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Oct
17

Black Walnut Hulls

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Black Walnut HullsBlack Walnut Hulls

Hello everyone! Are you adventurous? Are you a crafter? Do you like to try new and exciting things with your crafts? Have you ever used black walnut hulls in your crafts? If you haven’t yet, get on that! Black walnut hulls are amazing! They can be used in a variety of different ways in many different industries! They can be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, cosmetics, bath and body products, and even food and wood working! They are such versatile ingredients that after reading this, you won’t be able to resist trying them!

Black walnut hulls, or otherwise known as Juglans Nigra, are actually the outside shells or coverings of black walnuts. They are a species of the walnut family Juglandaceae and native to North America and some parts of Canada. They are found in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada. During the 17th century, black walnut was used for many hard wood products like flooring, gunstock, building furniture, and even making coffins. They were used for these purposes because of their great grain and luster and its dark-red-brown color. Romans actually called black walnut the “imperial nut”!

There are many medicinal benefits to using black walnut hulls as well! It can treat many skin conditions like eczema, acne, warts, psoriasis, cold sores, herpes, athlete’s foot, and even inflamed tissues. When used as a cosmetics ingredient, it treats all of those things as well as yeast infections and even ringworm. One thing contained in black walnut hulls is called tannin. Tannin helps to reduce excessive sweating and shrink the sweat glands. Many other ailment can be treated with black walnut hulls as well such as balancing blood sugar, lowering serum cholesterol, getting oxygen into the blood, lowering blood pressure, helping to detoxify the body, and it has been said that they can even help to “kill” cancer cells! For women, they help to regulate the amount of blood loss during periods. However, pregnant women are recommended not to use black walnut hulls because they could possibly cause the child birth defects or even cause the mother to have a miscarriage. Please do not take my blogs as medical advice though! Always consult your doctor before using anything as replacement for medical treatment!

Bath and body products can include black walnut hulls as well! When used in a face mask, they help to soothe the skin. They can also be added to bath bomb recipes and massage oils. When used for soap making, black walnut hulls are used to color the soap a natural dark brown color. They can also be added to primary colored soap to bring the color down to a more natural, muted level. Wondering how to find this great product on our site? Just type “black walnut” or “black walnut hulls” into the search bar and it will take you directly to our Black Walnut Hulls Powder! Did you know that black walnut trees are also used as timber trees? And they can be added to a variety of foods! Also, black walnuts used to be used as hair dye because of its rich dark brown-black color! Make sure to try out this awesome product as soon as possible! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new things to try? Check out all of our free classes and recipes including our Black Walnut Hulls Class!

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Jan
14

Shea Butter

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Shea ButterShea Butter

An essential element to Africans for thousands of years, the benefits of Shea Butter are quickly becoming center stage in many western parts of the world.  Shea butter is a substance that naturally contains vitamins a and e.  This butter is very beneficial to skin care and medicinal industries.  It can be added to various body products such as lotions or salves for anti-inflammatory (reduce inflammation), emollient (softening or soothing skin), and humectant (retaining or keeping moisture) properties.   But, more over, Shea butter also assists with the removal of scars and stretch marks.  Shea butter can even help with skin irritations such as diaper rashes.

Shea Butter comes from the wild growing Karite tree in Africa. The Karite tree can live up to 300 years of age.  The Karite tree starts to produce seeds at 10-15 years of age.  These seeds (or nuts) parallel that of a large plum. The fruit of the Karite tree has become a priceless item to the people of Africa.  Often considered “women’s gold”, these nuts not only provide food and medicine to the people of Africa, but they are also a main source of income for many of the women who are employed by the production of Shea butter.

Shea butter can be made in various different ways:

When a Karite tree produces nuts, they are collected.  Traditionally, the nuts are then opened and roasted.  This roasting is done to ensure a constant texture in the Shea butter.  When this consistency is achieved, the butter is then removed from the nuts, kneaded, and finally is analyzed for quality.  Once it is approved, the Shea butter, which has a ivory or cream like color, is then exported out of Africa.

Another way to get Shea butter is the crushing and boiling of the nuts.  Since the Shea butter is really a fatty substance, it will float to the top of the water.  The Shea butter is then skimmed out of the water and then it naturally solidifies.  Once it is in a solid form, it is checked for quality and exported.

Shea butter can also be extracted by the cold pressing method.   

Shea butter can also be filtered.  This form of Shea butter involves a process of clay filtering which allows for a smoother texture.  This clay filtering method allows for the removal of any shell particles that may still be in the Shea Butter.

Physically speaking Shea butter is a great substance to apply raw (right on the skin).  Its butter like consistency readily melts (from the heat of our bodies), and is absorbed into the skin.  Shea butter is invaluable to both the medicinal and cosmetic industries. 

Medical Uses:

Some of the key components as to why Shea butter is beneficial to the medical industry are that Shea butter is:  antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti inflammatory.

Shea Butter works as a natural sun block.  This is because it is able to absorb some ultraviolet rays, due to the fact that Shea butter contains the component cinnamic acid.  The addition of Shea butter to a lotion or cream will allow the product to provide some sun blocking properties against harmful UV rays.

Shea butter is also used as a base in many medicinal ointments because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

This amazing product can even help to alleviate discomfort from bruises and even burns (heat/wind/sun burns).  Medicinally speaking, using raw Shea butter on sore and achy muscles will actually drain the toxins from the area, helping to reduce the soreness.

This is a go to ingredient for massaging people who suffer from arthritis and pains in their joints.  This is because Shea butter contains stigmasterol, an agent for preventing stiffness.

