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June 21, 2016 by Wellness Oasis

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How are you celebrating the National Aboriginal Day?

June 21 is the national day of celebration across Canada to recognize the cultures and contributions
of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

We are so proud to live on this beautiful land with such a rich culture.

We wanted to be part of this 2016 celebration and here is what we found in Ontario:

June 18: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Aboriginal Day celebration at Thousand Islands National Park Visitor Centre,  Mallorytown, Ontario

More info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/on/lawren/activ/even_activ.aspx

June 21 All Day - Aboriginal Solidarity Day London: Sunrise Ceremony/Powwow/Evening Concert at "The Green" Wortley Village 165 Elmwood Avenue,  London

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/877401165702847/

 

June 21 National Aboriginal Day 1 Night Retreat at Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre

More info: http://www.sugarridge.ca/blog/event/national-aboriginal-day-1-night-retreat

June 21 5 pm - Wabano's Annual Igniting the Spirit Gala at Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road, Ottawa

More info: http://www.wabano.com/events/wabano-events/igniting-spirit-gala-2016/

June 21 6 pm - Aboriginal Day Celebration at Market Square, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

More info: http://guelph.ca/event/aboriginal-day/

 

June 23 12-8pm Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

More info: http://ncct.on.ca/events/

For full list of event visit Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013322/1100100013323

We hope you make it to at least one of the events!

 


March 16, 2016 by Wellness Oasis

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The key to happiness in one’s life is to have a healthy living style and positive outlook on life. Waking up in the morning thinking that all you will do is waste money and clean is not something that should be thought. Instead, waking up to holding the excitement of another day inside of you is what you want to do.

   In ancient times, people would work day in and day out, yet, they all still had cheery dinners, comedic conversations, and while working they would have a couple breaks and be with friends to lessen the load that’s on their shoulders.

  Even back then people would try and use different techniques to having a better outlook and health. People would try meditation to calm their inner soul and become at piece within themselves while others would pick up their favorite book and read in a quiet room and drink their favorite beverage. Other options would be to go on vacation or to take a day off work.

  Even though the times have changed, people still know that having a healthy body and mind is key to enjoying life. Another option that has been used widely over the centuries is fragrances. Back in the Victorian Era, scents were used as calming potions to help those who could afford it with pains and problems. Orange Pekoe helped fight inflammations and now discovered with cancer while lavender and vanilla would help with calming peoples emotions down.

  Over millions of days and months of studying botanical gardens, people have found that different herbs and flowers had emotional effects on people. Even today’s studies still go on about these mysterious effects and are used in our daily lives.

  Throughout life you will go through many hardships and down days. All the while there are many ways to treat depression and stress whether it be aroma therapy or just having a good cup of tea. Anything is possible to calm ones life and to making them have a healthy and positive life.


January 26, 2016 by Wellness Oasis

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PET NUTRITION

As the saying goes, "You are what you eat". This is as true for our pets as it is for us. But However, one important difference is that we chose what our pets eat, which places an added responsibility on our shoulders to select our pet foods responsibly. Ultimately, it's down to us to know and understand about the nutritional requirements of those pets who trust us to care for them, and make sure those needs are met.

There are six good groups, of which three help the body to produce energy and power its daily needs, and the other three are non-energy providing but help with cell function and repair.

6 Food Groups:

Three Energy Producing

·         Protein

·         Fat

·         Carbohydrate

Three Non Energy Producing

·         Water

·         Vitamins

·         Minerals

The pet food packaging required carry information that is type, ingredients, nutritional analysis, vitamins, additives, best before date, and quantities to feed.


November 26, 2015 by Wellness Oasis

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Mysterious udumbara flower blooms only once every 3,000 years and means  “an auspicious flower from heaven” on ancient Sanscrit.

 

Udumbara bloomed last time before the birth of Buddha.

 

This tiny aromatic flower has an extremely thin but surprisingly strong stem, and according to those who have seen it, blooms for a long time and straightens out even after it has been bent.

 

In the past 20 years this magical flower has been spotted again across the world, which is a miracle itself and, as legend proclaims, could be the sign of  the coming of a great sage or enlightened being.

 


September 12, 2015 by Irena Soul

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Aloes

Aloe, also written Aloë, is a genus containing over 500 species of flowering succulent plants. The properties of this plant were known to the ancient Greeks and it has been gathered on Socotra for over 2,000 years.

Common Names: Bombay Aloes, Turkey Aloes, Moka Aloes, Zanzibar Aloes

Medicinal Part: The insipid juice of the leaves, which is a greenish translucent salve-like substance. Solvent is water.

Bodily influence: Tonic Purgative, Emmenagogue, Anthelmintic.

Uses: Aloes are one of the most sovereign agents we have among the herbal medicines, being cleansing to the morbid matter of the stomach, liver, spleen, kidney and bladder. Does not gripe, is very healing and soothing to all the tissue, blood and lymph fluids it obliges. It is highly alkaline and an excellent source of natural vitamin E. Aloes should never be used in pregnancy, or by itself when persons are suffering from haemorrhoids.

Externally: Aloes show the same cleansing power for external application. A piece of white linen or cotton saturated in Aloe water and applied to fresh wounds, as well old ones, are quickly closed. The fresh juice or solution made from dried leaves is soothing to tender sunburns, insect bites, over-exposure to X-ray or other emollient uses. In radio and X-ray treatment given on the skin, it is important to remember that Aloe leaves prepared with Castor oil or Eucalyptus oil are healing and a moisturizer in prevention against further complications.

Russian experience: Aloe Vera is cultivated in Russia in many houses as a decorative and medical plant. The Soviet Government cultivates Aloe Vera for commercial and industrial purposes in the Black Sea coastal area.

Uses: Medical science gives prominent place for this herb and others of the same family. The famous academician, B.R. Fillatow, makes an extract of Aloe Vera for treatment of eye conditions and injections for run-down organisms. Extract of the leaves, Sabur, is common in hospitals and in all dispensaries used as a laxative. The influence stimulates the gall-bladder by increasing its secretions.


January 29, 2015 by Irena Soul

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Herbs and Environment

Herbalism is the natural therapy choice for people concerned with the preservation of the whole planet. Humanity itself exists in the context of the entire planet. All these levels work together in a dynamic integrated system.

It seems clear that many health issues are connected with cultural and ecological problems and often reflect our alienation from nature and “natural” lifestyles. Herbalism can play a major role in bridging this separation. With its reverence for life and the relationship it establishes between plants and people, herbalism is close to the heart of the greener vision that is slowly but surely changing our cultural worldview. The medicinal plants are sourced from their natural habitat, from around the world. Why do we need to synthesize and concentrate what already grows in our own back yard?


January 27, 2015 by Wellness Oasis

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Essential vs. Fragrance Oils

Essential oils are not the same as synthetic "fragrance" oils. Though they may smell and look similar to essential oils, and they are often packaged similarly (and labeled "pure" or "naturally made"), synthetic fragrance oils do not contain the energy of the plants; they are chemical creations manufactured in laboratories. If the label does not state "essential oil", then it is not the real thing.

Rosemary Gladstar, "Herbs for Natural Beauty"

 


January 24, 2015 by Irena Soul

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HERBAL OASIS

Recognized as the oldest system of healing on the planet, herbal medicine traces its roots back to the earliest civilizations. Effective, safe and inexpensive, medicinal herbs are simple to grow, and they can be used to naturally fortify your body against common upsets and ailments. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy - the study and use of Herbs. "Use" can mean many things and herbs can cover a wide range of uses. Herbs are not only our first medicine; they are also the source for many things we need for our survival, including food, shelter, clothing and medicine, all of which reflect the profound relationship between humanity and the plant kingdom. An art, Herbalism represents a balance of head and heart that relies more on intuition than precise scientific reasoning.

Finding healing powers in plants is an ancient idea. People in all continents have long used hundreds, if not thousands, of indigenous plants for treatment of various ailments dating back to prehistory. Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of medicinal plants dates at least to the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Written evidence of herbal remedies dates back over 5,000 years, to the Sumerians, who created lists of plants.

There are several types of herbal medicine systems that are used today: European, Native American, Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Western Herbalism.

Because there are many different herbal systems, there are also many different ways of classifying herbs. Some systems being used over the years tend to classify herbs by 'plant part'; by humoral theories; by botanical family; by color; or by morphology.

There are many ways to grow, gather, and harvest herbs. Herbs are considered the "best" by some practitioners when they are naturally grown in the wild, untouched by industrial pollutants. Others prefer herbs that are cultivated indoors, away from all contaminants, in a controlled environment.

