Posts Tagged ‘health’

It has been a crazy year around here and we are only half way through it. I’m not entirely clear on how I feel about that. We have accomplished lots of things around the farm, but we have had quite a ride on the emotional roller coaster. I do know that stress and being away from home so often has my whole body out of whack. My eating habits are getting worse, my coffee consumption has skyrocketed, my arthritis is kicking back in, my memory and mental clarity are declining and my hair is falling out.

So, I decided it was time to do a water fast, followed by a good system cleanse. Flush out all the gunk and start over, you know…

When I suggest a water fast, a lot of people are like, “Nope, I’m out. Can’t do that! I’ll just run to the doctor and see what pill he wants to give me to fix this.”

I get it. Really, I do. The lure of an easy fix is quite motivational. However, I really want to FIX the problem, not just cover it up and prolong it.

I also have a lot of people try to negotiate around this part of the process. “Well, what about black coffee or herbal tea while I’m fasting?” “No food at all? Nothing? What about a piece of fruit or something?” My answer is always the same. I don’t make the rules, I just share them with you. Do it or don’t. How bad do you want to get well? You would be surprised how many people choose to avoid healing, even when the doctors have set their expiration date and given up.

Me? I prefer to get better. I want to be around to aggravate people for a very long time. I want to see all of my grandchildren grow up and give me lots of great grandchildren. I have a lot of plans left on my bucket list and I intend to finish them all!

I’m gonna be real honest, though. I hate fasting because I LOVE food. All kinds of food. Foods that should never pass through the human lips are some of my favorites and I usually avoid those at all costs. Sometimes I fail. The thought of going for days without food on purpose goes against a deep-rooted, primal survival instinct. Nevertheless, I understand why it needs to happen.

Why would any sane person do a water fast? Well, like every other belief I have, there is some small amount of controversy surrounding the practice. Fortunately, there is some good research done on it, too. I could write out pages of info that only repeat what is already out there and readily available, but I’m not gonna. I’m just not feeling it, today. There is some wonderful info, complete with many source references on the Healthline website here. For those of you who insist that any info like this come from a ‘real’ medical website, this link from MedicalNewsToday.com might be better for you. They both say the same thing, along with proper warnings and limitations.

I didn’t start this article in an effort to convince you to try a fast, though. I started it to share with you what to expect while it is all fresh in my mind because, really, that is the first question anyone asks as they are considering if fasting is a good option for them. I’m gonna be honest…this won’t be pretty. This, my friends, is a real-life breakdown of what to expect.

Day one is a little tough. I tend to graze all day rather than eat meals. I think sometimes it is more out of habit rather than hunger, so I spend all of my first day reminding myself not to eat. Then, I get mad that I can’t eat, even if I am not hungry, so I grab some water and try to otherwise occupy my mind. I’m also pretty tired on the first day. I try to start a fast on a day that I know I don’t have to accomplish anything and I sleep through as much of it as I can. I’m only a little grumpy, but you probably ought not to do anything annoying or say anything about food around me. It is for all our safety that I say this.

Day two is bad. I hate everyone and everything. I will throat punch you for making noise in my presence, and if you say something stupid I swear I will cut out your vital organs. Slowly. I try to avoid people and social media on these days. It never ends well. I begin to wonder if a pill wouldn’t be easier. Is this nonsense truly worth it? Humans were designed to eat. Steak. Tacos. Pizza. Big, greasy burgers. FOOD! Unfortunately, I am usually not even a bit tired, but try and make myself take a nap anyway in order to avoid my own company. This is usually the day my family makes itself busy elsewhere. If they have to be around me, they stay a little on-guard and give me plenty of personal space…you know, in case I lash out…with a fist or a weapon…  Nobody mentions food and they certainly don’t consider cooking food in my house because I WILL take them down and steal their food while beating them senseless and berating them for pushing me over the edge. It is on this day that I run the highest risk of having to plead ‘guilty by reason of insanity’ at my future court date.

Day three is amazing! This is where I am today and it’s always the best day. I have lots of energy and my brain is active and clear. I will get so much done today! I’m not really concerned about the food. I’m a little hungry but not starving. I can ride out these last few hours by keeping busy, and if I break down and eat a couple hours before the end of full 72 that I am aiming for, well, no big deal. I made it pretty far!

