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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.

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

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Joan Morais Naturals Gift Certificates

Do you have a loved one in your life that is interested in making their own natural body, skin & hair care products? Give them a gift certificate to Joan Morais Naturals and they can pick out the course and/or ebooks that they are interested in!

To purchase a gift certificate, click here.

Check out our online courses here.

Happy product making!

Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging For Skin & Hair Care Products

Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Skin & Hair Care Products

Think about your most recent skin, body or hair care product you purchased. What made you buy THAT product? Have you purchased it before? Did you plan to buy it? What did you like about the packaging? What didn’t you like about the packaging? Once you took it home, was there anything else you noticed about the packaging that you may or may not have liked? What about Eco-Friendly packaging? Did that happen to cross your mind?

Eco-Friendly products and packaging are an important area that consumers are taking notice. Organic and/or natural skin, body and hair care product use has been on the rise for some time, but lately the packaging and containers the products are in are becoming important as well. Consumers are looking for more eco-friendly, recycled, and/or glass containers and less plastic.

What makes a package Eco-Friendly?

How do we know if the products we purchase are in eco-friendly packaging? Well, there is no actual strict definition or criteria on what makes something eco-friendly. There is a lot that goes into it that needs to be thought out.  The EPA identifies several important factors to what makes a product “more green” including toxic exposures, water pollution, natural resources used (including water and materials), etc. A container/package might be considered Eco-Friendly if it is made from renewable, recycled or biodegradable materials. Other factors to think about include the shape and weight of the container as this affects the shipping/transportation of the product. Also, the energy it takes to actually make the container/package including if toxic materials are used and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.

However, using eco-friendly containers and packaging is not that simple. It is really important that you test out your product in the container.  Many recycled and biodegradable materials may not hold up depending on what raw materials are used in the product. Cost is another aspect to think about. Most eco-friendly packaging is going to cost more, so thinking how that will affect your pricing is important.

It is very important to explore how you package your professional natural skin, body or hair care product prior to putting your product out on the market. Often times we pick out a package due to aesthetics- what packaging we like the best. Aesthetics is obviously important, as it’s usually what initially attracts us to the product. However, aesthetics alone is not enough to go by. It is important to look at the “whole package” so to speak. Check out our previous blog post on containers for skin and hair care products and what you should consider prior to picking out your container. Make sure to also think about the environmental impact your packaging has as consumers are taking notice!

Eco-Friendly Packaging Resources

In our Professional Product-Making courses we provide a lot of resources on eco-friendly containers and packaging. Here are a few eco-friendly containers for you to check out:

Paperboard Push Up Lip Balm Tubes

 Paperboard Jars

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Phone Consultation and Courses

Do you have your own skin, body and/or hair care product business and need assistance on product containers and packaging? Joan Morais offers phone consultations on a variety of topics on the skin, body and hair care product business including formulating, manufacturing, containers/packaging, labeling, raw materials, troubleshooting etc.

For those that are just starting or thinking about starting your own product line, our Professional Natural Skin Care Making Course and Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course both cover containers/packaging including sourcing, testing formulations in the container and more.

Essential oils for hair

All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!

Make Professional Natural Hair Care Products

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course FAQs

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course FAQs

Have you been thinking about making your own professional natural skin care products?

Not sure if the Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course is for you? Here are some frequently asked questions on the course which will hopefully help you better understand if this is the course for you.

How is this course provided?

The course is an in-depth online video-based training program that is entirely online-based learning and can be taken at your own pace. There is no expiration date and you have lifetime course access. Online courses are one of the best ways to learn because you can re-watch and re-learn the information, formulation procedures and watch the formulas being made as many times as you like and access the numerous resources.

What information is included in it?

The course includes information on making your own professional hair care product line including shampoo, conditioner and hair styling products, whether it is for personal use, a salon or to sell. The course covers the diversity of hair types and products for different hair types. You will learn about natural preservation, good manufacturing practices, product customization, product containers and labeling, pricing, etc. Click here for a full description of the course.

What does it mean that Joan is mentoring the course?

This is a self-guided online course that is always available, however Joan mentors the course  one-two times a year.. That means Joan will assist you and answer all your questions throughout this mentored course. There will be weekly module overviews with 5 live group phone consultations. Course participants can ask any questions on cosmetic formulation; formulating and making skin and body care products, starting your own business or your current business. These consultation calls are not included in the regular non-mentored course. There is no extra fee for this mentorship, it is an added bonus for you to join when it works for you. You can participate in the guided and mentored course once but you will have continued lifetime course access to all the course materials.

Do I need to already be making my own products to take this course? What skill level is required?

You do not need to be making your own products to take this course, however this is designed for those serious in making natural skin and body care products for either personal use or for a business. This course is designed for most levels, from beginning to advance. Joan is very detailed with her tutorials, videos, and training manuals. You will have lifetime course access to all these course materials that you can watch, read and review as many times as you need in order to better understand it.

How long is the course?

During the guided and mentored course, there will be 8 weekly module overviews to help you keep a good pace to complete the course, however the length of time it takes you to complete the course is completely up to you. The course is self-guided and can be accessed at any time. There is no expiration date on when you need to complete it by. You will have lifetime course access. You will receive a certificate of completion when you have completed the course.

How long do I have access to this course?

You will have lifetime course access. You can access the course at any time, on any day. You can watch the videos over and over to assist you to make the formulations. For access to the course, sign into My Account located at the top right hand corner at www.joanmorais.com and click on the link to the classrooms. Life gets busy and sometimes it takes us away from our studying. But this course will be here for you when you are ready to return to it. Lifetime course access means you will have complete access to the course for as long as the course exists at Joan Morais Naturals.

Will I receive some kind of certification when I complete the course?

Yes, you will receive a pdf of your certificate of completion that you can print and proudly display when you have completed the course.

Will I be able to make my own hair care product line after taking this course?

Yes! This course provides in-depth information on making naturally preserved skin care products, good manufacturing practices, lab testing, product development, how to create a natural skin care line, raw material suppliers, product containers, labeling, ingredients, formulations and much, much more! We have many students from all around the world that go on to create their own professional skin care line after taking this course! Some of our students started out with Joan and still have a successful business going on for 10+ years.

When do I need to sign up in order to receive the mentorship by Joan?

The mentorship course dates will be posted on the website and an email will be sent out with the dates. Make sure and sign up to be on our email list (located on the homepage) and receive notification of the next session.

I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

Yes! We have students from all over the world take our courses. The course is entirely online and self-guided and can be taken anywhere with sufficient access to the internet. All course instruction is in English and provides a variety of mediums including video, print, and a private Facebook community support group.

Do you offer any other Professional Natural Product Making Courses?

Yes! We have a Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course. Joan will be guiding and mentoring this course as well in the Fall 2018 and many of the same features above apply to this course in regards to skin care products.

I’m still not sure if this is the right course for me, what else can I do to make sure?

We highly recommend that you carefully review our information page on the Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making course. The review goes in-depth on the different areas of product making that will be taught. It also includes the table of contents for all training manuals that are provided. After reviewing all this information and you are still unsure, please feel free to email us with any specific questions you may have.

Happy Product-Making and hope to see you in our next course!