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Seaweed In Skincare for COVID 19

Our new Seaweed Hand Cream for the drying effects of over washing and sanitizing our hands has been flying off the shelves.

We are so proud of this cream, with our collaboration with Jo Lane—who is a marine biologist—who supplies us with her very impressive seaweed (kelp).

Check out our interview with Jo on our Facebook page.

JO LANE SAYS
“Have you ever thought about when you swim in the ocean how good and invigorated you feel afterward, the ocean has over 40 different minerals, some of which are vital for our bodies health and immune system.”

“Seaweed is a great addition to skincare, it has a high mineral content, vitamins, amino acids, and biologically active ingredients, it also has omega 3 and omega 6 oils which promote cell regeneration and skin health.”

“The properties of kelp are great to cleanse, nourish, hydrate, and enrich the skin. Ever notice while walking on the beach seaweed (kelp) washed up, after lying in the sun for hours it still retains moisture and elasticity, it’s these same properties that make it fantastic for nourishing and hydrating your skin.”

We take this another step and use seaweed in our skincare range.

Seaweed Nourishing & Antibacterial cream for over washed COVID 19 hands

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DIY ITCHY SKIN POULTICE

Hi, Kay here from Eco Seed to Skin, by Saarinen Organics. And today I’m going to show you a DIY recipe that you can do with ingredients in your home. It’s quite a simple recipe. Now, this is all about the itchiness and the swelling from a mozzie bite. So I did a DIY video just before this one that you can do for that initial sting, because the initial sting that the mozzies are giving you has got fatty acid in it. And so you’ve got to neutralize that really, really quickly. So then after you neutralize that sting, then what you might have is a lingering itch and a lingering swelling.

And that’s because the mozzie has basically left behind a protein spike and the body thinks it’s a virus. So it’s going to rush the white blood cells there. So those white blood cells, they are transported in a histamine. And of course, what you’re going to get from the chemists is an antihistamine, to stop the swelling. But we don’t want that. We just want to mask the effects of it, because it’s actually quite a good thing that the white blood cells are going to that area to get rid of that protein. So all we need is to make something really quite simple that you can do at home that’s going to help with the swelling, and it’s also going to help with that itch, just to neutralize that itch.

THE RECIPIE.

1x cup of oats – organic raw – finely crushed
150ml of Alovera Gel
chamomile tea

A NutriBullet is so good to fine cut of the oats, or else you’ll be there forever and a day in a mortar and pestle.

So what we are making here is a poultice that we’re going be putting on a Chux cloth. So quite simply, hopefully you can get yourself your hands on a really good organic oats and then have got some aloe vera.

Unfortunately, our aloe vera got burnt in the fires, so I’m using a bought in certified organic aloe vera.

150 mils into the oats. Making it into a nice paste.

And then we’ve got some cold tea here of chamomile. I’ve got about six tea bags in here to a cup, and now I’m just going to use some of the actual tea, using as much as i need to make a paste.

We don’t want a sloppy poultice. We just want it to be a nice paste.


And then all you have to do to apply it, grab yourself some Chux. This is a dry Chux, it’s not a wet Chux. You pop some on. This is great for midge bites as well. So what we want to do is spread that through, and then you’re going to be wrapping it on the area.
It’s really nice and cooling. Then you can get a little safety pin and safety pin it on, if you like, or you can get a little bit of the tape as well.
You can also pre-make all of this. This is what Greg does actually, he pre-makes all these and he puts a film, like Glad Wrap around them and Lay them in the freezer. Or you can either put the poultice from the mortar and pestle, put it in a container, just put it in the fridge, and put them on the Chux every day. Or you can premake maybe half a dozen and just put them in the freezer and grab one every day, or just keep them stored in the freezer until you get bitten by a mozzie.

So there you go. There’s a really simple DIY poultice that you can do at home to help with this itchiness and the swelling. Talk to you soon.

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Hypericum oil – for insect bites – organically

For neutralising insect bites and stings, of all kinds of pesky critters.

