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Peggy Benson – Space Clearing Specialist and maker of MOJO Mist!

 

Join Jena and Sharon as they interview Peggy Benson, Space Clearing Specialist, and the maker of MOJO Mist on Daisy Blue Live. Watch to find out more about space clearing, using MOJO Mist and Sage, and Moon Water!

Watch Daisy Blue Live every Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT here: https://www.facebook.com/daisybluenaturals

You can learn more about Peggy Benson here: http://peggybenson.com/

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Beat the Cold & Flu Season, Naturally!

 

Everyone fears the financial sting of holiday shopping, party costs, and that much-needed gym membership when the holiday binge-eating does us in. However, there is one thing that we dread even more this time of year… cold and flu season. 

Although we can’t put everyone in a bubble until it passes, we can prepare our bodies for the fight and win it in no time at all. Naturally. Yes, I said naturally. Forget that over-the-counter garbage that just masks your symptoms. It’s great until it wears off and you’re scrambling for more. It doesn’t shorten the battle and it usually leaves you feeling groggy and out-of-sorts. Are you even sure what’s in it? Dump it in the trash, because I’m going to give you the Top 6 all-natural remedies for boosting your immune system and beating that crud!

1. Apothicare Elderberry Syrup & Apothicare Osha Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup, as an all-natural supplement, is a fantastic way to not only boost your immune system, but also help fight off the virus itself. Elderberry itself carries powerful antiviral properties, antioxidants, and vitamins that help reduce the duration of your sickness and strengthens your immunity as well. This syrup is also packed with natural honey, organic ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and coconut oil, which are all deliciously potent ingredients that help strengthen your immune system and soothe your symptoms.

If you are struggling with respiratory issues as well, the Osha Elderberry syrup is what you need in your arsenal. Osha root is used to treat coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, and even pneumonia and the swine flu. It is also used as an immune system booster, much like elderberry. Osha is an effective natural treatment against many viral and respiratory infections, including the common cold and the flu.

If you don’t have this in your medicine cabinet, its time for you to get some!

2. Daisy Blue Naturals Relief Therapeutic Oil

We all love that vapor rub relief when we are stuffy and miserable, but most vapor rubs are petroleum-based balms. This petroleum-based balm is refined from carcinogenic by-products of oil (yuck!) and can cause a plethora of long term health problems, including damage to your lungs. So even though you are getting temporary relief, you are putting your general health at risk as to the price.

Daisy Blue Naturals Relief Therapeutic Oil is a safe and all-natural alternative. This oil gives you the same vapor rub relief while being completely safe to your health. Therapeutic Relief Oil is so safe, in fact, that it is recommended for all ages! It can be used in all the same fashions as vapor rub.

Daisy Blue Ultimate Cold Care Kit

3. Daisy Blue Naturals Relief Rollerball

The Relief Rollerball is also a fantastic way to provide some relief from nasty cold and flu symptoms, with on-the-go, ready-to-use benefits. It’s the perfect size for your pocket or your purse and the ingredients are pre-mixed in safflower and coconut oils (which are great for your skin). Just roll it on your pressure points, chest, or feet, and go!

4. Daisy Blue Naturals Immunitea Herbal Tea

A hot cup of tea comes with many benefits. The steam can help loosen mucus, open up your air passages, and add much-needed humidity to your lungs. Also, drinking warm water can soothe a sore throat and help promote healthy digestion. But what can help most is getting the right nutrients into your body.

Our Immunitea is a 100% organic blend of herbs made to boost the immune system and relieve your symptoms. This blend is made with peppermint, elderflower, raspberry leaf, ginger root, elderberries, yarrow, and hyssop herb. These herbs work together to relieve headaches, congestion, indigestion, sore throat, and body aches and chills.

So, before you reach for that Alka-Seltzer or Day-Quil, give your body what it REALLY needs to beat that crud… the right nutrients.

5. Daisy Blue Naturals Cold Comfort “Relief” Bath Salts

A hot bath can be incredibly comforting. Again, the steam alone can help tremendously, but a good soak can help remove virus causing bacteria from your pores and the surface of your skin. Adding some eucalyptus and peppermint to your tub can help threefold.

