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My Winter Beauty Tips - How to Get Rid of Dry Skin

Jill Stacey

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I've been talking to several clients lately who are experiencing severely dry and flakey skin. So, I wanted to offer some tips for skin hydration, especially during this cold and dry time of year.

Here are my top tips for soft skin and staying warm this winter:

INTERNAL CARE

Stay Hydrated Internally

The root of skin dehydration is usually a lack of internal hydration. It's extremely important to stay hydrated all of the time, especially during the winter when there is less of a desire for water and when skin tends to dry out. Drink fluids throughout the day - half your weight in ounces of spring water. If room temperature water is too cool for you, heat it up. Add a squeezed wedge of lemon. Lemon is also great for alkanizing the body and cleansing the liver. I drink hot herbal teas all day long. Try more moisturizing herbs in your teas like Irish Moss, Red Clover Blossom, Marshmallow Root, and Fennel Seed. For hydration - to only drink herbal teas, and stay away from caffeine. Caffeine will cause more dehydration Also, try adding raw ginger or a dash of cayenne to drinks or dishes to boost blood circulation and immune function.

Eat more Healthy Fats and Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Eating more healthy fats beautifies, plumps, and moisturizes your skin. It also warms your body from the inside out:

Here are the best sources of plant-based fats:

Raw Virgin Coconut oil

Sacha Inchi Oil

Raw Oils like Pumpkin Seed, Camelina, Black Cumin Seed, Chia, FRESH - Hemp or Flax

for women: Evening Primrose, Borage

Raw Seeds like Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax seeds, Pumpkin, and Sunflower seeds

Raw Nuts, especially brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts

Olives and Extra Virgin Olive oil

Avocado

* Only use Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut oil when cooking

Get your Vitamin D

If you are not getting sun on your skin daily for at least 30 minutes, take at least 4000 IU or more per day. I needed to 10,000 IU when I lived in Seattle. If you are getting sun, still take 2000 IU per day.

 

Eat warming foods

True and lasting bodily warmth comes from eating the right balance of roots, herbs, and spices for your body.

In general, foods that take longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly.

Some foods and spices that are warming include: squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, rutabagas, turnips, garlic, leeks, onions, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, black or hot pepper.

In particular, focus on eating and drinking as tea:

ROOTS like Ginger Root, Astragalus Root, Burdock Root, Nettle Root, Marshmallow Root, Yacon Root, Dandelion Root, Carrot, Rhubarb Root, and many more.

BARKS like Cinnamon bark, Pau d' Arco, Slippery Elm Bark, and White Oak Bark.

SPICES like Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Anise (These support both intestinal and respiratory function). Also great are Chili Powder, Paprika, Cayenne, Turmeric, and Cumin.

 

SKIN CARE

Cleanse with care

Be very cautious not to cleanse skin too often or use a harsh cleanser. elaa cleansers are gentle and nourishing. During the winter, try cleansing no more than once per day. You can also try a mask or spray with a toner and wipe with a cotton pad instead.



Rehydrate throughout the day

Rehydrate skin frequently throughout the day with a hydrating mist, which will work even over makeup. I also reapply my favorite moisturizer, like Bee Beauty or Superfood Dream Cream several times per day.


Bathe with moisturizing herbs

If you take baths, bathe with moisturizing herbs such as rosebud, lavender flowers, calendula, and chamomile flowers.

Moisturize after bathing

Make sure to apply nourishing moisture throughout the day, and especially after bathing when your pores are open and most receptive to moisture.

 

If you implement these nutritional and skin care practices into your daily life, you should see a reversal of your dry skin in no time. And you'll stay nice and toasty this winter. . .

 

Healthy Holiday Eating: How to eat healthy, keep your figure, and feel vital this Holiday Season

Jill Stacey

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The holidays are time we come together with the people in our lives and rejoice. Food and drink is a natural part of festivities and spending time together, but, we don’t have to be the victim of holiday fare. There is a way to enjoy it, without gaining weight, negatively affecting our health, or feeling sluggish and bloated afterwards.

Here are my top 7 tips for a healthy holiday:

 

1) Eat Beforehand

Eat something healthy before go to the event or gathering. If you’re on the run and don’t have time to prepare something, grab some nuts, goji or golden Berries, kale chips, or veggies to eat on the way. Another way to already feel satiated before heading to a part full of food is to drink plenty of fluids like water, tea, or green juices beforehand. Sometimes when we feel hungry, we are really just dehydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps to make sure that we only eat the amount of food that we really need.

 

2) Make a dish or two

Make your favorite healthy party recipes and add a twist to traditional holiday fare. Or, if you prefer the classic dishes, you can make a healthy version of any holiday recipe. Make a low-carbohydrate dish with all-natural, whole-food ingredients. Avoid refined or processed ingredients, including sugar, salt, and flours. Instead of sugar, choose honey or dates. Or for a low-glycemic sweetener, use coconut palm sugar, xylitol, or stevia. Instead of processed table salt, use sea salt, which is mineral-rich and good for health, like Himalayan Salt or Celtic Sea Salt. Instead of white or processed flours, use whole food, low-glycemic alternatives like Almond, Coconut, or Hazelnut flours.

If you’d like to bring a sweet treat, there are also endless healthy recipes online for scrumptious desserts. When making desserts, again always avoid sugar and refined flours. The best way to find the healthiest dessert recipes is to search online for raw dessert recipes. Both will use healthy sweeteners and contain no refined or processed ingredients, and will have the best recipes for avoiding weight gain and tasting delicious at the same time.

 

3) Be "present" at the buffet table

Survey the buffet table before filling your plate. Try to fill your plate with salads and vegetables, nuts, fruit. Avoid sugary foods, white flour foods, and starches like white mashed potatoes (sweet potato or yams are a much better option). Enjoy any favorite “treats” in small portions, after you’ve had plenty of water and healthier options first. Then, savor your the “indulgent” dishes to satisfaction, without overeating.

 

4) Watch what you drink too

If you’re drinking alcohol, stick to wine, but set a limit. Sip on water throughout the night - sparkling water makes you feel more full and has more of a celebratory feel.

 

5) Eat lightly or fast after a holiday meal

You can’t gain weight from one meal. Gaining one pound requires eating 3,500 calories above what you normally take in. So, only multiple holiday fare indulgences will affect your weight. One way to lose weight or maintain weight during the holiday season is to eat normally one day, then fast the next day and keep alternating this pattern. This practice boosts metabolism. It you’re not a fan of fasting, an easier option is to just eat very lightly (veggie juices, salads, and vegetables) the day before and after a holiday gathering.

 

6) Increase exercise

A consistent increase in exercise can help to prevent weight gain from extra holiday eating. The intensity of the exercise will have to balance the amount of additional food to be affective. Do remember that while exercise may help prevent weight gain and reduce stress that can cause overeating, it cannot prevent the health effects of unhealthy food.

 

7) Notice Why you are eating

Very sadly in our world, food is often used as a substitute for love. Especially holiday food can remind us of good times with our families, like the safety and comfort we felt surrounded by family and food as we celebrated the holidays. The smells and sights of holiday food can also remind us of conflict with our families, or be a way to fill the love that we feel is missing inside us. Food becomes a way to comfort, distract, and feed the parts of us that feel alone, or the parts of us that are looking for love. This is one of the most compelling reasons why we overeat over the holiday season.

By taking the space to observe what you are eating, having fun making delicious healthy recipes to share, moving your body more, and a feeling your feelings so that you don’t overeat to compensate or cope, you can assure that you are truly caring for yourself this holiday season.

 

Pumpkin Praises: The Health & Skin Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds

Jill Stacey

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One of the most abundant foods in the Fall is Pumpkin! There are large quantities of them at stores, farms, farm stands, and outside homes right now. I always feel excited when I see the first pumpkins. They signal the height of fall - one of my favorite times of year and elicit my fun childhood memories of pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. It seems that the majority of pumpkins are used for decoration or carving, and that their true glory as a health food and skin treatment are often unknown. But, it's worth knowing that the flesh and the raw seeds and seed oil of pumpkin, make a delicious and nutritious food to eat and treatment for skin.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins are indigenous to the Americas and have been domestically grown here for five thousand years. Native Americans used pumpkins seeds and pumpkin as both a food and a medicine.

Pumpkins are very high in carotenoids (powerful antioxidants), thus giving them their vibrant orange color. They are also high in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which destroy free radicals in the eyes, thus helping to prevent eye disease. Pumpkins also contain nutrients, like zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamins C, E, A, and fiber.

The Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also called Pepitas, are very high in protein. They also contain copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and zinc. They contain most of the B vitamins, as well as Vitamins C, D, E, and K. Pumpkin Seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), making it wonderful for skin and all body tissues. This oil is also high in phytosterols, which are plant-based fatty acids that are chemically so like cholesterol that they can replace it in the human body, contributing to the reduction of blood cholesterol levels. Pumpkin seeds can be used to treat prostate, bladder problems, depression, and are great for expelling intestinal parasites.