Made with Certified Organic Hypericum herb that i infuse into Certified organic olive oil than blend certified organic essential oils.

Mozzies in particular inject a protein that is delivered by fatty acid, the acid is what makes the sting, and the bodies reaction makes the itch – i know right – snap!!!

So we need to address 2 different things, the sting and the itch from the insect bites.

1- Neutralise the sting – stop it instantly

2- Calm the itch and swelling – The body want to attach the protein by sending white blood cells to the area that is delivered by histamine – therefor that is why the chemists actually recommend antihistamine tablets.

So

Hypericum oil for the sting of insect bites
Hypericum cream for the itch from the protein of insect bites

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DIY Mozzie bite remedy

DIY Mozzie bite remedy

Actually all bites remedy xx

Immediate relief for bites recipe
– half a lemon

– 1 tablespoon of T-tree oil

– 1 tablespoon of bicarb soda

– 1 tablespoon of honey

– 2 garlic cloves

 

Just blend

Bottle

Refrigerate

Pop on a bite

We also make a Hypericum oil that will give instant relief made with certified organic ingredient, sustainably of course.

1 Lemon’s 
anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic

Lemons have qualities that provide a near-instant relief. Cut a lemon in half and rub the flesh of the lemon over the mosquito bite. Initially, your skin might tingle a bit.

2 Garlic
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory 

Can help reduce itchiness. In a way, garlic is also a natural insect repellent because of the strong smell it gives off. To apply, take a few cloves of garlic and puree or mince them. Then, rub the mixture directly onto the skin. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then rinse.

3 Baking Soda
 neutralize the pH of the skin

It reduces itching and swelling while helping to keep pain under control. The underlying mechanism is baking soda’s ability by helping to balance it out. To use, mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply onto the affected area and wash it off after a few minutes. The paste can be stored and kept for later.


4- Honey
Antibacterial – anti inflammatory

You can soothe mosquito bites with a sweet touch of honey, a sought-after wound ointment from ancient times. Be sure to use raw honey, though; processed honey goes through pasteurization that kills off healthful constituents. Raw honey contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that soothe itching. This sticky gift from bees also pulls fluid from the tissue surrounding the wound and helps flush out irritants.

Mozzie science

 

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Why do mozzie bites hurt

Ok so remember mozzies are attracted by our smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid which we excrete,

So why do mozzie bites hurt so much – mozzies inject a protein, anticoagulant and annacetic into the body, the anaesthetic is only effective while they are sucking, the sting is as they are leaving, you can catch them but often it’s too late.

 

The protein is delivered with a fatty acid which creates the stinging feeling.

FUN FACT

Protein is what viruses are made up of so therefore the body goes into overdrive to get rid of it.

The body’s immune system releases histamine, a compound that helps white blood cells get to the affected area. Histamine is what causes itchiness, inflammation, and swelling, therefore this is why the chemist will say to buy a “antihistamine” to stop the swelling.

 

There are 2 things we need to do to stop the sting immediately and than the slow soothing of the effects of the body’s immune system of the itchiness, inflammation and swelling.

 

The first is our Hypericum oil to stop the first initial sting

Our hypericum cream will slow stop the itch and swelling.

 

I have a DIY coming shortly

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Know your ingredient: Wheat germ oil

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Wheat germ is that thing in your breakfast cereal, right? What about wheat germ oil? It’s made from exactly the same thing: wheat grains. Just like wheat germ, it is perfectly safe to eat/drink wheat germ oil. In fact, we encourage people to eat it and apply it topically for the dual benefits of internal and external applications. Wheat germ oil is high in a long chain, saturated, primary alcohol called octacosanol that improves the muscular energy. Thus, wheat germ oil is highly recommended for sportspersons. It gives energy and oxygen during exercise and makes you feel generally energetic too.

Origin

Wheat germ oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which makes up only 2.5% by weight of the kernel. We buy our certified organic Australian wheatgerm oil from a co-op up. I like to buy directly from farmers so they get a good deal. Sometimes the co-op blends them with oils from a collective of Aussie farmers so it’s hard to say exactly which farm or region but I can say that it’s definitely organic and it’s definitely Australian.

