Thursday, 25 March 2010

Natural Tips For Beautiful Nails!

Take a look at your nails ... healthy nails are meant to be pink, strong & blemish free; any changes such as peeling, cracking, splitting etc are a sign that things are out of balance.

Nails are effected by diet aswell as by environmental pollutants such as harsh chemical cleaners & not-so-natural nail products - these can leave your nails weak, stained & brittle.

The structure of our nails is made up largely from a protein called keratin aswell as sulphur, potassium, selenium, calcium & other trace elements. Strong healthy nails rely on an adequate supply of these key minerals both internally & externally.

Try using our Pure Avocado Oil (rich in proteins & essential fatty acids) as a daily treatment oil to protect & revitalise your nails.

What has my liver got to do with my nails?

There is a strong connection between the health of your liver & your nails ... nails can act as reflection to the state of this important organ. If your nails are in a bad shape - give your liver a boost, implement a diet low in saturated fat, avoid alcohol & opt for fresh juices that help purify the liver including aloe vera, cucumber, beetroot, carrot & apple. Your liver will be happier & your nails will thank you for it!

Breaking/splitting nails

Externally ... moisturise everyday with our protecting Cuticle Moon Butter, with organic honey, lemon & cocoa butter. Avoid harsh detergents & soaps -wash hands in our totally gentle & soothing Lavender Liquid Hand Soap or one of our Organic Chemical-Free Soap Bars.

Internally ... Splitting, damaged nails may signal an unhealthy liver. Take the herb milk thistle, drink mineral-rich nettle tea & start eating lots of pumpkin seeds everyday! (pumpkin seeds are also great if you suffer with nail psoriasis because they are rich in zinc).

Fungal infections

Externally ... Use Organic Grapefruit Seed Extract on the effected nails twice a day, moisturising with Tea Tree & Lavender Rescue Cream. For more chronic cases, use our Organic Neem Oil as a moisturiser. If you have a fungal infection on your toenails, add a good handful of Himalayan Crystal Salt to a foot bath with half a cup of apple cider vinegar & about 10 drops of Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil & soak your feet for as long as possible. Other good anti-bacterial essential oils for your feet include: Lemon, Manuka & Eucalyptus.

Internally... Supplement your diet with garlic, drink pau d'Arco tea & take a natural antibiotic such as olive leaf extract. Avoid refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, alcohol & fermented foods. Make sure you include friendly bacteria, as fungal infections can signal depleted levels of the good guys!

White spots on nails - white spots on the nails are a classic sign of zinc deficiency. By the time you get the white spots, your zinc levels are pretty low, so eat lots of pumpkin seeds which are rich in zinc & take a zinc supplement daily.

How to Whiten Nails naturally

There are quite a few things that can leave your nails looking yellow ... for a totally natural way of whitening your nails, mix 1 tablespoon of pure lemon juice with a tablespoon of Orange Blossom Water & a few drops of Organic Lemon Essential Oil. Once a day soak a cotton wool pad in the mixture & sweep over your nails. Afterwards, moisturise the nails & cuticles with Cuticle Moon Butter. This is great if your nails have been stained by damaging nail polishes.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Rose: The Queen of Flowers

In the spirit of mothers day, we have put together a bunch of 6 lovely rose treats that will make great gifts for pampering someone special!
We are also offering 10% OFF our new Rose Geranium & Pink Clay Soap till Mothers day 14th March, so if you have not tried it already, now is your chance :)
There is a saying that roses are good for the 'skin & the soul' ... Sappho the 6th century BC Greek Poet described the red rose as the "Queen Of Flowers".
We agree & have chosen a rosey selection, symbolic of love & beauty :)

1) Fragrant Tranquility Bath Salts
Drift away in fragrant tranquility...with organic sea salts to detoxify skin impurites, a heady floral blend of pure essential oils & rose petals. Add to your bathwater to unlock the magic & enjoy a relaxing mind-soothing soak to create your own oasis of calm.

2) Rose Geranium & Pink Clay Soap
A beautiful gentle pink soap bar, with wildcrafted & fairly traded coconut oil & shea butter, enriched with mineral-rich pink clay & heady rose geranium. Perfect gift for mums.

3) Replenishing Rose Face Cream
A special skin treat. This luxurious face cream is bursting full of flowers & antioxidant rich pomegrante, raspberry & rosehip for power moisturising. Great for mature/dry skin.
Try also our decadent Rose Facial Oil for encouraging a rose soft, dewy complexion.

4) Organic Rose Facial Toner
Bottled roses for a dewy fresh complexion. Wonderfully cooling on 'hot' skin problems & sensitive skin. You can use this as a soothing toner everyday to relieve blemishes & congested complexion.

5) Rose & Marshmallow Beauty Mask
Beautifying rose & marshmallow for complexion softening & drawing out impurities for a clear complexion. A great skin cleanser, with mineral rich pink clay & soothing chamomile.

6) Buttered Rose & Almond Hand Cream
We love this hand cream, it is a decadent rose & marzipan scented moisturiser for soft & silky handcare - makes a lovely present for people who appreciate pretty things!