Shared values make strong foundations for quality partnerships, as is the case with Edye’s Naturals and Blue Moon Acres. While Blue Moon Acres partners with Edye’s Naturals to sell the all natural Face and Body Butter in its store, it is most known for growing certified organic rice. Jim and Kathy Lyons started harvesting their first rice crop in 2014 and since have harvested over 12,000 pounds in five varieties including white, brown, and black; short, medium, and long grain; and specialized rice for risotto and sushi. Bags of their rice are sold at the farm’s own markets, at their stand in the Stockton Market, and online. The taste is so much better and fresher tasting than the rice in supermarkets.
While it’s unusual to hear of local rice being grown in New Jersey, Blue Moon Acres first gained notice as a pioneer in the production of microgreens in 1993 and their gourmet greens quickly became the favorites of top-tier chefs in places like New York City.
“I was working in the natural foods industry for a time and I realized, looking at Oriental healing, how important food is,” said Jim of his venture. “And a big part of healthy diets seemed to me to include good-quality whole grains.” Rice does not have gluten which many people have a problem eating.
One benefit of local grown rice is that it’s rarely grown paddy style, which means better avoidance of the absorption of arsenic. It also doesn’t have that stale smell that appears when the lipids in standard grains get volatile and lead to rancid rice. Since local rice is always fresh, it’s recommended to keep it cool and dry by putting it in a glass jar in your fridge.
It’s important to pay attention to not just what you put on your skin, but when you eat. Consider visiting on of Blue Moon Acres market for their organic products and of course make sure you use Edye’s Naturals to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember us on Small Business Saturday November 26, 2016.
Our water in Pennington, NJ is loaded with calcium, so much so that at my house we have replaced multiple dishwashers due to clogging. All of my sinks and showers had a build up of calcium that was difficult to remove, but 20 years ago we installed a water softener system called Clear Water in hopes of alleviating the problem. Clumps of calcium immediately started coming out of our pipes (can you imagine?), but the dishwasher and clothes washing machines still weren’t efficient. The other alternative is to add a water softening system using large amounts of salts.
What’s the Big Deal with Calcium and Water?
While water is in the ground, it picks up soluble bits of whatever it passes through. While this can mean contamination that makes the water unfit to drink, in many cases it simply means that the water contains minerals found in the earth. Of these, calcium in water is of particular importance because it affects the water's ability to function in our homes. Calcium in water makes our water hard.
One effect of hard water is that soaps and detergents lose some effectiveness. Instead of dissolving completely, soap combines with the minerals to form a coagulated soap curd. Because less soap is dissolved, more is required. And the sticky insoluble curd hangs around-it clings to the skin and may actually inhibit cleansing. Washed hair seems dull and lifeless.
The Solution that Worked for Me
Now we add white vinegar to balance out the calcium and prevent buildups.
Why does vinegar work on calcium? The basic chemistry behind this relationship is that the two compounds neutralize each other and have that classic acid/base reaction you may recognize from an elementary school volcano experiment. The vinegar breaks down the calcium to clear any clogs easily.
I use vinegar now to combat the calcium buildup in our pipes and in our dish and clothing washers. I also use less than half of the recommended amount for detergents to avoid added artificial scents. I still use a teapot to heat water but it tends to get a calcium buildup, so straight vinegar does the trick of keeping it clean. The combination of a little detergent and vinegar keeps my clothes vibrant and my dishes clean. My shower head still has a lot of calcium build up on it. I’ve been meaning to take it down and let it soak in vinegar for a few days, but like most non-urgent matters have not. Besides a vinegar soak may be a lost cause and total replacement may be an easier solution at this point.
My advice: take advantage of the natural reaction of vinegar and calcium to see how it may improve your lifestyle. Using all natural, organic products like Edye’s Naturals will also help you live your happiest, healthiest life!
Skincare and pet care often do not go hand in hand, as animal skin is more sensitive to the chemicals in human products. Because of its all-natural, organic, edible ingredients, Edye’s can safely be used on pets to help treat their skin conditions too! Here are some things to know about using human products on our furry friends, but consult your veterinarian for the best advice on caring for their skin needs.
Thinner skin – their epidermis has a turnover rate of 20 days compared to a human’s 28 days. The canine epidermis is also only three to five cells thick instead of the ten to fifteen cells thickness on humans.
More permeable – animal skin is often used as a replacement for human skin in drug trials, but it has been found that the permeation of hydrophobic compounds through the epidermal layer is higher than through human skin.
Smaller body mass – because cats and dogs have a smaller body mass than humans, they are more affected by what is put on them or what they ingest.
So how can Edye’s Face and Body Butter help relieve pets of their skin conditions?
If your pet is scratching or nibbling at their fur, first rule out ticks, fleas, and mites. Irritated skin can be a result of many problems such as skin diseases, allergies, ear problems, and other illnesses. Use Edye’s to help relieve minor cuts, bruises, and itching. If the problem stems from something your pet may be ingesting, consult your veterinarian about changing their diet or adding probiotics.