The Skin Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin is a natural and healthy way to care for your skin, including premature aging, sun spots, clogged pores, and a dull, uneven complexion. Pumpkin is a great source of enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). These enzymes and AHAs exfoliate, revitalize, and remove impurities from the skin. Pumpkin contains a large array of vitamin A derivatives, which are responsible for cellular renewal, zinc for skin healing, and vitamin C for preserving and strengthening the health of skin cells.

The oil in pumpkin seeds contains essential fatty acids, which moisturize and help regulate proper skin sebum production. This is important for normalizing oily skin, and also balancing dry skin. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which is essential for skin healing.

Here are my favorite pumpkin skin treats.:

pumpkin radiance - renewing enzyme mask

pumpkin pie sugar scrub - exfoliating body dessert

 

Are you carving pumpkins this Halloween? If so, here are some wonderful ways to use the remains of pumpkin. Or just buy a small pumpkin and play.

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Would you like a healthier version of a traditional Halloween snack? 

Click below for my recipe on how to make enzyme-rich raw "roasted" pumpkin seeds. 

Raw Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

Pumpkin Recipe

What about a healthy version of a classic Holiday Pie? My favorite! - Pumpkin Pie. Raw & nutritious. Click below for my recipe.

Raw Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Raw Pumpkin Pie

Jill Stacey

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Raw Pumpkin Pie

This recipe makes a "mini" pie, for an elegant tart size pumpkin pie. Use a 4" pie or tart tin.

Ingredients

Filling

2 cups diced pie pumpkin

4 tablespoons coconut oil

3/4 cup medjool dates

5 tablespoons coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt

pinch of clove powder

Crust

1 1/2 cups pecans

1 cup medjool dates

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

1/2-1 teaspoon spring water

Preparation

1) Put all filling ingredients into high-speed blender and blend on high for 90 seconds.

2) For the crust put the Pecans in the food processor and  mix till the pecans are in small pieces, but not quite a fine powder. Then add the medjool dates and vanilla and mix. Last add a water till the crust forms a ball in the food processor.

3) Press crust dough into the bottom and sides of a pie dish. Pour filling into it. 

4) Place pie in refrigerator and let it firm before serving.

5) Enjoy!

 

Raw "Roasted" Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Jill Stacey

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Raw Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Pumpkin seeds, also known as Pepitas, are high in protein and rich in minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and zinc. They contain B vitamins, as well as Vitamins C, D, E, and K. Pumpkin Seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and phytosterols.

Pumpkin seeds are also nutty and delicious and can be used in many dishes.

For healthier, enzyme-rich version of a traditional Halloween snack, try this each recipe:

 

Ingredients

Organic Pumpkin Seeds

Organic Olive Oil

Organic Coconut Aminos

Himalayan Salt

Spring Water

 

Preparation

1) Soak your pumpkin seeds in spring water for 4 hours.

2) Rinse with more spring water

3) Coat the pumpkin seeds thoroughly in olive oil, coconut aminos, and himalayan salt.

4) Dehydrate overnight or until desired crunch is achieved. Dehydrating them will give them the traditional crunch, without losing any of the vital nutrients, that are broken down when they are roasted.

5) Enjoy! 

 

Keratosis Pilaris: 10 Steps to a Cure

Jill Stacey

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What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition, also (unfortunately) known as "chicken skin," that is caused by a buildup of keratin. Keratin is the primary structural fibrous protein that makes up the outermost layer of skin. When excess keratin builds up it plugs the hair follicle and creates a bump. When multiple follicles become blocked, it creates rough skin that is covered in pink, brown, or white bumps. Keratosis Pilaris is most commonly found on the backs of the arms and legs, but can also be found on the face or back. 

Like all chronic skin conditions, the root cause of Keratosis Pilaris is the result of a internal imbalance. All chronic skin conditions indicate that the internal organs are not properly processing nutrients and/or toxins. Any toxins that build up in excess are pushed outward to the skin as a last resort for elimination, because the other elimination organs are not able to process the toxic load. Some skin conditions can also be caused by a lack of essential nutrients. 

To truly heal means to rectify the imbalance that is the root cause of the condition, which is internal  - and to use topical treatments in conjunction with the internal treatments.

How to Cure Keratosis Pilaris

Here are 10 steps to help you move towards healing Keratosis Pilaris:

1) try a temporary food elimination diet

Remove any foods from your diet that worsen your condition. Keratosis Pilaris is usually caused by food intolerances or food allergies. The number ONE cause of Keratosis Pilaris is the inability to process the Casein (dairy protein) found in all dairy products. Casein is a very common allergen and is particularly hard on people who have chronic illness. So, the first thing to do is to remove all dairy products from your diet right away.

I do like Colostrum - which is low in Casein and very healing to the gut and immune system. Click here for my favorite: Surthrival Colostrum. It is now also possible to find Whey protein that is Casein-Free: Click here for Tera's Goat Whey, which is lower in allergens than Cow Whey and is Casein-Free. And one of my most favorite dairy-free, casein-free high protein healing foods is, Collagen. This is the Collagen I eat daily.

I have seen first-hand Keratosis Pilaris go away completely when dairy was removed from the diet and come right back, as soon as it was added to the diet again. I, myself, was vegan for nearly a decade. Long term, I found that not eating animals foods or meat depleted my constitution too much, so I'm not recommended veganism here . . . but rather, detoxification and a healthy vegan diet when employed temporarily is detoxifying. Try reducing dairy and meat intake or trying a few weeks without out to see how you do. Just make sure you get enough plant protein during this time.

All animal proteins, when eaten excessively, can potentially cause Keratosis Pilaris, so also remove eggs, or any other animal products if the condition doesn't disappear after about a month after removing dairy first and second meat. I have had reports that eggs was the cause of KP for several people. 

Each food should be singled out and removed for at least 6 weeks to see if the Keratosis Pilaris improves. If it does, try adding it back in, if you'd like, and see if it makes things worse. If so, consider removing it from your diet completely or reducing the amount.

2) Eat a whole-food, real-food, gluten-free, low-glycemic diet

For treating Keratosis Pilaris (and for health in general) it is also important to eliminate: sugar, processed foods, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients. Allergy to gluten can also contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. In my opinion, gluten is not helpful for anyone, it is just hard for the body to process, even with no specific allergy present. As a final step, eat a low-glycemic diet - removing all sugars (even natural sugars like fruit or honey), starches, and carbohydrates (except for vegetables). Again, single out each individual food and remove it for at least 6 weeks to see if the Keratosis Pilaris improves.

3) Get plenty of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The best sources of of Omega-3s are

3) Cleanse your system

Flush out the build-up toxins from foods or substances that are causing irritations in your system. The best way to remove congestion in the body is to cleanse with Colon Hydrotherapy. If you don't have a Colon Hydrotherapist near you, try enemas at home. Coffee Enemas are particularly powerful liver cleansers and are an ideal cleansing technique. I do coffee enemas at home four days per week. I consider them essential for anyone with skin conditions or chronic health issues. This is a great enema kit with everything you need. If you just can't fathom the idea of colonics or enemas, my favorite herbal formula is Intestinal Movement Formula by Healthforce. It is safe, gentle, and yet effective. While doing any detox, it is crucial to take a formula to absorb toxins that are being released so that they don't get reabsorbed in the colon. I suggest Intestinal Drawing Formula. I use this regularly and it's a great full spectrum formula.

4) Balance your Intestinal Flora

When you have Keratosis Pilaris, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your intestinal flora is healthy. After cleansing or Colon Hydrotherapy, it’s important to repopulate your body with probiotics. Do not take grocery or drug store probiotics. They have no viablity as far as living, quality probiotics. These are the probiotics I personally take and trust:

Prescript-Assist 

Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Capsules

Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Powder

Genestra HMF Intensive

HLC High Potency Capsules

VSL#3

You can also make fermented foods at home for daily doses of Probiotics - make your own coconut water kefir, fully cultured kombucha, or sauerkraut and pickles. Do NOT eat fermented foods if you have Candida overgrowth. Get the Candida under control first.

5) Aid your Digestion with Enzymes

Lack of nutrient absorption can cause malnourished and dry skin and can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris. Digestive enzymes can help improve nutrient absorption and increase digestive fire. My favorite digestive enzymes are, Digestion Enhancement Enzymes.

