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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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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.

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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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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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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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Celebrate Earth Day Everyday: Save the Earth with These Simple Tips

Earth Day is celebrate each year on April 22nd. But our Earth isn’t around for just a day, so why should we focus our Earth-saving efforts on just one day? Let’s celebrate Earth Day everyday and do our part starting with a few simple tips:

Water Saving Tips:

Do you ever wonder which wastes less – a shower or bath? It really depends on how long your shower is or how full you fill your bathtub. For example, a five minute shower uses a third less water than a full bath.

Is water leaking somewhere in your home? Even if it isn’t a huge leak, fix it right away. A small trickle adds up to gallons of water each week!

Use a low-flow showerhead and place mesh faucet ends on all your faucets, this will help decrease water usage dramatically.

Make sure your water heater is working efficiently and that you are having it routinely serviced.

Waste Reducing Tips:

While we are still on the topic of bathrooms, what is your shower curtain made of? Vinyl shower curtains are made entirely out of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and release dioxins. Dioxin is a known carcinogen that can disrupt hormonal systems and may cause damage to your reproductive and immune systems. Use a cotton or polyester shower curtain instead! Here are three types of plastics to be aware of:

  • #3 plastic
  • Vinyl
  • PVC

Did you know that in the United States over two billion disposable razors are purchased annually? They all need a place to go, so imagine the space those are taking up in a landfill! Instead, use a permanent razor that uses refillable blades. The handle might still be plastic, but you can use it repeatedly and thereby reduce both your waste and your guilt.

Even the clothes you wear have an impact on our Earth. Make a mental note the next time you go shopping to check the tag for what each garment is made of. Try buying more natural fibers like cotton, hemp, and wool. They do not generate must static electricity in the dryer, and generally require less to no dry cleaning. And because they are made from renewable resources, they can be composted!

Clean Drinking Water Tips:

There is a lot of debate on what is healthier – bottled water or tap water. Tap water does not leave behind a flood of non-biodegradable and rarely recycled plastic containers, and it most usually flows to us from an energy efficient infrastructure – no trucks or ships required. Our Earth does not need the strain of additional plastic bottles and not to mention tap water is regulated more consistently. Environmental Protection Agency rules apply to every public water system in the Country. In addition, you are entitled to the “Water Quality Reports” – also called “Consumer Confidence Reports”, which identify the source of the water and the contaminants found in it. Bottled water companies are under no regulation to report this to you. In fact, most bottled water companies are owned by the same organizations selling soda and other corn syrup based drinks. If you are still unsure about your tap water, check out The Green Guide to learn more about filters for your water system.

Improving Air Quality and Recycling Tips:

Recycling saves energy, and creating a new aluminum from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from a recycled aluminum.

Any plant in your home will help improve the air quality, but the most effective plants include: aloe vera, English ivy, fig tree, potted chrysanthemum, and spider plants.

Natural Cleaning Tips:

Nowadays, our store shelves are filled with a plethora of toxic cleaning agents. In the early 19th century, people cleaned with simple everyday ingredients, like vinegar. This is still a great idea!

Here are a few ways to clean naturally:

  • Use Daisy Blue Naturals handcrafted soaps for cleaning hands. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps at all costs. These soaps contain triethanolamine and have been proven to cause more harm than good because they kill beneficial bacteria as well as the bad stuff and may be leading to super-strains of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
  • Hot soapy water using DB Clean kills food-borne germs!  It can also be used to wash your hands, cutting boards, knives, and any surfaces that have come into contact with eggs or raw meat.  Wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Baking soda is a mild abrasive.  It doesn’t scratch surfaces and it deodorizes.  Baking soda can be mixed with the soap/water blend above or mixed with white vinegar.
  • With more stainless steel appliances being sold today, the need for a natural cleaner is needed.  Use baking soda and scoop onto damp sponge.  Rub the soda on the metal until the surface is clean.  Rinse well with warm water and polish dry with a soft cloth.  For a quick clean, use vinegar and water, then polish with the cloth.
  • White Vinegar is an acid with mild-germicidal properties.  It can be used to get rid of mold and mildew, cut grease and clean glass.
  • Lemon works much like vinegar, but is more difficult to use.
  • Vitamin E Body Oil can add shine to wood furniture.  Use ½ a teaspoon in a quarter cup vinegar or lemon juice.
  • If you are dusting, use a damp cloth.  No need for the toxic sprays.Salt will clean copper pots and pans and is good for silver too.  Mix with equal amounts of vinegar.
  • Sponges and rags instead of paper towels.  Sponges can be washed in vinegar and used again.

Energy Efficiency Tips:

Unplug appliances you seldom use, like an extra refrigerator. You may save over $10 per month. Also don’t forget to unplug your chargers when you are not charging. Use power strips to turn off TV’s, stereos, and other equipment. Even when these items are on ‘standby’, consumption can be equal to a 100 watt lightbulb that is on continuously. Set your computer to hibernate after 30 minutes of non-use, and to sleep mode for longer periods of inactivity. The ‘hibernate’ mode turns the computer off in a way that doesn’t require you to load everything when you switch back on. Setting your computer to hibernate instead of shutting it down saves energy and is more time-efficient. When you are done for the day (or the weekend) shut it down. Control your temperature! Set your thermostat to 68°F during the day, and 55°F when going to bed. During the summer, set your thermostat to 78°F or higher.

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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.

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Introducing: Essential Oil Rollerballs

We are happy to introduce our new Essential Oil Rollerballs! They are made with 100% natural and organic ingredients because there is beauty in simplicity. Our essential oil rollerballs are a convenient way to have your favorites right at your fingertips. The easy-to-use rollerball style can go with you anywhere and is ready to use when you need it!

Relax

Feeling anxious, restless, or suffering from stress? A few rolls on the wrists and behind your ears and you’ll be calm, cool, and collected. 
Studies have shown that the following essential oils; including lavender, ylang ylang and patchouli that are in Relax Aromatherapy Rollerball, work to induce sleep and reduce stress.
100% Natural & Organic Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic (coconut) Triglycerides, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Oil, Lavendula Officinalis (lavender) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (orange) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower (ylang ylang) Essential Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (patchouli) Essential Oil.

Relief

Pure relief is yours. Roll over the nose to ease sinus pressure, apply to the temples and base of neck for headache pain, and spot relief for sore muscles.
Studies have shown that the following essential oils; , including eucalyptus, peppermint, and camphor that are in Relief Aromatherapy Rollerball, work to end sore muscle pain, sinus pressure, and headaches.
100% Natural & Organic Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic (coconut) Triglycerides, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (grapefruit) Essential Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (camphor) Essential Oil.

Recharge

Clarity and clearness. Roll on the top of your feet and the base of your neck to increase mental clarity and focus. 
Studies have shown that the following essential oils;, including lavender, rosemary, and lemon that are in Recharge Aromatherapy Rollerball, work to increase mental clarity and remove fogginess and anxiety.
100% Natural & Organic Ingredients: Capric/Caprylic (coconut) Triglycerides, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Essential Oil, Lavendula Officinalis (lavender) Essential Oil, Citrus Limon (lemon) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (peppermint) Essential Oil.

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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.