So, there you have it and it really isn’t that bad. Mostly.

Tomorrow I will start eating some raw fruits and veggies. I’m kinda drooling at the prospect of diving in to my tomato/cucumber/onion salad! Doesn’t it look delicious??? Those veggies have been soaking up all that vinegar and herby goodness for days!

cuke tom salad

And, I have some of this ginger bug that I made a while ago and have been saving. I’ll add it to some freshly squeezed grape juice and maybe add a leaf or two of mint, and a sprig of lavender….and tequila….



And that hair falling out problem…well, I might have fixed it by cutting off 6” of it when I got out of the shower this morning…

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The world of natural and alternative health can be complicated. We, as a people, have forgotten so much about the benefits of using the plants around us to heal our bodies. Not only that, but we have forgotten how to use them. Salves, tinctures, extracts, essential oils, teas, syrups, glycerites…what’s the difference? Well, there is quite a bit of difference, actually, but today we are going to talk about a relatively new form of herbal medicine.



White pine hydrosol

Haven’t heard of them? Don’t know what to do with them? Then, read on, my friend!

First, though, let me tell you what a hydrosol is NOT.

Hydrosols are not floral water, which is simply the process of infusing water with flowers by letting them sit over a period of time to absorb the essence of the flowers. Floral waters have their own limited range of healing properties, but they are not the same as a hydrosol

Hydrosols are not water with essential oil added to them, which can be dangerous when ingested.

True hydrosols are created using a steam distillation process to extract the beneficial properties of the herbs that cannot be obtained any other method. This is the same process used to obtain the essential oils from plants, but renders a completely different finished product. Instead of writing out the entire process, let me direct you to this website, HydrosolWorld, that has a wonderful explanation of the whole process.

To simplify for those of you who don’t want to read all the details, here’s a breakdown:

  • Hydrosols are the perfect balance between herbal teas and essential oils. They are safe to use internally and externally, unlike essential oils which should NEVER be used internally. Because they contain many of the same elements as the essential oils, they offer a wider range of benefits than a simple herbal tea.
  • Unlike herbal teas, hydrosols have a long shelf life. Depending on the herb, the shelf life can range anywhere from 6 months to several years, so they are much easier to keep on hand for a quick-fix when you don’t have the time or energy to whip up a batch of tea.
  • Hydrosols can be used topically for instant relief from many issues.
  • Hydrosols can be used safely on most animals and children
  • Hydrosols can be used to replace the water portion of your skincare recipes in things like soaps and lotions.
  • Hydrosols can be added to your cleaning routine to add a gentle fragrance, or to kill bacteria and viruses.

So, why aren’t you hearing more about hydrosols? Because they have only recently been studied for their medicinal benefits. In the past, hydrosols have been nothing more than the byproduct of essential oil making, rather then the main goal of the distillation process. The remaining water (hydrosol) was simply pitched out as being useless. It was a bit surprising to many when they realized that hydrosols were actually quite potent and effective in their own right. The multitude of benefits they provide is still being studied and experimented with, as is the range of plants that produce the best hydrosols.

Of course, being the enterprising soul that I am, I had to jump on the bandwagon.

The first step was obtaining a distiller. Thanks to a wonderful friend and business associate, I finally got my distiller. I admit, I was a bit scared of the whole process at first. It seemed so technical and science-y. What if I screwed it up?


My beautiful distiller!

Turns out, it wasn’t so scary or difficult after all. Now, I am a bit addicted to creating new hydrosols. I am distilling all of my favorite herbs….red clover, wild plum blossoms, yarrow, elder flowers, spearmint, white pine….and I have so many more on my list. If only there was more time in a day!

Now, I have a refrigerator full of fabulous hydrosols and I have been experimenting like crazy! The time has finally arrived to share them with you all.

Choosing where to start with hydrosols is the first step to forming a glorious addiction. My next few posts will cover the hydrosols that I personally have created and worked with. I will give a detailed list of all the things each of them is good for, how to use them, when not to use them, and which ones are good to keep on hand for emergencies.

Let’s start with one of my personal favorites, elder flower hydrosol.

The hydrosol has a mildly green, floral fragrance that blends well with many essential oils, making it perfect for creating spritzers, room and fabric deodorizers, and surface cleansers that provide antibacterial and anti-viral action.