Our Cold Comfort Bath Salts are exactly what you need before you hop in that tub. Made with the perfect blend of essential oils and naturals salts to bring you relaxation and relief while you soak.

6. Himalayan Salt Infrared Sauna

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our Himalayan Salt sauna in Austin, Minnesota, there’s no better time than now. The cold months are far from over and even if you aren’t struggling with some kind of bug, heat therapy can lift your spirits and boost your general health. But right now, we are going to focus on HOW it is good for your health, especially when you are sick.

Himalayan Salt alone is said to rebalance your pH levels, improves hydration, reduces muscle cramps and inflammation, and allows for easier breathing. Add this to the benefit of heat therapy, and your body will be in heaven. Plus, sweating helps rid toxins and unhealthy bacteria from your body and can put your immune system into drive. These benefits could mean the difference between miserable you and happy you. If you fall in love with the Himalayan Salt Sauna after your session, don’t worry… memberships are available for all budget types!

If you haven’t booked a sauna session yet, you can do so on our Daisy Blue Naturals Austin Facebook page. www.facebook.com/DaisyBlueNaturalsAustin

Even if you haven’t felt that first sneeze coming on yet, it’s best to be prepared before you are too miserable to leave the house. Not to mention, starting those remedies early-on can prevent things from getting a lot worse!

If you haven’t found refuge in these products yet, don’t waste another minute waiting for that cold medicine to kick in. Stop in at one of our retail locations or order your Daisy Blue Naturals all-natural relief from our online site. Your body will thank you!

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DIY At Home Face Masks

In honor of National Face Mask Day, I’m sharing with you my favorite ‘do at home’ face mask with items from your kitchen.

Why is masking important?

The right face care mask can hydrate the skin and remove excess skin oils, leaving your skin feeling fresh and renewed. Other than the results from the face mask, applying the mask will give you time to give yourself some self-care. The opportunity for some mental down time is crucial for you! Put the phone away, grab a book or spend the time journaling. Pour a hot cup of tea and take a warm salt bath or bubble bath.

HONEY & AVOCADO FACE MASK

2 Organic Avocadoes
¼ cup Organic Honey

Cut avocadoes in half and discard the pit. Remove the avocado and mash it up well. Add the
honey to the mix and muddle together. Mask will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To Use: Remove 1-2 TBSP of the mixture and gently spread on the face.
Leave on up to 5 minutes, then gently rinse off with warm water. Follow with Toner and
Moisturizer.

I like to add a TBSP of our Pink Hibiscus Face Mask to this mixture for the added benefit of natural clay and hibiscus. You can also add a few drops of jasmine, rose geranium, frankincense or tea tree essential oil to your mixture, based on your skincare needs.

What you should avoid:

Have you ever used those beloved face ‘sheet masks?’ You know, the kind that you apply to your face, leave on, and then peel off and throw away? Well, you may not want to use them again after you find out what they are doing to our environment! Sheet masks are single-use products, so once it’s used, it gets put in the trash. That can add up to a lot of waste. The pouch that they are typically packaged in is made of plastic and can take hundreds of years to decompose. The sheet itself may be in part cotton, however, it has been determined that all sheets contain small parts of plastic or nylon, which cannot be recycled or decomposed quickly. In addition, the chemical process to produce these sheets uses fossil fuels which contribute to air quality. What can you do? Avoid these sheets at all costs. Find products like our Pink Hibiscus ‘loose powder’ Face Mask, which is packaged in a recyclable jar with zero-waste.

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Smudging and Cleansing Your Home and Workspace

Bad ju ju is a real deal. It isn’t something we can see, rather, we can feel it. Negative energy can linger anywhere – people, spaces, curtains, furniture, and clothes. Energy can stay trapped from past experiences, which is why it is very important to do a cleansing in your home and/or workspace on a regular basis.

The origins of smudging and cleansing date back hundreds of years. The most common reference is from the Inca and Native American culture. Traditionally used in ceremonies and rituals, sage and Palo Santo were often burned slow to rid negative energy and give balance. Used in the practice of Feng Shui, smudging is thought to rid the home of blocked negative energies, raise vibrations, and assist in spiritual work.

