The Secret Power of Flowers

The use of flowers as medicine dates back over 3000 years to the ancient Egyptians.  The first distillation of essential oils occurred in Egypt around 3500 B.C.  A major portion of the practice of aromatherapy is attributed to their culture.   Hildegard von Bingham, a Benedictine abbess from 11th century, would wrap muslin cloth around flowers, collecting the dew to use on patients.  Australian aborigines drink flower water for their healing properties, and many cultures around the world bath in flower water to restore balance in the body.  In the 19h century, Dr. Edward Bach created the famous Bach Flower Remedy.  In the 1980s Ian Bush created the Australian Bush Flower Essences that have been used in therapy for the Chernobyl Children’s project with astonishing results.  Today we are going to talk about how flowers can help your skin.

Roses

Roses are great for their intense hydration effect.  This makes then great for mature skin.  Rose extract is a cell rejuvenator.  It helps to minimize scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.  Our Flower Power After Shower Oil, is a body oil infused with the power of roses.  Use it after your shower for the best results.  Our White Petal Aloe Moisturizer is a light face moisturizer that also uses the power of roses.

Chamomile

When we think of chamomile, we think of sleepy-time teas that help us unwind at night.  However, chamomile has antiseptic properties that make it great for fighting acne. It also has a high concentration of azulene.  This makes it an excellent anti-inflammatory flower that has moisturizing properties to help with dry and mature skin.  Our Flower Power After Shower Oil is also infused with the power of chamomile.  Use it after your shower for the best results.  Our White Petal Aloe Moisturizer is a light face moisturizer that also uses the power of roses.

Lavender

Also known for its calming effects, lavender is cytophyllactic.  This means that it increases cell renewal.  It can help heal scars, wrinkles, burns and stretch marks. It also has  antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it great for fighting acne.  Our Flower Power After Shower Oil is infused with the power of lavender.  Use it after your shower for the best results.  Our White Petal Aloe Moisturizer is a light face moisturizer that also uses the power of roses.

Calendula

The calendula flower has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is a powerful herb that has 19 carotenoids that act as antioxidants, as well as collagen boosting properties that make this flower a valuable tool for mature skin.  Our Chickie Gold Moisturizer, a thick moisturizer designed to hydrate the driest skin, is infused with the power for calendula.


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.

4 Spring Skincare Routine Changes to Make

At last, Spring is here.  Flowers will start to bloom, the weather will start to warm, and there will be bright, bright sunshiny days.   But, what does that mean for your skin?  Keep reading to find out the four skincare routine changes that you need to make.

1) Start Exfoliating

The dreary days of winter can cause a lot of buildup of dead skin cells.  It’s time to exfoliate that skin and let the fresh new skin cells underneath breathe a breath of fresh air.  You can use things like salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, or the Chickie Gold Face Mask to start removing those dead skin cells.

2) Lighten Your Lotion

The humidity in the air will return on April 20th, and will keep rising until the fall.  That means no more thick heavy lotions and creams.  Instead, replace them with lighter lotions like the White Petal Aloe Moisturizer.

3) Use Sunscreen

More sun means more UV rays.  The more UV rays your skin absorbs the more it starts to age prematurely.  Collagen and elastin breakdown, dark spots and uneven skin tone form, and before long you’ll look older than you really are.  Wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15.

4) Use Eye Cream

More sun also means more squinting, and that means crows feet  Use an age-fighting cream like the Age Fighting Moisturizer with Hemp Extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.


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.

3 Natural Hangover Cures

St. Patrick’s Day is here.  The first parade was held on March 17th, 1762, and has been held for 248 consecutive years.  Eighty-two percent of Americans will wear green to celebrate.  Thirteen million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide, and that means a lot of hangovers the day after.  So, what can you do to hopefully avoid that hangover?

1. Eat Right

Eating right to avoid a hangover means having different strategies before, during, and after you drink.

Pre-Game

Getting your pre-game right is an important step in helping to avoid hangovers.  Eating the right foods before you drink helps to slow down alcohol absorption.  A meal of low-glycemic index carbs, healthy fats, and lean proteins is your best bet.  If you can’t get in a good meal, then there is also a traditional Chinese elixir made from a combination of ginger root, tangerine pulp, and brown sugar that studies have shown to reduce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea when consumed before drinking alcohol.[1]

During Drinking

Your pre-game meal will help slow down alcohol absorption, however, speeding up the rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol is done while you drink.  This is where you want to consume sugar, and not all sugar is created equal.  Fructose, a sugar found in many fruits and vegetables, helps speed up alcohol metabolism.[2][3]  While you could sip on a soda, try sipping on something natural like plain orange juice, or munch on some blueberries, grapes, apples, or pears between beers or cocktails.

