Protect Your Health While Cleaning Your Home More Sustainably with Vinegar Solutions
Save the environment while saving a little money by making your own Do-It-Yourself cleaners to take care of your home. Some brand-name cleaners may contain poisonous ingredients that can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies and other chronic diseases. Instead, some simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry can be used to make cleaning products that are much kinder to the environment, your health and even save you a few dollars. Try some of these tips for easy and natural cleaning products made with vinegar (an inexpensive product) that are better for you and the earth.
Instead of buying fabric softener that could contain dangerous additives, try a half cup of white vinegar with a load of laundry. You should also always wash new clothes with vinegar before wearing them to help dissolve and wash away the toxic chemicals that may have been sprayed onto the fabric during the production process.
Vinegar works wonders in the kitchen too. A cup of water mixed with a quarter cup of vinegar boiled in a microwave will loosen hard splattered food and deodorize. A similar solution of equal parts water and vinegar will clean your refrigerator and stainless steel appliances too. Pour a cup of distilled vinegar down your kitchen drain once a week to prevent clogs (add baking soda to de-clog slow drains.)
With a scrub made of white distilled vinegar and baking soda, rinse clean your tub and toilet bowl to remove stains and deodorize the areas.
For carpet stains, mix one teaspoon of liquid detergent and one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar into a pint of lukewarm water. Apply the mixture to non-oil stains and rub gently before rinsing and blotting dry.
Windows and Walls
Vinegar and warm water will also help remove streaks from windows, making them shine without the usual film. For walls, the same solution will remove dirt and grime easily and doesn’t dull the painted finish.
For more DIY cleaning tips and tricks, read this article. And always remember, treat your body well by using only the best, organic ingredients used in products like Edye’s Naturals.
Cherries are a delicious summertime treat, and if you need a reason to indulge, know that they’re actually good for you. Recent research shows that this summer’s super fruit provides a variety of health benefits including:
Reducing risk of heart disease and diabetes
Heart disease and diabetes affect millions of Americans, but research shows that 20 cherries provide 25 milligrams of anthocyanins, which shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation. Those anthocyanins also lower blood sugar levels in animals, leading scientists to speculate that they would have a similar effect in humans. Cherries also have a low glycemic index, which means they release glucose slowly and evenly, helping to maintain a steady blood sugar level that in turn helps maintain a healthy weight.
Combating arthritis and gout
More than 8.3 million Americans suffer from gout, a form of arthritis characterized by severe pain, redness and joint tenderness. Gout is associated with elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, but researchers recently discovered that people who ate sweet cherries (black cherries) showed reduced levels of uric acid. Additionally, people who ate cherries had a 35 to 75 percent chance of experiencing gout.
Supporting sleep with melatonin
Melatonin is the chemical that controls your body’s internal clock to regulate sleep and promote healthy sleep patterns. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, and researchers recommend eating them an hour before bed to help stabilize your sleep cycle.
Losing weight with fiber
Most Americans’ diets are fiber-deficient, falling short of the 25 to 35 recommended per day. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend two cups of fruit daily, and cherries are an easy and delicious way to meet that goal.
Cherries have additional benefits to those listed above, including cancer-fighting properties, so whether you’re looking to boost your health or just enjoy a tasty treat, there are plenty of reasons to reach for a bowl of cherries for your next snack or to include them in your next meal. Be sure to get them before cherry season is over and make sure to treat your body the way it deserves by using only all natural, organic products like Edye’s Naturals.
An Apricot for Your Thoughts: The Healing benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil
In China, the apricot is associated with medicine and has been used in traditional medicinal techniques for decades. After eating these delicious fruits, the seeds (or kernels) can be made into a light oil that has many uses. Apricot kernel oil is generally safe to use topically. But always be absolutely sure that the oil product you buy has been processed to remove harmful substances naturally found in apricot kernels.
Apricot kernel oil has many uses, including as an:
For the skin
With its anti-inflammatory and soothing emollient properties, apricot kernel oil is soothing on sensitive skin and leaves it soft and smooth. Used as a massage oil or after shower moisturizer, it penetrates deeply into the skin for long lasting moisturizing. As a carrier oil, it works well when absorbing other essential oils or herbs.
Apricot kernel oil can also be used to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes, strengthening the skin and healing under eye areas. With regular application, it can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other skin blemishes.
For the hair
When applied to the hair, apricot kernel oil helps detangle hair and reduces dry scalp problems, helping to achieve luscious shiny hair without any greasiness. With the nutrients in it, including Vitamin E, it softens and conditions the hair to make it more manageable on a daily basis.
For the heart
If consumed, apricot kernel oil can improve the health of your heart and cardiovascular system. It may even lower the risk of heart attack. Use apricot kernel oil as a salad dressing or an ingredient in your favorite recipes to see full benefits.
