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Psoriasis

The following information is provided courtesy of the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, usually in the form of thick, red, scaly patches.

It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.

There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.

No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis. However, it is understood that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Most researchers agree that the immune system is somehow mistakenly triggered, which causes a series of events, including acceleration of skin cell growth. A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body in 28 to 30 days. A skin cell in a patient with psoriasis takes only 3 to 4 days to mature and instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up on the surface of the skin, forming psoriasis lesions.

Please visit their website, National Psoriasis Foundation for much more information on this subject.

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The Benefits of Borage Seed Oil

borage seedPressed from the seeds of the beautiful Borage plant (Borago officinalis), Borage Seed Oil is known to be beneficial for both topical and internal applications. Borage Seed Oil has the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) naturally found, higher than in any other plant source! GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid, an essential fatty acid. This oil restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin. Borage Seed Oil has also been used with positive results for many different skin disorders, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, and prematurely matured skin.

Our Potent Green Face Serum contains Borage Seed Oil.

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Avoid These Potential Toxins In Personal Care Products

Our skin is capable of absorbing 80% of what we put on it. The average woman uses at least 12 products a day containing 168 unique ingredients.
The ingredients below are commonly found in personal care products and also are identified as potentially toxic by the Cosmetics Database.

  • Animal Fat
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Coal Tar Colors( FD&C, D&C colors)
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum and ByProducts
  • Phthalates
  • Placenta
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Talc

deirde-imus-bookThis information was sourced from a GREAT new book in Deidre Imus’ Green This! Series.
The Essential Green You! highlights easy ways to detox your diet, your body and your life!

A great read for all concerned with maintaining optimal health.

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Spring Clean, Naturally

Rejoice! Spring is just around the corner bringing with it the promise of sunshine, green grass and flowers!  Time for some spring “green” cleaning! Revitalize your skin and bring back a healthy, youthful glow. Refresh your home using an all natural product you can make in your own kitchen. And finally, clean the cobwebs from your mind using aromatherapy!

For an easy, effective, natural cleaning product for the kitchen, bath and all around use
mix the following:

50% White Vinegar
50% Water
10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil*
10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil*
This is a wonderful disinfecting blend that smells great too!

*Available at natural food stores

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