Post-Game

After a night of heavy drinking you should eat foods that are easy to digest, and contain electrolytes, like potassium.  Sipping on coconut water, or eating foods like bananas, avocados, almond or peanut butter, pickles, sweet potatoes, and yogurt provides the body with much needed electrolytes lost from a night of heavy drinking.  You could also try this Ultimate All-Natural Hangover Remedy that is high in electrolytes.

2. Drink Water

Alcohol is a diuretic.  It causes the body to dehydrate.  Consuming water as you drink alcohol won’t keep you hydrated, nor will it prevent a hangover, but it will keep you from consuming alcohol too quickly.  This will allow your body time to metabolize the alcohol that is in your system.  Sip on some water as you munch on those foods that are high in fructose we discussed earlier between drinks.

Drinking a glass of water before bed, and leaving a glass on your nightstand for when you wake up can help your body start on the path of rehydration.  Be sure to drink plenty water the next day to help the body flush toxins as you munch on foods high in electrolytes.

3. Go Back to Bed

A hangover isn’t caused by lack of sleep, but lack of sleep makes a hangover worse.  Try taking a long nap the day after to allow your body to heal itself.  Plus, hangovers are more comfortable when you’re asleep. 


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/pubmed/20559749

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1854373

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/847286

Beginners Guide to Natural Sun Protection

Daylight Savings Time is fast approaching.  This means that there’s going to be more sun, and a greater chance of getting sunburned.  While you can just slap on some sunscreen, not everyone wants to lather on unknown chemicals in their search for healthy skin.  Not to fear.  Today we’re going to show you how to protect your skin, naturally.

The Effects of Sun Damage

The immediate effect of too much sun exposure is a sunburn.   Though it’s painful and it’s ugly, it’s not the worst thing.  There are longterm effects from too much sun exposure, even if you never get a sunburn.  Repeated sun exposure can lead to a greater chance of developing skin cancer.  It can also lead to looking older than you really are.  This is because it accelerates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven coloration of the skin.

The Ins and The Outs of Sun Protection

Protecting your skin naturally is as easy at 1-2-3:

  1. Limit sun exposure.
  2. Eat the right foods.
  3. Use sunscreen.

1. Limit Sun Exposure

No matter how well you eat, or how much you cover up with sunscreen, limiting the amount of sun you get is the most important step.  To reduce your exposure, limit your time in the sun, especially between 10am and 2pm, when the suns rays are at their most intense.  You should also wear clothing that covers skin exposed to the sun.

The darker your skin, the more time you can spend getting sun (duh!).  While there is no official number for how much sun exposure you can handle, a good rule of thumb is that, without sunscreen, fair skinned people can only handle 10min of sun at noon, tan skinned people can handle 20min, and dark skinned people can handle up to 40min.

2. Eat The Right Foods

Sun damages the skin by creating free-radicals.  Free-radicals are unstable molecules that can damage the DNA that controls cell growth and development.   This can lead to disease.  Antioxidants are compounds that protect us from the damage caused by free-radicals.[1]  Eating foods high in antioxidants is an important step in protecting your skin from the sun[2].  So, what foods are high in antioxidants?  Glad you asked.

Omega-3s

Omega-3 Fatty Acids help to prevent the damage of free-radicals[3], and help protect against certain types of skin cancer[4].  They are in many foods, especially shellfish and fatty fish.

Reds and Oranges

Fruits and vegetables that are red and orange contain carotenoids, which have been shown to protect the skin against UV-induced irritation.[5]

Dark Chocolate

Flavinoids found in dark chocolate can help protect against the UV damage of sunburns, keep the skin hydrated, increase oxygen saturation, and boost blood flow.[6]

Cruciferous Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, and kale are packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals, and protects many organs, including the skin, from cancer.[7]

Greens

If it’s green, it’s good.  Herbs are packed full of the antioxidants, especially oregano.[8]  Dark leafy greens are also full of wonderful antioxidants.

Green Tea

Green tea prevents skin cancer by helping the body to repair damaged DNA.[9]

3. Use Sunscreen

Using sunscreen is an important step in reducing the amount of UV damage that you get.  However, covering your skin with titanium, copper, or parabens might not be what you’re looking for.  Fortunately for you, there is a natural option.

Red Raspberry Oil

This oil has an SPF of 28 to 50, and it protects against both UVA & UVB rays.[10][11]  Even better, it contains antioxidants that help fight free-radical damage.  It is not waterproof, and it needs to be re-applied often.  However, if you’re looking for a natural alternative to synthetic chemicals, red raspberry oil shows the most promise.


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] http://itchyfish.com/antioxidants-in-plain-english-what-are-they-and-what-can-they-do-for-you/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249911/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8040603

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16872755

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11340098

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16702322

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12094621

[8] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/01/020108075158.htm

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21094124

[10]https://www.researchgate.net/publication/215523935_Characteristics_of_raspberry_Rubus_idaeus_L_seed_oil

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=raspberry+seed+oil+UV&cmd=DetailsSearch

 

3 Ways to Get Rid of Clogged Pores Fast

No one likes clogged pores.  They are the result of oil, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris blocking your pores.  If left untreated they can lead to acne, whiteheads, and blackheads.  It’s important to clean them often.  Today, we’ll show you three ways to unclog your pores fast.

