found to be beneficially influenced by exposure to ozonated oil.” [1]

Ozonated Oral Care

Ozone is also widely used by dentists to sanitize and clean the mouth and prevent infection before and after surgery or dental procedures. It also is restorative and healing for the teeth and gums, just as it is for skin. Fresh Breeze - Ozonated Oral Care Gel deeply stimulates every cell and gland in the mouth. It creates an accelerated process of cleansing and healing. It soothes pain, and inflammations are quickly soothed. Fresh Breeze - Ozonated Oral Care Gel also helps to clear toxins from the mouth and body, thus promoting systemic body health. 

 

 

References:

1. The Dual Action of Ozone on the Skin

G. Valacchi; V. Fortino; V. Bocci

The British Journal of Dermatology. 2005;153(6):1096-1100. 

 

The Power and Beauty of Superfoods For Skin

Jill Stacey

Potent Nutrients for Radiant Skin

Today, we are fortunate to have access to an amazing abundance of incredible health and beauty resources. Nutrition is a huge piece of my approach to a healthy and joyful life, as well as beautiful, healthy skin.

I'd like to share with you a little bit about a few of my favorite nutritional health and beauty allies: superfoods. So, what exactly makes any particular food super?....

Superfoods 

Superfoods really shine because of their vast array of special nutritional contents. They are concentrated sources of a large number of special compounds, which could include ample amounts of essential vitamins, minerals or other unique bioactive components, like adaptogens, for example. They have a lot to offer our bodies, minds, and spirits, each with their own specialty and area of focus. 

Nutrition for skin

One of the best ways to promote healthy skin is through nutritional intake. There are a lot of factors that go into a glowing complexion, but you can never go wrong with making healthy food choices: this is your strong foundation to build upon. With so much depletion in our soils, and in turn, our food supply (unless you are consciously growing your own food or buying from farmers who are), it is important to pay extra attention to ensure you are getting enough vital nutrients into your body. Superfoods are a great way to do this.    

Superfoods For Skin

Here's a list of 6 of my favorite superfoods, which tremendously benefit the skin both externally and internally.

Goji Berry

Goji berries are classified as a yin jing herb in traditional Chinese medicine, cultivating astounding balance and strength in the body. Goji is highly notable in its kidney tonifying and anti-aging effects. 

Nutritionally, Goji berries provide exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and micronutrients. Their energy is palpable when eaten in a small amount. Some easy ways to add them into the diet is by putting them in teas, smoothies, trail mixes or just eaten alone as a delicious snack. 

Used topically in skincare, Goji berries provide the same concentrated nutrients that they do when eaten. Just as they revitalize the body through diet, they revitalize the skin...both through their internal and external applications. Goji is known to smooth the skin and even out its tone, and one of the most efficient ways to experience its skin tonifying effects is topically. 

Elaa treasures that include Goji Berries ~  supernatural skin foodbloom beauty - antioxidant regenerating nectarbee beauty facial oilsuperfood dream creamcacao goji berry antioxidant facial scrub

Noni fruit

Noni fruit is a miracle worker to the functioning of the immune system, and also works to strengthen all systems of the body in a deep and nourishing way. Noni is known to modulate the immune system, meaning that it assists the body to adapt its function in both cases of over and under-activity. For example, it is safe and beneficial to take if you have come down with an acute illness, such as a cold or flu (depressed immune system), or in the case of seasonal allergies (hyperactive immune response).

In addition, Noni fruit is said to fortify and maintain cell structure, which has implications for its benefits both internally and externally. It also encourages detoxification, assists in liver cleansing, and beautifies the skin. Noni is anti-inflammatory and histamine-inhibiting, making it a wonderful tool when treating certain skin conditions. 

Elaa treasures that include Noni ~ superfood dream creamsupernatural skin food

Pomegranate

Pomegranate, which includes the sweet-tart fleshy outer layer that is loved by many, is a beautiful superfood. They are a rich source of vitamins C and K. Consumption and topical use of pomegranate seed and its extracts support the immune system, and has tremendous positive impacts on the surface of the skin.