Some herbalist's recommend gathering only certain herbs (depending on the seasons, the weather, and the time of day) to achieve the highest level of medicinal qualities.

In addition to growth and gathering techniques, harvesting practices vary as well. Recommendations may include taking the whole plant at once (buds, roots, seeds, leaves and blooms), or taking each part of the plant in a particular order, and only using younger, or older, plants.

There are also several ways to dispense herbs. The most common methods are herbal pastes, juices, decoctions, hot or cold infusions, powders, pills (tablets, capsules), aromatics, tinctures or extracts (alcohol or glycerol bases), liniments, syrups, poultices and fomentations, medicated oils, salves and ointments, lotions, teas, and whole herbs.

Working with herbs, digging the earth, making herbal preparations and using them for health and healing is the best way possible to re-establish our connection to our oldest tradition. Whether we grow culinary herbs, drink herbal teas, apply topical herbal ointments, we are all part of the magic of herbalism. These plants do teach us, and they take us to the heart and soul of Mother Earth; they offer us a gentle and holistic healing system, which ignites our hearts.


January 15, 2015 by Wellness Oasis

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Wisdom of the Elders!

Need some inspiration to start the new year strong? Try these wise words!

1) GIVING AND GRATITUDE: “It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. . . . Children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving. . . . The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have—to relatives, to guests of other tribes or clans, but above all to the poor and the aged, from whom they can hope for no return.” ― Charles Alexander Eastman, (Santee Dakota),(later named Ohíye S’a; February 19, 1858 – January 8, 1939)

2) POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE: “One of the things my parents taught me, and I’ll always be grateful as a gift, is to not ever let anybody else define me; that for me to define myself . . . and I think that helped me a lot in assuming a leadership position.” ― Wilma Mankiller, (Cherokee), Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

3) RESPECTING OURSELVES AND OTHERS: Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. –Sitting Bull, (Hunkpapa Lakota), (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890)

4) HONORING THE EARTH: The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. –Chief Joseph, (Nez Perce), (March 3, 1840 – September 21, 1904)

5) LEARNING AND PRESERVING OUR LANGUAGES: “Language and culture cannot be separated. Language is vital to understanding our unique cultural perspectives. Language is a tool that is used to explore and experience our cultures and the perspectives that are embedded in our cultures.” –Buffy Sainte Marie, (Cree)

6) LIVING LIFE IN A GOOD WAY: “While living, I want to live well.” —Geronimo/Goyaałé ,(Apache), (June 1829 – February 17, 1909)

7) DISCOVERING POWER IN OUR CULTURE: “One of our people in the Native community said the difference between white people and Indians is that Indian people know they are oppressed but don’t feel powerless. White people don’t feel oppressed, but feel powerless. Deconstruct that disempowerment. Part of the mythology that they’ve been teaching you is that you have no power. Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.” ― Winona LaDuke, (Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg)

8) PROTECTING OUR LAND: “We, the great mass of the people think only of the love we have for our land, we do love the land where we were brought up. We will never let our hold to this land go, to let it go it will be like throwing away (our) mother that gave (us) birth.”. – Letter from Aitooweyah to John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee.

9)UNITY IS OUR STRENGTH: “A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” —Tecumseh,(Shawnee),(March 1768? – 5 October 1813)

10) DON’T GET DISCOURAGED! “Another thing is, people lose perspective. It is a cultural trait in America to think in terms of very short time periods. My advice is: learn history. Take responsibility for history. Recognise that sometimes things take a long time to change. If you look at your history in this country, you find that for most rights, people had to struggle. People in this era forget that and quite often think they are entitled, and are weary of struggling over any period of time” ― Winona LaDuke, (Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg)

Read more: http://www.powwows.com/2015/01/14/new-yearnew-youstart-2015-native-style/#ixzz3Oui04JIG


October 04, 2014 by Wellness Oasis

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The Dreamcatcher Line:
Ylang Ylang - The therapeutic properties of ylang-ylang oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative. On the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth. Also known as a hormone balancer.
Patchouli - The therapeutic properties of patchouli oil are antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic. On the skin, this oil is one of the most active and is a superb tissue regenerator, which helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Very effective in sorting out rough, cracked and overly dehydrated skin and is used to treat acne, acne, eczema, sores, ulcers, any fungal infections, as well as scalp disorders. 
Red Mandarin - Mandarin is an uplifting, cheering, soothing oil. It helps to calm the nervous system, and its relaxing properties make it effective for soothing restlessness, and hyperactivity in children. It has a slightly hypnotic effect and is therefore useful for calming an over-active mind and promoting a restful night's sleep. It is also reputed to be useful for alleviating nausea, having a similar action to Ginger and Peppermint essential oils. Red Mandarin has antiseptic and toning properties which make it useful for treating acne and congested skin.
Lavender - Lavender oil has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia. It is also very beneficial for problems such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, laryngitis, halitosis, throat infections and whooping cough and helps the digestive system deal with colic, nausea, vomiting and flatulence. Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains, especially those associated with sport. On the skin, lavender oil tones and revitalizes and it is useful for all types of skin problems such as abscesses, acne, oily skin, boils, burns, sunburn, wounds, psoriasis, lice, insect bites, stings and also acts as an insect repellent.


September 30, 2014 by Wellness Oasis

Spiritearthholistics

Spirit Earth Holistics specializes in the ancient art and science of herbal for mind and body. All of the ingredients in their line of body care products are 100% natural, prepared and distributed by this proud Oneida First Nations company.

All products made with organic botanical extracts. Eco-friendly, no animal testing, paraben free, gluten free, SLS free, and made with an all natural preservative. Experience wholesome goodness in our all natural body care, use only what Mother Earth has to offer!

Spirit Earth Holistics grew from a business out of a home kitchen, marketing to health food stores and farmers markets, to three lines of products. HONEY developed the new brand including the logo, tagline and package design to express the all-natural ingredients and the First Nations’ beliefs, but interpreted for a broader audience. The challenge was to honour the previous logo that had many colours, all of which had special significance. They retained the eagle and white pine in the logo because of the importance of meaning, but pared back the visual elements in order to create a unified packaging family solution. This refined design approach was also selected to be cost-effective when extending more products or adding another line.


September 18, 2014 by Wellness Oasis

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Little twig® Baby Bath Products are developed with the advice of pediatricians and real-life parents. Little twig® provides families with a safe and natural bath time alternative.

In November 2011 Little Twig was announced Champion by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.


June 01, 2014 by Wellness Oasis

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On May 29 2014 Wellness Oasis was nominated for Prestige Toronto 2013 award in the category "My Planet" for contribution towards the environment and our Planet.

Although, we did not win the Award, it was a great honor to be part of this unforgettable Gala and we feel very appreciated by our community.

We will continue our mission of educating and promoting healthy and happy lifestyles and encouraging smart consumers to support alternative, non-toxic, cruelty-free and eco-friendly manufactures.

We were happy to be nominated for such an important category and enjoyed to be among beautiful, talented and amazing people!

We would like to thank the organizers of this event - First in Toronto, and all the nominees and wishing all great success!


January 24, 2014 by Ksenia Osmo

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Culturally authentic, all-natural, award-winning facial, bath, body and hair care remedies made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients.

Mission

Nubian Heritage products DON'T contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, PABA, Synthetic Fragrance or Artificial Color. We don't do animal testing. All products are tested by family members and friends.

 

A mixture of tenacity, determination and perseverance helped two childhood friends, Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman, turn adversity into a highly successful and unique business.

Richelieu and Nyema were born in Liberia, but fled civil war after most of their families’ possessions were destroyed. They both immigrated to the United States, but the situation was not much brighter, as they suddenl...y found themselves without resources or employment.

Remembering his roots and deep family tradition, Richelieu realized his vision was to offer culturally authentic, high-quality skin care products for underserved communities. In 1992, Richelieu and Nyema began to sell their shea butter soaps that had been passed down to them by family through the generations along the sidewalks of Harlem. Their routine was to make the soaps and shea butters in the wee hours of each morning, load them up into a rickety van, set up the products on tables on the street at sunrise, and sell until the sun went down.

By the second year, their hard work came to fruition when they formed Sundial Creations and Nubian Heritage, with Richelieu acting as Founder and CEO, and Nyema, as President and COO. The company has grown and bloomed, and now Nubian Heritage products are sold all over the world.

