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January 21, 2014

100% organic products

Pure organic.

I want to tell my readers about these wonderful and somewhat unusual products that are not well known in America but are very popular in the rest of the world. Herbal Organic Skin Care and Skin Treatment Products by Herbs of Kedem, Israel. The reason for it’s popularity? It is effective and 100% organic. Another benefit of using plants for skin care is that they are environmentally friendly. “Plants produce a lot of chemicals in a very clean manner, without polluting the environment, without emitting toxic substances. They work with enzymes that do everything in a sophisticated way,” said Dr. Amir Kitron from the Judea Desert R&D Center. Kedem products are distributed in United States by www.DeadSeaHerbs.com. In the Judean desert, Herbs of Kedem, specializes in plants cultivated in a very specific desert region: the dunes located between the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and the cool Hebron hills. Research conducted by Dr. Nissim G. Amzallag, the company’s founder, has shown that these plants contain compounds that allow them to adapt to the harsh and extreme climates of the region. In this climatic transition two vastly different plant populations meet.  This makes the plants produce specific  hormones, and in other cases a rich content of aromatic oils. Extensive research by Dr. Amir Kitron from the Judea Regional R&D Center, along with other researchers, has revealed medicinal applications of these herbs.  Since 1998, also  the cultivation of these herbs in the Judean Desert has begun.

A little more about two products out of many being offered by Herbs Of Kedem

Barkan Massage Cream for Joints, Lower Back and Knees* Joint and arthritis pain relief cream is a mixture of herbal extracts & essential oils in palm oil, including Lavender, Italian Helichryse, Ylang ylang, Sage, White Wllow, Oregano, Feverfew, Fig leaves, Winter Cherry, Wintergreen, Myrtle, Thyme, & Juniper. BARKAN stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation. soothes aching, swollen joints & small muscle areas. Properties of the plants used: Ointment for minor muscle and joint pain.☼ Various species of oregano stimulate your immune system. ☼ Lavender calms & soothes, rebalances any destabilizations in the body, and soothes muscle spasms. ☼ Myrtle is an anti-inflammatory that helps relax the muscles. ☼ Italian Helichryse firms the tissues and improves circulation. ☼ Wormwood (absinthe) helps heal skin irritations, muscle sprains & bruises. ☼ Common sage helps to calm while its antispasmodic properties relax muscles. ☼ White willow bark helps ease aches & pains due to sore muscles or arthritis. ☼ Ylang ylang has a calming effect on the mind & body and has a balancing & stimulating effect on the skin. It also stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms, lowers blood pressure and relaxes nerves. ☼ Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng helps eliminate toxins in the nerve cells aids the body in adapting to stress and has a sedative effect. ☼ Feverfew has anti-inflammatory & sedative properties and helps reduce the sensation of pain. ☼ Wintergreen is an effective pain reliever and helps heal skin. ☼ Juniper relieves the aches of rheumatism, arthritis, and sore muscles, improves circulation and relieves fluid retention. ☼ Thyme has antispasmodic properties that help relax muscles.

Maccabim Oral Anti-Oxidant Spray plus vitamin E Antioxidant oilConcentrated extracts in olive oil of plants, including Everlasting extracts. For superficial redness- results within days; in other cases – within at least 3 months.  Recommended to combine with usage of the Meshi serum. 100% Natural Product For Rosacea, Bruises, Scarring, Stretch Marks, Gums, Gingivitis, Immune System and Cholesterol. 7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home. – Used externally, this oil based with Italian Helichryse (Everlasting) stimulates tissue regeneration and micro circulation. Minimizing redness on the face, Maccabim also reduces the appearance of scars, bruises and pigmentation spots on the skin. Used internally, one to two sprays a day in the mouth will reduce your risks of gingivitis and will give you strong and healthy gums. Furthermore, Maccabim has been found to strengthen the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Canada identified these product as “natural product” *A Natural Product Number (NPN) is an 8 digit product license number, preceded by the letters “NPN”. The NPN on the label will inform consumers that the product has been reviewed by Health Canada for safety, quality and health claims.

The Simplest And Easiest Ways To Keep your Skin Look Healthy and Young.

Younger skin

It takes time to improve your skin appearance; it takes several cumulative actions to make your skin look healthy and younger.