Pomegranate is a powerhouse when it comes to topical skincare applications. It's antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties help to regenerate skin cells, repair skin and accelerate healing, increase skin circulation, reduce hyperpigmentation and age spots, protect from sun damage, heal acne, eczema, and other skin conditions, and reduce scarring. Pomegranate promotes collagen and elastin production and thus aids in wrinkle prevention and reduction, and helps to firm skin.  It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. The polyphenol antioxidants it contains are anthocyanins (like Hibiscus), Tannins, and the very special Punicic Acid (omega 5 fatty acid) and Ellagic Acid, which all help to soothe, hydrate, and soften skin.

Finally, pomegranate stimulates keratinocytes, which are a type of cells found in the outer layer of the skin. Through its targeted regenerating action, pomegranate seed reverses skin damage and encourages dramatic renewal.

Elaa treasures that include Pomegranate ~ sandalwood cardamom citrus skin oilbee beauty facial oilmagic healing balmrose vanilla antioxidant cream gelrose vanilla antioxidant lip cream gel, rose neroli ambrosia skin silkgingko hibiscus pomegranate skin lifting mistelaa's line of skin restoring body oils

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is the food created by honey bees that makes a bee into a Queen Bee. It is a concentrated source of body loving and beauty promoting vitamins and minerals. It contains 17 amino acids, supportive levels of calcium and iron, many B-vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. Royal Jelly's super concentrated nutritional content is nectar for the complexion.

Rich in collagen-boosting silicon, flavonoids, nucleic acid, decnoic acid, enzymes, B-vitamins, and zinc, Royal Jelly is a powerfully effective skin regenerator when applied topically. It also contains a protein that has been termed "royalisin" which demonstrates strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, useful in cases of acne and inflammations. 

Elaa treasures that include Royal Jelly ~ bee beauty facial oil

Cacao

It is hard to deny the joyous feeling that a little chocolate treat can bring. Cacao is the name for chocolate in it's raw, unprocessed form. The flavor and feel are described by many to be perfectly divine. Not only does chocolate bring joy to your heart in the feeling sense, but it has also been discovered to benefit the entire cardiovascular system. Cacao contains certain bioactives that influence our neurotransmitters, making it useful as a mood modulator and booster of cognitive function. 

Cacao is also said to boost immunity and assist in the treatment of allergic conditions. It is being shown to help restore glutathione levels in the body. 

In skincare applications, cacao's rich antioxidant flavonoid content helps to protect the skin from environmental and UV damage, as well as reduce and prevent aging. It improves skin texture and hydration. Cacao also aids with increased blood flow and cell function. It feels and smells amazing on the skin, making it a perfect companion in skincare rituals. 

Elaa treasures that include Cacao ~ orange sky facial cleansing balmstarlight eye nectarstarlight eye cream, , cacao goji berry antioxidant facial scrubsuperfood dream creamsweet light - before & after sun butterbeautiful belly butterchocolate espresso age-defying body butter

Chaga

Chaga mushroom is a powerful gift from the forest. It delivers a powerful dose of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, and SOD enzymes. Chaga regenerates and protects the cells of the body. It oxygenates and builds strong blood, along with stabilizing blood sugar and acting as a potent anti-inflammatory. Chaga increases the body's core energy while decreasing tension and stress. Chana's benefits are so far reaching, that it is worth looking into to further your own wealth of knowledge. It is truly something special, and seems to have something powerful to offer everyone. 

As it greatly assists in cellular repair and encourages the growth of healthy cells, Chaga is great for the skin. It is very rich in melanin, which nourishes your skin cells, restores their natural pigment, and even aids in DNA repair. Chaga is an amazing support in the detoxification of the entire body, and encourages a notable glow in the skin.  

