Balms, Lotions, and Oils: Which Do You Really Need?

Balms, lotions, and oils, oh my!  It can be confusing mess.  Which one should you use?  Is it just a marketing ploy, or is there really a difference?  Should you use each one differently?  Don’t panic, we’re here to answer these questions.

What’s The Difference?

Balms, lotions, and oils are more or less made from the same ingredients, just in differing amounts.  Those ingredients are carrier oils, essential oils, wax, water, and any additives (like infused herbs or extracts).

  • Balms are made from carrier oils and wax, with some essential oils and additives.
  • Lotions are usually made with equal amounts of water and carrier oils, along small amounts of wax, essential oils, and additives.
  • Oils are mostly carrier oils with a small amount of essential oils and additives.

Balms

img_0037Balms are mostly oil and wax, so they tend to stay on the skin longer and lock in moisture.  However, since they don’t contain any water it’s best to apply balm over wet skin if hydration is what you’re after.  Here at Kaiya Naturals we make a sore muscle body balm with CBD derived from hemp.  It’s great for irritated skin, as well as sore muscles and joints since it sits on the skin longer.

Lotions

img_0036Lotions are mostly oil and water.  Since they already have water added into them, they’re great to travel with since you can’t always hop into a shower or bath to wet your skin when you’re out and about.  Well, at least I wouldn’t do that.  You can do whatever you want.  We have four different kinds of lotions, depending on what type of skin you have.

Oils

img_0011Oils are just that, oil.  If you need to cover a large surface area, then these are great because they go a long way.  Like balms, it’s best to apply oils to wet skin since they don’t supply their own water like lotions do.  We have two different kinds of oils that are great for after your shower.  We also have two different massage oils with CBD derived from hemp that are very soothing.  Since oils can absorb into your bloodstream through your sebaceous glands, our soothing massage oil is a great alternative to calm and ease discomfort.

The Take Away

You need to add water to balms and oils for maximum hydration, but lotions come with their own water and can be used anytime and anywhere.  If your balm or oil contains any “healing” additives and you’re looking for local effects (i.e. the spot you apply it to), then balms are the way to go since their wax content keeps them from absorbing too quickly.  If you’re looking for systemic effects (i.e. everywhere) then oils are the way to go since you can apply them over large surface areas, which promotes absorption into the bloodstream via your sebaceous glands.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 

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New Hemp Extract Line Available

Recent research has been shedding light on how cannabis is an effective pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory  However, not everyone wants to light up a joint, or eat a pot brownie.  Lucky for you, there is another way.  Cannabis topicals can be absorbed though the skin, directly onto an affected area for more focused relief.  Topicals are not psychoactive, making them a wonderful alternative for those looking for the benefits of cannabis, but don’t want to “get high”.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

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The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a signaling system responsible for regulating a broad range of biological functions.  It is located throughout the brain, nervous system, and peripheral organs.  It holds therapeutic value in treating a wide range of diseases, including pain and inflammation.[1]  Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act on the ECS.  They are found mainly in cannabis.  There are over 113 cannibinoids.  However, the most notable are Delta8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).[2]  The topical administration of both THC, and CBD, has been demonstrated to have analgesic effects on inflammation and pain.[3]

What is Hemp Extract?

In the United States, THC is illegal on the federal level.  At the time of this writing, twenty-eight States have made it legal medicinally, while eight States, and the District of Columbia, have made it legal recreationally.  Hemp Extract is CBD derived from industrial hemp.  It is federally legal, while the same exact chemical derived from cannabis, is not.  CBD is not psychoactive.  In fact, CBD seems to counteract the psychoactive effect of THC.[5]  Industrial hemp is also a better source of CBD, since it has a higher CBD content that modern strains of cannabis; which have been bred to have a high THC content to create a stronger psychoactive effect.

Kaiya Naturals Hemp Extract Line

We have created the Hemp Extract Line of products using CBD derived from industrial hemp, and available for use in any State.  This new line includes massage oils, facial moisturizers, and body balms.

Hemp Extract Massage Oils

img_0039Our oils are great for massaging away stress.   Our Flower Power Massage Oil is designed to be uplifting, while our Higher Power Massage Oil is designed to be relaxing.  For a focused application we recommend using the rollerball applicators, available in 0.25oz and 0.4oz.  For a more liberal application we recommend using flip-top applicators, available in 0.5oz and 1oz.

Hemp Extract Face Moisturizer

img_0036Smooth fine lines with our Hemp Extract Moisturizer.  CBD has been shown to have greater antioxidant activity than both Vitamin C and Vitamin E.[4]  It comes in 0.25oz and 1oz containers.  Simply apply the lotion to your skin to experience the amazing benefits.

Hemp Extract Body Balm

img_0037Soothe sore muscles and joints with our Hemp Extract Body Balms.  These are our most concentrated Hemp Extract products.  You can choose from 0.25oz, or 0.4oz containers.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.

