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Thursday, September 18, 2014

African Solutions for Skin Care

For centuries, Africans have used essential oils, herbs and organic materials to improve their health and beauty. Many are seeking these products to aid their own health and beauty needs.  Africa posses many natural gifts such as black soap, shea butter, healing oils and other essentials. 

A look at eczema: Eczema is a group of skincare conditions which affects all age groups. The severity of the disease varies. In mild forms the skin is dry, itchy and hot, while in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. Eczema is not contagious, although it is a very troubling disease for the person who has the condition. With treatment the effects of eczema can be reduced, though skin will always be sensitive and need special care.

Africa's Recommended Treatment:
Step #1 - Cleanse. We suggest either Dudu-Osun Black Soap  or Natural Black Soap. Both of these soaps are completely natural and contain natural herbs and honeys from the rain forest and Savannah regions of Africa. Dudu-Osun contains a healing blend of honey, shea butter, aloe vera, lime and lemon juices to nourish the skin, moisturize, and alleviate the itching and inflammation so common with eczema. Natural black soap contains a blend of plantain skins, palm kernel oil, and natural sodium. Plantain skins are rich in Vitamin E which help to reduce the scarring and soothe eczema-prone skin.

Step #2 - Moisturize. People with eczema suffer from very dry, itchy skin. One of the best ways to alleviate symptoms is by using an intense moisturizer. We recommend Shea butterJojoba oilShea Nut Oil, or Mango Butter. Each of these butters or oils is completely natural, each contains natural vitamins that reduce the appearance of eczema, take away itchiness, and moisturize from deep within the pores.See all of the benefits of Shea Butter here.

Step #3 - Condition. For those who have severe symptoms of Eczema, taking a little extra step towards healing can go a long way. Below are several ways to treat your eczema that give you the relief you need:

Dead sea bath: Relax and kick back in a dead sea bath. Dead sea salts are famous for their healing mineral content. People from across the globe travel to the dead sea to bathe in its healing waters. We recommend dissolving 1-2 cups of dead sea salts in a warm bath. Soak for 20-30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. The healing minerals will penetrate the skin and heal from the inside out.

The neem solution: Neem oil is a natural oil that is famous for its healing effects on eczema. Add 2-3 tablespoons of neem oil to warm bath water, and soak for 20 minutes. You can add the neem oil to your dead sea bath for maximum results. Neem contains a powerful analgesic and relief from itching and general soreness. Makes eczema more manageable and gives skin a normal appearance. The effects become obvious normally within 4-7 days.

Other African Solutions: Virgin coconut oil (for moisture), Black Seed Oil (for healing), tea tree oil(relieves itching and rash), dead sea exfoliating gel (for cleansing).

Alternate remedies: Take 30 mg of zinc twice daily.
- Apply a paste made of nutmeg and water to the affected areas.
- Add chamomile, lavender, or geranium essential oil to your bath.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What Do You Know About Shea Butter?

Not Shea Butter??? For years I thought I was using 100% yellow shea butter from Africa. Now I find out that that may not be completely true. Supposedly, 100% natural African Shea butter is White in color! Who, knew? Watch the video below.