6) Eat foods rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin C

Once possible nutrient deficiency that is at cause for Keratosis Pilaris, is Vitamin A. Without enough Vitamin A, the skin cells manufacture excess keratin. Keratosis Pilaris, again, is caused by the build up of excess keratin. The best sources of vitamin A are chlorophyll-rich foods like Spirulina or green food Blends, like Vitamineral Green

Vitamin C reduces inflammation and is required for collagen formation, so it helps to keep the skin healthy. The best sources of Vitamin C are Acerola Berry , Amla Berry, and Camu Camu Berry. I also use Liposomal Vitamin C daily, click here for my favorite. Vitamin C that is not inside liposomes is not well absorbed.

7) Eat Coconut Oil

There are a lot of claims from people who saw a reduction in their Keratosis Pilaris from applying coconut oil to it directly. Moisturizing is a huge help when it comes to Keratosis Pilaris, and coconut oil is wonderful for skin, but since Keratosis Pilaris is caused by internal issues, like all chronic skin conditions, try eating Extra Virgin Coconut oil instead to receive it's greatest benefits. Enjoy up to 3 tablespoons per day in meals. Tropical Traditions Gold Coconut Oil is the only Coconut Oil I use. Most Coconut Oil contains mycotoxins (mold), this one does not. The quality far surpasses any other coconut oil I've tried.

External Keratosis Pilaris Treatments

8) Use a Dry Skin Brush

If used regularly, a dry skin brush can have a transformative affect on Keratosis Pilaris. Dry Skin Brushing can help prevent the hair follicles from becoming clogged. Dry skin brushing also has many other benefits such as increasing circulation, treating cellulite, stimulate lymphatic drainage, and improving skin health and appearance.

Dry skin brush daily. Start at your feet and brush briskly in small, circular patterns toward your heart. Next, brush your hands, arms, torso, and neck. 

9)  Exfoliate

Natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids are the best topical treatment for Keratosis Pilaris. For Keratosis Pilaris, you'll want to exfoliate in two ways for best results, first by using Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, then by using a "mechanical" exfoliant - Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub. The two types of exfoliants work together to most effectively renew skin and remove and prevent the hair follicles from getting clogged.

Prime the skin with Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid fruit and flower treatment that helps the skin turn over properly and treats Keratosis Pilaris. Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew also helps with acne, hyperpigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, and Milia.

 Next, use a scrub over the areas of Keratosis Pilaris. Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub is a delicious chocolatey, fruity, nutty superfood scrub that polishes skin, is anti-inflammatory, and infuses it with powerful antioxidants. Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub is formulated to be gentle enough for face, so it is perfect for using over Keratosis Pilaris, without irritating it and revealing smoother, healthier skin. Leave it on as a mask for as long as possible prior to scrubbing, for best results in dissolving Keratosis Pilaris.

For more delicate areas and face, use Pineapple Illuminating Polisher instead in Cacao Goji Berry Scrub.

Practice this exfoliation routine daily, or at least 4 days per week until you see and feel an improvement in your Keratosis Pilaris.

Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew

Glow Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew is a burst of fresh fruit acids for a radiant glow and a brighter, more youthful complexion. A fresh and juicy fruit and flower treatment for removing dead skin cells, treating acne, diminishing hyperpigmentation or age spots, reducing Milia or Keratosis Pilaris, improving wrinkles and fine lines, or simply creating a gorgeous, healthy glow.

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Reveal your radiant essence. This gentle, yet highly active microderm polisher leaves skin luminous. Pineapple enzymes renew the skin, while Velvet De Guérande tenderly buffs away dead skin cells and infuses it with rich minerals. Herbs and flowers calm, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the skin. Vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants revive dull and aging skin. You will glow with light shining from within. Refreshing, Reviving, utterly Illuminating!

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10) Moisturize & heal

Dry Skin can worsen Keratosis Pilaris, so it's important to moisturize as much as you can. Apply a 100% natural, nourishing moisturizer directly after bathing. Massage a  body oil over the areas of Keratosis Pilaris. Warming Oils stimulate circulation and help prevent or nourish dry skin, so they are beneficial for Keratosis Pilaris . For a warming body oil, try: Masala Chai Skin Restoring Body Oil - digestive support & skin circulation

For a calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory healing treatment for Keratosis Pilaris, try After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm. A super healing treatment for Keratosis Pilaris is Ozone! It's activated Oxygen, and yes the same element found in the atmosphere. It's miraculously healing.

After The Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm

Fully Ozonated Healing Treatment Balm for Face & Body

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Keratosis Pilaris is not a permanent condition you have to live with. By removing allergenic foods, eating a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients, removing built up toxins, and using the proper skin care techniques and products, you can be free of Keratosis Pilaris for good.
 

 

Disclaimer: elaaskincare.com makes no claims to diagnose, treat, prevent, mitigate, or cure diseases with any advice, information, or product(s). Any health related information on this site is for educational purposes only. None of the information should be misconstrued as medical advice. This site has not been evaluated by the United States Food & Drug Administration or any other administration. The ultimate responsibility for your choices and their effect(s) on your health are yours. No statements on the website have been evaluated by the FDA. No products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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.

 

 

What Makes For the Best Natural Deodorant?

Jill Stacey

Body odor is one of those earthly delights - or offenses - that is intrinsically a part of our daily lives. For many, body odor is a battle. I look at it differently.

What causes body odor?

It may be a surprise to hear that sweat itself is actually odorless. So, what causes body odor? Body odor is created when bacteria proliferates in sweat and breaks down protein into acids. Each person's odor is unique to the individual, but it can be strongly affected by medications, health, and diet. 

How do conventional deodorants work? 

Chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and perfumes work by, essentially, doing battle against our bodies' natural processes. 

How do they do this?

1. They kill all bacteria that naturally lives on the skin, including beneficial bacteria. Once the balance of bacteria is destroyed, our bodies are left defenseless against pathogen bacteria because healthy bacteria is no longer there to fight it. This causes both susceptibility to infections and bodily imbalances of all kinds, as well as, body odor.

2. They coating the skin in synthetic chemicals and metals, like aluminum, that are toxic to your health, and have been linked to breast and prostate cancer.

3. Antiperspirants block the sweat glands, which has a negative affect on our health. Many toxins and pathogens in the body are flushed out through sweat. Preventing this natural cleansing of the body can cause more infections short term and eventually, create disease.

If chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and synthetic perfumes are linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, and hormonal imbalances, why would we use them? If chemical deodorants, antiperspirants, and synthetic perfumes work against all of the natural processes that help to keep the body healthy and odor-free, why would we use them? 

The Best Natural Deodorant

It's not really common knowledge in our culture how to care for ourselves without using medications and chemicals to suppress symptoms. It's less common these days that people are in-tune with our natural processes and know how to create a healthy body in the way nature-intended. I certainly grew up using all the conventional drug-store brands, using medications, and eating a sugary processed-food diet. Once I developed multiple chronic diseases, I knew something wasn't right. Once I started eating a healthy, real-food, no sugar diet and removed all chemical skin and body care products from my life, not only did my illnesses resolve, but so did any issues with body odor.

I've haven't had any "bad" smelling body odor for over a decade. What are my secrets?

  1. I eat an organic, plant-based, no sugar diet. Low odor, healthy foods = a low odor body. A diet high in red meat has been shown to cause body odor. It's also a good idea to limit the potency and frequency of pungent foods like garlic and curry, if your are concerned about body odor.
  2. If you do sweat a lot, natural fiber clothing allows air flow and thus has less potential to harbor sweat and bacteria growth.
  3. I'm a proponent of excellent hygiene, but not stopping the body's healthy, natural processes - like stripping the body of it's natural oils and good bacteria. Daily bathing and harsh soaps are not good for your skin or its processes (the skin being the largest organ of the body).  Instead of showering daily, washing glandular areas of the body, including the armpits, with a warm wet washcloth (and a dab of natural, gentle soap or body wash, if necessary) can help to remove odor causing bacteria.
  4. And, finally, I use deodorants that work in beautiful harmony with the body's natural processes.

I was never able to find deodorants on the market that did this on multiple levels, so I created them! 

elaa deodorants promote the growth of healthy bacteria on the skin, and use the by-products that the bacteria produces as an ingredient to co-create a natural and wonderful scent.

How do these Deodorants Work? 

These deodorants are a concentrated, alchemical blend of the most effective deodorizing ingredients available.

Probiotics. Most of us know about the benefits of healthy flora (bacteria) in our GI Tract. Our skin is host to millions of beneficial bacteria as well. Probiotics help to balance the bacteria on your skin, in a similar way that they balance the bacteria in your digestive system. Our skin requires great care because it is our body's first line of defense against disease. The skin acts as a physical, chemical (sweat, skin, tears, mucus), and bacterial barrier against pathogens. The flora, or beneficial bacteria on the skin prevent bad bacteria from proliferating and causing infection. Probiotics on the skin also help with cellular renewal, skin conditions, acne, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and skin tone and texture. 

