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Egyptian magic cream

Egyptian magic cream is multi-purpose healing balm 100% natural. It can be used to soothe dry skin (body and face) or as a massage balm, on dry lips, for anti-aging and anti-wrinkles purposes, for eczema-prone skins, to reduce stretch marks and even insect bites. It has been on the market for years and is now endorsed by celebrities such as Kate Hudson or Madonna for its efficiency. Other usage include application on baby skin to replace mineral oil-based products, application on nails and cuticles to protect and soften and application on hair for a lustrous shine.

It is very easy to use by warming a small amount in the palm of the hands before applying on skin. It gets absorbed very easily and leaves the skin smooth and supple.

The key ingredients of the Magic cream are olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and bee propolis.

You can find Egyptian Magic Cream 118ml. It costs only about 30 Euros for 60ml and can last for months since only a small quantity is needed to do its magic!

Enjoy and send us your feedback 🙂

Natural collagen for your anti-aging needs

Collagen is a strong connective tissue made of white fibers that gives resilience, strength and protection to different parts of the body. It is made of very few cells and collagen binds with elastin, giving the skin its firm texture and elasticity. Over the years, collagen and elastin are less and less produced in the body, giving the skin its saggy look that nobody wants to cope with and this is why there is a huge market and offer for anti-aging creams containing collagen or elastin. The idea behind is to give the body through the skin what it can no longer produce naturally at a fast pace, which makes sense. However, collagen anti-wrinkle creams mostly contain synthetic collagen and the molecules are too big to penetrate the skin so that these creams do not work and each month, women or men are back for more, hoping that over the time, they will eventually see results. Also, anti-wrinkles creams are often packed with other chemicals that instead of improving the feel and look of the skin, actually manage to damage it even further.

Natural collagen occuring in plant extracts and essential oils

There are alternatives to synthetic collagen like natural collagen contained in plant extracts and organic essential oils. Such extracts or essential oils are made of tiny molecules that can easily penetrate the skin, enter the blood stream and perform their functions appropriately where tissue repair needs to take place.
gotu kolaExamples of these plant extracts are Gotu Kola or Centella asiatica, a small plant from Asia that is used in Ayurvedic medicine commonly to improve blood circulation, speed up wounds healing and is traditionally used to treat leprosy, one of the most devastating skin disease. Gotu Kola extract naturally stimulates collagen production in the body, hence its anti-aging properties. It is an super efficient remedy for scar healing or scar reduction and even stretch marks since stretch marks result from breaking elastin and collagen fibers. Gotu Kola has also natural anti-bacterial and natural anti-inflammatory properties so really, one plant extract can remedy many problems. Gotu Kola is not easily found but it is still present in many creams, lotions or as an oil and can be purchased online.

Organic gotu kola products are better because like any other organic products, they will ensure that they are free of chemicals. However, always read the label carefully because sometimes, even organic products can be inorganic 🙂

We have selected few organic gotu kola products that you can view below:

Gotu Kola Herb Organic

Gotu Kola Herb Organic

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Gotu Kola Powder

Organic Gotu Kola Powder

$9.75 (approx.) – CLICK TO BUY

Gotu Kola Cream

Gotu Kola Cream

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Another example is Helichrysum essential oil. Helichrysum essential oil is said to be one of the most valuable essential oils because of its powerful actions and is being recognized by the medical body for its efficiency in healing wounds, bruise and scaring at an incredible pace. It is a very expensive essential oil but expensive here is relative considering that only a few drops mixed in a carrier oil such as apricot kernel oil, organic evening primrose or calendula oil will be way more efficient than traditional cosmetics for which we spend a fortune anyways. Helichrysum essential oil penetrates the skin at deep levels and promotes cellular building blocks by stimulating fibroblast cells production. Fibroblast cells are the cells that produce elastin and collagen and hence, help in tissue repair. Helichrysum also has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and gives the skin a youthful appearance while getting rid of all the small blemishes. The downside is that Helichrysum essential oil has a very particular smell that might not appeal to everyone but when you get used to it, the smell tends to grow with you. Plus, it has other unique properties that you can read about in our post dedicated to helichrysum essential oil.Also, make sure that the essential oil is a therapeutic-grade oil and not a fragrance, otherwise, it will not work at all.

We suggest you try this therapeutic-grade helichrysum essential oil:

helichrysum essential oil

Organic Helichrysum essential oil

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Organic cocoa butter

Cocoa butter benefits

Cocoa butter naturally occurs in cocoa beans that contain 40% to 50% fats. Cocoa butter, and even better, organic cocoa butter organic cacao butteris very beneficial for the skin. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable natural fat and is an amazing moisturizer that prevents from dehydration and leaves the skin extra smooth, especially for dry skin. It is also efficient for skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema and is one of the main ingredients in creams that are formulated against stretch marks. Organic cocoa butter should be favored because it is free from chemicals, petroleum and preservatives and has been mechanically extracted so it can provide the expected results. Also organic cocoa butter has not been heated so all the beneficial nutrients remain. You can find organic cocoa butter at local health stores or online.

organic cocoa butter creamCocoa butter is found in many organic skin care products such as organic cocoa butter cream but can also be used raw. It has naturally occurring antioxidants and therefore has a shelf life of 2 to 5 years if conserved in a cool and dark place. You can cut a piece of cocoa butter that will sort of melt in your hands and apply it on your face and body, especially on areas that are dry. The texture is very nice and the smell very pleasant.

