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  • 8 Healthy Tips To Protect Skin And Hair This Winter

    Winter weather challenges your skin by causing it to be dry, itchy, and flaky. Your hair becomes brittle and more prone to breakage. Cold winter air lacks humidity and dries up natural oils in your skin and hair thereby causing uncomfortable reactions. One obvious solution, but not practical one, is simply to stay inside during the winter months. Besides, indoor heating systems produce dry air that dries out the skin and hair due to a lack of humidity.


    There are some easy steps you can take to protect your skin and hair during the winter months. Simply put, make smart choices in selecting the soaps you use to cleanse your body and launder your clothing; keep your skin and hair covered up when out and about; and increase the moisture inside your home by using a diffuser. As you prepare for your winter skin and hair care protocol, be sure to consider any existing skin conditions you may have. Winter weather not only irritates healthy skin but can also exacerbate any current skin problems. The skin, our largest organ, works day and night to protect our inner body. It deserves love and care.



    Use these 8 tips to maximize your winter skincare and hair care regiments:


    1) Use a Moisturizer throughout the day. Start by using a mild castile soap during your morning shower. Only use lukewarm water because hot water dries the skin. After rinsing, apply a body oil to lock in extra moisture and to start hydrating the skin immediately. Next, apply a moisturizing body butter or crème to the entire body while giving the feet and elbows extra attention. Lastly, use a light moisturizer after each time you wash your hands. Remember to use a generous amount of a moisturizer on your face before you retire for the evening. I recommend any Keilove body butters or body oils for protecting your skin throughout the winter season.


    2) Minimize use of hair dryer. If you're already dealing with dry, brittle hair, resist the urge to reach for the hair dryer. Hot air will worsen the situation. Dry and style your hair with a towel, and if you still want to use a dryer, use it briefly on a low temperature setting. Use Keilove hair care products which contain humectants to promote moisture retention. The winter is a great time to give your hair an oil treatment. Keilove offers fresh uplifting Lemongrass Hair Oil Treatment and a flowery Citrus Lavender Hair oil treatment.


    3) Use a sun block before venturing out. For best results apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to the face, hands, and any other skin that may be exposed to the winter elements. Keilove Avocado Body Butter is a natural sun block. However, you may need more protection depending on your skin melanin. Remember a sun block will act as a barrier to help protect against the winter weather conditions and is especially important if you will be outside for prolonged periods of time.


    4) Protect your lips. One of the biggest problems during winter is chapped lips. “Keilove Pucker Up! Lip Balms” seal moisture in lips and protect them against exposure to harsh weather conditions. Heavy winds, dry heat, and cold temperatures have a damaging effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin and often the first body part to produce signs of dryness. Our natural butter and vital essential oils, work to prevent moisture loss and maintain lip comfort while our tasty formulas provide additional, natural benefits.


    5) Dress in layers. Itchy skin is often triggered by sweating and overheating. Wearing layers allows you to remove clothing as needed to prevent overheating. Be sure to wear loose-fitting cotton fabrics next to your skin.


    6) Wear gloves. Protect your hands from frigid conditions by wearing gloves. This precaution will help to prevent chapped, irritated skin. Make sure the gloves are made from natural fibers. Wear a cotton mitten next to the skin and a woolen mitten over the cotton one to keep hands warm and dry.


    7) Use a humidifier. With the heat on and the windows closed, the air inside becomes very dry in the winter. Use a humidifier to provide you with moisture in the air. If you don’t want to invest in an expensive humidifying system, smaller, relatively inexpensive humidifiers can be obtained at a local drug store. Placing two or three of these around your home will help to reduce the dry air. Make sure you keep one going while you are asleep. Add a few drops of essential oil to keep the air fresh and germ-free. It’s worth the investment to keep skin from drying and becoming cracked and itchy.


    8) Wear natural fibers sleepwear. Choose sheets made from cotton and loose-fitting sleepwear to assure your comfort while snuggling under your blankets. Think natural fabrics to maximize your rest and well-being.


    Be well.

    Dottie Green/Owner

    Keilove Botanica

  • Benefits of Lemongrass Oil on Hair

     

    You may think of hair loss as a problem that only plagues men. Not so, hair loss is an issue that many people face, including women and children, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. When your hair starts to fall out, you may turn to alternative treatments for help. In the holistic practice of aromatherapy, certain essential oils are used to treat hair loss. If you notice sudden or unusual amounts of hair loss, you should consult your doctor, as this may be a sign of an underlying medical problem.


    HAIR CARE USES
    According to author Judy Griffin in her book Flowers that Heal, lemongrass oil is known to be an effective treatment to combat hair loss, oily hair, and scalp conditions. Some aromatherapists believe that lemongrass oil can strengthen the hair follicles, another benefit for those suffering from thinning or weak hair. Lemongrass can be combined with other hair growth oils such as lavender, or rosemary oils, and mixed with a carrier oil to make an effective scalp treatment to combat hair loss.We use one such combination in our Lemongrass Hair Oil or Lemongrass Hair Pomade.


    ABOUT LEMONGRASS
    Cymbopogon citratus or lemongrass is essentially a herb that has been in use for years in traditional Indian medicine. It is a type of an aromatic or scented grass, native to India that has various beneficial herbal and medicinal properties. The oil extracted from lemongrass is one of the best essential oils and aromatherapy oils with a number of health and skin benefits. The oil is extracted from dried lemongrass through a procedure known as steam distillation. The oil has a light and fresh citrus fragrance with a dark yellow or amber color.