History of cultivation

Archaeological record suggests that wheat was first cultivated in the regions of the Fertile Crescent (Middle Eastern region) around 9600 BC. Botanically, the wheat kernel is a type of fruit called a caryopsis. The wheat plant is a type of grass and its seeds – wheat grains – are a world-wide food staple.

Applications

Where to begin? This stuff is marvellous. In skincare, it’s known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin E and D, and is considered extremely nourishing – particularly when used regularly. It can assist with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and dry skin.

When taken as a dietary supplement, it can boost energy levels, help control blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol levels and increase circulation. The omega-3 fatty acids in wheatgerm oil are thought to have a mood boosting effect because they help regulate the nervous system.

Want to get some of this good stuff on your skin? Check out our day cream here.
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skin food smoothie

DIY SKIN FOOD
Bring back your glow with this DIY skin food smoothie.
Fantastic for collagen support, for muscle and joint pain as well.
1 cup of organic rolled oats
1 table spoon of seaweed granules
1 table spoon of LSA
1 teaspoon of beetroot powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Mix all dried ingredients and store it in a bulk jar
Every morning add
Half cup of oat Mix to
Half cup raspberry’s
Half a avocado
Spinach
Coconut milk
Blitz, drink enjoy.
Mix all dried ing
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DIY – Comfrey poultice

DIY Comfrey poultice
The root has allantoin components that boosts the growth of new skin cells, while rosmarinic acid helps relieve pain and inflammation
Comfrey is applied to the skin for ulcers, wounds, joint inflammation, bruises, rheumatoid arthritis, swollen veins (phlebitis), gout, and fractures.
So easy
Gregg explains how
 
 
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Know your ingredient: Almond oil

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Most of us know that whole almonds are jam-packed full of fibre, Vitamin E, manganese and magnesium, but what about almond oil? This popular base oil for aromatherapy massage blends is also ultra-nourishing for your skin, especially when used regularly.

Origin

We buy our certified organic Australian almond oil from a co-op up north. Wherever possible, we support Aussie farmers.

History of cultivation

The almond – a member of the prunus or peach family –  is native to Syria, Turkey and Pakistan. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe.

Almonds were one of the earliest domesticated fruit trees because you can successfully raise them from seed. Domesticated almonds (as opposed to the wild version that have a bitter flavour) were found in archaeological sites around Numeria (Jordan) dating back to the Bronze Age (3000 – 2000 BC). They even found almonds in Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt, dating back to 1325 BC.

Applications

Almond oil, extracted from drupes (they’re not technically nuts), is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and is considered extremely nourishing – particularly when used regularly.

The face has different skin to the rest of the body. It’s much more sensitive and almond oil is easily absorbed into the pores.

Want to feed your skin with almond oil-based day cream? Check ours out here.

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DIY Respiratory Tincture

Diy respiratory tincture Mullein has sprouted in our area and it is prime time to wild harvest.

I make a tincture, tea and herbal infusion from them for a great lung health tonic.

I simply cut up the mullein fresh and fill to the top of the jar with 100 proof vodka and let sit for 8 weeks, strain and I take a few drops when I am congested

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DIY garlic cough syrup

DIY Garlic cold & cough remedy We wear on our skin what we put in our body. Instead of reaching for chemical cold treatments for a simple sore throat, try a home remedy. Good food, good skin So easy 150gm garlic 150ml Glycerine 400ml apple cider vinegar 500gm honey Mix garlic, glycerine and vinegar for 7 days. Strain, add honey. Refrigerate

 

By Kay Saarinen – Saarinen organics
Eco seed to skin made sustainably with 100% solar power

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Know your ingredient: Chamomile

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Chamomile tea is known for its calming properties and is hugely popular as a pre-dinner cuppa in countries like Switzerland and Germany. This easygoing plant is a cinch to cultivate and its flowers are jam-packed with medicinal phytochemicals.