A truly raw and organic cocoa butter can also be eaten and because it has high content of stearic acid, it actually contributes to lowering cholesterol levels. You cannot cook with cocoa butter though and it should not be used in the pans, only slightly heated to melt it and make chocolate bars (with organic cocoa powder) for example.

Remove stretch marks

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks also known under the name striae, striae atrophica or vergetures are irregular scarring of the skin in the form of discolored lines, bands or stripes. Stretch marks form at the dermis level where elastin and collagen are not produced enough to keep the skin elasticity or when stretching occur and as a result, the skin can not retain its shape and breaks. This usually happens during a sudden weight gain (during pregnancy particularly), during sudden growth (puberty), during hormone changes or even during the intake of certain medication such as cortisone. Stretch marks commonly appear where the largest amount of fat is stored such as on the thighs, hips, breast, buttocks and can touch both men and women.

Preventing stretch marks

Prevention is the solution when weight gain occurs or during pregnancy by applying organic vitamin E or organic cacao butter on the concerned areas before the stretch marks become too deep. Also, a good diet rich in Vitamin K can help slowing the formation of stretch marks (green vegetables) or essential fatty acids (fish, nuts, organic evening primrose oil, organic argan oil or organic borage oil and other healthy organic products).

Home remedies for stretch marks

gotu kola1- According to a study, applying Gotu Kola extract on a daily basis would help prevent the formation of stretch marks and even reduce existing ones. Gotu Kola also known as Centella asiatica is small plant from Asia belonging to the Mackinlayaceae family that grows annually. It has green rounded leaves and the flowers are of pink to red color. Gotu Kola has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. It is also said to be beneficial to the circulation, the brain and nervous system functions. It has antioxidant and anti-aging properties and can be used to speed up wound healing as well as diminishing the scars thanks to the stimulation of collagen production. It is traditionally used to treat leprosy. organic gotu kolaOrganic gotu kola can be found in the form of powder, cream, extract, infused oil or tea.

2 – Try as well using essential oils. Helichrysum essential oil is the most beneficial essential oil to get rid of stretch marks. It is however very expensive and this is why not a lot of companies use it. If you want to try it, you can buy it here online. Mix it with jojoba oil or another carrier oil before applying to the skin. Organic lavender essential oil mix with chamomile essential oil in a carrier oil can attenuate stretch marks as well.

3 – Mixing organic aloe vera, organic vitamin E and organic vitamin A and rubbing on the stretch marks area can also help.

4 – Organic cocoa butter, organic emu oil and organic argan oil are also said to do wonders to stretch marks. Choose organic products to ensure they are 100% natural and chemicals-free.

5 – Exercise combined with the use of your topical remedies will help as well as it will tone your muscles and skin. You can use an exercise routine that focuses on the arms, thighs, buttocks and abs.

Those remedies might not get you rid of the stretch marks completely but it can however attenuate them.

Organic calendula

Calendula belongs to the daisy family Asteraceae and grows in the Mediterranean region until Iran under sunny weathers. The flower can be yellow to orange and measures around 5cm in diameter. Also known under the Latin name Calendula officinalis, Calendula means first day of the month because the flowers bloom mostly on the first days of each month, from spring to fall. It can grow very easily in any garden. Pot marigold is also a common name for calendula. The flowers are edible and can be used to decorate salads. They are also fed to poultry to produce an egg yolk that is darker yellow.

Calendula is a very interesting flower with numerous healing properties. It is known to ease constipation, cramps or fever in traditional medicine. Studies have also produced hope as extract of calendula officinalis would have anti-tumor properties and would boost the immune system although further investigation is needed. Calendula is also known for its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is often taken in the form of powder or tea to help treating infections.

As a topical ingredient, calendula is the herb of choice to treat many skin conditions including burns, sunburns, rashes, abrasions, scrapes and insect bites thanks to its antiseptic properties. It is said to even help in case of psoriasis. It is very beneficial to dry skin and damaged skin, has anti-aging properties and it is particularly efficient on baby skin when diaper irritations occur. It can be used to reduce stretch marks or on newly-designed tatoos to help the skin heal. It can speed up wound healing by activating blood flow and oxygen to the wounded area.

Using organic calendula is better as it has grown on chemical-free soils much like other organic products. Organic calendula can be found in the form of organic calendula oil, weleda calendula creamorganic calendula cream, organic calendula ointments. Organic calendula oil is also an excellent massage oil especially when varicose veins occur.

organic calendula oilOrganic calendula oil or cream is good for the whole family and is particularly great to keep your baby’s skin smoother and far from irritations. You can apply organic calendula oil on body and face as needed.You can find organic calendula at your local health store or online.