Celebrities and Health Experts are Going Crazy for Essential Oils: Here’s Why!

Celebrities and Health Experts are Going Crazy for Essential Oils: Here’s Why

Essential oils have become a cult-favorite as celebrities and health experts are raving about its magical advantages, whether it’s for beauty purposes, house sanitation, or even for treatment of certain ailments.

Actress, TV host, and journalist Maria Menounos recently posted an Instagram picture boasting her lavender essential oil that she has recently been loving. Is this her secret to maintaining such a healthy and beautiful face despite her very busy career?

Lavender is one of the many essential oils used for aromatherapy. This fragrant liquid formula aids in medicinal and cosmetic purposes as skincare expert Mariska Nicholson states that the floral scent alleviates stress, anxiety, and depression because of its relaxing component. She also discussed how recent studies show that inhaling and massaging it on the temples can also reduce physical pain on the body. Additionally, it nourishes the skin and serves as a gentle lip balm for chapped lips!

Melanie Simon, a professional and well-known aesthetician, trusts Jasmine in her careful routine. This is mentioned in a blog feature dedicated to her.

Aside from calming the nervous system by relaxing the muscles, Jasmine essential oil is infused in various skin products to rejuvenate and brighten the skin. This makes the face healthier and even more hydrated, as research suggests.

Other famous celebrities who are buzzing over these oils are David Loiseau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie, and Tia Mowry. What makes it noteworthy is that essential oils are more than just passing fads that gained attention because of famous stars, because they’re actually proven effective based on scientific studies! Here are more reasons why they stay on top of the charts:

Not only do they make the skin plumper and prettier through their natural antioxidants, but they also treat skin conditions such as acne, boils, cuts, and burns for tea tree. Professional aromatherapist Olivia Chapman also confirms how rosemary can improve the strength of hair and scalp. Other essential oils that are great for the skin are Geranium, Myrrh, Peppermint, and Lemon

Celebrities and health experts also claim to love aromatherapy because of their ability to be used as insect repellants. The Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research suggests that citronella and other types can prevent the attraction of mosquitoes, while cedarwood are effective tick repellants.

They balance your hormonal levels too! Estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and testosterone will thank aromatherapy for its great ability to regulate inner cycles of the body like menstruation. Cysts caused by PCOS can also be treated with essential oils, as told by the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Phytopharmacological Research.

These alternative medications can also alter and improve your digestion! An IBS study on peppermint oil states that severe abdominal pain are lessened through the use of the mentioned oil. As for indigestion and flatulence, Coriander can be utilized aromatically and topically to alleviate the condition. Other essential oils that could boost your digestion include Cardamom, Ginger, and Fennel.

Lastly, many people are loving the trend because these formulas also work great as house diffusers! These natural compounds work better than chemical ones in freshening the air in your household!

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Goswani, P., Khale, A., Ogale, S. (2012). Natural remedies for polycystic ovarian syndrome: a review. International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Phytopharmacological Research, 1(6), 396-402. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259457744_Natural_Remedies_for_Polycystic_Ovarian_Syndrome_PCOS_A_Review.

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Makhaik, M., Naik, S., Tewar, D. (2004). Evaluation of anti-mosquito properties of essential oils. Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research, 64, 129-133. Retrieved from http://www.jonnsaromatherapy.com/pdf/Makhaik_Anti-Mosquito_Properties_of_Essential_Oils_2004.pdf.

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How to Make Homemade Detox Drinks to Boost Your Metabolism

If you are like most people and are eating processed foods, drinking sugary drinks, and consuming alcohol, then you know you are filling your body up with toxins. Unfortunately, even if you are practicing a healthy way of eating, sticking to lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables, your body is still being exposed to toxins.

This passive poisoning happens all the time through soaps, shampoos, cleansers, and fuel emissions. Even plastic containers like your purified water bottle contain xenoestrogen and phytoestrogen that can leach into your water and create a hormonal imbalance. If your body is unable to rid itself of this waste, you get a toxin overload.

