Beauty Gone Organic!

If you are looking for truly homemade organic healing beauty products you need to check out Valley High Herbal Remedies. Their line of exclusive products is available currently only by visiting The Essential Store.

Over the years I have done tons of research and written numerous articles on the toxicity of many store-bought beauty products. Valley High Herbal Remedies contain no GMO ingredients, organic when possible and when sources are not able to be found organic they choose wildcrafted ingredients without the use of herbicides or pesticides.

When trying new products, honestly you never know what to expect as far as quality goes. I was very pleasantly surprised by Valley High.

Soft Lips – Valley High Lip Balm

I am head over heals in love with the lip balms. While normal chapsticks leave your lips feeling waxy and actually dry and craving another application after only a very short time because of the combination of natural oils these leave your lips feeling soft for hours.

They are available in Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Vanilla and even Lavender-Calendula.

Have Allergies, Anxiety or Breathing Issues?

Specially formulated inhalers for headache pain, cold & flu, anxiety or allergies are available. They work just like the Vicks inhalers you can buy at the drug store, only more effective. Made with essential oils which can penetrate cellularly to clear and heal.

Are you a Tiger Balm or Icy Hot Junkie?

If so, you will love Pain Be Gone Massage Butter. I have been using this on a sore knee both before and after working out and it has been helping tremendously. (and unlike the former mentioned brands, I don’t smell like I am 80 when wearing it.) It is offered in regular and extra strength.

Finally a Healthy Moisturizer

Whipped Cocoa Butter – this lightly chocolaty scented body butter naturally contains vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin and body. It has been specially blended with an array of other oils and essential oils to bring your skin back to life!

Dry Cracked Skin Repair

The Skin Healing Moisturizing Butter is for you if you have dry, rough or cracked areas that need healing. It can be used daily and I could see results in about a week.

Drop the Fluoride Tooth Paste!

Regardless of what the dental industry tells all of us Fluoride is toxic. Your best bet is Re-mineralizing tooth powder. While it is a little weird getting used to a powder rather than a paste the results are worth it. Wet your tooth brush, dip it in the powder and brush away. This combination of oils, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, erythritol and other ingredients helps heal not only your teeth but your gums as well. This is a must have for every family.

Herbal Healing Salve

What do you reach for when you cut, scrape, bruise or burn yourself. This is my new salve of choice. Natural Neosporin. I have used comfrey salve since I was a kid, thanks to my very smart herbalist of a mother. This blend not only has comfrey, it also includes plantain leaf, calendula flower, beeswax, olive oil and lavender oil. It doesn’t get much more healing than that!

Calendula Body Butter

Simply said? if you want great feeling healthy skin – This is the product to use.

The Verdict?
The Essential Store IS essential. I for one will be shopping here again as soon as I run out. To learn more please visit online by going to http://theessentialstore.com/valley-high-herbal-remedies/http://theessentialstore.com/valley-high-herbal-remedies/

Sincerely,

Sarah

The Essential Store

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The healing power of chicken soup

When most of us start feeling like we are coming down with the sniffles, a cold or the flu, one of the very first things thought of is chicken soup. Whether mom, dad or grandma made it for you as a kid when you didn’t feel good, it is warm, comforting and delicious. Somehow, magically, it does seem to help.

Is it the power of the mind and suggestion? Or is there really something healing about this homemade fusion of meat, vegetables and spices?

Though it is not known exactly why this soup is so powerful there is some science to back up the claims.

HOW Chicken Soup Helps

  1. It has a proven anti-inflammatory effect which can help decrease upper respiratory infections.
  2. It helps to increase the movement of nasal fluid which allows the body to shed the germs, bacterial or viral load faster and more efficiently.
  3. Because it is a hot soup, it raises the body temperature allowing the body to help more efficiently burn off the illness.

 

How to make “Seriously Healing Chicken Soup” – A big thank you and recipe credit to Shannon of http://www.nourishingdays.com/.

Ingredients (organic preferably)

  • 2 tablespoons butter (grass fed if possible)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 whole head of garlic (at least) plus 3 extra cloves
  • 1 dash of ginger
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (at least) plus extra to finish
  • diced chicken (optional)
  • chopped leafy greens or other vegetables as desired
  • splash of vinegar or lemon juice
  • pink salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add diced onion, celery, carrots, and a pinch of sea salt. Saute for about five minutes, or until onions are translucent. Meanwhile chop up all of the garlic, setting aside 3 cloves that are finely minced. Add garlic to vegetables, saute one more minute, and add stock, thyme, and chopped leafy greens or other vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add cooked chicken if using, a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, and season with sea salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and taste the broth for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. For those who are under the weather add the remaining finely minced raw garlic and sprinkle in some extra thyme for good measure. Serve piping hot.

 

Each and every ingredient alone serves a purpose in healing and nourishing the body.

 

Grass Fed Butter: Packed with Vitamin K2 which helps clear arteries.

Onions: Contains a molecule known as quercetin – which works as an antioxidant

Celery: Contains antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin K, folate and potassium

Carrots: Contain beta-carotine and Vitamin A – anti-cancer and very healthy for eye health

Garlic: Anti-biotic/Anti-viral

Ginger: Has been shown to help boost immunity and help lessen nausea

Chicken Stock/Chicken:

Thyme: Has been shown to help stop coughing, boost immunity and acts as an anti-fungal

Greens: They are a good source of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which help prevent arthritis and maintain healthy eyes, hair, and skin

Vinegar: full of proteins and enzymes that help with gut bacteria health and over all wellness.

Lemon Juice: High in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus

Pink Salt: Contains all 72 trace minerals

Pepper: Helps the body more readily absorb nutrients in food.

 

Combined – they can work wonders!
So enjoy a bowl of soup no matter how good or badly you are feeling – it will do your body good!

 

 

Resources:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/the-science-of-chicken-soup/?_r=0

http://www.nourishingdays.com/2011/02/seriously-healing-soup-and-the-healing-properties-of-garlic-thyme/

http://exploreim.ucla.edu/wellness/an-inside-scoop-on-the-science-behind-chicken-soup-and-the-common-cold/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270678.php

http://www.healthline.com/health/health-benefits-of-thyme

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger/

http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-butter-superfood-for-the-heart/

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/