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New Product. Eternal Serenity Face Oil Debuts

EternalSerenity005Wahoo!!! Eternal Serenity Face Oil finally makes its debut.  I’ve been using it for awhile and have to admit am completely loving it (I know I say this with all my products, and while it could be a sales pitch, it’s not!  If I test something and it’s not working, and I don’t love it – I make it again and certainly don’t keep using it or make it sell.  If I don’t love it then don’t expect anyone else to either – so I am both the critic and guinea pig of all testing :)).

While I was moving I ran out and didn’t have it with me for over a month and the difference was significant –  so glad to have settled in, finishing my first new batch and having my skin is back to its natural healthy glowing, soft self – which is why I am so thrilled to now have the opportunity to share it with you all.

It’s made up of the same  Comfrey Infused Blend that is also used in my other products, however the difference is in the additional oils which are just heaven for the skin;

Hemp oil is pure food for the skin, Regenerates and Rejuvenates the skin’s protective layer, thanks to its high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, it has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an great natural emollient and moisturiser.

Argan oil is extremely rich in nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E.  It softens, hydrates, reducing wrinkles by restoring elasticity and has an anti-oxidant effect. On top of that it also helps to heal acne and reduce inflammation

Red Raspberry Seed oil is especially protective of the skin, shielding it from UV-B and UV-C rays as well as infrared. It is also anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid and phytosterols therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis and has anti-ageing benefits thanks to it’s anti-oxidant properties.

And the essential oils used are also particularly great for the skin in how the tone, embalm, even out the skin tone, calm and EternalSerenity006smooth out the skin too.  Our skin is our first contact point to the world, it’s important what we put on it, and these ingredients are pure nutrients for the skin.

Anyone interested in trying some, to celebrate it’s debut feel free to use the discount code SERENE  for a 20% off, valid for the next 2 weeks. Find it in my shop here.

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Being Sustainable, as a Small Business

Being sustainable can mean a lot of things, so I just wanted to cover what it means for us at Soulsong Avalon, as it is a fundamental part of our philosophy:

Conscious living is to look after what we have.  We have one body/ mind/ spirit/ planet – and it merits our Care, Love and Appreciation.”

And for us, at Soulsong Avalon being sustainable means: Making sure all decisions made have a positive impact on the earth, community, customers and self, by using;

  • Recycled labels, brochures, paper
  • Glass jars/ bottles which is better for the products, and can be reused or recycled
  • Quality Organic to local ingredients
  • Smaller local suppliers

Being Financially sustainable, providing;

  • Prices are affordable for customers
  • Prices that are sustainable for us as a small business

So these are what we keep it in mind with all the everyday decisions we make.

Recently I had to choose whether to go with vinyl labels for my oils as they are more durable, and yet we went for the paper – as it’s more biodegradable. Such small decisions, and yet each decision big or small can have a lasting impact.

All of us make these decisions everyday, and they help and do have an impact, we have the choice to cut down on plastic, packaging, organic food, recycling and so much more.  The more we can support our values with the choices we make, the more we can support a larger overall change in the way things are done, for ourselves, the community and the world we live in.

CocoPureAnd on that note would also like to introduce two new local suppliers, with top quality products:

Cocopure for the delicious Coconut oil, which can be found in Bedouin’s Charm: Body Oil.
Made in Hemp, for the rich Organic Hemp Oil, found in our soon to be released Eternal Serenity.

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Best Herbal Cold Remedy

It’s that time of the year (here down under of course, where it’s winter), it’s cold, everyone has the flu and it’s a world of sharing.  Even I have been laid out with a cough, and am drinking my go to Cold Recipe that I picked up on on of my Latin Travels:

Fresh Ginger
Fresh Garlic
Half litre Filtered Water
Half Fresh Lemon
Raw Honey

Cut up the Ginger and Garlic and boil, keep on the tip of boiling for 10 minutes, add a slice or two of lemon for another 2 minutes. Then strain into cup, squeeze and add fresh Lemon & raw Honey – and while the house may smell a little, it’s actually super delicious.

Why, does any of this or all of it together fend of a Cold:

Ginger: antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, high in vitamin C, magnesium. It also boosts perspiration, which helps the cleanse and detox the body and bring it’s temperature down naturally. On top of this it acts as an antihistamine, contains sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses), and is a mild sedative, relieving pain and fever.
Garlic: antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Great decongestant and expectorant effects. It also contains vitamin C, sulphur, selenium, and other enzymes & minerals that help the body fight a cold.
Lemon: antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial as well as being high in vitamin C. They also help to alkalize the blood and urine by creating an alkaline-forming environment in the body, which strengthens in and supports faster healing.
Honey: antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial. Is filled with Phytonutrients.  Sooths and itchy irritated throat and boosts the immune system.

