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Songcroft Naturals Review: Frankincense and Rose Cream

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

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I am a big advocate of supporting local, natural, family businesses. I feel that it is really important to vote with my dollars and I know that every dollar I spend is a vote for creating the kind of world that I want for myself and my children.

When it comes to personal care products, I am even more diligent about purchasing from local, handcrafted family businesses. As the owner of a small, family-based, indie cosmetic company myself, I truly believe that it is vital for us to support one another.

Since I have been traveling so much in the last couple of years, I have not always had the time or opportunity to make my own skin care products like I usually do. This has given me the opportunity to seek out other local makers. One that I have been impressed with is Songcroft Naturals, local to me in WA state. Marilene, Owner and Chief Formulator at Songcroft Naturals, and I have a lot in common. Not only do we both run natural, handcrafted skin care companies, but we also share a love of nature, and herbalism, in particular.

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One of the things I love about Songcroft Naturals is that many of the ingredients in their products are grown on their farm using organic practices.

“SongCroft is a working permaculture farm with bees, dairy goats, chickens, fruit trees, and lots of culinary as well as medicinal herbs and vegetables. Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.”

Marilene recently sent me a bottle of her Frankincense and Rose Cream™. Both Frankincense and Rose are two of my favorite essential oils, so I was delighted to try it out. After a week of using it, I can say that I am genuinely impressed.

At first, I thought that it was going to be a bit too light of a moisturizer for me, since I tend to prefer heavier, richer creams. However, I can honestly say that I am enjoying the change. My skin is feeling incredibly soft and smooth. The cream has a beautiful delicate scent and absorbs very quickly. In fact, not only do I not have to wait for it to absorb before applying my foundation, but Marilene describes here how it can be used to create a cream foundation with our Natural Look Mineral Make-Up Skin Foundation Powders!

According to Marilene, this is their best selling product and I can see why. With ingredients such as organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil, organic Frankincense, Rose Ablsolute and organic Rose Geranium, this cream is a great choice for anyone who is interested in healthy skin!

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Formulated to replenish and hydrate, Frankincense and Rose Cream:

  • Moisturizes
  • Nourishes
  • Soothes
  • Is good for all skin types
  • Is wonderful under make-up
  • Contains no phthalate, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or synthetic ingredients

I would definitely recommend that you give Sogcroft Naturals a try. You won’t be disappointed. You can connect with Songcroft Naturals  on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter as well as their website.

Have you tried Songcroft Naturals? What do you think of their products?

 

 

Radiation Detoxification Summary

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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For the last several days, I have been writing about many different, natural ways to help protect our bodies from radiation damage as well as natural treatments for radiation exposure. You can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 if you haven’t already.

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It turns out that all of these protocols are common-sense, proactive things that we should all consider doing to support healthy immune functioning, cell regeneration and gentle detoxification on a regular basis.
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There is one more protocol I would like to add to the list:
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Radioprotective Herbs
These are herbs and medicinal foods that are either rich sources of chlorophyll and minerals, support detoxification and elimination, support the thyroid gland or neutralize free radicals.

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Gingko Biloba – while this herb has a history of being radioprotective, it is not appropriate for everyone as it has the ability to thin the blood.

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Nettles & Alfalfa – nettles has the highest concentration of land plant chlorophyll and is an excellent source of selenium; alfalfa is a very good source of chlorophyll also – and both these herbs are rich in a broad number of minerals.

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Pine Bark Extract, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract – increase expression of your glutathione system, which results in both metal detoxification and free radical neutralization.

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Triphala – studies have found that radiation induced mortality was reduced by 60% in mice fed with triphala.

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Tumeric – contains curcumin which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and may help protect against radiation-induced damage to the skin.

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Ashwaganda – supports the thyroid and adrenal glands.

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Ginseng – can decrease side effects of radiation exposure as well as helping the body to adapt to stress to aid in recovery.

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Siberian Ginseng – can help protect against the side effects of radiation exposure and contains selenium.