So, start today with these easy, simple ways to take care of your skin.

  1. Eat right. Fresh homemade food, full of fruits and vegetables. Good diet practice will prevent your body to accumulate toxins and fats, will help your body easily get rid of them.
  2. Clean environment. Although we do not have a big control of it, we can strive for having pollution free, harmful chemical free water and air on Earth. Here are some recommendation from the EPA, what we can do to prevent pollution.
  3. Minimize damage to your skin from hot water, especially water with chlorine. Taking less showers, with water temperature a bit cooler then usual, will prevent your skin to be exposed less to chlorine; the warmer the water, the more your skin absorbs chlorine and other chemicals in water and soap. Hot water makes your skin age faster. Here are some articles on negative effect of chlorine to the skin – http://www.ask.com/q/What-are-the-effects-of-chlorine-on-skin-and-hair
  4. Use natural and preferably organic skin care products. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Skin absorbs everything. Whatever you apply to your skin eventually will be getting into your blood. If you are not willing to eat the skin care product, you should not apply them to your skin.
  5. Smoking bad for your skin

    Not cool

    If you use makeup, make sure to remove it every evening. Let you skin rest and breath during night time. You will feel your skin looking fresh and

  6. For younger skin we suggest Aviv Evening Rinse 100% organic product
  7. Smoking damages your skin, makes your skin look dry, wrinkled, and old.
  8. Clean your skin with safe natural cleanser. Exfoliation refreshes your skin’s surfaces and brightens your appearance as it removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. But if you exfoliate too often or too aggressively, you risk damaging living cells. So, twice a week will be sufficient. Try Tishrei, natural face cleansing mask made from the organically grown herbs of Judean Desert in Israel near Dead Sea.
  9. Do not rub the skin. Stretching skin makes it look wrinkled.
  10. Exercise.
  11. There is no overnight success. It takes one to three months to see changes.

Eczema

Eczema treatment

Eczema

Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as “the itch that rashes,” since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

Eczema treatment

Hydrocortisone in creams side effects.

Side effects include: thinning and discoloration of the skin, easy bruising, permanent dilation of certain blood vessels, burn marks on skin, itchiness, perioral dermatitis, liver and kidney damage and a weakened immune system. Recent studies further reveal changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems and impotence. Not only this, but steroid use almost always produces a “rebound effect” of the very symptoms you are trying to get rid of!

Studies have shown that if more than 500g of hydrocortisone is used per week, sufficient steroid may be absorbed through the skin to result in adrenal gland suppression and/or eventually Cushing’s syndrome.

Generally, cortisone creams are only prescribed for short periods of time.

Continued use of topical steroid creams containing hydrocortisone can cause the skin to develop a resistance (called tachyplaxis) to the medication.

As a result, in order to have the desired medical effect, a stronger and more potent steroid may be needed, which may cause even more potential side effects.

Mazor (*NPN 80027163) kills a wide range of fungi and stimulates skin regeneration.

Mazor kills a wide range of fungi and stimulates skin regeneration.

Mazor ointment

*A  Natural Product Number (NPN) is an 8 digit product license number, preceded by the letters “NPN”. The NPN on the label will inform consumers that the product has been reviewed by Health Canada for safety, quality and health claims.

Benefits

Neutralise fungi that develops in your humid zones – between the toes, around joints, the vagina, the nipples of breast-feeding women and babies` buttocks

Soothes itching and irritation

Very helpful in cases of eczema – especially those situated in humid zones

Stimulates your skin regeneration

Ingredients and their properties

Palm kernel oil – (Elaeis guineensis)

Camphor oil – Kills bacteria, combats inflammation and improves your circulation

Lavender oil – (Lavandula angustifolia) Stimulates your epidermis regeneration, heals, purifies, balances, calms, effective for your skin conditions, kills bacteria and fungi, treats burns and acne

Eucalyptus oil – (Eucalyptus globulus) Antiseptic, powerful anti-bacterial, combats your fatigue

Ylang ylang oil – (Cananga odorata) Antiseptic and relaxing. It has a calming effect on your mind and body and has a balancing and stimulating effect on the skin. It also stimulates circulation and relieves skin irritation

Thyme oil – (Thymus vulgaris) Antiseptic, cleanses and soothes anti-fungal and stimulates your skin

Oregano oil – (Origanum vulgare) stimulates your immune system, it is antifungal, antibacterial, antiparisitic and a strong analgesic

Basil oil – (Ocimum basilicum) Treats acne, skin irritations and congested skin. It also kills bacteria and fungi as well as toning the skin.

