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Piñon Pine Salve

Piñon Pine Salve
Plant-based Piñon Pine Salve

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing.

Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much wisdom and healing and something we need to keep learning, practicing, teaching and passing down. To integrate this wisdom into current times and remember nature provides us everything.  

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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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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.

Are you interested in developing your own hair care products? Check out:
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Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

cupuacu butterIngredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.

Nourishing & Anti-Aging

Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production. Cupuacu butter is also very hydrating and is able to retain water in your skin.

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

Cupuacu butter is a great vegan/plant-based alternative to lanolin. Lanolin comes from the glands of wool-bearing animals (mainly sheep) and is often used in body care products meant for deep nourishment. Cupuacu butter actually provides superior skin hydration compared to lanolin and it does not cause skin irritation that many receive as a result from using products containing lanolin. On another note, many consumers are wanting products that are vegan and cruelty-free when it comes to animal treatment. In fact, Google highlights vegan skin care as an important trend with searches for it growing over 80% each year! Learn more about vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.

Uses of Cupuacu Butter in Body Care Products

We use cupuacu butter in several of the formulas in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course; Camu Camu Cream, Cupuacu Body Butter.  These are some of our favorite formulas that are highly moisturizing. The uses of cupuacu butter in body care products is endless! With it’s nourishing, smoothing and anti-aging properties, cupuacu butter can be used in a variety of products including:

  • Lip balm
  • Body butter/balm
  • Leave-in Hair Conditioner
  • Anti-Aging Skin Toner
  • Sun protectant
  • Anti-inflammatory

Cupuacu Butter Resources

When purchasing ingredients for skin and hair care products, it is important you are getting a high quality product that is responsibly sourced.

At Joan Morais Naturals we recommend the following supplier:

Essential Wholesale

Interested in making your own natural skin and hair care products using cupuacu butter and other specialty natural ingredients? Check out the online courses

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Vegan | Plant-Based | Cruelty-Free Hair & Skin Care Products

vegan skin careVegan | Plant-Based | Cruelty-Free Hair & Skin Care Products

Google Beauty Trends reports that Vegan Skin Care is an important trend to watch with searches for Vegan Skin Care growing over 83% each year. What does it mean for a skin care product to be vegan? In this post we explore the term vegan, vegetarian and cruelty-free for hair and skin care products.

Vegan/Plant-Based

Vegan, also known as plant-based, products contain no ingredient from any animal or processed with animal products. This includes honey, beeswax and white sugar produced through animal bone char. Many ingredients from animal flesh are contained in products labeled as vegan because of lack of education.

Vegetarian

Vegetarian products may include milk, whey, casein, eggs, honey, beeswax, secretions from the civet cat, lanolin from sheep wool and musk oil from musk deer. Many animal by-product ingredients from the slaughter of animals are contained in products labeled as vegetarian because of lack of education.

Animal

Animal-based products are from animals that are killed in order to use the ingredient or used as a by-product. These include tallow (oil from the fat of the cow and pig), emu oil, gelatin, stearic acid (animal derived) and fish scales. Many cosmetics contain animal products especially pig oil and it is not disclosed on the ingredient list. Other ingredients are colorants in make-up from crushed female beetles, gelatin from cow’s skin, tendons, ligaments and bones, keratin and collagen from animals’ horns, hooves, feathers and hair and animal derived hyaluronic acid from the rooster’s comb.

Cruelty-Free

A product may be made of only vegan/plant-based ingredients, however it may still test on animals. Many cosmetics are still tested on animals and these tests can be very painful, cause suffering and even death. Rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs are often used to test cosmetics on to see if they have an allergic reaction. After the external testing, the animal is killed and dissected to examine the effects to their internal organs. A product that is labeled cruelty-free means that no animals were harmed or killed in the making of the product including testing. Animal-testing is out-dated and there is much better technology available that causes no harm to animals.

Vegan Cosmetics also known as Plant-Based Cosmetics

Consumers should know what is in their cosmetics. Many cosmetics contain pig oil, cow skin, hoofs, etc. For a list of common animal-based products read this post. The consumer should know if an ingredient is made from the by product of the slaughter of an animal and if that product contains ingredients from an animal. The cosmetic industry is starting to take note of this and many brands are including a vegan label on their product. However, there is still no regulations or requirements regarding the labeling animal-based ingredients or animal testing in cosmetics. We encourage everyone to know what is in their skin, hair care, and makeup products. If it is not directly labeled as vegan or the ingredient list is not on the product, look up the company online and contact them directly if you cannot find out or are unsure.

What are your thoughts? Is it important to you for cosmetic products to be labeled vegan, vegetarian or animal-based? Do you make natural hair and skin care products? If so, are these products vegan and cruelty-free? We’d love to hear from you in our comments.

At Joan Morais Naturals we are committed in only using vegan/plant-based ingredients that are cruelty-free. All of our formulations are vegan/plant-based and cruelty-free.  

Resources

List of companies that DO test on animals. 

List of companies that DO NOT test on animals.

Read about ways you can make a difference as a consumer.