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CBD, Hemp & Cannabis – What’s the Difference?

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With all of the hype of CBD, THC and Hemp / Hempseed Oil, it is important to understand the difference between these parts of the hemp plant and how they are used.  Not sure on these acronyms?  Read more to learn!

THC vs.  CBD

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Both THC and CBD influence our endocannabinoid system, yet both have a differing effect.

Let us start with THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the compound found in the cannabis sativa plant (marijuana) with psychotropic (feeling high, paranoid, euphoria, pain relief) properties.

On the other hand, CBD has quite the opposite effect than THC.  Primarily used for inflammation, aches, and pains, reducing nausea and anxiety.  CBD is considered safe to use for nearly everyone, including pregnant moms, children, and pets.  Most CBD is less than 0.3% THC which is currently under the legal limit.

What is cannabis?

Cannabis refers to three parts of the cannabis plant; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis.  There are over 120 cannabinoids in the cannabis plants, however, experts are familiar with two of them (THC and CBD).

There are three main parts of the plants that are used for cannabis products, the flower, the resin, and the oil.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a strain from the cannabis sativa plant, which produces higher levels of CBD than THC.  Most people know hemp is associated with marijuana, but don’t completely understand the relationship between the two substances.

The confusion is derived from the fact that hemp and marijuana are both plants in the same Genus called Cannabis.  As stated above, there are 3 different types of plants in that Genus, each with different properties and producing differing amounts of cannabinoids.  Hemp typically means a Cannabis cultivar that produces little to no THC.

Hemp is grown for use in other products including paper, rope, clothing, even cereal and vitamin supplements.

Hempseed Oil

What is Hempseed Oil?

Hempseed Oil is another hemp product that is used in the cosmetic and food industry and will have little to no THC or CBD. (less than 0.3%).  By cold pressing the hemp seeds after a cleaning that removes nearly all the THC and CBD, we are left with a beautiful dark green oil that is high in omega fatty acids and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

What is Hash Oil?

Hash Oil is an oil obtained from the Cannabis plant that will contain THC.  It is obtained by cold pressing the flowers (not the seeds).  This resin is high in THC levels, generally higher levels than marijuana leaves and parts.

WHAT HAS CHANGED:

With the increased demand for medical marijuana most agricultural companies are now breeding their plants to have high concentrations of THC.  What this means for the consumer/user is stronger levels of marijuana than they may have used before.  Studies completed by the American Chemical Society have found that in the 1970’s a typical marijuana joint contained 10% THC, whereas today we are finding upwards of 30%.

In addition, the increased in popularity without strong regulation has increased the market potential of both the flower and ingestible oils.  Gas stations and smoke shops, for example, across the country are selling non-compliant flowers, THC and CBD products.

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Photo Courtesy of Dreamin’ Farms

WHAT IS NEXT:

Finding the balance and educate educate educate!  There are so many health and wellness benefits to the use of CBD and low dose THC (less than 0.3% is legal in the United States) such as replacement of anxiety, opiates and other pain medications.  Continued regulation is needed for this growing industry so we can continue to offer a stellar quality product that works.

 

 

For more information, please contact Jena Thompson at jena@daisybluenaturals.com or visit our website at www.daisybluenaturals.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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Fighting Through Cancer ~ Product Testimonials from Survivors

We shouldn’t have to create products to help women and men going through cancer treatments, however, we still have the need for natural options for them during this time of need.
Instead of telling you what we think works great, we asked a few of our customers who have gone through or are experiencing chemo and radiation what products worked well for them.
Here are their testimonials.

“I was introduced to the Daisy Blue products in November of 2003. I absolutely fell in love with them and gave them to everyone at Christmas time. In January of 2004, I was diagnosed with stage 2 Breast Cancer. I had surgery and they (Daisy Blue Naturals) gave me their products to use. Knowing what I knew then about Daisy Blue Products I decided to use them and see what would work for me. I used the Sleep Easy Pillow Mist spray for my pillow to calm me down when sleeping. I remember each night rubbing my feet with Peppermint Foot Butter which really made for a great night’s sleep! I know peppermint keeps you awake, but it did the opposite for me. I used the Shea Butter Healing Balm for my breast scars. I used Lavender Soap and the Lavender Lotion after my shower to calm me down and help heal my skin. I also always had a bad sinus situation, so I was using the three oils (Peppermint, Tea Tree, & Lavender) to keep that open. I do not suggest you use it under your tongue but that’s what I did, and it worked well for me. I used to get lots of cold sores for years due to stress so I used the Tea Tree Lip Balm!!! I could not have done without that fabulous product!!!
While I was doing Chemo, I had got an eye infection which I put a drop of Tea Tree oil on my finger and lightly put it on the infection. Worked like a charm. My eye doctor said Tea Tree works well for that, but it must be the right formula. I showed him the bottle and he said well the infection is gone so it did work. I wish I would have had the makeup at that time!!! I am so lucky I found Jena and this wonderful Company. I believe Jesus sent her to me!!! This product has always made me feel safe that what I was using on my skin would not hurt me.

Love Daisy Blue Naturals!!!”

Carol

 

“I have been using Daisy Blue products for years but especially became helpful when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I love the Sleep Easy Pillow Mist and I use the Natural Deodorant Cream daily.
Since having cancer, I have also had several pain-related issues that Hemp and Copaiba Oil have helped to alleviate; joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, and multiple other symptoms.
After radiation treatments, my skin was very dry and tender, and I have used many of the body lotions including the healing Marigold Lotion and the body butters and creams to help replenish the skin back to its normal texture and softness.

