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Hair Loss

I’ve been using your products for a couple of years now and LOVE them. I have been using the Hair Loss Bar on my hair and have seen actual hair growth at my forehead. It does not seem to be thicker all over but I am glad the balding spots are now filling back in.

I also use your face oils for 50’s skin. However, of late, I am starting to see a lot of fine lines at my eyes. Is there something I can add to my regimen that will help my visible lines. –Donna G
(Kathleen Here: I recommended use the Mature Forever Young Face Oil or our new Liquid Gold with Jojoba oil.)

Causes of Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes can be caused by many factors. These include fluid retention, stress, allergies, hormone changes, and other factors as well. When we cry, it is often accompanied by swollen eyes. The body reacts to emotions and causes more blood to flow through the eyes. This leads to swelling. Also the production of too many emotional tears can strain the eyes. Also, we get puffy eyes after sleeping. This can be caused by different factors such as too much sodium in a diet causing water retention, tossing and turning and not getting enough sleep, excessive drinking of alcohol, and others as well.

We have the thinnest skin around our eyes. It’s the area that’s most influenced by the flow of fluids. A dinner heavy with salty food or a night of crying while watching a tearjerker movie can also cause morning-after puffiness. The reason is osmosis. Water always travels from areas in the body where there’s low salt concentration to tissues where there’s more salt. That principle holds true whether the salt comes from tears or from soy sauce.

Puffy Eyes—Treatments and Home Remedies

For normal puffy eyes that are not caused by other eye conditions, there are many ways to get rid of puffy eyes. The following is a list of what to do for treating puffy eyes:

  • Wash face with ice cold water
  • Limit sodium intake (processed foods have too much)
  • Drink plenty of water to clean out your system
  • Place two slices of cool cucumber or cold spoons on the eyes for several minutes
  • Moisten two tea bags in cold water, chill in frig. Place them over closed eyelids for several minutes
  • For allergies and puffy eyes, find out the item causing the allergic reaction and minimize its use.
  • Healing-Scents has two different types of allergy relief:
    • Allergy Relief Oil
    • Respiratory Ailments Herbal Vitamins

Be wary of over-the-counter and prescription products. Our body can get dependent on those chemicals. Many allergies can be caused by the chemicals in commercial products.

  • Cream for puffy eyes – Try our soothing Forever Young Face Cream, which can be applied to the eyes

Irrigating the nasal cavity with a neti pot—a device that looks like a small teapot—can help relieve fluid buildup caused by allergies, sinus congestion, or a cold.

  • Switch your sleep position.

Your sleep position may be contributing to under-eye bags. Thanks to gravity, sleeping on your side or stomach can encourage fluids to collect under your eyes. If you’re a side sleeper, you may notice a heavier bag on the side you sleep on. Patients who wake up with puffy eyes to sleep on their back and add an extra pillow under their head. Changing your sleep position takes some getting used to. The earlier you start changing your sleep position, the better, because after a few years under-eye bags can became permanent.

  • Other everyday bad habits.

Rubbing your eyes frequently, going to bed with makeup on, and excessive drinking, can contribute to under-eye bags, too. Sleeping in eye makeup can irritate your eyes, causing fluids to pool. Heavy alcohol drinking causes dehydration. That weakens the delicate skin around the eyes, making it more likely to sink into a pouch.

  • Stop using commercial products.

Getting away from the toxic chemicals will help your body become healthier and less toxic.

Eye bags are very common, and are usually not related to your health. But if your bags appear suddenly and you’re not suffering from allergies, a sinus infection, or a cold —and they don’t ease up when you try the lifestyle steps mentioned above start a whole-body cleanse and consider going to a naturopath.

Kathleen’s Lifestyle Choices

Many customers have asked me about how I live—So I have written this

I have no health issues since I changed my life starting in 2008. Depression and dementia run in my family’s gene structure. I take our herbs everyday—Mental Alertness, Nervous Tension, Thyroid Regulation, Super Iron Tincture. I take a sublingual B-complex. I take Vitamin D in winter. In summer I get out in the sun and absorb the vitamin D the best way possible. I use our products only. My wear cotton clothing; (has to have less than 30% polyester. Most of my clothing is 100% cotton). I use my 20% in my diet. I eat a high protein, real food diet. I try to eat 3 whole vegetables and 3 whole fruits servings daily—It helps to think smoothies instead of juicing. Apple is good—has lots of fiber to keep the sugar from spiking blood sugar. Apple juice is just the sugar—goes straight to the blood sugar.