Wheatgrass is a powerful detoxifier, helping to purify the body. When applied to the underarms over the lymph in that area, it works to remove toxins and eliminate body odor. It is 70% chlorophyll, which is cleansing and healing to the body. Chlorophyll also stops the growth of unfriendly bacteria.

Sandalwood inhibits bacteria and stops many harmful microorganisms from growing. It's even used to disinfect entire living spaces and treat many types on bodily infections. It's a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that cools and relaxes the skin. It can help relieve inflammation in nearly every organ, including the delicate tissues of the brain. It's especially active on the circulatory and nervous systems.

Dead Sea Salt is a nutrient-rich, moisture-rich salt extracted and dried from the marshes of the Dead Sea. It is one of the best therapeutic salts available. The salt in most oceans is approximately 97% sodium chloride while Dead Sea salt is only 12-18% sodium chloride. Dead Sea Salt is a powerful detoxifier and anti-microbial. Dead Sea Salt greatly helps the body to remove toxins through the skin. Besides its ability to prevent the growth of bad bacteria, the therapeutic effects of Dead Sea Salt are numerous. Dead Sea Salt is mineral-dense the magnesium, calcium, potassium, bromides, and other minerals found in the salt are easily absorbed by the skin and help to calm the nervous system, increase circulation, and soothe aches and pains, ease rheumatoid arthritis, slow aging, and relieve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies, skin infections, cellulite, wrinkles, blackheads, and dry skin. 

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) is similar to Dead Sea Salts, in that it is comprised of various minerals, it is detoxifying, cleansing, and deodorizing. It also is ideal for oral care, it softens skin, and it soothes with burns and bites.

 Aloe Vera is a succulent desert plant. The leaves contain a gel-like substance that has countless rejuvenating properties. It is anti-inflammatory and is one of the most soothing plants in the world. It is a wonderful treatment for skin conditions of all kinds, as well as burns, wounds, and rashes. It also softens the skin and helps to smooth wrinkles and create the look of firmer skin.

Essential Oils. There are several scents of this probiotic deodorant to choose from. The aromas of these natural deodorants are glorious, and the essential oils used to create the scents are one of the most significant reasons why these deodorants works so well. The alchemical blend of therapeutic essential oils in each bottle are chosen not only for their scent profiles, but also for their for deodorizing, anti-microbial effects. They kill bad bacteria and promote healthy bacteria. Each essential oil also has multiple skin and health benefits. The amount of essential oils in each bottle is highly concentrated, allowing for superior odor protection, therapeutic benefit, and anointing you with an incredible aroma.

 

Fall Skin Care Tips

Jill Stacey

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This past weekend was the Autumnal Equinox. As the seasons change, it is important to also make changes in our skin and health care routines. The air outdoors is cooler and drier, and the air indoors becomes drier as we turn on the heat. Our skin and hair has also just been exposed to a lot of elements all summer. Extra care and repair is now natural and important as we move into Autumn.

Autumn Cleansing & Support

For balance, harmony, and lovely skin, I recommend cleansing or fasting during the week of the autumnal equinox. If cleansing or fasting is not for you, eliminating all sugar, dairy, gluten, fried foods, and meat for several weeks is very helpful for decongesting your system and strengthening your immune system. You will definitely feel an increase in energy and clarity.

If there are colds going around, or if I'm feeling run down, I like to juice plenty of fresh ginger and take shots of it or add it to full glasses of water. If you don't have a juicer, try adding a 2-inch piece of fresh organic ginger to your blender with a little water and a teaspoon of Ceylon Cinnamon, blend and strain and then add the "juice" to a full glass of water with a little stevia. This spicy treat will help fight off pathogens and leave you feeling "zesty." 

Supporting your Liver is also ideal during this cleansing time. This will also help promote clear skin. I like to drink plenty of healing herbal teas.

Clear Skin Tea is a blend I created for supporting the liver, detoxifying the body, and treating various skin conditions.

As always, stay well hydrated with plenty of spring water.

I also like to keep my nasal passages clear and hydrated with use of a neti pot.

Here are some other tips to implement during the autumnal equinox and into fall.

Fall Skin Care Tips

Some skin issues that can come up as Summer turns to Fall include dull, dry skin with fine lines or irritation; sun spots and hyper-pigmentation, or flare-ups of some chronic conditions.

 

Natural Sun Protection

Even though it's colder, it is still important to use sun protection in autumn on sunny days. 

For UV and Sun Damage Protection and Repair, try Sweet Light Before & After Sun Butter.

Hyperpigmentation & Sun Spots

Sun damage from a long summer in the sun can result in areas of hyperpigmentation on face, shoulders, arms, and hands especially.

This is my favorite product for helping to reverse sun damage and hyper-pigmentation: 

Dawn Skin Brightening Dew

Moisturizing & Dry Skin Prevention

Moisturizing is more important than ever for every skin type. If you like to use a lighter moisturizer during the summer, using a richer moisturizer is now is a good idea. For body, applying a moisturizer directly after bathing is the best way to have conditioned, soft skin. Massage a body oil or body butter over the entire body while focusing on dry or rough areas.

During cold and wet months, Warming Oils or Butters are of particular benefit. They stimulate circulation and help prevent or nourish dry skin.

For a warming body oil, try:

Masala Chai Skin Restoring Body Oil - digestive support & skin circulation

For a warming body butter, try: 

Ginger Skin Restoring Body Butter

Or, contact me, if you'd like a custom creation. 

Skin Conditions

Some people may experience a flare-up of conditions such as psoriasis or eczema / atopic dermatitis in the fall. For some one that has suffered with Psoriasis most of my life, I am very sensitive to skin conditions and I have created several products that will help ease and soothe these conditions.

Magic Healing Balm - Natural Eczema Treatment

 Miracle Nectar - Healing Treatment

Foot Care

A summer of bare feet and sandal-wearing can potentially cause dry, cracked heels. Dry, rough, or painful feet can be improved with a scrub and a rich, nourishing moisturizer.

  1. Try soaking feet in a warm bath with essential oils like, Lavender.
  2. Then scrub thoroughly with a nice scrub or pumice stone.
  3. Next apply and massage in a body butter.
  4. Finally, put on a pair of cotton socks to keep the moisture in. 

Cacao Goji Berry Scrub can also be used on feet, hands, or anywhere on body that you'd like

elaa Body Butters are great for feet.

Hair Care

Dandruff can appear or flare-up during Autumn. I recommend treating hair and scalp with nourishing oils. Argan Oil is rich with Squalene, Vitamin E tocopherols, Fatty Acids, and potent Antioxidants. It is one of the most nourishing treatments for hair. Sacha Inchi Oil is also wonderful for repairing damaged hair.

Coat hair and scalp in Argan Oil & Sacha Inchi Oil once weekly overnight or for several hours to restore hair luster and strength.

Internal Dry Skin Prevention & Care

Internal use of Omega 3 Fatty Acids is essential for supple, soft, clear skin. Deficiency in Omega 3 oils is often responsible for skin conditions.

I particularly like Sacha Inchi Oil as a skin and food oil. The combination of Omega-3s, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, antioxidants, and amino acids makes Sacha Inchi Oil a wonderful skin treatment. Sacha Inchi Oil is also a valued nutritional supplement because it contains a high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids, making it an excellent source for Omega 3 (alpha linolenic acid) and Omega 6 (linoleic acid). It is high in protein, and rich in essential and non-essential amino acids.

Add  Sacha Inchi Oil to smoothies, salad dressings, any raw dishes that call for oil, or simply take a teaspoon.

 

Apple Pie Smoothie

Jill Stacey

Photo by   Mallory Dash

Photo by  Mallory Dash

Apple Pie Smoothie

It's apple season! It's a particularly exciting time in Washington (where I used to live) and Oregon (where I live now) because these regions are known for apples. I grew up in New England where we only had about four varieties of apples to choose from at the time. Apples were never very interesting to me, but ever since I moved out West, I look forward to Autumn for the countless variety of delicious, even heirloom apples that there are to savor.

My beloved had his first apples of the season the other day - he said he'd been waiting six months for apples. He is a particularly big apple fan, having grown up in Washington on a farm where his family grew their own apples. So, with apples from the farmer's market, I created a spur-of-the-moment smoothie for him. He loved it!

As a nutritionist, I'm an advocate of a low sugar (including fruits) diet. Having had candida overgrowth for so many years and for general immune system health, I eat a low glycemic diet myself. So, this particular smoothie (with the dates, in particular) is not something I myself would drink on a daily basis. But, this smoothie is a tasty Autumn morning smoothie to be on your smoothie rotation. Or maybe just as a dessert one in a while.

A little tip is that Cinnamon helps to regular blood sugar, so it's not just for a wonderful flavor, but also functional in this smoothie. Cinnamon is also high in antioxidants. When added to the smoothie, it slows the rate at which it is processed in the stomach and prevents a blood sugar spike. There is actually only one true Cinnamon, it's called Ceylon Cinnamon. This is the variety I use and that's best for regulating blood sugar.