Elaa treasures that include chaga ~ supernatural skin foodsuperfood dream cream

Superfood skin care

Elaa Living Organic Skincare is Superfood Skin Care! Each and every ingredient invited into a formula is super-charged and transformational, potent and pure....

 

 

Natural Deodorant and Why Probiotics Are Crucial When It Comes to Body Odor

Jill Stacey

 Bacteria Causes Body Odor

Bacteria Causes Body Odor

We've all had it happen: While in a public place, maybe a crowded train, at the gym, or even while waiting in line at a local Whole Foods store... All of a sudden, without warning, you catch an other-than-pleasant odor emanating from someone within sniffing range. You might attempt to distance yourself a bit, but in this situation, oftentimes you just have to practice shallow breathing and wait for it to pass. You are immediately reminded of the importance of deodorant. 

About body odor

No matter who you are, you have some sort of body odor. Whether it is detectable to the average nose or not is another story. Some people are naturally without strong scent, while others fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. I have tried to unlock the mysteries of this little puzzle, and it has proven quite tricky to figure out. There seem to be many factors at play here....

It is said that perspiration is actually odorless. So it is not actually sweating that causes an unpleasant scent, but rather bacteria and odors from other sources.

A common contributor to body odors lies on the surface of the skin. Because of the nature of the underarm area (being a place where perspiration is likely to transpire), it can be a place of refuge for all sorts of bacteria. This is perfectly healthy and natural. However, with the use of common deodorants, resident bacteria can easily get tipped off balance, causing the proliferation of odor-producing undesirable bacteria...and contributing to more strongly scented body odors. It can become a challenging and difficult to resolve cycle.

Another possible cause of body odor are toxins being shifted around or released from the body. Strategic, targeted, and personalized cleansing regimens can greatly assist in decreasing body odor. Addressing dietary and nutritional imbalances in the body can also serve to assist in the alleviation of unappealing odors. 

How to get rid of body odor

Because there are many potential causative factors that can contribute to body odor, it is best to take a multi-directional approach when working to resolve the issue. First, do a careful evaluation of where you are at with your overall health. Implement gentle detoxification strategies tailored to your own needs. 

The next strategy is to find the perfect natural deodorant for your body. If you are currently using a product that contains unnatural ingredients (which are also found in most "natural" deodorants), its time to make the switch to something that promotes balance rather than imbalance....something that actually helps you to break the cycle of unpleasant body odor. 

All natural deodorant

When shopping for a safe and effective natural deodorant, be sure to read over the label carefully. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to find products that are actually as natural as they claim to be. Taking the time to educate yourself about the ingredients in the products that you choose and use is an empowering endeavor.

Certain chemicals present in deodorants actually kill all of the bacteria that live on the skin at the site of application, even the bacteria that is favorable and works to prevent body odor. In addition, you will oftentimes find chemicals that are toxic to the body. Anti-perspirants further the damage done, through their action of blocking the sweat glands and preventing the release of toxins, as well containing health damaging heavy metals, like aluminum.

The creation of something new: Why I developed my own line of all natural deodorant

I could see that there was a tremendous need for safe, effective, healthy and harmonizing natural deodorants for people to choose from. I was unable to find anything that met my standards, so Elaa probiotic deodorant was born. Elaa probiotic deodorant works with the body's natural processes, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria on the skin. It brings balance to this special region of the body, allowing for it to function at its optimal level, and also assists in the removal of toxins from the body. In addition, the by-products of this natural and balanced process co-create an intoxicating scent. Elaa probiotic deodorant is powerful in its ability to not only eliminate odor, but also to encourage lasting balance. It is gentle and healing to the delicate and sensitive skin found on this part of the body.

The best deodorant for women

Elaa has several incredible aromas to choose from. You can learn more about the product offerings by clicking on the links. Check out probiotic deodorant - lavender sage blood orangeprobiotic deodorant - jasmine ylang bergamot, or for those who prefer a non floral scent: probiotic deodorant - fresh forest.