 

Shop Nubian Heritage now


January 06, 2014 by Ksenia Osmo

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The US continues to permit some chemicals of concern, but these big-box stores are setting stricter policies. Are they shaping de facto industry standards for everyday products?

This is the first article in a series on US retailers' efforts to curb the use of legal, but potentially harmful, chemicals in household products. The next two in the series, both by Bill Lascher, explore Target's new policy aimed making products healthier, and Walmart's sustainable chemicals policy.

Last fall, Revlon took fire from activists who alleged that the company's cosmetics contain toxic chemicals. "Women shouldn't have to worry about cancer when they apply their makeup," said Shaunna Thomas of UltraViolet, a women's group that joined forces with the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to go after Revlon. "It's deceptive to wrap yourself in pink and have these chemicals in your products."

Revlon's general counsel, Lauren Goldberg, shot back an indignant cease-and-desist letter, calling the charges "false and defamatory" and demanding a retraction. "Revlon has long been ... at the forefront of the fight against cancer," she wrote.

So which is it? Should women throw away their Revlon eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss? Or should they feel good about supporting a company that cares?

In a perfect world, the government would rely on sound science to regulate chemicals in personal and home care products, and consumers could safely assume that there's no need to worry about the things they buy. No one would ever have to know about chemicals with odd-sounding names like phthalates, 1,4-dioxane, or triclosan – one of the chemicals that, just this week, the FDA stated it would require soap manufacturers to prove safe.

But in the real world, science can be messy and inconclusive; government regulators can be overwhelmed, indifferent or restricted by industry concerns; nonprofit groups can resort to scare tactics to attract attention or money; and manufacturers can be ignorant, careless or worse about the chemicals they put into their products. As a result of all of this, many everyday items – eyeliner and nail polish, baby bottles, household cleaners, children's toys, even pizza boxes and antibacterial soaps – have been found, at one time or another, to contain chemicals that could make you sick.

What's more, even as risks emerge, governments can be excruciatingly slow to respond: several European countries banned lead from interior paints in 1909 because they recognized that lead exposure can cause serious health problems in children, but the US didn't outlaw lead house paint until the 1970s. Rich Food, Poor Food, a book written by Jayson and Mira Calton earlier this year, lists a number of foods that are banned outside of the US, but permitted within it.

All this helps explain why Walmart and Target are taking matters into their own hands. In September, Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, published a new policy on sustainable chemistry, in which it promised to try to reduce, restrict and eliminate "approximately ten chemical ingredients". Three weeks later, Target unveiled a Sustainable Product Standard that will rate thousands of personal care, baby care and beauty products, as well as household cleaners, based on the "sustainability of ingredients, ingredient transparency and overall environmental impact".

Unsurprisingly, suppliers are responding: Procter & Gamble, the world's largest consumer products company, promised in September to eliminate diethyl phthalate, a solvent and plasticizer, and triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient, from its products – even while insisting they are perfectly safe. Both ingredients have been linked to reproductive and developmental harm in animals in laboratory studies.

This week, Guardian Sustainable Business will take a closer look at Walmart, Target and chemicals. We plan to explore how and why Walmart and Target have become what some are calling "retail regulators" and explain their plans. They are taking on a relatively new role for companies, and a tricky one. After all, they don't employ scientists. They aren't accountable to the public. And they aren't transparent. Indeed, Walmart won't even identify the 10 chemicals that it is seeking to reduce or eliminate, perhaps because it doesn't want to call attention to the products it now peddles that contain them.

Regulation by retail

It must be acknowledged, up front, that there's something odd about Walmart and Target taking it upon themselves to become arbiters of complex scientific disputes about chemical safety. Walmart sells cigarettes, which are incontrovertibly harmful, and justify doing so by saying the products are legal and that their customers want them. The same, of course, could be said about all the products they sell now.

Even environmental activists who welcome the retailers' attention to chemical risks say that ultimate responsibility for chemical safety should lie with the government. "With tens of thousands of chemicals in use, there's just no way for individuals, states or retailers to do the job of the federal government," says Sarah Vogel, the health program director at Environmental Defense Fund, which works closely with Walmart.

That said, Vogel and others believe that retailers like Walmart and Target can play a constructive role by reducing the number of toxic chemicals in the marketplace. "I see them as pulling up the laggards in the supply chain," Vogel says.

While stronger regulation is vital, Janet Nudelman, director of programs and policy at the Breast Cancer Fund, argues that companies do need to act on their own. "Manufacturers should be voluntarily moving toward safer alternatives because they're out there," she says. "A corporation with a good conscience that cares about consumers shouldn't need a law."

But why doesn't the United States have these laws in place? For one thing, the chemical regulation system is incredibly complex, involving many different agencies with varying priorities and concerns. This leaves plenty of room for debate. As a case in point, take the dispute between the breast-cancer activists and Revlon. It revolves around a half dozen chemicals, including a substance known as "carbon black," which is found in the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen eyeliner. Revlon's cease-and-desist letter says:

Years ago, there were concerns with the use of carbon black, but only because of adulterants that occasionally were included when the material was used in solid form. Manufacturers of the ingredient changed their processes, and the FDA now approves the ingredient as safe and effective. In addition, Revlon only uses the ingredient in liquid form.

The Breast Cancer Fund replied that carbon black has been classified as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The Center for Disease Control also describes carbon black as a potential human carcinogen, focuses on workplace exposure. The Breast Cancer Fund has not retracted any of its charges – and Revlon has not sued. The company did not return a phone call from the Guardian seeking comment.

Interestingly, Walmart and Target sell an array of Revlon products in their stores. Whether they will continue to do so after they implement their new chemical policies is anyone's guess.

A proactive approach

Meanwhile, some companies – like Procter & Gamble – have chosen to stay out of the debate by removing chemicals of concern from their products, even when they believed them to be safe.

In 2012, even before the new policies were announced, Johnson & Johnson said it would eliminate triclosan and a preservative called quarternium-15, which releases small amounts of formaldehyde, from its baby care and beauty products. (Quarternium-15 also is part of the Revlon dispute.)

In a blog post announcing the change, Susan Nettesheim, vice president for product stewardship and toxicology at Johnson & Johnson, wrote:

We know that all our products are safe by scientific standards and meet or exceed government regulations. Over time, though, we've come to realize that sometimes safety alone isn't enough. There's a vigorous public discussion going on around the world about what ingredients should or shouldn't be in personal care products, and how they should be regulated. We have a point of view that we've expressed, based on our considered understanding of the science involved, and that's always going to be our starting point. But what matters most isn't what we think, it's what the people who use our products think.

When the customer is always right, regardless of what the science says, companies are entering uncharted territory.

 

Source:http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/walmart-target-toxic-chemicals-soap-makeup-revlon


September 03, 2013 by Wellness Oasis

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Eco-Max was created by Prism Care Corporation, a Canadian owned and family operated company, with the mission to benefit people and the environment. In 1999, under our PrismEnvironmental® brand, the company was one of only a handful of Canadian companies offering EcoLogoTM certified cleaning products, replacing hazardous, toxic cleaning products in commercial and institutional facilities.

Over the next several years Prism Care Corporation was researching the best natural, plant-based, sustainable raw materials and utilizing them in countless formulations to test their effectiveness. A mission was set: develop the best performing natural, non-toxic products on the market. This is how Eco-Max was born.

Substantial organizations such as Environment Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, Bell Mobility, CIBC, and Canada Post were, and still are, having their buildings cleaned with Eco-Max. This widespread interest coupled with growing environmental awareness in Canada and the world led to the release of Eco-Max consumer products for household use in 2007.

Since then, Prism Care Corporation maintained their commitment to the environment by being transparent and publishing all their test results for public viewing and listing  their ingredients!

We encourage you to discover true green by trying Eco-Max today!


July 15, 2013 by Wellness Oasis

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Sea-Buckthorn is a thorny shrub that grows near rivers and in sandy soil along the Atlantic coasts of Europe and throughout Asia, where it has been used for centuries in traditional medical applications. The leaves, flowers, fruits and oils from the seeds are all used for remedies. Sea Buckthorn tea, oil or berries can be used for a variety of skin conditions and to heal wounds of the skin, and scientific studies indicate it may have some antibiotic properties. Extracts can be used for acne, rosacia, insect bites and sunburn. A natural antioxidant, Sea Buckthorn helps to replenish skin from the drying, damaging effects of sun exposure, which can often increase the appearance of aging. Sea Buckthorn is known to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while adding moisture to the skin, and its high Vitamin C content nourishes depleted skin.


May 12, 2013 by Irena Soul

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Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become SkyStone Turquoise.

