Ask Dahlia: Cleaning With Essential Oils During Pregnancy

JOAN ASKS …
“Thank you for your post on Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant and Breastfeeding, extremely helpful. I was wondering if it is okay to use peppermint and/or lavender oils during pregnancy and after for household only, e.g. cleaning, disinfecting, air-freshening, laundry etc. etc. i use them quite extensively around the house, including vinegar, and cannot not think of any better and natural alternatives.”

DAHLIA SAYS …

Hi! Thanks for the great question. So there are 3 ways to get exposure to any chemical whether it’s an essential oil or something synthetic. 1. ingestion (swallowing), 2. skin absorption and 3. inhalation. Check out the article I wrote, “READ THE LABEL [CHAPTER 2] How Substances Enter Your Body.”

Unless you’re allergic or have other respiratory ailments, inhalation of the oils you mention, should not be detrimental or increase risk. Excessive amounts could cause irritation to eyes and lungs, but beyond that, I’m not worried.

There are so many resources out there on aromatherapy, but nothing that evaluates or compares each of the exposure types I mention, and whether each of these types has different impacts for pregnancy. It is my personal belief, others may argue, that these oils you’re wanting to use (lavender and peppermint) will be harmless as aromatherapy while pregnant. And these oils (and vinegar) have been used for centuries for disinfecting and cleaning. The quantities you’d be using are likely to be less than 1% anyway.

My only concern about using essential oils in cleaning is the unknown impact on household pets. Many animals are allergic to various types of essential oils; e.g. lemon and cats. So just be mindful. -Dahlia

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Written by Dahlia Kelada
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

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Ask Dahlia: Itchy Skin

HEATHER ASKS …
“How can I treat my dry skin, and why does my face itch?”

DAHLIA SAYS …

Dry or scaly skin is no fun, especially when it’s on a visible areas of the body including the face. Dry skin happens for various reasons. To learn more about the common reasons why you may be experiencing dry skin, check out my blog article, ‘Why is my skin dry?”

Itchy skin is a different issue and a little trickier to figure out. Often times skin releases a histamine as a defense mechanism for some sort of allergy whether food-induced or environmental. Itchy skin can also be evidence if chronic dry skin or even skin conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis, psoriasis or other skin conditions related to auto immune disorders. Sometimes people will experience intense itching in one particular area of the body and not in others, this is likely to be an external exposure to some substance, whether that be a bite, plant, chemical allergen or fabric allergen with repetitive contact.

itchyfaceItching solely on the face is usually caused by a pH imbalance. Our skin is slightly acidic and it needs to stay that way; 5.5 pH is ideal for homeostasis and optimum skin health.  Not cleaning makeup brushes will apply bacteria and dirt into the skin may cause irritation and clog pores. Sometimes mineral or vitamin deficiencies can trigger skin problems, check with your doctor to know for sure.

Around the mouth, itching and red tenderness can also be from a food allergy or lipstick.. Lipstick has all kinds of gross ingredients, and if you have an allergy to wheat, most lipsticks have wheat! Often times, people who are exposed to flour from baking, or excessive wheat consumption can also develop an itchy face, this is a direct result from candida (yeast) growth from excessive exposure to the skin.

Have you recently taken antibiotics? Another way to have excessive candida in the body is from antibiotics which kill not only the yucky germs, but also the good bacteria in the body that MUST exist. Excessive antibiotic use increases candida growth in the body. There are various herbal supplements you can take to help mitigate that growth, as well as various foods you should avoid that doesn’t feed the yeast, e.g. dried fruit and sugar, etc.

Yeast on the face sounds gross, but it’s completely curable and temporary! It looks like dermatitis or appear with  red irritated areas, sometimes with dry flaky patches. Not only can wheat cause facial candida, other skin care products can cause yeast, especially if alternating various products/brands, sharing makeup brushes, not cleaning brushes or using expired products.  Look for products that have a 4.5-5.5 pH balance.