Myrtle oil – (Myrtus communis) Stimulant, anti-fungal and beneficial against certain your skin imperfections, balances sebum secretions

Wintergreen leaf oil – (Gaultheria procumbens) An effective pain reliever antiseptic, helps heal your skin

Products are developed based on ancient herbal medicine, a practice in which many fundamentals are used to this day.

The core ingredients, which are all 100% organic and some entirely unique to this region of the world, posses incredible healing and therapeutic properties.

November 12, 2012

 

Herbs of Kedem Products

Herbs of Kedem skin care

In biblical, Talmudic and medieval times, it was not unusual for the empires that ruled Israel to exploit the healing properties of trees and plants indigenous to the country. Now, over the last decade, a growing number of Israeli researchers and companies are rediscovering these ancient herbal formulas and repackaging them as healthy natural alternatives to synthetic brand names.

Judean desert herbs.

Judean Desert Herbs

“The herbal remedies have always existed, but we never granted them importance,” said herbalist Shimon Shemla. “But today, more and more people are finding that they lack effective answers to viruses, allergies, and even cancer, so they are returning to the sources.”
Fifteen years ago Shemla left his career as a real-estate developer to study botany, naturopathy, and ancient herbal remedies. Five years later he founded Merapeh Habosem (Simple Natural in English), a study center and small-scale manufacturer specializing in ancient Hebrew remedies. Located in Kibbutz Cabri in the Galilee, Merapeh Habosem sells its handmade products through its visitor’s center and website.

Shemla has documented the properties of over 500 herbs, plants and trees, many of which feature prominently in his serums, shampoos, soaps, ointments, toners, and peels. Using homeopathic techniques, he concocts recipes for the hair and skin using plants and trees mentioned in the Bible and Talmud, among them: etrog (citron), myrtle, sage, bay leaves, tamarisk, willow, oak, and pomegranate.

In the Judean desert, Herbs of Kedem, specializes in plants cultivated in a very specific desert region: the dunes located between the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and the cool Hebron hills. Research conducted by Dr. Nissim G. Amzallag, the company’s founder, has shown that these plants contain compounds that allow them to adapt to the harsh and extreme climates of the region.

Dead sea minerals

Dead Sea and Judean Desert

“If they can regenerate themselves effectively, Amzallag assumed they would have a similar effect on humans,” explained chemical engineer Dr. Amir Kitron, CEO of Herbs of Kedem. The company’s products have been shown to effectively treat nail fungus, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, scars, and hair loss. The company has set up a non-profit research and development center near its factory in Moshav Carmel to further explore scientifically the medical uses and benefits of the plants.
In the company’s study fields, several endemic strains of herbs grow wild, among them oregano, lavender, mint, thyme, and sage. Their oils and extracts make up the main ingredients in the company’s wide range of products. All plants are grown organically and hand-picked for production.

Herbs of Kedem has established itself as one of Israel’s leaders in the field of natural skin care in part because of the purity of its products and ingredients.

“We are fanatics about using no synthetic ingredients whatsoever,” Kitron told ISRAEL21c. He considers moisturizing creams particularly

100% organic products

Pure organic.

problematic, since they are created by bonding oil and water, an unstable compound which usually requires preservatives to ward off bacteria. As an alternative to lotions, Herbs of Kedem has created a line of moisturizing ointments made from essential oils. The purity of the ingredients is apparent from the pungent herbal aroma of the ointments and toners.

Another benefit of using plants for skin care is that they are environmentally friendly. “Plants produce a lot of chemicals in a very clean manner, without polluting the environment, without emitting toxic substances. They work with enzymes that do everything in a sophisticated way,” said Kitron.
Kedem products are distributed in United States By www.deadseaherbs.com

Your Face

Author: Nathan
April 13, 2012

I want to talk about facial skin care product that is not well known here in America. 