Remember to always treat your skin, body and heart with care by using products with only all natural, organic ingredients like Edye’s Peppermint Skin Repair, which contains organic apricot kernel oil which is cold-pressed and unrefined, making it more deep in color.
Fast Forward to a Healthier You
Back when we were a society of hunter-gatherers, food was scarce and we would follow a feast with hours or even days of fasting. We have since evolved, but intermittent fasting is still common in many religious or health-conscious circles. Unlike typical weight-loss diets that restrict how much food you eat or what food you eat, intermittent fasting focuses on when and how often you eat.
Research has shown that intermittent fasting is good for you – lowering blood sugar levels, increasing insulin effectiveness, and reducing inflammation and cardiovascular risk. Just like exercise puts your muscles, heart and cells under mild stress, so too does intermittent fasting, ultimately strengthen your body and making it more resistant to disease. Studies also suggest you keep more muscle and lost more fat when fasting occasionally, in comparison to other diets, because after about 12 hours of fasting, you run out of stored energy from carbs and start burning stored fat instead.
A Mind Body Experience
Intermittent fasting isn’t just good for your body, but also your mind. Along with physical exercise and sufficient mental activity, fasting can increase the production of a brain-derived neurotrophic factors, a chemical that supports the formation of new connections and even new brain cells.
It may also reverse symptoms of diabetes. Fasting has been found to trigger pancreas regeneration, which restores the function of the organ and helps control blood sugar levels. Though this study has only been conducted on rats and mice so far, it holds promise for future human successes as well.
As more research is conducted on the effects of intermittent fasting, we find its benefits far outweigh other diets. Those who try it could enjoy more energy, less illness and even potentially longer lives. Before fasting, speak with a medical professional to find out if it is right for you. And always remember to treat your body as kindly as possible by only using products with all natural, organic ingredients, like Edye’s Naturals.
As we age, our eyesight changes – usually for the worse. Many people experience a loss in distance or close-up vision, and extra strain can cause blurry vision too. The eye’s lens – made of protein and water – becomes stiffer with age, making it harder for us to focus. When we’re young, it changes shape to accommodate near or far points of focus, but that becomes more difficult as we age. In spite of attempts to correct and prevent these changes with glasses or contact lenses, our eyes continue to fall into poor habits and the strain on our eyes increases with time. While modern technology has improved the tools we can use to improve poor vision, we may also be able to improve our vision naturally with eye exercises.
"My father needed glasses in his late 40”s but read a book about how to not need glasses and did his eye exercises every night before bed. It was many years later in late 70’s that he started wearing glasses to read." - Edye Dumhart, Founder of Edye's Naturals
Eye exercising simply means using your eyes to their full extent, in a range of movements and focusing skills you don’t use in your daily life (i.e. staring at your computer screen). They will also help keep your eyes moist and prevent eye strain, which is one of the biggest causes of blurry vision. Try a couple of the exercises below and see how they work for you!
Flexing – Look up as high as you can without moving your head, then look down. Look up and to the right as far as you can, then bottom left. Switch sides and look up and to the left as far as you can, then bottom right. Repeat.
Palming – Cup your hands over your eyes and apply gentle pressure around the bone of your eye socket. With your eyes closed, stare into the blackness and see how far you can focus into the distance. Allow all residual colors to fade to black, usually at least 30 seconds.
Blinking – In general, blink more and become aware of when you stop blinking. If you feel eye strain coming on, just blink to lubricate your eye and refresh your brain so it’s ready to receive new visual data.
Focusing – Focus on your thumb held close to your face, then focus on your other thumb held at arm’s length. Next, focus on something across the room and then on something really far away (perhaps out of a window). Spend one or two seconds on each item and repeat.
Zooming – Similar to focusing, this exercise starts with you looking at your thumb being held at arm’s length. Slowly draw it in until it’s three inches in front of your eyes, maintaining focus the entire time. Then move it out to arm’s length again. Repeat for a few minutes.
Many eye doctors will recommend these eye exercises to prevent further vision deterioration, so try these natural techniques yourself. And remember to always treat your body kindly inside and out by using only all natural, organic products like Edye’s Naturals.
Mother Nature Network: https://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/can-eye-exercises-replace-reading-glasses
All About Vision: http://www.allaboutvision.com/buysmart/see_clearly.htm
Around this time of year, everything in storefronts and online is red, green, yellow (for Christmas) and blue (for Hanukkah). Each holiday throughout the year tends to be associated with a particular color, but the winter holidays have some of the strongest color associations, making everyone remember fond memories and feel the holiday cheer.
