Ora’s Amazing Herbal Hops Lip Balm

Hops Gardeners, herbalists and of course, brew masters have long since fell in love with Humulus lupus a member of the canabinacea family of plants. The hops bud is intricately woven layers that stack to form a tight bud that is sticky to the touch and so fragrant. The properties of hops have been used historically to flavor beer and as herbal medicine.hactions: bitter, galactogogue and nervine Hops has a secretory action in the body; helping to move fluids through glands and lymph. An example of this is how hops enhances breast milk production and could aid in prevention of mastitis for example. One of the most useful aspects of hops is its bitter action to enhance digestion. Bitter is a component lacking in most Standard American Diets. Cultivating optimal digestion begins in the mouth with the taste of bitter. Ora’s Amazing Herbals Hops Lip Balm would be a nutritive and digestively healing component of one’s daily self-care routine. We should always remember hops as a nervine, meaning an herbal medicine with the action of helping us to calm our nervous system. When the calm portion of our nervous system; our parasympathetic nervous system, is engaged, we can correctly work on body functions such as digestion, mindfulness and comprehension, memory and rest. Hops is fantastic for helping all ages to return to the inner body’s wisdom and restore calm.

I love you Ora! You ARE absolutely amazing.
— Healthful love, Michele Sayball, ND

Dr Michele Sayball graduated from Bastyr University as an Herbalist and Licensed Naturopathic Physician. She practices Naturopathic Pediatrics, Midwifery and Family Medicine. After 4 years of a busy practice in Vermont, she is moving to Waikoloa, HI and will be seeing patients at Aloha Natural Health. She is a mother of 3 boys and greatly enjoys yoga, circus arts and growing organic vegetables.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Gluten-Free Skincare Products

You have no doubt noticed an astounding array of new gluten-free offerings popping up on grocery store shelves and at restaurants as awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance have grown. But did you know that there’s another gluten-free trend that goes hand and hand with gluten-free diets? It’s important for anyone with celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten-reactive eczema or gluten intolerance to keep the following things in mind:

  1. You eat more shampoo and face wash than you realize!
    These products frequently drip down your face and into your mouth along with water. Many shampoos and face washes include various wheat proteins, barley and oat extracts, and other gluten-containing ingredients.
  2. Use soap and bodywash that is clean for your insides and your outsides.
    Soap and bodywash residue remains on your hands, which you then use to eat and wipe your mouth. It is only natural that one would want to make sure these products, too, are free of any ingredients that compromise your body’s wellness.
  3. Your mom told you not to eat that delicious flavored Chapstick™, but you still do.
    Lip balms and lipsticks frequently contain gluten. As you go about your day you consume more of it than you might realize. One study that found that lipstick use was corrollated with rates of systemic lupus erythematosus found that lipstick wearers consume an average of 60 milligrams of it a day. Lip balm wearers likely consume a similar quantity. Make sure any lip product you choose is as gluten-free as your food!
  4. Gluten can cause eczema flare-ups and rashes.
    Ingestion is not the only way that gluten can irritate the body. There are some people who find that applying skin creams that are not gluten-free cause skin problems… Whether it causes you or your child’s eczema to flare up or leads to an itchy contact rash, you may find that gluten-free lotions and oils help moisturize without irritating.
  5. Gluten hides in skincare products under a lot of sneaky pseudonyms.
    Ingredients sometimes found in skincare products that should be avoided by gluten-free individuals include avena sateva (oat) extract, hordeum vulgare (barley) extract, wheat germ oil, wheat amino acids, hydrolized wheat starch, triticum aestivum, triticum carthlicum, triticum durum, and triticum vulgare. You can avoid these ingredients by purchasing your skincare products from a company that is 100% gluten-free such as Ora’s Amazing Herbals.

Breina Gidseg is a mother of five and is a nutritionist, health and wellness writer, recipe developer and cooking teacher based in New Jersey.