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Research: A Tsp. of Aloe Daily Reverses Signs of Skin Aging

There is plenty of research that indicates that the unnaturally accelerated aging process associated with modern living and/or natural environmental exposures such as excessive ultraviolet radiation (photo-aging) can be slowed. In fact, over 150 natural substances have been indexed on aging in the GreenMedInfo.com project with demonstrable “anti-aging,” or if you prefer, “longevity-promoting” properties.

Of the 69 natural substances indexed on GreenMedInfo.com of potential value in aging skin, aloe is one of the most compelling substances, and works from the inside out …

In a study published in the journal Annals of Dermatology in 2009, healthy female subjects over the age of 45, and who received 2 different oral doses (low-dose: 1,200 mg/d, high-dose: 3,600 mg/d) of aloe vera gel supplementation for 90 days, saw remarkable results. The researchers measured clinical signs and biochemical changes of aging skin before and after supplementation and found that,

After aloe gel intake, the facial wrinkles improved significantly (p<0.05) in both groups, and facial elasticity improved in the lower-dose group…Aloe gel significantly improves wrinkles and elasticity in photoaged human skin.

Keep in mind that 3,600 mg of aloe a day is not what you would call a “megadose,” as it is a little less than a teaspoon. 1,200 mg is only a quarter of a teaspoon, and in fact, according to the study, may actually be superior to the higher dose at improving facial elasticity; less is sometimes more, one can assume.

Also, the amazing thing about aloe is that it has a wide range of potential “side benefits,” with 50 of them viewable on our Aloe Vera Research Page alone.  Some of these include:

Name Cumulative Knowledge Article Count Focus Articles
Gastric Cancer 22 4 focus
Ulcerative Colitis 22 3 focus
Colorectal Cancer 20 2 focus
Lichen Planus 20 2 focus
Oral Lichen Planus 20 2 focus
Cancers: All 12 2 focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2 12 2 focus
Diabetic Ulcer 12 2 focus
Lung Cancer 11 2 focus
Aging Skin 10 1 focus
Cancer Metastasis 10 1 focus
Cervical Dysplasia 10 1 focus
Colitis: Ulcerative 10 1 focus
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 10 1 focus
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 10 1 focus
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 10 1 focus
Pancreatic Cancer 10 1 focus
Psoriasis 10 1 focus
Scabies 10 1 focus
Skin Diseases: Photo-Aging 10 1 focus
Uterine Cervical Dysplasia 10 1 focus
Wrinkles 10 1 focus
Lipid Peroxidation 4 2 focus
Abdominal Adhesions 2 1 focus
Arthritis: Rheumatoid 2 1 focus
Breast Cancer: Metastatic 2 1 focus
Burns 2 1 focus
DNA damage 2 1 focus
Fluoride Toxicity 2 1 focus
Multiple Sclerosis 2 1 focus
Oxidative Stress 2 1 focus
Pesticide Toxicity 2 1 focus
Petroleum Exposure & Toxicity 2 1 focus
Prenatal Chemical Exposures 2 1 focus
Radiation Induced Illness 2 1 focus
Wound Healing 2 1 focus
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) 1 1 focus
Breast Cancer 1 1 focus
Cancer: Breast 1 1 focus
Cervical Cancer 1 1 focus
Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity: Cisplatin 1 1 focus
Colon Cancer 1 1 focus
Dental Diseases 1 1 focus
Encephalitis: Japanese 1 1 focus
Enterovirus 1 1 focus
Escherichia coli Infections 1 1 focus
Leishmaniasis 1 1 focus
Leukemia 1 1 focus
Leukemia: Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) 1 1 focus
Melanoma 1 1 focus
Nasopharyngeal Cancer 1 1 focus
Skin Cancer 1 1 focus
Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell 1 1 focus
Staphylococcus aureus infection 1 1 focus
Streptococcus pyogenes 1 1 focus
Tongue Cancer 1 1 focus
Tumors 1 1 focus

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Olive Oil: The Ancient Fountain of Youth

 

Olive Oil: The Ancient Fountain of Youth

 

“I’ve never had but one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it,” Jeanne Louise Calment famously quipped.  Jeanne Louise Calment was a French supercentenarian who had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years and 164 days.

Jeanne Louise rubbed Olive Oil into her skin on a daily basis and credited Olive Oil with her youthful appearance and longevity.

The Sisters Olive Trees of NoahOlive trees are famous for their longevity and are amongst the oldest living things in the world. A grove of sixteen olive trees in Lebanon known as “The Sisters” or “The Sisters Olive Trees of Noah” are estimated to be between 5,000 to 6,000 years old and still produce fruit and Olive Oil to this day.