4 Step Guide On How To Clear Negative Energy

 

1. SMUDGE WITH WHITE SAGE: Give yourself at least 10 to 15 minutes of undisturbed time to smudge and cleanse.

Start by burning white sage while you walk around the space with it, swirling it in a counterclockwise rotation. You can say an affirmation like “I am clearing the negative and stagnant energy from this space to allow only the highest vibration to remain.” Make sure to have a fireproof container under the sage while you are smudging to prevent burning or glowing herbs from falling on the floor as you smudge. Abalone shells work well for this as they do not retain any energy, however, any type of container or dish will work.

When you have smudged all areas of your house or area, return to the starting point and gently put out the sage.

2. PALO SANTO CLEANSING: Cleansing with Palo Santo can be used in place of or in addition to smudging with white sage.

You can smudge once per month with sage, and cleanse intermittently throughout the week or daily with Palo Santo. Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree that is widely distributed throughout Central and South America. Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as sage is used in North America- to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. Palo Santo is different than many of the other smudging materials as it is citrusy and fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is helpful for a ‘people’ cleansing before doing energy work or meditating.

3. NATURAL SALTS: Salt crystals have an amazing natural built-in ability to absorb negative energy. Putting small bowls of salt in the corners of your home or room can help to remove negative energy. Empty the bowls periodically or daily and replace with fresh salt.

4. ROSE QUARTZ: Using crystals can be beneficial for a variety of reasons. You can place crystals throughout your home or office or carry them with you throughout the day. Rose Quartz carries many healing and balancing properties, including bringing love and balance to your life. It will naturally attract positive energy and carries positive energy. Often called a balancing stone, it will balance uneasy portions of your life in the negative and positive. Rose Quartz in your bedroom will help to promote sleep and relaxation. Connecting with the heart chakra, Rose Quartz will begin to open your soul to vulnerabilities and promote love in relationships. It will help to ease tensions from the day and is wonderful for promoting a peaceful environment.

 

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How to Combat Dry Winter Skin

As beautiful as winter can be, it can have harsh effects on your skin. We’re here to help with some tips to step up your winter skincare routine:

Maximize Moisture

Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend your most time in, like your bedroom.

Drop It Low

Lower your thermostat. What? We’re serious. Central heat can make your home even dryer.

Take a Cold Shower

It’s definitely tempting to take a hot shower when the weather gets cold, but warm water causes less irritation and is still just as effective in killing germs.

Opt for Natural Cleansers

The wrong product on your skin can really make dry skin worse. Wash your face with a natural and moisturizing cleanser like our gentle face wash.

Adjust Your Skin-Care Routine

Tis the season to adjust your skin-care routine. Try to apply toners and astringents sparingly, many can dry your skin out further.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Get a hydrating moisturizer for your skin and apply a moisturizing lip balm like one of our natural lip balms. Don’t forget about your hands, moisturize after washing your hands. Also, where gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

Stay Hydrated

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Keep it hydrated and rink plenty of water.

Get Yourself an Antioxidant Serum

Applying a good antioxidant serum, like our liquid gold serum, can help prevent damage and keep skin protected.

Determine Your Skin-care Routine

Stick to a routine that is made for your skin type. Not sure your skin type? Download our guide on skin-care for different skin types.

 

Visit our website for more 100% natural products!

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But First, Coffee.

If your good mood in the morning is sponsored by coffee – you’re going to love our coffee bar! Yes, you heard right – caffeinated soap!

While many may love coffee for its wake-up properties, it also has many other benefits! Coffee grounds can be used as a scrub to help minimize the appearance of cellulite. It also has many benefits including anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties, temporary reduction of cellulite, improved circulation, and smooth skin.

Our new coffee bar features ground coffee beans and can be used to cleanse the body or doubles as a scent-removing hand soap. Use this bar to remove common kitchen smells from your hands, including fish, onion, and more. Formulated naturally using olive oil, coffee, and natural vanilla.

