Hemp Seed Oil! The Benefits Of Using Natural Oils

I should first point out that hemp seed oil shouldn’t be confused with hemp oil.  Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant and is cultivated for non-drug use

An all-rounder skin oil that is ideal for most skin types, hemp seed oil doesn’t block pores and has a rating of zero on the comedogenic ratings chart, which means that that for those who are worried about the potential of an oil blocking your pores, you don’t have to worry about this one at all. 

With an absorption rate of 3, hemp seed oil leaves a nice satiny,  glowing finish on the skin, hydrates the skin well, reduces inflammation and can even help to balance out oily skin.

Research shows that as well as using it on the skin, dietary hemp seed oil…in other words ingesting it as part of your diet, can help to improve eczema symptoms.

When applied topically, hemp seed oil can help to improve eczema, acne, psoriasis and dry skin.  A 2014 study even found that hemp oil can contribute to stronger skin that is more resistant to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. 

As an oil that is naturally high in fatty acids and omega acids, hemp seed oil is a skin soothing oil which also has humectant benefits, meaning that it attracts moisture from the air, to the skin.

In fact, hemp seed oil is so great that to date, it has no known side effects!

Personally I love to use it on my face, hair and body!

Natural Hair

Natural Hair

I ‘hear’ your ‘secret’ hair thoughts!

Is ‘thick and hard to manage’ a part of that dialogue?

If so…please allow this blog to encourage, empower and inspire you.

I believe that not only is the crown on your head beautiful! It is also “waiting” to be worn in its full beauty! Even though it is thick, it is manageable! Even though it is “hard to manage”, it is manageable! Even if your life history has delivered a message of mistruth…your hair can be worn well……it is manageable!!!!!!

Part of the key to “managing” your natural hair is in your own self truth, your hair maintenance and an understanding of how to “listen” to what your hair is “saying”

For sure:

– Your hair is beautiful no matter it’s length, texture or density!
– You are beautiful!
– You can learn how to develop and maintain your hair
– You can empower yourself with knowledge about nourishing ingredients and also in the benefit of reading product labels before you bu.

“Hair talk”

– Our (yes I am including myself) hair needs moisture!
– Our scalp needs to be healthy in order to promote hair growth!
– Our hair strands need to be nourished!
AND
– The ends of our hair need to be protected in order to prevent breakage and have length retention! (aka: long hair)

How can this be accomplished? ️

– By developing a daily/weekly/monthly haircare routine that will help our hair become manageable
– By having a healthy scalp which will promote hair growth
– By understanding that the routine doesn’t have to be complicated, it just needs a commitment to learning as well as the space to implement

Where to start

– Moisture: 100% Water is the first stop. Aloe Vera Juice (AV Juice) is great. You can mix 50% AV juice with 50% water. You can also use 100% AV Juice. I have been exploring floral water (Hydrosols) and I have to say my hair is responding nicely! It stays moisturized longer and is even softer than by just using AV Juice

Does your hair need a lot of liquids to stay hydrated or not so much?

– Some Oils & Butters such as Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond, Flaxseed, Shea, Cocoa, Mango will penetrate and the hair shafts as well as coat the strands to help lock in moisture

– Washing hair weekly will help keep a healthy scalp.
If you live in a hard water area a chelating agent will be part of your monthly wash

– Deep Conditioning will help with softness and detangling

– Read and understand the ingredients on the product labels before you buy 

– Do your own research 

When I started my own natural hair journey, I used the words ‘thick’ and ‘hard’ to manage as descriptors for my hair

Now I know different!

Author Montreece Soares

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Love your hands

Love your hands

So, it goes without saying that currently as individuals, our hands are under much more stress than usual.

With the much-needed constant hand washing and hand sanitising, our poor hands are certainly being put through their paces at the moment.   When it comes to safety, we need to make sure we’re doing this, but how can we also protect our hands from becoming dry and sore?

By now we all know that each time we wash our hands with soap and water, it should be for a minimum of 20 seconds which equates to singing the Happy Birthday song twice.  On top of that the hand sanitizers we carry around with us should contain a minimum of 60% alcohol…what does this mean? Put simply it means that unless you’re extremely unique to what is happening, then like me your hands must be very very very dry (I repeated that 3 times to place a lot of emphasis on how dry my hands get at the moment).

Now, I’m not a health professional, but I’ve spoken with a few that wash their hands over 75 times a day, and some over 100 times a day because of the work they do. As well as getting or exasperating dry skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis, what they also have is very sore hands…dry, sore and cracked hands! From your own experience, you’ll know that alcohol dries out the skin, and although soap and water wash away dirt and germs, they also strip away the natural protective oils in our skin, which causes our skin to dry out.