Elder flowers in bloom

Most people are familiar with the healing power of elderberries. High levels of Vitamin C make it a must-have for cold and flu season, but there is much more to the elder plant than just the berries. Elder is known as the medicine chest of the country folk’ because of the many health-enhancing benefits it contains. Besides being a potent antibacterial and antiviral, elder flowers are also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, diuretic, styptic, analgesic, and a mild laxative. These qualities make it useful for a variety of issues, including:

  • Kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • To fight colds and flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Soothes respiratory disturbances by dispelling mucous and congestion
  • Boost function of the immune system
  • Applied topically, helps reduce pain and swelling in joints due to arthritis
  • Stops bleeding
  • As an oral rinse for dental issues and toothaches
  • Soothes the symptoms of allergies
  • Regulates blood glucose levels
  • Soothes inflammation of the eyes
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Encourages perspiration
  • Treats viral infections like measles, chicken pox, shingles, and Epstein Barr.
  • Purifies the blood
  • Cleanses the lymphatic system of toxins and debris
  • A natural diuretic useful for eliminating water retention, bloating, gout, and edema
  • Beneficial for liver disorders
  • Heals urinary tract infections
  • Eases headaches
  • Applied topically, it helps heal cuts, wounds, and burns
  • Helps fade blemishes and age spots

When using it internally, we take 1-2 teaspoons in a glass of water. It has a pleasant flavor that blends well with fruit juices, too.

Elder flower hydrosol is handy when your pets are in need. A spritz or two on hot spots works wonders to heal the flesh and soothe the itch, and will help soothe anxiety. Adding a spoonful to their water is helpful in many conditions, including kennel cough and other respiratory issues, or to boost the immune system. It also works well for reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis in the joints.

For the more spiritual among us, the essence of the elder plant can add an extra bit of power to rituals and ceremonies. They are considered sacred to the angelic realm and Druids, who call it the ‘Tree of Life’, as well as anyone seeking to work with the Fae. It is known as the medicine chest of the country folk’ because of the many health-enhancing benefits it contains.

The Elder plant represents the 13th month as part of the Ogham, the calendar tree of the Celts. This is the month of the Winter Solstice which is a time of transition between light and dark ~ death and rebirth. Elder helps ease the transition between these two periods.

Elder has long been associated with the fairy world, and is considered to be a plant of the faerie land where wood spirits and elves make their home in her roots.

Elder’s spiritual essence is believed to open the psyche, and is associated with the heart chakra, helping to cool anger and ground the spirit.

I’m sure I haven’t covered all of its uses, but this is an excellent starting point.

As always, I must remind you all that, no, I am not a licensed physician, and all of the alphabet government agencies insist that herbal medicine has little or no healing properties, so this could all just be a big old mess of snake oil. I am not qualified to diagnose you, and I most certainly am not allowed to heal you or offer you any ‘medical’ advice. No government agency has approved any of these statements or claims. If you are taking any herbal medicines, you do so at your own risk. You should always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any herbal products, especially if you are currently taking any prescription medications.

If you are feeling brave or rebellious and want to see what all the hype is about when it comes to hydrosols, check out my Etsy store, Tamara’s Herbes, where you can find all of my hydrosols, as well as other natural health and beauty products created to help soothe the body, mind and spirit!

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Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, spiders, chiggers…all sure signs that summer is in full swing. Of course, they can’t just exist in peace with us humans. They far prefer to bite every inch of exposed flesh and leave us running for the bug spray and benadryl.

But, the bug spray and Benadryl come with their own set of problems. Here’s a few alternatives that will help you deal with these critters more naturally.

Load up on the garlic. Insects hate it, especially the biting ones. Besides being a natural immune booster that helps protect you from several health problems like high cholesterol and the common cold, it wards off biting insects because they don’t like the taste of it. A clove or two a day is all you need!

Then, we have the miracle liquid…apple cider vinegar. I cannot even begin to list all the amazing benefits of organic apple cider vinegar. It flushes your system, it boosts immunity, it helps with arthritis…and it wards off biting insects. As with garlic, it builds up in your system and insects can’t stand the flavor. A teaspoon twice a day and you’ll feel like a new person…one that is free of bug bites!