The great news is there are very simple and delicious homemade detox drinks that can fight toxin overload and bring your body into balance. Read on for tips on how to rid your body of toxins and create a clean slate for a healthier you.

Signs of Toxin Overload

Our bodies will naturally detoxify themselves. This is the reason that your body rids itself of waste in the morning, because whether you realize it or not, while you sleep you are fasting. A total fast is the only way to do a complete cleanse, and intermittent fasting is a recent trend, only eating during a 4-8 hour period each day, allowing the other 16-20 hours for the body to detoxify.

Using homemade detox drinks in conjunction with fasting enhances your body’s ability to rid itself of harmful waste, but how do you know if you need to detox? If you suffer from any of the following, you are probably on the verge of, or in, toxin overload:

  • Bloating
  • Excessive gas
  • Belly fat
  • Constipation
  • Aches & pains
  • Fatigue
  • Bad skin/acne
  • Body odor
  • Bad breath
  • White pasty tongue
  • Moodiness/anxiety/depression
  • Weight loss resistance

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? More than one? All of them? Then you are definitely overloaded with toxins and it is time to cleanse and renew with a delicious and refreshing homemade detox drink.

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Fruits and Veggies

Enjoying homemade detox drinks does not mean you will be starving. Your natural detox drinks can include scrumptious treats like:

  • Watermelon
  • Lemons/limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Star Fruit
  • Avocado
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Beets (and throw those clean greens in too)

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best, but frozen works well too and, of course, lasts longer in the freezer.

Drink Juice Fruit Organic Detox Smoothie Food

Fruit Detox Drink

8 oz freshly squeezed orange juice

4 oz coconut water (purified water is also fine)

1 banana

½ cup strawberries

½ cup plain yogurt (leave out if you are trying to stay away from dairy)

½” slice of ginger root

1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice

 

Puree in blender and drink throughout the day. You can also add ice cubes to help keep it cold.

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Veggie Detox Drink (Homemade V8™)

3 carrots

3 kale leaves

2 celery stalks

2 beets (include the greens)

1 turnip (include the greens)

½ bunch spinach

½ small head of cabbage

½ bunch parsley

½ small onion

2 cloves of garlic

 

Puree in a blender, adding water until desired consistency.

Berries

Berries are amazing superfoods and make incredible low-calorie homemade antioxidant drinks. Try mixing together:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Sea Buckthorn Berries

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Berry ACV Detox Drink

1 cup blueberries

1 cup strawberries

½ cup blackberries

½ cup raspberries

2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”)

 

Combine in blender and enjoy.

Natural Herbs, Spices, and Roots

You can benefit from the natural healing properties and boost the flavor of your homemade detox drink with natural ingredients like:

  • Mint
  • Ginger Root
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Dandelion (Improve your health and keep your lawn looking lovely by harvesting them yourself)

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Dandelion Tea

6 tablespoons dried dandelion root

12 tablespoons fresh dandelion leaves

4 cups boiling water

 

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2 teaspoons crushed dried dandelion leaves

 

Steep to desired strength.

Oils

Oils made from the seeds of nature’s superfoods are power-packed additions to your natural detox drinks. Just a couple drops of these oils can ramp up the flavor and elevate health benefits:

  • Sea Buckthorn Berry
  • Wild orange
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Avocado

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Sea Buckthorn Homemade Detox Drink

1 carambola (star fruit)

1 pear

1 banana

1 cup fresh pineapple

2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

½” slice of ginger root

10 drops SIBU Turkestanica Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil

10 drops SIBU Turkestanica Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Combine all in a blender and blend at high speed, adding ice until desired consistency and temperature.

Seeds and Nuts

In addition to being a great source of fiber, seeds and nuts will add a variety of health benefits, along with their nutty flavor, to your homemade detox drinks. Try using:

  • Flaxseed
  • Chia
  • Sunflower
  • Almond
  • Coconut

 

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Coconut and Kiwi Homemade Detox Drink

2 cups fresh coco frio (cold coconut water from the nut)

2 peeled kiwi

Mint or ginger or both, to taste

 

Combine in a blender to a smoothie consistency. Add ice if desired.