And, within the realm of massaging, Shea butter is a perfect massaging agent.  Because this ingredient melts when it is in contact with the skin, it creates an ideal situation for deep tissue massages.

Cosmetic Uses:

Shea butter is one of the best all natural skin care products available hence it growing popularity in this booming market.

Due to its moisturizing benefits, Shea butter prevents chapping and extremely dry skin.  It is a great go to ingredient for dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.  As an exemplary moisturizer, Shea butter contains many fatty acids.  These fatty acids are necessary to help keep skin looking supple and youthful.  Shea butter also assists our skin in keeping its elasticity.  This is because Shea butter can actually encourage collagen production from our bodies.

Shea butter can be used as a natural hair conditioner.  But, the healthy hair benefits do not stop there.  Shea Butter can actually prevent hair from breaking and thinning and actually stimulates hair growth!  Shea butter can even be used as hair pomade.

For hand creams and body lotions, not only does the addition of Shea butter help to keep skin moisturized, but it also helps with cracked cuticles and even fortifies nail beds.  This ingredient is ideal for the super dry areas of your skin such as elbows, knees, and heels.

In shaving creams Shea butter can help to prevent irritations.  It even promotes the skin to have a radiant and healthy glow.

Shea Butter is ideal for soap making.  Because many of the components of Shea butter are non-saponifiable, therefore, many of the nutrients and skin loving elements are still existent in the finished bar of soap.  To view a great cold process soap making recipe that contains Shea butter and all its healthy benefits, please click here. 

To help firm and rejuvenate sagged, wrinkled, or aged skin, use Shea butter in the formulation of your bath and body products.  Promoting cell renewal and increasing circulation, this is an overall great ingredient for your whole body product line.

A great makeup remover that does not clog pores, Shea butter can be used to remove facial makeup in a cinch.

As you can see, Shea butter has many versatile uses.  A great addition to any bath and body recipe, Shea butter is easy to work with and will provide your products will numerous healthy benefits.  To purchase Shea butter from a trusted supplier in the soap and cosmetic industry, please click on this link.

Apr
19

Organic Products with Essential Oils

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fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Caryn Stockwell, Second Star Designs

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have been a professional seamstress and clothing designer for over 20 years, starting and closing a number of companies over the years.  In 2008, at the behest of a local store, I launched Second Star Designs with my line of children’s clothing – providing quality products that my customers could afford; clothing that could be handed down generation after generation instead of ending up in landfills.  In 2011, my skin developed a sensitivity to certain chemicals and fibers.  This led to the creation of clothing produced using only natural fibers and eventually, only organic materials.  This sensitivity increased to a point wherein I even became sensitive to the chemicals found in commercially produced body products. 

In 2012, out of concern for the environment and the toxins used in the majority of the products found on the store shelves, I created an organic healing salve for use in our home.  I shared this new product with friends and family.  Those using this salve responded with excitement over its healing properties, asking where they could purchase it in bulk.  Within a few short months, four stores in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area were carrying my healing salve and requesting additional products along similar lines.  These requests led to my Barista Blend lip balms, Aromatic Tub Teas, and organic MP soap bars, which were released in December 2012.

With the onset of 2013, I was accepted as an Official Designer for Fashion Week San Diego.  The organizers were interested in both my organic, bio-friendly adult clothing line and my small line of organic body products; asking me to bring both product lines to San Diego this coming Fall.  In the meantime, I was receiving requests from stores to add additional products to the body products line.  Always willing to try something new, I created my first loaf of cold process soap toward the end of January.  Much in the same way that one tattoo leads to another, one loaf of soap has led to another and another and another … with people wanting to purchase bars of soap simply from seeing photos posted on my Facebook Fan Page.

In the last three months, I have discovered a new passion in the creation of organic body products; products that we personally love to use.  In addition to the soaps, healing salve, and tub teas, I have added a number of organic products that consist of 98% to 100% organic ingredients, packaged in recyclable/biodegradable packaging.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   I have a line of clothing for infants and children.  I am designing and manufacturing a line of bio-friendly adult clothing.  Under the raison éthique™ by Second Star Designs label, I have added a line of organic body products to my repertoire:  CP soap, lip balms, tub teas, scented bath salts, chocolate solar salts, healing salve, capsaicin cream, whipped body soufflés, massage oil lotion bars, foaming liquid hand soap, bath truffles, and glycerin soap.  In the next two months, along with creating our own glycerin soap base, we anticipate offering massage oil candles which will be hand-crafted using a proprietary blend of GMO-free, non-soy, vegetable wax.

4.  What are your business goals?   We are hoping to grow both business divisions into self-supporting entities providing wonderful products that our customers’ skin will love to live in.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   I use a number of essential oils from Natures Garden; my favorites being their Natural Vanilla Infusion.  I have also recently discovered that NG carries a number of oils, butters and clays that are difficult to find anywhere else … which I plan on adding to my shopping list.

Your Website:  http://www.secondstardesigns.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/2ndStarDesigns

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tinksecondstar

Blog:  http://2ndstardesigns.blogspot.com/

Apr
06

Soaps and Candles with Fragrance Oils

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biker (1)1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Perkie’s  Potions

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?   I decided to go into business because It was something I could do with my new physical limitations.   I’ve been in business 3 yrs.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make home soaps, candle melts, jar candles, candles, lotions, edible massage oils, bath products, diaper creations and have recently added tutus.

4.  What are your business goals?  I want to be able to help support my family.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss wax, fragrance oils, and recipes.

Website:  http://apps.facebook.com/ecwid-shop/store/137531693019679

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perkies-Potions/137531693019679