Since my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, I have been slowly transitioning to a healthier way of living, one small goal at a time. I strive to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, practice meditation and eat a mainly plant based diet. However, I will confess that while I am very conscious of what I put IN my body, I have not been so diligent with what I put ON my body. But that is about to change.
I just discovered a new line of safe and non-toxic personal care products which are MADE RIGHT HERE IN NEWFOUNDLAND! Not only are Beautiful Rock products made in our beautiful province, what impresses me most is that they are made from things that GROW right in our own backyards! I have to admit, I was blown away when I learned the many health promoting benefits of the ingredients used in Beautiful Rock products. Take their Chagalate Seaberry Nourishing Body Balm, for example. Here are a few of the ingredients:
Chaga Mushrooms: Yeah, I know, right? I’d never heard of them before either. But I have seen them plenty of times, and if you live in Newfoundland, chances are you have seen them too. Chaga mushrooms don’t actually look like mushrooms. They look more like lumps of black coal growing out of birch trees. But don’t let its looks fool you. This “superfood” is known as the King of Mushrooms, and boasts many health promoting properties. It is an extremely powerful antioxidant which has been shown to strengthen immune system functioning, and has been called, “the strongest anti-cancer medicinal mushroom on earth”!
Frankum: You would probably know it as spruce gum, however this little gift of nature has more benefits than just being “chewable.” Back in the day, frankum was highly regarded for its medicinal qualities, and was often used in salves for skin irritations, cuts and sores.
Sea Buckthorn Berries: These little powerhouses, which are grown in abundance in Central Newfoundland, have 190 bioactive nutrients and numerous vitamins, including high levels of vitamins C and E. I know what you are probably thinking, “Fine for you to say, Flo, but what does Dr. Oz have to say about it?” Well, FYI, Dr. Oz (June, 2011 episode) promotes the oil of this berry as a topical treatment to keep the skin looking young and healthy. (He also claims that it melts body fat, but I still believe in the old fashioned method of healthy eating and exercise.)
You may be thinking, “That’s fine if you are going to EAT your personal care products, but what does it have to do with healthy skin care?” Well, in a sense, you do ingest your personal care products. Your skin is your largest organ, and it acts like a sponge. What goes ON your body eventually gets absorbed IN to your body. So for optimal health, it is necessary that you not only try to eliminate toxic substances, such as parabens, from your bathroom shelves, but also that your personal care products contain health promoting ingredients. Then as you lovingly massage these potions and lotions into your skin, be sure to send your body the message to “Suck it up!”
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