There are also several essential oils that make wonderful insect repellents and are much easier on the entire body than commercially available products. Here is my recipe for a natural bug spray:

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I prefer olive or sesame, but just about any of them will do)

1/2 cup distilled water

4-5 drops each of the following essential oils: rosemary, basil, pennyroyal, peppermint

7-10 drops of citronella essential oil

Spray on liberally and you are ready to go!

Of course, the occasional bug is going to find its way to your tender flesh and it will sink its mean little teeth in. When that happens, I grab my Bite and Sting ointment. It contains ingredients that are known for drawing toxins from the skin, reducing inflammation, calming the itchies and healing damaged tissue. Check out some of these ingredients:

Burdock promotes the healing of wounds and is a classic remedy for skin conditions which result in dry, scaly skin and cutaneous eruptions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, boils, carbuncles, sties), relieve bruises and inflamed surfaces generally. It restores smoothness to the skin and contains a good amount of several vitamins (especially A and B2 – thiamin) as well as minerals, especially iron, chromium, cobalt, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, zinc, and potassium. It is alleged to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system.

Black Walnut Hulls contain natural chemicals that are astringent, which helps improve the firmness of the tissues. These chemicals are also active against inflammation, can balance sugar levels in the blood, and detoxify your body. It has the ability to fight against fungal infections, and acts with an antiseptic property which helps fight bacterial infection. It cleanses the system of toxins and poisons.

Basil is a detoxifier, stimulting sluggish and congested circulation of the skin and can be used for acne and minor skin infections. It is also reputed to have antiseptic value and to neutralise the toxins of bites and stings.

This ointment isn’t just good for bites, though. It works wonders on stings from bees and wasps. When one of us inevitably gets stung, we pinch off the site to keep the venom from circulating through our system and lather on the ointment. Within minutes, the pain is gone and, if we catch it right away it doesn’t even leave behind a red mark on the stung area. This ointment is a total necessity in our house!

That’s not all, though.  The most amazing thing ever about this fantastic ointment?  You know those nasty spider bites?  Two of my customers ended up with some ugly, oozing holes in their skin from a brown recluse.  After antibiotics and painful scrapings that did no good, they tried this ointment.  I’m proud to report that after 3 weeks, the bites completely healed.  The scarring was minimal, the pain was gone and they now keep a tube of ointment nearby…just in case!

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Please remember that I am not a medical doctor. I’ve never had formal medical training. I can’t diagnose your ailments or cure your disease. I can only offer you information that has been passed down for centuries. Most of the statements you will find are not backed by the FDA, the CIA, the FBI, or the KGB…in fact, no government agencies at all are willing to say that any of them even work at all, but that’s another story…


What is a carrier oil? Well, you can follow the link and get the technical definition, or you can read on and I’ll break it down for you.

Most Essential Oils (E/O’s) shouldn’t be applied ‘neat’, which means they should not be applied directly to the skin. Why not? That’s a whole other blog entry! You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. Don’t apply E/O’s directly to your skin. There are exceptions, of course, but we’ll touch on those later.

So, if you can’t apply E/O’s neat, how do you use them? You add them to a carrier oil, which dilutes the E/O, making it safe to apply to the skin.

That’s not all carrier oils do, though. Of course, all of them are edible and are a great alternative to butter or margarine, but many of them provide amazing healing properties for both your insides and outsides. A quick peek in your kitchen cupboard might reveal several of the more common carrier oils like Olive Oil or Safflower Oil. We’ll get to those soon, but let’s start with two of my personal favorites.

All Natural Hair Therapy
Grapeseed Oil

Vitis Vinifera is the formal name of this wonderful carrier oil. It comes from the seeds of….you guessed it!…grapes!

When used internally, grapeseed oil has powerful antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to raise HDL and lower LDL’s. Itcontains Vitamins A, E, C and beta-carotene, as well as Omega 3, 6 & 9. With those credintials, how could anyone argue that this oil is amazingly healthy for you!

What it can do for your insides is nothing compared to what it can do for your skin, though.
Grapeseed oil is one of the most beneficial oils available for any type of skin, but especially for those with problem or allergy-prone skin. It is high in antioxidants, vitamins A, B & C, polyphenols and resveratrol. Not sure what that means in terms of skin care?

Antioxidants inhibit the production of free-radicals which are known to cause skin cancer and have a negative impact on the ability of natural body lipids to maintain proper moisture levels.