Turquoise, the “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued by cultures for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life-giving qualities for over 7000 years.

It is a true gem of the centuries. A long time ago someone noticed a clear blue line running through gray rock, and saw the imagery of sky and water in stone, and from that time on, turquoise has been cherished above all else in creation – turquoise, stone of sky, stone of water, stone of blessings, good fortune, protection, good health and long life.

Elsewhere, turquoise may come and go with fashion. Here turquoise is more precious than gold, an enduring expression of Native American Indian culture. It is the birthstone of December and signifies success.

There is a wonderful fascination to turquoise, a feeling that takes hold of a person who comes in contact with it for a while. The fascination has been the same down through the centuries and it has been prized for thousands of years through many countries of the world.

Native American Indians had as many different words for turquoise as there were languages spoken. Many of the words translated into English as the sky stone evoking the sky-blue shade of the stone most commonly found. Native Americans had been working turquoise mines with stone mauls and antler picks for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans.

Native Americans believe that the earth is alive and that all things, no matter how small or apparently inanimate, are precious. To the Native Americans, turquoise is life.

There are stones medicine men keep in their sacred bundles because they possess powers of healing. Stones and crystals have unique attributed that support and heal us. Turquoise, especially, is known for its positive healing energy, an aid in mental functions, communications and expression and as a protector. If you’re wearing a turquoise ring and you look down and see a crack in your stone, the Native Americans would say “the stone took it”, meaning the stone took the blow that you would have received.

http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/turquoise/


March 19, 2013 by Wellness Oasis

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From Karen Clarke - the creator of Green Beaver Company:

"The company was started by myself, Karen Clark and my husband Alain Ménard. Our son, Joshua gave us the inspiration to develop safe, natural personal care products. Like most babies, Joshua was always drinking the bubbles in his bath water.

With both our science degrees and our years working in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, we had well-founded concerns about the chemicals used in personal care products.

When we started researching the subject, we were shocked to discover how many household and personal care products were filled with chemical preservatives, fragrances, dyes, etc..

We found that there were too many chemicals in personal care products for our own well-being.

Consequently, Alain and I started formulating our own personal care products without the use of chemicals. That was the beginning of The Green Beaver Company.

At The Green Beaver Company, we believe in Mother Nature to help us take care of ourselves. For centuries, humans have been living with and safely using natural ingredients. That is why we rely on pure natural ingredients when formulating our products.

From our family to yours, we are proud to bring you wholesome, healthy personal care products that are safe and effective for you, your family and our environment."


March 05, 2013 by Wellness Oasis

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In the 1960’s the Stearn family realized that topical application of Vitamin E would benefit skin health: derma e® was born. Today derma e® offers a full line of natural, therapeutic skin and hair care formulations rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and botanicals. DermaE believes that beautiful skin is healthy skin, and is committed to developing and producing the highest quality formulations to nourish and care for the entire body.

"At derma e® we believe that beautiful skin is healthy skin. We strive to develop and produce high quality natural formulas using the most advanced technology and latest research available. Our formulations incorporate powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and herbal remedies to produce therapeutic products that deliver results. We provide honest and in-depth information about our ingredients and our products to help customers make knowledgeable decisions about their skin care. We endeavor to give you the best customer service possible and want you to have a positive experience with derma e®. We believe in healthy skin, a healthy world, and a healthier environment."


February 03, 2013 by Wellness Oasis

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants are classified into two broad divisions, depending on whether they are soluble in water (hydrophilic) or in lipids (hydrophobic). Antioxidants are believed to assist in preventing disease by destroying free radicals before they get the chance to do harm to your body. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants. People who eat fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of heart disease and some neurological diseases, and there is evidence that some types of vegetables, and fruits in general, probably protect against a number of cancers.

Antioxidants are found in plants—they protect the plant from ultraviolet light and act as its immune system. Here are a few names that you might have heard: vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, and selenium.

Vitamin E is found abundantly in vegetable oils of all sorts. Nuts such as walnuts, peanuts and almonds are recommended. There is also a range of seeds as well as olives, avocados, wheat germ and liver that contain a healthy amount of Vitamin E.  Do not forget that green and leafy vegetables are a good source. In fact the darker the color of the vegetables, the better a vitamin source they are.

Make citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit as well as lemon juice a part of your diet for Vitamin C. Vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, cantaloupe and strawberries are also ideal sources besides the green leafy vegetables.

Seafood and meats like, beef, pork and chicken have selenium in them as do Brazil nuts, brown rice, and whole wheat bread that you use for sandwiches.

Beta-carotene is a forerunner to vitamin A (retinol). This is found in liver, egg yolks, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, as well as grains. Other fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, papayas, pumpkins, bell peppers, apricots as well as kale, and sweet potatoes are abundantly rich in beta-carotene.

Color your meals! Proper nutrition includes eating your ‘colors’, which means selecting whole, fresh fruits and vegetables by the variety of seasonal colors that they offer. Look for foods that range in color from yellow to red to purple. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables are the reason we see the variety of colors, so select accordingly. Many vegetables are high in antioxidants even though they are green in color. This is because chlorophyll will mask the antioxidants contained, so do not shun green fruits or vegetables! And remember, the more intense the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more antioxidants it has and the better it is for you.

The following table lists a few fruits and vegetables with accompanying ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – or antioxidant) potential. The more oxygen radicals a food absorbs, the higher its ORAC score. The higher the ORAC score, the better a food may be in helping our bodies fight diseases like cancer and heart disease. The form of the food is very important here. Fresh juice is different from concentrated, cooked vegetables differ in antioxidant capacity than do fresh. Nutrition experts estimate a person needs to consume 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units a day to reach a significant antioxidant capacity in the blood associated with health benefits. Using the table below, you will see the antioxidant capacity of your favorite fruits and vegetables. The higher the ORAC value, the better the food is for you!

 

ORAC values for some common foods

Fruits (Uncooked)

ORAC

Vegetables (uncooked)

ORAC

Prunes (4)

1,939

Kale (1 cup)

1,186

Blueberries (½ cup)

2,400

Beets (½ cup)

571

Blackberries (½ cup)

1,466

Red bell peppers (½ cup)

533

Strawberries (½ cup)

1,540

Brussels sprouts (½ cup)

431

Raisins (¼ cup)

1,026

Yellow corn (½ cup)

420

Raspberries (½ cup)

1,220

Spinach (1 cup)

378

Oranges (½ cup)

675

Onions (½ cup)

360

Plums (1)

626

Broccoli florets (½ cup)

320

Red grapes (½ cup)

591

Eggplant (1 cup)

320

Dried Tart Cherries (½ cup)

6,800

   

Fresh Acai Fruit (½ cup)

5,754

   

 

 

 

 

1.        www.eatrightontario.ca

2.       Christine M Greene, PhD, MBA, CSCS


December 06, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Simple lemon has super powers to fight cancer! You may eat it, squeeze it and drink it’s juice, make lemonade, prepare sherbet, make cookies etc. Lemon is rich in organic acids, pectin (greater than 1%), phytoncides, essential oils, flavonoids and potassium. Lemon may be an alternative natural cure against cancer and cysts. Cancer sells cannot stand lemon’s unique powers. It is also proven to be an effective anti-microbial element against bacterial infections and fungi, internal parasites and worms, which can also suppress their multiplication and growth. Lemon destroys malignant cells in 12 different cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer. Lemon tree helps prevent further development of cancer cells. Even more fascinating that this type of therapy destroys only malignant cells with no effect on healthy cells! It is also proven to be affective against the following illnesses: Tonsillitis, Arteriosclerotic Vascular Disease, Insomnia, Bronchitis, High Fever, Hemorrhoids, Hypertension, Hypotension, Influenza, Atherosclerosis, Migraines, Liver Disease; it also works as antidepressant, decreasing stress levels, removes body toxins and so much more! Please keep in mind that there is a unique recipe for each of the disease, which we will be sharing with you in the future.


December 05, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

Deepsteepnaturalcare

Vision of Deep Steep involves two concepts: Luxury and Integrity. Deep Steep  promises you a retreat from the ordinary and a refreshing level of quality. Deep Steep promises to provide you with personal care products that feel good, smell good, and simply are good.

Originally founded by earth-conscious entrepreneurs in 2002, Deep Steep is dedicated to producing all natural luxury bath & body care products that benefit both the consumer and the planet. Today Deep Steep is operated by leading natural personal care manufacturer, Royal Labs Natural Cosmetics, Inc.

