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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Monday FLASH SALE!  Order any item until midnight tonight....GET A FREE SHEA/BEESWAX LIP CONDITIONER!  Wonderful to have in your purse this time of year, and great for the guys, too!  We introduced our Arabasque Activated Charcoal soap at the green market with our new Restoration Eye Cream....SOLD OUT OF THE STOCK WE TOOK!  I do have extra here at home....and we are busy little elves making more!  Great news is:  My shipment of a very special oil from India is in for me to pick up today and going in a new facial mask tobe introduced this month. Lot's of exciting things going on here, at Eden's Leaf!  Remember, if you come and visit us at the Beaches Green Market, I have rewards cards to hand out enabling you to collect points to earn a real bonus discount.  Love our faithful customers/friends, and you ALL deserve some discounts!


Blessings!

Charcoal in my soap?

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Though you may not immediately associate charcoal with healthy skin or skin-care products, activated charcoal boasts beauty benefits for skin by drawing oil, dirt and other harmful substances from clogged pores due to its adsorption powers.

Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne

Charcoal is an amazing substance. It adsorbs more poisons than any other substance known to mankind. It is the highly absorbent gritty black material commonly found in air and water filters and has the well-earned reputation of being a universal antidote. It can adsorb most organic chemicals, many inorganic chemicals and countless poisonous substances before they can cause harm.

 Activated charcoal is a fine black odorless and tasteless powder made from wood or other materials that have been exposed to very high temperatures in an airless environment. It is then treated, or activated, to increase its ability to adsorb various substances by reheating with oxidizing gas or other chemicals to break it into a very fine powder. Activated charcoal is pure carbon specially processed to make it highly adsorbent of particles and gases in the body's digestive system.

Activated charcoal has often been used since ancient times to cure a variety of ailments including poisoning. Its healing effects have been well documented since as early as 1550 B.C. by the Egyptians. However, charcoal was almost forgotten until 15 years ago when it was rediscovered as a wonderful oral agent to treat most overdoses and toxins.

Activated charcoal's most important use is for treatment of poisoning. It helps prevent the absorption of most poisons or drugs by the stomach and intestines. In addition to being used for most swallowed poisons in humans, charcoal has been effectively used in dogs, rabbits, rats, and other animals, as well. It can also adsorb gas in the bowels and has been used for the treatment of gas or diarrhea. Charcoal's other uses such as treatment of viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxic byproducts, snake venoms and other substances by adsorption have not been supported by clinical studies. By adding water to the powder to make a paste, activated charcoal can be used as an external application to alleviate pain and itching from bites and stings.

Needless to say, when made into a soap, works wonders on your skin, healing, protecting, drawing out toxins, with an overall smoothness for all skin types.

We have a wonderful Arabasque Charcoal Soap with a pinch of peppermint your face will love! Check our webstore!


Coffee...hmmm....drink it and wear it?

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (2)

wow! it's time to present 2 new products for you! First let's discuss new item #1 and the coffee issue...yep, coffee.  Personally, I think I have more coffee in my veins than blood.  BUT, did you know aside from drinking coffee there are some wonderful uses of it's oils? We have a new eye/skin serum with some ingredients that are amazing, natural, safe, and aromatic! Now, here is an article about the most important ingredient in our new product

Fight Skin Aging with Coffee Extracts

By Gary Goldfaden, MD

While various factors influence skin aging (including stress and environmental pollutants), long-term sunlight exposure is a primary environmentalaccelerator.1

 

As you grow older, your face is the first area to exhibit the visible effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, also known as photoaging,with the manifestation of fine lines, wrinkles, loose and dry skin, and discoloration.2

 

These unsightly changes reflect the deteriorating condition of the components that make up the inner layer of the skin, the dermis.3 This extracellular matrix is a combination of the fibrous proteins collagen and elastin, along with water-binding glycosaminoglycans.4 Together, these substances form a strong and resilient framework of connective tissue that gives the skin elasticity, strength, and compressibility—ultimately supporting the appearance of youthful and vibrant skin.3

 

Ultraviolet rays from sunlight wreak havoc on the skin by generating the production of free radicals that break down the vital components of the extracellular matrix.5 Over time, this contributes to the tell-tale signs of photoaging.1

 

International teams of researchers stretching from Brazil to Japan have discovered that ingredients extracted from coffee beans have been scientifically shown to rejuvenate aging skin.6-9 In one study, treated subjects experienced significant improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, firmness, redness, and texture of facial skin.9

 

