Natural Restorative Facial Cream

The process of aging is insidious. Initially, I noticed a darkening around my jawline. During postpartum, this affected skin took on a leather-like, speckled appearance. Make-up made the changes more noticeable. Sun exposure worsened the dark areas and the skin tone differed greatly from my overall complexion.

I made up a solution of tinctures including ginger, red clover, red raspberry leaf and ladies’ mantle. Twice daily I swabbed my facial discolorations with this mix. After a month I noticed improved texture and fading of the dark areas. My friends and family confirmed my suspicions that my homemade remedy was effective.

Time passed. I used sunscreen and shaded my face with a hat. Regardless, age spots began to scatter over my arms, legs and neckline. Daily, I applied the tincture mix to these areas. The dark spots began to fade. I read that frankincense has skin renewing properties and formulate a honey-based facial lotion including all the ingredients. Hence, FLAWLESS, age correction facial cream was created.

I am in my sixth decade and can confidently say, I feel good about my complexion, my wrinkles are fine not deep, and my skin tone firm. The color and texture of my facial skin is consistent. How one ages is determined, to a great degree by our genes, and dependent on daily care and environmental exposures. Customer feedback regarding FLAWLESS is positive. I feel validated by customer experience as it imitates my personal observations using the cream. The collective experience isn’t extracted from a research study and yet, the effectiveness can’t be denied.  This is more than good enough for me! Give it a try, your skin will thank you.

Judy

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Homemade citronella bug spray

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It’s spring time which means it’s insect time.  No worries, get some citronella oil and get outside!

 Citronella has been registered as a gentle, plant-based insect repellent in the United States since 1948. It has even been shown to repel dangerous Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are capable of spreading “dengue fever.” It’s also effective for helping to prevent body lice, head lice and flies.

According to some research, you need to reapply citronella oil about every 30–60 minutes for its bug-repelling effects to last. However, I find that one application lasts for hours.  You can combine several drops with coconut oil and spread it on your body like lotion, or add some to a spray bottle with water and cover your skin, hair and clothes. Applying pure citronella oil directly to the body is considered more effective for fighting bugs than citronella candles are.

Homemade citronella bug spray:

Instead of using conventional recipes and showering your body in harmful chemicals, try this homemade bug spray recipe. In addition to keeping away bugs, it also helps kill bacteria and nourish your skin. And unlike conventional brands, it smells amazing!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  •  40 drops mixed essential oils (citronella, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree or rosemary)  glass spray bottle

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients in eight-ounce spray bottle. Spray over all portions of the body, but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth.

Now get outside and get going!

 

Lovely Lavender

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Open a jar of any one of our products and you’re likely to recognize the seductive scent of lavender used liberally in our blends.  Sure, the addition of this ancient herb contributes greatly to our mesmerizing scents, but what you may not know is that it contributes therapeutic properties and boosts product performance.

As an anti-acne agent

Lavender essential oil naturally inhibits bacteria. The ingredient also works as an astringent and helps in normalizing oil production.

As a healer

Lavender helps stimulate new cell growth and regeneration. Bottom of Form

As a cleanser

Lavender can be used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent when used as a supporting ingredient.

As a detox

Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin. Lavender-infused products calm your nerves and your skin.

For relaxation

The scent of lavender increases alpha waves in the area of the brain responsible for relaxation. Not only does lavender relieve tension during waking hours, it can also help you to sleep. While you sleep, your skin recuperates and regenerates, so the more sleep you get, the better your skin recovers from any damage done the day before.

What is propolis and why use it in skincare?

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Propolis is a tough, dark brown, glue like substances bees use to build panels and to line the crevices and openings in their hives.  They create it by collecting a myriad of resins, saps and botanical fluids.  It contains over 300 compounds and is one of the most complex matters found in nature.

Its architectural function in the hive is secondary to its primary purpose which is to serve as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiviral barrier defending the hive from microbial contamination.

 

Propolis has been used by man for thousands of years in natural healing.  Modern science is only now uncovering what a miracle substance it truly is. A search of PubMed shows over 2,000 studies on bee propolis.    These studies confirm the long list of health benefits of propolis.  Among these, propolis demonstrates efficacy against many cancers, including skin cancer.

In skin care it facilitates rapid healing, tissue repair and collagen renewal. It scavenges free radicals which damage skin at the cellular level and works as a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal.

At Meadowlake Farm we’ve developed a proprietary method of breaking propolis down into a suitable raw material which serves as the basis for many of our formulas so that your skin can reap the benefits of this amazing substance.