Oct 152014

Spirolina is a single celled organism that grows in warm water that is high in alkaline. It is bright blue green and it is referred to as blue green algae sometimes.  It isn’t really an algae, scientifically speaking.

The Aztecs used it as a food source until the 16th century when it is likely that Lake Texcoco stopped producing it.

Lots of studies have explored the potential of using it as a supplement and research has found no ill effects or toxicity with internal ingestion.

I can find very little reliable evidence that Spirolina is definitely good for your skin or face but there is no shortage of people claiming it is. While I tend to think it is good for you both internally and externally given its impressive range of  proteins, vitamins and minerals, we all have to use our own sense of these things until more research can be done. Presently I use it in face masks, cleansers, toothpowders and soaps.

According to Wikipedia, 100 grams of Spirolina contains:

57.5 grams of PROTEIN

  • Tryptophan 929 g
  • Threonine 97 g
  • Isoleucine 209 g
  • Leucine 947 g
  • Lysine 025 g
  • Methionine 149 g
  • Cystine 662 g
  • Phenylalanine 777 g
  • Tyrosine 584 g
  • Valine 512 g
  • Arginine 147 g
  • Histidine 085 g
  • Alanine 515 g
  • Aspartic acid 793 g
  • Glutamic acid 386 g
  • Glycine 099 g
  • Proline 382 g
  • Serine 998 g


  • Vitamin A equiv.(4%) 29 μg
    • beta-carotene 3%) 342 μg
  • Thiamine (B1) (207%) 2.38 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2) (306%) 3.67 mg
  • Niacin (B3) (85%) 12.82 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • (70%) 3.48 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (28%) 0.364 mg
  • Folate (B9) (24%) 94 μg
  • Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
  • Choline (13%) 66 mg
  • Vitamin C (12%) 10.1 mg
  • Vitamin D (0%) 0 IU
  • Vitamin E (33%) 5 mg
  • Vitamin K (24%) 25.5 μg


  • Calcium (12%) 120 mg
  • Iron (219%) 28.5 mg
  • Magnesium (55%) 195 mg
  • Manganese (90%) 1.9 mg
  • Phosphorus (17%) 118 mg
  • Potassium (29%) 1363 mg
  • Sodium (70%) 1048 mg
  • Zinc (21%) 2 mg
May 212014

E8304-Kosh-Kol-sea-buckthornTibetans have been using Sea Buckthorn Oil for centuries for health and the treatment of illness. I had heard that the Russians had used Sea Buckthorn oil  to treat Chernobyl radiation exposure which I didn’t think much about ether way until one of my clients was looking at my Face Serum and I started to tell her about Sea Buckthorn Oil. She nodded knowingly, a small smile on her face. With a slight accent she told me she knew of Sea Buckthorn because her father would grow it and make home made ointments out of it. I asked her where he lived and she told me he was Russian. Then I asked her what he did for a living, she told me he was a Russian Nuclear Physicist! Wow. Obviously not proof that Sea Buckthorn Oil will work to treat radiation burns but a powerful vote in its favor for that and other uses.

I began using Sea Buckthorn Oil from the berries in many of my products inclduding my Face Serum and my Lotions after buying a small amount and being immediately impressed with the oil’s color and fragrance. The oil derives it’s rich golden red almost opaque color from a high level of carotenoids.

Carotenoids are organic pigments and there are over 600 varieties of them. I imagine just exploring the mysteries of individual carotenoids could keep a few scientists busy for a long time but there is a lot already known about the benefits of some specific carotenoids. One benefit we have known a long time is the benefit to our eyes.   As the name implies, one of the most abundant carotenoid providers is carrots. Carrots are eye food according to mothers everywhere.  While there’s little evidence that carrots can actually improve vision, there is little debate on their protective value.  For one thing,  the carotenoids in carrots protect your retina from blue and near-ultraviolet light damage.

Beta-carotene is one important variety of carotenoid.  The more intense the color of the source of beta-carotene, the higher amount it has in it. Beta-carotene is a recognized antioxidant. We hear the word “antioxidant” thrown around so much, I really want to do more research to understand what is true and what is hype about antioxidants. However, for now it is my understanding that antioxidants neutralize, capture or somehow protect us from “free-radicals”. It sounds like there is a war going on at a microscopic level going inside our bodies! Whether this is an accurate analogy or not, I am told that free radicals are damaging to cells, can cause the visual signs of aging  and that beta-carotene can stop them or slow them down. Studies and anecdotal evidence concur.