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Reishi – boosts the immune system after radiation exposure

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Astragalus – supports thyroid functioning.

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Asparagus – another great source of glutathione,  known to assist in the reduction of heavy metals and other toxins from the body, including radiation.

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Selenium containing foods – like Brazil Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Fish (such as Halibut and Salmon) , Eggs, Mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake), Grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats) and Onions help protect DNA from radiation damage.

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Sulphur containing foods – such as Fish, Eggs, Beans and Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Onions, Cabbage, Garlic, Wheat Germ have been found to protect the body against radiation.

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Professional Herbalist, Brigette Mars, has also drawn up a list of radioprotective herbs, some of which are featured here:

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“Aloe vera gel (Aloe vera) has been found to help heal radiation burns more quickly by its content of biogenic stimulators that encourage skin repair.

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Burdock root (Arctium lappa) helps to neutralize and remove toxins from the body. During the Industrial Revolution, burdock was recommended as medicine to help people cope with the increased pollution.

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Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) improves the function of our body’s organs elimination process. Consider how this plant has done a good job for itself adapting to environmental pollutants.

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Eleuthero herb (Eleutherococcus senticosus) can help alleviate fatigue, ameliorate symptoms from chemical and radiation exposure and lessen the effects of stress.

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Green and black tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are antioxidant, immune stimulant, and contain radioprotective agents.

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Milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum) helps protect the body from chemical exposure, environmental illness and liver damage.

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Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita) can reduce nausea from radiation exposure.

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Red clover blossom (Trifolium pratense) improves health in general, helping all the organs of elimination function more optimally.

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Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) improves the function of the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, intestines and skin thus aiding the body’s natural cleansing process.”

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High pectin foods –  like carrots, sunflower seeds and apples have been shown to help keep pollutants from being assimilated. According to Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo.com:
“Whereas most of the focus has been on Radioiodine 131 which poses an immediate health risk for 16 days, Cesium 137 remains radiotoxic for 60 years and accumulates at the top of the food chain where we (humans) find ourselves precariously perched. Apple pectin was shown after Chernobyl to accelerate clearance of Cesium 137 from the bodies of children, and should be considered for humanitarian aid to the Japanese.”

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I hope this series has been helpful for those wanting natural, proactive and common-sense alternatives to the current crisis. However, I also hope that many of you will also be inspired to incorporate some of these health protocols into your daily, or weekly, routine to improve your general health and wellbeing, as well as to protect your body from the common everyday sources of radiation in our environment.

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Please post a comment mentioning the ideas you found most useful and which ones you will most likely utilize yourself and within your family.

Radiation Detoxification – Part 4

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

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In my last few blog posts, I have gone over several protocols for natural radiation detoxification. You can read them here if you haven’t already: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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Today I will talk about the last two protocols – Homeopathic remedies and Schuessler’s Bioplasma.

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Homeopathic remedies

There are many homeopathic remedies for acute radiation exposure and sickness – Radium Bromatum, Uranium Nitricum, Plutonium Nitricum, X-Ray – but these are beyond the scope of this article because they need to be chosen on the individual symptoms of each person who may have been in the immediate area and has had definite exposure. In that case, it would be wise to consult with a professional homeopath alongside any other treatment you are receiving. As a side note, Kalium Iodatum (Kali. Iod.) is the  homeopathic form of Potassium Iodide. Again, it is not necessary if you are not at genuine risk of exposure, but if you are, it may be an option for you.

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However, there are also several remedies that may help with more general symptoms, especially mental/emotional symptoms, that people around the world may be experiencing at this difficult time. Here are a few:

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Aconite napellus (Acon.): Aconite is the remedy for acute mental shock or fright. It is used when the person is agitated, restless, fearful and anxious (or even in a state of terror) and convinced they will die.

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Arsenicum (Ars.) : This remedy is for serious anxiety and fear which can deteriorate into panic attacks.  There is a fear of disease, particularly cancer, dying and extreme restlessness and irritability.

