News and Research

Research: Toxins Impact Puberty

A new research study strengthens the case that certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals could be contributing to the phenomenon of early puberty, especially in girls.
Chemical Culprits:

“Researchers found puberty timing associations with these chemicals:

Triclosan, used as an antibacterial agent in some toothpaste and hand soap

2,4-dichlorophenol, a breakdown product of triclosan and a product of pesticide manufacturing

2,5-dichlorophenol, used in moth balls and room and toilet deodorizers

Monoethyl phthalate, a metabolite of diethyl phthalate, a chemical used in personal care products with fragrance

Methyl and propyl paraben, used as preservatives in cosmetics”

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2730250…

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Herbal Intro

The Herb: Rhodiola

From farm to pharmacy....Check out the research on Rhodiola. This can be consumed as a powder (in food/drink, coming soon) or as a supplement.
"Rhodiola rosea L.: an herb with anti-stress, anti-aging, and immunostimulating properties for cancer chemoprevention"

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30393593

"Pause menopause with Rhodiola rosea, a natural selective estrogen receptor modulator""
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26776957

"Rhodiola rosea L. and Alzheimer's Disease: From Farm to Pharmacy"

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27059687

Rhodiola is available in supplement form, 

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Spotlight: Ashwagandha

Wellness Elixir: Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is hot right now. 

It is an adaptogenic root and modern research is catching up to ancient medicinal knowledge and use. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen and best known for its positive effects on stress and anxiety. Recent research shows benefits for hypothyroid as well as for Alzheimer's (clears amyloid plaque) and other neuro-degenerative diseases. When paired with CoQ10 it is being used to help Parkinson's as well. Research also shows that in as little as 2 weeks it can help improve cognitive function, while more studies show it can help with sleep issues and insomnia.




Wellness Elixir, ashwagandha, available at Emma's Elixirs

Wellness Elixir, ashwagandha, available at Emma's Elixirs

Make Your Own

charcoal maske

Rose Charcoal Mask

This is the best for drawing out impurities in the skin. Mix:

  • clay
  • ground oats
  • activated charcoal
  • rose petals
  • essential oil of choice
  • water (optional splash of ACV)

Mix and apply to dry skin. When dry wipe off with wet cloth.

Check Your Products

What's really in your skin products and makeup? Are you using products with toxins and endocrine disruptors? Check the Environmental Working Group's database:


EWG.ORG's Skin Deep Database

Toxin Free Beauty: Natural Sources

How to Use Witch Hazel for Your Skin


Witch hazel is a versatile addition to your skin care routine. While it's easy to use the natural astringent as-is on a cotton ball, blending it with other ingredients allows you to create a range of customized skin care products that suit your skin type perfectly. Use these simple tips to get healthy, glowing skin with simple, natural ingredients.

Cleansing and Toning

Witch hazel is a pore-tightening toner and a natural cleanser that can be applied directly to your skin with a cotton ball. For the best astringent and toning benefits, let your skin dry naturally after applying witch hazel. Using witch hazel as-is provides you with a simple option for most daily skin care needs.

For instance, you can use a cotton ball or facial pad dampened with witch hazel to remove makeup, heal dry skin and eliminate excess oil. Just dab the desired areas lightly to apply the witch hazel and let your skin dry naturally for more balanced skin. 

If you have sensitive skin, witch hazel is an excellent occasional replacement for your normal cleanser. You can rinse your face after cleansing it with witch hazel, or you can let your face air dry to tone your skin. Witch hazel is also a natural option to heal acne and reduce the occurrence of breakouts.

Naturally Clear Skin

Witch hazel is a safer alternative to commercial acne treatments, and you can boost its blemish busting power by adding 10 to 15 drops of tea tree essential oil to three ounces of witch hazel. Apply a small amount of the mixture to blemishes with a facial pad, cotton ball, or cotton swab. This mixture is safe to use on your face, but is also suitable for treating acne on other areas, such as your back.

Try storing the mixture in your refrigerator to soothe the irritation and redness that commonly accompanies blemishes. You can substitute the tea tree oil for lavender essential oil if you prefer a milder, sweeter scent, but avoid using undiluted essential oils on your skin. If you are looking for a simpler, more affordable anti-aging product, witch hazel is the solution you need for younger looking, healthier skin.

Age-Fighting Antioxidant Blends

Witch hazel's toning properties make it the perfect base for anti-aging products. To make a gentle anti-aging toner to replace commercial vitamin C serum, add a teaspoon of powdered vitamin C to a half-cup of witch hazel. To give the anti-aging toner soothing properties, try adding a teaspoon of aloe vera to the mixture. 

You can also purchase witch hazel that is already blended aloe vera to easily create your own wrinkle-fighting, skin-soothing blend. The skin soothing properties of aloe and witch hazel are perfect for treating skin irritations, but skip the vitamin C in favor of more aloe when creating a skin soothing blend.