Polyphenols are a type of flavonoid that contain potent antioxidant abilities which are capable of protecting the body from damage by oxidizing free radicals.

Resveratol, another antioxidant, also has antifungal properties.

Vitamin A works like an antioxidant to neutralize harmful elements in our skin. It helps prevent wrinkles and resist infections, fade brown spots, and smooth surface roughness, so our skin keeps its youthful appearance.

Vitamin B increases the amount of moisture our skin retains so it is less likely to become irritated.

Vitamin C, also an antioxidant, neutralizes free radical molecules in the skin, helping protect skin from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.

Simply put, grapeseed oil has the ability to reduce the signs of aging while helping to heal and protect our skin from future damage, which is why it is one of my favorites and is often found in my products like my Facial Toners, Scar Cream and Achin’ Joints Balm.

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil has been used to heal for centuries, due to the fact that it is naturally antibacterial against common skin pathogens including staphylococcus and streptococcus. It also contains natural anti-viral and anti- inflammatory properties.

It works as an emollient when applied to dry, cracked skin, psoriasis and eczema. This makes it a wonderful oil to use to keep the skin supple and soft.

A common misconception is that all oils are bad for the skin, however, as with most of the carrier oils I will be discussing, that isn’t always the case. Sesame oil helps to control breakouts by neutralizing the toxins that cause them on both the surface of the skin and below the surface. It also tones the skin so you look younger, longer. Sesame oil is even safe enough to use on baby skin to protect against rashes caused by the acidity of body waste.

Sesame oil is reported to be a UV protector, and when used after exposure to the sun, sesame oil soothes burns, heals sun-damaged skin and protects.

Sesame oil also works wonders on hair! It is known to nourish and feed the scalp, helps to control dandruff and kills dandruff-causing bacteria. It is a wonderful treatment for lice infestations, also. It also is known to protect the hair and repair damage from everyday abuse.

We aren’t done with Sesame Oil just yet, though. It is reported to help the joints maintain flexibility and to soothe sore muscles, which made it the perfect addition to my Achin’ Joints Balm. It kills bacteria, making it useful for ear infections, sore throats and even as a defense against the common cold.

This oil is still being studied and used all over the world, so there is no telling what else it can do. My own personal experiences with this oil have astounded me over and again!


Both of these oils can be found at any health food store and many grocery stores. However, as with all the ingredients I use in my products, you are going to get the most benefit from pure, unrefined, and organic oils.

Want to try out the benefits of Sesame Oil for yourself? Here is a great recipe you can try at home!

Infection, cold weather, wind and water can all cause us a bit of ear pain at any given time. In our house, here is how we deal with all of that…

.5 oz Sesame Oil
5-7 drops each of the following Essential Oils:
Tea Tree

Warm it gently to just above body temperature (appx 100 degrees F). The easiest way to accomplish this without overheating is to place the oil blend in a glass bottle, cap it and place in a cup of warm tap water until you reach the desired temp.

Place 2-3 drops of oil in each ear. Allow it time to run into the ear, then place a piece of cotton in the ear to prevent it running out.

Please note: Always consult your medical practitioner if you suspect an ear infection and never use any essential oils on babies under 2 years of age. I am not a medical doctor and I am not attempting to diagnose any conditions or prescribe any medical treatment.

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Kokum Butter

I just love Kokum Butter. It has a very hard texture, but melts when it touches the skin, and has a wonderful natural fragrance. It is obtained from the Indian tree Garcinia indica.

But, none of that really matters unless it provides some benefit.

While Kokum Butter is not as diverse as the some of the other butters, it holds its own in the healing department. Since it absorbs quickly into the skin without clogging pores, it is exceptionally beneficial for carrying the healing properties of creams and salves beneath the skin. It is known to be incredibly beneficial for helping regenerate tired, worn skin cells, as well as adding flexibility to the skin cell walls because it is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.

It’s not all about the healing ingredients, though. Kokum butter adds a smooth creamy texture to many balms and salves. Because of it’s hardness, there is less need for beeswax, too. I use this in my ChocoMint lip balm and you wouldn’t believe the texture it provides! It lends a velvety feel to my lips and instantly adds softness and soothes dryness!

One precaution with Kokum Butters has been found…
If you are allergic to nuts, it is not recommended that you use Kokum Butter. It is possible that you will have a reaction to this butter.