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Ignatia  (Ign.): This is one of the most common remedies for grief. Ignatia is used for rapidly changing moods with frequent weeping. The person may  display contradictory, unpredictable behavior,  involuntary sighing, sentimentality and homesickness.

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Schuessler’s Bioplasma

Another form of natural remedies similar to homeopathy are the Schuessler cell salts (sometimes referred to as tissue remedies), invented in 1873 by W.H. Schuessler MD.  These are commonly available in health food stores. They contain the dilute form of the minerals that are the building blocks necessary for healthy cell growth and replication. They are basically micro dose cell foods prepared by the homeopathic method.

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Dr. Schuessler found that when cells were deficient in these minerals,  an abnormal, unbalanced (diseased) condition was produced, so he developed these homeopathic substances to help the body heal itself.

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All 12 of the biochemic cell salts are included in Schuessler’s Bioplasma. Taking a daily dose of Bioplasma for a week or two in times of great stress, is a good general practice for helping strengthen the body and immune response.

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You can also use any of the individual cell salts separately. One, in particular, is recommended by Homeopath Miranda Castro for consideration if you are concerned about the effects of radiation exposure on the thyroid gland.

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Natrum muriaticum (Nat. Mur.): This biochemic cell salt will help protect and strengthen the thyroid and adrenals and can be taken twice daily.

 

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In the next post I will provide a brief summary along with a few added recommendations and thoughts.

Radiation Detoxification – Part 3

Friday, March 18th, 2011

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In my first post on natural radiation detoxification, I listed several protocols that are recommended and wrote in detail about the first: a diet consisting mainly of brown rice, miso and seaweed. Part 2 focused on other additions to the diet. In this post, I will explain the details of the third protocol:

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Sea salt, Baking Soda and Clay Baths

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Naturopath and Chiropractor, Dr. Hazel Parcells (Live Better Longer) popularized therapeutic baths for radiation detoxification. Her suggested protocol was:

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Dissolve 1 pound of sea salt or rock salt and 1 pound of baking
soda in a hot bath — as hot as can be tolerated — and soak into the
water until the bath becomes cool. This usually takes about 20-25
minutes. Afterwards, do not shower or rinse the salt off your body
for 4-8 hours.

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One of the keys to this protocol is making sure the water is hot to start out with, and that you stay in it until it cools down. It is the temperature change that helps to draw the toxins out of the body. Dr. Parcells stated that the best time for this type of bathing is at night when the body is naturally geared to detoxification. One bath per day was her recommendation for acute symptoms of radiation poisoning.
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The idea behind clay baths is similar. Clay has incredible drawing, absorbing and adsorbing power. (Adsorption characterizes the process by which substances stick to the outside surface of the adsorbent medium. Absorption is a much more slow and involved process than adsorption. Here, the clay acts more like a sponge, drawing substances into its internal structure.)
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Raymond Dextreit, the French naturopath who popularized the clay cure in his own country, says that clay “transcends its purely physical properties. Most of the poisons in the body,” Dextreit notes, “are positively charged, whereas clay has a negative electrical attraction. These toxins cannot resist being drawn toward the clay.”
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“Russian scientists use bentonite to protect their bodies from radiation when working with nuclear material, by coating their hands and bodies with a hydrated bentonite “magma” before donning radiation suits.  Bentonite adsorbs radiation so well, in fact, that it was the choice material used to dump into Cherynobyl after the nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union.”
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There are many types of clay that can be used in therapeutic baths for detoxification purposes. Bentonite, Calcium Montmorillonite, Jordan clay or French green clay are only a few of them.
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Dr. Jensen, N.D., D.C., Ph.D., suggests using bentonite to absorb radiation from the bones.
Bentonite is probably the most commonly used of the therapeutic clays, but there are around 200 different kinds of bentonite and many of them have a high aluminum content. I have found Pascalite (calcium bentonite) to be the most highly recommended of the bentonites, partly because of it’s low aluminum content. It is suggested to take clay baths no more often than one time per week.