The product is made in Israel by the company Herbs of Kedem.

Judean Desert has a particularly large number of medicinal plants thanks to the harsh desert climate, which requires plants to possess a large arsenal of compounds for self-protection and preservation. Short rain season improves the quality of oils obtained from plants growing in the region.

 

Toxins in the makeup.

Easy on this stuff!

What do commercial cosmetic creams contain?

Every white cream is in fact an emulsion of water with fatty materials. Such an emulsion necessarily contains stabilizers and preserving ingredients.

Stabilizers

Include Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is used in antifreeze, hydraulic fluids and as a solvent. The material safety data sheet on this ingredient warns to avoid skin contact. Propylene Glycol is implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; it can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage. Is this in your moisturizer? You can find it in cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioner, lotions, deodorants, baby wipes, processed foods and many more personal care items. Studies have shown that it is retained in your system. Find more about it and other risks of cosmetic ingredients in: www.ewg.org.

Preserving Ingredients

These appear in almost all cosmetic creams, and include triclosan, and methyl paraben (other forms are: propyl, ethyl, and butyl). Following is an excerpt from an article in the September 2002 issue of Happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) — a chemical industry trade journal “Cosmetic Product Preservation” by Jabbar Mufti: “Typical preservatives used in the cosmetic industry disable activity in the bacterial wall to prevent fungal contamination. This action continues when the product is on the skin and may be absorbed into the skin tissue, taken up by the blood stream and ultimately reside in the major organs. The preservative action is so stable, it continues to work while inside the body, limiting the normal enzyme activity of the body. How do we know this? Autopsies performed on cancerous tumours have shown residues of methyl-, ethyl- and propyl parabens.”

What are the alternatives?

 

Meshi moisturizing oil

All Natural Organic Facial Moisturizer

MESHI Face Nourishment Serum

General Description: A mixture of oil extracts of various plants, along with aromatic oils, for nourishment, treatment and protection of delicate skin. Especially suitable for dry or medium facial skin.

Benefits
Antioxidant
Rich in essential fatty acids
Light radiation absorber
Calming.

Active Ingredients: Wheat germ oil, Geranium, Myrtle, Sesame oil, Jojoba oil, Artemisia species.

Usage: May be applied regularly on the face skin. Recommended to apply at least once a day, in the evening.

Comments: For severely affected skin (e.g. old acne scars), combine usage with weekly application of Maccabim oil.
For regular herbal facial skin care, calm and cleanse the face before using MESHI oil with the AVIV solution, and in the morning refresh it and tone it with the BOKER solution. Monthly peeling with TISHREI is also recommended.
TSUKIM is also recommended  under-eye bags, shadows or circles. Also possible to be used on wrinkled facial skin.

Meshi ia a great replacement for the different day-night creams currently on the market which often contain harmful preservation agents which hinder healthy skin cell regeneration and moisture balance.

Detailed information on Meshi Ingredients and their properties

Olive oil – (Olea europaea) Softens, hydrates and heals your skin

Sesame oil – (Sesamum indicum) Rich in nutrients, absorbs very fast, protects, is rich in vitamin E, and protects your from external aggressors in particular UV rays

Jojoba extract – (Buxus chinensis) Hydrates the skin.

Wheat germ oil – (Triticum vulgare) Rich in vitamin E, regenerates

Geranium oil – (Geranium maculatum) Revitalizes, tonifies, regenerates, heals and limits the proliferation of bacteria

Myrtle oil – (Myrtus communis) Stimulant, anti-fungal and beneficial against certain your skin imperfections, balances sebum secretions

Beta-carotene – Obtained from Dunalliela algae is a powerful antioxidant

Italian Helichryse extract – (Helichrysum italicum) Promotes your tissue regeneration, anti-inflammatory, astringent. regenerates and heals, promotes new cell growth and circulation, promotes tissue regeneration, anti-hematome agent, anticoagulant, anti-allergic, helps tissue healing, and prevents vascularisation

Fennel leaf extract – (Foeniculum vulgare) anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, calms, has nice scent that promotes your sleep. Cleans and tonifies – particularly sensitive skin types