Studies have shown that color affects the way we perceive things, from certain situations to brands and other people. Some believe our brain innately connects colors with feelings, while others believe the feelings associated with each color are learned. Regardless, it is known that we feel color. How or what we feel may vary from person to person, but there are some instances with a universal significance. Since ancient times, color has proven useful as a method of psychotherapy, with the Egyptians and Chinese using colors to heal though chromotherapy. Even today, colors affect our mind and body, so we should be aware of what each one means to us.
Red – Passion, energy and excitement
Red has many different associations, but is often seen as the color of danger, passion or excitement. You may have heard that wearing red increases the likelihood of other people perceiving you as attractive, but it also acts as a confidence booster. It is a bold, lively color that can symbolize strength and power.
Green – Nature, vitality and prestige
The two most common associations with the color green are nature and wealth. It’s a color that represents growth, both in the environmental and financial sense. Psychologists have found that green increases creativity and is associated with more complex, high-level thinking. Lighter, brighter greens most often symbolize the natural, while darker greens represent wealth and abundance.
Yellow – Cheerful, playful and optimistic
Yellow has been referred to as “the strongest color” because it is to closely associated with emotions, self-esteem and creativity. Emojis are yellow for a reason – it is the color that best communicates happiness and friendliness. It can also represent mental clarity and intellect.
Blue – Trustworthy, calming and communicative
Politicians and other public figures often wear blue to persuade their audience of their trustworthiness. Blue has been found to lower blood pressure, which explains the color’s calming effects. It is also associated with clear thoughts and communication, making it a universally preferred color for its versatile meanings.
While holiday colors have full histories that build associations, each color has an effect on our daily lives as well. From well-known brand logos to the style of your doctor’s office, color plays a role in shaping how we perceive the world. Spend some time reflecting on what each color means to you, and remember to surround yourself only with people and things beneficial to living a healthy, happy life, like Edye’s Naturals.
In recent years, plant oils and their derivatives have gained popularity due to their renewable nature, worldwide availability, reasonable price and numerous application possibilities. In the beauty industry, botanical oils are the core of the clean beauty market because of their unusual adaptability, effectively delivering moisture, vitamins and antioxidants to your face, body and hair. Some plant based oils also have antimicrobial and inflammation fighting properties, while others stimulate cell turnover. Plant oils have vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other micronutrients that enable your body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. Many naturally serve multiple uses, though the industry has expanded to include multipurpose blends with both skincare and aromatherapy benefits.
While the majority of plant based oils on the market today have been processed for topical use and consumption, they are still much better than their synthetic, chemical based counterparts. The best plant based oils are organic, unrefined, virgin or extra-virgin because they are processed as close to the source as possible. Here are a couple you may be familiar with:
Olive oil – Almost everyone has a bottle of olive oil in their pantry. It’s good for drizzling over veggies, bread or fresh salads because it is high in monounsaturated fats and vitamins A and E. As a skincare product, this kitchen staple has been used since ancient times because it is also packed with anti-aging antioxidants and hydrating squalene.
Avocado oil – Just like the fruit it comes from, avocado oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which replace saturated fats without increasing caloric intake. These fatty acids, like oleic acid and the abundant vitamins, mean that avocado oil is very good at hydrating and softening skin. It has also been recommended as a treatment for acne, blackheads, eczema and other types of skin inflammation.
Lemon Oil - Lemon oil is best known for it’s ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as a bug repellant. It comes from the cold-pressing the lemon peel and not the inner fruit. The peel is the most nutrient dense portion of the lemon in terms of fat soluble phytonutrients.
Plant-based oils have been used in the kitchen for years, but ingesting them through food isn’t the only way to benefit from their natural properties. The versatility of plant-based oils alone makes them a better option than over-processed synthetic oils; however, many plant-based oils also contain natural elements that help your skin, hair and body heal. Remember to only use products that contain the best, organic plant oils, like Edye’s Naturals, to help you become the best you.
The term “mineral oil” has been used for many specific oils in the past and today it widely refers to various colorless, odorless higher alkane* mixture that comes from a mineral source. While it may be known by other names including white oil and liquid paraffin, it is generally derived from petroleum (as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline) and may be contaminated with carbon and hydrogen compounds. Before the invention of synthetic oils, mineral oil was predominantly used as a mechanical lubricant.
Often found in major brand lotions, cold creams, ointments, shampoos/conditioners, foundation and other cosmetics, mineral oil is used by manufacturers because it’s lightweight and inexpensive. However serious health concerns have been connected to it. It acts as a topical moisturizing agent when applied to your skin, but offers zero nutrients and clogs your pores preventing it from breathing. It also attracts moisture from cells deep inside your skin, slowing cell renewal, breaking down collagen and destroying connective tissue. Long-term use of mineral oil can also cause negative hormonal effects, including ovarian dysfunction, endometriosis, damage to the immune system and more.
So keep this in mind…
It may contain toxins. World Health Organization has found that unpurified forms of mineral oil contain contaminants linked to an increased risk of cancer. Even cosmetic grade mineral oil has concerns of contamination.