Coffea Arabica Seed Oil

Americans consume more than 580 million cups of coffee each day as part of their daily ritual.10 Research is emerging that green, unroasted coffee beans provide numerous skin-related benefits when applied topically.6 This is especially true of one of the most commonly grown species of the coffee plant, Coffea arabica.6,11

 

Coffea arabica seed oil is extracted by cold pressing green coffee beans.6,12 Its high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E make it a potent antioxidant that can offer protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation. It can also assist in the prevention of the development of photoaging and inflammatory skin disorders.6

 

In a placebo-controlled clinical study of 40 female participants, a topical mixture containing Coffea arabica was applied twice daily as a facial wash and once per day as a lotion and night cream. After 12 weeks, treated subjects experienced significant improvements in the appearance of wrinkles,firmness, redness, and texture, compared to the control group.9

 

These impressive results were due to Coffea arabica’s ability to increase production of collagen and elastin and to protect against the loss of moisture.6

 

When Brazilian scientists tested Coffea arabica seed oil on human skin, they found a 1.5-fold increase in elastin production and a nearly 2-fold increase in collagen production compared to the controls.6 These two proteins are essential for smoothing wrinkles and preserving the firmness and flexibility of facial skin.

 

In addition, treated skin cells had nearly 7-fold higher expression of aquaglycerolporins-3 (AQP-3) and a 2-fold increase in the amount of glycosaminoglycans.6 These proteins act as a tag-team to halt moisture loss and improve skin hydration. First, glycosaminoglycans behave like a sponge to bind and trap water molecules in a water reservoir, then AQP-3 transports them to the upper layers of the skin where they reduce excessive facial dryness and fine lines.6

 

Coffea Robusta Seed Extract

Coffea Robusta Seed Extract

Robusta coffee is native to western Africa and contains a greater quantity of caffeine and active constituents than Arabica coffee due to its processing method.13 These compounds possess strong antioxidant properties that minimize the adverse effects of cumulative UV exposure.7-9

 

In an in vitro study conducted by Japanese researchers, topical chlorogenic acid reduced redness induced by excess ultraviolet exposure.7

 

And in another study, scientists tested topical caffeine’s ability to protect against photoaging.8 For the study, researchers exposed hairless mice to ultraviolet B (UVB) and then applied topical caffeine three times per week for 11 weeks. The results revealed that caffeine administration limited photodamage.

 

This protection could be related to caffeine’s ability to increase apoptosis (programmed cell death) of UVB damaged keratinocytes, which remove damaged skin cells before they cause photoaging and skin cancer.8

 

Caffeine also effectively targets and diminishes the appearance of crow’s feet.14 In a study involving 35 women between 30 and 70 years old, a cream containing caffeine was applied to the skin surrounding the eye on one half of the face twice daily while the other half of the face received no treatment. After four weeks, researchers observed a significant improvement in overall skin smoothness and the depth of wrinkles in the skin around the treated area, as measured with a three dimensional optical imaging technique.14

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Coffee Rejuvenates Aging Facial Skin

Your face is the first area to exhibit the visible effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, also known as photoaging, with the manifestation of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and loose, dry skin.

Extracts from the two most common species of coffee plant directly combat UV damage to improve the strength, resilience, and elasticity of your facial skin.

Coffea arabica seed oil significantly improves collagen and elastin production.  Soooooo, after much research, Eden's has a serum cream blend of the coffee oil, shea, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and the beautiful ylang oil. Our next blog entry will go over ylang-ylang which is also my favorite essential oil. 

This week our activated charcoal cleansing soap will be at the green market and is now ready to be shipped out or for pick up orders here at my home.

Now, don't be tempted to look at that coffee and put some on your face!  Just order from us!  


Blessings to you and yours!

Brenda (Mama Hall)



 





Are some days a "Stress Mess"?