The best deodorant for men

For men seeking a healthy, balance-promoting truly natural deodorant, Elaa's probiotic deodorant - fresh forest is an earthy, sensually intoxicating choice. 

probiotic deodorant - lavender sage blood orange

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the body's natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.

probiotic deodorant - jasmine ylang bergamot

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the bodies natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.

probiotic deodorant - fresh forest

This Probiotic Deodorant is a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available. This is the best natural deodorant out there, in that it works with the body's natural processes, not only preventing odor, but balancing the body, removing toxins, and improving skin and health.


Elderberry: SuperFruit of the Season for Natural Face Masks

Jill Stacey

Well, it seems that autumn is now officially in full swing in southern Oregon. In this part of the world, we are blessed with ample opportunities to get ourselves out into nature, and its the perfect time of year for doing just this... with an added benefit: wild harvesting! As the lushness of summer recedes into the earth, newly revealed treasures are showing up all over the place. The time is ripe to forage for an array of native foods and plant medicines, and recent harvesting adventures have proved quite abundant. This brings us to today’s featured super fruit of the plant world, one that we have been collecting eagerly so that we may enjoy and share its many benefits with you: Elderberry!

elderberry uses in traditional herbal medicine

The values of the Elder are known far and wide, being an extensively used medicinal in many cultures. As a matter of fact, it is said to be the oldest cultivated plant, respected and utilized by humans for thousands of years. It is most notably the berries and flowers that are used in preparations, as there are a myriad of special components contained within these pieces of the plant that are known to promote health and healing inside and out of the body.

elderberry

power packed elderberry for health and skin beauty

The dark purple berries of the Elder plant are a striking display of beauty against fall’s backdrop. It is the extraordinarily high level of bioflavonoids contained within the fruits that provide this rich palette of color, along with some of elderberry’s most potent benefits. These gorgeous plant pigments are well known in their support of the immune system, and also for the antioxidant protection that they provide us with. 

skin benefits of elderberry

The compounds of bioflavonoids are ready, willing, and able to defend your skin against stress, pollution, and even the shift in seasons. 

Elderberries provide a number of different flavonoids, including quercetin, rutoside, hesperidin and anthocyanins (five times greater the amount found in blueberries). These natural antioxidant superstars are responsible for assisting in the removal of damaging free radicals from our bodies. They are anti-bacterial (useful for acne), anti-viral (useful for cold sore treatment), anti-allergic (useful for allergic rashes), and anti-inflammatory (take down inflammation). Research suggests that bioflavonoids prevent and reverse wrinkles, fight varicose veins and spider veins, and inhibit the development and reduce the appearance of age spots (thanks to the flavonoid hesperidin). We should also give a little shout out to quercetin at this point, as it is also known in its ability to increase the production of collagen, which is necessary in adequate amounts to achieve timeless skin. 

These flavonoids are joined by substantial amounts of Vitamins A, B6, E and C, and along with the additional polyphenols and carotenoids present, elderberry has secured its spot as a healing, anti-aging and nutritional powerhouse. In the concentrated amounts that are present within the berries, these nutrients will deeply protect our cells against damage and delay the skin’s aging process. 

If you’re looking to add some deep protection and nourishment to your strategic skin care as the air becomes brisk and dry, Elder is here to help! 

elder flower

the delicate white flowers - elderflower benefits and uses

The ladies of the Victorian era were fond of the pretty things in life, and regularly employed the use of elder flower in their beauty routines. The flower water was used as a highly esteemed emollient, recognized in its ability to gently detoxify the skin. Its ability to maintain the skin’s youthful appearances by keeping it free from age spots and uneven skin tone is being rediscovered now by many lovers of natural beauty. Elder flower is an effective blood purifier and overall detoxifier, and is very well equipped to assist in clearing topical troubles such as acne, spots and rashes. Elder flower can soothe and bring relief to dry skin on the face when applied in the form of a natural face mask, toner, or targeted moisturizer. It has the ability to calm irritation and soften the skin, acts as a topical anti-inflammatory for upset skin conditions, will lighten freckles, and helps heal chapped skin.

an astringent for the skin - elderberry and flower to the rescue!