Origin

We grow all of our own chamomile here on the farm.

History of cultivation

According to the US National Library of Medicine, Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. It is a member of Asteraceae/Compositae family and represented by two common varieties viz. German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties.

Chamomile preparations are commonly used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. Essential oils of chamomile are used extensively in cosmetics and aromatherapy. Many different preparations of chamomile have been developed, the most popular of which is in the form of herbal tea.

Applications

Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Chamomile tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants and protects the skin from free-radicals. The chamomile extract we use in our day cream is made from fresh flowers and ionised rain water.

More info about our super healing day cream with sunscreen here.

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To scrub or not to scrub – this is the question

Different scrub ingredients explained

We use JOJOBA wax beads
– Jojoba wax beads to scrub the face are so gentle to clean out the pores, take off the dead skin cells and than they melt and moisturise – so you can use them daily

Nut shells
– to harsh for the face, they will take off good skin as well as the dead skin so only once a month.

Sand
– again far to harsh for the face

Plastic
– never – they kill fish and pollute our oceans

We need to rid the dead skin cells so our night cream can actually soak in.

Scrub cleanser

By Kay Saarinen – eco skin care made sustainably in Australia NSW

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Menopause and Frizzy Dry hair

Why is my hair frizzier than normal and my nails are cracked?

This is the questions that i have been asked of late…and i can resinate for this has been happening to me as well.

What is happening?
Menopause- due the lack of estrogen.

What can we do to feed our system with silica
✅On the outside Rub in our seaweed hand cream to wet washed and conditioned hair as a leave in hair conditioner, for seaweed has a big component of silica.
Rub it into your nails to stop them from cracking
seaweed hand cream

 ✅On the inside Silica in our diet through whole food – Sea health seaweed https://www.seahealthproducts.com.au/
Silica in our diet through a supplement – Sandra Cabot’s Collagen food
https://shop.cabothealth.com.au/colla…

By Kay Saarinen – Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia NSW

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Confusing skin care routines explained

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I hear this all the time “I have had so many conflicting skin care routines from so many different companies”

It IS confusing having a lot of skin care routine advice from many different company’s.

There is a reason for it and its not sinister.

Its all about the ingredients, different ingredients do different things.
All routines are based on how they interreact with each other, makes sense hey when its explained.

Take control and work out what ingredients are best for you by
– what feels good on your skin
– work out what irritates your skin

Also work out what outcome you are chasing
– fine lines
– clear skin
– glowing skin

than work out your skin type
– oily
– dry
– combination

I actually love working with people to find this out,
I can arrange a zoom meeting on facebook meets face to face and we can get to the nitty gritties for free.

My products may not be right for you though you can work out what products are with a little guidance.

Mature skin care Bundle and save

By Kay Saarinen – Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia NSW

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DIY Fire cider – winter immune support

DIY WINTER TONIC – FIRE CIDER
 
Fire cider is a winter Immune system support,
great for blood circulation, Bladder  and digestion
 
Ingredients:
Honey- Raw-local low heated
Apple cider Vinegar organic with the mother in it
Orange
Lemon
Thyme
Rosemary
Red onion
Ginger
Garlic
 
How to
Cut orange & lemon into small pieces
Cut all ingredient finely
Pore vinegar over them
Pore honey on the top
wax paper on the top to stop the lid from rusting
4- 6 week fermentation
strain and take a nip a day
Store in the fridge
 

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Beyoo our sister brand for pimples and teens

We are so very proud to announce that we have Launched our website for our new Eco skin care sister brand
 

BEYOO sustainable skin and care

 
 

Woo hoo, its been a long time in the making. After 15years of testing and measuring, face to face conversations with mums with teens we have finally launched a new website especially for teens for natural and organic Skin Care for Teenage Skin – Organic Products For Pimples
– Organic Skincare For Acne Prone Skin – Organic hormonal break outs
– Organic treatments for Blackheads Its all about the kids and getting in touch with their own skin. We have made the Instagram fun and supportive. There are so many reasons why we get pimples and we try and explain it in a fun way. We are doing DIY so teens can make all Natural Skin Care Products even Organic skin care themselves as well like – Natural Face Cleanser. – Organic Face Products – Organic Facial Cleanser – Eco friendly skin care   pop over to Beyoo Skin Care on face book and @beyoo.skin on Instagram