                        Certified by the "Cruelty Free Bunny" 


October 09, 2012 by Ksenia Osmo

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A natural alternative to traditional pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

Natralia represents a holistic approach to health and wellbeing by recognising that every organ, tissue and muscle within the body is connected in a delicate balance, which must be respected. Natralia respects this balance by providing products that are of high quality with clinically proven results.

Each product contains a high concentration of natural ingredients and unique herbs that are free from many of the common additives that can often have detrimental side effects on health. While ensuring maximum efficacy and safety, Natralia remains true to its natural and organic roots, providing gentle formulations for all skin types.


October 05, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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The importance of Folic Acid

Each year approximately 220,000 babies are born worldwide with spina bifida or anencephaly due to maternal folic acid deficiency during the periconceptual period. [1]

Folic acid is a B vitamin that is essential for healthy development of baby’s brain and spine during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid is responsible for making new cells in our bodies. It is important to have enough folic acid before the pregnancy, which can help prevent major birth defects of the brain and spine.

It's recommended that all women of childbearing age take a multivitamin containing 400mg of folic acid daily, in addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet. [2]

Folic acid, when found naturally in foods is also called folate or folacin, mostly found in the following foods: Whole wheat (breads, cereals, etc.), Eggs, Beans (lentils, chickpeas, black, and lima), Asparagus, Leafy green vegetables, Sunflower seeds, Oranges or orange juice, Strawberries, Cantaloupe and other melons

 

1. Oakley GP. When will we eliminate folic acid-preventable spina bifida? Epidemiology 2007

2. Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu. The Complete Organic Pregnancy 2006


October 05, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Every once in a while, the human spirit is gripped by such intense passion and commitment that it changes the course of history. Such was the case with Kathleen Long and Lady Dowding, whose love and concern for animals altered the course of cosmetic history forever. What began as the philosophy of one small company eventually effected every major cosmetic house worldwide and set a new standard for consumers and manufacturers alike.

In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.

After Katherine’s death in 1969, Beauty Without Cruelty almost closed its doors but Lady Dowding, a founding trustee, was determined to keep the company and its purpose alive. Lady Dowding, a warm, open-hearted person, was a charismatic leader and BWC continued to grow and influence others.

In 1978, after tireless efforts, Lady Dowding appointed Joseph Piccioni as managing director of BWC. Joseph had considerable business experience and was dedicated to animal rights. He contributed his expertise, vision, and personal assets to develop BWC into one of the most sought-after cosmetic brands in Great Britain.

In 1989, Beauty Without Cruelty was introduced in the United States. Based on the principles of high quality, fair pricing, and environmental sensitivity, BWC cosmetics quickly became one of the industry’s leading brands. Later that year, a natural skin care line was developed to compliment the color line from England. Its cruelty-free, vegetarian ethic was embraced by American consumers making it one of the most respected and recognized lines in the marketplace.

Today, Beauty Without Cruelty has a full line of cruelty-free, vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products made with the finest natural ingredients and aroma-therapeutic essential oils, and a full line of colour cosmetics to meet the needs of every woman.


September 19, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

Andalou

 

Our Reason for Being

Inspired Beauty + True Kindness + Mindful Action

Andalou Naturals embodies beauty in action. We infuse the best of nature and knowledge into mindful and effective products that are good for people and the planet.


We value knowing where our ingredients come from, the farmers who grow them, and connecting the human chain of hands that make every step possible from farm to bottle, soil to skin, and botany to beauty.


Our skin care, hair care and body care products are made thoughtfully and beautifully, blending advanced Fruit Stem Cell Science with natural and fair-trade ingredients, with a minimum 70% certified organic content, for visible and healthy results.

 

At Andalou, we champion social responsibility and giving-back by establishing A Force of Nature as a philanthropic asset of the company, supporting sustainable trade, eco-conservation and collective relationships, while bestowing a true and meaningful reason to succeed.


The meaning of Andalou is ‘Path of Light’, and we believe it best reflects our intention to foster good things in the world and enrich the lives we touch, one responsible product at a time.


For Andalou Naturals, it’s simply the way business should be done.


September 11, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

Albabotanica

Alba Botanica. We make natural, 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you and your friends: people, animals + earth. This means we DON'T use parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Mission

The Alba Botanica® mission is to Do Beautiful. We offer natural, 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you, your friends and the animals and Earth you love. We offer a full range of products packed with potent natural, botanical ingredients that are formulated to nourish the individualized needs of your skin and hair.

With our products, the way that we make them, and how we treat others, we want to inspire and uplift women from head to soul. We’re one seriously nourished team that can do beautiful together!

Because the Alba Botanica® brand is committed to the health and happiness of all furry friends, we never test our products, or the ingredients that go into them, on animals. We recognize the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. So we try to do beautiful by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business, from the field to the final product.

We hope that you join our do beautiful campaign. Together we can help to preserve and heal the planet, now and for future generations.

Products

Our products contain natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredient alternatives which are 100% vegetarian. We passionately strive to deliver the finest possible formulations for the ultimate efficacy and benefits to your skin and hair. We make maximum use of ingredients from our wonderful Earth’s plant sources…from rich vegetable and nut oils to pure plant waxes to herbal extracts and pure essential oils.

Our products contain no meat or by-products of animal killing. We also reject all cruelly obtained animal ingredients, even if an animal is not killed. We limit our use of animal products to ingredients that are naturally created by and have no future use to the animal such as beeswax.

Alba Botanica® products are formulated without: parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, propylene glycol, aluminum, mineral oil, petrolatum, oxybenzone, PABA, nano-particles, DEA, MEA or TEA, PEGs and PEG derivatives, ethoxylated ingredients associated with 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde donors, or GMOs


September 04, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Aura Cacia began in 1982, it has been a leader in aromatherapy sales and quality -- as well as a key source of expert information that has fueled the widespread awareness of aromatherapy that we see today.

A key to Aura Cacia's leadership is sourcing pure, authentic essential oils -- dealing face-to-face with the people growing the plants and extracting the essential oil whenever we can. Frequent trips to places like Europe, the Ukraine, Oregon and Australia to visit suppliers and processors illustrate our commitment to finding the best sources for our oils.

We also test every oil we receive to make sure it meets our high standards. Our industry-leading testing program -- which now includes gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) -- allows us to guarantee that we are providing you with the highest quality essential oils available. Whenever possible, we offer oils that are certified organic as well.

Aura Cacia makes aromatherapy accessible with innovative ready-to-use products that let even beginners realize the full benefits of our 100% pure essential oils in a variety of ways that can easily be a part of any lifestyle.

Aura Cacia cares about aromatherapy and the people who use it.

To start shopping


August 28, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

Road-bike

 Eco-friendly commute to work

With beautiful weather like this, it is difficult not to take a walk in a park or hit the road with bicycle.

Cycling is a great way to exercise and it’s eco-friendly too. According to Statistics Canada, personal motor vehicle use accounts for 63 percent of total household greenhouse gas emission.

In 2011 researches in Sweden looked at 21,088 citizens who work full-time jobs in Scania and commute to work by biking, walking or taking train or bus. The research shows that those, driving to work were more stressed, more likely to take sick days, got less sleep and in general were in worse health condition than those cycling to work.

Instead of seeing same urban landscapes everyday, filled with concrete and traffic lights, you may spend a little time inside nature’s haven, ride across trees and flowerbeds, even waterfalls. Imaging how much difference will it make! Cycling to work will make you feel happier, healthier and help you find harmony within yourself in a busy and stressful day.

Erik Hansson, Kristoffer Mattisson, Jonas Bjork, Per-Olof Ostergren and Kristina Jakobsson.
BMC Public Health 2011

July 29, 2012 by Irena Soul

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Ginseng(American ginseng; Canadian ginseng; five-fingers; occidental ginseng; sang; seng) Panax quinquefolius

 

There are many beautiful common names for Ginseng: Root for life, Root for man, Santa root, Seed of earth, Panax, Panacea, Life for ever lasting. Ginseng has the reputation of being the ultimate elixir of life, a symbol of strength and long life, and a source of happiness. The plant's forked root and leaves were traditionally used for medicinal purposes by Native Americans. Since the 19th century, the roots have been collected by "'sang hunters" and sold to Chinese or Hong Kong traders, who often pay very high prices for particularly old wild roots. Wild American ginseng was apparently used by emotional and physical exhaustion, to treat headache, cramps, fevers, rheumatism, and cough.