 

Coconut water has many cleansing, healing properties, so it is also a wonderful alternative to purified water, particularly if you can get it fresh from the nut.

Homemade Detox Waters

Detox waters are delightfully refreshing and so easy to make. Using a glass jar or pitcher, just combine filtered water with light treats like cucumber and lemon or cucumber and watermelon. Make a berry homemade detox drink with frozen berries. Combine your favorites! Let it sit at least 2 hours, or best yet overnight for the most intense flavor.

Detox waters are an awesome way to cool down, boost energy, and give your body an extra push in ridding itself of harmful toxins.

The Benefits of Detoxification

Dr. Axe follows the philosophy that most illness comes from the gut and from inflammation, and he is an avid advocate of detoxifying the body of toxin overload through the use of natural detox drinks. In one of his many informative YouTube videos, Dr. Axe shares with us that in addition to reducing inflammation homemade detox drinks can:

  • Cleanse the liver
  • Normalize hormone balance
  • Aid weight loss
  • Improve skin health
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Enhance brain function


In his article What Are the Benefits of Detoxing Your Body?, Dan Zisko breaks it down for us further:

Physical Benefits

Toxins are stored in our organs, so by cleansing them through fasting and homemade detox drinks, our organs will be healthier and work more efficiently. If you have digestive issues, it is probably because your gut lining, kidney, liver, and stomach are “gunked up.”

Think of detoxing your body like changing the oil on your car. If you do not put in fresh oil and change the filter, your car will not run as efficiently and it will eventually break down. The exact same thing happens to your body.

Remember that your skin is your largest bodily organ, so it too will benefit from a detoxification using natural detox drinks.

Mental Benefits

We used the car analogy to illustrate the physical benefits of homemade detox drinks, so let’s use a computer to describe the mental benefits. If you do not occasionally run a virus scan and debug your computer, it gets bogged down, starts running slower, and has memory issues. The exact same thing happens to your brain if you have a toxin overload.

Daily Detox

After you have done a full detox and you feel like you are at the peak of health, incorporate the natural detox drinks into a permanent way of eating. Stay away from processed foods. If it comes in a box or a package, it is probably not the best thing for you to eat. Limit your dairy intake. Yes, it is delicious and a good source of calcium, but so are foods like seeds, almonds, kale, and broccoli, without the cholesterol-raising fats and added antibiotics and steroids.

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Whenever possible, know where your fruits and vegetables are being harvested. Get to know your local farmers and buy from them, or visit a farmer’s market near you. Make sure you ask the farmer questions about how it’s grown and from where it came.

Joining a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a tremendous way to get quality fresh vegetables on a weekly basis and provides an opportunity to try something new without planting a whole garden of it.

Start every day with a home detox drink, and always have a pitcher of detox water available in the fridge. You can also make up bottles of your favorite detox water and put them in the freezer to take to work, on road trips, to the beach, or on those hot runs!

Sea Buckthorn Berry

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Maximize the impact of any homemade detox drink with a few drops of sea buckthorn berry seed oil or fruit oil. Harvested in the Himalayas at an altitude of approximately 12,000 feet, this power-packed superfood has over 190 bionutrients that provide a tremendous number of health benefits, which:

  • Improve skin health
  • Produce shiny healthier hair
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve vaginal dryness
  • Balance cholesterol levels
  • Aid digestion
  • Relieve dry eye

SIBU uses only 100% sea buckthorn berry seed oil and sea buckthorn berry fruit oil. You may find other companies that have lower prices, but most times they are using carrier oils and there is just a small percentage of sea buckthorn oil present.

If you are still unsure, you can purchase a small amount of our Sea Berry Seed Oil to try on your skin. Once you see its amazing results, you will want to buy our seed oil and fruit oil in bulk, and start using them in your homemade detox drinks or adding a couple drops to your favorite sunscreen to protect your skin.

So go make that homemade detox drink and take a few minutes to check out our website for more product information and testimonials.