Cocoa Butter
Everyone has heard of Cocoa Butter. What pregnant woman hasn’t been handed the advice, “rub cocoa butter on your belly and you won’t get stretch marks’? Got dry skin? Half the commercial lotions on the market contain this butter. Lips rough and dry? Check out the ingredients on most of the natural lip balms and you’ll find cocoa butter.

But, why, and does it really work?

The simple answer is, yes, in my experience, it works wonderfully. But only when combined with other healing ingredients.

Cocoa Butter is extracted from the cacao beans, the same ones that give you chocolate and cocoa powder. It smells mildly chocolate-y and is very hard when it is unrefined. The refining process removes the scent, as well as many of it’s healing properties. It is edible, also, but I wouldn’t recommend biting off a hunk unless you were really hungry!

It has natural preservative properties that make it incredibly stable and gives it a very long shelf life. Plus, it has a low melting point, so it, like many other butters, turns to liquid on contact with the skin and sinks below the surface, carrying it’s healing properties with it. That makes it perfect for soothing skin conditions that involve dryness, itchiness or any other irritations.

It is reported to help the skin hold in moisture and contains many natural antioxidants, as well as Vitamin E and has natural antiseptic properties. It is often used in massage therapy because it is reported to help ease tense, sore muscles.

Soapmakers often find it beneficial to add to their products because of its ability to lather, as well as for it’s many skin-healing properties.

A quick peek at my products ingredient lists will tell you how much I believe in these four butters. There are many other butters available and I look forward to learning about them, playing with them and sharing my experiences with you, but these four will always remain foundations in my skin and hair products.

Want to try out the benefits of these butters for yourself? Check out my shop, Tamara’s Herbes, where you’ll find products to fit your every need. You will never find chemicals, fillers or synthetic preservatives.
My entire line of products is available as samples. If you don’t see it listed, ask me! I love coming up with new formulas and products!

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Natural Butters

Shea Butter

AKA: Karite butter. This soft, thick butter comes from the fruit of the Shea Nut tree which grows wild throughout much of Central Africa. Please note that the following information is only accurate when using natural, unrefined Shea butter. Processed or refined Shea butter loses most of its beneficial properties.

This butter is a saturated fat that is packed full of vitamins A & E, as well as allantoin and catechins. This is really just a fancy way of saying this; Shea butter contains compounds that are known to be antioxidant, moisturizing, nourishing, healing and soothing. Vitamins A & E are believed to help with the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

Shea butter is reported to be a natural moisturizer and emollient, as well as a competent cell regenerator. It is known to pull moisture from the air, which results in your skin maintaining that extra moisture throughout the day. This also provides your skin with added elasticity, which leads to younger-looking skin, as well as reducing the appearance of stretch marks, scars and other skin blemishes.

Shea butter is a natural anti-inflammatory, too, which makes it beneficial in cases of arthritis, rheumatism, and sore muscles.

Then, to round out this incredible natural product, it also has a natural SPF of up to 6!

The problem with some natural butters is that, while they work wonders on your skin, they often leave behind an oily residue that can leave you feeling heavy and greasy. Not so with Shea butter. This butter soaks into the skin quickly, carrying with it all of it’s benefits.

Shea butter is great for more than just skincare, though. It is also wonderful for restoring moisture, vitality and strength to dry, brittle, damaged hair.

One word of caution when using Shea Butter: It produces a natural latex. If you are allergic to latex, this is not the ingredient for you!

Mango Butter

Mango butter is another natural ingredient commonly used in my products because of its amazing benefits. It is cold-pressed from the seed kernel of the mango tree

It is more difficult to find reliable information concerning mango butter. However, years of searching, experimenting and digging for obscure bits of folklore, I’ve come up with the following information.

Mango butter is a natural emollient that is fantastic for softening, soothing, moisturizing and protecting the skin. It is reported to help with cell regeneration and wound healing, as well as helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

I’ve found this butter to be especially beneficial in treating ultra-dry skin, skin rashes and eczema and I often use it as one of the base ingredients for healing salves.

It is rich in beta-carotenes, as well as vitamins A & E and essential fatty acids.

While Mango butter provides many of the same benefits as Shea, Cocoa and Kokum, I’ve found that the blending of these butters produces a far more powerful effect than using them alone.

Both Mango and Shea butter are often found in high-end spa products around the world.

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