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The high season for dry skin is in full swing and many of us are reaching for our tried and true skin soothing remedies. But which formula is best for your unique needs? Read on to discover whether you need a lotion, salve, or cream to deal with your dry winter skin woes.

Lotion

Lotions are an emulsion of water and oil which usually contain an emulsifier such as cetearyl alcohol in order to keep them smooth and prevent separation, as well as stabilizers to prolong shelf life. ...
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Calendula (Calendula officianalis) has long been known as one of the most healing herbs in the herbal apothecary. It has sacred status in India, is known as “Mary’s Gold” in tribute to the Virgin Mary in Catholic tradition, and was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks in many ceremonies. Calendula is often used topically for ailments and irritation of the skin and mucous membranes such as itching, contact dermatitis and heat rash. It is used to reduce swelling and inflammation, including ...
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I Wish I Had a Tattoo

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I wish I had a tattoo. I wish I had a big crazy and magical tattoo on my face or on my entire arm or someplace completely impossible to hide. I wish it was a tattoo that told everyone who meets me that I just may not be who they perceive me to be. I am so much more.  I donʼt have this tattoo though, and I will likely never get one, mostly because my religion discourages it, um, strongly. I wish I had done it ...
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When I was in grad school, we always knew when the med students had anatomy and physiology cadaver lab. That day, the whole school stunk from formaldehyde. Even though there were a lot of precautions taken - since it was a school of naturopathic medicine - and there was a relatively heightened awareness of how toxins affect the body, the fumes would make their way across the campus.   I was pregnant that ...
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What is a Salve?

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Pronunciation First of all, itʼs like tomato/tomahto or potato/potahto. Some people pronounce the “L” and some donʼt. OK? Now we have that out of the way. Definition A salve is simply a natural healing ointment. There are all different types of salve, basically depending on what types of ingredients are in it. Purpose Some salves are made to draw out toxins. Some are made ...
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