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The 10 Best Superfoods For Your Health

Eating healthy can be SO confusing these days. Low-fat or lots of fat? Carbs, low-carb, or no-carb? The key to a healthy diet that will benefit you inside and out is moderation, and consuming some of the best superfoods provides you the biggest bang for your buck. Packed with heart-healthy nutrients, cancer-preventing minerals, important antioxidants and Omega-7s, these 10 superfoods will be a beautiful and tasty way to satisfy all your needs.

Avocado

The avocado is an incredibly versatile superfruit that is packed with vitamins (K, C, B5, B6, and E), folate, antioxidants, and has more potassium than a banana. Avocados are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They can lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, protect eyes from cataracts, and may even help prevent cancer.

Kale

One of the best superfoods for health is kale. This dark green, leafy vegetable is loaded with antioxidants. It protects from free radicals, can prevent cancer, controls cardiovascular diseases, and improves gut health. It is high in fiber, so is great for those on a glycemic-index based diet.

Sea Buckthorn Berry

Sea Buckthorn Berry is probably the superhero of the superfoods and is the best superfood for health. It is used to treat gout, skin rashes and irritations, sunburn, arthritis, gastrointestinal disease, coughs, congestion, asthma, angina, dry eye, dry skin, and acne. Sea Buckthorn has over 200 essential elements that help prevent cancer, alleviate sickness caused by cancer treatments, improve thought process and memory, and is even believed to hinder the aging process. An amazing superfruit, this tiny berry can also be made into soaps and moisturizers.

Beets

Another great superfood for health is the beet. Beets are high in manganese, iron, Vitamins C & B, potassium, and folate.  A great source of dietary fiber, they aid in skin care, alleviate anemia, and treat respiratory problems.

Salmon

As with all superfoods, salmon is high in antioxidants. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, 7 of the B-complex (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, & 12) which helps your body repair and reduces inflammation. It is also another great source of potassium and a source of selenium, which is vital to people with thyroid conditions.

Star Fruit

Also known as carambola, star fruit is a delicious sweet-sour citrus that is low in calories, but high in fiber and vitamin C. It is excellent for the urinary tract and gut health, improves hair and skin health, and this superfruit can even help you sleep better.

Flaxseed

The omega-3 in flaxseed aids in its heart-healthy benefits.  Flaxseed is one of the best superfoods to help keep blood sugar at proper levels and is great for weight loss because it helps you maintain a full feeling. Antioxidants help prevent cancer, treat diabetes, and resist heart disease.

Blueberries

High in folate, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and fiber, with zero cholesterol, and very sweet and tasty, blueberries are a very well-known superfruit. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, and fight against free radicals, are wonderful for fighting heart disease, and great in improving eye health.

Guanabana

This Caribbean superfruit, also known as soursop, has many uses. It can treat rheumatism, stomach illnesses, fever, parasitic infections, and hypertension. It is also used as a sedative and is widely believed to prevent cancer. The creamy white fruit can be eaten, and the seeds and leaves are often dried and ground to make tea and medicine.

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate lovers have always known how great dark chocolate tastes, but now they are also learning about its status as a superfood for health. As with all of the superfoods on our list, it is high in antioxidants and is heart-healthy. This improved cardiovascular health results in improved brain process and overall health as well.

 

For more health and beauty tips and to learn more about the best superfoods and the sea buckthorn berry, visit the SIBU website today.

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5 Skincare Methods That Are Better Than Botox

Botox is a well-known, popular solution for wrinkles and aging skin. What was once only found among society’s elite is becoming more and more commonplace with the average person, and attracts an ever-younger crowd. People even host Botox parties these days! But do we really know what goes into these wrinkle-filling injections, and are there better, more natural ways to achieve the same result?

What Is Botox?

The chemical’s actual name is botulinum toxin, a powerful neurotoxin that is actually quite poisonous. Injecting it into your skin restricts the release of the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This paralyzes the adjacent muscles, causing them to relax, which then smooths the skin above them and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.