So, what can we all do to help our hands? Here’s a few recommendations I’ve tried recently:

  1. During the day, each time you wash your hands, instead of rubbing them dry, pat them and leave them slightly damp. 
  2. Whilst your hands are still slightly damp use a good quality hand/body moisturiser, as this helps to lock in the moisturiser.  Try to keep away from lotions as they have a high-water content and this can add to the dryness.
  3. From experience I know body butters or oil-based creams are more effective, due to having no water or less water than lotions.  Personally, I make and use my own blend of butters and oils which have no water.
  4. If you don’t have a good quality oil-based moisturiser then try items from the kitchen such as olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil.
  5. If you’re taking your moisturiser out of the house, don’t share an open pot as this can spread germs
  6. If you’re busy cleaning around the home, do wear rubber gloves when you’re using cleaning products.  The harsh chemicals in the cleaning products can cause damage to the hands.
  7. Before going to bed wash your hands in warm water, pat them dry and use a good quality moisturiser straight away.  The more natural it is the better.  The thicker it is the better
  8. Put on a pair of gloves for either several hours or throughout your time asleep. 
  9. From my own experience, my preference is bamboo gloves. Just like bamboo sheets, tights or leggings, they help prevent the skin from drying out, are health and eco-friendly, biodegradable, antibacterial, comfortable and the bamboo fibre is cool to the skin. These are a must for those with dry skin conditions.  You can wash them at 60 Degrees Celsius, so they can be used over and over again (we have bamboo bed sheets at home for my son’s eczema and he love them).  Another added bonus is that you can wear your gloves inside your rubber cleaning gloves.
  10. Cotton gloves are a cheaper alternative to wear at bedtime, but can be drying for those with dry skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
  11. If you don’t have any gloves you can wear socks on your hands at bedtime as a last resort
  12. If you have money to spare and really want to pamper your hands with luxury, there’s also silk gloves as an option.  They’re naturally hypoallergenic and can also help your moisturiser penetrate deeper into the skin. They can be washed at 30 Degrees Celsius and can therefore also be washed over and over again.
  13. If you have dry hands that aren’t sore, mix a tablespoon of oil (from the kitchen) with half a teaspoon of sugar and/or fine salt.  Once you’ve combined the ingredients together in a bowl, use the mixture as an exfoliator for the hands.  Wash the hands first, then exfoliate the hands (can also be used on the body), rinse off with warm water, moisturise your hands then pop your gloves on.

And there you have it!

I’m sure there’s lots of ideas out there for how to look after our hands so feel free to put some forward…the more the merrier

Alison Williams-Smith xxx

A Blog For Tigs & Moo

Remember #LoveYourHands #LoveYourSkin

Natures Balance

Natures Balance

Balance your mind, body and soul in a way that feels natural to you

Natures Balance has evolved from our family’s own life experiences.  We ourselves discovered holistic therapies on our journey to find natural solutions to help as heal physically and emotionally.  From our personal experiences and the positive effect it has on our lives, we decided we wanted to share the world of holistic living and wellbeing with everyone.  We became qualified in many ancient therapies and protocols so we could support people in their quest to take the holistic journey.

We offer our Sanctuary, which is located in a tranquil garden setting, creating the ambience of complete calm and peace, so you can totally submerge yourself in one of our bespoke and healing ancient programmes.  To further enhance your treatment we use a specific protocol of pure essential oils, specifically tailored to your experience. One of our therapies,  he Natures Body Balance therapy programme, uses a protocol of specifically chosen oils,  which encourages the mind, body, soul and spirit,  to re-unite. The therapy will re-balance, restore and replenish your body, bringing it back into  alignment and its natural state of balance.   

The Symphony of Cells Therapy Programmes are tailored protocols using specifically selected oils to be applied for a particular ailment or condition.
The Hormone Balance Protocol is created to support and ease symptoms of menopause, infertility, endometriosis, fibroid cysts, premenstrual stress, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Insomnia, to name just a handful of the more known conditions we find ourselves suffering from.
The Inflammatory Protocol eases and supports Fibromyalgia, Inflammation of Joints, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Back Pain and migraine.
The Digestive Protocol supports IBS, Chrohn’s Disease, Urinary Tract Infections, Ulcers, Colitis and many other digestive disorders.
The protocols above are only a small portion of the many other tailored protocols that are available, for a host of other conditions and ailments which you may find yourself suffering from. 

We offer a complimentary 121 consultation prior to the commencement of any protocol programme, to establish your needs and the protocol that is supportive of you.  Our therapies are as individual as you are.  Let us take you on your new journey and introduce you to a world of ancient natural therapies,   using the gifts from the earth to support you and your specific needs.

Please contact us if you would like to know more about any of our therapies, or visit our website to view all our other ancient therapies we offer, we are here to help you in whatever way we can. Call 07944 015390 or email us at  contact@naturesbalance.com

Find out more at https://www.naturesbalance.me/

Authors Steffie and Carol

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