    PROPERTIES
    Lemongrass oil has various medicinal, herbal and therapeutic properties. It has analgesic, anti-bacterial, carminative, deodorizing, febrifuge, fungicidal, antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, diuretic, galactogogue, insecticidal, antipyretic, antimicrobial and sedative properties. It finds utility in many areas due to all these properties and it is known to have just a few side effects. Lemongrass oil is also safe to be used by children but should not be used if one is pregnant.


    EMOTIONAL HEALTH
    Lemongrass oil is also useful in relieving symptoms related to depression, anxiety and panic attacks imparted by its antidepressant properties. This is one of the most important benefits of lemongrass oil. You can take advantage of these properties every day simply by using lemongrass essential oil.


    As always, I am grateful to serve you and look forward to spending many years together as partners living healthy, happy lifestyles.


    Be Well.
    Dottie Green/Owner Keilove Botanica

  • 10 Indoor Plants for Cleaner Air

    Common indoor plants, the beautiful green foliage we keep around us to embellish our living environments, are much, much more. Studies show that houseplants can in fact rid the air of pollutants and toxins and act as allies to help keep the air in our living and work environments clean and pure.



    In a 2-year study conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) in the late 1908s, the results reveal that popular indoor plants may provide a natural way of helping combat “SICK BUILDING SYNDROME.”



    After conducting the study, NASA and ALCA came up with a list of the most effective plants for treating indoor air pollution. The recommended plants found below are easily available from your local nursery.




    1. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii)—benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene (TCE)

    2. Chrysanthemums or mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE (the most effective plant against TCE according to NASA)

    3. Common Ivy or English Ivy (Hedera helix)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE, toluene, octane, terpene (the most effective plant against benzene according to NASA)

    4. Ficus tree or Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE, octane, terpene

    5. Mass cane (Dracaena massangeana)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE (the most effective plant against formaldehyde, according to NASA)

    6. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)—benzene, formaldehyde, TCE (Avoid lilies if you have cats – they can be toxic)

    7. Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida)—benzene, TCE, toluene, terpene

    8. Red Ivy (Hemigraphis alternate)—benzene, TCE, toluene, octane, terpene

    9. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum, Chlorophytum elatum)—formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide

    10. Wax plant (Hoya carnosa)—benzene, TCE, toluene, octane, terpene


    It is suggested that each plant be allowed approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming average ceiling heights of 8 to 9 feet. You will need two or three plants to produce good air quality in an average household room.


    Remember you can also use Clarity Mist products to to rid a room of bad odors, increase negative ions and reduce allergy related symptoms. (Consult a physician if symptoms persist. Not intended to replace medical attention, people who suffer seizures or if you are pregnant.)


    This spring take control of your environment and make it healthier and safer for you and your loved ones.


    As always, I am grateful to serve you and look forward to spending many years together as partners living healthy, happy lifestyles.


    Be Well.

    Dottie Green/Owner Keilove Botanica



  • 7 Hints For Coping With Spring Allergies

    You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda



    Coughing. Sneezing. Congestion. Itchy skin and eyes. All are allergic reactions that often accompany the long-awaited, spring season. If you're among the millions of people who suffer from allergies during the spring, you can avoid many of the triggers with these helpful hints.



    • Keep your windows closed, especially on a warm spring day when allergen levels are at their peak.

     


    • Leave your shoes at the front door so you don’t track allergens on your shoes throughout your home. Vacuum this area regularly and wipe off your shoes while wearing rubber gloves.

     


    • Remove your clothes immediately after arriving home and take a shower (clean your hair too). Allergens such as pollen tend to stick to fabrics. Unwittingly, you can deposit them from your clothes onto your furniture, your pillow, and on the people around you. Suddenly the safe haven of your home is as allergy-ridden as the outdoors.

     


    As a precaution, wash your bedding, your pajamas, and your clothes as often as possible to rid them of troublesome allergens.

     


    • Clean or vacuum venetian blinds and drapes.

     


    If you have a pet that’s allowed outside, wipe your darling pet down before it tracks pollens and spores inside.

     


    Finally, try using Clarity Mist products to reduce allergy related symptoms. (Consult a physician if symptoms persist. Not intended to replace medical attention, people who suffer seizures or if you are pregnant.)

     

    Make this spring season a joyful time!

     

    As always, I am grateful to serve you and look forward to spending many years together as partners living healthy, happy lifestyles.

     

    Be Well.

     

    Dottie Green/Owner

    Keilove Botanica


     

  • Easy Aromatherapy Facial Steam Bath

    Spring 2013

    Be Good to Your Face!

     

    Simple Steps for a Refreshing Aromatherapy Facial Steam Bath

     

    Use 5 to 8 drops of Clarity Mist essential oil (refreshing) in a bowl of hot, steamy water. Close your eyes and cover your head with a large towel and hold your face over the bowl. Let the steam unclog your pores and open sinus passages. Add a few drops every 5 minutes (10-15 minutes total.)

     

    NOTE: Avoid essential oil blend around  or in your eyes. Wash with lukewarm water if this occurs. Also do not use if you are pregnant or have epilepsy or asthma. Should not be used by children under the age of 13.


    I hope these suggestions will ease some of your winter skincare woes. I am grateful to serve you and look forward to being apart of your life for years to come.

    Be well.

     

    Dottie Green

    Owner/Keilove Botanica, LLC




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