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How I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

psoraisisHow I Cured My Psoriasis | By Joan Morais

Anyone who has suffered from a skin ailment, psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis understands how it affects our daily life and can consume our day. Here is my story on how I cured my psoriasis.

Living with Psoriasis

I lived with psoriasis for over four years. My dad had psoriasis. His dad, my grandfather, also had psoriasis. Every day my psoriasis worsened and spread. The unsightly look of the plaques, the extreme itchiness and flaking of the plaques was so stressful and emotionally draining. It affected what I would wear, I didn’t wear any dark clothing, the flaking from the plaques would clearly be seen. The itchiness was enough to drive me crazy. Anyone with a skin disorder can understand this.

I am an aromatherapist, herbalist and into natural health. I tried so many different natural ways to try to heal my psoriasis. I researched and read numerous books on psoriasis. I experimented with removing wheat, soy, nuts and nightshade vegetables out of my diet and reduced consuming dairy products. I used aromatherapy sprays, drank herbal teas, took herbs, applied salves and lotions and soaked in sea salt and herbal baths to soothe my itchy skin. I worked on the emotional pattern of psoriasis. Nothing I did made a lasting impact on the symptoms of psoriasis. My psoriasis kept getting worse and got too much for me.

I finally went to my medical doctor and received a formal diagnosis of psoriasis and was prescribed medication. I was hoping there was something new on the market that would help without the horrible side effects from the medication. However, I knew I would not take the medication after reading the side effects and hearing stories from people on what happened to them from taking the medicine. I lost hope and succumbed to believe that my psoriasis is something that could never be cured. I would have to suffer and deal with it my entire life.

Out of the Blue Everything Changed

My daughter came up for a visit for about a month. I was vegetarian at the time and I was just getting into cooking. I never learned how to cook or cared to cook but recently was intrigued to learn how to cook. My daughter was interested in eating and cooking vegan out of compassion for animals. She shared with me about the unbelievable atrocities done to animals in factory farms. I watched documentaries and hidden videos on factory farms. I researched factory farming and how animals were slaughtered. It kept leading me deeper and then I uncovered the horrible things done in the dairy and egg industry.

We cooked and baked plant-based vegan. It was so fun and everything was delicious. I realized I didn’t need eggs in baking or cheese on pizza. It was all so clear to me how unbalanced our country has become by having animal products in everything! Through marketing and TV commercials we were brainwashed to consume more animals products so the beef, pork, chicken, lamb, dairy and egg corporations could make more money for themselves without a care for human health, cruelty to animals and environmental health. The United States eats more animal products than any other country and anytime in history. As I read labels I was shocked. Gelatin for instance is made from the skin, bones, and ligaments from horses, cows and pigs.

My Psoriasis Disappeared

When I started eating plant-based vegan all of a sudden my psoriasis disappeared very quickly. It truly was shocking. Every plaque and discoloration on my skin was gone! After suffering for years from psoriasis and have it affect every moment of my daily life and then for it to disappear was a miracle! It has been over five years and I have no symptoms or signs of ever having psoriasis. It was food related; a reaction from eggs and dairy. When the body is sensitive or allergic to an ingredient, the organs are on overload and can’t process the toxin and therefore it comes out through the skin.

Our body is very intelligent. All we have to do is pay attention and listen to it. Don’t fall into the trap and listen to the mainstream and the mass majority. What we have been told may not be true for us. As a child, I held my nose drinking milk. I detested milk, butter and cheese. I didn’t like eggs and would gag to eat them. Maybe my body knew since a child it was not good for me. And going against my body for too many years built up too many toxins in me and my body couldn’t process it anymore.

I love cooking and eating plant-based vegan. I feel great and have a tremendous amount of energy and I am almost 60 years old.

psoriasis and eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Skin Conditions | Psoriasis and Eczema

Psoriasis and Eczema are two common skin conditions that affect many people, including children. Both skin conditions can have similar symptoms and are commonly confused for one another. Read on to learn about psoriasis and eczema.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is when skin cells build up and will form red, patchy scales. It is considered a chronic disease that comes and goes with no cure*. There are ways to manage and reduce symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • itchy, red patches
  • dry, cracked skin that can bleed
  • silvery, white scales on the skin
  • swollen, stiff joints

Psoriasis can appear as a few patches or can cover a large area. It often flares up for several weeks or months then disappears for some time. It can also go into complete remission.