Lemongrass oil – Refreshes, stimultes and acts as an anti-inflammatory

Cypress – (Cupressus sempervirens) Improves your circulation, is antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, antiseptic, sedative, soothes nervousness, muscular tonic, expectorant, regulates hormones, healing

Ylang ylang oil – (Cananga odorata) Antiseptic and relaxing. It has a calming effect on your mind and body and has a balancing and stimulating effect on the skin. It also stimulates circulation and relieves skin irritation

Absinthe extract – (Artemisia absinthium) Antiseptic

Lavender oil – (Lavandula angustifolia) Stimulates your epidermis regeneration, heals, purifies, balances, calms, effective for your skin conditions, kills bacteria and fungi, treats burns and acne

 

Healthy life - beautiful skin.

Naturally

Calendula extract – (Calendula officinalis) reparative, anti-inflammatory, healing, soothing, hydrating and softens your skin

Myrtle oil – (Myrtus communis) Stimulant, anti-fungal and beneficial against certain your skin imperfections, balances sebum secretions From The Dead Sea.

My suggestions: try to limit usage of cosmetics and skin care products. Healthy lifestyle, good sleep and healthy food will keep your skin healthy. And healthy skin looks better than any cosmetics can achieve. Natural beauty! But if you have to use skin care products use ones that contain only natural organic ingredients.

 

Your Face

Author: Nathan
November 12, 2011

Reading the face and health helps us to review not just our health and to know which areas in our diet and lifestyle need attention but also help us to find out the best way to detox and lose weight and a plan for gaining more energy.

Acne

Don't make it worse!

All natural practitioners know that topical treatments are either short term remedies or more often contribute to the acne problem.

Toxins often cleanse through the skin, when the other eliminating systems are sluggish; hormonal imbalances over stimulate the oil glands and impurities in the blood will often affect the skin. All of these can clog pores. Acne is the body’s reaction to those clogged pores.

The Macrobiotic guru Mishio Kushi theory, though not a science, can be helpful when trying to pinpoint a reason why one has acne . Thereby, enabling one to treat the cause instead of the symptom.

Below are some other skin symptoms

Forehead

In Oriental medicine the forehead is related to the following organs: the gall bladder, liver and stomach. If there is no proper elimination of toxins by the gall bladder and intestines, this will produce pimples.

• Oily skin between the eyebrows.

• Redness or rashes between the eyebrows.

• Itchy or tired eyes

What to do

• Avoid eating two hours before you sleep.

• Try to develop patience. This could involve taking up yoga, Tai Chi or meditation.

• Reduce consumption of alcohol, sugar, spices, eggs, dairy food and all animal fats.

• Increase salads, green vegetables like broccoli, watercress, spring onion.

• Chew very well and slowly.

Skin around the eyes.

Puffy eyes

Look inside

• Puffiness below the eyes.

• Dark circule below the eyes.

• Bruised appearance below the eyes

Indicates kidney or adrenal imbalance

What to do:

• Increase the amount of sleep, try to be in bed before 11pm.

• Keep your feet, ankles and midriff well wrapped and warm.

• Reduce raw salt (fine to use good quality sea salt in cooking), coffee, ice cream, ice cold liquids, burnt foods for example  toast or crackers

• Increase warm or hot foods, hearty soups, root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and rutabaga.

Cheeks

Broken capillars and spots

Cheeks

• Spots, broken capillaries, inflammation or rashes on the cheeks.

Indicates lung or bronchial imbalance

• Take as much fresh air as possible and increase the amount of green leafed non-flowering plants in your home.

• Keep your home or office well ventilated.

• Reduce dairy foods, tropical fruits and their juices.

• Increase good quality rice, well cooked brown rice would be best, hard green leafy vegetable such as kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley.

Lower lip

• Dry, cracked, puffy or purple lower lips indicate colon imbalance

What to do

• Chew food extremely well for a week. Try 20 times a mouthful and increase to 30 times if you can.

• Never eat when you are distracted.

• Reduce raw fruits, nuts and seeds.

• Increase good quality rice such as brown rice, root vegetables, and salad.

Healthy and beautiful skin

Health and beauty

 

 Please pay attention to your face. Notice any changes and do some research.

These changes may be symptoms of some health problems. So don’t try to cover it up with makeup or facelift.