American ginseng, have been extensively studied. Like eleuthero, ginseng is an adaptogen. At least seven European clinical studies showed that standardized extracts decreased reaction time to visual and auditory stimuli; increased respiratory performance, alertness, power of concentration, and grasp of abstract concepts; and improved visual and motor coordination. Panax quinquefolius might improve your mental performance, elevate your sense of well being, and reduce your risk of cancer. It is a helpful herb for general weakness, poor appetite, indigestion, constipation, nausea, vomiting, poor memory, nervous agitation, irritability, anemia, impotence, vaginal dryness, blood sugar disorders, colds, night sweats, AIDS, coughs, bronchitis, respiratory problems, tuberculosis, rheumatism, headaches and cystitis. Antioxidant properties found in Panax ginseng fight free radicals boost your immune system and improve your overall cardiovascular health.

The active ingredients found in American ginseng are saponins, various acids, beta-sitosterol, tannin, magnesium, vanadium, zinc and trace amounts of germanium which may be partially responsible for the herbs health benefits. The rootstocks also contain some essential oil.

Ginseng is widely distributed in Eastern North America from Québec to Minnesota and South Dakota; south to Georgia, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. In Canada, ginseng occurs in the southwestern province of Québec and the southern portion of Ontario. 

In Canada, ginseng is grouped into four different categories based on the level of human-intervention: wild, wild-simulated, woods-grown, and field-grown. Wild ginseng grows naturally without human intervention of any kind. Wild-simulated ginseng is grown under a natural forest canopy in what would be considered suitable wild ginseng habitat and the seeds are cast by the grower without any cultivation or other interventions (e.g. removal of rocks, weeds, application of fertilizers or pesticides). Wild-simulated ginseng roots, despite being considered artificially propagated maintain the characteristics of a wild ginseng specimen and are therefore worth a high monetary value. Woods-grown ginseng is also grown under a forest canopy but is afforded a range of human interventions. Field-grown ginseng is grown under artificial shade structures and is subject to intense human intervention and cultivation.

 

American ginseng is considered a very safe herb to use, even over a long period of time. Some sources indicate that the herb is safe to use during pregnancy, while others believe that it should be avoided by pregnant or lactating women. People with diabetes may need to keep an extra eye on their insulin levels if using American ginseng, since the herb has a glucose lowering effect. Some people can experience sleeplessness when they take American ginseng, especially with food or beverages containing caffeine. This side effect can be reduced by cutting down on caffeine intake and refrain from taking American ginseng in the evening.


June 19, 2012 by Ksenia Osmo

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The path to healthy heart

Focus on small changes for big results. Fast, simple diet modifications can cut cholesterol by 30 per cent. A 5-minutes-a-day weight-training program can replace 10 years worth of lost muscle tissue.

Conquer “sitting disease”. Canadians are leading increasingly sedentary lives with many of us getting less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week.  Yet our bodies are built for daily activity.

Eat fresh foods. Fresh, whole foods don’t have to cost more or take more time to prepare than the processed stuff. These wholesome, delicious foods – fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, meats, dairy products and even soya – not only taste good, they also protect your heart by reducing blood fats, lowering elevated blood sugar, calming inflammation and fighting destructive free radicals.

Get organized to quite smoking. Simple planning, appropriate preparation and the assistance of health professionals can dramatically improve your chances of being a successful quitter.

Know your numbers. If you want to see tangible results then track your success by keeping tabs on certain essential numbers, including your weight and your waist measurement.

Avoid toxins. From tobacco to trans fats, sugar to environmental pollutants, the toxins we allow to enter our bodies seem to weak havoc with our hearts first. Your body doesn’t have to be a dumping ground for hazardous waste.

Find joy. A growing body of research links hostility, impatience and bearing grudges with poor heart health; in contracts, forgiveness, friends and optimism are linked with healthier hearts. 

"30 minutes a day to a Healthy Heart" 2006, Reader's Digest Association Inc.

 


May 27, 2012 by Ksenia Osmo

Beets

Beets supershake benefits

Did you know that beets could help you increase your energy and get you exercise longer? Beets, which have lots of nitrates can help you to keep moving. One of the studies suggests, that nitrates improve oxygen use and help individuals exercise for up to 16 percent longer.

Here is how you can make your own super shake at home:

Blend the following (serves two):

4 beets, cooked and peeled

2 cups (500 ml) unsweetened coconut water

2 cups (500 ml) frozen strawberries

1 lime, juiced

Per serving: 147 calories, 4 g protein, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 34 g carbohydrates, 8 g fibre, 0 mg cholesteril, 332 mg sodium


March 03, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Some of the Potentially Harmful Ingredients Most Commonly Used By The Personal Care and Household Cleaning Product Industries.

These potentially harmful and carcinogenic chemicals are listed on the labels of cosmetics and personal care products, but carry no warnings accompanying their names. Therefore the labels are of no use to the consumer whatsoever, so we must educate ourselves as to the names of these chemicals and their potential dangers. That is the purpose of this list. Use it to educate yourself and those you care about.

These are facts about 10 of the most unwanted ingredients that may be in your personal care and beauty products:

1. Isopropyl Alcohol: This is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes another substance's natural qualities). Isopropyl alcohol is found in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. According to A Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting and coma.
2. Mineral Oil: A derivative of crude oil (petroleum) that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Mineral oil forms an oily film over the skin to lock in moisture, toxins and wastes, but hinders normal skin respiration by keeping oxygen out. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin's natural immune barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin's ability to release toxins is impeded by this 'plastic wrap,' which can promote acne and other disorders. This process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing the skin to prematurely age.
3. PEG: This is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. Because of their effectiveness, PEG's are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products. PEG's contribute to stripping the Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. It is used because it is a very cheap ingredient and is amazingly still allowed. It gives the skin a glide after application that makes the product feel beneficial. New findings suggest however, that propylene glycol ages the skin prematurely. These findings advise that we should stay away from anything that suffocates the skin like propylene glycol, elastin, collagen, mineral oil, lanolin, glycerin and other so called humectants. This is because by clogging the pores they hold toxins in, keep oxygen out and do not allow moisture to escape. They are also potentially carcinogenic.
4. Propylene Glycol (PG): As a "surfactant" or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shaves, deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpastes. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected nor is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.
5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpastes, hair conditioner and about 90% of al shampoos and products that foam. According to the American College of Toxicology states, "...both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children's eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels than eating nitrate-contaminated food." SLES is the alcohol (ethoxylated) of SLS. It is slightly less irritating than SLS, but may cause more drying. Both SLS and SLES may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers by reacting with other ingredients. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the bloodstream from one shampooing.
6. Chlorine: According to Doris J. Rapp, M.D., exposure to chlorine in tap water, showers, pool, laundry products, cleaning agents, food processing, sewage systems and many others, can effect health by contributing to asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis, circulatory collapse, confusion, delirium, diabetes, dizziness, irritation of the eye, mouth, nose, throat, lung, skin and stomach, heart disease, high blood pressure and nausea. It is also a possible cause of cancer. Even though you will not see Chlorine on personal care product labels, it is important for you to be aware of the need to protect your skin when bathing and washing your hair.
7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (monoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine): DEA and MEA are usually listed on the ingredient label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look for names like Cocoamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing nitrates and nitrosamines. These are commonly found in most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps and facial cleansers. On the show CBS This Morning, Roberta Baskin revealed that a recent government report shows DEA and MEA are readily absorbed in the skin. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said, "repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers- liver and kidney cancers." John Bailey, who oversees the cosmetic division for the FDA said the new study is especially important since "the risk equation changes significantly for children."
8. FD&C Color Pigments: Many color pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and even death according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Debra Lynn Dadd says: "Colors that can be used in foods, drugs, and cosmetics are made from coal tar. There is a great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic."
9. Fragrance: Fragrance is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care, body care and baby care products. Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Clinical observation by medical doctors have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
10. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin: These are two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde-donors). According to the Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer. Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde-releasing ingredients.

When is this madness going to stop? Not until we get the word out to others who need to know the truth about toxins being used in products we use every day of our life.