Both Elderberry and Elderflower have astringent properties, allowing the bioactive ingredients to penetrate through the pores, neutralize excess oils, and clear away impurities. Pore size is dramatically reduced, and the skin is toned. Elder specializes in complexion purification. 

natural face masks - elderberry - the perfect ingredient for this season

Autumn is a time to unwind from summer’s buzz and allow the senses to reflect upon and really soak in the beauty of this life. Its a great time for warm cups of tea, cozy sweaters, and just slowing down a little bit. Enjoy the gentleness of these autumn days, and show yourself a little extra self-love and nurturing as your body prepares for the winter months.

I am pleased to be able to offer a special addition to the line, designed to assist and nurture as we embrace this beloved time of year! Natural face masks are an ideal way to experience the many healing properties of elderberry, and applying this potent healing mask in the comfort of your own home couldn't be any more simple! 

elderberry beauty mask, a homemade facial: introducing our autumn offering

Our limited edition offering for fall, Elderberry Goddess Mask & Scrub, has been uniquely crafted from local wild-harvested elderberries for cultivating and maintaining radiant skin in the colder months. With the Goddess Mask & Scrub, you will be graciously blessed by Elder's gifts in the form of...

.... fresh Elderberries wild harvested from mountain Elder trees in Ashland Oregon and juiced, wildcrafted Elder Flower, and Wildcrafted Elderberry Extract... 

You will also find an abundance of carefully selected synergistic plant companions to complete the magic of this offering, including wildcrafted acai, organic marshmallow root, organic aloe vera, organic green rooibos, organic ashwaganda extract,  special plant oils, and much more...click HERE to see all of the product details! 

Elderberry Goddess Mask & Scrub is truly a seasonal feast for the senses, inviting you to easily treat yourself to a powerful and rejuvenating homemade facial and exfoliation in the comfort and serenity of your own sanctuary. Cheers to fall and its many wonders, and many blessings of health and radiant beauty now and through the seasons!

Organic Skin Care Ingredients: Top Superfoods for Skin

Jill Stacey

I’m always seeking out the most amazing and potent plants, herbs, and fruits both for internal healing and skin rejuvenation. elaa organic skin care is abundantly full of these magical ingredients, perfect for creating the most beautiful skin ever. Each of these treasures deserves it’s own book, but here’s a quick taste of just how amazing some of these ingredients are.

Raw and Edible Superfood Ingredients

Supernatural Skin Food is designed to be applied as skin food, prior to moisturizing. It helps to firm skin, improve skin texture and tone, and stimulate collagen renewal. It also helps create an even skin tone, restoring your skin’s natural pigment, as well as, repair and protecting against UV damage, and even aiding DNA repair.  It is also nice for soothing eczema and other skin conditions.

What makes my skin love it so much?

First of all, Supernatural Skin Food is a completely raw, vegan, and organic skincare product. But what really sets it apart is a divine mixture of several highly potent ingredients, including: goji berry, rhodiola root, amla berry, mucuna pruriens, camu camu berry, noni, chaga mushroom, and mangosteen.

How Do These Organic Skin Care Ingredients Work?