 


References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3048583/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3797438/

How Marijuana Could Save Your Skin

It’s controversial.  From illicit drug to medical breakthrough and legal recreational substance, marijuana is anything but simple.  Modern science has spent a good deal of time studying it recently, and a lot more needs to be done.  However, what we know so far, is that marijuana could save your skin.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergi…what?  Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a form rash caused by an allergic reaction to a material, called an allergen, in contact with the skin.  It  is also called a contact allergy.  Examples would be contact with Poison Ivy, or if you’re allergic to nickel and get rashes from earrings, watches, or metal buttons that contain it.  There are many forms of it.  It turns our that in a 2007 study, when THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, was topically applied to such a rash it decreased the allergic reaction.[1]  So, the next time you’re out in the woods, be sure to have some marijuana extract in your first aid kit.

Acne

Acne is the most common skin disease in western civilization.  It affects nearly 80% of the population at some time or another.[2]  Depending on the severity of acne it is typically treated with anything from topical chemicals, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, to internal chemicals, like antibiotics, birth control pills, or isotretinoin.  When acne does not respond to medicine there are multiple procedures available, like laser and light therapy, chemical peels, and surgical removal.[3]

cannabis-oil-acneResearch is showing that marijuana helps to control acne in two ways.  First, CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and marijuana, has been shown to reduce oil production by causing the cells that make up the oil producing glands which clogs pores to die off at a faster rate.  Secondly, marijuana contains substances called terpenes.  Specific terpenes – limonene, linalool, and pinene – have been shown to inhibit the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes).  One terpene, limonene, inhibits P. acnes bacteria better than the synthetic antibacterial chemical triclosan.[4]

Eczema

Eczema accounts for one-third of all dermatology cases.  It is a condition in which the skin’s immune-response system goes awry as a result of a complex interplay between both internal and external factors that usually result in itching, redness, swelling, and scaling.[5]

hemp-leaf-no-background-2-5-17Over 30 million Americans have some sort of eczema, and it is most common in babies and children.  It tends to go away as a child grows older, but some children will experience eczema into adulthood.  Adults can develop it, also, even if they never had it as a child.  Eczema is typically treated with topical steroids, oral anti-histamines, and moisturizers.[6]

The “Endocannabinoid System” is found in throughout our body[7].  Our skin is one of those places that has endocannabinoid receptors (CBD1 and CBD2).  When it comes to eczema, the CBD1 and CBD2 receptors inhibit the immune response characteristic of eczema.[8]

The Take Away

Marijuana has long been considered an illicit drug with no medical use.  However, modern science has disproved that notion.  While more research needs to be done, marijuana extract can be a useful tool in both your first aid kit, and on your bathroom counter.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.


References:

[1] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070816094649.htm 

[2] niams.nih.gov/…alth_info/acne/acne_ff.asp

[3]  https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/acne#treatment

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3165946/

[5] http://www.derm-hokudai.jp/shimizu-dermatology/pdf/07-01.pdf

[6] https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/

[8] http://www.jimmunol.org/content/190/10/4929.long

4 Unexpected Uses for Body Oil

You know how to use body oil, right?  Of course you do.  You put in on your body when you get out of the shower for smooth, silky skin.  However, there are some unexpected uses for your body oil that you should be doing.  Read on to find out more.

Shaving Lotion

img_0010Body oil makes a great two-in-one shaving lotion.  Not only will it help give your shave a smooth ride, it can keep your legs hydrated afterwards.  Our Flower Power After Shower Oil makes a wonderful shaving lotion for sensitive skin because its infused with the soothing power of flower petals.

Frizz Buster

You know how frustrating it can be to have dull, split hair.  Work a little body oil into your hair to reduce frizz and split ends.  It will also give your hair a silky shine.

Stress Reliever

img_0009The act of massaging body oil onto your skin will not only increase your skin’s hydration, it will improve your skin’s circulation and release tension in the muscles below.  Our Higher Power After Shower Oil is great for this because of its relaxing essential oil blend.

Paw Lubricant

Body oil isn’t just good for your skin, it’s good for your four-legged best friend’s paws, too.  If your pup gets dry, cracked paws from the cold winter weather, or from the hot summer asphalt, rub a little body oil onto their paw pads for some relief.

img_0011Our body oils are a mixture of natural oils, plants, and essential oils.  Flower Power After Shower Oil is designed to be gentle and energizing.  It’s great whenever you need a pick me up.  Higher Power After Shower Oil is made to be grounding and balancing.  It is a great nighttime oil to help you relax.

If there is anything that you would like me to talk about feel free to reach out to me either here, via email: kedric@kaiya-naturals.com, on twitter @kaiyanaturals, or on Facebook @kaiyanaturals.  Also  please, please, please share or comment on this article.  Seriously, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.

Stay Natural,

Kedric

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  For educational purposes only.