I do some yoga-like stretches and poses several times a day. I go to a yoga class two or three times per week. I have a “whole body vibration” machine that I use at least 20 minutes a day about 5 times per week. I am working diligently on my posture. It was terrible before. Rounding the shoulders prepares one for the walker you will need soon. I, like many, never wanted to listen about the necessity for good posture. But it is vital! Without good posture, soon there are back problems, balance issues, digestive problems, heart disease, and/or cancer. I have none of these. I am 60 years old. I take no pharmaceuticals. I take after my mom’s side of the family—have a “peasant” body style. Large bone structure and extra padding. I have a very muscle-dense body style.

29 out of 30 mornings; I eat low-fat yogurt; blueberries or strawberries and about 2 Tbls. of granola. I do not eat as many vegetables as I should; but I try to get 2 servings of “green” and 3 fruits. At least twice a week I make a veggie dense meal. I often eat a 100% whole wheat tortilla chicken-cheese quesadilla for lunch . I make veggie soups and eat lots of the leftovers. I barely saute veggies in my cast-iron skillet with a little coconut oil/olive oil/butter (depending on veggies) and the Savory Herb blend. We keep some Pink Himalayan Salt and the Elite 4-pepper blend.. I have a large salad at least two times a week using loose-leaf lettuces and/or spinach.

I do not buy organic and consume about 3 servings of dairy every day. Our beef is grown by a friend of my daughter’s in central Ill. I purchase most of my fresh veggies and dairy from a store we have called “Aldi’s”. The dairy cooperative pledged not to use hormones or antibiotic. Plus they are a “bare bones” type of store and offers better prices on the products they offer. Most of what they have is processed. But I make sure I buy what is not—maybe eventually more people will care about real.

When I eat out, I consciously make the better choices. Regardless of what anyone else does. If I have a salad and it turns out to be iceberg lettuce; I only eat the darker green parts and other veggies on it. I try not to “splurge” more than once a week. I found I can get in the “habit of splurging”. Very bad for a long-term healthy diet.

I use my Lower Bowel Cleanse and Parasite Cleanse and do the 3-day Juice Cleanse at least one time per year. I use peppermint essential oil daily on the back of my tongue. I use the Cold/Flu/Sinus oil, Easy Breezy, Whipped Body Butter; other stuff daily. I only use soap on my body about every 2 days. If I need to shower on the other day  it is just a vinegar-type shower.

As I have indicated it is a whole-lifestyle change. I’ve only been to a doctor 3 times in the last 3 years. My blood work is great. I donate both white blood cells and whole blood regularly. I have always said I have “peasant genes”—strong as a horse type. I get out and breath fresh air 10-15 minutes a day. We do not have carpet. I walk barefoot on wood, tile, dirt almost all the time in Spring, Summer, Fall. I do it less in Winter. I wear white cotton socks because the darker dyes break out my toes. (Mostly I wear them under the black ones in winter. I wear UGGs barefoot in the winter. I have leather sandals I wear almost all the rest of the year. I like my feet to “breathe.” I do eat some sugar every day. My favorite is Strawberry sweet tart candies. I don’t need much because the sugar hits fast. I guess I could switch to small amounts of honey, but, I keep some 85% chocolate or Hershey Special Dark. These kill the chocolate craving quickly without eating too much.

This is probably a lot more info than you ever wanted; but I wanted to tell everyone as honestly as I could. I did not grow up this way. We lived on a farm; drank cow’s milk (I milked) ate white bread, potatoes and gravy almost every day. Worked hard. Played hard. My teeth are permanently yellowed from tetracycline that I had regularly growing up. I weighed 375 pounds in 2000. I had gastric bypass surgery and lost much weight. I realize a few years later that I had to change my lifestyle to keep from gaining the weight back.