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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 Anxiety is sort of a tool of our body that is meant to be a healthy response to stresses in life or a dangerous situation.  You get scared and....your metabolism speeds up, muscles tighten, and then your adrenal glands produce more quattities of adrenaline ( the hormone that causes your heart to thump, thump, faster, faster! THEN, anxiety becomes the troublesome response when we cannot burn up the nervous energy it created......then you are the "stress mess".  What to do?  Is it the OMG panic attack?  Stress can slap you with symptoms such as, restlessness, trembling, heaart palpitations, dry mouth, sweaty palms, even diarrhea!  Stress can cause fatique, headache, backache, and hyperventilation! Here are some good measures to take instead of popping a RX pill or creepy chemical potion.  First, check your diet, the good complex carbohydrates contain serotonin, a neurotransmitter that will have a calming effect on your brain.  Now, NOT the creepy carbs mind you. The good guys are brown rice or maybe oats each day.  Foods rich in B vitamins....the green leafy friends. Be sure to get calcium and magnesium in sea veggies, nuts, molasses, salmon, broccoli and unsweetened cultured yogurt. REFINED SUGARS WILL GREATLY ADD TO A STRESS PROBLEM AND DEPRESSION. I am very big on aromatherapy and essential oils put in a room diffuser, bath, or massage can really push that stress out.  Try lavender, melissa, jasmine, or ylang ylang for starters. They seem to be the top anti-stress essentials. We have put these on one of  our roll-on "perfume" and named it "willow".  I love to have lavender burning in my oil burner during the day and I have been know to burn some ylang ylang during the night in my bedroom. Exercise always helps squish the stress out...I personally, love to run. Now, also laugh therapy is wonderful! Find some funny shows and belly laugh out load.  America's Funniest Videos could be a place to start. I know of one natural health doctor who actually told his cancer patient to watch some I Love Lucy shows daily! 






You can afford this medicine!

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Apples benefit your health by boosting your intake of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Vitamin C helps you make collagen, a protein found abundantly in your skin. Collagen is a crucial structural component of skin and helps maintain your skin's waterproof barrier. Low collagen production caused by vitamin C deficiency affects your skin, leading to a re-opening of old wounds and skin tearing. A large apple contains 10.3 milligrams of vitamin C, 14 percent of the daily vitamin C requirements for women, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, or 11 percent for men.

Copper

Apples also provide a source of copper, an essential mineral that contributes to healthy skin. Copper helps you make melanin, the brown-black pigment that colors your skin. Melanin in your skin protects you from the sun's ultraviolet rays, so being able to produce melanin provides natural sun protection. Melanin also makes up an essential part of other tissues, including your eyes and hair. Each large apple contains 60 micrograms of copper, or 7 percent of your daily copper requirements, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

Vitamin A

Apples provide a small amount of skin-friendly vitamin A, a family of chemicals called retinoids. Vitamin A plays an important role in skin development -- it helps immature skin develop into mature and functional skin tissue. Vitamin A might also reduce the risk of skin cancer, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, although more research is needed to know its exact role in cancer prevention. A large apple provides 120 international units of vitamin A. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, this makes up 5 percent of the daily vitamin A requirements for women or 4 percent for men.

Serving Suggestions and Tips

Apples travel well, so they provide a healthy snack option, but the fruit can also contribute to a range of dishes. Top a piece of whole-grain toast with thinly-sliced apple, sharp cheddar shavings and cinnamon for a savory and sweet open-faced sandwich. Add apples to your salad -- the fruit pairs well with dried cranberries, spinach and a maple-balsamic vinaigrette. Try adding apples to your pureed soups -- butternut squash and apple soup or a carrot-ginger-apple soup make for comforting meals in cooler weather.  Let's start day one of the new year by adding an apple today to your diet, slice some for the kids, or grate some up in your yogurt, be creative!

Lavender! I Love it!

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (2)

I love lavender! I burn the oil all around the house,I bathe in it, make blue lavender soap, and recently lotion candles. I could not list all it's benefits without writing a small book! Here is just a bit more interesting facts about this beauty....AND remember, I am available, at no cost, to come and speak to groups on basic natural health, skin care, and well being for you and your family, through herbs, organics, etc.

 

According to the National Centre for Eating Disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and compulsive overeating are often hand-in-hand problems. Lavender essential oil has been found to be helpful in relieving symptoms of mild anxiety and may also benefit those suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.

 

A 2010 controlled clinical study compared lavender oil to lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. The study found that, for many of the test subjects, lavender oil worked almost as well as the drug.

 

A study published in “International Clinical Pharmacology” showed that subjects receiving 80 mg per day of lavender oil showed statistically significant reductions in anxiety levels compared to controls receiving a placebo. It is important to note that most clinical studies of lavender have used the oil rather than the tea because it is easier to measure the amount of active compounds the person is consuming.

 

Furthermore, lavender essential oil has been shown to improve sleep quality. Studies have shown a direct correlation between healthy sleep patterns and weight loss.

NEW Fragrance!

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

"Willow" is our new fragrance oil blend being poured into roll-on fragrance bottles for her first visit to the hreen market Saturday....Willow whispers a blend of earthy essential oils with a base of sweet almond oil..she is quite the fragrance! She carries with her the scent of yhe beautiful ylang flower and buds of blue lavender!



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