Topical vitamin A may be helpful for treatment of aging skin. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that a 0.4% vitamin A lotion applied three times a week significantly reduced the number of “fine” wrinkles in seniors. 42 Benefits were also seen in terms of some biochemical measures of skin health.”   NYU Langone Medical Center 

To read a great article on Sea Buckthorn Oil, both seed and berry, check out:


Jan 162014

People Gather to Enjoy Healing Sulfur Springs at White Springs Florida

I just made an awesome Sulfur and Spirolina Soap because I’ve had several people request a sulfur soap, including a dermatologist for her patients.

A woman came into my store today asking about products for Ezcema. Well, I told her about African Black Soap and my Pine Tar soap but thought for her spot-like ezcema, she could try sulfur soap.

She told me she is allergic to “sulfur drugs” and thought she should avoid topical sulfur too.

I told her I’d research it and this is what I’ve found:

According to Dr. Zimmer at Zimmer Nutrition, no one is allergic to sulfur. He writes:

Sulfur is the chemical element that is found in Sulfa Drugs, Sulfites, and Sulfates. Sulfur is an essential element of life and is found in amino acids and other important molecules in the body. It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a sulfur allergy. You cannot survive without sulfur. When people say that they are allergic to sulfur they mean sulfites or sulfonamides, not sulfur or sulfates.


According to the Australian Socoeity of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/medication-allergy/sulfonamide-antibiotic-allergy)

There are different substances and an allergy to one does not mean an allergy to all. There is:

  • Sulfur:
    • An elemental powder that I use in my Sulfur and Spirolina Soap.
  • Sulfonamide:
    • Found in both antibiotic and non-antibiotic medicines.
    • Allergy ranging from mild to severe is possible with any type of antibiotic drug containing sulfonamides.
    • As to non-antibiotic drugs containing sulfonamides  ASCIA writes: “these medicines do not need to be avoided by people because they are allergic to sulfonamide antibiotics; the allergy rarely if ever “crosses over”.
  • Sulfites:
    • a type of preservative that can cause adverse reactions which are similar to allergies but do not involve the immune system.
  • Sulfates
    • It seems there is a lot of forms of sulfates, for instance sodium lauryl sulfate, a common component of many store purchased soaps and detergents and shampoos. They can cause irritation but according to ASCIA:It is usually safe to use a sulfate when a person has a sulfonamide or a sulfite allergy.


Nov 192013


According to www.naturallycurly.com Amodimethicone is a modified silicone polymer. Silicones are polymers that include silicon together with carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and sometimes other elements. In general, silicones are great for many uses because they:

  • don’t conduct heat
  • they don’t tend to react to other chemicals
  • they are thought to be non-toxic
  • can handle a wide range of temperatures.
  • Repel water
  • don’t provide a good home for bacteria.
  • don’t break down easily in sun or air.


According to Cosmetic Ingredients Review Expert Panel, showed  minimal or no toxicity.

Animal Testing

It’s interesting to note that  amodimethicone was tested on animals extensively, like almost all chemicals found in our food and body products. I wonder if any company that says “not tested on animal” contains this ingredient?

Conditions Hair

Modieified Silicone Polymers are considered to be among the best high-performance conditioning polymers currently available They are used to:

  • Provide deep conditioning
  • Provide targeted conditioning to areas of particularly damaged hair
  • Protect from thermal damage
  • Increase color retention
  • Resist build up
  • Impart gloss and shine
Oct 022013

When selling my natural deodorants, people often expect me to lecture them on how bad antiperspirant is for you. I can tell I disappoint them when I don’t launch into claims about how  commercially made antiperspirant causes breast cancer and the Aluminum Zirconium causes Alzheimer Disease. I don’t do this because whether antiperspirants definitely cause disease isn’t clear cut. Nevertheless, I argue against using antiperpirants because solutions that work better than antiperspirants against body odor exist.

Antiperspirants Can Cause Granuloma

There is one condition caused by commercially sold antiperspirants that is proven,   Granuloma, characterized by rashing and bumping under the arm.  According to Wikipedia, Granulomas form when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate. This is consistent with the way antiperspirants work. Antiperspirants all contain some form of aluminium.  According to the website Discovery Fit and Health, aluminum ions  enter cells under your arm and swell when you sweat, blocking further sweat from escaping.

 When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water passes in with them. As more water flows in, the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so that sweat can’t get out.