Causes of psoriasis are not completely known, however it is thought to be an immune response. In psoriasis, cells attack other healthy cells by mistake. This triggers an overproduction of skin cells that build up to form psoriasis. Those with a family history of psoriasis are more at risk to have it. It typically first shows up between the ages 15- 35. It is rare for babies or children to have psoriasis.

Psoriasis is often starts or worsens because of a trigger. Identifying one’s triggers is an important step in the treatment and remission of psoriasis. The following are common triggers:

  • stress
  • smoking cigarettes
  • heavy alcohol consumption
  • injuries to the skin or skin infections
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • some medications

Psoriasis is often treated with creams and ointments and for more severe cases with oral medication or injections.

Eczema

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, makes your skin red and itchy. Just like Psoriasis, it is chronic, flares up then goes away and a cure has not been found. Eczema is the skin’s inability to protect itself from environmental factors, irritants, and allergens. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchiness
  • Red patches especially around hands, feet, neck, and inside the bends of elbows and knees
  • Thickened, scaly skin
  • Red bumps that ooze fluid
  • Stinging and burning feeling on skin

Eczema often begins before age 5 and can continue into adulthood. About 20 percent of babies and young children experience eczema with most developing symptoms within the first year. In babies, eczema tends to show up on the scalp, cheeks, arms and legs. Many children outgrow eczema by age 2. Food allergies can contribute to eczema in children.

Eczema is very itchy and scratching can cause problems. Scratching can cause thickened and darkened skin that scars over time.

Like psoriasis, eczema is more likely if there is a family history. Allergens or irritants in the environment can also trigger it. This includes pollen, cigarette smoke, or allergens in one’s diet. The rash is often aggravated by heat and irritants (such as chemicals in soaps and lotions). Stress can also cause a flare up of eczema.

Eczema is typically treated with topical treatment and avoiding known allergens and irritants.

*Joan’s Cure

Psoriasis and Eczema can be very difficult to deal with. Not only are they irritating and painful, they can cause a lot of embarrassment. While the mainstream medical field will say there is no cure for psoriasis or eczema, Joan was able to cure her psoriasis and has not experienced any symptoms in over 5 years. For Joan’s story on how she healed her psoriasis, come back to our blog next week for her story.

Irritants in body care products can trigger and/or exacerbate outbreaks of both psoriasis and eczema. For those looking to make more natural body care products check out our online courses and ebooks:

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Do you suffer from psoriasis or eczema? What has your experience been? Please comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

hair rinse

End of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

hair rinseEnd of Summer Hair Tips | Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse

Summer can wreak havoc on our hair between swimming in chlorinated water to more exposure to the sun’s rays. Luckily there are some easy ways we can take extra care of our hair to keep our locks healthy and vibrant and repair any damage that may have already been done. Read on for some end of summer hair tips and a recipe for a hair rinse.

Reduce Heat Styling

Heat styling can really dry out and fry your locks. With warmer weather it is much easier to go heat styling free by letting your hair dry naturally. Naturally wavy hair can be created by using a sea-salt spray, scrunching hair when wet and then (most important) keep your hands off to prevent frizz. For more resources on taking care of natural hair check out our ebook: Naturally Textured Hair: Straight, Wavy, Kinky, Coily, Curly and our blog on Curly Hair Types.

Protect Your Hair

The sun’s rays can not only burn our skin, but can also cause damage to our hair. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear hats, scarves, or bandanas. Applying a deep conditioner and/or hair mask is another great way to add moisture and nourishment.

Beat the Frizz

Warm weather and high humidity are a recipe for major frizz. Hair oils are a great option to not only tame frizz but to promote soft and shiny hair. Read more about hair oils here. Also switching to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush can help minimize frizz and promote natural curl. Many people also swear by this brush as it easily gets out tangles and does not cause split ends or breakage.

Hair Rinse

A hair rinse is a great way to add shine and revitalize your hair from summer.

hair rinse

Hibiscus & Herbal Hair Rinse Recipe

For this hair rinse, choose herbs that are excellent for hair such as rosemary, thyme, and mint, etc. Fresh herbs from the garden are great to use, otherwise dried can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • small handful of herbs
  • hibiscus or other flowers (such as calendula, lavender, rose, etc.)
  • 8 ounces of hot water

Directions:

Steep herbs and flowers in hot water and cool to room temperature. Strain out herbs and flowers.

Pour the rinse onto the hair. Allow the rinse to set on the hair for few minutes then rinse off (optional).
Tip: Wash and condition hair first and then apply the rinse. Leave rinse on and allow to dry on hair. Place the rinse in the refrigerator and do a cool rinse. It is very soothing to the scalp.
Note: most fresh hibiscus flowers doesn’t add color to the water but dried hibiscus immediately colors the water. Add some dried hibiscus for a beautiful pink to red color.

