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Matcha Green Tea is naturally detoxifying and helps eliminate toxins from the body. Matcha improves your skin's complexion by flushing out toxins, healing blemishes & scars, reducing inflammation and improving skin’s elasticity. Antioxidants help protect healthy skin cells from free radical damage & increase the level of collagen and elastin in the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Coconut Oil works as a powerful all natural cleanser and moisturizer leaving your skin super soft, hydrated and smelling delicious! It can reduce wrinkles and signs of premature aging. It's antibacterial properties protect the skin from potential pathogens.
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Coconut oil is loaded with good fats that provide us with energy, able to fight microbes in the body and excellent for cooking. It even smells amazing! But did you know that coconut oil for skin is also a thing? That’s right, you can reap coconut oil’s benefits from the outside-in. Coconut oil is able to penetrate your skin on a deeper level than your average product because of its low molecular weight and the way it bonds with proteins.
Why does coconut oil for skin work so well? In part, it’s due to the saturated fats that helps the skin stay moisturized, with the fat preventing moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone. It's no wonder we use this amazing oil as a base for our All Natural Face Butter.
Learn about the 20 ways to use Coconut Oil for Radiant Skin at Dr Axe.com
Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Tea tree oil (TTO), the volatile essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years. And for over seven decades, it’s been documented in numerous medical studies to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Tea tree oil uses are numerous: making homemade cleaning products, diffusing it in the air to kill mold, applying it topically to heal skin issues and taking it internally to treat viral infections. It’s becoming an increasingly popular active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including face wash, shampoos, massage oils, skin and nail creams and laundry detergents. Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.
Tea Tree Oil Benefits While records show that tea tree has been used for thousands of years by some indigenous people, thankfully today science is finally catching up and describing why tea tree oilis so effective. To date, over 327 scientific studies refer to tea tree oil’s antimicrobial prowess alone. Some of the many traditional uses for tea tree include healing:
And this list doesn’t even include the many household uses of tea tree oil that can replace store-bought products in your cabinets:
Anti-microbial laundry freshener
Acne face wash
Removes foot order
In many cases, doctors of functional medicine will prescribe essential oils like tea tree oil and oregano oil in replacement of conventional medications because they’re just as effective and without the adverse side effects. An article published in the Journal of Phytomedicine evaluated the relationship between various essential oils and found that none (including tea tree) caused adverse reactions when taken with several different antibiotics. In fact, they discovered that some essential oils even had a positive synergistic effect, meaning they could help prevent antibiotic resistance from developing! Continue reading the entire article here.
Melatonin, a naturally occurring neurohormone, has long been thought to work as a sleeping aid in humans. Now there's some evidence it may be useful for several canine conditions. Its sedative properties have been helpful in treating separation anxiety in dogs, as well as stress from noise like fireworks, thunderstorms or other noise phobias. According to Linda Aronson, DVM, who published a study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, she has seen successful results in about 80 percent of canine patients treated with melatonin. Other evidence suggests that melatonin successfully treats some forms of hair loss in dogs (canine alopecia).
Is Melatonin Safe for My Dog? While some pet owners like the natural properties of melatonin as opposed to chemical medications, you should talk to your veterinarian before deciding on a melatonin regimen. There has not been much study of its side effects and safety, nor has it been approved by the FDA for use in animals.Side effects of melatonin in dogs, although rare, include:
However, if you and your vet determine that melatonin is a good option for your dog, you may find it treats a range of anxieties and phobias, as well as sleep problems.
How Much Melatonin Should I Give My Dog? Your vet will help you determine the correct dose, but, in general, dosage depends on your dog's size and the condition you're treating. According to Dr. Aronson, these are safe recommended dosages:
Dogs under 10 pounds: 1 milligram
10-25 pounds: 1.5 milligrams
25-100 pounds: 3 milligrams
Over 100 pounds: 3-6 milligrams
Some sources recommend starting at the lowest possible dose. Although melatonin is available over the counter, please talk to your vet first. He may want you to use a specific prescription and dosage.