Ancient civilizations revered the Olive for it’s longevity, life sustaining powers and skin regenerating properties. They believed that the qualities inherent in Olive trees, that allowed them to live for thousands of years, were contained in the fruit and oil of the tree. And that these qualities could be passed on to the peoples of the Earth who consumed Olives and it’s precious oil.

When the people of Athens asked the famous Greek philosopher Democritus, legendary for having lived more than one century himself, how to preserve one’s health and live a long life, he responded, “Let us bathe our insides in honey, and our exteriors in olive oil.”

The skin rejuvenating powers of Olive Oil were well known to the great physicians of antiquity. Hippocrates, Diocles and Galen all praised Olive Oil and utilized it their medical practices:

  • Hippocrates, known as “The Father of Medicine”, used Olive Oil based ointments as a topical treatment for skin traumas, diseases, and wounds. The Hippocratic Corpus (a collection of medical works associated with Hippocrates) records over 60 medicinal uses for Olive Oil, with the most common references pertaining to the healing of a wide variety of dermatological conditions.

  • Diocles recommends Olive Oil  be used for hygienic purposes in his epic work, Archidamos. The Greeks and Romans embraced the idea and used Olive Oil, along with the strigil, to clean, exfoliate and care for their skin.

  • Galen, the Roman physician of Greek origin, is credited with the invention of cold cream. He used Olive Oil, Beeswax and Rosewater in the 2nd century AD as a moisturizer.

Today, modern research and evidence based medicine have not only confirmed Democritus, Hippocrates, Diocles and Galen’s recommendations and prescriptions for longevity and youthful radiant skin, (see this GreenMedInfo research on Olive Oil) they have explained the properties of Olive Oil that contribute to its’ tremendous ability to enhance and repair our skin.

Olive Oil is rich in vital antioxidants, essential amino acids, squalene, flavonoids, polyphenols (including a substance known as oleocanthal which has anti-inflammatory properties). Skin aging, as well as general body aging, seems to be closely tied to the inflammatory process. Olive Oil also contains Omega components such as Omega 9, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, traces of Vitamin C and Vitamin E which is, in and of itself, another antioxidant.

These are all powerful anti-aging agents that when used regularly, can slow down the aging process and help to maintain a healthy vibrant glowing skin.

How to maintain healthy radiant skin with Olive Oil:

1) In Hygiene

The easiest way to benefit from Olive Oil is to bathe in it daily. It should come as no surprise that the world’s first and most famous soaps were made with Olive Oil.

Aleppo Soap​Aleppo Soap, the first bar soap ever made (circa: the 5th century BC) is formulated with Olive and Laurel oils. Aleppo Soap is renowned worldwide for being “The True Natural Soap“. It’s skin care properties are legendary.

Castile SoapGenuine Castile Soap, as it was made 900 years ago in Castile (Spain) is made with 100% Olive Oil and is the first bar soap widely used in Europe. It is highly prized for it’s anti-aging properties. Castile Soap is so famous that the name “Castile Soap” has been hijacked by modern commercial soap manufacturers who wish to cash in on it’s reputation and use the name to sell soaps made with ordinary vegetable oils.

Marsellie SoapMarseille Soap, a “Castile Soap” made in Marseille France, was at one time regulated by Louis XIV’s Edict of Colbert to be made only from Olive Oil. These regulations have since been relaxed and Marseille Soap can now legally contain any inferior vegetable oil.

Nabulsi SoapNabulsi Soap, another “Castile Soap” made with 100% Olive Oil is produced only in Nablus in the West Bank of Palestine.

Of the four aforementioned soaps only Aleppo and Nabulsi soaps have remained true to their roots and have not deviated from the inclusion of Olive Oil in their formulas. Care should be taken when purchasing Castile or Marseille soaps to be sure that Olive Oil is the only ingredient used to make these soaps.

 

2) As a Moisturizer

  1. You can, just like Jeanne Louise Calment did for more than a century, rub Olive Oil into your skin on a daily basis.
  2. Use Olive Oil in therapeutic massage.
  3. Make your own Galen’s Cold Cream at home. Here’s how:

3 Tablespoons (~40 gm) Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons (~10 gm) Grated Beeswax

3 Tablespoons (~40 gm) Rosewater

Optional – 10 drops of Rose Essential Oil

  • Gently melt the beeswax in a small bowl in a baking tray of hot water (or a double boiler)

  • Gently heat the Rosewater in a second small bowl along side the melting beeswax (or a double boiler)

  • Add the Olive Oil to the melted beeswax stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Add the Rosewater drop by drop to the Olive Oil/beeswax mixture stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Remove from heat stirring or beating constantly until cool

  • Then (optionally) add the Rose Essential Oil drop by drop stirring or beating constantly until thoroughly mixed.