Click here to read more about the varieties of cinnamon and it's skin, oral care, and health benefits. 

Ingredients

All Raw & Organic:

1 large apple or 2 small apples (my favorites are Pink Lady and HoneyCrisp - use your favorite)

5 dates (fresh dates, if possible)

2 handfuls of pecans ( I used 1 handful of walnuts and 1 handful of cashews because I did not have pecans, but pecans are ideal)

1 tsp vanilla Extract or 1/2 ground vanilla bean ( I like using ground vanilla bean)

1 - 2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 - 1/2 tsp nutmeg

a dash of Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt

Roughly 2 cups of spring water (depending on how thick you like your smoothies)

Instructions

1.       Soak the pecans (or whatever nuts you have) the night before or a few hours in advance. If you want it now and don't have soaked nuts, use un-soaked nuts - they are getting blended.

2.      Drain and rinse the pecans

3.      Pit the dates, cut in half or pieces

4.      Core apple(s) and cut into pieces

5.      Add all of the above and the rest of the ingredients to a powerful blender (preferably a Vitamix or similar). Blend until completely smooth.

6.      Enjoy drinkable and healthy apple pie!

 

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.

 

 

How to get rid of Oily Skin. . . forever

Jill Stacey

The Simple Solution for Oily Skin

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What Causes Oily Skin?

I had such oily skin for much of my life, I was even known as the "shiny girl" to people that didn't know my name during my teens. The reason why many people live with oily skin is that people think, understandably, that oil causes oil. But, here's the truth - this is not how skin works. It may seem counterintuitive, but lack of oil causes oily skin. What?!

Yes - The most common cause for excess oil secretion is a lack of hydration in and around the skin cells underneath the skin’s surface. When this is the case, the skin’s sebaceous glands try to correct the imbalance or lack of moisture by producing more oil, which makes oily skin even oilier. Typically, this is treated with drying agents that may produce a very temporary effect of having less oil on the skin’s surface (like minutes or maybe hours at most). But, stripping the skin of its natural oils actually causes a serious skin imbalance. Skin is severely thirsty, lacking it's natural oils that it needs to function normally and be healthy, so the body responds by secreted more and more oil through the sebaceous glands to try to once again create healthy balanced skin. But, as long as skin is stripped of excess oils, it will perpetually be imbalanced and will be secrete excess oil to compensate.

In my teens and early twenties, I tried every "oily skin" product on the market - products with drying agents that were supposed to create a matte effect on the skin. Yet, my skin was even more oily and was excessively dry at the same time. Finally, I met a wonderful aesthetician in Seattle that told me to moisturize more and to forget oil-free products. I found this advice hard to believe at the time, but I was quickly amazed by the results! Life-changing advice. Ever since, my oily skin disappeared and was replaced by a lovely glow.

Why is no one else sharing the actual cause of oily skin? I've wondered if it's to be able to sell "oily skin" products that only act to cover up symptoms, rather than address the root cause. I'm so glad that I'm able to share how to care for your skin, rather than "fight" against oil. Lovingly nourishing your skin and your body is always the solution for better skin.

Natural Remedies for Oily Skin

The solution for oily skin is to hydrate and moisturize the skin to give the oil-producing glands a message that they no longer have to produce excess oil to compensate for the lack of skin moisture. Use only natural plant oils and creams and lotions made with these oils. Avoid Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Jellies, Petroleum Products, Synthetics, Chemicals, and heavy emulsifiers or fillers, which can clog pores. 

Here are the plant oils that will nourish, hydrate, and restore your skin to a healthy balance and thus stop oily skin for good.:

Jojoba Oil

Rosehip Seed Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Argan Oil

Evening Primrose Seed Oil

Borage Seed Oil

Coconut Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Tamanu Oil

Shea Nut Oil & Shea Butter

Cacao Butter

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Apricot Kernel Oil

Avocado Oil

Baobab Oil

Camelina Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Hazelnut Oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Kukui Nut Oil

Meadowfoam Seed Oil

Olive Oil


Here's to a dewy glow, without the oil slick!

 

3 Ways to Heal Candida Overgrowth & Yeast Infection and Get Your Health Back

Jill Stacey

Many people suffer from Candida Infections or Candida Overgrowth (Candidasis). It is an extremely common infection that can cause a whole host of every day and more debilitating symptoms. There are very few people that actually don't have some candida overgrowth because of the rampant use of prescription medications that destroy the healthy balance inside the body and the Standard American Diet. Due to long-term childhood use of antibiotics, I had Systemic Candida Infection for most of my life. It was destructive to my health and deeply affected my life. Once one's immune's and digestive system has been compromised, It can take persistence to heal Candida Overgrowth completely. But, the good news is that once the Candida Overgrowth is cured, staying healthy only involves eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal flora.

Candida Overgrowth Symptoms & Yeast Infection Symptoms

 - chronic fatigue, feeling tired or rundown

- fibromyalgia

- excess mucous

- white coated tongue

-  vaginal infections, itching and discharge,

- urinary tract infections

- rectal itching

- digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea

- skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and fungal infections

- difficulty concentrating, brain fog, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD

- irritability, mood swings

- sugar & carbohydrate cravings

- season allergies

- autoimmune disease such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative colitis, and Psoriasis

What is Candida & Candidiasis?

Candida Albicans is the scientific name for a whole family of yeasts that are naturally found in the intestines of healthy people. In small amounts, they're helpful for digestion and nutrient absorption. Candida becomes Candidiasis when it overgrows in the body and becomes out of balance. The causes of the overgrowth or infection include: antibiotic use, a processed and sugary diet (candida feeds on sugars), nutrient deficiencies, heightened toxic exposure, and any illnesses, drugs, or treatments that cause immune suppression.

While sites of Candida Overgrowth infection can include the bloodstream and organs (a systemic candida infection), it is most common in the skin and mucous membranes. In the skin, this results in inflammation, redness, and itching. In the mucous membranes, this results in the typical symptoms associated with yeast infection or thrush. Candida Overgrowth is the cause of yeast infection and oral thrush.

Some studies have shown that as many as 1 in 5 people test positive for candida overgrowth in their mucosal linings. While some people show no symptoms, most have several areas of compromised health. Any excessive bacteria or yeast that is growing where it shouldn't will lead to an overworked immune system, and can cause a huge host of symptoms that many people mistake for other causes or simply just think they have to live with.

How do I know if I have Candida Overgrowth?

Candida Spit Test

1) First, do this simple home test:

In the morning, before eating or drinking anything, fill a glass with water and spit some of your saliva into it. Then, all you have to do is keep an eye on the glass of water every 10-15 minutes for the next hour. If your saliva does nothing but float on top of the water, you have nothing to worry about. If, however, tiny sprout-like strings have begun growing, or the water has turned dusty or cloudy, or your saliva soon sank to the bottom, you likely have a candida issue.

Candida Questionnaire

 2) Second, to confirm the test, do this questionnaire.

How to Heal Candidiasis - Candida Overgrowth

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection, Thrush, and Candida Overgrowth

Here's how to heal candida overgrowth in 3 steps:

The Anti Candida Diet

1) If you want relief from the symptoms above, you must follow a strict anti-candida diet for at least 3 months. This involves absolutely zero sugars, fruits, grains, dairy, or sweet veggies.

You can include superfoods, mostly green or non-sweet vegetables (no potatoes, beets, or carrots), green juices, occasional seeds (be sparing with nuts), seaweeds, and young wild coconuts (no sugary Thai coconuts). Also, raw coconut oil is composed of 48% lauric acid, which has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties that make it very helpful in combating candida overgrowth.

Probiotics for Yeast Treatment and Candida Overgrowth

 2) Take high doses of healthy intestinal probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus infantis, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. bulgaricus, etc.) that will colonize in the intestines. These are my favorites.

Prebiotics are also valuable. These are foods that nourish probiotics (healthy bacterial flora). Prebiotics are indigestible foods that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut microflora. The best ones to take to while on the anti-candida diet include chicory root, dandelion root, burdock root, and slippery elm bark.

Herbs and Supplements for Candidasis

3) Seek out the following herbs, which are excellent allies against candida:

- Oil of Oregano

- Garlic

- Pau d'arco and Cat's Claw

- Olive Leaf Extract

- Grapefruit Seed Extract

- Clove & Cinnamon

- MSM

- Vitamin C (Camu Camu Berry, Acerola Cherry, Amla Berry)

- Medicinal Mushrooms, such as: agaricus blazei, chaga, cordyceps, coriolus, lion's mane, maitake, reishi, shiitake, tremella

There are many herbal anti-candida formulas that I've tried too. There are several good one's available. CandiGone is a simple, more inexpensive one you can find at any health food store or here on Amazon. I've used this one several times. I also like to add a drop of Organic Therapeutic grade Oregano Essential Oil to a full glass of water - this pretty much knocks your socks off but is an effective, simple, natural treatment.