Proponents of Botox claim that it’s perfectly safe, referencing studies that have been done proving its harmlessness. The issue with these studies is that they’re only looking at the short-term effects. Some people experience problems with their facial muscles not functioning properly, such as drooping eyelids and crooked smiles. And many people can attest that you can tell when a face has been Botoxed–something about it just looks unnatural.

And some experts believe that Botox can actually lead to saggier muscles in the future–meaning more wrinkles–because by freezing the muscles, they may actually atrophy by not being in use.

The good news is that there are other, non-toxic alternatives out there. Here are some natural ways to keep your skin looking youthful, that may actually be better than Botox.

1. Apply sunscreen daily.

Instead of waiting to fix wrinkles after they appear, try preventing them in the first place! One of the best things you can do for your skin is to shield it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen on any exposed portion of your skin every day. If your skin does get sunburned or chapped, be sure to take care of it properly so that it can repair the damage. Being diligent with sunscreen use will make it easier to avoid unnecessary procedures like Botox.

2. Drink more water.

It’s something most of us learned in science class as kids–about 60% of the human body is made up of water. Because of this, staying adequately hydrated is incredibly important. This benefits your body in many ways, one of which is your skin–hydrating skin from the inside out helps it stay smooth and clear on its own.

3. Pick skincare products with naturally age-defying ingredients.

Coconut oil, raspberry seed, and sea buckthorn are all excellent for the skin. The benefits of coconut oil are widely proclaimed these days. It’s an excellent moisturizer that’s naturally antibacterial. Raspberry seed has natural SPFs to protect you from the sun, as well as being packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Sea buckthorn oil encourages cell growth and repair and boosts your skin’s collagen levels. It’s also rich in the hard-to-find omega 7, which locks in moisture and helps prevent and repair wrinkles.

4. Avoid aging habits.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your body. A sugary, unhealthy diet causes blood sugar spikes, which leads to too much glucose that binds to collagen and elastin, and ends up prematurely aging your skin. Don’t smoke, avoid excess alcohol and drugs, and cut back on sugar. Instead, try to exercise regularly and eat healthily.

5. Learn about age-reversing nutrients.

Provide your skin with the essential raw materials it needs to boost cell growth, repair damage, and function at its best. Eating the right foods gives your body what it needs. Some foods with excellent skin-healing nutrients include apples, papayas, leafy greens (think kale, spinach, etc.), and berries, which are rich in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

 

With a few of these natural anti-aging habits under your belt, it becomes that much easier to say no to Botox.

SIBU Daytime Nourishing Face Cream: Oily to Dry Skin

“I usually don’t use face creams because they are too heavy for my skin….”

“I normally don’t like wearing moisturizers in the day….”

“I don’t use a daytime moisturizer because of my oily skin….”

These are just a few of the reasons we hear why some people don’t like using a daytime facial moisturizer.

We understand.

But keep reading, those testimonials don’t end there. Here’s the full story:

“I usually don’t try face creams because they are too heavy for my skin….but this one is more like a moisturizing serum. It is lightweight, pleasant and clean feeling. It feels soothing once applied, effortless to absorb and smells fresh/fruity. On par with other, way more expensive face lotions I’ve tried.”- Lola

“I normally don’t really like wearing moisturizers in the day….but this feels really good & isn’t making me break out (I’m very prone to acne)”- Binny

“I don’t use a daytime moisturizer because of my oily skin… but the Nourishing Facial Cream seems to actually help my skin not be as oily! Love the light feel.”- Alex

What? It’s actually helping to reduce oily skin? Yes!

Our Nourishing Face Cream is rich in both sea buckthorn seed oil and fruit oil, and although it may seem counter-intuitive, adding oils to your skin can help signal your sebaceous glands (the glands that produce the oil on our skin) to stop creating these excess oils.

What if I don’t have oily skin?

Maybe your problem is the exact opposite. You’ll use a daytime cream only find that mere hours later your skin feels dry and dull. Where did the moisture go?!