I love Daisy Blue because I know I can trust that the ingredients are safe and will not cause cancer to return.”

Ronda

 

 

“I am currently going through chemo and radiation, and when my oncologist recommended VaniCream, I knew there was a better option with Daisy Blue Naturals. It is upsetting that a product that has petroleum in it, as well as artificial preservatives, is even recommended to cancer patients!

The Hemp & Copaiba Salve and Oil have been my saving grace. Pain control, healing any redness and burns, and more. This is the only product I recommend to anyone dealing with cancer.

Thank you for providing a natural option in a world full of unhealthy ones.”

Maizy

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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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Natural Eczema Relief

Did you know that millions of people suffer from some form of Eczema? Although there is no known cure, Dr. Daisy has some 100% natural recommendations to help bring you some relief.

Treatment of Eczema

Early treatment can help lessen the effects of eczema, but at this time there is no known cure. The most common treatment is meant to decrease the itching brought on my eczema. However, overuse of steroid cortisone will cause the skin to thin, increase bruising, and decrease your immune system. It is extremely important for young children to not be using a steroid cream for any length of time This can lead to painful acne breakouts and more as they grow and age.

Dr. Daisy Recommendations

Apply natural lotions and oils immediately after bathing, while the skin is still moist. We recommend our Marigold Lotion and Marigold Salve, which contain calendula and other ingredients known to help relieve and heal eczema. Our new Plantain Salve is also an effective choice and safe for all ages and skin types.

Another recommendation is using our 100% natural soaps.You can choose from the unscented Purely, or one that has essential oils for added healing.

Eczema Triggers

There are many emotional and environmental triggers that will cause your skin to flare up. Determining what these triggers are will help you at controlling the flare ups and redness.
If you know that drinking red wine and eating cream cheese stuffed jalapeños will make your face light up like a Christmas tomato, you may want to reconsider ordering that on a first date! If stress is high in your life right now, find ways to bring some balance and peace back into your life.

Natural Product Detox

If you recently switched to using a truly natural, detoxifying product like Daisy Blue, you may experience redness and some heat as the body is naturally releasing toxins. These toxins have been in your body for quite some time. Give yourself a good two weeks (we promise it is usually much less!), with consistent use of Daisy Blue to remove the ‘bad’ toxins your previous skin care put there.

Bottom line is YOU know your skin better than anyone. Treat it with respect, and it will deliver a beautiful glow back to you!

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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.

 

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Not All Aloe Vera is Good For You

Looking at the ingredient list in most store bought aloe vera gels, and you’ll find things like drying alcohols, numbing drugs like lidocaine, and synthetic preservatives that can wreak havoc on your body.

Aloe is not necessarily a ‘bad’ culprit. However, with so many options that market ‘pure aloe vera’ it is important to read the labels for accuracy.  See where aloe vera falls on the ingredient listing; if it is not the first or second ingredient, it is probably not that high in pure aloe vera.  Applying an aloe vera gel may feel good; it is the drying alcohol as a coolant (and harmful for our skin), and a drug to numb the pain.  This type of aloe vera gel does not heal the skin; it justs cover up the pain from the sunburn.

What is the answer?  If you have an aloe vera plant, you are already on your way to skin healing benefits.  The gel in the leaf of the aloe plant is high in antioxidant benefits, thus helping to heal the skin from the free radicals affecting it from a sunburn.

What about cooling?  Aloe may not cool a sunburn, so look for a product like Daisy Blue After Sun Mist that contains skin cooling essential oils like peppermint and natural rose hydrosol to heal and cool the skin.

The best answer?  Sunscreen!  You may not feel or know you are sunburned until hours after sun exposure.  Be proactive, wear sunscreen, and reapply.

 

Sun Set: Sun Protection Lotion and After Sun Mist (#7307)  $39

All of the sun products offered as a set to start off the summer with healthier, natural skin care! The After Sun Mist is a MUST after being exposed to the sun and elements.   $49.95 value

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Not All Aloe Vera is Good For You

Looking at the ingredient list in most store bought aloe vera gels, and you’ll find things like drying alcohols, numbing drugs like lidocaine, and synthetic preservatives that can wreak havoc on your body.

Aloe is not necessarily a ‘bad’ culprit. However, with so many options that market ‘pure aloe vera’ it is important to read the labels for accuracy.  See where aloe vera falls on the ingredient listing; if it is not the first or second ingredient, it is probably not that high in pure aloe vera.  Applying an aloe vera gel may feel good; it is the drying alcohol as a coolant (and harmful for our skin), and a drug to numb the pain.  This type of aloe vera gel does not heal the skin; it just covers up the pain from the sunburn.

What is the answer?  If you have an aloe vera plant, you are already on your way to skin healing benefits.  The gel in the leaf of the aloe plant is high in antioxidant benefits, thus helping to heal the skin from the free radicals affecting it from a sunburn.

What about cooling?  Aloe may not cool a sunburn, so look for a product like Daisy Blue After Sun Mist that contains skin cooling essential oils like peppermint and natural rose hydrosol to heal and cool the skin.

The best answer?  Sunscreen!  You may not feel or know you are sunburned until hours after sun exposure.  Be proactive, wear sunscreen, and reapply.

Sun Protection Lotion $19

Avoid putting harsh chemicals on your skin and protect your skin, naturally!  Uses natural mineral blockers to prevent sunburns and sun damage.  Works great under makeup and is safe to use for all ages.  Slight pale color appears from the natural minerals for easy to see coverage.  Natural mineral coverage SPF 15.