Understand that the best thing for your furry friend is to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible so treatment can begin. Expose them only to all natural, safe products that won’t exacerbate their condition, like Edye’s Naturals
It’s no secret that obesity is an epidemic in the United States, and there’s plenty of research conducted each year to learn why its happening and how to best prevent it. As revealed in Michael Moss’ book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, not everyone is working to combat the issue. In fact, the food industry is made up of intelligent scientists and chemists, whose main objective is to keep the general population eating their “bad for you” products by any means necessary. And they push them as though they are legalized narcotic. According to Moss there are three key ingredients that act much like drugs do in affecting your brain’s pleasure zones: salt, sugar, and fat and packaged food manufacturers work hard main high levels of them in the food you feed your family.
Through interviews with industry insiders, Moss unveils the inner workings of the food industry and shares anecdotes that might make someone wonder what food is left to trust, including:
While Moss leaves it up to public health advocates and organizations to solve the problem of holding the food industry accountable, you can always take your health into your own hands. Always choose to eat whole foods and read labels of every thing you consume or use on your body (avoid ingredients you don’t understand or can’t pronounce.) Most importantly choose to treat your body well inside and out with organic products with ingredients you can understand such as Edye’s Naturals.
Reap medicinal benefits from one of nature's remedies! Lemongrass, which is one of the primary ingredients in Edye’s Natural’s NEW Deep Nourishing Serum, has a somewhat mystical medical history that heals a variety of maladies. Certified doctor of natural medicine, chiropractor and clinical nutritionist, Dr. Josh Axe, explains on his website draxe.com that lemongrass is an herb that produces oil with a lemony smell and earthy undertones, which is stimulating, balancing, relaxing and soothing.
Often used in many cosmetic products and soaps, lemongrass essential oil is a natural deodorizer known to have antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is even used as an insect repellant! According to an article in Better Nutrition magazine (June 2001) in ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat coughs and nasal congestion. It also cites an interesting study by Ben Gurion University in Israel, which indicated that in vitro, citral, the active ingredient in lemongrass, caused the death of cancer cells while leaving normal cells untouched. That is an eyebrow raising finding!
Lemongrass may also prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast, containing antioxidant elements can be used for a variety of maladies. Some of the benefits of lemongrass essential oil include:
Do you know your body’s largest organ? It’s your skin! Not only does it hold everything else together, but it also serves other important functions that protect and take care of you.
Skin protects your internal organs from injury and infection and helps your immune system by providing a strong barrier to viruses and bad bacteria, while providing a safe habitat for good bacteria go grow. It naturally produces Vitamin D, which is vital for health.
Your skin’s sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is natural oil that keeps your skin lubricated and protected. Sweat works with sebum to form a protective film, which not only eliminates waste and toxins but also helps maintain a normal body temperature. Blood vessels, hair, and sweat glands in your skin work together to control the heat flow between you and the surrounding environment.
This sensitive organ even provides sensory feedback to the brain because it is rich in receptors. Nerves give you a sense of touch, which lets you feel pain too. This allows you to react to dangerous situations around you and ultimately protects you from further pain (think touching a hot stove!).
Your skin is always making new skin cells to replace the dead ones, but even those work to forma barrier and block harmful substances from getting inside your body. As these dead cells fall off, new cells replace them to become part of the protective barrier. Take care of your skin to keep it in great condition to protect you. Use only healthy, organic products like Edye’s Naturals products to take care of your skin the way it takes care of you!
Using natural ingredients on your skin and not just INSIDE your body is important to maintaining a clean lifestyle. Jojoba (“ho-ho-ba”) is a liquid wax from the seed of the jojoba plant that is often referred to as an essential oil. It contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with many benefits for skin and hair. Gentle enough for newborns, jojoba softens and conditions the skin, soothes dry skin, and restores elasticity.
Non-toxic, non-comedogenic (specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores) and non-allergenic (will not irritate sensitive skin). Jojoba is also a carrier oil and can be combined with other natural oils to meet more skincare needs. Commonly used as a deep moisturizer and hair conditioner, it also brings some lesser-known benefits to skincare routines.
Skin Repair and Damage Prevention
Rich in Vitamin E, B-complex, and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper, zinc, and iodine, jojoba reduces scars and stretch marks and helps speed the healing process. Jojoba also soothes skin irritations like sunburn and heat rash, while reducing flaking and peeling. Edye’s Naturals products contain organic jojoba to help maintain healthy skin and heal any damage.
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Qualities
A natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal extract, jojoba is commonly used to treat and soothe difficult skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, warts, acne, and more. Studies have shown that there was a significant reduction in skin lesions after using jojoba oil on damaged skin. This extract even increases skin elasticity and slows the signs of aging.
As a carrier oil, jojoba can work with other essential oils or extracts to create a perfect shave. Combine with aloe vera for the perfect combination of moisturizing and conditioning to achieve a smoother shave. Remember to use Edye’s Naturals Face & Body Butter as part of your shaving routine.