I’ve seen doctors prescribe cortisone cream to treat what they think is dermatitis on the face, but it won’t do anything if it’s really candida (which I bet you $ it is!) BUT, itching can be a sign of a more serious problem, so please see a doctor if antihistamines don’t work or if you can’t find the source of the reaction.

Some simple and healthy ways to control facial candida include any combination of the following: apple cider vinegar as a toner (wait 5 minutes and rinse with cool water, avoid eyes), hydrate with an emollient antifungal oil such as our neem, melaleuca or Perfect Skin Serum & Primer which is packed with vitamins that heal and protect the skin cells, or any of our face and body oils that will protect and recover your skin from this stress. Keeping the skin hydrated is very important to fixing the pH of the skin. I would also recommend avoiding makeup until this gets better.

-Dahlia

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to cure, prevent or treat any disease. Please use common sense and always talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment or application for a health condition.

Written by Dahlia Kelada
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2016 All Rights Reserved

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Ask Dahlia: Facts About Exfoliating

ADRIENNE ASKS …
“Why doesn’t SALVE have an exfoliant for the face? What do you use?”

DAHLIA SAYS …

Great to hear from you, Adrienne. You ask an excellent question. Okay,  so there’s a misconception about exfoliating, that you need something scrubby on your face.  It’s actually not true,  and some scrubs can be damaging to the skin,  especially if they are coarse or have angles that do not soften when wet or that are jagged under a microscope.

You can get pretty awesome results from clays and other things like seaweed, loofah or even rice. I teach a SALVE workshop on exfoliation, and I’ll try to share some concepts in this article.

SALVE has two clays, rhassoul and kaolin clay. They are both excellent for sucking garbage from the pores,  removing dead skin and making the skin more even-toned. Of course,  you can blend these with any fresh ingredient based on the condition of your skin;  milk, juice,  water,  yogurt,  etc.

Personally,  I like to remove masks with a raw (wet) loofah. We sell them, but you can always go to the drug store and find them. If you want the scrubby feel, I like to use the kelp (we sell it as part of the SALVE Make Your Own Fresh Mask gift set).

So the way I use it is,  after you’ve washed your face,  keep you face wet,  and pour some on your fingers and massage into face in circular motion. Kelp is a sticky plant and it clumps together,  so make sure your face is wet enough to get that scrub all over. It’s not a great mask all by itself,  but you can certainly add it to the other clays. Kelp is extremely exfoliating if you use it as a scrub,  and your face will be so soft and smooth after! Plus, it’s totally safe to use as much and as often as you want. There are so many types of clays and ingredients you can use to make a mask. Here are my favorites … I’ll add to this list a little more later.

EXFOLIATING WITH CLAY

RHASSOUL CLAY
This clay is a miracle detoxifier for both the face and scalp. Rhassoul clay’s most impressive properties in skin improvement are its capacity of absorption due to its high level of ion exchange. When applied to the face Rhassoul clay removes oil, dirt and pollutants from the skin that the ordinary cleanser can not reach. When applied to the hair and scalp, it will cleanse, provide moisture, detangle and provide shine in ways that your ordinary shampoo simply can’t.

Clinical studies have been conducted by two different research laboratories in the United States (International Research Services, Inc. www.irsi.org and Structure Probe, Inc. www.2spi.com) to evaluate Rhassoul clay mask on skin condition.

The study results showed that a single use of our Rhassoul clay mask statistically:

  • Reduces dryness (79%)
  • Reduces flakiness (41%)
  • Improves skin clarity (68%)
  • Improves skin elasticity / firmness (24%)
  • Improves skin texture (106%)

Optional: Add 2-3 drops of SALVE’s Melaleuca or Neem Oil to create a soothing acne mask. For a super hydrating mask, add 2-3 drops with Salve’s Neem or Oranic Rosehip Seed Oil.

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KAOLIN CLAY
Remove radical and harmful pollutants from your skin with this ancient Chinese mask. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it, leaving you with brighter, hydrated and calm skin. Suitable for all skin types but caters to dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin. This clay will not dry out your skin or remove your skin’s natural sebum.