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In the next post, I will discuss homeopathic remedies to consider at this time.

Radiation Detoxification – Part 2

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Yesterday, I listed various protocols for natural radiation detoxification and wrote about the first protocol, explaining why eating a diet rich in seaweeds, miso and brown rice is so important. Today, I will address the second protocol:

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Other Additions to the diet

· Spirulina, chlorella and the algaes (kelp, etc.)

· Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables

· Beans and lentils and other foods high in nucleotide content

· Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods

· Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil

· Avoid sugars and sweets and wheat

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Spirulina – After the Chernobyl incident in 1986, the Institute of Radiation Medicine in Minsk proved that children experienced enhanced immune systems, T-cell counts and reduced radioactivity on this protocol: 5 grams of spirulina a day for 45 days. Spirulina can be found in most health food stores.
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Chlorella –  It is one of the most widely studied of the algaes and has been described as having the highest chlorophyll content. Animal studies indicate a chlorophyll rich diet increases the survival of experimental animals after lethal doses of radiation. Studies dating back to the 1950’s, including a US Army study,  confirm these findings. According Roy Upton, director of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia, the use of chlorella was first developed by the Japanese as an antidote and treatment against atomic radiation. Chlorella and liquid chlorophyll can also be found in most health food stores.
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Brassica vegetables and high beta carotene vegetables – Cancer researchers have found that all the brassica family plants protect your cells from the damaging effects of radiation. Beta-carotene has also been researched and found to have radio-protective effects. A study conducted on over 700 children exposed to the Chernobyl radiation found that diets high in carotenes significantly reduced DNA damage in humans exposed to radiation. Natural beta- carotene protects against the lipid oxidation and acts as a fatty acid antioxidant radio-protector.  Brassica  vegetables include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, swedes, turnips, broccoli raab, collards, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, and bok choi. Beta-carotene can be found in concentrated amounts in foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, winter squash, collard greens, cilantro, fresh thyme, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce and broccoli.
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Beans and lentils – These foods have high nucleotide concentrations. Nucleotides are the building blocks that make up RNA and DNA. Nucleotides also carry out several critical functions needed for cell replication, as well as neutralizing toxins, increasing cellular metabolism, improving the response and efficiency of the immune system, enhancing the effects of antioxidants and increase the body’s ability to heal and repair. Other foods high in nucleotides include spirulina, chlorella, algae, yeast, sardines, liver, anchovies and mackerel.
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Potassium, magnesium, calcium and mineral rich foods – Cesium (one of the radioactive elements released from the nuclear reactor) will be treated by the body as if it were potassium, so a potassium deficiency would tend to make one more receptive to radioactive hazards posed by cesium, says Ingrid
Naiman. Potassium regulation is affected by magnesium and magnesium and calcium need to be in proper balance. Calcium significantly decreases the amount of Strontium 90 absorbed by bone.   Foods high in potassium include apricots, avocado, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, lima beans, milk, oranges, potatoes, prunes, spinach, tomatoes and winter squash. Greens like spinach and swiss chard, nuts and seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame, and beans like black and navy, are good sources of dietary magnesium. Most of the foods above also contain calcium, especially the dark green leafy vegetables, along with cheese, fish and yogurt.
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Fatty acids, such as cod liver oil and olive oil – Two studies from Spain (Ilbanez and Castellanos) showed that olive oil fully protected rats against increasing doses of damaging X-ray irradiation. Other research has shown that in terms of radiation, mice exposed to large doses of radiation survived 50-100% longer than normal if fed cod liver oil.
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Avoid sugars, sweets and wheat – This one probably does not need much explanation, but I will summarize by saying that after radiation exposure, the last thing you want to do is eat foods that have been proven to lower your immune function.
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In the next post, I will discuss the next point: Clay, Sea salt and Baking Soda Baths.