The information on this sheet is for educational purposes only


February 20, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Using Essential Oils

The word "Aromathérapie" was first used in 1928 by a French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, to describe the therapeutic action of aromatic plant essence. The application of aromatherapy to beauty therapy and health care was pioneered by an Austrian-born biochemist and beautician called Marguerite Maury, who worked in France.
The vital element in any aromatherapy treatment is the pure essential oil. Essential oils are extracted from various parts of plants - the roots, leaves, flowers, resin, bark, or even the peel of the fruit - through a number of methods, the most common of which is distillation. These oils are very different from the heavy oils we use for cooking; they are concentrated essences, much lighter than water and highly flammable. They evaporate guickly, so they are usually mixed with other ingredients to trap their effectiveness. Essential oils contain the active ingredients of a plant in a highly concentrated and potent form, so they are measured in drops. They need to be treated with care and should never be applied to the skin undiluted. There are many ways of dispersing their fragrance and utilizing their therapeutic properties, and most methods do not require any special equipment. You can add your chosen essential oils to a wide range of products, such as moisturizing creams, perfumes, shampoos, and bath oils.

Moisturizer
Mix 20 drops of essential oil in 50g of cream base. Useful for many skin conditions, but particularly helpful for dry or aging skin or eczema. Try Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.
Inhalations
Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water, then hold your head over the basin and place a towel over your head. Try Frankincense, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Naouli, Pine, and Sandalwood.
Inhalations for coughs, colds, bronchitis
Steam inhalation is an excellent method for treating respiratory problems, colds and so forth, but should not be used by asthmatics. Add 6-12 drops to a bowl of steaming hot water. Place a towel over your head and breathe deeply. This is also a great way of deep-cleansing the face because it will open pores prior to an extended beauty treatment. Try essential oils that help the respiratory system to function efficiently, or that stimulate the immune system, such as Benzoin, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa, Orange, or Sandalwood.  
Therapeutic Massage
This is the classic aromatherapy treatment, triggering the body's natural healing process by using lymphatic massage and essential oils to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph fluid. The aromas also act upon the emotional centre in the brain (the "limbic" system) which governs the way we feel. For massage use a 1-3% solution of essential oil to base oil. Try Vetiver, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Rose, and Sandalwood.
Fragrancers
Diffusers or vaporizers are simple to use. Fill the top china bowl with water and add a few drops of essential oil on to the surface. The candle in the pot underneath heats the water, slowly releasing the natural fragrance of the oil into the room. Stand the burner on a plate or tile, not on plastic surface. 3-6 drops of essential oil are sufficient, depending on the size of the room. Try Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Citrus, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Rosewood.
Bath
Run hand hot water and then add 5-10 drops of essential oil to suit your mood. Close the door to keep in the vapours and soak for 15 minutes. Use Cedarwood, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Orange Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, or Yarrow. For sensitive skin it is better to dilute the oil in a base oil first, like sweet almond, apricot or peach kernel. Essential oils can mark plastic baths if they are not dispersed thoroughly. Wipe the bath straight after use.
Foot bath
Refresh tired feet by adding 4-5 drops of Peppermint, Rosemary and Thyme to a large bowl of hot water. Soothe with Lavender.
Hand bath
Soothe chapped skin by soaking in bowl of warm water with 3-4 drops of Patchouli or Comfrey before a manicure.
Shower
After soaping or gelling, rinse well. Dip a wet sponge in an oil mix of your choice, squeeze and rub over your whole body while under a warm jet spray.
Sauna
Add two drops of Eucalyptus or Pine oil per 1/2 pint ( 330ml) or water and throw over the coals to evaporate. These are great cleansers and detoxifiers.
Jacuzzi or hot tub
Relax by adding 10-15 drops of Sandalwood, Geranium or Ylang-ylang or simply bubble over with the stimulating effects of Pine, Rosemary and Neroli.
Room sprays
To make a room spray blend 10 drops of essential oil in 7 tablespoons of water. 1 tablespoon of vodka or pure alcohol added to the Solution will act as a preservative but this is optional. Shake well before filling the sprayer.
Pillow talk
Perfume your pillow with 2-3 drops of oil. Choose a relaxing oil to unwind or one for insomnia if you have sleep problems. For a different mood, try an aphrodisiac like Ylang-ylang or be extravagant and use Rose or Jasmine, the two most expensive pure oils.
Perfumes
The finest perfumes are traditionally blended from pure essential oils, particularly the flower extracts, though these days synthetic aromas tend to be used. The art of the perfumier is subtle and skilled and difficult to emulate at home as it is hard to find a medium to use as a substitute for alcohol. If you have a favourite oil or blend of essences you can use it all over in a body oil (3% solution); or make a very concentrated blend (25%) to dab behind ears, knees and on wrists and temples.
Pomanders
Hang porous corked bottles in the wardrobe. The essential oil is absorbed by the clay and released slowly. Fill with fragrance of your choice: try Melissa or Bergamot, or Cedarwood to keep away moths.
Pot pourri
Add a few drops of an appropriate flowery or spicy essential oil to refresh tired pot Pourri or make your own.
Handkerchief
This is the most portable way of using essential oils. Add 3-4 drops to a handkerchief and inhale. Useful for treating colds or headaches or for clearing your head at work.
Shoe rack
Freshen up the cupboard with Lemongrass. Deodorize shoes with two drops of Pine or Parsley oil.
Humidifiers
You can add your favourite oil to the water of a humidifier or improvize by adding 5 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of water placed on top of a radiator.
Ring burners
Use the heat from light bulbs to release perfumed oils. Small ring burners, usually made or porcelain or aluminium, sit over the top of the bulb. Add a few drops of essential oil and the heat from the bulb will gently vaporize the essential oil.
Wood fires
Sprinkle drops of Cypress, Cedarwood, Pine or Sandalwood over the logs to be used about an hour before lighting the fire. Then burn them to release your favourite aroma
Scented candles
Wax candles can be bought ready impregnated with essential oils and are a delightful way of fragrancing a room. You can add a few drops of essential oil to an oil lamp for the same effect.
Scented soaps
Soaps can be hand made or ready made. They can be used for certain skin problems to just cleaning the skin or just to feel good.
Compresses
Soak a clean cotton cloth in 1/4 pint (160ml) warm water with 5-10 drops of essential oil. Squeeze out and lay across the area to be treated. Cover and leave until cold. A useful method for sprains, bruising, headaches and hot flushes.
Body and facial oils
These can be used on a daily basis to nourish the skin, use 1% blend of aromatherapy oil to carrier oil for the face and 3% blend for the body.


February 12, 2012 by Wellness Oasis

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Ever wondered how some people are able to wake up in the morning as if they just went to a spa and felt/looked great? Well the answer is quite obvious isn’t it? You’d think that they actually did go to the spa before they went to work or to a public area, but no. The correct answer is that they most likely used home aroma therapy. This therapy is used world-wide and it is very easy to create. This article will explain to you some of these worth while tips in every day life.

First things first, research on these fragrances. Yes, you do need to research about it; every fragrance gives off a different feel and effect. For example, peppermint would help give energy while lavender would help to calm ones nerves. After you have done your research on what fragrances you need the next step would be to find where you can get your hands on it.

Finding herbs like peppermint or orange pekoe isn’t hard as it seems. Any plant nursery or candle shop should at least hold something to that fragrance. Leaves, candles, tea and perfumes are the most commonly used products. Other types of fragrances products can be oils and cloths but they run out very quickly. Best to stick to something like candles or perfumes to help get the most out of your products.

After finding the basic information it is time to start searching your wallet. Fun isn’t it? Don’t worry when it comes to expenses. In fact, most products don’t cost that much when it comes to aroma therapy. Especially through wellness oasis, where you can find most of your needs, the prices are at a reasonable pace.

You maybe asking yourself, how I know what I need would work for me. The answer is unknown until you actually try and take a step forward. In life you can only move forward or stay put. Having muscle pain or nervousness stops you in your place. Aroma therapy is the best and organic way to help with your problems. Next time while walking through the store check out the candle isle or better yet browse through what wellness oasis can offer you. Live an enjoyable life, not imprisoned in the vortex of emotions.


October 21, 2011 by Wellness Oasis

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Brewing a Pot of tea

When hot water is poured onto green tea or boiling water onto oolong or black tea, the tea solubles (caffeine, tea polyphenols, and various volatile components such as essential oils) are released into the water at a rate of concentration which gradually decreases with time.
To draw out the full flavor from tea, it is essential that there is plenty of oxygen in the water being used to brew the tea. Black and oolong teas should be infused in water that has just come to a rolling boil so that it is at the correct temperature (203 F), but still holds its oxygen content. White and green teas generally prefer water at a temperature of between 158 and 203 F. For temperature recommendations, see individual tea entries in the directory. Although there is a set of basic rules for making the perfect pot of tea, these do need to be adapted according to the type of tea and the equipment being used.