Ingredients: 100% Natural Ingredients: naturally saponified Olive, Coconut, and Castor Oils, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Vanilla, Stearic Acid (vegetable), Ground Coffee Beans. Naturally occurring vegetable Glycerin.

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Safe Or Clean? Now You Can Have Both!

Safe and Clean

According to the National Capital Poison Center, some of the most common household poisons are cleaning products. Somehow it does not make sense… using poison to clean the things that you encounter daily. Yet, the average US home generates 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Surely, there is a better way to clean!

Walking down the aisle at your grocery store with the plethora of cleaning products is sure to give you some overwhelm.  What is safe?  If it says ‘free and clear’ or ‘natural’, is that better for you and the environment?  Or, if you are like me, you are instantly hit with a headache from the artificial scents. 

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.  The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.  But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.  Although most cleaners don’t list ingredients (according to the FDA, cleaning products do NOT have to tell you their ingredients), you can learn something about a product’s hazards by reading its label.  Most labels bear a signal word, such as Danger, Warning or Caution, that provides some indication of a product’s toxicity.  Beside the signal word is usually a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “may cause skin irritation,” “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” or “may cause burns on contact.” [1]

And what happens when these hazardous cleaners disappear down our drains?  They contaminate our lakes and streams.  The chemicals used in cleaning products can break down into even more hazardous chemical compounds that do not readily absorb into the soil or water.  In fact, a special class of chemicals detected from detergents and surfactants, called APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates), have been shown to be a hormone disruptor, thus mimicking the hormone estrogen.

Are there ways to be SAFE and CLEAN?  Of course! Read about Jena’s favorite top 7 natural DIY cleaning tips for your home:

Jena’s Top 7 Natural Cleaning Tips

 

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Safe Or Clean? Now You Can Have Both!

According to the National Capital Poison Center, some of the most common household poisons are cleaning products. Somehow it does not make sense… using poison to clean the things that you encounter daily. Yet, the average US home generates 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Surely, there is a better way to clean!

Walking down the aisle at your grocery store with the plethora of cleaning products is sure to give you some overwhelm.  What is safe?  If it says ‘free and clear’ or ‘natural’, is that better for you and the environment?  Or, if you are like me, you are instantly hit with a headache from the artificial scents.

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose.  Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.  The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic.  But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance”.  Although most cleaners don’t list ingredients (according to the FDA, cleaning products do NOT have to tell you their ingredients), you can learn something about a product’s hazards by reading its label.  Most labels bear a signal word, such as Danger, Warning or Caution, that provides some indication of a product’s toxicity.  Beside the signal word is usually a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “may cause skin irritation,” “flammable,” “vapors harmful,” or “may cause burns on contact.”

And what happens when these hazardous cleaners disappear down our drains?  They contaminate our lakes and streams.  The chemicals used in cleaning products can break down into even more hazardous chemical compounds that do not readily absorb into the soil or water.  In fact, a special class of chemicals detected from detergents and surfactants, called APE’s (alkylphenol ethoxylates), have been shown to be a hormone disruptor, thus mimicking the hormone estrogen.

Are there ways to be SAFE and CLEAN?  Of course! Read about Jena’s favorite top 7 natural DIY cleaning tips for your home.

Donwload our DIY Natural Home Cleaner Guide

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The Sad Slippery Slope of Bar Soap – Treehugger (www.treehugger.com)

Majority of Americans between 18-24 now choosing liquid soap because they think bar soap is covered in germs. Many others just find it inconvenient.

Who would have ever thought we’d be bemoaning the banishment of bar soap? But here we are. A new report from research group Mintel reveals that the sales of bar soap are down as sales of liquid soap are bubbling up. Here is a look at the numbers:

  • Between 2014-15, sales of bar soap fell 2.2 percent compared to an overall market growth of 2.7 percent.
  • The percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89 percent to 84 percent between 2010-15.
  • 55 percent of all consumers believe bar soaps are less convenient than liquid varieties.
  • 60 percent of consumers between 18 and 24 believe that bar soaps are covered in germs after use; 31 percent of older consumers aged 65+ believe the same.

So let’s break this down a bit.