  • Pour into a glass jar and a put lid on the jar once the cream is quite cool.

Substitutions: If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, melanoma or other skin conditions, you can substitute Argan Oil (a deep moisturizing oil unknown to Galen) for the Olive Oil.

3) In Your Diet

Of course one of the best ways (which is surprisingly overlooked by many) to maintain a youthful, radiant complexion is to eat a healthy diet. The Mediterranean Diet, with it’s emphasis on Olive Oil, has numerous benefits for good skin care and general health.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/olive-oil-ancient-fountain-youth?page=1

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Honey Heals Chronic Dandruff, Scaly, Itchy Scalp (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

Honey Heals Chronic Dandruff, Scaly, Itchy Scalp (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

Amazingly, something as simple as crude honey has been found to alleviate an embarrassing scalp condition that most body care products and drugs can’t even make a dent in. 

Honey’s strange power to resolve chronic dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, while common knowledge within traditional ‘folk medicine’ systems of healing and countless personal anecdotes, has only recently been ‘clinically confirmed’ to the point where a peer-reviewed study was published on the phenomenon in the European Journal of Medical Journal, over a decade ago.

Titled, “Therapeutic and prophylactic effects of crude honey on chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff,”[i] researchers investigated the use of crude honey applied topically to thirty patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, face and front of the chest. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that mainly affects the scalp, usually causing itchy, scaly, red skin and stubborn dandruff, and is often resistant to conventional, chemical-based treatment and a significant source of embarrassment.

In the study, twenty male patients and 10 females, between the ages of 15 and 60 years, presented with scaling, itching and hair loss with lesions described as “scaling macules, papules and dry white plaques with crust and fissures.” The patients were instructed to apply diluted crude honey (90% honey diluted in warm water) every other day on the lesions with gentle rubbing for 2-3 minutes. After 3 hours, the honey was gently rinsed with warm water. The patients were monitored for changes in itching, scaling, hair loss and lesions during the treatment period, which lasted 4 weeks. The results of the study were remarkable:

“Itching was relieved and scaling was disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.”

Additionally, those patients who saw improvement in the initial phase of treatment were enrolled in a ‘prophylactic phase,’ intended to prevent relapse, lasting six months.  The results were reported as followed:

“Half patients were treated with the topical honey once weekly and the other half served as control. All the patients responded markedly with application of honey. Itching was relieved and scaling was disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss. None of the patients ( 15 patients) treated with honey application once weekly for six months showed relapse while the 12/15 patients who had no prophylactic treatment with honey experienced a relapse of the lesions 2-4 months after stopping treatment.”

The conclusion of the study was that, “crude honey could markedly improve seborrheic dermatitis and associated hair loss and prevent relapse when applied weekly.”

So, how does honey work its magic? One explanation is that chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are caused by the overgrowth of natural skin pathogens, including fungi known as dermatophytes, and honey is an excellent broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal. It also has significant wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for the treatment of inflammatory and pathogen-associated skin conditions.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/honey-heals-chronic-dandruff-scaly-itchy-scalp-seborrheic-dermatitis

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Know Thyself: Skin Care Products Can Be More Toxic Than Food

Know Thyself: Skin Care Products Can Be More Toxic Than Food

The skin is the body’s largest organ. And it’s ravenous.

People are wearing patches that pump nicotine and birth control into their bodies. If the skin is an effective conduit for medicines, it’s also wide open for toxins.

What’s unfortunate is that many toxins meeting your skin are applied by choice, particularly cosmetics.

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 “beauty” products per day, containing about 168 ingredients.

Gloria Aparicio, a representative of NYR Organic Skin and Body Care, a natural cosmetics company, has a top five list of additives that some studies have found questionable: parabens, phthalates, BHT and BHA, petrolatum, any kind of synthetic fragrances, and DEA.

Pause here to Google.

It may be cliché, but if you have to have a degree in chemistry to pronounce the ingredient, stay away, said Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of “The Cancer Killers.”

Ji stressed that consumers need to be at least five times more aware of a skin care product’s toxicity than that of food. Once you apply a cream, powder, deodorant, soap, shampoo (keep going), they are not filtered by the body’s digestive system. They penetrate the skin and hit the fat stores and blood and lymphatic systems, he said.