I saw the way my mom and dad deteriorated when they started eating unhealthy foods all the time and stopped moving around much. I determined I did not want to end up like that. I asked God for 120 years and He told me what I need to do. I had to change everything to be healthy. Will I live that long? God knows. I’ve made the changes and am healthier, happier, more joyful, and more giving. Life is great—not perfect—this world is corrupt. We each do the best we can with what we are given. And trust Him for the rest.

Epsom Salt and Gardening

The information below was originally from SaltWorks. Their section on Gardening and Epsom Salt has been newly updated.  Click on the link to learn more.

Gardening and Epsom Salt

Epsom salt has become a popular and well-reputed supplement in organic gardening. It is an ideal answer to a variety of organic gardening needs. Both cost effective and gentle on your greenery; an affordable and green treatment for your well-tended plants–both indoors and out. Epsom Salt, magnesium sulfate, is one of the most economic and versatile salt-like substances in the world. It helps to create lush grass, full roses, and healthy, vibrant greenery. It has long been considered a gardener’s secret ingredient to create a dramatic impact. Epsom salt enhances the soil’s capabilities. Magnesium and sulfate are two minerals that are crucial to healthy plant life. It does not build up in the soil; it is safe to use often. Magnesium assists seed germination; helps strengthen the plant cell walls. It is crucial in photosynthesis and the creation of chlorophyll. It helps the plant to soak up phosphorus and nitrogen, which serve as vital fertilizer components for soil. Magnesium is believed to bring more flowers and fruit to plants, increasing the bounty and beauty of green space. Sulfate is equally important nutrient for plant life. It is essential to the health and longevity of plants; aides in the production of chlorophyll. It joins with the soil to make key nutrients more effective for plants, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It also works in conjunction with magnesium to nourish and bring health benefits for your garden.

Houseplants and Epsom Salt

Dissolve 2 Tablespoons per gallon of water. Use this solution once a month or as often as desired. It can clear up accumulations of natural salts in the pot leading to a revival in plant health. As a general rule, plants need plenty of indirect sunlight to fully utilize Epsom salt. Potted vegetable plants will produce more fruit or vegetables on a plant. This is particularly beneficial to apartment dwellers and those with little or no personal yard space. This creates a wonderful way to easily and effectively grow food.

New plantings and Epsom salt

Prep garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Epsom salt per 100 square feet (10’x10′). Work into the soil before seeding or planting. This helps seeds germinate better and start a strong and healthy growth. It is also very beneficial for plants because it aids in the transition and planting shock. Epsom salt is advised for use with all fruits, vegetable and herbs except sage. It is safe and effective at any stage of a plants growth. To use a tank sprayer: use 1 tablespoon per gallon of water. Spray on foliage or on soil early or late in the day, once per month. Tomatoes and Peppers are prone to magnesium deficiency later in the growing season. Plants with yellow leaves and less production are showing magnesium deficiency. One or two tablespoons of Epsom salts can be added to the planting hole to help this issue. Later in the growing season, it can be worked into the soil or the plant can be sprayed with the above sprayer solution. Flowering plants including roses blossom more vibrantly and beautifully with Epsom salt use. These two minerals are vital to all plants. Shrubs and trees can utilize Epsom salt also. Use 1 tablespoon per 9 feet of shrub or tree or root area. Work into the soil, then water. For the best results use Epsom salt 3 or 4 times per growing season. Lawns benefit in the same way from Epsom salt use. It helps prevent yellowing; and helps create a softer, greener, lusher lawn. Can be applied in a tank sprayer or apply pounds per 1250 sq. ft (25’x50′). Make a concentrate solution for tank sprayer. If applying dry, water very well to dissolve salt crystals.

What’s In Your Cleaning Cabinet?