Known to cause problems. Mineral oil doesn’t infuse your skin with nutrients or provide hydration instead it clogs pores making your skin more susceptible to acne breakouts. With so many better alternatives on the market today, there’s no reason to settle for mineral oil.
Remember to always treat your skin with the best possible ingredients like Edye’s Naturals, which contain only organic, all natural ingredients derived from plants.
* Alkane is any of the series of saturated hydrocarbons including methane, ethane, propane, and higher members.
The flu has hit particularly hard this season, and it’s more important than ever to take precautions to protect your immune system and body. People with a weak immune system or nutrient deficiencies are more likely to catch a common cold or the flu. On top of that, symptoms may worsen due to stress, lack of sleep and exposure to toxins. Signs and symptoms of the flu may include a fever, cough, runny nose, headaches, fatigue and even vomiting. Unfortunately, many over the counter drugs or prescription medicines may have adverse effects – Motrin and Tylenol specifically do nothing to help the immune system battle the flu.
Aside from staying home and resting up if you’ve been hit by a cold or the flu, try these natural remedies found at most health food stores to help boost your immune system and let your body do its job to fight off the symptoms.
Vitamins C and D – Eating fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C aids immune system function and increases white blood cells. Vitamin D comes from natural exposure to sunlight to regulate immune system expression, and low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infection.
Herbal teas – Herbs and spices like Echinacea, elderberry and tumeric can be made into tea to fight off infections and is best used at the first sign of sickness as it acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce bronchial symptoms of a cold and the flu.
Brewer’s Yeast – Brewer’s yeast contains Vitamin B, chromium and protein, which all play a role in combatting cold, flu and other respiratory tract infections by stimulating intestinal enzymes and improving immune response.
Dried Lemongrass – Steeping loose dried lemongrass in a cup of water has been known to help reduce fever.
Essential Oils – Essential oils like oregano, peppermint, frankincense and clove oils can protect the body against infection and shorten recovery time from the flu.
Ginger, lemon, honey and cinnamon – These foods help prevent mucus buildup and keep you hydrated when added to hot water. Adequate hydration is key to naturally flushing the virus out of your system.
By hydrating well and sticking to natural foods with a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, you can help your immune system do its job and protect your body from colds and the flu. And as always, remember to use only the best, all natural products like Edye’s Naturals.
More than three million people in the U.S. experience B vitamin deficiency each year, which leads to symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, numbness, poor balance and memory trouble. B vitamins are crucial for efficient liver detoxification, as well as nerve function and nerve cell metabolism. Having the right level of B vitamins helps you stay healthy, energetic, clear-headed and balanced. Make sure you’re getting enough of each of these types of B vitamins.
Balanced levels of thiamine promote feelings of clear-headedness, composure and energy. If you’re addicted to carbohydrates, you’re probably thiamine deficient. Find this B vitamin in foods like vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and seaweed.
Riboflavin, also known as B2, aids proper thyroid function and is necessary for essential fatty acid metabolism, improving energy production in nerve cells. Find riboflavin in whole grains, legumes, leafy vegetables, poultry, fish and seaweed.
Niacin, or B3, promotes the release of growth hormones, and has anti-depressant effects due to its indirect effect on serotonin levels. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and can be found in food sources like peanuts, seeds, brown rice, whole grains, almonds and seaweed.
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Providing support for detoxification, pantothenic acid (B5) eliminates inflammatory substances and is vital for coping with extreme stress. Steroid hormones like estrogen and progesterone are only produced when B5 levels are sufficient. It can be found in avocados, mushrooms, soybeans, bananas, collard greens, lentils and broccoli to name a few foods.
Sufficient levels of B6 promote liver function and reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers because it binds to steroid hormones and detoxifies excess amounts. Additionally, it has significant mood-elevating effects because it corrects brain metabolism dysfunctions that cause depression while also heightening serotonin production. Find pyridoxine in spinach, walnuts, eggs, fish, poultry, beans and seaweed.
An important factor in liver detoxification, cobalamin has positive effects on mood and promotes free flow of neurotransmitters. It can be found in animal proteins, eggs, tempeh, algae and bee pollen.
Folic acid (Folate, B9)
Folic acid has mood elevating properties because it aids serotonin production. It also helps lower adrenal hormones that lead to increased blood pressure. Also known as folate or B9, this B vitamin prevents neural tube defects which may have otherwise caused brain and nervous system damage in babies. Find it in leafy greens, asparagus, bananas, cantaloupes and beans.
When in doubt, find an all-natural B vitamin supplement to take in the morning to ensure your levels are sufficient and your body functions properly. As always, remember to treat your body kindly and only use organic products like Edye’s Naturals.
Cooking for Hormone Balance