Are bar soaps more of a hassle than liquid soaps? For a culture that covets convenience, sure. Liquid soaps are not messy, they don’t slip out of our hands, they don’t require a soap dish. But to my eyes this is a myopic take on things. If we consider that $2.7 billion was spent on liquid body wash alone in 2015 – even if we randomly (and generously) assign a cost of $10 per bottle – that’s 270,000,000 plastic bottles with pump parts that end up in the waste cycle. And remember that’s just body wash. While some people refill their dispensers and create less waste, it’s still decidedly more plastic than the paper wrapper of a soap bar.

Moreover, Huffington Post reports that the carbon footprint in general is 25 percent more for liquid soap over bar soap:

In a cradle-to-grave life-cycle analysis of household cleaning agents, including personal body cleansers, Annette Koehler and Caroline Wildbolz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich found that for a per application or per wash basis, the carbon footprint of liquids is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Why? In large part because for a typical visit to the sink, we use almost 7 times more liquid soap (2.3 grams) than bar soap (0.35 grams). That extra soap means more chemical feedstocks and more processing, and thus more energy and carbon emissions.

Liquids also require more energy for packaging production and disposal.

Huffington Post adds that we use more heated water with bar soap than with liquid soap, but why is that? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) handwashing guidelines, the length of time for handwashing (20 seconds) is regardless of soap type. And don’t most people turn the water off when washing their hands anyway?

And then there’s the mess … but is mucky soap goop a problem? At my sinks and in the shower we have soap dishes that apparently allow the soap to dry enough to prevent this; someone educate me here, am I just using magically un-scummy soap?

Next, is bar soap really covered in germs? Why are we becoming so squeamish? The hygiene hypothesis argues that our obsession with cleanliness is actually leading to increased ill health, yet we persist.

The researchers in one study actually contaminated bar soap with bacteria, only to find that the bacteria wasn’t transferred during hand washing. While the CDC does say that a hands-free liquid soap dispenser is preferable for those working in dental care, for all other healthcare workers the agency notes: “Liquid, bar, leaflet or powdered forms of plain soap are acceptable when washing hands with a non-antimicrobial soap and water.”

For the rest of us, the CDC makes no distinction between bar and liquid soap, and in fact shows both in their hand-washing guideline illustrations. Mayo Clinic recommends either option as well.

So in the end, the demise of the soap bar is about misguided fear and convenience; and as we are continually proving our preference for things we can throw away instead of having to actually clean, we are, in the end, making a much bigger mess … even when it comes to a simple bar of soap.

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How to Truly Get Lucky this March

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In March, it’s not uncommon to hear about luck and, of course, the luck of the Irish. Here at Daisy Blue Naturals, we think there are better ways to get lucky than finding four-leaf clovers.

One way to truly get lucky “Daisy Blue Style” is to learn simple and painless ways to detox your body from harmful chemicals. Let’s face it, few things feel luckier than good health.

You can increase the probability of successfully detoxing your body when you make painless changes, changes that do not make you feel like you are suffering or missing out on something you enjoy. But is it even possible to detox your body without giving up some of your favorite things?detox

Fortunately, it is, and choosing a painless way to detox leads to easy implementation and commitment and therefore, success. Choosing a radical detox diet might produce radical results, but the road to success probably will not feel easy. Indeed, you may give in a day or two after getting started.

The secret to successfully detoxing your body is to set yourself up for success! Implement three to five truly painless ways to detox.

You Just Got Lucky!

Yes, you read that correctly. You just got lucky! You see, because we had such great feedback from our 5 Painless Ways to Detox Spa Experience in the month of January, we are now offering that presentation all year long.  Painless Ways to Detox Handout with Kits_5

If you like the idea of feeling healthier by detoxing and shedding a few pounds without suffering, you can schedule this engaging and informational presentation for yourself and a few friends. Many of the attendees let our Consultants know how much they appreciated the short format and the useful content.

You Just Got Luckier!

You can also order the Daisy Blue Detox Kit today, which includes our informational sheet about the 5 Painless Ways to Detox.

To learn more about Daisy Blue Naturals, contact Tammy Stanley, VP of Sales, at tstanley@daisybluenaturals.com