Curing Candida Overgrowth - The Process

Healing Candida Overgrowth is at least a 3 month process, for those with more severe cases, it can take up to a year or longer. Most importantly, strictly follow the diet for long enough (3 months - to a year) depending on the severity of your case. Second, take high dose probiotics. And finally, supplement with the above herbs/supplements or an anti-candida formula in high doses daily. It will not be effective if you take only the herbs and probiotics, but do not remove all sugars and carbohydrates from your diet. Fellowing the Anti-Candida Diet is essential.

Some herbs used for anti-candida affects like oregano or neem are very potent, and should only be used in small doses for no more than a month or two at a time. Take a break from them and if you still have Candidiasis symptoms, start again. You may need to repeat herbal dosages, meaning if you are using an all-in-one formula, - you take all the pills / tinctures until you have finished all of it. Then, you take a break for about a week. After that, purchase a new one and start the formula again until you have used all it.

If all of the symptoms go away and have been completely gone for weeks, then stop the herbs. Also, you can now move to Phase 1.5 of the anti-candida diet for 3 months. If any of the symptoms come back, go back to Phase 1 for 3 months and start with the herbs again. You'll want to always continue to take probiotics and prebiotics as a regular part of your diet, but you can eventually lower the dosage. It's also important to always be taking MSM, Vitamin C, and optionally Medicinal Mushrooms for good health. I take all of these everyday, candida overgrowth or not. If you are symptom-free long term, eat a healthy, whole-foods, unprocessed diet with zero refined sugars and starches. The only sweet things to eat are fruits and natural sugars, like honey or coconut sugar. Keep high and medium-glycemic fruits and natural sugars minimal.

Fighting Candida Overgrowth can be challenging and being consistent with the diet and the herbs for as long as you need is completely essential. Over time, all of the symptoms should fade away for good, as long as you maintain a healthy diet free of sugars and refined and processed foods. . . and it will be more than worth it to have your health and your life back.

 

Milia Treatment - Natural ways to remove Milia & create better skin in the process

Jill Stacey

Photo Courtesy of  J Toonstra  Copyright  UMC Utrecht

Photo Courtesy of J Toonstra Copyright UMC Utrecht

In my previous article, Milia - What are they and What Causes them? I described what Milia are and what causes them. This article is for those of you who want to cut right to the chase - what can I do to remove them?

Like with acne, or any skin condition, milia can be emotionally stressful to have on your face, especially when they are many of them. I don't believe in battling skin conditions or diseases that arise. To me, all diseases or conditions are a message from our bodies that something needs our attention. So, instead of trying to fight or push away that need and thus cause more harm, I believe in addressing and nurturing that need. This is caring for and nurturing yourself. So, care for yourself in the treatment of the milia, don't treat them, and thus yourself, like the enemy. The best way to treat milia is to nourish your skin - not destroy it - in order to allow it to function properly and then expel the milia on it's own. By nourishing your skin and body properly, you will not only be able to more easily expel the milia you have, but you will prevent future milia from occurring.

How NOT to Treat Milia

You will hear that some ways to treat milia are with prescription topical medications, such as retinods like Retin A, Renova, Differin, Avita or Tazorac. Do NOT use these. All conventional topica medications contain harmful substances and industrial chemicals that have a long-term devasting affect your your health. Your skin in your body's largest organ and absorbs everything that is applied to it into your bloodstream. These types of meditation not only can cause cancer, reproductve and hormonal damage, but also have a damaging affect on your skin. Our skin needs to be gently loved, not ravaged by harsh chemicals. I know the damaging affects that these topical medications can have on the skin, because before I learned about health and nutrition and how the root of skin conditions is internal, I used them for years to try to get rid of my acne. My skin was always raw, red, dry, flakey, and looked terrible. So, how can you caringly treat milia and improve the overall look and health of your skin at the same time?

Milia Treatment

Here are the best methods for milia removal:

1) Mostly importantly, for clearing and preventing milia, regularly exfoliate your skin with natural Exfoliants, such as Glow - Fruit AHA Exfoliating Dew, made to help treat milia specifically. I suggest you exfoliate in two ways for best results, first by using Glow - Fruit AHA Exfoliating Dew, made with fruit Alpha Hydroxy Acids, then by using a scrub or "mechanical" exfoliant. The two types of exfoliants work together to clear skin and renew skin cells.

Prime the skin with Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew, a natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid fruit and flower treatment that helps the skin turn over properly. As an added bonus, Glow - Exfoliating Fruit AHA Dew also helps with Keratosis Pilaris, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and acne.

Next, use a scrub over the areas of milia. Pineapple Illuminating Polisher is a gentle, yet highly active microderm polisher leaves skin luminous. Pineapple enzymes renew the skin, while Velvet De Guérande tenderly buffs away dead skin cells and infuses it with rich minerals. Herbs and flowers calm, reduce inflammation, and cleanse the skin. Vitamins, bioflavonoids, and antioxidants revive dull and aging skin. You will glow with light shining from within. Refreshing, Reviving, utterly Illuminating!

I recommend that you practice this exfoliation regimen daily, or at least 4 days per week until you see and feel an improvement in your milia. Once you see an improvement, continue at least twice per week for milia prevention.

2) Keep your Skin Clean with the use of a gentle, natural cleanser, such as:  Coconut Rose Cleansing Milk

3) Use only natural plant oils on the skin - don't use lanolin, mineral oils, or any petroleum products, which can clog pores. Natural plant oils cannot clog pores and are the most nutritious treatment possible for skin. For a healthy glow and truly nourished skin, try this wonderful plant oil moisturizer: Bee Beauty Facial Oil.

4) Expose your skin to the sun for at least 15-20 minutes per day without sunscreen.

5) Supplement with Niacin. Here's the Niacin I recommend. Niacin is the most important supplement for milia.

Secondarily, supplement with Biotin. Here's the Biotin I recommend.

And, finally, CoQ10. Here's the CoQ10 I recommend.

6) If you have severe milia and are feeling quite urgent about removing them, do not try to extract them on your own, you could cause scarring, skin damage, or infection. You can visit an skilled aesthetician to "unroof" each milium with a small needle to allow it come to the surface on its own over time. Visiting a dermatalogist is also an option if you are willing to endure the cost and recovery from the lancing and extraction.

Be sure to follow step 1 through 5 in order to prevent future milia, if you do choose to have them extracted. 

If you have any milia stories, successful or unsuccessful, please share in the comments below. I will share one of my favorites here:

Minor miracle as a result of using your products!

Message: Hi Jill,
I was thrilled to come home yesterday (after being gone for the weekend) to find my elaa package waiting for me! I was very excited to try the exfoliating fruit dew & scrub. 
A bit of background: I found out about you and your products while searching to try to figure out what this small, hard, white bump on my eyelid might be. At first I thought it was some type of pimple, then I thought maybe it was a milium (I haven't had anything like that before, really, so had no idea). It didn't go away by itself after many weeks, so I thought I might try some type of natural remedy.
I read many wonderful reviews of your products and their effectiveness in terms of reducing milia, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Finally - here is the minor miracle I referred to in my subject line! As soon as I opened the box, I decided to go wash my face and try my new products. I put the fruit dew on and left it for 30 mins, then scrubbed gently with the scrub. Not only did my skin smell and feel amazing, it looked amazing! Then today, as I was touching the milium on my eye (gently, nothing drastic, just kind of feeling it), it came off! No pain, nothing weird or scary, just the hard white thing came off! 
So now I am finally free of it, whatever it was, and I can't wait to continue using my new products (sparingly, for now, I think) to improve my overall skin condition.
Thank you, Jill, so much!
Best,
Jessica G.

 

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Milia - What are they and what causes them?

Jill Stacey

I recently received a request for help from a friend, who had developed milia underneath her eye. She steamed her skin and tried taking saunas to open up the pores and then attempted to carefully expel the milia, but unfortunately the pesky little thing didn't budge. I have also tried to expel milia myself in the past, but I only caused damage to the surrounding skin, while the milia stayed firmly planted in my skin like cement. Fortunately, I did learn that there are several ways to successfully treat milia. In my next article in the series, I discuss the best ways to naturally treat milia and improve your skin at the same time. First thing first, in this article, I will focus on - what in the world are "milia" and what causes them?

 

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What are Milia? 

Milia (the plural of millium) are tiny white bumps, or cysts found just below the epidermis of the skin. These cysts can look similar to the whiteheads of pimples, but they aren't. Milia are filled with Keratin, which is is the primary structural fibrous protein that comprises the outermost layer of skin. Milia is most commonly found around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.

