The humidity of the day left my house smelling a bit stale. The house and the humans needed a pick me up of freshness. Enter May Chang diffused over the stove. It was an immediate lemony wonderful aroma which permeated every corner of the house and our senses. What is May Chang?
The wonderful aroma of May Chang is lemony, fresh, exhilarating and inviting. It is a top middle note. I could cast a vote for May Chang as a top note too but there just seems to be a slight depth that holds me in the middle category. The May Chang I purchase originates In India. The plant that it comes from is an evergreen and the oil is produced from the berries/fruit/seed.
May Chang is steam distilled. May Chang is great for fighting germs, virus' and other
One of my go-to items for itchy horse or dog ears (from the dreaded gnats) is nettle balm. I find nettle balm a help for itching, irritation and moisturizing. The beeswax gives it "stick" power so while it spreads easily it also stays put. In addition, it protects ears from further bites! To soothe those bites just apply sparingly to ears and leave it be. As with anything, watch for adverse reactions.
The common name for nettles is the "Stinging Nettle". They can be found throughout the world in hedges, fields or along roadways. The best time to collect the nettle is during the flowering stage of the plant. Of course, be careful when you collect it because the stinging part of the nettle can create an allergic reaction or "sting". Wear gloves for sure and watch for plants which are 12 inches or more in height.
Happy hunting and goodbye gnats!
Do you have rough skin on your knees, elbows and heels? Perhaps your legs have been neglected and resemble an alligator. If any or all of these are the case you may want to consider a bar of loofah soap.
Loofah soap is a loofah sponge embedded with soap. When you use the loofah bar of soap you get the sloughing action of the loofah along with the bubbles and slick of a bar of soap. The loofah plant grows almost a zucchini looking fruit. When the fruit is removed and the "sponge" is left it can be utilized in a variety of different ways. Within soap it is a super exfoliator removing dead surface skin cells which in turn adds a glow to the face. In addition, there are circulatory benefits to using a loofah bar of soap not to mention the effect on calluses.
If you haven't tried a loofah bar summer is the best time. It's a nice opportunity to smooth and polish the skin and make your feet feel really great! It is part of my weekly routine to take care myself
I love LANOLIN. It is highly emollient and skin loving. It helps the body maintain the moisture balance in the skin. My analogy about Lanolin is that it takes up residence in the intercellular spaces of the skin almost as a building block for skin health. In addition Lanolin forms a protective layer on the skin to aid in healing. It is sticky and a challenge to work with but worth the effort for sure. More and more products with Lanolin are making their way into my farm store. Lanolin Cream does a terrific job chasing away dry alligator skin. Super Chappy with Lanolin soothes and protects the sorest of lips. Lanolin Salve works wonders on cracks in the corners of fingers and other skin conditions.
However, Lanolin has become a bit controversial. You have to be certain about your source for Lanolin. Since Lanolin is derived from the wool of sheep there are concerns about quality. Are the sheep being fed non-GMO food? Are the sheep dipped yearly with harsh chemicals with carcinogenic properties? Is the refining process one that doesn’t use chemicals and if it doesn’t use chemicals is the Lanolin truly pure? Is the Lanolin free of feces, dirt, pollen, and pesticides? The answer to the majority of these questions is no. Since sheep are out on pasture and roll in all sorts of untoward things they pick up unwelcome insects. Insects can impact the overall health of the sheep. So, my thought is you must weigh out the use of pesticides vs obtaining Lanolin from potentially unhealthy sheep.
My solution is to find the best quality Lanolin that you can. Do the benefits of using Lanolin to augment your skin health outweigh the controversy that ensues about Lanolin? I would encourage you to do your homework and decide for yourself. Check out multiple research articles that are factual and not mere opinion. Try a Lanolin product and see if it enhances your skin moisture level. For me, I continue to love Lanolin and will make products available that contain Lanolin. I will do my best to provide well-sourced Lanolin products that benefit skin health.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.