Natural Hair Care Products

Finding natural hair care products specific to your hair needs can be difficult. Our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course provides over 30 formulations on shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, masks, mists, serums, co-wash, pomade, styling gel, etc.

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Hair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

hair maskHair Masks | Soft & Silky Hair Mask Recipe

Hair masks adds nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair and helps to repair damaged hair, add manageability and promote smooth and shiny hair. Read on to learn more about how to use a hair mask and for our Soft & Silky Hair Mask recipe.

Masks can be emulsions, clay masks, herbal masks or fresh masks. Masks are left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing from the hair for maximum benefit of the nutrients onto the hair.

Fresh Hair Masks

Avocados

Bananas

Coconut Yogurt

Coconut Milk

Hemp Milk

Almond Milk

Plant-Based Mayonnaise

How to use a Hair Mask
Depending on the type of hair mask, these are the general instructions. Some hair masks should be followed by shampoo and conditioner.

  1.    Shampoo hair and squeeze out excess water.
  2.    Apply hair mask onto wet hair.
  3.    For split ends apply generous amount on ends, for damaged hair apply to entire hair.
  4.    Put shower cap or towel over hair.
  5.    Leave mask on for 5-20 minutes depending on mask.
  6.    Rinse hair thoroughly removing all traces of mask.
  7.   Apply mask once a week to once a month.

Tips for Formulating Hair Mask

Use smooth powders in hair masks such as fruit powders. Test the smoothness by adding a small dab of fruit powder into the palm of your hand, moisten fruit powder with water and rub into your palm. It should feel smooth with no rough residue so it doesn’t stick to the hair.

Soft and Silky Hair Mask Recipe

This hair mask is soothing to the scalp and leaves the hair soft, silky and shiny. Plant-based yogurt soothes the scalp and relieves itchiness and adds moisture and protein leaving the hair soft and silky. Spirulina is a super food, an algae, a nutrient rich dense food adding nutrients and bringing vitality to hair. Double the recipe for thick, textured and long hair.

  • 1/4 cup plant-based yogurt (soy or almond) *see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon or 1 capsule powdered spirulina (blue or green, I used blue)

optional: 1-2 drops plant oil (avocado, argan, coconut, sunflower, baobab, moringa, marula, almond, broccoli or olive oil) *see note

optional: add 1 drop lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil

  1. Mix ingredients making sure the spirulina is dissolved.
  2. Apply mask onto wet or dry hair with a brush or your hands. Do a scalp massage.
  3. Allow the mask to sit on the hair for 2-5 minutes. Wash mask off, shampoo and condition the hair.

Note:
-Use cold plant-based yogurt to soothe the scalp.
-I first apply the mask to my scalp and top of my head and then mix in 1 drop plant oil and apply the mask to the ends of my hair as my hair easily absorbs oil and oil weighs down my hair.

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Natural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products


baby skin careNatural Baby Skin Care | Make Natural Baby Care Products

A baby’s skin is pure, sensitive and delicate. The baby has been in the mother’s protective womb and then suddenly the baby’s skin is exposed to the atmosphere and the environmental elements. There are many baby skin care products on the market now. Many of these products claim to be “natural,” however they may still contain harsh elements.

Natural, Organic Ingredients

Products applied to a baby’s skin should be very mild and made from natural ingredients, especially baby products that do not rinse off and stay on the skin. Products that stay on the skin can easily irritate a baby’s skin especially if there are harsh ingredients in it. It is best to use baby products made with the highest quality of natural ingredients and organic whenever possible and containing no harsh ingredients.

Essential Oils for Babies

Essential oils can be great to use in baby care products.  However they need to be used with great care.  Essential oils add scent and have incredible therapeutic properties. A little goes a long way and many essential oils may not be safe for babies. Essential oils should never be used directly on baby skin. Essential oils should be highly diluted using a plant-based oil, cream, or lotion, prior to using and should never be used by the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Make Natural Baby Care Products

If you are interested in making your own baby care products either for a baby or young child in your life or as part of a professional product line, check out our ebook, How to Make Natural Baby Care Products.

You will learn seven different product formulations including a natural baby powder, diaper rash balm, and baby oil. They are natural, plant-based and contain no animal products. They are beneficial to the skin.

You will also learn about essential oils that are safe for babies and young children, including the dilution amounts.

These formulations are very pure and perfect for baby, toddler, child, mom and dad.