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Being over 40 I cannot name one acquaintance who does not have something inflamed or hurting. Everyone one of them proclaims MSM helps a lot when used correctly. MSM is a natural sulfur with anti-inflammatory properties. MSM is what makes snow flakes white. MSM indirectly helps with pain by reducing inflammation, and allows circulation into a target area thereby promoting much faster healing. In addition, a lot of ice helps greatly on specific trauma.
MSM is a by product of the paper mill process. When workers in paper mills put their hands in the watery end pulp to retrieve something they claimed their hands no longer hurt.
MSM on sprained or inflamed muscles
After really researching MSM-and using it, I am sure it is truly an asset to any pain management repertoire. Great for Fibromyalgia, arthritis and so much more! Your own Mineral Spring!
An MSM Mineral soak is also great for Fibromyalgia, Arthritis as well as a myriad of other inflammation related ails.....
WHY most commercial liquid soaps and commercial hard soaps are bad
Look on bars at the store and you will not see the word "soap." Usually you see the word "bar."
As I was saying, no one used fake soap until WWII when real soap was becoming in short supply. Only then did SLS and other synthetic detergents enter the household. The public learned to like them. Post WWII was also the same era we experienced a tremendous rise in cancer that has stayed fairly high to this day. You would think it was war chemicals right? The main escalation was WOMEN. Why? I think because women are more likely to interact with soap and detergents.
Why? My opinion is the body cannot source synthetics and thus stores foreign bodies as toxins into our glands. Breast for women and prostate for men just happen to be easy places for the body to put them. Also, people use FAR more soap than they think. We use soap many times a day! Natural soap is not more expensive than synthetic soap. When you look at it from a preventative strategy, it also becomes of greater value. Click here for the entire liquid soap line!
Castile that does not dry the skin!
Any good liquid castile formula has to have some coconut oil for a good lather. But coconut oil cannot be over 30%-or becomes drying to the skin. Because coconut oil is far cheaper than olive-major commercial operations tend to use a ton of coconut oil as the main component. Then they go on about how they are members of "Fair Trade" which is a Pandora's mess I do not subscribe too as it is in the thick of the genetically modified mess. Back to the subject, the practice of using too much coconut oil gives Castile liquid soap a "PR" of being healthy but drying. They should call theirs "Coconut" Liquid soap because that is more what they are selling. A true liquid Castile as we manufacture, should be beautiful and homeostatic. For our laundry lines, we do up the coconut because it does up the cleaning power.
What is the Best Mop?
Well sit down next to me and I will tell you! I have changed mop loyalties. The Clorox Mop was "OK" even when I made my own essential oil solution to go in their pads. I cannot say it really cleaned much and just became convoluted and expensive over time. I found a really chic mop that helps me look forward to "mopping" and works! Under $10 I like the Libman mop. It does not tend to "hold" micro-organisms in like the cotton mops can-so we do not have to use Clorox, post mop, to really clean the mop. And with this I am able to drop essential oils into the mop water, switching pretty easily as I change rooms. The white plastic apparatus on the mop photo is the drop down wringer that makes life easy. With essential oils, my time is almost as fun as bath time! Click the photo of the mop to find out where to buy it.
Liquid Iron Soap Chef!
My lab has been like an Iron Chef Competition except with liquid soap. I am able to do a few natural techniques that the best of soap makers have tried in vain. Mainly, suspension of a natural "pearl" look and not producing an amber color. In my mind-pearl is more natural because it looks like castile soap, and natural I never cared for Amber. Since the skin DOES absorb 60% of what it is on it, my whole dedication of this decade has been to engineer natural ingredients into modern day uses and expectancies. Any thickeners or clearing agents are natural agents such as salt, sugar, borax and honey.
Color & Scent of Liquid Soap
Despite the natural issue, I am OK with a smidgen of color-the FD&C ones, as well as a smidgen of scents that exceed the limited scope of essential oils. So we will offer non-essential Aromatherapy scents and colors before Christmas. In aromatherapy I teach that some fragrances are made from natural substances although they may not be from essential oils. I am OK with that. I am not OK with the bulk of my formula being from SLS or any other synthetic surfactant. So, beyond plain, lavender, peppermint and lemon, I will be creating really "fun" 99% natural liquid castile soaps with scents such as Fresh Cut Grass & Apple Orchard, and Peach Orchard. Don't say ugh to peach-that is in the Downy formulation as well as morning glory and melons.