PACKAGING Beyoo will have a far better system than what we are offering on Saarinen organics pimple pack, we have listened to mums and heard that the glass jar for the scrub smashes in the shower and the pimple oil smashes in school bags or the bathroom floor, so we are getting especially made bamboo wrapped glass for the scrub and the pimple oil. Until this premium packaging arrives we will be offering the old packaging bundle for $80. The new packaging arriving will be the premium pack that will be refillable. So pop in and pick up the old packaging if you are ok with it, keep it to refill or even wait until the refill pouches arrive and you will be able to fill any containers you have at home.

here is the link the the old pimple pack products

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Know your ingredient: Calendula

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Calendulas are members of the daisy family and are often referred to as marigolds. In addition to being a popular garden pretty, calendula flowers possess some powerful healing properties.

Origin

We grow all of our own calendula here on the farm. They thrive in this climate.

History of cultivation

Calendula species have been used traditionally as culinary and medicinal herbs. The petals are edible and can be used fresh in salads or dried and used to colour cheese or as a replacement for saffron. You can make yellow dye from the petals.

Romans and Greeks used the golden calendula in many rituals and ceremonies, sometimes wearing crowns or garlands made from the flowers. One of its nicknames is ‘Mary’s Gold’, referring to the flowers’ use in early Catholic events in some countries. Calendula flowers are sacred flowers in India and have been used to decorate the statues of Hindu deities since early times.

Applications

Calendula officinalis has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. We extract calendula essence from the flowers by infusing them in ionised rain water. Calendula ointments are used to treat minor cuts, burns, and skin irritation. I first made calendula ointment for a naturopathy assignment, and later used it on my baby daughter to treat her eczema. I know include calendula in my day cream because it’s such a healing ingredient.

You can buy my day cream with sunscreen here.

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Sringing Nettle herbal infusion recipie

Stinging nettle Infusion
By Kay Saarinen of Saarinen Organics, 
Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia

Recipe

Dried nettle 30 gm per 1 litre of filtered rain water

I get asked all the time about how to make tinctures and herbal infusions.

It is pretty simple stuff, you just need to research each herb to find out what is best to draw out all the goodness that you need.

Some need to be used fresh and some need to be dried, some need an alcohol base some can be made with vinegar.

I use herbal infusions and apple cider vinegar tinctures in my skin care.

Growing

Stinging nettle is found in Australia from Qld to tassie in wet gullies, so we have it in abundance here so we can wild harvest though after the fires it hasn’t come back as yet so we are going to give it a go cropping it this spring.

We have heaps growing in the chook run, it readily will grow in with chooks because it loves alot of nitrogen, we are going to dig up the rhizomes and give it a crack at mass producing it.

It grows as a rhizome so you can easily transplant it.


What stinging nettle is good for

Nettle for infusions i prefer dried though it takes a while to brew it to get all of her compounds and nutrients out

She has vit ABCK loads of vitamins

High in iron and vit C

Great for stress & Anxiety

Energy – great instead of coffee if you can do that

Its an anti inflammatory thats why i use it in my night day and sunscreen creams for it helps with puffiness.

helps with puffy eyes as well 

I love to soak makeup pads in the nettle infusion and lay there with them on my eyes.

It is also used as a scalp treatment for a rinse with itchy skin and flaky sculp.

HOW to

Let it brew for at least 24 hours if not 30,

We have it in our heads that herbal tea should be a quick brew light black tea, this is such a western thought and thats all about taste.

Funny enough black tea goes bitter the longer you brew it though stinging nettle improves in taste.

Strain it and drink it cold.

Using nettle fresh is best in cooking like soups as it breaks down quickly.