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psoraisis

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.

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Uses | Benefits

ylang-ylang

All About Ylang-ylang | Types | Benefits | Uses

Ylang-ylang, pronounced EE-lang EE-lang, comes from the tropical tree known as the cananga tree that is native to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The essential oil is produced from the flower and has a rich, sweet floral smell. It is often used in perfume and aromatherapy due to it’s soft floral scent.

Ylang-ylang Types

Ylang-ylang essential oil is unique in that it is distilled in “fractions”, meaning it is stopped at different stages to produce different types. There is no clear “line” for when to stop the distillation to produce each type, so each distiller will make it’s own determination, creating slightly different variations. The different grades are ylang-ylang extra or super and ylang-ylang 1, 2, and 3, and ylang-ylang complete.

Ylang-ylang extra or super is the first “fraction” while the ylang-ylang complete is the full, uninterrupted distillation or a blend of all the distillation. The longer distillation does not necessarily produce a higher quality essential oil.

Ylang-ylang Benefits

Ylang-ylang has been used as an antidepressant as it relaxes the body and mind and has an uplifting effect on mood. It is also used as an aphrodisiac especially when mixed with Jasmine or Rose. Ylang-ylang has been shown to lower blood pressure and soothe sore muscles. It has also been used for symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Ylang-ylang Uses

Ylang-ylang essential oil has a rich, floral scent. It is often used in perfumes and skin care products due to this strong and unique smell. Ylang-ylang has a balancing, soothing, and softening properties and can be used for most skin types including combination, dehydrated, dry and oily skin. It is also great for dandruff and to stimulate the scalp.

Cautions

As with all essential oils, cautions should be used especially around children, elderly and animals. Ylang-ylang has a strong scent and can cause headaches and nausea with too much use. Ylang-ylang should be avoided during pregnancy.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

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natural sunscreen

Natural Sunscreen: Does it Exist?

Natural Sunscreen: Does it Exist?

As consumers are becoming more aware of ingredients in their body and skin care products, they have been looking for more “natural” products. Here are Joan Morais Naturals all of our product formulations are derived from nature, using organic when possible, and contain no harmful ingredients. You will notice we do not have any formulations for a natural sunscreen, although we have been asked about it. Sunscreen is complicated. It is imperative to understand the requirements and regulations before one attempts to market a product as sunscreen. Read on to learn more about the basic ingredients for sunscreen, regulations for products labeled as sunscreen and if there is such thing as a purely “natural” sunscreen.

Sunscreen Ingredients

There are two types of sunscreen- chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays, whereas physical sunscreens block the rays. Chemical sunscreens contain a combination of the following ingredients:  avobenzone, oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. Physical sunscreens contain mineral ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Typically physical sunscreens will offer better protection as they tend to block more types of sun rays than chemical sunscreens. In terms of a more “natural” sunscreen, physical/mineral sunscreens appear to be best.

Toxic Ingredients

Recently you may have seen on the news that Hawaii have banned specific ingredients in some sunscreens. These ingredients are oxybenzone and octinoxate, both of which have been linked to causing damage to coral reefs and cause hormone disruption in people. Sunscreen is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Sunscreen ingredients were grandfathered in during the 1970s and therefore potential hazards have not been reviewed. With the new ban in Hawaii (set to take effect in 2021), there have been calls to the FDA to review the safety of these ingredients as well as safer and more effective ingredients.

Sunscreen Regulations

Sunscreen is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Sunscreen is an Over The Counter (OTC) drug. The FDA has specific rules in regards to sunscreen labeling as well as testing to ensure that products are properly protecting against the sun. For guidance on labeling and effectiveness testing, check out the FDA’s website here. 

Natural Sunscreen

You may have seen products being touted as “all-natural” sunscreen that do not utilize the main chemical or mineral ingredients. Often these products will have coconut oil or aloe vera, or other plant-based oils that have a natural SPF. However these are typically not enough to adequately protect your skin from the sun. They also have not been properly tested to verify their ability to protect against the sun.

Sunscreen Pills

Recently, sunscreen pills have hit the market claiming to protect your skin against the sun just by swallowing a pill. The FDA has put out a statement warning the consumer against these pills stating they are misleading and putting people at risk. Companies that are producing these products have been sent warning letters to correct violations of these claims as no ingestible product has been approved by the FDA.

Sun Protection Recommendations

While sunscreen can be an important protectant against skin cancer, there are many ways to protect yourself from the sun. The best way is to limit your exposure to the sun. This includs staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses.

For more information on sunscreen and finding one that meets your needs, check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) guide to sunscreen.

So, does “natural” sunscreen exist? Those with mineral ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are your best bet. Any products that do not include these minerals or the chemical ingredients listed above are likely not going to adequately protect against the sun. If you find any product that does claim this, you should request information on their testing showing these results prior to using.

Are you interested in making your own natural skin and body care products? Check out: Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

rosemary essential oil

Rosemary Essential Oil | Types | Uses | Benefits

rosemary essential oilAll About Rosemary Essential Oils

Rosemary, rosmarinus officinalis, is a woodsy herb with fragrant needle-like leaves and small white, purple, pink, or blue flowers. It produces a strong, fresh and woodsy-like scent. Rosemary the plant is often used in a variety of culinary dishesRosemary essential oil can also be used for a variety of health, skin, body and hair care benefits. Read on to learn more about the uses and benefits of Rosemary essential oil.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Overall, Rosemary essential oil is stimulating, invigorating and refreshing. Rosemary is also great for staying focused and alert and for memory retention. It can be used for most skin care, especially those with acne, combination, oily and mature skin. Rosemary essential oil is also great for oily hair and hair loss.

Rosemary Essential Oil Types

There are many different types of rosemary plants, therefore producing many different types of rosemary essential oils. Here are two different rosemary essential oil types.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Cineole,

This particular rosemary essential oil type is great for use in respiratory conditions such as opening up nasal passages, reducing coughing and breaking down mucus. For skin and hair care it is great for acne, oily skin and scalp, and can stimulate hair growth.

Rosmarinus officinalis var Verbenon

This rosemary has a more gentle scent and is less stimulating than Rosemary Cineole. It is the type used most frequently in skin care products. Due to it’s regenerative properties, it is often used for mature and aging skin, scarring, burns and sun damage. Rosemary Verbenon is also great for oily scalp and dandruff.

Precautions

Rosemary essential should be avoided during pregnancy and should not be used if you experience seizures or have hypertension. As with all essential oils, always use caution when applying directly on your skin and dilute with a proper carrier oil. Precautions should always be taken when using around children, elderly and pets.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course