Check out ewg.org. Its Skin Deep database rates thousands of products for toxicity. While you look up your cosmetic collection, consider a few tidbits:

• Sunscreen is deceptive. Sunscreen doesn’t prevent all skin damage, and a higher SPF can create a false sense of security that lengthens your time in the sun.

If you feel you must block the sunlight, or are particularly sensitive, consider staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don a jaunty, wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved linen shirt, a long skirt (or loose pants) by day. When you walk, the light fabric creates a breeze. Even while swimming, wear a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, and reapply a lower SPF, EWG-recommended sunscreen hourly to all exposed skin.

• Sweat is sexy, even in your armpits. The body needs to sweat to disburden itself of toxins. Choose an aluminum-free deodorant and make sweat puddles a fashion statement. It’s Florida. You’re probably wearing them already.

• If your body stinks, clean house. Remove animal fats from your diet, and fill up on fresh vegetables. Eat colon-cleansing foods, and keep the flow moving. Alcohol, cigarettes and narcotics will age you faster than having children. How fresh and healthy you look actually depends more on your diet and lifestyle choices than on the colors you slather on your skin and hair. And who said gray hair wasn’t beautiful (and cheaper)? Now …

• Less is more. If you wear less makeup, not only are you reducing the 168 ingredients per day, you’re ending the cosmetics vicious cycle. The more makeup you wear, the more you distress your skin. Foundation makeup is clowny (sorry), and if you are compelled to wear blush, get some natural pink in your cheeks with some walks in the fresh air. Take off your mask from time to time. You’ll like what you see.

• Finally, consume commercial-free media. All advertising stalks your insecurities, particularly ads in fashion magazines. Everything we take in through our senses is food; it’s either nourishing or toxic. Being bombarded by computerized beauty images is a diet of lies.

• An aside to women: The exterior doesn’t matter so why not change it? But cosmetics dance on a troublesome razor. Women will say it enhances their natural beauty or covers a flaw or two. But this is a social construction. Advertising and socialization whisper that in order to be beautiful a woman needs augmentation.

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/know-thyself-skin-care-products-can-be-more-toxic-food

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7 Food Tips to Keep You Cool

7 Food Tips to Keep You Cool

With extreme heat settling over vast areas this summer and temperatures stuck at 100 degrees or more for days on end in some places, it’s time to adjust our diets for the duration. It’s natural that rich heavy foods just don’t appeal to us when the thermometer spikes, and we turn to lighter fare to cool us off.

Eating wisely is especially important right now to minimize our discomfort and maximize our energy – despite the heat.

Here are seven simple food tips to help keep you cool:

1. Water. Our bodies can consist of up to about 75% water (less as we age) and during this extreme heat we lose a lot of that fluid to sweat. Even mild dehydration will sap your energy and make you feel tired. Keep your body fluids replenished with plain water and skip the sugary sodas which can actually further dehydrate you. Even if you are working or playing outside, that means ditching the sugary sports drinks and trying instead some ice cold natural coconut water which replaces electrolytes without adding sugar.

2. Watermelon. Juicy fruits are in season during the summer and their water content helps to bring our temperatures down. In addition to watermelon, try grapes, peaches, nectarines and plums. They are also easy to digest so your body doesn’t get overheated working to process them.

3. Cucumbers. Lots of vegetables harvested in the summer are also full of cooling water, especially the cucumber, synonymous with cool. Other good choices are tomatoes, celery and leafy greens. Toss them all together in a great summer salad.

4. Spicy gazpacho. You might think that it’s a good idea to avoid the added heat of spicy foods in this weather. However, although hot peppers will heat you up and make you sweat, the moisture they generate actually cools you off. That’s why some of the warmest countries are known for the spiciest cuisines.

5. Fish. Avoid heavy meats which are warming and raise your exertion level and body temperature just in digesting them. Go for a lighter protein source like a light fish, or vegetable sources of protein, like cold beans tossed in a salad.

6. Sorbet. Although you might be craving a summer ice cream cone, remember that dairy products are rich and heavy and hard to digest especially if you overdo it. Go small on the portions or better yet settle for an all fruit sorbet or just plain fruit.

7. Avoid caffeine and alcoholCoffee, tea and alcohol all have diuretic properties and the loss of fluids will make you feel even warmer. If you do indulge, go easy and don’t forget tip #1 – hydrate with water!

Keep cool!

To learn more about this article go to: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/7-food-tips-keep-you-cool

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