Soothing Irritation and Sunburn

You can make your own treatment for sunburn and minor skin irritations with witch hazel and aloe vera. To cool and soothe sunburns, mix two parts witch hazel with one part aloe vera into spray bottle. Shake the mixture well before each use, and spray sunburned skin with the mixture as often as needed. You can store the spray bottle in the refrigerator to make the sunburn treatment more soothing.

Witch hazel provides nearly instant relief from skin irritation caused by poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Try pouring witch hazel directly onto the rash to reduce symptoms like swelling, itching and redness, and repeat the treatment twice a day until the rash is gone. 

Managing Chronic Conditions

To manage the symptoms of eczema or psoriasis, apply witch hazel directly to the affected areas twice daily. To treat the symptoms of eczema, combine one part neem oil and seven parts witch hazel, and apply the mixture twice daily for symptom relief. A blend of equal parts glycerin, aloe vera and witch hazel is ideal for managing the dry, flaky skin that is associated with psoriasis. 

Apply the mixture to the affected areas twice a day, or use the mixture more often if your symptoms are bothersome. Witch hazel has a variety of properties that keep your skin looking healthy, and the natural toner is an inexpensive option that can replace nearly any item in your skin care routine.

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Hot Skin Care Trends: Have You Tried Charcoal Yet?


Charcoal-based skin care products are extremely popular, and you can find them in everything from soaps to masks. The type of charcoal in your skin care products has been treated with chemicals or heated to increase its absorption into your skin. It is easy to find an assortment of skin care products that contain charcoal because this particular ingredient is trending right now. Look for charcoal-based skin care products at local or online drugstores. When we use charcoal in masks, it is organic charcoal made from coconut shells. Here are different products that you can use to improve your skin with charcoal. 


Soap


You can find bars of soap that contain charcoal, and this is the perfect product for cleansing the excess dirt and sebum from your skin's pores. If you have oily skin on your back or shoulders, then charcoal-based bar soap can help with preventing pimples and blackheads. Dermatologists recommend using charcoal-based bar soap three times a week to eliminate oiliness. 


Face and Body Scrubs


Body and facial scrubs that contain charcoal also have tiny granules that help to exfoliate your skin to leave a smoother layer of skin. The small granules also enter your skin's pores to clear the thick debris that cause acne. This type of skin care product also tends to dry the skin, so you should use it only once a week, and add moisture afterwards, like Replenish Face Oil. 


Tooth Polish

Many people like to use charcoal toothpaste to help lift stains. Another option is to swish with a coconut oil-charcoal mixture to clean and polish teeth.


Shampoo


If you have an oily scalp or flaky dandruff, then you can use a shampoo that is formulated with charcoal. The activated charcoal in some shampoo products can eliminate dandruff so that you don't have itchiness. This type of shampoo will also remove a buildup of other hair care products so that your hair feels softer and smoother. You don't need to use a charcoal-based shampoo each day, but by using it occasionally, you can have hair that looks better.


Facial Cleansers


You can use a specialized liquid facial cleanser on your face to eliminate bacteria along with removing the toxins from the upper layer of your skin. This type of cleanser helps to remove the plugs of sebum that fill your skin's pores, leading to blackheads and pimples. Skin care product manufacturers formulate several types of facial cleansers for skin that is dry, oily, sensitive or acne-prone. 


Face Masks


Facial masks that contain charcoal are trending, and you may see television commercials for this product. This skin care product is thicker, and it has a gooey texture as you apply it to your facial skin. After waiting until the facial mask dries, you can lift the dried product from the bottom of your face. Next, you will rinse your face with warm water to remove the skin care product. You will notice that the dirt and sebum in your skin has been lifted from your skin with the dried facial mask. Masks are easy to make at home, and a DIY mask will have fewer chemicals than store bought.


Foot Deodorizers and Cleansers


When you suffer from horrible food odor, you can find skin care products that are designed for your feet. The activated charcoal in these foot care products helps to eliminate the foul odor from your sweaty feet. You can soak or wash your feet with activated charcoal skin care products to eliminate the bacteria and toxins that create a bad odor. You can also sprinkle charcoal-based powders in your shoes, or you can place charcoal-based pads in your sneakers. 


Nasal Strips


Instead of using a facial mask on your entire face, you can use adhesive nasal strips on your nose. You will find nasal strips in a box at a local store, and you will place one of these items across the bridge of your nose. After leaving the strip on your nose for the recommended amount of time, you will lift it carefully to remove the plugs of dried skin cells, dirt and sebum from the skin. In addition, the charcoal from the nasal strip seeps into your skin's pores to prevent acne. 


Body Clay


You can remove the impurities from your body’s skin with a clay skin care product that contains activated charcoal. This product is slathered on your body skin, and you should let it dry completely before washing it off with a warm shower. Not only will charcoal-based body clay remove deeply embedded dirt, but also, your skin will have a firmer texture after it is rinsed from your body.


Emma's Elixirs makes a dry charcoal mask so we can avoid toxins and preservatives. Liquids like water, ACV, green tea or honey can be mixed with clay mask in order to achieve the desired effect. 



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