It’s Time for Fall and Winter Pampering

Capers-Alexis_AFTERBy Alexis Capers
Enhanced Beauty Salon Manager

Fall winds are in the air! I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. The world smells clean and fresh. I can sense the gentle change of warm to cool and the crisp promise of sweaters and warm apple cider!

These scents are so calming and pleasant to me. I like the smell of cinnamon in my home. It brings about a feeling of holiday, of bringing the family together to celebrate! We can also use scents to remind us of other important times in our lives. Who doesn’t love the smell of a new baby?

Fall is also the time of year when I start to indulge in long soaks in a warm bath. It relaxes my muscles, restores the dryness that fall and winter can bring, and feels so pampering after a long, hard day.

My favorites include our new line from One with Nature (beautifully-crafted soaps and salts that sooth the senses and soften the skin)! Add a few drops of argan oil or almond oil to your bath and really boost the moisture. Finish with a great coconut oil blend or great body lotions from Hydrame, John Masters, or Natur-Tyme.

So pull out those candles, dust off that bath pillow, and get soaked!

Products I’m Falling for this Week:

One with Nature products come in several scents as well as fragrance-free. Pick your pleasure and enjoy! Hydrame is an amazing lotion for all skin types. It heals and protects with coconut and 10 other essential oils for maximum skin soothing. NOW Coconut Oil is perfect for those who want a simple solution to moisturizing! And MyChelle Argan Oil is an amazing product for all-over moisture from head-to-toe, even your hair!

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Summer Herbal First Aid Kit

By Sam Derbishire, Supplement Educator

SunburnWe all get so excited for summer in CNY, but with summer come some unpleasant health ailments like sunburns and bug bites. Here are my favorite herbal remedies for these summer-specific concerns.

Lavender Oil for Sunburns
Lavender essential oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it well-suited for natural skin-care use. Unlike many similar essential oils and plant extracts, it’s safe to apply directly to small areas of the skin without diluting it with water. Apart from the immediate cooling relief it provides, lavender oil also promotes new skin.

Repel and Kill Ticks with Geranium Essential Oil and Relieve the Bites with Thyme Essential Oil
Apply geranium oil before heading out into the woods. It can also be applied to the area where a tick embeds to get the tick to back out of the skin. Thyme essential oil applied topically provides relief after removal of ticks.

Remedies for Cuts, Scrapes, Bruises, and Stings
Use Ed’s Herbal Salve for cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Try Apis Homeopathic for stings. Both work wonderfully and are safe for children.

All of these products are available at Natur-Tyme so ask our friendly staff to help you find them on your next visit to the store.

Healthful Summer Crafts

By Sam Derbyshire, Supplement Educator

herbsNearly 20 years ago, I found Natur-Tyme in my hunt for some obscure dried herbs. I had been learning to make my own soaps, salves, lotions, etc. and I was told about this little store that sold herbs by the ounce. I was in awe of the wall of jars that they had full of an amazing variety of herbs. As it turned out, the echinacea, ginseng, and comfrey I was looking for are rather common herbs.

Since then, I have tried recipes from many books. One of the few books I consider a ‘must have’ is Dina Falconi’s Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair (available at Natur-Tyme for $17.95). It has a multitude of recipes for many purposes. This book has recipes for everything from deodorant and sunscreen to sunburn care and cooling body splash. Here is the recipe for the body splash.

This is “an invigorating, cleansing and hydrating body splash for all skin types” from page 80 in the book Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair:

Spearmint Blend Body Splash

Combine equal parts dried spearmint leaf, dried nettle, and dried fennel seeds. Crush in a mortar and pestle (or food processor if mortar and pestle is not available). Boil 16 oz. of water and make an infusion with the crushed herbs. Steep for four hours and then strain. You can use more spearmint if you want a stronger mint smell. Pour strained infusion into a measuring cup and add an equal amount of 80 proof vodka. Stir together and pour into a container and splash as desired.

You can forgo the vodka and just use water if you wish, but it is an excellent preservative and helps it to dry quicker on your skin. If you do skip the vodka, this mixture will not keep for more then a week.

This same type of product can be made with ½ teaspoon of essential oil of Spearmint and ½ teaspoon of essential oil of fennel instead of the herbs in the above recipe. Note that the essential oils make this recipe quite potent.

Alexis’s Journey into the World of Natural Health & Beauty–Entry #4

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By Alexis Capers
 – Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

Do you ever feel like a juggler in a circus? Or how about looking back at your day and asking, “How did I get through all that?” It’s difficult sometimes to balance life, home, work, kids, and chaos and still FEEL like you have it all under control. One thing I like to do is small, but gives me a boost every time. When I want to feel good, I give myself a manicure!

Silly as it sounds, a little bottle of color can bring about a big change.  It gives you permission to evoke an attitude!  When it’s dreary out, I reach for a bright hue.  When I’m feeling plain Jane, a sparkly French fits the bill.  And of course glitter polish is a quick nail art any skill level can perform. I even post pics of my nails on FB so my friends can weigh in on the look.

Now I know what you’re saying, “Alexis, you’re a nail tech, of course it’s easy for you to play with nails!” I promise it’s just like make-up. If you don’t like it, take it off and start again. Try something out of the box. Don’t listen to those old wives tails of red being TOO BOLD or that TOES MUST MATCH FINGERS.  Heck, toes are where you can really go wild! Wear bright blue or yellow!  Make them into a colorful French!  Both are this season’s top shades.  You can also never go wrong with a punchy coral.

AlexisNailsOf course you want to keep your cuticles in shape and hands can tell a woman’s true age.  So keep your hands and cuticles conditioned with a rich moisturizing lotion or essential oils.  If you wear nail enhancements, pick a product without lanolin, petroleum, or minerals. These are additives that will only coat the skin, with no beneficial properties.  It will also cause your enhancements to lift.  Proper hydrators will fortify your skin and keep cutiles healthy so nails can grow long and strong!

Steps to a brighter you!

  1. Remove any polish or nail treatments.
  2. Gently shape the free-edge of your nails filing from left to right only.  Never back and forth.
  3. Wash hands with a sugar scrub product to remove dead skin. Pat dry thoroughly.
  4. Massage hands with a nice oil or rich lotion.  Wrap with saran wrap and put on gloves or wrap again in a towel to hold in heat.
  5. Let moisturizer sit on hands for 5-10 minutes. Or as long as your favorite show!
  6. Remove wrappings and gently push back cuticles. NEVER trim off cuticles, only hang nails.  (My rule is, if it’s waving at me, I can cut it!!!)
  7. Use polish remover or rubbing alcohol to cleanse nail plate so polish will adhere.
  8. Always use one coat of base coat, two coats of color, and finish with a top coat to seal in the shine!
  9. Refresh as needed throughout the week with another coat of Top Coat.
  10. In a week to ten days, do it again!

So when you feel the weight of all that juggling and want to just be someone else, grab a bottle of affordable luxury and escape into a new you!  I know I’m feeling better already!

Products I’m falling for this week:  SpaRitual lacquers, rich vegan formula with high shine and many colors to choose from.  Argan or Advocado oil, rich and moisturizing with the nourishment needed to keep hands soft.  For a less greasy feel, I also love the Natur-Tyme Hydrating Lotion with co-enzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid.  Jason Tea Tree cuticle oil is fantastic for pumping life back into dry winter-ravaged cuticles.  And Hydra-me Tipz repair balm or Baby Balm by Essential 8 will handle deeper skin cracks in hands and feet.  My fave scrub is the Ginger-Lemongrass Sugar Scrub by Les Savon de LouLou. Heaven at your fingertips!Blog042314-Products

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