Essential Oil Blends & Collections
Based on my teachings at Apothecary University I came up with a medicinal collection of essential oils for interim care such as clove oil for a tooth ache small matters such as that. With the exception of Lavender & Tea Tree (2 ounce) they are all one third of an ounce so they can carry easy in a Satchel or little black bag. There is no mark up on these collections-they are based on the same prices as individual. Click here to purchase.
Little Back Bag Collection (Medicinal)
Clove Bud Cassia Camphor Clary Sage Eucalyptus
Geranium Lavender Peppermint Rosemary Tea Tree
Our essential oil cleaning collection consists of mainly 2 ounce sizes for utilitarian uses and can be stored in a clear make up type bag for easy transport. Again, there is no mark up on these collections-they are based on the same prices as individual in our store. Click here to purchase.
Lime Lemon Orange Fir Needle Lavender Sage Peppermint Spearmint Tea Tree
Bubble Bath OK with Castile!
Another reason I love the liquid castile is I CAN safely take bubble baths. It does not strip you of "Good Bacteria" which SLS is famous for. Since is has been a long time-I just have a blast every night! The liquid bubble bath formula is thin. Actually thin is better for bubbles. Even great for Jacuzzi tubs! For Jacuzzi tubs use 1/4 the amount suggested for a normal bath.
The best Castile is thin castile and that is what we use for bubble baths. Because consumers are used to having a "thicker" soap for perceived value-we use salt to thicken. For some reason consumers think a thicker soap is more concentrated which is the opposite of the truth. With thin soap it may appear they are using more and that should not be the case. With our thin castile a little goes a long way.
Last month I used it on a back sprain which would normally take 2 weeks to go away, and with lots of ice and MSM it took 4 days. I could not afford to be down for two weeks, so I was eager to put that theory to test! Also, I used it on my shoulders, injured 12 years ago in a boating accident-when I was being pulled by both wrists into a boat. As I age, this really flares up and feel like pins going into my shoulders-(very distracting) so I cannot carry my luggage or lap top when flying. I treat my shoulders with MSM when I think I am going to flare up from an active day and I have had no flare ups since using it. That injury is WHY I was taking naproxen for inflammation a few years ago and some of you know naproxen did a number on me. No one knew I was bleeding internally from it and kept prescribing me more for the over all resulting "phantom" pain. Naproxen caused a myriad of physical and psychological issues from bleeding internally-(blood turns into ammonia and hits brain) that took years to recover. So, natural alternative methods, when possible, are always the best approach to pain management. I KNOW ice is one of the most underestimated and under marketed "free" solutions in the world. We have been taught that we need something pricey to "help" or "cope" - but never to "resolve" an issue. Ice is not a real profit leader nor brand-able is why. You do have to watch frost bite though! 20 minutes at a time max and keep checking the skin.
MSM in the eyes
I went just wild about MSM when it immediately helped my eyes from major inflammation-[after the shoulder and back treatments.] It was the most provable to me-relief I could literally "see." In desperation with no time to see a Doctor and pushing conjunctivitis, [can be a dumb move-eyes are critical] I read up on who may have used MSM for eyes. After a satisfactory answer-a well respected herbalist did it with great success but warned the general public "not to try it" because FDA banned his solution-(was my cue to do it!!!) I dissolved some MSM into a sterile commercial eye wash-and dropped it into both eyes. It stung like heck at first-only because my eyes were that abused by poor contact lens practices, too much PC monitor abuse, a recent raw soap splash, and that list goes on. The MSM solution dropped inflammation almost immediately and allowed my eyes to respirate and start flushing toxins out on their own-and bacteria with it. Prior to that my eyes were just inflamed, tired and not doing their job. I was at the start of conjunctivitis. I did these drops 3 or four times a day and they did not sting at all beyond the first treatment-but I was pretty healed from the first dose. I used sterile pipettes as my droppers. I read this also helps reduce inflammation of the eyes of glaucoma people too, but FDA removed it as an eye solution. Sure, FDA removed it because no one can really make a profit off "MSM" NOT because they proved anything or that it hurt anyone. I did research that. Eyebright is supposed to be awesome for tweaking actual vision, so I will get a hold of some eyebright and make a sterile solution with more OTC eye wash and MSM. Eyebright is an herb that can come in tea bags. Some people freeze the used tea bags and just lay them over their tired eyes! I know London LOVES Eyebright and that was a key word in the U.K.