And don’t forget that healthy lifestyle is beneficial for inside and outside of your body.

November 5, 2011

Be beautiful

Skin

Eczema

Although eczema may look different from person to person, it is most often characterized by dry, red, extremely itchy patches on the skin. Eczema is sometimes referred to as “the itch that rashes,” since the itch, when scratched, results in the appearance of the rash.

Hydrocortisone side effects.

Side effects include: thinning and discoloration of the skin, easy bruising, permanent dilation of certain blood vessels, burn marks on skin, itchiness, perioral dermatitis, liver and kidney damage and a weakened immune system. Recent studies further reveal changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems and impotence. Not only this, but steroid use almost always produces a “rebound effect” of the very symptoms you are trying to get rid of!

Studies have shown that if more than 500g of hydrocortisone is used per week, sufficient steroid may be absorbed through the skin to result in adrenal gland suppression and/or eventually Cushing’s syndrome.

Generally, cortisone creams are only prescribed for short periods of time.

Continued use of topical steroid creams containing hydrocortisone can cause the skin to develop a resistance (called tachyplaxis) to the medication.

As a result, in order to have the desired medical effect, a stronger and more potent steroid may be needed, which may cause even more potential side effects.

Many people do not want to use Cortison to treat skin problems. So what are the alternatives?

Here are unique products available that are 100% organic and cause no side effects.

Herbs of Kedem

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June 22, 2011

New rule by FDA about the sunscreens. EWG

These rules — that go into effect June 2012 — fall short. While they bar the industry from continuing to use misleading claims like “waterproof,” “sweatproof” and “sunblock,” they still allow potentially dangerous ingredients like retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone. In another example of almost-but-not-quite-right, the FDA’s new standard for UVA protection is so weak that it will allow nearly every product on the market today to claim both UVA and UVB protection, indicated by the term “broad spectrum” despite the fact that some products do not offer adequate protection.

dangerous chemicals in sunscreens.

Toxic sunblocks.

If you want to protect yourself from the sun, you’ll still need more information than labels will contain to make informed choices. EWG will continue to analyze sunscreens and publish our popular Sunscreen Guide to give you the information you need to make the best decisions. Together, we’ll keep pushing for greater protections for you and your family.
http://ewg.org/release/fda-sunscreen-rules-too-little-and-very-lateWashington, D.C. –The federal Food and Drug Administration’s first sunscreen rules, released today after nearly 33 years of deliberations, fall short.“FDA’s action offers some noticeable improvements for consumers, such limiting misleading claims” said David Andrews, Ph.D, a senior scientist with Environmental Working Group. “However, it is clear that FDA caved to industry and weakened its safety standards. Its earlier draft proposed stronger health protections.”According to Andrews, the agency’s final rule for UVA protection has been substantially watered down from a draft circulated in 2007.“The agency’s weak standard for UVA protection will not allow consumers to differentiate between superior and mediocre products,” Andrews said. “FDA’s rule will allow most products on the U.S. market to use the label ‘broad spectrum sunscreen,’ even though some will not offer enough protection to assure Americans they can stay in the sun without suffering skin damage from invisible UVA radiation. For that reason, about 20 percent of products that meet the new FDA standards could not be sold in Europe, where UVA standards are strict.”

From Bottomlinesecrets.com

Overuse of sunscreen

Sunscreen crazy.

What not to buy: Avoid sunscreens with these dangerous ingredients…
Oxybenzone. A hormone-disrupting chemical linked with endocrine disruption and cell damage (and low birth weight when used by pregnant women). Oxybenzone can penetrate the skin and enter your bloodstream and is an ingredient in about half of sunscreens.
Retinyl palmitate. A vitamin A compound associated with the accelerated growth of skin lesions and tumors. Manufacturers put vitamin A derivatives in sunscreens because they are popular antioxidants that slow signs of aging, such as wrinkles and rough skin. But FDA data suggest that vitamin A has photo-carcinogenic properties, which means that when exposed to the sun, it may speed up cancer formation. EWG found retinyl palmitate in 41% of sunscreens.
DANGER: NO UVA PROTECTION

Sun made us all

Safe sunscreen

My advise: please use common sense. Don’t be under the sun too long. 10 minutes first time on the beach is fine. Educate yourself. Find out which sunscreens are safe. There are supplements available that will prevent skin damage.