  • Goji berries have very high levels of antioxidants as they contain a whole host of healthy vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, and phytochemicals. Applying all of this to your skin will support its revitalization, evening out its texture and leaving it feeling taut and smooth.
  • Rhodiola is not only another excellent source of antioxidants, but it increases collagen synthesis and skin cell proliferation by increasing hydroxyproline and hexosamine levels. It has UV-protection, regenerative, anti-stress, and anti-fatigue properties.
  • Amla has cooling astringent properties and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment all sorts of skin disorders. Deeply cleansing, it helps clear acne and tones the skin.
  • Mucuna Pruriens leaves and seeds have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine. As an organic skincare ingredient, it burns fat from the fat cells, decreases cellulite and wrinkles, and can even improve cholesterol levels and strengthen the immune system.
  • Camu camu is the one of most potent antioxidant Vitamin C fruits in the world with six times more antioxidant capacity than Acai berries. This makes it a potent anti-aging superfruit and an excellent ingredient to assist in collagen production.
  • Noni contains high amounts of powerful antioxidants and aids the body in the production of xeronine by providing the necessary building blocks for it. Xeronine is very effective at repairing damaged  cells, making noni a powerful source of anti-aging properties.
  • Chaga is very rich in melanin, which nourishes your skin cells, restores their natural pigment, and even aids in DNA repair. In some select clinical trials in the medical community, treatment with chaga extract has been shown to greatly reduce psoriasis.
  • Mangosteen is being found more and more to be an effective treatment for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and a number of other skin disorders. Thanks to the presence of tannic acid in the rind of the mangosteen fruit (technically called a “pericarp”), it acts as an excellent natural astringent. In the right amounts, it gently cleanses and exfoliates while clearing away harmful bacteria. Mangosteen fruit also contains organic compounds called xanthonoids, which are currently being examined for their potential disease ameliorating effects.

 

 

Cinnamon Varieties & The Skin, Oral Care, and Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Jill Stacey

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Cinnamon Varieties

Cinnamon is the bark of the cinnamon tree. There is actually only one true Cinnamon. It is more expensive and harder to find than the "cinnamon" you find at the store. It is called Ceylon Cinnamon, more common names include Real Cinnamon and Sweet Cinnamon. This is the variety I use because it has the most health benefits.

The "standard" Cinnamon you find at the store is not actually Cinnamon - it's Cassia. There are three varieties of cassia and they include: Saigon cinnamon, Chinese cinnamon, and Indonesian or Korintje cinnamon. Saigon is the spiciest of the three and Indonesian is the least spicy. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, India, Brazil, and the Caribbean. Cassia primarily comes from Indonesia, China, and Vietnam.

 

The Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not only a spice, it has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It was more valuable than gold and used in ancient Egypt as a spice, a medicine, and an embalming agent. Laboratory tests have found that cinnamon may fight bacteria, control blood sugar, reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, help with weight loss and digestion, and prevent cancer.

 

Cinnamon for Skin and Body

Cinnamon is Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-inflammatory, and Antioxidant.

Cinnamon's antimicrobial properties are so powerful that it is can be used as a food preservative.

Teeth & Gums

Cinnamon’s antimicrobial action helps to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. It also helps to relieve tooth pain and sore gum tissues.

Odor Control

Cinnamon is an effective odor neutralizer because it kills the bacteria that create the odor.

Sore Muscles

Due to the warming quality of cinnamon, it can be used to relax muscles and relieve pain. Combine a few drops with a carrier oil to make a great massage oil for tired muscles and body aches.

Athletes Foot

Cinnamon’s antifungal properties help to killing the fungus that causes athletes foot fungus.

Insect Repellant

Cinnamon can be used to repel mosquitos and ants, and kill head lice treatment and bed bugs.

 

Cinnamon’s Health Benefits

Cinnamon contains Manganese, Fiber, Iron, and Calcium. One teaspoon of Cinnamon contains 16% daily value of Manganese, 4% daily value of Iron, and 2% daily value of Calcium.

Blood Sugar Regulation

Studies have found that Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar. Ceylon Cinnamon is the variety that most helps with blood sugar regulation. It’s properties assist those with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. It is also an excellent benefit to anyone, since blood sugar spikes compromise immune function, cause fat storage, and can cause heart disease and cancer. When added to higher-glycemic meals, it will help stabilize blood sugar by slowing the rate at which the rate at which the stomach processes through food.

Weight Loss

Cinnamon increases blood circulation; and therefore, helps boost metabolism.