Types of Milia

There are two types of milia, Primary and Secondary.

Primary milia develop when keratin becomes trapped under the skin, and is simply caused by a build up of dead skin cells, because the skin's natural exfoliation process is not properly functioning. Although milia can occur in people of all ages, this type of milia is actually found in 50% of newborn babies because their skin cells haven't yet begun the natural exfoliation process. Infant milia should not be treated, their skin is far too delicate and the milia will go away as the skin matures, usually within a few weeks. Primary milia in adults can be longer lasting, if left untreated.

Secondary milia are caused by injury or damage to the skin and are found wherever the injury or damage occurred. Skin wounds, burns, rashes, blisters, or sun damage can either cause damage to the skin pore itself or can cause excess skin cells to be lodged under the skin during the healing process. Secondary milia can also result from anything that too rapidly removes the outer layers of the skin and causes thinning of the skin such as topical steroids and retinoids. Laser treatments or dermabrasion can also potentially cause milia to form as the skin works to heal itself.

Milia Treatment

Now that you know what those little white bumps are, I discuss how to treat them in my next article. Click Here.

Milia Treatment - Natural ways to remove Milia & create better skin in the process

 

 

Natural Summer Skin Tips - Featured recommendations on sale

Jill Stacey

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It's been a wild summer here in Oregon - record heat and smoke from forest fires. I'd like to share with you what I've been doing for myself and my skin. All of our skin has been exposed to the sun and elements this summer. Now's the best time to keep your skin protected, moisturized, and clarified. Here are my summer skin care tips:

These featured products are ON SALE until August 26. No coupon required, the sale price is listed on the product pages.

For UV and Sun Damage Protection and Repair, try Sweet Light Before & After Sun Butter.

At the end of a hot day or after fun adventures in the sun, there is really nothing I want more than to refresh and wash my face! Get fresh with this sparkly and refreshing cleanser. Effervescent Facial Cleanser.

Using Sunscreen and other summer elements can cause skin congestion. For Clear, fresh, glowing skin, try Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask

Feeling the heat? Cool down with Fresh Mint Skin Restoring Body Oil.

Glow from head to toe! Exfoliate and renew while leaving skin soft and moisturized with Cacao Goji Berry Antioxidant Scrub. Can be used for face & body.

Weekly Facial Instructions:
Wash your face with Effervescent Facial Cleanser. Pat dry. Use Cacao Goji Berry Antoxidant Facial Scrub, rinse and dry. Follow with Rhassoul Matcha Skin Clearing Detox Mask. Spritz with your choice of Toner. Then complete with a Serum and finally a Moisturizer.

You'll be amazed by your alive, renewed skin and the feeling of goodness you'll feel after caring for yourself so deeply with living, nutrient-dense treasures. 

 

Raw Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Jill Stacey

It's blackberry season! Blackberries are bursting forth with ripe sweetness everywhere. Where I live, every road side, path side, or fence side is a blackberry jungle. I really like grazing on them during hiking trips, they make a lovely snack. I also sometimes pick a bunch and take them home to include in recipes. Take advantage of the bounty and pick some (or find some at the store) and make this creamy, cold summer treat. 

Raw Vegan Blackberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 cups Fresh Young Coconut Meat

2 cups Raw Cashews (optionally soaked in spring water for at least 2 hours)

1.5 cups Fresh Blackberries

1 cup Spring Water

1/2 cup of Coconut Nectar

3 Tablespoons Ground Vanilla Bean

1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt

Instructions

Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender. Transfer to your ice maker and process according to ice cream maker instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, try pouring the mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze for 4 hours.  Remove from trays. Process in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to container and freeze for an additional four hours.

Enjoy! 

 

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Jill Stacey

This time of year can be the worst for pesky mosquitos. I live in the mountains of Southern Oregon where fire season has been particularly bad this year. To escape from the thick smoke, I went to the Oregon coast for some fresh ocean air, only to be met by clouds of mosquito swarms instead of clouds of smoke.

The ocean was gorgeous, fresh, cold, and wild and sleeping outside with the ability to breathe fresh air, was so worth it! But, there were insane amounts of mosquitos to contend with 24 hours a day. My beloved bought one of those silly tennis racket looking mosquito zappers and looked like he was playing tennis with a ghost as we relaxed at our campsite. I brought my own proprietary insect repellent creation and it kept the mosquitos at bay. It also doubles as a air freshener and perfume - great for camping, travel, and outdoor activity.

Try this Natural Insect Repellent Recipe. I had planned on offering this special formula as one of the products in my elaa skincare line, but instead I decided to share the formula recipe with you so you can make it yourself at home. It's healing and healthy for skin, it smells great, and it's completely safe and non-toxic for everyone, even little ones.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

This homemade insect repellent is a formula I created for the elaa product line, but it's quite simple and you can easily make it yourself. If you only have two or three of these essential oils at hand, that's fine, just increase their concentrations.

Ingredients

3 oz Lavender Hydrosol (you may also use distilled Water or Witch Hazel)

1 oz Jojoba oil (you may also use olive oil, grape seed oil, or fractionated coconut oil)

1/4 teaspoon Citronella Essential Oil

1/8 teaspoon Lemon Eucalyptus (you may also use Eucalyptus Essential Oil)

1/8 teaspoon Lemongrass Essential Oil

1/8 teaspoon Cedarwood Essential Oil

1/8 teaspoon Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and pour into in a 4 oz spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray onto exposed skin. Close eyes when spraying around face or head. Reapply as needed.

Essential Oil Bug Repellent

In case you don't have the above ingredients available, here's another blend with a few other essential oil options. This can be used in various ways.

Ingredients

8 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

4 drops Thyme Essential Oil

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Instructions

Add oils to small dropper bottle.

Here are several ways to use this natural insect repellent recipe :

1) Place a few drops into a diffuser, or soak a cotton ball or tissue and place next to you as you sleep.

2) Dilute 5 drops per 1 tablespoon of oil for a body rub or add the blend to any lotion, oil, or body butter you have.

Mosquito Bite Relief

If prevention is too late and you've already been bitten, try applying 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil directly to the skin for mosquito bite relief. It helps to relieve pain and itching, and promotes healing. 

 

How to Get Clear Skin At Last - Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Jill Stacey

How to Get Clear Skin. . . At Last!

I personally struggled with Acne Vulgaris - or simply acne, pimples, blemishes, breakouts - for over 15 years. I have felt the pain and frustration associated with it. I often didn't want to see people or go out in public because of how I looked and felt. It was embarrassing and painful. I tried endless different products, pharmaceuticals, and skincare to try to find some relief. Everything I tried made my skin (and health) worse, rather than better. After many years of studying nutrition, health, and skincare, I finally learned how I could heal my skin. . . and miraculously, I did. I have had clear skin ever since. 

Acne (Acne Vulgaris) is an uncomfortable issue and a complex one. The reason it can be complex to treat and heal, is because there are many possible causes.

What Causes Acne? 

These include:
•    Unhealthy Diet
•    Toxic load in the body
•    Stress & Stored Emotions
•    Hormonal Acne: Hormone Imbalances can cause acne - increased insulin production can signal the body to release extra male hormones, called androgens, which are involved in excess sebum production, congested follicles, and thus acne formation. Also, sudden changes in hormonal balance, such as those brought about by pregnancy can have a huge affect on skin and acne. An imbalanced estrogen to progesterone ratio in the body will often lead to breakouts before, during, or after menstruation. Any other hormonal abnormalities will also have an affect on acne creation.
•    Medications - including some contraceptive pills, anabolic steroids, lithium, iodine-containing medications, and some anti-epileptic medications, can cause acne do to the imbalances they create in the body.

Antibiotics for Acne? 

Forget about antibiotics for acne! I took these for years from the age of 12 and they completely destroyed my health and ultimately caused my skin to get worse. Because I decimated my healthy internal flora with antibiotics for acne, I struggled with Candida overgrowth for over 23 years, among other complications. Clear skin requires a healthy digestive system, which needs to be populated with a plentiful and balanced array of intestinal bacteria or Gastro-Intestinal flora. Antibiotics destroy all the healthy bacteria in your body - bacteria that is needed for overall health, including immune and digestive health.

With all of these possible acne causes, what can I do?

Well, all of these causes in essence are an imbalance in the body. So, the key to to help your body get back in balance. Here are ways to do that:

Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Acne Diet

 

1) A healthy diet and body free of toxins is essential. A healthy diet is more about what you exclude than what you include!  A very acidic diet containing refined sugars and processed foods contributes to Acne Vulgaris.  A diet that is too heavy with animal products, especially dairy, can also contribute to acne. Some people do just fine with some animal products, like meat and eggs, but usually people that have skin conditions are people that don't and should experiment with a plant-based diet, at least for a period of time.