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What is Orgonite….

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Orgonite, is based on William Reich’s research back in the 1930’s, whereby he identifies the energy that surrounds everything as Orgone. And made many inventions to enhance this energy to heal and boost one’s own energies and create a healthier environment, at the time he was prosecuted and much of his work destroyed. Luckily some has survived and is being confirmed today by modern science.

Orgonite which is made of 50% organic, and 50% inorganic material, is said to create negative ions in the air which then negate negative energies.  Hence blocking out negative energies such as cell phone/ tower/ TV radiation, EMF’s and so forth.

Whether one believes in the Orgone energy or not is up to you – I like the energy that Orgonite, and the crystals holds and sends into the world. That in turn supports the growth of our own expanding and evolving energies. I’ve been making pieces for myself and recently also for my shop, and like the lovely industrial rough yet strong feminine feel and look they have which makes them a unique piece of jewellery – truly one of a kind.

The last pieces have SOLD out, however more are on the way.

Lady's harmony, orgonite necklace

Moonstone, Quartz, and Rose Quartz Orgonite

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Move over superman, can Comfrey a Herb, save the world?

Well it would have been if Henry Doubleday would have had his way.  You see he was a lovely Irishman a little ahead of his time.  The story goes (I wasn’t there, so sorry to say it’s not a first hand account), back in the early 1900’s he came across some Comfrey and was somewhat amazed at it’s affects on both his own health, the way that comfrey both fertilizers the soil and brings nutrients up from deep in the earth to it’s roots, and hence making the soil even richer than ever, he even noticed the effect this wonderful herb had on the health of his livestock.comfrey_plant

He started bringing it into the UK and planting large crops, in the hope to be able to feed and heal people livestock and the soil…. I am not quite sure where and how the story ended; I do know that he passed away before being able to see his dream come to life. And  slowly this modest herb without any big name behind it, without a big company a team of marketing strategist so slowly left the forefront of people’s mind, as the medical profession turned to medicines that were supported by companies with plenty of money for research, the crystallisation of extracts of the comfrey plant overfed intravenously to rats leading this simple herb to be added unjustly to the poisons list and the public has since turned to marketed medicines.  And yet, Comfrey remains with us, modest in qualities, there for those that care enough to find out and work with it in our endeavours. Abiding it’s time where it will one day be able to rip of the binds and the cloak of invisibility to once more show that it could, can and perhaps still will save the world.  A few it’s super-powers;

  1. Its main component is Allantoin which regenerates cell tissue, helping to speed up our bodies ability to self heal/ setting of wounds, injuries, fractures, broken bones and sprains. This is also said to be the key element that leading some to declare this herb the elixir of life.
  2. It is rich in vitamins, A, B1, B2, E & C especially good for vegetarians as it even has B12, which is a rare vitamin to find in plants, it even has nutrients such pantothenic acid (B5), calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, iron, Selenium, protein and phosphorus – beneficial for humans, plants and animals.
  3. It pulls nutrients to top of the soil around it and into nearby area, making it an incredibly valuable companion plant for other herbs, fruit trees and vegetables.
  4. Due to it’s richness in nitrogen and potassium it makes an amazing fertilizer, especially in today’s climate where soil nutrients are in decline, due to over-planting and lack of crop rotation.
  5. Farmers that have fed the leaves to livestock have reported a large increase of produce & health of their animals.
One of my own little home grown comfrey plants

One of my own little home grown comfrey plants

Now Comfrey is a humble plant, it just gets on with what it does best, which is to grow and grow, and then grow some more.  And while I might think Comfrey is a pretty super herb, and I do completely agree with Henry Doubleday and wished he’d lived to see his dream come true.  I hope for Comfrey that one day it will truly be recognised for it’s valuable contribution to our soils and earth, to our healing and our lives.

Notes:

For more information on full ompontents of comfrey, please check our Dr Christophers site: ‘allantoin (leaf) 13,000ppm; (root) 6,000-8,000 ppm-the biological activities are antidandruff, anti-inflammatory, anti-peptic, anti-psoriac, anti-ulcer, immuno-stimulant, keratolytic, sunscreen, suppurative, vulnerary. Symphytum is the number one plant species with the highest amount of allantoin’.

http://www.herballegacy.com/ThesisChemical.html