The Golden Rules:
-    Use loose leaf tea that has been carefully stored and a suitable teapot. Fill the kettle with freshly drawn cold water from the faucet or filter jug and bring to a boil.
-    When the water is nearly boiling, pour a little into the teapot, swill around, and then pour away.
-    Put into the pot (or into an infuser inside the pot) 1 teaspoon tea per cup (this amount will vary according to the type of tea and personal taste).
-    Take the teapot to the boiling kettle and pour the boiling water onto the leaves. Do not allow the kettle to boil for too long. When brewing white or green tea, use water at a temperature of between 158 and 203 F, not boiling.
-    Put the lid on the pot and leave to brew for the correct number of minutes, depending on the type of leaf. If using an infuser, lift it out of the teapot as soon as the infusion has reached the desired strength. Alternatively, decant the liquor into a second warmed pot. This separates the liquid from the leaves, and avoids a bitter taste developing. For amounts of tea, water temperatures, and brewing times, see the individual recommendations in the directory. 
-    Measuring loose leaf tea is the first step to making the perfect cup of tea. A good rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz cup of water.
-    The second step is correct water temperature.  To achieve 90 degrees Celsius, simply bring water to a boil and let stand for 2-3 minutes. To reach 80 degrees Celsius, bring water to a boil and let stand for 3-5 minutes. Water should be brought to a boil using a kettle, and never in the microwave.
-    Brew time. The final step is all about timing. Brew time will depend on the variety of tea you are making.
-    Add loose tea to the teapot.
-    Pour hot water slowly over the tea leaves. Close lid and brew the tea for the appropriate time. If you’re enjoying a familiar tea you usually develop a sense of how it will taste by the color of the liquor.  Adjust brew time to taste!
-    Serve the tea:  If you're offering tea to a guest, do so with two hands.  After serving, let your guests admire the aroma of the leaf.

 
White              1,5 tsp     80°C     2-3 min      
Green              1,0 tsp     80°C     2-3 min      
Oolong            1,0 tsp     90°C     3-4 min      
Black               1,0 tsp    100°C    3-4 min      
Yerba Mate       2,0 tsp     90°C    6-8 min      
Rooibos           1,5 tsp    100°C    6-8 min
Fruit Blends      1,5 tsp    100°C    6-8 min    


September 14, 2011 by Irena Soul

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Tea and Health

There are a wide range of health benefits of tea that have been known for centuries and are gaining attention from the medical and scientific community.

- Tea benefits the immune system, reduces inflammation in the intestines and throughout the body, promotes cardiovascular health and may reduce the risk of stroke and thrombosis.

- Tea helps to support and maintain weight loss by increasing metabolic rate, which helps you burn more calories. The increased metabolism also works to reduce iron damage in the body for people with iron overload.

- Tea is high in antioxidants, polyphones, flavonoids and catechins which help protect the body from harmful free radicals and cellular damage. The antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging and the effects of pollution, making you look and feel great. Antioxidants present in green tea obstruct the biochemical process that is responsible for generating an allergic response. The allergies that can be prevented by using green tea include sneeze-starting allergies due to pollen, dust pet and dander.

- New scientific research suggests that drinking tea may lower the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

- The amino acid “L-theanine” found almost exclusively in tea is known to reduce stress and calm the mind, while keeping you more alert.

- Tea has been shown to reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol; to prevent and reduce the severity of rheumatoid arthritis.

- Tea has been shown to have anti cancer properties, specifically protection against lung, breast and prostate cancer.

- Tea helps eliminate bad breath and naturally contains fluoride; it can strengthen tooth enamel and help reduce the formation of plaque by controlling bacteria in the mouth. It thus acts as a defense against gum disease.

- The caffeine in tea can increase concentration, alertness, and accuracy, and enhances the senses of taste and smell. It also stimulates the digestive juices and the metabolism, including the kidneys and liver; thus helping to eliminate toxins and other unwanted substances from the body.

- Tea offers more than physical health benefits. Tea has anti-stress and anti- depressant properties. Tea has long been used for refreshing mind and relieving physical stress, creates a calming effect that offers mental and emotional benefits.


September 01, 2011 by Ksenia Osmo

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Harm in your kitchen

Plastic containers have inherited our kitchens. More than ever we are serving, storing and reheating our meals and even brewing our teas and coffees in plastic containers. Is not it an absurd to pour bowling water or reheat material that naturally melts from heat?  Even if it can hold its form, there is a possibility for dangerous ingredients to defuse to food or water. These processes can take places under minimum heat or even room temperature.

The biggest challenge today is to keep our little ones safe from all the dangerous chemicals out there. Traditional glass baby food bottles were replaced with polycarbonate. Polycarbonate bottles are most likely to be sold with heating tools and accessories. Many mothers do not realise what processes lie behind simple reheating procedures. When baby food is reheated Bisphenol A migrates to milk, water and other liquids. Commonly abbreviated as BPA, it is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications. Known to be estrogenic since the mid-1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, prompting some retailers to remove products containing it from their shelves. This artificial hormone can have a negative influence on the function of normal estrogens. As a result, Bisphenol A increases chances of developing breast cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other life threatening disease. Especially, this element can be harmful for little boys: it can be a negative factor in the development of reproductive system even before the birth.
A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants and young children.[1] In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA as a toxic substance [2][3] Since 2011 BPA use was banned in baby bottles in the European Union and Canada.[4] In US, however only few states have banned BPA, other states have pending legislation to ban the chemical as well. But other countries are still receiving the same polycarbonate goods as manufacturing companies declare that their products are safe to use.
And even if you “read the label” you might not be able to find Bisphenol A on the list. But BPA is not the only high risk ingredient manufacturers do not want you to see. Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity). They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride. They are also estrogenic chemical and as toxic as Bisphenol.  Phthalates can be found in food wraps. They can easily migrate to fats contained in meat, sausages and other foods. Phthalates are also being phased out of many products in the United States, Canada, and European Union over health concerns.
Plastics at your home can be easily replaced by metal, ceramic or glass containers. These containers are also easy to use and clean and most importantly safe for you and your family. In case you really like to use plastic containers, do it wisely. Use them to store cold foods and leftovers, but whatever you do, please do not reheat your meal in a plastic container in the microwave. Your health is in your hands. Be happy and healthy!
Based on independent research of Vera Sat, environmental professional.

1 "Update on Bisphenol A for Use in Food Contact Applications: January 2010". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
2  Canada Gazette Part II 144 (21): 1806–18. 13 October 2010. http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2010/2010-10-13/pdf/g2-14421.pdf.
3  Martin Mittelstaedt (13 October 2010). "Canada first to declare bisphenol A toxic". The Globe and Mail (Canada).
4  EU to ban Bisphenol A in baby bottles in 2011 101125
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August 29, 2011 by Wellness Oasis

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Nutrients for Great Skin

The following nutrients are essential for healthy skin. Many are antioxidants, which neutralize the free radicals that damage skin and cause aging. Don't forget to drink at least eight glasses of water daily, and to reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

 Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps rebuild tissue and reduce excess production of sebum (oil). Beta-carotene, a compound stored in the skin and used by the body to produce vitamin A, is an antioxidant. Foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene include yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, and dark leafy greens such as kale and collards.

 Vitamin C

This potent antioxidant and immune system booster is also used to make collagen, a component of your body’s connective tissue. Citrus fruits, red and green peppers, and broccoli are rich in vitamin C.   

 Vitamin E

Vitamin E scavenges your body for damaging free radicals. Increase your intake of vitamin E by eating nuts, seeds, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil daily.

 Omega-3 fatty acids

These “good” fats fight inflammation of the skin and increase resiliency and lubrication of your body’s tissues. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish, such as salmon, or in flaxseed oil or ground flaxseeds. An easy way to supplement your diet is to take one tablespoon of flaxseed oil every day.

 Natural Health Magazine”1001 Natural Remedies”, 2010. http://www.dk.com 

 


August 26, 2011 by Wellness Oasis

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While summer is almost coming to an end we are still trying to catch the backyard relaxation sessions. Smooth sunlight on your cheeks, fresh breeze in your hair, a glass of chilled homemade sangria and feeling of happiness – time has stopped and there is nothing but you and your inner soul.


Here is how you can make your sangria. And remember, the key ingredient is YOU and your imagination.

  • Pour 1 bottle of your favourite wine: red, white or rose into a large pitcher
  • Add 3-4 cups of your favourite fruits chopped or sliced thinly (orange, lemon, peach, berries)
  • Add ¼ cup sugar and 2 oz. peach schnapps
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. (about 2 cups)

Enjoy!


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