Enjoy the sun!

June 2, 2011

How to have healthy and beautiful skin.

Health from inside

Health and beauty

Step 1 – Cleanse: Using the right cleanser twice a day will help remove dirt and impurities that have accumulated throughout the day, while simultaneously moisturizing and protecting your delicate complexion. This leaves your skin feeling soft, soothed, and refreshed.

TIP: Be sure to remove your makeup and cleanse before you go to sleep each night.  Not cleansing properly can cause you to look older than your years.

Step 2 – Tone: you should be using one that will tone your skin while preserving its natural moisture. Using a gentle, effective toner is a must to preserve the delicate moisture barrier in your skin and prevent long-term dehydration.

TIP: Be sure to choose a toner that delivers the nutrients your complexion needs to protect it from outside damage and preserve its youthful look.

Step 3 – Moisturize: Dry skin is less prepared to withstand free radical damage from the sun and environment.  Moisturizing after cleansing will keep all skin types in balance and reduce the risk of premature aging.

TIP: After cleansing and toning, be sure to moisturize – even if you have oily skin. Oily skin can still become dehydrated and produce even more oil as a result, leaving you worse off than you started! Choose a moisturizer that penetrates deeply into the skin to slow down the aging process, promote healthy cell growth, and improve the quality of skin tissue – ensuring that your complexion remains youthful and wrinkle-free.

We suggest the 100% organic products from Herbs of Kedem.

Start with cleansing your skin with Aviv – evening floral cleanser & make-up remover, then toning it with Boker – morning floral water. Every evening nourish your skin with the wonderful Meshi – regenerating serum. Enjoy adding Tsukim to your daily skin care routine as a skin toning ointment on wrinkles and to protect skin around eyes. Every 10 days use exfoliating and deep-cleansing Tishrei Regenerating Peeling Mask.

Maintain your skin from the inside. Most experts say eating a balanced diet is the best way to get healthy skin. “Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

Food for better skin: Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. The common link between these four foods is their high antioxidant content. In a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits weighed in with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food. The benefits of these foods for healthy skin are plentiful.Fish contains oils that will help nourish your skin.

Healthy Oils. These contain more than essential fatty acids. those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin are the ones to look for.Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids, which promote good skin health.

Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin. This includes plenty of dark orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash) and dark green (broccoli, spinach, kale) vegetables — all of which are high in vitamin A.Vitamin E helps promote great skin, which is why this includes nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds — which are high in vitamin E — as snacks.

Green Tea. This beverage deserves a category all its own in any article about foods for healthy skin. The skin-health properties in this beneficial drink just can’t be beat. “It has anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s protective to the cell membrane. It may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer,

Detoxification teas. reinforces the external treatment of skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc.). This tea helps during weight loss period to drain liberated materials, it stimulates metabolism.
How stress affects your skin

The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Stress Contributes to Eczema, Psoriasis and DermatitisStress Contributes to Cold Sores and AcneStress Causes WrinklesStress Contributes to Skin Cancer

So healthy diet and lifestyle with less stress are the best ways to stay healthy and good looking! And of course good skin care products help.

May 1, 2011

OPC3

Pycnogenol in OPC3

I am taking OPC-3 for over 2 years and so is my wife and our daughter.

OPC-3 is a powerful antioxidant in the Isotonic form made of natural ingredients. There is no known harmful side effects.
But we discovered an interesting side effect. We go to Florida twice a year for 3 weeks at the time. And we don’t use sun screens. Of course we are being careful not to be on the sun for too long. Starting from 15min to about an hour a day.
And we noticed that we don’t get sun burn and our skin don’t peel! We did some research and found that it is because we taking OPC-3.
Healthy skin
OPCs bind to collagen and elastin and protect these proteins from various enzymes that break them down. This action reduces the thinning of skin that develops with aging. OPCs helps the skin rebuild its thickness and elasticity. I have to say, I’ve noticed this on my own skin and others have commented on it. OPCs can help give a natural sunscreen and your skin won’t burn as quickly.
Sun is good for you

beauty and the sun

This is  from “Ageless Beauty Secrets”:

The media and “experts” from the medical community would have you believe wearing sunscreen all day, every day is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
They tell you it’s a vital part of your daily routine and you should apply it before you leave your house each time you go out. But this could be very dangerous to your health.
Standard sunscreens you find on the shelves at your local drug store work by absorbing the sun’s rays … preventing them from burning your skin.
And many doctors and manufacturers will tell you this absorption is good because it prevents the rays from damaging your skin.
It may keep your skin from burning. But anything that gets absorbed into your skin goes directly into your blood stream.
And the majority of sunscreens contain harmful ingredients that can cause some serious damage to your body that far outweigh the risks of burning.
Sun brings life

Cherish the sun.

The worst culprit in sunscreens is benzophenone. This free radical attacks your fat cells, protein cells and your DNA, which can cause hormone imbalances, premature aging and certain types of cancer – like breast cancer.

My advise: sun is good for you. Life on this planet exists because of the Sun.
Just don’t overdo it!
Enjoy!

February 26, 2011

Herbs of Kedem

Judean Desert Herbs

The ancient Hebrew medicine was practiced in the Land of Israel at least until the second century B.C., as attested by contemporary historians who described the export of ointments from the Judean Desert region.  Its approach included: the maceration of plants in oil (installations for such a process were recently discovered in Ein-Bokek, near the Dead Sea);

Emphasis on total change of an existing condition, as exemplified by symbol of snake on bar (current symbol of pharmacies), which Moses received: stick converted to snake and back.  Immediately upon receiving this symbol, he
performed an act of healing on himself: converting healthy hand to hand with leprosy, and healing it again.  This total transformation was typically performed with hormones-rich plants.
The Hebrew term Kedem means “antiquity” but also “forward”- and the idea of the name is that ancient remedies will be the basis for the remedies of the future.
Herbs of Kedem’s researcher, Isabelle Haim, a biotechnologist,  has succeeded to combine Dead Sea minerals with antiseptic local plants to create powerful anti-aging creams without any synthetic stabilizers or preservatives.  These creams bear biblical names related to their purpose:
KARMEL– following the name of the place where this rich anti-aging cream is made, and which means in Hebrew “God’s
Vineyard”, referring to the goodness o local crops on the desert’s verge.
MESHI– a rich facial serum for dry skin, meaning Silk in Hebrew, and indeed a silky texture is created by it
TSUKIM– a rich anti-wrinkle balm, applies the astringent features of desert shrubs to create anamazung Botox-like
natural lifting of wrinkled skin.  It means “cliffs” in Hebrew.
TISHREI is a gentle scrub for aging skin, containing rapidly absorbed oils and shredded jojoba seeds, rich in nourishing
proteins.  A weekly scrub with it creates wonderful results.  (In Hebrew, Tishrei is the first month of the year- a symbol
of skin regeneration).
AVIV, “spring” in Hebrew, is a cleanser for the skin, and BOKER, “morning” in  Hebrew, helps tone aging skin right after
the skin becomes loose at night.
The skin & body therapy line includes:
MACCABIM oil, meaning the ancient heroes that saved the Holy Land from Syrian invasion. Treatment for scars, hematomas, bruises, keloids, sprains, pigmentation, burns, eczemas, atopic dermatitis.  7 times more powerful than Aloe-Vera, and a first-aid must for any home.
REGALIM, meaning “legs” and festivals of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is a balm for feet, nails & cuticles, using the powerful ingredients of MACCABIM.
MAZOR, meaning relief and healing  for chapped feet, athlete foot, jock itch, and together with MEDBAR oil (meaning desert), it treats psoriasis.
TOVA, meaning the good salve, supplements MACCABIM for eczema-affected skin.
SEPHORRIS, stemming from Nail in Hebrew, applied powerful Hyssop species to treat nail fungus.
BARKAN, stemming from Knee in Hebrew, provides relief for arthritis of joints, and helps improve motion of joints and slow down deformation.
Nikuz Organic Herbal Detoxification Tea
Importance of liver and kidneys for detox: “liver” in Hebrew means also “heavy, respectful”; “kidneys” in Hebrew mean also “totality”.
In our family we use many of the Kedem products. We know it is safe for our kids and grandkids.

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