So, it makes sense that some bodies see these aluminum ions as foreign entities and develop a permanent sensitivity to them.  A study at Walter Reed Institute of Research confirms that it is possible to develop an acute hypersensitivity reaction to an aluminum zirconium complex.


Why Use Antiperspirant?

Natural Deodorant Image

What I ask customers is why would they choose to use antiperspirant when there is something that is more effective, more natural and has simpler ingredients?

The answer for me is clear, I use my own deodorant.  It works better for me and I don’t rash from it. Furthermore, I personally:

  • don’t trust that big corporations are putting only healthy things into our products. (read more here)
  • think it is wise  to keep body care products as chemically free as possible, read my Safe and Simple article here.

Most Important, Don’t be too Afraid

Remember though that fear and stress is also unhealthy so I don’t agree with anyone who sells products based on fear because:

  • our fear about things  is already too great.
  • breeding fear is rarely in anyone’s best interest.
  • can be deadly and debilitating
  • already making good people do bad things.

I am not comfortable in selling anything to anyone by instilling fear or generating negative energy. I want people to come to healthy living easily and openly because it is a natural progression of their life. I know some people are convinced that antiperspirant deodorants filled with all their crap can cause some very specific serious illness and I suspect there is some truth to that.

More Reading

Here are some links to others opinions on the subject of how bad antiperspirant is;

The  Healthy Economist “10 Reasons Why Store Deodorants Stink

From Wisegeek  What are the Dangers of  Aluminium Zirconium

Oct 012013

I added Turmeric to my Dog Salve for Hot Spots because

1) It is said to help many skin conditions

2) According to several sources, Turmeric seems safe for dogs to ingest (which is important with any salve you put on your pets, no matter how unpalatable yopu try to make the salve.)

The University of Maryland Medical Center writes about Turmeric that: Test tube and animal studies suggest turmeric may kill bacteria and viruses. (see article on Turmeric there)

According to the site “Can I Give My Dog…?”, Turmeric is one spice that is not only safe for dogs but considered good for them.

The site, Healthy Dog Club writes:

Turmeric’s healing … medical talents, which are widely reported, have effects on:

  • Blocking inflammation
  • Kills infectious bacteria and microbes
  • It improves the function and health of the heart
  • It’s antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimicrobial, antibiotic, antimutagenic, anti-inflammatory
  • It cures stomach ailments
  • It cures ear infections
  • It kills sinus infections
  • It kills parasites
  • It prevents cataracts
  • It heals damage from long-term diabetes and wounds caused by diabetes

The site “An Oregon Cottage” writes of their dog  Samson being helped by Tumeric’s anit-inflammatory properties:

…we started him on 1/4 tsp. mixed in with his food in the mornings (we also add water to his dry food – that’s been really great in getting him extra water and slowing down his eating). He eats this mixture with no problems.

This is going to seem like an exaggeration, but literally within a few days he was NOT holding his leg up anymore. And within a few weeks we could detect no problems when he walked (we never saw problems when he ran). Tumeric was the only thing that helped right away (we had tried glucosamine earlier) so it’s become a regular part of his diet.


Oct 012013

I found this Seabuckthorn and Dogs Study very interesting and wanted to make sure others could find it.

Seabuckthorn, a resource for soft tissue repair in animals

A.C. Varshney1and S.P. Tyagi2

1Professor and Head, 2Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

CSKHPKV, Palampur, H.P., India


            Wound healing is a complex phenomenon involving a number of finely synchronized cellular processes of body which are in turn governed by a number of control systems of the body. However, a number of variables affect this normal response of body in many ways. In general, the availability of various vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and many other nutrients in body have a major influence on this process directly and indirectly. Moreover, various disease processes and myriad external conditions also affect this process in an unanticipated manner. Therefore, management of any kind of wound is basically aimed in controlling the above mentioned variables in such a manner that the body functions optimally in its healing endeavor. The management of wounds in animals is always potentially complicated because of little control on these variables compared to human. Continue reading »

Aug 012013

I like to have mint. Okay, I admit it, I dream of being able to mix up a Mint Julip whenever I want.

Problem is, the green caterpillers here in San Diego, decimate my mint within a few days.  ! tablespoon Neem Oil, a liter of Water, a generous squirt of dish soap or Dr Bronners. Maybe a pinch of Borax to keep it mixed up a bit if you want and that’s it. Spray on plants.  Neem won’t kill flying bugs, just bugs that eat where your sprayed.   Awesome!

Oh, and by the way, this was the only natural bug repellent that ever worked so well and I’ve tried some doozies!

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