1. Unclog with Steam

history-steam-ancient-roman-baths_250x167Steam bathing has been used all around the world since ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans used steam bathing for anything from drawing toxins out of the body to stimulating circulation.  The Japanese use mineral-rich hot springs, called “onsen”, for everything from healing wounds to washing away the sins of the mortal world.

To clean your pores with steam, start by removing any makeup and applying a gentle cleanser.  You want to be sure to remove makeup and dirt before steaming.  Rinse the cleanser off with cold water.  Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry.

Put a pot of water on the stove with medium-high heat.  As soon as the water starts to steam, it’s ready.  Don’t let it boil.  Either transfer the water to a large bowl, or just use the pot itself.  At this point you may want to add two to three bags (or two to three teaspoons if loose) of green tea, or chamomile tea, to give your steam a little boost.

08-face-steaming-lgnGreen tea is rich in vitamins C and E.  They are powerful antioxidants which help to reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce under-eye swelling and discoloration.  Chamomile is well known for reducing inflammation and soothing irritated skin.  Topical chamomile has been shown to reduce skin lesions, pain, and inflammation better than hydrocortisone.[1] Inhalation of chamomile vapors has been shown reduce anxiety and general depression, is widely used in cosmetic products to soothe and soften the skin, and is moderately effective in the treatment of eczema.[2]  To superpower your steam with these amazing benefits, just put the tea into the water, cover with a towel, and let it steep for five minutes.

Whether you add tea to your steam, or not, once you are ready for your steam treatment put a towel over your head and lean over the steaming water.  Be sure to tent the towel over the bowl, and let your skin absorb the pore loosening steam for five to ten minutes.  Do not over-steam.

The steam will help loosing dirt and oil that is locked into your pores.  It is important that you use cold water to wash away the particles that emerged and use moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.

2. Exfoliate with a Dry Brush

sublime-beauty-face-brush-woman-brushing-faceDry brushing has been used for centuries by Scandinavians and Russians to exfoliate and stimulate the skin.  Exfoliation dates back even further to ancient Egyptians, who used various materials to peel, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin.

To clean your skin with dry brushing, start by removing any makeup and applying a gentle cleanser.  You want to be sure to remove makeup and dirt before steaming.  Rinse the cleanser off with cold water.  Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry.  This methods won’t work if your skin is damp.

To dry brush, make sure you are using a brush specifically designed for the face with soft bristles made from natural fibers.  Body brushes are much to harsh on delicate facial skin.

Gently brush your skin in small circular movements.  Concentrate on the areas that are driest.  Be careful with the skin around your eyes as it is very delicate.  When finished, rinse your face with cool water and apply moisturizer to prevent dryness.

3. Use a Face Mask

face-mask-for-whiteheadsFace masks were the first cosmetic product used in the world of beauty.  With roots in ancient Asia and Egypt, fruit, clay and mud have all been used.  Dead Sea Clay is the most famous example, and has been shown to be antimicrobial[3], an effective treatment for psoriasis, eczema[4], rheumatoid arthritis[5], and more.

To unclog pores with a face mask, start by removing any makeup and applying a gentle cleanser.  You want to be sure to remove makeup and dirt before steaming.  Rinse the cleanser off with cold water.  Pat, don’t rub, your skin dry.

You can use a prepared mask, or a dry mask that you can mix at home.  The benefits of a dry mask is that you can superpower your mask by mixing it with things like yoghurt or honey.   Mixing clay with yogurt turns your mask into an anti-aging powerhouse.  That’s because yogurt is full of lactic acid, which helps to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten skin, and reduce discoloration.  Mixing your clay with honey makes it an acne-fighting superhero.  This is because it is antibacterial, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural enzymes.  Kaiya Naturals has three different dry masks that are perfect for this.  

Prepare the mask by mixing a teaspoon of the clay mixture with half a teaspoon of water, yoghurt, or honey in a separate bowl.  Mix together with your finger, or a wooden spoon.  (Make sure that the bowl is not made of metal and don’t use any metal utensils to mix the mask!  Clay absorbs heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene.  This is great if it is pulling those metals out of your face.  It’s not so great if it is pulling those metals out of your bowl, or spoon, and depositing them onto your face.)

Whether you have a prepared mask, or you mix it yourself, apply the mask to your face avoiding the area around your eyes.  Wait until the mask is dry.  This usually takes 15-20min.  Wipe off with warm water.  Apply a moisturizer to prevent skin from drying.


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/pubmed/21617262

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16700781

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24163956

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2397624