Edye’s Naturals products provides many products containing organic jojoba and other organic ingredients to unleash the power of organic healing for healthier skin.
According to medical experts and research, certain foods have powerhouse ingredients that keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage. You already know that filling your diet with power foods—like dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, citrus—can help beat chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that certain foods and liquids can also work wonders on your skin? Here are some helpful tips to maintain healthier skin from the inside out:
Silica promotes healthy bones and natural teeth, and has also been found to hydrate skin and help elasticity. Silica can be found in many fruits, especially in the peels. Oranges, strawberries, and grapefruits also contain Vitamin C, which helps with the formation of collagen, keeping the skin firm. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, and monounsaturated fats, which help skin retain moisture, making it supple and smooth.
Spinach and other leafy greens are packed with essential supplements like iron, Omega-4 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B, and E. These phytochemicals and folates hydrate skin and improve your immune system to keep you looking and feeling healthy. Foods rich in carotene, like carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin, also help repair skin damage.
FishMany fish types are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which limit water loss in skin cells. Add luster and softness to your complexion by feasting on salmon, a fish with one of the richest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats nourish the skin by reducing the body's production of inflammatory substances, decreasing clogged pores, and averting fine lines and wrinkles. Olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and soften the appearance of wrinkles and boost your skin’s ability to regenerate.
Staying hydrated is key to getting rid of waste and toxins, which can make otherwise healthy skin appear dull. Include berries or cucumber slices for a sweet twist as you hydrate! Many fruits are high in water content, so stock up on melons, apples, and oranges.
Organic foods are always better for your skin, as processed foods contain many unrecognizable chemicals that can affect your skin’s natural balance. Remember Edye’s Naturals productscontain only the best organic ingredients (which happen to be edible too) to help unleash the power of organic healing for healthier skin. Source: Prevention, Health Magazine
Ingesting a dose of friendly bacteria is supposed to help you feel better inside and out. Researchers are regularly providing new evidence supporting the role of good bacteria in maintaining our well-being. Boosting our digestive health and immunity, is known to ward off colds and allergies, and keeping bowels healthy are just a few of the noted benefits.
Probiotic literally means “for life,” which is apropos, given we are made up of bacteria. Yet in a germ phobic society (think hand sanitizers etc.), it’s no wonder we don’t have the collection of bacteria living in our bodies that we once had millions of years ago when early man consumed mostly non-fermented food.
Tips before taking a probiotic
“The right types of bacteria promote healthy metabolism and diminish inflammation, which can harm our health,” says Australian Endocrinologist Katherine Samaras, Professor and clinical fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. “The wrong types cause systemic inflammation, which damages our arteries, promotes diabetes and fatty liver disease, and is considered to contribute to accelerated aging, including cognitive [brain function] decline.”
For most, including yogurt with live cultures, kefir, lassi or a probiotic drink in their diet is probably enough. Yogurt should be whole milk with little sugar, sugar feeds the bad bacteria.
If you plan to introduce good bacteria to your gut through a probiotic supplement, it’s important to feed them properly. This means consuming prebiotics – think high-fiber foods, including legumes, such as beans, lentils and peas, whole grains, asparagus, banana, leeks, garlic, nuts, vegetables and fruit. Consider avoiding the consumption of highly processed carbohydrates and sugary or fast foods that cause “bad bacteria” overgrowth.
“Our health starts and ends with what we choose to put in our mouths,” is Professor Samaras’ blunt advice, “and no supplement can neutralize the junk we may choose to eat.”
Remember, before changing your diet in any way – always seek the advice of a medical practitioner.
Source: Adapted from an article in Australian Women’s Weekly
Mien Shiang, or Chinese face mapping, is based on the idea everything in your body is interconnected and when something goes wrong, your face will show it. Certain parts of your face correspond with internal organs and when unusual changes occur on your face, they point to other health issues you may need to address. While many doctors use facial mapping as part of their diagnostic process, you too can monitor what’s going on by learning what’s normal for your face and paying attention when discoloration, swelling, and other imbalances occur.
Your face is a roadmap to your health. Through the observational science of Chinese face reading, you can take your health into your own hands and notice signs of bad health even before your doctor. Some areas to pay attention to include:
Nose – Your nose is connected to your heart and an especially red nose could indicate heart issues.
Upper Lip – The upper lip is correlated to your reproductive organs and can reflect fertility issues, hormonal fluctuations, or even indicate pregnancy.
Cheeks – If you notice changes in the hollowing of your cheeks, it could be a sign that your breathing is impacted as they represent what is going on with your lungs.
Earlobes – If your earlobe is creased, it could indicate variable or high blood pressure.
Eyelids – Your eyelids are connected with your liver and gallbladder, so any fatty deposits can potentially signify high cholesterol. Take the best care of your skin with organic products like Edye’s Naturals and monitor any changes to prevent diseases before they happen.
Take the best care of your skin with organic products like Edye’s Naturals and monitor any changes to prevent diseases before they happen.
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