Foods to avoid
Regardless of what diet you choose, specifically steer clear of:

  • sugar, definitely refined, but even natural in excess
  • refined starches and grains
  • gluten
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • dairy products (especially pasteurized cow dairy)
  • all processed and chemical foods

Foods that are particularly beneficial

  • E3Live
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: (Sprouted Chia & Flax seeds - look for Friendly Fats, Hemp, Pumpkin Seed, Seabuckthorn, Pomegranate - Seeds & Oils, Algae oils)
  • Marine Phytoplankton
  • fresh organic vegetables and vegetable juices
  • raw fermented foods
  • healthy fats like Coconut Oil, Avocados, and Sun dried Olives.
  • superfoods
  • herbs
  • wild foods
  • fresh organic fruits (in moderation) (berries are healthiest type of fruit)

 

Supplements & Herbs for Acne

Water

Drink Water, Water, Water - spring water or the most pure water available!

Acne Detox

2) Detoxing is an absolutely essential way to get clear skin. Consider doing fasts and cleanses. These are one of the most important home remedies for pimples. Skin issues arise when your internal body is so overloaded with toxins that aren't being eliminated, so the toxins begin eliminating through the skin. A green juice fast for at least several days or weeks is intensely healing and alkalizing to the body and rejuvenating for skin. I highly recommend Colon Hydrotherapy in general and it should definitely be included as a part of any cleanse!

Regular exercise is essential not only for overall health, but also for clearing toxins. Also saunas, skin brushing, and massage. Other things to consider in cleansing the body are possible Candida overgrowth. You can find questionnaires online to test yourself.

Liver Cleanse for Acne

3) Acne Vulgaris can also be caused by poor fat metabolism. This means that the liver is not capable of fully digesting and assimilating all of the fat and oil entering the system. The health of the skin is often a reflection of the health of the liver. There are various ways to cleanse the liver. Drinking water with lemon every day helps. Eating Raw, Fresh, Organic Fruits and Vegetables is important. I like add large amounts of dandelion to my fresh juices for liver cleansing. Products like Liver Rescue and Clear Skin Tea are also simple daily ways to keep the liver healthy. Avoiding drugs, medications, and alcohol. Also look into doing liver flushes and cleanses, seasonally, or more frequently for a congested liver. For rapid and highly effective liver cleansing, coffee enemas are excellent.

Skin Care for Acne

4) Good skin care makes a significant difference! Immediately remove all chemical acne treatments, like benzoyl peroxide, or any other “medicated” products from your life! The chemicals and the drying effect are awful for skin health and overall body health. Look for products that are naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant. 

Essential Oils for Acne

Beneficial Essential Oils to add to carrier oils, skin care products, or to apply neat (for certain essential oils take caution before applying neat, or dilute first) include: lavender, rosewood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, turmeric, geranium, grapefruit, sandalwood, vetiver, rosemary, niaouli, immortelle/helichrysum, thyme linalool, carrot seed, bergamot, chamomile, palmarosa, basil, cedarwood.

Tree Tea Oil for Acne? 

What about Tea Tree Oil? While tea tree oil acne is a common treatment, it's not my favorite because it can be very drying and cause the skin to peel.

Hygiene for Acne

5) Hygiene is also important. Change your pillowcase regularly and avoid touching your face with your hands unless you have just washed them.

There is no quick treatment or pill for skin health and healing. Pills and medications only cover over symptoms, create health problems, damage skin, and stop the possibility of healing. Healing is always a process. Natural Home Remedies for Acne are the only way to go - and it can take weeks or months to heal. Just take it step-by-step and take your time. Enjoy the loving process of coming into balance again.

 

Here are some caring items to help you on your acne healing path:

Clarity Nectar - Blemish Spot Treatment

Clarity Nectar is an organic natural acne spot treatment to create wonderfully balanced, crystal clear skin.

Size: 10 ml

 

Clear Skin Tea

This Organic Clear Skin Tea Blend helps to create clear skin by supporting and detoxifying the liver and cleansing the blood. Enjoy this warming and healing Skin Detox Tea.

Natural Eczema Treatment: The Causes of Eczema and The 5 Ways to Start Healing It

Jill Stacey

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As I mentioned in the previous article about Rosacea, skin disorders are often the result of an internal imbalance. When the internal organs can no longer process the daily toxic load they're given, or when they're overwhelmed by unhealthy foods and chemicals, the skin acts as a conduit to release the toxins. Unfortunately, with what many consider a standard diet, overwhelm too often becomes normal, and we silence our internal cry for help by simply suppressing the symptoms of a chronic skin condition. While some natural topical remedies can help soothe and calm some skin conditions. Instead, often topical prescription medications that actually carry heavy risks are used to cover up the symptoms. But, the skin condition never goes away completely, or keeps coming back once the medication is stopped. This because the internal imbalance that is causing the skin condition in the first place needs to be addressed.

I'm going to continue the Skin Condition Series by exploring how to heal another well-known chronic skin condition: Eczema.

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that's usually characterized by the following:

  • severe skin dryness
  • red, swollen areas of the skin
  • the appearance of dry, red, flaking, blistering, and cracking rashes on the body.

It also comes with a variety of different names, and it would seem that there are many different types of eczema, but these actually only refer to where on the body the rashes tend to occur.

What causes Eczema?

 

There are four main causes of eczema.

1) Toxin exposure. As mentioned previously, excessive exposure to toxins will eventually overload the kidneys and liver, often causing the skin to take on the role of eliminating toxins since it has such a large surface area. This can lead to eczema or several other skin conditions.

2) Digestive issues. A low-quality diet can irritate or damage the lining of the intestine and reduce its ability to uptake nutrients and prevent toxins from crossing into the bloodstream.

3) Infection and Immune System Overload. An excess of bad bacteria, Candida, or parasites are common causes of Eczema. If the immune system is constantly fighting off one of these infections, it can also be unusually reactive  to what would otherwise be every day stimuli.

4) Low thyroid function. This ultimately leads to reduced circulation. Since nutrients are delivered by the blood while waste and toxins are removed by it, this leads to waste buildup on nutrient-deficient skin, which causes the rashes that are so characteristic of eczema.

What can I do for my Eczema?

There are five ways to naturally treat eczema:

1) Address any source of Infection, like Parasites or Candidiasis with a healing diet and herbs. (Look for a future blog post on a protocol.)

2) Eat the following beneficial foods:

  • Aloe Vera - fights inflammation and can also be applied topically.
  • Turmeric - A strong anti-inflammatory with many benefits, especially for those with skin conditions.
  • Burdock Root - A powerful anti-inflammatory that can help with most skin conditions, including eczema.
  • Horsetail - Helps the healing process and strengthens Skin - useful for rashes that crack.
  • Nettle - Helps relieve many chronic skin conditions, including eczema.
  • Coconut Oil - Increases blood flow to the skin, fights bacteria, and can be applied topically to moisturize and soften.

And include the following beneficial nutrients in your diet:

  • Chlorophyll - Fights bacteria, aids in wound healing.
  • Raw Fats and Cold Pressed Oils - Helps beautify the skin in many ways.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Essential for body, brain, and skin health. The best vegan sources are E3Live, Golden Algae oil, sprouted flax and chia seeds - like in Friendly Fats, fresh hemp oil/seeds, walnuts, and Marine Phytoplankton.
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids - Small amounts help acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
  • Silica - Strengthens connective tissue for strong skin, hair, and nails. Horsetail is an excellent source.
  • Sulfur - Builds and repairs connective tissues for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Helps detoxify the body and liver. Use plant-derived MSM.

3) Abandon dairy and rancid (cooked at too high a heat) fats (except coconut oil and olive oil). These have been shown to exacerbate eczema.

4) Do a few colonics to help restore the body's ability to detoxify itself through the colon rather than through the skin. Alternatively, warm-water enemas during a juice fast or a herbal cleanse will also help.

5) Choose an organic eczema treatment that will actually help heal and repair the skin without adding to its toxic load. Activated oxygen and azulene... what? YES!

Activated Oxygen or Ozone heals damaged tissues and hastens healing time. It kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Fully ozonated oil also activates the growth of new healthy skin cells and reduces inflammation. Azulene from Blue Cypress is also a potent anti-inflammatory.

It's my delight to introduce you to a revolutionary ozonated healing treatment balm for face and body that combines the power of ozone and potent essential oils. This pure and highly activated ozone balm was created for the most challenging skin conditions.

After the Rain - Activated Oxygen Miracle Balm brings together the power of fully ozonated olive oil (ozonated for weeks) with the addition of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, and analgesic essential oils.  A miracle treatment for eczema.

If you follow these five steps, you should notice some relief of your symptoms right away, and, with time, it's possible that you will experience little or no eczema at all. As always, feel free to post your comments, questions, and personal experiences below! Especially, if you've tried any of the above methods and can offer what it was like for you.

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