None of us like to see our canine pal suffer from stress, fears, or anxieties. If you and your vet decide melatonin is worth a try, it may be just the thing to calm your dog and ease his fears.
Calming effects of L-theanine For many people stress and anxiety are the symptoms of their high-powered day to day existence. If not managed properly, chronic stress and anxiety may cause many disorders, including insomnia, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cognitive impairment. There are many pharmaceutical drugs on the market that promise to bring peace of mind and relieve the symptoms of anxiety, but many people prefer to look for natural alternatives out of fear of side effects and possible addiction.
One of the most powerful natural antidotes to stress is L-theanine. L-theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid) is a non-protein forming amino acid found almost exclusively in the green leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). The only other significant source in nature is the Boletus badius mushroom also known as Bay bolete. Among other active compounds, Bay bolete contains substantial amounts of L-theanine.
L-theanine was first isolated in Japan, where green tea is part of the culture since inception of Buddhism in the 6th century. Green tea was used traditionally by the Buddhist monks to keep them calm and awake during long hours of meditation. Researchers found out that caffeine ingested in green tea had a different effect on the mind and the body that had the same amount of caffeine from coffee. The excitatory effect of caffeine in green tea was offset by the calming action of a compound that was named theanine. L-theanine constitutes about 50 per cent of the dry protein weight of green tea.
L-theanine is a powerful stress and anxiety reliever. It effectively reduces both, mental and physical, stress. About 30-40 minutes after ingestion, it induces tranquility and a state of deep relaxation without causing any drowsiness or forming a chemical dependence. In fact, it helps to improve attention and concentration. L-theanine is one of the few known substances that easily cross the blood-brain barrier. It exerts subtle changes in the brain chemistry by altering the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid). L-theanine induces state of well-being and relaxation in four ways:
it stimulates the production of alpha waves in the brain
it increases the levels of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA in the brain
it lowers the blood pressure
reduces heart rate
Encephalographic measurements (EEG) show that L-theanine increases the brain activity within the alpha frequency band (8-13.9 Hz). The alpha state of the brain indicates relaxation, relaxed focus, and increased serotonin production. The slowest alpha waves are associated with the so called twilight state - a deep relaxation state that is usually experienced between sleep and waking. People who meditate begin to access the unconscious mind at this stage of relaxation.
The inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA is considered to be the brain's own tranquilizer. It helps to reduce the excess of stress hormone adrenalin and calm down. It also controls the levels of noradrenalin, dopamine, and serotonin in the brain. Insufficient levels of GABA are associated with anxiety, tension, depression, and insomnia. L-theanine increases the secretion of GABA thus helping the brain to calm itself.
L-theanine has been shown to reduce the blood pressure in individuals with elevated blood pressure. It did not, however, affect individuals with normal blood pressure which means that in only acts where there is lack of balance.
Other benefits of L-theanine
While L-theanine received the greatest attention as a natural anti-anxiety drug, it also has many other benefits as it restores chemical balance in the body:
supports concentration and mental performance
helps focus attention on critical tasks
protects the body from stress damage caused by the hormone cortisol
improves quality of sleep when taken 30 minutes before bed
protects the brain from damage done by glutamate and caffeine
supports the immune system by increasing the activity of T-cells
assists in weight loss by promoting thermogenesis
reduces levels of lipids in the blood
lowers blood pressure in people with a high blood pressure
relieves physical and mental symptoms of PMS
protects the liver from damage caused by alcohol
slows down the growth of certain tumors
L-theanine has remarkable cognitive effects. Research shows that L-theanine increases brainwave activity that is normally associated with attention and concentration. It helps to stay centered in spite of stress. Studies show that the substance has remarkable ability to minimize interference from distracting outside stimuli helping at the same time to focus attention. Subjects in the study were able to concentrate on important tasks without getting distracted.
Here at Svasthya, we are in LOVE with the natural healing benefits of Lavender Essential Oil! Its just one of the amazing ingredients used in our new all natural Heal All Balm, Face Butter, and Vapor Rub.
Check out this article from Dr Axe explaining the Top 7 healing benefits of Lavender Essential Oil and understand why we use it in our All Natural Balms.