It can be difficult finding a daytime moisturizer that, one, doesn’t leave a thick greasy residue on your skin, two, is still nourishing enough that your skin won’t go back to that dry, cracked feeling as the day goes on, and third, a daytime cream that increases your skin’s moisture without leaving your face shining like a disco ball.
Our Nourishing Facial Cream is specially formulated to be light, yet rich and rejuvenating.

Made with only natural ingredients like shea butter, meadowfoam and of course premium sea buckthorn, help to create a daytime facial cream to help moisturize, protect and repair skin for feel good, happy skin.

Do you have your reasons why or why not to use a daytime facial cream? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Can Sea Buckthorn Help Vaginal Dryness?

Sea Buckthorn For Vaginal Dryness

A clinical study conducted by Finnish firm, Aromtech, shows promising results for women combating vaginal dryness.

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We’ve known that sea berry (sea buckthorn) can help greatly replenish moisture in our skin, organ & stomach linings, and even helps to hydrate dry eyes, but, recent studies have shown great promise in helping to alleviate vaginal dryness.

Aromtech states that vaginal dryness affects 40% of postmenopausal women, and can even impact women who are breastfeeding or using contraceptive pills.

It’s a topic that isn’t too heavily discussed, for obvious reasons. But, just because we don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist.

While there are many options out there, sea buckthorn is the only one that provides a key nutrient needed for increased moisture from within, omega 7. Omega 7 is a key omega that our body needs to help produce more, and maintain more of our body’s natural hydration. It’s effective nutritional support from the inside-out.

Imagine… problem solved by simply taking 2 capsules per day. NO prescriptions. No Creams. No side effects. (other than the added bonus of healthy skin & hair)

Just 2 capsules per day. That’s it.

Click here to try SIBU Omega 7 Support today and experience a renewed you!

 

 

Original Article: Skin hydrating sea buckthorn oil supplements may also combat vaginal dryness, according to research commissioned by Finnish firm Aromtech.

Sea buckthorn oil backed for vaginal dryness relief

By Oliver Nieburg+, 18-Aug-2014

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4 All Natural Adult Eczema Skincare Treatment Tips

Eczema is a very frustrating condition also known as atopic dermatitis. It presents itself as red, inflamed patches of skin that may contain fluid-filled bumps, and it is very itchy. Scratching, however, simply opens the skin, making it susceptible to infection, and it only provides temporary relief.

Eczema is not contagious, and may be a hereditary condition. Some people outgrow this inflammatory condition as they get older, whereas for others it sticks around. Eczema may be short lived from a reaction to a new detergent or soap, or exposure to poison ivy or nickel, or it may be chronic, staying for years without you ever really knowing what the cause is.

While there is no definite cure, there are definitely a few wonderful and all natural ways you can manage eczema, so you can bring a semblance of normalcy to your daily life.

Keep reading for ways you can enjoy some soothing relief almost instantly!

1. Keep Your Skin Moisturized, But Avoid Chemicals

Eczema sufferers lack important essential oils in their skin, and this dry skin simply makes the eczema worse. It’s very important with this condition to keep the skin hydrated at all times. Many drugstore products, however, contain harsh chemicals and drying ingredients that will irritate the skin further.

For a simple 2 step cleansing and moisturizing method, we highly recommend our Polishing Facial Cleanser followed by our Nourishing Face Cream for the face, or our Moisturizing Body Cream for the body. Soothing ingredients including aloe and shea butter provide emollient properties to lock moisture into the skin, while healing Sea Berry fights inflammation, helping to minimize that terrible itch.

2. Take A Supplement That Will Reduce Inflammation In The Body

Eczema may not always be a result of something that touches the skin. If your eczema is chronic, it may stem from inflammation inside the body. The best way to resolve this is to naturally reduce inflammation in the body through the use of a daily supplement that will fight inflammation and provide internal nutrients

Our Omega-7 Blend contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 to hydrate from the inside out, as well as the elusive Omega 7 to fight inflammation and nourish you from within

3. Use Lukewarm Water On Your Skin

Hot water strips the skin of essential oils, and with an already dry skin, this is the last thing you want to do. Always rinse your face, as well as your body, with lukewarm water to maintain your skin’s natural oils. The cooler water will also help to soothe the skin, and prevent it from flaring up. Also be sure to gently pat your skin dry, rather than rub it aggressively. Treat it with the utmost care and patience.