AIR FRESHENERS: Work by coating your nasal passages with an oil film and/or reduce your ability to smell odors. Often containing Formaldehyde, a highly toxic ingredient, which can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and skin. High exposure can cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath. They may also include Phenol, a skin irritant that can cause swelling, burning, and peeling. High doses of Phenol can also cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death. Most Air Fresheners contain artificial fragrances, which are petroleum based.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS: often contains Propylene Glycol, a chemical that can cause nausea, convulsions, slurred speech, disorientation, and heart and kidney problems if ingested. Ninety percent contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate. Some all-purpose cleaners may contain Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), also found in drain cleaners, stain removers, and bathroom cleaners. A highly reactive chemical, lye can react violently with water and other materials, sometimes generating enough heat to ignite nearby combustible materials. Extremely corrosive to all tissues, especially the eyes as it can cause blindness. Aerosol sprays containing this chemical can also lead to lung injury. Extremely dangerous when coming in contact with skin, mucous membranes, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach tissues.

AMMONIA: a volatile chemical, commonly found in window cleaners, and some stain removers and detergents. Ammonia can damage your eyes, as well as respiratory tract and cause ski irritation. Ammonia adds nitrogen to the environment, which can damage some ecosystems.

ANTIBACTERIAL CLEANERS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate and Triclosan, a chemical that, if absorbed through the skin, may contribute to liver damage. Eliminates good bacteria, and studies suggest bacteria acquires resistance to antimicrobial agents.

CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY SHAMPOO: Highly toxic ingredients include Perchlorethylene, a carcinogen that can damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. They also contain Ammonium Hydroxide, which is extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.

CHLORINE BLEACH: a strong corrosive with fumes that can irritate or burn the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. If ingested, bleach can cause pulmonary edema or vomiting. Extremely dangerous when mixed with ammonia, as the resulting fumes can be deadly.

DISHWASHER DETERGENTS: often contain highly concentrated amounts of chlorine, a leading cause of child poisonings (see Chlorine Bleach). They also contain Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Suflate and phosphates that can cause severe skin irritation, burns and chronic poisoning if inhaled or ingested.

DRAIN CLEANER: often contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye, see All Purpose Cleaner above), Hydrochloric Acid or Trichloroethane. Hydrochloric Acid is a corrosive element that can irritate skin, and damage kidneys, liver and digestive tracts. Trichloroethane is an eye and skin irritant that can depress the nervous system and damage liver and kidneys.

FURNITURE POLISH: many include Petroleum Distillates, a highly flammable skin irritant, and Phenol (see Air Fresheners). Some also include Nitrobenzene, a toxic material easily absorbed through the skin, or Methyl Chloroform, which can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, headache, drowsiness, symptoms of drunkenness, kidney damage, liver damage, convulsions, and even coma. A variety of other petroleum-based solvents may be used that can cause mucous membrane irritation, as well as headache, dizziness, and nausea at higher concentrations.

LAUNDRY ROOM PRODUCTS: contains Sodium Laurel (Laureth) Sulfate, and Sodium or Calcium Hypochlorite, highly corrosive materials that can irritate or burn skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Other chemicals include Linear Alkylate Sulfonate, which can be absorbed through the skin and may cause liver damage, and Sodium Tripolyphosphate, a skin and mucous membrane irritant that can cause vomiting. Liquid detergents may also contain Ethyl Alcohol, which can cause coughing, drowsiness, fatigue, and headaches.

MOLD AND MILDEW CLEANERS: ingredients often include Sodium Hypochlorite, a corrosive material that can irritate or burn skin and eyes. In cases of high exposure, can cause pulmonary edema, which can lead to coma or death. Many such cleaners also contain Formaldehyde (see Air Fresheners).

OVEN CLEANER: contains Sodium Hydroxide (Lye), a strong irritant to skin and eyes; can also inhibit reflexes (see All-Purpose Cleaner).

STAIN REMOVERS: often contain Petroleum Naphtha, a petroleum distillate that can inflame and damage lungs.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS: may contain Hydrochloric Acid, a highly corrosive irritant to both skin and eyes that can also lead to kidney and liver damage. May also include Hypochlorite Bleach, another corrosive irritant that can burn eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Ingestion can lead to pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma. If combined with other chemicals may result in potentially fatal chlorine fumes. Other products can include Phosphoric Acid, an extremely corrosive material that can cause severe irritation and burns to skin.