Antioxidant

Cinnamon is one of the top seven antioxidants, with a high ORAC value of 267536 μmol TE/100g (USDA 2007).

Cold & Flu

I like to combine cinnamon with plenty of fresh ginger and a little spring water, blend, strain and drink whenever I feel run down or there’s illness going around. Its antimicrobial properties help kill illness and its warming properties bring oxygen to the blood, helping to boost immunity.

Yeast Infections

Cinnamon has shown to fight yeast infections. Both E-coli bacteria and Candida albicans fungus can be treated with Cinnamon Oil.

Digestion

Similar to ginger, cinnamon aids digestion. It stimulates gastric juices, helps reduce bloating and cramps, and it kills bacteria in the Gastro-Intestinal tract.

Cancer Prevention

Research shows that sugar can be responsible for causing and promoting cancer cells, so it’s blood sugar regulation can help with prevention. It’s antioxidant activity and its chemical properties, Eugenol and Cinnamaldehyde can also help fight cancer.


Ceylon Cinnamon vs Cassia

Besides all of the properties above, which are associated with Ceylon Cinnamon, another reason to consume Ceylon Cinnamon over Cassia, is that Cassia contains Coumarin, which thins the blood. This can be hepful for those with heart disease. But, used in high quantities, coumarin can cause liver damage. Cassia contains 4% coumarin and Ceylon Cinnamon contains 0.04% coumarin.


How much Cinnamon do I take?

In order for cinnamon to have the therapeutic health benefits mentioned, it is recommended to take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (Ceylon) per day.

 

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Royal Jelly (Bee Mana)

Jill Stacey

What is Royal Jelly?

Bees are incredibly advanced, amazing beings and are essential in many ways to life on Earth. The production of Royal Jelly is just one of the miraculous things that they do. Royal Jelly is a precious substance that is made by worker bees in bee hives. The worker bees fill special larval cells with it when their hive needs a new queen. The larvae in these cells eat nothing else, triggering a change in their development process and turning them into queen bees.  The Royal Jelly, or Bee Mana that I use is harvested gently and ethically, without harming any bees. It’s unique and powerful combination of nutrients makes it a very potent and beneficial food for humans too, as well as a wonderful skincare ingredient.

Why is Royal Jelly so good for me?

Royal Jelly benefits are vast. Royal Jelly or Bee Mana is packed full of complex B vitamins (including B12), trace minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and even trace amounts of vitamin C. It contains acetylcholine which aids circulation and assists in relaxation. It contains 5% 10-HDA (10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid), a unique fatty acid found only in royal jelly that enhances immune function. It also contains some of the essential building blocks for collagen, so it helps your skin cells regenerate. Overall, it has been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping skin remain youthful. Unlike every other royal jelly available, the bee mana from Immortality Alchemy that I use is Certified Organic – the first of its kind. And it’s triple concentrated! The Bee Mana apiaries are located in remote forests and herb farms, far away from any industrial area, so it’s the purest and most potent Royal Jelly available. 

Bee Beauty

Bee Beauty is a raw facial oil moisturizer. This Royal Jelly Skin treat is wonderfully hydrating. It will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. It will also help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, firm skin, support collagen renewal, and restore the skin’s proper pH balance!

What makes my skin love Bee Beauty?

Bee Beauty is made with a wide variety of potent skin treats, including superfoods, herbs, green and rooibos tea, and the finest blend of oils (such as seabuckthorn and pomegranate) and essential oils. The most unique ingredient, however, is triple concentrated Royal Jelly, or Bee Mana. This nutrient-dense food is a highly beneficial food for longevity and vitality. It's great in smoothies and wonderful in skincare.

Royal Jelly, a true wonder for beauty.

 

bee beauty facial oil

This beautiful facial oil moisturizer with Royal Jelly is made for a queen. With 3x concentrated Royal Jelly, superfoods, herbs, and fine oils, this rejuvenating facial oil will create beautifully soft, glowing skin.