4. Try An All Natural Detergent

This is a big point, because we all wear clothes every day, and if it’s your detergent causing the issues, then no amount of healthy eating or using the right skin care products is going to help. Look for a gentle and chemical free detergent such as this one, and take note of how your skin feels.

Treating an inflammatory condition takes time and patience, but you will start to see results if you stick to it, don’t give up!

What is the Function of Collagen for My Skin’s Health?

Whether catching the tail end of Dr.Oz or reading about it in the latest Marie Claire, chances are you’ve already heard about this thing called “collagen.”

Even though you recognize the word, and may even associate it with sagging skin (you’d be right!), do you really know what collagen is… how to get more of it, and why exactly you need it for your skin?

Let’s delve a bit deeper into this skin care mystery shall we?

What is collagen and what does it do?

Collagen is made up of strings of protein called amino acids which helps to keep the skin youthful, muscles and bones strong, and digestive system working in good shape. When it comes to amounts of this protein we have inside us, collagen is at it’s the highest when we are born and throughout our childhood, but naturally decreases as we age.

It’s this decrease in collagen that is responsible for visible signs of aging such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and even weakened bones.

Keep in mind however that even though we naturally lose collagen as the years go by, other lifestyle factors such as a diet high in sugar, extended sun exposure, and smoking, are all contributors to a decrease in as well.

So how do we increase the collagen in our bodies (namely our skin) and start to reverse this degenerative process? It’s a lot easier than you may think, and doesn’t take a visit to the fountain of youth…

How do I increase the collagen in my skin?

When we lose collagen in our skin, there are visible signs other than wrinkles.

Try this experiment: pinch the skin on your hand and see how quickly it bounces back… if it bounces back quickly, your collagen levels are strong. If it takes longer for your skin to bounce back, that may be a sign that you should start to increase the collagen in your skin right away.

However, it’s never too early to get ahead of it!

Boosting collagen production can be done in a few ways, namely: through diet and food, through supplements, through injections, and through applying topical collagen.

Since supplement recommendations and injections should come from your Doctor, we will take a look at diet and topical collagen production today.

Increasing collagen through diet

In order to get the most out of our diets when it comes to sources of collagen, the best foods to eat are those which are high in protein. This includes beef (bone broth), chicken (breast), fish, and even egg shell membranes!

Other plant based sources of collagen which will give you glowing skin include: spinach, kale, berries, garlic.


Why applying collagen topically as we age is important

Eating a healthy diet does benefit in many ways, however as our skin ages, the long strings of amino acids break down to form short strings, known as peptides.

When peptides are present in the body, this means that collagen has been lost and they in turn signal the body to produce more. However, as we age and lose more collagen, we lose those peptides, which is why applying them topically to the skin will signal your body to start producing more.

This then will start to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging.

Luckily, it’s not hard to find good skincare products that have natural peptides built into them!

If you’re looking for an all in one solution, SIBU’s Hydrating Facial Serum is infused with a combination of skin healthy vitamins, Hyaluronic acid and Sea Berry (Sea Buckthorn) extract,  which fortifies the skin against the aging process and helps repair damage at a cellular level.

Dr. Axe & the Benefits of Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorn (sea berry) is rapidly gaining popularity across the world.

More and more information is surfacing almost daily regarding the benefits of sea buckthorn. From beauty to health, sea buckthorn truly is a wonder berry that’s been aiding not only problematic skin, but helping to improve our healthy  in many ways.

We’ve said it before. Sea buckthorn is more than just beauty food.

Check out Dr. Axe’s sea buckthorn review of the many benefits it provides, such as:

  • Minimize/Prevent Skin Problems
  • Reduces Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
  • Helps Prevent Infections & Boosts Immunity
  • Combats Cardiovascular Disease

Click here for the full article from Dr. Axe>>>>