Optional: Add 2-3 drops of Salve’s Melaleuca or Neem Oil to create a soothing acne mask. For a super hydrating mask, add 2-3 drops with Salve’s Neem or Oranic Rosehip Seed Oil.

KELP
Our organic milled Atlantic kelp grows deep in the cold sub-tidal waters of the North Atlantic Sea. It is responsibly harvested, dried and milled following organic standards. Add kelp powder to bath salts, facials, bath teas, and body wraps. It is a yellowish green colored powder with a fish-like, seaweed aroma and flavor. Sea kelp contains chlorophyll, an essential fatty acid that helps detoxify the skin and body and improve the skin’s elasticity. Sea kelp also contains carbohydrates that stimulate the skin’s ability to heal and vitamin A, an antioxidant, that normalizes skin cells. Proteins and amino acids are also present, and are the building blocks of cells, and act as skin conditioners.

BENTONITE CLAY
Bentonite clay is actually volcanic ash which is a great anticeptic. It’s great for skin problems such as aczema, rashes, yeast problems and parasites. Some eat this clay to help with stomach problems and constipation, but I’m not sure if I’m a believer.

CITRUS
Citrus is absorbs oils and is great for acne, and even combats dryness. It has a high amount of vitamin c which prevents wrinkles, hydrates, evens the skin tone and even brightens the skin. If you use citrus in your masks, or even in your regular skin care routine, avoid using citrus (vitamin c) products when going outside. It can increase risk for skin damage and can be counter productive. Ironically, the Arizona Cancer Center has reported that oranges (vitamin c), when applied to the skin before sun exposure, can prevent sun damage. Just be smart.

YOGURT
Smells terrible, so get vanilla. Doesn’t matter if it’s Greek or not. Yogurt is super hydrating, it unblocks clogged pores, reduces bacteria, softens skin, reduces wrinkles and hydrates. So refreshing, especially with sunburned or sensitive skin.

HONEY
If you don’t know about honey by now, it’s time you hear the amazing benefits. Ancient Egyptians used it for cuts to disinfect and heal. It’s great to kill bacteria, suck on if you have a sore throat and helps treat burns. Honey regenerates skin cells and is a natural antiseptic. It is a humectant, which means it keeps moisture on the skin.  It takes 10 lbs of honey to make 1 lb of wax.

VITAMIN E
Soothes skin and aids in healing. It reduces appearance of scars and soothes sunburn. It’s a natural sunscreen, but don’t use it as a sole source for sunscreen because we don’t know the amount of SPF protection.

ROSEHIP
Rosehip is not rose petals, it’s the oil produced from bud portion that’s left after the pedals have fallen off. It contains omega 3 & 6 fatty acids and is perfect for dehydrated skin, stretch marks, hyper pigmentation (scarring), reduces wrinkles and premature aging.

LAVENDER
One of my favorite add-ons to a mask is Lavender. It’s great for all sorts of skin problems including acne, eczema, and is super calming. Plus it adds a nice fragrance to your mask.

NEEM
So good for skin problems including acne. It’s high in fatty acids and great for killing bacteria. Neem is also good to add to your daily moisturizer.

TEA TREE (MELALEUCA)
Anti fungal and a disinfectant, tea tree is awesome for masks, especially if you have bumpy, acne-prone or clogged skin.

EXFOLIATING WITH SCRUBS
Scrubs are so much fun and a great way to polish the skin to remove unwanted flaky, bumpy and dry skin. You’ve got be smart about what scrubby things you use on your face, because not all things are good and can actually cause damage.

BEST for Face
-clay
-plant-based (kelp)
-oats (any size, watch the drains!)
-enzymes (natural citrus or crushed pineapple)
-powder grains (rice, flours)
-jojoba beads
-loofah (wet, raw)
-charcoal powders

OKAY for Face
-sugar (prefer it be small granules)
-ground/powdered nuts without shells
-used coffee grounds (watch the drains!)