"Because the skin does absorb 60% of what is put on it, I found body immersion
the easiest way to treat a wide spatial area with MSM."
MSM, even in large quantities is not toxic. MSM is very resourceful and does tend to go to the area of the body you need it the most. Orally the pills are great and can be found under $5. I now feel it is as great at Lysine-so I eat both. Since the skin does absorb 60% of what is put on it, I found body immersion the easiest way to treat a wide spatial area. Because of this reasoning, an MSM soak was the first MSM item I formulated in my lab. Packed with 30% MSM, and Epsom for circulation, I wet my upper body and gently scrubbed my shoulders with it-so it sits on my shoulders while I bathe. The feel is AWESOME. Actually I scrub it around my whole upper half-it is great for breast inflammation also! Then I take my time, like at least ten minutes before I start the bath so MSM can soak into my system. A full body scrub can be done with this-before you even start running a bath. A bath with tepid water is important because water as "hot as you can stand it" makes MSM do a disappearing act. So I use warm bath water, not steaming hot. Also, MSM only lasts in the body for about 8 hours. For this reason a soak is recommended in the morning and at night for those who feel they really benefit from MSM.
Fibromyalgia & Arthritis; Your Own Mineral Springs!
An MSM Mineral soak is also great for Fibromyalgia and other body reactions of general inflammation. I sent five pounds to a 9 year old I heard has arthritis and she is FAR more comfortable now. She is far to young to be dealing with that, so I am very committed to her. She looks forward to the mineral baths! Because the family is very much on a budget- I suggested they dedicate one of their bath tubs to a full time "mineral bath." Meaning dump the WHOLE 5 pounds in it and do not drain it for weeks. Use a different bath for bathing, and when clean and rinsed-step into the dedicated bath with major minerals. With so many minerals there is also a neat buoyancy affect! It feels like being in a womb (I know-how would I know..) Wealthy people pay a LOT to go to therapeutic and healing mineral springs-I grew up near Saratoga, NY and I do know. With a dedicated bath, you can create your own private mineral springs and afford to indulge every day or more often if you would like! I am not sure how to make an existing bath warmer-we have not tried this in the winter so of course it is tolerable in the hottest summer months. Do not forget too much heat can drop the MSM value, so any heating method would have to be gentle. Essential oils like Lavender, Eucalyptus, and so on can be used for additional therapeutic value, but you may get tired of one scent and also desensitized to those values if you keep that in the mineral bath.
After I invented the MSM Soak, I took a look at MSM crèmes that are on the market. There is truly so little put in them. Would you like to know how I know? Taste them! MSM has no smell (big relief) but it has a serious bitter taste as any sulfur would. It should be fairly appalling even at 10% MSM. My formula has a good 20%+ of pharmaceutical grade MSM although my aim is 30% of my formula. A cold fusion into the formula is really critical and I notice not particularly observed by most uneducated skin care makers of MSM who are adding in MSM to a hot formula. So I do feel MSM creme is also a very beneficial follow up.
Muscle Liniments Red & White
I know we need a blue one! Like Blue Emu! I finally got around to blending two formulas for the retail market. One of my own formulas that is red and cinnamony-like tiger, based on (I can never spell or say this) Ayurvedic principles and a totally different formula made with "white" oils "bengaee" smelling, handed down to me from an old Oriental seer in Ottawa. He made his life living off his white muscle liniment and sent a note down to me with his formula after he passed. Beyond muscle relief, I inhale the white oil when I am down with a colds or sinus. It can also but put into our natural wax jelly to make a Vics like formula. Many greedy people had offered to buy his formula and he would never sell it. I named the white after his brand "Semalong." I like to alternate red and white so I do not become sensitized to one. Sensitized could mean something is less effective when used too often. The white is better if you have to watch the clothing or plain to be going out. The red can be intense and fairly hard on the skin if used too much in one spot. With any muscle liniments, wash your hands carefully and never-ever get them near or into your eyes. If you do, do not write me, I warned you. Definitely keep them away from pets and children. The mind is VERY powerful thing. Rev yourself up!
No Itch at All
This is one of have discussed before, and one of our best sellers. Everyone laughed at the name-at first. Now they ask for it by name. We call it it "NIAA" for short. It is being used now by a wide variety of people for a wide variety of reasons.
Why is SLS So Bad?
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