BAD for Face
-salt (all sizes)-ground nut shells, e.g. walnut (watch the drains!)
-any uneven grain (whatever you use needs to be round and small)

I’ll add more to this article soon. Have fun with your mask! Holler at me if you have any questions. We’ll be posting some of our customers’ favorite recipes on our site, so stay tuned!

-Dahlia

Written by Dahlia Kelada
SALVE and SalveNaturals.com © 2015 All Rights Reserved

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to cure, prevent or treat any disease. Please use common sense and always talk to your doctor before starting any new treatment or application for a health condition.

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What’s The Number At The Bottom of My Plastic Water Bottle?

Rumors have gone around that the number indicated on the bottom of your water bottle lets you know how many times you can reuse it. WRONG!!

The numbers actually indicate what plastic material the bottle is made of. Each number identifies the specific uses for any type of plastic-based product, from plastic wrap to yogurt containers.

Typically, only #1 and #2 with narrow necks can be placed in common plastic recycling bins. To recycle plastics with higher numbers, contact your local recycling facility. Find local recycling facilities for all types of materials. Numbers 1 and 2 plastics should only be used once – No refilling.

Plastic Recycling Symbols

HAVE YOU HEARD OF BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many types of plastics.

According to the National Institute of Health: “BPA gets into our bodies when we eat or drink foods from containers made with BPA. Most plastic containers arena’t made with BPA, but it’s often found in a strong, see-through plastic called polycarbonate. (Polycarbonate containers with BPA usually have a #7 recycling symbol on the bottom, although not all plastics marked with drinking water from plastic bottle#7 contain BPA.) Scientists know that tiny amounts of BPA can leach out of these containers into foods and drinks.”

Some studies suggest that exposing the plastics to high temperatures can cause more BPA to seep into foods.

A recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 90 percent of Americans age 6 and older have detectable levels of BPA in their urine.

A report from National Toxicology Program, released in September 2008, expressed “some concern” about BPA’s potential effects on infants, children and fetuses. Animal studies suggests that BPA exposure before adulthood can affect the brain, behavior and prostate gland.

PLASTIC & YOUR FOOD: Safety Tips

  • Avoid using plastic plastic food containerscontainers in the microwave. Chemicals are released from the plastic when heated and leech into the food. Don’t microwave food and drinks in plastic containers, unless they say “Microwave Safe.” Instead, use ceramic containers free of metallic paint.
  • Avoid using cling wrap in the microwave. Use waxed paper or a paper towel instead. If you must use plastic wrap, don’t let it touch your food.
  • Avoid plastic bottled water unless you’re traveling or live in an area of questionable water. Because bottled water is less regulated, it has less-certain purity and safety than tap water, and is much more expensive.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of plastic bottles to avoid landfill waste and exposure to chemicals that leach from the plastic. There are biodegradable, bio-based plastic water bottles on the market.
  • Never put warm or hot liquids in a plastic bottle.
  • Bring your own bag to the grocery store. Avoid using plastic bags.
  • If you’re going to use plastic, use containers that do not contain BPA.

PLASTIC FACTS
Recycle: reprocessing of materials into new products
Reuse: the act of using something again
The bottling industry alone now uses up around 100 million barrels of oil a year to product their product packaging, and that doesn’t include the fuel used to transport them around the world.

BPA-FREE material
Only 1 percent of plastic bags produced globally each year are recycled. In a 2007 national survey, 72 percent of Americans did not know that plastic is an oil-based product. (Around 10 percent of U.S. oil consumption goes into making plastic.) Forty percent of people think that plastic biodegrades underground, in composts, landfills or out at sea. The truth is, it doesn’t biodegrade at all, at least not for up to a thousand years or more.

FACT: SALVE containers are BPA-free.

If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep two billion tons of plastic out of landfills. We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year.

Sources: Earth911.com; National Institute of Health, “Worried About Plastic Bottles;” Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy; and CNN.com/Asia: Recycling Plastics

Written by Dahlia Kelada
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